Drive Thru Congrats to Courtney Agurs, TCSS Middle School Teacher of the Year! CMS Ambassadors Assemble to Read for Literacy Spirit Week! PBIS Movie Day! Happy National School Counseling Week! Distinguished Gentlemen Girls with Goals CMS Band Academic Bowl students CMS is the best! Happy holidays! CMS Students are Cooperative, Mindful, and Successful! FCA Students CMS Math Night Red Ribbon Week Fun Girls With Goals 6th graders Hype Squad PBIS team Counseling team Pizza party Mrs. Hanner's students, who built robotic STEM kits. Chromebook Rollout Has Begun! B2S B2S B2S CMS students recognized for Lexile Achievement and Lexile Growth Ms. Johnson's guest speaker, former LaGrange High School student, Don Leak. He is promoting positive thinking. PBIS Kick-Off MS Drones Cavalier spirit
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School News & Announcements

Sixth Grade Orientation Video -- Please Watch

Here is our Sixth Grade Orientation Video. It shares important information about Callaway Middle School, as well as highlights some special faces from our faculty. Get to know Callaway Middle today! Click here to watch the video. 

07/29/20: GTID Numbers Available on Infinite Campus

The Pandemic EBT Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Form is now available online

You need your child's Georgia Testing Identification Number (GTID) to complete the application process. This number can be found online in the TCSS Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Steps to obtain your child/ren's GTID Number:

1. Look at the very top bar selections on troup.org. Select Infinite Campus.
2. Input your username and password under the Campus Parent Portal (or reset it if needed)
3. After logging in, select 'More' (on the left side of the screen - in the black box)
4. Select 'GTID' (in the middle of the screen - in the white box)
5. The GTID number will populate and you can copy and paste into the application.

Back to School Troup County Reopening Plan Available Now

Troup County School System is preparing for Back to School. You can view the plan, presentation, and additional Back to School information by selecting the photo below:

 

B2S

Summer Meals Continue!

Summer Feed Continues

Click Here for Virtual Honors Day at CMS!

Welcome to our Virtual Honors Day for Callaway Middle School, Spring 2020! We are so glad you're here. Please share this video with your friends and family to celebrate this year we worked and learned together! 

 

Honors Day Video

Online Registration for 2020-21 School Year

In preparation for the upcoming school year, it is time to complete the Online Registration process. The Online Registration process allows us to gather the essential information needed for school without having to fill out tons of paperwork at the start of school. Online Registration is the first step in the process and parents can register all students from the same portal login. You will receive additional information throughout the summer through One Call emails as well as social media on the date/time of Open House for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Below is the link to begin the Online Registration Process. The second link is a form to complete IF you are having trouble or have questions with Online Registration. The third link is to the Online Registration Information page on the TCSS website. Additionally, attached to this email are two documents with instructions to help with Online Registration: Retrieve Username and Password and New User for Parent Portal. 

Begin Online Registration: https://campus.troup.org/campus/portal/troup.jsp

Google Form For Registration Issues: https://forms.gle/duvJgrqXtMKSmy6v9

Online Registration Page: https://www.troup.org/Content2/22342

Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians -- "Test Out" Opportunity for Select High School Courses Test Out Information image

Dear CMS Parents/Guardians:

Students in grades 8 through 11 have the opportunity to “test out” of select high school courses. They can earn credit by achieving a score in the Distinguished category on the End of Course (EOC) test associated with 9th Grade Lit and Composition, American Lit and Composition, Algebra I, Geometry, US History, Economics, Biology or Physical Science.  Students wishing to participate in this opportunity must complete the application (please see parent letters with the link within, below) and submit to their current school by May 15, 2020.   For more information, please see the links to the Parent /Guardian Letters below:

Parent Letter -- English

Parent Letter -- Spanish

Parent Letter -- Korean

07/30/20: Online Registration Now Open - Register Students for School from Your Phone or Computer OLR

For the second year in a row, TCSS is providing the online registration (OLR) format for parents to sign their children up for school. This process is completely digital and parents can begin by visiting the: Online Registration link. If you have forgotten your password, there is a link to retrieve a new password. 

Read entire story here
 

Junior University —Update Junior university

Parents of Junior University attendees, please take note: unfortunately, no sessions will take place this summer. Refunds will be processed to families ASAP.

 

 

Technology Update -- Chromebook Repair Dates Technology Update

Please note the Technology Repair days, listed below:

 

Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Parents may bring Chromebooks to the Technology Office at Building A, 100 North Davis Road, which is located at the top right of the location, up a hill. 

Mental Health Roundtable Discussion on Facebook, April 21 @ 2 pm

Mental Health leaders will be participating a Facebook Live Roundtable Discussion answering questions about COVID-19 Tuesday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. 
LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will serve as moderator. Zsa Zsa Heard, Dr. Justin Muller & Dr. Kelly Veal will be answering questions from the community about mental health.

WHO: LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, Zsa Zsa Heard, Dr. Justin Muller & Dr. Kelly Veal WHAT: Facebook Live Roundtable Discussion about Mental Health during COVID-19 WHEN: Tuesday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. WHERE: www.facebook.com/lgtv.org/ www.facebook.com/lagrangegagov & http://lgtv.org/Home/LaGrangeTV WHY: To provide an opportunity to answer questions from the community about mental health during this COVID-19 pandemic

Important Updates for CMS Phase II

First, on behalf of all Callaway Middle School staff, we want to send our warmest thoughts and prayers to every student and their families during this unprecedented time. The school year did not turn out how we planned it, but we still have a lot to celebrate!

Now that Spring Break is over, we wanted to share a few updates:

1.  Beginning Monday, April 20th, the Troup County School System will begin distributing meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. The meal pick-ups will be available at our school drive-thru locations sites from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Callaway Elementary will have drive-thru service at Callaway Middle. Long Cane Elementary will have drive-thru service at Long Cane Middle. Parents do not have to go to CMS for meal distribution, parents can go to the school closest to their location. Those who pick up on Monday will receive meals for Monday and Tuesday. Those picking up on Wednesday, will receive meals for Wednesday and Thursday. Those picking up on Friday will receive meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

2. As per district guidelines, TCSS is now entering Phase III of curriculum rollout which focuses on grade repair opportunities. Students have the opportunity for grade repair ONLY in year long classes or classes that were active in Term 3. For year long classes, grade replacement can take place in Term 1, 2 or 3. Below is a list of classes where grade replacement applies:

 

Child Care Options -- Shared Information for Parents Quality Child Care

Parents, please take note: forwarded information--

In these uncertain times, we want to do all we can to provide resources to families who are looking for alternative child care options. As a reminder, our Quality Rated Child Care website, www.qualityrated.org houses up-to-date information about open child care facilities across the state. Additionally, our partners at Quality Care for Children provide this same service year-round through a helpline that can be reached by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254).
 
At this critical moment, we’re asking for your help in disseminating the message to your contacts and key audiences via your email, social media, and website platforms that any family can find child care programs that are open and best meet their needs by utilizing www.qualityrated.org or by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254).

DFCS Information DFCS

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public, DFCS encourages families to access self-service options online during this period.

 

Self-service options include:

A Message From Our Principal Hello, CMS

We miss you so very much, and Ms. Thornton has a special message for all our student body at CMS. 

Centers for Disease Control Information -- Coronavirus


CDC Information
Coronavirus Resource Center for Schools—at this time, these are the only available languages. Please share with family and friends. 

English:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Spanish: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-Chinese.html

 

Fact Sheets on Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Spanish:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-sp.pdf

Simplified Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet-chinese.pdf

Green Dot Challenge = GIFT CARD?!?! Green Dot Challenge

Congratulations to Dominic Jacobs, winner of the Green Dot Challenge in Mrs. Linda Smith's classroom for Physical Science for February! Dominic won a $25 Apple Gift Card for working diligently through review and test preparation modules online.

CMS Ambassadors Assemble ... for Reading! CMS Ambassadors

 

Callaway Middle School Ambassadors recently traveled to Hogansville Elementary to celebrate Literacy Spirit Week! Ambassadors, who earn the privilege of representing CMS through an application and interview process, read picture and chapter books aloud to HES students. They even shared real talk with fifth graders about what Callaway Middle School is all about! 

 

Pictured are (not in order) Ava Charron, Arianna Cousins, Dasia Johnson, Elijah Johnson, Conner Johnson, Minkyung Kim, Serena Mitchell, Saralynn Pelt, Jayla Tigner, Shamaya Wilkinson, Chadwick Williams, Rosemary Griffin, and Chevion Henderson, CMS Ambassadors. Also pictured: chaperones Erin Dorman and Monica Johnson.

Let’s All Go to the Movies! Movie Day

 

Students at Callaway Middle School enjoyed a special PBIS Movie Day on a Friday afternoon, complete with freshly popped popcorn! The Movie Day cost each student Cavalier Cash, which can be earned on a daily basis by choosing to be cooperative, mindful, and successful. Thank you to all the students who choose great behavior each day!

 Pictured are Marely Herrera, Ariah Hardy, Ameya Willis, Stephanie Herrera-Molina, Jaylen Williams, Kyren Johnson, and Montrez Cook, enjoying popcorn and fun time with friends at the recent PBIS Movie Day.

 

The Spoils of (Canned Goods) War... Pizza Party

Congratulations to Coach Andre Johnson’s homeroom class at Callaway Middle School! They were the winners of our recent canned goods drive competition. Pictured are: Jaylen Johnson, Joseph Shuman, D’Arcy Harris, Emmetrion Smith, and Cameron Tucker, enjoying the pizza party reward.

Wild Times at Callaway Middle! CMS Community Relationships Week

It’s a jungle out there.... We had a WILD time at Callaway Middle School when Coach Smith’s 6th grade Health class hosted Wild Animal Safari staff for Community Relationships Week. A big thanks to Katie Harrison and Jordan Greenway for bringing out a sweet albino hedgehog and a lizard to help illuminate specific job tasks!

Prevent the Spread of Cold, Flu, and Disease -- Updated Information Prevent the Spread

Dear Parents –

Please see the below images for best practices in preventing the spread of the common cold and flu, as well as an update from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

TCSS is closely tracking the news of the new coronavirus. While we have NO confirmed cases here in our schools, it is important to us to be actively monitoring notifications from state and national experts in the field and sharing available information with you.

Again, at this point, there are no known cases of the virus in Troup County. We are aware of the concerns from our community, and we want to take this opportunity to share with you that we are implementing a communication plan, convening a crisis team to develop actionable plans (if needed), and educating staff and families on steps that will help prevent the spread of the virus.

PBIS Game Day Breaks Records at CMS! PBIS Game Day!

Callaway Middle School has cooperative, mindful, and successful students… who successfully enjoyed a recent PBIS Game Day Celebration! To reward a record-crushing 207 students who earned Cavalier Cash for choosing positive behaviors, CMS held a Game Day, where students could play chess, cards, or board games with friends. A guest appearance was made by the staff from Lagrange Memorial Library, who generously brought out their Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 with virtual reality for students to try as well.

Celebrating National School Counseling Week CMS School Counselor

Question: Who supports students daily to have school success and to plan a future career pathway? Answer: These determined ladies! Callaway Middle School recognizes our school counseling staff during National School Counseling Week, celebrated during the first full week of every February. Pictured are Freda Weldon, counselor; Tiffany Cindrick, counselor; and Deborah Lanier, counselor’s office secretary, being presented with a banner by CMS 8th graders Shemeria Hubbard, Isac Turner, De’Asia Owens, and Mikell Berry.

Courtney Agurs Named TCSS Teacher of the Year Congrats to Mrs. Agurs!

Congratulations to our own Courtney Agurs, who has the honor of being named the Troup County School System Middle School Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Mrs. Agurs and her latest accomplishment. On to County finals! 

The Students Become the Master.... Er, Teacher... CMS ELA

Callaway Middle 8th graders in Mrs. Deitrice Koetter’s class were handed a tough task: can you present an English/Language Arts topic to your peer students, creatively use technology, and check for understanding? Kaziah Andrews and Armani Harris were up for the challenge! Their fellow CMS students were spellbound...and they all learned so much from the experience!

Biographies Come to Life at CMS CMS Biography

Biographies come to life at CMS!! Students in Ms. Stewart's 6th grade ELA Classes presented their biography projects with style, technology, and even costumes! Pictured are Titus Seymour, Ariah Hardy, Claudia Walker, and Molly Doherty, CMS 6th grade students. 

CMS Girls With Goals ... What Are Yours? Girls With Goals

These girls have goals! Meet the Girls With Goals, a mentorship group at Callaway Middle School.  Along with their mentor and advisor, Mrs. Wendy Brewer, they support their school and community, engaging in service projects such as providing breakfast for the entire faculty and staff of CMS! We can’t wait to see what these hard-working, goal-oriented ladies have in store next!

Callaway Island -- Service Project to Benefit CMS Students Join Sam Washington in his quest for Callaway Island support!

Parents, students, and staff, please let us know how you can help support Sam Washington, member of the State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. He is heading up a service project, named Callaway Island, which will benefit CMS students who need to practice self-regulation. https://youtu.be/rkwHiXbjpwM

Callaway Fishing Team Fights Fog, Finds Fish! Callaway fishing

Neither snow nor rain nor tornadoes nor fog stays these Callaway anglers from the swift completion of their appointed tournament! Although the Lake Eufaula fishing tournament was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday due to weather, Callaway Middle and High students fished hard and safely, having one team to weigh in with 8.65 pounds and 3 fish. Next up for the intrepid Callaway anglers: Lake Seminole, with the goal of qualifying for the State Classic! Thank you to all the students, parents, and staff for your support of the Callaway Fishing Team.

Important Parent Survey -- Please Complete Parent Survey

Parents, please fill out the survey found at https://gshs.gadoe.org/Pages/Parent.aspx . Even if you have already completed one for a child at another school, please do so on behalf of your Callaway Middle student as well. 

CMS Students Visit College Football Hall of Fame College Football Hall of Fame

Callaway Middle School students recently enjoyed a field trip to the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. The field trip was planned especially for students in sports management, team sports, and the CMS Ambassadors.

CMS Celebrates Our Lexile Achievers for Winter 2019! Lexile Goal Getters

 

Congratulations to our Lexile #GoalGetters at Callaway Middle School! All students took the Reading Inventory test in fall and winter 2019, and CMS students who received the Highest Lexile Score Achieved are as follows: 6th Grade: Jim Brown (not pictured), 7th Grade: Quentin Prickett, 8th Grade: Jaxon Redden. CMS students who were recognized for Highest Lexile Score Growth: 6th Grade: Anthony Eskew and 8th Grade: Minkyung Kim. Need more great news? An entire CMS class raised their Lexile scores by an average of 76 points from fall to winter! Well done, Mrs. Brewer’s A Block Class!

 

CMSclasslexile.jpg -- Pictured is Mrs. Brewer’s A Block English/Language Arts class, who raised their collective Lexile scores by an average of 76 points. Congratulations for a job well read! 

 

CMS Goal Getters

CMSgoalgetterlexile.jpg -- Pictured (L to R): Minkyung Kim (Highest Growth, 8th), Jaxon Redden (Highest Lexile, 8th), Quentin Prickett (Highest Lexile, 7th), and Anthony Eskew (Highest Growth, 6th). Not pictured: Jim Brown (Highest Lexile, 6th). 

Goal Getters for 6th, 7th, 8th

 

CMS 8th Grade Dates: Thursday and Friday Parent Meetings On To High School

Parents, please note the important dates for this week! Your student has two field trips, which required completed permission slips, and there are two on-campus meetings with your student and you. Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at Callaway High School is the On to High School Parent Meeting for rising 9th graders, and 8:30 - 3:25 p.m. on Friday, January 17 for 9th Grade Advisement with middle and high school counselors during students' regularly scheduled Social Studies class time in the media center.  

8th Graders Transition Activities for Callaway High -- Important Dates CHS Transition

Almost halfway there, 8th graders! We are so proud of you and how far you have come. Future CHS transition dates are listed here. 

Sky High Sensory Fun in Newnan!

Sensory Jump

Wednesday, Dec 11th  4-8 pm

Hosted by SkyZone in Newnan 

Cost:

60 Minutes = $10

120 Minutes = $20

Contact SkyZone at 678-745-9900

 

We invite our special needs guests to enjoy the freedom of jumping and playing in a quieter more relaxed atmosphere, while still enjoying the Sky Zone experience!  Join us as our team helps create an evening of fun for your family! The park will only be open to guests with special needs and their families. 

 

Sensory Santa Opportunity in Newnan

Sensory Santa

Dec 10-17

Hosted by Ashley Park Newnan and Pure Grin Photography

354 Newnan Crossing Bypass

Newnan, GA

 

Families with children or adults with sensory sensitivities can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment.

Professional Photography (flash-less) will be available on this day where photo packages may be purchased.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are still welcome. Please reserve these spaces for children with autism and other special needs.

 

To make an appointment:    

http://www.puregrin.com/santa-visits

Callaway Middle School Designated a "Grief-Sensitive School", Receives Grant CMS Receives Grant

Callaway Middle School has been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation, receiving a $500 Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative grant to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development in order to better support its grieving students.

 

Final Exams -- Mark Your Calendars! Final Exams

Parents and students, please take note: final, or semester, exams for the first semester, as required by TCSS Board policy, will take place on Thursday, December 19 for E, C. and A Block classes. Friday, December 20 will be the final (semester) exam date for B & D block classes. The rotation that week will be E - D - C - B - A. 

FCA Sponsors Goody Bags for City of Lagrange Public Works Employees FCA Service Project

Callaway Middle School’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) recently completed a service project with goody bags containing candy and a meaningful message that were delivered to the City of Lagrange Public Works employees. Thank you to FCA and advisor Coach Heather Smith for always being mindful of others, during any season!

CMS Fall Math Night a Hit! Math Night

Callaway Middle School held its first Fall Math Night this past week; parents, teachers, and students played games, shared concrete ways to improve math skills, and won prizes for showing what they learned. Thank you to all the families and staff members who supported this evening of math mania...we look forward to our Spring Math Night for tons more fun!

November is Family Engagement Month! We love our parents!

The month of November is celebrated as Family Engagement Month in Georgia.  This is a time the state chooses to recognize the contributions of parents and to encourage Title I schools to raise awareness of the important roles parents play in a student's education.  We at Callaway Middle School appreciate you and all the hard work you do in your student's life.  Thank you for being a VIP partner in your student's education on the daily. Feel free to use one of the images we are posting below to update your profile pic or cover photo on social media to show that you are THAT parent...that engaged, informed, amazing parent that we are so thankful fo

REACH Scholars Announced REACH

Congratulations to Anja McCord for being a finalist in the REACH GA scholarship program! REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia is a needs-based scholarship program that was created in 2012. TCSS awarded this to five eighth grade students, including Callaway Middle School’s own Anja McCord. Anja says this is the first scholarship she has been awarded. “It feels great knowing that I am representing my school. It’s a great feeling being the first,” she said. “I want to major in political science when I grow up and I know this scholarship will help me.”

CCRPI Scores for CMS -- UPDATE! CCRPI Scores on the Rise

Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents, and support staff in all areas of school life that made this possible! Callaway Middle School improved from the previous year, and we are committed to continuing our quest to meeting and EXCEEDING our goals! 

Math Matters To Your Future! Calvin Neely shares free Kona Ice with CMS Students

 

Math matters! Calvin Neely, franchise owner of Kona Ice, spoke to 6th grade classes at Callaway Middle for career exploration. He shared that basic math, including mental math, and communication skills were key to success as an employee or owner in his business. 

Gamers Go Wild in the Media Center @ CMS! Gaming in the Media Center

 Any gamers out there? The Callaway Middle School Media Center was the hot spot when staff members from Lagrange Memorial Library stopped by to play on the PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality system with CMS students during lunchtime.

Washington Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council Principal Thornton, Samuel Washington, and Freda Weldon

Samuel Washington, son of Christy and Joshua Washington, has been selected as a member of State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2019-2020 Student Advisory Council. According to the Superintendent’s office, more than 1,000 applications were received, and Samuel was one of 130 middle and high school students selected to serve on the council. 

 

Student Advisory Council members will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools. Members will also engage in community service projects to benefit Georgia students and schools.

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