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 THS AFJROTC B2S Kickoff AWIM CMS students recognized for Lexile Achievement and Lexile Growth GNMS CIS Chromebook 2 Chromebook Troup County School System's Cheerleader Competition 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

12/11/19: TCSS Student Growth Reports Now Available Online

The Student Growth Reports are available to parents through the SLDS Parent Portal (accessed through Infinite Campus). Use the following steps to locate the report:

1) Log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal
2) Choose the SLDS portal (may have to click "More" for the option to appear)
3) Choose Performance
4) Under downloadable reports, The Student Growth Report Option will be available as well as the Individual Score Report and any other state assessment results, including GAA, GKIDS etc.

Video Links for Parents
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12/11/19: TCSS Hosts Town Hall Meeting

On Monday, TCSS hosted a Town Hall Meeting at Gardner Newman Middle School. The purpose of the Town Hall was to address and share the school system budget with the community. The presentation from the Town Hall can be downloaded here:

 

Town Hall Presentation - 12.09.19

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

12/10/19: THS Student Wins Music Composition Competition Elevator Music

Jonathan Murphy, Troup High School senior, is passionate about music and composition. In fact, he plans to major in music education, and possibly composition, when he goes to college. He got a little taste of what success looks like when he was asked to participate in a music composition competition earlier this year. 

 

He won.

 

As part of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) composition competition, students from all across the state submit their musical masterpieces to be judged by professors and music educators. The pieces have to be ten minutes and written for up to eight voices or instruments. Jonathon’s winning piece “Elevator Music” was one of 14 pieces chosen. 

12/06/19: TCSS Schools Named to Distinguished and Reward Schools Listing

Recently, the Georgia Department of Education released its list of 2019-2020 Distinguished and Reward Schools. Three Troup County School System (TCSS) elementary schools made the list:

 

  • Long Cane Elementary – Distinguished School
  • Franklin Forest Elementary – Reward School
  • Rosemont Elementary – Reward School

 

“It is an honor to see our schools recognized for making progress and great improvements on this year’s GMAS. It shows we are on our way,” said Dr. Brian Shumate, TCSS Superintendent.   

 

To receive a distinguished school designation means that a school is one of the highest-performing Title I schools. They are among the top five percent of Title I Schoolwide schools and Title I Targeted Assistance schools in Georgia.

12/05/19: Former TCSS Grad Nominated for a Grammy jontavious

Congrats to Callaway High School alum Jontavious Willis. He graduated in 2014 and has gone on to earn a Grammy nomination for his album Spectacular Class in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Way to go Jontavious! See Jontavious on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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!

Progress Report Update Progress Report

Parents and guardians, please note that progress reports will be sent home today, Thursday, November 14. Please sign and return to indicate that you have reviewed the progress report. 

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!

Georgia Studies Tour Participants -- Meeting 11-7-2019 Georgia Studies Tour

Parents of 8th grade participants in the upcoming Georgia Studies Tour, please meet at Callaway Middle School on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. in our cafeteria for updated trip information. Please contact Mr. Morris with further questions or concerns. 

Making Memories? Buy Your Yearbook NOW and Treasure Them Forever! Yearbook

So many pictures, so many laughs...don't miss a single one! Yearbooks will be on sale for $35 through Friday, November 8. After that, they will be $40 at www.jostens.com . Parents can reserve space for a recognition ad for your hard-working CMS student. Also, businesses wishing to support CMS can do so through the purchase of ad space as well--parents can receive specially discounted pricing to support their small business! Please email Ms. Dorman  at dormaneb@troup.org for pricing and more information

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.”

CMS Math Night: Tuesday, November 5 CMS Math Night

Join us for Math Night at Callaway Middle School next Tuesday, November 5 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the CMS Cafeteria.  Have questions answered by teaching professionals, including the following:

· What should my child know by the end of the academic year ?

· How can I assist my child with his/her homework?

· What is USA Test Prep?

Want more? See you at our CMS Math Night! If you need an interpreter or childcare for the event, please call the front office at 706-845-2080 by Monday, November 4th.

 

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.

CMS Students Recognized by LIFE for Service CMS Students receive award from LIFE

 

Four Callaway Middle School students, Jaehan Seol, Seoyeon Kim, Minkyung Kim, and Steve Oh, were recognized by the Lagrange International Friendship Exchange (LIFE) for volunteering and sharing some of their cultural heritage during the Lagrange International Festival. Board of Directors Member, Roy D. Nichols Jr., stated, “We really appreciated how the presence of these students enriched the multicultural nature of the festival and helped make it a tremendous success.” We at Callaway Middle School are so proud of our talented students and their community contributions!

Career and Community Connections at CMS! Career and Community Connections

 

Many thanks to Brandon Turner and Shane Magouirk of the Troup County firefighters, who visited Heather Smith’s 6th grade health class this week at Callaway Middle School. Magouirk and Turner, who serve at the Whitfield Road Station, shared details on a career as a firefighter, planning and training, and, of course, all the cool tools on the fire truck! 

 

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.

PBIS at CMS--Great News You Can Use! CMS Ambassadors, 2019-2020

 

 

For the fifth year in a row, Callaway Middle School is a part of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative. You may hear students talk about it. You may hear staff talk about it. Now, the entire state of Georgia is talking about the PBIS successes that have taken place at CMS! So what exactly is it? 

 

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