HH-2014-12-19 - Fulton County Schools

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December 19, 2014
Happy Holidays to All!
The Husky Happenings is a bi-weekly newsletter
CMS Selected
Crabapple Middle School has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP) on February 19, 2015. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do
in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP has
identified a select group of 8th grade students to take a mathematics, reading, or science assessment. In addition to answering questions in one of
these subjects, students will be asked questions about themselves and their educational experiences. Parents of selected students will receive a
letter with more information from Crabapple Middle School in the US Mail.
Each year, the Georgia Department of Education releases the CCRPI scores for all scores in Georgia. This comprehensive score rates schools, on a
100 point scale, on their academic performance in the four major content areas as well as our performance in addressing achievement gaps and
growth within our subgroups. Crabapple Middle School’s score for the 2013 – 2014 year is 92.9. This score remains unchanged from the 2012 –
2013 year. This is a high score that we are very proud to maintain. We increased our overall Achievement points by .8! We, as a school, will be
disaggregating this data further when we return in January and having discussions about forward steps. If you would like more information about
CCRPI, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website, www.gadoe.org.
Personalized Yearbook Ads for 8th Graders
Your child's eighth grade experience lasts only one year but the memories will last forever. Show your student how special he or she is by
purchasing a personal dedication ad in the yearbook! Just complete the attached form and include your photos and a message. We will do the rest
by designing and eye catching ad or you can choose to design it yourself. Make checks payable to CMS and notate "ad" in the memo section. All
Last Minute Gift Idea
Searching for last minute holiday gift ideas? Purchase magazine subscriptions for your friends and family while benefiting Crabapple Middle School.
Go to http://www.american-publishers.com and use the code CRABAPPLE. There are hundreds to choose from!
We Need Your Assistance Please
Scoliosis volunteers are needed for Wednesday February 4th. Mandatory training is Thursday, January 29th . Please email Shaun Phifer @
[email protected] We will need at least 10 volunteers. Your help with this important screening is very much appreciated!
Hardship Application Information
Applications will be available beginning January 1st for parents who wish to apply for a 2015-2016 hardship transfer or to renew a current hardship to
another Fulton elementary, middle or high school. Parents will use an online form, available through the Student Assignment Office’s website, to
enter and submit their information. Hard copy applications are not required this year, with the exception of medical transfers which require pertinent
medical provider’s signatures and documentation. The deadline for submitting a transfer application is February 17, 2015, by 4:30 p.m., with no
exceptions or extensions granted. All requests must be received or postmarked by this date and time. The February 17 deadline applies to students
and parents seeking a hardship transfer for medical reasons, curriculum differences, and/or child care situations. School system employees’ children
who want to submit or renew a hardship transfer request have the same deadline and must use the online application located in the employee portal.
Schools participating in open enrollment, a separate transfer process that allows students to move to a school with available space, will be
announced in early May. Parents with questions or who need more information about hardship transfers can contact the Fulton County Schools’
Student Assignment Office at 404-763-5550 or visit the Student Assignment website.
Dr. George Weathers
7th/8th Grade Assistant Principal,
Facilities Administrator
Dr. Rako Morrissey
Nancy Thweatt
6th Grade Assistant Principal,
Curriculum Administrator
Cheryl Stephenson
Administrative Assistant
Partnership Perks!
We would like to thank ALL of our business partners for their support for the first semester of this school year!
Husky Hoorays!
We would like to thank our PTA for the delicious holiday lunch provided to the staff!
We thank EVERYONE involved in making this year’s Grandparents Coffee a huge success!
Upcoming Student Activities
Chess club meets Wednesday, January 7th at 7:45am in room 601. Students should enter the building through the exterior door into the working
lunch room.
8th grade students in Tharros House - Remember to wear blue on Thursday, January 8th, for Tharros Thursday!
Builders Club will meet Tuesday, January 6th in Ms. Perkins room. Members should attend as they will be finalizing the plans for our upcoming
Pennies for Patients fundraiser!
Counseling Corner
-January 29, 2015-Parent Night for Rising 9th Grade Students at Roswell High School.
-February 18, 2015-Students receive HS Verification Form (with listed teacher recommendations)
-February 19, 2015-Honors/AP Information Night at Roswell High School (For students who plan to take Honors/AP/Gifted Participation courses.)
-February 25 & (Partial) February 26, 2015-RHS Counselors appointments with CMS student/parents 8:50-4:05 in CMS Media Center.
Specific appointments will be assigned to each student prior to the RHSvisit. Evening appointments at CMS from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for those unable to
attend the morning/afternoon assigned appointment. No appointment required for evening visit.
-April 1, 2015-CMS students visit Roswell High School 9:00-10:30 a.m.
February 9, 2015 @ 6:30pm – CMS Staff meet with RNES families at RNE
February 19, 2015 @ 6:30pm – CMS Staff meet with MPES families at MPE
March 23, 2015 from 9:00am-noon – Parent tours of CMS
April 28, 2015 – CMS Bridges students speak to MPES 5th grade classrooms
April 29, 2015 – CMS Bridges students speak to RNE 5th grade classrooms
May 5, 2015 – rising 6th graders tour CMS
July 28 or 29, 2015 – rising 6th ‘CMS Camp Day’ 9:00-12:30pm; preregistration required
Parents are invited to visit our Counseling website at https://sites.google.com/site/crabapplecounselor/ for all transition information.
Community Events
Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator and author of Teach Your Children Well: Why Values
& Coping Matter More Than Grades and Trophies, will speak on January 22nd from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Chattahoochee HS Auditorium. This is a
free seminar. Register online at www.drlevine.eventbrite.com.
CMS Extramural Basketball Schedule –All games begin at 5:00pm (girls play first)
January 14 vs. Northwestern MS @ NWMS
January 16 vs. Hopewell MS @ HMS
January 21 vs. Sandy Springs MS @ CMS
January 23 vs. Ridgeview MS @ CMS
January 30 vs. Haynes Bridge MS @ HBMS
February 4 vs. Elkins Pointe MS @ CMS
Februry 6 vs. Taylor Road MS @ TRMS
February 11 vs. Elkins Pointe MS @ EPMS
February 13 vs. Amana Academy @ CMS
***we invite everyone to come out and support our Huskies!***
Calendar of Events
Winter Break
Teacher workday – NO SCHOOL for students
2nd Semester begins – students return to school
7th grade to Junior Achievement
Martin Luther King Holiday – NO SCHOOL
Linda Schultz Community Mtg @ Holcomb Bridge MS; 9:30am
Dr. George Weathers
7th/8th Grade Assistant Principal,
Facilities Administrator
Dr. Rako Morrissey
Nancy Thweatt
6th Grade Assistant Principal,
Curriculum Administrator
Cheryl Stephenson
Administrative Assistant
PTA News
It is never too late to join PTA! PTA memberships start as low as $10 for basic, $25 for single, and $50 for dual. You have a choice with PTA - your
time, funding, or both - all directly affect your child's school experience and the quality of our school. Membership pays for itself - check
out http://www.georgiapta.org/join-pta/membership-benefits. There are various benefits, like 40% off your Papa John's online order, Zoo Atlanta
discounts, etc. The CMS PTA help funds vital school programs for your child and you (examples include: Husky Pride Positive Behavior Program,
Heritage Day, 8th grade dance and trip, Learn-n-Serve Garden, Grandparents Coffee, Mathletes Mentoring, Scoliosis Screening, etc). These
programs directly affect and improve the quality of your child's school. You can join via their website at http://www.cms-pta.org/membership. Not
only does it support our school monetarily and via volunteers, it is a great way to meet other parents and get involved in issues affecting your child's
If you’re a Facebook user, please be sure to go and “like” the Crabapple Middle School PTA Facebook page! The PTA will be using this page to
post important information and reminders about school events and PTA initiatives.
Turn In Your Box Tops!
The Box Tops for Education committee would like to remind all parents that CMS continues to collect Box Tops. This is such an easy way to raise
FREE money for our school. We are not planning any contests, so please send in your box tops at your leisure, and tell your child to turn them in to
their homeroom teachers. Last year, we raised in excess of $800, one little clipping at a time! Thank you for your support. Every Box Top Counts!
Newsletter Information
Please send article submissions to: Dana Pearson, Newsletter Editor, at [email protected] Articles are due each Wednesday by
3:00pm for that week’s edition.
We encourage all parents to visit the School Governance Council page on our school website, www.crabapplemiddleschool.org, to view our 3 year
strategic plan.
Helpful Links
Crabapple Middle School
Fulton County School System
Board of Education
Representative Linda Schultz
Roswell High School
Mountain Park Elementary School
Roswell North Elementary School
City of Roswell
Georgia PTA
National PTA
EEO Statement
Fulton County is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Reasonable accommodations and modifications made for the
TTY 1-800-255-0135
Crabapple Middle School’s Vision
Crabapple Middle School will empower all students to achieve excellence in Character, Academics, Athletics, and the
Arts bringing positive change to their community.
Dr. George Weathers
7th/8th Grade Assistant Principal,
Facilities Administrator
Dr. Rako Morrissey
Nancy Thweatt
6th Grade Assistant Principal,
Curriculum Administrator
Cheryl Stephenson
Administrative Assistant
Crabapple Middle School is a Georgia Lighthouse
School to Watch!
Partners In Education – Contact Dana Pearson at [email protected] if you are interested in being a partner.
Chick-fil-A @ Town Center
Core Matters
Crossville Veterinary Hospital
Fidelity Bank
Dr. James B. Gray, Orthodontics
Hauser Realty Group
Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell
Kroger @ Mansell Crossing
Meer Electric
Mom's Table
Primary Capital Mortgage
Publix @ King Plaza – key fobs in front office
Rotary Club of Roswell
VIP Decals

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