• School Closings/Delays:

    Dear Troup County School System Community, 

    Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order closing all schools through Friday, April 24th.  This is a two-week extension of our previously announced return date.  Therefore, our plan now will be to return to school on Monday, April 27th.

     

    As part of our support to students and families during this extended cancellation, TCSS will continue providing meal distribution services at the designated school locations and various bus stops throughout the county. Meal distribution services will occur as scheduled through April 3rd. The sites and locations can be found on troup.org.  We will send out more information regarding food services for the extended closure in the coming days.  

     

    Teachers continue providing student online learning resources. They are working remotely, and are available via email, to best support students and provide continuous learning opportunities. Please access the online resources at troup.org.  Many teachers are also utilizing their Google Classrooms to share learning resources as well.  We will provide more information regarding additional resources as it becomes available.  Please visit our Facebook page for daily tips and updates.

     

    We appreciate the support of the parents, all of our staff, and the entire community during this very unprecedented time. We will continue to keep you updated as information unfolds.

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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 THS AFJROTC B2S Kickoff CMS students recognized for Lexile Achievement and Lexile Growth GNMS 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

03/26/20: Guide to Google Classroom Google Classroom
03/25/20: Thanks to Our Cafeteria Workers and Bus Drivers Bus buddies

Rosemont Elementary shows their appreciation to Clearview Elementary cafeteria staff and bus drivers along with bus buddies as they deliver meals and Learning Packets to our students in the community. These special people are among the many heroes in our community! To date, we have served over 2,400 meals.

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. 

NEW - Student Resource Materials (3/24) SRM

Troup County School System is now in Phase II of providing curriculum materials for our students. In addition to what your child’s teacher may have provided, students can now download and print grade-level curriculum materials using this link.
 

Printed packets are also available for pick up this week during meal distribution times. The packets will be available at school locations serving meals and along the bus routes with meal delivery services.
 

Website Link for Curriculum Materials

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

03/24/20: TCSS Lunch Distribution List

PDF Listing of Food Distribution List

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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!

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. 

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

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

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.

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