I am excited to share yet again, Elkins Pointe Middle School has received another 5-Star School Climate Rating. A 5-Star rating is the highest rating for a school to earn in Georgia. The School Climate Rating measures the “culture” of a school. Georgia School Superintendent, Richard Woods, said, "If your school has a positive climate, it's giving students the environment they need to learn. You'll likely see high achievement there – or a school that's on the right track toward high achievement."
At Elkins Pointe, we continue to be guided by our strategic plan that calls on us to:
- Seek academic success for all
- Provide a personalized learning experience to drive interest
- Link our students to our school and community through service and technology
In simpler terms, we are here to help ensure our Titans are SMART, HAPPY, and CONNECTED!
As we roll into our second full year of our AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, we progress towards our goal of utilizing AVID resources and tools across the school to promote college and career. We have expanded our AVID elective offering to include a second teacher who will pick up an additional AVID class. We are seeking parent volunteers to serve as AVID tutors. Our Titan Binder system proved positive for most of our Titans this past year. This research-based approach helps our students organize their resources and be fully prepared for learning each day.
We are happy to share exciting news about three different donors including North Point Community Church, and one of our very own Titan neighborhoods stepped forward to support students. One donation was specific to just the 6th grade class...6th graders need not purchase a binder thanks to the generosity of our donor! The other donations, not grade specific, will be used to support Titans in the 7th and 8th grades, on an as needed basis. Rising 7th and 8th grade students may reuse their binders from last year. If replacing your child's binder is a hardship, please contact our school counselors, Mr. Jones or Ms. Deese, and arrangements will be made to discretely provide one for your child.
Thursday Clubs will continue offering our students over 40 different choices. Here is a sampling of the many interest-based, multi-grade level clubs: golf, karate, henna, yoga, creative writing, news cast, film, cooking, personal fitness, friendship, photography, guitar, yearbook, drama, recycled art, etc. We invite parents to volunteer, either on behalf of your company or to partner with a staff member. Also, we will continue with our Positive Behavior Incentive Program (PBIS), which allows us to celebrate and reward Top Titan students who make good choices.
Our WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program begins with 6th grade orientation, Camp Titan Up, on July 31st! Our 8th grade WEB leaders will mentor our incoming 6th graders into middle school, and be a guiding presence for 6th graders through out the year.
A child’s best advocate is his or her parent/guardian and we invite you to be a strong partner in your child’s education. The first step begins by joining PTSA on August 2nd at our open house on Information Day. This kicks off our annual fundraising campaign and we appreciate your tax-deductible donation to fund enrichment in our building.
My vision for Elkins Pointe is for us to constantly demonstrate our commitment to creating SMART, HAPPY, CONNECTED students. I look forward to another great year at Elkins Pointe!
Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Home of the Titans!