ONE BOOK PROJECT
Holcomb Bridge Middle School Designated a
Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch 2013!
Through a rigorous application and two day committee visit…the Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch committee designated Holcomb Bridge Middle School a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.
What is a Georgia National Lighthouse
School to Watch?
Summer Office Hours
9am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm
*REPORT CARDS & other end of the year documents are now available for pickup*
Information Day: Wednesday, August 7
First Day of School 2013-2014: Monday, August 12
Holcomb Bridge MS celebrates “Teaching and Learning” through technology as each teacher receives an iPad. Professional development will be offered throughout the summer for teachers to learn and collaborate. The technology revolution that encompasses us has changed all our educational paradigms. We need to consider iPad use within the framework of educational standards that address the needs of our rapidly changing society.
FULTON'S CHARTER SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION
As you may know, Fulton County Schools became the state’s largest charter system last year. The school district has developed a 3-year phase-in for the charter system and Holcomb Bridge Middle School will be joining next school year as a member of “Cohort 2.”
Cohort 2 Letter
Cohort 2 Timeline
TITLE I - FY 2013 PARENT FEEDBACK SURVEY
Parents, this school year is rapidly coming to a close. In order for us to evaluate our performance and enhance the services we are offering, your feedback is critical. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use the results of this survey as we prepare and plan for next school year. Thank you and we appreciate your feedback.
|SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION |
If your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader failed a course, he/she will be eligible to attend summer school to make up the failed course and be promoted to the next grade. A maximum of two courses may be made up during summer school. All failed middle school classes will be offered for about three hours each day in the morning or the afternoon depending on the summer school schedule.
Summer school begins Monday, June 3rd and ends Monday, June 24th. School will begin at about 8:30 a.m. and end at about 3:00 p.m. for students who attend the full day. All students must pay for their courses. Each course will cost $155 for students who pay full or reduced prices for meals. If the student has free meal status, the fee will be $125 per course. If your child failed only one course and you wish to pay for an additional course so that your child will remain in school all day, you must pay either $155 (full or reduced meals) or $125 (free meals) for the additional course. If it is determined that your student definitely failed a course, a confirmation letter and a registration form will be sent home that must be returned by May 23rd with payment. Certified checks, cashier’s checks, personal checks and money orders will be accepted (though no personal checks will be accepted after May 13).
CCRPI: THE NEW AYP
Concerns about the narrow focus of No Child Left Behind accountability motivated the Georgia Department of Education to request a waiver from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. The new system, called the College & Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), considers a broad range of indicators in calculating our school’s success, as shown in the chart below. These results will be made public shortly; therefore we wanted to give you this information now so that you can better understand this complex new system.
To view Holcomb Bridge's CCRPI score and details, click here.
QUESTIONS? Want more information? Please don't hesitate to email me!
Data Support Specialist
HOLCOMB BRIDGE 2012-2013 MODEL UN TEAM
Vist the MODEL UN page for more updates!
|TEACHER OF THE YEAR/PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Ms. Teresa Carter, Cafeteria Manager
Professional Employee of the Year
Mrs. Katie Mitchell, 7th grade math teacher
Teacher of the Year
|AIR QUALITY INDEX
The onset of spring will soon usher in beautiful outdoor weather for us to enjoy! Outdoor activities can benefit our physical fitness and rejuvenate our spirits! However, it is important to be mindful of factors such as temperature and air quality when planning outdoor time. Outdoor air quality can impact the overall health of everyone. The Atlanta Metro area has many days each year, particularly as the weather heats up into the summer months, when the air quality becomes unhealthy or even harmful for children, youth and seniors. Poor air quality is linked to many heart and lung diseases, including asthma, emphysema and heart attacks.
Several schools in Fulton County, including Holcomb Bridge Middle, Hillside Elementary and Esther Jackson Elementary are partnering with Mothers& Others For Clean Air to implement the School Flag AQ1 program to increase awareness of daily air quality to our school communities, and recommend limiting outdoor activities on poor air quality days based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index. Children are especially sensitive to the harmful effects of poor air quality because their lungs are still developing and they breathe in more air per pound of body weight than adults.
The AQ1 program will utilize color coded flags, green= go, yellow= moderate, orange and red= unhealthy, along with a poster that indicates the recommended outdoor activities based on the projected daily Air Quality Index, The flags and poster will be placed in the front office. An email will also be sent to staff on the unhealthy orange and red days to alert staff. We encourage parents and guardians visiting the campus to please note the color coded flags and be mindful of outside after school activates on orange and red days, since the highest level of ozone air contaminants usually occurs after 2:00pm.
Our goal is to increase the level of safe fun and physical activity for everyone on the beautiful days ahead!
If you have any questions about this program or would like further information, please contact our School Cluster Nurse, Babette Vlahos, BS, RN, NCSN at 404-625-6171.
PTA HOSTS A TASTE OF HOLCOMB BRIDGE
Annual Event Celebrates Cultures From Around The World
Roswell, GA. March 4, 2013: What type of salad is served in Iran? In which countries is French spoken? Families learned the answers to these questions and many more at the annual Taste of Holcomb Bridge event, which took place on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm at Holcomb Bridge Middle School. Hosted by the PTA, over 22 cultures were represented, including Lithuania, Haiti, the African Ivory Coast, Cuba, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Spain, Columbia, Mexico and the U.S. Students shared their cultures through food, music and dance performances, celebrating the many different traditions, ethnicities and customs represented in the area.
“This event is yet another way to celebrate our diversity and international representation right in our own neighborhood,” said Principal Joy Schroerlucke. “We have 34 countries represented at Holcomb Bridge Middle School alone. Who needs to travel when you can learn so much from each other right here?”
While all families in the community were invited, rising 6th grade families from River Eves, Hillside and Esther Jackson Elementary schools were especially encouraged to attend. “This was the first event we attended at Holcomb Bridge Middle School,” said Kim Thompson, one of the organizers. “It was a fun and relaxed way to spend time at the middle school before our oldest son started in the fall. And now our youngest will start next fall. It’s a great opportunity and a really fun evening!”
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|SPELLING BEE 2012-2013 |
Marianne and Philippe Lamarche, winner and runner up
Check out this article
Spelling Bees Run in French Candian Family's Blood
|STANDARDS BASED REPORT CARDS |
How is the Standards Based Progress Report Card Different from a Traditional Report Card?
- A standards based report card is longer, more detailed.
- Subject area, numeric grades report a combination of scores from classroom assignments, projects, homework, quizzes, and tests.
- Statements under the course title are based on State Standards, and describe what students should know and be able to do for the identified subject area.
- Progress marks (IP, MS, EX, DNM) describe individual progress compared to grade level standards.
- The Standards Performance Key located on the report card and defined below, describe the level of progress made by the student at the time of the report card.
How will progress with the Standards be reported?
Teachers will indicate individual student progress with the standards using one of the following codes:
- Exceeds (EX) —The student has independently and consistently met the standard as indicated through class work, assessments, and teacher observations. In addition, the student is able to independently apply the standard in other situations and move to higher level activities.
- Meets (MS) —The student has independently and consistently met the standard as indicated through class work, assessments, and teacher observations.
- Does Not Meet (DNM) — The student has not yet demonstrated independent mastery of the standard through class work, assessments, and teacher observations. The student needs additional instruction and support at this time.
- In Progress (IP) — The student has not yet demonstrated consistent mastery of the standard. While at times the student is able to show understanding, there are other situations where the student may struggle or need additional instruction and/or support.
- Not Evaluated (NE) — The standard was not evaluated this marking period. It is possible the standard was mastered during a previous marking period; was taught but not formally assessed; or based on the curriculum, the standard was not taught this marking period.
Want more information on the new English/Reading and Mathematics Standards?
Visit: National PTA http://pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583
HBMS SKYPES WITH NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED WRITER
Students Skype with author: Holcomb Bridge MS meets Linda Sue Park
Newbery Award winning author Linda Sue Park and Holcomb Bridge Middle School students connected via the Internet and Skype, Tuesday December 11th in the school’s library. Every student and staff member read Ms. Park’s book, A Long Walk to Water earlier this year as part of the school’s One Book project. Students who participated were selected by submitting an essay on why they should help the people of South Sudan or how reading the book impacted their lives. The lucky participants got to ask Ms. Park questions about her book and how she decided to write it. Ms. Park explained that she met lost boy Salva Dut, who inspired the story, in Rochester, NY where he was living with his adopted US family. Through Salva’s journals and interviews, the author wrote about his experiences crossing the desert and living in refugee camps in his war torn country. The students and staff were very moved by the story which intertwines the story of a current day South Sudanese girl’s journey to get water for her family every day. Ms. Park shared how she became a writer and advised student writers to persevere and read a lot. Media specialist, Mrs. Reagin said it was a valuable and relevant experience for the students to meet the author of a book they had studied and be able to ask questions live. “Ms. Park was so nice and really focused on what our middle schoolers would enjoy and understand about writing A Long Walk to Water.” Student, Allie Fountain said “Ms Park used great description when telling us how to be a writer, it’s complicated.” The Skype was conducted with the assistance of school technology specialist Tommy Hicks through a Promethean board, provided by the HBMS PTA and a matching grant from Dell.
HOLCOMB BRIDGE HUSTLE 5K RESULTS
CHECK OUT THE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT!
2012 OVERALL RESULTS
2012 AGE GROUP RESULTS
We are kicking off our One Book Fundraiser working towards raising $10,000 to help build a school in South Sudan. Holcomb Bridge students, faculty and community members can support the cause by ordering a Any1Can T-Shirt.
$10 from each t-shirt sold will go towards our goal.
Any1Can T-shirt Order Form
Holcomb Bridge Middle School Stands Together to Make a
Difference in the Republic of South Sudan
Holcomb Bridge Launches 2nd Annual 'One School, One Book' Project
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES!
CHECK OUT THE ONE BOOK PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
There are many ways you can volunteer to support our school!
We encourage you to review the list of opportunities below and do any of the following to get involved:
*Complete the Volunteer Form browsing through the opportunities that fit your schedule and your interests and return it to the school or
*Contact one of the Parent Liaisons: Andrea Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (770) 594-5280 ext. 143
Thank you for your commitment and support!
Hay muchas formas en las que puede ser voluntario para apoyar nuestra escuela!
Le recomendamos que revise la siguiente lista de oportunidades y escoja cualquiera de ellas para involucrarse:
*Llene el formulario de voluntarios y vaya a través de las oportunidades que se ajustan con su horario y o área de interés y enviela dilingenciada a la escuela , ó
* Contacte a Lizeth Buffington al (770) 594-5280 ext 131 ó email@example.com para ayuda en español.
Gracias por su compromiso y apoyo!
SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR FRAMEWORK
We currently have a character education program here at Holcomb Bridge Middle School (I C.A.R.E.). In addition to focusing each month on an I C.A.R.E. character word, we have created a system that will reward students periodically when they exhibit I C.A.R.E. behaviors. Students will have an opportunity to earn I C.A.R.E. bucks when staff members observe them exhibiting model behaviors/ acts.
What does I C.A.R.E. mean?
I… Commit acts of kindness
I…Respect people and property
How will the bucks be used?
Students can use the bucks to “purchase” specific rewards (i.e. having lunch outside with classmates).
Please click on Parents---Discipline/ Code of Conduct for more information.
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Home Access Center (HAC)
When you are viewing grades in the Home Access Center, please pay attention to the drop down window that allows you to choose which "run" you would like to view. Please be sure to select "All Runs" if you want to see the average for the semester. If you choose "1" or "2," it will only calculate the grade for that grading period. Since grades for non-Connections courses are calculated by semester, not quarter, "All Runs" will give you the correct average.
2700 Holcomb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Joy Schroerlucke, Principal
School Hours: 7:45 AM-2:55 PM
Office Hours: 7:00 AM-3:30 PM
Student Supervision: Please drop off students no earlier than 7:00 AM to ensure proper supervision.
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