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    Allison N. Barbour

Mrs. Allison N. Barbour
abarbour@rockdale.k12.ga.us
770-483-3371
     

Principal's Points

May 2017

Greetings CMS,

Wow, where did the time go?!?! I rhetorically, seriously mean that. J. As I look around and reflect on the school year, it truly seems like it went by in an instant. As the sunset of the 2016-17 school year draws near, the beauty and blessing of the year outweigh any burdens that may seek to breach the excellence we have tried to provide for each and every one of our Bulldogs!

Collectively, our students, staff, and families have worked hard to manage the demands of the business, monitor the minds of middle schoolers, mitigate the conflicts that arise, mentor the paths, master the standards, and motivate without compromise. I am in awe of the work of our teachers and staff. Though not always given the pinnacle of thanks they truly deserve, our teachers and support staff indeed deserve our sincere applause and appreciation. Seems the calendar got it right with identifying the month of May as an appropriate month to celebrate our educators. Yes, CMS will join the world in honoring the efforts and excellence of educators as we highlight the week of May 8th-12th as Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are planning a wonderful week of treats and thanks for our staff. Families, I hope you will join me in spreading sunshine to those who give light to learning! A nice note, meaningful gift, or expressions of kindness will give joy to your teachers.

Our staff is committed to assuring quality instruction through the last few weeks and are encouraging our students to continue to give their very best. Though we have concluded the Georgia Milestones Assessment, we continue to be very focused on our core business of teaching and learning. There is still much to learn to complete the curriculum expectations for each grade level; we will also utilize time to accelerate learning and give our students a preview of the grade levels to come.

As we reflect, there were a number of launched initiatives that resulted in great success. As part of our school choice option, our Aerospace Engineering program is flying high. Delta, one of our premier partners, donated fifteen thousand dollars to support our scholars. THANK YOU DELTA!  Because of this generous donation, we will have over fifteen students who can attend an all-expenses paid summer camp in Florida this year. Additionally, our mentoring program made great strides this year. Pro Lawn Scapes provided a five thousand dollar donation to support our Men of Distinction and provided holiday gifts to students in need. THANK YOU! Macedonia Baptist Church, led by Pastor Cox also provided our students with coats and donated monies to support our school. THANK YOU! Numerous organizations and families donated time, prayers, and love! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 Our school improvement team, solidified our instructional plan and made great gains in helping our teachers to address learning gaps in our students’ academic readiness levels. Our band and chorus programs received superior ratings and had students who placed in state. Our social studies and science fairs increased entry participants. Students soared in oratorical competitions, reading bowls, Magnet School acceptance, and more! We crafted time within our master schedule to assure that we addressed extracurricular needs and allowed time for advisement and clubs. We operated tutorial afterschool and Saturday school programs, and evolutionized and digitized learning via our one to one devices.  Our parent engagement goal also saw great growth. We increased the numbers of families who connected with our school; consequently, the academic impact of their children saw more meaningful gains. We are encouraged by our results and feedback and continue to activate engaging and sustainable plans for greater growth.

Also as part of our college and career readiness, we are hosting a school wide career day to provide our students with glimpses into the careers they can pursue. We are planning for a day filled with passion and purpose to help students along their pathways. We want to continue to work with parents and students to create a school community that values academic distinction and healthy lifestyles, a school that embraces change and accepts people for who they are and values every student and advocates for every child. A school that is forward thinking and progressive in thought and deed. We welcome your suggestions for improvement and welcome the opportunity to showcase the best our students have to offer.

I encourage you to participate in the school life by contacting teachers to inquire about your son/daughter’s progress, by volunteering to help at school events and by simply visiting our school. We have much to be proud of. Our PTA has done a phenomenal job! The countless hours and time spent helping us to reach our goals is dearly appreciated. Our Parent Liaison, Lillian Tomlinson is one of our dearest CMS Family Heroes. Along with her, through the PTA leadership of Mrs. Rosaida Hardaway, opportunities for parent influence were inspirational, but more parent support is needed—WE STILL NEED YOU!!. This year, we will need to secure some additional parents to help lead our PTA as Mrs. Hardaway and a few other PTA governing members will be transitioning to high school with their children. Please consider helping to lead this opportunity for our school. More information about the nomination and election process will follow.  On May 18th, we will honor our volunteers with a breakfast at 9 am in our Parent Center. Please RSVP to Mrs. Tomlinson, our parent liaison.

CMS scholars will culminate their year with awards day events which will be held during the last week of school. These will be wonderful occasions to reward and recognize our students for their excellence in academics, behavior, and leadership. As we say goodbye to our faculty/staff members who are making shifts in their careers or are moving to serve students in other areas/schools/districts, we thank you for your service and support. To our families and students who may be moving to other areas, we appreciate the time you have spent with us and bid you well in your new schools. To our 8th graders, journeying to the hallways of high school, we want you to know how proud we are of you. We want you to always be your very best. To those returning Bulldogs, I am excited that we will have another opportunity to learn and grow together. To all, I am personally proud and privileged to have been blessed to have served as your 2016-17 principal. My prayer is that as we position for 2017-18, we will learn, love, and laugh at greater levels and higher heights. Cheers to a wonderful school year and here’s to the best that is yet to come. Continue to Strive to Thrive!

All is well! J

Fondly…~Allison