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Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools
MP defeats Jackson 28-7 in Home Opener

Click the movie to see highlights of last week in Monroe County Schools. 
You might find your student, one of our bus drivers, a parent, or even a school staff member you know.  You'll definitely see great learning activities of our teachers and students last week.  Follow our school system on Twitter @monroe_schools . We're using our hashtag of the year, #mcscometogether throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
Important Message from Governor Nathan Deal Concerning "Move On When Ready" Program 
From Governor Deal:  "In April 2015, I signed SB 132, which made changes to the state's dual enrollment program, termed "Move on When Ready."  We have seen great strides in participation in dual enrollment throughout Georgia.  The number of students served in the state's dual enrollment program has more than doubled since FY 2015."

Although participation in Georgia's dual enrollment program has grown exponentially, many families remain unfamiliar with how to get their children involved in the program.  Based on conversations with parents, high school students, and college students, we understand that the program may be misunderstood.
To ensure students are utilizing the program appropriately and simplify people's understanding of and navigation through the state's program, the state is changing the program name from "Move on When Ready" to "Dual Enrollment."  This change will make it clear to parents and students the opportunities this program affords and will benefit the state in helping to further increase participation in the program moving forward.  
Interested students and their families should contact their school counselor for more information on the dual enrollment program.

Back Pack Buddies Contributions Welcomed
Thank you to Project Outreach 31029, for the latest contribution of back packs to the Monroe County Schools Back Pack Buddies Program.  Pictured above are Family Services Coordinator Gwen Byrd, Student Services Director Dr. Marcy Hunt-Harris, Project Impact representative Lareeta Phinazee, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman.  Pictured below are Project Impact representative WillieMae Johnson, Dr. Hunt-Harris, Ms. Byrd, Mrs. Phinazee, and Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel. Project Impact 31029 is a subsidiary of Wrights Grove Baptist Church in Forsyth.  They serve Forsyth and Monroe County in many areas from Summer Camps and after school programs to raising money for Circle of Care and Foster Care children in Monroe County.  The organization has been providing the backpacks for program for the past five years.  If your organization would like to contribute to the Back Pack Buddies Program, please contact Family Services Coordinator, Gwen Byrd at gwen.byrd@mcschools.org.

Congratulations to Mr. Barney Poole on his Upcoming Retirement:  Thank you from MCS
Congratulations to Mr. Barney Poole on his upcoming retirement. Mr. Poole spent many years as a construction teacher at Mary Persons High School, and he followed his teaching time providing maintenance of Monroe County Schools. Mr. Poole has shared his talents for the benefit of Monroe County Schools' students and staff through construction, plumbing, electrical work, and so much more.  Monroe County Schools personnel are grateful for his service and his dedication to Monroe County Schools for the last 34 years.  Mr. Poole and his family are pictured above at a retirement lunch held on Friday.  Mr. Poole and his family are pictured below with BOE Chairman Nolen Howard, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman, and Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel. Best wishes to Mr. Barney Poole.


A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:  Nutrition Important For Young Students

A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:
 It's Time to Plan for Flu Vaccinations

Monroe County Schools will be partnering with the Monroe County Health Department to provide the flu vaccination program to children at school again this year.
The flu vaccination clinic will be Wednesday, September 27 through Friday, September 29.  Consent forms will be sent home with students on September 7 th to be returned to school by September 15 th .  The only vaccination available for the flu is now the shot. Flu mist is no longer available.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to get your child vaccinated, so your entire family can stay healthy this flu season.  To see the full schedule of flu vaccinations, see our website. 
Infinite Campus Parent Portal:  Are you tracking your student's attendance and grades?
Have you established your Infinite Campus Parent Portal access?  With this access, you can track the attendance and grades of all of your students.  Make sure your email address is on file, and look for instructions via email for this set up.  You can find the Infinite Campus Parent app in the Google Play Store or in the Apple App Store. 

What's the difference between the student login and the parent portal?

When signed in as a student, users can view schedule, grades, attendance, reports, and demographic data.  They cannot update information.  They cannot access the Online Registration application.  For directions on setting up student Infinite Campus access, click here. 
When signed in as a parent, the user has the ability to access information all of their students with one login through a drop down option.  When a student is selected, they can view  schedule, grades, attendance, reports, and demographic data.  They can also access update household and family members information if on a computer.  Through a computer interface, they can also access the Online Registration application to provide proof of residency documentation, update emergency contact information, and more.

Boys & Girls Club Coming to Monroe County
Boys & Girls Clubs Registration is in full swing! As an incentive for those early registrants, the FIRST 100 students to register for Boys & Girls Clubs membership and pay membership/program fees will receive a FREE Boys & Girls Clubs T shirt! Parents and caregivers, please be mindful that your child must be registered by Friday, September 1st to be on the transportation list to be taken from their respective school to the Boys & Girls Club by bus. The Club will open on Monday, September 11th and we will host an Open House for the community on Friday, September 8th. Register at the Forsyth-Monroe County Boys & Girls Club located at 500 Highway 83 South on the old 8th grade wing (towards the old gym) of the Hubbard Campus of the Monroe County Middle School. Please call (478) 992-5605 or email our Unit Director, Joel Tolliver, at jtolliver@bgccg.org. We look forward to becoming a part of the Monroe County community and extending our "Great Futures Start Here" philosophy to the students and families of Monroe County Schools.