Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools
Congratulations Mary Persons Class of 2017!

Complete Proof of Residency Online:
Set up an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Account

The 2017-2018 school year begins August 4, 2017.  The annual collection of proof  of residency  documentation will begin June 4, 2017 for those parents wishing to provide their documents online  through Infinite Campus Portal.  Parents wishing to provide documentation using this method must ensure they have activated a Portal account.  Activation links are being emailed weekly to parents/guardians without activated accounts.  

Parents wishing to present their documentation in person may do so at the Monroe County Board of Education beginning June 19, 2017.  The collection schedule is as follows.  Parents with last names A-D Monday, June 19, 2017; Parents with last names E-K Tuesday, June 20, 2017; Parents with last names L-R Wednesday, June 21, 2017; Parents with last names S-Z Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Proof of residency will start each day a 8 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m.
  Parents not able to present their documentation on the assigned date are welcome to do so on any day during the collection week.
Answer the "I'm Bored!" Summer Declaration with Acc ess to FREE eBooks and Audiobooks 24/7

Monroe County Schools have been building an online colle ction of ebooks and audiobooks for four years.  All of these resources are available to your student during the school year and the summer months.  Audiobooks and ebooks can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.  The site is .   You can find the link to Overdrive on the system website or any school website.  Students use their same username and password credentials that are used to access the computers at school. 
eBooks may be downloaded to a device anytime, anywhere.  Users can also download the Overdrive app through the Google Play or Apple iTunes store.
  Through the Get Georgia Reading Program in partnership with, students have access to 1000s of great enhanced ebooks.  You can learn more about the program at     
Tickets are on sale now for the first of several great concerts this summer at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center.  Go to and buy your tickets for Taylor Hicks, American Idol's Season Five winner.  Seats will be $30 for the front section of the main floor, and $25 for all other floor seats.

TAYLOR HICKS -- A native of Birmingham, Ala., Taylor Hicks combines a mix of Southern soul, R&B, country and blues.  He received 64 million viewer votes to win Season 5 of American Idol.  Since then, he has appeared as Teen Angel in the Broadway production of "Grease," has been a resident performer at Bally's and Paris Resorts in Las Vegas, and performed at 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. His debut single, "Do I Make You Proud" entered at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Chart, and he was named People magazine's "Hottest Bachelor of the Year."  For more, visit .   

Performers slated to appear during the Summer Series are:
  • American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks who will bring his Southern soul, R&B, country and blues sounds to Forsyth on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Middle Georgia Concert Band, a 50-member group made up of Central Georgia amateur and professional musicians, which will perform a program of patriotic music on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Grammy-winning Contemporary Christian artist Jason Crabb who will be in concert on Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.
  • And, The Return, one of the top Beatles tribute bands, which will perform a Back to School Concert on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
MIDDLE GEORGIA CONCERT BAND -- Middle Georgia Concert Band allows musicians with high school or college music background to continue performance.  The band of 50 includes student, staff, and alumni members from Monroe County Schools as well as Monroe County residents. For more information, visit
JASON CRABB -- Rising to prominence singing with siblings as The Crabb Family, Jason Crabb released his first album in 2009 earning him his first Grammy Award.  He has collected 21 Dove Awards.  For more information, visit
THE RETURN -- The Return started in 1995 when four friends from Atlanta area played Beatles songs "just for fun." Over time, they polished the act by striving for authenticity to recreate the Beatles' early sixties concert experiences. They have performed across the USA and overseas.  For more information, visit
Next Year's School Supply Lists Are Here
Monroe County Schools released the 2017-2018 school supply lists, and these are available at for your reference.  The elementary list applies to all three elementary schools.  The middle school list is below. Each teacher provides a syllabus at high school which includes supply needs.  For a PDF of the elementary school list, click here.   For a PDF of the middle school list, click here.
Public Notice:  Destruction of Old Special Education Records of Former Students
The Monroe County Public School is planning on destroying old Special Education records in July 2017.  The records to be destroyed are for persons who were served in special education born in 1995.  If you desire to have your records, please contact the Department of Instructional Student Support 478-994-2031 x1604 or x1605.  Records not picked up by July 30th, 2017 will be destroyed.
A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:  Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer
  Temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer.  It's summertime once again!  Here are tips to make your summer the best and healthiest yet.

Grill and Chill
Whether you prefer burgers or a picnic in the park, one thing you don't want on the menu this summer is foodborne illness.  Keep germs at bay:
*  Wash hands before and after handling food.
*  When taking food off the grill, don't put cooked food back on the same plate that previously held raw food.
*  Grill foods on coals that are preheated for at least 20-30 food_summer.jpgminutes.
*  Use a meat thermometer to ensure food reaches safe internal temperature.
*  Never let raw food, cooked food, or cut fresh fruit/vegetables sit at room temperature more than two hours before putting in a cooler or refrigerator.
*  Make sure to pack plenty of extra ice or freezer packs in your cooler to ensure constant temperature.

Beat the Heat
Heat-related illnesses claim lives of hundreds of people each year.  It's important to take precautions when working or playing outside during the hot months.

*  Drink plenty of water.
*  Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing light in color.
*  Reduce strenuous activities or do them during cooler parts of the day.

Fun in the Sun
Summer plans may include hitting the beach or spending more time outdoors.  Plan to avoid sunburn to decrease sun cancer risks.
*  Seek shade, especially during midday hours when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage.
*  Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.  A long-sleeved shirt and long pants are best.
*  Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, an diving-board-child.jpgd neck.
*  Wear  quality shades that block UVA and UVB rays.
*  Rub on sunscreen with sun protection factor of 15 or higher.

Swim Safe
Swimming is a fun way to stay cool and be active.  Before diving in, make sure you know these tips for staying healthy and safe while swimming. 
*  Avoid swallowing pool water or even getting it in your mouth.
*  Shower before swimming and wash hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.
*  Keep an eye on children at all times. Kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
*  Never swim alone or in unsupervised locations.  Teach children to always swim with a buddy.
*  Don't use air-filled swimming aids in place of life preservers or life jackets.
*  Know water safety rules on the lake, and make sure everyone has a life preserver in case of emergency.