Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools
Website for Monroe County Fine Arts Center debuts:  http://www.monroefinearts.org  

The new Monroe County Schools Fine Arts website is now live.  The new internet site will be used to publicize Monroe County student music and drama performances, as well as promote appearances by visiting artists.
The website can be found at monroefinearts.org.  
Visitors will find a host of photos of events held at the Fine Arts Center since its opening in December, along with upcoming schedules, announcements of future events, and other information.
Monroe County Schools invites you to bookmark this site and visit it often.
MCMS runner Justin Wachtel sets new
state and national running record

The State Middle School Track Meet was held recently in Lilburn at Parkview High School.  The winner of the 3200m ran a time of 9:52. Justin Wachtel came in second with a time of 9:55. The previous Georgia record middle school time for 3200k was 10:10.  After the race, it was announced the first and second place runner (Wachtel) broke the state record and they broke the national record during that race.  Justin now has the second fastest time for a middle schooler in the 3200m of all time in the United States.

Justin also had a silver medal finish in the 1600m the next day with a time of 4:45.  Others runners participating in the meet were Connor Battles (3200 M), Ava McKaillip (3200M), and Charlotte Wilcox (1600M).  They all did a great job representing Monroe County Schools.

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, 2015 will be destroyed.
MCMS Barnes & Noble Book Fair This Week
Monroe County Middle School invites you to shop at Barnes & Noble this week.  Just let the cashier know a portion of your purchases should go to Monroe County Middle School. 


Washington DC Reminder for Rising 5th Graders
Rising fifth graders and their families are reminded  those interested in going on the Washington trip scheduled October 8-11, should please contact Ben Amerson of Five Star Travels at  478-719-0554, email Cathy Brooks at cathy.brooks@mcschools.org, or pick up a packet from the receptionist at your child's school.
Top 10 Reason to be our Guest!
MP Band Concert is Friday, May 5
Top 10 Reasons to Leave your Home on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. for a FREE concert!
1-It's too far to travel this week to Orlando to have this same experience with Bulldog Brigade.
2-You don't have to wait until Halloween to play dress up.
3-It's a great opportunity to experience the new Fine Arts Building for free.
4-Tapping your feet to Disney music is good for your cardiovascular system.
5-Your mood/mental health is always improved with this type of uplifting music.
6-It's something free to do with your kids on Friday night.
7 You can make your local student musicians happy with your attendance.
8-See why this band is winning state awards.
9-You might be surprised at the level of talent we have here in Forsyth.
10-You will leave wanting to pull an old instrument out of your closet or for sure humming and wanting to sing in the shower.

Get creative and dress up as your favorite Disney character or just stick on some Mickey ears and join us for a night to remember on May 5th at 6:30 in the Fine Arts Center as our MP Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, and Concert Bands perform music from "The Happiest Place on Earth", Disney. You don't have to dress up but there will be prizes awarded for the best costumes and everyone is going to have a GREAT time.  Won't you BE OUR GUEST?


Help Your Child Prepare for Georgia Milestones Test with the Practice Online Site
The Georgia Milestones Tests continue this week.  Students in grades 3-8 will  finish the End of Grade tests this week.  Testing begins at Mary Persons High School this week for End of Course tests.

Choosing the Best Parent Night is Monday
You are invited to Choosing the Best Parent Night on Monday, May 1st at 6 p.m. at the Monroe County Middle School Banks Stephens Campus.   Parents may use the second driveway and enter the doors of the cafeteria for the meeting. Choosing  the Best  is an abstinence and character education program that is offered to students in our middle and high schools. This presentation will include up to date information on many of the troubling trends in regard to teen's sexual behavior. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn some positive ways to deal with teen issues!  The featured guest speaker will be Clint Baskerville.

Cliff Baskerville is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While obtaining his BA in Psychology and Communications he played cornerback for the UNC Football Team.  Upon graduating, he played professionally in the Canadian Football league.  After retiring from the CFL, he embarked on his next career-making a difference in the lives of our youth.  Cliff is currently the Vice President of the South East Region at Choosing the Best Publishing.  At Choosing the Best, Cliff has had the opportunity of working with thousands of teachers and teens across the country.  Through conducting teacher trainings, school assemblies, peer retreats, and relationship trainings.  Cliff has seen the immediate positive impact that teaching abstinence and character education can make in the lives of our teens.  Cliff's enthusiasm and passion for helping our children make healthy decisions have made him a positive influence and a role model for children all across America.
 
Although Cliff loves working with children and families across America his greatest joy is found in the work he does at home.  He is a loving husband of 15 years, and has three beautiful children.  He hopes that the love that is shared between his family shines so brightly that he can accomplish his mission and the purpose that he has on his life, which is to Impact a generation.   

Next Year's School Supply Lists Are Here
Monroe County Schools released the 2017-2018 school supply lists, and these are available at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us 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.

A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:  Take Control of Spring Allergies



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 year round.  Audiobooks and ebooks can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.  The site is https://monroecsdga.libraryreserve.com.   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.  Did your student forget to bring home a book for nightly reading?   No worries -- just download an ebook or listen to an audiobook through a browser on any internet capable device.  Overdrive is offering special titles for checkout this summer.  Media specialists are available to assist parents and students with Overdrive.