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Rising 9th Grade Messaging Group Columbia Middle School Mission Statement MLK III at CMS Black History Program 2018 Ms. Henfield and Ms. Keels Prep for a Great Year Ms. Billingslea's Class Black History Research Representative Larry Johnson at CMS PTSA Event Jeremy Anderson at Community 3-11-2019 DSTV Visits Video Team Science in the courtyard Spelling Bee Contestants GA History Speaker: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South PTSA Safety Event 3/2019 CMS Basketball Game Former Students Looking to the Future
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DCSD is seeking stakeholder input on their preferences and perspectives for learning models and hybrid options that the school district is considering for the reopening of schools. This feedback includes stakeholders' level of comfort with social distancing and hygiene efforts, school bus transportation, serving meals, taking temperature, access to technology and internet at home, and the use of masks at school. The survey is open from Tues., June 9, until Sun., June 21, 2020. Click HERE to take the survey. Thank you for your time.
 

Need help with the Virtual Learning Tools?  Call the Dekalb County School District Help Desk at 678-676-1188. 
Free Wifi Hotspots and More
Comcast (Xfinity) Among the Companies Pledging to "Keep Americans Connected" to Wifi
DCSD has provided the link below to help parents and students stay connected to online learning opportunities during this time away from brick and mortar schools.  For several years now, Comcast (Xfinity) has offered the use of it's free hotspots to DCSD students and is now also one of several telecommunications companies signing the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.
An excerpt from the Keep Americans Connected Pledge reads as follows: "Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, Company Name Here, pledges for the next 60 days to: (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them."  For more details, see the attached communication from the FCC.  
 
Meal Sites Support for Stakeholders
DCSD Provides Meal Support for Stakeholders
 
 
School System Meal Sites Expand
 
1. John Robert Lewis ES - Region I
2. Avondale ES - Region II
3. Stephenson MS - Region III
4. Freedom MS - Region IV
5. Miller Grove MS - Region V
6. Peachcrest ES - Region VI
7. Cedar Grove ES - Region VII
 
Guidance for Stakeholders
Coronavirus Guidance for Stakeholders
Please click the link below to read information designed for all DeKalb County School District students, employees and families concerning the proactive measures to take regarding the Coronavirus. 
 
 
 
Leadership Profile Summary
 
Leadership Profile Summary
 Click above to read about the progress of our current search for a new superintendent.
 
 
 
 
Think First and Stay Safe

School Counselors will be providing classroom guidance lessons to K-9 grade students using Think First & Stay Safe Youth Curriculum, a research-based curriculum that encourages positive health-related behaviors. The Think First & Stay Safe™ Curriculum Guide is an invaluable resource to prevent crimes against children. 

 
Family Engagement at Columbia Middle
 
This link shows how Columbia Middle School will develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children, a written parent and family engagement policy/plan.
 

This School-Parent Compact for Achievement is an agreement that parents, students, and teachers develop together. It explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all our students reach grade-level standards.

 
Preparing for College NOW
Start now preparing your student to take advantage of the Move on When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment program. MOWR provides high school students with an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.  Preparation begins now.  See the attached flyer for more details.  

 DeKalb Encourages Family Engagement Through New Policy
Parent and family engagement is critical for the success of students.  Dekalb County School District supports the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. View the attached portable document file (pdf) to see how DCSS assists in supporting parents with the education of their children in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
 
New Options in Infinite Campus
There are now separate Infinite Campus downloads for parents and students. In this update parents are now able to see announcements from the district and the school in the mobile version. The update also allows parents to change the view from portal (desktop) to mobile (looks like the student view/green background). To see current posting, parents and students must uninstall the old app on their mobile device and upload the new version.  Please see the attached flyer for more details. 
NEWLY ELECTED SCHOOL COUNCILS
Congratulations to the newly elected Principal Advisory Councils across DeKalb County School District!  We appreciate your willingness to assume a leadership role in continuous school improvement throughout this school year.  
2018-2019 CMS Uniform Changes
Please view the attached uniform letter for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Each grade level will wear a specific uniform combination:
6th – White tops and khaki brown, navy blue, black bottoms, or jeans.
7th – Orange tops and khaki brown, navy blue, black bottoms, or jeans.
8th – Navy or royal blue tops and khaki brown, navy blue, black bottoms, or jeans.

Shoes: 
All shoes must be safe and appropriate for the learning environment. Students may wear their choice of athletic, low-heeled, or flat shoes.
Students must wear athletic shoes in all PE classes and/or outdoor activities.
Sandals, Crocs, slippers, flip flops, open toe shoes, thong sandals, stilettos and the like are NOT permitted to be worn on campus.  

Students will not be allowed to wear the following items:
Clothing that depicts drug use and profanity 
No ripped or torn jeans
Tights or stretch pants
Flip flops or slides
Tank tops or t-shirts
Scarves or bandanas on their heads or on their bodies
Skirts that are no higher than 2” above the knee
 
Georgia Milestones End of Grade Study/Resources Guides
The attached Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards.  
CMS Written Procedures for Parent Communication
Columbia Middle School strives to provide 2-way written communication.  Please view the following ways that we communicate with our families here:  
Calling post
Remind
Instagram - columbiamiddleschooleagles
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/columbiamiddleschool/
Twitter - @COLUMBIAMIDDLE1
Flyers
Website
Marquee
Email blast
 
District Events
 
 
Rising 9th grade families,
Columbia High School has created a group to help you prepare over the summer for the upcoming school year. Join the Soaring Eagles Remind  group to receive updates and resources that will help propel you to success as you transition to high school!   Click Here!
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