January 26th - Guidance Dept. WJW Visit
January 27th - AP World History Meeting for Rising 9th Graders during 2nd Period
January 27th - Rising 8th Grade Parent Night at 6:00 in the cafeteria at CAG
January 29th - AP World History Parent Meeting for Rising 9th Graders
January 30th - CCHS AP/Honor Teachers Visit
February 2nd - WJW Registration
February 3rd - CCHS Parent Night in the cafeteria at CAG
February 10th - Rising 9th Grade Parent Night at 6:00 in the cafeteria at CAG
February 11th - Rising 9th Grade Registration
February 13th - CCHS CTAE Visit
February 20th - CCHS Registration
Governor Nathan Deal has declared February 2-6 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. During Severe Weather Preparedness Week, this year’s statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4. If there is a threat of severe weather on that day, the drill will be postponed until Friday, February 6.
PLEASE NOTE: Schools that are unable to participate on February 4 may hold the severe weather drill on another day during the month of February.
Before the drill, please review your school’s severe weather emergency preparedness plan with teachers, students, and staff. Make sure everyone knows where safe areas are located within the school where students and staff can find shelter during an emergency.
Contact your local emergency management agency to coordinate your school's access to local emergency warning systems. Also, inspect or install a working National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio at each school facility.
On drill day, an actual Tornado Watch or Warning will NOT be issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). In addition, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will NOT be activated by radio and television stations.
For drill purposes, please assume that a Tornado Watch is in effect when school begins and do what your emergency plan specifies during a Tornado Watch. At 9:00 a.m., the NWS will issue a Required Weekly Test (RWT) on NOAA Weather Radio. The RWT will be the Tornado Warning for the drill. To determine when the drill begins, you must monitor the display screen on your NOAA Weather Radio to see the RWT scroll. Some NOAA Weather Radio models sound a tone alert for a RWT, other models do not. If your Weather Radio receiver does not sound a tone alert for a RWT, proceed with the drill at 9:00 a.m. Students and staff should seek shelter immediately. There will be no all-clear message when the drill concludes at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: During an actual severe weather event, the NOAA Weather Radio alert tone WILL sound.
Remember: GEMA/Homeland Security does NOT issue severe weather watches or warnings. These alerts are issued by the NWS. After completing the tornado drill, a report should be filed with the Office of the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner at http://www.oci.ga.gov/PublicEducation/SchoolFireDrills.aspx. Simply sign in the same way you do for a fire drill. All fire and tornado drills that are conducted throughout the year may be reported online.
If a problem is identified once the report has been filed, contact your school safety coordinator, who will work with you to correct it.
Also, as a reminder our Ready Georgia Parent and Teacher Toolkit
is available to help educate 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and their parents about emergency preparedness in a fun, non-threatening way. Lessons complement the health and/or science curriculum, giving teachers the opportunity to introduce principles of meteorology, earth science and heat energy while helping students take a proactive role in getting their families ready for a variety of emergencies. You can find the toolkit under the ReadyKids
section of GEMA’s Ready Georgia website
SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOLS
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions about the below recommendations, please contact your area school safety coordinator.
- The starting point for your severe weather sheltering areas should be a classroom length from the end of the exterior doors in your hallways.
- Avoid any skylight areas located in any of your hallways. Also, do not shelter students under fire extinguisher boxes or electrical panels in the hallways.
- Make sure that you have a sheltering plan for transition times, for classes located in outside buildings or those using activity fields, and for your lunchroom. Check to make sure that students located on ball fields or outdoor classrooms can hear your alert signal.
- Use interior rooms or hallways as sheltering areas. Make sure that you receive weekly Wednesday severe weather test alerts issued by the National Weather Service on your NOAA Weather Radio, and that the radio’s back-up batteries are functional.
- Generally, most storms approach from a southwesterly direction, so make your staff aware of this pattern and identify the portion of your building that would be directly exposed in the event of severe weather. Make sure that all your staff, including cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers and office personnel, know where they are to shelter during severe weather events.
- Check with your local emergency management agency regarding the possibility of hosting a severe weather spotter class in your area in order to train several members of your staff on spotter techniques.
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
- A Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. Continue to monitor your weather radio and television. Remind students and staff of what a Watch is and where the safest place within the school is located. Move all students from all temporary or mobile classrooms to the main building.
- A Warning is issued when a tornado or funnel cloud has been indicated by radar or sighted by storm spotter. Take shelter immediately.
Before the Storm
- Identify safe areas within the school with the help of local public safety and emergency management personnel.
- Make sure that each classroom has a map clearly marking the tornado safety area.
- Develop a system for informing students and staff a tornado Warning has been issued. Using the fire bell can be confusing. Practice tornado sheltering drills at least twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Remember there is a potential threat of tornados throughout the year.
- Monitor the weather radio and television.
- Bolt down all bookcases, shelves and file cabinets. This will keep these items from shifting during severe weather.
- Keep first aid supplies current and convenient.
During a Tornado Watch, or When Threatening Conditions Exist …
- Move all students from all temporary or mobile classrooms to the main building.
When a Tornado Warning is Issued, or When Threatening Conditions Exist …
- Get to the lowest most interior level of the facility, away from exterior walls, windows and doors, and assume the "duck and cover" position. The child should be sitting or kneeling, with his/her hands over the back of his/her head and neck, tucked into a ball.
- Avoid places with high unsupported ceilings and glass, such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums and sanctuaries.
- Take roll while moving students to the shelter area.
- Stay in the duck and cover position until the “all clear” is given.
Please note: Due to the unique features of some facilities, special considerations may need to be made based on the facility and/or its occupants. Ask your school safety coordinator for more information.
Plagiarism refers to a form of cheating that has been defined as
“the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of
another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own” (Alexander Lindley,
Plagiarism and Originality (New York: Harper,1952]2). To use another person’s
ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source is to
plagiarize. Plagiarism, then, constitutes intellectual theft and often carries severe
penalties, ranging from failure in a course to expulsion from school….
At all times during during research and writing, guard against the
possibility of inadvertent plagiarism by keeping careful notes that
distinguish between your musings and thoughts and the material you
gather from others. A writer who fails to give appropriate
acknowledgment when repeating another’s wording or particularly apt
term, paraphrasing another’s argument, or presenting another’s
line of thinking is guilty of plagiarism. You may certainly use other
person’s words and thoughts in your research paper, but the borrowed
material must not appear to be your creation.
– MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (26)
*Student work containing or consisting largely of plagiarism will be assigned no credit until redone and resubmitted within the given timeframe for late work.
*Parent Information on Bullying - 02.26.13
C.A. Gray Junior High School is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. In accordance with federal, state, and local policies, procedures and practices, C.A. Gray Junior High School expressly prohibits the bullying, harassment or intimidation of any person, by any means or method, which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system. Students who witness bullying or who are victims of bullying behaviors should make a report to a teacher or school administrator so that an appropriate investigation can take place. If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct bullying policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion. Retaliation following a report of bullying is strictly prohibited and may result in strong disciplinary action. For more information on the Colquitt County School System’s policies on bullying click HERE. The following resource offers additional information about this important matter: What Does Bullying and Victim Behavior Look Like?
In order to have a successful and productive year:
1. Students must be on time daily to class.
2. Students must be well organized for class and extracurricular activities.
3. Students must manage their time well.
4. Students must learn how to adapt to different teachers, coaches, and sponsors.
5. Students must follow all rules.
6. Students must be aware of their body language and non-verbal behavior.
7. Students must be aware of their verbal behavior at all times.
8. Students must avoid conflicts with their fellow students.
9. Students must take responsibility for their actions.
As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.
“As we implement the new standards, we know teachers and parents need high-quality resources,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle and high school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have been very successful. Much of their success can be attributed to these exceptional resources in the hands of our teachers.” Click here for more information.
Georgia's Crisis & Access Line
1.800.715.4225 Web: mygcal.com
Lunch and Learn officially began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Guidelines for the program and the ticket for attendance are attached in this message. Contact Dr. Jackson, Ms. Lightsey, or Ms. Heidelberg with any questions.
Parents have the right to receive the following information on their child's teacher(s):
-Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject in which they are teaching;
-Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
-The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and other graduate certification or degree(s) held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
-Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and, if so, their qualifications.