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Dear Parents
The Chattooga County School System will be requiring summer school May 31stth – June 16th to eighth grade students who fail to score in Level 2 or above on the English/Language Arts and Math sections of the Georgia Milestones.  The E/LA retest will be June 14th and the 15th and the Math retest will be June 16th.  Summer school hours will be 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.  Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and instruction will be from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Lunch will be served beginning at 12 p.m. 
If your child only needs to retake one section of the Milestones they will not be required to attend the entire day, only 2 hours, if you can provide transportation.   
At this time the school system has not received Milestones scores from the Georgia Department of Education, but please remember that attendance in summer school is required if your child does not score Level 2  or above on the English/Language Arts and Math sections of the Milestones.   
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
March Students of the Month
March Students of the Month
Back L-R: Teacher of the Month– Jeff Bullen, Rachae Hargrove, Landon Williams, Steven Parke, Madison Mincey, Gabe Culberson, Teacher of the Month–Suzanne Bailey
Front L-R: Talaylah Price, Timothy Hartline, Dylan Bryson, Sawyer Yandell, Sonjaya Adams

Patriot's Pen District
Summerville Middle School seventh grader, Curtlon Bryan, was named the second place winner of the District 1 Patriot’s Pen essay contest having advanced from being the local winner named by Post 6688 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The contest consisted of four levels.  Bryan won at the local level and advanced to the second level.  This was an achievement as the District 1 competition includes most of the counties in Northwest GA. The theme of this year’s essay was “What Freedom Means to Me” which required a typed submission of 300-400 words.
Ms. Gentry represented the VFW, and on Wednesday, March 2nd all students who participated in the local competition from SMS participated in a recognition ceremony complete with refreshments. Further, Curtlon was surprised with the announcement of his win and was given a cash award.
Each year the local post 6688 sponsors the Patriot’s Pen contest, and all schools may participate.
Congrats to SMS Nursery Landscape team members Rainie Henderson, Mia Crider, Catherine Villatoro, and Jayden Stewart for placing 3rd in the FFA Nursery Landscape Competition. 
Parents, If you haven't already, please take the following survey about our school.

Talent Show
Talent Show
25 Book Celebration #2
Students that read at least 10 books toward their 25 book goal were treated to a movie and snacks. We got to use the County Ag building, so we had a big screen and space to spread out. Good job students!
Congratulations to Savannah Gray 6th grade and Curtlon Bryan 7th grade. They were the SMS Patriot Pen winners.
Mia Crider competed in the state FFA Quiz Career Development Event at ABAC in Tifton, Ga this past weekend. She qualified for this event after placing second in the area contest In September. She placed third in the state event and will be recognized at the Georgia FFA Convention in April.
Floriculture Contest
Four FFA members competed at the Floriculture Career Development Event at Etowah High School. They placed 3rd out of 28 teams and were one question away from qualifying for the state contest. 
The team consisted of Mia Crider, Rainie Henderson, Jasmine Johnson and Catherine Villatoro. 
In preparation for the contest, the students learned 50 plants and studied plant science. The contest consisted of identifying 25 plants from the list and taking a 25 question test over plant science. 
Parent Survey
The Georgia Department of Education has released a survey for parents concerning school climate.  Parents, please click on the link below to take the survey. Thank you for your input.

25 Book Challenge Celebration #1
25 Book Challenge Celebration #1
The following students have read at least 5 books toward their 25 book goal.
Congratulations to SMS student Mia Crider.  Her essay won at the Division (state) level for seventh grade.  Her essay was on the topic of "Appomattox:1865" which was submitted in March during her seventh grade year.  Her total monetary win was $150.00 when including the local, district, and division wins.
Mia also won second place in the Young Historian's Essay Competition sponsored by Mr. Robert S. Baker, Historian. in conjunction with the Chattooga County Historical Society.  In the absence of Mr. Eugene McGinnis who is out of town, Ms. Cox, Vice President of the local historical society,  will make the monetary (cash) presentation of $75.00 to Mia.  Her topic of choice for the essay was "The Lyerly Dam and Mill".  The objective of the essay contest was to inspire students to become more in-depth researchers of their local history.  Her certificate will follow at a later date. Ms. Debra Osborn is Mia's eighth grade social studies teacher.
Chic-fil-a biscuits will be sold every Thursday morning for $3.
Grandparent's Day 2015

Visit the new Chattooga County Schools online newspaper. Follow this link http://chattoogasmokesignals.com/
Thanks to the Forresters Group for a grant and the help from teachers and students, SMS now has beautiful landscaping lining the front of the school.
Updated Sports schedules are listed under CMS Athletics on the left side of the page.
Constant on School and System Web Sites
The School District must provide notification and information about the AMP-Asbestos Management Plan and any asbestos-related activities. Under 40 CFR § 763.93(g)(4), at least once each school year, the LEA must notify in writing parent, teacher, and employee organizations of the availability of the AMP and must include in the AMP, a description of the steps taken to notify such organizations, and a dated copy of the notification. In the absence of any such organizations for parents, teachers, or employees, the LEA must provide written notice to that relevant group of the availability of the AMP and must include in the AMP a description of the steps taken to notify such groups, and a dated copy of the notification.
Under 40 CFR § 763.93(e)(10), the AMP must include a description of the steps taken to inform workers and building occupants, or their legal guardians, about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress. Under 40 CFR § 763.84(c), the LEA must inform them about these activities at least once each school year.  The Digital Tech World has changed considerably; therefore, a constant Notification appears on the School System and Local School Web Site.
A statement should be place in Student Handbooks indicating that the Management Plan covering Asbestos Information is available in the School or Central Office-Board of Education of the School System.  Also, a notice should be place on a bulletin board or such in the Staff Work Room area of the Local School and System Site.

Chattooga County School District
AHERA “Annual Notification”
Available on School System and School Web Sites
On October 22, 1986, Congress promulgated the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Public Law 99-519. AHERA mandated that EPA develop regulations to respond to asbestos in schools.
On October 30, 1987, EPA promulgated the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule (hereinafter referred to as the AHERA Rule), 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E.   This rule requires that all of the nation's nonprofit elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, identify and inspect their school buildings for both friable and non-friable asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) and develop a plan to properly and safely manage any discovered asbestos material for each building.  
This Document and Notice offers “Annual Notification” that the Chattooga County School System seeks to update the (AHERA) Asbestos Management Plan in a timely manner as required by the Environmental Protection Agency under Federal Law, 40 CFR 763, Subpart E, and in doing so will meet this notification requirement plus other aspects  of the AHERA Program. 
The Management Plan for each school site and buildings are available for review in the main office of each school as well as the Chattooga County Board of Education and School System Central Office.   
The Management Plan includes at least the following for each building: building diagrams, re-inspection and assessment documents, individual building room schedules, asbestos location drawings, periodic surveillance updates, maintenance plan guidelines, awareness training, testing results; plus response and removal activities.   
The Chattooga County Schools Local AHERA Designated Contact person is Mr. John Worsham, Director and Supervisor of Facilities and Maintenance.  He may be contacted for further information if needed at the Chattooga County Board of Education Central Office at the following numbers:  Office: 706-857-3447 or Mobile: 706-346-6939.
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