Week of January 13th

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Q2 Report Cards were made available online in StudentVue and ParentVue Friday, January 10, 2020. Please sign the envelope on the appropriate line indicating that you have viewed your child’s report card and the information inside of the envelope. Students are to return the signed envelope to their homeroom teacher by the close of next week. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view your child’s grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services to get signed up.

We are excited to announce upcoming events that your child will be invited to attend this spring at East Cobb Middle School. To provide a safe and orderly environment at these events, we will be implementing a behavior expectations plan. All students recently participated in Team Talks January 13th and January 14th.  During these “Talks”, topics of discussion included but were not limited to: academics, retention, attendance, behavior, and goals.

From Nurse Jacobson: We have had an increase in sore throats, coughs, vomiting and fevers this past week. We have had students come to school with fevers as high as 103.1 degrees. This is concerning as sick students have been exposing these symptoms to their classmates and ECMS staff. Parents please keep your children home from school when there has been vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever. Students need to remain at home until there has been no vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducers or medications to alleviate symptoms. These medications do not cure children, they improve symptoms while students continue to expose other students and staff to their illnesses.

8th grade students will have a Human Growth and Development of a guest speaker this week.  All 8th grade students have been given the form to be completed by parents.  Health and PE Human Growth forms need to be signed and returned by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

It’s that time of year when spring track begins.  Registration for East Cobb Cheetahs Track Club is now open.  Simply go to www.eastcobbcheetahs.org and join this outstanding youth program.  Sign up today!

Please help us meet our Invest with Positivity goal at ECMS this year by contributing to the campaign. We have raised more than half the mark but need your help to reach our $35,000 target.  Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign!  You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets.

Parents, you are welcome to take advantage of shout outs/special messages displayed on our digital marquee in the front of the school. See the PTSA’s website to sign-up for a special shout-out/message on the ECMS marquee.

CCSD will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 for the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar. The magnets are available in the front office for only $1 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester. Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $1! Come to the front office or send your child with $1 to pick one up for you.


Week of January 6th

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Q2 Report Cards will be made available online in Student and ParentVue this Friday, January 10, 2020. Please sign the envelope on the appropriate line indicating that you have viewed your child’s report card and the information inside of the envelope. Students are to return the signed envelope to their homeroom teacher by the close of next week. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view your child’s grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services to get signed up.

From Nurse Jacobson: We have had an increase in sore throats, coughs, vomiting and fevers this past week. We have had students with fevers as high as 103.1 degrees. Parents please keep your children home from school when there has been vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever. Students need to remain at home until there has been no vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducers or medications to alleviate symptoms. These medications do not cure children, they improve symptoms while students continue to expose other students and staff to their illnesses.

The ECMS Invest with Positivity Campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have raised more than half the mark but need your help to reach our $35,000 target.

Parents, you are welcome to take advantage of shout outs/special messages displayed on our digital marquee in the front of the school. See the PTSA’s website to sign-up for a special shout-out/message on the ECMS marquee.

CCSD will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 for the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Parents please refrain from allowing students to bring valuable items and electronic devices to school. When they do, it is at their own risk. We will not expend resources to police lost or stolen items. Please reiterate this message at home. It is in the best interest to leave expensive and valuable items at home.

Cell Phones: If a student is in possession of a cellphone/device upon entering a classroom… Cellphones/Devices must be docked in the pocket docking station upon entering class. (STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN THE DEVICE TO THEIR LOCKER, IF THEY ARE IN POSSESSION OF IT UPON ENTERING CLASS, IT MUST BE DOCKED IN THE ASSIGNED DOCKING POCKET IN THE CLASSROOM). Cellphone/Devices should not be seen or heard in the classroom, cafe, hallway or at school unless it has been deemed appropriate for instructional use ONLY by the teacher, enacting BYOD; which will be communicated prior to or at the beginning of class. If a student’s phone is not docked in a pocket, which would indicate that the student is not in possession of a phone in the classroom. Students who violate the cell phone policy will receive consequences related to insubordination.

ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar. The magnets are available in the front office for only $1 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester. Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $1! Come to the front office or send your child with $1 to pick one up for you.


Week of December 16th

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From Nurse Jacobson: We have had an increase in sore throats, coughs, vomiting and fevers this past week. We have had students with fevers as high as 103.1 degrees. Parents please keep your children home from school when there has been vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever. Students need to remain at home until there has been no vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducers or medications to alleviate symptoms. These medications do not cure children, they improve symptoms while students continue to expose other students and staff to their illnesses.

Early Release: Thursday, December 19, 2019 & Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 1:30PM
No School: December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020, Cobb County School District will be closed for the Winter Holiday Break. School resumes January 6, 2020.

The ECMS Invest with Positivity Campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have raised more than half the mark but need your help to reach our $35,000 target.

BETA Club members are hosting a “Toys for Tots” toy drive! Please donate toys to help those in need. The toy donation boxes are in Student Services. We will accept toys until Thursday, December 19! Thank you!

ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar. The magnets are available in the front office for only $2 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester. Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $2! Come to the front office or send your child with $2 to pick one up for you.
Parents, you are welcome to take advantage of shout outs/special messages displayed on our digital marquee in the front of the school. See the PTSA’s website to sign-up for a special shout-out/message on the ECMS marquee.


Week of December 9th

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The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have raised more than half the mark but need your help to reach our $35,000 target.

BETA Club members are hosting a “Toys for Tots” toy drive! Please donate toys to help those in need. The toy donation boxes are in Student Services. We will accept toys until Thursday, December 19! Thank you!


Early Release: Thursday, December 19, 2019 & Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 1:30PM
No School: December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020, Cobb County School District will be closed for the Winter Holiday Break. School resume January 6, 2020.
Speaking of the school calendar, ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar. The magnets are available in the front office for only $2 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester. Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $2! Come to the front office or send your child with $2 to pick one up for you.

Front Office Deliveries & Messages…
• Please refrain from bringing cupcakes and treats for your child’s birthday to school. Cupcakes and treats will NOT be permitted. We know that the birthdays are a special day, but the middle school learning environment is not conducive to class/cafeteria celebrations.
• Parents you are welcome to take advantage of shout-outs/special messages displayed on our digital marquee in the front of the school. See the PTSA’s website to sign-up for a special shout-out/message!
• Our front office at East Cobb Middle School is very busy all of the time. In the past we have been inundated with parents dropping off lunches, sportswear/equipment, keys, and money; along with phone calls instructing the front office staff to relay messages to students about transportation and other personal reminders. Parents please be sure your student brings lunch with them or that you provide money for them to buy lunch each day. We know that emergencies arise, and we will be happy to assist in those instances. Please help us and remember that if you are going to bring forgotten items such as lunch or after school items for your child to pick-up from the front office, make sure that they are aware that you will bring it and they may come by during their lunchtime or at dismissal to retrieve items. We cannot subject our front office to serve as the liaison for personal deliveries and reminders. Also, as a reminder, students will not be called to the front office for early dismissal until the parent arrives to check the student out. We are committed to not disrupting their instructional time until absolutely necessary.
• Early check-out time ends at 3:45PM. If a student must be checked out prior to 3:45PM. Announcements each day begin at 4:10PM in order to dismiss car riders right at 4:15PM. There is no after school care at Middle Schools.

Cell Phones: If a student is in possession of a cellphone/device upon entering a classroom… Cellphones/Devices must be docked in the pocket docking station upon entering class. (STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN THE DEVICE TO THEIR LOCKER, IF THEY ARE IN POSSESSION OF IT UPON ENTERING CLASS, IT MUST BE DOCKED IN THE ASSIGNED DOCKING POCKET IN THE CLASSROOM). Cellphone/Devices should not be seen or heard in the classroom, cafe, hallway or at school unless it has been deemed appropriate for instructional use ONLY by the teacher, enacting BYOD; which will be communicated prior to or at the beginning of class. If a student’s phone is not docked in a pocket, which would indicate that the student is not in possession of a phone in the classroom. Students who violate the cell phone policy will receive consequences related to insubordination.

Parents please refrain from allowing students to bring valuable items and electronic devices to school. When they do, it is at their own risk. We will not expend resources to police lost or stolen items. Please reiterate this message at home. It is in the best interest to leave expensive and valuable items at home.


Week of December 2nd

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Magnet Applications are due tonight at (11:59 PM) on Monday, December 2, 2019. This is the only opportunity to apply for the academic magnet programs. We encourage every student to complete and submit the application if he or she has interests in any of Magnet programs. Click on the link below for more information. http://academics.cobbk12.org/index.php/ad/tl/apl/advanced-learning/magnet-programs/

Reality U is coming to ECMS on December 5, 2019 and we need volunteers from 9:00am – 11:30am. Reality U helps youth acquire personal financial education to prepare them for their lives as adults – all packed into a highly interactive 75-minute simulation of life! Please go to the ECMS Facebook page to sign-up or contact Mrs. Garnigan for more information. Thank you!

The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have already raised over $10,000 but we need your help to reach our target.

The Angel Tree is now up in the front office at East Cobb Middle School. Please come by to select your Angel. Specific instructions are posted in the front office next to the tree. Please return your wrapped gift with the attached angel by Monday Dec 9th. If you have any questions please free feel to reach out to our school social worker, Monica Bright.

ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar. The magnets are available in the front office for only $2 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester. Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $2! Come to the front office or send your child with $2 to pick one up for you.

Just a reminder: As the holidays approach, please refrain from bringing cupcakes and treats for your child’s birthday or holiday treats to school. Cupcakes and treats will NOT be permitted. We know that treats are fun, but the middle school learning environment is not conducive to class/cafeteria celebrations.

At this time, we will no longer issue bus passes to buses (2232 or 1468). These buses are full, and no extra space is available for additional riders.

Early Release: Thursday, December 19, 2019 & Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 1:30PM



Week of November 18th

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The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have already raised over $10,000 but we need your help to reach our target.

Regarding students report of absence: It is the responsibility of parents to notify the school in writing and/or email the reason for their child’s absence within 3 days.  This written note from parent or medical professional must include the date and reason for the absence with a signature. If a note is NOT submitted within 3 days, the absence may be coded as UNEXCUSED.

Q2 4 ½ Weeks progress reports will be made available in ParentVue on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. An envelope with other pertinent information will be sent home with students. Please return the envelope with your signature indicating that you have viewed your child’s progress report online and all the information in the envelope. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view your child’s grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services to get signed up.

The ECMS Talent Show is Thursday November 21, 2019 at 6PM. Tickets are $1 and will be pre-sold. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Students must be accompanied by a parent and are not allowed to stay after school. Students must go home afterschool and return to school with parents.

ECMS has magnets with our school’s logo and a school year at a glance calendar.  The magnets are available in the front office for only $2 each since we are already nearing the end of first semester.  Next year’s magnets will be $5 at the start of school. We are excited to provide a quick simple reference for you with these magnets.  RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ONLY $2!  Come to the front office or send your child with $2 to pick one up for you.

Georgia Parent Survey
The Georgia Parent Survey is now available! Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating for East Cobb Middle School. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Parents who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the school to set up a time to utilize Parent Resources for internet use. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted on the school’s and the PTSA’s website as well as here. Georgia Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

The Angel Tree is up!
Be an angel and support an Angel! The Angel Tree is now up in the front office at East Cobb Middle School, so please come by to select your Angel. Specific instructions are posted in the front office next to the tree. Please return your wrapped gift with the attached angel by Monday Dec 9th.   If you have any questions please free feel to reach out to our school social worker, Monica Bright.

CCSD will be closed for Thanksgiving Break November 25th – 29th!


Week of November 11th

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The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have already raised over $10,000 but we need your help to reach our target.

At this time we will no longer issue bus passes to buses (2232 or 1468). These buses are filled to capacity and space is not available for additional riders.

Q2 4 ½ Weeks progress reports will be made available in ParentVue on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. An envelope with other pertinent information will be sent home with students. Please return the envelope with your signature indicating that you have viewed your child’s progress report online and all of the information in the envelope. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view your child’s grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services to get signed up.
The ECMS Talent Show is Thursday November 21, 2019 at 6PM. Tickets are $1 and will be pre-sold. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Students must accompanied by a parent and are not allowed to stay after school. Students must go home afterschool and return to school with parents.
CCSD will be closed for Thanksgiving Break November 25th – 29th!
Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is now available! Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating for East Cobb Middle School. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Parents who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the school to set up a time to utilize Parent Resources for internet use. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted on the school’s and the PTSA’s website as well as here. Georgia Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Parents, you may still submit the Scoliosis Opt out letter if you do not want to have your student screened at school. Please read the letter and view the link found on the PTSA blog or ECMS website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRqiyqz7TXU&t=139s regarding the process for the Scoliosis screening. If you do not wish to have your child screen by school personnel, please sign and return the Opt out letter to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Parents please refrain from allowing students to bring valuable items and electronic devices to school. When they do, it is at their own risk. We will not expend resources to police lost or stolen items. Please reiterate this message at home. It is in the best interest to leave expensive and valuable items at home.
If a student is in possession of a cellphone/device upon entering a classroom… Cellphones/Devices must be docked in the pocket docking station upon entering class. (STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN THE DEVICE TO THEIR LOCKER, IF THEY ARE IN POSSESSION OF IT UPON ENTERING CLASS, IT MUST BE DOCKED IN THE ASSIGNED DOCKING POCKET IN THE CLASSROOM). Cellphone/Devices should not be seen or heard in the classroom, cafe, hallway or at school unless it has been deemed appropriate for instructional use ONLY by the teacher, enacting BYOD; which will be communicated prior to or at the beginning of class. If a student’s phone is not docked in a pocket, which would indicate that the student is not in possession of a phone in the classroom. Students who violate the cell phone policy will receive consequences related to insubordination.


Week of November 4th

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No school Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Teacher Work Day!

The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have already raised over $10,000 but we need your help to reach our target.

It’s ECMS SPIRIT NIGHT AT ZAXBY’s LOWER ROSWELL! Come out for dinner, snacks and drinks! Every bite and every sip counts! Thanks for supporting ECMS anyway you can.

The Georgia Parent Survey is now available! Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating for East Cobb Middle School. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Parents who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the school to set up a time to utilize Parent Resources for internet use. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted on the school’s and the PTSA’s website as well as here. Georgia Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents.

Parents, you may still submit the Scoliosis Opt out letter if you do not want to have your student screened at school.  Please read the letter and view the link found on the PTSA blog or ECMS website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRqiyqz7TXU&t=139s  regarding the process for the Scoliosis screening.  If you do not wish to have your child screen by school personnel, please sign and return the Opt out letter to your child’s homeroom teacher.


Week of October 21st

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Q1 report cards have been made available online in ParentVue. Parents if you did not attend a FACE-to-FACE conference, your child was given a hard copy in an envelope. Please sign the envelope on the appropriate line indicating that you have viewed your child’s report card and the information inside of the envelope. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view your child’s grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services to get signed up.

East Cobb Middle School has experienced population growth that exceeded our projected teacher allotment needs. To better meet the academic needs of our students we have hired 4 new teachers. We have hired an additional 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher, 8th grade Music teacher, an English Language Learner Teachers, a new PE/Health Teacher. This will allow us to alleviate some overcrowding and reduce the ratio of students to teacher for these core subjects and PE/Connections.
Beginning Quarter 2 (October 14, 2019), students were randomly assigned to these new classes.

Seventh grade students will be attending a field trip to the Alliance Theater on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to see A Christmas Carol. Students must submit permission slips to their homeroom teacher no later than Friday, November 1, 2019. The cost is $20. There will be no refunds.

We are on a Mission: STEAM Possible here at ECMS! Please click the link below to submit the information needed to order t-shirts to represent and support our mission. The cost is $15 per t-shirt and are in ADULT sizes only. Please select the grade level or “Agency” you’d like to represent.
Agent: Explorer 6th grade, Innovator 7th grade, or Architect 8th grade. Cash or check made payable to East Cobb Middle School. Place money in a school payment envelope and place it in the safe on/ before Friday, October 25, 2019. Mark the Envelope STEAM T-Shirt.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLQ9itpY2kshDhpZTlISGU1VUNzBNTVZLQ0tKT1ZSV1E0UEUwQjI2VDBQWS4u

The ECMS Invest with Positivity campaign has officially launched with a goal of $35,000! Money continues to support PTA programs and events, Curriculum & Field Trip Grants, school clubs and enrichment. The goal also includes funding an outdoor classroom and a set of bleachers. Please help us meet our goal this year by contributing to the campaign. You can find information on the PTA/Foundation website and social media outlets. We have already raised over $10,000 but we need your help to reach our target.

RED RIBBON WEEK – October 21-25, 2019
Monday: Red Out ~ Wear red head to toe!
Tuesday: Sock It to Drugs ~ Wear crazy socks!
Wednesday: Drugs and I Don’t Mix! ~Wear crazy mismatched clothes from head to toe!
Thursday: Drug Free Team Day ~ Wear your favorite team gear!
Friday: Buddy Up Against Drugs ~ Dress like a friend/”twinning” day

The Georgia Parent Survey is now available! Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating for East Cobb Middle School. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Parents who do not have access to the Internet, may contact the school to set up a time to utilize Parent Resources for internet use. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted on the school’s and the PTSA’s website as well as here. Georgia Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents