2018 Palmer Geography Bee
Congratulations to these students for winning their grade level Geography Bee
On January 30, 2018, these students competed for the school-wide Geography Bee
1st Place Winner is Colin Mitchell
Runner-up is James Doster
Calling all Drama Enthusiasts!
Success Block Theater Sessions
Mr. Hicks and Kell Drama students will lead an interactive class in theatre games and improvisation. No experience necessary. Just be ready to participate and have fun! All Palmer 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to participate.
Please check the Success Block Schedule for the times and dates Mr. Hicks will be at our school.
8th Grade End-of-Year Activities
Mark your calendars for the 8th grade activities this year. We will have a Spring Dance on April 20th from 7pm-9pm and the Carnival & Slide Show on May 23rd during the school day. We’re also working on several 8th grade spirit nights in March and April. If you’d like to be involved with any of the planning, contact Heather Galloway at HeatherGalloway@comcast.net for the next meeting time. Otherwise, stay tuned for more details!
In the meantime, we need you to go ahead and find that perfect baby picture right now (anything from age 5 and under). Please email the picture to HeatherGalloway@comcast.net or bring your physical picture into the front office as soon as possible. Please indicate your student’s first and last name and homeroom teacher (either in the email or written on the back of the picture).
Please note: This picture, along with the student’s yearbook photo, will be used in the slideshow and may be pressed to a permanent disc for distribution to students.
8th Grade News
On the morning of February 7th, all 8th grade students will be participating in a field trip to visit their zoned feeder high school (Kell or North Cobb). Permission slips were distributed to all 8th grade students in homeroom on January 5th. Your student must return a signed permission slip to his or her homeroom teacher in order to participate. Students who do not return a permission slip will have to remain at Palmer on February 7th and will not be allowed to participate. If your student has not turned in a signed permission slip yet to their homeroom teacher, please make sure they do so ASAP.
Also, save the date—Kell High School’s Rising 9th Grade Parent Night will be on February 8th at 6 pm at Kell. North Cobb High School’s Rising 9th Grade Parent Night will be on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm at North Cobb.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren Holland, Palmer’s 8th Grade Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Destiny’s Daughters of Promise (DDP) is a mentor and leadership program for middle and high school girls that meets after school on Wednesdays at Palmer. They are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Program activities are grounded in leadership development and basic like skills that serve to help teen girls discover their strengths, potential and leadership abilities. A $25 registration fee is required. To learn more about the program, visit www.ddpgirls.org. Please reach out to Tanya McKinney at email@example.com if you are interested in this program for your female student.
411 from your School Social Worker
Please remember any time you child is absent they need to have an excuse note from either the parent or a doctor. This is for all absences, even if the absence is unexcused (i.e.: vacation)
Notes are to be turned in to Heather Simmons, PPO Clerk.
January Attendance Awards
6th Grade – Mrs. Hunt/Mr. Defusco
7th Grade – Mrs. Sutherland
8th Grade – TIE – Mr. Whitten and Ms. Bowden
“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Important Notice Regarding Progress Reports and Report Cards:
We are going paperless! Please see the attached parent letter to find out more about our move to online progress reports and report cards. You will find directions for accessing your students’ progress reports and report cards via ParentVue. Alternately, if you do not have access to the internet, you may contact your child’s counselor to receive a paper copy by request. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to reduce our paper waste.
Palmer Spring Tutoring Schedule
January 24 – March 9
Tutoring sessions begin at 8:15 am. AVID in the AM starts at 8:00 am.
Please follow this link for the SPRING SEMESTER 2017-2018 schedule.
Car Pool Rules
For the safety of all the children, please do not stop to pick up your student in the afternoon until your car is inside the blue painted lines. Also, if you would prefer to park your car, we ask that you meet your child at the crosswalk and walk with them back to your car.
Early Check-Out Procedures
Please help us to maximize your students learning experience by minimizing classroom interruptions. We ask that if your child needs to leave school early, please SEND a note with him/her to school. Your child should take the note to the Attendance Office where he/she will be given an early dismissal pass. That way, your child will be waiting for you in the Attendance Office when you arrive. Your help with student check-out will be greatly appreciated! Due to verification we cannot accept dismissals over the phone.
Parents, please remember that you need to stop by the front office to sign in as a visitor anytime that you are in the building. This applies to the mornings before the 8:50 homeroom bell as well as after school.
This is for the safety of all the students and staff in the building.
Yearbooks on Sale Now
To reserve your book, simply go to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com OR call 1-866-287-3096 and use order number 2401. There is a No Additional Fee to order through the Order Center.
You can also order your yearbook at Palmer MS; please make your check payable to Palmer Middle School.
Sold every Wednesday before school starts in front of the School Store!
Flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla
Support Palmer’s PTSA
Whether you need notebooks and paper or mints and locker mirrors, we have lots to offer in the school store. You can also buy your spirit wear here! Please visit http://palmer.ptsamail.com/school-store/ to check out all the items and prices. We plan to be open every morning from 8:40-9:10, so come by and check things out.
Help Wanted for Biscuit Sales
The PTSA would like to bring back Chick-fil-A biscuits on Thursday mornings. We need at least 5 adults willing to volunteer (one person per week). Volunteers would need to pick up the biscuits from Chick-fil-A on Chastain Road at 7:30 AM, sell them in front of the school between 8:00-8:50 AM and then return the bags back to the store by 9:00 AM. If you are interested, please email Heather Galloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fabulous way for the PTSA to raise money.
Calendar of Events
Jan 29 2018 (4:15 pm): Talent Show Rehearsal – First half of the show
Jan 30 2018 (4:15 pm): Talent Show Rehearsal – Second half of the show
Jan 30 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Jan 31 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Jan 31 2018 (4:15-5:15 pm): Full Rehearsal of the Talent Show
Feb 1 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Feb 1 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Feb 1 2018 (7:00 pm): Palmer Talent Show
Feb 2 2018 (8:00 am) ART Club
Feb 2 2018: First Friday Duty Free PTSA Lunch
Feb 2 2018: End of 3rd Quarter 4 ½ Weeks
Feb 2 2018: Kell High School / North Cobb High School 8th Grade Visit during connections
Feb 5 2018 (3:45 pm): PTSA Board Meeting
Feb 5 2018 (6:00-8:00 pm): Art Work Display at Children’s Healthcare Town Center Outpatient
Feb 6 2018 (8:00 am): AVID Site Team Meeting
Feb 6 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): 4-H Club
Feb 6 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Feb 7 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Feb 7 2018: 8th Graders Visit Kell and North Cobb High Schools
Feb 7 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Feb 8 2018 (8:00 am): Yearbook Meeting
Feb 8 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Feb 8 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Feb 9 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Feb 9 2018: Club Yearbook Picture Day (Rescheduled from January 26 2018)
Feb 9 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Feb 9 2018: School Night at Sparkles Skating
Feb 9 2018 (6-9 pm): Chalker ES BINGO Night at Palmer MS
Feb 9 – 10 2018: District XII Honor Band
Feb 13 2018: 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra LGPE
Feb 13 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Feb 14 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Feb14 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Feb 15 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Feb 15 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Feb 16 2018 (8:15 am): School Council Meeting
Feb 16 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Feb 15 – 17 2018: All-State Chorus
Feb 19-23 2018: WINTER BREAK
Feb 27 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Feb 27 2018 (4:15-5:30 pm): 6th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Feb 28 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Feb 28 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Feb 28 2018: (4:15-5:30 pm): 7th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Mar 1 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 1 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Mar 1 2018 (4:15-5:30 pm): 8th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Mar 1 2018 (4:30-6:30 pm): 7-1 & 7-1 Symphonic Band Camp
Mar 2 2018 (8:00 am): BETA Club Meeting
Mar 2 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Mar 2 2018 (4:30-6:30 pm): 7-1 & 7-1 Symphonic Band Camp
Mar 5 2018 (3:45 pm): PTSA Board Meeting
Mar 5 2018 (4:30 pm): 7th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 5 2018 (5:30 pm): 8th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 6 2018 (8:00 am): AVID Site Team Meeting
Mar 6 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): 4-H Club
Mar 6 2018 (4:30 pm): 6th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 6 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Mar 7 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Mar 7 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Mar 8 2018 (8:00 am): Yearbook Meeting
Mar 8 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 8 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Mar 8 2018 (7:00 pm): 7th & 8th Grade Pre-Festival Concert
Mar 9 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Mar 9 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
You can also check the Palmer Calendar at http://palmer.ptsamail.com/calendar/