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Letter to Parents, Oct. 13, 2015

 Letter to parents

APS United We Play, Week of Oct. 17, 2015



District Announcements

  • APS Charter System Video


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  • August 1, 2015

    Parents’ Right To Know

    Dear APS Parents and Guardians:

    Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year.  All schools are required by federal law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA), to let you know about your child’s teachers’ qualifications.  We want you to know that it is your right to request the following information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials:

    • Whether the teacher met the state requirements from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification for the grade level and subject area which they teach;
    • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other temporary status through which Georgia qualification or certification criteria have been waived;
    • What undergraduate or graduate degree(s) the teacher holds; including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration; and whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

    Please know that the staff at your child’s school is committed to helping your child reach his or her highest academic potential throughout their school career.  That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled and are providing quality instruction to your child.

    If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teachers’ qualifications, please contact your child’s principal, by phone or email, using the information provided on your school’s website.


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  • APS Pilots Online Enrollment System Beginning July 6

    Atlanta Public Schools is piloting during July 6-10, 2015 an online enrollment system that parents can use to enroll new students online, when and where it is most convenient for them, and in just a few minutes.  Parents will have the ability to enter the student’s enrollment information and securely upload documents before visiting the school to finalize enrollment. 

    The online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child's enrollment information and confidentially upload scans or PDFs of forms like birth certificates or immunization records to create their preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student's neighborhood school and can forward it directly to the school or enrollment site.  Parents will then visit the school or enrollment site to complete the process and present residency documents and student documents, such as certified birth certificates, social security cards and immunization records, to staff to review and confirm their authenticity.

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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:

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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 

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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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  • Let the Giving Begin! (see more here)

    JCYMS is an official Toys for Tots drop off location.We are starting our Toys for Tots School Charity drive hosted by the Community and Public Relations Committee (CPR). We should have a total of four white donation boxes in the Main Office and are encouraging all students and staff to open your hearts and wallets for a great cause this holiday season. Toys for Tots is an amazing charity that works through the U.S. Marine Corps and works with major corporations all over the world, so we consider it an honor that they would allow us to be a public drop site for their charity.

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  • Motown Christmas at Mays Dec. 10th (see flyer here)

    Join the talented Fine Arts Dept of Mays Cluster as they showcase our talented children in this Motown Production.

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  • Let's Get Camera Ready! Picture Retake Day November 12th!

    JCYMS Picture Day is November 12th. For more than 70 years, Lifetouch has partnered with schools to provide the industry's standard in quality portrait products and services. We capture the spirit of today and preserve memories for tomorrow. Packages ranging from $11 are being offered.

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  • National Parent Engagement Month (see calendar)

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  • Wolf Pack Basketball (see schedule here)

    The Wolfpack is taking it to the hoop! Join us in your red and gold paraphernalia as we cheer the Wolfpack basketball teams to victory!

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  • Cluster Concert features YOUNG MIDDLE ORCHESTRA (see flyer)

    Support Conductor Huewitt and the Young Middle School Orchestra

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  • JCYMS Upcoming Events (see note to parents here)

    Families Matter at Jean Childs Young Middle School. The school, parents, students, and community will meet to discuss ways to increase student motivation and academic achievement. Students will bring their most current report cards to the meeting. All parents and students are encouraged to attend. The Family Matters meeting is Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center. On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, we will have our Do Drop In Conferences. Parents will have the opportunity to speak to all teachers at their respective planning period about their child's progress.

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  • "Do Drop In" Conferences Every 1st & 3rd Wed.

    In an effort to ensure that parents receive additional communication regarding their child’s progress, we will conduct our first “DO DROP IN” initiative for parents on Wednesday, August 19th in the Parent Center. “DO DROP IN”, is a time that will be allotted for parents to drop in during teachers’ respective planning period and get (1) a recent update on your child’s progress, (2) a copy of 1st semester CAAS results, (3) a possible retention letter (if applicable), (4) resources that parents can use to help students at home, and (5) resources the school is offering to ensure the success of our students (AVA Program, Before/After School Tutorial, extra assignments).

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  • JCY Choral Dept. Presents Tribute to Motown

    Join us October29th to enjoy the fabtastic JCY Fine Arts Dept. Admission: 2 can goods

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  • Project Restore and Reboot (see program flyer here)

    Let's provide opportunities for our students to compete in society! Donate computers to JCY students so that they can use the technology needed to research and complete projects and assignments.

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  • more

It is imperative that we promote a comfortable and welcoming environment in which our students and teachers feel safe, respected and competent.

Overall, students are doing great with adhering to 
the“Big 4” : 
1. Wear uniform daily
2. No  profanity
3. No fighting
4. Be respectful to everyone. 

If you have a concern regarding your child's attendance, grades, performance or discipline, please communicate with the teacher first and then with the administration.  Teachers are more than willing to speak and conference with you.

Together, we can make a difference, and I hope this school year will be the beginning of a new journey for Jean Childs Young Middle with you in transitioning Jean Childs Young Middle School from GOOD to GREAT!