News You Can Use…

Important Information…

Student Portal– Did you know that you can check your grades anytime you want? You can even do it from your phone!

The Student Portal gives you access to your detailed grade reports and some of your textbooks online!

Help Days– I am available to help your child individually before school on Wednesday from 8:15-9:00. Simply drop them off anytime between 8:00 and 8:15 outside the cafeteria and they will be released to their teachers from the cafeteria at 8:15.

Parent Portal– You can check your child’s grades and other information at any time on the Parent Portal. If you signed up for the Parent Portal in elementary school, your log in information will be the same. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it. If you’ve never signed up for the Portal, you can do so with your drivers license in the main office.

McConnell Minute– School Announcements are sent out by email.


Supply List for 8th ELA Students include:

  • 4×6 Lined Index Cards – several packs that will be kept/housed in the ELA classroom for daily writing
  • 15-20 Sheet protectors (I found a few at the Dollar Tree – You will need one pack)
  • One 1.5″ or 2″ binder, and notebook paper
  • Pencils, erasers, and Blue/Black Pens – DAILY
  • Suggestion – Earbuds / flash drive for temporary documents (kept by student)
  • 2 inch binder for Student-Led Conferences later this year – needed to compile your student’s portfolio in preparation. 🙂

Any and all donations are truly appreciated! Please know that the following items are always needed and welcomed:  4×6 Index Cards or larger ones (WE Write DAILY)  –  Kleenex/Facial tissues  –  hand sanitizer  –  paper towels, Clorox/Lysol wipes, and extra pencils, and hard candy treats for the treat box (yes – 8th grade students love jolly ranchers, mints, etc.) Thanks



I plan to use REMIND to stay connected to both parents and students via short text messages/updates about class/school happenings in lieu of my webpage; please subscribe. Remind is a one-way text messaging and email system. With Remind, all personal information remains completely confidential.  No phone numbers are visible to anyone.

On your smartphone/device, please type this address in your web browser:


The McConnell Middle School Cell Phone & Electronic Device Policy 2019-2020


Cellphones are not allowed.

If you need to contact your child during the day, you may call the front office (770) 554-1000. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we try to shape our students into outstanding citizens.


Important Dates to Remember:

  • August 5: First Day of School!
  • Oct. 10, 11, & 14: Fall Break
  • Oct. 23 & 24: Early Release Semester One
  • Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 23 – Jan. 3: Holidays!
  • Jan. 6: Students return to school – Semester Two begins
  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Feb. 17: Student Holiday
  • Feb. 19 & 20: Early Release
  • March 30 – April 3: Spring Break!
  • May 20: The Last Day of School


Suggestions for raising an avid reader at home:

  1. Have daily conversations with your child about what they are reading.
  2. Create a time and space for your child to read EVERY day. Studies have shown that reading at least 20-30 minutes each day can increase skills in writing, reading and speaking.
  3. Focus more on what your child is thinking or feeling about the reading, rather than what they read.
  4. Do not limit your child’s reading preferences. If he or she prefers graphic novels over classic literature, that’s ok! When your child reads for fun, it should be what they choose.

Homework– We often hear concerned parents say that their child always claims that they don’t have homework. This is simply not the truth! In order to be successful, most students will need to study 10-15 minutes a night per subject.

– Students should be reading DAILY – textbooks, magazine articles, novels, etc. They may choose the genre that they read, yet I encourage that they read “Non-Fiction” books often.The Non-Fiction genre (AKS) supports close, rigorous reading of informational text and encourages students to ask “what’s the evidence?”

– When students begin to uncover a full range of facts and opinions, informational/non-fiction pieces of text helps strengthen critical thinking skills in students. Thus, they are all career and college ready in the future.

Ways to Study
Flashcards- You can make your own flashcards by hand or use a website/app like StudyBlue.

Explore all your teachers’ webpages. While my page has resources that we’ve used in class, it also contains information that goes beyond what we’ve covered in class. It’s a good way to master a topic!

Sunday Night…What to do?
It’s a good idea to start every week off making sure you are ready and prepared for the week. It only takes 15 minutes!

1. Empty your book bag. Make a stack of loose papers and get all the other “stuff” out of your book bag you don’t need. (Rotten banana peels, candy wrappers, etc) 🙂

2. Sort your loose papers by subject- Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, trash and papers to give Mom/Dad.

3. Put all your loose pages where they belong in the appropriate notebook or binder.

4. Give your Mom/Dad the papers that you were supposed to give them (days ago). 🙂

5. Check your pencil box. Make sure its loaded with everything you need for the week: pencils, pens, glue sticks, tape, highlighters, colored pencils and pencil sharpener.

You are ready for the week?


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