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Holcomb Bridge Middle School Named Microsoft Showcase School

Holcomb Bridge Middle School Named Microsoft Showcase School

One of Many Honors Received During the 2015-2016 School Year

Roswell, GA. Holcomb Bridge Middle School was recently named a Microsoft Showcase School and is one of only two schools in Fulton County to receive the honor. The Showcase Schools program recognizes schools that are leaders in technology-driven personalized learning. This designation provides the school’s teachers and leadership team with access to innovations in educational technology around the world and designates it as the host school for a showcase event to share information with educators throughout the Southeastern U.S.

This prestigious honor is not the first that the school has earned this year. Holcomb Bridge was named a Verizon Innovative Learning School directed by Digital Promise. Less than 20 middle schools across the U.S. have received this designation which includes a two-year commitment from Verizon to provide each student with an Apple iPad Air and 5 gigabytes of data each month for school-related work. Verizon also provides a full-time technical coach and unlimited access to technology experts.

Before receiving their iPads, students completed a course in digital citizenship. All students were required to take classes and pass quizzes related to Internet safety and protocol. After all students passed the course, Holcomb Bridge Middle School was designated a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Along with these technological honors, Holcomb Bridge has won praise for cultivating a school culture that fosters high achievement. The school recently received five stars, the highest rank possible, on the Georgia School Climate Index. This honor went to only seven other Fulton County schools and puts Holcomb Bridge in the top 15 percent of all Georgia state schools. In addition, the school was again named a Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. This distinction went to only three schools in Fulton County.

Principal Chris Shearer is quick to credit the Holcomb Bridge Middle School Community for this successful school year. “Holcomb Bridge continues to raise the bar as a world-class school. Without question, this has been a banner year for HBMS Hawks. We could not do it without great students and great parent and community support.”

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

Photo 1 Boys with iPads

Jake Anderson, Daniel Mazeall and Coen Quick use iPads to create multimedia news reports about earthquakes and volcanos.

Photo 2 Girls with iPads

Violeta Carbajal, Alex Swann and Kayla Edwards use iPads to research natural disasters in science class.

HBMS Wins Honors at International Model UN Conference in NY

HOLCOMB BRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL WINS HONORS AT INTERNATIONAL
MODEL UN CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK

Roswell, GA. Fifteen 8th grade students from Holcomb Bridge Middle School recently traveled to New York City to visit the United Nations Headquarters and debate current world issues with 1,600 of their peers from thirteen states and 11 countries at the 10th annual Global Classroom’s International Middle School Model UN Conference on March 26-28, 2015. The students were coached and accompanied to New York by HBMS Assistant Principal Matt Vance and teachers Martin Pracht, Becky Salvatore and Ashley Perry.

The student teams, acting as delegates from Ukraine, worked the entire year to research and practice discussions on Infectious Diseases, Combating Racism, Sustainable Energy, and Internet Free Speech. HBMS student Marianne Lamarche was awarded Outstanding Delegate in the UNICEF Committee and Oscar Lee and Isabelle Du Plessis worked together on the Environmental Committee and received an Honorable Mention.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School was the first middle school in Fulton County to participate in an international Model UN competition and is the only public middle school from Georgia to attend this year’s event. “Our Model UN team was extremely engaged in this rigorous, immersive experience,” said Assistant Principal Matthew Vance. “It was fantastic to see them collaborate with other student delegates from around the world to generate solutions to international issues.”

Marianne Lamarche called the experience ‘extraordinary.’ “The importance of working together and the benefit of taking risks and putting yourself out there are two of the life lessons I will take away from this program,” she added.

To cover the cost of the trip, HBMS students collectively raised over $20,000 using fundraisers throughout the year. Generous community sponsors included the HBMS PTA, Publix, Sawnee Electric, Sky Zone Roswell, and Studio Movie Grill.

“I am very proud of these students and our educators who coached and accompanied them,” said Principal Chris Shearer, “as well as grateful to our community sponsors. This is the 9th year that our school has participated in the International Model UN competition. As a school of global classrooms, it is a perfect fit for us.”

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

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The 2014-2015 HBMS Model UN Team on site at the United Nations Headquarters. Back row (left to right): Colin Kahl, Luke Van Dresser, Emmaline Wellborn, Oscar Lee, Diana Drake. Middle Row (left to right): Tahj Willis, Shaun Kim, Geordyn Marks, Amelia Muly, Breanna Nachazel, Aarzu Sardana, Trey Barbuto. Front row (left to right): Isabelle Du Plessis, Erika Rodriguez, Marianne Lamarche.

The 2014-2015 HBMS Model UN Team visits the Rockefeller Center: Back row (left to right): Colin Kahl, Luke Van Dresser, Tahj Willis, Shaun Kim, Emmaline Wellborn, Erika Rodriguez, Geordyn Marks, Amelia Muly, Oscar Lee, Aarzu Sardana, Diana Drake. Front row (left to right): Trey Barbuto, Marianne Lamarche, Isabelle Du Plessis, Breanna Nachazel.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Hayes
Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA
PR Chair
lomlamanda@gmail.com
http://school.fultonschools.org/ms/holcombbridge

Model UN at HQ
The 2014-2015 HBMS Model UN Team on site at the United Nations Headquarters. Back row (left to right): Colin Kahl, Luke Van Dresser, Emmaline Wellborn, Oscar Lee, Diana Drake. Middle Row (left to right): Tahj Willis, Shaun Kim, Geordyn Marks, Amelia Muly, Breanna Nachazel, Aarzu Sardana, Trey Barbuto. Front row (left to right): Isabelle Du Plessis, Erika Rodriguez, Marianne Lamarche.

Model UN at Rockefeller Center
The 2014-2015 HBMS Model UN Team visits the Rockefeller Center: Back row (left to right): Colin Kahl, Luke Van Dresser, Tahj Willis, Shaun Kim, Emmaline Wellborn, Erika Rodriguez, Geordyn Marks, Amelia Muly, Oscar Lee, Aarzu Sardana, Diana Drake. Front row (left to right): Trey Barbuto, Marianne Lamarche, Isabelle Du Plessis, Breanna Nachazel.

Publix Helps HBMS Raise Funds for National Model UN Conference

PUBLIX SHOWERS FLOWERS, SUPPORTS HOLCOMB BRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
RAISE FUNDS TO COMPETE AT NATIONAL MODEL UN CONFERENCE

March 9, 2015. Roswell, GA. Love was in the air when Publix Super Markets showed support for the Holcomb Bridge Middle School Model UN team by donating and delivering hundreds of carnations for a recent club fundraiser. Provided they raise the necessary funds, eighth grade students from the school will travel to New York City in the spring for an opportunity to debate current world issues with students from around the world at the United Nations Association’s annual Global Classrooms International Middle School Model UN Conference. The carnations, delivered by Store Manager Allie Holberg and Assistant Store Manager Matt Gould from the Haynes Bridge Publix, raised $700 for the club, bringing the team much closer to its $20,000 goal.

“Publix has a longstanding tradition of being active participants in our communities,” said Holberg. “Our company was pleased to partner with Holcomb Bridge today to support this team and share some love.” In addition to providing the carnations, Holberg went one step further, procuring an additional donation of $300 and committing to an ongoing relationship with Holcomb Bridge. “We feel very fortunate to have such a generous partner in Publix,” say Ashley Perry, teacher at Holcomb Bridge and one of the Model UN Team sponsors.

In total, 400 flowers were sold to parents, students and teachers. A special mention goes to teacher Lisa Baumohl who purchased flowers for each of her 108 students.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

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HBMS students and teachers preparing to deliver carnations. Left to right: Amelia Muly, Ansley Hamilton, Allie Holberg (Publix Store Manager) and HBMS teacher Becky Salvatore.

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8th grade student Oscar Lee is delivering carnations to raise funds for Model UN.

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The Model UN team poses with Allie Holberg and Matt Gould from Publix after sorting and delivering hundreds of carnations to students.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School Secures $225k Grant

HOLCOMB BRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL SECURES $225K GRANT

New Learning Initiative Extends Strategic Plan for Rigorous and Relevant Education for All Students

March 9, 2015. Roswell, GA. Holcomb Bridge Middle School (HBMS) was recently awarded a $225K grant to fund a unique learning initiative designed to strengthen both the short- and long-term academic success of all students in its dynamic and highly diverse community. The grant was awarded by the Fulton Education Foundation, a 501c founded in 1986 and designed to enhance the performance and lives of Fulton County students and faculty by facilitating innovative programs. The HBMS initiative seeks to further strengthen the current curriculum to provide a challenging academic environment for every student, regardless of their specific need. Holcomb Bridge successfully completed the rigorous application process in a collaborative effort between the HBMS Governance Council, school administration and the Northeast Learning Community.

The funds from the grant will be used to drive new programs that will take the school to the next level of performance: Project Based Learning and “The Bridge.”

Project Based Learning is the cornerstone of the program—a concept that is not new but with the advent of the digital world, is being embraced by cutting-edge schools like HBMS. This learning approach can effectively impart the skills that students need in today’s workforce by engaging students to learn not only the curricula and concepts involved in a project, but also how to organize and present their thoughts, how to manage a complex project in a limited amount of time and how to collaborate with members of a group. The grant will provide training for all of the school’s “core content” teachers through the Buck Institute this summer and in the 2015-16 school year, including a site visit to the King Middle School in Maine, a model for high achievement using project based learning in a school with similar demographics to Holcomb Bridge. Additional instructional technology training will be provided to teachers to support the new collaborative spaces—including new furniture and 21st century technology—that will be installed in August 2015. This approach will provide increased educational rigor and relevance for all students, including improving students’ written communication across curricula, and increasing the quality and quantity of interdisciplinary opportunities.

The Bridge specifically targets students who have a demonstrated need for academic support and will use two primary techniques: “Launching Pad,” an individualized, blended tutoring approach using classroom teachers and technology, administered in after-school sessions 3x a week and on Saturdays; and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), an instructional support program for at-risk students based on the principle that if you hold students to the highest standards and provide academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge. Students will participate in daily AVID connections class for 50 minutes per day, every day, for the entire school year.

“I am very excited about our new learning initiative and what it will do for our students and this school,” said Principal Chris Shearer. “We are very fortunate to have leaders like Kim Kapella, our Graduation Coach, and Jonathan Adel, our 7th grade assistant principal who envisioned what we can achieve with this program—and to have the support of the Fulton Education Foundation to reach our goals for this school.”

Kim Thompson, Chair of the school’s Governance Council agrees. “What I love about Holcomb Bridge and this community is that we are all dedicated to the same goal—ensuring the success of each and every student—and providing the best education to achieve that goal.”

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Hayes
Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA
PR Chair
lomlamanda@gmail.com
http://school.fultonschools.org/ms/holcombbridge

HBMS 7th Grade Students Conclude Integrative Study on Ebola at CDC

November 5, 2014. Roswell, GA.  The Holcomb Bridge Middle School (HBMS) 7th grade class recently concluded an integrative study on the Ebola virus with a field trip to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Museum and Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.  Teachers worked hard to deliver a relevant and rigorous set of cross-curricular lessons for the students, using the current events around Ebola as a platform to make it real.

Led by a teaching team of Pam Wright (language arts), Dwayne Gregory (social studies), Melanie McCollum (science) and Alexis Farmer (math), the students engaged in an intense and carefully coordinated set of lessons. In language arts, students read the non-fiction book The Hot Zone by Richard Preston; in social studies, students explored Africa and wrote a position paper on the history of health issues and the influence of government and politics on diseases like AIDS and Ebola. Science activities included creating public health posters on Ebola, simulating how viruses can spread, and completing contact tracing to determine the source of the virus outbreaks. Math classes examined similarities and differences between viruses and bacteria and how they affect living cells.

The segment concluded with a field trip to the museum at the CDC1 where several students tried on hazmat suits, learned the steps for preventing contamination, and explored the history of the CDC and the role it plays in today’s world.  In parallel, students were also able to visit the Fernbank Natural History museum.

“People of any age learn better when the subject is relevant to their lives, and they understand how it affects them personally,” said Pam Wright. “By weaving the topic through all core courses, we hoped to provide a learning opportunity that will have a lasting impact on our students.”

According to one student, the objective was accomplished. “It was really interesting learning about Ebola in a lot of different ways, such as using hands-on science experiments, in addition to reading the book.  And, we were pretty fortunate to go to the CDC museum when this is such an important issue we’re facing.”  Principal Chris Shearer agreed.  “Since coming to HBMS this year, I have been very impressed with the passion, creativity and enthusiasm of our teachers.  Our teaching team led this cross-curricular segment from ideation through execution. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.”

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

1The CDC museum is located at a campus some distance from the actual CDC lab facilities and Emory hospital, where Ebola patients have received treatment.

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  1. HBMS students visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention museum.
  2. Student Joey Lopez helps student Nicole Allario put on a hazmat suit.
  3. Student Will McCall gets an up close look at the hazmat suit of student Elijah Kirby.
  4. Left to right:  Marley Rusden, Bea Lee and Summer Stockard in Melanie McCollum’s science class share their public awareness poster on Ebola.

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For more information, please contact:
Amanda Hayes
Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA
PR Chair
lomlamanda@gmail.com
http://school.fultonschools.org/ms/holcombbridge

HBMS 8th Grade Chorus Honors Servicemen and Women at 9/11 Memorial

September 16, 2014. Roswell, GA. The Holcomb Bridge Middle School (HBMS) 8th grade chorus sang at the “Roswell Remembers” 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, held at the Roswell City Hall on Thursday, September 11. In attendance were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, members of the American Legion Post, the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band (Atlanta Detachment Contingent), the Joint Service Honor Guard, members of the Roswell fire and police departments, and members of the City of Roswell and Roswell Rotary Club. Remarks were made by Georgia State Senator John Albers, City of Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Burnette and other local dignitaries.

“We are honored and humbled to participate in this important ceremony,” said Susan Marsico, Chorus teacher at HBMS. “These students were babies when 9/11 happened. We will never forget 9/11—and it is up to us to ensure future generations do not either,” said Marsico.

Following a moving performance by the award-winning Atlanta Contingent U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band, 8th grade student Marianne Lamarche read aloud a poem she authored to honor the brave service men and women, entitled “For Me” (text included below). The chorus then performed several patriotic songs, prepared especially for the event. After the event concluded, 8th graders learned about the “Faces of War” Memorial that honors all of our brave American heroes.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.  

For Me
By Marianne Lamarche

For me,
You sacrifice your life every day.
You race into a raging fire,
You fight your way through a violent crowd,
You give everything you have to save a life,
For me.
 
For me,
You let go of everything you need.
Your daughter, she hasn’t seen you since last Tuesday,
Because you’ve been busy fighting for the life of another man’s little girl.
Your wife, she cries in bed worrying about you,
You’re always on her mind.
But you find it in you and stay strong,
For me.
 
For me,
You wake up at dusk
Long before the sun begins to shine off the morning grass
And put on your uniform,
Never knowing if you’ll come home that night.
 
To you,
It doesn’t matter how old I am,
If I’m a girl or a boy,
If I’m American or not.
You care about me.
I wonder how you do it.
I wonder how a human being can be that amazing,
That selfless,
That kind,
That courageous.
 
You are my hero;
You are the reason I wake up and feel safe every day.
Thank you infinitely.
From me, from everyone in the United States.
Thank you for everything you’ve given up
For your friends and family,
For strangers you’ve never met,
For our nation,
And for me.

For more information, please contact:
 
Amanda Hayes
Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA
PR Chair
lomlamanda@gmail.com
http://school.fultonschools.org/ms/holcombbridge

Roswell Patch report: http://patch.com/georgia/roswell/holcomb-bridge-students-participate-sept-11-memorial-ceremony-0

Revue & News report: http://issuu.com/appen-inc/docs/09182014_revue_and_news_sm

Looking for Sponsors for the 2014 Hustle 5K

Holcomb Bridge Middle School (HBMS) PTA is hosting its fourth annual Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This event is the PTA’s primary fundraiser for the year with a goal to raise over $10,000 to support school-wide academic enrichment programs. While the main purpose of the Holcomb Bridge Hustle is to raise funds for HBMS, it also serves as a fun, community event promoting the importance of health and wellness.

Over 500 participants from the Greater Atlanta area including runners, walkers and assisted-athletes of all ages and levels are expected to participate. We are excited to offer again this year the opportunity of a unique race experience for assisted-athletes through our partnership with The Kyle Pease Foundation. The race will debut a new course this year along Scott Road with the start and finish lines at Centennial High School. Post-race festivities will include food, beverages, DJ, corporate sponsor tables, an awards ceremony and more.

The HBMS PTA invites you to join us as a business sponsor and be a part of the Holcomb Bridge Hustle. Please refer to the linked sponsorship document that provides more details about the event, sponsorship levels and benefits. The HBMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. We value your commitment to our school and community and greatly appreciate your support. The HBMS PTA strongly believes that by collaborating with locals businesses that this event will continue to be successful for HBMS and the Roswell community.

For more information, please contact Susie Wall, 678-860-6272, or hbhustle@gmail.com.

Sponsorship levels and commitment form: http://www.holcombbridgepta.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Hustle-Sponsorship-Commitment-Form-Levels-2014.pdf

New Bell Schedule for 2014-2015

The new start and end time of school is 8:55 AM – 4:05 PM. Click here for an schedule of all periods.

Bus stop times can be found here: How to Find your Bus Stop

Sneak Preview/Information Day

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6th Grade 8:30 am – 10:30 am

7th Grade 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

8th Grade 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

WHAT TO BRING:

Affidavit of Residence

6th grade students and new students: 2 proofs of residence are required for the affidavit to be notarized. 6th Grade Affidavit of Residence

7th and 8th grade returning students: proofs of residency are not required if address has not changed. An affidavit must be signed and notarized for all returning students. Notary will be available at no charge. Returning Students Affidavit of Residence
ImmunizationAll students must have a current updated Georgia Immunization Certificate on file.  2014-2015 Immunization Requirements

Student Fees– Hall locker with free agenda: $11. Gym locker: $5. New PE uniform shirt/shorts: $9 each. Used PE uniform shirt/shorts: $3 each. You may also place money in the cafeteria account, purchase a yearbook, obtain bus information, fill out medication forms, and purchase various other optional items. Both checks and cash will be accepted. NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS.

If you are unable to attend Information Day, students will be able to conduct transactions during the first week of school.

 

SUPPLY LISTS

8th grade supply list 7th grade supply list 6th grade supply list

Meet Our New Principal!

Please join us for a Meet and Greet with Chris Shearer, the new Principal at Holcomb Bridge Middle School! Come take a few minutes to say hello and ask any questions you may have about the upcoming year. Hope to see you there!

July 21 – 10:30-11:30 – Northcliff Subdivision – Kristin and Matt Holland
2880 Stoneglen Close, Roswell, GA 30076

July 21 – 5:00-6:00 – Wood Creek Apartments

July 24 – 6:00-7:00 – Champions Green Apartments

July 28 – 10:30-11 – Horseshoe Bend – Emily and John Lee
150 Belmont PL, Roswell, GA 30076