Welcome to Lost Mountain
Expanding the Pursuit of Excellence
The Eagle Way: Engage, Encourage, Educate
Candace Wilkes, Principal
Mary Jo Dukes &
Plans for Maximizing Instructional
Time Lost to Inclement Weather
Dear Lost Mountain Community,
As a result of the recent inclement weather, our students have
lost several days of instruction. Cobb County Schools will NOT
be making up the missed snow days by extending the school hours
or adding more days to the school calendar.
Lost Mountain’s administrative team and teachers have developed,
and are implementing a variety of grade level subject specific
strategies to compensate for the missed instructional time. The
Cobb County School District trusts that local schools will apply
due diligence to make up for any lost instructional time. As
always, the Lost Mountain faculty and staff have made a
commitment to meet the learning needs of our students.
Please see below to view our tactical plans and strategies which
will maximize instruction time for the remainder of the school
Lost Mountain Middle School
Survey Coming Home Today, March 6
A Parent Survey is being sent home with your student. IGNORE the
instructions on the answer document indicating that the serial
code number should match the items document! They do NOT need to
match! Your participation is appreciated!
"Buzz-In" Door Lock System
Takes Effect Thursday, February 6!
The Cobb County School District has added a
new security feature to Lost Mountain Middle School that will
take effect on Thursday, February 6, 2014.
The new feature is a “buzz- in” door lock system at the main
entrance of our school. This feature will keep the main doors
locked at all times except 8:15 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. on school days.
Outside of that time, all guests will need to “buzz-in”.
The new door security system includes a box located outside of
the main entrance equipped with a door bell and a camera. Staff
members working in the front office will receive an alert when a
guest arrives and rings the bell. The office staff will be able
to see and hear the guest, and once the guest indicates the
nature of the visit and shows some form of identification, the
office staff member will “buzz” the guest into the school.
During the first several days of implementation, we expect that
as we learn the system we will need to make some adjustments. We
ask that you bear with us as this will be new for our entire
community. We are counting on your feedback to help us know how
the system is working. Please feel free to contact Lost Mountain
Internet Safety/Child Exploitation
Seminar: NEW DATE
You won’t want to miss our next Hot
Topic Parent Seminar at Lost Mountain Middle School sponsored by
PTSA and our Counseling Department. It has been rescheduled
after it was cancelled last month due to the snow day.
On Wednesday, March 19, Detective Ray Drew
(Internet Crimes Against Children) and Detective Tom Bastis
(Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) will be presenting
information that all Cobb County parents need to know. Sargent
Richard Peluso and Lieutenant Everett J. Cebula from the Cobb
County Special Victims Unit will also be there to answer
The seminar will be held in LMMS theater from 9-11am. Parents
and staff from any other school in our community are welcome to
attend. Please help us spread the word about this informative
presentation and please tell your friends and other parents in
the community to come. Coffee and light refreshments will be
provided by PTSA. There is no need to check in at the front
office for this event - go right to the theater entrance of the
school (which will be marked with balloons). Questions? Please
contact Robin Rohrbach
Math Textbook Orders
Parents who wish to order math
textbooks may do so by calling McGraw Hill at 1-800-334- 7344.
Choose option #2 for placing an order and you will need to give
the representative the ISBN number for the book you wish to
The ISBN number for the 6th grade edition
is-978-0-07-665484-0 Glencoe math course 1 volume 2 (On level)
The ISBN number for the 6/7th grade edition is-978-0-02-135479-5
Glencoe (math plus) grade 6 volume 2 Georgia Edition
The ISBN number for the 7th grade edition
is-978-0-07-665486-4 Glencoe math course 2 volume 2 (On Level)
The ISBN number for the 7/8th grade edition
is-978-0-02-135482-5 Glencoe (math plus) G7 volume 2 math 7-8
The ISBN number for the 8th grade edition
is-978-0-07-665488-8 Glencoe math course 3 volume 2 (On Level)
Attendance Info for LMMS Parents:
As the holidays approach and your family is
making plans, please remember that a student must be in school
at least 50% of the instructional day for
he/she to be counted present, per Cobb County policy. For the
Lost Mountain schedule, that would mean that a student
must be in school from 9:10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to be counted
present for the day.
For more information regarding attendance, please refer to the
student agenda, page 4.
PINNACLE: This is the On-line
Gradebook/Attendance information portal
The Cobb County School District will soon
launch a new portal for students and parents to securely access
schedules, grades and attendance information. Beginning August
21, 2013, the Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE
system will replace the Pinnacle PIV.
Please note: This form must be signed by the ENROLLING PARENT OR
HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD(this is the parent that signed the 2013-14
student enrollment form.) The school will verify identity prior
to providing activation key letters. Only one activation key
provided per parent or guardian. If you have multiple students
in Cobb Schools (different levels [Elem., Middle, High] or other
special situations, then this process only needs to take place
at one school one time. This will give you access to information
regarding all of your children enrolled in Cobb County schools.
More information is coming about when ParentVue
Agreement forms will be available.
Attention LMMS 8th graders interested
in applying to a high school Magnet Program!
Soon all 8th graders will view a magnet
school presentation in class. Later a representative from the
Program will come to LMMS to talk with students who are
is a list of Important dates for the Magnet Application Process.
School Day Early Arrival Change
The school day officially begins for a student
when he/she arrives on campus. The building will be open at 8:15
a.m. for students who need to arrive early. Students must report
directly to and remain in the study hall until the 8:50 bell
rings. (Location: M-TH Theater, Friday- Commons) If students
arrive early to see a teacher (i.e. detention, make- up work,
extra help), they must obtain a pass from their teacher the
prior day for their destination. Students may not be in the
halls until 8:50 a.m. or be in the building after 4:45 p.m.
unless they are directly supervised by a faculty member.
All personal electronic
devices (cell phones, tablets, iPod’s, PSP’s, etc) must be
turned off upon arrival at school and remain off until the
school day ends. Students may not display or use any electronic
device during the school day unless designated for a learning
task by a teacher in their class on a specific day. Any device
seen or heard during the
school day will be confiscated and turned in to the main office.
Repeated violations constitute insubordination resulting in
progressive disciplinary consequences. The confiscated item will
only be released to the parent or guardian. Parents may pick up
electronic devices after 4:15 p.m. on the day the item is
collected and any day thereafter
during regular office hours (8:15 – 4:45).
Congratulations to Kelley Keel!
LMMS 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations, Sharon Guidry
LMMS CEOTY for 2013-2012
GAS~TRUE BLUE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Here is how it works:
•LMMS parents, friends, neighbors, even businesses choose
Georgia Natural Gas as their natural gas service provider.
•New and existing Georgia Natural Gas customers designate LMMS
to receive donations at
•Georgia Natural Gas donates $5 a month to Lost Mountain for
every customer that selects Lost Mountain.
•LMMS receives a donation check every quarter!
Sign up to support Lost Mountain through the GA Natural Gas True
Blue Schools Program at
Please read the attached
student attendance policy!
New Student Enrollment
Welcome to the Lost Mountain Middle School community!
Please print the
enrollment checklist and call 678-594-8224 for
an appointment with our counselors to register your child.
Students under the age of 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by
a parent or legal guardian when enrolling in school. A student
will not be enrolled without all necessary documentation
according the Cobb County District Administrative Rule JBC-5.
Lost Mountain has partnered with the Daily Grind to introduce a fantastic new way to show teachers how much we
appreciate them. Please encourage a teacher today. Buy them a lunch credit and they will know how much you really appreciate them. They
will get a tasty lunch delivered to their school and the program will add $1 to a gift card of their choice. Very Important:
Leave a note on their board and make their day (they will get this note emailed to them)!
Visit Teacher's Lunch Box
to treat a teacher and learn more about this exciting new community partnership.
School hours 9:10-4:15
Study Hall starts @ 8:15
The Front doors are not unlocked until 8:15 each morning and will be locked at 4:45.
2013-2014 School Council Meeting
January 17, 2014
Skills Tutor Information
What is My Skills Tutor? (link also under Student Resources)
- My Skills Tutor is a free online resource for students to use as a one-on-one tutoring resource for concepts taught in classes. It
provides lessons in Math, Reading/Language Arts and Science. Your User name is your lunch number. Please see Counselor for
password information. Skills Tutor Lab in PC Lab 131 is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 8:15 - 8:50 am
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All forms and money can be placed in a payment
envelope and dropped in one of the black boxes in the building.
2014-15 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice
(HB 251 and SB10)
transfers for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications will be
February 10, 2014. For more information, please see our 2014-15
School Choice website
A Community Conversation About the Future of Your School District and Your
CCSD Focuses on
Own Device (BYOD)
Edmodo--> Help--> I'm a Parent:
Edmodo--> Help--> I'm a Student:
Coffee Talk with the Principal
The 1st Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Sign-in with the Front Office
Location: Media Conference Room
Volunteer in the Media Center
The Media Center is in need of regularly scheduled committed volunteers for next school
year. The media center committee will be chaired by Jill Martin and she can be reached at
Duties will be varied and many so please stop by if you are interested.
Coke Rewards for LMMS
We will be participating again this year with the Coke Rewards for Schools. Find out
here how you can donate your Coke Points to Lost Mountain!
Understanding Playful vs. Hurtful Teasing and Bullying Behavior
A pamphlet for parents and educators on Teasing and Bullying Behavior can be found at
Intramurals Before School
Intramurals are offered Tuesday through Friday mornings at 8:00 in the gym. Students must arrive
before 8:15. Activities change each week and are posted in advance on the bulletin board in the gym lobby. All students
are invited to attend!
Car Rider Rainy Weather Notice
Lost Mountain will follow the following dismissal procedure during inclement weather. Car riders will
report to the theater. Parents may park and pick up students from the theater. Parents wishing to stay in the car rider line
will be directed to the student pick up area after buses have left the school campus.
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