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  About The School  

Overview

Carrollton Junior High School is a unique and innovative middle school. Serving grades 7-8, we are firmly committed to the middle school concept and continue to develop and implement challenging and rigorous programs that enhance and support our mission and philosophy: to focus on success for all students. We accept our students as individuals and provide them with opportunities for maximum growth in knowledge, self-discipline, citizenship, social behavior, and diversified academic experiences. Our high standards and continuous efforts in these areas have not gone unrewarded. Recognized as one of the most technologically advanced middle schools in the state, we were named a "lighthouse school" for Georgia 2000: The Next Generation School Project and have hosted hundreds of visitors from throughout the state and nation because of our advanced technology, original programs, and our commitment to total quality improvement.

While our modern, technology-rich facility, challenging programs, comprehensive support services, and numerous other amenities all play a role in our efforts to provide the best for our students, one thing assures it. As a total staff - administrators, teachers, counselors, and support personnel - we place unparalleled emphasis on merging the use of our technologically advanced facility with the creativity and inventiveness of our teachers to reach all segments of our student population, providing them with unlimited opportunities for success. Our leadership team, faculty, and staff are regularly involved in staff development and professional enrichment activities, courses, and workshops to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students. Members of our faculty, most of whom have advanced degrees, are proud of what they do and a number of them have shared their expertise as presenters at middle school conferences and consultants in a variety of areas. As a result of these experiences, our teachers are continually involved in a reciprocal sharing with teachers and administrators from other school systems. In addition, we continue to take pride in the fact that one of our teachers was the 1992 Georgia Teacher of the Year, and our school was recognized as a Georgia School of Excellence in 1994 & 2001 and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001. Also, our Library Media Program was named the Exemplary Middle School Library Media Program for the state of Georgia in 2005.


History

Founded in 1963, Carrollton Junior High School was originally located in the city school system's old high school building and served 400 students in grades seven and eight. In 1986, we moved into our present modern complex. Honoring our commitment to the middle school concept, we added a wing to house sixth grade students in 1990 and qualified for the state's middle school incentive grant. Because of the overwhelming sentiment of our student body, we retained the name Carrollton Junior High School. In the fall of 1993, an additional wing was completed to house six new classrooms and an administrative suite. Our growth continued with the addition in 1998 of six more classrooms and a state-of-the-art technology lab. The year 2000 saw the opening of seven additional classrooms including two large science labs. In 2003 we continued to upgrade our facilities with a new Media Center.  Due to the growth of our school system, a new wing was added onto Carrollton Middle School and the 6th grade moved into that building in the fall of 2012.  We presently serve a diverse student population of 750.


Technology

All of our classrooms currently contain teacher and student computers. In addition, our business education lab has 31 networked computers. All of these computers are connected to our fully automated media center by an ethernet network, as well as to the other schools in our system by fiber-optic cable. The media center provides an additional 30 workstations for research and class projects.  A computer lab with 30 student computers and a Promethean Board is available for teacher use.  We also house a video network which allows CJHS to provide live broadcasts to each classroom as well as to and from the other schools in our system and the State University of West Georgia. After a technology refresh during the summer of 2010 the vast majority of our classrooms have ceiling mounted projectors, document cameras and sound systems.  Twenty-four classrooms also have interactive white boards to assist teachers in meeting the 21st century learning needs of our students.


CJHS Safety

CJHS is a great school because of team work. Our team is made up of students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members. Every member of our team is important to us. That's why safety is so important to us. But we can't have a safe school unless every member of the team participates.

  • Do you know something that might make our school unsafe?
  • Does someone you know have a weapon at school or on the bus?
  • Has someone made threats toward you, another person, or our school?
  • Is someone planning to fight?
  • Any ideas that would make our school safer?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, please let us know immediately!
  • We have many different ways you can give us information.
    1. You can simply tell a teacher or administrator.
    2. You can call the school from home. After the office closes, about 4:00 P.M.,
      you can leave a message on the answering machine. The number is (770) 832-6535.
    3. You can send an e-mail to todd.simpson@carrolltoncityschools.net
    4. You can also call the Georgia School Safety Hotline at 1-877-SAY-STOP(729-7867). You will not be asked to reveal your identity.

Please give us your name and all the information you know as clearly as you can. No one will know who gave us the information. If you just can't leave your name, please remember to be very clear with the information you give us.

Keeping our school safe is much easier if we work as a team. Remember - Together Everyone Achieves More, TEAM!


CJHS Mission and Beliefs

Our Mission

Focus on Success for All Students

Our Philosophy

We believe that each Carrollton Junior High School student should be accepted as an individual and provided with diverse academic experiences that promote maximum growth in knowledge acquisition, character, self-discipline, responsibility, and citizenship.

Therefore we will:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the characteristics of the adolescent and an understanding that each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  2. Provide an environment in which learning is the chief priority.
  3. Establish a safe, nurturing environment that will help each student develop a healthy self-esteem.
  4. Provide a well-planned school organization that includes purposeful activities, effective teaching, and mutually respectful teacher-pupil-parent relationships
  5. Provide for a continuation of skill development begun in the elementary grades and initiate programs that will extend into high school.
  6. Provide an instructional program and facilities that include the most current educational practices, resources, and technology.
  7. Provide educational opportunities, services, experiences, and materials at the instructional level of the individual student.
  8. Provide opportunities for students to be actively engaged in the learning process and involved in solving problems and producing quality work.
  9. Help students to think critically as they apply essential knowledge and skills and develop personal ideals and values.
  10. Establish challenging goals and expectations for all students to improve individual performance.
  11. Assess student learning by providing a variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate their achievement of expected outcomes.
  12. Assist students in becoming confident, self-directed, lifelong learners who understand the importance of commitment to continuous improvement.
  13. Help students acquire an increased understanding of the world in which they live and an awareness and appreciation of the contributions of diverse cultures.
  14. Help students be responsible for their own behavior, safety, and property, as well as for the safety and property of others.
  15. Promote community relations and increased parent/guardian involvement in school programs.
  16. Assess the effectiveness of our programs by conducting on-going evaluations of our lessons, activities, and organization.

 


Legacy

Long recognized as part of one of the most outstanding school systems in the state, Carrollton Junior High School is steeped in pride and rich in tradition. Our legacy has always been and continues to be one of excellence. With enthusiastic devotion to their profession accompanied by a variety of approaches to teaching and learning that are both challenging and innovative, all of our teachers are committed to providing our students with opportunities for success that are unparalleled. A spirit of unity and camaraderie permeates every aspect of our efforts to educate our students and prepare them for the future. To do this demands that we take risks, accept challenges and most of all, maintain our passion for teaching. We know that the future of our nation rests on our shoulders and on how well we educate our students. The future of our world walks through our classroom doors each day. We look forward to each challenge as an opportunity to guarantee a secure bridge to the future for all of our students.


Notification of Rights Under FERPA

Carrollton City Schools

Notification of Rights Under FERPA

For Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

(1)   The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the Carrollton City School District ("the School District") receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School Superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School Superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2)  The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of students.  Parents or eligible students may ask the School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the School Superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, or misleading.  If the School District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3)  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures 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 District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance, committee, or 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.  Upon request, the School District discloses education records without consent to officials of school districts and to officials of private schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

(4)  The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

 


Notice for Directory Information

Carrollton City Schools

Notice for Directory Information

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Carrollton City Schools with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, Carrollton City Schools may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with procedures of the Carrollton City Schools. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Carrollton City Schools to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.[1]

If you do not want Carrollton City Schools to disclose directory information from you child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by August 15th of each school year. Carrollton City Schools has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student's name
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Electronic mail address
  • Diplomas, certificates, honors and awards received
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Enrollment status (e.g. full-time or part-time)
  • Photograph

[1] These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by the section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the Nation's armed forces.


Notification of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

Carrollton City Schools

Notification of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

 

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas ("protected information survey") if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED):

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parents;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student' or student's family;
  3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critiical appraisal of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
  8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of-

  1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
  2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or screening permitted, or required under State law; and
  3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -

  1. Protected information surveys of students;
  2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
  3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

Carrollton City Schools will develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. Carrollton City Schools will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. Carrollton City Schools will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  Carrollton City Schools will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if it has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time.  For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys.  Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.  Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:   

  • Collection, disclosure, or use of any personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
  • Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
  • Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above. 

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

                        Family Policy Compliance Office

                        U.S. Department of Education

                        400 Maryland Avenue, SW

                        Washington, D.C. 20202-4605


Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment Notice and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities

Carrollton City Schools

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment Notice

and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires Carrollton City Schools to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas ("provided information surveys"):     

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;
  3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
  8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes ("marketing surveys"), and certain physical exams and screenings.

Following is a schedule of activities requiring parental notice and consent or opt-out for the upcoming school year. This list is not exhaustive and, for surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, Carrollton City Schools will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the administration of the surveys and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and provide parents an opportunity to opt their child out, as well as an opportunity to review the surveys.  (Please note that this notice and consent/opt-out transfers from parents to any student who is 18 or older or and emancipated minor under State law.)

Date:               On or about October 2010

Grades:           Six, Eight, Ten and Twelve

Activity:           Survey for Safe Drug Free Schools - Needs Assessment

Summary:         This is an anonymous survey that asks students questions about behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, violence, and other at-risk behaviors. The survey also asks questions of a demographic nature concerning family make-up, the relationship between parents and children, and use of alcohol and drugs at home

Opt-out:           Contact your child's principal no later than September 1, 2010 if you do not want your child to participate in this survey.