Race 5k



The Kennesaw Big Shanty and Awtrey Foundations are teaming up to host the inaugural Spring Into Education 5K on Saturday, March 7, 2015. We want you to be a part of this exciting event! Together, the two school Foundations and you can help make a direct and positive impact on young lives within our community!

Purpose of this special race for our community:

Proceeds generated from the race will be reinvested back into each of the schools equally with the goal of funding various programs and projects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives that would better equip our students as they face the challenges of the future.

Please click on the application link at the bottom of this page, or you can also register for the race online by going to Active.com. We look forward to seeing you during the morning of March 7th and thank you in advance for your ongoing support of our schools and students.

Spring Into Education 5K Race Application



CLC MakerSpace Lab 3D Printer

3D Printer is HERE!

Thanks to the generosity of the Awtrey Foundation, and donations from our Awtrey family, we now have a 3D printer in our new MakerSpace Lab!

We have been learning how it works for the past few days and can’t wait to show you some of our printed objects. Look for the 3D printer on display in the front lobby during the music concerts the next few weeks.

Setting up the MakerSpace Lab is still in progress. We need many supplies which you can find on our Amazon Wish List or you may donate through the Awtrey Foundation page.

If you can imagine it, you can build it!

Civil Rights Simulation Comes to Awtrey


Before Thanksgiving, our 7th grade students began reading the Rock and The River. This book is based on the Civil Rights struggles of one family in Chicago during the 1960’s. To show the students what it might have felt like during this time, we staged a simulation. Students were asked on Monday, what college football team they supported. Mrs. Foster who suggested this idea, is a huge Florida Gator fan, and she knew that not many of our 7th graders were Gators, there were 11 in total.

On Wednesday, we had the 11 students report to the CLC at the end of 2nd period, and she explained what was about to happen. All students parents were informed of the plan that morning, and agreed that this would be a good exercise. The students were told that they were the Florida Gator 11 (instead of the Little Rock 9) and based on their choice of Florida, the other students did not want them in their classes. But, Mr. Crawford had ordered them to end segregation and they would be escorted to class by our campus officer. The other students lined up in the hallways and when they saw the students, they began saying things and yelling at them (that their team wasn’t as good as the others, that Gators don’t belong here… etc.), much like it was in Little Rock and other locations when segregation ended. The Florida Gator 11 were not allowed to comment back, because they were told that if they reacted, it would look poorly on them and the end of segregation.

Later in their classes, the teachers discussed with them what happened and they talked about how they felt while the simulation was going on. It was truly a wonderful, eye opening experience for all involved.


The Awtrey Giving Tree

Attached you will find information for the annual Awtrey Holiday Giving Tree. If you are an Awtrey families and you would like assistance during this holiday season, please take a moment to fill out the form. If you would like to help families in need, please fill out the form. Deadline for requesting assistance is December the 3rd.

Giving Tree Letter

Parent Workshop – Online Safety

Thank you to all of the parents that came to our Lunch and Learn today for Online Safety. We made a couple of promises today, and we want to make sure we keep them.

1. The presentation has been posted! However, it is a private presentation and you will need the direct link to view. The link has been posted on the Awtrey PTSA Facebook page. If you are not a member, please join.

2. We said we were going to post the videos that you requested from today’s presentation. I was about to post them when Megan called and told me she put them on the PTSA Facebook page. I have also linked them from the presentation.

3. We will be doing a similar (without all the app information) presentation for students the week before Winter break.

4. I kind of said this today, but some may have left already. If you are unsure about an app, look it up on YouTube. There are tons of videos out there that will show you what it does, or how it works and even more if you type “danger” behind the app name. If the app is dangerous, it will show up. More importantly, check the suggested age.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me (Anita Foster) or stop by the CLC and I will do my best to answer your questions. I may not be an expert, but I will try.

2014 TOTY Celebration

Congratulations Mrs. Clody! Our 2014 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Clody teaches Advanced Content Math for 6th, 7th and 8th grades. She was celebrated, along with other Teacher of the Year recipients for Cobb County Schools. She was accompanied by several of her students and parents! We are proud of you!

Parent Lunch & Learn – Online Safety

One of the growing concerns across the country is, how do we keep our children safe online? With the easy access to technology, and predators, inappropriate contact, and cyber bullying parents can’t keep up with all the new apps and websites their children have at their fingertips.

That is why the PTSA and the Collaborative Learning Center will be hosting a parent Lunch & Learn entitled “What Parents Should Know to Keep Your Children Safe Online!”

Friday, November 14, 2014
Lunch will begin at 11:30
The session will be from 12:00 – 1:00

Pizza will be available for $1 a slice and sodas for $1 a can. Or you may bring your lunch. Please make it a point to bring your friends and be here for this informative session.

You do not have to be an Awtrey PTSA member or parent to attend. This is open to everyone.

We ask everyone to please register so we know how much pizza and handouts to have available.

Online registration is available.

Online Safety Flyer

Foundation Partners with the KBSF for the Spring Forward 5K

We are pleased to announce that the Awtrey Middle School Foundation is partnering with the Kennesaw Big Shanty Foundation to bring you an exciting 5k race as well as a thrilling 1-mile fun run on Saturday March 7, 2015. More information about race specifics will be coming in the next few weeks but in the meantime please reserve the morning of March 7th on your calendars so you can make plans to take part in this event.

For anyone that is interested in volunteering for this event, we are holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. at Kennesaw Elementary School to begin planning for the race. If you are interested in volunteering but are unable to attend the informational meeting, please send an email to Nimesh Patel at nimeshrpatel@hotmail.com.

Thank you for your commitment to our school and Foundation.



Our conference week is the week of October 20. We are looking forward to showcasing our students as they take ownership of their learning. The students are working hard to prepare for this special event, and your child’s Academic Habits teacher is helping prepare for the conferences. We are looking forward to having you experience your child in a student-led conference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the purpose of a student-led conference?

A student-led conference is an excellent opportunity for middle school students to demonstrate ownership of learning by sharing their academic achievement. They also will share their learning styles and goals, and partnering with parents/guardians in the school setting for this conference will strengthen the home-school connection and our priorities to keep the students as the center of the team. Students who take responsibility for their learning will realize greater levels of potential, and parent involvement is critical.

2. Can I schedule a traditional parent-teacher conference?

Yes, but the week of October 20 in addition to the week before and after are dedicated to our student-led conferences. Outside of these three weeks, traditional parent-teacher conferences may be scheduled. Parents/Guardians may request feedback from teachers any time throughout the school year, and we appreciate the phone calls, e-mails, and meetings to help support our students. As always, please continue to find ways to hold your child responsible to answer reasonable questions about school.

3. Who else will be in the room during my child’s conference time?

Aside from the Academic Habits teacher who will be monitoring the conferences, your child will be the one sitting at the table with any guests. There may be multiple conferences going on at the same time, but different table stations will be set up for this purpose.

4. May I speak with any of my child’s teachers during the student-led conference?

No, your child’s Academic Habits teacher is your assigned conferencing teacher. As your child has up to seven different teachers, you are welcome to complete a feedback request card at the end of the conference time for the Academic Habits teacher to provide to any staff member of your choosing. This staff member will follow up with you to address any questions or concerns about your child’s performance.

5. Can my child stay at the school after the 2:15 p.m. early dismissal on the assigned conference day?

Yes, any student may stay after school to wait for a parent in the cafeteria for an assigned conference time. The students will be provided a supervised study hall from 2:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria, and parents arriving to school for a conference may pick up their children in the cafeteria before the conference time.

6. What will happen if my child can’t attend the student-led conference?

Student participation is required for the student-led conference. If your child is not able to attend, please contact your child’s Academic Habits teacher to reschedule the conference.

Here is a link to teacher blogs to sign up for a conference.

AWTREY Lockdown 10/09/14 Letter from Mr. Crawford

To Our Awtrey Families:

I want to follow up about today’s emergency incident.  I appreciate the support from our local police department in addition to our school district’s department of Public Safety.  I also appreciate the communication from our county office as we addressed the needs within this situation.  I am proud of the response from our school staff and students as we secured the building as a precautionary measure to help ensure the safety of everyone within the school.  While the perceived threat was located off campus, the proximity to the school warranted the use of our code red protocol.

We took steps today to update staff and students within the school about the situation, and we also sent updated information to our school community by using our e-mail system in addition to our school website and our PTSA Facebook page.  I visited each grade level lunch period to update them about the incident in addition to providing a review of the need for the code red.  During this time, I also thanked the students and staff for their efforts today, and I am proud of how they made the best of this challenge.

We are blessed with an amazing staff at Awtrey, and the students were cared for in the same manner as if they were our own children.  I understand the anxiety that is created within our community when emergency situations arise, and I value the trust you have in us to protect and serve your children.  While needed procedures progressed well today, I welcome feedback for us to consider recommendations to be even more effective in the future.

Please contact me if you have any feedback about today’s incident that could assist with serving our students and community even better.  I also welcome feedback if there are any additional supports that may be needed to help your child better understand and process today’s events.  While there was not a threat within the school building, we understand the stress that may be created within any emergency situation.  I appreciate your help in reviewing with your child the need for safety measures to help people stay safe.

Thank you for your continued support.  We value the privilege to be our community’s middle school, and we value your partnership to serve our students.


Jeff Crawford