The first-ever Bulldog Blast, sponsored by the Cedartown Middle School PTO, attracted hundreds of parents and students to an exciting and positive event Thursday night at 6 p.m.
The event allowed parents the opportunity to get involved in CMS events, and gave administrators an opportunity to provide information on the new Title I school and the upcoming year.
PTO volunteers served cake to visitors, and a brief presentation of AYP information was followed by performances from the CMS cheerleaders, chorus, and band.
Media Specialist Lori Shiver announced upcoming events, and PTO President Melanie Kiser welcomed Mr. Marvin Grayer as the new principal of CMS.
“I’ve been here since last Monday,” Grayer said. “The people here are down-to-earth, and they welcomed me with open arms.”
Mr. Grayer is hoping that this event will spur more parental participation.
“Having the parents involved is important to cultivate excellence in our students,” he said. “Our goal is to improve parental and community involvement while upping our attendance and, of course, keeping everyone safe.”
New PTO officers and the CMS administration were also introduced, including graduation coach April Welch.
Mr. Grayer hopes to see CMS make AYP this year, ultimately attaining the coveted ‘Georgia School of Excellence’ label, which is awarded to schools that exceed AYP standards for at least three consecutive years.
The school’s football and softball teams were also introduced, as both teams celebrated wins this week. Odell Abram, softball coach, and football coach Jeff Collier were also recognized.
PTO President Melanie Kiser was extremely excited by the turnout at Thursday’s event, and hopes to see the parent participation continue throughout the year.
The PTO is now offering an online newsletter of upcoming events and extracurricular schedules for interested parents of students at CMS. If you know any parents interested in signing up for this newsletter, please ask them to send an email to email@example.com.