Welcome to the Cottage School Middle School where there is seldom a boring day!
Our students are normal every day middle school kids who have mild to moderate learning difficulties. Middle school tends to be a time of change. Children are changing into young adults. Their brains and bodies are undergoing massive changes, at a great rate, with hormones often a driving force. Add to that learning difficulties, and you can understand why few days are boring. But it is precisely that resulting energy that makes TCS’ middle school such a positive place to learn! Since many of our students have issues with ADHD, they possess an immense amount of energy, both physical and mental, making it challenging to concentrate on their school work. We follow the Fulton County Curriculum, and do demand quite a bit of our students during the academic day. Our small class size allows us to use each minute of the class period to its maximum effectiveness, and by the time lunch rolls around, our kids are physically as well as mentally drained.
After lunch, our classes are more experiential and tend to be project oriented. One of our classes produced these two ponds. They researched, designed, and then constructed both of them. They then decided to connect the ponds via a cascading waterfall. The process of both the design and financing of the project proved to be an education in itself.
Our students are always engaged in developing new project-based learning experiences that combine academic and creative functions. Keep in touch to learn more about how our students have applied their skills!
As our students travel the often rocky road of young adolescence, their social world becomes the center of the universe, often deeply impacting their academic performance. As a result, social skills classes and lunches keep our counselors quite busy. Between finding ways to navigate through social conflict and practicing concrete social skills, our students are learning new, and sometimes more socially appropriate strategies to deal with the issues involved in their constantly shifting world. The self esteem that emerges as they become empowered to effectively and positively deal with social issues is heartwarming to see. It also makes the student more available for education and even further growth, and we start seeing improvement across the board.
We welcome you to visit The Cottage School Middle School in action. Be prepared to see busy, involved students at their most important job of their young years: learning. Not only book learning, but learning about who they are, what they do best, and what they need to learn to do better. Above all, you will see happy kids, learning what they can do to be successful, contributing members of our Middle School community. Make an appointment, or come to one of our Open Houses the first Thursday of every month. We would love to meet you!
Samantha’s middle school anatomy class is doing their final hands on project. After the students took the semester to study tissues, muscles, etc. she finished up the class with dissection. Several students at first did not want to even be in the room when the dissection chapter started, but by the time the sheep heart came around it was all hands on class. Samantha, thanks for opening the students up to a different “view” of science. Great...read more
The Middle School Spanish class had a taste of Mexico on Thursday, September 19. Middle School Parent LeeAnn Fabian brought friend and relative Maria Duron to create several fabulous dishes for the Spanish class. Maria showed the students how to flatten and cook their own tortillas. She introduced them to the fabulous flavors of Guacamole, homemade salsa, salsa Verde, and much much more. The students were treated to an authentic Spanish meal with fabulous...read more
Chris Storm (Noah’s mom), who is a local ceramic artist, came by recently to demonstrate pottery wheel techniques to the Middle School ceramics class. Chris specializes in both hand and wheel work in her home studio. The students were very attentive and learned so much from Chris’s calm and step-by-step instructions. We are always thrilled when TCS Parents come and share their talents and the students has a blast. Thanks...read more
The Middle School art and photography show is now on exhibit in the lobby of the C building from now until the end of school. Come view these fabulous works of art from our many creative students.read more
MS Summer School Summer School for Middle School students offers an a three-week opportunity to sharpen academic skills before school starts. Mon-Fri., 8 a.m. to 12:30. June 10-June 28; $300 week. $75 application fee for students not currently enrolled at TCS. Focus is to reiterate and enhance Math and English skills. In addition a one-week enrichment session focusing on English and Math review is scheduled for July 29-August 2. For more information, please contact Julie Crudgington. Middle School Classes must have a minimum of four students...read more
This year’s winner of the Peace Poster contest for the TCS Middle School, sponsored by the Roswell Lions Club, is sixth grader Michelle Finnell! Her image of a soaring dove with a colorful vibrating heart radiating peace to the world met the theme of “Imagine Peace” very well. Her $100 prize will be awarded to her at the Lions Club annual banquet in January. Her entry will now be entered in the regional contest. Close runner-ups included KC Emling and Emma Young. All poster entries will be on display at the Middle School’s C building...read more
On a beautiful sunny October weekend, the Middle School Ceramics class students and a few other students, parents, friends, and staff came to install new glazed pieces on the “RosWall” along Forrest St. behind the Cultural Arts Center. TCS Coordinators Phil and Katja, and Kathy Lenoir from ROAR (Roswell Arts Renaissance) were pleased to also have Morgan Timmis (Mgr, City of Roswell’s Historic & Cultural Affairs) attend and place some pieces on the wall. RosWall started several years ago and has grown into a long, colorful mosaic...read more
Eighth grade student Yael Greene chose to collect books for The STAR House Foundation, in preparation for her Bat Mitzvah. From now until November 1, Yael hopes to complete a Wish List of Books for Early Elementary, Mid-Upper Elementary students, as well as books for All Ages and Book Series. Since 2006, TCS students and staff have partnered with STAR House in weekly tutorial sessions, with TCS students working one-on-one with elementary students in Star House’s afterschool tutorial program. Both TCS Midde School and High School students...read more
My Alpharetta featured TCS as its cover feature in the April, 2012 edition. Check out what makes this school and campus so extraordinary! Open publication – Free publishing – More...read more
Congratulations to Jacob Cohen and Zach Hardee who represented The Cottage School at the GISA Spelling Bee. Great effort! The super spellers appear below with Lynn Bosworth, TCS teacher and Reading Specialist.read more