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Our Shallowford Falls Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team placed second out of 59 elementary school teams at the Cobb County Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday. They had to compete in a tie-break round to capture that second place seat against a tough Kemp Elementary School team. Only the top two teams advance to the second round of competition--the Regional Reading Bowl which will be held on February 4 at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a dynamic and innovative Library Media Specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, created a unique reading competition in 1986. It was called The Reading Bowl and, in a competitive game format, questioned students about the content of the 20 Georgia Book Award Nominees each year. Her vision was to have teams, comprised of students from different schools, compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.
In 2000, after Mrs. Ruffin’s retirement, several Library Media Specialists formed the DeKalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB). Other school districts in Georgia heard about this unique reading initiative and soon wanted to join in the competition. In 2003-2004 the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) Steering Committee was created. With the help of this Steering Committee, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) is now open to students in grades 4-12 across the state. Elementary and middle school students read and are quizzed on the 20 Georgia Book Award Nominees, while high school students read and are quizzed on the 20 Georgia Peach Teen Book Award Nominees. The books change yearly.
The Cobb County Ruffin Reading Bowl began in 2007 with nine schools participating. This year the number of Cobb Schools rose to 59 schools. The West Regional Bowl is held in Carrollton on February 4. The two top winners in that competition move on to the Divisional Bowl held at Clayton State in Morrow, and the top place winner in that competition moves on to the State competition in Athens on March 18,
We are so proud of our readers at Shallowford Falls. It is incredibly hard work to read and re-read 16 books, write questions about them, and practice thousands of potential questions to be prepared for the competition. They are all dedicated and joyful readers. They have been a pleasure to have on the team.
Our Community Outreach project for January is donations of canned food to go to Lassiter High School's Food Pantry. Our goal is for every class to donate 100 cans of food to go along with our 100th day of school. Please consider sending in food for needy area families by January 18th. Thanks for caring!
We are proud to announce that three of our student groups that entered the Man & Machine art contest through the The Art Place have won. Entrants had to ask themselves:
Ansley Pochmara & Madison Wardrop
Lauren Roper, Sophia Cressi, and Hannah Philips
Olivia Broyard, Annabeth Miller, and Sophia Smail
Click on the link below to see all of the winners!! Congratulations, girls!!
Shallowford Falls teachers, families and staff - you did a tremendous job supporting Hollydale this holiday season. We delivered a huge pile of gifts and toys on Monday. The staff were extremely grateful, including a cute line of students who walked by during the drop off and said "thank you" and "Merry Christmas" with their little mouths wide open with excitement. Thank you for your contributions and for helping others this holiday season.
Just a friendly reminder that all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students MUST participate in one of the following this year:
Spark Lab "InventIt" Challenge will kick off at the beginning of 2017. More information about the "InventIt" Challenge can be FOUND HERE (http://challenges.epals.com/inventit2016/the-challenge/).
For more information on Math Galaxy Marathon, please reach out to our sponsor, Leslie Dyches at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding Science Fair or Spark Lab InventIt Challenge or require further information, please feel free to reach out to Catherine Mills at email@example.com.
Demi Alamu placed first and Will Stover took second as the class representatives from fourth and fifth grades competed in the 2016-2017 National Geographic Bee on Wednesday. Each of the eight representatives answered tough questions in several rounds of competition until only Demi and Will remained. The championship round was a series of three questions that both students answered until Demi prevailed. Demi will continue on to the online test to see if he qualifies for the state competition. We congratulate all class representatives for their hard work! Way to go, foxes!
Our annual Spelling Bee was held on December 1 for classroom winners in grades four and five. Our runner-up was Mircea Ghetu and the winner was Sean Michael Boothman. Sean Michael will represent Shallowford Falls at the Cobb County Spelling Bee on January 21. Congratulations to all our class participants. Good luck, Sean Michael!!
Encourage your child to enter the Technology Competition: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/ProfessionalLearning/crtc/
Competition will be at Wheeler High School - Saturday Jan. 21st, 2017
Registration Deadline Dec. 16th, 2016
Students need to provide their own work and technology, so home support is the key.
Parents of Shallowford Falls Elementary are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data from this survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please take a minute to complete this 24 question survey.
Congratulations to the following members of the 2016-2017 Science Olympiad team!
Friday, October 14 was a busy, exciting day at Shallowford Falls! It started off with Walk To School Day. Many families walked to school with neighbors and friends. We would like to thank the parents who came to help our students walk safely and to our school police officer who directed traffic on Shallowford Road. It was a great morning!
Later in the day, Mrs. Angelle and Mrs. Spiva made good on their promise to ride the bull because our parents and students met our goal of raising over $39,000 in our Fox Trot Fun Run. They did not disappoint! They donned their cowboy gear and rode that bull like rodeo riders! Many other teachers, Foxy, and some firefighters also joined in. Thanks to the PTA for conducting a fun and profitable fundraiser that will help our school in so many ways.
But we weren't done yet!! That evening was the Fall Family Movie Night! Food trucks, music and a great family movie made for a fantastic night for everyone. We're sure no children (or parents) had any trouble getting to sleep on Friday! What a great day to be a fox!!
MARIETTA, GA (September 9, 2016) – Shallowford Falls Elementary administrators and teachers have always known that their PTA is special. The parents are committed to building family-school partnerships, creating an inclusive environment for all families, sharing power and most importantly, increasing student achievement. But now, the East Cobb County Council PTA, Georgia District 9, and the State of Georgia PTA have begun to take notice.
Each year the local and state PTA units award outstanding school PTAs for their remarkable achievements in their school communities. At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Shallowford Falls earned many awards at all three levels. At the East Cobb County Council, Shallowford Falls’ PTA won awards for Model PTA, Spectacular 8 Award, Best Ideas Award, and Sweet 16 Award. At the District 9 level, they won awards for Outstanding Local Unit (third place), Model PTA, Hearst Family Partnership Award, and Best Ideas Award. And finally, at the State of Georgia level, Shallowford Falls PTA earned the award for Outstanding Local Unit (first) and Model PTA, as well as Principal Felicia Angelle being named Georgia PTA Principal of the Year.
The PTA Board of Directors moved all PTA related transactions online, making it easy for parents to take care of memberships, yearbooks, spirit wear, calendars and directories with one click. Vice President of Programs and Events, Megan Gregory, and her committee supervised the Fall Festival and Movie Night, and then joined with our Foundation to host the STEM Math and Science Nights. Julie Lahti, Vice President of Communications puts the latest news out into social media and maintains the PTA website and online Toolkit.
The PTA Board of Directors met with the administrators prior to the school year beginning to determine the focus of their fundraising efforts. They decided to make the Learning Commons their main initiative. Their new and exciting fundraiser was a school/community Fox Trot Fun Run. It was exclusively planned and managed by PTA volunteers, which allowed the school to keep 100% of the money raised.
The PTA Legislative committee attended both Georgia Advocacy Days at the Capitol to stay on top of the local, state and national issues facing our schools. They also attended town hall meetings hosted by Senator Judson Hill and Representative John Carson.
Best of all, the PTA and Foundation work seamlessly together to achieve the common goal of making Shallowford Falls a fun, caring place for children to learn. Under the leadership of Co-Presidents, Erica Fokens and Therese Wicht, the Shallowford Falls Board including Amy Grice (Treasurer), Lindsey Harris (VP Ways and Means), Megan Gregory (VP Programs and Events), Kevin Springer (VP Membership), Julie Lahti (VP Communications), Megan Murray (Secretary) and Tara Millington (Parliamentarian), has worked cohesively, sharing power. Achieving high standards in a family-school partnership has always been the forefront of their mission.
Do you have a child that will be coming to kindergarten next year? We would like to invite you and your child to attend a special monthly program called Shallowford Falls STEM Discovery Preschool. We will play and discover with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our first class is on Tuesday, October 18 from 8:00-9:15. You must attend with your child. This is only open to current SF parents. We are unable at this time to open the class to new families. If you are interested, please email Catherine Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office. Catherine will contact you more details.
Wednesday afternoons 1:30 – 2:30
Join us in the Shallowford Falls Professional Development Room for a series of presentations
that will help you enrich your child’s education.
April 19th Panic Management 105
Getting Ready for Middle School: 3 traps to avoid and 4 skills to acquire
This is primarily for parents of children in 5th grade
Meet in the Media Center
Go to signupgenius.com and reserve your space today!
Search the sign up with this email: Jennifer@academicsolutionsga.com
OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR! The Georgia PTA just announced that our very own Principal, Mrs. Angelle, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Elementary School Principal of the Year! Mrs. Angelle will be presented this award at the annual Georgia PTA convention this Saturday! This #tbt picture is just one example of the school spirit and Fox pride that Mrs. Angelle has for our school...remember when she let the children make her into a frozen yogurt sundae? We are proud of Mrs. Angelle and her awesome leadership! Congratulations!
If you have any questions during the summer regarding Office 365, please contact Cristin Kennedy, Director Instructional Technology or contact the Customer Care Center (770-426-3330).
On April 20th, our PTA was recognized by the East Cobb County Council PTA and received the following awards: Model PTA, Best Ideas, Spectacular Eight, Sweet 16, Visionary, Oaktree Membership, Pacesetter Membership and Early Bird Membership. Congratulations to our school community, thank YOU for being a part of it! Foxes ROCK!
Shallowford Falls ASP is pleased to announce that starting April 13th, we will have our own buzzer system like the one to the main entrance to our school. The ASP/Gym doors will be locked after bus dismissal and will remain locked during ASP hours. Please buzz the doorbell and we will let you in. If we do not know you, please show your ID in the screen and tell us who you are picking up. We feel that this is a positive step in keeping your children in a safe environment.
Parents needing information on Gifted Eligibility in Cobb County please click here. Also, if you would like to watch a video regarding the Gifted Eligibility Process and Service Models please click here. Should you have specific questions or need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact Shallowford Falls Elementary School’s Gifted Education Specialist, Dana Stewart at Dana.Stewart@cobbk12.org.
Shallowford Falls continues with our second year toward our state S.T.E.M. certification. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We are preparing your children to become better problem solvers, critical thinkers and to how to collaborate with others. Exciting and engaging activities to look for are:
Please join our Foundation and continue to support their efforts to completely fund our S.T.E.M. program. They fund our Technology and S.T.E.M. Lab teacher’s salaries and materials, classroom technology needs such as iPads and Osmos, and many other S.T. E.M. related needs that will support our state S.T.E. M. certification process.
Please visit our Family S.T.E.M. blog for more information about our exciting plans for 2015-16.
www.shallowfordfalls.typepad.com/Family_Stem You can also find the link on our Shallowford Falls blog page. The link is S.T.E.M. 411 on the left hand side of the web page. Thank you for your continued support!
EXCITING NEWS: On Tuesday, Shallowford Falls Elementary School was awarded the "Outstanding Partner in Education Award" by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for our community outreach partnership with our sister school, Hollydale Elementary. Hollydale Elementary nominated our school for this wonderful award! Our Fox families are very generous in their participation in our community outreach
program. We are very proud and honored that Hollydale recognized us for this award.
House Bill 244 was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in the spring of 2013. HB 244 is the law that guides school districts on the necessary components of school leader and teacher evaluation instruments. Included for the first time in this law is a measurement to account for student learning growth that occurs in a course or grade.
The Cobb County School District will implement Student Learning Objective Assessments during the 2015-2016 school year. These assessments consist of a pre-test in August/September and a post-test in April/May.
What is a Student Learning Objective (SLO)?
SLOs are subject-specific learning objectives that provide growth measures for student learning. Teams of Cobb County teachers from throughout the district developed the SLO assessments that we will administer this spring.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the SLO implementation requires teachers to use assessments to determine student growth over the course of the year. The results of these assessments ensure that students, teachers, and schools are moving toward a common vision of exemplary instruction and high levels of student academic growth.
We invite any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader that DOES NOT have P.E. that day to come down to the gym for some morning fitness! We will start at 7:20 and end around 7:45. Please keep in mind that this is not recess, come ready to work!
This is an opportunity for students to get the "wiggles" out before they start their instructional day. Again, only come on the days you don't have P.E.
We are very excited and hope to see all the foxes there!!!
Whether you are new to our school or a seasoned veteran, we'd like to ask you to take some time to view our updated student handbook. This document contains many important rules and procedures for Shallowford Falls Elementary school.
You can CLICK HERE to view the document, or find it under Shallowford Falls Information on the right side of this page.
The Cobb School District has revised their policy on absenteeism as of August 10, 2011. It addresses unexcused absences, and offers new timelines and tips regarding student absences. Please click on the link below and take a minute to read through the new policy. We are sure you will agree that your child's success depends on his/her regular attendance at school.