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Last Friday was the day for our students to take over as Principal of the Day, Kattie Loeffelholz and Assistant Principal of the Day,Kelan Murray. They visited classrooms, supervised filming a movie for the Service Council, went on a scavenger hunt, and read the announcements. Shallowford Falls was in capable hands with our two student administrators.
Theme Days: We would love for all students to participate in supporting our students during testing by wearing the following colors each day of testing.
Friday, April 21 - Go above & beyond- wear neon
Monday, April 24 - You are a mathematical thinking machine- wear green
Tuesday, April 25 - Remember to think-wear pink
Show what you know, foxes!!
We would like to congratulate all the team members, coaches, and families for their hard work during the last seven months preparing for the Cobb County Science Olympiad competition that was held this past Saturday at Walton High School. After all the events were scored, our Shallowford Falls team place first, which qualifies them to move onto the State competition in May. Way to go, foxes!!! Here are the results of the events at Saturday's competition:
1st place – No Bones About It - Reina Anand and Elina Natu
1st place - Weather or Not - Luke Lee and Steven Li
2nd place – Bridge Building – Gray Harris and Kiefer Morin
2nd place – Deep Blue Sea – Declan Amerault and Dagmawi Fasika
2nd place – Rock Hound – Gray Harris and Matthew Lahti
2nd place - Simple Machines – Leonardo Domato and Victoria Domato
2nd place – Straw Tower – Matthew Lahti and Kiefer Morin
2nd place – The 24 Game – Kaitlyn Sung and Kelly Wu
3rd place – Starry, Starry Night - Dagmawi Fasika and Jay Natu
4th place – Wildlife Safari – Rahul Kudva and Evan Watson
6th place - Barge Building – Cate Doenitz and Kaitlyn Sung
7th place - Don’t Bug Me – Reina Anand and Victoria Domato
10th place – Crime Busters – Elina Natu and Kelly Wu
10th place – Straw Egg Drop – Steven Li and Ayaan Siddique
10th place - Which Way Is North - Declan Amerault and Andrew Worly
Below you will find a link to Target's STEM podcast. In this episode the Tech Team interviews 5th grade Target students and their teacher about the Amazon Survival Unit. There is also a special interview with Mrs. Angelle, the school principal about the exciting news of the school's new official STEM certification. Last but not least you'll hear from the Science Olympiad coordinator, Mr. P. and some of the current Olympiad members.
We are so proud of all our fox inventors! We had many amazing inventions that would help the environment including ocean trash collectors, new ways to package drinks, recycling legos and books, and ways to help our honey bees! Congratulations to the following winners!!
3rd Place: Andrew Wicht and Andrew Suresh with Andrew’s Handy Holder
2nd Place: Katy Loeffelholz with The Green Pooper Scooper
1st place: Sopia Izaguirre with The Bee’s Needs Kit
3rd Place: Maria Milchman with Urban Pinwheel
2nd Place: Amy Robbins and Cameron Baker with Eco-Bingo
1st Place: Madison Albright with Delicious Solar Eclipse
3rd Place: Daniel Isaacs with Water Scarcity
2nd Place: Alex Stephens with The Solar Cooker
1sr Place: Jay Keating with the NoVerfill
Our Shallowford Falls Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team placed second at the Northern Division Competition in Conyers, Georgia, on Saturday. We faced all the teams in the division and came up one question short. The winning team will go on to the State competition in Athens, Georgia, on March 18. We are so proud of our team members who showed grace under pressure and good sportsmanship as well. They are a remarkable group who put in hundreds of hours of preparation over the last seven months. Our amazing readers are:
Declan Amerault Kristen Dickerson
Reina Anand Dagmawi Fasika
Piper Bowling Alex Flores
Jaden Choi Elina Natu
Tierney Denny-Lybbert Jay Natu
Shallowford Falls Elementary School becomes the latest elementary school to achieve Cobb STEM certification
Cobb STEM certification recognizes schools that provide students with STEM-enriched learning opportunities above and beyond the exemplary practices found in all Cobb County schools.
The Shallowford Falls school community is dedicated to helping students cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for future success in STEM related college and career fields.
The milestone represents a three-year collaborative effort by the administration, teachers, staff, PTA, Foundation and community working together to advance this STEM initiative. The teachers committed to STEM by enhancing instruction and stretching the learning process. This endeavor also required STEM professional development for all teachers and advanced teacher certification.
“I am extremely proud of our Team Fox. We have worked diligently together for the past three years to accomplish this distinguished honor,” said Felicia Angelle, Principal of Shallowford Falls Elementary School.
At a celebration of the achievement, CCSD STEM Cobb Supervisor, Dr. Sally Creel, presented the school with an official STEM certification banner.
After posing for a picture with the new banner, Principal Angelle said, “We are excited and proud of our school of excellence and we look forward to working together to achieve our AdvancedEd STEM certification.”
The 2016/2017 school year marks Shallowford Falls Elementary School’s 26th Anniversary.
Congratulations to the following Foxes for their awards at the Cobb-Paulding Regional Science fair on Saturday. SFE is so proud of all these young ladies for their fantastic projects! Way to go!
Stephanie Cordova, Ariana Mirsalimi
How do Bubbles Get into Soda
Lauren Roper, Greer Dey, Aibhlinn Kessler
Rate of Evaporation
Is Smiling Contagious?
Our Shallowford Falls Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team placed second out of 13 elementary school teams at the Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Only the top two teams advance to the third round of competition--the Divisional Reading Bowl which will be held on February 25th.
We are so proud of our readers at Shallowford Falls. It is incredibly hard work to read and re-read 17 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. We look forward to showing the North Georgia HRRB teams how hard work pays off!
3rd place: Buoyance- Garrett Builder
2nd place: How Dense “R” You -Makaio Richard and Garrett Michels
1st place: How do Bubbles Get into Soda - Stephanie Cordova and Arianna Mirsalimi
3rd place: Plant Growth and Fertilizer-Lily Kwasny
2nd place: Soda Eruption- Ansley Pochmara and Madison Wardrop
1st place: Rate of Evaporation - Aibhlinn Kessler, Greer Day, Lauren Roper
3rd place: Does Music Effect Plant Growth -Kailey Breland and Lindsey McCrea
2nd place: Taste Check -Brooke Brantley and Lauren Trevathan
1st place: Is Smiling Contagious – Kendall Hutto
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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.