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Preparing children for success within a global society
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!
On Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28, we're going to war here at Shallowford Falls! We're collecting pennies in a competition between grades to donate to our Relay for Life Team.
What's Relay for Life? It's an event held each year at Jim R. Miller Park in May. Teams from schools and businesses in Cobb County come together to celebrate their fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society. This charity is one of only two supported by the Cobb County School District. We will be holding fundraisers throughout the school year. Any contributions you make will be tax deductible if you make your checks out to the American Cancer Society. We appreciate your support of this worthwhile organization.
Back to the war...here's how it works. Students who bring in pennies should put them in the containers marked with their grade level, which will be in the front lobby. Keep an eye on which grades are bringing in the most pennies. THEN, start putting nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars in the containers with the most pennies because that grade will have to SUBTRACT anything that isn't a penny. That's the WAR! Each day we'll count the money in each container. Pennies are one point and anything else is a negative point (i.e., a dollar will be -100 points).
At the end of the week, we'll total up which grade has the highest positive point total. That grade is the winner and will get a special treat. The real winners will be the people fighting cancer because the money will go to help those patients right here in Cobb County. Start looking between the cushions in your couch or in your spare change jar for those pennies. Be ready to go to war August 24-28!
Reserve your spot and mark your calendar for these
Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Shallowford Falls Media Center for a series of presentations that will help you enrich your child’s education.
Parent Rescue skills 101: Ending the Homework Hassle……….August 26th
Parent Rescue skills 102: Study Smarter not Harder……..September 30th
Parent Investment 103: Building a Passionate Reader in 10 minutes a day..Nov. 11th
Time Management 104: Skip the Summer Slump: grade level activities to
keep your child’s mind active this summer April 20th
Panic Management 105: Getting Ready for Middle School: 3 traps to avoid and 4 skills to
Classes are limited to 25 people each.
Go to signupgenius.com and reserve your space today!
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.
An OSMO is an accessory for the iPad that will enhance your child's learning experience. See the link below to see how you can buy an OSMO for your child and donate one to your child's class for free. Scroll down to the Buy One, Donate One section for details.
Take a photo, write a story or poem, draw a picture or produce a film or dance to show how you would “let your imagination fly”!
This is the PTA Reflections theme for 2015-16 and we are looking to send more Shallowford Falls Students to County and State next year.
Each year, our PTA challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Supporting this program is one way you can encourage children’s creativity, increase student achievement, and promote the arts in your home, our school, and our community.
Music Composition, Literature, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Photography and Film Production
For more information or questions please contact Amy Grice at email@example.com
On April 30th, our school and its PTA were recognized by the 9th District, Georgia PTA and received the following awards: 1st Place - Outstanding Local Unit, Model PTA, Hearst Family-School Partnership "Communicating Effectively" and Best Ideas! We are so proud of our school community! It's awesome to be a Fox!
Additionally, our school and our PTA were recognized by the East Cobb County Council PTA and the Georgia PTA and awarded the following: Model PTA, Spectacular Eight, Best Ideas, Pacesetter, Early Bird, Visionary and Oak Tree! We are so proud of all the awards our PTA received this year! Shallowford Falls shines thanks to your support!
The Cobb County Regional Science Olympiad was held at Walton High School on Saturday, March 7th.
This was the largest regional competition in the state with 33 teams. There were 18 events and we have 20 students on our team. We have 8 fifth grade students, 6 fourth grade students and 6 third grade students. This is our youngest team ever!!
Our team scored in the top 10 in 12 out of the 18 events!! This is quite an accomplishment with 33 teams represented—half the size of the state competition. After all the scores, we were 3rd in the Cobb County Regional Science Olympiad! We are on our way to the State Science Olympiad in May!!
See link below for results.
We want to congratulate all the winners!
3rd place winners were Victoria Damato and Katie Yim
2nd Place winners were Evyn Shelnutt and Kelly Wu
1st place went to Charlie Williams with Magic of Flight
3rd place winners were Caroline Heintzelman and Cetta Gatto
2nd plance winners were Ben Lee and Grant Thomas
1st place winners were Liam Murray and Jace Lavelle with Rubber Bands for Energy
3rd place winners were Nicole Shamaie, Emma Altrichter, Marena Amorim
2nd place winners were Emma Riser and Madison Nathan
1st place winner was Bryce Horton and Gavin Sollenberger with The Drop!
Congratulations to all the winners! First place winners will go onto county competition on Sat. March 7 at Walton High School!
Our Shallowford Falls Reading Bowl team placed third at the Regional competition in Carrollton, Georgia, on Saturday, February 7th. Eleven teams from the western region of the state were in the competition. Placing first was the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. Our team tied for second with A. L. Burruss Elementary from Marietta City Schools but lost in a tie-break round. While our quest for the State championship ends here, we are so proud of our team's performance. They were competitive yet showed admirable sportsmanship throughout. Way to go, foxes!!
Shallowford Falls teachers, Kim Puckett, Amanda Svagdis, and Chelsea McConnell attended a Nanoscience conference at Georgia Tech last summer. They completed a design challenge with students to earn grant money in nanoscience—the study of structures and materials on the scale of nanometers. Your fingernails grow a nanometer every second—that’s how small it is! The teachers taught nano lessons which coincided with their curriculum throughout the fall. On December 5-6, they were each able to take two students to a follow-up extension conference at Georgia Tech. At the conference, they presented their design challenge and explained what they had made.
She did it again! Shweta Krishnan was crowned Shallowford Falls Spelling Bee Champion for the second year in a row after the spelling bee on Wednesday, December 3. Runner up was Lena Pierce. Two members from each class of fourth and fifth graders competed in front of third, fourth, and fifth graders as well as parents in a fierce battle of tricky words. Shweta will continue on to the next round of competition in January. Congratulations to all of our great spellers!
Shweta Krishnan (left) and Lena Pierce (right)
Shallowford Falls is continuing our journey towards state STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) certification. As part of this certification, we are required to have business, community (that is you), and post-secondary partnerships involved in the STEM instructional program 1-4 times per month. 100% of our teachers are ready, willing and are to teach STEM units. We cannot achieve certification without family involvement. Teachers plus our SF families are the formula for STEM success. Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Our students study all kinds of subject areas and we need lots of different occupations to help advise teachers and share with our students. We have 435 families at our school and we received only 22 surveys when it was sent out about a month ago. This sharing of real world knowledge is a requirement for state certification plus it helps our students explore different career choices. Thanks for helping to support our children’s education.
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.
This holiday season is a great time to save money at Target by registering for a Target Red Card. Every time you use your Target debit or credit card, you'll save 5% on your purchase, get free shipping on Target.com AND Shallowford Falls will get 1% back as well. There are other advantages as well, so go to the link below and sign up before the holidays to get the discounts when you need them most. Shallowford Falls has already received over $1000 from this great program, so sign up today!!
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.