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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.
We are very excited to kick off our third annual "Fox Trot Fun Run". This event is two weeks of "FUN"draising during which our Foxes do their best to collect donations for our school. The most important aspect of this fundraiser is that we keep 100% of the proceeds.
This year the funds will be used enhance our new Learning Commons with the latest in educational technology as well as to support other school enrichment programs, teacher support and much more. Simply click below to donate:
Last week was our annual Penny Wars! Our Relay for Life team's first fundraiser of the year benefits the American Cancer Society and cancer patients right here in Cobb County. It was a great week of strategy and fun. We were so happy to see how the classes worked together to find the best time to bring in pennies and when to "bomb" the other grades. The winning grade will be announced on Monday. We can tell you that we made more money for our Relay for Life team this year than ever before. Thank you so much for supporting our fundraiser, and thanks for caring.
Tryouts for Science Olympiad are Tuesday Oct 25th from 2:30 until 3:45. The tests will start at 2:45 and end at 3:45. Specific information will be on your student study guide. Students may pick up a study guide from Mr. P on Sept. 20, 21, 22. Those are the three days that study guides will be given out. Come to Mr. P’s classroom, room 357 near the art room) between 7:20 and 7:45 on any of those days to get your study guide.
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.
September 21st Parent Rescue skills 102
Ending the Homework Hassle/How to Study Smarter not Harder
This is primarily for parents of children 3rd-5th grade
Meet in the Media Center
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!
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After taking 3rd place overall winner at the regional in March, the Shallowford Falls Science Olympiad Team competed against 65 top schools on May 14, 2016 in the state-wide Science Olympiad held at Kennesaw State University. They were the top-ranking school in Cobb County! The State competition is the biggest elementary state Science Olympiad competition in the country! The Shallowford Falls Elementary team placed 5th overall, and only 1 point separated 3rd, 4th and 5th place each. Congratulations team!!
Following are individual event medals and ribbons they received:
1st place – Bridge Building – Sam Tegethoff & Jake Marcuzzi, Coaches Mrs. Mills & Ms. Mello
1st place – Straw Tower – Steven Li & Reina Anand, Coaches Mrs. Davies & Mrs. Kaplowitz
1st place – Weather or Not – Ben Lee & Evan Hart, Coach Mirna Lee
1st place – Which Way is North – Matthew Worly & Declan Amerault, Coaches Jon & Julie Worly
2nd place – Starry Starry Night – Angie Zhu & Dagmawi Fasika, Coach Mrs. Taylor
3rd place – Simple Machines – Victoria Domato & Kelly Wu, Coaches Mrs. Muller & Ms. Svagdis
6th place – Rock Hound – Sam Tegethoff & Matthew Lahti, Coach Meredith Wagner
9th place – Don’t Bug Me – Emily Lee & Angie Zhu, Coaches Mr. Puckett & Mrs. Angelle
Thank you to all our Science Olympiad students:
5th Grade: Sydney Annis, Evan Hart, Ben Lee, Emily Lee, Humayd Siddiqui, Sam Tegethoff, Matthew Worly, Angie Zhu;
4th Grade: Victoria Domato, Alex Flores, Matthew Lahti, Ryan Lewis, Jake Marcuzzi, Elina Natu, Jay Natu, Kelly Wu;
3rd Grade: Declan Amerault, Reina Anand, Dagmawi Fasika, Steven Li.
Thank you to all of our Shallowford Falls staff coaches:
Mrs. Alfonso, Mrs. Angelle, Mrs. Benton, Mrs. Bixby, Mrs. Davies, Ms. Drew, Mrs. Goodman, Mrs. Guay, Mrs. Kaplowitz, Mrs. Lyon, Ms. Marco, Ms. Mello, Mrs. Mills, Mrs.Muller, Mr. Puckett, Ms. Svagdis, Mrs. Taylor, Ms. Wilt.
Thank you to all of our parent coaches:
Bill Annis, Julie Lahti, Mirna Lee, Abhijit Natu, Meredith Wagner, Jon & Julie Worly.
Yes, 18 of our SF staff members and 7 of our SF parents volunteer their time to coach our team. We could NOT do it without you—-many, many thanks for giving your time and attention to our kids.
Thank you to all the parents and thanks to Mrs. Angelle and Mrs. Spiva for always being our cheerleaders and supporting us.
And of course, big thank you to Mr. Puckett and Mrs. Goodman for being the organizers as well as the coaches.
The Foundation of Shallowford Falls is so proud to sponsor our Science Olympiad Team!
This past school year, nearly 300,000 students in over 8,000 schools across the country and in U.S. schools overseas contributed their original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honor in the arts in the PTA Reflections Contest. This past spring, a panel of experts reviewed more than 1,000 national round submissions.
We are delighted to announce that our own Shallowford Falls fox, Leonardo Domato, has won at the National level and will be traveling to Orlando on July 2 to receive his award. The winning entries will be showcased at the Department of Education on January 10, 2017, and the family will be going to Washington, D.C. for that event as well. Congratulations, Leo!
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!
The students that participated in our Shallowford Falls Spark!Lab in March were able to submit their inventions to the 5th Annual Global Invent It Challenge sponsored by Smithsonian and Cricket Media. The students’ task was to think about a real-world health problem and come up with a solution. There were 7 steps-think it, explore it, sketch it, create it, try it, tweak it and sell it. We are excited to announce that Santana Rivera a 4th grade student has received an honorable mention at this competition. His invention was the BOSS (Be Outside Safety Stick). We area so proud of Santana! Way to represent our school at the national level, Santana! Congratulations from all of the Shallowford Falls community.
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.
Congratulations to all of our Shallowford Falls Science Fair 1st place winners! They went to state and all three won blue ribbons!!
5th grade: Jace Lavelle, Jake Moore, and Sam Tegethoff with their project Up, Up, and Away
4th Grade: Kendall Hutto with Does Color Affect Eyesight?
3rd Grade: Chloe Riser and Sophia Smail with How the Ball Bounces
The Shallowford Falls Spark!Lab Showcase and Awards Ceremony was held on March 10, 2016. This year the students had to come up with a real world health problem, and make or improve on an invention. We had 54 outstanding inventions and it was a very close competition. Here are our winners...
Third Grade Winners Fourth Grade Winners
Fifth Grade Winners
We would like to congratulate our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team for placing third out of 30 Cobb County teams at the Reading Bowl on Saturday. It was a great day celebrating reading as teams went head to head displaying their knowledge of the 17 Georgia Book Award winning books they all read. We were in a three-way tie for first and faced some serious competition in two tie-breakers to take third place. Our team members were excellent sports and showed grace under pressure in all six rounds of questions. We couldn't be more proud of our team members: Hunter Bradley, Kristen Dickerson, Gabbie Matthie, Jay Natu, Owen Peacock, Jyotsna Prabhu, Maddie Roy, Avanti Satoskar, and Grant Thomas. Way to read, foxes!
Our new furniture has arrived. Our wonderful PTA held a fund raiser for us and other needs at Shallowford Falls this fall. Thanks to the generosity of our Shallowford Falls community, our furniture is here and being enjoyed by all of our students. Here are a few pictures. Be sure to come in and see the difference this addition has made to the usefulness of our media center.
Cobb students performed better than the state on 24 of 24 End-of Grade (EOG) assessments in middle and elementary school. On average Cobb’s scale score was 15 points higher than the state for the EOC assessments. See Shallowford Falls individual scores on the link below. Or, go to the Cobb County website link, also listed below, to get more in-depth information about Georgia Milestone and county wide scores.
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.
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.
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.