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Field Day is fast approaching! K & 1st grade will be Thursday, May 12th from 8:15am-10:45am, 2nd & 3rd grade will be Thursday, May 12th from 11:30am-2:00pm, 4th & 5th grade will be Friday May 13th from 8:15am-10:45am and 5th grade vs the teachers will be Friday, May 13th from 12:00noon-1:00pm. Please join our Field Day FUN by signing up to volunteer! See the volunteer slots below and sign up for a day, time and station! We need two volunteers at each station. Thank you for your help!
You're Invited - The students of Shallowford Falls have come together to create artwork for a spectacular art show celebration. Every student will have their own masterpiece framed and on display. Bring Home Your Framed Art - Purchase your child's framed original art to proudly display in your home or office. In addition, a percentage of the sales goes directly to SFE. $25 cash or check! Gifts for the Family - You may also buy reproductions at the art show. A framed reproduction of your child's art is an amazing, personalized gift for grandparents, friends, or other family members. Ways to Purchase - Attend the school's art show and purchase the framing package for your child's art. Late orders will be accepted until May 5th.
Volunteers Needed - Mrs. Lyon is in need of parent volunteers to help collect orders and receive payments. Shifts are 5:00-6:00 and 6:00-7:00 during the show. If you're interested, please contact Mrs. Lyon ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
This will be a great week to explore Science, Technology. Engineering and Math at home and at school!
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.
The Georgia Department of Education will join other states and organizations across the country in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child, which is a time to honor the strength and sacrifices of military children. State School Superintendent Richard Woods is asking that each district designate a day to wear purple and honor the children of military families in Georgia’s public schools.
Cobb County School District selected Friday, April 29 as our designated day to wear purple and honor the children of military families. Let's honor our military children at Shallowford Falls on that day by wearing purple.
Our Arts in Education Day is Friday, April 29. We need volunteers to help out with the many projects that will be going on in our school that day. Click on the Sign-up Genius link below to find out how you can help. It's going to be a wonderful day that your child won't forget. We look forward to having you be a part of it.
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
Parents, Mrs. Lyon would like to create a wonderful piece of art on our Arts Day on April 29. The students will be making a mural made out of bottle tops. They can be water bottle tops, Gatorade tops, or even larger tops like those on protein powder containers. Would you please collect tops from now until April 22. Send them to school and have your child bring them to the Art room. We can't wait to see this amazing creation.
Second grader, Leonardo Domato, competed in the photography division of the PTA Reflections contest this fall. His entry featured his reflection in a large bubble. He was a school winner, Cobb County winner, and a Georgia State winner. His entry now goes on to the National level.
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students to celebrate their talents in all areas of the arts. Every year thousands of students reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
We're so proud of Leonardo's accomplishments and look forward to hearing about his achievement at the National level.
This is a picture of Leonardo's awards presented to him at the PTA Reflections Awards night on Sunday, March 6.
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.
Shallowford Falls is proud to help students and families in our Cobb County community each school year. The following is our plan for Community Outreach this year. If you can contribute an item, know that it will be needed and appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Wright at email@example.com.
May 9-13th - School Supplies for Shallowford Falls and Hollydale Elementary
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.
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!
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.
I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!
All around Shallowford Falls, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!
Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. A drop-off box will be located in the media center for your child to deposit the markers.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!
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.
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!
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.