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We are looking for great writing! If you would like to submit an original piece, please make sure it follows the guidelines below. Entries may include: short stories, poetry, essays, journalism, academic/research reports, personal narratives, or any other original student writing.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ENTRIES
***Entries due to Your Teacher by Friday, February 12th. Class and grade-level winners will be chosen the week of Feb. 22-26th, and winners will be announced the week of Feb. 29th. Grade-level winners’ entries will be entered into the Cobb County Writing Fair!
We are looking for NON-SMART PHONE photos from this school year for the yearbook! You can upload your photos DIRECTLY to the yearbook software. Every grade level has a folder and within each grade level, every class has their own folder. The grade folders can be located at the following URL’s below. Please make sure to upload your photos to your corresponding teacher folder. There are generic grade level folders within each class year in case you have non-specific group photos (ex - a group of 4th graders from different classes). All school events are labeled within the folders surrounding grade level folders (Ice Cream Social, Fox Trot Fun Run, Fall Festival, Family dance, etc). You can upload your event photos to these folders! Please reach out to Julie Lahti email@example.com if you have any questions about yearbook photos and uploading. Thank you for your help!
http://lpx.me/4GHD-PRT3-AEEB/ - Kindergarten
http://lpx.me/53SV-NMGC-JA78/ - 1st Grade
http://lpx.me/ERYU-84EX-CU5K/ - 2nd Grade
http://lpx.me/97N8-GA5F-39E7/ - 3rd Grade
http://lpx.me/XM6E-NJUM-HCCK/ - 4th Grade
http://lpx.me/VWWD-XNEA-7WPX/ - 5th Grade
http://lpx.me/QWGU-UP4P-AUSR/ - All events (divided up into individual events)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 8-12 - Hollydale Elementary Treasure Box
March -14-18 - M.U.S.T. Ministries
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.
Students, please consider entering the Doodle 4 Googe What makes me…ME contest. Celebrate self expression and create a design that could be placed on the Google homepage! The winner also receives a $30,000 college scholarship, $50,OOO Google for Education Technology Grant, and a chance for you and a teacher to visit the Google Headquarters! Please take an entry form from Mrs. Lyon in the Art Room. Click on the link below for details.
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.