Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

 State Pre-K Teacher of the Year 

For the first time in the 24-year history of Georgia's Pre-K Program, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Naserian Foundation named two outstanding educators as Georgia's Pre-K Program Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017. First Lady Sandra Deal, Naserian Foundation CEO Stephanie Blank, and Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs joined together to announce that Bethlehem Elementary School teacher Connie Ellington was named as a Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Ellington believes her "primary role as a Pre-K teacher is to ensure that our newest Georgia students begin their formal schooling with a holistic education and passion and love for learning. The classroom is filled with encouragement and love, a safe place to take risks for learning, and developmentally appropriate practices with teachers utilizing purposeful reflection and action for each individual student." She goes on to say, "Children who feel protected, valued and empowered with confidence are self-motivated learners. The beauty of teaching four and five year olds is that they believe they can do almost anything, and my assistant teacher and I take that attitude and run with it."

"This is the first year for the state award, and Mrs. Ellington has set the bar high. We value not only her leadership at her school, but the leadership she has shown throughout the entire Pre-K program has been exceptional. Mrs. Ellington is a remarkable educator," remarked Barrow County School Superintendent Dr. Chris McMichael. Read more here. For pictures click here. Pictured: Connie Ellington and Mrs. Sandra Deal.

We Have a Winner! 

Last month Athens Regional Medical Center and AT&T announced a Name the Surgical Robot Contest with the opportunity to win $2000, 4 tickets to a UGA game, a tour of the Operating Room and a pizza party for the winner's class. All elementary age students in our 17-county service area were encouraged to enter the competition.

Jaxxson Brown from Bramlett Elementary School, was chosen the winner with the name "Munson". Jaxxson's entry was chosen over more than 600 other entries. Pictures click here

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Statham Elementary School a $3,999.33 grant to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. These grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Statham Elementary strongly believes in the wise words of Dr. Seuss, "The more you read the more things you know". The Growing a Community of Readers Project is based on this belief. We are truly grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their selection of our proposal. 
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We welcome your input. If you have questions, suggestions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us and share them by clicking on the eNews email link below.

Dr. Chris McMichael

Board Members
Debi Krause
Garey Huff Sr.
Connie Wehunt
Michael Shelley
Lynn Stevens
Rickey Bailey
Suzanne Angle
Rolando Alvarez
Mark Still 


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BOE Work Session

September 30
Tailgate Barrow

October 4
BOE Meeting

October 5
Report Cards

October 10-14
Student Fall Break

October 22, 29 &
December 5, 12
Driver's Education

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School System:

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Student Success

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Winder, Georgia  30680
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