The Tiger's Roar!
College Park Elementary School
Thursday, February 13, 2020

With 3 of our Tigers at the start of a new school day!
I am excited to write the inaugural College Park Elementary Principal's Corner letter. I look forward to highlighting school events, sharing important information and sending notes of school success stories. From my experience as a principal, I know the role of a parent newsletter is an important to build a strong school-to-home communication.  

As we enter the second half of February with President's Day on Monday (school holiday), we know the school year is moving very quickly. Our newsletter will provide a variety of information important to keeping parents involved and in the know. To kick this issue off, I wanted to share a story.

Earlier this month one of our 1st graders asked me what was my favorite part of the school day. Well, my response was a quick and easy one! Morning arrival! Each morning I offer a high five or a hug to each College Park Tiger. We share stories, trade nail polish colors, set up lunch dates and even read stories when there is time. I know I look forward to that time more than your children do. If they arrive late I miss out on greeting your child personally. Please know having your child arrive to school Every Day and ON TIME is an important part of allowing your child to be prepared to learn. In order to be a successful school we need our families working towards the same positive goals. Our doors open at 7:10am and at 7:40am your child is late. Missing school for any amount of time can and will have a negative impact your child's learning, achievement and grades. As we are on our Journey to Excellence we must all work to ensure we are doing our part!

Thank you for entrusting the us to provide your child's education and contributing to my daily smile!

In Tiger Pride,
Dr. Maisha N. Otway
Proud Principal  
College Park: A Community School on a Journey to Excellence

Pictured very top: Two great civil-rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. Black History Month kicked off Saturday, February 1 across the United States.
Upcoming Events

14-17: No School - Teacher Professional Day/President's Day
25: Geogia MileStone Family Prep Night, 6:00 pm -7:00 pm        

2: Read Across America & Book Fair, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm   
3: Spring Individual and Classroom Photo (Lifetouch- NO Retake)
5: Exceptional Children's Week Program, 8:00am - 9:00am  
11: Dream Maker Picture Day
13: No School - Teacher Work Day

Ms. Ballard, College Park's media specialist, next to the Black History Month display she created.

Tiger Vital Signs

Meet College Park's Professional of the Year!

Mrs. Cassie Bush, School Improvement Coach
Greetings! My name is Cassie J. Bush. I serve as School Improvement Coach for grades 3-5 at College Park Elementary. This is my 4th year as a Coach and my 12th year as an educator.

Before becoming a coach I served as an ESOL teacher in Fulton County at Tubman and College Park Elementary. Prior to that, I was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary in Fulton County. My "why" for the work I do is the ability to make positive impact. I love to see teachers and students grow as a result of the work I provide!

My educational background includes a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State, Masters in Reading and Math (K-5th) and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction both from Waldon University. My hobbies include shopping and dining.

I am blessed to be married to my devoted husband and we have a wonderful son named Christian. I am proud to be your Professional of the Year for 2019-2020!

Did You Know???
Three important reminders for parents . . .
  1. Cell phones are not allowed on the school campus. If students bring cell phones to school they must remain in their backpacks and remain off. Students using their cell phones on campus are breaking a FCS Board of Education policy and College Park ES policy.
  2. Looking to increase your skills at home? Your child can practice their iReady Math and iReady Reading at home? Contact your child's teacher for access.
  3. Class Dojo is the tool we use to communicate between teachers and parents. Be sure to sign up!
Tiger Academics
Ms. Brandon's Spotlight on Math

Ms. Brandon leans in to help a student in a small group setting. Please note the "Half Past" message on the whiteboard in the background (see teachable moment below).

I am actively engaged with students during Math small group instruction. I am building on previous lessons to assure that skills are retained and expanded. We are working on two standards which are MGSE1.MD.2 and MGSE1.MD.3. The first standard helps students recognize the importance of making sure that there are not any gaps or overlaps in order to get an accurate measurement.

Teachable Moment: While reteaching the standard MGSE.MD.3 a student asked me what time is lunch? I said "If you show me half past 10 I will buy you a snack of your choice during lunch. The student used all the strategies that were taught and connected it to the task. Of course he was correct and I ended up spending $6 on ice cream at lunch. This motivated the other students to complete their task. They understood that the hour hand needs to be between two numbers and the minute needs to be on the six to know that this is half past.

Meet College Park's Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Courtney Cunningham, 2nd grade, Teacher of the Year
Hi! My name is Courtney D. Cunningham and I am a 2nd Grade teacher here at College Park Elementary School. This is my 4th year all in 2nd grade.

Before teaching, I SEVERAL other jobs. The most recent being a Recreational Leader for the City of College Park. I love teaching. I love building relationships with the kids in our school. I enjoy allowing my kids to expand their thinking beyond what they're used to.

I'm a Fulton County kid. I received my B.S. in Education from the University of West Georgia and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction- Technology from Grand Canyon University.  When I'm not in school I love to cook, travel, and watch tons of horror movies.

I am the youngest of four, sister to three, and aunt to five amazing nieces. I am so honored to be your Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021!

"That Extra Mile"  
Great effort by all of our Tigers that turned out for Saturday School this past weekend!

The roadway of the extra mile is never crowded. Thank you parents for getting your child to Saturday School on Feb. 8!

This Week's Motivational Moment!


College Park Elementary School remembers Rosa Parks during her birthday month which coincides with Black History Month.

Rosa Parks in 1955 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005), whose birthday is Feb. 4, grew up without her father in her life. Her mother, a teacher, worked such long hours during the week, Rosa was raised in part by her maternal grandparents, both former slaves.
She credited them with "giving me the spirit of freedom ... that I should do my very best to be a respectable person, to respect myself, to expect respect from others," Parks said, as quoted in "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of our families probably already know that on Dec. 1, 1955, after a long day at her seamstress job, Parks boarded a municipal bus in Montgomery, Ala., on Cleveland Avenue - later renamed Rosa Parks Avenue.

The city's segregation law gave its white armed bus drivers absolute power over passenger seating. When the man behind the wheel, James Blake, ordered Parks to yield her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, she refused.

"If I did stand up, it meant that I approved of the way I was being treated, and I did not approve," Parks once said.

Martin Luther King wrote in his autobiography that Parks was "not planted there by the NAACP. ... She was planted there by her sense of dignity and self-respect. Mrs. Parks was ideal for the role assigned to her by history. Her character was impeccable and her dedication deep-rooted."

Upon Parks' death at age 92, she lay in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. The latter's citation read that her "quiet dignity ignited the most significant social movement in the history of the United States."

Parks' legacy also endures on a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued on her 100th birthday.

Leadership Team

Maisha N. Otway - Principal -
Shantara Whitaker-Crooks - Assistant Principal -

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