The 2015–2016 school year is off to a terrific start! I would like to extend a big thank you to all Sagamore Hills teachers, support staff, parents, students, and our school community for all of your hard work to make this such a successful beginning.
We have so much to celebrate as we begin the school year! We are beginning our third school year of the STEM Certification (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) process. Teaching and learning has been transformed at Sagamore Hills Elementary School as we integrate STEM Education across the curriculum. We will have our official STEM Certification visit from the Georgia Department of Education at the end of August. We are on the threshold of becoming the seventh STEM certified elementary school in Georgia!
Please join me in welcoming several new members to the Sagamore staff: Ashley Terry, Bookkeeper, Barbara Dix, PreK Teacher; Chuck Warren, 2nd Grade Teacher; Dana Sibley, Special Education Teacher; Natalie Caudle, Special Education Teacher; Katie Walker, Speech Teacher; Allison Nelson, Elexia Simmons, Phyllis Lewis, Stephanie Stephens, Andrea Stevens, Clerrence Gardner, and Dalphia Fountain have joined our paraprofessional staff. Each of these individuals will make a terrific addition to the Sagamore staff as they have so many skills and talents to share.
Mark your calendars for Curriculum Night, September 3rd, 6:30 – 8:00. Curriculum Night is an evening when the school staff extends a hand to parents to form a partnership for learning. It is important for parents to know the learning goals we hold for students and how to best support your child’s learning. Please continue to foster the critical relationship between school and home by being actively involved in your child’s education. I welcome you to be a part of our school. Plan to have a conference with your child’s teacher at least once each semester to discuss your child’s progress, review your child’s work as it relates to the curriculum, and review assessment and standardized test scores. I encourage you to volunteer in our school. There are many ways for you to contribute your time and talents to make Sagamore Hills even better. A few suggestions; check with your child’s teachers and see if you can assist with preparing materials, assisting with a science experiment, reading with a group of students or practicing math facts, helping with lunch supervision, or leading a kick ball game. You can join the PTA and become involved in a committee to work on a project or event to support the school. The list goes on and on of the many ways you can be an important part of our school and our success!
I look forward to seeing everyone for Curriculum Night September 3rd. We’ll begin with a general meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30 and will then visit classrooms. I’ll discuss our goals for the school year and share our exciting STEM plans as we move closer to STEM certification.
I invite you to visit Sagamore Hill Elementary School to see first-hand the amazing things that are happening in all of our classrooms. We have an incredibly talented faculty and staff who, beyond providing the highest quality of instruction for all students, are committed to providing a nurturing and fun learning environment. You will see your child engaged and actively involved in their learning. Sagamore Hills is an exciting place to teach and learn. I look forward to a fantastic school year!
Julie M. Taylor
We Need You!An hour or two each week to:
Please contact Mrs. Taylor: Julie_m_taylor@dekalbschoolsga.orgif you would like to volunteer and work with students. This is such a rewarding experience! You can work with your child’s class or work with another class. We need volunteers any time Monday-Friday, 7:00 – 2:30. We can work with your schedule. THANK YOU !
- Assist students in the computer lab.
- Facilitate a science experiment.
- Assist students and teachers in the garden.
- Assist students taking Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes.
- Read with students.
- Assist students with practicing their math facts.
- Assist students with editing their writing.
- And much more!