A Message from the Administration

SES set for the new school year!

By Principal Valorie Watkins

Welcome back to an exciting 2016-2017 school year at Swainsboro Elementary School! The staff is thrilled that you have entrusted your child’s education to us. It is our goal this year to create an enriched learning environment that engages each child. SES has a highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and a fantastic support staff who work in different areas to support your child’s learning. We need and welcome your support and cooperation.

Along with your assistance, I am committed to reviewing our practices throughout the school year to ensure we are providing an optimal teaching and learning environment for all.  Our mission is to provide our students with the power to succeed. Our vision is for our students to excel in the positive ABC's of learning: Academics, Behavior, and Character in a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment. This will require creating a learning environment which is centered around students, directed by teachers, and supported by home and community.

At SES, teaching and learning is focused on meeting and exceeding the Georgia Standards of Excellence for every child. Our teachers are highly qualified at every grade level to give support and opportunities for quality instruction, assuring that all children have access to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Our goal is for all students to achieve at or above their current grade level in all core subject areas. As a Title I School, we continue our pledge to provide a quality curriculum based on research and best practices, to utilize differentiated instructional strategies for students based on individual needs, to grow and learn as professionals, to welcome the input of parents, and to provide a safe and orderly environment for our staff and students.

The year begins with some new additions to our staff:  Penny Rodgers will be teaching third grade; Karen Claxton, Kristen Davis, Antwanette Green, and Cheryl Hughes will be teaching fourth grade; Debra Austin, Melissa Beauprez, Jenni Ely, and Joan Turner will teach fifth grade;  James Hill and Marisha Porter-Coleman and Shannon Morris will work with our Special Services students. We welcome them to SES!  We have a couple of shifts this year:  Mary Pate Gay will be teaching Read 180; April Woods, Rachel Burkhalter, and Alicia Hendrix will move to the fifth grade hall;  Amy Holton will move to the fourth grade hall;  Ashley Royal, Annie Williams, and Holly Williamson will move to the fifth grade hall to work with Special Services students; Krista Hostilo will move to the third grade Computer Lab; and Seth Thompson will move to the Media Center as the media clerk.

At SES, we sincerely believe in a school setting that is collaborative in nature and draws on the strengths of all stakeholders in striving for improving student achievement. Working together makes a difference in the lives of our students! We look forward to working with all of the wonderful students, parents, and stakeholders of SES.

Student attendance at school is a serious matter.  This year, we will continue to focus on decreasing the number of students missing over five days of school. Please work with us to ensure that your child is at school every day by 8:00 a.m.  Arriving on time and staying at school all day, every day is a critical factor in the academic success of your child.  With “Truancy” guidelines, regular attendance, being on time, and not leaving early is very important.

We will continue to ask parents to show their picture ID or driver’s license when signing out your child for early release. We will also continue to provide parents with car dash cards for pick-ups in the afternoons.  We are asking for third grade parents to use the parking lot near the third grade hall. Parents picking up fourth and fifth grade students should use the front entrance driveway of the school.

Due to safety concerns, students will no longer be allowed to use the microwave to heat up lunch. If your child brings a lunch to school please make sure it does not require any items that may need to be warmed up or heated. Sodas are prohibited. 

We encourage our parents or guardians to become active in our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and support the mission of the school. You are welcome to volunteer to help tutor students and share your expertise to classes or the school as a whole.

The first day of school is quickly approaching – Monday, August 1, 2016. Please plan to attend our Open House on July 28th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  I would like to invite our new third grade students and parents, along with our returning students and parents, to come and meet his or her teachers.  It is also an opportunity for students and parents to walk around the school.  Many thanks to our custodians that have worked diligently to prepare our campus for the start of the new school year.

If there are questions or concerns please contact Principal Watkins at vwatkins@emanuel.k12.ga.us or 478-237-7266.