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Principal's Message

  A Message From the Principal….



August 6, 2014


Dear Parents and Students,


 As I begin my seventh year as Glanton’s principal, I feel as excited this year as I did my very first one back in 2008. This is my home away from home and I feel much support from all of you and I do appreciate it so much.    We are all excited about having the opportunity to work with your students again this year. We are a true community school in every sense of the word. It is our hope that you feel at home the minute you drive onto campus. As good as our teachers are, they can always use your help in lots of ways through our volunteer program. We only ask that you attend a brief training conducted by Lisa Skinner, our assistant principal. If you were trained last year, you will need to retrain again this year. There are so many ways for you to help us at school I do hope that you consider sharing some time with us. Please know that I am always available to chat. Come on by!


There are a few changes in our staff this year. Amanda Freyman (5th grade teacher) became Amanda Scogin and Sarah Mitchell (3rd grade teacher) became Sarah James!  Congratulations to the both of them on their marriages. We also welcome Allison Griffies as a new parapro. She will be working with the teachers in the computer lab as a co-lab teacher, as well as serving as an instructional assistant in kindergarten through fifth grade. We also have a new custodian, Ann Smith. She is a wonderful asset to our team and I am sure that you will agree when you meet her and see her smiling face. We said goodbye to Miss Frances Rosser who retired after a very dedicated career helping to keep our school clean. Mr. John Spencer also retired from our lunchroom and his smiling face will be missed. We are welcoming Miss Cathy Poulten who will be taking Mr. John’s place. Mrs. Kelly Stephens (3rd grade) transferred to Arnco Sargent and I appreciate the great job that she did last year with her students. Mrs. Ellen Thomas moved from 4th grade down to 3rd grade. Mr. Scott Smith moved from 5th grade down to 4th grade, leaving us with only 2 fifth grades. That particular class has very low numbers so those two homerooms are not overcrowded.


I will be sharing our test results and latest Title 1 information at our Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting on August 25 at 6:00. The revised Title 1 Plan, Parent Policy and the Parent Compact will be presented at that time. This is an opportunity to find out about what it means to be a Title 1 school, so please plan to attend and bring your questions! We will also be conducting our Open House at 6:30 after the parent meeting on August 25. We encourage you to visit in your child’s classroom at that time.  An invitation will be sent home with more details.


 We need your help in the area of school improvement and would like to invite all parents to attend our School Council meeting on August 19 at 6:00. At that time, we will be working to revise our School Improvement Plan, Title 1 plan, Parent Policy, and Teacher- Parent-Student compact.


             Our positive reward behavior program called “C.A.R.E.” (Children Are Responsible Everyday) will be in its’ fourth year. Students will have the opportunity three times a day to earn a maximum of 3 behavior points. If they have the required number of points at the end of the week, they will be able to participate in Fun Friday activities. The goal is for students to learn to make appropriate behavior choices. The program stresses the fact that once a point is earned it cannot be taken away.  Points will be awarded daily at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00. The faculty and staff have seen some real changes in behavior because of this program.


 If you have any questions, please contact me at 770-583-2873 or at                        Katie Garrett


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