SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL ELECTIONS ARE COMING!
Cogburn Woods will be electing new representatives to serve on the School Governance Council. The following parent/guardian positions and teacher positions are open for election this spring:
1 parent/guardian (2 year term), 1 teacher (2 year term)
Our School Governance Council has a leadership role in the governance of the school. The Council works with the principal on the long-term vision and strategy for the school. They are responsible for approving the school's strategic plan and budget recommendations, as well as design innovative solutions to increase academic achievement and meet the unique needs of our school community. This past year, our Council worked diligently to complete our Strategic Plan and develop a proposal for a Seed Fund request. That process is still ongoing. Updates can be found in our minutes and on the bulletin board by the front office.
Elections for the parent/guardian and teacher positions on the School Governance Council will be held March 23rd-March 29th. Candidates interested in running for an elected position on the Council must complete a candidate declaration form and submit to the district office by March 1st. Candidate forms may be submitted electronically (click appropriate link below, complete form and click submit) or by mail (get a copy of the form from the school's front office and follow mailing instructions on the back of the form). For additional information on our School Governance Councils and elections, view our School Governance Council webpage or read the School Governance Council Candidate Guide below.
FROM MS. GARSOI, NEW COGBURN WOODS PRINCIPAL
Please join me for my Parent Meetings! I am so proud to be the principal at CWES and even more excited to get to know you because you are the reason we have the best students in all of Fulton County!!
I would love for you to come out to meet with me, hear what my vision is for CWES, get some parent feedback about the school and answer any questions you might have.
If you can, please plan to attend one of the following meetings
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 pm in the cafe (General PTO Meeting)
Thursday, March 3 at 8:00 am in the Media Center
I will also be at most PTO events to meet and greet but it will not be an official meeting.
MANDATORY VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Fulton County has changed its policy for anyone volunteering in the schools, anywhere within the school; classroom, Media Center, or on field trips. All volunteers must complete the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol for Volunteers slideshow. This must be done prior to you arriving at the school. It may take up to 48 hours for the process to be completed by Fulton County. Once you receive confirmation that the registration is complete, you will only then be able to volunteer at Cogburn Woods.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS LAUNCHES ENROLLMENT ONLINE
Fulton County Schools is making it easier for parents of new students to complete their child's registration for enrollment into a Fulton County School. Parents can access the easy-to-complete, online form here. This option allows parents to control the data supplied for their student's enrollment and provide for more timely processing of the enrollment request. Parents can upload copies of the required supporting documents in .pdf, jpeg, and .tif formats. A list of required documents can be found here.
While this registration process will make it easier, parents will still need to bring their original to the school prior to the start of school. School personnel, must verify the authenticity of the documentation prior to enrollment being completed.
We hope you find this new tool helpful and welcome your feedback as we continue our efforts to provide efficiency and flexibility. Please click here to tell us what you think.
County Schools is participating in a new eflyer system called Peachjar. Peachjar
is a "green"
initiative that allows schools to save on photocopying costs by
uploading flyers electronically.
Schools and non-profit organizations can share
information by email or via school websites. Also, our district office will use
this system to share information and flyers which traditionally are printed and
to parents in student backpacks.
action is required from Fulton parents. However, you will receive a welcome email
from Peachjar with a username and password. You do not need to login to receive
eflyers but you can update your preferences regarding eflyer delivery by logging
into the system.
on the lookout for the Peachjar email and stay tuned to hear more
from us as we begin using this service.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTS STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
As mandated by the state of Georgia, this year Fulton County Schools will begin implementing SLOs – Student Learning Objectives. You may have heard the term by now, but what are they and how do they impact your student?
SLOs are district-wide measurable, long-term academic SMART goals set to determine student growth. In simplest terms, SLOs are about student growth – measuring how and what a student learns in order to inform instruction and personalize learning. Students will take a pre-assessment at the beginning of the course to determine what they already know. Teachers will then use the results to plan instruction for the remainder of the course. The score students earn on the pre-assessments won't count for or against them or be factored into their overall grade in the course, but it will help their teachers plan instruction for the rest of the course in order to improve the level of learning to its highest possibility.
To find out more about SLOs and how they're being implemented in Fulton County Schools, read the Q&A.
NEWS FROM THE CLINIC
If you have a student who has asthma, allergies, seizure disorder or other health-related conditions that require administration of medication or treatment during the school day, please be sure to provide the School Clinic with all necessary information. All Medication Authorization Forms and Health Care Plans may be found on the Student Health Services Website. If you have any questions, please contact the clinic or Judy Reddick RN, Cluster School Nurse, at 404-625-6169.
Students are not allowed to carry medication, including cough drops. If your child needs medication to carry medication during the school day, you need to provide the medication and fill out a Medication Administration form. Prescription medications also require a doctor’s signature.
ACTIVE MILITARY/RESERVE PARENTS
Effective 2013/2014, the Dept. of Ed. is requesting that schools identify parents who are active in the military. Active military indicates whether the student has a parent or guardian who is active in the US Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserve Forces. Please contact Tracy Hopson at Hopsontc@fultonschools.org if this is applicable.
TARDIES AND ABSENCES
Parents may be required to provide documentation of the appointment for late
arrivals or early checkout. Please ask the doctor for a note before returning
to school. If a child is going to have a recurring medical appointment that
will interrupt the school day, the parent and principal must come to an agreement prior to the series of absences. Appropriate documentation demonstrating the necessity of the recurring absence must be provided by the parent.
The final decision to excuse such absences rests with the principal.
In addition to absences due to personal illness, if a student is going to be out
of school for reasons that are not medical, religious, or otherwise listed,
parents must submit in writing, prior to the absence, a request for
pre-approval to the principal. Details about what type of absences may be
pre-approved are in the full FCBOE Policy.
Within five (5) days of returning to school, the student must submit a
written and signed excuse from the parent stating the reason for the
child's absence from school. Students who have missed ten (10) days of school
or more in a school year will be required to provide additional written
verification such as doctors' statements.
As the school and as parents, we both want our children to be ready for graduation and a career. On time, daily attendance is an early marker to those successes. Thank you for your assistance in getting your child to school every day.
PLANNING TO TRAVEL?
If you are planning to travel during the school year, please review your child's attendance record first. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy can be found online and in your child's agenda. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy clearly outlines the accepted excuses for absences and what a parent may do if he/she anticipates an absence that is not listed. Please note that in order to have any planned absence excused, a letter from the parent must be submitted to the assistant principal PRIOR to the planned absence. The assistant principal may or may not approve the absence. As well, if your child has missed 10 or more total days of school this year, you may be asked to provide medical notes for additional absences to be considered excused (in accordance with Fulton County's attendance policy). Please reconsider scheduling your family travel/vacation time to coincide with school breaks and avoid missed class time whenever possible.
CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION
If there is a change in the manner in which a child is to leave school, the teacher must receive a written note from the parent stating the change; otherwise, the child will be sent home in the usual manner. Do not rely on email to notify a teacher of any changes. Please do not call the school with changes unless it is an emergency. Please note that children may not ride nay bus other than their assigned bus. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Transportation Department (770-667-2970).
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