Rachel A. Williams,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! If you are new to the Milton area, you just entered a very special place. We have a strong school/community relationship and that includes many fun events with our feeder schools, Northwestern Middle and Milton High. Here at Crabapple Crossing, we focus on three key areas in order to form well rounded scholars. They are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.
It is my honor to serve as principal of this incredible school for the fourth consecutive year. We have a highly dedicated staff and serve approximately 780 students in grades K-5. We follow the Common Core Curriculum and also provide supplemental student services as needed through Talented and Gifted, Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Early Intervention.
We are most proud of our students as they continue to soar each academic year. Crabapple Crossing has a history of academic excellence and we will place a continued focus on student growth. It is very important to me as well as our staff, to meet kids where they are and move them in one academic year to reach higher goals and standards, regardless of the level they enter.
In 2016, we were honored to be recognized as one of four schools in Fulton County to be named a Teacher's College Lab School. We have partnered with Teacher' College at Columbia University out of New York to provide professional development in the areas of Reading and Writing. Our students have made remarkable strides in these areas in just one year. In addition to an increase in rigor, our students have more choice in their reading and writing than ever before based on interest. We do this by using the workshop model approach developed by Lucy Calkins. Our Literacy Coach, Sarah Jones, will be holding Literacy Lunch & Learns throughout the school year. Please watch for those dates in my weekly newsletter.
In Math, we will head into year three of Tabor Rotations, taught primarily through station rotations. These include, games, hands on activities, and direct instruction from the teacher.
Finally, I have to brag about how fortunate we are here at Crabapple Crossing to have such strong parental involvement. There are many ways you can become involved at our school. These include but are not limited to, room mom, science lab, copy center, mystery reader, and more! We have an outstanding program for our fathers called, Watch Dog Dads. After Labor Day, our dads are in our building weekly volunteering in classrooms directly with students. As you can see, there are many ways to become an active participant in your child's education. I encourage you to join PTO to learn more.
My work brings me such joy daily and your kids fill my heart with laughter. I truly adore each of them like my own. A little about me personally, I am single and reside in Sandy Springs. If you haven't heard, you will soon learn, I absolutely love football. I am a huge Clemson Tiger fan. I attend many games during the season with my dad. Also very special to me, is my niece Catherine, who will be heading into kindergarten this year! She is so very special to me as you can imagine. Most of my family lives in Spartanburg, SC where I was born and raised, therefore you all truly become my immediate family often times. I must say what a wonderful family we have here at Crabapple Crossing. We are happy to have you and never hesitate to reach out if you need anything. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Rachel A. Williams, Principal