A Message from Clifford Jones, Area Superintendent, Northeast Learning Community
Before the break, we gathered 249 responses to the principal fit survey. This information will be shared and utilized in the parent and teacher focus groups. We have pushed back the process to allow for more principal candidates that fit the findings of the survey to populate the principal pool. The principal pool will be expanding in early February.
Here is the updated timeline including the next steps:
|Thursday February 11th||Teacher focus group|
|Thursday February 11th||Parent focus group|
|Thursday February 25th||Principal interviews – Interview panel comprised of NELC Area Sup, NELC Area Ex. Dir, NELC HR Director, Shakerag SGC Parent rep, Shakerag SGC teacher rep, Shakerag PTA rep, Shakerag TOTY.|
|Monday March 7th||Candidate meeting with Superintendent |
|Tuesday March 8th||Recommendation to the board|
I want to thank Mrs. Cheryl Williams for her service as the substitute principal of Shakerag as we follow the process to find a permanent principal. As always, thank you for your support of Shakerag Elementary School.
Congratulations to Our Technology Competition Winners!
Shakerag students did very well at the 2016 Technology Competition held last Saturday, January 30th at Centennial High School. The winners are listed below. Great job by all our competitors who worked hard and presented outstanding projects at the competition!
|Second||Devesh Venkateswaran||Audio Production||Grades 03-04|
|First||Ansh Misra||Device Modification||Grades 05-06|
| ||Kahaan Patel|| || |
|First||Mahika Banerjee||Digital Photo Production||Grades 03-04|
|Second||Anish Kayarthodi||Game Design||Grades 05-06|
| ||Amith Patibandla|| || |
|First||Rishaan Ajmera||Graphic Design||Grades 03-04|
|First||Gauri Shetty||Internet Applications||Grades 03-04|
|First||Grace Chawla||Mobile Applications||Grades 05-06|
Shakerag Has New Phone Numbers!
Fulton County upgraded our current phone system. We have new phones, numbers and new extension numbers. It's still new to us so we appreaciate your patience as we learn the new system.
Our new main number is 470-254-3880.
Our new fax number is 470-254-3886. ___________________________________________________________________________
Shakerag Volunteer Registration
All volunteers are required to complete the entire Mandated Reporter's online training every other year at least 48 hours prior to coming in to volunteer in the classroom or with students at our school. Visit the FCS site directly to complete your Volunteer requirements: http://enduserssolutions.net/fcsvolunteers/story.html
Digital CitizenshipAs part of our move towards Personalized Learning, we will be teaching all our students how to use the Internet safely, ethically, and responsibly. Visit Common Sense Media for tools that you can use at home to further support these goals.
Georgia Milestones Results
Georgia's Department of Education recently released state and school level results from the 2014-15 Georgia Milestones Assessment administered last Spring (click here for state level results). Test results place students into one of four categories based on their performance:
Level 1: Beginning Learners (do not yet demonstrate proficiency)
Level 2: Developing Learners (demonstrate partial proficiency)
Level 3: Proficient Learners (demonstrate proficiency)
Level 4: Distinguished Learners (demonstrate advanced proficiency)
It is expected that students score in levels 2, 3, or 4 to be considered on track for college and career readiness.
Overall, Shakerag students performed very well, as demonstrated in the following table (with Fulton County and Georgia percentages). The first number is the percentage of students scoring in Levels 2, 3 and 4 combined (partial to advanced proficiency) while the second number is the percentage of students scoring in Levels 3 and 4 (proficient or advanced proficiency). For example, in 3rd grade ELA at Shakerag 92% of our students scored in Levels 2, 3 and 4, while 73% scored in Levels 3 and 4.
|||3rd Shakerag||3rd |
|5th Shakerag||5th |
|ELA||92, 73||72, 47||66, 37||97, 74||77, 48||71, 37||93, 78||77, 49||73, 39|
|Math||95, 76||82, 48||79, 38||98, 84||83, 49||79, 40||93, 76||77, 47||74, 38|
|Science||94, 65||77, 41||75, 34||95, 64||74, 41||72, 34||88, 69||71, 41||70, 36|
|Soc. St.||91, 61||77, 37||74, 30||93, 57||74, 40||70, 35||91, 51||76, 35||75, 29|
These scores are not comparable to previous CRCT scores.
For more information and parent resources visit the GA Department of Education here.
2015-2016 School Year
School hours are 7:40 - 2:20 PM. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:10 each morning - parents wanting to walk their children in need to park in our side parking lot. Students in car pool should be ready to exit the car on the right side - we are happy to open doors but students do not need to wait for us! The best time to drop off in car pool is before 7:30 - between 7:30 and 7:40 it is extremely busy!
Dismissal begins at 2:20 each afternoon. If you are picking your child up in car pool please be in the lane by 2:25 each afternoon. All our buses will depart at about 2:30 each afternoon - please be at your child's bus stop a few minutes prior to their arrival.
We have 4 Professional Learning Days for Shakerag for the 2015-16 school year. On these days Shakerag students will not have school and Shakerag teachers will work towards improving their instructional effectiveness as we finish our TAG Certification coursework.
Shakerag's Professional Learning days are
Click here for our printable 2015-16 calendar.
Shakerag is part of Fulton County's first group of schools working towards the goal of Personalized Learning for our students. We are excited to begin the work of transforming education to help challenge and engage students for the 21st century.
Our SGC recently approved our request to receive Surface Pro Tablets as our Personalized Learning device. We expect to have class sets of these by January, 2016. Per Fulton County guidelines, Shakerag will receive one set of 10 devices for every 30 students enrolled and one device for every teacher - about 260 student devices and 45 teacher devices!
Below is a quick look at our past, present and future learning.