Recently our principal, Martin Neuhaus, announced his pending move to Barnwell Elementary effective 1/4/16. Our Area Superintendent, Cliff Jones, will be working with our School Governance Council and PTA to solicit input from our community in the coming weeks (through surveys and focus groups) to help establish criteria for selecting our next principal.
Below is an email to all parents/stakeholders on 11/20 from Mr. Neuhaus:
Dear Shakerag Family,
It has been an honor to be a part of Shakerag for the last 16 years. I am humbled to have led this amazing staff and I am so proud of the school we have become. Every day we strive to lift up our children through our student-centered environment, our enthusiastic teaching and the positive and joyful culture that puts students at the heart of everything we do.
Recently, our Northeast Learning Community Area Superintendent, Cliff Jones, asked me to consider moving to Barnwell Elementary as principal to lead their school and I have accepted this opportunity. Last night the school board officially approved this recommendation – I will begin as Barnwell’s principal on January 4th.
As difficult as this is for me personally, I am excited professionally to continue working in the NELC as an elementary school principal. This opportunity will help me grow and improve as a leader and learner in our wonderful community. I am also confident in the leadership team we have in place at Shakerag and know they will continue to move forward with the great work we have begun. With this continued leadership, our strong staff and your support I know that Shakerag’s best days are ahead!
There are not enough words to express my gratitude for all the wonderful experiences Shakerag has provided for me and my family over the years. I am appreciative of your support and for the opportunity to be part of your children’s lives.
During this time of transition, our Area Superintendent will be working with our School Governance Council, PTA, and administrative team to ensure continuity for our community.
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 Renewal
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 the state level 2014-15 results for the 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. In the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (3rd-5th grades), approximately 30% of all students in GA scored as Beginning Learners, 30% scored as Developing Learners, 30% scored as Proficient Learners and 10% scored as Distinguished Learners.
These results are dramatically different than recent CRCT scores; Georgia students overall are scoring lower as these tests are more rigorous with higher expectations. It is important to note that GA Milestones results are not comparable to earlier CRCT results. For a full press release from the GA Department of Education click here. For a parent Q&A click 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.