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Principal's Message


Dear SES Families,


I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 School Year! For those of you who are new to our school, I want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful place. As principal of Swainsboro Elementary School, I am committed to our community and firmly believe that all students can be successful learners. It is our mission to provide our students with the “Power to Succeed.” Our vision is for our students to excel in the positive ABC's of learning: Academics, Behavior, and Character in a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment. This will require creating a learning environment which is centered around students, directed by teachers, and supported by home and community.


Our teachers and staff are caring, innovative, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of educators who strive to have our students reach their highest potential.


I’ve enjoyed working with many of you and look forward to our continued partnership in ensuring a productive and fun educational experience for your child(ren). I believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement. As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success, as research continues to show strong correlation between increased involvement and high student success.


We also expect all of our students to follow our school-wide expectations and rules.


School-Wide Rules                              

  • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself. 
  • Use quiet voices inside the building. 
  • For everyone’s safety, follow all directions given by teachers and adults the first time. 


We hope that you will find our website helpful and informative. Our weekly newsletters will be posted on our school’s webpage. Additionally, you may see an update of events and quick announcements on our Facebook page.

Each year brings positive change. This includes some additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Quintaya Brown, Heather Williams, Elayah Peebles, Kellie Smith, Renee McGraw, and Natalie Purifoy to our SES family.  We feel each of them will be an asset to our school.


School Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 7:15 a.m., as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please be sure to pick up your children by 3:00 PM in the afternoon.


Arrival Times:

Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m. every day. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 8:05 a.m. are tardy and must sign in at the office with a parent. If your child will not be present, please call and inform the attendance office at (478) 237-7266.


New Grade Distribution:

Grades 3 – 5   50% Classwork/Homework, 40% Quizzes/Chapter Test, 10% Unit Test/Performance Tasks


New Honor Roll Criteria:

Honor Roll - A student with a 90 average overall shall be recognized on the Honor Roll (there is no rounding up to 90). A student must have all A’s or B’s with the lowest grade being an 80.


Free and Reduced Lunch:

All students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m.  Remember breakfast is an important start to our student’s day.  


Food Allergies:

The school should have a prescription with a doctor or physician assistant's signature, a diagnosis and a recommended alternate food.  The prescription should be updated annually and can be easily done during Well Checks for children. We can no longer offer juice and water as an alternative for milk even when requested by a physician. This eliminates an entire food group and is not allowed by the state.  Ingredient information on all foods purchased is still available upon request. 


Dress Code:

We believe that students learn best in an environment that is free from distracting elements and influences. Students at all times should observe the rules governing body cleanliness, neatness of appearance, and good grooming. Students must wear shoes at all times.  Our entire dress code is posted on our school’s webpage.


School Supply List:

School supply lists for each grade level are available in the office and also posted on our school’s Facebook page and website: www.emanuel.k12.ga.us


Drop-off and Pick-up:

Parent Drop-off and Pick-Up will remain at the front entrance of the school.  At the end of the day, students being picked up will proceed to their designated pick-up areas. Teachers will escort students to the bus. Teachers will walk students out to the bus and pick-ups areas.  



Open House – Monday, July 30, 2018  4:00-6:00 p.m.

1st Day of School- Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Title I Parent Meeting – Thursday, August 16, 2018  6:00 p.m.


I am honored to serve as the principal of Swainsboro Elementary School. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relations that support academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 478.237.7266 or vwatkins@emanuel.k12.ga.us


Respectfully yours,

Valorie Watkins, Principal

Swainsboro Elementary School


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Swainsboro Elementary School  |  258 Tiger Trail  |  Swainsboro, GA 30401
Phone: 478.237.7266  |  Fax: 478.419.1164