Principal's Message


VALORIE WATKINS
PRINCIPAL

DeaVWatkinsr Parents and Students,

On behalf of the staff at Swainsboro Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility of our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attends school daily, arrives on time and stays all day, and is ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills (15-20 minutes)
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college, military, or the workforce

 

We also expect all of our students to follow our school-wide expectations:

  • 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 welcome parents and family members to become involved in your child’s education. There are a variety of ways to become involved, such as joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), volunteering in your child’s classroom, attending school events, helping with your child’s homework, and by communicating with your child’s teacher on a regular basis. SES is fortunate to have a hardworking PTO that is dedicated to supporting and enriching the learning opportunities for our students.

At Swainsboro Elementary, we will provide students with the required exposure to our state standards in all content areas to ensure students are proficient or distinguished on the End of the Year Georgia Milestones Assessment as well as our local assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Our highly qualified staff members collaborate and share best practices on a regular basis through professional learning communities in an effort to meet the needs of students at all levels. Student safety, academic achievement, and building character are our top priorities.

Student attendance at school is a serious matter. Please work with us to ensure that your child is at school every day by 8:00 a.m.  Your child will be counted tardy if he/she arrives at school after 8:05 a.m. Arriving on time and staying at school all day, every day is a critical factor in the academic success of your child. With “Truancy” guidelines, regular attendance, being on time, and not leaving early is very important. We will continue to ask parents to show their picture ID or driver’s license when signing out your child for early release. We will also continue to provide parents with car tags for pick-ups in the afternoons. During dismissal pick up time parents should remain in their vehicles. Parents will no longer walk up to the front entrance to pick up their child.

We invite you to check our school’s website and Facebook page for instructional supports, updates and quick announcements. We will continue to send messages through KiNVOLVED (KiNVO). Our weekly newsletters will be posted on our school’s webpage.

The Swainsboro Elementary School Staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all SES students. We thank you for your support and look forward to partnering with you. You may contact me at vwatkins@emanuel.k12.ga.us or call 478-237-7266.

 

Sincerely,

Valorie S. Watkins, Principal

 




7/28/2020


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