May 13, 2011

May Update Dear GM Families: It is difficult for us to believe that this school year is almost over! We’ve had a very successful year and show positive academic gains in all grade levels based on our local data. Dr. Stasiak and I have truly enjoyed serving as your school administrators and working with the families and staff of Garrison Mill each day. Over the next few weeks we look forward to our First Grade (May 5th) and Kindergarten (May 17th) Musicals, Volunteer Brunch (8:30-12:00 on May 11th) and 5th grade celebration (May 24th). I hope you will all join us for the Volunteer Brunch when our staff shows their appreciation for all of you! At this time of year we enjoy looking back and celebrating our successes! This year we wish to congratulate the three different groups that play a large role in our overall success. Our PTA has worked tirelessly to advocate for our students and earned another District 9 award for the third year in a row! This year we were named 2nd place for Outstanding Local Unit for Elementary Schools at 750 enrollment and lower. District 9 includes all schools in Cobb, Marietta City, Douglas and Paulding Counties so we have some tough competition! We also wish to thank our School Council for the work they have done to support our school writing goal and citizenship through our “Thank a Veteran” Thanksgiving letter writing campaign followed by the Valentines for Veterans project. Both of these projects provided meaningful ways to both support writing and honor those who have served our country. Additionally, we want to celebrate the success of our GME Foundation and the monetary support we have received in the areas of science and technology from the proceeds of the first ever Greyhound Gala! This event replaced Boosterthon and was a successful and fun new event for Garrison Mill! Finally, we are of course still thrilled with our Platinum status for Highest Achievement on the Spring 2010 CRCT. We should receive our CRCT results for 2011 soon and will share those with you when we are able to do so. We also would like to congratulate our 5th grade students on the fantastic writing assessment scores. We should be able to release those scores to you very soon. In closing, Diana Whitson, a long time Garrison Mill teacher is retiring this year. We will have a celebration for her on May 10th from 4:00-5:00 in the Media Center. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us to celebrate her dedication to our students and her teaching career. Please take time to rest and relax as a family this summer. Always remember to READ all you can and to practice those math facts! We’ll see you in August! Paula Huffman Principal