Your participation is important!
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents, and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. The survey provides participants with the opportunity to have input into local district technology decisions, state level initiatives, and federal policies and programs. Please help guide us by completing the survey.
At a special session on November 18, the Oconee County Board of Education adopted the process for appointing a successor to Post 4 Board Member Mike Burnette, who is resigning effective December 31, 2013. The board invites interested persons to apply.
The first ever Georgia Parent Survey for the 2013-2014 school year is available. It will be open from October 29, 2013- January 31, 2014. The results from the survey will be used by the Georgia Department of Education to calculate a statewide accountability rating called the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for Colham Ferry Elementary School. Please visit the following link to participate in this important survey that will be published statewide as a component of the new accountability system.
Thank you for your participation!
3rd--Mr. Robert Day!
Celebrating the success of our Custodian who received the Pioneer Award for his service with transporting students!
Dec 11th, 12th, and 13th—Santa Shop
Dec 13th--5th Grade Parent Breakfast 5th Grade Champs Graduation
Dec 19th—CFES Sing-A-Long and Last Day 2nd 9 Weeks
Dec 20th---Jan 2nd—Holiday Break—NO SCHOOL
Jan 3rd—Teacher Workday/No Students
Jan 6th—Students return to school
Jan 15th—Student Recognition for 2nd 9 Weeks at 1:30
Jan 16th—PTO Meeting and 2nd Grade Performance at 6:30/ Title 1 Meeting at 5:30
Jan 20th—MLK Day---NO SCHOOL
Jan 23rd---Curriculum Night
CONGRATULATIONS Mr. Matthew Lawing
CFES Teacher of the Year 2013-2014
Matthew Lawing is originally from North Carolina where he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a Bachelors of Music Education with a concentration in voice. He taught middle school chorus for one year in Winston-Salem, NC before moving to Georgia for his wife, Sarah, to attend graduate school at UGA. This is his seventh year teaching music at CFES and he has loved every minute of it. He and his wife live in Jefferson with their daughters Collette and Tabitha.
Title I Parents of Oconee County School Students below is information about the CFES and OCS District Title I Program:
What is a Title I School?
Click here to access Oconee County's eBoard Communication Tool!
Care for Every Student
Foster Learning for Life
Educate for Success
Purpose: The purpose of Colham Ferry Elementary School is to provide learning experiences which inspire students to excel in academics, build strong character, and promote citizenship.
Volunteers who spend extended, independent time with students in schools are now required to review training materials provided by the Georgia Department of Education and complete a volunteer information form. Such individuals should click here to access the materials and the form, and return the completed form to the appropriate school principal.
Thank you for your support of our Partner in Education Spirit Nights!
And a big thank you to all of our Partners in Education as well! Thank you for your support of our school!!
CFES Partners in Education
ABC Printing Inc Athens First Bank
Dennis Luckey Salon Chamber of Commerce
First American Bank Keba Spitfire Grill
Trippy Tumblin Barberitos
American Pest Control Jittery Joe’s
Kumquat Mae AFLAC-HD Border Agency
Dickey’s BBQ Krimson Kafe
Oconee Well Drillers Environmental Site Management
Acura of Athens Oconee Waste Transport Inc
Horace Mann Insurance Johnson/Jones Insurance Services
Oconee Properties Power Building Products
Sam’s Club Sibil’s Helping Hands
Oconee County Extension Service Oconee State Bank
Pet Supplies Plus Publix
Wal-Mart The Vet at Blue Ridge
Northeast Georgia Quality Roofs, LLC Dominick’s Italian Restaurant
Bar G Horse and Cattle Supply Chuck E. Cheese
Jimmy’s Lawn Care Zaxby’s
CFES School Council Upcoming Meetings 2013-2014
February 12th- 7:30am
May 7th- 7:30am
Meeting Minutes 2013-14
Minutes from November 6th School Council Minutes
Minutes from May 8th School Council Meeting
**Documents from May 8th Meeting:
5th Meet the Teacher 1:00pm-3:00pm (PTO Table)
6th Teacher Luncheon 11:30am
16th Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off (Fantastic Savings Coupon Book)
19th-23rd Bookfair (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)
9th End of Fall Fundraiser & All Money Due
19th Hearing & Vision Screening (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)
19th First PTO Meeting & Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym) October
18th Fall Festival 5:00pm-8:00pm
7th PTO Meeting & Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym)
10th Teacher Luncheon 11:00am
12th & 13th Santa Shop
16th PTO Meeting & 2nd Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
10th – 14th Bookfair (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)
19th & 20th Jump Rope for Heart (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)
27th PTO Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym)
13th Spring Fundraiser Kick-Off (Mustang Gallop Fun Run)
21st Mustang Gallop Fun Run Day
4th End of Spring Fundraiser (All Fun Run Money Due)
18th Fun Run Awards Ceremony
Kindergarten Orientation 9:00am (PTO Table)
Last PTO Meeting & Mustang Chorale Performance 6:30pm (Gym)
6th Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 11:00am
CFES Extracurricular Activities 2013-2014
CFES students and teachers participate in a wide array of extracurricular activities! Here is a list of what students are involved in at CFES!
· Theater Club- 2nd-5th Grade
· Morning Computer Lab- 2-5th Grade
· Square Dance- Kindergarten-2nd Grade- One Day Event
· Snow Ball Dance- 3rd-5th Grade- One Day Event
· Mustang Chorale- 4thand 5th Grade-
· Mustang Trotters- 3rd-5th Grade
· Science Olympiad- 3rd-5th Grade
· Garden Earth- 3rd and 5th Grade
· Battle of the Books- 4th and 5th Grade
· Perfectly Polished- 5th Grade
· Instructional Extension- 1st-5th Grade- Students with academic needs
CFES Official Garden is really blooming! With the help of CFES’s PTO, the garden grew and produced all summer! As we start back to school students are still working each week to learn, as well as help out, with the garden!
Click here to see the CFES Garden on the Oconee Patch
Colham Ferry Elementary School
Motivated students enjoy learning and are successful students!!!
Because we believe that student motivation is so important for school success, this year we have initiated a school-wide Motivated Mustang program. Our goal is to provide instruction, activities and experiences which help students grow in the areas of academics, citizenship and problem solving. The Motivated Mustang program is designed to encourage growth in intrinsic motivation, responsibility and student initiative for students at all grade levels.
During pre-planning, CFES teachers developed a list of attributes which they believe are essential for success in school and in life. The Motivated Mustang program will focus on those attributes through instruction, procedures, and peer collaboration. Lessons will target activities designed to encourage individual responsibility, academic growth, critical thinking, and integration of technology. Students will participate in learning projects, classroom meetings, and individual goal setting activities during the school year to strengthen student motivation.
As teachers developed the list of essential attributes, they also designed a Motivated Mustang visual model. We are sharing this graphic model with students, parents, and the community to help communicate an awareness of our key goals. The model addresses all areas of development and reflects our concern for the whole child.
During the year, we will recognize individual students who exemplify Motivated Mustang characteristics. We encourage you to send ideas and activities which motivate your child.
Motivated Mustang Charteristics Include:
Focused Learner, Critical Thinking, Good listener, Strong Communication Skills, Confident, Technologically Savvy, Write Convincingly, Respectful, Healthy Active Lifestyle, Persistence, Applies Mathematical Fundamentals, Global Perspective, Problem Solver