Colham Ferry Elementary School

Advanc-ed Parent Survey

CFES Parents, In an effort to improve system practices, Oconee County Schools is conducting a parent survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The web survey will be available until April 25.

In order to complete the survey, please click here.

 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Scott Gordon at or 706-769-5130 ext. 1306.

Science Olympiad

Watch our 2013-2014 CFES Science Olympiad team yearly wrap up! 


Snow Make Up Days

The inclement weather across the region thus far in 2014 led to the cancellation of six school days for students of Oconee County Schools. One of those days has already been made up (on February 18), and another make-up day will occur on March 14, a date previously scheduled for a teacher workday. Both February 18 and March 14 were slated as potential weather make-up days on the 2013-14 OCS calendar. Based on flexibility provided in a resolution passed by the State Board of Education (SBOE), the other four school days missed by students will be not be  made up. All OCS employees will work with their supervisors to account for or make-up all workdays missed.

In addition, OCS is adjusting the dates of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) to account for the missed instructional days. The new CRCT Spring 2014 dates are scheduled for Monday April 28th through Friday May 2nd.   Click here to view the revised OCS calendar with assessment dates.
By SBOE rule, minimum instructional time requirements are set. However, as a local school system, Oconee County Schools vastly exceeds those requirements each school year, and will continue to do so despite the challenges presented by the recent inclement weather. Click here for a summary of OCS instructional time relative to minimum state requirements. 
Thank you so much for your support!

CFES Events


April 18th—Mustang Gallop Awards at 1:30

April 28th-May 2ndCRCT Testing

May 5th—CRCT Testing Make Up Day for all grades and all tests

May 5th—Spring Talent Show Auditions (3rd, 4th, and 5th) 2:30-3:30

May 6th—Spring Talent Show Auditions (K, 1st, and 2nd) 2:30-3:30

May 7th—Spring Talent Show Auditions—last day 2:30-3:30

May 7th—Student Recognition for 4th Nine Weeks at 1:30, School Council Meeting at 7:30

May 8th—Kindergarten Orientation, Title 1 Meeting at 5:30, PTO Meeting at 6:30

May 9th—CFES Literature Day

May 12th and 13th —Spring Talent Show run thru’s 2:30-3:30

May 13th—CFES Skate Night at Skate Inn from 5:30-7:30

May 14th—Spring Talent Show in the Cafeteria at 8:30

May 15th—Step Up Day

May 16th—Teachers Take the Stage from 5:00-6:30 Dinner will be served from 5:00-5:30. The show will begin at 5:30 and last 1 hour  with no intermission.

May 20th—5th Grade Graduation 9:00 and Primary Elections held in Media Center

May 21st—Field Day and Last Day of School


Mustang Pride

Click here to read our Mustang Pride Fyler

CFES 2014 Mustang Gallop

Thank you so much for such a successful “Mustang Gallop”! CFES students and teachers enjoyed the Fun Run that took place in the gym. The Fun Run is a great way for students to understand the importance of exercise and participate in school unity; all while raising money for CFES!

***DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! You can still raise money for the Mustang Gallop and send your money in until FRIDAy APRIL 4th!!

This year’s money raised will go to provide upgraded technology and enhancements to the media center.  Contributions from our Mustang Gallop Sponsors will get us that much closer to providing a media center that will foster a fun and exciting learning environment to the students of CFES. If you would like to be a sponsor—CFES Mustang Gallop Sponsor Form


CFES Teacher of the Year



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?

Title I Meeting Dates 2013-14

CFES Title I Parent Involvement Plan 2013-14

CFES Title I Parent Compact 2013-14

Title I Target Assistance Plan 2013-14

Title I Parent Letter


Colham Ferry Elementary School

Oconee County eBoard Communication Tool

CFES Mission Statement


Care for Every Student

Foster Learning for Life

Educate for Success

Strengthen Character


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.

Volunteer Training

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.

Oconee County Parent Grading Guides

PIE--Partners in Education

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 Title I Reward School

CFES School Council

CFES School Council Upcoming Meetings 2013-2014

May 7th- 7:30am

Meeting Minutes 2013-14

Minutes from School Council Minutes February 19th

Minutes from November 6th School Council Minutes

Minutes from August 14th School Council Meeting

Minutes from May 8th School Council Meeting

**Documents from May 8th Meeting:

CCPRI County Overview

OCS BOE Budget 2013-2014

CFES MAP Scores 2012-2013

PTO Dates 2013-14


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



Talk About It!

Oconee Area Resource Council  - Mentor Program
Request Form
Parent Information and Consent Form

CFES Twitter Feed

CFES Extracurricular Activities 2013-2014

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

Mustang News

 Parents Newsletters

CFES Garden

 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



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Motivated Mustang Program

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