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.
March 5th—5th Grade Writing Test
March 5th and 6th—Kindergarten Registration 2:30-5:00 in the Media Center
March 6th—Mustang Gallop Kick Off
March 11th—Partner in Ed Night at CiCi’s Pizza! Come out to support CFES!
March 14th---MAKE UP SNOW DAY—ALL students and teachers report. Last day of 3rd Nine Weeks
March 17th—St. Patrick’s Day and 1st day of 4th Nine Weeks
March 19th—Student Recognition for 3rd Nine Weeks at 1:30
March 20th---Title 1 Meeting at 5:30. First day of Spring.
March 21st—CFES 3rd Annual Mustang Gallop
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It is with great excitement that Colham Ferry Elementary School announces the 3rd Annual “Mustang Gallop”a Fun Run to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle on Friday, March 21st 2014!
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!
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
You have been invited by the CFES PTO to sign up for "Mustang Gallop- Fun Run." Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, go to:
2014 -2015 Kindergarten Registration
For Oconee County Schools
March 5th and 6th, 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Colham Ferry Elementary in the Media Center
Please bring your child’s birth certificate, Immunization form 3231, child's Social Security Card, Proof of Residency (must be a utility bill-water, power, gas, or mortgage), and your child to registration.
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
May 7th- 7:30am
Meeting Minutes 2013-14
Minutes from School Council Minutes February 19th
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