Welcome to Ford Elementary
25 Years of Excellence

Dr. Jami Frost, Principal  |  Annette Craddock, Asst. Principal
Shay Kappel, Support and Services Administrator

GaDOE STEM Certified School and AdvancED STEM Certified School

@FordStem on Twitter
Tweets by @FordStem
STEM AdvancED logo

Vision: Create a Community with a Passion for Learning
Mission: Achieve Excellence and Provide a Strong Foundation in Education and Character

Cobb County School District Direction for Continuous Improvement

STEM Educator Tour of
Ford Elementary School
December 16th, 2016
Click here to schedule your visit.
Please sign up if you plan to attend.
Ford Elementary School, a Georgia STEM Certified School and AdvancED STEM Certified School, will be offering an informational session and tour of our campus to educators.  Participation is limited to 30 educators with a maximum of four from each school.

Important Dates and Information

9/18 - 10/14:  Ford Foundation;  Pine Straw Fundraiser Flyer
10/7: Fall Festival; 6:00-8:30 pm
10/10: Stevi B's Spirit Night; Cobb Parkway 3:30-9:00
10/14: Reflections Entry Deadline
10/17-21: Book Fair, See below for more information
10/17-10/21:  Conference Week and Early Release 12:15
10/20: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night; 5:00-8:00
10/24-31: Ford Foundation's Big Head Annual Campaign
Additional Information and Links
10/28: Ford Yearbook Cover Art Contest Entries are Due
12/3: Our 6th Annual Jingle Jog Event, to be held rain or shine, Check in begins at 6:45 a.m., 1K at 7:45 a.m., 5K at 8:00 a.m.
Flyer   Letter   Registration   Shirt Information   Shirt Order Form

Book Fair

Bookaneer Book Fair: Where books are the treasure!

Book Fair

October 17-21, 2016
10/17: 7:15 am - 2:45 pm
10/18: 7:15 am - 4:30 pm
       (Extended Time)
10/19: 7:15 am - 2:45 pm
10/20: 7:15 am - 2:45 pm
10/21: 7:15 am - 11:00 am

Book Fair Homepage

Volunteer SignUpGenius

Ford Foundation Meeting Dates

(All meetings at this time are scheduled @ 7:30 a.m.)
Tuesday, October 11
Tuesday, November 15
Tuesday, December 13

Ford Elementary 2016-17 Supply List

Ford Elementary Receives AdvancED STEM Certification
Ford Elementary is proud to have the distinction of earning AdvancED STEM Certification. This certification recognizes that our STEM educational programs have met the rigor and substance vital to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered STEM teaching and learning programs. We are committed to preparing our learners for the careers of tomorrow by continuing to foster and perpetuate their enthusiasm for STEM disciplines today. Our focus on STEM, demonstrates our continued commitment to Cobb County School District’s mission of Creating and Supporting Pathways for Success.

Ford Celebrates AdvancEd STEM Certification (YouTube Video)

Ford Elementary School Foundation's  (FESF)
Big Head Annual Campaign

The FESF plays an important role in advancing the academic excellence at Ford. Click here to learn more about the Foundation. You may donate online or use the Ford Elementary School Foundation Donation Form.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Ford Foundation Annual Campaign!

2016-2017 Ford Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Theme:  "25 Years of Excellence"
Due: October 28th

1. Students create an 8 1/2 x 11 'vertical' colorful drawn picture
2. Name, grade and teacher on BACK
3. Turn into the front office
First place winner = Front Cover
2nd-5th place winners = Back Cover
ALL entries will be in the yearbook.
Questions: yearbook@fordptsa.org

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate, edit, share, and store your schoolwork. It’s available for FREE to students who are currently attending a Cobb school.
Click here to learn more about Office 365. Video Presentation About Office 365

Parental Consent Process Videos
Click Here for the CCSD Office 365 Parent/Student Support Page. This page includes videos on the two ways in which parental consent can be provided. Consent via Email   {Video on how parents can give consent via an email message from CCSD}Consent via Synergy ParentVUE     {Video on how parents can give consent via Synergy ParentVue}
Email Jane Swanson, if you did not receive an email about Office 365 for Students.

The Ford Mustang 2016-2017 Yearbook is now available for purchase.
This is a big fundraiser for Ford, so please be sure to get one soon. Buy now and get the Early-Bird pricing of $25.00! Price goes up to $40.00 after January 2nd.  It is going to be a GREAT year - be sure your child isn't left without a fantastic yearbook full of memories!!

Online only.  How to order: 1. Sign into your account on www.pt-avenue.com (organizational code: FordPTSA); 2. Select Online Store; 3. Choose Yearbook; 4. Fill out required information (student, grade, teacher); 5. Add to cart - check out and pay; 6. Please write down your order number for future reference. 

Ford’s Odyssey of the Mind team placed 1st at the Georgia State Finals in Columbus.  The team is headed to the World Finals on May 25th.  They will compete at Iowa State University with hundreds of teams from around the world.

Ford’s Odyssey of the Mind team

Read more

Congratulations to Craig Hurley,

Ford Elementary School's 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!

Teacher of the Year

Pictured: Mr. Hurley and Dr. Frost

Congratulations to Kelly Mattingly,
Ford Elementary School's 2016-2017
Classified Employee of the Year!

Classified Employee of the Year

Pictured: Mrs. Mattingly and Dr. Frost

Ford Elementary Receives STEM Certification
Ford is the first elementary school within the Cobb County School District to receive STEM certification from the state.

Ford Events

School of ExcellenceFord Elementary:
A School of Excellence
School & District Calendar
Add the Ford Elementary Calendar to your personal Google Calendar by clicking on the "+" button above.

Ford's Foundation Link for DonationsHelp support the Ford Foundation with an online donation.

We appreciate your support!

Cobb Digital Library
Student Guide for Cobb Digital Library (MackinVia)
(See Mrs. Trammell or your teacher for the username and password.) 

Follow the Learning Commons on Twitter.
Tweets by @MustangsLC

Use your Destiny username and password to access your FollettShelf account.
Click here for Destiny @ Ford Elementary.

Skills Tutor

New Furniture and Technology in the Learning Commons (Media Center)

New tables and Node chairs

Our media center has been transformed into a learning commons. A learning commons has a flexible environment which allows students to create a space which suits their learning needs.  We have new tables, chairs, and custom seating. The tables have casters, so students can easily move them. The custom seating is part of the collaboration center. Ford's Foundation funded this project.
Every year, the fifth-grade class has a legacy project. Last year’s fifth grade class bought a mobile bookcase, table, and glass boards (signs) for our learning commons. The furniture and boards will be delivered in October. Thank you for your support!
We appreciate our parents, members of the Foundation, and PTSA for their support.

Ford Elementary is Featured on
Growing a Greener World!

Episode 309 of Growing a Greener World  was filmed last spring and heavily features the great things going on at Ford! Click on the link above to view this episode.

The Fourth Graders at Ford Elementary Won First Place in the Green Your School Statewide Competition!
Green YOUR School is a statewide competition designed for all students in Georgia, and serves to set them on a path of discovery about high performance, healthy buildings, which includes the land around the buildings. While learning about sustainability, they will discover how to identify hidden opportunities in their schools, how to create sustainable programs and the many career opportunities available in the green building profession. 

The fourth graders at Ford Elementary have won first place with their amazing habitat restoration projects. The judges that reviewed the projects were amazed by what the students had learned and the passion they have for making a difference. A check for $200 will be sent to the school shortly and their project will be displayed at the Recognition Day in 2017.

for your support.
Georgia Organics Blog
Read about the Victory Garden at Ford Elementary.

Help Support Local Families
Help support local families who need financial assistance by donating your used cell phone and ink cartridges. Flyer

Ford's STEM Day Video
This video was featured on Cobb edTV. To view this video, click on the Cobb edTV page, go to the Video Archive, and scroll until you see Ford STEM Day.

Summary of the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

2013 Learning Garden Conference Video

BYOD Information
BYOD Guidelines

BYOD Permission Form

Ford Welcomes Our Newest Partner in Education:
David Kessler from Atlantis Hydroponics

Atlantis Hydroponics

Pictured: Dr. Frost and David Kessler

Ford Elementary School Wins the Green Your Schools Competition
See the story on the Cobb Cast Blog.

Congratulations to 2nd Grader Maggie Raines!
Dr. Frost and Maggie Raines

Pictured: Dr. Frost and Maggie Raines

Maggie's dance choreography placed at Ford Elementary and then at the District Level. Her entry then placed 1st for 2nd grade at the state level.  From the entire State of Georgia only 26 entries were chosen to move on to the National Level, and Maggie's entry was one of those! Click here to view Maggie's award winning dance choreography.