Welcome to Hayes Elementary:
A “Leader in Me” School!

-- Our Vision --

Working Together to Ensure Success for All

-- Our Mission --

 Developing Future Leaders to Impact

Community and Global Change

News and Announcements

New Rule Regarding Food

Please Note:  Due to safety regulations, food items for all celebrations going forward must be store bought with nutrition labels.  We must be able to account for the ingredients that our students ingest while at school.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

7 Habits of Successful Families Workshops for The Leader in Me

Parents, mark your calendars, there will be a 7 Habits of Successful Families Workshops for The Leader in Me held in January. The workshop will be held in the Parent Resource Room as follows:

Habit # 4 Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win) will be Wednesday, January 28th @ 9:30 AM

Please contact Pamela Stone, Parent Liaison,

with any questions

Habit #4: Think Win-Win

In January, we are continuing with Habit #4!  Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win.  It’s not you or me, it’s both of us. It’s a belief that there are enough good things for everyone.  It’s being able to be happy when good things happen to other people.

Expect your child to use words and phrases like “Think Win-Win”, sharing, abundant, and “being happy for others” in his/her conversations this month.  You can encourage your child by using some of this language at home.  You may have an opportunity to share your feelings with your child about Think Win-Win.   The flyer went home explaining Habit #4!  Please let us know how you have seen your child live Habit #4 Think Win-Win at home. Check out the “Parent’s Place” at www.TheLeaderInMe.org for fun ways to bring habits home.

Cosmic Bowling

Cosmic Bowling night is Thursday, February 5, 2015.  This is a wonderful opportunity to polish up on your bowling skills and help us raise money for our Relay for Life Team.  Dinner will be served in the cafeteria following The PTSA general meeting at 6:30, and then we will open the gym doors for cosmic bowling!   Bowling will be from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  In order to help raise money for the American Cancer Society, we are asking for a small donation at the door before you come in to bowl with us.  The cost is $6.00 per dinner, and includes two slices of pizza, chips, cookie and a drink.  Dinners are only for those who prepay in cash by January 30th.  ALL proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Each child in attendance must be accompanied by a parent!   Bright Green form went home last week!                               

        Thank you for your support,  Coach Oria and Mrs. Devine  

Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance

Attention, Father, Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, the Hayes Mustang Academy will be sponsoring a Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 13th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Hayes Elementary School. Be on the lookout for the flyers to come home soon with details pertaining to ticket sales.  Save the Date, it will be a memorable evening for everyone who attends!

  • Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
  • Tickets will be $25.00 per adult, ticket price includes one adult and 2 children.
  • Dressy attire required
  • Price will include dinner, drink, and desserts.
  • Dinner will be held in the cafeteria and the dance will be held in the gym.
  • Open to all elementary school girls, students must attend with an adult chaperone (Father, Stepfather, Uncle, Grandfather)

Yearbooks Still on Sale

Yearbooks are still on sale for $30 at www.jostens.com Fewer books will be available this year, so order ASAP.  The deadline to guarantee that you get a book is Tuesday, January 30th.  After that time, it will be first come, first serve.  Questions?  Contact Kate Millholland at kate@millholland.com or 678.520.3958

5th Grade Yearbook Dedications

Recognition ads are still available for $25 by visiting www.jostens.com  It is VERY easy to place an ad!  Just go to www.jostens.com and click on “Yearbooks” at the top.  Next you will click on “Yearbook Advertisement & Recognition Ad” in the drop down menu.  You’ll enter “Hayes Elementary” and then follow the prompts from there.  The deadline to submit your ad is Monday, February 2nd.  Anyone can place an ad:  friends, family, grandparents, coaches.  Questions?  Contact Kate Millholland at kate@millholland.com or 678.520.3958

The Inaugural 4th and 5th Grade Sadie Hawkins Dance

Friday, February 6th, 2015   

                    Hayes Cafeteria                    

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM 

Ticket are $5.00 and include admittance to the dance, pizza, and a drink.  

Tickets will only be sold to 4th and 5th grade students during the week of February 2nd—6th in the morning from 7:15-7:45 on the 500 hall between Ms. Hughes and Ms. Driver’s rooms.

This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds from the dance will go to the end of the year events for the 5th grade class.

Thank you to all of our PIEs, Partners in Education!

Thank you to all of our PIEs, Partners in Education, who came to celebrate National Pie Day.     

We appreciate all of your support, time and dedication to our students.


Congratulations to our Hayes Mustangs who placed at the Tom Mathis Council PTA level ceremony for Reflections.  Jessica Chu, 3rd place for 5th Grade Literature, Madelynn Pleinis, 1st place for 4th Grade Literature, Sean Bracero-Borders, 2nd place for Kindergarten Visual Arts      and Andrew Wanek, 1st place for 3rd Grade Literature.  All 1st and 2nd place winners will move on to the state level which will be announced sometime in March.  

Congratulations to Mrs. Ginny Buttram!!

Mrs. Buttram was awarded  "The Teacher of Promise" award from the GSTA (Georgia Science Teacher's Association) .

The Teacher of Promise (TOP) award recognizes science teachers with one, two, or three years of teaching experience that show exceptional promise in the field of Science.  These awards are granted to one elementary, one middle, and one high school teacher in the state of Georgia each year. 

Congratulations to Our Radical Readers!!!

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl ~ Hayes Elementary Radical Readers, First Place, Elementary Division

Elementary, middle and high school students vied to become the best readers in the District on Jan. 17 at the Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, hosted by North Cobb High School.  Teams faced off in six rounds of fast-paced, game-show-style quizzes in which the person who buzzes in first gets to respond.

The Reading Bowl was created by Helen Ruffin, a DeKalb County library media specialist looking for a way to motivate the students at her school to read more. It was so successful that schools all across Georgia began holding their own competitions.

The Cobb County bowl was started 8 years ago by Kathi Vanderbilt, now a retired school librarian.  It has grown so much over the years that the 25+ elementary teams compete in the morning and the 15+ middle/high school teams compete in the afternoon.

To kick off each event the opening ceremonies feature a parade of schools followed by 6 competition rounds. Suspense is high as winning teams are determined by cumulative points so it’s impossible to know who wins until the closing ceremony. At last year’s bowl a parent remarked, “This is my child’s first academic competition and it’s awesome.” Winning teams at each level will advance to the regional competition.  That is followed by divisional and state competitions.  Cobb County School District has a history of producing state winners.

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Third Grade Teacher of the Month, Keelan Morhaus, sponsored by Melissa Krudwig "The Bear of Real Estate" Think Melissa Team.

Strong for Life Parnters Visit

Our Strong 4 Life partners came out for a visit!  While they were here they reminded us of the 4 Healthy Habits to stay Strong 4 Life: Make Half Your Plate Veggies and Fruits, Be Active, Limit Screen Time and Drink More Water!!  Mr. Blackmon spent time with our students in the gym and cafeteria teaching them about the heathy habits!


Hayes Chorus Performance

The Hayes Chorus sang at Stevi B’s Tuesday night. A picture of them has been entered in the Stevi B's Fundraising Group Photo Contest where our school could win $500! You can vote by going to http://bit.ly/1qwpDcc. Please share with your friends and family so we can be the next winners!! 

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee, Benjamin DeHass, and runner up, Katherine Hagar!  You both did a fantastic job!

Leader In Me

At Hayes Elementary, our Leadership Program provides students with tools to develop into leaders who will impact community and global change! The Leader in Me is a schoolwide process that develops staff and students as leaders and thereby transforms the culture and performance of the school. We seamlessly integrate leadership development into daily curriculum, activities and systems to create a culture where every student is encouraged to set and achieve meaningful goals, be a positive influence on others, and use his or her individual gifts to better the world. Be a part of the GREAT that happens here at Hayes Elementary School!

Walton Parent Math Night

What a great turnout we had for our Walton Ridenour “Parent Math Night”!  Thank you to Walton for hosting us and allowing us to connect with our parents.  Our parents left with some great activities, resources and knowledge about the content that their child is learning.  We couldn’t have asked for a better event!

Childrens Health Care of Atlanta- Strong 4 Life Pep Rally

All Hayes’ students attended an awesome pep rally! Be sure to ask your student what they learned!

 -Drink Water  -Eat Fruits and Vegetables  -Limit Screen Time  -Be Active


Fall Festival

Thank you to everybody who came out for the Sanctuary Fall Festival on Saturday.  A special thank you to Sanctuary Church for their time, commitment and dedication to our staff and students.   We’d like to thank all of our Partners in Education who helped to make this event possible: Eaton Chiropractic, Maximized Living, The Think Melissa Real estate team, Metropolitan Dental Associates, Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis Club, Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta and On the Border.  It was a beautiful day with many great memories created!


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Hispanic Heritage Month

Fire Lane

Fire Lane Parking

The Fire Marshall will ticket and/or tow cars that are parked in the fire lane. Please be aware.

Lost and Found

Please check our lost and found if your child is missing something.  If these items are not claimed, Hayes will donate them.


Would you like Volunteer at Hayes? 

If you are interested in volunteering at Hayes Elementary School this year, please contact Ms. Stone and let her know what days and times are convenient for you. Feel free to email at Pamela.Stone@cobbk12.org. 

We appreciate all of our volunteers and realize that we could not accomplish everything we do, without your help. 

Every volunteer will need to sign off on a Cobb County form in reference to volunteering. Please feel free to look at the link listed below, before coming in to volunteer. We hope to see you soon! 

Mandated Reporting link: 


Hayes Watch D.O.G.S.:

 Below is a link to the National Watch D.O.G.S site so you can learn more about the program.  http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/ and  "watchdogbradley@yahoo.com" is the account created as a central e-mail address to be able to send and receive correspondence. We look forward to establishing a great group of Watch D.O.G.S. for the 2014-2015 school year!

Bleasdale Family

Barnett Family



Message from PTSA

Please "like" the Hayes Elementary PTSA facebook page for information and reminders about school events! If you have something you would like to share please contact Nicole Burt at nicoleburt06@gmail.com

We are pleased to announce our
Teacher of the Year !

Renya Barden
Second Grade Teacher

She is wonderful in a million ways! Hayes is excited to have such a dedicated teacher at our school!

Congratulations to our
Classified Employee of the Year
("CEOTY") for 2014-2015!

Patti Sheevy
Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Mrs. Sheevy has been part of the Kindergarten team for many years. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the Hayes family.

General School Information


2015-16 School Choice


The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.  For more information, please see our 2015-16 School Choice webpage.

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Hayes Elementary has been identified as a Focus school according to the definition contained in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver granted to the State of Georgia in February of 2012. Hayes’ Focus school designation is due to an achievement gap between student groups identified from 2010-2011 school data. Focus schools must offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) designed to increase academic achievement. The Hayes Elementary FLP program addresses the subject of math. The FLP program will provide afterschool tutoring on Mondays and Thursdays to identified 3rd grade through 5th grade students. The FLP program will provide tutoring to Kindergarten, 1stgrade, and 2nd grade students twice a week during the student’s specials schedule. All of the instruction will be conducted by certified teachers. If you have more questions about the Flexible Learning Program or the ESEA waiver please click on the link below or contact Denise Walker at Hayes Elementary.