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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

-- 2015-2016 School Strategic Plan --

Please click on the following link to view

 the 2015-2016 School Strategic Plan.

Hayes-SSP 2015-2016.pdf

General School Information

Attention Parents/Guardians of Car Riders 

  • Please have car riders to school by 7:30 AM if they plan to eat breakfast at school.  This will allow the students enough time to eat breakfast and get to class on time.

  • Start Times: School doors will open to students at 7:15 a.m. All students are expected to be in their classrooms ready to begin instruction at 7:50 a.m.
  • Attendance Matters: Students with more than 5 absences work against our CCRPI score. When students are checked out EARLY (before 11:05 AM) or are checked in LATE, this hurts our CCRPI score. Students and parents, you can help us with this by being here and scheduling appointments, vacations, etc, outside school hours. Every day counts!
  • Morning Car Riders: School opens at 7:15 AM; students cannot be dropped off before 7:15 AM. Students are expected to be in their classroom by 7:50 AM to begin instruction. Students are tardy after 7:50 AM. After 7:50 AM, the student must be signed in by an adult.
  • Afternoon Car Riders: We ask all parents to remain in vehicles when picking up students. Be certain to have your car rider tag displayed on your dashboard on the passenger's side. In the interest of student safety, if you do not show a car rider tag, you will be asked to park your vehicle, come inside and show identification in order to pick-up your child. To keep our line moving, we ask that parents refrain from conferencing in the car rider line. Thank you!
  • Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. for car riders. All students are expected to be in their classrooms ready to begin instruction at 7:50 a.m. Bus riders will be served breakfast upon arrival.
  • No Transportation: Changes after 1:45 PM: For the safety of the students, we cannot take any transportation changes after 1:45 PM. If you need to come to pick up your student early, it must be done prior to 1:45 PM.
  • Afternoon Bus Riders: Students 8 years old and younger will be brought back to their school in the afternoon if a parent, guardian or parent/guardian designee is not present at the bus stop to receive them or if they otherwise appear to have no appropriate supervision. This is in accordance with the Department of Family and Children Services Guidelines for safety and supervision of children. When returned, every effort will be made to contact parent/guardian. If unable to reach a parent, the student will be placed in the After School Program (ASP). There is a $10.00 registration fee and a $7.00 daily fee for ASP.

Afternoon Dismissal Times

1st Load: 2:10

Car Rider: 2:25

Daycare: 2:27

ASP: 2:30

Important Dates to Remember


August 30th:  Open House – 1st – 2nd @ 6:00 PM and 3rd – 5th @ 7:00 PM

Sept. 6th: Target Fall Open House @   6:00-6:45

 Gifted Eligibility Meeting @ 7:00-7:45

Sept. 7th: Fall Picture Day


Hayes Elementary

Annual Title I Program

Parent Information Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time:11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Location: Ms. Corris Room

Room: #1.076

For more information, please contact

Pamela Walker, Parent Facilitator

678-594-8127, ext. 254


Hayes Elementary School

Welcome from Mrs. Watson

WELCOME!  We have had an awesome first week of school.  We are beginning the school year with nearly 850 mustangs, and we are so excited to have them all.  True to our mission, we started day one, “Developing Future Leaders to Impact Community and Global Change.”

As we work toward growing and developing our student leaders, we are asking parents to allow all K – 5 students to walk independently to their classes beginning Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  We have an eager and enthusiastic staff willing to assist should a need arise.  Please partner with us in this initiative as it will help for an even smoother start to each school day.

Parents, we thank you for your patience as we work through the final details of our SPLOST HVAC installation.  The contractors will soon complete the work, and we will be able to thoroughly enjoy the coolness of our new unit.

I am truly excited about the promise of this school year.   It is my honor and privilege to serve as your child’s principal.  Please know that I open to hearing from and meeting with you – just contact our school secretary, Mrs. Traci Edwards at 678-594-8127.

Great Things Are Happening at Hayes!


Please consider being a member of the Hayes Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).  We could use dads to help strengthen the safety and security of our school.  We are looking for dads willing to volunteer at least once a month.  Please consider this  -- more details coming soon!


Parents, please know that when students are checked out before 11:05 AM, they are not credited for a full day of attendance.  We ask that you do your best to schedule appointments outside school hours.  When it comes to learning and instruction, EVERY MOMENT MATTERS!

See attached flyer- Attendance 101

Attendance Matters.pub


Beginning next week, we will begin our enforcement of the Cobb County dress code.  All students must dress appropriately and neatly. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than one inch above the student's knee.
  • Shorts, dresses and skirts with leggings must also be 1 inch above knee or longer
  • No tank tops or two tank tops worn on top of each other.
  • No see-through garments without proper under garments.
  • No clothing with suggestive phrases, designs or profanity.
  • No midriff blouses or skirts.
  • No bandanas or caps.
  • No halter tops or spaghetti straps.
  • No pants that expose the navel.
  • Sun dresses must be worn with jackets
  • No items showing illegal substances for minors.

All Student Administrative Rules can be found by visiting www.cobbk12.org. Click on Administrative Rules, then scroll down to section "J" - Students


Birthday announcements are sold on a first-come basis. This purchase entitles your birthday child’s name to be displayed on the marque, mentioned on afternoon announcements and put in the Hayes’ Happenings on/around his or her birthday. The name will be up from the opening of school until 3:00 pm that same school day (or longer) provided the application and payment have been received in advance. Birthday applications must be received at least two weeks in advance.

Please see attached flyer with more information

Happy Birthday Fundraiser.docx


  • STUDENT SAFETY:  Student safety is our top priority.  At Hayes, we have come to accept that safety trumps convenience.  With that said, we ask that you follow our school’s protocol for visiting:
    • Ring doorbell and wait to be buzzed in after stating your name and reason for visit
    • Refrain from allowing others to enter the building with you
    • Check-in at the main office
    • Wear your visitor’s badge in a highly visible place on your person
    • Be cooperative if a staff member addresses you in the hallway or throughout our building
  • MORNING CAR-RIDERS:  Students can be dropped of at 7:15 AM.  Parents are to wait with the student until that time (preferably in the car).  Students are not allowed on campus unsupervised.  The Hayes staff reports for work at 7:15 AM.
  • AFTERNOON CAR-RIDERS:  Parents should remain in cars and follow the car-rider line.  The car-rider tag should be displayed on the front windshield and remain there until your child is placed in your car.  Parking and entering the building will not expedite this process – parents need to remain in their cars unless a parent needs to get car-rider tag (be prepared to show identification).
  • STUDENT INFORMATION:  It is extremely important for the school to have up to date information.  If you have any changes (address, phone number and/or emergency contacts), please inform the office as soon as possible.
  • Cobb County Folders:  During the first week of school your child brought home a Cobb County Folder with a lot of important information; there are some forms that need to be returned to the school as soon as possible.  Friday Folders went home today with some more very important information.  Please return the following  forms to your child’s teacher on Monday:
    • Clinic Card
    • Receipt of Family Information Guide Form
    • Additional forms sent by homeroom teacher
  • AGENDAS:  All students in grades 2 -5 should have an agenda. Please utilize this tool for effective daily communication between home and school.
  • KINDERGARTEN CLASSES: On Monday Morning, August 8, 2016, our kindergarten students will go to their 2016-2017 kindergarten class.  Feel free to come in and meet the teacher on Monday morning from 8:05 AM - 8:30 AM.    

A Message from Ms. Walker

Dear Parents,

My name is Pamela Walker and I am your Parent Facilitator at Hayes Elementary School.  One of my main objectives in this role is to get more parents involved in the school. Too often, people think because they work they cannot be involved, but that is far from true. Please know any assistance you can give as a volunteer is always appreciated!

The Parent Resource Room is opened from 7:15 to 3:00 daily. Please feel free to come and visit the Parent Resource Room, located in the back hallway, to the left of the cafeteria in Room 1.032

The Parent Resource Room has a variety of materials that parents can check out at their leisure. There are educational books, as well as math and literature materials and games available. I am here to assist you at Hayes, should you need assistance in the school or information on community resources.

Parents are an integral part of the success of a school. It has always been my thought that working together can make the difference in the life of a child. If you would be interested in volunteering, please feel free to e-mail me with your name and availability and I will follow up with you about volunteer opportunities.

Thank you in advance for your time and we look forward to seeing you at Hayes!

Pamela  Walker

Parent Facilitator

Hayes Elementary School

678-594-8127 ext. 254


Would you like Volunteer at Hayes?

If you are interested in volunteering at Hayes this school year, 
please contact Pamela Walker at 678-594-8127 ext. 254 or 
Pamela.walker@cobbk12.org and let her know what days and times are 
convenient for you.  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


The PTSA will be selling Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits on

Thursday, August 25th.  They will be available from 7:15am-7:45am in the front lobby and by the 200 hall. 

The cost is $3 (cash only). 

After School Enrichment Clubs

Attention Hayes’ parents:  our Hayes’ after school enrichment clubs will be starting soon.

Look for details in your child’s Friday folder!

The schedule for the fall will be as follows:

Monday:  Guitar Club and Spanish Club

Tuesday:  Good News Club, Engineering Club and Lego Club

Wednesday:  Overtime Athletics and Art Club

Thursday:  Dreamweaver’s Dance Club

Friday:  Piano Club and Drama Kids


SANCTUARY CHURCH:  We thank our Partner in Education for sponsoring our “Read to Lead” Program throughout the summer.  In doing so, many of our students were able to participate in activities to enhance their literacy skills.  Additionally, Sanctuary sponsored our “Burgers and Backpacks” event ensuring that every student who attended the event received a backpack with supplies.  Students who submitted their reading logs received $10.00 gift cards to Barnes and Noble.  We awarded our 2 top readers a Kindle Fire for their accomplishments:

  • Jack Dutcher -- 1st Grade
  • Oscar Garcia – 5th Grade

We wish to thank all of our Partners in Ed and Friends for their contributions to our “Burgers and Backpacks” kick-off: Big Shanty Barber Shop, Chick Fil A, Foundation for the Future, Gymnastics Association of Atlanta, Hayes PTSA, Jus so Catering, Kirkwood Presbyterian, Kiwanis Club, KSU, New Salem Baptist Church, North Metro Church, Sanctuary Church, Sparkles, St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Walton Communities and Zaxby's.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church:  On Sunday, July 31st, Kirkwood held a special service for students returning to school.  This annual service is the Blessings and Backpacks service.  We thank Kirkwood for supplying our students with additional backpacks and supplies as well for the prayers and good wishes the 2016 -2017 school year.  Mrs. Leyden (4th grade/SPED teacher); Mrs. Sliger (1st grade teacher); and Mrs. Watson (Principal) enjoyed worshipping with this congregation.

New Salem Baptist Church:  While under construction, this Partner in Education graciously hosted our Kindergarten Camp during the summer.  We thank them for providing the venue to make our program possible. 


West Cobb Church:  A sincere THANK YOU to these friends of Hayes for supplying our teachers with treat bags at the start of this school year. The snacks were much needed and the coupons will be used.  We appreciate the thoughtfulness.

Eagle Pointe, Greater Works, Sanctuary and Three Taverns Church: A BIG thank you to these churches who worked tirelessly the week of the July 25 to help us unpack and move back into our school after the summer HVAC installation.  THANK YOU! 

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.  For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school.  All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


Nominations for the 2016-2017 Hayes PTSA Executive Board are now being accepted.  To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the forms in the front lobby at school and place them in the ballot box.  Nominees must be members of the PTSA.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Beverly Pleinis - bevpleinis@aol.com.  Thank you!!

TLIM Symposium Image

TLIM Symposium

Some of our best and brightest represented Hayes at the Leader in Me Symposium.  Students gave speeches to and answered questions from over 200 educators. We are so proud of these future leaders for doing such a great job representing Hayes and the Leader in Me program.

Pictured from left to right: 

Elijah Watson, Ashley Tatum, Hannah Eubanks, London Howell, and Amiyiah Gavin

Participants not photographed:

Maiya Adolphus, Maddy Pleinis, Katherine Hager, Ben DeHass,

Fetteth Bonja,Oscar Garcia Cortes, Alexis Castano

 Read Across America Day

Read Across America 

What a fabulous week to be a Mustang!  We have celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America by dressing up as our favorite book characters and having Special Mystery Readers.  Among our guests were Cobb County School Superintendent, Mr. Chris Ragsdale, Kennesaw Mayor, Mr. Derek Easterling and our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Swinney.   We ended the week with the students who reached their reading goals duct taping our Principal, Mrs. Watson, to the wall… our fearless leader will do anything to promote and encourage the students to get “stuck on reading”!  Thank you Emily Justice and Cathy Spencer for planning such a sensational week!

Supt. Ragsdale Reads to Hayes E.S. Kindergarteners

You're Invited

The Cobb County School District Federal Programs (Title I, II, III, IDEA and Carl D. Perkins) invites the public, parents, staff, and students to give input on federally funded programs. Title I, Title II, Title III, Carl D. Perkins and IDEA seek input on the use of funds as well as the development of the Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plan (CLIP). Additionally, you are invited to give input on Homeless Program services and the revision of the Title I Parental Involvement Policy.

Download the Flyer in English

Download the Flyer in Spanish




The clinic is in need of boys pants (all sizes), Lysol wipes and Zip Lock Baggies (any size).  Thank you in advance for your donations; they are greatly appreciated.


  You can have your child’s birthday displayed on the Marquee for only $25.00. Proceeds will benefit STEM and leadership development programs for Hayes’ Students.


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 school-wide 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!

Get Georgia Reading Campaign

In partnership with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, I am excited to share with you a new, FREE resource – GAREADY4K text message program for parents of 4 and 5 year old.  Families can opt-in to receive about three messages weekly about everyday activities they can do with their children.

2014 study led by researchers at Stanford University found that Ready4K! had a positive effect on the levels to which parents engaged in home literacy activities with their children. The texting program also led to increased involvement with their child’s school.

Now, Ready4K! is coming to Georgia for parents of 4 & 5 year old children — sign up now by texting gaready4k to 313131.  Again, this is a free, opt-in texting service. Individuals’ mobile carrier text rates may apply.  

How Can I Find Books at My Child's Guided Reading Level?

Our Parent Resource Room has books available for check out.  The levels that we have available for checkout range from level A – level U.  The levels available are for all students from kindergarten thru Fifth/Sixth grade.  Please contact Pamela Walker, our parent facilitator, to find out how to check out books for your child.

Safety First

In the morning, students can be dropped off after 7:15 AM.  There is no supervision for students before 7:15 AM.  In the afternoon, we cannot accept any transportation changes after 1:45 PM.    

Due to safety and hygiene concerns, animals are not allowed in the school other than approved classroom pets, for example, fish and turtles. Please refrain from bringing your animals/pets in the building unless you have prior approval for therapy/service animals or for an event such as “Strut your Mut”.

In light of the recent attempted child abductions throughout metro-Atlanta, our Hayes counseling department focused their guidance lessons on stranger safety during the month of September.  During these lessons, the students have been given tips and strategies for staying safe, especially when it is necessary to walk anywhere unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.  They were taught how to recognize safe strangers (policemen, firefighters, etc.) and safe places (schools, police departments, etc.) where they can seek help, if needed, and how to respond if a stranger approaches them or tries to get them into a car.  Students should be bringing home their stranger safety worksheet in grades K-2 and stranger safety packet in grades 3-5 by Friday, October 2nd.  Please review the materials with your children and discuss any concerns they may have.

Further, in today’s world of dual working parent families, we know that a parent waiting at the bus stop with a child is not always possible.  Though it is always safest to have an adult accompany a child to and from the bus stop, here are a few suggestions to help keep your child safe:

  • Work with other parents to have children walk to and from bus stops and wait in groups. Use the "buddy system" whenever possible.
  • Create a Safe Walking Plan with your child using the safest and most direct path to the school bus stop.
  • Establish "Safe Houses" along the route to the bus stop that your child can go to if approached while walking to or from the bus stop.

Let’s keep working together to ensure the safety of our kids!


CCRPI stands for College and Career Readiness Performance Index and it is the way the state now evaluates a school’s performance.  There are several factors that contribute to the overall score:

  • Achievement Points
  • Progress Points
  • Achievement Gap Score
  • Challenge Points

We also want our community to be aware that there are additional factors, in parents’ direct control that will impact our school.

  • Student Absences – The percentage of students with good attendance is also factored into our CCRPI score. The state of Georgia has qualified “good attendance” as no more than five days of absence.  This means that once a student hits six or more days of absence they are counted against our overall score.  This includes absences for any reason.  Both unexcused and excused absences count in the same way.
  • School Climate Survey – Each year, parents are requested to take an online survey to assess the climate of the school.  The percentage participation rate, along with the parents’ scores, directly influence our CCRPI score. Parents are asked to rate the school in the following areas:  Safety, Relationships, Teaching and Learning, and Institutional Environment.

More information about CCRPI can be found here:


Office 365 is here for students!

Information was sent home on how to access this valuable resource available at no charge to you. If you have misplaced the instruction page, please visit the instructional technology page for more information.

Login: Firstname.Lastname@students.cobbk12.org*
Password = normal computer password

*Students with same first/last names will have a 3 digit code added to their last names. Please contact the media specialist at your school if you experience trouble logging-in.

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.

The Parent Portal is up and working!!! It can be accessed via the Hayes webpage under the Parents tab at the top and on the side where the links are located. Look for a flier to go home in Friday folders with this information.


ASP Information

Need convenient, after school child care for your student? Enroll your child in ASP. Program details and a sample enrollment agreement may be accessed by clicking here. Actual enrollment forms can be picked up in the front office.

Click on the following link to find parent letters per grade level with information about standards being taught this nine weeks. Standards - Parent Letters

Please join us in congratulating our TOTY and CEOTY…

2016-2017 Teacher of the YearLindsay Corris

2016-2017 Classified Employee of the Year - Traci Edwards

Congratulations to Our Radical Readers!!! 

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


Congratulations to our AMAZING Mustangs! They came in 3rd at regionals for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. We are so proud of them!

Fire Lane

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.

Hayes Watch D.O.G.S.

Here 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/ 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 2015-2016 school year!



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

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.