Welcome to Ford Elementary
Engage, Enrich, Empower

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: One Team, One Goal: Student Success!
Mission: Engage, Enrich, Empower

“Greening” STEM… "It’s In Your Nature”

A PowerPoint Presentation of our STEM journey.

Ford Elementary STEM Educator Tours
11/03/2017, 3/02/2018, and 5/10/2018
Tours are limited to 30 visitors with a maximum of 4 per school.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844aca923a64-ford


Cobb County School District Direction for Continuous Improvement


Important Dates and Information

Ford students participated in an informational video about the eclipse. This video was shown on Cobb Ed TV Monday afternoon between 1:45 and 2:00. Click here to watch the video.

10/12: Early Release, 12:30 p.m.
10/13: Fall Festival, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
10/13: Book Fair, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(If you would like to volunteer for the book fair, please sign up at
http://tinyurl.com/y98fqcfq
.)
10/16 - 10/19: Book Fair, 7:15 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
10/20: Book Fair, 7:15 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10/16 - 10/20: Conference Week, Early Release
10/23 - 10/30: Big Head Campaign
The money raised will be used to increase the technology in the learning commons, provide funding for the Advanced STEM curriculum and project based learning.
10/31: Foundation Friday - Costumes (Appropriate for School) $2.00 Donation
11/3: BINGO Night, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.



Important Survey for Parents
As Cobb County School District moves forward in the process of K-12 Science and Social Studies Content Acquisition Process, please complete the parental survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B6P9LFY

Ford Elementary 2017-18 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)


Wild West Book Fair
Book Fair dates: October 13th; 5:30 pm -7:00 pm (before and during Fall Festival)
October 16th – 19th;  7:15 am -2:40 pm 
October 20th; 7:15 am – 11:00 am

If you would like to volunteer for the book fair, please sign up at
http://tinyurl.com/y98fqcfq
.
Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Please make checks out for the exact amount. (No Sales Tax)

Book Fair Homepage

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


REMINDER to All Parents of 5th Grade Students
Please send in your yearbook dedications to
dedications@fordptsa.org
This customized 1/4 page dedication is included in your 5th grade activity fee. Deadline: November 19th; Send: 1 vertical photo (300 dpi or higher) & verbiage of 35 words or less + Child's name, teacher and name you want printed (nickname).


!!2017-2018 Ford Yearbook Cover Art Contest!!
Theme:  "Ford Mustangs have S.T.E.A.M."
Due: October 30th

How: 
1. Students draw an 8 1/2 x 11 'vertical' color 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 featured in the yearbook.
 
Questions: yearbook@fordptsa.org


USDOE Green Strides Tour
On September 19th, the USDOE visited Ford Elementary for the Green Strides tour. Please use the links below to access a blog post and CobbEDTV coverage about the visit.

CobbCast Blog: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=21693

CobbEdTV:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLJ3LDNHg8nlnDDUEw-bYeMmcw-Aju7K9R&time_continue=9&v=Iwn_d8EMdKs


Ford’s Evening in the Garden story is now airing on COBB edTV and cobbk12.org!
You can view Ford’s story on YouTube at
https://youtu.be/m6sg4Bcj8CY and on COBB edTV (Comcast channel 24 / Smyrna Charter Cable channel 182 / AT&T U-verse channel 99).
Please visit www.cobbk12.org/cobbedtv, or the main page at www.cobbk12.org, to view the programming grid for Ford’s story and many other great features about Cobb County Schools.
 


Congratulation to Ford’s Math Olympiad Team!
They placed 2nd place at the Cobb Intermediate Math Team Tournament.
CobbCast Blog: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=19471



Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is the perfect set of digital tools to compliment the 4 C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking) in the classroom. In order to use these great tools with students, parental permission is required.
Office 365 Flyer
Office 365 Support Page for Parents  


Congratulations to our State-Level Reflections Winners!

State Reflections

The Green Schools National Network featured an article about Ford Elementary. Article: Putting the "A" in STEAM
 


Ford Elementary School Foundation’s Big Head Race
The Ford Foundation Annual Campaign funds supplies for the STEM lab, project-based learning projects, teacher grants, and new technology for the Learning Commons. Classes raced to the finish line to see who could collect the most money for Ford. Due to the support and generosity of Ford families and our community, Ford raised over $35,000! Since our school goal was met, students were treated to an Extreme Recess which included inflatables, bounce houses, and an obstacle course. Ford’s staff appreciates the donations which keep Ford moving forward.
 


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

Click here for Destiny @ Ford Elementary.


Log in to Edmodo

Skills Tutor


Ford Elementary was 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.


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


Congratulations to Maria Hunt,
Ford Elementary School's 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year!


Teacher of the Year
Pictured: Dr. Frost and Ms. Hunt


Congratulations to Amany Demian,
Ford Elementary School's 2017-2018
Classified Employee of the Year!


CEOTY
Pictured: Mrs. Demian and Dr. Frost



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.