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

Cobb County School District changed attendance procedures for Monday, August 21, 2017.  Absences from school Monday, August 21st due to the eclipse will be excused with a parent note.  Students checked out after 11:15 will be considered present for the day.  We request all checkouts occur before 1:45.  As a reminder, dismissal begins at 3:00 and ASP closes at 6:00. 

8/21:
School-Day Extended 45 Minutes on August 21 due to Solar Eclipse

Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017,  the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students by 45 minutes. 

The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time.  Since student safety is always our first priority so we will delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse.   Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.

Schools will be provided with further guidance and instructional resources as appropriate.  Parents are welcome to pick-up their child at the typical dismissal time if needed.

For more information regarding the solar eclipse visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/sgf/SolarEclipse.

Please visit the Cobb County School District Website:
www.cobbk12.org for further information and helpful links.

8/30: Early Release Day, Dismissal 12:30 pm
8/31: Cub Scout Sign-up Night, 6:30 pm -7:30 pm, Cafeteria



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)


Re-enroll Kroger Rewards Cards to help Ford ES Foundation

From now until August 26th is the time to re-enroll our Kroger Rewards cards to allocate the rewards donation from Kroger to Ford ES Foundation. It is easy, just takes a minute to sign in to your Kroger account and add Ford ES Foundation as the organization.

Re-Enroll Now

Kroger Community Rewards program donates to your Ford ES Foundation for each shopping trip you make at Kroger when you swipe your Kroger card. But we need to re-enroll every August to make Ford ES Foundation the organization enrolled for your Kroger card. Just visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com, sign in to your Kroger account, go to "view your rewards details," then edit your "community rewards," and designate CCSF-Ford ES Foundation as your enrolled organization. Be sure the date shows the August 2017 re-enrollment date. The deadline to re-enroll is August 26th so please don't delay. This is fundraiser free money used to support our school programs. Thanks for supporting your Ford ES Foundation! 


 

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). Ford’s story will air often as part of the ongoing news rotation. Highlighted times include at or near the top of the hour in CCSD’s locally-produced shows. With some exception, these air daily at 5 a.m., 7 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and midnight.

 

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 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


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

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


Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Join in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and log your reading minutes! Summer reading helps maintain academic gains and helps students start next year off right. For more information and reading resources, visit http://www.cobbsummerreading.com/faq.html.
Parent/Guardian Letter

Go to 
http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2017/kids to log your reading minutes.

Cobb Summer Reading Resources


Cobb Summer Learning Resources

Four Simple Ways to Participate in Summer Reading

Click on the link to view the Cobb County Public Library summer reading puppet show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JjCM4qmGrRU.

To learn more about Cobb County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, visit http://www.cobbcat.org/summer-reading-program/summer-reading-program-2017/.

Free Access to Thousands of Digital Books!

These books are available through myON, a partner of Get Georgia Reading.
To get started: Go to www.myON.com and click Log in now.
School Name:
 Get Georgia Reading ( Note: Do not cut and paste, instead start typing "Get Georgia" and select from the drop down menu)
Username: cobbcounty   
Password: read  

Click the Sign In button and select a book to start reading! (Available through Aug. 31)
Flyer


Log in to Edmodo

Skills Tutor



Congratulations to Emily for being awarded the opportunity to attend an Atlanta Braves game at Sun Trust Park.

Atlanta Braves Game Ticket Winner


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 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.


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.