Welcome to Mountain View
A Georgia School of Excellence
Celebrating Over 80 Years of Excellence
Dr. Renee Garriss, Principal |
Dr. Whitney Spooner, Assistant Principal
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Garriss' Welcome Back Letter to Parents
1928 to 2015
Photo Tour of Mountain View Elementary
News and Information
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Good News at Mountain View
MVES 2015 Milestones Data
Please click here to view a
PowerPoint presentation with audio recorded by Dr.
Garriss which provides information and data about the 2015 Mountain View
Wins an iPad!
Congratulations to First Grade teacher Miss Zinsmeister! She was
nominated by 11 of her students/families for a teacher most
deserving of an iPad compliments of Superior Plumbing and the
Angela Smith Named
Teacher of the Month
Fourth Grade teacher Angela Smith won the "Teacher of the Month"
program at Corey Chiropractic Clinic for November. Dr. Tisha
Corey presented an award and prize to Mrs. Smith in front of her
class on Friday November 6th. Congratulations to Mrs. Smith for
being an exemplary educator!
at Mountain View
KISS A PIG!!
On Friday, October 30th at 1:45 pm, Dr. Renee Garriss, Principal
and Dr. Whitney Spooner, Assistant Principal kissed a pig in
front of the student body on the track of Mountain View
Elementary School. The events were hosted by the Mountain View
PTA and Foundation. The school reached its fundraising goal of
over $50,000 through the Mad Dash (fun run) and Silent Auction
held on October 16th at the school. The funds raised will go to
the salaries for the computer lab and science lab teachers and
school enrichment programs.
The Mad Dash was a fun run completed by the students on the
morning of October 16th. The students asked for donations to
support their efforts on the track. The top students received
gift cards and the top class receiving the most donations won a
pizza party, a special yearbook photo and the exclusive right to
name our mascot, the Mountain View Lion.
The Silent Auction was held the evening of
October 16th during the school's Fall Festival. The auction
utilized mobile and online bidding and was a great success. Many
families and local businesses donated items to the auction. The
teachers and staff also donated special experiences which were
coveted items at the event. Please enjoy a
of this special event.
School is Cool Breakfast
students and 29 staff members celebrated having Perfect
Attendance (0 tardies and 0 absences) for the first nine weeks.
Students celebrated with a healthy breakfast of yogurt,
apples, and bananas. Students were also
awarded a special attendance certificate and
a free shaved ice pass from Bahama Bucks!
Being at school is paramount to learning!
School is cool!
Please click here to view
more photos of
this special event.
Georgia Parent Survey
We need your input for the Georgia Parent Survey. The
Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey
and contains 24 questions. Parents will be able to complete the
survey using their personal computers, smartphones or tablet.
All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent
Survey because the data will be used to calculate the School
Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be
submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for
analysis. 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.
Window open from October 5, 2015 –
February 26, 2016
Georgia Parent Survey:
Mountain View Achieves National Ranking for
Jump Rope for Heart
Mountain View finished 19th in the Nation and
1st place for Public Schools in Georgia for our contributions to
Jump Rope for Heart for the America Heart Association. Please
click here to find out how our contributions will make a difference.
Please click here to view the
Project Outline for our school rebuild.
Teaching and Learning Support
Please click here to view a flyer
detailing parent events
sponsored by Teaching and Learning Support and Specialized
National PTA Names
Mountain View Elementary a 2015-2017 National
School of Excellence
We are excited to announce that Mountain
View Elementary School has been named a National PTA School of
Excellence! As a National PTA School of Excellence, MVES made
significant progress to
welcome and empower families to support student success and
school improvements during the course of the 2014-2015 school
Mountain View Elementary School joins an elite group of schools
recognized by the National PTA
partnership with families through PTA to enrich the
educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
Mountain View Selected Safe Route
to School Forum Partner of the Year
Congratulations to Mountain View Elementary School and PTA for
being selected as the North Georgia Region 2015 Partner of the
Year at the Safe Routes to School Forum.
This demonstrates outstanding commitment to encouraging
students to walk and bike to school and an admirable dedication
to caring for the environment.
Mountain View Receives
Georgia SHAPE Award
Mountain View Elementary School was awarded
the 2015 Platinum Achievement in Wellness from the Governor’s
SHAPE Honor Roll.
This award recognizes Mountain View's dedication
to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of
wellness for staff, students, and community.
Mountain View Recognized as Platinum
has been awarded the Platinum
Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. As a
Platinum level award recipient, Mountain View has fulfilled key
criteria and demonstrated a strong commitment to providing a
healthy workplace for employees.
Mountain View Receives Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s
Project S.A.V.E.’s Heart Safe Certification
Mountain View has completed the
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Project S.A.V.E.’s Heart Safe
certification. Our Cardiac Emergency Action Plan has been
formulated and practiced in the event of a Sudden Cardiac
We are fired up to announce that Mountain View has won the 3-2-1
Blastoff Award in the amount of $150! Fire Up Your Feet is
a core program of Safe Routes to School National Partnership
available to any elementary and middle school (grades K-8)
nationally. Please click here for more information about the
Fire Up Your Feet
Mountain View Recognized By
Active Schools for
Promotion of Physical Activity
Move! Active Schools, a
sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
campaign, recognized Mountain View for creating an active school
environment that provides students with opportunities to move
throught the school day. To earn recognition, Mountain View
improved its physical education and student wellness policies
and programs, including the addition of physical activity
options throughout the school day, the promotion of active
commuting, and the implementation of policies that support
Dr. Whitney Spooner Named
Assistant Principal at Mountain View
It is with great pleasure that Dr. Garriss announces to you our
Assistant Principal for the upcoming school year. Beginning July
2015, Dr. Whitney Spooner will join the administrative team as
our school’s AP. Dr. Spooner has been a teacher for 13 years and
eight of those years have been at Mountain View. She has served
as our School Leadership Intern this school year and has done an
exceptional job! Dr. Spooner is thrilled to take on this new and
Nancy Janas Elected Cobb County PE Teacher of the Year
During a staff meeting on May 7, 2015, Nancy Janas, a PE teacher
at Mountain View Elementary was presented with the honor of Cobb
County Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Among
the attendees were Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Health &
Physical Education as well as Mrs. Janas’ husband Mike and
daughter Haley, a teacher at Griffin Middle School.
Renee Garriss-principal of Mountain View;
Rachel Stafford-author of parent letter
included in nomination packet;
Brian DeVore-author of colleague letter included in
nomination packet and previous winner of Cobb Elementary PE
Teacher of the Year when he was on staff at Mtn. View in
Pictured above (left to right):
Nancy Janas-PE teacher at Mtn. View, 2014-2015 Cobb
County Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Anna Gibbs-Mtn View Fifth Grade student and author of
student letter included in nomination packet
Mike Anderson- Supervisor of Health & Physical Education
Melissa Edwards Elected
Teacher of the Year for 2015 - 2016
Third grade teacher Melissa Edwards has been elected Teacher of
the Year for 2015 – 2016.
After earning a Master’s Degree
from Auburn University, Mrs. Edwards began her career as an
educator for Cobb County Schools. Mrs. Edwards has taught for
fourteen years and has spent a majority of her teaching
career at Mountain View. Approximately nine years of Mrs.
Edwards' career has been dedicated to special education and the
remainder of her time was spent in general education. Mrs.
Edwards believes that "teaching is a calling. I am honored to be
voted Teacher of the Year."
special education teacher Leanne Schneider is the runner-up
teacher of the year for 2015 – 2016. Mrs. Schneider has been a
special education teacher at Mountain View for 10 years and has
taught for a total of 15 years.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Mrs. Schneider
later earned a Master of Elementary Education from University of
North Carolina and then added a concentration in Special
Education. Mrs. Schneider’s passion is “teaching students with
special needs. I am
particularly drawn to children with autism. I love my job and
believe that children learn best when they are in an environment
where they are accepted, challenged, and differences are
celebrated and respected. I
feel very grateful to my peers for the nomination and
Ruth Leddin Elected
Classified Employee of the Year for 2015 - 2016
to our Classified Employee of the Year for 2015-2016, Ruth
Leddin. Mrs. Leddin has worked as a paraprofessional with Cobb
County School District
for six years and at Mountain View for the past five years as a
Kindergarten and Special Education paraprofessional. She has
also served on the BLT committee for the past two years. Mrs.
says that she is "very grateful to those who nominated and voted
for me. I feel very blessed to work with the BEST staff,
students and parents in Cobb County.
District Direction for
Please click here to view the chart entitled
"One Team, One Goal: Student Success."