Highlights of Good News at Mountain View 


We have been awarded the Platinum Status from Georgia Shape for the 2017-2018 School Year!


Congratualtions to Maureen Armstrong for being awarded a grant for iPads in the Classroom!


Active Schools honored Mountain View Elementary School with the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. Active Schools is a national movement dedicated to ensuring that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools.

The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. Only 452 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2017.

According to Active Schools, active kids do better in school. Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, increased focus, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills, and a lifetime of healthy habits.

“We commend Mountain View Elementary’s model work around enhancing physical education and physical activity opportunities and inspiring students to perform their best, both in the classroom and in life,” said Charlene R. Burgeson, Active Schools Executive Director.

“Mountain View is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs,” Burgeson added.



The fifth-grade students at Mountain View Elementary recently participated in a community service project.  During the holiday season, the students gathered resources and materials to send to families in need following the devastating Gatlinburg fires. The students collected and donated items ranging from emergency supplies, every-day personal necessities, and cleaning supplies to luxury items that they felt would comfort the families affected. Some students even chose to send in items that were very dear to their hearts, hoping that it would specifically help elementary school students through this tragic event. Drop Deck Depot, North America’s largest source of hydraulic drop deck trailers, was generous enough to deliver all donations to Gatlinburg in time to make a difference for many families before the Christmas holiday.

Fifth GradeContribution Truck



We received a call from Scholastic and we won the Presidential Award for Advertising for our fall Book Fair!  This is amazing!  Thank you to the PTA representatives and all of the volunteers!  We could not have done this without all of your amazing help! 




Nancy Janas


Congratulations Nancy Janas!  You have been selected to receive the 2017 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Recognition Award!  You’ll find a congratulatory letter from our President, Jackie Lund attached. You were selected for this award because of your passion and commitment to the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs and for your leadership at the state and national levels.




Congratulations to our own Dr. Garriss! Dr. Garriss has been named Advocate of the Year by the Georgia Health, Physical Education, and Recreational Dance association (GAPHERD). The Advocate of the Year Award is designed to recognize and reward leaders who promote, support and advocate for health, physical education, recreation and/or dance programs in school settings. Dr. Garriss’ commitment to actively promoting health and exercise at Mountain View earned her this high honor among all school administrators in the state of Georgia, including higher education.



Geaorgia Shape



Our school has qualified for Platinum recognition in the 2016 Governor's Shape Honor Roll. This award recognizes our dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students, and community.




  • 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 MDJ.

  • 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!

  • On Friday October 30th Dr. Renee Garriss and Dr. Whitney Spooner kissed a pig in front of the student body for reaching our school's fundraising goal of over $50,000 through the Mad Dash (fun run) and Silent Auction. The funds raised will go to the salaries for the computer lab and science lab teachers and school enrichment programs.

  • 312 students and 29 staff members celebrated having Perfect Attendance (0 tardies and 0 absences) for the first nine weeks with a "School is Cool" breakfast.

  • 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.

  • 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 year.

  • Give a high five to fourth grade teacher Angela Smith who recently earned funding at DonorsChoose.org for a classroom project called "iPod, uPod, wePod!". Mrs. Smith's class won a new Apple iPad!

  • 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. 

  • Mountain View 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 has been awarded the Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite Award 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 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 Emergency.

  • 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.

  • Let's 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.

  • 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 exciting role.

  • 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.

  • Each year David Douglas Diamonds & Jewelry sponsors a writing contest to honor moms in our community. This year they had close to 7000 entries – over 500 classrooms in Cobb County and Cherokee County participated in the 2015 Dazzling Diamonds for Mom Contest. Only three diamonds are awarded each year, and one of the diamond winners for 2015 came from Mountain View Elementary.  We would like to congratulate 5th Grade student Elicia M. as our Diamond winner.

  • Third grade teacher Melissa Edwards has been elected Teacher of the Year for 2015 - 2016. Fourth grade special education teacher Leanne Schneider is the Runner-Up Teacher of the Year. Ruth Leddin was elected Classified Employee of the Year for 2015 - 2016. Please visit our home page for more information about these exemplary faculty members.