Nickajack Elementary School

Beverly Lloyd, Principal

Loretta Tennison, AP | Shannon Hooker, AP | Ginger McDowell, SSA

4555 Mavell Road SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (678) 842-5814
Fax: (678) 842-5832

Welcome to Nickajack Elementary

I am a Nickajack Brave.
I am a Respectful, Responsible, Role Model
and I am Ready to Learn!
Positive Thoughts + Positive Actions = Positive Results

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

April/May Smoke Signals

Early Release: Tuesday and Wednesday,
May 24th and May 25th

Please note: CHANGE in Dismissal Time Per the School District
We will begin dismissal of car riders at 12:20 pm and buses will leave
at 12:30 pm  Please plan accordingly.  ASP will begin at dismissal.

No Backpacks or Lunch Boxes on the Last Day of School

Students cannot bring any items on the bus on
Wednesday, May 25th, the last day of school.


You are cordially invited to join us for the 5th Grade Walk. 
Come join us as we celebrate and wish our 5th graders well.
The walk will begin at 12:10 pm
They will walk our halls for the very last time as Nickajack students. 
Bring lots of tissues as it is guaranteed to stir your emotions!

Nickajack Summer Reading Program

This summer Nickajack Elementary students have an opportunity to participate in two summer reading programs:  Scholastic and myON. 

The Scholastic program ( began on May 9th and will end on September 9th.  Students track the number of minutes they read and go to the Scholastic website, login and record their reading minutes.  Students may read whatever they like, both print and digital, every minute counts!

The myOn program ( began on May 23rd and will end on September 2nd.  Students will log into their myOn account and read books.  Prizes will be awarded to the top readers.  Any time spent reading in myOn can be counted and logged into the Scholastic site.

The Cobb County Public Libraries (Vinings branch) and the Smyrna Public Library ( are local collaborators in the summer reading program.  They will host a variety of events and provide a vast selection of reading resources. 

For suggested reading lists and resources visit the Cobb County Library Media Education summer reading website:

Jon and Riley Go to Washington D.C.

and make us all proud!

5th Grade Students, Jonathan Fairgrieves and Riley Davis Win 1st place in the Nation
for Their Invention!  Read on below...

On March 16, 2016 two teams representing Nickajack Elementary School, Cobb County School District, competed in Georgia Tech's Inventure Challenge. This innovation competition is designed to foster creativity, invention, and entrepreneurship. Participating teams were Seasonal Comfort presented by 5th graders Peyton Bedgood and Baye Wilson and Succulent Solution presented by 5th graders Riley Davis and Jonathan Fairgrieves. The teams were coached by Advanced Learning Program Specialists Dana Zhun and Amanda Wood. Both teams enjoyed the challenge presented by the competition. Team Succulent Solution placed 2nd in the elementary division, as well as, being recognized as the People's Choice recipient for K-12. This honor qualified them to compete at the national level.

Team Succulent Solution traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 19th to compete in the STEMIE Coalition National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). This is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. In addition to competing against other teams from across the nation, participants visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and attended lectures led by a NASA engineer and the Chief of Staff, USPTO.

Through their research Mr. Fairgrieves and Mr. Davis were shocked to learn that 1.8 billion people in the world suffer from lack of access to clean water. Inspired by this, team Succulent Solution was driven to find a cost-effective, green, renewable solution to this problem. Their solution has the potential to help people world-wide with limited access to clean water. Their innovative invention won the First Place Award for the Fifth Grade Inventor For Best Overall Grade 5 Invention.

Library Books DUE back ASAP please!


Please send library books back asap or make cash payments for lost books.  Fines and overdue books will remain on students accounts as long as they are Cobb County students and could ultimately prohibit graduation of your student from high school in Cobb County.  Report Cards will be held at Nickajack until fines are paid or books are returned.


Office 365

  Office 365 Support Page for Parents  

o   Consent via Email 
 {Video on how parents can give consent via an email message from CCSD}

o   Consent via Synergy ParentVUE   
   {Video on how parents can give consent via Synergy ParentVue}

Cash or Money Order Payments ONLY Beginning Monday, April 11, 2016
For all school or ASP Payments made to the school. Please be sure that payments are placed in the appropriate envelope and have the student's first and last name and their teacher's name. 
Any checks received will be returned to the student to take home. 
ASP payments can still be made through My Payments Plus


Class Supply Lists for 2016-2017

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Science Lab

Please contact Jessica Powers at school with any questions.

Sign here for Kindergarten Summer Screening

NES Recycling Committee
Unveils Bottlecap Mural

Thank you everyone who collected and sent in bottle caps for the mural!
Stop by and see the awesome mural in our hallway across from the
 Art and Music classrooms.
Special thanks to teachers Mrs. Kordel, Ms. Bonadona, Ms. Heflin, Mrs. Wood, Ms. Zhun and the Nickajack PTA for making this a reality!


Ms. Cynthia Wood 
Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017

Ms. Wood is a our fabulous 2nd Grade Team Leader!
She is a Smyrna native, having attended King Springs ES, Griffin MS and Campbell HS. She still lives in Smyrna and is committed to making our Smyrna schools great! This is her 19th year teaching.  Congratulations Ms. Wood!
Also pictured, Mrs. Leslie Maples, our fabulous 5th grade Team Leader, is our runner up for Teacher of the Year!   Congratulations Mrs. Maples!


Mrs. Faye Yost
Classified Employee of the Year for 2016-2017

Mrs. Yost is the Media Center Paraprofessional and is a Nickajack parent.  She has been involved with the PTA for the last 13 years at the school.  Congratulations Mrs. Yost!  Ms. Williams is a Kindergarten Paraprofessional  and is our runner up for Classified Employee of the Yeat. Congratulations Ms. Williams!


2016-2017 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual school capacity information and applications are available on the District website. For more information, please see our 2016-17 School Choice webpage.

Attendance Matters

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 including Student Absences.

Click here for more information



Important Change of Transportation Policy

We want to make sure your student is picked up or taken home from school in the afternoon in the most safe & orderly way possible.

Therefore, Changes in Transportation will no longer be accepted over the phone.

We ask that parents make all transportation arrangements clear before your student leaves for school in the morning. Parents may place a notice of change in the student's folder, or write in their agenda.

If a transportation change is necessary after the start of the school day, the Changes must be made in writing & submitted to office personnel before 1:30 pm.

You may also fax the change to 678-842-5832 but please call to verify that it is received by office personnel.

  1. All written changes must include the student's name, teacher's name, dates the change is effective, & the new mode of transportation.
  2. Parent's contact information & signature is required.

Click Here for Transportation Change Form.

Please do not send dismissal messages via email to the teachers.

Common Core Georgia
Performance Standards
School Strategic Action
Plan Assessment Plan

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