March 24, 2019

EES First Semester in Review

Written by Ephesus Elementary Principal Melanie Brooks

(Ephesus, GA) — In just a few days the 2018-19 school year will be at the halfway point.  As we close this first semester, I reflect on all of the amazing things that have occurred since our school year began.

Our year opened up with an amazing turn out for open house. Students were welcomed back on August 6th.

There are some new things within our school structure for students this year other than a new grade and teacher. This year our older students have the opportunity to be apart of school clubs like, student council, technology club, 4-H, robotics, broadcast team, and running club.

Ephesus Elementary School is producing a broadcast complete with live remotes, current events, and weather. Entering the classrooms students have experienced more interactive, hands on activities and work with all the latest technology.

Students in every classroom have a daily opportunity to work on chromebooks. Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students are one to one chromebook equipped.

STEM is a focus for our school this year. Our focus is in agricultural sciences. Our school received a $1500 grant from Two Rivers to help us begin a school garden. Many of our community members along with our 4-H instructor, Dinah Rowe, helped the children and teachers assemble the raised beds and prep them for planting.

Each grade level has a section of the garden they have planted and attended to throughout the semester. We have a vision to expand this outdoor space to become an outdoor classroom where students will take on projects and problems to improve in areas such as alternative ways of growing food, composting, recycling, effects of weather and climate on growing, and the importance of insects to plants/soil.

Georgia Power/Plant Wansley understands the importance of STEM. Our school system partnered with them in September to help with a clay shoot. This event raised over 33,000 dollars for our system. Our portion of this money will be used to support our outdoor classroom as well as other STEM components in the upcoming months.

Another important partnership in our community is our local library, who has provided numerous literacy based programs for the students in our school.

EES has received some very special awards and recognition this year. Our achievement on the Georgia Milestones and the state report card earned us the award of Title One Distinguished School. We also received recognition as being number two in the state of Georgia for having the best teachers in an elementary school. As a faculty we are so very proud of these two prestigious awards.

Our Family engagement support has flourished this year. There was nearly 100% attendance at our September Parent/teacher conferences. Our parents have provided and supported so many amazing activities this semester. These activities would not have been possible without their helping hands.

In October, EES held a pep rally at our school. Our HCHS cheerleaders, band, and football team came out to lead this event for our students. The pep rally was followed that evening with a tailgate for our school at Staples Stadium.

Also in October we kicked off a fundraiser, and hosted our annual Fall festival. Our local fire department came and put on a program about fire safety for our students. The kids got to climb into the firetruck. They thought that was really cool!

Photo: Ephesus Elementary School on Facebook

Our Pre-k and Kindergarten students went on a field trip to a local farm and pumpkin patch. Later in the month First Lady Deal graced our school with a visit to read to our Pre-K students.

As we entered November, we held our annual Thanksgiving meal. Approximately 500 family members and friends came and joined this special time of food and fellowship.

As December arrived so did our Christmas parade, bazaar and Santa Shoppe. The students participated in preparing floats, shopping in the Santa Shoppe, and riding in the Christmas parade. It was a fun time for all.

As we enter the close of December, our students will perform their Christmas Musical. This event will be conducted by our new music teacher Mr. Tyson Askew. Mr. Askew has brought a new excitement and love for music to EES. Our students love going to his music class on Friday. They have learned much about music, performing, and playing musical instruments.

Our last event of the semester will be a field trip to the movies to see the new Grinch movie. I am so excited to give our students this awesome experience. Also, our fourth and fifth grade students will be competing in the district technology fair. We are hopeful to have students advance to the regional competition held in February.

This has definitely been a full semester of learning and fun at EES. We are all looking forward to what is upcoming in the second semester and the new year.

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