Talley Street Update

August 3, 2020

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Update from the Principal

Dear Talley Street Community,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Talley Street Upper Elementary School! We are thrilled to welcome all of our new and returning students, virtually, on August 17th. I am Billy Heaton and I am honored to lead such an amazing school. Talley Street is CSD’s newest school. The school opened in August of 2019. Talley Street is the home of the Tigers! Our Talley Street Tiger was named Titan by last year’s students. We hope to introduce Titan to the students in the near future. Talley Street begins its second year as an International Baccalaureate Candidate School. The school will continue to work through the full authorization process during this school year. Talley Street welcomes twelve new staff members this year. We have a strong and committed faculty and staff. Information about our staff will be coming out next Monday, August 10th. Currently, we have approximately 720 students enrolled for this school year. Talley Street’s faculty is committed to providing an excellent educational experience regardless of the format.

Talley's Vision and Mission Statements

Our vision is to prepare our students

to lead with courage and integrity,

to strive for academic excellence,

and to serve the needs of our global community

with compassion and creativity.

Talley Street Upper Elementary School’s mission is to invest in the lives of our students by nurturing creative, knowledgeable risk-takers who will become leaders of our global community.

Throughout the document, you will find several important links. Please read the information carefully as it contains important information about our school and school district. As we begin the school year, please know that I am available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. My email address is bheaton@csdecatur.net. Go Tigers!


Billy Heaton


Back to School Information

Virtual Learning Schedules

This week, CSD communicated specific information regarding virtual learning such as schedules, a readiness form for families to complete, and other information such as dates for the upcoming town hall meetings, release of teacher assignments, etc. Please make sure you have read over this information linked here.

We realize and understand the challenges/concerns virtual learning might pose for families. When looking at the schedule, please know that more specific schedule information will be shared by your child’s teacher. At first glance, the schedule might appear to be a large amount of screen time for students. Teachers are receiving specific training on student engagement in the virtual world, dissolving the screen, and much more to enhance the virtual learning experience for students. For example, you can expect your child to have the opportunity to engage in live instruction daily through whole class crew meetings and closing circles. Content instruction will be structured so that students are given the opportunity for small group live instruction a few times each week, and work offline on tasks related to their learning. In addition, live sessions will be recorded if students are unable to log on during their assigned time. When students are not engaging in live instruction, they will be working independently. Live instruction sessions will provide teachers the time to offer more differentiated support and feedback to students. We feel these sessions are valuable and important for continuing academic and social/emotional growth. However, we understand that family circumstances might prevent students from logging on. Therefore, student attendance will be based on their participation in various learning activities, not solely on participation in live sessions.

Click here to view Talley's virtual learning schedule.

Virtual Learning Town Hall

CSD will host virtual town hall meetings to discuss virtual learning Pre-K through 12th grade, special programs and student supports, technology, and Wellness Wednesday. The 3-5 Town Hall will be held on August 4th, 5:00-6:00 pm. All meetings will be conducted in the webinar format through Zoom and will be limited to 500 people. The link to each meeting can be found here. You can submit questions ahead of time or during each town hall via this form. We ask that you submit questions before the meetings to give us the ability to answer as many questions as possible during the presentation. All town halls will be recorded and available on www.csdecatur.net/opening2020.

Meet and Greet and Classroom Assignments

Due to Covid-19 and social distancing, “Meet and Greet” will be held virtually during the week of August 10th. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to schedule times to meet. In addition, on August 12th, the school will hold grade level parades where parents can drive through the school parking lot, pick up curriculum materials (Eureka Math, Ready Reading, Fundations, math manipulatives, etc.), and wave to the classroom teachers. In addition to the curriculum materials, the school will be providing some basic supplies for all students. More information on the parades will be coming soon. On August 5th, you will be able to log into the parent portal to view your child’s classroom assignment. See below for parent portal information.

Parent Portal/Infinite Campus

Families new to CSD will receive an email from Infinite Campus with a prompt to set up a parent portal account. The parent portal allows parents to view their child’s attendance records, assessment records, lunch balance, and an online lunch payment option. Parents can customize their contact information to ensure they receive weekly newsletters, and emergency school and CSD robo-calls. This is also how classroom assignments will be shared prior to the start of school. If you need assistance with the parent portal, please email Eva Parks at eparks@csdecatur.net.

School Supplies

School supplies that were ordered through the school will remain at the school for when we return in person. If you would like to pick those supplies up for use at home, please reach out to the PTO and let them know. Those materials would be picked up during the parades on August 12th.


Talley Street’s website is a great source of information that’s regularly updated. During the school year, we send a school-wide weekly electronic newsletter to all families. Teachers also communicate with a regular newsletter throughout the school year.

Talley Street PTO Website

This is another great source of information about the school, including events, membership, and how to connect with other parents. The PTO is focused on supporting the instructional program of the school and building community. Learn more at Talley PTO.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Instructional Coach

Dr. Jennie Muhlhausen is the Instructional Coach at Talley Street. Dr. Muhlhausen facilitates planning, professional learning, and individual coaching with teachers. Dr. Muhlhausen also coordinates assessments and is a member of the MTSS team. If you have questions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment, please feel free to contact her at jmuhlhausen@csdecatur.net.


Talley Street’s Units of Inquiry are aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). For more information on the standards, please use the link Georgia Standards of Excellence.


Due to opening school virtually, CSD’s assessment program will be somewhat different. More information on assessment will be available soon.

International Baccalaureate/PYP

Talley Street Upper Elementary School is a candidate school* for the PYP. The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

Wellness Wednesdays

During virtual learning on Wednesdays, students will have the opportunity to participate in lessons from our new SEE Learning curriculum. Please join the Virtual Town Hall on August 4th to learn more about the curriculum. The link for the Wellness Wednesday Virtual Town Hall can be found here.

Talley Street’s Title 1 Targeted-Assistance Program

Title I, Part A is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This Act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards.

School districts target the Title I, Part A funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. These funds may be used for children from preschool aged to high school. Title I, Part A is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I, Part A programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement. All City Schools of Decatur (CSD) Title I schools serve students through Targeted Assistance Programs which help ensure that eligible children receive additional academic support to meet state performance standards.

Under Title I, Part A local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. These services must be developed in consultation with officials of the private schools. The Title I services provided by the LEA for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

School Leadership Team

For the 2020-2021 school year, no SLT member is rolling off the team. Each member was elected to either a two or three year term at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year or was appointed to the SLT by the SLT members. Per Talley’s SLT bylaws, additional members may be appointed by the SLT to one year terms to balance feeder school representation and the diversity of the team. For the 2020-2021 school year, the members are:

Parent member (Chair): Sara Weathersby

Parent member: Meredith Parks

Parent member: Beth Krakow

Parent member: Rahim Snow

Parent member: Baoky Vu

Parent member: Mark Sanders

Parent member: Kanika Sims

Staff member: Julie Muhlhausen

Staff member: TBD

Principal: Billy Heaton

Wilson Center representative- TBD

What is an SLT?

SLT Bylaws

Virtual School Tour

On Monday, August 10th, a video will be sent out to the Talley Street Community. The video will be a virtual tour of the school campus. It is the hope that the virtual tour will excite the students and alleviate any anxiety of the upcoming 3rd graders.

Social Media and Contact Information

You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:

Talley Street Principal

Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO

Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parents

Talley Street Artists

For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/