Mt. Park Principal Update

September 15, 2014

MPES Web Site

Our new web site has now been up and running for one full year. Although it is still a work in progress, our goal in revamping this site was to improve the communication between school and home. Please provide us with any suggestions you might have as we continue to improve this communication tool.

A formal thank you to Ms. Heather Bridges, our school's technology coordinator, for maintaining this web site for Mt. Park.

Parent Conferences Coming Soon...

It is time to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. Please use the link below to select a date and time for your conference.

Text Messaging Reminders

Please set up your phone to receive a text message from me in the event of an emergency or to receive reminders of upcoming events. Follow the directions below. This information is also available on our web site.

Text to: (404) 418-4732 with the following message: @mtpar

eCLASS has arrived at Mt. Park!

We now have WiFi throughout our campus and students are allowed to bring their own electronic devices in order to access on-line information and tools to support their learning. Parent permission forms were distributed during our recent Open House and are also available through your child's teacher.

Please stay tuned for more information as we transition to an increased use of technology at Mt. Park.

Until then, the link below provides an overview of the eCLASS initiative.

National Elementary Honor Society

Congratulations to our fifth grade students recently inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society. Also, a big THANK YOU to Mr. David Young and Ms. Kristin McCord for all of their efforts in getting this new chapter up and running.

Below is an article recently published by the Gwinnett Daily Post as well as the link to the original article:

The National Elementary Honor Society recently approved Mountain Park Elementary as a new chapter for this school year as it joined schools around the country to promote academic achievement and leadership involvement.

The Lilburn school established the chapter and applied at the end of last school year, and will now select new members. The school is designated as a “Founding Chapter of NEHS,” as the program is in cooperation with the National Association of Secondary School Principals in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

“We are honored here at Mountain Park to be associated with an organization such as the NEHS, and our kids are excited to get the program up and running for the new school year,” Principal Allan Gee said in a press release.

“The decision to bring NEHS to their campus is an indication of a commitment to acknowledging the hard work of high achieving and well-rounded students,” said Gerry Tirozzi, executive director of NASSP. “It also signals support for the core values of the Honor Society — values that we believe enhance the life of every member and the entire school community.”

Chapter co-advisers for the program will be Kristin McCord, a gifted teacher, and David Young, a counselor. New members will participate in an induction ceremony at the school at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Setting a Great Example During Lunch

Parents, I encourage you to take the time to visit your child during lunch. My own kids still remember when my wife and I would take off of work to visit them at their elementary school. Sometimes, it is the little things that make a difference.

When you visit your child for lunch, we ask that you do not bring fast food items for you or your child. Instead, buy a school lunch and eat with your child or provide a healthy lunch that sets a great example for other students. Thanks.

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal - October 7 @ 8:15 AM

As we near the end of the first nine weeks at Mt. Park, I would like to extend an invitation for parents to meet with me to share concerns, ideas, and suggestions as we prepare for the second nine weeks. Please know that I do not get offended when you share your concerns. I am open to new ideas and I encourage you to come to the meeting to share your thoughts. If you are unable to attend, please send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.