GES Title I Tips

February 2023


Spring with GES Title I - Planning Your Parent Engagement in this Spring Semester

It is hard to believe this school year is already half-way over! Thank you all for partnering with GES Title I to further engage in your child’s education. Here are the upcoming Title I events for this spring. Please include them in your calendars!

  • Title I Spring Survey - February 2022

The Title I Spring Survey will be distributed this month via School Messenger Text. This survey will once again be online for quick and easy completion. Paper copies will be available upon request. Please take a moment to complete this VERY important survey. **Students who have a completed survey will receive a special treat!**

  • Title I Booth at the GES PTO Carnival - March 17th

Stop by the Title I booth to learn more about our program and the resources we have to help you engage in your child's education.

  • Spring PAC Meeting - April 2022

Our Spring Parent Advisory Council meeting will be held in April and in the same manner as the Fall PAC meeting. At this meeting we will review the results from the Title I Spring Survey. Please plan to take part in this meeting and share your feedback!

  • Welcome to Graysville Kindergarten Transition Night - May 8th

Upcoming GES Kindergarten students and their families are invited to attend the Welcome to Graysville Night. Parents and students can tour the school, meet our Kindergarten teachers, complete the enrollment process, and students can take their kindergarten screener. Please join us in welcoming our newest GES tigers!

  • Day of the Tiger RMS 5th Grade Transitions - May 9th During School & RMS Parent Night - Evening of May 9th

GES 5th graders will take a tour of RMS on Tuesday, May 9th during the school day. Current RMS students will guide each class around the school and our kids will be given the opportunity to hear about how to join RMS band, chorus, and sports. Parent are invited to attend a meeting at the RMS gym on the evening of May 9th, with the start time being shared closer to the event. Parents will receive important information regarding your child transition to RMS. GES provides several resources for 5th grade transition to Middle School both online and in the Parent Resource Workroom.

As you can see, spring is a busy time at Graysville! Please mark your calendars and lookout for texts, emails, and website updates to stay informed this semester.

Important Dates & Events You Don't Want to Miss

  • January 31st - February 10th - GES 2nd Semester FAST online
  • February 6th - PTO Meeting 6pm GES Media Center
  • February 8th - Creative Arts Club
  • February 10th - PTO Family Dance
  • February 14th - Valentine's Day
  • February 15th - 3rd 9 weeks Progress Reports Go Home
  • February 17th - 20th - No School


2nd Semester F.A.S.T. Meeting - January 31st - February 10th

Our 2nd Semester F.A.S.T. Meeting is currently online and evaluations may be completed until February 10th. F.A.S.T. packets were sent home January 31st or February 1st. Please take the time to review the results of our MAP Winter Benchmark and discuss with your child their progress toward reaching their year-end goals. Georgia Milestone Assessment information is shared with 3rd-5th grade parents. After reviewing your child's results, you have the opportunity to schedule a parent-teacher conference if you have any questions or concerns.


2nd Semester F.A.S.T. Meeting Evaluation


Volunteer Opportunities

We can always use extra hands at Graysville! If you have time to give to GES please contact Marissa Watson with your availability. I will make sure we have something for you to work on!

Volunteer News

A special thanks to these January Volunteers:

  • Weekly Snack Bags & Parent Room: Dee Dee Buckley
  • First Grade Decodables: Dee Dee Buckley, Jessica Downey, Savannah Lovell


Motivating Your Child to Learn

What’s the best way to keep your child inspired to learn? Help them learn to motivate

themselves! Raise a self-motivated youngster with this advice.

  • Point to the future - Your child may feel more motivated to learn something if they understands how it will be important later. Tell them about ways you use school subjects like math and writing at work. You might explain how you count the money in your cash register and compare it to sales receipts when your shift ends. Or show them advertisements that you helped to write or design.
  • Move on from mistakes - There are two ways to react to mistakes: Feel discouraged, or get motivated. Encourage your child to look at a mistake as an opportunity to succeed next time. If they made careless errors on a report, for example, they could proofread papers more carefully in the future (take a break before proofing, read backward).
  • Celebrate hard work.- Have your child find natural motivators when they are faced with a big job. For instance, they may plan to read a new mystery they have been looking forward to after finishing a challenging book for school. Or you might let them organize a fun family activity that’s related to their science project—perhaps a visit to a cavern if their experiment involves minerals.


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Job Openings

  • Battlefield Primary School is hiring a custodian position.
  • Bus Drivers and Substitute Teachers are need.


Title I Interpreted - What about testing?

GES Students take several different assessments throughout the year to monitor their progress. All GES students take the MAP benchmark in Fall, Winter, and Spring. The Georgia Milestone assessment is administered to 3rd-5th graders in April. Our Kindergarteners are assessed throughout the year using the GKIDS assessment. Information on all of these assessments is available on our school website: under the Title I>Parent and Family Resources> Student Assessments tab.

Teacher Qualifications

GES Teachers are highly qualified. Parents have the right to request teacher and paraprofessional qualifications. For more information, please contact the school office.

2022-2023 Title I Budget

For the 2022-23 school year, GES has received $154,810 in Title I funds. 85% of these funds are spent on the salaries for our full-time Academic Coach and our part-time Parent Involvement Coordinator. 13% is used to purchase student technology including iReady, Brain POP, Reading Eggs, IXL Math and Reading, and Flocabulary. 1% is used for teacher training and the final 1% is used for parent workroom supplies. If you would like to provide input or have any questions on how Title I funds are being spent, please contact our Principal, Mrs. Sholl, or our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Marissa Watson. Title I Budget Handout.

Title I Parent & Community Input

Feedback is always greatly appreciated and will be gathered throughout the year, so please feel free to contribute at any time by contacting me or by filling out the Parent & Community Input form located on the GES website under the Title I tab.

Title I Parenting Resources

Parenting resources are available to be sent home from our Parent Resource Library. The list of resources can be found on the GES website under the Title I tab or by clicking here. We also have a digital library of parenting resources available online in English and Spanish. Please contact Marissa Watson if you would like more information.

Graysville Elementary School Title I Program

Kerri Sholl, Principal

Jenny Mountjoy, Assistant Principal

Rebecca West, Academic Coach

Marissa Watson, Parent Involvement Coordinator

Location: 944 Graysville Road, Ringgold, GA, USA
Phone: 706-937-3147

Title I Remind Sign-up: Text @gestitle-1 to 81010