Hilltop Happenings

September 21, 2017

Principal Gray's Message:

Dear SHES Families,

Georgia Milestones data was recently released, and I am excited to share the great gains in achievement our students made. Families, students, teachers and our community will be proud to see that all of our work and effort is paying off. Take a look at our GMAS highlights.

  • 11% increase in Proficient & Distinguished Students in 4th Grade ELA

  • 10% increase in Proficient & Distinguished Students in 5th Grade Math

  • 18% increase in Proficient & Distinguished Students in 5th Grade Science

  • 19% increase in Proficient & Distinguished Students in 5th Grade Social Studies

  • Overall increases in passage rates for 4th Grade ELA, 4th Grade Math

As the principal of a thriving school, located in an outstanding, warm and supportive community, I am confident that the best is still yet to come. Gear up for GREAT things during the 17-18 schoolyear. To learn about how our entire school district performed, click the ensuing link.

FCS GMAS Data

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Introducing FastBridge Universal Screener

FastBridge Learning has replaced Renaissance Learning–Star Assessment as its K-8 universal screener this 17-18 academic year. The FastBridge universal screener is not an additional assessment but rather an update of an assessment screening resource that has been previously used by Fulton County Schools. Universal screening assessments are brief and always conducted with students on grade level. This is so that teachers can learn if students are below, at, or above grade level standards. Additionally, specific students’ strengths and weaknesses are identified through screening. The assessment data is used by teachers and schools to make sound decisions in improving instructional programs and provide teachers a focus to personalize learning for each and every child to grow. It is the school’s mission to provide learning remediation and enrichment experiences that will lead to all students learning at or above grade level.

Next RFF Day is October 5th- No school for students

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Coins for a Cure

Thank you to all who donated to our “Coins for a Cure” fundraiser for childhood cancer. We raised more than $2,800 for a great cause! It was a proud day for our SHE family. Also, congratulations to the Gray House who raised the most money and earned 50 points for their house.

The Summit


We would like to introduce everyone to “The Summit”. The Summit is the combination of The Leader in Me Lighthouse team and the PBIS team. The Summit will continue to follow the same principles of both TLIM and PBIS programs. We are excited to announce the use of a houses program to promote and practice these foundational skills.

The Summit Houses program will entail:

  • 4 Houses (Blue, White, Gray, Black)

  • Students will collect PAWS for house points.

  • PAWS are earned for exhibiting the 7 Habits.

  • Houses will compete for the most points.

  • The House with the most points at the end of the year will earn a celebration.

Principal's Coffee At Summit Hill Elementary

Friday, Sep. 29th, 7:30-8:30am

13855 Providence Road

Alpharetta, GA

Parents are invited to attend our monthly coffee meetings. These will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It's an opportunity for you to meet and chat with other parents, have coffee, and learn about a range of different things.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 9pm

13855 Providence Road

Alpharetta, GA

1st Graders will be screened for hearing, 3rd graders will be screened for vision and hearing, and 5th graders will be screened for vision.

Picture Day Make-up

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 7-11am

13855 Providence Road

Alpharetta, GA

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