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News from Principal/ Noticias de la Directora-11/2/18

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Important News/Noticias importantes...

Meet Heather Welch our new Literacy Coach/

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Heather Welch to the Park Street Family. She will assist our teachers with professional development and help our teachers develop strategies to improve classroom instruction. Ms. Welch has been an educator for over 20 years and has four years of coaching experience. We are excited about the many contributions she will make that will result in student and staff growth and academic achievement.

College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)

Dear Parents,

This week, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2018 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) for all schools in Georgia. The CCRPI is the way the Georgia Department of Education measures schools and school districts and gives them a rating on a 100-point scale. The State DOE made the following changes to the 2018 CCRPI calculation: schools could not earn bonus points, schools were capped at 100 points for performance on individual metrics (even though we earned 100 points in areas in the past), school performance targets were set based on prior school performance instead of state targets, and for the first time the state weighted growth scores.

Our 2018 score is 56.1, which is a decrease from last year.


The vast majority of the CCRPI score derives from student performance on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG)/End of Course tests. As such, we spent time reviewing our school’s test data to determine the cause of the drop and have identified areas that appear to have affected our performance the most. As a new administrative team at Park Street, we are making efforts to address the decline in last year’s student performance. We will discuss the CCRPI score in more detail at our next Parent Coffee meeting on Friday, November 16th from 8:30-9:30am in the Media Center.



Estimados padres,


Esta semana, el Departamento de Educación de Georgia publicó el Índice de rendimiento de preparación para la universidad y la carrera profesional 2018 (CCRPI) para todas las escuelas de Georgia. El CCRPI es la manera en que el Departamento de Educación de Georgia mide las escuelas y los distritos escolares y les otorga una calificación en una escala de 100 puntos. El DOE del estado realizó los siguientes cambios en el cálculo de CCRPI de 2018: las escuelas no pudieron obtener puntos de bonificación, tuvieron un límite de 100 puntos por desempeño en métricas individuales (a pesar de que obtuvimos 100 puntos en áreas en el pasado), la puntuación que nos dieron se baso en el rendimiento escolar anterior en lugar de los objetivos estatales, y por primera vez los puntajes de crecimiento ponderados por el estado.

Nuestro puntaje de 2018 es 56.1, que significa que hemos bajado en comparación al año pasado.

La gran mayoría de los puntajes CCRPI se derivan del desempeño de los estudiantes en las pruebas de Final de grado (EOG) / Final de curso de Georgia Milestones. Por ello, pasamos tiempo revisando los datos de las pruebas de nuestra escuela para determinar la causa de nuestro puntaje bajo y hemos identificado las áreas que parecen haber afectado más nuestro rendimiento. Como un nuevo equipo administrativo en Park Street, estamos haciendo esfuerzos para abordar la disminución en el rendimiento estudiantil del año pasado. Hablaremos acerca del puntaje CCRPI con más detalle en nuestra próxima reunión de Café para Padres el viernes 16 de noviembre de 8: 30-9: 30 am en el Centro de Medios.

Sick & Doctor's Notes/ Notas del doctor y de enfermedad...

Please send all sick notes and doctor's notes to the front office. If you communicate with your child's teacher on Class Dojo, please also send the note to the front office.


Por favor, envia todas las notas del doctor a la oficina. Aunque use ClassDojo para comunicarse con la maestra, usted necesita mandar una excusa escrita a la oficina.

Fall Events/ Eventos del Otoño

No School for students/ No hay escuela para los estudiantes

There will be no school for students on November 5th and 6th. Thanks giving break will be from November 19th-23rd.



El 5 y 6 de noviembre no hay escuela para estudiantes. Las vacaciones del Día de Acción de Gracias serán del 19 al 23 de noviembre.

Turkey Bingo Night/ Noche de Bingo – PAVO

Join us for a night of fun and a chance to win a free turkey for Thanksgiving! We will have our first Turkey Bingo Night on Thursday, November 15th at 6:00pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!


¡Únete a nosotros para una noche de diversión y la oportunidad de ganar un pavo gratis para el Día de Acción de Gracias! Tendremos nuestra primera Noche de Bingo el jueves, 15 de noviembre a las 6:00 pm en el Centro de Medios. ¡Esperamos verte ahí!

Soccer Game/Juego de fútbol....

Come out and cheer on our Panthers for our final soccer game of the season! The game will be Friday, November 16th from 4:00pm-5:15pm. We hope to see you there in your Park Street blue and gold!



¡Salga y anime a nuestros Panthers en nuestro final juego de fútbol de la temporada! El juego será el viernes 16 de noviembre de 4:00 pm a 5:15 pm. ¡Esperamos verte allí en tu Park Street azul y dorado!

What's Happening at Park Street?/ ¿Qué está pasando en Park Street?

Park Street Administrative Team

Ms. Bagwell- Assistant Principal

Ashley Bagwell is a native of Georgia, graduating from Agnes Scott College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She spent her first ten years of teaching in Douglas, County where she obtained her gifted certification and co-authored a Math and Science Curriculum for the National Science Center. In 2002, she joined the Marietta City Schools team at West Side Elementary. During this time she earned her Masters of Education from Brenau University as well as her Leadership Certification from KSU. She is excited to start her eighth year as an Assistant Principal as a Park Street Panther!

Mr. Soto- Assistant Principal

Alex Soto, originally from New York City, moved to Atlanta in 2001. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2005 with a degree in US History. Before going to graduate school, Mr. Soto started teaching in Henry County via Georgia TAPP. He moved to Cobb County Schools in 2007 having served as both special education and general education teacher in different schools. He supported new educators at the New Teacher Institute, delivered professional development for Elementary English Language Arts, Co-Teaching models for IRR & General Education teachers, Differentiated and Data Collection for Special Education teachers, and IDEA Compliant IEPs. He graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2013 and a degree in Educational Leadership from Berry College in 2017. He is proud to be a new member of the Marietta City Schools family and serve as the Assistant Principal for Park Street Elementary. GO PANTHERS!

Dr. Caldwell- Special Education Administrator

Dr. Velisa Caldwell is presently the Special Education Administrator (K-5). She has served for 21 years in Marietta City Schools. Her leadership experience spans across grades K-8. Dr Caldwell’s journey in education began her freshman year at the University of West Georgia (UWG) where she participated in a mentoring program at a local elementary school. After earning her B.A. in Psychology in 1992 from the University of West Georgia, Dr. Caldwell worked in a hospital setting serving adolescence with emotional and behavior difficulties for five years.

Dr. Caldwell entered Marietta City Schools in 1997 as a Special Education Teacher for students with Behavior Disorders. Not only has she worked as a special education teacher, she also served as the 8th grade girls basketball coach and 9th grade girls’ volleyball coach. Dr. Caldwell earned a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 1998, and in 2008 she received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Capella University.


In 2010, Dr. Caldwell transitioned from Marietta Middle School (MMS) to Park Street Elementary (PSE) as the Special Education Team Leader. She values the role of mentors in her life and she has enjoyed mentoring PSE staff members to help them become the best they can be. Dr. Caldwell believes all students will be successful with perseverance and a nurturing environment.

Ms. Welch- Literacy Coach

I am thrilled to be a new part of the Park Street family! I grew up in Cobb County and I’m so glad to be back closer to home. I taught in Fulton County Schools since August 2000 as a classroom teacher and then as a Curriculum Support Specialist. Prior to Fulton, I taught for Cobb County Schools for 10 years; first as a teacher’s aide and then as a classroom teacher. I have worked with and taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades, hearing impaired and even helped in P.E.! I also am an experienced staff development instructor helping teachers (new and veteran) learn how to implement the best practices and technology. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education (PK-5) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration (K-12). I love children and have always wanted to teach!

Ms. Chodos- Math Coach

I am Devon Chodos, the School Improvement Specialist and Math Coach at Park Street Elementary. I have been an educator for 15 years. This is my fourth year at Park Street and my first year as the Math Coach. I have also worked in Cobb County Schools as a classroom teacher in 2nd to 5th grade, and a as the ESOL Lead Teacher and Math Specialist teacher for grades PreK to 5th.


As the Math Coach at Park Street, I work with teachers to implement the district and school vision for math instruction. As the School Improvement Specialist, I help staff disaggregate data to drive instruction. I also work with students who need extra support through the Mutli-Tiered System of Support program and RtI (Response to Intervention) by identifying areas of difficulty and interventions needed to succeed in school.

Business Partnerships/ Socios en educación de Park Street

Thank you to all of our Park Street Business Partners/Agradecimiemto a todos los establecimientos que acompañan a Park Street...

  • Zaxby's- donates money towards school technology, books, and supplies
  • Marietta Community Schools- donates partial profits from before & after school programs
  • Stonebridge Church- sponsors the Fall Festival, Soccer in the Streets, Homecoming float, clothing for students, and serves on our School Governance Team
  • Marietta First Baptist Church- donates school supplies and t-shirts for our students
  • The Veterinary Clinic- sponsoring in-house field trips for our students
  • Marietta First United Methodist Church- assist with school clean up, food donations, and mentoring
  • Roswell Street Church- Mentoring and reading to students




• Zaxby's- Donó dinero para tecnología escolar, libros y suministros

Marietta Community Schools- Donó ganancias parciales de los programas antes y después de la escuela

La Iglesia de Stonebridge - Patrocina el Festival de Otoño, el Fútbol en las calles, la carroza de bienvenida, la vestimenta para los estudiantes y forma parte de nuestro Equipo de gobierno escolar.

Marietta First Baptist Church - Dona útiles escolares y camisetas para nuestros estudiantes

La Clínica Veterinaria - Patrocinando excursiones internas para nuestros estudiantes

Marietta First United Methodist Church- Ayuda con la limpieza de la escuela, donaciones de alimentos y tutoría

Iglesia de Roswell Street - Tutoría y lectura para estudiantes