First Week Parent Newsletter

August 7, 2022

Note from the Principal's Desk

We look forward to welcoming our tigers Monday, Aug. 8th to start an exciting school year!

PTA will have photo opportunity to capture your child's first day of school. Parents are welcome inside the building for day 1; however due to safety protocols student drop off will be at the front door starting Tuesday, August 9th. We have wonderful, friendly staff who will escort students to class from the front door. We appreciate your understanding.

Morning drop off times:

Bus riders-7:00am; Car riders & walkers 7:10am-7:45am; Tardy bell 7:45; Morning announcements begin at 7:45.

Dismissal times:

Bus riders-2:15pm-2:25pm; Car riders 2:25-2:45 (front of building after buses) & walkers (Back door) 2:15pm-2:45pm

School districts throughout the country are experiencing a shortages with school bus drivers and substitute drivers, DCSD is no exception. The district is making every effort to get your student(s) picked up and home in a timely and efficient manner but due to shortages routes may be delayed in the morning and afternoon.

Our school will have 1st and 2nd loads for dismissal similar to last year. We will announce through Dojo when each bus has left the school.

Proud to Serve,

Mia Ford, Principal




Morning Carpool Safety Procedures


  • Students should be in their seats by 7:40 am; first day 7:30am
  • The carpool starts at 7:00 am. Please begin entering carpool at least by 7:10am-7:15 am to help eliminate congestion at 7:35 am. 10 minutes is not enough time for staff to assist students inside the building from carpool before 7:40 am
  • There is No student drop off from the street or street parking spaces. Parents MUST walk across the front parking lot with their child(ren) to the school. It's the responsibility of parents to get students to the front door of the building.
  • Carpool is a no cell phone zone
  • Have students READY to exit the vehicle
  • Follow the directions of staff and the Security Resource Officer (SRO). The SRO can issue tickets for violations of city signs.
  • Right turn only exiting the school

Morning Reminders:

  • 7:00am-school opens to students
  • 7:40am-students should be in their seats
  • 7:45am-studets are tardy; announcements and instruction begins

We appreciate the support of all families to help us make coming to school safe each day.


Los estudiantes deben estar en sus asientos a las 7:40 am

• El viaje compartido comienza a las 7:00 am. Por favor comience a ingresar al viaje compartido al menos a las 7:15 am para ayudar a eliminar la congestión a las 7:35 am. 10 minutos no es tiempo suficiente para que el personal ayude a todos los estudiantes dentro del edificio desde el viaje compartido antes de las 7:40 am

• No se permite dejar a los estudiantes en la calle O en los espacios de estacionamiento del frente. Si se estaciona en el espacio de estacionamiento, DEBE caminar con su (s) hijo (s) a través del estacionamiento delantero hacia la escuela. Es responsabilidad de los padres llevar a los estudiantes al frente del edificio.

• Carpool es una zona prohibida para teléfonos celulares.

• Haga que los estudiantes estén LISTOS para salir del vehículo.

• Siga las instrucciones del personal y del oficial de recursos de seguridad (SRO). El SRO puede emitir multas por violaciones a los letreros de la ciudad.

Gire a la derecha solo saliendo de la escuela.

Agradecemos el apoyo de todas las familias para ayudarnos a llegar a la escuela de manera segura todos los días. ¡Gracias!

Recordatorios matutinos:

· 7:00 am- la escuela abre para los estudiantes

· 7:40 am - los estudiantes deben estar en sus asientos

· 7:45 am- los estudiantes llegan tarde; comienzan los anuncios y la instrucción

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Safety Protocols

With recent events around the country school safety is a top priority. Please help us keep our students and staff safe by following the safety protocols below:

  • All visitors must enter and exit the front door at all times and check-in with the front office.
  • All exterior doors will remain locked.
  • Classroom, trailer and gym doors will be locked during the day.
  • Parents should notify their child's teacher if you are coming to be a mystery reader, volunteer in the classroom, etc.
  • When entering the building, please DO NOT hold the door open for others behind you. Everyone must enter with permission from the front office staff.
  • Please be patient during tiger time after school as doors will remain locked.
  • If you plan to be a volunteer on a field trip, you must attend training and report to public safety for a background check.
  • There is no student check-out after 2:00pm.

First Week of School-August 8th

How to prepare your child for school the first week of school:

1. If someone in your household has tested positive or been exposed call the school at 678-676-7402 or email Nurse Khan at

2. Get plenty of rest! Change your schedule for the school year!

3. Breakfast is available from 7:00-7:45. Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.

4. Your child MAY bring a healthy lunch and snack.

5. The school has water bottle water filling stations, so students should bring a water bottle daily as water fountains are closed.

6. Bring supplies which will be assigned to your child. Please make sure your child has headphones for MAP testing.

7. Wear school uniform daily. Notify Sonya Nelson, school counselor at if you need assistance with uniforms.

8. Make sure your teacher knows how your child gets home and any medications/allergies.

9. Students will be assigned a Chromebook to use at school.

10. STAR folders come home on Thursdays with student work, flyers, and important information from the school.

What's happening @ the Hills?

Huntley Hills Announcements

Save the dates

August 8-1st day of school

August -Popsicles on the playground at 1:30pm ALL students staggered by grade level (students only)

August 7-Beautification day

August 18-Title I Stakeholder's meeting at 9am and 5pm in the media center

August 25-Annual Title I meeting and Back to School night at 6:00pm

August 30-Farm Burger Spirit Night

August 31- Maria Montessori's birthday-Montessori students activities

September 2-PAC elections begin

September 5-Labor Day--No school

September 8-ESOL Parent meeting at 10:00am and Montessori Parent meeting at 6:00pm

September 9-Pastries for Parents 7:15am-7:45am

September 22-STEM Family Night!

MAP Testing & Gifted Eligibility

Our school will participate in DCSD's MAP assessments the week of August 15th. The first assessment will determine gifted eligibility. Please remind your child to perform their VERY best. Read below.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) utilizes the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as the initial assessment towards gifted identification each school year for students in grades K-10. Students who score > 90% RT (Reading Total) or > 90% MT (Math Total) on the nationally norm-referenced assessment (MAP) will take additional gifted formal evaluations. Although the MAP assessment is administered three times per year, the gifted eligibility window is August–September for currently enrolled K-10 students and December–February for currently enrolled K-2 and new students.

Additional information relative to the assessment window can be found on the District’s website. Visit the following link: If you have any questions about the MAP assessment, contact the Research, Assessments and Grants Department at 678-676-0300. For gifted eligibility questions, please contact the Gifted Department at 678-676-0175 or 678-676-0153.

Fall 2022 Principal Advisory Council (PAC) Elections-REPEAT

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Two Parents Needed!

The candidate declaration window for 2022-2023 Principal Advisory Council elections will be open through Friday, September 3rd. Principal Advisory Councils bring parents, school employees, students and community members together to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s perspectives and share ideas for increasing student achievement and performance.

What is the role of the Principal Advisory Council?

  • Act as a link between the school and the community
  • Encourage the engagement of parents and other stakeholders within the school community
  • Work to increase student achievement through transparent operations and shared best practices
  • Review the Continuous School Improvement Plan and monitor progress toward goals
  • Participate in the selection of the school principal

Complete the form below to run for a position on your school’s Council.

Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form (Spanish Translation Included)

If you declare your name, please email Dr. Ford at with your bio and picture. Thank you!

La ventana de declaración de candidatos para las elecciones del Consejo Asesor Principal de 2022-2023 estará abierta hasta el Viernes, 3 de septiembre. Los Consejos Asesores de Directores reúnen a padres, empleados de la escuela, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad para crear una mejor comprensión y respeto mutuo por las perspectivas de los demás y compartir ideas para aumentar el rendimiento y el rendimiento de los estudiantes.

¿Cuál es el papel del Consejo Asesor Principal?

  • Actuar como vínculo entre la escuela y la comunidad.
  • Fomentar la participación de los padres y otras partes interesadas dentro de la comunidad escolar
  • Trabajar para aumentar el rendimiento de los estudiantes a través de operaciones transparentes y mejores prácticas compartidas
  • Revisar el Plan de Mejoramiento Continuo de la Escuela y monitorear el progreso hacia las metas
  • Participar en la selección del director de la escuela

Complete el formulario correspondiente a continuación para postularse para un puesto en el Consejo de su escuela.

Si declara su nombre, envíe un correo electrónico al Dr. Ford a con su biografía y foto. ¡Gracias!

DeKalb County District Announcements

Parent Volunteers-REPEAT

DeKalb County approved a Volunteer Policy last school year.

If you plan to volunteer as a reading buddy, field trip chaperone, help in the media center this school year, you will need to be approved by public safety.

Level III volunteers must be approved by Public Safety AND the local school principal prior to the volunteer participation in activities involving direct, unsupervised interaction with students. Examples of Level III volunteers include chaperones on overnight field trips, chaperones or volunteers for local school events, volunteer tutors, office/media center volunteers, or any other volunteers who will have any unsupervised interaction with students. Level III volunteers shall be fingerprinted by the district and have GBI/FBI criminal background checks on file prior to rendering volunteer services.

As we gear up for the 2022-2023 school year, it is important to ensure that all Level III volunteers have completed the needed application, training and background check to support our students.

You may view Board Policy IFCD: School Volunteers by clicking here

The Division of Community Empowerment, Innovation and Partnerships will offer Virtual Volunteer Training on the following days and times to ensure that DCSD Coaching Staff, Band Staff, Cheerleader Sponsors and other Level III volunteers have completed the background check procedures in advance of working with students:

  • August 15th: 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM, August 18th: 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM

You may register Level III volunteers for the Training course at

Afterschool/Tiger Time

Afterschool Program "Tiger-Time"- Tiger time will have a table in the Cafeteria to register your child for after school care. After care is 3:00-6:00, M-F. The registration fee is $25.00 and $60.00 each week. Please bring cash, money order, or check for registration fee and first week of payment. Ms. Camille Harvey is the after school director. Her email address is

Communication: Stay Connected!


School Dojo: The school code is here to receive message from the school (text messages from Dr. Ford)

Weekly Tiger Talk: (emails from PTA/school)

School Messenger-See flyer below to opt-in to receive text messages/emails from DCSD (text messages/emails from DCSD)


Twitter: (follow me)

PTA Facebook: (follow PTA)

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22-23 Title I Stakeholder's Meeting

Title I Stakeholder's meeting Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 9:00am and 5:00pm in the media center. All parents are invited. Huntley Hills is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parental engagement program and activities in our school. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events at our school.

22-23 Title I Annual Meeting/Back to School Curriculum Night

Please accept this as a personal invitation to our Title I Annual Meeting and Back-to-School Night, Thursday, August 25th at 6:00pm. Join with us in a supportive role as we assist with the positive growth of your son/daughter and his/her elementary education in communicating the standards and expectations established to make Huntley Hills a great place to learn. This will be an opportunity for you, as parents, to meet your child's teachers and learn expectations.

The schedule for the evening is below:

5:30pm-6:00pm Spanish Annual Title I meeting

6:00-6:30 Meet the HHES staff & Annual Title I meeting

6:30-7:30 Hear class expectations (grading, behavior, homework, testing, etc.)

2022-2023 Title I Parent Right to Know

In accordance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, all LEAs are required to notify parents at the beginning of each school year of their ‘Right to Know’ the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals.

Requirements for Content of the Notification: Notifications MUST use the language of the law.

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents may request the following information: Whether the student’s teacher—has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and, is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

In Georgia, notifications must occur within 30 calendar days from the start of school or upon enrollment.

For verification purposes, notifications must contain the month/year of dissemination or, if included in another document, the primary document must contain a date.

For verification purposes, the name of the LEA and/ or school must be included.

In Georgia, districts are required to notify parents in ALL schools or programs.

Responses to requests must be provided in a timely manner.

Maintain records of annual notification(s) from ALL schools or programs.

Best Practices for the Notification:

  • ESSA does not prescribe the exact method of dissemination for notifications. In Georgia, the following are considered best practices when notifying parents:
  • Develop written procedures for compliance, which include a timeline and person, by position, responsible for verifying notification content, verifying dissemination of notification, and maintaining notification documentation.
  • Notify parents in multiple formats in order to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to receive the information. This may include, school handbook, a letter mailed home, a newsletter or brochure, posting on a website, and/or a school-wide email.
  • Notify parents, to the extent practicable, in a language that they may understand.
  • Ensure the notification includes school/program/LEA name and a point of contact by position.


Dr. Mia Ford, Principal

Important Contacts

PTA President-Deborah Hakes

President Elect-Amanda

Principal Advisory Council Chair-Upcoming

School Counselor (504's & SST)-Sonya Nelson

Registrar (registration & withdrawals)-Cassonia Miller

Title I Parent Liaison (Spanish)-Rebeca Arbona

Nurse-Faiza Khan

Assistant Principal & Testing coordinator-Camille Jones

Principal-Mia Ford

Huntley Hills Elementary & Montessori School