Back to School!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Go, Tigers, Go!

As we started planning for the upcoming school year, we really wanted to center it around a theme-something to tie things together throughout the year and help keep us on track. Last year, we borrowed some inspiration from Starbucks and really worked to make things personal. Just like Starbucks hands us a cup with our name on it, with exactly what we need inside of it-that's what you all did for your Tigers last year. You spoke their name, learned the little things about them, met them where they were, and loved them well. We laid a strong foundation last year in a variety of areas: PBIS, Social Emotional Learning, Common Languages, Common Assessments. Those of you who are returning from last year remember spending time reflecting and writing individual goals. Many of you stepped into leadership roles around those goals and your impact was felt throughout the school in ways both small and large. At the end of the day, you left your students better than you found them.

As we move forward, let's "GO!" Let's build on what we started last year and TRAVEL forward. Life is a journey...let's bring that journey to Fair Grove. Check out this quote from Anthony Bourdain:

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I mean...doesn't this encompass what we do every. single. day? Read it again-this time, change the word "Travel" to Teaching.

"TEACHING isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's ok. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."

Ya'll, could it be any more accurate than that? If teaching isn't a journey, I don't know what is. It isn't pretty, because we know that the learning happens in the messy. It isn't comfortable, because we know we have to take risks to grow ourselves and our kiddos. It hurts and it breaks our heart and every single one of us is changed because we pour our heart and soul into what we do. And as much as we give to those babies every day-they give right back to us- in the best ways they know how. And ALWAYS...without a doubt, you are leaving something good behind-something that those Tigers will take with them, hold on to, and share with others. At the end of the day, isn't that what it's all about?

So ya'll, I"m ready to "GO!" Are you?


I am truly looking forward to seeing each of you here at Fair Grove. We will officially kick-off the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, August 19th. PTO will be providing breakfast at 8:00am and we will begin our opening meeting for all staff members at 8:30. While there is important information that must be shared with everyone, we have worked hard to minimize the time required of you and allow you flexibility in completing some of the requirements. I will share more about that on the 19th.

There will be other training requirements and special treats throughout the week. Please read over the information below carefully. Items listed here will also be on the Fair Grove Google Calendar. Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information about any of the following opportunities.

Best Wishes!

I would like to extend my best wishes and heartfelt gratitude to the following folks who have served our Fair Grove community well. They will be embarking on a new journey this year:

Taylor Hege, Whitney Cox, Emma Hayworth, Sharon Hepler, Kim Mouzon, Stefanie Stroud, Courtney Mason, Kayla Sadler, Layne Vaughan, Pam Jessup, Wendy Frye.


A HUGE Fair Grove welcome to the following individuals who will round out an amazing team!

Abigail Barnes (1st Grade Teacher)
Savannah Ballard (3rd Grade Teacher)
Lauren Lambeth (4th Grade Teacher)
Kathie Spears (4th Grade Teacher)
Kyla Sieges (4th Grade Teacher)
Ashton Johnson (5th Grade Teacher)
Paulette Tetteris (5th Grade Teacher)
Regina Agustin (EC Resource)
Lillian Coppley (Half-Time Counselor)
Katie Young (Instructional Coach)

We also welcome a “new to Fair Grove” enrichment team this year. Mr. Jody McCarn (Music), Mrs. Sarah Morris (Art), and Mrs. Meredith Barringer (P.E) are going to be a tremendous asset to our Fair Grove Community!

Based at Brier Creek, Mrs. Leslie Shaffer will join us as our AIG teacher this year.

The Week at a Glance

Wednesday, August 14th

  • 8:00-11:00am Bus Meeting, OGHS, all bus drivers

Monday, August 19th-Required Workday

  • Required Workday
  • 8:00am -Opening meeting (ALL STAFF)
    -Breakfast provided by PTO

Tuesday, August 20th-Required Workday

  • PTO will be stocking the fridge in the lounge with drinks and snacks
  • Media Coordinators Meeting, 8:00-12:00
  • 1:30 Compassionate and Resilient Schools Training at Tyro UMC (SEL Team Only)
  • 1:30: Bloodborne Pathogens, Medication Administration with J. Bowling, FGS
    Media Center (ALL STAFF)
  • 2:00 Enrichment Team Meeting, CO Board Room, (Enrichment Team)

***Due to unavoidable conflicts, we will host a make-up training for BBP/Med Admin. If you are unable to attend this meeting due to being on the SEL Team or Enrichment, we will let you know when an alternate date is established***

Wednesday, August 21st-Required Workday

  • Desserts provided by PTO
  • 1:00 DCS Convocation, Finch Auditorium: Meet in bus parking lot at 12:00 (ALL STAFF)

Thursday, August 22nd-Required Workday

  • 8:30 Pre-K Letterland Training, YMCA (Sumner and Lindsey)
  • PTO Delivering start-up Money

Friday, August 23rd-Required Workday

  • 8:30-11:30 Diabetic Care Training, OGMS (Tiffany Johnson & Jane Johnson)
  • 10:00 AM EC Kickoff Meeting, Oak Grove High School-All EC Staff
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Thinking Maps Training, Media Center
  • 2:00 pm: Staff Picture
  • Ice Cream provided by PTOP

***Please note-all beginning of the year workdays are required, therefore children are not permitted in the building.***

Saturday, August 24th-Building Open, 9:00am-4:30pm

Sunday, August 25th-Building Open, 12:00pm-7:00pm

Back to School Picnic!

Saturday, Aug. 24th, 5pm

1144 Happy Hill Road

Lexington, NC

Please join us for food and fun as we kick-off a new school year-pot-luck style! Bring your family and a dish or two to share! We will provide paper products and drinks. If you have any outdoor games to share, bring them along. Kiddos may want to be prepared for some water play.