Parent and Family Engagement News

October 2022

Parent Liaison- Paige Samples

Hello, my name is Paige Samples. I am the Parent Liaison for Orrs Elementary. I am also the Math Lab teacher. I have been in education for 19 years. While at Orrs, I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through 4th grade. I absolutely love math and am so excited to have the opportunity to help students find success in math through the math lab. I am looking forward to this year at Orrs and working with you and your children to have a successful year. You can reach me with any questions or concerns at (770)229-3743 or paige.samples@gscs.org.

Title I Annual Meeting Information

On August 30, 2022, we held the Annual Title I Meeting. In this meeting, we discussed the topics below:

o Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

o Intent and Purpose of Title I o Title I Funding

o Programs/Supports in Place to Help your Students

o Academic Standards Expected of All Students

o Measuring Student Progress

o Parent Resource Centers

o District and School Parent and Family Engagement Policies

o School-Parent Compact

If you were unable to attend and have questions: (770)229-3743 or paige.samples@gscs.org.

Parents' Right to Know

In compliance with the requirements of Every Student Succeeds Act, the Griffin-Spalding County School System would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/or The following information may be requested:

  • Whether your child's teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived
  • Whether the teacher 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.

Griffin-Spalding County Parent Resource Center

Did you know that the Griffin-Spalding County School System also has a Parent Resource Center? Find hands on activities, books and brochures for your student in our District Parent Resource Center. The center is designed to provide educational resources for parents to help your student succeed academically. Parents can also find computers with internet access at the center. The best part is resources are FREE! You can find the Parent Resource Center located in the Parent Services Building, Room 121 on 234 E. Taylor Street, Griffin, GA 30224. If you would like more information or want to make an appointment, please contact Trude Hinson at 770-229-3700, ext 10383 or at Trude.Hinson@gscs.org.
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Upcoming Opportunities for Family Engagement

October 10-14- Fall Break


Report Cards come home October 17


October 20- Orrs Spooktacular 4:30-6:30


October 24-28- Red Ribbon Week


We will host Parent Teacher Conference in November. Look for dates and times.


Please consider filling out out Fall Parent Survey

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School's Parent Resource Center

Orrs Elementary Parent Resource Center is located in the front office of Orrs Elementary at 1503 Flynt Street, Griffin, GA 30223. You may access it at any time during the hours 7:15am-4:00 pm.


We also have Family Engagement Kits available for check out through Miss McKinney in the media center. You can contact her at (770)229-3743 or katie.mckinney@gscs.org.

Strive for 95 Attendance

We are encouraging students and staff to be present this year at least 95% of the time. That means only missing 1 do or 0 days per month. We recognize students the last Friday of the month who have had perfect attendance for that month. We look forward to seeing them in class each day.

Helpful Academic Websites Literacy and Math

Math Games: https://www.mathgames.com/


Tips for Academic Success in elementary school: https://www.metrokids.com/8-tips-for-elementary-school-success/


Reading app: www.myon.com

Principal- Michael Mathis

Greetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year of excellence at Orrs Elementary School. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve your students this year. I have served students as a high school and elementary teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, school improvement specialist, assistant principal and now as the proud principal of Orrs. This service is founded on a strong commitment of ensuring success for all students and this can only be accomplished when all of us work together. With that in mind, we must work daily to help our students exceed their goals.

To accomplish this, students should:

- attend school daily, on time, ready to learn and share with others.

- share daily learning experiences with parents and set new goals together.

Additionally, parents are asked to:

- communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to support the learning process.

- celebrate your child’s success as he/she masters skills and concepts.

Our investment in this work will help Orrs students exceed their goals.

Thank you for sharing in the cooperative work of “Engineering Excellence” for every student at Orrs.

Michael Mathis

Principal

Orrs Elementary School

“Where Excellence is Deliberate!"

Assistant Principal- Quanedra Jackson

Greetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:


I am Quanedra Jackson and I am the proud Assistant Principal of Orrs Elementary School. During my time at Orrs, I have served as a teacher, instructional coach, and now I am thankful to serve our Orrs family as the Assistant Principal. I am a native of Griffin, Ga and was educated through the Griffin Spalding County School System. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education - no matter what! We ask that you partner with us to help all of our scholars reach their full potential.


At Orrs, we are committed to providing a safe, encouraging, and rigorous learning environment conducive to meeting the social, emotional, and learning needs of your child.We must all work together as a team to ensure that our scholars are exceeding their goals. Together we can ensure that our scholars are prepared and equipped with the skills they need to thrive as contributing members of society.


I am excited and looking forward to an amazing year of teaching and learning!


Quanedra Jackson

“Where Excellence is Deliberate!”

Counselor- Kimberly Mitchell

Greetings Orrs Family!

I am so excited and thankful to serve as Orrs Elementary School Counselor! I cannot wait to help our precious students reach their potential. I am here to serve you and your students, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your child(ren) socially, emotionally, or academically.


Looking forward to getting to know you better!