History, Mission, and Goals

 

 History  Sagamore Hills Elementary School has served the community since opening in 1961 and today has a culturally diverse student body ranging from four-year-olds in our lottery funded pre-K class to ten-year-olds in our 5th grade classes. Our school promotes a positive learning environment and encourages students to strive toward their potential in intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Five of our classes are comprised of 35 mildly and moderately handicapped students from our own neighborhood and also from nearby schools.

Mission  The mission of Sagamore Hills Elementary is to establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

We believe that:

  • All students can learn, achieve and succeed in different ways
  • Students learn best when actively engaged in the learning process
  • Teachers, parents, and the community share the responsibility for the support of the school’s mission
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs

School Goals  Sagamore strives to provide a caring and secure environment, to involve the total community in the education of children, and to encourage each child to set and achieve his or her own academic goals.  Our focus for the coming year will be writing and mathematics with a continual emphasis on reading and organizational skills.  Our goal is that all students will demonstrate significant progress in each academic subject and leave with the skills, knowledge, character, work ethic and habits necessary to ensure success as they continue their education.

‘Extra’ Programs at Sagamore

  • Our elective Spanish class is available one day a week, which has increased students’ understanding of grammar and vocabulary.
  • “Book Buddies” offers a student in grades K and 3, 1 and 4, and 2 and 5 supportive relationships based on reading and writing together that carry over into other aspects of the school day.
  • Our five classes of special education students take art, music, physical education and other academic classes as appropriate, creating an appreciation among all students for the special attributes of each child.
  • A winter and spring concert, musical play or dramatic performance, and a talent show, occur every year that showcases our strong music program and commitment to the performing arts.
  • Sagamore’s art program and annual Art Extravaganza also enrich each student’s education and showcases his or her talent.
  • Gifted students have an opportunity to experience challenging coursework and stimulation through the Discovery Program.
  • An outdoor classroom, butterfly garden, goldfish pond, numerous flower and herb beds, and class vegetable gardens, enhance school grounds
  • Physical fitness is emphasized through offering PE four times or more per week, daily recess, fitness events such as the Turkey Trot, Jump Rope for Heart, Field Day and an after school running club, as well as our encouragement of walking to school on the International Walk to School day and throughout the year. The new blacktop and fitness trail are wonderful additions to our fitness component.
  • A commitment to cultural diversity is reinforced through an annual International Week in which each class focuses on a particular country culminating in a nighttime Festival with booths representing each country’s food, geography and cultural offerings.

 

              

International Field Day 2010       Science Night 2010

 

PTA Goals   In addition to the many programs we sponsor currently, the 2011-2012 PTA Board has identified the following specific goals we would like to help Sagamore Hills accomplish this year:

  • Pursue state and national “School of Excellence” awards
  • Update equipment and programs in the science and computer laboratories
  • Continue to support enrichment and cultural arts programming
  • Foster relationships between members of our school population who speak English as a second language

For more information, please visit the Sagamore Hills Dekalb County website.