Mary Poppins is coming to Sagamore Hills Elementary this week!
Images from 2017-2018 STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary:
Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 6:30–7:00 pm, at Sagamore Hills Elementary, enjoy a free evening with your family experiencing hands-on STEM activities, including:
- Touch animals from 5 kingdoms
- Build a musical instrument
- Watch a dog find you by smell
- Find bones in owl pellets
- Kids vs parents math competition
- Extract DNA
- and much, much more!
March 24, Saturday, 6–10pm
Briarcliff Wood Beach Club
Tickets are $30/person in advance ($40 at the door) – advanced ticket sales close 10 pm on Friday March 23rd! After 10 pm, please plan to buy your tickets at the door. ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED – BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR!
Open to any adult who loves Sagamore!
Can’t make the Auction, but still want to support Sagamore? Donations of any size directly benefit students—thank you!
- Auction Preview HERE
- Full Auction Catalog – to come!!
School experiences for auction
- 5th grade graduation front row seats for 4
- Picnic and Bunnies with Mrs. Nelson
- Bowling with Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Moehlich
- Story time and an activity in the library with Mrs. Manzi
- Board Game Party with the First Grade team
- Night in with Coach E and Mrs. Patterson
- Principal for the day
- Cafeteria Royalty for the day
- Ring the bell on the last day of school
- Read the morning announcements on last day of school
- Game Party with Mrs. Turner
- 3d printing with Mr. Barnes
- front row seats to the Winter holiday concert for 4
- Front row at spring play
- Spa Afternoon with Ms. Jones, Ms Pickrell and Mrs Cuadle for 6
- Custom artwork by each grade
Sagamore Showcase of Stars 2017!
When: Friday, November 10th, Curtain call is at 7pm
Where: Sagamore Hills Elementary School Cafeteria
How Much: Cost: $2 (cash or check at the door) Bring your Sagamore Hills Community Card and 1 adult gets in free! Performers are Free!
Food: Yes, concessions will be sold.
A presentation of a banner was held August 16th to formally recognize the partnership between Mercer University and Sagamore Hills Elementary School. Dr. R. Stephen Green, Superintendent, Mr. Marshall Orsen, DeKalb School Board member, and Mr. Trenton Arnold, Regional Superintendent, joined us for this recognition and celebration. Dr. Kelly Reffitt and Dr. Deb Rosenstein from Mercer University presented the banner and spoke of the partnership and benefits of working with pre-service teachers at Sagamore Hills Elementary School.
Sagamore Hills, Sagamore Hills, How Does Your S.T.E.M. Garden Grow?
It grows with an outpouring of loving support from enthusiastic students, dedicated volunteers, vested community members, and generous sponsors. This beautifully eclectic group makes for the best garden family…which I am so proud to be a member. Together we each played our parts in making the expected HUGE Spring Garden Planting more successful than imagined. It all began with having our tough, coarse soil freshly tilled into a loose, fine consistency. Mr. John Miller and Mrs. Lynn Douglas freed our Garden Club Member’s from this daunting task by taking care of it ahead of time. Then came an ENORMOUS herb, flower and vegetable plant donation from new Assistant Store Manager, Mr. Chad Meetre , and Store Manager, Mr. Shawn Brooks, at The Home Depot in Decatur. This gifting was enough to fill a vehicle trunk and cargo bed to capacity. Sagamore’s Head Custodian, Mr. Zellner, was kind enough to assist in the pickup and delivery process of these delectable items. We got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes…YOU NAME IT-we got it, and then some!
miller tilling, tilling, home depot donation, custodian zellner
But, the excitement didn’t stop there. The ASA students and morning bus riders, along with creative support from Paraprofessional-Mr. Gardner and Kitchen Staff Members-Ms. Leonard and Ms. Shade, custom designed extra-large paint sticks to label each plants place in the garden. During the actual planting, our 130 plus Jr. and Sr. S.T.E.M. Garden Club membership took care of the gardening business at hand. Students channeled their energy into digging deep holes, perfectly positioning, gently covering and snugly patting each plant into their nutrient rich new homes in the soil. Seeing all of our garden beds over flowing with new life was a sight to behold.
kitchen staff labels, planting, garden beds
To continuously meet the watering demands of our thriving garden program we “have stepped up our rainwater harvesting game”. Or at least that is what Engineer and Georgia Tech alumnus, Mr. Richard Hanson, owner of Georgia Water Tanks and his assistant Eric said as they recently installed our 5,000-gallon Cistern. What is a CISTERN you may ask? It is a ginormous above ground rain barrel with pressurized pumping mechanisms. This amazing donation was made possible through our continued partnership with The Captain Planet Foundation and was funded by a grant from the Georgia Aquarium…we are taking High-Tech into the garden!
Having this Eco-friendly watering system totally aligns with the academic curriculum we teach (Ancient Greek and Roman History), S.T.E.M designs we create (Low-Flow Shower Heads) and environmental consciousness we foster (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) in every grade-level at Sagamore Hills Elementary School. It didn’t take long for our inventive students to engineer a way to get the Cistern water to the more deprived areas beyond its reach…enter wagons and watering cans. Real-World S.T.E.M. application people!
Retired DCSD Teacher, Master Gardener and Sagamore Community Member, Mrs. Betsy Razza summed up the impactful experience best by paying this tremendous compliment to our program, “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the children as they planted the vegetables. Sagamore Hills provides the children with a sense of accomplishment, ownership and an appreciation of nature.”
Many hands and hearts went into making this year’s Spring S.T.E.M. Garden planting an awe-inspiring success from start, finish and beyond.
Mrs. Tasha L. J. Messer
Sagamore Hills is so lucky to have some of the best teachers in the world. We are sad to lose some of those teachers this year (2016-2017), but they have definitely earned their retirements. We asked the following teachers a few questions about their time as teachers and about their retirement plans: Diane Jackson, Janet Jasper, Suzanna Quinn, Geri Stein, Linda Menendez, James Garner, Ernestine Cooper, and Sarah Brown.
Why did you become a teacher? Who/what inspired you to do so?
- I had two aunts who were both teachers that were role models for me. I saw how they enjoyed teaching and how fulfilling teaching was for them.
- My parents were teachers, so it was in my genes.
- My father taught for 37 years and was a huge inspiration to me.
- When my children were in elementary school I began substitute teaching in Dekalb County. While I was substituting, several parents, students, and principals approached me and encouraged me to pursue full time teaching.
- I can’t think of any particular person that inspired me to become a teacher.
- I became a teacher because I just had a knack for it.
- As the youngest in my family of five children, we played school over the summer. My siblings would never allow me to be the teacher. I started teaching my baby dolls and teddy bears. I’ve always enjoyed working with children.
- It’s been so long, I don’t really remember.
What year did you begin teaching and where?
- I started teaching in 1987 at Sagamore
- I began teaching in 1982 in Monroe, LA.
- I became a classroom teacher in 1991 at Sagamore.
- In 2006 I accepted a teaching position at Sagamore in the third grade. I began teaching in one of the Learning Cottages.
- I started teaching 30 years ago at Avondale Elementary.
- I began teaching at Avondale Elementary School in 1988.
- 1987, in Florence County School District 3, South Carolina
- Briarcliff High School in 1986
How long have you been teaching in Dekalb county? At Sagamore?
- I have been teaching for 30 years, all at Sagamore.
- 22 years in Dekalb, 15 years at Sagamore
- I have been at Sagamore for 30 years, first as a para and then as a teacher.
- My position at Sagamore has been the only full time teaching assignment that I have had.
- Dekalb: 30, Sagamore: 13
- I have been teaching in Dekalb for 29 years and here at Sagamore for 18 of those years.
- Since 1990. At Sagamore:12 years
- Dekalb: 29 years, Sagamore: 24
Did you spearhead or participate in any new programs at Sagamore that you are particularly proud of?
- I participated in the very first SciQuest camp and ultimately directed it for 6 or 7 years.
- I started the SciQuest Summer Camp.
I coached the first LEGO Robotics team.
Started the first Garden Club.
I was the first co-director of the ASA program.
I was a coach of the first SeaPerch team.
- Each of my years at Sagamore have included unique challenges and personal achievements. These include:
Creating an stimulating an active teaching environment
Conducting hands on science activities
Promoting a love of reading among all of my students
Creating a passion in my students to become effective writers
Helping to implement the STEM program
Endeavoring to instill in each of my students a sensitivity to their fellow students and empathy for others and to the world around them
- I was in charge of the Rock Eagle and Jekyll Island overnight field trips for 5th Grade. In 15 years, I never lost a kid.
- I am proud of Reading Bowl. It encourages the kids to read books they might not read otherwise.
What is your favorite Sagamore memory?
- My favorite moment at Sagamore was when I was voted Teacher of the Year
- My favorite memories are from when my own children attended Sagamore, before I ever got here.
- The first day that I walked into my first classroom.
- I have been blessed with many fond memories regarding the students, parents, and fellow staff members at Sagamore. I have particularly enjoyed seeing the lightbulbs go on when a child has had an exciting learning experience.
- I love when we have centers and I can just talk and play with the children. That is when I really get to know them.
- My favorite Sagamore memory was competing against the students in Reading Bowl.
- Having my children come to work with me for a few years.
- Seeing Mr. Garner’s classes in the library reading.
What are your plans for retirement?
- I plan to attend as many tennis tournaments as possible, starting with the US Open in NY. And to spend time with my granddaughter, who was born May 1st!
- I am retiring to be a full time grandmother (baby due in October)!
- Traveling, gardening, relaxing
- Ecclesiastes 2:14 says “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” I have immensely enjoyed my journey as a teacher and I have loved this path with a true passion. I am off on my new journey or quest…I want to work on learning how to be a writer…write a book or maybe two. I also intend to chip away at my travel bucket list. Exploration of local biketrails is also anticipated.
- So many….. plan to get to many of the National Parks then travel abroad. Relax, not set an alarm.
- I plan to sleep in, read, and travel when I retire.
- Rest, travel, spend more time with family, and working as a Consultant or Speech-Language Pathologist
- I plan to learn to weave. I’m going on a cruise in Nov to New Zealand.
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
- 5k registration: online • paper
- Skull Sprint registration: online • paper
- T-shirt purchase: online • paper
The 5k is a PEACHTREE QUALIFIER! Runners Fit Race Works will be timing the race, and the course is USATF certified.
Open to the public, the 5 kilometer race begins in front of Sagamore Hills Elementary, goes through the neighborhood, and ends on the track behind the school. All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Sagamore Hills Elementary.
- Cost is $30 — 13 years and over (t-shirt included)
- Cost is $20 — 12 years and younger (t-shirt included)
PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to give refunds for registration fees. You have the option to transfer your registration to another participant. We do not charge transfer fees.
Skull Sprint (1 mile)
Cost is $5.00
One mile run for children 13 and under. Everyone who finishes receives a skull necklace.
We need volunteers along the 5K route and to help students with crafts at the tables during the festival.
Día de los Muertos Festival
The festival will include a mariachi band, sugar skull face painting, holiday traditions, as well as other fun activities and crafts. Cost is free!
Taqueria el Vecino will be on site offering food for purchase.
About Día de los Muertos
Team members of Sagamore Robotics Wildcat Whizzes competed in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo in Houston, TX, April 21, 2017.
At the competition, teams were awarded for parts of their display, presentation, and research that stood out and deserved to be highlighted. The Whizzes received the “Professionalism” award. This means that all aspects of our team’s performance showed their skill and in depth knowledge of the challenge. They also mentioned our team’s respect towards each other, the judges and other teams and of course how much fun they were having.
Our team got to meet teams from Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Panama Costa Rica, Canada and all over the United States. Their success is due to their hard work and dedication. They represented Sagamore Hills well!