July 22nd - Teacher Assignments on Portal

July 22, 2016 - Teacher assignments, click here for more information

July 30th - Back to School Bash

Join Atlanta Public Schools for the second annual Back-to-School Bash, as we prepare our students for Day One on August 3rd. This free event is exclusively for APS students and their fa...more

August 1st - Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning on August 1st from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the PC and the IC

August 3rd, 2016 - 1st Day of School

August 1 - Monday
11:00 AM - Celebration of Learning
August 2 - Tuesday
12:00 PM - Staff Lunch
August 3 - Wednesday
1st Day of School
August 5 - Friday
Room Parent sign up form due
August 10 - Wednesday
9:30 AM - Room Parent meeting
August 15 - Monday
5:30 PM - Kindergarten Orientation
6:30 PM - 1st Grade Orientation
August 16 - Tuesday
5:30 PM - 2nd Grade Orientation
6:30 PM - 3rd Grade Orientation
August 17 - Wednesday
PTA Committee Chair meeting
5:30 PM - 4th Grade Orientation
6:30 PM - 5th Grade Orientation
August 26 - Friday
College Colors - Spirit Day

July 25, 2016

Greetings Friends & Families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Sarah R. Smith Elementary School, welcome to another exciting school year!  We have worked diligently this summer to prepare for the return of ‘our’ children.  Immediately following the 2015-2016 school year, our leadership team met to review our most current student achievement data.  Additionally, I met with our newly formed Go-Team to review our data in preparation for us to begin development of our strategic plan.  We are patiently awaiting the results from the administration of the Spring 2016 Georgia Milestones Assessment.  Regardless, we are very proud of the significant growth that our school continues to make each year.  The Georgia Department of Education has bestowed upon our school the 2015 Bronze Award for Highest Performing Elementary School, placing us amongst the top 7% of schools in the state under Georgia’s single statewide accountability system, the CCRPI. Additionally, we have received the official designation of a “No Place for Hate,” school.  You are in a GREAT place!  Our award winning instructional staff has designed a master schedule that will allow 45 minutes of whole-team teacher collaboration every day while students are enjoying their art, music, physical education, and guidance specials.  This time will be utilized to examine student assessment data, share instructional strategies, and create engaging lessons to challenge every child no matter their starting point.  We are also very excited to implement dual-immersion of English and Spanish with a cohort of our kindergarteners.  This year is sure to be incredible!

As you are aware, Mr. Dahunsi, Dr. Hamilton, Mrs. Harron, and I are ‘hands-on’ educational leaders.  We value you as parents and are available to you every day.  However, we ask that you make an appointment to speak with us when a need arises.  We intend to spend much of our day visiting classrooms, working with students, and helping teachers to improve instruction.  Should you find a need to speak with us, simply call the school or stop by the office and make an appointment with our administrative assistant team. We are readily available to give you the time and attention that you deserve, and are always eager to spend time with you, our extended family.  Furthermore, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.  Feel free to e-mail me any time at michael.forehand@atlanta.k12.ga.us. 

Our school has the strongest, most intelligent, and most determined students in the Atlanta Public School System.  We pride ourselves with being “anchored in excellence.”  A school of over 1,100 students can be a very large place for students between the ages of 5 and 12.  Our school will be successful, partially because of the amazing parent support that we enjoy.  Children thrive at school when parents and educators work together with the ‘child in mind.’  Rather than waiting for your child’s teacher to ask, I challenge you to contact your child’s teacher to schedule times to volunteer in our school.  Whether you enjoy reading with students, doing science experiments, sharing your passion for ‘bee keeping’ or helping open the doors at car-riders, our school needs you and your family to become an active part of our school.  Everyone is a ROCKSTAR at something!  If you are thinking, “I wouldn’t know what to do,” that’s okay!  We will guide you.  When we put our heads together, we are much stronger than each of us as individuals.  I encourage you to join our PTA and to support our Sarah Smith Education Foundation.  Our Foundation funds more than 65% of our instructional budget, allowing us to provide exciting opportunities such as hands-on science with local scientists, building classroom libraries, implementation of academic competition programs, engagement through Jr. Great Books, and a consistent investment to provide student-centered technology.  We look forward to seeing you at Celebration of Learning, Monday, August 1, 2016 from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.   Please, accept my challenge and let’s work together to ensure the success of ALL Sarah R. Smith Elementary students.


                                                                                                                      Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Principal