Woodstock Elementary School’s Student Council raised $1,200 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Woodstock Elementary School’s Student Council raised $1,200 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this holiday season.

The Student Council organized a “Parents Night Out” fundraiser, which was held on the first evening of Thanksgiving Break. During the event, students made a craft, danced, and watched a movie, while their parents started their holiday shopping.

Principal Kim Montalbano said she appreciates Student Council’s teacher sponsors – Rebecca McArthur, Megan Brown, Justine Smith and Erica Morrie – who helped organize the fundraiser.

Donations for St. Jude still are being collected at all six Woodstock Innovation Zone schools (Woodstock High School, Woodstock Middle School, Freedom Middle School, Carmel Elementary School, Sixes Elementary School and Woodstock Elementary School) and they’re engaged in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock Elementary School Employee of the Month for August

(From left) PTA Co-President Jennifer Maude, Principal Kim Montalbano, Employee of the Month Lauren Caccavone, and PTA Co-President Kaela Matthews-Webb. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock Elementary School has named third-grade teacher Lauren Caccavone its Employee of the Month for August.

Caccavone, in her quest to mentor new staff, established a “WES New Teacher Boot Camp” and meets with newly hired teachers during pre-planning to prepare them for a successful year. In this training, she reviews daily procedural information, as well as programs unique to the school.

“She is also a master teacher and shares a great deal of best practice curriculum material with her teammates,” Principal Kim Montalbano said, adding Caccavone also serves as yearbook chair. “Lauren is an exemplary teacher who displays excellence in everything she does!”

The Premier Group (TPG) and the school’s PTA honored her with gifts at the August faculty meeting.

Woodstock ES Benefits from Partner’s Generosity

Woodstock Elementary School started off the year with a warm welcome back to school from a community partner.

Jessica Carvalho and a group of Woodstock City Church volunteers delivered a generous donation of schools supplies to Principal Kim Montalbano and her staff. The school supplies and backpacks will be distributed to economically disadvantaged students.

“The teachers were overjoyed with the support they received to prepare their students for success this year,” Principal Kim Montalbano said. “The church has many community outreach programs in place that positively impact the community.” Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock ES Recognizes Employee of the Month for May

Woodstock Elementary Schho Principal Kim Montalbano, right, congratulates computer lab teacher Julie Bain, the Employee of the Month for May. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock Elementary School recently recognized computer lab teacher Bain as its Employee of the Month for May.

The school’s lead specialist teacher, Bain teaches 1,175 students about online educational resources, keyboarding, technology programs and the research process and integrates grade-level standards into the technology curriculum. She also assists with assessments and other computer-based tests throughout the year and helps coordinate lunches and food for school-wide events.

“We appreciate her willingness to always lend a helping hand when there is a need,” Principal Kim Montalbano said. “She is reliable, dependable, and the ultimate true professional.”

Bain was awarded a gift card and goodie bag from the school PTA as well as a $20 gift certificate from Keller Williams, The Premier Group, a school partner.

Woodstock Students Sing with Honor Chorus

Woodstock Elementary School students (from left) Ava Morrie, CJ Austin, Kasia Ebbs, Stefano Vescio and Nicholas Jacobs. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Five Woodstock Elementary School students represented the school at this year’s Cherokee County Honor Chorus recently held at Reinhardt University. CJ Austin, Kasia Ebbs, Nicholas Jacobs, Ava Morrie and Stefano Vescio were selected by Woodstock ES music teacher Justine Lemmo from all fourth- and fifth-grade singers based on exemplary music skills and behavior.

They joined more than 100 other elementary students in a rigorous day of rehearsals led by Dr. Michele Champion culminating in a concert featuring two-part harmony and Latin lyrics among other challenges before an audience of more than 250 in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

The Cherokee County Honor Chorus performs at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock HS Students Use Technology to Present Play to Woodstock ES Students

Woodstock High School’s Drama students recently presented a play based on Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” to an audience of Woodstock Elementary School students via the Lifesize video-conferencing equipment.

Woodstock High School Media Specialists Jennifer Cogdill and Pati Olton collaborated with Woodstock Elementary School Media Specialist Amy VanFossen and Woodstock High School drama teacher Hannah Robbins to develop the project. The video-conference presentation also was recorded so classes unable to see it live could view it at a later date. Following the play, the elementary school students had the opportunity to ask the high school students questions via video conference, and they asked many including about costume design, props, and length of time it took to learn their lines.

(Top) Jake Eastridge, Rachel Heiter and Chloe Camp tell the story of ‘The Lorax.’

(Right) Jack Grisham, Naudia Baisden, Valerie Gonzalez and Wesley Hickman portray Hummingfish. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock ES Receives Fifth Consecutive Perfect Health Inspection Score

(From left) front row: Eva Coker, Annette Tortorello, Jessica Funk, Kaci Mahan; back row: Lucy Hosmer, Tami Wallace, Carrie Stewart, Erin Masluk, Amanda Ward, and Amanda Mautz. Credt: Cherokee County School Disrict

Woodstock Elementary School’s School Nutrition staff has earned its fifth consecutive perfect health inspection score from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The school’s cafeteria and its staff are evaluated on a variety of criteria including food preparation, handling and serving safety standards. Manager Annette Tortorello leads the staff in ensuring the cafeteria is in complete compliance with all required practices.

“We are very proud of this exceptional group of cafeteria employees and their continued high standards at the school,” Principal Kim Montalbano said. “Congratulations to this winning team!”