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Principal's Message

Welcome to Thomas Crossroads Elementary! 


Vision / MissionStatement: “As a Team, We Ensure the Success of Each Student”




I hope you have enjoyed your summer and you are ready to start a new year.  As the excitement brews for everyone to come back together for another exciting and successful year, it is bittersweet to lose a few of our wonderful family members. Due to the relocation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, we have lost three invaluable family members. The entire team (Mrs.Anglin,  Mrs. Bonnie,  & Mrs. Andrews) will be truly missed. They are wonderful and I was blessed to have worked with them. They were relocated to Poplar Road Elementary, but will always be part of our family. We will  miss Mrs. Traylor, and I hope she is enjoying her retirement. Additionally, Nurse Judy, has decided to stay home to support her new grandchild, and will be missed as well. However, please join me in welcoming our new family members: Mr. Parks Millard (Resource teacher), Ms. Fiona Karbowski  (TA for Mr. Millard), Ms. Heidi Burkle (Autism teacher), Ms. Latisha Reed (Ms. Hamilton Autism TA and Mrs.Carissa Gill (Nurse).


As we have lost and gained family members, I have done a lot of reflecting about Thomas Crossroads and what it means to me to be here.  Thomas Crossroads is a special place to work. I heard many years ago how if you love what you do, you will not consider it as being a job. I am presently in that situation, it is a joy, day in and day out to spend time with so many wonderful and thoughtful people. The children are amazing and they constantly bring me joy daily, with the amazing and funny things they do. Walking down the halls or visiting classrooms puts a smile on my face. Our community is giving and caring; our parents and guardians are supportive; and our TEAM is first class. I can’t thank you enough for all you do for TCE and our children. Keep up the excellent work.


Our theme for this year is “Leading and Learning at Thomas Crossroads Elementary”. One of our continuous goals is to help students perform at their highest level possible. We will focus on preparing our students to be proficient or distinguished learners. As defined by the state of Georgia, Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness. Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness. We will accomplish our goal by focusing on Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs).


ALDs are narrative descriptions of the knowledge and skills expected at each of the four achievement levels and were developed for each grade level, content area, and course by committees of Georgia educators in March 2015 and July 2015. The ALDs are based on the state-adopted content standards. ALDs show a progression of knowledge and skills for which students must demonstrate competency across the achievement levels. It is important to understand that a student should demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills within his/her achievement level as well as all content and skills in any achievement levels that precede his/her own, if any. For example, a Proficient Learner should also possess the knowledge and skills of a Developing Learner and a Beginning Learner. We want our children to be successful academically, socially, and emotionally along with achieving to their fullest potential. As we work together as a team, we must continue to communicate and have an open mind with identifying and addressing barriers that can prevent our students from doing their best; such as arriving to school daily and on time, sharing and collaborating with other teachers about your concerns when they arise, etc.


Thank you in advance for all that you will do to help everyone in an effort to making learning fun, enriching, and rewarding.


Dr. Fate R. Simmons


Thomas Crossroads Elementary