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South Habersham Middle School

237 Old Athens Hwy.

Cornelia, GA 30531



August 20, 2016

Dear Parent(s):

  Adequate yearly progress (AYP) is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments.  Schools that do not meet the State standard for AYP in the same subject for two or more consecutive years are placed in Needs Improvement Status. South Habersham Middle School is NOT included on a list of schools in Georgia identified as not making AYP. We did meet Georgia's educational standards for the last two years; however, we are committed to continually seek to improve instruction for our students.

  In compliance with the requirements of the NCLB statute, parents have options available when a school is identified as needing improvement.  The first year the school is identified for needs improvement, the option of sending your student to a higher performing school in the county begins. The option of requesting that your student receive supplemental tutoring services is made available beginning with the second year the school is identified.

At SHMS we take pride in the educational opportunities we are able to provide for our children.  Our teachers and staff members work very hard to meet the needs of all students.  We know that students are learning and making good progress, and we consider this to be an important indicator of success as well.  Several different assessments of student achievement have shown us that our students are making significant gains, often more than a year's growth in a year's time.

As parents, there are some things you can do to strengthen the academic achievement of your children.  The following is a list of things we believe will support our schools as we strive to improve the educational performance of all our students:

·       Hold high expectations for your child.

·       Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline.

·       Instill in your child a positive attitude toward school.

·       Make sure that your child attends school regularly, arrives on time and has appropriate supplies.

·       Communicate regularly with the teachers of your child.

·       Attend workshops provided to assist you in working with your student to increase achievement.

·       Support your student in doing homework. 

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call.


Daphne Penick, Principal

2016-2017 Title I Plan

2016-2017 Title I Plan


2016-2017 Parent Involvement Policy & Plan

2016-2017 Parent Involvement--English

2016-2017 Parent Involvement--Spanish


2016-2017 Habersham Right to know

2016-2017 Right to Know Letter--English

2016-2017 Right to Know Letter--Spanish


2016-2017 ESEA Flexibility Waiver Parent Notification - English

2016-2017 ESEA Letter--English

2016-2017 ESEA Letter--Spanish


2016-2017 Parent Needs Assessment Survey

2016-2017 Parent Needs Assessment Survey--English

2016-2017 Parent Needs Assessment Survey--Spanish


2016-2017 Parent School Compact

2016-2017 Parent School Compact--English

2016-2017 Parent School Compact--Spanish