Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Parties

On Friday, December 19th we will have our Christmas Parties at Creekside.

Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

3 Open Doors for signing in:

  1. Front Door
  2. South Hall by the Gym
  3. North Hall by the Lunchroom 
Please sign your child out with your teacher if you plan on checking them out.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Thank you,

Matt Scott

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Issue

It's Christmas Time @ CES!  We have a lot of fun events going on at CES these last couple of weeks.  Come out and support our school.

Monday, November 10, 2014

November issue of the Principal's Post

Welcome to November!  We are having a great year @ Creekside this year.  Thank you for always being a positive supporter of our school.


Leader in Me Habit of the Month:
 Habit #3  - Put First Things First

  • You are in charge of you!
  • Make good choices! 
  • Take care of important things first!
  • Say no to unimportant things and put 1st things 1st!

Parents guide to The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits - CLICK HERE


Veterans Day Video
Please take a moment today to watch the CES Veterans Day Program.  Our CNN crew did an outstanding job putting this together!

Click on the link below:
CES Veterans Day Program


New Building Update:

Follow the link for pics and info regarding our New Building @ Creekside to house grades 3rd, 4th and 5th.

LINK for New Building Update

Currently - Architects are working on final drawings and then we will wait for approval from State Department and Board of Education before moving forward in hopefully January or February.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov 11 - NO School - Veterans Day
Nov 17 - American Education Celebration at the Events Center in Athens - 4:00-7:00 PM - (Creekside's skit will be @ 5:20)
Nov 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch @ CES - see info below concerning purchasing tickets
Nov 26-30 - Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec 4 - Athens Christmas Parade
Dec 10 - CES Spelling Bee Finals - 8:30 AM
Dec 11 - PTO Family Night:
  • Supper w/ Santa - 5:00-7:00 PM (more details to come)
  • Book Fair - 5:00-7:00 PM
  • CES Chorus Christmas Concert - 6:30 PM
  • CES Piano recital - 7:00 PM
Dec 16 - CES Drama Production - 6:00 PM
Dec 19 - Christmas Parties start @ 9:30 AM
Dec 19 - 1/2 day for students - dismiss @ 11:10 AM
Dec 20 - Jan 5 - Christmas Holidays
Jan 6 - Students return for 2nd Semester

Thankgiving Lunch info - Our school cafeteria will be serving our traditional Thanksgiving meal on Friday, November 21.  Our regular serving time is 10:00 till around 1:00 pm.  If you would like to have lunch with us on this day, please send money by your child to Mrs. Gant at the front desk for a pre-paid ticket: tickets are $4.00(send correct amount, cash only) for visitors.  We will send your ticket home to you with your child after we receive payment.  The pre-sales allow us to better plan for our Thanksgiving meal.
If you decide to join us for lunch on November 21, we need to know by Tuesday, November 18.  The doors by the gym (south parking lot) will be opened and there will be a table set up for you to sign in at.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Principal's Post - 9/23/14 - Fall is here!

Principal's Post - 9/23/14 - Fall is here! 
This week has brought cooler temps and Fall is in the air.  We are in full swing of school and we are off to a great year so far @ CES!  Thank you for making this a great year!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we made some changes with morning car line (north side), park and walk up (south side) and the front office. We feel these changes have made our campus a safer place in the mornings. 

Please keep in mind when we start construction this winter there could be more changes to our morning drop-off areas as we build our new 3-5 campus here at CES.

Principal's Cam: 9-23-14 - Ms. Fee's music class - <<Click on the link!

Habit of the Month!

Habit 1: Be Proactive – The habit of choice.

Being Proactive: I am a responsible person.  I take initiative, I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

CES is a Leader in Me school - For more information see the Leader in Me website @

Early Dismissal - 1/2 day on Wed, Sept 24th @ 11:10 a.m.

Early dismissal dates for the 2014-15 school year:
Sep 24
Nov 5
Dec 19
Feb 11
Apr 15
May 28

Early dismissal dates are setup for teachers to have professional development sessions in the afternoons after students are dismissed.

Sydney's Coins for Courage - Childhood Cancer Awareness. 

Send your coins to Creekside to support Sydney and Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Sydney is 5th grade student @ CES and a childhood cancer survivor!  Students may deposit loose coins, cash, or checks made payable to "Beads of Courage" in their grade level jar.  The grade level that raises the most money at CES will receive an ice cream party at school from Chick-fil-A!


PTO Drumbeat Newsletter - please take the time to read over the PTO newsletter "The Drumbeat" for lots of great info from our PTO.

Sep 8
Nov 3
Dec 11
Feb 2
Apr 6
May 4
All meetings are @ 6:00 PM in the lunchroom

Click here for more info concerning our PTO

CES fundraising calendar for 2014-15

Mr. Taylor has created a calendar for CES to help us organize our fundraising and community involvement activities.


Upcoming Dates:

Sep 24 - 1/2 day dismiss @ 11:10 AM
Sep 25 - 5th grade - last day to register for DC
Sep 25 - Bowling Field Trip for Special Ed
Sep 26 - East v. Athens - spirit items sold on Friday
Sep 30 - 4th grade parent night - 5:00-6:00 PM

October - Habit of the Month: Begin with the End in Mind

Oct 11-19 - FALL BREAK - no school
Oct 21 - Boosterthon fundraiser starts
Oct 30 - Boosterthon Fun Run!

Our PTO will be sending home shirt orders today.  If you have an issue with your shirt please let them know @

As you can see we have a lot going on @ CES!  Thank you for always being supportive of our school.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or your child's teacher.

Matt Scott

Monday, August 18, 2014

3rd and 4th grade Mandatory Parent meeting 8/19 @ 5:30 for Apple MacBooks

Mandatory meeting tomorrow for Apple MacBooks:

3rd and 4th grade parents ONLY

August 19th

Time :

5:30 PM

In the lunchroom

 Park on North or South Side

Doors will open @ 5:15 

We are not having the 8:30 AM meeting due to parking and space concerns.

This is a mandatory meeting for 3rd and 4th grade parents only.

We will have a 2nd meeting on Aug 26th @ 5:30.

Your child will not be able to bring their issued MacBook home unless you attend this meeting or the Aug 26th meeting.

We will be issuing MacBooks on September 5th.

We are not having the 8:30 AM meeting due to parking and space concerns.

We will have a 2nd meeting on Aug 26th @ 5:30.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Volunteer @ CES with our PTO!

Volunteer @ CES with our PTO!

Attached is a form which lists different activities and ways to be invovled with CES and PTO.

PTO FORM <---Click here

There are also sign up sheets in the front office on the PTO bulletin board.

Sign up for:
  • Box tops program
  • Book Fair
  • Copy Workroom
  • Spring Festival
  • Boosterthon
  • AR Store
  • Field Day
  • T-Shirts
  • Family Fun Night!
  • Library help
  • Picture Days
  • Communications
  • Food Hospitality
  • Spelling Bee
  • Art Show
PTO phone numbers are listed or email @

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Morning drop off reminders

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North side Car Line - 7:05 - 7:25

South side Park & Walk up - 7:20 - 7:35

Tardy Bell rings at 7:35

**Below is new for 2014-15**

We will close the North entrance on Sanderson Road @ 7:25.  We will be putting cones out at the road.

After 7:25 all cars must use the South entrance.

If you need to come to the front office you are welcome to but you will have to park in the South parking lot and walk around front.

We have made this change to make our campus a safer place in the mornings.  In the past we have had too many cars coming in the Front Office parking area after 7:25 causing congestion and an unsafe area for students.

The North entrance will be opened back up @ 7:35.

Just a reminder the Tardy Bell rings at 7:35.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Apple Partnership @ Creekside

At Creekside Elementary School we are continuing our partnership with Apple!

Starting with grades 3 & 4 - every student and teacher at Creekside and LCS will have their own MacBook Air.  We look forward to adding grades in the future but the process will start with grades 3 and 4 this year.

All grade levels will have Apple devices in their hands on a regular basis.  Here is a breakdown of what we will have available for students.

Kindergarten - iPad / MacBook carts
1st Grade - iPad / MacBook carts
2nd Grade - iPad / MacBook carts
3rd Grade - Every student will have their own 11'' MacBook Air & iPad carts
4th Grade - Every student will have their own 11" MacBook Air & iPad carts
5th Grade - iPad / MacBook carts

K-5 Teachers - Every teacher has an iPad
3 & 4 Grades - Every teacher has a MacBook Air

This process started last year in LCS - read a post from last year here

3rd and 4th grade student will receive their MacBooks on September 5th.

We will have a mandatory parent meeting on August 19th 2 times (8:30 AM or 5:30 PM) in the lunchroom.  We will have a make-up meeting on August 26th @ 5:30 PM in the lunchroom.

We are also excited to have 2 full time Technology Facilitators @ Creekside this year:

Michelle Mitchell & Amy Jackson.

Welcome to CES Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Jackson!

If you have any questions please let us know.

Thank you!  MS

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Growing my Personal Learning Network (PLN) @ NAESP

I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 National Association of Elementary School Principal's @NAESP conference in Nashville this past week (#naesp14).

The best part of going to a national conference is being able to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN) with principals from all over the country.  Some of the best conversations I had were with principals before, during and after sessions we attended.

The first part of my week I had the opportunity to be a part of the National Mentor Training and Certification Program.  I was placed in a cohort group of 26 principals from across the country with several states represented.  Through the leadership of Mrs. Galen Hoffstat from Texas and Mrs. Lori Ellis from Maryland.    Through the 2.5 days training with the Mentorship program I was able to learn best practices in mentoring through training and dialogue with some of the nation's top principals.  Principals shared their experiences and we learned through collaboration throughout the training.  Some of the principals in my PLN from this experience were: Jeromey Sheets, Aimee Lunsford, & Adam Drummond.

The next 3 days were spent going through the conference sessions learning "Best Practices for Better Schools".  One of my favorite parts of the conference was the "Social Media Lounge", which was a area in the convention center dedicated to leading school leaders like myself in our technology driven world.  Heading up the "Social Media Lounge" were school leaders like - Dan Butler, Don Jacobs, Kathy Melton, Joe Mazza, Tony Sinanis, Erin Simpson & Melinda Miller to name a few.  These school leaders helped us see the value in Twitter and other media outlets in our social world.

During the conference I had the pleasure to write "Wrap-up Sessions" for NAESP from the "Social Media Lounge".  After sessions several school leaders attending the conference would email notes from session to Kaylen TuckerNAESP.

2 sessions I wrote on:
The last highlight of my trip to Nashville was having the pleasure of participating in a luncheon session with Todd Whitaker & Beth Whitaker.  Todd Whitaker has been a part of my PLN for years and I have learned so much from him and it was a pleasure to visit with his wife as well.

2 top quotes I brought back from Todd Whitaker:

Your culture exists in your mind
You have to use your vision to control your perception

It was a great week in Nashville for the NAESP convention this year.  I met a lot of new friends, colleagues, and enhanced my PLN.  It is vital we all continue to grow professionally and I look forward to growing my PLN in the future with my new network of colleagues.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kindergarten Kamp 2014 is underway!

Kindergarten Kamp 2014 is underway!

I want to welcome all of our new Kindergarten students, parents and relatives.  We are so excited to offer Kindergarten Kamp free for all of our incoming Kindergarten students.  

Our PTO has supported K-Kamp for several years and we are very thankful for our supportive PTO.

Kindergarten Kamp provides families with the structure of a school setting during the summer and allows students to familiarize themselves with their new school.

At K-Kamp, parents able to meet their teacher for the school year and start building their positive relationships during the summer.  During K-Kamp, students are able to become more acclimated to their new surroundings and their new classmates.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Kindergarten Kamp

To: New Kindergarten Parents

Subject: Kindergarten Kamp

June 30, July 1 & 2 from 9:00-11:00 each day

Kindergarten Kamp provides families with the structure of a school setting during the summer and allows students to familiarize themselves with their new school. At K-Kamp parents are able to meet their teacher for the school year and start building their positive relationship during the summer. During K-Kamp, students are able to become more acclimated to their new surroundings and their new classmates.

We will post Kindergarten Class Lists on Friday afternoon (6/27)on the front and south side doors.

There will be a parent meeting on Monday, June 30th @ 9:15 in the lunchroom.

Students must have all proper paperwork submitted by June 30th in order to attend K-Kamp.

Paperwork needed:

CES registration forms - Weblink here
Birth Certificate
Blue Card
Proof of Residency (utility bill)

If you have any questions please let me know.

Matt Scott

Friday, May 16, 2014

CES Field Day Schedule

Field Day 2014

Schedule for Wednesday, May 21

8:30-2:30 PM

Grade by grade schedule is provided:


Rain Date is May 22

Thursday, May 15, 2014

PTO meeting: May 19th @ 6:00 PM

PTO Meeting - Monday, May 19 @ 6:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Boosterthon wrap-up
  • Field Day (May 21)
  • Building Plan Update
  • Election new officers
  • New officer positions:
  • President - Christi Allen has been nominated
  • Secretary - Tammy Baker has been nominated
**We will vote on these positions on Monday night**

Monday, May 12, 2014

CES Calendar of Events

CES Calendar of Events

It's hard to believe we are in our last 3 weeks of school.  I can't believe we only have 12 more school days and then we will be on summer break.

Just to keep everyone updated on our final days, here is a update on our "Calendar of Events":

May 12-16 - 3rd Grade ACT Aspire Testing

May 12 - Washington D.C. 4th grade parent meeting with Mr. Taylor in library @ 5:30.

May 13 - Rodeo Clown & Queen visits CES 3rd & 4th grade @ 9:30 in the Gym.

May 16 - Special Education Rodeo @ Sheriff's Rodeo Arena in Athens

May 16 - 4th and 5th grade Dance in the Gym.  6:30-8:30.

On Friday, May 16th, we will have a “Dancing through the Decades” dance for 4th and 5th grade students from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!  Tickets will be $5.  A concession stand will also be available.  Feel free to dress like any decade you choose to make it even more fun!  Hope to see you there!

May 20 - 5th grade Science Assessment

May 19 - PTO meeting @ 6:00 PM in the lunchroom - CLICK HERE for more info here

May 21 - CES Field Day for grades K-5 

May 22 - Field Day make-up day (if necessary)

May 22 - Jr. Beta Club Induction @ 6:30 in the lunchroom.  More info coming soon from Mr. Carter.

May 23 - Talent Show @ 8:30 AM in the gym

May 23 - Music Program @ 1:00 (3-5) & 1:45 (K-2).  More info coming soon from Mrs. Rugless.

May 23 - Last day for Extended Day.

May 26 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

May 27 - Awards Day - 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

8:30 - 3rd Grade

12:30 - 4th Grade

6:30 PM - 5th Grade @ East Limestone

** Please note we have made the decision to move 5th grade Graduation to East Limestone High School in the New Gym to give us plenty of space.

May 28 - Awards Day 1st & 2nd Grades

8:30 - 1st Grade

12:30 - 2nd Grade

Each grade level is split up to accommodate our large crowds in our gym.

May 29 - Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

May 30 - Teacher Workday

CES Awards Days

Our Annual Creekside Awards Days are coming up at the end of May.

CES Awards Schedule:

Tuesday, May 27

8:30 - 3rd Grade

12:30 - 4th Grade

6:30 PM - 5th Grade @ East Limestone

** Please note we have made the decision to move 5th grade Graduation to East Limestone High School in the New Gym to give us plenty of space.

Wednesday, May 28

8:30 - 1st Grade

12:30 - 2nd Grade

Each grade level is split up to accommodate our large crowds in our gym.

** Note - We do not have a Kindergarten Awards Day program.

Thank you,

Matt Scott

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Principal Cam - CES Hockey

Principal Cam:

Today's "Principal Cam" features a 5th grade PE class during their hockey unit.  Great job PE Coaches!

Click on the following link: CES Hockey

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Notify Me" - Email & Text Notification from Creekside

In order to reduce the amount of forwards we send through our teachers we are trying utilize our "Notify Me" notification service. Please help by signing up for "Notify Me" - Email & Text Notification from Creekside. Instructions on how to sign up - LINK

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boosterthon Fun Run - 4/23/14

Friday, April 18, 2014

Leadership Day 04/17/14

Wow!  We had a great Leadership Day today @ CES!

Leadership Day is

Our day started with guests arriving from 3 different schools systems:
  • Johnson Elementary (Limestone County)
  • Chaffee Elementary (Huntsville City)
  • New Hope Elementary (Madison County)

We also had some special guests:
Left to Right:  Tom Sisk, Stanley Menefee, Matt Scott,
Mac McCutcheonBill Holzclaw, Nona Adams, Matt Taylor
  • Limestone Co Superintendent - Tom Sisk
  • Limestone Co Executive Dir - Rhonda Stringham
  • Limestone Co Commissioner - Stanley Menefee
  • Senator - Bill Holzclaw
  • Dis 25 Rep - Mac McCutcheon
  • Leader in Me Consultant - Shelly Hollis

Today's site visit included:
  • Drama Group Presentation
  • 5th grade Habit Leader speeches
  • MacBook Lab in action
  • KNEX lab in action
  • Piano Performances
  • Music class performance
  • Archery Team performance
  • Students presenting Leadership Notebooks CNN interviews
  • Student Leadership Projects 

Drama Club sings the 7 Habits!

Mrs. Rugless leads our Piano program.

KNEX Lab Leaders demonstration of Ferris Wheel

CNN interviews Mrs. Hollis - "What does it mean to be a leader?"

2nd grader share their Leadership Notebooks
Leadership notebooks are kept by every student at CES.  Students track their personal and academic goals in their Leadership Notebooks.

1st graders share their Leadership Notebooks

2nd graders in Mrs. McConnell's class conduct interviews and use our MacBook lab to create iMovies

5th grade Archery Leaders give lessons to Senator Bill Holzclaw & Rep.  Mac McCutcheon

5th grade Archery Leaders give lessons to Senator Bill Holzclaw & Rep.  Mac McCutcheon

Monday, April 14, 2014

A busy 2 weeks @ Creekside!

A busy 2 weeks @ Creekside!
  • 4/14 - New Building Committee meeting @ 3:00 in the library 
  • 4/15 - Boosterthon Kickoff for students & faculty 
  • 4/17 - Leadership Day for K,1,2 @ 8:30 & 3,4,5 @ 9:30
  • 4/21 - 5th grade students go tour East Middle School 
  • 4/21 - Book Fair starts 
  • 4/24 - Book Fair Family Night (5:00-7:00 in the library) 
  • 4/24 - Art Show (5:30-7:00) - Art displayed throughout the school 
  • 4/24 - Drama Club Performance (7:00 in the gym) 

Principal's Post: 04/14/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Apple 1:1 - MacBooks at CES

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1:1 Apple Initiative timeline for Creekside

Our school system has made the plunge into a 1:1 initiative with Apple.

July 2013: iPads for all teachers @ Creekside

October 2013: Apple Headquarters visit:

I was able to visit Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA.  Along with our Superintendent, Dr. Tom Sisk, board members, principals and central office directors, we were given a tour of Apple's education facility on its campus and then were treated to professional development courses during the day relating to using Apple products in our schools.

Our next steps are in the process:

December 2013:  WiFi was added to our campus.  Now on our whole campus you can be totally wireless with iPads and MacBooks.

March 2014: admins and teachers in grades 3 & 4 received their Apple MacBooks.

March 2014: admins and teachers went on a site visit to Blue Springs Elementary to see their MacBooks in action.

April 1st, 2014 - CES purchased 25 Apple MacBooks & a mobile cart which can be used to roll from one room to another.

August 2014: students in grades 3 & 4 will receive their Apple MacBooks.

Summer 2014: we are hoping to add 5th grade to this exciting process as well.  We have written a grant to hopefully include another grade level.