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Southwest Elementary
6020 Ogeechee Road
Savannah, GA 31419 
Phone: (912) 395-3301 
FAX: (912) 961-3312

Tara Fitzgerald

Hours: Bell Times
Grades: PK - 5th

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Back to School Newsletter
Dear Parents/Guardians, As principal of Southwest Elementary it is my pleasure to welcome you back from summer vacation. I am thrilled to return for my second year as the principal of the SWES Gators! Our staff has been working hard to prepare for a rewarding school year and we look forward to having our students back to fill our classroom with excitement and enthusiasm for learning! What’s New? We welcome Dr. King to our faculty as our new Assistant Principal. I am sure she will continue to maintain the same high expectations for student behavior and achievement as Mrs. Prince had throughout her 8 years of dedication and support to our community. We are also delighted to welcome Executive Director, Dr. Vallerie Cave, who will oversee our school’s progress and goals from the district level as we strive to make Southwest Elementary one of the highest achieving elementary schools in the county. We are excited to announce our 1st school wide theme: Super Gators: Learn Achieve Succeed Attendance Hero: Here Everyday Ready On time 60% of our students missed 6 or more days of school last year. We need every child at school on time, every day, and all day. • Students cannot be signed out after 3:15 p.m. School ends at 4:00 p.m. and every minute of instruction is important to your child’s success. SWES Super Mathematicians will begin a new math program called Eureka Math PreK-5 this school year as part of a SCCPSS District Wide implementation. Parents can go to and sign up for a free parent account to have access to a lot of resources, videos and materials in order to provide additional support to your child at home. SWES Super Readers and Writers will be a part of an exciting new Balanced Literacy framework that’s sweeping across our district and school. It will be implemented daily during a 90 minute literacy block. Children will take part in interactive read alouds, daily shared reading and writing experiences, engage in independent reading and writing activities and be a part of guided reading groups to support their individual levels and needs. District Assessments: We are thrilled to begin using the NWEA MAP for Reading grades K-5 and will continue with the NWEA MAP Math adding grades K & 1 to the 2-5 testing windows already in place. I look forward to seeing you at our Open House on August 2nd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the office at 912-395-3301, view our school website at or email me at Sincerely, Ms. Tara Fitzgerald Principal


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