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Re-Opening Plan for Sagamore Hills Elementary

DeKalb County School District has announced their plans for students to begin returning to classrooms under Centers for Disease Control guidelines. 

In Phase Two and Phase Three, cohorts of students will participate in hybrid, in-person learning based on their choice to attend school. Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, sixth grade, and ninth-grade students will begin in-person learning on the week of Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 

Homeroom teachers will send an email to notify you of your child's cohort by Friday, March 5th. If you have changed your intent, please email Dr. Mark Montello, Assistant Principal, at mark_montello@dekalbschoolsga.org by Tuesday, March 2nd.

Grade levels third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth will start the week of Monday, March 15, 2021, during Phase Three.  

Cohorts A and B are scheduled to combine on Monday, March 29th.  Students who are in face-to-face instruction will now report to the school building four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Wednesdays will continue to be a teacher workday.

Pre-K-12 students who elect to continue virtual learning will have the option of transitioning to in-person instruction at the end of the 13.5-week grading interval.  Parents/guardians will notify local schools during the decision window, March 22 – April 2, 2021, for the student to begin in-person learning on April 29, 2021.   Please email Mark_Montello@dekalbschoolsga.org to inform him of your decision.


(Wednesday Independent Learner Days) 

Elementary/Middle/ High 


Virtual Remote 

Cohort A 

(Alpha Order Split) 

Monday and Tuesday 

Thursday and Friday 

Cohort B 

(Alpha Order Split) 

Thursday and Friday  

Monday and Tuesday

Please see the links below for important information regarding Sagamore's Re-Opening:

Region II State of the Region Address


Our students are slated to have their passwords reset. STUDENT PASSWORDS will not be changed on Monday, 3/1.  The new passwords will be in effect as of Thursday, 3/4.    After this time, students must use the new password provided by Information Technology.

 Each homeroom teacher will send your child's new password through an email notification.  The dekalb(+gradelevel) will no longer work.  

Pre-K Lottery Enrollment Window

The Pre-K lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year opened on February 1, 2021 and closed on Monday, March 8, 2021. Lottery applications will not be accepted after Monday, March 8, 2021 for any reason.  If you are not already on the waitlist and you would like to be for the 21-22 school year, call the school office at (678) 874-7503 or email Shannon_M_Spillett@dekalbschoolsga.org.

The lottery was completed on March 23. If a seat was offered, parents will upload the remaining documents to the lottery platform,  www.dcsdprek.org. During this time, all information will be verified. If false information is submitted or if you fail to have adequate documents to support your application, then your Pre- K seat will be forfeited.

Have questions?  Call the school at (678) 874-7503 to talk to Shannon Spillett, the registrar.

Superintendent's Newsletter

Please click here to access Superintendent, 
Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris' Weekly Newsletter.

A Message from Dr. Williams

Actions to Improve our Wildcat World of Virtual Learning:


Thank you for supporting our teachers/staff during our 1st week of virtual learning. As we embrace our new normal, we are implementing additional best practices to efficiently manage our virtual classrooms while protecting the safety and well-being of all students. As of Monday, August 24th, we are asking all parents and guardians to please adhere to the following guidelines:


  • Only students should be viewed on the camera as class participants.  If needed, a parent may provide navigational support, but not remain on camera and participate with the class.  
  • Only students should be logged on the LIVE platform for instruction. Parents should not use an additional device to login during the instructional class period, make comments in the chat, view chats from student to student or teacher to student, etc.  In the normal face-to-face circumstance, parent observations are scheduled with permission granted from an administrator or the teacher. 
  • ONLY teachers will record LIVE sessions to support all learners to allow for the revisiting of content and/or support students that were unable to participate in the virtual learning experience. Teachers will turn off the video and audio of all students for any recording during LIVE sessions. 
  • It is inappropriate to post a picture or video of a child (a minor) without parental consent.  
  • All parents should have completed a Media Release Form during the online registration process or when they used the pre-registration link from the Sagamore Hills school website.

If you have any concerns, please email your child's teacher. If administrative support is needed, teachers will forward your concern as needed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Class Schedule link

Please click on the link below for access to teacher schedules and important virtual learning information.  

Meet Our New Principal ------- Dr. Karen Williams

Pcture of Dr. Williams
Please join us in welcoming our new Principal, Dr. Karen Williams to our school!  Click on this link to read her welcome letter!  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to her at Karen_N_Williams@dekalbschoolsga.org.

Registration Information

If you are a Returning Student-get your 2021 proof of residence ready (utility bill, lease, or mortgage info). Complete a Returning Student Form by August 14th.  Formulario de estudiante que regresa en español.  Returning students do not need to complete an online application.
If you are a Transfer Student from another Dekalb County Schoolplease inform your last school via email and email the registrar at Sagamore with your new proof of residence.  Registrar info:  Shannon_M_Spillett@dekalbschoolsga.org
If you are a New Student to Dekalb County School District
All students must register using Dekalb County's Online Registration.  Go to Dekalb County's Online Registration Site
Gather your documents. You can either scan them or take a picture of them. If you have questions about the documents, you can go here This is what the system will ask you for:
  • Birth certificate
  • Parent/Guardian ID
  • GA Immunization form 3231
  • GA Hearing, Vision, Dental and Nutrition Form 3300
  • Social security card or mark the waiver on the online application.
  • Proof of residence in the form of a utility bill, lease or mortgage, or deed.  Proof of residences must be dated after June 30.   If you are living with another person and need an affidavit, see the online instructions.  Page 5 of the affidavit is waived during Covid-19.
  • Report card if transferring from another county.
  • Any relevant court documents that pertain to custody, name changes, etc. 

Once the application is started, please note the application number.  Applications can be saved and continued. If you get a DENIED or HOLD message, email the registrar shannon_m_spillett@dekalbschoolsga.org immediately for assistance.  Please include the application number.

  • All international students & Non-English Speaking Students, please call 678-676-6602 to schedule a check-in time. 

If you run into difficulties, please feel free to email the school registrar at Shannon_M_Spillett@Dekalbschoolsga.org

20-21 School Supply Lists

picture of school supplies 
School Supply lists for Sagamore Hills are here! 
Please click on the link below for the school supply lists for each grade.

Sagamore's Project Learning Garden Helps Local Families

Spencer working in the Garden
Photo credit: Kevin D. Lilies
 Check out an article about Sagamore's STEM Garden and a new initiative called "Project Learning Garden".  This initiative is through the Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation, is helping schools address food scarity across the region.  

Sagamore Named Project Wet School of the Year!

Each year Georgia Project WET recognizes a School at the Awards Ceremony during EEA’s annual conference.  Sagamore is proud to announce that we were named School of the Year for 2020!  Great job students and staff!  What great fun we have learning about water and our local Turtle Creek!
 Monica Kilpatrick, Georgia Project State Coordinator is pictured above with Stepanie Spencer, our fabulous S.T.E.M. Teacher!  

River of Words Art and Poetry-Sagamore Students Shine!

 River of words logoA big wildcat Congratulations to these Sagamore Hills Student students. There were over 1600 entries in Georgia!

The River of Words Project is a program designed to help K-12 students understand their sense of place by studying a watershed in their own environment then expressing what they discover through poetry and art.  The art and poetry can then be entered into a state-wide contest.

Georgia entries are judged by the Georgia Center for the Book and by the GA Environmental Protection Division.

Art National Finalist Category I
Josh Perlmutter "Fish"

Art National Finalist Category II
Amelia Bell "Under the Sea"

Georgia State Winners
Catergory I
Olivia Bates "Fish"

Category II
Sarah Scheid "Stingrays Have Lives Too"

Georgia State Poetry Winners
Category I
Tucker Wilson  "Pollution"

Going to State Tech Competition!

Congratulations to Frances Jenne and Jaden Spelmon!  They won at the Regional Technology Competition! They moving on to compete at the State Competition!  We are so proud!!  

STEM Gems Club at Sagamore Hills Elementary

STEM Gems Club

Stephanie Spencer, K-5 STEM Teacher

After listening to author and keynote speaker, Stephanie Espy, at the Georgia STEM Forum in Athens I knew we needed a STEM Gems Club at Sagamore Hills. Stephanie Espy wrote the book, STEM Gems: How 44 Women Shine in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, And How You Can Too! I returned from the conference and excitedly shared my idea with our principal, Julie Taylor. Mrs. Taylor and I firmly agree that students need to be exposed to a large variety of possible STEM careers in their early years. As Stephanie Espy says, “You can’t be, what you can’t see!”

I registered our Club on The STEM Gem site and asked our fifth grade teacher, Kristin Moehlich to join me as a sponsor of the club. The following Monday we started our STEM Gem Club with the book I had purchased at the conference. We have met every Monday during lunch since the conference in 2017. 

Our fifth grade girls meet every Monday during lunch and read about a new STEM Gem each week. We watch short video clips about the amazing women featured in her book. We read about the STEM Gem of the week and discuss what motivated her, what she did that motivates us, how she overcame adversities and use

the study guide questions on the website to spark conversations. The overarching theme throughout the book is hard work. Most of them will tell you that they are not geniuses, they just worked hard!

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 we were fortunate to have Stephanie Espy visit our STEM Gem Club. She spoke to the girls for over an hour. The girls peppered her with questions about her career as a chemical engineer, things she had to overcome, why she wrote the book, how she remained confident in a career with only male colleagues and many more. She reminded the girls that they need to ask questions, work hard and be sure to find mentors along the way. Stephanie Espy visits our club every year to motivate a new generation of STEM Gems

The STEM Gems Club is now in our 3rd year. Every month we have a guest speaker. 


Stephanie Espy’s book is a must for girls in grades 5-12. It will change the way your students feel about STEM careers. It is highly motivating and instills the idea that hard work pays off.

 Check out our Girls in this Article!

Campus Clean-Up Days

Our Day of Service on MLK, Jr. Day was such a success!  Be on the lookout for the next workday! Bring the kids, your water bottle, and some gloves!  Let's work together to make Sagamore the best it can be!



Join the fun to make our campus look great!  We have a special project to construct a Native Habitat.  With your help we can complete the project!  Bring your family, gloves, and shovels!


Stay Informed!

Stay informed about Sagamore Hills Elementary School events!

Last minute messages regarding severe weather, school closings, etc. will be communicated through School Messenger.  To OPT IN, text "Y" or "Yes" to 6-7587.

 This is a great way to stay informed about school programs, activities, and important updates.

More important links below: 

PTA Website: http://sagamorehillspta.org/

Sagamore Hills Foundation: http://sagamorehillsfoundation.org

Sagamore Hills PTA Electronic Announcements: http://sagamorehillspta.org/announcements

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