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School Choice Information

 School choice information available

Posted by Brook Whitmire

Posted on 00:00, Monday, May 12

Information regarding House Bill 251 (Public School Choice) and Senate Bill 10 (Georgia Special Needs Student Scholarship) is now available. If you are interested in applying for a transfer within the school system, you are encouraged to read the information provided and complete the application. Completed requests for transfers must be submitted to the OCS Office of Operations and Student Services between May 12 and 23, 2014. Please do not return the applications to the schools. Questions regarding HB 251 should be directed to the OCS Office of Operations and Student Services at 706-769-5130 (x2208). Questions regarding SB 10 should be directed to the OCS Special Education Department 706-769-5130 (x1214). 

Applications for HB 251 or SB 10 will not be accepted after the close of business (4:00 p.m.) on Friday, May 23, 2014. Click on the links below for further information.


HB 251 Public School Choice Letter


HB 251 Transfer Regulations


SB 10 Letter


HB 251 List of Available Seats at Schools


HB 251 Application for Student Transfer

CFES Summer Writing Challenge

3rd Annual CFES Summer Writing Challenge

CFES Parents and students,

We would like to challenge our CFES students to write over the summer. Last year we had over 35 students participate in this summer activity. We are asking students to use the topics below to create a writing journal that will be given to Mr. Carter in August. We encourage all CFES students to participate in this summer activity. Make sure you use the writing process (Pre-Writing, Drafting, Responding, Revising, Editing, and Publish) to produce a well-written piece. During the first few weeks of school, next fall, there will be a prize awarded for four or more completed writings. The students that complete all six writings will be judged and the winner will become the CFES Principal for the day. Good luck CFES Authors!! Have a great summer!!!!

1. I shot out of bed in a panic. The alarm clock didn’t go off and I was an hour late for the most important day of my life…

2. Describe for a new student to CFES why writing in math is so important. How do math journals help students learn?

3. Write a poem about your favorite person or animal.

4. Pretend there is no such thing as television, internet, or video games. What will you do with your time during the summer?

5. Some characters on TV or in movies are good role models, while others are not. Write about someone on TV or in movies who you would consider a good role model and why.

6. You are taking a trip by yourself for a week. Write a letter to your mom and dad.

CFES Events and News


Looking for the next year's Supply List?! Click here for CFES Supply Lists for All Grade Levels 2014-2015

Don't forget to read! To see a list of the 2014-15 Battle of the Books Reading List for 4th and 5th grade you can find it by clicking BOB Reading List 2014-15

Science Olympiad

Watch our 2013-2014 CFES Science Olympiad team yearly wrap up! 


Mustang Pride

Click here to read our Mustang Pride Fyler

CFES 2014 Mustang Gallop

Thank you so much for such a successful “Mustang Gallop”! CFES students and teachers enjoyed the Fun Run that took place in the gym. The Fun Run is a great way for students to understand the importance of exercise and participate in school unity; all while raising money for CFES!

This year’s money raised will go to provide upgraded technology and enhancements to the media center.  Contributions from our Mustang Gallop Sponsors will get us that much closer to providing a media center that will foster a fun and exciting learning environment to the students of CFES. If you would like to be a sponsor—CFES Mustang Gallop Sponsor Form


CFES Teacher of the Year



CFES Teacher of the Year 2013-2014

Matthew Lawing is originally from North Carolina where he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a Bachelors of Music Education with a concentration in voice. He taught middle school chorus for one year in Winston-Salem, NC before moving to Georgia for his wife, Sarah, to attend graduate school at UGA.  This is his seventh year teaching music at CFES and he has loved every minute of it.  He and his wife live in Jefferson with their daughters Collette and Tabitha.  


Title I Parents of Oconee County School Students below is information about the CFES and OCS District Title I Program:


What is a Title I School?

Title 1 Meeting Dates for the 2013-2014 School Year

**Note the May 1st meeting has been changed to May 6th at 5:30pm

CFES Title I Parent Involvement Plan 2013-14

CFES Title I Parent Compact 2013-14

Title I Target Assistance Plan 2013-14

Title I Parent Letter


Colham Ferry Elementary School

Oconee County eBoard Communication Tool

CFES Mission Statement


Care for Every Student

Foster Learning for Life

Educate for Success

Strengthen Character


Purpose:  The purpose of Colham Ferry Elementary School is to provide learning experiences which inspire students to excel in academics, build strong character, and promote citizenship.

Volunteer Training

Volunteers who spend extended, independent time with students in schools are now required to review training materials provided by the Georgia Department of Education and complete a volunteer information form. Such individuals should click here to access the materials and the form, and return the completed form to the appropriate school principal.

Oconee County Parent Grading Guides

PIE--Partners in Education

Thank you for your support of our Partner in Education Spirit Nights!

And a big thank you to all of our Partners in Education as well! Thank you for your support of our school!!

CFES Partners in Education



ABC Printing Inc                                                           Athens First Bank

Dennis Luckey Salon                                                      Chamber of Commerce

First American Bank                                                       Keba Spitfire Grill

Trippy Tumblin                                                             Barberitos

American Pest Control                                                    Jittery Joe’s

Kumquat Mae                                                               AFLAC-HD Border Agency

Dickey’s BBQ                                                                 Krimson Kafe

Oconee Well Drillers                                                      Environmental Site Management

Acura of Athens                                                            Oconee Waste Transport Inc

Horace Mann Insurance                                                 Johnson/Jones Insurance Services

Oconee Properties                                                         Power Building Products

Sam’s Club                                                                   Sibil’s Helping Hands

Oconee County Extension Service                                    Oconee State Bank

Pet Supplies Plus                                                           Publix

Wal-Mart                                                                      The Vet at Blue Ridge

Northeast Georgia Quality Roofs, LLC                              Dominick’s Italian Restaurant

Bar G Horse and Cattle Supply                                        Chuck E. Cheese

Jimmy’s Lawn Care                                                        Zaxby’s

CFES Title I Reward School

CFES School Council

CFES School Council Upcoming Meetings 2014-2015

August 13, 2014

November 12, 2014

February 18, 2015

May 6, 2015

Meeting Minutes 2013-14

Minutes from May 7, 2014 School Council Meeting

Minutes from School Council Minutes February 19th

Minutes from November 6th School Council Minutes

Minutes from August 14th School Council Meeting

Minutes from May 8th School Council Meeting

**Documents from May 8th Meeting:

CCPRI County Overview

OCS BOE Budget 2013-2014

CFES MAP Scores 2012-2013


PTO Dates 2013-14


5th Meet the Teacher 1:00pm-3:00pm (PTO Table)

6th Teacher Luncheon 11:30am

16th Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off (Fantastic Savings Coupon Book)

19th-23rd Bookfair (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)


9th End of Fall Fundraiser & All Money Due

19th Hearing & Vision Screening (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)

19th First PTO Meeting & Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym) October

18th Fall Festival 5:00pm-8:00pm


7th PTO Meeting & Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym)


10th Teacher Luncheon 11:00am

12th & 13th Santa Shop


16th PTO Meeting & 2nd Grade Music Performance 6:30pm


10th – 14th Bookfair (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)

19th & 20th Jump Rope for Heart (PTO sponsors the volunteer help for this event)

27th PTO Bingo Night 6:30pm (Gym)


13th Spring Fundraiser Kick-Off (Mustang Gallop Fun Run)

21st Mustang Gallop Fun Run Day


4th End of Spring Fundraiser (All Fun Run Money Due)

18th Fun Run Awards Ceremony


Kindergarten Orientation 9:00am (PTO Table)

 Last PTO Meeting & Mustang Chorale Performance 6:30pm (Gym)

6th Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 11:00am



Talk About It!

Oconee Area Resource Council  - Mentor Program
Request Form
Parent Information and Consent Form

CFES Twitter Feed

CFES Extracurricular Activities 2013-2014

CFES Extracurricular Activities 2013-2014

CFES students and teachers participate in a wide array of extracurricular activities! Here is a list of what students are involved in at CFES!

·         Theater Club- 2nd-5th Grade

·         Morning Computer Lab- 2-5th Grade

·         Square Dance- Kindergarten-2nd Grade- One Day Event

·         Snow Ball Dance- 3rd-5th Grade- One Day Event

·         Mustang Chorale- 4thand 5th Grade-

·         Mustang Trotters- 3rd-5th Grade

·         Science Olympiad- 3rd-5th Grade

·         Garden Earth- 3rd and 5th Grade

·         Battle of the Books- 4th and 5th Grade

·         Perfectly Polished- 5th Grade

·         Instructional Extension- 1st-5th Grade- Students with academic needs

Mustang News

 Parents Newsletters

CFES Garden

CFES Garden is going to be undergoing some maintenance this summer! We are excited to see what will grow next year! 


Latest Watkinsville, Georgia, weather conditions and forecast

Motivated Mustang Program

Colham Ferry Elementary School
Motivated students enjoy learning and are successful students!!!

Because we believe that student motivation is so important for school success, this year we have initiated a school-wide Motivated Mustang program. Our goal is to provide instruction, activities and experiences which help students grow in the areas of academics, citizenship and problem solving. The Motivated Mustang program is designed to encourage growth in intrinsic motivation, responsibility and student initiative for students at all grade levels.

During pre-planning, CFES teachers developed a list of attributes which they believe are essential for success in school and in life. The Motivated Mustang program will focus on those attributes through instruction, procedures, and peer collaboration.  Lessons will target activities designed to encourage individual responsibility, academic growth, critical thinking, and integration of technology. Students will participate in learning projects, classroom meetings, and individual goal setting activities during the school year to strengthen student motivation.

As teachers developed the list of essential attributes, they also designed a Motivated Mustang visual model.   We are sharing this graphic model with students, parents, and the community to help communicate an awareness of our key goals. The model addresses all areas of development and reflects our concern for the whole child.

During the year, we will recognize individual students who exemplify Motivated Mustang characteristics.  We encourage you to send ideas and activities which motivate your child.

Motivated Mustang Charteristics Include:


Focused Learner, Critical Thinking, Good listener, Strong Communication Skills, Confident, Technologically Savvy, Write Convincingly, Respectful, Healthy Active Lifestyle, Persistence, Applies Mathematical Fundamentals, Global Perspective, Problem Solver