Ms. Tara Cowins
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Principal's Corner

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Factory Shoals Elementary School, home of the Dolphins! At Factory Shoals we serve students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. In addition to core academic instruction, we offer all students the opportunity to participate in Art, Music, and Physical Education each week. We are also the home of two special needs pre-kindergarten classes, one Mild Intellectual Disabilities class, 2 Moderate Intellectual Disabilities classes, and 1 High Functioning Autism class.

Our goal each day is to provide quality and rigorous instruction that is designed to meet the individual needs of all of our students. We work hard to increase the academic achievement of our students in all areas. Our target areas to improve are ELA and Math.  Writing across all content areas is a school wide focus. Teachers will work to engage students in active learning and will decrease the number of worksheets being used during instruction.

I am proud to serve as principal again this year. My assistant principals are Dr. Kelli Spencer and Mrs. Sheila Watts.  We had a successful year with the implementation of the Road Runners, FSES Ambassadors, and the Dynamic Dolphin Step Team. Our music department under the leadership of music teacher, Scott Johnson increased student participation by adding the 2nd & 3rd Grade Chorus.  Our Dolphin Chorus (4th & 5th) delivered a DYNAMIC performance at the Douglas County Courthouse.  FSES represented well at the DCSS Spelling Bee as the last elementary student competing (Tyler).  We are proud of our Dolphins! 

Our school motto is S>W>I>M> "Success WithIn Me". Dolphins keep swimming! Our mission is to provide a quality education for all students in a safe, supportive environment that fosters success for all stakeholders. We will continue to improve our customer service at Factory Shoals Elementary by creating a more welcoming environment for all who visit our school.

For additional information concerning registration please contact our registrar, Denine Pope at 770.651.3900 or visit our page @ Our new office manager, Dasha Chapman or front office receptionist, Brittany Wyatt will gladly assist you with other school matters.

Warmest Regards,

Tara L. Cowins


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