Atkins Elementary School

Gary Roberts, Principal
5903 Lee Highway
Atkins, VA 24311
(276) 783-3366

Our Mission is: We Will Learn.

Labor Day Holiday
No School - Sept. 1

AES Grandparents' Week

We would like to invite you to have breakfast or lunch with your grandchild during Grandparents' Week, September 8 through 12.

Appalachian Trail Classroom

My Students: Do you remember playing in the woods? The majority of my students have never been for a walk in the woods or on a trail. I want to take my students on the Appalachian Trail to do a cross-curricular activity to correlate what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

My Project: This trip will allow my students, who have very limited resources, see what they are learning in the classroom is out in the real world. Too many times, students do no realize why they are studying a certain subject while in the classroom. This trip will allow students an opportunity to be able to be surrounded by the subject, instead of seeing it in a book.

I believe this trip will encourage my students to understand the link between the classroom and the world around them. This trip will also show students the local history that is right in their back yard.

Make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so please make a contribution for my classroom at Appalachian Trail Classroom. Give to my classroom by September 2, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100). Thanks for your support!

AES Takes - ALS Challenge

A group from AES took the ALS Challenge and deserve a big thumbs up. Anyone who would like to donate to this wonderful cause can give to Ms. Leaman in the office. If you write a check make it out to Atkins Elementary. After all the money is collected we are going to write a school check to the ASL Foundation.

AES's Teacher-of-the-Year

Congratulations to AES's Teacher-of-the-Year for 2012-2013 - Mrs. Crystal Jennings!

Check Your Child's Lunch Account Status Online–New Online Program My School Bucks

In order to better serve our parents and community, Smyth County Schools Food Service Program has invested in a web-based cafeteria application called My School Bucks. This application enables parents/guardians to view their child's lunch account status, including account balance, meals eaten, and a la carte/extra items purchased. Parents will also be able to make online payments.

There is no charge to view a student account status; however, the company does charge $2.50 to process each online payment.

To create an account, click the My School Bucks link above. You will need your child's six-digit cafeteria ID number to complete the account setup. Registration is free. New students will receive their cafeteria ID number at the time of registration or on the first day of school.

General Mills Box Tops for Education & AES

Atkins Elementary collects Box Tops for Education to raise money for our school! Remember, they are worth 10 cents each! At the end of each month we have a random drawing for a winner FROM EACH CLASSROOM! COLLECT YOUR BOXTOPS!

Now, more than ever, schools need extra financial help to provide our kids with a quality education. The Box Tops for Education program helps us earn necessary funds for our school!

Last year we received an amazing check for $1,397.50! That amount was collected TEN CENTS AT A TIME! YOUR BOX TOPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Donít let ONE Box Tops be thrown away! Watch for them on these products!

Food City School Bucks

Atkins Elementary School is participating in the "Food City School Bucks" program. However, Food City has changed the program. They do not want us "collecting" receipts this year. When you purchase items at Food City - ask the cashier to credit the amount to Atkins Elementary School. Each year you have to sign up for that school year's program, so please sign up to credit Atkins Elementary with your purchases. Thank You.

Some Photos of Events at AES in 2013-2014

Slideshows of Events at AES in 2012-2013

Upcoming Events
  • August 13 - Meet the Teacher Night from 5-7pm
  • August 20 - First Day of School 2014-15 at 8:20am
  • August 29 - Spirit & Pride Fundraiser Starts
  • September 1 - Labor Day (No School)
  • September 8-12 - Grandparents' Week
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  • October 11 - PTO Yard Sale from 8am-1pm
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  • 3rd Thursday - each month - "On-the-Go" Family Resource Bus Schedule - 3:30-5:30pm

Useful Links

Computer Lab Signup

School Improvement Plan

School Wide Title Plan

Title 1 Parental Involvement Plan

SOL Practice


Definition of a Bully
A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied we will tell an adult.