Atkins Elementary School

Gary Roberts, Principal
5903 Lee Highway
Atkins, VA 24311
(276) 783-3366
FAX: (276) 783-0901
Our Mission is: We Will Learn.

End of Year Newsletter

School Supply List for 2015-2016

2nd Grade Field Trip

Atkins Elementary School students on second grade field trip

AES Pet Show

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Hungry Mother Park State Park Grant

Gift of a New Playground

Promote active, healthy lifestyles in school and at home, by entering the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, brought to you by the Together Counts initiative.

Great Minds Think Alike!

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant

In January AES received a grant for $3,850 to participate in the national "Fuel Up to Play 60 Program". This program provides youth with tools and resources to help them make positive changes in eating healthier and getting at least 60 minutes each day of physical activity. A check for $3,850 was presented at the January School Board Meeting to Gary Roberts, principal; Ashley Cannon, physical education teacher for AES & SGE; and Aidan Melvin, a fifth-grade student at AES by Jill Henderson, assistant director of School Health and Wellness for the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, and Bobby Combs, president of the American Dairy Association of Virginia and a member of the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association. The National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsor the program. Hopefully, these changes the students learn from the "Fuel Up to Play 60" Program will continue as lifelong habits.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was performed by the Atkins Children's Theater for the public on Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6. They shared their performance with the school students on Monday, December 8. It was a wonderful play and everyone enjoyed it!

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Harvest Dinner - November 15

The AES Harvest Dinner was held Saturday, November 15th from 4:00-7:00pm at the Atkins Tank Restaurant. Menu consisted of turkey w/gravy and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry salad, roll, pumpkin pie, and a drink. Cost was $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for 12 and under. Carry out was available for $8.00 each. We would like to thank the Atkins Tank and their staff for so graciously preparing and serving this meal. All proceeds went to the Atkins Elementary PTO. Thank you for supporting the PTO.

Third Grade Science

The third graders have been studying animal habitats and adaptations in Science class. These students made animal habitats as a project. Congratulations on your projects!

Fall Indoor Yard Sale

Thanks to everyone who helped with and/or participated with the Atkins PTO's Fall Indoor Yard Sale that was held on Saturday, October 4, in the Atkins Elementary Gym. Thank you for your support for AES!

Special Games Day

AES students and faculty had a great time participating in the Special Games Day at Chilhowie High on October 1, with other Smyth County students. They had fun with sporting events, games, and face painting, as well as other activities.

FM 94's Teacher-of-the-Month

Atkin's second grade teacher, Mrs. Beth Pratt, was surprised by a visit from radio station, FM 94, on October 2. She was chosen as FM 94's First Teacher-of-the-Month. Mrs. Pratt received a plaque and a gift basket containing a variety of gifts. Congratulations, Mrs. Pratt!

AES Grandparents' Week

Grandparents were invited to AES to celebrate Grandparents' Week, September 8-12 and have breakfast or lunch with their grandchild. Over 100 grandparents visited, ate with, and had pictures made with their grandchildren. AES feels grandparents are very special to us! Thank you for visiting your grandchild or grandchildren.

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
  • Have a Happy & Safe Summer!!
  • June 10 - Summer School Starts
  • June 23 - Summer School Ends
  • 3rd Thursday - each month - "On-the-Go" Family Resource Bus Schedule - 3:30-5:00pm

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.