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    Principal - Dr. Jocelyn Lakani-Jones 
    Assistant Principals - Dr. Clifton Nicholson, Asha Lomax 
    Enrollment* - Total Students - 795   
    Administrators - 3   |   Counselors - 2  |   Certified Staff - 63 

    MissionTo provide an academically rich environment that nurtures the whole child to reach their full potential. 

    Vision - We envision a learning community where stakeholders invest their diverse talents to empower each student to create a positive footprint in an ever-changing, global society.


    225 Coan Dr., McDonough, GA 30252    |   Main# 770.957.0164   |   Fax# 770.957.0546

    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make Tussahaw Elementary School an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    TES picStudent Outcomes
    Student success is one of our main priorities! We are committed to providing a solid framework for teaching and learning which includes the Workshop Model for all subject areas. This includes a Mini-Lesson, Work Session (small groups and independent work time), and Closing/Reflection. We have seen growth through our Common Formative Assessment (CFA) data this year as we continue to focus on the three parts of the Workshop Model. Teachers expressed that they had more time to focus on the specific academic needs of their students by using small groups. When talking to students to find out how they felt about learning under this Workshop Model, former Grizzly Carson Smith shared his thoughts, “I like the way they teach us. It is easier to get our assignments done. It is fun, and we learn more.”     
    On the last state reported College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) we increased 9.2 points with growth in Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, School Climate, and Financial Efficiency. Our School Climate rating increased from 3 stars to 4 stars as a result of the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This is an evidence-based framework to improve and integrate practices affecting daily student outcomes. We want all students to be successful, and PBIS helps us achieve this. When students were asked about the PBIS program and incentives, former student Sadie Palmer had this to say, “I like being able to do good at school and earn Grizzlies.”

    TES picStudent Opportunities
    We offer many opportunities for our students to shine! Some include; poetry recitation and writing competitions, our annual Spelling Bee, 4-H, Student of the Month, Challenge 24, and participation in the Jr. BETA Club. Some of our students here at Tussahaw plan all year long for the Poetry Recitation and look forward to selecting their poem and reciting it for their peers. According to Robert Sheppard, a Tussahaw Elementary student, “I get excited for the poetry recitation because I get to get in front of an audience and do one of my favorite things - recite poetry! It gives my mind a break with a calmness that lets my body relax.”
    In addition, our BETA club has won several awards over the years including; Songfest, Jewelry, Banner Competition, Technology, Math, and many others. We were even awarded $10,000 from Atlanta’s Star 94.1 for winning the Giveback Giveaway which supports the Empty Bowl Project. Do you like the Atlanta Falcons? Freddie the Falcon, Grady Jerrett, and cheerleaders from the Atlanta Falcons conducted a pep rally at our school because we won a state-wide nutrition competition.

    TES picClimate and Culture
    We are #United! We are a family at Tussahaw Elementary...we laugh, cry tears of joy, celebrate, and have fun throughout the year as we learn and plan for the future of our students. We love to serve...it’s the TES way! Being a TES Grizzly means serving our school and community. We participate in various service projects like; food drives, Purses for a Purpose, Pink Hearts for Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, Pennies for Patients, Angel Tree, provide Thanksgiving meals, visit nursing homes, collect items for girls in Africa, and more! Chazmyn Smith, a student at Tussahaw says, "I like how we helped with the can food drive. It’s fun to help people! It makes me feel happy because we were able to help people who needed it."

    We also offer a program called Save One Student (S.O.S) which pairs a student in need of extra support with an adult in the building. The adult checks in with the student often to let them know there is another person here that they can come to if they have a need, and to offer them encouragement throughout the year.

    In addition, our school comes together in October for an exciting night to remember...Multicultural Night! This is our chance to highlight and learn about other cultures around the world. As we travel around TES with our passports in hand, we enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors from all over the world! Which countries would you like to visit? We also offer additional learning opportunities throughout the year such as; Curriculum Night, Literacy Night, and STEM Night. Grizzlies love to have fun and learn at the same time!

    TES pic Extracurriculars
    TES Grizzlies are the BEST! The sound of our cheerleaders fills our halls with school spirit many times throughout the school year! You will hear them cheering for our TES Grizzly basketball team or getting the crowd pumped up at a PTO meeting. Ke’Money, a 5th grade student, passionately stated “As a TES basketball player, the club was very important to me. It helped me have something to look forward to at the end of the day and helped me spend time with some of my friends.”
    Throughout the year, you can hear the melodic sounds of our TES chorus entertaining our community. Challenge 24 and Reading Bowl students showcase their talents through various competitions. Bright Girls, Boys to Men, and Jr. BETA Club work to serve many needs in our community. Frances, another 5th grade student, expressed what our service clubs are all about by saying, “I really enjoyed being in the Bright Girls Club at TES because we did a lot of activities, and we helped a lot of people. Helping people is the right thing to do.” 
  •  Opportunities

    At Tussahaw Elementary we offer a variety of clubs, specials, and advanced enrollment opportunities for our students. You can find our students working together and growing through each of these experiences to be an active member of the learning community at our school.
    Physical Education Art Accelerated Math 4th Grade
    Art Science Accelerated Math 5th Grade
    Music Basketball   
    Computer Cheer  
    Science Lab Helen Ruffin Reading Bow  
    STEM Junior BETA  
      Girls Club  
      Challenge 24  
      Tech Club  

  •  Demographic Information


    Tussahaw Elementary School’s student demographic information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes total enrollment by grade level, student composition by race/ethnicity, percent of students enrolled in exceptional student education or English language learners or the gifted program, as well as the percentage of students who are currently enrolled in classes at Impact Academy. This information can be used to better understand the student population that is served at Tussahaw Elementary.

  •  Student Outcomes


    Tussahaw Elementary School’s student outcomes information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes:

    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    • Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The Georgia Student Health Survey is given to all k-12 students in Georgia in the spring of each school year. It is composed of a variety of questions that help our district better understand the student experience in our schools. The literacy information is calculated as the percentage of students reading on or above grade level determined by scores on the Milestones End-of-Grade assessments for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in English Language Arts. Each of these data components can be viewed for the previous three years. For more information about these measurements, please access the Tussahaw Elementary School website.