Carmel Spirit Nights

Carmel Spirit Nights

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Want to enjoy a dinner out and support Carmel?

Make note of these dates and join us!

Stevie B’s Pizza – October 5th
Chick Fil A – October 19th

Chick Fil A – November 16
Stevie B’s – November 30

Chick Fil A – December 21

Chick Fil A – January 18

Chick Fil A – February 15

Stevie B’s – March 1
Chick Fil A – March 15

Chick Fil A – April 19

Stevie B’s – May 17

Information about the Balanced Literacy Frameworks

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It is a very exciting time for teaching and learning in Cherokee County School District. The Division of Curriculum and Instruction has created an Office Mix to provide specific examples about balanced literacy in the classroom for parents to see.

Carmel Philanthropic Fundraising Opportunities

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The Carmel ES Relay for Life Team would love for you all to join our philanthropic efforts this year.  We have chosen to support four main charitable organizations (CURE Childhood Cancer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, and Relay for Life).

The Carmel ES Relay for Life Team has a lot of exciting events planned for this year  to help raise money for our philanthropy. Students may participate in these fun events for a $1.00 donation.
Save the Dates:
September 1st – Caps for a Cure (Wear a hat when you bring
in $1)
October 14th – Fall Festival
October 20th – Cape Day (Wear your favorite superhero cape)
October 31st – Caps for a Cure (please no costumes or masks)
November 6th -30th Character Trait “Shout Out” Sale
December 21st – Pajama Day
March 2nd – Character Dress up Day (Dress up like your favorite storybook character)
April 23rd -27th – Pizza Slice Contest
May 11th – Relay for Life Event

Purchasing a T-shirt is just one of the MANY ways you can assist us.  The Faculty and Staff will be wearing our Relay for Life t-shirts on Mondays throughout the school year, and we would love for the students (and parents) to wear them with us.

The t-shirts are $20.00 for ONE or TWO for $35.00 (when ordered within one family)- long or short sleeve, youth or adult sizes. Orders are pre-paid and will be taken through Sept. 13th.  Checks may be made out to Carmel ES with “Relay for Life” in the Memo line.

Paper copies of this order form should be coming home with your child this week.

Thank you for your support!

2017-2018 Carmel ES Relay T-Shirt Order Form



2017- 2018 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of The Year – Heidi Sansone!

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Heidi Sansone!

2017 Carmel ES Teacher of the Year Heidi Sansone pictured with her family and Carmel ES Administration. We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Heidi Sansone has been selected by her peers as the 2017 – 2018 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Sansone shared the following regarding her nomination.

I am honored and humbled to represent Carmel Elementary School as their Teacher of the Year.  This is my 10th year working as a teacher.  I earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Computer Science at S.U.N.Y. Cortland College. After graduation, I enjoyed two very successful careers.  I worked in the retail management industry for three years, then, changing gears, I moved to Wall Street, which had always been my dream.  I was a successful, well-valued and respected employee at one of the top five investment banks in the country.  That was the job I had always wanted, but in one striking moment, I realized that there was something very important lacking in my thriving career.

I vividly remember sitting in the corner of my living room, watching my three-year-old daughter, Emily, sitting on the floor next to her baby sister, Madeline.  In Emily’s hands was the book Go Dog Go by Dr. Seuss.  For a moment, I thought I was hearing things, but I listened closer and realized that the sounds were real.  My little girl was reading!  No, she was not a child prodigy who was able to read at three years old, but rather a bright, enthusiastic child who loved to listen to stories.  I had read her the story so many times that she was able to recite it, page by page, front to back.  She had learned to recite that story.

Looking back on that day, I realized that what had been missing from my successful career was a real sense of fulfillment.  The feeling I had when I heard her utter those words was priceless.  I had taught her how to recite that story and I realized at that moment that not one of my professional successes had ever left me so fulfilled.  I saw that I had the ability to teach and that I had made a difference in her life.  I never imagined that this little girl would learn so much, so quickly.  I had completely underestimated the creativity and ability that a child possesses at such a young age.

Within the next few months, I enrolled in graduate school at Long Island University in 2005 and resigned from “Corporate America” in 2007 to complete my student teaching.  I graduated in May, 2007 with a Master’s degree and  dual certification in Childhood Education and Literacy.  Within 6 months of graduation, my family relocated to Georgia for my husband’s job.  After three years of long-term substitute teaching, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a Carmel Colt.  Over the last 10 years, I have had an opportunity to teach in classrooms from Kindergarten through fifth grade.  I have been a first grade teacher for the past four years, where my passion lies.

I put my heart and soul into my students every day.  I challenge them to be better than “good enough”, and I encourage them to be better than they were yesterday. I teach them to measure themselves, and not to measure themselves against someone else.  My top priority is making sure that every student in my classroom has an opportunity to feel successful and to provide them with activities that allow them to recognize their own growth and accomplishments.

Over the years, I have come to know that I possess the characteristics necessary to be a successful teacher: patience, determination, resilience, strength, ambition, and, most of all, the desire to make a difference.  My previous career accustomed me to long hours, hard work, and great challenges, and allowed me the opportunity to realize that I wanted more from my life’s work than a paycheck. Rather than saying “I have a job,” I say with the greatest enthusiasm and pride, “I am a teacher.”  I want to be able to look back on my life and know that I made a difference.

Mrs. Sansone will be celebrated in December with the other CCSD Teacher’s of The Year at the annual CCSD TOTY Banquet.

2017 – 2018 Curriculum Night Information

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Carmel’s 2017 Curriculum Night will be held on August 22nd, 2017.

Regular Classroom Teachers (Homeroom) will host parents in 2 sessions, at 5:30 and 6:30.

EIP and Specials Teachers will host parents at 6:00.

We look forward to sharing this time with you all.

Learning Begins on Day One at Carmel

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Our first day of the 2017 – 2018 school year started with lots of learning. We are looking forward to an amazing year ahead!

New to Kindergarten? Learn about the GKIDS Readiness Check!

The GA Department of Education is pleased and excited to announce the launch of a parent resource website for the GKIDS Readiness Check!

The site will serve as a resource for parents to learn more about kindergarten readiness, the skills assessed on the GKIDS Readiness Check, and activities to help support their child’s development at home.  The site includes Spanish translation and closed captioning.  

The website may be accessed using the following links: or (a shorter version)  


Meet Dr. H!

Carmel's New 2017 Assistant Principal, Dr. H. Dr. Michele Harcarik was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended Broward County Schools and then started her college career at the University of Central Florida. After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, she went on to become a flight attendant and spent two years traveling the globe. At this point, she decided to change careers and enrolled in Florida Atlantic University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She began teaching in Broward County Schools in 2000 and shortly after went on to pursue a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University. During her 10 years with Broward County Schools, Dr. Harcarik taught grades 2-5 and also Science as a specials class. At the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Harcarik fulfilled a long-time dream of living in the DC area. She moved to Northern Virginia and worked with Falls Church City Schools as a Reading Specialist at Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School before becoming an Assistant Principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. She is currently entering her 18th year in education. For 10 years, Dr. Harcarik was also able to fulfill her love of travel by working for the People to People organization as a chaperone on student travel programs, traveling to places like Australia, Hawaii, Italy, Greece, France, etc. In addition to her K-8 experience, she taught preservice teachers as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and Marymount University in Virginia.

In 2016, Dr. Harcarik adopted her son Ryan. This past summer, they moved to Georgia to be closer to her family who had relocated to Cumming, GA from Florida. In her free time, when not keeping up with her 15 month old, Dr. Harcarik likes to run, do Pilates and yoga, read, and bake.

Dr. Harcarik (Har-char-ik) is excited about the new school year and becoming a part of the Carmel family!