Audrey Sofianos: Principal

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Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education - Indiana University  Master's in Leadership - Butler University

Audrey Sofianos: Principal


Ms. Sofianos loves being the principal of Morningside Elementary School. It's the best job she's ever had, especially greeting students each morning as they arrive to school.

Ms. Sofianos grew up in Indiana and was a classroom teacher and principal there. She's was the principal of Sutton Middle School in North Atlanta, while they planned and executed their reconfiguration and move to a new building.  Ms. Sofianos loves to learn and works every day to ensure all students have the chance to go to college or other special school, after high school. She became a principal because she loves kids, and truly enjoys spending time with them. Kids always make her smile! Ms. Sofianos enjoys attending school events such as Braves Night, Halloween Carnival, Family Science Night, Book Fair, Variety show, and special classroom activities.

Ms. Sofianos enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, and likes to read, travel, and watch movies, especially Star Wars.

 

From the Principal's Desk

  • November 12, 2019

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 11/12/2019 3:45:00 PM

    Morningside Reunites Both Campuses for MES@Inman 2020-21 & 2021-22

    It is official!  Morningside Elementary will bring all grades together for MES@Inman K - 5 during our renovation these next two school years 2020-21 and 2021-22.  All students will attend school at our temporary property, the current Inman Middle School, while our building receives a $17 million dollar renovation.  We are naming the next two school years MES@Inman!

    While the Kindergarten Center has been a HUGE success these past two years, the Inman property gives us the amazing opportunity to come together again as a one campus family.   All students will benefit from increased space at a new and exciting place with a larger gym, cafeteria, media center, enclosed courtyard, large field spaces, a seated auditorium, as well as a new playground!   Siblings and families will enjoy this two year experience together in the historic Virginia Highlands Neighborhood.  As much as I love our kindergarten center, I miss seeing our littlest learners each day.  

    During this decision process, our APS team has studied and weighed all options, looking at everything from transportation to nutrition to security and to various grade level/classroom configuration plans.  We will use some of the portables currently at the Inman property, while APS will remove the necessary portables to create a play space/playground for our children.  

    Dr. Holly Brookins is an absolute champion in the lead role of K Center Program Administrator.  Our entire kindergarten staff has exceeded our expectations in creating incredible learning spaces, out of empty rooms.  Metro City Cathedral Church and staff have become famliy to us; their partnership is invaluable.  I cannot express my gratitude enough to Dr. Brookins and team for all they do at the K Center for our students.  Our strong kindergarten program will continue at 999 Briarcliff the remainder of this school year.

    Similar to when families move to a new home, there is a level of sadness as you leave one place to go to another.  Be assured, we are taking the heart of Morningside with us - the students, the families and the staff - to create new memories together MES@Inman.  

      MES@Inman

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  • October 31, 2019

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/31/2019 11:00:00 AM

    The GA Dept. of Education released the official College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) rate for the state and every public school, including Morningside. With a 96.7, we are thrilled to retain our #1 designation in APS, and now share that with our sister school, Springdale Park (SPARK) Elementary!  GO Grady Cluster!  These are the four components the state uses in CCRPI: 

    Content Mastery – Measures achievement of students in English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies.

    Progress – A measure of growth in ELA and math that students have made relative to academically-similar students across Georgia, and measure of progress English learners are making towards proficiency in the English language.

    Closing Gaps – Measures the extent to which all students and all student subgroups are meeting annual achievement improvement targets (based on Georgia Milestones).

    Readiness – A measure of literacy, student attendance, and enrichment beyond core academic subjects.

    While there is no single benchmark measurement of our progress each year, CCRPI is something we analyze at the school and GO Team levels.  We use it to make decisions to benefit all of our children and create a plan of action so more students achieve at higher levels.

    Parents, I cannot thank you enough for making attendance a priority for your family!  Your commitment to education paves the way for our teacher experts to do their work each day - and attendance does make a difference in our Morningside CCRPI score.  If you want more detailed information, here is a link to Morningside and every school in our state 2019 CCRPI Public Reports.   Congratulations students, teachers, and families and let’s continue working together to ensure that all of our students succeed on the path to college and career! 

     Supt. Carstarphen Tweet on Top Performers

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  • October 8, 2019

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/8/2019 10:55:00 AM

    Renovation of Morningside Property

    Did you know that Morningside Elementary School is on schedule for a significant renovation starting next school year?   During the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, our students, teachers, our books and supplies, and most of our furniture will be moved to the current Inman Middle School property.  A little known fact is that prior to 1979, the Inman property was an elementary school, so for our renovation it will be like going back in time to the days when the halls and classrooms were full of young learners!  MES@Inman will be for two full school years, as this multi-million dollar renovation is completed. 

    MES@Inman 2020–2021 & 2021-2022
    Currently, a team is working out all logistics regarding the move next year.  The team represents our school, transportation and several departments within facilities, along with our Associate Superintendent Yolonda Brown.    We are looking at possibilities for playground location, placement of grades within the building, the status and future of the portables, as well as even running transportation tests.   Our wonderful KG Center was originally scheduled to be a two year location, however we are looking at what is best for our students with all the information we have at this time.  We meet again in 2 1/2 weeks as we work towards a recommendation as soon as possible regarding the next two years of MES@Inman.

    MES@Inman

    MES Renovation
    This is scheduled to be a $17 million renovation to our school!  Brian Baron, School Business Manager, and I recently attended architect presentations from the six finalists for our project.  WOW – it was amazing to meet these top-notch firms, look at their previous projects from the U.S., some even international, as well as their creative concepts for our building.  Each member of the review team completed a rubric, rating these finalists.   I am so excited for our school community and the possibilities for our future children through the renovated space, scheduled to re-open to students the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

    There is a timeline for our renovation project, and you can find more information HERE.  The architect handles all planning, gathering community input, revisions, more community input, and all permitting.  That appears to be a several month long process, up to a year.  The target to break ground is February 2021, with completion by the start of the school year 2022-2023 school year.

     

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  • September 23, 2019

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 9/23/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Exciting Times at Morningside!

    This is an amazing time to be a student at Morningside!  We are the foundation of the K – 12 journey towards college and career.   We are focused and dedicated to each student achieving to his or her highest level while having a well-rounded and joyful student experience at our school.  Our motto is “Growing the future one child at a time” and we strive to live this every day.

    As a College and Career Signature Program, we provide rigorous instruction as well as lots of exposure to enrichment and experiences.  We have a garden teacher now for K – 2 and have expanded Spanish to include 3rd, plus 4th and 5th grade.  Through centers and activities, our teachers are infusing more science, technology, engineering and math – what we call STEM in the education world.  We have chickens in the garden, computers in the classroom, WDAN studio, and an expanding robotics program.  Our foundation is a strong literacy program led by highly trained teachers and we work together to continuously improve, striving to provide a first class education for every child.  

    Our Media Center is the hub of our school – it is busy starting at 7:30am each day!  If you have not visited lately, it is a must on your list this year.  It has been fully transformed into an exciting place with LOTS OF NEW BOOKS, activities, and even self-checkout for students!

    Our Kindergarten Center, affectionately called the “K Center”, is in its second year and is such a special place for our youngest learners.   We have added kindergarten only Special Area teachers of Art, Music and PE this year, plus new paraprofessionals to assist students and teachers.  Morningside as a “One Family, Two Campus” system is working well for our students and school community. 

    The 19-20 school year marks our 90th year at the E. Rock Springs Campus!  It is also the last year that we will be at E. Rock Springs prior to a major renovation.   All of our teachers, books, materials, supplies and furniture will be moving to Morningside@Inman for the 2020-21 and 2021-2022 school years.    Soon after October 7th, we will communicate more regarding the move to Morningside@Inman, including plans for our Kindergarten 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as up to the minute details regarding our time on this temporary property for all of our students!

    WDAN

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