Audrey Sofianos: Principal

Phone: 404-802-8950

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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 reconfiguation 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

  • Parent's Notification Letter | Right to Know

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 8/23/2018 8:50:00 AM

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    Parent Notification Letter | Right to Know Notification

    Date: 8/17/18 

    Dear Parents,

    In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act,  Morningside Elementary would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/ or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

    • Whether the student’s teacher—
      • has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
      • is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
      • is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. 
    • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and/ or paraprofessional’s qualifications, please contact Mrs. Audrey Sofianos, MES Principal at 404-802-8950.

    Sincerely,

    Audrey Sofianos | Morningside Elementary School Principal

    404-802-8950

    Parent's Right to Know | Letter in Spanish & English

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  • Grady Cluster Football Night

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 8/22/2018 2:30:00 PM

    Grady Highschool vs Woodward Academy Football 

    This Friday, August 24th is the Grady Cluster Night at Grady Stadium!!!  Elementary cluster students get in free!! Please wear a Morningside Elementary shirt, to be easily identifiable as a Grady Cluster student!!

    MES 5th Grade Advanced Band students will be playing with the Grady Band at halftime!  Some of our 4th grade students will help in the singing of the national anthem!!  Come and join the fun!!!

    Game Date: Friday, Aug 24th, 2018

    Starts: 7:30pm

    Football

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  • August 6, 2018 | SAM Process

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 8/6/2018 5:50:00 PM

    I am so honored to be your child’s school principal and am dedicated to working with you, our students, and our staff to do my very best.  I am excited to share that Morningside is participating in a national professional development process concerning principal use of time, called SAM.

    As a principal it is my goal to make teaching and learning my focus!  Management duties, however, often get in the way. SAM is a nationally tested and proven professional development process, which helps to increase my time working on instruction related tasks and working with students and teachers.  

    The first step in the SAM process is to determine how I currently spend my time at school.  A trained data collector will be shadowing me August 7th – August 10th to obtain my baseline “time” data.  The data collector will not interact with others and will try to be as “invisible” as possible. Every five minutes, he will take data on what I am doing.  The data collector will not talk to me or to anyone else. He will carry a clipboard with a stop watch and will not disrupt our work.

    I will receive the results of the data collection the following week.  I will then focus on learning how to increase the percentage of time I spend on instructional tasks.  Next year we will repeat the data collection process to see how much progress I have made.

    Please make every effort to interact with me as you do every other day during data collection.  You can learn more about the SAM process at www.SamsConnect.com

    Audrey Sofianos | Principal

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  • Day one is tomorrow!

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 7/31/2018 5:30:00 PM

    Teachers and staff are thrilled for Day One, Aug. 1st!  Both campuses have very limited parking. If you plan on driving to school, please carpool with neighbors. We need to limit the number of cars as much as possible. We are so excited to see our Morningside children tomorrow!

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  • July 30 | Welcome Letter 2018/19 School Year

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 7/30/2018 6:05:00 PM

    Dear Parents,

    I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!  The fabulous staff at Morningside is working hard to prepare for the first days of school!  I am so proud to debut our “Morningside Kindergarten Center” at 999 Briarcliff Road, which is affectionately being called the “K Center”!  This wonderful learning environment has been created to support our K learners as we expand Morningside to a One Family/Two Campus School!

    Back to School Events:


    First Day of School, Wednesday, August 1st
    The first day is very special!  Parents are welcome to walk students to classrooms the first, second, and or third day of school.  Starting August 6th, we ask that students arrive to classrooms on their own. We will have many helpful and caring adults along the way to help our K – 1 learners get to their classrooms!
     
    Coffee & Kleenex at the K Center, August 1st
    Join other parents in the K Center Multi-Purpose room for a cup of coffee and a welcome from parent volunteer leaders, veteran parents, and our administration.  This is a great chance to make new friends, meet other parents, create connections, and take a moment to reflect on your child’s first day of school!
     
    Principal Coffee: Focus on Kindergarten at the K Center, August 7th 
    Dr. Brookins and I will host a discussion and Q&A for all K parents.  This is a great opportunity to hear about the start of school, meet fellow K parents and learn about all things MES!  Expect a special surprise visit from some of our amazing K teachers!
     
    Principal Coffee: Welcome Back Coffee at the Main Campus, August 10th 
    Join me and the new administrative team as we welcome parents to the 18-19 school year!  Learn about all the exciting plans for the year and get any start of year questions answered! 
     

    School News and Updates:


    Students can be dropped off at either campus starting at 7:30am.  We do not have staff to supervise before 7:30am, so please do not drop your child off until that time.  Both campuses have a carpool from 7:30 – 8:00am, while our Main Campus also has a “walker” entrance called the “Walker Pad”, near Haygood Church.  After 8am, only the main entrance will be open at each campus.

    For the first three days of school, parents are welcome to walk children to classrooms to ensure students know where to go each day. Starting Monday, August 6th, parents should say their goodbyes outside school doors.  We will have helpful staff in the K – 1 halls, to ensure our students get to their classes.  Starting August 6th, any parent scheduled for a conference or helping in the school must enter through the main entrance, bring identification, sign in at the office, and have a visitor’s badge at all times.

    Afternoon dismissal will begin with the K Center shuttle departing at 2:15 for the main campus.  Once the K Center shuttle arrives at the main campus, our dismissal process will begin the next phase.  All staff are on duty to ensure our students get to their correct dismissal areas, and many systems are in place to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.  Buses & After-Care will be dismissed in Phase I, with Carpool & Walkers in Phase II.  We anticipate buses departing the main campus at 2:35, with carpool and walkers beginning immediately after buses leave.  Carpool should end by 2:50.
     
    It is very important that you keep up-to-date contact information, such as cell phone numbers and emails in our APS Campus Parent Portal.  This system will be used by me or APS for school to home immediate communications, including attendance calls, important information, or weather.  It also could be used for vital all school or grade level communications.  As most parents have cell phones, I have found it very successful to send text messages to our families.  Our front office is always happy to help you update your current contact information, or you can find more info on MES or APS website.

    Keeping up with everything going on at MES has never been simpler!  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!  The PTA manages and funds much of our communication, and you have many choices! 

    1. MES Website: This is the central hub for school information and policies, forms, contacts, and latest happenings.  
    2. Digital Dolphin: This weekly e-newsletter is distributed every Thursday and will help you with upcoming events and current info about happenings at our school.  You MUST be registered in the MES Directory to receive the Digital Dolphin.  You can do this on the MES website, under Our School>>Communications
    3. Facebook: is the place to check out all things Morningside!  We even have grade level FB pages for play dates and grade level specific information. 
    Parents can visit their child’s classroom and learn from teachers about plans, expectations, curriculum, and procedures for the school year, as well as attend the first PTA meeting of the year. Our wonderful Morningside Foundation will also be present to share how they enhance our curriculum, technology, and teacher training.  You can also meet GO TEAM Members, our elected parents and teachers who help to make our school an even better place.  Back to School Night is a parent only event and specific times will be sent out in the next Digital Dolphin!

    Morningside is known for its long tradition of academic excellence and an enriching environment.  We focus on the whole child and our staff is committed to helping each individual soar – maybe even beyond what he or she thought was possible!  We are a true community school, with strong partnerships and parent volunteerism.  There is a place for each child’s parent to volunteer and make our school even better – whether it be through checking homework, cutting out things for a teacher in the evenings, or coming in to the school to run a committee or organize an arts program.

    You are all welcome here, please know that I value each of your contributions as a parent of a Morningside student!  One of the many wonderful things about MES is the parent support and involvement, let’s work together to make this an amazing year for all Morningside children! 

    Best Regards, Audrey Sofianos | Principal 

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