Welcome to Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School!

The Bulldogs of Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School (MLGES) make their home in Woodbine.  Partnering with parents and other community members, MLGES promotes the high achievement and positive behavior of students in a safe, supportive, and disciplined environment

  Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School is proud to be a 2008 Title I Georgia School of Excellence!

This award is based on our students' performance for the past three years in mathematics and reading
Keyboarding help

Would you like to help your child improve his or her typing skills?  Would like to help him or her perform better on online testing?  Check out this website for keyboarding/typing skills, Typing Club.

Practicing for State Tests
  • Practice tests

    This year, Georgia students will take a new test. These tests measure what students in grades 3 through high school have learned. Many students will take the new tests online.

    This practice site lets students see what testing online is like. Parents and educators are welcome to try it, too. The items on the demonstration tests are general and represent multiple grade levels. The items do not necessarily represent the specific grade-level content that students learn daily in their classrooms. The primary purpose is to let students experience, firsthand, the functionality of the online testing platform. The sample tests are not graded, so have fun!

Lunch menu change

We have made revisions to the school lunch menu for the months of March and April.  The updated color coded calendar will be available online at the Camden County Schools website.  The food will be the same; we have just made adjustments to the calendar.

 The red week will be served the week of March 2-5.

 The blue week will be served the week of March 9-13.

 The blue week will be served the week of April 13-17.

 The yellow week will be served the week of April 20-24.

 We appreciate your child's participation in the National School Lunch Program.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact my office at 729-8340

NATIONAL Sumdog Math Champs!

Congratulations to Mr. McGovern's 5th grade class for winning FIRST PLACE in the NATIONAL Sumdog Math Contest. Students all across the country from over 4,500 different classes competed. Dylan Todd tied for first with a perfect score of 1,000 out of 1,000 questions correct.

Mamie Lou Gross Elementary Events
  • Parent Involvement Videos
    The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center teamed up with Georgia Public Broadcasting to create “GET INVOLVED” video stories!
  • We are unable to continue charges for lunches.
    Please see the letter being sent home with students if they have charges in the lunchroom over $5.00 here.
  • Would you like to be able to pay for  your child's lunch on-line?Would you like to be able to pay for your child's lunch on-line?

    Check out this link to find out how to register.

  • Georgia Tests
    Are you concerned about how your child will be tested in the Georgia school system?  Click here to find an article from the National PTA explaing Georgia testing.
  • Georgia Milestones
    Would you like to know more about what the Georgia Milestons are and what they mean for your child?  Click here for a powerpoint from the Georgia Department of Education.
Wee Read

Wee Read Camden is a local program that supports Camden’s early literacy efforts. In conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and through Rotary, Title I, and other community support, books are mailed to registered Camden County children ages birth to five years old. The books are free and are mailed to eligible children monthly.

Reading to children helps develop critical language skills. Register through the link below or complete the registration in the attached brochure and mail to the address included inside the brochure.


Wee Read Camden
Brochure-Imagination Library.pdf

Contact Dr. Beverly Strickland (729-5687) for more information or to provide support for Wee Read Camden.

Classroom Snack Info
Click here to see a list of suggested healthy snacks for your child's class.

We now have new guidelines for food that can be brought to school for class parties and snacks.  Please click here to see those guidelines.

Here is a letter further explaining the guidelines and snack list.
MLGES on Facebook

Please FOLLOW us on Facebook for our most current information.

Parent Institute Newsletters
Quick Links
Testing Calendar
To see our county-wide testing schedule, click here.
Common Core Resources
Scholastic has created a very good website for parents to help their children be successful with the Common Core Standards.  Please click here to access the site. It includes suggestions and reading lists for all grade levels.
Bulldog Magnets
PTO will be selling Bulldog magnets. Click here for a flyer.
COKE code rewards

MLGES is collecting Coke (and all Coke products) bottle caps to earn rewards for our school.  Please collect your caps and send them by your child to the school.  Mrs. Smith's First Grade Class won a pizza party for the most caps collected in November.  You may also email the numbers from your boxes or bottle caps to this email address MyCokeRewards


Digital Literacy
Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, use, share, and create content using  technology and the Internet.  At MLGES, we strive to help our students be good digital citizens.  Below are some links to help our parents inform their children about digital literacy.

Title I Information

Title I is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards.

LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. These funds may be used for children from preschool aged to high school. Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement.

Typically, Title I funds offer smaller class sizes through additional teachers, tutoring services for struggling students, professional learning, additional instructional resources and supplies, as well as parent involvement materials. 

As a part of this plan, we also have a Parent Resource Center in our media center which contains many types of materials to help our parents.  The media center is open from 7:30 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon for parents to access this information.

Title I School Improvement/Parent Involvement Plan (results of the Spring Parent Survey may be found on page 11 of the plan, and the Parent Involvement Plan and Activities can be seen on page 54)


Title I Evaluation and Stakeholders Meeting - August 15, 2014 at 10:00am in the front conference room

*Your input is needed.  Please provide feedback on the School Improvement Plan, Parent Involvement Plan, and the School-Parent Compact by emailing dbruce@camden.k12.ga.us or calling (912) 576-4800.  Thanks!


Title I Annual Meeting - August 28, 2014 6:00pm in the cafeteria

Title I Brochure

School Progress Letter

MLGES Parental Compact

Parent Complaint Template

Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged  ESEA Section 1118

Camden County Parent Involvement Policy

Frequently asked questions about Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver  (in Spanish,here)

The Georgia Department of Education also offers valuable parent resources. 

Georgia Parent Engagement Program (http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Parent-Engagement-Program.aspx)

For more information regarding the Title I program at our school, please contact Dr. Darlene Bruce at 912.576.4800.  You may visit our Title I Parent Resource Center in the Media Center from 8:00am to 3:00pm.


Please provide input on our School Improvement Plan, Parent Involvement Plan, and School-Parent Compact.  You may send feedback by email, Dr. Bruce  or call us at (912) 576-4800.

Contact Us

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Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School

Regular School Day Hours
8:00 am to 2:15 pm

Media Center Hours

7:30am to 3:00pm 

Join the Mamie Lou Gross Bulldog T.E.A.M.
Together Everyone Achieves More

 Dr. Darlene Bruce, Principal

Sonya Channell-Keene
, Teaching and Learning Specialist

Dr. Renee Spencer
 , Counselor
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