Starling Elementary School Website
Principal's Message

March 2009
Dear Parents,

Welcome to Starling Elementary School! I am humbled and honored to be the new principal of Starling and to embark on this journey of creating a world class school in the Grayson Cluster. For the last three years, I have been principal of J.C. Magill Elementary and prior to that I was principal of Stripling Elementary School in Norcross. I have been an educator for 17 years in both Gwinnett and DeKalb counties as an elementary teacher and administrator. I have a passion for providing children with rigorous, engaging instruction to achieve high levels of student learning. My priority at Starling is to provide students with a safe learning environment that pushes them to their highest potential so they have a strong foundation for future success.
Parent and community involvement is a vital component to building this foundation for success in our students. PTA had their charter meeting to elect officers and begin general membership tasks on April 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Grayson Elementary School. We had 169 members join the Starling PTA at our Charter meeting!

Our school is quickly taking shape and will soon be bustling with children eager and ready to learn and teachers energized and ready to teach. Starling is projected to open with 986 students and approximately 80 staff members. I have been working these last few weeks to create a staff of teachers and other professionals that have high expectations for themselves and others and are committed to the success of every child. We are all anxious and excited to move into our new facility this summer! We will also be scheduling an open house for the students and community to tour the building in late July. Watch for more information!

We will continue to update and build our website throughout the spring and summer so please check back often. It will be your best source of information. Also, you may email with any questions.

Here are a few upcoming important dates:
  • May 7, 2009 – Kindergarten Registration for all rising Kdg students zoned to attend Starling will be held at Grayson Elementary from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
  • July 19, 2009 - Community Open House 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • August 6, 2009 – Student Registration for all students attending Starling.
  • August 10, 2009 – First day of school.

School hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Students may enter the building beginning at 7:45 a.m. Office hours are 7:30-3:30 each day.

On behalf of the entire staff, we are so thrilled and excited to open Starling Elementary as we make it a place where children can learn and thrive each and every day.

Sincerely yours,


Last modified on: 05/01/2009