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Panola Way Elementary
2170 Panola Way Court
Lithonia, Georgia 30058
678-676-9300 (Information)
678-676-9302 (Office)
678-676-9307 (Clinic)
678-676-9310 (Fax)
678-676-9336 (PTA Voice Mail)
Principal: Millicent Black- McDuffie
Grades: PreK - 5th
Enrollment: 860
Community Information: Morning Bus Routes
School Calendar
Consolidated School Improvement Plan
Board Members: Ms. Donna Edler
Dr. Pam Speaks
PTA President: Mrs. Kimberly Dixson
Business Partners: Chick-Fil-A
Bank of America
Berean Christian Church
McDonald's (Panola Road)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lithonia - Stone Mountain Chapter
Alpha phi Alpha
School Website: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/panolaway/
Panola Way Elementary School opened in 1986 and is located in east central Dekalb County on Panola Road near the intersection of Covington Highway. Currently, the school serves students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth. The school community is a typical suburban neighborhood.

Panola Way has a professional, well-trained staff, including 64 certified teachers, 37 with advanced degrees and 27 with Bachelor's of Education degrees. The administrative team is made up of a principal, two assistant principals, and an itinerant lead teacher for special education. The PreK-5 school staff includes 47 classroom teachers and 11 paraprofessionals. Additionally, the school staff includes two counselors, two secretaries, a bookkeeper, a media specialist, two media clerks, one music specialist, two physical education teachers, an art specialist, one teacher of gifted, two teachers of the moderately intellectually disabled, six interrelated teachers, one speech therapist, two Title I math teachers, two Early Intervention Program teachers, and one clinical assistant. All staff members are teaching in-field according to Georgia certification standards. The teaching experience of the staff is comprised of 25% who have taught five or more years, 38% who have taught five to fifteen years, and the remaining 37% who have taught over 15 years.

Panola Way has an active PTA and is fortunate to have great volunteers, with about 200 hours of volunteer time donated to the school each month. It is the commitment of all involved with Panola Way to prepare students for lifelong learning and provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global society.
Our goal is to provide an environment that addresses the emotional, social, physical, and academic needs of all our students. We believe that all children can learn and have the right to be treated as unique individuals. Our vision includes goals to continue to work towards improving student achievement, promote positive interaction with parents and the community, and provide an environment that prepares students to be productive citizens in a technology-driven, global society. Together the faculty and staff are working to move from good to great to become a premier school in a premier district.

  • A – Achieve academic excellence and equity through standards-based instruction by highly qualified teachers
  • C – Commit to client involvement and customer service
  • T – Teach through technology and resources to narrow the achievement gap
    We are committed to President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” and will increase our efforts to improve student performance on standardized tests.
    The students are provided many resources and support services which extend beyond the classroom and which promote healthy competition and academic growth.

    The extra-curricular activities at Panola Way enhance student achievement. These activities include the following: Chorus, Honor Chorus, National Junior Beta Club, Safety Patrols, Student Council, The Tiger Woods, Start Something Program, Reading Assembly, Math Fair, Spelling Bee, Curriculum Carousel, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Panther Pride Dance Assemble, Ladies of Distinction, Young Men of Excellence, Go Girls Go, Uniquely Me! Girls Group, Panola Way Step Team, Grandparents Luncheon, Career Day, Media Helper Program, Third Grade Parent Informational Session, and Kindergarten Round-up. The YMCA Primetime after-school program provides extended day activities for students whose parents workday extends beyond normal school hours.
    Panola Way offers after-school programs that generate additional learning experiences to all grade levels starting late October. Reading and math tutorial programs focus on improving the academic achievement of students performing below grade level. All programs and activities focus on teaching the Quality Core Curriculum objectives and skills tested on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
    Students in grades two through five, performing above grade level and meeting specific criteria based on standardized test data, are taught high achievers math and/or reading. The gifted teacher provides interdisciplinary instruction for students in kindergarten through fifth grade who qualify for the gifted program.
    Special education is available to students who have learning and behavioral deficiencies and is offered in grades kindergarten through five. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides reading and math remediation for students performing below grade level. Speech and language services are available to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
    Technology is employed as a tool to facilitate and enhance student achievement. Students use computers for creative writing and publishing, science, social studies, math and reading. Teachers use computers for grade computation and record keeping, word processing, and the creation of data lists and spread sheets. The school’s technology-based instructional tolls include 150 computers, Accelerated Reader, on-line catalog stations, a research center, and the Internet.

    Parental involvement is an essential part of Panola Way’s instructional program. Parents are encouraged to become a part of their child’s education through a variety of programs and activities, such as PTA, “Caring Moms’ Program,” “Donoughts & Dads,” “Parents Assuring Student Success,” “Curriculum Carousel,” “The Dove Inc. Mom and Me Workshops!,” and other special workshops. Teachers and parents work together to help students with individualized instruction. Parents and volunteers are utilized throughout the school in various roles to help impact achievement.
  • First Place 2001 Dekalb County Campus Beautification Competition
  • 2002-2006 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Participant
  • Junior Beta Club - Service Award of Assistance to the Elderly
  • Junior Beta Club - Banner Club Award
  • American Red Cross Award for Outstanding Participation
  • Second Place 2002-2003 Dekalb County Campus Beautification Competition 2007-2008 Governor’s Chorus Outstanding Appreciation

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