Updated: Jul 29, 2018
About Mrs. Darden
Mrs. Darden has been teaching for 28 years with 19 of those years at Still. This will be her 12th year of kindergarten. Kindergarten is her favorite grade, and she enjoys the students and the creative curriculum. Her philosophy of kindergarten is closely aligned with a developmental approach that incorporates hands-on activities , centers, and discovery learning to teach the Georgia Standards.
Mrs. Darden is married to David, and they have two adult children. Their son,
Taylor and their daughter, Sarah attended Still.
At Still, we take a developmental approach to kindergarten in which children are allowed to learn and grow at their own pace in an environment that is open and caring. We believe children learn from doing and that play can provide them with opportunities to discover concepts, practice skills, and make friends. In kindergarten the students will learn skills that will enhance their ability to learn during the remainder of elementary school. We will spend many weeks at the beginning of school learning procedures and how to navigate our school. The children always learn very quickly and adjust beautifully.
The Still K team teaches the Cobb County Core Standards in language arts, math, social studies, health, science, and technology. The teachers in the "specials" areas of music, PE, art, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) will also teach the Cobb standards associated with their respective area and will give grades on our 9 week report cards. You will always know how your child is doing. All children will be taught at their level and will be allowed to progress at their own pace.
Things to Know
Students will need the following daily:
Full-sized book bag
A healthy snack such as fruit, crackers, cheese,etc. Please do not send candy or a drink and try to limit sweets. The children can drink from the water fountain in our classroom throughout the day, and they have the option of bringing in their own water bottle.
Each child will need money in his/her student account or a lunch from home. Parents can pay on-line on Mealpay.
Tennis shoes on PE days. All students will attend PE two or three times a week and will need to wear tennis shoes on those days. Our specials schedule will often "roll" and the PE days will move ahead a day. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a pair of tennis shoes in your student's book bag so she/he can change into them if needed. The specials schedule will be updated regularly on the class blog.
A daily folder is provided by the teachers. Please check the folder each night and send any money, notes and forms in it. We will not look through the book bags but we will check the folder daily.
We look forward to a great year!
For more information, please download our PowerPoint.