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Sawnee Elementary Home of the Chiefs

Mission and Vision

Sawnee Famiy

When you ask any of our community members what Sawnee embodies, the answer will always be family! At Sawnee we pride ourselves on creating a healthy balance of positive relationships and engaging academics.

Sawnee Elementary School is located in western Forsyth County and serves approximately 1,475 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Sawnee Chiefs embrace challenges and strive to make the most of everyday. Here at Sawnee, we believe every child deserves to develop their talents, interests, and passions in an environment where they feel loved and heard.

Derrick Hershey - Principal

Sawnee's History

Sawnee Elementary opened in 1968 as part of a consolidation of Matt, Ducktown and Friendship schools. Mr. Ray Bennett was the first principal to the 640 students in grades one through eight. It is named after Sawnee Mountain, a five-mile ridge in Forsyth County that was named for a local Cherokee who helped Europeans adjust to his native land. The Sawnee campus was divided between a primary and elementary school for many years. In 2001, the original building was demolished, which was replaced with a new building in 2002. The primary and elementary schools were combined into one elementary school in 2007. The 18-19 school year marked Sawnee's 50th Anniversary.

The Learner Profile

The Forsyth County Learner Profile represents our expectations for students upon graduation from high school. At the elementary level, we lay the foundation for all future learning.

Inspire Relationships

Students will be their most successful when they are supported by strong connections.

The 7 Mindsets serve as the basis for our school-wide culture building and social-emotional development, these also provide the framework for our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program (PBIS).

PBIS is a behavior support system for students focused on reinforcing positive, healthy behavior. The goal is to help students identify and manage their emotions and social interactions.

Innovate Instruction

Our teachers faciliate student growth through purposeful planning and instruction.

Classroom instruction and assessments align with clear learning targets and are reviewed to ensure successful student outcomes.

Math instruction is based upon a balanced math approach with the integration of open-ended tasks, teacher-directed lessons, and differentiation.

Literacy instruction is based upon a balanced literacy approach with accessibility to a variety of reading material within a literacy-rich culture.

Technology is used to enhance student learning and provide students with opportunities to develop strong digital knowledge.

Social emotional learning is integrated within all classrooms and content areas.

Serve School and Community

At Sawnee Elementary, we have many activities for students to participate in to further their interests and passions.

  • Math Team
  • Science Olympiad
  • Battle of the Books
  • Spotlight on Sawnee News Crew
  • Sawnee Singers
  • Sawnee Leadership Society
  • Girls on the Run
  • Green Team
  • Robotics
  • 3Bes Creek and Farm

Connect Leadership Team and Advisory Board

Fostering trusting relationships between home, school and community.

The Connect Team focuses on providing:

Communication of schoolwide and community events and resources to staff, students, and community.

Parent, Community and Staff collaboration through the involvement of volunteers and information and resources for academic and social community events,

Parent and Family resources to support parents with behavior strategies and our community with contact information related to housing, food, and social emotional support.

Academic Support and Resources by providing additional mentoring and instructional support through afterschool instruction and virtual academic resources.

Specials Area Classes

Sawnee focuses on the development of the whole child by offering a variety of learning experiences outside of the classroom.

  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Guidance
  • Media
  • Computer Science

Sawnee Elementary PTO

The Sawnee Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a partnership between families, staff, and students. The PTO plans and coordinates events to support learning in classrooms and to connect stakeholders through school-community activities.