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What is the FLU?

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The Flu versus the Common Cold
It's often hard to tell the difference between the seasonal flu and the common cold, either way you feel yucky. Common cold and flu symptoms are a lot alike, but they are more severe with the flu. The flu can also result in other serious health problems. Both cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, but caused by different viruses (Dowshen, Steven (2004). "Is it a Cold or the Flu?"

 What are flu symptoms?

Sudden onset of illness

High fever

Extreme fatigue

Dry cough

Achy head

Achy muscles


What are cold symptoms?

Slow onset of illness

Low or no fever

Mild fatigue

Severe cough and runny or stuffy nose

No headache

No achy muscles

 How It Spreads
A simple cough or sneeze can spread the flu from person to person. It can also spread when a person touches something with the flu virus on it, like a door handle or a toy, and then touches his or her mouth or nose.

People can be infected with the flu and not realize it for a few days. In fact, you can infect other people 1 day before flu symptoms occur and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means you can be contagious even before you realize you have the flu, in addition to while you are sick.

Vaccination Is More Important Than Ever
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. This season's annual flu vaccine will protect against the influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses, all of which can cause the flu.

Make sure to follow flu prevention steps to help protect your family. Also continue checking our CDC flu news feed for the most up-to-date information.






Mission Statement

The mission of the Middle Ridge Elementary School community is to prepare our students for daily success as well as productive life beyond the classroom.

Vision Statement

MRES offers a meaningful learning environment derived from research based strategies, focusing on higher level thinking in order to construct triumphant visionaries that can succeed in the 21st Century.


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From the Principal



Greetings Friends & Families,


On behalf of the faculty and staff at Middle Ridge Elementary School, welcome to another exciting school year!  We have worked diligently this summer to prepare for the return of ‘our’ children.  We are proud of the significant growth that our school continues to make each year.  The United States Department of Education, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, has bestowed the honor of the National Blue Ribbon upon our school!  You are in a GREAT place!  Our instructional staff utilizes the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards to prepare all students for success.  We will continue our Instructional Focus Period this year.  For our new families, the Instructional Focus Period is a thirty minute block of time set aside each day to individualize learning to the extreme!  Every faculty and staff member in our school will work in small groups with children; we will try some different teaching methods with those who are struggling, and ‘stretch the brains’ of those who need acceleration.  The Instructional Focus Period will be held between 1:35 PM and 2:05 PM.  It is crucial that this time be void of any interruptions.  Although early check-outs are sometimes necessary, please be considerate of this effort to further individualize instruction for your child. 

As you are aware, Ms. Battle and I are ‘hands-on’ educational leaders.  We value you as parents and are available to you every day.  However, we ask that you make an appointment to speak with us when a need arises.  We intend to spend much of our day visiting classrooms, working with students, and helping teachers to improve instruction.  Should you find a need to speak with us, simply call the school or stop by the office and make an appointment with either of our secretaries.  We are always willing and eager to spend time with you, our extended family.  Furthermore, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.  Feel free to e-mail me any time at 

Our school has the strongest, most intelligent, and most determined students in the Newton County School System.  We pride ourselves with being students of strength, intelligence, and determination.  A school of over 700 students can be a very large place for students between the ages of 4 and 12.  Our school will be successful, partially because of the amazing parent support that we enjoy.  Children thrive at school when parents and educators work together with the ‘child in mind.’  Rather than waiting for your child’s teacher to ask, I challenge you to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Lee Ann Farmer, our parent liaison, to schedule times to volunteer in our school.  Whether you enjoy reading with students, doing science experiments, sharing your passion for ‘bee keeping’ or helping open the doors at car-riders, our school needs you and your family to become an active part of our school.  Everyone is a SUPERSTAR at something!  If you are thinking, “I wouldn’t know what to do,” that’s okay!  We will guide you.  Please, accept my challenge and let’s work together to ensure the success of ALL Middle Ridge Elementary Mustangs.



                                                                               Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Principal


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