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As summer vacation begins, we would like to remind parents that the single best way to keep your child sharp with their reading skills this summer, is daily reading. Research has proven a “Summer Slide”, or drop in students’ reading achievement, occurs when children do not read during the summer months. Like any other skill, reading requires practice, practice, practice. Students who use summer hours to read books that interest them and are on their Lexile level have tremendous benefits when returning to school in the fall. Let's make sure our students have a good book this summer when they're not in the classroom!

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Here are some resources for Ebook access this summer:

1. The Camden County Public Library; ERead Kids electronic books, and online Book Buddy summer reading program offered there this summer. Follow their Facebook page for updates. *you will need a library card to access.  Also, take a look at the Public Library Summer Calendar of Events for June and July.

2. MyOn - e-books; available through CCS website - Students/Clever, with your students gx account and password.  This will only be available until June 24th.

3. EPIC Books - - unlimited access to 40,000 books, audio books, videos, and more for kids under 12 years old. 

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We are excited to have many students returning to classroom learning. Unfortunately,  due to the return of so many students to in-person instruction for the Spring Semester, our Transportation Department has been challenged to continue to meet the transportation needs of these returning students as well as the needs of our students who have been riding the bus since the beginning of the school year. Camden, like many school districts around the state and nation, has been faced by a severe driver shortage even prior to the return of these students and we have been working tirelessly to recruit and train drivers. These challenges have caused and may continue to cause delays for student transportation.

While we continue to aggressively address these concerns, we need your help. We are encouraging families who are able to carpool or provide their own transportation to and from school for their students, to choose these options for the immediate future. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in applying to join our transportation team, please visit for details. We offer training and full benefits for our drivers.

We are committed to keeping you updated in case your student’s bus will be delayed. We will use the SchoolMessenger system to send out email and text alerts in the case of significant delays. We ask parents to text Y to 67587 to “opt-in” for text alerts. These alerts will be in addition to our email notifications..

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Food Finder

Updated 8-14-20



The impact of COVID-19 on our community and the measures our school system has put in place to protect against the virus have both been evolving since the virus first appeared in our county. Due to the increase in the number of positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, Camden County has been designated as a hot spot area in Georgia. After meeting with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Camden Emergency Management Agency, and the Chief of Staff for Southeast Georgia Health System-Camden, Camden County Schools is issuing a mandatory face covering requirement for the safety of our community. The Georgia Department of Education, Camden County Schools Board of Education and Camden County Schools System Steering Committee are all in agreement with this new protocol as a necessary means to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The mandatory face covering requirement will be in effect for all students, staff, and visitors. Face coverings will be required beginning Monday, August 17th.  All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school campus and while riding on our school buses. Exceptions based on medical needs for students and staff must be documented by a physician and that documentation will be treated as confidential and retained in the office of the principal. Some students with disabilities may be exempt based on individual needs as determined by the Director of Special Education. Staff members may remove their face coverings when students are not present and social distancing from other adults is possible. Students and adults may remove their face coverings when they are eating or drinking, or other activities approved by the principal.

From the first day of school, many of our families have already chosen to have their children wear face coverings to school and we appreciate their partnership in working to keep our staff and students safe. We ask parents to provide reusable face coverings for their students, but we will be able to provide face coverings for students who are unable to provide one on their own. We are grateful for the cooperation of our students, staff, and visitors as we work together to keep our schools and community safe.

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About Us

Crooked River Elementary

me to Crooked River Elementary

Home of the Dolphins

Title I Reward School

Title I Highest Performing School
2012,2013,2014,2015, 2016, 2017

Home of the Dolphins and a 2002 Georgia School of Excellence because of their exemplar history of academics, extracurricular programs and community involvement, Crooked River Elementary School (CRES) first opened its doors to students on August 29, 1986.  Named for its proximity to the Crooked River on the northern border of St. Marys, CRES provides a  motivating learning environment for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade with an average enrollment of 585 students.  Serving students from the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and surrounding area, the CRES faculty is composed of approximately 42 certified professionals, 12 paraprofessionals, 3 clerical employees and a registered nurse.

If it is to be, it is up to me. If I believe, I can achieve. 

      Three Dolphin

At Crooked River, we have three school-wide behavioral expectations:
We are SAFE

Crooked River Elementary
3570 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy
St. Marys, GA 31558
Phone: 912-673-6995
Fax: 912-289-0928

School Hours:
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Mrs. Shawny Thorpe
Mrs. Shawny Thorpe

Dr. Mark Lang
Teaching and Learning Specialist
Dr. Mark Lang

Mrs. Ellen Graw
Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Ellen Graw
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