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     Shasta     Shasta

We would like to introduce you to Shasta, the newest member of the Crooked River family!    Shasta is a yellow lab from Southeastern Guide Dogs. CRES third grade teacher, Mrs. Klein, has volunteered to be Shasta’s raiser and trainer so Shasta will be here at CRES with Mrs. Klein every day throughout the school year.  Southeastern Guide Dogs are raised to be future superheroes.  She may be a guide dog for someone who cannot see, a service dog for a veteran who has seen too much, or a companion to a family who has lost someone in the military.  Click the link below to watch a video that was shared with teachers and students at CRES.  The video has guidelines for everyone to follow and introduces Shasta to our school.

Under ConstructionPlease Pardon Our Dust!

You may notice we look a little different than we did in the spring. We hope you will pardon our dust as we work to finish the renovations to our school. After being in operation for over 30 years, we needed updates throughout the school and a fresh new look. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus affected supply chain operations and extended our timeline for completion.

Your CRES teachers have been working hard to prepare their classrooms for the first day of school and we can't wait to welcome back students.

Our construction teams will be working through the weekend to complete the areas of our schools that directly impact students. When our students return to school on Monday, August 3rd, there may still be a few projects being completed. Any remaining construction should not affect classroom instruction and Crooked River Elementary will be safe for teachers, staff, and visitors.

Thank you for your patience as we work to make "The River" sparkle and shine!

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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Crooked River Elementary

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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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