Center Hill Elementary (CHES) is one of the forty-two schools in the DeSoto County School District. We are an “A” rated elementary school with grades kindergarten through fifth grade. We also house a special needs preschool program. Our enrollment is 738 of the 33,300 students in DeSoto County Schools. The diversity of our community reflects the diversity of our students in income levels, ethnic backgrounds, and educational levels. Center Hill Elementary School's student ethnicity data includes: 13 Asian students, 240 African American students, 36 Hispanic or Latino students, and 449 Caucasian students. Since the community is a large faction in the stakeholder presence at CHES, our goal is to encourage and incorporate the community into the school's mission. The Center Hill Community is a direct reflection of student success; therefore, the school has an inherent stake in ensuring quality educational experiences for the student body. Based on the free and reduced lunch percentage of 38.21%, the community is comprised of a mixture of middle class and lower socioeconomic families. Our goal is to provide each variant ethic group with a safe and conducive learning atmosphere regardless of ethnic background or socioeconomic status.
Center Hill Elementary is located in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Over the past two decades, this once rural city has developed into a vibrant suburban community. Olive Branch’s population is approximately 34,000. Our community is the home to many large and small businesses and is referred to as one of the strongest industrial sub markets of Memphis. Many people have chosen to make Olive Branch their home because of its booming economy but mostly its excellent schools. Due to this overwhelming growth, CHES was opened in 2002 to relieve the neighboring overcrowded schools.
Center Hill Elementary School, once located in a barren cornfield, sits on 23.56 acres in the northeastern section of DeSoto County. The first attribute one will notice as he/she approaches the campus is a five-acre lake, a white fence bordering our school, and two beautifully landscaped entrances. As one walks toward the building, he/she will pass a memorial garden honoring staff members and students who have passed away.
Through the combined involvement of the Olive Branch Rotary Club and PTO, the playground named “Rotary Park” was built in 2003. The park consists of a walking trail, a baseball field, an outdoor classroom with many pieces of play equipment, and Project Fit equipment which was granted through funds and assists the school in providing exercise for our students.
Upon entering our school, the rotunda is the hub of activities. Everyone is greeted with a beautifully painted mural of the American flag flying regally in the clouds. This mural is dedicated in memory of Mrs. Rebecca Dearden, the first principal at CHES. The rotunda is used for assemblies, combined pledge, faculty gatherings, and many other events. The center yellow square allows visibility to all of the six colored-coded, grade specific wings. The large cafeteria and connected activity room are located in the back of the building.
The physical building has served as a pilot for other DeSoto County elementary schools built since the dedication in the fall of 2002. Center Hill Elementary School is proud of our beautiful facility, but we are most proud of what one sees when he/she walks in the halls of our building. Inside each room, whether it is a regular education classroom, special education classroom, activity classroom, or office, one will find motivated, driven people who provide on a daily basis what is best for students. One will find happy children who want to be at school and who want to do their best because they know they are somewhere special and others believe they are special. Center Hill Elementary School strives daily for a climate where we have high expectations for ourselves and for others.
In order to provide a safe, SECURE learning environment for your child, the following
procedures will be observed:
1. EVERYONE MUST check in through the office and receive a visitor’s badge before
entering the building.
2. NO STUDENTS may arrive before 7:55 a.m. Staff will be on duty outside beginning at
7:55 a.m. For your child’s safety, please DO NOT DROP OFF IN THE PARKING
LOT. Early duty personnel will be posted in the hallways from 7:55 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Students will remain in the hallways until 8:15 a.m. At 8:15 a.m., they will report to their
rooms for early daily morning review work. Students will be counted tardy after 8:30
a.m. and must sign in for a tardy slip in the office.
3. OUTSIDE DOORS ARE SECURED AT 8:30 a.m. After that time, all tardies must be
checked in through the front office and receive a tardy/check in slip to enter the
classroom. After 8:25 a.m., all traffic will have to pull around to the front of the school
4. Birthday treats, etc. are to be dropped off in the front office and need to have been
approved with the teacher. The teacher will be notified that the treats are in the office to
be picked up by the teacher or teacher designee. Teachers will be required to receive prior
permission for pizza parties and other “celebrations” from the principal. No birthday
invitations may be passed out at school unless ALL students in the class receive one.
5. All grades may have a Christmas party. (Kindergarten and first grade will notify their
parents of any additional parties or celebrations throughout the year.) The homeroom
teacher and room mother will coordinate these parties. Parents are invited to attend the
Christmas party (NO SIBLINGS). This is to be a special time for the children in that
room. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
6. Due to the limited time and space in the cafeteria, we ask that if you desire to have lunch
with your child, limit it to once or twice a week. You must sign in at the office and
display a visitors’ sticker. Lunch purchased from fast food restaurants is not permitted
unless you are eating with your child, and it needs to be a “healthy food,” due to our
district’s wellness plan. When you are through eating lunch with your child, you need to
sign-out in the office. Please do not follow the class back to the classroom.
7. Please do not visit with your child or your child’s teacher on the playground. For safety
reasons, only school employees may be on the playground at the same time students are
8. Car riders, walkers, and daycare vans will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. Buses will load K – 2nd
grades at 3:23 p.m. and 3rd – 5th grades at 3:20 p.m. If your child does not ride a bus,
please make plans to be in the car rider line at 3:15 p.m. If an emergency arises, please
inform the school of your estimated arrival time. If you are late, your child’s teacher will
be required to stay with your child until you arrive. We do not have employees available
to supervise children after 3:40 p.m.
9. Breakfast will begin on Monday, August 8, 2016, in the cafeteria from 7:55 a.m. until
8:15 a.m. We will stop serving breakfast at 8:15a.m.; therefore, please drop off students
in a timely manner so that they can get breakfast before 8:15. The cost will be $1.25 for
a full paid student, .30 cents for a reduced fee student, and free for students who qualify
for free lunch.
10. Student lunches will cost $2.75 for a full paid student, .40 cents for reduced and free for
those that qualify. Parent/teacher lunches cost $3.25. Lunches may be prepaid on line at
www.mealpay.com. (Your child’s MSIS number is the student ID number; this number
will be sent home at the beginning of the year or may be obtained from the office/your