SGC Elections - Great Job Barnwell!
Wow, what a great voting turnout for our two open parent SGC positions and our one staff position. We had only 32 parents vote last year - this is a tremenous increase and a great community response.
Thank you to all who voted - results coming soon!
2017-18 Kindergarten Registration
Registration for incoming kindergarten students, as well as other new elementary students entering school in August, is on Wednesday, March 29th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Thursday, March 30th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Kindergarten and new student registration 2017-2018 is a printable list of the required registration documents for new students.
Please schedule a Kindergarten screening with one of our teachers. Screenings will be held during Kindergarten Registration, but you must sign up for a timeslot. Please click here to sign up.
GA Milestones 4/13 - 4/25
All 3rd -
5th grade students will be participating in the Georgia Milestones Testing on designated days between April 13th through April 25th. All 3rd - 5th grade students will participate in the Math, Reading and Writing tests (each one day), while 5th grade will also participate in the Science and Social Studies tests (two additional days). All students will
test online in our computer labs (4th and 5th grades) and in designated classrooms (3rd grade). Click here for more information
about Georgia Milestones testing from our State Department of Education and here for information from our Northeast Learning Community.
The state of Georgia is reinstating the promotion and retention policy for students in grades 3 and 5. Students in grades 3 and 5 received a detailed letter regarding this policy at the beginning of March.
To help prepare for the assessment, there are links provided which include a study guide for parents and students for each grade (3rd – 5th). Please click here for links to the study guides. Students can also practice using the online site and tools by clicking here and visiting Experience Online Testing. Please note that it is necessary to use Google Chrome as your browser.
sure your child arrives to school on time. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00
AM each morning. It is helpful to ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep, brings a
healthy snack, and is on time! Also, please encourage your child to do
his/her best and not to stress about the test!
2016-17 Teacher/Professional of the Year
Congratulations to 3rd Grade teacher Allison Kerley for being our 2016-17 Teacher of the Year! Also, congratulations to Kindergarten Paraprofessional Jovan Bramlett for being our 2016-17 Professional of the Year! Both were selected by our Barnwell staff from the many amazing teachers and professionals that were nominated for this year's award.
We are so proud of these excellent employees for helping make a positive difference in the lives of our students and their school family each day. They are both inspiring and wonderful role models that are helping our school improve.
Congratulations for being Barnwell's BEST!
Volunteer of the Year!
Congratulations to Anne Johnson for being our 2016-17 Volunteer of the Year! As one of our current PTA Co-Presidents, Anne has worked tirelessly to help provide a fun and positive school experience for ALL Barnwell students!
We greatly appreciate her dedication and endless energy on behalf of our children.
Foundation Spring Fling
Our Barnwell Foundation is hosting it's first ever Spring Fling on April 21st from 7:00 - 10:00 PM at Country Club of the South. Please click on the following link to purchase a ticket and join the fun! https://www.barnwellfoundation.org/spring-fling/. All ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will help fund an outdoor sensory garden and amphitheater at Barnwell Elementary School, where teachers and students can gather and learn.
This adults-only event will feature a silent auction, food, music, dancing, a wine grab bag and wine, beer & whiskey tastings. We ask for a $40 donation for entry. Ticket sales are limited to the first 150 people to register, so please register early.
Barnwell Earned 5 Stars!
Congratulations to our Barnwell community for our recent 5 STAR Climate rating by the Georgia Department of Education (we earned 3 Stars last year, click here for full report). Only 20 schools in Fulton County received this rating, which reflects our positive school culture and the excellent partnership between our students, parents and staff. We also earned the state Bronze Award in the Highest Performance category - one of 130 schools in the state to earn a Performance Award. I'm proud of our students, parents and staff for making progress and know that our future is even brighter!
What is Personalized Learning?
The concept of personalized learning means utilizing various strategies and having flexible pacing of instruction to help each child learn. Students have ownership of their learning and are able to demonstrate mastery in multiple ways. Our focus this year is on creating independence in our students, utilizing technology and choice activities to allow teachers to meet with students in small groups, providing direct, personalized instruction for each child. We are focusing on the concepts of Varied Strategies, Co-Planning Learning, and Just-in-Time Instruction (click here for our Instructional Model).
Have questions? Please ask! Start with your child's teacher or reach out directly to our Personalized Learning Coach, Daniel Hodge at email@example.com. We are excited about this new direction and appreciate your input and support as we move from a traditional approach (where the teacher is the center of learning) to a student-centered approach (where the student is the center of learning). Visit here to see what our personalized learning path looks like or here to see a video our 2nd and 3rd graders did based on the Mannequin Challenge.
Do you want to be a mystery reader? Would you like to help out in your child's classroom? We welcome all parents to come volunteer and be a part of your child's school experience at Barnwell. Per Fulton County policy, ALL parents that want to volunteer MUST complete the mandatory training each year or they will not be allowed to volunteer in classrooms!
Lately, we have had to turn many parents away as they haven't completed this training this year - which is heartbreaking for everyone! Please don't let this happen to you - visit the FCS site directly to complete the required informational training at least 72 hours prior to volunteering:
Digital Citizenship Certification
Barnwell is a Common Sense Certified School! This certification recognizes our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to our students from Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We are one of the more than 100,000 schools across the country that use Common Sense Education's groundbreaking education resources. As a result, our students are better equipped to navigate the digital world and use devices for learning.
Lunch Visits/Birthday Celebrations
Any parent wanting to celebrate their child's birthday with the class is welcome to come to the cafeteria to purchase a frozen treat or cookies from our cafeteria and hand out to the class during lunch.
Per Fulton County policy, no outside food of any kind is permitted for distribution to students in classrooms or the cafeteria (while you are welcome to provide your own child with any treat to celebrate a special occasion, no store-bought or homemade cupcakes, cookie cakes, etc. are allowed for class distribution). Parents wanting to celebrate with their child must order in advance (see flyer included in Open House papers for details or click on the Flyer/Order Form) and hand out during lunch.
Please note that teachers/school staff will not be handing out birthday treats in the cafeteria or classroom.