Thanks for a GREAT year!
On behalf of all of us at Barnwell, thank you for a GREAT year! We appreciate the trust our parents place in us each day and have enjoyed spending the year with our amazing students.
We hope that our students and families have a fun and safe summer - make sure you make time each day to keep reading! We wish our 5th grade students continued success at middle school next year and look forward to seeing our returning students at our Open House on August 3rd.
Summer Reading Challenge
The best way to be prepared for next year is to keep reading all summer! Students that don't continue to read over the summer lose skills and often struggle when school starts back up in August. We challenge all Barnwell students to read 10 or more books this summer - that's just 15-30 minutes a day! Visit http://fcssummerreading.weebly.com/ to learn more about this Summer Challenge and for suggestions on GREAT books to read!
2017-18 Amended Calendar
Our SGC recently approved providing our staff with three Professional Learning Days for the 2017-2018 school year (amending our regular Fulton County calendar). During these days our staff will be working on our Strategic Plan initiatives, including learning how to incorporate more Project-Based Learning opportunities for our students. Please plan accordingly as students will not have school on the following days next year:
September 1, 2017 (Barnwell students only)
October 5, 2017 (all Johns Creek Cluster schools)
March 8, 2018 (all Johns Creek Cluster schools)
We appreciate the support of our community in helping our staff improve our instructional practices to better meet the needs of our students.
Fulton County Strategic Plan
Fulton County's new strategic plan will serve as a guide and a focus for our work as a district and community for the next five years. It will help ensure that all stakeholders in the community – from the School Board, to staff, to principals, to teachers, to students, parents and community members – are working toward a shared set of goals and priorities.
Members of the Board of Education have worked closely with the Superintendent to identify a goal that articulates what should be true for FCS's graduates and a set of focus areas that will help us achieve that goal. You can hear more about those here.
Over the next few weeks, Fulton County will hold conversations with several stakeholder groups to discuss this goal and focus areas and solicit input on what they will mean for people around the district. You can also share your input here! Visit www.1Fulton.org/ to learn more.
Welcome to Barnwell!
Do you know that we have students attending Barnwell that have families from all over the world? Our PTA has worked hard this year to welcome all our families to our wonderful school and has created the following "welcome" guides in multiple languages to make it a little easier to learn about our school and to get involved.
Click on the following links for each language of our PTA Important Information guide:
2016-17 Teacher/Professional of the Year
Congratulations to 3rd Grade teacher Allison Kerley for being our 2016-17 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Kerley has also recently been named the Northeast Learning Community Teacher of the Year and is one of four finalists for our district's top teacher award. 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.
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.