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!
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.
• 5-star schools ranked excellent according to the school climate index
• 4-star schools ranked above average according to the school climate index
• 3-star schools ranked average according to the school climate index
• 2-star schools ranked below satisfactory according to the school climate index
• 1-star schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school climate index
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!
SGC Elections 3/22 - 3/28
Barnwell Elementary will be electing representatives to serve on our School Governance Council March 22nd - March 28th. We will be electing 2 parent/guardian positions to join our council for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Our SGC is responsible for approving the school's strategic plan and annual budget recommendations, working directly with the principal to ensure Barnwell is meeting the unique needs of our school community.
New this year - all eligilbe parent/guardians will receive an email ballot this year (not through Home Access Center as in previous years).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
New Bear Mascot!
Our Student Council and approximately two-thirds of all survey respondants recently chose the Black Bear as our new Barnwell Bear Mascot!
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:
Modified School Calendar - No School 3/9/17 for all JC Cluster Schools
We have a modified school calendar this year as we have 3 days of professional learning specific for our staff embedded throughout the school year. The Johns Creek Cluster (including Barnwell, Autrey and JC) do not have school on 3/9/17. Visit here for our complete 2016-2017 amended calendar.
Our YMCA Primetime program is available on these days if you need childcare. Visit here for details.
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.