Our state Milestones Assessment for all 3rd through 5th grade students will be held between April 12th through April 26th. All 3rd and 4th grade students will be tested over three days (Reading/ELA, Writing, Math) while 5th grade students will be tested over five days (Reading/ELA, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies). For more information about the Georgia Milestones visit our state testing website here.
To take a practice test click http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/ and select the "Test Practice" button, then select EOG Online Tools Training, EOG Test Practice, Standard Online Tools and login with the information provided. This works best in Chrome and is an excellent sample of what the test and questions will look like – I encourage every 3rd-5th grade parent to take the time to look at this with your child!
Additionally, below are links to the Ga Milestones Study Guides that have been provided by the state.
3rd Grade: 3rd Grade Milestones Study Guide
4th Grade: 4th Grade Milestones Study Guide
5th Grade: 5th grade Milestones Study Guide
RFF Public Comment 2/23 - 3/25
Our SGC recently voted to move forward with a Request For Flexibility (RFF) for next year. Our School Leadership Team has recommended we create an alternate schedule next year to better align our support services (ESOL, EIP, TAG) for students in all grades. To do this, we will create an Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) block of time for each grade level throughout the day (similar to our "Specials" schedule). Students that qualify for these services will receive them during this block of time each day. This mainly impacts our TAG students, as with this schedule students will attend TAG daily (during the I/E block) instead of one day per week.
Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think by completing the RFF Feedback Form located here or in our front office. You can send in the completed form with your child or email it to our SGC Chair, Kelly Lapinskas at email@example.com. If you have questions or would like to discuss this further I'm also happy to schedule a time to meet with you between now and March 23rd; please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in providing input directly to the SGC can do so during the Public Comment Period at our meeting on March 26th (8:15 AM). All interested parties need to register by emailing our SGC chair (email@example.com) now through 3:00 PM on March 25th. Please know that all comments are limited to three minutes and will not receive feedback from the SGC.
2018-19 Pre-K, New Student Registration
Pre-K Registration is Tuesday, 3/20 and Wednesday, 3/21 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Please click here for registration information.
Our Pre-K Lottery is Monday, 3/26 at 3:00 PM in the Media Center.
Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Wednesday, 3/28 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM) and Thursday, 3/29 (8:00 AM-7:00 PM). Please click here for additional information.
Kindergarten and New Student Registration packets will be available beginning Tuesday, 2/20 in the front office.
Please click here to sign-up for the Kindergarten Screening on March 28th and March 29th during your kindergarten registration time.
Welcome to Barnwell!
Do you know that we have students attending Barnwell that have families from all over the world? Our PTA 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:
Our Barnwell Foundation Sensory Garden is taking shape! After being "home" to several portable classrooms for the last 28 years the front left side of our school is now starting to take shape. Each "wing" of the Sensory Garden will provide different plants and structures to help students experience the different senses.
If you'd like to purchase a brick to help us finish our Sensory Garden (outdoor musical instruments, container pots and perennials) download the engraved brick form here: www.barnwellfoundation.org/goals/sensory-garden/buy-an-engraved-brick/.
Please mark your calendars for the Barnwell Foundation's Spring Fling on April 20, 2018, at the Country Club of the South. It is a great time, with great friends, for a great cause! Phase II of our side rennovation project , next year, will be to replace the adjacent playground!
PTA National School of Excellence!
Our PTA has been recognized as a 2017-19 National PTA School of Excellence! This is one of the highest awards any PTA can earn - only 143 schools in the country (only 16 in Georgia) were recognized as National Schools of Excellence!
We are very proud and appreciative of our PTA for working each day, hand in hand with our staff, to enhance the quality of our student experience.
Fulton's TOTY is Barnwell's Ms. Kerley!
Barnwell's own Allison Kerley is Fulton County's 2017 Teacher of the Year! We have 8,000 teachers in Fulton County working in 105 schools – for our own Ms. Kerley to win this recognition is incredible! This is an amazing accomplishment for her and our Barnwell family – her success is our success and I'm proud she's part of our school family!
William Yeat's famously said, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire". That's what Ms. Kerley does each day for her students – she ignites their curiosity and passion, helping them find their purpose and own their learning. Dr. Rose, our Superintendent, asked one of her students during the surprise announcement what one thing she likes best about Ms. Kerley, and the student responded "There's not one thing, it's everything, that makes her great!".
Thank you Allison for leading the way for us and all of Fulton County – we're proud of you! Want to hear more? Click here for Allison's amazing Legacy of Excellence presentation.
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 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.
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.