Thank you to our AMAZING PTA for making this special event happen for our school and community. We appreciate our Barnival Co-Chairs Michelle Erste and Sogol Zebarjadi and their Barnival team. A lot of time and hard work went into planning, organizing, coordinating and setting up/taking down and it wouldn't have been successful without their efforts and support from our PTA and all our generous parents.
On behalf of all of us at Barnwell, THANK YOU!
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.
Spring Fling Success!
Our Barnwell Foundation's first ever Spring Fling was a great success! Many thanks to all who attended and our sponsors. Your support and generosity helped us raise over $16,000 for our outdoor sensory garden, playground and ampitheater. This is a fantastic start - we'll participate in the Boosterthon Fun Run in the fall for more funding.
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.