Professional and Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to 5th grade teacher Tara Roper and Media Specialist Abby Shapiro for being our 2019-2020 Teacher and Professional of the Year! We are proud of Mrs. Roper and Mrs. Shapiro and very grateful for their collective efforts to help Barnwell improve. Both are enthusiastic, positive and simply AMAZING!
March School Closures 3/14, 3/24
School is closed for students on Friday, March 13th (teacher work day) and Tuesday, March 24th (voting). The 3/24 day is a Digital Learning Day for all Fulton County students. We will have assignments posted prior to the 24th. Please click here for the Barnwell School Calendar.
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:
GA Milestones Weekly Practice Challenge
All our 3rd through 5th grade students will be assessed on the Georgia Milestones later this spring (4/16-5/8). For more information about the Georgia Milestones visit our state testing website here.
Each week through March we will provide sample questions in the Principal's Newsletter from different sections of the GA Milestones. We invite all our 3rd – 5th grade parents and students to print out and answer the questions (in 45 minutes or less) that are very similar to what our students will be asked to do later this spring.
Week 1: English Language Arts: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Week 2: Math: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Week 3: English Language Arts 3rd, 4th, 5th
Week 4: Math 3rd, 4th, 5th
Week 5: English Language Arts 3rd,
Week 6: Math 3rd,
Additionally, all parents can take a sample test (this is different from the above tests) as these are not grade specific. 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, then Technology Enhanced Items, and login with the information provided.
Be Better. Be the BEAR!
Throughout the year we emphasize with all our students what it means to be a Barnwell Bear. Our students (and staff!) have learned the Barnwell Promise (click here) – we encourage all parents to have conversations about these expectations and support our efforts to foster kindness, respect and joy in our students' lives.
We expect our students to do their best each day, working hard to learn and grow. We've shared that learning is not supposed to be easy – it can and should be hard! Students are learning that their effort is one of the most important things that contributes to their learning – being persistent with a positive attitude will lead to success.
Each day we share our expectation that all Barnwell Bears are Kind, Respectful and Happy. Being Kind means treating yourself and each other fairly, being helpful and acting in ways that encourage the heart. Being Respectful means caring about yourself and other people, and acting in a way that shows you care. When we're respectful we think and act in a positive way about ourselves and others. Lastly, being Happy is all about our attitude. It's choosing to be positive and encouraging, being persistent and having a growth mindset. We know that by being persistent and having a positive attitude each of us can get better every day.
Be Better. Be the BEAR!
Barnwell earned an A scoring 93.5 out of the possible 100 points. I'm proud of our bears for continuing to work hard and make progress. We improved the overall percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations and increased the percent of students scoring in Level 4 (Distinguished) by 3-9% in all grades!
To see a one page summary handout for Barnwell click here and for more information on CCRPI click here.
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 amazing PTA!
2019-2020 Volunteer Requirements
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!
Visit the FCS site directly to complete the required informational training at least 48 hours prior to volunteering: 2019-2020 Volunteer Protocol.
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 and hand out during lunch (Birthday Celebration Flyer and Order Form).
Please note that teachers/school staff will not be handing out birthday treats in the cafeteria or classroom.
Summit Counseling at Barnwell!
Brittany Byrd is our on-site Summit Counseling therapist (click here to learn more about Ms. Byrd) by providing additional social, emotional, and behavioral mental health counseling for our students. For more information on Fulton County's Summit partnership click here. To schedule a confidential appointment or to ask additional questions, please click here.