Dear Bethune Parents and Guardians,
Greetings and welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As we prepare to begin another wonderful year at Mary McLeod Bethune ES, I wanted to reflect on and celebrate some of our 2017-18 accomplishments. Please see below for some of the great things that happened in our school last year.
Georgia Milestones Assessment:
- 11% increase in students scoring developing, proficient, or distinguished on 3rd Grade ELA GMA
- 26% increase in students scoring developing, proficient, or distinguished on 3rd Grade Math GMA
- 03% increase in students scoring developing, proficient, or distinguished on 5th Grade ELA GMA
- 13% increase in students scoring developing, proficient, or distinguished on 5th Grade Math GMA
Achievement Gap: 1 of 8 schools in the district and 61 schools in the state to be removed from the Focus list due to progress made in closing the achievement gap
Junior Beta Club: Named 2017-18 National Beta School of Merit; 1st place in the state in Poetry, Robotics, and Black and White Photography; 4th place in the state in Science; 4th place in the nation in Poetry (first national placement in school history)
CCRPI: 2 point increase in Student Achievement from 2015-16 to 2016-17
Instructional Technology: Three Bethune students participated in the state technology fair; device deployment led to increased access to technology and improved personalized learning experiences for all students
School Climate: 39% decrease in student discipline referrals from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018; 28% decrease in OSS/ISS days from 2016-17 to 2017-18; improved PBIS with school-wide house system; partnered with Playworks to improve recess program and support social/emotional growth
Talent Retention and Development: Implemented coaching and climate/culture practices to improve staff retention and development from 2016-17 to 2017-18
Parental and Community Involvement: Increased number of volunteer hours and parental participation in school events (e.g., parent workshops, Coffee and Chat with Mr. Pratt, conferences)
These accomplishments reflect the hard work taking place at Bethune and the shared commitment we have to the wonderful children we serve. As we begin to look ahead to 2018-19, we will continue our efforts to ensure students leave Bethune ready for success at the next level. Our focus will be to build on our success by identifying and replicating what is working and continue refining the following systems for success: data driven decision making, foundational frameworks, strategic coaching, consistent collaboration and effective communication..
As Mary McLeod Bethune famously said, "We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends." Let’s continue partnering together to inspire our youth so that they can reach their full potential and positively impact their communities. Here’s to a great 2018-19 school year!
Your Partner and Principal,
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