BARTOW'S BEST: Congratulations to the Distinguished Young Women of Bartow County, Callie Viktora (AHS), Olivia Barnett (CHS), and Delaney Matthews (WHS)! "They have spent the past eight weeks working hard, preparing their talents, having mock interviews, and rehearsing the fitness routine. On Sunday, this hard work was presented in an exhibition-style program in front of five judges at Cass High School. This year’s program was conducted as an At Large program where, instead of one girl being selected as the county’s representative, each participant attempts to meet a minimum score that would allow them to proceed to the state level. Each of these participants performed spectacularly and will all be moving on to compete with girls across the state to become the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia for the Class of 2024." - DYW Bartow
RIGHT WORK: Let's recognize our new Ms. Dot STAR Award winners for going above and beyond in their line of work. Their impact can truly be felt districtwide! CONGRATULATIONS: Connie Hardin, Cloverleaf Elementary School Deidre Causby, Hamilton Crossing Elementary School Dylan Hewett, Adairsville Middle School Patricia Young, Adairsville Middle School Candace Kaufman, Woodland High School
APPRECIATION POST: Our Board members are feeling the love from all 20 of our schools! Check out what they received in appreciation of their hard work and dedication!
BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK: Get to know Bartow County School Board Member Anna Sullivan. "Now serving our community in my twelfth year on the Bartow County School Board, the most rewarding aspect continues to be the incredible growth in achievements and opportunities for our children. Our children are successfully competing on national and international stages in multiple areas, but this would not be possible without the shared participation of our community. Every time our students win a competition, earn an honor, or successfully graduate, our community shares in those wins, honors, and successes. I am thankful to live in a community that cares so deeply for our children."
BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK: Get to know Bartow County School Board Member Matt Shultz. "As a former educator, I love serving on the Bartow County School Board because it allows me to stay connected to public education and teaching. In our family, we have three generations of educators and that service started 50 years ago when my father began teaching at Cass High School in 1973. Our school system is one of the best in the state and is a key reason why people and industry continue to look to our community as a place to call home. I am inspired by how much our employees care, and how hard they work every day to ensure that our students will be prepared for the world that awaits them."
BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK: Get to know Bartow County School Board Member Darla Williams. "This position has been an amazing opportunity to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at all the hard work the children, staff, leadership, parents and my fellow board members invest into the future of Bartow County. They all truly live their lives as servants, united for the purpose of leading children into adulthood, fully prepared to be the next great leaders of their generation." "I have had a front row seat watching the test scores and graduation rates of the children in BCSS rise every single month. This is due to leadership, teachers, staff and parents actively participating. If we continue on this same path, excelling monthly, there is no reason why this school system can’t become the top ranked school in the state."
WE'RE LIVE: Join us now for the 2023 Pre-K Lottery! https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MWNlNzFkZTMtOWVkNi00OGIyLWFhMzMtYjFmYWQ4MzcxZmVi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7B%22Tid%22%3A%22846e829e-3694-42be-9e87-6cbb3e2765cb%22%2C%22Oid%22%3A%22e86cdec1-97c4-4234-8171-1775cd9b9e85%22%2C%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3Atrue%2C%22role%22%3A%22a%22%7D&btype=a&role=a
SHAMROCKIN: Starting the day off right at Adairsville Elementary School! How cute are these kiddos?! #betterinbartow
NEW: It's the link you've all been waiting for...the pre-K Lottery link! Once again, it's a virtual lottery; click the link below starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 17, to find out if your child was selected for one of our ever-popular pre-K classes! Good Luck! https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MWNlNzFkZTMtOWVkNi00OGIyLWFhMzMtYjFmYWQ4MzcxZmVi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7B%22Tid%22%3A%22846e829e-3694-42be-9e87-6cbb3e2765cb%22%2C%22Oid%22%3A%22e86cdec1-97c4-4234-8171-1775cd9b9e85%22%2C%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3Atrue%2C%22role%22%3A%22a%22%7D&btype=a&role=a
BARTOW AND BEYOND: Woodland grad, Kenny Baker, steps into the limelight as the new Miami Dolphins assistant defensive line coach! Congratulations!!
READ ACROSS AMERICA: We love seeing so many of our students in the Daily Tribune! Clip and save those pictures from Saturday's paper!
KINDNESS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Reading, math, science and social studies; that's a lot to learn for any student! Imagine what that's like when English isn't your first language! Students at Adairsville Elementary School recognize the hard work of their classmates and enjoy writing them heartfelt cards of encouragement and sweet celebration!
TALENTED YOUNG AUTHORS: This year's Young Georgia Authors writing competition winners are...drumroll, please... Kindergarten (1) Antuan Mitchell, ALES (2) Liliana Mendez, MRES (3) Vivienne Mackiewicz, EES 1st Grade (1) Barrett Overby, PLES (2) Collins Plott, MRES (3) Brantley Eidson, EES 2nd Grade (1) Alaina Morse, MRES (2) Jaxon Minnick, AES (3) Kaylee Biggs, EES 3rd Grade (1) Collins Brown, PLES *REGIONAL WINNER* (2) Noah McDurmon, EES (3) RJ Pressley, ALES & Holli Gilbert, AES 4th Grade (1) Mackenzie Gravley, EES (2) Laina Cagle, MRES (3) Brooklyn Cruz, AES 5th Grade (1) Angel Lopez, EES (2) Lenox Cagle MRES (3) Ian Walker, KES 6th Grade (1) Brielle Ross, WMSE (2) Alyssa Smith, AMS (3) Katie Fears, CMS 7th Grade (1) Julieann Elder Stone, AMS (2) Charlotte Guzman, CMS & Alison Snead, WMSE 8th Grade (1) Dylan Teems, AMS (2) Marissa Rosete, WMSE (3) Yaniris Mejia, RTMS 9th Grade (1) Katheryn Herndon, AHS (2) Amaria Goodrum, AHS 10th Grade (1) Kaitlyn Elizabeth Ferguson, AHS 11th Grade (1) Jaden McCrory, CHS (2) Emma Higueras, AHS (3) Alison Eskew, AHS/BCCCA 12th Grade (1) Eddie DeBartolo, BCCCA (2) Samantha Lusian, AHS & Mortis Payne, AHS Collins Brown WON at the regional level and will now move on to compete at the state level in Perry, Georgia, on April 21st! Congratulations!!
APPRECIATION POST: Special thanks to our dedicated Board members! They lead so our students can achieve! Join us in saying, THANK YOU!
REMINDER: Wednesday, March 15, is an Early Release Day! Elementary schools dismiss at 11:30 a.m. and middle/high schools dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served, and buses will run on an early dismissal schedule. After School programs will continue to operate.
STUDENT SHOWCASE: A lot of Oohs and Ahhs from the Rotary Club of Bartow County today as Clear Creek Master Builders' Team Blaze & Green Seas presented their award-winning innovation projects and participated in a Robot Game! We heard several Rotarians comment on how "amazing" these teams are and how impressed they are with the opportunities in the Bartow County School System! As Team Blaze prepares for the highly competitive World competition next month, and as Green Seas gets ready for its Massachusetts Invitational, the Rotary Club of Bartow County made sure to send these students off with a $500 check! Wow! Thank you!
TURNIP THE BEET AWARD: Bartow County is one of only seven school districts in Georgia to qualify for the USDA's gold level Turnip the Beet Award! This award recognizes OUTSTANDING summer meal program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months! This isn't our first time earning this award either! We are so proud of our School Nutrition team! Join us in congratulating them! 🙌🏽
All three Bartow County high schools have the distinct honor of being named Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education for their commitment to creating strong AP opportunities. There are 273 AP Honor Schools this year in 97 districts. They are named in eight categories based on the results of 2022 AP courses and exams. Adairsville High School received the AP STEM School Award and AP Humanities School Award. Cass High School earned the AP STEM School Award. Woodland High School gained the AP STEM School Award, AP Humanities School Award, and the AP STEM Achievement School Award. The following describes the categories in detail: AP Access and Support Schools Schools with at least 30% of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. AP Challenge Schools Schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in English, math, science, and social studies. AP Expansion Schools AP schools with 25% growth in AP student participation from May 2021 to May 2022 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2021. AP Humanities Schools Schools with a minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. AP Humanities Achievement Schools AP Humanities schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher. AP Schools of Distinction Schools with at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. AP STEM Schools Schools with a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses. (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles) AP STEM Achievement Schools AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher. “We are very proud of the continued work of our AP teachers and students,” said AHS Principal Lexie Bultman. “Their efforts to grow our AP program in both quality of instruction and expansion to all students has been inspiring. Our teachers have truly used collaborative efforts to best prepare students for college and life beyond the high school experience. And our students have responded in a big way, rising to the challenge of college-level work while in high school. We look forward to seeing continued improvements in our AP program and witnessing how this will benefit our students in their long-term goals.” “We are very proud of our students’ continued commitment to seeking out academically rigorous course work, especially in our STEM areas,” said CHS Magnet Coordinator Micaela Armona. “Next year, we will be offering even more courses such as AP Music Theory, and we are expanding our AP Fine Arts opportunities by adding AP Art History. Our goal is that every student takes at least one AP course before they graduate. With the addition of AP Art History and AP Pre-Calculus, Cass students will have 23 AP courses from which to choose. We are seeing a growth in the success of our AP program with an increase this year in the number of students designated by College Board as AP Scholars and an increase in the number of teachers designated by Bartow County as AP Teachers of Distinction. This growth is a direct result of our collaborative process and the emphasis we have placed on increasing the academic rigor in all our courses.” “We are honored by all three AP Honor Awards, especially AP STEM Achievement,” said WHS AP Coordinator Mary Beth Tumlin. “AP courses are the most rigorous courses at the high school level and this honor shows the hard work and commitment of our students and staff to learn and achieve at the highest levels. Six of our eight STEM courses had a pass rate above 50%, with three of those courses having a pass rate above 85%.” Each high school will be honored for its achievements at the Bartow County Board of Education meeting on May 15, 2023.
CARTERSVILLE DANCES WITH THE STARS: Our Top Gun, Deputy Superintendent David Chiprany, took us all on a wild ride Saturday when he performed with Halle Collins in Cartersville Dances with the Stars! He didn't take home the big mirror ball trophy, but he made us all proud with his moves and money-making abilities! Dr. Chiprany and the Bartow County School System raised the third highest amount - almost 22,000! The whole star-studded event raised $273,606 for Backpack Buddies and the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter! That's enough money to feed food-insecure students on weekends in Cartersville-Bartow County for about two and a half years! Wow! What an amazing cause! Enjoy the pictures and cameo by our top-notch Superintendent, Dr. Phillip Page!
COME ONE, COME ALL: Family Resource Fair; happening now!