SUMMER MEALS: They're working together like a well-oiled machine! No wonder this School Nutrition group won the highest-level award by the state of Georgia for its Summer Feeding program! Very, very few departments can say that! Good work, Bartow County!
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WHS CLASS OF 2023: These Wildcats moved their tassels from right to left and acquired GRADUATE status! Congratulations! 📸 cred: Randy Parker
CHS CLASS OF 2023: These Colonels moved their tassels from right to left and acquired GRADUATE status! Congratulations! 📸 cred: Randy Parker
AHS CLASS OF 2023: These Tigers moved their tassels from right to left and acquired GRADUATE status! Congratulations! 📸 cred: Louis Tonsmeire
SUMMER INTERVENTION: Learning extended! We are so excited to be able to offer the Summer Intervention program for the third year in a row to all students who are not yet proficient on their identified essential standards. Throughout the month of June, our teachers will work with students in the morning hours to ensure they're prepared to move on to the next grade level. They exit the program once they've met proficiency on their essential standard(s). Special thanks to our teachers, school nutrition staff, and bus drivers as meals and transportation to and from schools are also free. We are always committed to learning!
CENTRAL OFFICE CELEBRATIONS: When you work in a school system and community like this, you have a lot to celebrate! And, if you know Superintendent Page, then you know he likes to celebrate the RIGHT WORK. In the Bartow County School System, the right work supports learning, collaboration, and results. That's what we value. This month, we celebrate and honor Alisha Evans, our Communications Coordinator. You've heard her voice many times announcing school delays and cancellations, but did you know she also helped create the mass communication system we all know and love today? With her help, the entire System (schools and Central Office) can send calls, emails, and texts to students and staff. She also helped create our very first app and led the transition to the website we have now, which won the highest award from the state of Georgia. Alisha has her hand in many of the pictures and videos you see across our social media sites, and it's clear that her passion lies in telling OUR STORY. She makes us all better! Congratulations, Alisha!
COMING UP: You won't want to miss this!
SUMMER MEALS: More than 4,200 children were fed today through the Bartow County School System! Some were fed during summer camps and programs, others visited one of our 23 locations. SPECIAL THANKS to our School Nutrition staff. What an important job they do! Because of these workers, some children have warm meals this summer that they may not have had otherwise. Let that sink in. The gravity of the situation is not lost on us. Let's give these workers a 🙌🏽. THANK YOU!
SENSORY FRIENDLY MORNINGS AT THE BOOTH: Neurodiverse audiences are invited to a FREE program at the Booth this Sunday, June 4. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and enjoy one of your favorite museums in a comfortable and welcoming environment! Sensory bags will be available to check out on a limited basis and a family quiet space will be provided. A sensory friendly map, visual schedules, and social stories are also available to assist in planning your visit: https://boothmuseum.org/accessibility. This program welcomes participants of all ages and their families – siblings welcome! An art activity will be available. Registration preferred. https://boothmuseum.org/kidsandfamilies/
A WILDCAT WIN: Let's give a BIG BARTOW welcome to Ms. Cecilia Clark, Woodland High School's new band director! "After a rigorous search, Ms. Clark emerged as the perfect combination of our priorities," said WHS Principal Dave Stephenson. "She is a master communicator, she relates strongly with young musicians, she is deeply esteemed in the music educator’s community, and she reflects our school and community’s priorities. Ms. Clark lives here in Cartersville and is excited to build on the achievements of Woodland Band." Ms. Clark has been the Allatoona High School band director since 2013. Prior to that, she was the associate band director at McEachern High School from 2006-2013. She began her career in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, which is also where she earned her master’s degree. Ms. Clark is pursuing her doctorate through Boston University. Under Ms. Clark’s leadership, Allatoona High School won its first Bands of America Championship and earned a U.S. Bands Regional Championship. Her concert bands have consistently received superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. Ms. Clark is program coordinator and Leadership Faculty for Music for All, Inc., a music education advocacy group based in Indianapolis, and she is a member of multiple professional organizations, including Women Band Directors International, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, GMEA, Servant Leadership Association for Music, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Percussive Arts Society.
COMMITTED: Students coming back to teach; it's a common trend in Bartow County! Check this out at Cass High School! * Mrs. Kelly Agan, English Department Lead & Class of 2000 * Mr. Kevin Cunningham, CTAE Teacher, Head Boys Basketball Coach & Class of 1996 * Mrs. Christie Barnett, Social Studies Department Lead, Head Cheerleading Coach & Class of 2005 Thank you so much for your dedication to our school system!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Our Pine Log Powerhouse, Brooklyn Grace, is at it again! At the end of this academic year, she has learned all 189 braille contractions and met her goal to read 35 words per minute on a grade level text! Wow! Celebrate with us, Bartow County Family! 🙌🏾🎉
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: New Cass High School Alumnus Parker Dunn is headed to the United States Military Academy West Point! Back in August, Parker told us about his dream to join a military academy, and we’re pleased to announce that his dream is coming true! Congratulations, Parker! Your commitment to excellence is impressive.
LEADING & LEARNING: School and System leaders excitedly took part in Guiding Coalition collaborative work sessions today at the Clarence Brown Conference Center to analyze data and discuss where we've been and where we're going next academic year. What a great time to be a part of this System! Fifteen out of 19 traditional schools nationally recognized for increasing student achievement, nearly all schools District STEM certified, one State STEM certified, and graduation rates reaching record highs once again! Always #betterinbartow 🥇
OFFICIALLY RETIRED: Congratulations, to our retirees! Our utmost gratitude for their continuous support of the Bartow County School System and Bartow Education Foundation! Connie Abernathy, 9 years, Food Service Assistant, Cloverleaf Elementary School Holli Smith Leach, 30 years, Teacher, Adairsville High School Marilyn Anderson, 35 years, Teacher, Euharlee Elementary Kelly P. Lemon, 31 years, Reading Specialist, Mission Road Elementary School Mavis Allen, 10 years, Custodian, Adairsville High School Robert Lingerfelt, 20 years, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Elizabeth J. Ballenger, 17 years, Teacher, Red Top Middle School Annette Lively, 23years, Lead Nurse, Central Office Jan Barnett, 32 years, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Elizabeth Lorenz, 26 years, Nurse, Woodland Middle School Mary Brown, 20 years, Administrative Assistant, Transitional Academy Sherrion Mays-Lee, 26 years, Teacher, Cass High School Gayle Collum, 18 years, Paraprofessional, Adairsville High School Alicia Mecum, 17 years, Teacher, Emerson Elementary School Dr. Sharon Collum, 32 years, Executive Director of Federal Programs, Central Office Patsy Meyers, 26 years, Teacher, Kingston Elementary School Rebecca Cowan, 31 years, Counselor, Mission Road Elementary School Dorthey Morris, 39 years, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Joan Dean, 28 years, Teacher, Woodland High School Brian Mosher, 41 years, Teacher, Woodland Middle School Hayes Dunnam, 28 years, Teacher, Allatoona Elementary Billie Pippin, 35 years, Nurse, Woodland High School Samuel Edwards, 17 years, Teacher, Cass Middle School James Potter, 10 years, Teacher, Adairsville High School John L. Finck, 30 years, Teacher, Cass High School Lori Pyle, 32 years, Teacher, Mission Road Elementary School Marty Garrett, 22 years, Teacher, Euharlee Elementary School Tammy Ragus, 30 years, Teacher, Cass High School Beverly Gatlin, 21 years, Teacher, Woodland High School Alice Ray, 25 years, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Katherine Goodwin, 17 years, Bus Monitor, Transportation Department Kelly Roberts, 30.5 years, Diagnostician, Central Office Lisa Marie Gore, 30 years, Teacher, Mission Road Elementary Dr. Cindy Schwartz, 34 years, Teacher, Woodland Middle School Elizabeth A. Gudger, 23 years, Administrative Assistant, Euharlee Elementary School Sandra K. Shiflett, 26 years, Teacher, White Elementary School Lance Hall, 36 years, Teacher, Adairsville High School Brandy Posey Sloan, 28.5 years, Bookkeeper, Woodland Middle School Shelley Harger, 34 years, Teacher, Emerson Elementary School Edith Springfield, 10 years, Paraprofessional, Emerson Elementary School Angie Hice, 28 years, Teacher, Adairsville Elementary School Cindy Stewart, 32 years, Teacher, Adairsville High School Brent Higdon, Posthumous, 28 years, Teacher, Euharlee Elementary School Donna Thomas, 30 years, Counselor, Cass High School Brittney S. Holland, 30 years, Teacher, Cass High School Marlo Wade, 30 years, Teacher, Euharlee Elementary School Lorraine Kendrick, 26 years, Administrative Assistant, Cass High School Michelle Williams, 16 years, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Lannette Layton, 22 years, Teacher, White Elementary School Melissa Zarefoss, 34 years, Principal, Adairsville Elementary School During a special retirement celebration today, each retiree received a gift card from Mr. Josh McWhorter and a clock from Woodmen Life (Mr. Bobby Wilder and Mr. Rufus Cantrell).
CLASS DISMISSED: School's...out...for...the...summer! 🌞 These Emerson Eagles soared out of the building, high fiving EES staff, Superintendent Page, Deputy Superintendent David Chiprany, and Chief Leadership and Learning Officer Clint Terza along the way! There were hugs, laughs, tears, selfies, and parking lot victory laps by our awesome school bus drivers! Thank you for a truly wonderful year, BCSS students and staff! Make sure you pick up the phone tonight to hear a special message from our Superintendent!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: New Adairsville High School Alumnus Parker Czyz will soon be attending one of the best military schools around - The United States Military Academy West Point! You're a leader of character, Parker! Congratulations! What an outstanding accomplishment!
SAVE AND SHARE: The Bartow County School System’s award-winning Summer Feeding Program is back! Starting May 30, you will be able to pick up meals at no cost for children 18 years of age and under. Children do not have to be enrolled in the BCSS to receive food. The pick-up locations are as follows: · All Bartow County Elementary, Middle, and High Schools (Excludes Bartow County College & Career Academy) · Cartersville Mobile Home Community (263 Mac Johnson Road) · Boys and Girls Club of Adairsville (104 Main Street North) · Crosspoint Church at Adairsville Middle School (485 Old U.S. 41) · South Bartow Recreation Facility (6505 Glade Road, Acworth) Locations are always subject to change. If site changes are needed, you will be notified. Breakfast will be provided from 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the above locations, and lunch pick up will be from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday. Due to the Fourth of July holiday, no meal service will be offered from July 3 to July 7. It will resume July 10 and run until July 21. Unfortunately, meal delivery will not be available this year. We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity to provide their children with healthy and nutritious meals during the summer months. Please spread the word to other families in the community who may benefit from this program!
LASTING LEGACY: It's official! On May 19, 2023, it's proclaimed that the City of Adairsville and Mayor Kenneth Carson do hereby recognize and declare the day as Adairsville Elementary School Principal Melissa Zarefoss Day!! Congratulations, Ms. Z! What you've done in your 34 years in education is nothing short of AMAZING!