IN IT TO WIN IT: We leave our superintendent and deputy superintendent alone for one minute and this is what we find! Hover crafts, boats, robots, and green screen fun at today’s Summer STEM Camp Showcase! We all know they don’t lead from the sidelines, though, and they’re in it to win it! That competitive nature carries over to student achievement, too! That’s a large reason why our system is recognized nationally as a Model PLC District; amazing progress these last three years! 🏆🥇
MOVING ON UP: From coordinator to now director, our very own Dr. Brent Shropshire, is now our Director of Counselors, College Readiness, Wellness, and Fine Arts! Dr. Shropshire has a passion for Band and all things "Fine Arts," so this is a perfect addition to his roles and responsibilities. Congratulations!
THEY LANDED: IN ALASKA!!!!!!!! This group of Adairsville High School students and staff is beyond excited to experience the annual STEM Study Abroad trip open to all students! They were actually set to go to Iceland, but due to the borders not opening in time, they had to divert to a domestic trip, and they could not be happier with the alternative! The group will be out there until Monday, and they still have a lot to do, some of which includes: hiking near Denali (the highest peak in North America), an Alaskan train ride, whale watching, and visiting a sled dog camp!
ESOL SUMMER LEARNING CAMP: A week of memory-making fun for our ESOL students! Check it out! At Kingston Elementary, students spent time this week in their Outdoor Classroom, exploring a 1900's cabin and one-room classroom. They compared life from 200 years ago to now. Cloverleaf Elementary School students received a visit from Mr. Bob from GYSTC. They learned about magnetism, compasses, and map skills. Down the road, Allatoona Elementary School students visited the Allatoona Resource Center and planted their own flower and vegetable seeds to track the life system stages of plants. In Adairsville, students learned about the life cycle of a caterpillar and the stages it goes though to become a butterfly. Of course, they were excited to set the butterflies free!
MISSION EXPLORATION: Four days of free Bartow County STEM Camp fun wraps up today with special showcases for our parents to enjoy! Many watched their kids master the skills necessary for driving the DJI Spark Drone and experience virtual reality headsets, construct boats, and utilize a real green screen, among many other activities! Thank you to our partners in education, Kona Ice, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Power, and Sparkles Family Fun Center for making this dream camp a reality for 117 students!
SAVE THE DATE: OPEN HOUSE Elementary & Middle August 2 10:30-11:30, 1:30-2:30, and 5-6 High School August 2 Grades 10-12 3:30-4:30 Freshman 6-7 BCCCA July 30 6-7:30 * Additional details to come!
SEAMLESS SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM: Proud is an understatement! Check out this snapshot of our employees who are working hard to feed about 4,000 children a day through our summer feeding program! Wow!
JOIN OUR TEAM: We're currently looking for paraprofessionals, custodians, and school bus drivers! Check out the postings below for details on how to apply!
WOODLAND WOW MOMENT: "Woodland recent grad Caden McCrary earns AJC wrestler of the year honors. It's the second time in three years that a Wildcat has earned the title. The other was Kyle Gollhofer. They are the only Bartow wrestlers with four individual state championships." -Nicholas Sullivan, Daily Tribune
BOARD RECOGNITIONS: A-TEAM AWARD Congratulations, Gwynn Brookshire, Annie Powell, Brandie Smith, and Emily Duggan! This third-grade English language arts collaboration team at Adairsville Elementary School is doing extraordinary work! They are truly changing lives through a sharp focus on learning, collaboration, and results. This is only the fifth Bartow County team to receive the most prestigious award this system has to offer.
NEW: Georgia Bright from the Start approved our application for an additional pre-K classroom at Taylorsville Elementary School! We called those on our waitlist, and all spots are filled! Also, Open House dates will be released next week already! We're gearing up for an amazing 2021-22 school year!
NOTABLE CHANGES: Here are some recent notable changes within the Bartow County School System! Congratulations! * Lisa DiPrima - Moves from specialist to CTAE coordinator at the Central Office * Kerry Hammond - Moves from EES ILT to EES assistant principal * Jamie Hauskins - Moves from associate principal to Bartow Virtual Academy Coordinator * Teri Mull - Moves from WMS LSS to WMS assistant principal * Lori Scifers - Moves from WHS associate principal to BCCCA assistant principal
IMPORTANT BVA REMINDERS: * We are currently reviewing application information - grades, attendance, etc. * Selection process will conclude June 18 * Notification of acceptance will begin June 21 * BVA Orientation dates, times, and locations are forthcoming Thanks for your patience as we move through this new process!
WINNING TITLES: After winning a freestyle state title and placing second in the greco-roman event during the Team Georgia Wrestling state championship, Cass Middle School's Paul Lanier, qualifies to represent Team Georgia at the 2021 national championship this month in Franklin, Indiana!
CLASS ACT: Off the field, these Cass High football players are really showing their character! When some heavy lifting needed to be done recently at CHS, Coach Gates sent a quick group message, and this is what happened! Yes, what could have taken staff members days to do, these Colonels did in hours!
SUMMER INTERVENTION: The first day of our Summer Intervention Program went very well! We are so thankful for the opportunity to provide our elementary and middle school students the support they need to reach proficiency on their identified essential standards! In Bartow County, we have an "our student" approach, just ask all the wonderful administrators, teachers, school nutrition workers, janitors, bus drivers, and the many other employees who make this program run successfully!
SUMMER MEALS: This new Bartow County School System program starts next Tuesday! Please review the information below and tell your neighbor! The Bartow County School System is excited to provide breakfast and lunch this summer at no cost to children under 18. See below for locations and times. No registration necessary. Meals are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Breakfast and lunch meals will be packaged together. Friday's meals will be provided on Thursdays. Additionally, breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to all Bartow County students attending Summer Intervention, STEM Camp, and ESOL Camp. Curbside Pick-Up Locations & Times: Adairsville High School: 519 Old Hwy 41 NW, Adairsville, GA 30103, 11-12 Adairsville Baptist Church: 107 Summer St, Adairsville, GA 30103, 11-12:30 Pine Log Elementary: 1095 Cass Pine Log Rd NE, Rydal, GA 30171, 11:30-12:30 Adairsville Boys & Girls Club: 104 N Main St, Adairsville, GA 30103, 12-1 Adairsville United Methodist Church: 201 S Main St, Adairsville, GA 30103, 11-1, Mon. & Thurs. Only Manning Mill: 163 Manning Mill Rd, Adairsville, GA 30103, 11-1 Cass Middle School: 195 Fire Tower Rd NW, Cartersville, GA 30120, 11-12 Houston Suggs Gym: 31 Beavers Dr., Cartersville, GA 30120, 11-1 Bartow College & Career Academy: 735 Grassdale Rd, Cartersville, GA 30121, 11-1 South Bartow Youth Facility: 6505 Glade Rd, Acworth, GA 30102, 11-1
STORY BOOK STROLLIN': Bartow County Schools and Bartow County Parks and Recreation welcomes you to the Manning Mill StoryTrail in Adairsville! StoryTrail is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time! Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden podiums, which are installed along an outdoor path by the playground. As you stroll down the one-mile trail, you're directed to the next page in the story! Enjoy your walk! [directions: 163 Manning Mill Road, Adairsville, GA, 30103]
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 Amanda Creel, our secondary instructional technology specialist. Before landing at Central Office, Amanda primarily worked at Adairsville Middle School. While she has had many titles, the one that most accurately describes her is MVP! She has been more than instrumental in helping our distance learning students this year, kick-starting the Bartow Virtual Academy and new website, and helping our district become a MODEL PLC System! Amanda is innovative, positive, and everyone's "go-to" person! Congratulations, Amanda! You make us all better!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU: These are just a few of the smiling faces our first-grade students saw every week this academic year. During the pandemic, when volunteer counts were low, these individuals stepped up to participate in Read to Grow and helped countless students read! What an impact they made, and we cannot thank them enough!