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Kicking Off the 2011-2012 School Year

Students at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts enjoy a successful first day.

 

Can you believe that we are beginning a new school year! WE have been busy all summer preparing for an exciting year.

This year we have nine Title I Pre-K classrooms, with one classroom located at each of the Title I schools. Janet Turner and Tracey Fluharty, Title I Specialists have worked through the summer to develop our own Pre-K Essential Standards that are aligned with the NC Kindergarten Essential Standards. Our focus in Pre-K will be on strengthening the curriculum and instruction so that our students are better for Kindergarten.

We have three schools that are considered Schools of Improvement for the 2011-2012 school year; Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, Rock Rest Elementary and Walter Bickett Elementary.

Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts will once again offer Supplemental Educational Services to eligible students. Students at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts were also given an opportunity to transfer to Shiloh Elementary or Poplin Elementary.

Rock Rest Elementary entered School Improvement status for the first time this year. Students at Rock Rest were given an opportunity to transfer to Wingate Elementary or Union Elementary.

Walter Bickett Elementary School is also in School Improvement status for the 2011-2012 school year. Students at Walter Bickett Elementary were given the opportunity to transfer to Indian Trail Elementary or Wesley Chapel Elementary.

We have three new principals for the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Tom Childers is the new principal at Marshville Elementary, Mrs. Jennifer Deaton is new to Union Elementary and Dr. Mike Henderson is the new principal at Wingate Elementary. We welcome each of our new principals and are ecstatic to have them in Title I schools.

Our ESL Department is integrating technology into our teaching. Teachers have received laptop computers, ELMO cameras, and Active boards to use with student instruction. A Moodle page has been created which now contains the ESL handbook and is also useful in assisting ESL teachers with required paperwork, and to allow for more interaction among the teachers

We have two new staff members in the Federal Programs department. Tracey Fluharty joins Janet Turner as an additional Title I Specialist. They will work closely with Pre-K and the Title I schools to ensure that all schools are meeting compliance standards.

Meghan Jarrell joins us as the Parent Involvement/McKinney-Vento Coordinator. She will work with schools to ensure that parent involvement activities are taking place at the schools and that students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act are having their needs met.

Written by: Jane McNeely-Sowell, Director of Federal Programs
Posted: Aug 23, 2011 by Meghan Jarrell

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