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Baldwin Elementary School - Kickoff Edition 9.27.21

Thank you for the great start and warm welcome! Here is some additional information to help you get to know your principal team!

A message from your Baldwin Principal, Mr. Rupert.

Hello Baldwin Elementary Rockets!

I am honored to serve as your principal for this school year. 2021-22 is my 19th year in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS), and I continue to enjoy learning and growing with each and every child. For the past three years, I served as principal at Metz Middle School, where we succeeded academically to overturn the previous Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) "Academic Warning." Kudos to the Metz team as we worked together with a targeted goal to gain the "Fully Accredited" status for our school community. Prior to Metz, I served as the principal of Weems Elementary for five years. At Weems, we grew to great academic heights during my time as principal. We were awarded the Governor's Award for Innovation and Academic Excellence at the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, VA. We were also fortunate enough to be nationally recognized for our academic excellence by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) as a top 24 school in the United States in 2015. Before serving as a Principal, I was an Assistant Principal at Weems and Baldwin Elementary, and my career as a classroom teacher was at Mayfield Intermediate and Weems Elementary school. Leading & coaching have always been passions of mine, and I was fortunate enough to coach Osbourn Boys Basketball (JV) and Metz Boys Golf during my time here at MCPS. My educational training comes from a Bachelor's Degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision Prek-12 from California University of Pennsylvania. I am confident that these many MCPS experiences will help push our Baldwin Rockets to new heights and be the school your child deserves! Please reach out to the front office to schedule a time to discuss any or all things Baldwin by calling 571-377-6100.

Best,

David Rupert, Principal




A message from your Assistant Principal, Mrs. Armstrong!


Baldwin Elementary is my home away from home and I am excited to be celebrating my sixth year as the Assistant Principal. I am originally from Pennsylvania and did my undergraduate work at Edinboro University resulting in a Bachelors degree in Psychology. After teaching at the elementary level for twelve years I pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I began my leadership experience in the middle school offering me the opportunity to expand my understanding and experience with students in grades PreK-8. I became a member of the Manassas City Public Schools family nine years ago. Just as your child has grown I have had many opportunities to grow my knowledge and understanding of best practices to support our staff and students. My passion for reading has me continually researching instructional strategies to build strong readers. I have had the pleasure of being a speaker and representative of Manassas City Public Schools at several National Conferences to include, The Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education and Council for Learning Disabilities National Conference. It has been an honor to share with other school divisions across the country the instructional framework we offer at Baldwin Elementary in reading. I am looking forward to this year as we continue to develop our students as well rounded Manassas City citizens.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Armstrong, Assistant Principal

In the sections below you will find updates from some important departments at Baldwin Elementary.

Nurse's Outpost

Please refer to the health and related services section on the division website for Covid information and guidance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nurse Boltz either by phone or email. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate this school year and stay healthy.

Technology Zone

Digital Citizenship Week from from October 18th through the 22nd. Join us in celebrating by reviewing the Family Media Agreement for developing safe online habits. This agreement was created by Common Sense Media and was designed to spark conversations with students and families around caring for our devices, being safe online, cyberbullying, and media balance.

Counselor's Corner - See who is your child's assigned counselor!

For the month of September, all students received counseling lessons identifying what bullying is and learning strategies to stop it when it happens. Strategies include the schoolwide “Stop Walk Talk” strategy and learning how to be an upstander instead of a bystander.


The month of October is Bullying Prevention Month. On Friday October 8th, students are encouraged to wear all blue for the #HatNotHate campaign. All students and staff will be receiving blue hats on that day to remind them to stand up to bullying.


Please visit the “Counseling” page on the Baldwin website for more information about resources and counseling services.

Attendance Button - Report an upcoming absence online!

You can now visit Baldwin Elementary’s Website to report your child's absence. On the right under Quick Links, you will see an attendance button. This button takes you to contact information for our helpful office staff or an online form you can fill out to report your child's absence.

October is Parent/Teacher Conference Month

Parent/teacher conferences will be held on October 21 & 22. We understand that limiting options to these days may be difficult, so we ask that teachers utilize times to set up a conference throughout the month of October. Students have an Early Dismissal (Students will be released from Baldwin Elementary at 12:50 PM) on Thursday, October 21st, as conferences will be held from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM on this day. Friday, October 22nd is a Student Holiday, and there is NO SCHOOL for students; additional conference times determined by the teacher will be shared for Friday, October 22nd. Be on the lookout for correspondence from your child's teacher.

Projet Lead The Way Update

We are about to start our fifth year of being a PLTW Launch school! In the past two years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, our school has been recognized a PLTW Distinguished School for its excellence in providing high-quality PLTW opportunities to all our students. Our students will be completing three modules in grades kindergarten through fourth grade this year. Additionally, in 2021-22, we are introducing two modules in pre-kindergarten!


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an innovative project-based learning program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. Students work though modules that consist of activities, a project and a problem that are either based in computer science, engineering or biomedical science. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges in an exciting and engaging way. Students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. They work through three main activities where they gain knowledge and skills. Then they proceed to using those skills to investigate a meaningful project before finally transferring and applying skills in a real-world problem.


The engineering and biomedical science modules will be taught concurrently within some of their Virginia SOL science units in the classroom. The computer science modules will be integrated with language arts and math Virginia SOL content and taught in the STEM lab.


For more information about PLTW, specific modules, dates, and announcements, please visit the PLTW page on the Baldwin website or contact Mrs. Mayo, the PLTW coordinator, at smayo@mcpsva.org.

A Message from the Baldwin PTO

Spiritwear is now available to order online!

Orders can be played through October 15th and will be delivered to the students in their classrooms. We are offering some old favorites as well as new designs - including a zip up hoodie and cloth reusable face mask.

Orders can be placed at: https://tinyurl.com/BaldwinSpirit


Boonanza is back as an outdoor event on Friday, October 29th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Baldwin Elementary and Intermediate parking lots. This FREE event will be a Drive Through Trunk-or-Treat. All families stay in their cars as they drive through a decorated route that leads to a Trunk or Treat - where the treats come to you! The Best Decorated Trunk will be selected based on votes on our Facebook page. If you'd like to sign up your vehicle for the Trunk or Treat or volunteer in other ways, reach out to us at baldwinelementarypto@gmail.com.


We are having an informational Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 7th at 6pm. Follow us on Facebook for the link! https://www.facebook.com/BaldwinPTO

Upcoming Important Dates

· September 15th - October 15th - Hispanic Heritage Month

· October 7th - PTO Zoom Meeting at 6 PM

· October 14th - End of 1st Quarter

· October 15th - Early Release for Students, Teacher Workday

· October 21st - Early Release, Conferences

· October 22nd - Student Holiday, Conferences

· October 29th - Drive Through Boonanza

· November 2nd - Student Holiday

· November 11th - Division Closed for Veteran’s Day