February Notes from Ms. Neill



We are off and running this month with our Georgia Milestone Preparations. Our teachers are focusing on instruction everyday with rigor. We need your help in guiding and motivating your child or children to read beyond their grade levels. We continue to use STAR data towards tracking our chilren with the intent of acceleration. This month we started Accelerated Reading for our children in Grades 1-5, please use this awesome tool with reading and assessments at the conclusion of each book. Our teachers are also assessing our children in Fluency, this assessment is done twice a month in order to track how many words a child can read within an allotted timeframe. Please encourage your child to push the limits. Reading is the key to a successful and productive educational experience.

We continue to focus on Reading, Writing and Communication across the curriculum. According to Mike Schmoker, from Focus "authenic literacy-reading, writing, and talking, would ensure that virtually all students would be prepared for college, careeer, and citizenship. Such an education is not new, but it is at the center." Our ultimate goal at Briar Vista is to equip our students for the 21st century.

Briar Vista Fact Sheet

Briar Vista Elementary

Traditional and Montessori School

Principal Assistant Principal

Ms. Cammie Neill

Email: Cammie_a_Neill@ dekalbschoolsga.org

Assistant Principal

Ms. April McCarthy

Email: April_w_Mccarthy@dekalbschoolsga.org


We believe all children can learn, achieve, succeed and should be taught to function independently in society.


With the support of our families and the community, Briar Vista will prepare an environment that uses the Montessori Approach to encourage self-reliance and life-long learning for all students in a global society.


Montessori and Traditional Classes- One of only two public Montessori schools in the DeKalb County School District with both Montessori and traditional-class tracks offered.

· GA DOE 5 Star Rating for School Climate- School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. State School Superintendent Richard Woods: “If your school has a positive climate, it’s giving students the environment they need to learn. You’ll likely see high achievement there – or a school that’s on the right track toward high achievement.”

· DeKalb County School Choice - Montessori, HB 251 and HB671
· Second highest CCRPI improvements gains in DeKalb County School District at Elementary Level in 2014.
· Highest 2014 Standardized Assessment Math gains in our Region II Area Schools.
· Received Captain Planet Learning Gardens grant to transform courtyard into a multidisciplinary learning environment for all grades.
· Received Lowe’s Home Improvement Grant to remodel Media Center.
· School population of 515 students (PreK-5th) with approximately 37 certified teachers and 19 paraprofessionals.
· Full time art, music, and PE teachers.
· Diversity is reflected in Briar Vista’s student demographics.
· Gifted education program with gifted certified teachers.
· After school care available at school from 2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
· After school activities include Garden Club, Dance, Girl Scouts, and Eagle Boys.
· Strong focus on health and wellness.
· Active and involved Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and community. Visit us at www.briarvistapto.org.

Parent Title I Grade 3-5 Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 5:30pm

Cafeteria at Briar Vista

Parents will find out information that will be helpful for them as they prepare their child for Georgia Milestones.

Black History Living Museum

Friday, Feb. 26th, 9am

BVE Campus

Come see our students enact the lives of individuals involved in Black History Month.