Bethune Academy's Parent Newsletter

Principal: Robin Hewitt A.P. Lucus Wilkins

September Newsletter

Building Leaders Through S.T.E.M.

September Updates

Dear Parents,

Have you given in to the fall season and bought a pumpkin spice latte yet? September brings a change of season and into a little over a month into school.

Our Cadets have been working on systems and routines to assist in creating a positive culture and climate. Routines are now established both in the classroom and at home, helping to balance our students’ full plates of homework, sports, family time, reading, play and more.

Our teachers have been working collaboratively to create engaging and enriching experiences for our Cadets. Students participated in our STEM Day in August. Cadets in K-5 participated in differentiated Hands on Science Experiences using the 5 E Model in Science (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.) Please see highlights below of the experiences.

STAR Diagnostic:

Students in grades are completing the STAR Math/Reading. This assessment is completed 3 times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring.) Data is used to create a plan of remediation and acceleration. Students in grades 1st and 2nd will be completing their assessment this week. Following the assessment, teachers will send home student reports as they work with students and parents to create a comprehensive plan of support.


All agendas have been distributed at this time. Thank you for your patience and support as you waited for your student agenda's to arrive.

This year we wanted to provide this resource free to our students and families. There is no charge for the agendas. This is one of our two forms of communication that we use at Bethune. We use agendas and Class Do Jo to maintain open lines of communication between home and school.


Take your Child to School Day- Wednesday, September 22 is "Dad's Take Your Child to School Day" This event will be a Drive Through Experience. Dad's/ Father Figures are encouraged to Drive Through the Car Rider Line or walk their child to the Front Entrance for a special treat. We want to celebrate our Dads/Father Figure and the important role that they play in the life of our Cadets.

PTA 2021-2022

We would like to thank our Parents, teachers and staff for your participation during the PTA interest and Charter Meeting on Thursday. With your support, we chartered our new PTA for the 2021-2022 School Year.

We would like to congratulate our new PTA Board

President- Patrice Green

1st Vice President- Nicole Williams

Secretary - Joan Mertilien

Treasurer- Nicole Mckitrick

Congratulations Teacher of the Year Mrs. Anhault & School Related Employee Mr. Beasley

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This Week: Star Assessment continues until Sept. 30th

Sept 15- Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

Sept 21- Book Fair Opens ( student walk through only) during Media Time

Sept 21- Superintendent Heid's Community Conversation 6-8 p.m. Lake Eva Center

Sept 21- Father Bring your Child to School (Drive Through in Morning Car Rider or walk up)

Sept 23rd- K-2nd Grade Open House 5-5:30- Title 1 Required overview/5:30-6:30 Open

Sept 24- Cadet of the Month

Upcoming Weeks:

Sept 30th- STAR Ends

Sept 30th 3rd-5th Grade Open House 5-5:30- Title 1 Required overview/5:30-6:30 Open House--

October 8th- Fall Pictures

October 12-19th- Parent Conferences- Virtual

October 14th- End of 1st 9 Weeks

October 14th- Last Day of A.R.

October 18th- Non- Student /Teacher Workday

October 20th- A.R. Celebrations

October 22nd- Fall Fundraiser Kick off- Primary and Intermediate assemblies in Courtyard

October 25th- Report Cards go home

October 25th- Red Ribbon Spirit Week

October 26th- Character Pumpkin entries due in Media Center

October 27th- Early Dismissal

October 29th- Book -O -Ween Pumpkin Contest & Reveal Walk

Guidance Corner-- Mrs. Williams

Counselor’s Corner

Hello Bethune Academy families. My name is Nicole Williams, and I am new to BA this year. I have been an educator for over twenty years working as a teacher, STEM specialist and counselor. I am originally from Alabama and I have lived in Florida for six years. Serving children and families are very important to me and I am committed to supporting the academic, social and emotional needs of all students. I look forward to getting to know all our students and families.

Cadet of the Month — This is an initiative to build and recognize good character. Each month, we will focus on a specific character trait. Teachers will identify two students from their classroom each month who have exemplified the character trait of focus. Parents can participate in the Cadet of the Month program in two ways. First, they can complete the attached ticket highlighting their student use of the trait at home. Parents can also watch virtually during the recognition ceremony at the end of the month. Students will receive a certificate and a special recognition pencil and treat.

August/September Action Ticket

(Student Name)

Showed Self-Control

(Describe Action)

Form must be completed by parent or another adult.

August/September Action Ticket

(Student Name)

Showed Self-Control

(Describe Action)

Form must be completed by parent or another adult.

August/September Action Ticket

(Student Name)

Showed Self-Control

(Describe Action)

Form must be completed by parent or another adult.

August/September Action Ticket

(Student Name)

Showed Self-Control

(Describe Action)

Form must be completed by parent or another adult.

Character Traits for September & Action Tickets

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 3pm

Bethune Academy's Media Center

We are excited to kick off our Scholastic Book Fair with our students and parents.

Please assist us with Book Fair, by providing your child with the exact amount on a check or a bill no over $10.00.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contest

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis invite all Florida students to participate in the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating Hispanic-American Community Leaders and Champions.” To ensure Florida students have an opportunity to participate, the deadline for all submissions is 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting their original artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest. In addition, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15-October 15, 2021, and is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the countless contributions of Hispanic Americans in our state’s history. I hope your teachers will incorporate this theme in their lesson plans and instruction so all students have the chance to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for Hispanic American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.

Please share this information about the art, essay and educator contests with your parents, teachers and students. The prizes could transform the life of a student in your district.

Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at

Volunteer Florida

Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250

Tallahassee, Florida 32308

To learn more about Florida’s rich history of contributions by Hispanic-Americans and for more information about the art, essay and educator contests, please visit

Again, the deadline for all submissions is 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, October 11, 2021.

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