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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Bennett Elementary School achieves Level 2 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Bennett Elementary School is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 2 certification in Marzano High Reliability SchoolsTM. Level 2 certification means Bennett Elementary School has established “Effective Teaching in Every Classroom,” which focuses on the responsibility of both school leaders and teachers in ensuring high-quality instruction.

The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research- based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

This framework, based on 50 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become an HRS—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.

“As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run,” says CEO Robert J. Marzano.

Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams.

Using the HRS framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.

About Marzano Research

Marzano Research combines Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s 50 years of educational research with continuous action research in all major areas of schooling. An all-inclusive professional learning center, the company provides K–12 educators with solutions for instruction, reflective teaching, curriculum development, leadership, student engagement, and competency-based education. Marzano Research’s services and products include customizable on-site professional development, educator events, books, videos, and online courses using research-based instructional strategies designed to effect profound improvement in student achievement.

Congratulations to this year's Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kayla Baker!

The staff of Bennett Elementary chose Mrs. Kayla Baker as this year's Teacher of the Year. This is Mrs. Baker's second year serving at Bennett as 4th grade Math/Science.

In nominating Mrs. Baker, her fellow staff members said, "I love how she strives to build the whole student, building good character, not just building students academically. I love how she showcases the learning in her classroom via Twitter. I’m able to get fun ideas to implement in my own classroom! Her lessons are engaging and I love the real world experiences she brings to her students each day in her lessons. As a co-worker, I love being on the same tactic and vertical teams. She has amazing input and always has such a positive outlook on everything.”

“She does a great job of meeting her students’ needs. She includes ALL students and gears her lessons to include all learning styles. She also does a great job showcasing her students’ learning on Twitter.”

Thank you Mrs. Baker for your heart for our Bennett students!

From Mrs. Parks, School Counselor . . .

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day.

February – Trustworthiness - Be honest, Do not deceive, cheat, or steal, Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing, Build a good reputation.

Week of:

February 4 - Communicate anger appropriately.

February 11 - Apologize without blame and accept them with respect.

February 19 - If someone is bothering you at school, let your teacher know. Don’t take matters into your own hands or you might end up in more trouble.

February 25 - If you win, don’t brag. If you lose, don’t show anger.

Bennett Live Kind Weekly Challenge:

February 4 - Make a card for the school counselor.

February 11 - Ask a classmate if he or she needs help.

February 19 - Make a card for your principal.

February 25 - Ask 3 people about their day.

**Thank you 2nd Grade for our weekly challenges!

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From Nurse Martin . . .

Winter Illness

We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. When a child comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.

Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.

If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the Dr or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow.

Please take a moment to review the exclusions by clicking the following link MISD Exclusions.

Student Possession of Medication

McKinney ISD has a no tolerance policy for students in possession of medication of any kind, including herbal supplements, vitamins, and all over the counter medications including cough drops/lozenges.

All medications must be delivered and picked up by a parent or guardian.

Students are not allowed to drop off or take home their medication(s) from the school clinic.

All medications are to be stored in the nurse's office with the exception of prescribed medications for the treatment of asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes.

Please see the campus nurse if your child has one of these conditions.

Learning Commons Newsletter . . .

Coming Up!

February 14 - Class Parties 1:45-2:30PM

February 15 - PTO Sweetheart Dance 6-8PM

February 18 - No School for Students; Staff Development Day

February 19 - Spring and Class Photos (Individual Student and Class Photos); Discovery Day - any student welcome to taste test sugar snap peas and roasted chickpeas in the cafeteria at lunch

February Staff Birthdays!!!

February 16 - Mrs. Covey

February 19 - Mrs. Sullivan

February 23 - Mrs. Fanning

February 26 - Mrs. Hamill

After School Opportunities . . .

Please check

for updated listings of all options.

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MISD Recess Guidelines . . .

2018-2019 Specials Schedule . . .

Visitor Safety Procedures

When visiting the school between 8AM-3PM, please state your full name, student's name, and the purpose of visit to campus as well as show your photo ID to the camera prior to entering the building. Thank you for helping us adhere to this district standard. Please also help us by not allowing anyone in the building behind you.

Bennett 2018-2019 Calendar and Spirit Days

Parent Feedback . . .

We always welcome your feedback. You are welcome to e-mail, call, or schedule a meeting with Mrs. Holderman and Mrs. Constantinescu. This is also a link to provide feedback, appreciations, compliments, concerns, or suggestions as we continue to ensure we are the BEST school in McKinney.

Bennett 2018-2019: One Team, One Dream for the Best Year Ever!