Banneker Principal Weekly Update
February 2 - February 5
Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme
This is your principal, Robert L. Carter with the Banneker Principal Weekly Update. Well, I hope everyone had a great time playing in the snow. My family had so much fun. Send my your snow day pictures and I will include them in the Banneker Morning News next Monday February 8. This month, Banneker will be celebrating Black History Month in various ways in the classroom. Please take a look at the history of Banneker page on our website to see Banneker's significance in the story of African Americans in Loudoun County https://www.lcps.org/domain/5757. This week is another 100% Distance Learning week for all students but I am anticipating some action on the decision to return to Hybrid In-Person Learning during tonight's 6:30pm school board meeting. I will tune in and let you know the results of that meeting. Last week’s Positivity Project theme was Other People Matter: Supporting Others when they Struggle and there were so many great lessons in each class about this. This week’s Positivity Project Theme is Integrity. Integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely. Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching. People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Make sure to check out your child’s report card on ParentVUE. They have been available for about a week and they will be the first thing you see if you are login on to ParentVue for the first time since last Tuesday. Make sure to read on to see a new section titled “The Best of Banneker.” This week we are highlighting Joyce Shanholtzer solely due to this week being National School Counseling Week. We appreciate out school counselor so much and hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better. Let's have a great week together.
MAP Assessment Information
In the next few weeks, your child will take a MAP Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on their LCPS issued device. LCPS administers NWEA’s MAP Growth tests each fall, winter, and spring to students in grades 2-8 and high school students enrolled in Algebra I and Geometry to determine their instructional readiness level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child’s answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their typical grade level expectations. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it enables teachers to personalize instruction to meet students’ needs at all levels of content knowledge. Given the importance of MAP data for teachers’ instructional planning, we ask that you encourage your child to do their best without providing additional supports which may skew the results. There is no benefit to a high score on these tests.
Following each testing period, you will receive a Student Progress report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: https://www.lcps.org/Page/217792
The Best of Banneker- Joyce Shanholtzer
We Need Your Pictures!!!
Hi Banneker Families!
We want to continue to document memories we make this year for our yearbook and since we will not have a Turkey Trot day or a Parade page for the yearbook this year, we would love to include snow day pictures in their place! If you could please send in pictures of the students and how they celebrated the snow days this week that would be great! You can get them to us a couple of different ways.
- You can join the Shutterfly site which I have included directions for in this email.
- You can email them to your teacher.
- You can send them to me at Meaghan.firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to have as many pictures as we can get and fill up those pages with snow day fun! Thank you and please email me with questions. 😊