Banneker Principal Weekly Update

February 2 - February 5

Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme

Greetings Banneker Families,

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 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.

Specials A-Week

This week is a A-Week for specials

Positivity Project Resources for Families

Please enjoy taking a look at the family resources from P2. What a great resource. Enjoy.

Password: P2

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:

The Best of Banneker- Joyce Shanholtzer

My name is Joyce Shanholtzer. I have worked at Banneker for 8 years and I am the School Counselor. As a child, I lived in Athen, Greece for 5 years and went to 1st and 2nd grade at an international school that was run by Catholic nuns. The rest of my childhood was spent in Fairfax County, back when the county was just beginning to grow. I attended James W. Robinson Secondary School, which was the first school in the county to include grades 7 -12 and we had over 3,000 students as soon as the school opened. Robinson was also the first school in Fairfax to begin with the "open classroom" concept that later became unpopular in education. I went to Madison College, which is now JMU and loved it so much that I stayed 2 extra years to get my Master's in Education (Counseling). Back in the mid-70's, there were too many teachers in Virginia and I was encouraged to pursue a different career. I spent several years in the mental health counseling field and then found my way back to education and working with children. My husband and I have lived in western loudoun for almost 37 years and all 3 of my children went to Banneker. Since finishing college, all of my children have gotten married, and I now have 4 grandchildren living in Connecticut and Georgia. My daughter is actually a middle school counselor! Tell me what you enjoy doing. (Ex. Hiking, biking, playing music, listening to music, cooking, eating, etc.) Playing outside is my favorite activity! I am an avid walker, gardener, and enjoy most anything that involves being in nature. When I started school in Greece, we didn't have kindergarten, so I started 1st grade at the age of 5. I was always the youngest in my class when I came back to the United States. I love that Banneker has remained a "smallish" school and I hope that our students will remain friends for life with their Banneker classmates.
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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.

  1. You can join the Shutterfly site which I have included directions for in this email.
  2. You can email them to your teacher.
  3. You can send them to me at

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. 😊



Upcoming Calendar Events

February 10- Save the Date Picture Retake Day (PM)

February 11- Save the Date Picture Retake Day (AM)

February 15- President's Day Student Holiday