Benefield Elementary Beacon
September 22, 2014
Students engaged in learning!
Our visitors were able to see the growth and progression of technology use in the classroom by visiting kindergarten and fifth grade. They were amazed to see students in kindergarten engaged in independent reading, conferring, guided reading, and computer activities. Next, they visited Ms. Randolph's classroom which highlighted the use of technology in math workshop. Students were engaged in blogs, online practice, small group instruction, and exemplars. Then, they visited Ms. Macdonald's classroom which highlighted the integration of social studies content with technology during reading workshop. Our visitors were excited to see the transformation of the classroom from their educational experiences. They commented on the outstanding behavior and manners exhibited by our students.
The team will return in November to share their experience with other members of Leadership Gwinnett. If you are interested in hosting a visit, please let me know. We will begin identifying the classrooms next month for the November visit.
GCPS: A Broad Prize Finalist
We have provided additional custodial help in the cafe, but we do not need to depend on this support. Our students need to pick up items they drop and dispose of properly. We need to encourage our students to be responsible citizens. Our students will follow our lead and what we model.
Students in Mrs. Nahas and Ms. McLees' 1st grade class voluntarily used their recess time to pick up trash on the playground. This is an excellent example of students taking the initiative for their school. Highlight students who "do the right thing" and are responsible!
Benefield is our school. We are committed to increasing the achievement of our students and developing citizenship skills in our students.
Two important elections are the state governor and state superintendent positions.
State Superintendent Candidates:
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications
HOST Professional Learning Conference
Please consider sharing your expertise with your colleagues. I have an updated list of topics I will share via Lotus Notes. You can propose to share an essential instructional practice that is not listed.
We have extended the deadline to 9/26/14. The brief description can be bullet points of the key information being presented. Your evidence can be photos from your classroom. For instance, if you are sharing about conferring, take a photo of your organizational tool for your conferences. If you have any questions, please see a member of the leadership team, Ms. Todd, or Ms. Stocks.
Hand Washing & Hand Sanitizer
Chik Fil A Spirit Night
Congratulations to Ms. Randolph's 5th grade class for having the highest participation rate. Last week, Ms. Randolph's class celebrated with an ice cream party. Who will be next?
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Monday, 9/22: Hispanic Heritage Month Activities, Fall Book Fair, 5th Grade T-Shirt Sales, Broad Prize winner announced at 12:00 PM, Chik Fil A Spirit Night (5-8 PM), Relay for Life Jeans $8
Wednesday, 9/24: Early Release @ 12:00 PM, YMCA begins at 12:00 PM for registered students, Relay for Life Jeans $8
Thursday, 9/25: Early Release @ 12:00 PM, YMCA begins at 12:00 PM for registered students.
Friday, 9/26: HOST I (Collaborative Conversations); Picture with the Principal, Stevi B's Pizza Spirit Night
Monday, 9/29: DDAs (interims) all week & SBA for math this week, ELA/Reading 1st - 5th
Tuesday, 9/30: DDA Math 1st - 5th; Gladiator ticket sales begin
Wednesday, 10/1: DDA SC 3rd - 5th; United Way jean passes, Lego League
Thursday, 10/2: DDA SS 3rd - 5th; Safety Training during planning
Friday, 10/3: Junior Achievement (8-12)
Picture Day the following week!