PLA @ Bellingrath School Newsletter
Buccaneer Bulletin Issue #1 Volume #5
October 18, 2022
Important Dates in October:
Oct 3rd-Oct 6th: Homecoming Week
October 3rd: NWEA Review/Practice Test
October 4th: ELA NWEA
October 5th: Math NWEA/Girls Basketball Try-outs 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
October 6th: NWEA Make-up
October 6th:Homecoming Game Bellingrath vs Southlawn @ 4:15 p.m.
October 7th-10th: Fall Break/No School
October 18th: Wrestling Team Interest Meeting @ 4:00 p.m.
October 23rd-31st: Red Ribbon Week
October 24th 1st 9 weeks reports will be distributed
October 28th: Asynchronous learning Day/No School
*Please be on the lookout for flyers/invitations with additional information regarding the above events! Also, check our website and facebook page periodically for updates.
Mission Statement: “The mission of Bellingrath Middle School is to ensure scholars achieve their highest potential by providing a high-quality education in a nurturing environment.”
Vision Statement: Our school will equip scholars to think independently, become life-long learners, and college/career ready.
Fall is here!
Happy Fall! September has flown by for us here at PLA @ Bellingrath and we have moved into a very full October. Please read the rest of this newsletter for more complete details of the many aspects of our month. We are so excited to be fully launched into another grading period and grateful that we are able to have our students learning in-person from the start.
This month PLA @ Bellingrath will embark on a new adventure as we roll out our Positive Behavior Support System. Positive behavior Support (PBIS) is a set of research based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment.
An article with more specific details is below. Each newsletter will include a PBIS section that highlights a PBIS strategy and how parents can understand the instruction and reinforce PBIS at home. We will also include links to videos that you can access.
We are in the process of completing our fall benchmark assessments/NWEA to determine our students’ current level of academic performance in comparison to grade level standards. Our team will be using this data to determine next steps in our instructional practices as we work with all of our students to help them achieve to the best of their abilities. Based on those scores, your child and their teacher will set year-long and short-term goals for your child’s learning this year. These results and goals will be shared with you during parent conferences. Our focus is on growth and we will celebrate our students at the end of the year who have achieved their growth goals for the year. Thank you for your partnership. We are so grateful for each of you and your support.
This Month PLA @ Bellingrath will begin utilizing PBIS Rewards to support its PBIS initiative.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Thank you for making our literacy Night a Success!
Happy National Principals Month Dr. Mary Holloway!
Tips for celebrating National Principal's Month
October is National Principals Month! It’s an opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and honor their hard work and dedication. After school professionals should mark this special month to recognize and show appreciation for the support principals provide in helping to assure their programs are aligned with the school’s curricula in order to provide seamless, high-quality learning experiences for children and youth. But how can you acknowledge their work in a way that would be meaningful and memorable for a principal?
Dr. Paul Young, author of Principal Matters and Lead the Way! (and a past president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals) suggests these five strategies:
- Plan a celebratory program or assembly. Principals often plan events for others, but rarely does anyone plan one for them. To make it special, allow the kids themselves (with your supervision and guidance) to plan, organize and play key roles in expressing their appreciation for their principal. Effective principals are kid-focused, and seeing and hearing what their students feel about them and their support of the after school program will be certain to touch their hearts. Together with your students, don’t limit your imagination. Good planning and execution will make this program unique, remarkable and unforgettable!
- Give them flowers. Anyone can buy flowers from a florist. Instead, allow your students and staff to make their own flowers as a special art project. These will likely receive a more prominent display in the principal’s office and generate more conversation than anything you might purchase. And the special thought will last much longer.
- Give them candy. But wait, candy might not fit your program’s healthy eating guidelines. Be creative and make “candy” into a healthy snack or celebratory food that can be made, served and shared with the principal by the students in your program.
- Sing their praises. Music touches the soul. What you can’t easily say about your principal in words, do with music. Create your own song, jingle or rap, or cover a recognizable song or tune that the kids can easily perform.
- Share the celebration. Encourage students to create special invitations to the program for the principal and invited guests. Encourage kids to make their own awards and certificates of appreciation. Then, don’t fail to capture the special celebratory moments on video to archive and share in a variety of ways through social media and other outlets.
Creating fun and celebratory experiences should be a regular feature of after school programming. They provide opportunities for kids and adults to showcase what is best about after school. Principals relish genuine and heartfelt appreciation. Let them know how your program – and their support of it – is remarkable!
- For the safety of your child, please make sure that they are leaving the campus after school. There is no supervision on campus after 3:00 PM. Together we will strive to keep our students safe!
- Vistors entering the building are only allowed to enter with car keys, a cell phone, and a picture ID.
- Communication is the key to success. If your address, workplace, or phone numbers change, please communicate that with the office or email your information to the front office Assistant, Mrs. Danieka Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your child is absent from school, please send a doctor’s or parent’s note/excuse within three days of his/her absence. If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time, please contact the front office. We will make arrangements to collect assignments to prevent your child from getting behind in his or her classes.
Thank You for An Outstanding Homecoming Week!
We would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the entire PLA@ Bellingrath campus community for another successful Homecoming week celebration.
It was a packed week full of excitement, entertainment and fun for our students, staff, faculty, alumni and guests. Thank you to each of you who played a role in the planning, execution and staffing of each event throughout the week. We all enjoyed a welcoming, safe and fun environment because of the commitment and dedication of our staff and volunteers.
Again, thank you to all who played a part in this endeavor, and let’s continue Racing to Excellence as one unified campus community. Enjoy this gallery of photos from last week's events.
Parents, please familiarize yourselves with the following policy. We will begin our ACAP testing in the Spring.
NWEA will be administered October 18th-20th.
What is NWEA Map test?
The NWEA MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) is an adaptive achievement and growth test. It creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring progress and growth for each individual student. If your child correctly answers a MAP question, the computer assessment provides a harder question next. If they miss that same question, then an easier MAP question is asked. This provides essential information about what your child knows and is ready to learn. For additional information regarding NWEA map test, please view the video below.