ALB First Friday Newsletter

Our Mission at A.L. Burruss

To develop globally-minded life-long learners who take action to make our world better.

Important Dates in February

Feb 3: Movie Night at ALB 6:30-8:30

Feb 9: IB Information Sessions and Q&A at 8:15am and 6:30pm

Feb 10: Last day for Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Feb 13-17: Conference Week Early Dismissal at 1:15 every day

Feb 20-24: Winter Break Schools Closed

Feb 28: Assembly--Unity Drummers Perform

GaDOE Climate Survey

It is time to take the 2017 Climate Survey for ALB! Our climate score was recently released, and we dropped from a 4-star to a 3-star rating. We missed the 4-star rating by 0.7 points. That small margin is the difference in a few people's answers on the surveys.

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, we will have a station set up during Conference Week for parents to take the survey on our computers. Parents are also welcome to come to the Media Center and take the survey during school hours. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The school administrators receive a summary of the results from the DOE and use the data to guide decision-making processes in the school.

The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below. On the link, there is an opportunity to take the survey in Spanish.

· Georgia Parent Survey:

IB Information Sessions

“The IB Learner is at the heart of an International (IB) education. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) was introduced in 1997. The IBPYP is one part of a continuum of international education for students aged 3 to 19. The IB’s work is informed by research and by over 40 years of practical experience. The IB has always championed a stance of critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that values the progressive thinking of the past while remaining open to future innovation. The aim of all IB programmes is to be informed by these values, an IB education:

· Centers on learners

· Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning

· Works within global contexts

· Explores significant content

Working together these four characteristics define an IB education.” (IB Continuum: What is an IB education? p.1)

The link below is a great reference and resource:

What is an IB education?

Want to learn more about What’s IB Education at ALB?

Come learn with us FEBRUARY 9th at 8:15 am or 6:30 pm

IB Parent Q & A sessions

International Mindedness and the PYP


The link below is the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) CCRPI page. CCRPI stands for College and Career Readiness Performance Index. Scores are on the 1-100 scale. You can access the CCRPI scores and Climate Star rating of any school in the state.

Georgia DOE CCRPI Page

ALB's score increased from 66.4 in 2015 to 75.3 in 2016. Our Achievement points stayed the same within 0.1 points. Our Progress (Growth) score increased and our subgroup achievement of Economically Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, and Students with Disabilities increased, which gave us more points in closing the Achievement Gap and in Progress.

A. L. Burruss focuses on Growth for all students.

Georgia Milestones, Grades 3-5 Resources

We believe, as Dr. Rivera shared at PTA this week, that the home is an extension of the classroom. The best way you can help your children is to read with them at home. Read to them and let them read to you. That said, there are state resources available if you want to practice problems for the Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment.

Third Grade Study Guide for Parents and Students

Fourth Grade Study Guide for Parents and Students

Fifth Grade Study Guide for Parents and Students

Milestones Testing Starts April 18! The Marietta City Schools EOG calendar of testing is below:

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How Do We Use Assessment Results?

In various parent forums, including SGT, Principal Chats, parent conferences, and emails, parents have asked how we use assessments that we give to the children.

When we received the Winter MAP results, we disaggregated the data to identify children who were both not performing on grade level and who were not growing as they should. Teachers identify areas of strength and areas for growth and design differentiated instruction according to those needs. We are also adapting schedules, adjusting learning targets, modifying grouping, and adding interventions based on the MAP results.

MAP results are also used as one of a few criteria for placement in special programs, including AC math and Early Intervention Program (EIP).

For more information on Marietta City assessment administration and results, check out this link:

Kindergarten Pre-Registration is open until February 10!

It is time to register for Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year! All parents of rising kindergartners are strongly encouraged to register at the school they plan to attend in the fall. These registrations affect our staffing, room assignments, material inventory, etc. Registration resources, including required forms, can be found at the link below:

Help us take the Polar Plunge!

On Feb 25, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Galpin, Ms. Jones, Ms. Taylor, & Mrs. Hobby will jump into Lake Allatoona along with MPD and other MCS schools. We need to raise $50/each to jump! This fundraiser benefits Special Olympics of Georgia.