PLA @ Bellingrath School Newsletter

Buccaneer Bulletin Issue #1 Volume #9

February 2, 2023

Important Dates in December:

February 3rd: Picture Day

February 6th-10th: National School Counselor Week

February 9th: 3rd 9 weeks Progress reports will be distributed

February 10th: Valentines Day Sock Hop

February 13th: PTA Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.

February 13th-15th: Access Testing

February 20th: President's Day/No School

February 28th: Black History Program

*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.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

At PLA @ Bellingrath Middle School, it doesn’t take Valentine’s Day to remind us of the need to communicate kindness. We can recognize and acknowledge the inherent goodness in each other every day. Being inclusive at our school is as meaningless as the message on a candy heart if we don’t show it through actions and words. We can, also paraphrase the famous Rogers and Hart lyric, make every day Valentine’s day by banishing bullying behavior, showing respect to each other, and being kind to ourselves.

The 2nd-9 week grading period/1st Semester has ended, and we are nearly halfway through the 3rd 9 weeks grading period as well as the school year. Progress reports will go home on Thursday, February 9, 2022. As we prepare to send out our 3rd 9 week progress reports, we are also continuing to enhance our test-taking skills for The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment of Student Performance ACAP. Students in grades 6-8 will be taking the ACAP Summative this Spring. In preparation for the ACAP Summative, students will be practicing by taking ACAP practice test as well as participating in the A.C.E. after School tutoring Program.

Parents you can go to the ACAP website at

to have your child take a practice test. The new State Testing format is different in format and 100% online. So, we are giving our scholars as much exposure as possible.

When you go to the Website, you will click on the "Online Training Tools" button. You can then access the practice tests as a "Guest." You would be amazed at the rigor of this assessment!!

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Title I Parent Survey 2023

PLA @ Bellingrath want to hear from you. Please support PLA @ Bellingrath by completing the following survey. We want to make sure that we hear and address your concerns as we move forward. We won’t be able to successfully make changes that impact all stakeholders unless we know what your concerns are.

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National School Counselor's Week

National School Counselor’s Week takes place February 6-10, 2021. The week will be celebrated to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within the United States school systems. National School counseling week, sponsored by The American School Counseling Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first week in February.
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Happy National School Counseling Week Ms. Edwetta Robinson and Barbara Jordhal!

You are making a difference in the lives of the students, staff and families you work with each and every day! Thank you for being our school counselors!
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Black History Month

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

On February 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m., PLA @Bellingrath will commemorate the month with a Black History Program. The program will be held on our website as well as watched live on our

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Yearbook Sale!


Our 2022-23 Yearbook is on sale now!

Order yours today so that you can relive all of the memories for years to come.


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Dress Code Reminders

Good grooming and personal appearance are critical elements in the teaching and learning process at PLA @ Bellingrath. It is expected that administrators, teachers, and students dress in such a manner that will provide quality learning experiences and will ensure the health and safety of those involved. Students in grades 6th-8th must dress in a manner that will ensure health and safety, not be distracting to others, and non-disruptive of the program.

The following articles of clothing and other items are not allowed:

• Pajama pants or Lounge wear. No blankets or pillow.

• Flip-flops, slide sandals or sneakers which are unlaced or untied.

• Bagging/sagging pants worn below waistline Pants should be worn at waist height with proper fit making sure that no undergarments or skin is exposed.

• Rips/frays/holes in pants at all.

• During the school day, students are not to wear caps, hats, sunglasses, or other inappropriate headwear unless while outside during P.E. (ex. Hoodie pulled up over head, ski hat, etc.)

•Pull over hoodies are not allowed. Students may wear hoodies that zip down the middle only. If students are caught wearing a pull over hoodie, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.

Valentine's Day Dance

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Our CEO, Earl Martin Phalen, has been featured in Forbes! We are so excited to share this recent accomplishment with you. Please take a moment to read the feature and learn more about his KC Scholars program, which is making waves in the Kansas City educational sphere. You will also get a chance to explore some of Mr. Phalen's Kansas City favorites! Read the full feature here:
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Please Join the PLA@ Bellingrath PTA today!

Support your teachers and our students! Be involved. Membership is $5 per student. Parents, grandparents and other family members are encouraged to get connected through the PTA. The first PTA meeting will be held on February 13, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. in the lunchroom.

Digital Device Policy for ACAP 2022-2023

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What is ACAP Summative?

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program, or ACAP, is an annual standardized testing system that evaluates students’ achievement of the Alabama Course of Study Standards. With tests in English language arts, mathematics, and science, ACAP provides valuable insight into students’ mastery of standards, while also providing information about individual schools and districts. Tests are delivered to the following grades:

  • English language arts (grades 2–8)
  • Mathematics (grades 2–8)
  • Science (grades 4, 6, and 8)

ACAP tests given to grade 2 students are used as a baseline to compare students to when they take the test again in grade 3. The ELA tests for grades 4 and up include a writing task that requires students to draw from a passage provided in order to synthesize information and write a response. This task is scored by professional readers, while all other test questions are machine-scored. The math tests involve evidence-based and technology-enhanced questions.

All ACAP tests are delivered online, with paper accommodations available to students whose IEP or 504 plan outlines the need for paper tests. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may qualify for the ACAP Alternate, which provides assessments for the same subjects and grade levels and measures students against the Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards. The ACAP Alternate is administered via paper student test booklet, while test administrators enter student answers into the computer testing platform.

ACAP tests in math and science are available in Spanish for qualifying students. Alabama also administers the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment to grade K-12 English language learners. Once students achieve a 4.8 composite score on ACCESS, they graduate from receiving ESL services. An Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is available to English language learners in grade 1 and up who have significant cognitive disabilities.

High school students take the ACT with Writing in grade 11 to assess their mastery of math, English, and science concepts.


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A.C.E.(Accelerating Curriculum Excellence) the ACAP Summative After School Tutoring Program

A.C.E. the ACAP after school tutoring Program kicked off this week! The purpose of the A.C.E. is to prepare our scholars for the ACAP Summative Assessment that will be administered in the Spring, we will begin our after school tutoring program this month. The program will last 7 weeks and be held on Tuesday-Thursday from 3p.m.-4:45 p.m. We are still accepting applications. Our goal is to enroll 60 scholars. Parents help us reach our goal! application can be retrieved from the front office. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Sheri Lewis, the A.C.E. Facilitator @
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Please Click on the link below to view PLA @ Bellingrath's Counseling Schedule for Febrauary

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  • 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,

  • 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.

Congratulations to Our 2022-2023 Wrestling Team for being named the City Champs!

Click on the link below to see the Wrestling Schedule

Click on the link below to see the basketball Schedule!

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PLA @ Bellingrath Middle 2022-2023 Handbook

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Phelan Leadership Academies Website