Banneker Principal Weekly Update
January 21 - January 22
Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme
This is your principal, Robert L. Carter with the Banneker Principal Weekly Update. Welcome to the second half of the school year. The first semester ended Friday. If you made the switch from hybrid to distance or vice versa, that takes effect today. Those of you who are joining a new class, welcome. This week is another 100% distance learning week for all students. Banneker teachers are scurrying to get our vaccinations and when the metrics say it’s safe, we will return to school for in-person learning for families who chose that option. Last week’s Positivity Project theme was Prudence and there were so many great lessons in each class about prudence. This week’s Positivity Project theme is Perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Congratulations on overcoming the obstacles related to the first semester of school. I am so proud of all of you. Have you set goals for yourself for the second semester? I know I have. Make sure to check out your child’s report card on ParentVUE next Tuesday. This is a short week, with only Thursday and Friday being school days. But it was a monumental week at Banneker and for our country. I hope you were able to reflect during Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday or during Inauguration Day on Wednesday. I remain optimistic about the days to come. Let’s have a great, short, week. Make sure to read on to see a new section titled “The Best of Banneker.” This week we are highlighting our KG teacher Rachel Holdsworth and our 3rd grade teacher Christy Irvin.
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: https://www.lcps.org/Page/217792
The Best of Banneker- ALL About Rachel Holdsworth
The Best of Banneker- All about Christy Irvin
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.
- You can join the Shutterfly site which I have included directions for in this email.
- You can email them to your teacher.
- You can send them to me at Meaghan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 😊