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Newsletter

Welcome from our
President

Goals and Accomplishments from our Principal

Dear Barksdale Family,
    Welcome to a new and exciting school year at Barksdale Elementary!  As you know, my name is Pam Layton and I am the new Barksdale PTA President.  I am married to Chris and we have three daughters - Danielle, 13; Jenilee, 10; and Samantha, 7. We moved to Georgia four years ago from Tigard, Oregon.  As all of you parents can relate, our girls keep us hopping from one activity to another.  They are all involved in sports, band and girl scouts.  I have always been involved with their activities, either coaching or as a troop leader.  I am really excited about this opportunity to work with the great PTA board of officers and committee chairpersons we have here at Barksdale.
    Having moved here from another state with two children in the school system, I can tell you first hand that we have been blessed by being a member of the Barksdale family, both academically and socially.  It is a truly wonderful environment for our children.
    Each month I will spotlight one of the PTA officers, just to let you get to know them a little better.  Mary Blount, Pam Lee, Ann Schlumper, Teri Dingle and Debbie Bessette really make all the committees function smoothly and efficiently.
    We have some great activities coming up in the near future, such as the "Gold C" campaign, our Gift Wrap fundraiser, Health Fair/Open House, Skate Night, Muffins with Mom, Doughnuts with Dad and Our Santa Secret Shop.
    Admission for the Muffins with Mom and Doughnuts with Dad is free with a PTA membership.  Please see Lynn Rives or send in your name and $3.00 each to your child's teacher to get this taken care of.
    At our September 1st PTA meeting, we will be approving the proposed budget and introducing ourselves.  We are all looking forward to the wonderful things we can provide for all Barksdale children!
    Sincerely,
    Pam Layton, BES PTA President

Dear Barksdale Family,
    As this school year begins, I am struck by the overwhelming sense of community our Curriculum Nights.  Please know that you won't find a more tireless and dedicated group of individuals as the Barksdale Staff.  We pledge anew our commitment to striving to "Do More For All Children" (Our PTA slogan for 1998-99).
    The first goal in our Local School Plan for Improvement states that we will work to increase the level of student achievement in the area of language arts.  We are celebrating our good fortunate because we applied for and received a Reading First Project Grant for $27,000 from the State of Georgia.  This grant will provide training and materials to implement learning activities which focus on children becoming more efficient readers.
    With these Reading First funds, Barksdale will purchase quality children's literature and materials for teaching direct, systematic and explicit phonics to kindergarten through third grade students.  During the fall of this school year, teachers will individually assess the reading skills of every student in grades K-3.  Teachers will use the results to select reading materials to meet the needs of all learners.  To supplement and enrich our reading instruction in the fourth and fifth grades, our PTA has purchased the Accelerated Reader Program to improve students reading comprehension skills.  Our expectation is that as students' reading skills improve; students will read more and enjoy it more.
    In addition to our concentration on reading and as part of our School Plan for Improvement, the staff at Barksdale will focus on student achievement in mathematics.  Plans have been made to provide staff development training on instructional models for teachers to develop strategies to implement in their classes, which will enable our students to increase their math skills.  Technology will be an integral part of our instruction.  Computer Curriculum Corporation software program, Successmaker, will be used to assess and diagnose student skills in our target areas of estimation, geometry, and measurement.
    Our goal at Barksdale is to provide challenging, relevant, and appropriate instruction for each student.  As always, I am enthusiastic about working with your children.  Please drop by the office to visit with me and share celebrations or concerns.  I hope to see you in the school often.
      Warmest regards,
      Dr. Cherry Stone

barksdalepta@usa.net