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CCRPI Block Party

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Students, faculty, staff and family members at Berta Weathersbee recently celebrated their huge gains on CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) with a school-wide block party. In addition to performances by both the cheerleaders and step team, a variety of speakers, including past teachers, congratulated the students on their progress. In one year, Berta's climate rating went from two to four stars and the CCRPI score went up 17 points. 

Upcoming Events.November 16

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Stone Soup

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Students in Mrs. Porter's first grade class recently enjoyed a special literary treat. After reading Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, the first graders made and ate their own stone soup using magical colored stones.

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Upcoming Events.November 12

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11/13/18: Troup County School System Thanks Veterans

Thanks to all of our men and women who have served in the armed forces. 

Foot Measurement

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As part of their measurement unit, first graders in Mrs. Porter's class at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School read the book How Big is a Foot by Rolf Myller. They then used cut outs of their feet to measure things in the classroom.

Upcoming Events.November 2

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Fall Festival

The Fall Festival scheduled for November 1 has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date.

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Fall STEM

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First grade students in Mrs. Hadden's class at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently celebrated the fall season with several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. After estimating, weighing, and measuring pumpkins, students submerged them in water to see if they would float. Additionally they stacked black and orange cups to see who could build the tallest tower and created bat wing hats.

October Stats in the Media Center

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Guest Author, Chris Rumble

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed guest author, illustrator and musician Chris Rumble. Rumble, the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, entertained the students with songs, stories and original artwork. He also shared his personal story on how he became an author and illustrator.

Upcoming Events.October 26

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Vehicle Day

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As a part of Red Ribbon Week students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed Vehicle Day. Each year large trucks and vehicles, including a firetruck, ambulance, several service vehicles from the City of LaGrange, in addition to many more, come to the school to let students get a close-up view of the vehicles and learn more about careers. The theme for the day is "Choose A Career, Not Drugs!"

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. For parents who do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be 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. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Upcoming Events.October 19

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Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Jaketa Hardnett, our 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!

Dan Gutman

 

Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School series and more, sent a special video to the students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School reminding them to read! Thank you Mr. Gutman!

Upcoming Events.October 12

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Best Bus Announced

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Congratulations to Bus 16-05, "Berta's Best Bus" for September! Driver Mr. Charlie and his aide Ms. Audrey each received a $10 Subway gift card and a Berta cup filled with goodies. The winning bus was chosen because they had the least referrals and students followed the Berta Best Bus Expectations. Additionally the bus driver followed Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies for good behavior.  

Touchdown Berta!

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Ready, set, READ! Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is scoring touchdowns with reading. The Read for the Win reading challenge recently kicked off at BWE with a pep rally complete with music, games, reading cheers, and performances by the Berta Steppers and cheerleaders. During October, students can participate in the Read for the Win challenge and score points for reading books on their Lexile level. One book earns a first down and a bookmark, two books earn a field goal and a football pencil, and three books earn a touchdown and a picture on the Wall of Winners. At the end of the promotion, the class with the highest percentage of points will win their choice of an ice cream or pizza party. There will be one class winner in grades K-2 and one class winner in grades 3-5. 

Upcoming Events.October 5

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Guest Reader

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School are getting a special literary treat! Immediately following the morning announcements each Tuesday, a special guest reader is reading a book live from the broadcast room while students watch from their classrooms. The readers are a mix of faculty, staff and community members. 

Johnny Appleseed

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Students in Mrs. Porter's first grade class recently studied Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman. In honor of his birthday on September 26, the students read various pieces of literature about him, discussed the definition of tall tales and then discussed which elements of the tall tale of Johnny Appleseed were true and which ones were exaggerated. Additionally, they learned a song about him, enjoyed a story about "a little red house with no windows and no doors and a star inside," and conducted an apple tasting and created a graph of their favorite apple.

September Media Center Statistics

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Upcoming Events.September 28

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Family Reading Night at LaGrange Mall

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Join us for this fun family event and support our Media Center at the sale time!

Upcoming Events.September 21

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Title I

Our school is a Title I school!  Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s schools.  An important part of our success is parent participation and support to improve student achievement.  Check with your child’s teacher or our Family Liaison, Crystal Bolden, if you are looking for ways to get more involved this year!

Setting Goals

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Students in Mrs. Hardnett's fourth-grade class are well on the way to making their academic dreams a reality. Recently she had each of her students write down their goals for the year and the steps that they need to take to achieve them. Goal setting is a great way to get students to take ownership of learning and academic success.

Thank You!

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Thank you to Trackmobile for supporting our school and sending our students on field trips!

IMPACT!

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IMPACT, an new organization at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, is making a difference this school year by providing support and encouragement to teachers and staff through positive notes and small tokens of appreciation. IMPACT is also tasked with planning special events and staff get-togethers. IMPACT was inspired by a similar program at Troup High School that Berta Weathersbee teachers learned about this summer at the ICLE Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Fl.

International Dot Day

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently celebrated International Dot Day with a STEAM activity. Students were divided into teams of four and challenged  to create the tallest structure using 50 pieces of DOTS candy and toothpicks. The activity encouraged teamwork and thinking outside the box. International Dot Day is a celebration of the book, The Dot by Peter J. Reynolds. Started in 2009 by teacher Terry Shay Dot encourages creativity, collaboration, and making your mark.  

Upcoming Events.September 17

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PBIS Rewards

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School students are enjoying shopping at the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) store. The students are able to use "Eagle Cash" to make purchases of items ranging from candy to large toys and balls. PBIS is a system utilized by the school to promote positive behavior through school-wide expectations and culture. With PBIS students that follow the expectations get acknowledged and rewarded. 

Book Donations!

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Students in Mrs. Clark's first-grade class are all smiles as they proudly show off some brand new books that they can keep. Mrs. Clark has secured donations by asking friends, family and community members to sponsor one student in her class for $9 per year. The money she raised enables her to purchase one Scholastic $1 book per student each month.

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