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02/14/20: Hollis Hand Raises $5,200 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society LLS

Hollis Hand Elementary raised $5,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through their Pennies for Patients campaign. 


LLS is a nonprofit organization fighting blood cancer. Their mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. LLS recently launched a new Children’s Initiative which seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects so that young patients with cancer not only survive, but thrive for generations to come. 


By donating toward this worthy cause, students learned valuable pro-social skills like kindness, sharing, and empathy. Five homeroom classrooms earned a pizza party for bringing in the most donations. Last year, Hollis Hand also raised over $5,000 for LLS. Pictured with Mrs. Natalie Doerr, the school counselor, are students Cameriyan Hutchinson, Mae Lemmo and Leighton Shelnutt.

02/13/20: BWES Celebrates Math and Science Day Jaida

Berta Weathersbee Elementary (BWES) students brought their curiosity and questions to the farm as they spent a day of learning around math and science.
 

 

There was a space and science center planetarium in the gym, lizards and monkeys from Wild Animal Safari on the second floor of the school, weird science experiments by a scientist in a white coat in the auditorium, and a petting zoo behind the school close to the Kona Ice truck.
 

 

Students were fascinated as they touched llamas, lambs, and goats from Sims Pond Farm. They learned the lamb was only two weeks old so they had to be careful with their touch. Before the planetarium presentation, students were able to crawl through a small tube as they walked into a darkened globe reminiscent of a midnight sky. Employees from the Coca Cola Space Science center gave a 10 minute presentation on the planets and stars.

02/12/20: TCSS Partners to Host Vaping Crisis Seminar TarWars

The vaping epidemic is being brought to the forefront in Troup County starting with WellStar West Georgia and WellStar Medical Group, TCSS, and local law enforcement as the entities partnered to share the medical dangers of E-Cigarettes (E-Cigs) and tobacco products with the community.
 

 

The panelists shared vaping device designs to look for when it pertains to E-Cigs, conversation starters for parents to begin the discussion at home, and a presentation created by the American Academy of Family Physicians called TarWars.
 

 

Dr. Salman Fidahussein, Chief of Staff at Wellstar West Georgia and Medical Director of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, told the attendees, “Unfortunately, we see a lot of cases that could have been prevented. We have to emphasize education on prevention because by the time we see the disease, it is often too late. We at WellStar want to collaborate with our school system and other community leaders so that we can reach as many parents and children as possible and educate them on the dangers of tobacco products and e-cigs so that we can have a healthier and more successful future generations.”

4th Annual Real Men Read

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School were recently treated to special guest readers in their classrooms. Community volunteers took time out of their busy schedules to read as part of the fourth annual Real Men Read initiative. This initiative brings community members into the school while promoting the benefits of reading. Each man was assigned to a classroom where they read a story and shared with the students their own personal reading history. The men also told the students how reading impacts them now and how they utilize reading in their careers. A special thank you goes out to all the LaGrange men who supported this event!

 

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

January Readers of the Month

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their January Readers of the Month. Readers of the Month are selected by homeroom teachers and are chosen based on their attitude, commitment to reading and effort. In addition to a certificate and bookmark, each reader gets to select a friend and have lunch one day in the media center. They also earn a special seat during media center rotation.

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Celebrating Good Behavior

 

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It is all smiles at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School as students celebrate good behavior. As a part of P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) students who did not get any behavior referrals during the second 9 weeks of the school year got to attend a celebration in the gym. Each grade level participated in a variety of games including relay races, Duck, Duck, Goose and a dance off. 

Reading is on FIRE!

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Reading is on fire at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School! The fourth grade teachers took advantage of the students increased reading levels and love of reading by purchasing each student a copy of "I Survived the Great Chicago Fire,1871" by Lauren Tarshis. The students were given their copies of the book right before winter break so they would all have a good book to read. 

Donuts for Dads

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Things are pretty sweet at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School! Recently, more than 100 fathers, grandfathers and family friends attended the annual Donuts with Dads event. The attendees and their students enjoyed Krispy Kreme donuts and juice while spending time together and hearing from guest speaker Jarvis Hamilton of Overflow Outreach. There were also games, door prizes and a photo booth. 

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Kona Ice

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Awards Ceremony

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Families and friends at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School are feeling proud. Recently the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were honored at an awards ceremony for their achievements during the first semester. Pictured are the students and their families after the event. A special thank you to everybody who came out to support our students. Go Eagles and watch us soar!

Students of the Month

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their January 2020 Students of the Month. Studens of the Month are selected from each grade level based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

Berta Scholars are Looking Sharp

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Berta Soaring Eagles are looking extra sharp lately thanks to Lejon Wilson, owner and barber of Kanvas Kutz II in Columbus, Ga. Wilson made a special trip to LaGrange to give free haircuts to some of the Berta students. We truly appreciate him offering his time and skill to keep our Berta Boys looking fresh. 

December Readers of the Month

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their December Readers of the Month. Readers of the Month are selected by homeroom teachers and are chosen based on their attitude, commitment to reading and effort. In addition to a certificate and bookmark, each reader gets to select a friend and have lunch one day in the media center. They also earn a special seat during media center rotation.

 

To see the complete photo album, please click here. 

Reading with Santa

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently had a special visitor come and read to them at the school. Santa Claus took time out of his busy schedule to stop by and read, share stories and take pictures with the students. A special thanks to Jack Morman who stepped in at the last minute as Santa's helper when the original Santa was unable to attend!

Holiday Program and Family Reading Night

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Students, staff and families recently kicked off the holiday season right at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School with a star-studded Holiday Program and Family Reading Night. Attendees were treated to a wonderful performance of the musical, "The Littlest Christmas Tree" followed by literacy night activities. Students wrote letters to Santa, read books with their families and participated in scavenger hunts.Jungle Jama and the Jungle Bus, as well as Santa Claus, were also on hand.

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School Supply Donation

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Thanks to a generous donation from the LaGrange Staples store, students at berta Weathersbee Elementary School can continue to learn in style with brand new school supplies. Daniel Poe, the general manager of US Store 1016, recently donated 37 bags of supplies to the school.

Student Growth Reports

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The Student Growth Reports are available to parents through the SLDS Parent Portal (accessed through Infinite Campus).  Parents can use the following steps to locate the report: 

1) Log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal

2) Choose the SLDS portal (may have to click "More" for the option to appear)

3) Choose Performance

4) Under downloadable reports, The Student Growth Report Option will be available as well as the Individual Score Report and any other state assessment results, including GAA, GKIDS etc. 

If you would like a hard copy of the report, please contact the school directly.

 

 

Mobile Dairy Classroom

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Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently had a special treat when the Mobile Dairy Classroom and Maggie the cow came to visit. Sponsored by Georgia Dairy Farm Families through the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk, the Mobile Dairy Classroom helps students become more aware of their agricultural and natural resources. Additionally, the program encourages students to become future innovators and good stewards, producing products that not only benefit themselves but their neighbors. The program is made possible by numerous state and federal agencies.

November Readers of the Month

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their November Readers of the Month. Readers of the Month are selected by homeroom teachers and are chosen based on their attitude, commitment to reading and effort. In addition to a certificate and bookmark, each reader gets to select a friend and have lunch one day in the media center. They also earn a special seat during media center rotation.

To see the complete album, please click here.

Family Reading Night and Holiday Program

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Veteran's Day

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently honored veterans with a Veteran's Day program and special lunch. In addition to several guest speakers including Dr. Connor Smith, a local veteran, attendees were treated to performances by the Berta school chorus, the Troup High School chorus and the step team. The color guard from Troup High presented the flags and Darla Clark, a teacher at the school, performed a solo. Several students also read poems.

Pictured are the several of the veterans in attendance along with Willie Cooks, Berta Weathersbee principal and and his wife Pashion Cooks (front row), who are both also veterans.

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