March 2015

Read Across America is Celebrated at Barnett Elementary

Attributions: 
Lynette White

Students at Barnett Elementary started their day off with their principal  Angela Stoddard Reading  “Oh the Things you Can Think”.   During the morning students from Salem Hills High School visited each classroom reading Dr. Seuss stories and talking with the Students about the importance of reading.  These students were so fun, and animated, the students really enjoyed having them visit our school.   The SHHS students adviser was Mr. Jamsa.  He brought his guitar and sang with the students.    Later that day, Mrs. Stoddard, dressed as the Cat in the Hat visited each classroom and  brought books for each student.  Students had a read-a-thon to enjoy their new books that afternoon.  We are learning about the value of reading and setting goals to be a stronger reader. The students dressed up as their favorite book character.  The teachers also got into the spirit of the day.  

 

 

Teacher Spotlight: Sixth Grade

Attributions: 
Lisa Peterson, Gwen Spencer, Lindsey Laudato, Beth Knudsen
Mrs. Lindsey Laudato, Mrs. Gwen Spencer, Mrs. Lisa Peterson

This month's teacher spotlight are the sixth grade teachers.  This is what the teachers have to say about each other!

Focus on--Mrs. Gwen Spencer
I don't know how she has enough minutes in her day to do all she does. She is always so willing to take on extra projects to help our team and is constantly looking for things to help us with. Her students think she is amazing and willing to work with them. A great teacher and friend.  She is dedicated – showing up everyday and spending the necessary time to provide her students with the best education.She is empathetic– being sensitive to a student’s struggles even though she may not personally be able to relate to them. She is fearless – Trying a new approach that may be outside the norm and may receive criticism or scrutiny. 

Focus on--Mrs. Lisa Peterson
Mrs. Peterson can "shift gears" and can be very flexible with her schedule.  She is a great leader and keeps our 6th grade team on task and ready anything that comes our way.  She creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom. In her small community, there are rules to follow and jobs to be done and each student is aware that he or she is an important, integral part of the group. Mrs. Peterson lets her students know that they can depend not only on her, but also on the entire class.  She is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. She is approachable, not only to students, but to everyone in the building.  If she  is having a bad day, no one ever knows—she leaves personal baggage outside the school doors. Even through all of her trials she never complains and goes with the flow. She works smarter not harder, meaning she really focuses on what is the most important and focuses on those things to teach. Her students love her and know her expectations. A well organized teacher always willing to share new ideas to better our team. 

Focus on--Mrs. Lindsey Laudato
Mrs. Laudato is generous – volunteering for extra assignments and/or giving money out of her own pocket for classroom needs or individual student needs. She is joyful – coming to class each day in a good mood, excited, and enthusiastic about doing her job. She is passionate – teaching with enthusiasm and exuberance on a daily basis because she loves the content and her students. She collaborates with on an ongoing basis that keeps us focused  and on track with our planning.  Mrs. Laudato has a great respect for her students and fellow educators.  She values others' opinions and ideas and is always willing to try.  Mrs. Laudato sets high expectations for all students.  She knows that students generally give to teachers as much or as little as is expected of them. She has a love of learning and inspires students with her passion for education. She  has no fear of learning new teaching strategies or incorporating new technologies into lessons.

We are so lucky to have these three wonderful sixth grade teachers at Barnett!

Repertory Dance Theater Visit

Attributions: 
Angela Stoddard
All our student volunteers and the dancers from RDT.
Dancers created a shape in space.
Dancers creating their own dance and movement.

The Repertory Dance Theater visited Barnett today and got the whole school dancing! We learned that dancing can be fun, good exercise, and anyone can do it. The pictures show some of the fun that was had!

Crystal Apple Winner--Mrs. Patricia Hanson!

Attributions: 
Ronda Hair & Clea Comte

Recently, Mrs. Patricia Hanson was selected as the Crystal Apple award recipient at Barnett Elementary.  She received it for being such a good teacher.  She does what it takes to help her students be successful. If a student is struggling she works tirelessly to find approaches that will help the students to achieve success. As one of her students was leaving her class, he hugged her and said that she was the nicest teacher he had ever had. The student was a difficult student, however because of the way Mrs. Hanson treated him, he had no idea that he had been a challenge for her. He felt like she was the nicest teacher he had ever had. That is a great example of the kind of teacher she is.

Mrs. Comte said, "I have worked with Mrs. Hanson for 14 years.  She is always eager to do what is best for children to feel successful. She is concerned about their self-esteem and building on their strengths.  She is open to new ideas and trying them out in her classroom.  She differentiates in her classroom to meet the different learning styles.  I appreciate being able to go to her for feedback on challenges I am having in my classroom.  She is a great team player and wants what is best for not only students but for her fellow teachers as well.  I enjoy working with her and appreciate her positive attitude."

We are lucky to have such a great teacher at our school!