Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year! Our school theme is "Fantastic Students and Where to Find Them." I am extremely excited to continue our focus on college and career readiness through the implementation of our AVID, Daily 5/Cafe and Core Knowledge programs.
You can expect that all students will be challenged to meet their full academic potential. Students will be working together collaboratively to extend their knowledge of core content through activites designed to increase higher order thinking, reading, writing, organization and collaborative skills.
All students will be expected to use an organizational tool such as a binder,homework folder, academic planner or calendar page, which we will provide for them. As parents, you can ensure the success of our program by making sure your student brings their organizational tool to school with them every day. These tools will be used for home school communicaton, as a way for students to organize their homework and assignments and as a tool for studying their core content.
Research shows that students who read an average of twenty extra minutes a day perform better in school and on standardized tests, including those needed for college entrance. As we are a college and career focused campus, we expect all students to read for at least 20 minutes each evening. Students will be expected to set and meet Accelerated Reading goals each month. Please help support your student's academic success by providing them with a queit place to read. Don't let a lack of books keep your student from being the most successful they can be, we have both a school library and a classroom library available for student use. Students may check out books to take home with them. We have a school wide goal of reading 100,000,000 words this year.
In addition to increasing our focus on academics, we strive to ensure that all students are provided with a safe learning environment. Bradach students are taught three behavioral expectations, to be safe, respectful and responsible. Students who consistently demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible behavior are recognized at monthly assemblies, through positive notes, phone calls home, Pawesome awards, Bear Bucks and Roaring Bears. Students who need extra support in meeting the three behavioral expectations are offered tiered levels of intervention through our student study team process which can include counseling, social skills instruction, mentoring, school discipline and other means of correction.
Parent involvement on the school campus is critical to student success. We have many opportunities for parents to be a part of the Bradach Community. Our school follows the district volunteer process. Parents who are cleared to volunteer can work in their student's classroom, serve on committes, participate in PTA and chaperone field trips. In addition to volunteering, parents can participate in our monthly award assemblies, Coffee with the Adminitrators, family literacy nights and AVID workshops.
We are looking at starting a new parent volunteer opportunity this year where parents come and read with our students. If you are interested in helping us increase the reading fluency of our students, please fill out a volunteer application form.
I look forward to partnering with you to make this the best school year ever! I have an open door policy. Please drop by anytime if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns.
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Assistant Principal's Message
Welcome Back Bradach Bears to the 2017 – 2018 school year!
It is my continued pleasure and honor to serve as the Assistant Principal at D.F. Bradach for this school year. I look forward to working with families and staff which will prepare our students with an expectation of academic excellence and a community of collaboration. At Bradach we focus and implement programs such as:
· AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)schoolwide
· Daily 5/CAFÉ (Independent Reading comprehension)
· Core Knowledge Curriculum
· PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions)
· SSA (Safe School Ambassadors)
We have already seen positive measures in moving our students forward with the implementation of these focuses. Success for our students is our #1 priority to ensure they will be prepared for College and Career readiness and have an opportunity to make a positive impact in our world.
I would like to thank you in advance for your support of our teachers and staff here at D.F. Bradach Elementary School. I strongly encourage you to become a volunteer to be involved with the many campus activities planned throughout the year; committees such as: PTA (Parent Teacher Association), SSC (School Site Council), ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee); and assisting teachers in the classroom, at home or attending field trips.
Working together as a team will ensure students’ academic progress and educational success. I look forward to being a Bradach Bear where respect, responsibility and safety are evident to all who walk on our campus.
Mrs. Julie Renfrow