Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy

News and Announcements

Car Rider Drop-Off Suggestions to Avoid Tardies

Parents,

There have been a number of concerns lately about the length of the Car Rider line. While I can’t tell people when to drop off students in the morning, I can tell you that students can get into the building at 6:05am. The Car Rider line tends to get backed up between 6:30am and 7am. If you want to drop off between 6:05am and 6:30am, you may find that the line is either non-existent or moves more quickly. Students should come directly to the cafeteria where they can work on homework or talk to friends. The breakfast line usually opens about 6:40am. Students are tardy if they arrive to 1st Period after 7am.
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First Semester Exam Schedule 2017

All students will take an exam in each of their classes. Exam grades will count for 20% of their first semester grades. Exams will be Monday, December 18th, through Wednesday, December 20th. December 20th is a half day for students; they will dismiss at 10:30am. All make-up exams will be on Wednesday, January 3rd, at 8am, here at the Academy. Any exam not taken or made-up will receive the minimum grade.
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Check PowerSchool Attendance Weekly

Parents, please remember to check your child’s attendance on PowerSchool weekly, or after you have sent in a note. We have a very small window of time for making corrections, and we want your child’s attendance record to be 100% accurate. Sometimes notes don’t make it to the Attendance Office for one reason or another.
Emails (to vmoser@bartlettschools.org, jtaylor2@bartlettschools.org, or jmcdonald@bartlettschools.org) are always a good way to send a note or follow-up on a written note. Weekly checks will hopefully prevent situations at the end of the grading period, the semester, or the year, where we have inaccurate information and lack the ability to make changes.
Students, you can also monitor your attendance on PowerSchool and let us know about errors. This is good practice for second semester when you want to remain eligible for exam exemptions at the end of the year.
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Car Rider Drop-off and Pick-up Safety

Parents, during this Holiday Season, things can get pretty hectic at times. It is important to take time to slow down, especially in the traditional Holiday traffic. I always like to take this opportunity to remind people about Car Rider Safety, particularly during drop-off and pick-up. Our students’ safety (and yours) is our foremost concern every day. Lines can get longer and move slower than usual.

I remember when I used to drop off my child at middle school in the mornings, and we would be in line behind another car, slowly moving up to the drop-off point. There didn’t appear to be much conversation going on in the car in front of me…until we got to the drop-off point. Then there would be a conversation for a few minutes before the child got out of the car. I made it a point to use our time in the car rider line to talk about things that were important - lunch money, homework, after-school plans, etc. That way, when we got to the drop-off point, she was ready to go.

As frustrating as a slow line can be, it is important to remember basic safety rules. First, never pass another car (or cars) because they are too slow; you don’t know when a child may suddenly exit the car, not expecting anyone to be coming by. Second, always have students exit the car on the passenger side; chances of encountering traffic are far more likely on the driver side. Third, drop your child off at a designated spot; these spots are likely designated as drop-off spots because they are safe. Finally, alway encourage (and remind) your child to look for and be aware of other vehicles when they exit your car.

Pick-up time tends to be less hectic, but it can be frustrating at times. The same general rules apply. Never pass another car (or cars) because they are too slow; you don’t know when a child may suddenly run out to another car, not expecting anyone to be coming by. Always have students enter the car on the passenger side; chances of encountering traffic are far more likely on the driver side. Pick up your child at the designated spot; these spots are likely designated as pick-up spots because they are safe. Finally, alway encourage (and remind) your child to look for and be aware of other vehicles when they approach your car.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Holiday Season. We care about you and your child, and want the best for you. Thank you for your attention to safety and for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 373-2654, or <jmcdonald@bartlettschools.org>
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Student Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents and students, all car riders must be picked up and dropped off in the back of the school. The south parking lot near the front of the school by the park is for teacher parking only, not for student drop off and pick-up.
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