Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy

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Pre-sales for the BHS Panther Parade Yearbook - $65 for Freshmen right now at the Academy

Pre-sales for the BHS Panther Parade Yearbook: For $65, freshmen can pre-order a yearbook here at the Academy.* The $65 price will not last forever; prices will go up. They will be $100 or more by spring. Our school pictures this year, which will be September 11th, will be used for the freshman section of this years yearbook. Start your four-year yearbook collection this year.
*We can only sell yearbooks to freshmen here at the Academy.
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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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PBIS Rewards - Accessing Student and Parent Apps

Our school is using PBIS Rewards, a technology based management system that helps us recognize students who go quietly about the business of doing the right thing everyday. These students often fly under the radar, but we want them to know that we know what a great job they are doing and that we appreciate them.

This system also allows us to track students who are struggling in one area or another so that we can intervene in ways that will help them do better. Our purpose here is not to be punitive, but to proactively provide interventions which will allow them to be better students and better citizens.

Students can download a free app, PBIS Rewards Student, that will allow them to track their points. It is available through the Apple App Store, the Amazon App Store, or Google Play.

To set up their personal account, they will first type in their school name, Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy and select it from the list. Then they can enter their Student ID Number or scan their QR Code.


There is also a free PBIS Parent App. It is available through the Apple App Store, the Amazon App Store, or Google Play. To request a letter with information that will allow you to set up your personal account, please contact the school and a parent letter with instructions will be sent to you by email.
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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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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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Car Rider Drop-off and Pick-up Safety

Parents, things can get pretty hectic at times. It is important to take time to slow down, especially in the first few days of school. 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.

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 safe and stress-free start to the new school year. 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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