Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy

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Second Semester Exam Exemption Policy for Freshmen

Second Semester Exam Exemption Policy: Freshman may be exempt from 2nd semester exams if they meet all three of the following requirements:
- Students must have a 87 semester average for each class in which
they want to be exempt;
- Students must have three or fewer absences for the semester for
each class in which they want to be exempt;
- and all absences must be excused absences.
Exam exemption is determined on a class by class basis, and check-ins and check-outs can affect some classes with out affecting others.
There are No Exceptions to this policy.
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Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuits to be Available

Starting January 12th, Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuits will be available for purchase each Friday for second semester. The cost is $3 per biscuit, and proceeds will go toward classroom technology. Students may pre-order biscuits throughout the week each week, starting Monday, January 8th. Pre-ordered biscuits will delivered first each Friday, and some additional biscuits will be made available after those deliveries have been made.
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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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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 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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Pre-ACT

Get a jump start on preparing for the ACT by signing up to take the PreACT here at The Academy, on Thursday March 8, 2018. It’s never too early to start getting familiar with the ACT test. The PreACT includes exams in English, mathematics, reading and science, just like the ACT test. Scores will be reported on the same 1-36 scale as the ACT, but the PreACT has fewer questions and will take less time to complete. The PreACT also includes a free ACT Interest Inventory to provide insights to help students explore college majors and career options to start thinking about their future. Please bring in the $12 test fee by February 22nd to take advantage of this opportunity.
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