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.
This year, the Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy’s Art and Photography students DOMINATED the Scholastic Art awards. Twenty-nine Academy students have won 10 Golden keys, 16 Silver keys, and 17 honorable mentions. All winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Brooks Museum of Art in February. Golden Key artwork will be on display in the museum for a month. The Academy is extremely proud of all students who participated!
1. Elisa Arguello – 2 honorable mentions in photography
2. Wolfe Bazaar – one honorable mention photography
3. Alyssa Bellora – one GOLDEN key, one Silver key in photography
4. Manal Binini – one honorable mention in photography
5. Jade Burris – one honorable mention in drawing, one GOLDEN key in sculpture
6. Riley Ciancioso – one honorable mention in photography
7. Abby Dunn – one Silver Key in photography
8. Jasmine Guevara – one honorable mention in sculpture
9. Sarah Harmeier – one Silver Key in photography
10. Kaleigh Henry – one Silver key in photography
11. Ian Huckabee – one Silver Key in photography
12. Annaston Hulsey – TWO GOLDEN Keys in Photography!
13. Sabrina Ibrahim – one Silver Key in Photography
14. Alyssa Lara – 2 honorable mentions and one Silver Key in Photography
15. Karis Lemmonds – TWO GOLDEN Keys, one Silver key and one honorable mention in photography
16. Angelina Malady – one honorable mention in photography
17. Mackenzie Matheny – one honorable mention in photography
18. Sierra Matthews – one honorable mention in photography
19. Madelyn Meisch – one honorable mention in painting
20. Breanna O’Brien – one GOLDEN key and one Honorable mention in photography
21. Celeste Posner – one SILVER key in photography
22. Celina Rock – one Silver key and one honorable mention in photography
23. Cailey Seifert – one GOLDEN Key and one Silver key in photography
24. Zella Simpson – TWO GOLDEN KEYS and one Silver key in photography
25. Hogan Stone – one Silver Key in photography
26. Ariel Vaughn – one Silver Key in Drawing
27. MaKenna Winston – One GOLDEN Key and FOUR Silver keys in Photography
28. Kaitlin York – one honorable mention in photography
29. Camilla Zabaceda – two Silver keys in Photography
Altogether, Academy students won 49 different awards. Students at BHS won 66 awards. Between the Academy and BHS, Bartlett high school students won 115 awards.
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 <email@example.com>