Hello BIS Family,
It’s hard to believe we are winding down the first semester. “Time flies when you're having fun” and it has been a really fun (and challenging at times) semester at BIS. We have completed the majority of our MAP testing and it has gone much smoother than fall testing went. It has been great talking to the students about their MAP goals and their MAP growth. The students have been excited to see their scores and how they have done. Teaching staff has worked hard to motivate the students and to help them understand some of the data and the reasons for testing. We should have building and grade level data pulled together after the break to help us in working with specific standards with individual students and classrooms. I will try to share some of the building and grade level data in the January Newsletter.
The BIS students completed the cookie dough sales fundraiser, which was very successful for us. We had about 55 students sell enough items to be able to spend 30 minutes in the “game truck” which will be here sometime in late January. We have also had several classes and individual teachers completing civic duty projects including: BLAS food drive, BLAS adopt a family/child and Wreaths Across America. We know this time of year can be challenging with fundraising and all of the drives to help those in need. We appreciate all of those that have been able help in these areas.
In wrapping up, I would like to thank students, staff, parents and community for a great first semester at BIS. Our students and staff have worked very hard dealing with change and new initiatives. As we continue to move forward we hope to begin to see the benefits of these initiatives in our student growth. As educators we have also been much more effective with the outstanding support we receive from the parents and community. Working together, we can continue to do great things for BIS students. Thank you to all staff, parents and community partners for what you do for BIS Students!
Garold Baker, BIS Principal