Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

Building Our Learning Differently

Barrow teachers Ysheena Lyles and A.J. Jackson have been published by the National Council of Teachers of English. The article is about how Gee's theory of social languages is at work in Ysheena's powerful lesson that used Fahamu Pecou's art, rap songs by various artists, and more traditional literature by Gary Soto and Robert Frost to build connections between students' everyday lives (and language) and academic texts (and language). Ysheena's teaching, and this lesson in particular, is having an impact beyond her classroom. Teachers at Russell Middle have been using the lesson, and shared it last summer in their text-based writing Professional Learning.

At the bottom of the article you can click on a screencast in which a coach and teacher in another district (in Ohio!) discuss the article and how it relates to their practices. Also, Fahamu Pecou is using the example of Ysheena's lesson in his dissertation at Emory showing how his work can have pedagogic implications. Learn about this inspiring lesson.

A.J. Jackson is an instructional coach at Russell Middle and Ysheena Lyles is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Bear Creek Middle.

Experiencing the 19th Century

County Line Elementary fourth grade had a historically good time on their field trip to the William Harris Homestead. "A Day in the 19th Century" included a hayride and four teaching units that kept the students involved and interested. CLES students toured the Antebellum Log House and Lifestyle, the Medicinal Herb Garden, saw Candle-Making and Food Preservation, learned about the Life of a Civil War Soldier, and participated in lessons on the Creek Indians. See the fun!

GA Club Donates to Barrow Food 2 Kids

The GA Club Foundation recently hosted their first Casino Night and kicked off our fundraising for the 2017-2018 school year. Shannon Derrick, Barrow County School System Food 2 Kids Coordinator, submitted a grant and received a $5000.00 donation for Barrow Food 2 Kids.  Thank you GA Club Foundation!

Pictured left to right are: Mike Schuff, President; Shannon Derrick, BCSS Food 2 Kids Coordinator; Nanette Cantrell and Linda Hull of the Foundation's Casino Night Organizers; and Ellen Petree, BCSS School & Community Relations Specialist.

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Dr. Chris McMichael

Board Members
Debi Krause
Garey Huff Sr.
Connie Wehunt
Michael Shelley
Lynn Stevens
Rickey Bailey
Suzanne Angle
Rolando Alvarez
Mark Still 


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