Our annual exhibit night is this evening for all students, Early Childhood-5th grade, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Come see displays on “Controversial Issues-Defined and Discussed,” and “Mayas, Incas and Aztecs,” just to name a few! There is lots to see and the students are eager to share their work! Please note that second grade will be performing three Civil Rights plays in the cafeteria, and will not be on the second floor near their classrooms.
Brent’s 4 teaching partners….you see them in the hall, in classrooms, in the library and cafeteria, but what do they do? How are they helping our students this year?
Having been conceived as part of last year’s Strategic Plan and primarily funded by the PTA, the Brent teaching partner program started strong this year with four students from Trinity University’s School of Education joining Brent in August. Since then, these four educators (Taneika Blackwell, Leontia Collins, Shani Plummer, and Brittany Wilkerson) have been helping students who need more individual attention as they work toward getting and staying on grade level. Over the course of the day, the teaching partners interact with students in a variety of settings. For example, a teaching partner will work with a 4-person group of students on their multiplication skills using curriculum and tips from Mr. Mangiaracina. Later that same teaching partner will join a class during Writing to support any struggling writers. In addition to working in small groups and in the full classroom, teaching partners work one-on-one with students for quick lessons.
While the teaching partners primarily work with 3rd-5th grade students, they are a key component of this year’s new Brain Block program for the Kindergarten through 2nd grade students. During Brain Block, the teaching partners join teachers from across the school in working with small groups of students to advance foundational skills, especially literacy and math.
Their interaction with the 1st and 2nd graders doesn’t stop with Brain Block. Lunchtime finds the teaching partners assisting with the always fun task of keeping order in the cafeteria. The teaching partners’ afternoons are another mix of one-on-one, small group, and full classroom assistance. Although each classroom does not have a teaching partner assigned to assist in it all day long, the teaching partners provide critical support to the classroom teachers by working with those students who need a little extra time.
After a full day of helping mold Brent minds, the teaching partners not only prepare for the next day’s lessons here, they also have to do their own homework for Trinity! Thanks for bettering Brent this year, teaching partners!
Visit http://www.capitolhillclassic.com and register for the fun run. You can pick “Brent Bears” from a drop down list. The Capitol Hill Classic benefits schools on the Hill. Sign up today. Join the Brent Bear Race Team for the Capitol Hill Classic on May 15.
We hope to see all of you there for our spring bird count this Saturday, May 7. 1st-5th graders and their families arrive around 9:30, and PK-K students and families, arrive at 10:30. For more information, see the permission slip that was sent home with every student last week. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Mangiaracina.
Did you pick out some uniform items at the used uniform table or want to donate to the program? You found the place to do it! All donations are given to the school to purchase uniforms for students in need.
The PTA needs your skills to make the magic happen at Brent. Please let us know how you would like to help Brent this year by filling out this survey: www.tinyurl.com/helpbrentbears