Back to School: Barnwell Elementary

Dr. Carolyn Anderson is excited about her first year as principal of Barnwell Elementary School, especially helping students learn, grow and succeed.

“I am very excited about working with the faculty and staff, the district, parents, and the community to make a positive impact in the lives of all of our students. They are truly why we do what we do,” said Anderson, who comes to BES from Macedonia Elementary in Blackville.

Her goals for the year include increasing academic achievement for all students, creating a literacy rich and positive environment, establishing the tenants of professional learning communities for faculty and staff, implementing a school-wide behavior plan and increasing parental/community involvement.

To accomplish these goals, Anderson urges parents and community members to be involved by attending school functions and participating with the PTO and School Improvement Council. The first PTO and SIC meeting will be September 1. Parents can meet their child’s teacher and tour the school during Open House on September 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Anderson is also a believer in volunteering, whether being a mentor or reading to students. “Please share your gifts and talents with the school community,” she said.

While literacy is a focus at school, Anderson encourages parents to promote reading at home daily. “There are numerous ways in which you can make positive contributions to the lives of our children,” she said. “In the words of Helen Keller, ‘alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’”

While no major changes have been made for the year, a school pledge is being implemented which will be recited daily. Anderson said this is aimed at building a sense of community and encouraging students to do their best.

They are also looking at implementing a PBIS program to promote positive behavior and a Beta Club. Luncheons for Grandparents’ Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have been added to the calendar.

Anderson invites everyone to their monthly Pizza Night the first Thursday of every month and Mi Rancho Night the first Wednesday of every other month beginning in September. The restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds from those events to the school.

Joining Anderson are several other new faces: Robin Carter (4th grade, science and social studies), Heather Leeper (5th grade, ELA), Melissa Easterling (6th grade, science and social studies), Heather Bessinger (6th grade, ELA), Ashley Pritchard (6th grade, science and social studies), Denise James (6th grade, mathematics), Christy Sanders (6th grade, resource), and Stacy Garvin (speech).