Barnwell Primary School is located at 9286 Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell, South Carolina. Our school is one of four schools in Barnwell School District #45 in Barnwell, South Carolina. We are the only primary school in the district serving students age 3 through third grade. The school is located a few city blocks from the town center.
Barnwell Primary School is a Title 1 school that has an 86% poverty index. Our school participates in the Community Eligibility Program and the Universal Breakfast Program which provide all students with free breakfast and lunch. In our community, we have a few low income housing communities. They are Litchfield Apartments, Barnwell Arms Apartments, Maple Glenn Apartments and Ramblewood.
Because of our strong parental and community involvement, the school is supported with a high volume of volunteers which enhances school academic programs and extracurricular activities. Our parent, grandparent and community volunteers support special programs such as our reading buddy program implemented to assist first grade with readiness words, fluency, and comprehension, and a variety of after school events including Movie Night, Fall Carnival, Literacy Night and Evening of the Arts.
Demographics for the 2017-2018 school year show that Barnwell Primary serves 730 students with 308 being Caucasian, 343 being African American, 43 being two or more races, 27 being Hispanic, 8 being Asian, and 1 being Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islande. The following subgroups are served: 39 Self-Contained students, 32 Resource students, 117 Speech students, 30 English Language Learners, 18 Gifted and Talented students, and 52 Occupational Therapy students.
Faculty and staff include: two administrators, one reading coach, four office personnel, two Montessori-certified teachers, two CDEP certified Pre-K teachers, thirty-one regular education homeroom teachers, one music teacher, 2 physical education teachers, 1 media specialist, 1 computer lab teacher and one art/dance teacher, four Save the Children employees, twenty-two teaching assistants, and 5 full-time custodians.
Our support services include four self-contained teachers, two resource teachers, four speech therapists, one full-time occupational therapist and two part-time physical therapists, one English Language Learner teacher, one full time guidance counselor and a full time nurse. The following data reflects the dedication of our teachers: 49 percent of our teachers have advanced degrees, 86 percent are continuing contract teachers, 86.3 percent are returning from previous years, and our attendance rate is 95.9 percent. The faculty and staff of Barnwell Primary are dedicated educators that work together to help students maximize their potential. Our veteran teachers serve as mentors to the newer teachers, which makes a nice combination of sharing new skills with seasoned experience.
Barnwell Primary School has encountered changes as it relates to the instructional practice and curriculum. Last year, the state of South Carolina integrated the new South Carolina College and Career Ready English Language Arts and Math standards. These standards focus on the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate and ensuring that students are college and career ready in the 21st century workforce. As a staff, we will work to ensure our students are ready to perform at the next level so that they are prepared to meet these standard upon graduation.
Mission Statement Barnwell Primary School is a team made up of school staff, students, parents, and community members with one primary purpose - to provide a learning environment that embraces academics, the arts, and physical development to enrich the whole child.
Vision Statement It is Barnwell Primary School's vision to provide a safe instructional environment where all students will have their individual needs, differences and abilities recognized. It is our desire to provide a supportive school community that challenges each child to excel academically. We will work cooperatively with parents and the community to promote success in a safe, challenging environment in order to develop life-long learners.
Barnwell Primary strives to provide a quality education that meets the needs of each individual child. We offer a challenging curriculum taught by a caring and talented staff. It is our goal to help each child realize their academic potential and instill a sense of civic responsibility within each child. It is important to us that we ensure our students give back to the community. We focus on academic success, involvement in the arts and fostering compassion in a well-disciplined, structured environment.
Through the ongoing analysis of our state testing results, classroom assessment information, running records, and quarterly benchmark data, we are able to reflect upon our instructional strategies, assessments, and programs. This analysis assures us that we are individualizing instruction as much as possible for our students and enables us to continually provide diagnostic instruction. Staff development is a key component in our success. Our teachers have received training in various areas in order to help meet the everchanging needs of our students. Some of these areas include Creating Effective Assessments, Technology Integration, Writing, Bully-Free Classrooms, and Using Reading Diagnostic Tools. Our faculty participates in weekly collaboration meetings among grade-level teams. The teams look at student work, discuss assessments, and direct or redirect instruction based on data.
Teachers participate in ongoing training for Balanced Literacy. We support our literacy efforts by providing class sets of books, leveled readers, and nonfiction reading materials to all of our classrooms. This enables students to read materials that are chosen specifically for them and works to directly target the unique talents of each student through differentiated instruction.
Our goal is to ensure that each child has a teacher with a passion for teaching and a heart for working with children while being highly knowledgeable about the education of children. We believe that all children need to be provided a classroom where they feel safe and their ideas are valued. We want to meet each child's academic, social, emotional and physical needs. Students that are identified as having academic needs are referred through our Student Assistance Team process.
Other opportunities that support our purpose include flag bearers and our Honor Court. These students serve as ambassadors for our school. Barnwell Primary School, although in a small community, provides a multitude of opportunities for students to demonstrate their leadership skills and to exercise their talents.
There are many wonderful things happening at Barnwell Primary School that wouldn't be possible without out faithful volunteers. They generously give of their time and talents to improve the school. This includes a wonderful mentoring program led by local community members, as well as parents helping with the school's Boxtops for Education program. Barnwell Primary School's PTO has a strong and positive impact on the school climate. Our PTO sponsored numerous special events and initiated school improvements. PTO also supported frequent activities to show appreciation for teachers, such as Duty-Free Lunch and Teacher Appreciation Week. The joint effort of students, teachers, and the community is the reason for our school's success.
Our staff is expected to work cooperatively with parents, so each child can reach their full potential. We offer many events during the school year to create a way for parents and community members to become involved, such as two Parent/Teacher Conference days; Parent Workshops, Literacy Night, Fall Carnival, Evening with the Arts, and many others.. We encourage their involvement in our school. We are partners in the education of each child.
Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement
From the results of the last perception surveys, 90.4% of parents were satisfied with the learning environment, much less than the 98% of teachers satisfied with the learning environment at Barnwell Primary School. In the middle were students with 95.8% being satisfied with the learning environment. 75.7% of parents, 94.1% of students, and 82% of teachers were satisfied with school-home relations. In regards to the social and physical environment of the school, 87.8% of parents were satisfied, 97.1% of students were satisfied, and 96% of teachers were satisfied. 100% of parents attended conferences during the 2017-18 school year. This includes home visits to parents for those unable to attend school-based conferences.
There has been a decrease in discipline over the past three years. This is a result of improved classroom management strategies and continued professional development on building relationships and creating bully-free classroom environments. Students are provided one hundred seventy minutes of ELA instruction daily, with ninety minutes of ELA time being uninterrupted. Teachers use reading workshop and writing workshop during the ELA instructional time. Students receive one hundred minutes of Math instruction (teacher-directed math 30 minutes, small group math 30 minutes, problem solving 20 minutes, mental math 10 minutes, and spiral review 10 minutes), and thirty to sixty minutes of science and social studies (grade-level dependent) per day. Students also receive 45 to 60 minutes of exploratory class instruction per day, including arts, media center, physical education, technology instruction and music.
Barnwell Primary School provides training for all teachers on creating standards-based common assessments, assessing student reading levels, analyzing data, and using data to drive instruction. The primary goal is to not only be data rich, but also analysis rich. Each teacher is trained on data analysis and establishing small group instruction prior to school beginning. New teachers are provided additional training prior to school beginning. Teacher quarterly data analysis meetings are led by the administrator. The reading coach also meets with teachers to analyze data that is used to inform instruction.
Areas of Improvements: After analyzing data, math and science remain areas of needed improvement. There are always areas of improvement to better understand the role of hands-on experience in all content areas. Additionally, we are always seeking to improve literacy instruction in and through all content areas.
Barnwell Primary School is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the Graduate. We do this by empowering children to achieve their fullest potential through challenging and diverse educational opportunities in a safe, student-centered environment that prepares them to be lifelong learners and active, productive members of our community. Utilizing the data from our school’s state testing results, running records, classroom assessments and quarterly benchmark data, we are able to effectively examine our instructional strategies, assessments, and programs. In analyzing this data, it enables us to provide individual instruction in the classroom and differentiate instruction for each student. The Response to Intervention (RTI) program continues to meet the needs of students who need additional support who are not performing on grade-level. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Reading Assessment System and analysis of benchmark testing data is used to monitor and assess students growth. After each benchmark testing session, the administrative team, teachers and reading coach conduct grade level data meetings. During this collaboration, individual student data such as benchmark scores, classroom common assessment scores, behavior, and attendance are analyzed. The team develops and/or adjusts student intervention plans to meet the needs of the student academically, socially and behaviorally. Any student that is in need of support of intensive reading intervention participates in the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) group. This program provides daily intensive small-group instruction within the classroom using systematically designed lessons. LLI is offered in addition to regular classroom reading instruction. An additional program that is provided to our students is through Save the Children (STC). This grant allows us to provide additional reading support for 100 students during the school day. Students are pulled out to work with the STC educator and receive support through small-group and direct instruction.
The 21st Century After School program held at our school, offers students the opportunity to receive additional academic support. This program provides activities that will enrich the student academically, focusing on reading and math. During the 2017-2018 school year, the 1:1 initiative was introduced. All Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first grade classes received iPads and the second and third graders received Google Chromebooks to utilize in the classroom. Barnwell Primary had many outstanding achievements. Ms. Meredith Wilson, kindergarten teacher, was selected as Barnwell Primary School’s Teacher of the Year. Our teachers have been awarded numerous grants which allowed our teachers to provide meaningful learning opportunities.
Amy Davis, Guidance Counselor, was awarded a Donors Choose grant to purchase American flags and brackets for teacher classrooms.
Emily Coble, Physical Education teacher, received $1,085 from Donors Choose to purchase new fans to keep children cool during class, as well as, treats and supplies for our CHARMS behavior incentive program.
Deanna Grubbs, Montessori teacher, was awarded $479 through her Donors Choose grant to purchase a classroom rug for her students to have a comfortable area for group lessons and individualized learning.
Krysten Rimes, first grade teacher, received $450 from Donors Choose to purchase a table/chairs for small group learning. The table allowed her to reach every student during small group or individualized instruction.
Brooke Davis, third grade science/social studies teacher, received $279 to purchase a rug for her classroom.
Masey Mathias, second grade teacher, received over $1,000 from Donors Choose to purchase interactive novels, cubbies, and flexible seating for her classroom.
Programs such as Jump Rope for Heart, Pennies for Patients, American Red Cross Blood Drive, recycling programs, and canned food drives allowed our students to serve their community. School wide events such as the Fall Carnival, Family STEAM night, Meet & Greet, Stuff the Bus, McTeacher Night, and school chorus programs all provided opportunities for our staff, student families, community members and stakeholders to come together and support our students. Regions Bank offered financial literacy lessons to our students. The Rotary Club provided dictionaries for all third graders, and Mayor Lemon and Alexander & Pandev Law Firm provided government lessons for our students. At Barnwell Primary School, we strive to provide all students with a high-quality education in a positive learning environment that embraces academics, the arts, and physical development to enrich the whole child.