On Friday, January 17, 2020 two representatives from the Georgia Tech Admissions Office personally delivered a letter of acceptance to Scarlett Barnett. Katherine Mattli, from Georgia Tech, commented on Scarletts work inside and outside of the classroom. Citing her activities in the community as making her application grab the attention of people in the admissions office.
Nancy Bentley, principal of Banks County Elementary School, has been named director of special programs for Banks County School System for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Bentley began her career in 1993 with the school system teaching science at Banks County Middle School. She has served in many leadership positions for the system including principal of both the elementary school and Banks County Middle School.
Bentley is a graduate of Habersham Central High School and holds her specialist degree in leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
System leaders will begin the process of finding Bentley’s replacement as principal for the upcoming school year.
Congratulations to Aimee Hollingsworth on winning the Banks County Spelling Bee. Aimee will move on to represent Banks County at the District 3 competition on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Jump to 18:30 in the video to view the final round.
Teachers at Banks County Schools returned on Monday, January 6th to officially close out 2019, reset their classroom, and prepare for students to return on Wednesday, January 8th. Part of the process of preparing for returning students was participating in a system wide professional learning day. The day was organized with the vision of Assistant
Superintendent, Joy Edwards and Digital Learning Specialist, Chris Fuller. The main event for the day was a conference held in the ninth grade wing of Banks County High School. Teachers presented half hour sessions on techniques that have had a significant impact on their classroom and their students. “The willingness of the faculty of Banks County to share their successes in the classroom with their peers has been the most exciting part of organizing this conference,'' said Chris Fuller. He stated that there has never been a shortage of teachers willing to present in the four years that we have held this conference.
Some of the session titles included: Using Technology to Assess Students Daily, Goal Setting for Student Growth, and Cooperative Learning using “Placematting”. The conference started with an educational technology focus and has evolved over the past four years to support the system’s teachers and district wide initiatives; the most recent being a focus on mental health. Edwards reached out to educators like Michelle Moran (BCES) to share the strategies she uses in her classroom of using sensory activities to refocus and reset a student’s attention. Amber Blevins, the system mental health counselor, shared techniques that students can use to identify and manage their stress and emotions so they can be more successful in school.
This conference is not the only opportunity teachers have for learning together and sharing ideas. All of the teachers in Banks County are members of professional learning communities (PLC). Each PLC meets throughout the year to review data, share ideas, and plan for future lessons. The Banks County School System hopes to model its mission of “providing a foundation for lifelong learning” by providing ample opportunities for teachers to experience different teaching styles and to help find new resources to enhance their lessons.