• Impressive, Broadview!

    Posted by William Benson on 9/3/2021

    I had a great visit to Broadview Middle School this week -- really impressed by everything I saw at the school -- welcoming classrooms, engaged students, on-point teaching and learning -- all impressive, inlcuding the facility. I learned about the 6th Grade Academy which will  focuus on the growth and development of BMS students and teachers throughout the year, implementing the school's guiding principles of student and teacher leadership, community involvement, social emotional learning/self-efficacy. Last year, students were able to speak with and learn from over twenty-five guest speakers from yhr BMS community. Service learning projects are in the works for this year to build stronger school-community relationships. Did I say, impressive?!

     

    -WBB

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  • States of Matter at North Graham

    Posted by William Benson on 9/2/2021

    Students at North Graham Elementary School were dot painting when I visited their classroom today. More specifically, students were using the eraser end of a pencil to place dots of paint into three container outlines representing three states of matter -- solid, liquid, and gas. Students painted the dots in a manner representing the relative space between, and arrangement of, molecules in each of the three states.

     

    -WBB

     

    Students dot painting

     

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  • Something Caught My Ear Yesterday

    Posted by William Benson on 8/31/2021

    I had great visits at four schools yesterday and saw lots of incredible teaching and learning, but something really caught my ear at R. Homer Andrews Elementary School – the sound of a ukulele (actually, a room full of ukuleles). I visited a music class where students were learning strum patterns on ukuleles. The ukulele is a perfect instrument for music education. It is relatively inexpensive, a solo and ensemble instrument, versatile, and fun – AND you can sing and play at the same time (Sorry, recorder)! Great job, Mr. Bohinski!!

     

    -WBB

     

    Ukulele Lesson at Andrews Elementary School

     

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  • Walking Williams

    Posted by William Benson on 8/27/2021

    I had a great visit to Williams High School this morning.  Walking the building with Principal Thomas, I saw lots of student-centered, engaging lessons – math, English, social studies, CTE, and science – and a return to hands-on laboratory investigations (tough, if not impossible, to do at-home on Zoom). Students and staff alike were happy and excited to be back in school. Thank you, Dr. Thomas!

     

    -WBB

     

    P.S. I got a quick look at the work going on in the auditorium – going to be very impressive when completed.

     

    Williams High School laboratory investigation

     

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  • Graham Middle School Scholars

    Posted by William Benson on 8/25/2021

    I had the privelege of visiting Graham Middle School Scholars today. Principal Hayes and I walked the building (as well as the learning cottages), stopping in classrooms along the way. Below is a picture of the eighth grade hall -- note the name GOAL SETTER BLVD. The school looks great -- positive messaging thoughout. And, the classrooms -- some pretty impressive work. Below is a sample from one of the math classes we visited on GOAL SETTER BLVD where students were collaborating to solve the problem -- really more mathematical thinking than problem -- impressive!

     

    -WBB

     

    P.S. Students and staff were doing a great job following our safety protocols!

     

    Graham Middle School 8th grade hallMath problem

     

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  • New Strategic Plan Framework

    Posted by William Benson on 8/24/2021

    The ABSS Board of Education formally approved (unanimously) our new strategic plan framework at last night's meeting, including a very student-centered vision (where we want to be) and mission (what we do every day to get there) as well as four core values that should underpin all we do as a school system.

     

    Vision: Each Alamance-Burlington School System student is prepared for their future in an inclusive, supportive learning community.

     

    Mission: Engage and empower each student to learn and become knowledgeable, responsible community members.

     

    Core Values

    Equity: We ensure excellence for all.

    Community: We work together in a safe, nurturing environment where everyone is valued and supported in every respect.

    Integrity: We are transparent and honest in all we do.

    Excellence: We cultivate and challenge each individual to excel through a variety of opportunities and experiences.

     

    Much more to come as we work to operationize this effort!

     

    -WBB

     

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  • Happy New (School) Year!

    Posted by William Benson on 8/23/2021

    I visited four of our elementary schools today -- EM Holt, Sylvan, Highland, and BE Jordan -- lot's of excitement, the good kind -- students and teachers happy to be back together again!! While we had some typical day one challenges (e.g. car rider traffic), it was nice to have typical challenges as opposed to pandemic challenges. Happy New (School) Year!

     

    -WBB

     

    Dr. Benson first day of school picture at BE Jordan Elementary School

     

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  • "Ready" and "Can't Wait" at Hillcrest Elementary

    Posted by William Benson on 8/20/2021

    Teachers at Hillcrest Elementary (in their words) are ready, excited, and can't wait for students to return to school next week. They experienced a little bit of what it will be like last night at their well-attended open house. They were wrapping up their preparation when I visited this afternoon -- thumb's up and ready to go!

     

    -WBB

     

    Second grade teachers at Hillcrest Elementary

     

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  • Got Math?

    Posted by William Benson on 8/20/2021

    Hawfields Middle School teachers do! When I visited this week, math teachers were working across grade levels with Principal Hook to be in the best position to personalize learning for their students -- making good on the school's vision to "engage students in challenging learning opportunities matched to individual needs." 

     

    -WBB

     

    Hawfields math teachers working with Principal Hook

     

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  • PG Digital Leaders

    Posted by William Benson on 8/19/2021

    Teachers at Pleasant Grove Elementary school were working on their digital leadership badges when I dropped by today. Principal Watson says they are ready and excited to welcome students back to school. The school is hosting an open house for parents and students later today.

     

    -WBB

     

    Pleasant Grove staff working on digital leadership badges

     

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