Dear Barnard Families:
There is lots of change afoot. I have every reason to believe that next year at Barnard Academy is going to be awesome! There will be a new principal, John Hansen. Welcome, John! Longtime teacher Ingrid Johnson is retiring; we wish her the best of luck. In addition, Meg Schindler, Patrick McDonough and Emily Parsons are also off to new adventures. We will miss you all very much.
Please see below for the classes/teachers for the school year 20-21:
PreK (3 and 4 year olds): Ann Behremovic & Paraeducator Paula Tortolano (10 – 16 students)
Grades K-1: Jamie Gidney and paraeducator Megan Balch (6 + 12 = 18)
Grades 2-3: Britney Koetsier (6 + 13 = 19)
Grades 4-5: Jenny Hewitt (4 + 9 = 13)
Grade 6: Nancy Boymer (11)
Many of you will be asking: will the Primary and Intermediate Hubs still exist? The answer is yes! The structure will be a K-3 Primary Hub, 4-6 Intermediate hub. Students will receive individual, small group and whole group instruction differentiated by need and might be taught by a co-teacher rather than the homeroom teacher, assuming this is allowed during the Covid-19 situation. A strong expectation should be established that teachers in hubs collaborate and meet with each other frequently as well as in grade level teams to: build and reflect and improve curriculum; establish common instructional practices; analyse assessment data to improve student proficiency and growth.
John would like me to relay that he is very excited about the year ahead at Barnard Academy and cannot wait for the new school year to begin!