Andre Martin, a 7th grader at Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, was recently recognized as a runner-up in the 2013 Courage in My Community National Essay Contest.
Bunche Middle School one of seven APS schools recently awarded a federally funded grant through theGeorgia Department of Education and GraduateFIRST that will be used to help increase the district’s graduation rate and close the achievement gap for students with disabilities.
Ishatou Diambou has been selected as a school finalist.
Chicken Biscuits are on sale every Friday for $2.50. Preorders due by Wednesday. Thanks!!
SOSSI will work with girls via a Digital Media Club. Girls+Technology=FUN!!
Superintendent Search Committee community meetings
The Superintendent Search Committee will hold community meetings at schools in every cluster. The purpose of the meetings is to obtain input regarding the profile for the next superintendent. The meeting dates and locations are listed below. All meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
· May 15: North Region meetings will be held at Harper-Archer MS, the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Sutton MS.
· May 16: South Region meetings will be held at Long MS and Price MS.
· May 20: West Region meetings will be held at Brown MS, Bunche MS and Young MS.
· May 21: East Region meetings will be held at Inman MS and King MS.
Welcome Mr. Mario M. Watkins
I would like to take this opportunity as the new Interim Principal of Ralph J. Bunche Middle School to welcome you back to our school. I come to you as the new instructional leader of this proud and celebrated academic institution with a new focus to “Build a Better Bunche”. I am new to the school, but not new to the profession. As a veteran educator with 18 years of successful experience, I have strived to make positive intellectual contributions to whatever educational community I have been a part of. As a fellow parent and resident of the Bunche community, I am excited to inform you of the following upcoming changes and improvements for the 2012-2013 school year. In an effort to move Bunche towards becoming a GA School of Choice and National School of Excellence, the following will be implemented:
· A new instructional schedule to give teachers the opportunity to effectively plan and implement the new GA Common Core Curriculum
· Higher academic expectations for our teachers and scholars focusing on school culture and climate
· Affordable, newly improved uniforms for our scholars; a school-wide focus on dressing for academic success
· A concerted effort to improve the overall customer service experience among students, parents, community members, and other stakeholders
· Modeling and reteaching appropriate behavioral norms using the APS/Bunche Middle School Student Code of Conduct; reminding scholars to do things the “Bunche Way”
· Better communication with parents using a new monthly Parent Newsletter, quarterly Grade-Level Newsletter, and regular website updates
· 150 newly purchased computers for teachers’ classrooms to inspire a world class, 21st century learning atmosphere
· Three newly hired connections teachers to provide a foundational exposure student to French and Spanish in preparation for High School.
· An “open door” policy where parents are welcomed and invited to visit the school to provide continuous input for change.
Our main goal is student academic success with a vision to provide a rigorous learning experience where our jobs are to teach children as we would want our own children taught. As your facilitator for change, I look forward to meeting with you and establishing a partnership for promoting student success.
Sincerely and Professionally Yours,
Mario M. Watkins