Welcome to Betty McElmon Elementary, which is the place where I can “B-ME!”  Each morning, approximately 240 students in Pre-School through grade Three arrive to school and are greeted by the Principal, teachers, and poles painted in the form of No. 2 pencils.  As students walk through the front doors, a skylight and beautiful mural of primary children creates an open and friendly environment.  In addition, a section of the main lobby has been transformed into a “Book Nook” that highlights literature by famous children’s authors.  This space encourages a love of reading.   


    As the day begins, children settle into their classrooms to begin the day’s learning.  Our caring and dedicated teachers ensure that a solid foundation of the Basic Skills is offered to children.  Literacy is a continued major focus for all grade levels.  Using a Balanced approach to LA instruction, teachers incorporate Readers’ and Writers’ workshop into their teaching pedagogy. 


    A unique feature of the school is our Media Center, which contains the titles of over 23,000 resources.  This space is used to develop literacy skills and a life-long love of reading.  It is a tremendous resource for students and teachers in the district.  Last year, the Books and Beyond Program challenged students to read a set number of minutes.  If they meet or exceeded the goal, students were rewarded with a Principal surprise.  Last year, our students read over 500,000 minutes and Mr. Erhardt received a flat top in a school assembly.  What will he do this year?  


    Academic offerings range from core curricular subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) to Spanish, Art, Music, Computers, and Physical Education.  By the way, a favorite attraction for the students and Principal is the Rock Wall in the BME gym.


    At BME, teachers and students have access to state of the art technology.  The building is equipped with wireless access to the Internet, laptop computers, a computer lab, and a Smart Board in each classroom.  As the school’s technology continues to evolve, staff members are looking forward to using the following techniques in the classroom:  Blogging, Podcasting, Skype Conversations, Digital Storytelling, Flip Camera recordings, TurningPoint Audience Response System, Video Streaming, Document Camera lessons, and Teacher Tube Submissions.   I encourage you to visit your child’s teacher website. 


    Our teachers are very excited to work with your children this school year.