I want to take a few minutes to share some recent data regarding our academic performance this past year. I'll start back in 2013 where we ended the year with 67.8% of our students on grade level. This year we increased for the 6th consecutive year to 87% performing at or above grade level. In addition, Bailey has exceeded yearly student growth expectations for the 6th straight year and demonstrated the highest growth for all schools in CMS with a +12.78 index. As a point of reference, schools performing at a +2.0 index or better are considered to have exceeded growth expectations. Over the past 6 years, Bailey students and staff have been in the top ten percent for growth across the state with a cumulative total of +46.7 growth index points during this time. Our positive growth index scores in conjunction with the increased percentage of students on or above grade level has also allowed Bailey to maintain our "A" letter grade rating for the 4th straight year in North Carolina. Furthermore, we are most proud of our subgroup growth with 7 of our 8 subgroups scoring at a +4.0 growth index or higher this past year (1. African American, 2. White, 3. Hispanic, 4. Asian, 5. Students with Disabilities, 6. Economically disadvantaged, and 7. English Language Learners). Additionally, two of these subgroups (African American at +6.27 and Economically Disadvantaged at +7.76) increased from a letter grade from a C to a B measured by their growth and grade level proficiency. Finally, I want to recognize our students with disabilities and the teachers who serve them as this group grew +7.38 growth index points and 11 letter grade points, which is quite an accomplishment. As we move into this year, we still have room to grow and get better, yet I really felt it necessary to pause and celebrate our kids and teachers for continuing the tradition of great teaching and learning at Bailey.
Create a Great Day,
Chad O. Thomas
BRONCO CALENDAR JANUARY 2020
January 14th Night of The Arts - See Article Above
January 20th No School
January 31st 6th Grade Dance - More Details to Follow
The Bailey School Store Needs You!
The Bailey School Store needs volunteers every school morning from 8:45 - 9:15 to help sell PE shirts, etc. to students. Please sign up through the link if you are able to help
Lighthouse Recognition Status
Our school will be seeking "Lighthouse Recognition Status" for the work we have done with Leader In Me over the past 4-5 years. Only a few hundred schools in the world have attained this recognition, most of which are elementary schools. We completed a mock evaluation before the break which showed that we have almost all of the pieces in place to join this elite group of schools later this year.
In order to do so, we need to establish a Parent Lighthouse Team in January. This group of parents should be those who currently use some or all of the 7 Habits with their kids at home and wish to help guide other families to do the same. If you are interested in serving on this team, please send Mr. Thomas an email by Friday, January 17.
Make a Difference at Bailey Today!
Looking for a new year giving opportunity? Want to make a difference at Bailey Middle School? Consider making a contribution to The Bronco Fund!
The Bronco Fund is Bailey's direct giving campaign. That means 100% of your donation stays at Bailey. Your gift to The Bronco Fund is 100% tax deductible and is a great way to help fund school programs and services not included in the CMS budget including: classroom and academic support, school programs (student recognition, grade level celebrations, etc.), special events (back to school picnic, family involvement week, etc.), school beautification, and technology . Because of the past generosity of families like yours, The Bronco Fund has been able to provide this support - and more - to our OUTSTANDING school community.
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Questions? Email Amie Hutchison
Bailey Middle School's annual "International Night" is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 20th. This annual event showcases and celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the families at our school. This event is a great way to introduce Bailey students and their families to customs and traditions from all over the world. Every year the event gets bigger and better!
We are looking for parents and students to volunteer as ambassadors for their country/region by decorating a booth, dressing in traditional clothing, and sharing art, food, music, games, etc. Bailey will provide the tables for the booths.
As an incentive to volunteer, students that participate with their families by setting up a booth will receive extra credit (bonus points) in their choice of subject. Students that attend the event and get their passport stamped will receive extra credit in Social Studies.
6th Grade Snow Ball Winter Dance-January 31
7-9 Bailey Cafeteria
Tickets are $10 and go on sale next week!
This event is for Bailey Middle School 6th grade students only.