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April 2018

April 2018 Edition 

Charlotte L. Matthew, M.Ed., Principal 
Nichelle Logan Jones, M.Ed., A.P. 
Patrice Woods Joseph, M.Ed., A.P 
Principal’s Message
Everyday our students collectively say our mission statement, school creed, the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our alma mater. Do you know what our school’s vision is? It is in our handbooks, and even though it undergirds what we do at Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School it is not something we say every day although it is something we commit to and reach for on a daily basis. Our Vision: Accelerating the learning of all students though datadriven inquiry, reflective teaching and powerful learning. We are a family environment insisting on common core values and an emphasis on the academic, social, and moral teachings to make our students the best they can be. Our environment is dependent on the support we get from home and the consistency of the school staff to fairly and firmly communicate our message. As a non-selective admission school, we take all students where they are, whether underperforming, on level or above level, and work towards individual excellence. We have been very successful with our students. We have more than the District and State average of students with special needs, which we embrace and treasure. We are on an upward trend, one that we expect to continue as we convert to a Charter School under Legacy of Excellence. Parents and community members can get involved with us as we make this conversion. We have the capacity go beyond expectations with our model of excellence. Baby Ben will remain “who” we are and move toward greater success.
4th Quarter Strong
As we are in the fourth quarter, students have this last opportunity to maintain excellence or to improve their grades before the final grades are tabulated for the 2017-2018 school year. The end of the school year will be here before you know it. We are getting busier and busier as our school days are numbered. There are 16 instructional days in April and 12 in May. Please talk to your child about the importance of staying organized and on top of school assignments. The fourth quarter can make a big difference in a student’s yearly average. Parents of students in grades 3 – 8 should have received our LEAP testing calendar. Please stress the importance of your child doing his or her very best on all tests so we can accurately assess our instructional program, monitor the progress of each student and plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

National Poetry Month 

Do you know who the Poet Laureate of the United States is? As this is National Poetry Month we are highlighting our Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. The Poet Laureate serves as the official poet of the United States. During her term, which began in 2017, she is charged with raising the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. Mrs. Smith has won many awards for her poetry and books. Check her out during National Poetry Month and encourage your children to write poems. When you search for Mrs. Smith, check out this website for fun poems and ideas for children.
Happy Poetry Month!

Proud to be a New Orleans Public School!

Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School
1116 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Charlotte L. Matthew, Principal

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