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Dart Foundation
CONGRATS! 
We are pleased to announce that within the next few weeks, Briarlake Elementary School will receive a grant in the amount of  $4,780.00!!

Parent Dara Schlachter, with the invaluable assistance of Mrs. Veena Black, STEM/Tech Teacher lead, completed the Dart Foundation grant proposal/submission to fund the acquisition of Media Center and Innovation Lab laptops.  This acquisition will further support studies, STEM Tech advancements and work done with students and staff of BES!
Growing in Technology...


For more information on the Dart Foundation, please visit https://www.dartfoundation.org/
 
Legislative Update

Save the Date: ELPC/PGCS Legislative Update

When:Friday January 25, 2019 

           Refreshments at 8:45; Panel discussion at 9:15

Where:Druid Hills Middle School (3100 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur, 30033)

Our state legislators will discuss the key issues in this year's legislative session. Be prepared to hear about educational issues at the state and local level and how they will affect our schools. This event is sponsored by the Emory LaVista Parent Council (schools in the Lakeside and Druid Hills clusters) and Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools (schools in the Dunwoody, Chamblee and Cross Keys clusters). As in past years, each legislator will be asked to speak for a few minutes and then invite Q&A from the audience. 

Confirmed speakers include: Senator Elena Parent, Representative Scott Holcomb, Representative Mary Margaret Oliver,  Representative Becky Evans, Representative Matthew Wilson, Representative Mike Wilensky, and Senator Sally Harrell.

 
CCRPI
CCRPI 
 
The Georgia Department of Education recently released the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores, a 0-100 scaled score that measures a school’s academic achievement and growth. 
 
Briarlake’s score (83.4)
 
Georgia Milestones Testing Schedule
Spring 2019 Georgia Milestones Testing Schedule
 
 
 
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Robotics
Robotics Team WINS Super Regionals! 
Congratulations to Coach Ms. Black, Assistant Coach Pam Hege, and the Briarlake LEGO Robotics team on winnig the Robot Games Event and the Champion Award at the First LEGO League Super Regional Competition. They will be advancing to State Competitions at GA Tech, which will be held February 2nd. Go Briarlake Beavatrons!
 
FrontPam Hege, Lois Kwan, Emory Kennett, Keziah Hart, Caeli Mistretta, Sam Shapiro, Ms. Black
Back: Will Petrich, Graham Hege, Jake Grant, Nahom Samuel, Caleb Adenuga
 
Lego Robotics
First LEGO League Regional Competition
 
 

The Briarlake LEGO Robotics team:

Caleb Adenuga        Jake Grant            Emory Kennett       

Will Petrich               Keziah Hart          Lois Kwan

Graham Hege          Caeli Mistretta      Nahom Samuel

Sam Shapiro 

The First LEGO league regional competition was held on December 12th at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and was comprised of multiple events including a group presentation project, a core values activity, robot games, and robot design. Briarlake did well in every event, winning the robot games event and the overall championship for their group. They are all very excited to participate in the Super Regional Competition on January 12th. 

 
Social Studies Fair 2018-2019
 District Social Studies Fair Results
 

The DeKalb County School District Social Studies Fair was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Administrative and Instructional Complex.  The academic competition showcased 86 projects from 31 elementary schools.  After a day of student interviews, twenty-seven (27) projects were selected to advance to the East Metro Regional Social Studies Fair to be held on Saturday, March 10, 2019, in Rockdale County.  Special awards were also given to the student with the top project in each discipline. 

Briarlake Students/ Topics

Gabrielle Blanchard/ How did domestication of animals impact civilization?

Zane Hartken / What are the advantages and disadvantages of Urban Farming?

Briarlake Wins at State Jr. Beta Club Competition 

 

 
Jr. Beta Club Represents Briarlake at State Convention
 
CONGRATS to B.E.S. Jr. Beta Club!
 
We had one of the smallest teams represented, but out of thousands at the State Jr. Beta Club Convention, our students placed...
 
1st Math
1st Robotics
3rd Technology
3rd Quiz Bowl 
4th Social Studies 
5th Book Battle 
 
Social Studies Fair
Final Briarlake E.S. Social Studies Fair Winners, CONGRATS!
 
History: Nahom Samuel and Samuel Shapiro
"How did the situation in Germany change after WWI and lead to WWII?"

Economics: Zane Hartken
"What are the advantages and disadvantages of Urban Farming?"

Anthropology: Gabrielle Blanchard
"How did domestication of animals impact civilization?"
 
2018 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Peachtree Junior Race
Briarlake had 102 participants at the Peachtree Jr. race. We had the 3rd highest number of participants. Track Club was awarded $1,000. Way to go Briarlake!
 
 
 
Recognition for 2018 State Technology Competition Achievement
Congratulations to Anna Katz and Claire Van Horn on placing in the 2018 Georgia Student Technology Competition which was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Macon, Georgia!  These students competed with over 1000 students throughout the State of Georgia and 64 students representing the DeKalb County School District.  
Social Studies Fair Winners
Moving on to state finals!!!
 
Stella Newman and Mary Lily Brass  took 1st place in their Social Studies category (Anthropology).

Aaron Gerstle and Amanda Beckwith took 3rd place in their category (Geography).
  
 
Congratulations Jr. Beta Club  image Congratulations Jr. Beta Club
Jr. Beta Club State Convention

 
PTA Reflections Winners!
Congratulations to all of the following students for being PTA Reflections Winners! What a testament to the wide range of talent we have here at Briarlake! Way to go, Beaver Achievers! 
What a Race!
Congratulations to the Briarlake Track Club on the completion of an awesome race!

 
Smart Lunch, Smart Kids
Kindergarten's overarching STEM unit is how to get fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts or to people who essentially do not have easy access to it.  We were able to connect with an organization called "Smart Lunch, Smart Kids" at Oak Grove Methodist Church that packs lunches every single Wednesday during the school year and deliveres them to Montclair Elementary School.
 
Social Studies Fair
WOW! Social Studies Fair participants did a great job!  
Hannah Choy received 3rd place.
Lyla Richards, Hailey James-Ricks, and
Sybil Thomas
are headed to the State Competition at
Clayton State on April 22, 2017.


 
Reading Bowl Competition
Our Briarlake kids tied for 3rd place out of 46 Reading Bowl teams in DeKalb County! Go Beavers!! And thanks to Mr. Hardwick and to all the parent volunteers who have been coaching the Reading Bowl team for months!
The participants are : Nahum Betru, Preshika Chhetri, Hannah Choy, Will Christenbury, Vivian Dolensky, Sophia Hook, Charlotte Smith-Perry, Hailey James-Ricks, Lyla Richards, Sara Semere.
 
Spelling Bee

The annual Briarlake Elementary Spelling Bee was held on Friday, January 13. Congratulations to the winner, Hannah Choy (5th grade), and runner up, Giovanni Silvestri (5th grade). Hannah will represent Briarlake at the DeKalb County Spelling Bee.

17 spellers competed in the Briarlake Spelling Bee. These students advanced to the school spelling bee from the grade-level spelling bees held on each team in December.

Congratulations to all of the following students who competed in the school bee: Sienna Beelner, Sarah Beule, Vivian Dolensky, Elise Garcia, Starr Haynes, Jack Hilyard, Jackson Holt, Haaven Siye, Preshika Chetri, Hannah Choy, Kamaih Dunn, Sophia Hook, Wynnton Martin, Charlotte Smith-Perry, Giovanni Silvestri, Jacob Tidwell, Sybil Thomas

 
2017 DCSD Technology Fair Winners
Congratulations to ALL Briarlake participants for taking the initiative and responsibility of their learning (Fourth Grade students: Elise Garcia, Grace Yu, Anna Katz, Claire Van Horn, and Aaron Gerstle)

Congratulations to our first place winners who are on their way to the GaETC State Technology Fair on March 11, 2017.

 


 
Math Tournament
Congratulations to Briarlake's 9 Math Tournament participants!
-Gia Choy, Hannah Choy, Elise Cowles, Daniel Glonty, Lois Kwan, William Petrich, Nahom Samuel, Sam Shapiro, Ava Terrell -

 
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