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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Welcome back to another amazing school year at Barkley-Ruiz Elementary School. I am thrilled to spend another year with our students. At Barkley-Ruiz, the focus of the campus is to meet the academic needs of students by identifying their individual learning style preferences as well as expand student choice.

We, at Barkley-Ruiz, have not only provided teachers with extensive targeted and collaborative professional development to address student instructional needs, we also began implementing Project Based Learning into our classrooms to allow students more opportunities to get more hands-on learning, student-centered activities, and ownership for what they create.

Each classroom is equipped with resources to meet the needs of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners as well as technology to differentiated learners. Teachers have the tools necessary for data analysis and interactive lessons. Additionally, students have the tools to learn technology skills imperative to compete in today’s job market.

Barkley-Ruiz offers multiple programs and clubs for our students, which include music, art, Bluebonnet Reading Club, Choir, Yearbook, Step Club, Guitar Club, Recorder Club, Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALS), and Safety Patrol.

Last year, we piloted the SAISD Supper Program. Now, all students receive three, free meals per day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. We also provide sharing tables in the classrooms and cafeteria, to reduce waste and allow students to take additional food, as needed.

We value all your support and engagement, so please feel free to contact our school if you have any questions. Thank you for allowing us to educate your child(ren), and we look forward to the learning and experiences we will share throughout the year.

Jacqueline Ibarra-Lanford

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Letter of Intent

Patriots, Hard at Work

4th grade students research natural resources as part of their project-based learning unit in class. Their end goal involves creating a Public Service Announcement for their community.

Project-based learning is one component, of many, that are part of Barkley-Ruiz's implementation of the new charter academic model of Constructivism. The goal involves having students be more hands-on and in control of their learning, making it more student-centered and creative.

Welcome back!

This month, Barkley-Ruiz staff and Patriot mascot welcomed back students for another successful, exciting year at school. 

Students started off the pep rally bouncing beach balls and dancing to fun music before being introduced to this year's grade level staff.

We're excited for a fun-filled, creative year of building, discovery, and active learning!

Digital Citizenship is Underway!

Students are starting the year learning about how to be good digital citizens--that is, how to be safe when navigating the internet. Each student will be participating in various lessons in how to keep information private when online, not sharing personal information, not meeting strangers online, and being kind to one another (and how to deal with cyberbullying). 

Part of their lessons include participating in an interactive Nearpod lesson provided by the district, as well as engaging in discussion and playing games with Google's Be Internet Awesome curriculum.


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