Barth Elementary teacher Rochelle Lloyd is always looking for resources and funding opportunities to improve her classroom. She teaches 15 students from grades 3rd-6th who are challenged with various disabilities. “ I applied for the back to school grant through the Meemic Foundation and was awarded $100 which allowed me to raid the dollar store for important items,” said Lloyd. With school budgets continuously being cut the grant provided Lloyd the opportunity to purchase materials students otherwise wouldn’t have.
Matthew Williams is a 5th grade student leader at Barth Elementary. Matthew is an accomplished gymnast, beginning when he was 6 yrs old. He has 3 State Championship Titles. As part of the USAG Jr. Olympic program, he competes on 6 events; Floor, Pommel Horse, P-Bars, Hi-Bar, Rings and Vault. He trains 17-20 hours per week. Matthew will begin to compete at the national level, when he is 11. He hopes to one day make the USA National Elite Team and the Olympics.
February is Black History month. Black History month is the month that we embrace the achievements and major contributions that African-Americans have contributed to our society. At Barth Elementary School, Mrs. Shila Brim, Mrs. Rochelle Lloyd, educational para professionals; Ms. Leslie McCurdy, and Ms. Robin Bradshaw collaborated, and worked diligently with several students from their classrooms to create a plan to celebrate Black History Month. Each day a student articulated an African-American fact of the day during morning announcements.
On February 12, 2015, current Romulus Middle School student athletes returned to their former alma mater, Barth Elementary School. The student athletes provided a great deal of information and were very well-spoken as they elaborated on transitioning to Romulus Middle School. The Romulus Middle School boy’s football team and cheerleader team members articulated on an undefeated season, maintaining specific G.P.A.'s, Bullying, Rules, Beginning with the End in Mind, Being Proactive, Synergizing, and Cheering to support others in different sports. The students were phenomenal!
On Friday, January 16, 2015 students at Barth Elementary School participated in a school-wide assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each class created a presentation tying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The program began with the students marching through the school to the song This Little Light of Mine and ending the march in the school gym. In the gym, a group of fifth grade students sang the anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing. Next, the kindergarten students sang the song True Colors.
During the month of December, 5th graders at Barth Elementary had the opportunity to share and learn about their classmate’s heritages and cultural backgrounds. The three week project began with each student tracing back their family’s heritage as far as they could. This experience included having students interview their oldest living relatives and learn about what their childhoods were like. Many students made fascinating discoveries, such as Codi Clark’s great grandfather who earned a Purple Heart in World War II.
During the week of December 15, 2014 Mr. Bono’s 2nd graders at Barth Elementary School raised money for the Romulus Animal Shelter. This year Mr. Bono’s class has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan through a grant called Project Place (Project Approach to Literacy and Civic Engagement). As part of an economics unit, the students had to choose a local cause and develop a plan to raise money for that cause. The students brainstormed local places and voted on the Romulus Animal Shelter.