William Barr News
A Letter From Your New Principal
Dear Parents,

I would like to start off by welcoming you to the 2014-2015 school year!

Some of you may be interested in knowing a little bit about me. I was born and raised in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. I studied law at Prishtina Law School in Kosovo in 1992, but was interrupted by the 1992 civil war. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, master’s degrees from Baldwin Wallace University and Norwich University and completed the principal’s certification program at Muskingum University. I am currently completing my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Transformational Change at Concordia University.

I have worked for Avon Lake City Schools since 2000 as an intervention specialist, credit recovery coordinator, advised the mighty ALHS Key Club (a Kiwanis-sponsored social service organization), and maintained the school’s web page. I am the past president of the Rocky River Kiwanis Club and Community Resources Services. Currently I serve as President of Camp !magine, a nonprofit organization that provides extended schools year services and recreational activities for students with special needs and teach graduate classes at Baldwin Wallace University.

I have a wonderful daughter. Elisabeth is fifteen and is starting high school this year.

Having the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff and parents in the Sheffield Lake - Sheffield community is truly a dream come true! The more time I spend at Barr and Tennyson the more impressed I have become. The staff and parents I have met are friendly, hardworking, and genuinely care about the students and our community. The new school year is just around the corner, and I am eager to get it underway! I am looking forward to having the building full of students and staff and all of the energy they will bring. If you are in the building, please stop by my office for a visit!

Consider getting involved with the new SOS (Students of Service) club we are starting this year. We can use volunteers at school all the time. We will be happy to help you find an area you can help out in!

I consider it a pleasure and privilege to be a part of your child’s education. Please contact our school office if you ever have a question, concern, or comment.

Gjergj Haxhiu
Barr & Tennyson Principal
 
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

The 2014-2015 Waiver/Professional Development Days are:

9/12/2014-No school for students
10/20/2014-No school for students
1/20/2015-No school for students
2/13/2015-No school for PreK-5, SMS & BHS will have a late
start-10:00AM
3/23/2015-No school for PreK-5, SMS & BHS will have a late
start-10:00AM

Inservice Day

11/4/2014-No school for students

Please mark your calendars with these dates.

Also Note:  THERE ARE NO EARLY RELEASE DAYS THIS YEAR.
 

Summer Hours for Barr's Office
The office will remain open until June 20th, from 7AM - 2PM. Please feel free to stop by or call 949-4233 with any questions. The secretary will return August 4th, from 7AM - 2PM to prepare for the 2014/2015 school year.  Normal office hours of 8AM - 4PM will resume the first day of school, Thursday, August 21st. The staff at Barr wishes everyone a happy and safe summer break. 
Take a 3D Virtual Tour of the new 7-12 building
Click here to visit our new building construction website where you can take a virtual 3D tour of our future 7-12 Building. 
STUDY ISLAND

Now you can practice at home!
What is Study Island?  It is:
 -Web-based instruction, practice, assessment, and reporting built from Ohio state's standards.
          -Rigorous academic content that is both fun and engaging.
          -Research-based with proven results for all students.
          -Easy to use in school and at home!
Just go to http://www.studyisland.com/ and have your son or daughter log in.  They should know their user name and password and they should be able to "take it from there"!  Have fun learning at home!

 
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School Hours

Barr Elementary School begins promptly at 8:35 A.M.
    The school day ends, and we dismiss at 3:20 P.M.      

School Fees
School fees for William Barr are $55.00 
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