Merrill Levine, who has taught first grade at Bright since 1996, retired on the last day of school in December. We will miss her!
The fifth grade community service project in December was helping McKamey Animal Shelter by collecting food and toys for dogs and cats, and students learned about how McKamey helps the community.
The Bright School will be out for the holidays between December 19 and January 7. Teacher in-service is January 7, and classes resume on January 8.
Fourth graders played the part of their own state that is assigned to them as part of the state project, a decades-long tradition at Bright School.
The theme of this year's community service program is friendship. Third graders wrote letters to pen pals at Children's Hospital and chose matching plush toys, keeping one and sending the other to the hospital.
Three fourth graders took the top places in the school spelling bee. In the end, it was like a real "xanadu" for the winner, Matilda Joels, who spelled that word to win.
Teachers from a school in Atlanta visited Bright to learn about responsive classroom strategies and our language arts and math curriculum.
Movement and music are natural combinations. Students got to learn several dances as part of Music in P.E. Day.
Students performed songs about the states in this year's Thanksgiving music program. Our break is November 16-23.
The Lee University Percussion Ensemble visited Bright for two days as artists in residence, funded by the generosity of two Bright alumni Fontaine Patten Moore and Henry Aldridge.