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13659 Beatties Ford Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Courier #: 328
P: 980-343-0372  |  F: 980-343-1711 
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Grades: K-5
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Cambridge at Barnette

Real World Research!

Last week in Ms. Mckenley's Cambridge Literacy class I was fortunate enough to witness the group presentations based on the student's cultural studies projects.  These truly were amazing!  As part of the Cambridge Program, student to student collaboration, research, and authentic 21st century presentations are all cornerstones to the program.  This truly was evident as I learned about Greece, Indian, China, North Korea, and several other countries around the world.  The research was phenomenal!  The students covered such topics as : foods, population, cultural beliefs, education, and history just to name a few.  Additionally, wonderful PowerPoints and Prezi's were utilized with numerous videos and music to go along.  Overall, the student did a fantastic job!


 2016-17 Cambridge Application Process and Parent Information Meetings:

For our current 3rd and 4th graders, we will be holding two parent information meetings at Barnette to discuss the Cambridge Program.  The first meeting will be on Monday, December 7th at 8:30 am in the Barnette Cafeteria, and the second meeting will be Monday, January 11th at 5:00 pm in the Barnette Media Center.  The second meeting will simply be a repeat of the first, so interested families should only plan on attending one of these meetings.  During the meetings, information pertaining to the Cambridge Program, specifically Barnette, and the application process will be discussed.  Below is information pertaining to the program requirements:

Requirements for Program:

  • Above or at  grade level MAP scores in reading and math
  • At or above grade level EOG scores (last years scores)
  • Good Grades
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Participate in the writing sample activity held at your child's school. 
  • Must take Math 1 in the eighth grade 

Key Dates:

11/30:  2016-17 Application process opens

12/1: General Cambridge Information Night at Longcreek 6:00-6:45, 6:45-7:30

12/7: Barnette Cambridge Informational Meeting 8:30 am cafeteria

1/11: Barnette Cambridge Information Meeting 5:00 pm media center

1/22: 2016-17 Application Process closes

***Additional information will be sent home in the near future regarding the writing piece for the application process.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Scott Otolski at

Cambridge happening’s at Barnette


Cambridge Literacy : Based on helping our students create strong cultural connections, the Cambridge
students have been studying and identifying various cultural habits, traditions, and beliefs. With this information, they
have further been able to synthesize their learning, as well as communicate their findings. Additionally, the students have begun assessing their own nonfiction research projects based on different world cultures. Coming up, they will begin working in collaborative groups based on these cultures, while also creating a multimedia presentation to presenting their information.

Below, the students have researched and analyzed information pertaining to other cultures and how they
celebrate holidays and traditions. In this case, you can see some of the similarities and differences between
the United States and Germany as to how they celebrate Halloween. Above we have New Years in Laos and
the US.

Cambridge Science: In Science, the students have been learning about the water cycle through the completion of choice menu’s, as well as collaborative group discussions. As a culminating activity, the student groups will create either a poster, demonstration, skit, or song, to be recorded and presented through the 30 hands app for classroom viewing. This is a great way for the students to not only learn and apply new information, but also, work on authentic 21st century skills and collaborative teamwork discussions..

Cambridge Math: In Math, our scholars are continuing to work on division and order of operations, while consistently using their interactive math notebooks. Additionally, they have been working on a real world project in which they are using their math skills to design a resort. Through this project, the students are working collaboratively, while also being encouraged to use the Google Sketch Up Program as a way to make an electronic model of their resort. Through this project, the students are conducting research in order to decide which city will house the resort. Not only are they utilizing their math skills through this project, but the students are now using research skills as well based on geography to determine their location. In order to design their resort, the students have received specific guidelines
that must be included. Throughout the project, Mrs. Huffman has included various check-in points where the students will need to reflect upon their current progress before determining the next course of action. Authentic follow up word problems, based on their personalized resort are included to allow the students to continue to practice applying their mathematical knowledge.

 This year, we are proud to offer the Cambridge Program for our current 5th grade students.  Currently, we have 30 students enrolled in this program based on last year's application process.  These students went through an application process in which their academics were reviewed, they completed a writing sample, and received teacher recommendations.  As a result of this, our first cohort of students are successfully engaged in higher order learning activities, based on authentic application, real world problems, and collaboration within their core classes of Math, Literacy, and Science.  We are excited about this new program and the wonderful opportunities it will present for our students. 

As part of the Cambridge learning process, our students will learn about, and put into practice a specific Learner Attribute each month.  This month's attribute is: Confidence.  According to Cambridge, this is defined as:

"Cambridge learners are confident, secure in their knowledge, unwilling to take things for granted, and ready to take intellectual risks. They are keen to explore and evaluate ideas and arguments in a structured, critical and analytical way. And they are able to communicate and defend views and opinions, and to respect those of others."

With this in mind, how do we instill this in our students?  With the Cambridge Program, our goal is to create a safe environment that allows our students to try new things and state new ideas with impunity from others. This can be challenging, but by building a strong classroom community for our students, in which they feel comfortable sharing their ideas and taking chances, we can begin to move toward success.

So as a parent, how can you help your child with this and in turn support their growth as a Cambridge Student?

-Have fun and let your students see you take chances too.  We are our children's greatest role models.  Show them it is ok to take a chance and step outside of the comfort zone.

-Allow them to "not have all of the answers."  Sometimes not knowing the answer can be more effective than knowing all the answers. Be the example!

-Discuss examples with your children about what confidence look like in the classroom, school, and in your community? How do we know that it is confidence?


 Below is a link to the online copy of The Cambridge Outlook magazine.  Please be sure to read the article regarding Cambridge in North Carolina, as this is based on our Learning Community!  Please continue to check back every other week as we will be highlighting some of the wonderful things our Cambridge teachers and students are working on.















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