Three years ago, Washington University entered into a long-term agreement with the School District of University City as part of an initiative to create a community school. As part of that initiative “Elev8” was created – a committee of Brittany Woods staff and parents that meet regularly with faculty and staff from Washington University.
Andrea Holmes-Bownes, is a full-time staff member at Brittany Woods that is employed by Wash U. Ms. Holmes helps the Elev8 team initiate many projects at the middle school – from parent/student seminars, to after school clubs, to the Winter Ball, and student field trips to Washington University.
The most recent Parent/Student Seminar discussed preparation for benchmark exams such as the MAP and Discovery Ed and the new Common Core Assessments that will be introduced next year. Brittany Woods teacher, Ms. Crawford led the discussion on the importance of middle school assessments and the role of preparing students for the ACT and SAT tests taken in high school. She also mentioned the financial rewards of doing well on these types of exams in the form of scholarships. Participants of the seminar went through questions from each exam type as a group. Assessment materials were also provided for the students to work on at home with their parents.