Buckland Mills Elementary School
10511 Wharfdale Place
Gainesville, VA 20155
Date Opened: September 2006
Principal: Connie Balkcom
Number of Students: 700
Number of teachers: 50
School Colors: Cranberry Red & Federal Blue
School Mascot: Wildcat
ABOUT BUCKLAND MILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Buckland Mills Elementary School opened in September 2006. The school is located off I-66 and Lee Hwy/US 29 in the Somerset Housing Development. The school received its name from the long, rich history of the Buckland Mills community which has mirrored the expansion of the nation during the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Reform Era. The students, parents, and faculty all had a hand in building our school history.
Teachers voted on choosing the school colors. Students voted on their choice of mascot, the “Wildcat.” Parents are part of the PTO and Advisory Council. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful school and is sharing the optimism of endless possibilities.
Many programs are conducted to ensure that each and every student is learning at their appropriate level and pace. Buckland Mills houses grades K – 5, classes for students with Autism, Learning Disability Resources, Speech, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and an on-site Gifted Education Program. We are also an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds, and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. All students learn Spanish as part of IBPYP.
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The chorus program, which takes place before school, is well attended, with a winter concert.
Many opportunities are available for fifth grade students. A morning television broadcast brings school news into each classroom and gives students an opportunity to participate in television production. Each fifth grade student receives a chance to be a “star” during the year.
The Strings Program is also offered as a first chance at a musical instrument.
Fifth graders also serve as School Safety Patrols protecting and modeling for our students before and after school. The Chess Club meets before school and competes in local tournaments.
The guidance program involves students at every grade level with a variety of programs throughout the year including the Positive Action While in School (PAWS) program that rewards positive behaviors of students.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENT & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Family involvement is a vital aspect of Buckland Mills. The school enjoys a very active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) which plans such events as Movie Night, Talent Show, and a Family Dance. Our Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) helps combine all the efforts of the community into our school decision making process. Parents are welcome to come in at any time to volunteer or observe in the classroom. Parents and community members making help out in the copy room and serve as instructional volunteers, working one-on-one with students who need a little extra attention. Parent informational evenings on various topics of interest are scheduled throughout the year.
TECHNOLOGY AT BUCKLAND MILLS
At Buckland Mills, the use of technology on a daily basis sets us apart. Every classroom in the building contains a 72” touch screen Smart Board with a projector. Five computer labs and iPads for each classroom are also utilized throughout the building. The technology is put to good use by our students and teachers that are committed to learning every day. Our motto describes it best: “Every minute counts, every child matters, and everyone succeeds.”