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Dear Barnette Elementary School families,

Welcome to Barnette Elementary School, home of the Bears.  We are a neighborhood school serving students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. We are celebrating our 10th year of educating students in our community.  

At our school, we are building on a tradition of excellence and academic success, setting higher goals for ourselves and our students. We are a Cambridge school, preparing students for the opportunity to earn a Cambridge Diploma from Hopewell High School. Students experience a rich foundation of inquiry, rigor and international education. We are also a Personalized Digital Learning school, where we develop the whole child and empower students to take ownership in their learning. Students are presented multiple pathways to demonstrate mastery. At Barnette, we promote teacher-leaders who support our students and staff through the use of opportunity culture.  

I invite you to participate in our school community as often as you can.  Please remember to register as a CMS volunteer.  All volunteers must register each year and select Barnette as the site.  Please also remember to bring your ID to sign in upon entering the school as we are working diligently to keep our school safe.

Finally, I would like to tell you a little bit about me. I am a Charlotte native. As a student, I attended Paw Creek and University Park elementary schools, Coulwood Junior High, and West Mecklenburg High. I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, I entered UNC-Charlotte and earned teacher licensure in the content areas of middle grades math and science. I earned my master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University.  I have worked in CMS for my entire 31-year career in education.

As a principal, I am committed to providing the best education possible to each of our students and I believe that every child can succeed in school.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions of concerns.  I can be reached at 980-343-0372 or l.gabriel@cms.k12.nc.us.  

I look forward to working with you to ensure that Barnette Elementary School continues to offer a challenging, effective educational experience in a safe, happy atmosphere.  

Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Barnette Elementary.

Lynanne “Missy” Gabriel, principal

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