Bester Elementary School

August 20, 2006

30 E. Memorial Blvd.

Principal: Kathy Stiles

Phone: 301-766-8001

Fax: 301-797-3464

Web site:

Start time: 9 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: Pre-K-5

Date of construction: 1930

Age of building: 76 years


Latest renovation: 1988

Size of building: 67,248 square feet

State-rated capacity: 511

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 558

From the principal:

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Bester Elementary student achievement increased dramatically the last two years. Bester was selected as a 2005-06 National Title I Distinguished School, a 2006 Pride School and a 2006 Positive Behavior Intervention Exemplar School. Our Maryland State Assessments scores this year are the highest ever for Bester Elementary students. We will continue to build upon our successes and make sure all students are proficient in reading and math.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. We are committed to the goal of academic excellence. We need to increase the number of students proficient in reading and math and eliminate any achievement gaps between subgroups. All Bester staff members work an additional two hours a week learning new strategies and best practices.

Another goal is to increase student attendance. Our administration, social worker and teachers will continue to make home visits if necessary.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. For a school to be successful, we need everyone working together. Parents, staff, students and community members must be committed to the same high expectations and the belief that all children will achieve.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. We invite parents and community members to visit our school. Please call our office at 301-766-8001 and find out how you can get involved.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. The Bester staff is partnering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters so we can expand our mentoring and tutoring program. Our after-school extended learning opportunities will be increased. Last year, 150 students participated in clubs. Added to those clubs will be a C-Safe homework club and a Good News club.

As a service project, the school will collect school supplies and books to send to a school in the Dominican Republic.

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