William Marvin Bass Elementary is one of the eleven elementary schools in the Lynchburg City Schools system. Currently, we have 20 full-time classroom teachers and 18 professional non-classroom staff. Our classrooms include one 3/4 inclusion classroom, one 2/3 self-contained classroom and one 4/5 self contained classroom. In two additional classrooms are two Title I teachers with an emphasis on team teaching in the classroom.
Bass Elementary has many community partnerships:
- The Lynchburg Kiwanis Club sponsors Terrific Kids, a student recognition program that promotes character development, self esteem, and perseverance. Students are rewarded for reaching their individual goals.
- Liberty University promotes and strengthens the academic performance of our entire student body. The college students help our students in the classroom in writing, reading, math, language, and computer technology skills.
- McDonald's recognizes and promotes citizenship, academic performance, writing and reading skills. It also provides an opportunity for career awareness for all students at Bass.
- The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center helps build student's self-esteem and increases student awareness of the multicultural and multi-disciplinary nature of the arts.
- The US Postal Service provides our students with real-life experiences which they apply to the basic skills of letter writing, addressing envelopes, looking at a directory to locate street addresses and ZIP codes, and using the postal system.
- Subway promotes writing and reading skills and provides recognition and incentives for students in an effort to strengthen the instructional program. Subway also has a Subway night for students on the third Monday of each month.
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Virginia promotes the Big Buddy Program which is a school based mentoring program pairing an adult in the school or community with a child at risk of not meeting his/her full potential at school. Each Big Buddy will meet with the paired student to provide support, encouragement, and a positive role model.
Educational field trips include:
- The Maier Museum
- Lynchburg Court
- The Anne Spencer House
- Living History Bus Tour
- The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland
- Jamestown, Virginia
- Williamsburg, Virginia
- Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, Virginia
- Washington, D.C.
Integrating technology into the curriculum has become a priority at William Marvin Bass Elementary. Students and teachers have the use of two computer labs, one with 25 PCs for grades K-2 and one with 25 PCs for grades 3-5 all with Internet access. Each teacher also has a classroom PC with Internet access. Some examples of software used are Accelerated Reader in both computer labs, Type to Learn for keyboarding skills, and the Destiny automated library system.