Principal's Update

March 16 - 20

Thank you for the work that you continue to do to help all students achieve at high levels!

As we continue to teach and learn, please remember that our focus is on student achievement and not "teaching to the test." If we continue to use best practice and teach with fidelity, we will see results when students take our state assessments.

Based on your feedback, we have a need in the areas of guided reading books and math resources. In 2015-2016, we will focus on acquiring more books for our literacy library and resources to support math instruction.

If you have not completed a grant during this school year, please submit one prior to the end of the school year.


Upcoming Deadlines

March 19th - Elementary Principals' Meeting

March 19th - Family Reading Night

March 27th - Last day to spend supply money (Any money left over will be used to purchase math resources).

April 11th - District Recruitment Fair (Teachers who volunteer will have the opportunity to win a day off and recertification points).
May 22nd - Class lists for 2015-2016


Instruction:

Assessment for the SLO training- Secondary March 12 and Elementary March 19 (trainers for school level). These individuals will have another half day session.

There will be another component at leadership on March 24 (Revised template and looking at exemplars of SLO’s).


Teacher supply money: We will be issuing credit cards next year instead of checks. The finance department will not be able to reimburse teachers for expenditures over the summer. You will have to use the credit card.


Web payments for parents to pay fees are being piloted at Northwestern. Other schools will have the opportunity to try web payments in the near future.


Travel reimbursement- The finance department is beginning direct deposit. This is being implemented gradually. Instead of receiving a check, you will receive an e-mail notification of the deposit.


District faculty meetings

In order to communicate very important district information, the district office staff will be hosting 3 district faculty meetings to discuss the following:


1. Capital and Technology Plans

2. District Culture Survey Results


Please see the dates and locations below. Every faculty/staff member needs to attend a faculty meeting. The district office would prefer that schools attend the meeting within their zone; however, everyone recognizes there may be conflicts. If you can't go to Rock Hill High on March 24th, please make plans to attend one of the other faculty meetings. I will share this information with our non-certified staff.


March 24th Rock Hill High School Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

Team Bearcats to include:

Rock Hill High School

Castle Heights Middle School

Sullivan Middle School

Independence Elementary School

Lesslie Elementary School

Mount Holly Elementary School

Northside Elementary School

Belleview Elementary School

Sunset Park Elementary School


April 7th at South Pointe High School Auditorium 4:00 p.m.

Team Stallions to include:

South Pointe High School

Saluda Trail Middle School

Oakdale Elementary School

Central Child Development Center

Finley Road Elementary School

Richmond Drive Elementary School

Ebenezer Elementary School

Parent Smart

Sylvia Circle Elementary School

Flexible Learning/Rebound/Phoenix/Renaissance


April 28th at Northwestern High School Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

Team Trojans to include:

Northwestern High School

ATC

Dutchman Creek Middle School

Rawlinson Road Middle School

York Road Elementary School

Old Pointe Elementary School

Ebinport Elementary School

Mt. Gallant Elementary School

India Hook Elementary School

Rosewood Elementary School

Facilities Services


April 30th- Make Up Session at 4:00 Sullivan Middle School


Congratulations to Elaine Baker!

Elaine will retire from Rock Hill Schools after 49 years! We will certainly miss her but are excited for the opportunities she will have to spend with her family!


Congratulations to Hank Hammond!

Hank will retire after 42 years!


Quote of the Week

"Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world."

Mary McLeod Bethune