Eagle News

SME newsletter for families and the community

Dear Parents,

Happy Holidays! Please note that we will have Thanksgiving break from November 22-26. Christmas Break will be from December 20-January 3.

December 17 will be a 1/2 day and we will dismiss K4/K5 car riders beginning at 10:50 in the third lane. We will start regular car rider dismissal at 11:10. There will be no ASC on December 17.

We had a wonderful Veterans Day program featuring the Edwards Middle School band and the SME Sound Offs. Featured speakers included fifth grade students, Kyi Chandler, Bella Bratovich, Conner Atcheson, and CJ Sears. All students had learned patriotic songs with Mrs. Confer throughout the month and were able to participate in the program. It was a great way to honor our Veterans.

Sound Offs will also represent SME in Old Fashioned Christmas on December 4.

We are excited to announce that we will begin hosting some volunteer trainings after Thanksgiving. Please note the possible times on the December calendar at the bottom of this newsletter. You must be volunteer trained to assist students in classrooms, attend field trips, or work with students in any capacity. Please note that we will be limiting the number of adults visiting the building and classrooms at any one time.

Good News club will also begin soon. Please look for details concerning this after-school program. There will be a limited number of students that are able to attend due to social distancing guidelines, so make sure you sign up if you are interested.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year!

COVID guidelines

If your child has symptoms of COVID, a diagnosis of COVID, is a household contact of someone who is positive, or is a close contact of a positive case, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/oiaefYr63TQoRfcy5

This allows the front office to have this information in a timely way. It also allows us to find out more about the situation and determine close contacts. This information is confidential and will only be shared with those who have a need to know.

The QR code for the form is found below.

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Lunch with your student

After Thanksgiving, across the district, parents will be allowed into schools to eat lunch with students.

As you know, our enrollment is up this year and we have limited cafeteria space. We want you to come, but we are putting some guidelines in place to ensure a good experience for all.

If you would like to come and eat lunch with your child, please do the following:

1. Call the office at 397-2400 and speak with Cindy. Make a reservation for the day that you would like to come eat with your child. Cindy will let you know if there is availability for the day you would like to come. (We will have a table on the stage available for seating. We also have some outdoor spaces if the weather is nice.)

2. When you arrive, sign in with Cindy at the front desk. She will give you a name tag to wear while you are in the building.

3. You are allowed to bring lunch to your child only. Please do not bring lunch items for other students.

4. After lunch, you will need to exit through the main office.

If you have any questions, please let us know. You do not have to be volunteer trained to eat lunch with your child. We are excited that circumstances have improved to allow this!

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Winter MAP testing

We will be administering the Winter MAP test between November 29-December 16. Please see your teacher's newsletter to know when your student will be taking their test.

Why is Winter MAP important? Winter MAP tests let teachers know how the student is progressing in reading and math. It lets the teacher and student know their strengths and areas that need more support. It helps us decide who needs intervention in the classroom and the level of support they need to be successful.

If a student does not take the assessment seriously or rushes through the test, we do not get an accurate picture of the student's ability. It would be like going to the hospital and not accurately telling them your symptoms. You could end up with a cast when you really needed an antibiotic.

As educators, we look at many things to determine if a student needs support, but MAP testing is an important puzzle piece.

Please encourage your student to do their best so we can provide what is needed to help each student be successful.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

At the bottom of the page, you will find helpful videos and other information about MAP testing.

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Thanks to PTO!

Big thanks to PTO for all they give to our school! The Readathon has raised over $12,000 for library books and other classroom supplies. We appreciate parents consistently supporting our school in our fundraisers and providing for our students. Six Mile Elementary is a great school because of your support!

CATE carts

This year, SME received funding for some projects that will support our STEM program. The district office through Brian Richard has provided money to build several CATE carts and to help with redesigning the PLA room into a STEM lab. Working with the Pickens County Career Center, SME has created CATE carts to help our students grow in new ways.

What is a CATE cart? CATE stands for Career and Technology Education. Currently, we have three of these carts - one for biomedical, one for architecture and design, and one for STEM. These carts roll into classrooms and bring experiences to students that they would not normally be able to have.

Students using the biomedical cart are able to "perform surgery", use a stethoscope, provide first aid, and learn about taking care of our body. Students using the architecture and design cart are able to create blueprints and build designs, measure and create, and understand the building process. These carts allow students to have "play" type experiences while learning about future careers in these areas.

Our goal at SME is to continue to build these in all areas of CATE so that our students can be exposed to all careers at an early age. Then, when they are older, they can take classes at our district's career center in their areas of interest.

Biomedical engineering, as well as Architecture and Design and STEM, are two areas where the workforce is growing and there is a need. It's never too early to begin exploring the question - What do you want to be when you grow up?

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