IHES NEWSLETTER

Week of April 19, 2021

SPRING TESTING INFORMATION

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Spring MAP Testing

The NWEA MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) is an adaptive achievement and growth test. It creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring progress and growth for each individual student. If your child correctly answers a question, the computer assessment provides a harder question next. If they miss that same question, then an easier question is asked. This provides essential information about what your child knows and is ready to learn.


We will be utilizing this test to measure how much your student has grown this year as a learner in the subjects of Reading and Math.


Students will take these tests on the following days:


  • Tuesday May 18, 2021- Reading Test for K-2 & 4-5
  • Thursday May 20, 2021- Math Test for K-5
  • Thursday June 10th - Reading test for 3rd



It is VERY important students are present on these days to take the test. Please also ensure students receive enough rest the night before testing and have a great breakfast the day of testing. We would love your support in encouraging your students to do their best on each of their tests. Updated student MAP test progress reports will be sent home with end of the year report cards.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Fielder or Mr. Roorda.

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State Testing for 3rd-5th Grade

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has directed school districts on the administration of statewide assessments as related to requirements of the Education Accountability Act (EAA). For the 2020-2021 school year, the following assessments will be administered to students Grades 3-8:


  • All students Grades 3-8 will participate in the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready (SC READY) Assessment program for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Students in Grade 4 and Grade 6 will participate in the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) program in Science.
These assessments measure student performance on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards and the South Carolina Academic Standards. Assessments will begin on Tuesday May 25, 2021.


Our schedule for testing at IHES is as follows:

  • Tuesday May 25, 2021: ELA Day 1 (TDA) - 3rd-5th grade
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021: ELA Day 2 (Reading) - 3rd-5th grade
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021: Math - 3rd-5th grade
  • Thursday June 10, 2021: Science -4th grade only


In order to experience successful testing, it is important for students to have a feeling of well-being and self-confidence. Please help with the following to ensure your child’s success:

  • Students should get plenty of rest the nights before testing and arrive on time to school on test days.
  • Testing will be administered online via a Secure Browser on RHSD devices or in school Computer Labs. These assessments must be administered to students face-to-face.
  • During testing, students may not be in possession of any electronic device (including, but not limited to, cell phones, headphones, or smart watches EG Apple Watches, Fitbits). All electronic devices will be collected before students begin taking the test and returned only after all students in the test session have completed the test.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Fielder or Mr. Roorda.

PAINT OUR ROCKS!

You may have noticed IHES has "grown" a couple of rocks - one in the front of the building at the beginning of the car rider entrance and the other one at the back of the building at the bus entrance.


Our fantastic PTO has purchased these rocks so that YOU can have an opportunity to paint them. Sign up for your date(s) using the links below (this will take you to a "Sign Up Genius").


Be sure to click "Submit and Sign Up" on the Sign Up Genius page so that your dates will be reserved. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO ROCK OPTIONS. Please be careful when signing up!

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FROM THE DISTRICT

To register visit the Rock Hill Schools Enrollment website here:

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/enroll

Select your registration option from the top menu.

Also, from the RHS main district website, select ENROLL on the top menu (next to HOME) to reach the same location.

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

April 19th - End of Q3

April 27th - Report Cards issued


May 28 - No School

May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


June 22nd - Last Day for students (1/2 day) & Report Cards issued

UPDATE - Elementary School Reassignment - THIS WILL AFFECT SOME IHES STUDENTS

The Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to accept Elementary Reassignment Option 4B during its Monday, February 8, 2021 meeting. As approved, the reassignment plan will go into effect for the 2021-2022 school year.


Visit the following page for more information:

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/2021strategy


Some IHES students will attend Mount Gallant Elementary School next year. Click the link above to look at new attendance zones for the 2021-2022 school year.


What you can expect?

  • All families potentially impacted will receive a letter from the school district in the coming days.
  • Information about "grandfathering" rising 5th graders who are now assigned to attend a different school in August 2021.
  • An extension to apply to attend a school of choice program will be available for families impacted by reassignment.
  • An updated Find My School tool to allow families to enter their address to see how reassignment changes their zoned school for the 2021-2022 school year.


Questions may be directed to Dr. Diana Smith in the Office of Student Services or to Mr. Mychal Frost in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Reminders:

Students are reminded to bring their device with them every day and have it charged before coming to school.

Students are encouraged to bring water with them to school.

A mask must be worn at all times in the building.


Parents, for the safety of our staff and students, please monitor your students for any illness prior to sending them to school. If your child is running a fever, has symptoms related to COVID-19 or been a close contact to someone with COVID-19, please keep them home and contact the school.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

CAR RIDERS:

Our school hours this year are 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Our doors will open at 7:10 a.m. to allow students into the building.


If you are arriving by car, we will have staff outside to help with arrival. If you are wanting to walk your child to the front door, please pull into our parking lot. Unfortunately, we can not allow you to walk your child to class due to our no visitor policy this year.

Dismissal begins at 2:20 p.m. Please make sure you are here by 2:30 p.m. to pick up your child.



BUS RIDERS:

Transportation information can be accessed for your student(s) using E-Link and MyStop.

E-Link must be accessed first before you can access MyStop.

You can access more information to set up the account here:

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/8202

Or email:

BUSHELP@RHMAIL.ORG

INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE


I am happy I will be taking care of your children at school this year! I wanted to update you on the new guidelines, for staff and students, to help all of us stay healthy at school. Please remember at this time, all students and staff members will need to wear a mask at school. The School Board’s latest policy states that masks with one-way valves or vents will not be allowed based on CDC recommendations. Please remember to wash your child’s cloth mask daily.

The following link gives great information about taking care of your child’s mask! https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html


I will update you regularly as information changes, but currently, these are the symptoms that require immediate exclusion from school due to COVID-19.

Students or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 (but no known exposures to someone contagious with COVID-19) Students and staff should be excluded from school if they have:

• Any of the following with or without fever:

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or –

o Loss of taste or smell -or –

o New or worsening cough


Because these are symptoms associated with COVID-19, it is recommended that you follow-up with your child's healthcare provider. Your child can not return to school until the following criteria have been met:

• Your child has a negative COVID-19 test, and has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved. Written documentation of the negative test from the testing site must be provided to the school nurse prior to your child’s return to school.

OR

• Your child receives written confirmation of an alternative diagnosis for symptoms from a healthcare provider, and has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved.

OR

• At least 10 days have passed since your child developed symptoms, your child has had no fever without the use of medicine and symptoms are improved.

**If your child has a positive COVID-19 test, please notify the school nurse. She will provide guidance regarding your child’s return to school transition.



For symptoms that are not COVID-19 related, please see the DHEC School exclusion brochure for information about when to keep your child home from school. http://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/CR-010752.pdf


I will be calling about absent children each day. If your child is sick, please call or email me. I need to keep track of all illnesses in each classroom.


If your child needs medication at school, you can find medication forms on the district website. https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/1825

Please remember that in order for a prescription medication to be given at school, a prescription medication form must be signed by a medical provider.


Do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your help in keeping all at India Hook healthy!


Alison Bosdell, RN, BSN

India Hook School Nurse abosdell@rhmail.org

803-985-1617

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The District has developed a dashboard to be as a transparent as possible regarding COVID-19 in our schools. Each weekday, excluding holidays, this dashboard will be updated with school-level information and a district summary. This dashboard provides access to everyone seeking the latest and most accurate information. In a time when fear and anxiety continue to be off the charts, we believe it is vital to make this information available to staff, parents, and our community at-large.


When there is a probable or known case in your child's class, you can expect to receive an e-mail notification from your child's principal. Unless your child is determined to be a close contact, there will not be a phone call notification. When appropriate, notifications will take place at the classroom, school, team, and/or district-level. Close contact notifications will be completed by each school nurse.


https://datastudio.google.com/reporting/309767f4-229c-49f9-ab4f-411e75224a9f/page/WgaeB

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND INFORMATION

Kindergarten and First Grade Devices:

Devices just arrived at the school for Kindergarten and first grade and will take at least a week to image and set up for each student. More information will be communicated through your teacher soon.


4th and 5th Grade Parents (PLEASE READ - VERY IMPORTANT):

A technology protection plan fee and signature page of the Mobile Computing Guide is required every year from every student who has been issued a device from the school. Typically this is done when you pick up the device. This year, you were able to keep the device over the summer and did not have to make a separate trip to pay the fee and sign the Mobile Computing Guide. However, this is still a requirement to protect your wallet!


The protection plan fee is to protect you from having to pay out of pocket for repairs to the device and/or a replacement device if accidental or deliberate damage occurs. Please make sure you make every effort to return both of these to your child's teacher this week, if you haven't done so already. More information can be found at the link below. You can also complete the guide electronically by visiting the site below. If you would like to request a waiver for the fee, please contact Mr. Fielder or Mr. Roorda.



There is a wealth of information regarding technology services accessed through the link below:

Tech Support

Mobile Computing Guide

Information for Device Repair

Hot Spot Request


Please take some time to find what you need.

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/8759