Friday "ROAR"

Killian STEAM Leader's Magnet- Friday, May 27, 2016

Our Vision and Mission


To prepare students to become responsible 21st Century citizens and leaders in a global society.


Killian Elementary, with the support of its parents and community, dedicates itself to providing an innovative curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment that will prepare students to be productive citizens in a global society.

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Team Killian supporting Dr. Scotland at the District Retirement Celebration!

Student Health and Fitness Survey

Coach Byrd sent out a link for all classroom teachers to complete about student health and fitness. This very important survey is linked to funding for the school so your participation is necessary. Click on this link to access the survey. Please email Coach Byrd after you have completed the survey so that she can account for your participation. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey!

Math Professional Development

There will be a Eureka Math Professional Learning Opportunity for any teachers who use Engage NY to attend on Friday, August 5 from 8:30 - 3:30. Teachers will sign up in PD Express before school ends. The title of the session is "Customization and Preparation of Eureka Math Modules". This session empowers teachers to customize and prepare lessons for their students without compromising the fidelity of the program. The first half of the day will be spent with the consultant walking them through a 3-step planning protocol. The second half of the day will be working in grade-specific groups to plan instruction for the beginning of the year modules. Sessions will be grade-banded K-2 and 3-5. Space has not been secured at this moment, but we are currently looking for 2 spaces that hold 75 teachers each at tables and chairs with backs on them. Please consider signing up for this professional development to increase your knowledge and familiarity with Engage NY/ Eureka Math.

Techie of the Week!

Mrs. Navis

Ms. Navis' class has had the procedure all year for having appropriate for school images only as their Chromebook and gmail backrounds. The class decided on their themes early on. Today while visiting their buddies a student shared with a second grader that his background was not school appropriate and helped him find a better image. Wow! This goes to show that while our students huff and puff they will eventually mirror our neurons. Please feel free to book me in the first few weeks of school to set this standard in your room. It will pay off.

A Word from Mrs. Porter

Please complete your End of Year Green Packet by June 4th. When Chromebooks are locked up we sometimes get brain blocks on what we can do since we have used them all year. Here is a doc to use or add ideas to for cool activities to do next week. Click here. Have a great last week!​

Upcoming Free PD through the State Department of Education

The Research to Practice Institute is a week-long professional learning opportunity intended to promote improvement in educational and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities. In 2015, over 139 sessions were offered to more than 1,600 participants including special and general education teachers, related service providers, school district administrators, parents, community organizations, and higher education representatives.

The 2016 Research to Practice Institute is offered at no cost to participants and will include sessions in the following strands: Awareness; Communicative Competency; Inclusion/Co-Teaching; Learning Strategies; Preschool; Transition; Standards; Behavioral Supports; Family and Community Resources; Instructional Practices; Para Educators; Technical Guidance; and Student Leadership & Self-Determination.

These sessions are open to all instructional staff, including instructional assistants. Please consider viewing the catalog and registering for one or more sessions. The deadline to register is June 10th. Click here to access the information.


Jamal Frazier- 5/28

Vickie Hopewell- 5/30

Happy Birthday!

Save the Dates!

  1. SC Midlands Technology Summit

June 8-9th, 2016

You can also use your cell phone to access the schedule and register for classes at

2. Inspire and Engage Professional Development Coaching Sessions

Location: Killian Elementary

Summer Sessions:

Monday, June 13, 2016 Time: 8:30-3:30 Lunch 1 hour Topic-Environment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Time: 8:30-3:30 Lunch 1 hour Topic TBD

3. Richland Two Summer Institute

Location: Lake Carolina Upper Campus

August 3-4

50-60 PD opportunities

Teachers will be able to sign up for classes in PD Express. This is voluntary participation and teachers will earn renewal credits. If you sign up for a class, please make sure you go to it. If your plans change, take your name off the list so someone else can have the spot.

4. Engage New York/Eureka Math: Planning Customization and Preparation Professional Development

Location: TBD

August 5

Representatives from Eureka Math will provide teachers solutions to planning and implementing Engage NY sucessfully. Teachers will be able to sign up through PD Express.

5.. Richland Two Mandatory Teacher and Instructional Assistants Inservice

Location: Ridgeview High School

August 12

  • Our new Science and Social Studies programs will be presented to all teachers.

All teachers need to attend BOTH the Science AND Social Studies training sessions. Both of these sessions are mandatory.There will also be Reading and Math training sessions. Teachers will not be able to earn renewal credits for these sessions.

Textbook Checks

We will be starting our textbook inventory this month. Please check the list over that was placed in your mailbox this week. If ANY books are missing, please add that information to our TEXTBOOK REQUEST link at the bottom of Mrs. Murray’s email. Or use this link: Please share this info if a student is missing a book:

  1. Your name 2. Student’s name 3. Missing book 4. Have you contacted the parent?

These bills need to be paid before the last day of school.

A Closer Look

PE Rotation Week

Monday, May 30th

No School- Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31

Fifth Grade Promotion

Wednesday, June 1st

Kindergarten Graduation

Thursday, June 2nd

Half- Day Dismissal

Friday, June 3rd

Hald-Day Dismissal

Last Day of School for Students

Saturday, June 4th

Teacher Workday

Thank You!

Thank you Dr. Hilton Gilbert and all faculty and staff members that helped to make the End of Year Awards Program a success! Our students have accomplished so many great things over the year and they were celebrated on Friday evening. Thank you for all you do!