Patriot Points 10/19

Staff News


Independence students possess a solid foundation for the next steps in their journey through life.


Independence Elementary believes that nothing is more important than children. We are continually committed to the social, emotional, and academic development of every child. Our school is a safe, challenging, caring, and supportive environment where teachers, parents, students, and community members work together to ensure all Independence students have a solid foundation for life. We strive to make the learning experiences at Independence fun and engaging while holding everyone accountable for reaching his or her highest potential.

Big image
Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI. Anyone that needs something disseminated to the entire faculty should send the information to Ms. King by Thursday at 5:00pm. The publication is for faculty and staff use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly.

Quote of the Week

"Either you run the day or the day runs you."

-Jim Rohn

Patriot Honors

CONGRATULATIONS to Cash!! Her grant has been funded on behalf of the Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors. The grant proposal “Non-Fiction Text for Increased Reading Comprehension” was funded in the amount of $675.

From Tim Allen: Just an FYI, I know that you already recognize Joi Byers as an asset, just wanted to further cement her as a star player.

Distinguished Climber

Jackie Hathaway will be honored Monday night at the School Board Meeting as the distinguished climber for IDES! She does so much to make sure everyone here has to do special things for us. She goes above and beyond what is expected and we are lucky to have her!

Veteran's Day Production

Tuesday 11/10 @ 1:30 - Rehearsal

Wednesday 11/11 @ 1:30 - Production

Colter will be communicating the details to you soon!

A Short Article - Worth 5 Minutes

Ward Services

Ward Services will be here on 10/29 and 10/30. There are sign up sheets in the workroom. If you do not see a rep these days, there has been an extension of the deadline through the next week.

Art News

Please join me in congratulating the following students who have been selected to represent Independence Elementary School in the annual RHSD3 Elementary Fall Art Show.

These students will have their work displayed at the Center for the Arts on Main Street in Rock Hill. Students and their families are invited to an art reception on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30-6:30 at the Center for the Arts.

Kindergarten: Johnathan Hodges, Shelby Currence

First Grade: Rylee Parrish

Second Grade: Hannah Boatwright, Seth Hyatt

Third Grade: Trent Robinson, Katelyn Phillips, Aeriyona Green

Fourth Grade: Sarah Wildy, Legacy Brewer, Tyler Perez, Malary McGee

Fifth Grade: Damariyon Pichardo, Alyson Vongsay, Chase Williams. Cole Wages,

Caitlin Ballard

Thank you,

Diane (Art) Brown

Science Information

Benchmark Testing UPDATE:

4th and 5th grade science

Benchmarks are now posted in Canvas along with an Announcement and some explanations. The iPad will only be used to view the test questions. Students will answer on the ScanTron Forms (blue side only this time).

Please refer to the 4th Grade Master RHSD and 5th Grade Master RHSD courses for the tests and the announcements. The first link is a PDF version of the test. The second link is an MP3 file of the test being read aloud. Teachers should save these files to their computer, then repost in their Canvas course for students to access. Scan forms arrived at our school on Friday. We will use the BLUE side of the scan form for this test.

Sign up in My Learning Plan for October Workshops

Energy * Thursday, October 22 * 3:00-5:00 * District Office

Units Addressed: 2nd Grade Pushes & Pulls

3rd Grade Energy

4th Grade Light & Electricity

5th Grade Motion & Design

Math Notes of Importance


RtI Website - Give us Feedback if you try this:

To Do

  • There is a new Safety Training on SafeSchools. Please complete this by the deadline. You should have received an email.
  • Science Benchmarks are due by the end of the 9 weeks.

SCEA School Visit

They will be at our school on Monday 11/2 from 9:00am until 2:00pm in the GT Room.

Weekly Agenda


SLO's emailed to King

GBEs to King

2:45 Advisory Team Meeting in Freeman's Room

5:30 School Board Meeting - Hathaway recognized as Distinguished Climber for IDES!


Award #'s due to Shaver! TK template complete in R drive for Shaver! (This is important - the data is for our SIP and Shaver will not be here to update yours if you are late!)

Duty Free Lunch

2:45 - R2S in the Library

(King @ PIP in Columbia - I will miss y'all!)


11:00-1:00 - Parenting Partners

(King @ PIP)

Happy Birthday Scott!!

5:00 Buffalo Wild Wings PTO Night


R2S Coach's Meeting in Freeman's Room


Jean Day - Wear your IDES shirt!

8:30 - Print and send your attendance report to the office.

8:30 - Finance Meeting

9:00 - Admin Meeting

Staff Birthdays


11 - Holiday

15 - Sylvester

21 - Scott

26 - Dushime

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


  • Thursday - 8:15 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Awards
  • Friday - 8:15 - 4th & 5th Grades, 9:00 - 2nd & 3rd Grades



  • Election Day - Bag Lunches - More to come about breakfast and dismissal.


  • 1:30 Veteran's Day Production Practice


  • 1:30 Veteran's Day Production - Cafeteria


  • Monday - Thanksgiving Lunch for Kindergarten, 3rd & 4th Grades (Bag lunches for 1st, 2nd and 5th in classrooms)



  • Christmas Lunch for 1st, 2nd & 5th Grades (Bag lunches for K5, 3rd & 4th)


  • Christmas Production @ CHMS


  • Make sure that you have spent the money allotted on your card no later than 12/31/15. You have the envelope Jackie gave you to keep receipts.

Links to Websites: