Pontiac Elementary Week of March 23-March 27

Retaining ESOL students - a reminder from the district office

As you review the progress of our ESOL students, please be mindful that students cannot be retained due to their language barriers. We have to have clear and compelling evidence that indicates there are other areas of concern. Please be cautious as well if parents agree to the retention based on language barriers.

As a reminder teachers should always keep samples of accommodated and modified work to demonstrate the student’s English level is being taken into consideration. This is especially important if a student is being considered for retention. Suggestions include: lesson plans showing modified objectives or presentation, alternate reading assignments, modified rubrics, modified assessments, evidence of alternate methods of grading, etc.

To ensure we have information needed to consider a child for retention, there is an “ESOL District Retention Committee Request” that we ask your retention committee to complete for each student being considered for retention. Please reach out to our ESOL teacher, Melissa Olivares, if you have any further questions or need assistance with a student.

Thank you for serving our ESOL students!

Pontiac's Golf Tournament

Are you interested in serving the community and Pontiac? Please consider serving on the Pontiac Foundation. This team of people come together to plan a school golf tournament. Mr. Todd Weiss, a parent of two students in our Montessori program, has agreed to chair the team this year and we are hopeful for lots of support on this team! The team plans a golf tournament and silent auction. Thank you for your consideration. Please let K.Barber know if you are interested!


As part of our Student Ted Talk clubs, (10) students from our PBL team were selected to present their TED Talk to an audience this past week. Judges selected the students that they felt shared their passion the best and these two students will present their TED Talk at the Midlands Summit on June 10-11. Congratulations to Grant Capers and Alaina Austin! All of the students were fantastic presenters!

The Richland Two Mall Show is up! Check it out!

The show is at Columbia Mall and will run until Monday, March 23. Pontiac’s panel is located on the lower level in front of Burlington. Please go check out our art! Make sure to congratulate students who have their work on display:


Susana Vandalay

Alvin Chen

Bella Rosario

Lina Schoppe

Logan Wells

Olivia Miller
Haley Helzer
Jacqueline Garcia Garcia

Emma Caulder
Chase Brown
Makala Rocha
Dallas Dean Jones


Ella Boston

Shawn Owensby

Iyanna Broadus

Jackson Dowey

Deayshia Wilson
Carrena Spann
Taylor SimonAngel Temples
Kate Weiss
Madison Sanchez
Adriana Lagombra

Iyanna Picart
Samara McCrea
Karina Kewlani
Emilee Thompson
Maya Roman


Richland School District Two's SC Midlands Summit featuring Google for Education is scheduled for June 10-11, 2015! The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on Leveling Up technology integration in the classroom. Over 100 unique sessions will be offered! We have a great lineup of featured speakers on hand to share their expertise with us. George Couros, Lance Rougeux, Alice Keeler, Tim Childers, Shaelynn Farnsworth, Lee Green, Michael Jaber, and Mark Smith are all confirmed presenters! Check out our featured speakers page for more information.

If you are interested in attending, please let K.Barber know by THIS FRIDAY! Mrs. Legrand will help us take care of all school registrations. Any staff member is welcome to attend! It is a GREAT EVENT!

A look at our week ahead.......

Monday: F day

MAP testing window opens

3:30pm All certified staff are asked to meet in the computer lab

4:00pm Team Leaders meet in the conference room

Tuesday: A Day

4th grade field study to Congaree Swamp

3:30pm Tech PD - Socrative

Wednesday: B Day

End of 3rd nine weeks

Lunch with Leaders

4th grade field study to Congaree Swamp

3:30pm Inflatables incentive for Jump Rope for Heart participants that raised +$25.

3:30pm Stars and Stripes

Thursday: C Day

Half day for students - Dismissal at 11:30pm

Please use the afternoon to complete grades

Friday: PD day for certified staff

A special thank you to the Wellness Committee for providing our breakfast.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30am-8:00am.

Our speaker will begin promptly at 8:00am until 11:30am.

The afternoon will be provided for collaborative planning and /or work time for staff.

All grades for 2nd-4th are due by 3pm.

ENJOY YOUR SPRING BREAK! Please send me (1) photo of your Spring Break and I will put together a slide show for us to enjoy as a staff! Much deserved time off for our Pontiac family!