Principal's Page

December 16, 2018~~~ Jesse Boyd Elementary

Greetings from Dr. Rose

Greetings from JBE where we inspire and equip your student to become a SuperStar this school year in a Jesse Boyd production. As we approach the end of the first semester, I want to take just a moment and thank all of you for your amazing support of Jesse Boyd Elementary, our staff, and our students. While our school has faced a great loss this semester, we have gained so much more. We have been reminded how important JBE is to our community and just how much our community means to us. We have been surrounded by caring, kind folks who have reminded us just how important our work at JBE is for our students, our families, and our community.

Our students have grown so much since those first few days of August. As I spend time in classrooms and with your students, I am reminded each day how our school is filled with leaders who are smart, caring, and kind. We have dedicated teachers and staff who work endlessly each day to help make sure your student reaches his/her potential. Along the way, we have a lot of fun. It is important to us that your student loves coming to school. We want students to feel like JBE is their second home. It is valuable that we capture their hearts because not only are we teaching them English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, we are teaching them to love learning. If we can teach them to love learning, they will never stop. We find that to be very important, because we know that engaged students learn more.

We do hope that you and your family have an enjoyable holiday season. While we are excited about staying up late, spending time with family, sleeping in a little, possible travel, and time away from lesson plans, grading, and examining data, we are also looking forward to our 2nd semester and the work that we will do together with your student. We will also miss our students. It is my hope that each of you have a happy, safe, and enjoyable holiday.


Last week, we missed 2 days of school due to snow, weather, and road conditions. Thank you so much for helping make our first ever E-learning so very successful. As you are aware Spartanburg School District 7 is one of 5 school districts in South Carolina piloting this program of continuing work at home on these snow days. In exchange, these days will not need to be made up later in the year.

We had a very high completion rate of E-learning assignments. We thank you for assistance in getting those assignments done during those days out of school.

Arrest in Hit- and- Run

I am sure that many of you have already heard, but in case you have not we wanted to let you know that our hard working Spartanburg Police Department made an arrest last week in the hit and run accident that led to the death of our beloved crossing guard, Ms. Emma Taylor. Out of respect to Miss Emma's family, we will not be sharing many details on the investigation or the case, but the family continues to be so very thankful for the support shown to them by our school community. We are grateful for the work done by Spartanburg Police in order to give our community and Miss Emma's family some closure in this terrible tragedy.

Bulldog Chorus

Due to the school closing last week, the Bulldog Chorus Winter concert was postponed to Monday, December 17th; however, Mrs. Fischer, our chorus director, gained a grandson today and will be out of town in the beginning of next week with her family. We are thrilled for Mrs. Fischer and her family; however, this will mean a change to our schedule again. We apologize.

Bulldog Chorus will not meet Monday, December 17th.

The Bulldog Winter Chorus Concert will now be held on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30pm.

Spelling Bee

Our Spelling Bee was also postponed due to the school closing and delay last week. The spelling bee for classroom winners will now be held on Tuesday, December 18th at 8:30am in our media center.

This Week at JBE

I am sure you noticed some interesting outfits by JBE staff last week.....this next week will be no different. Our staff works very hard in December to engage our students in learning and part of that involves our 12 Days of Christmas. Each day has a different theme.

Those of you who are returning families, you are probably looking forward to this type of thing from our staff. For those of you new to JBE, this may seem a bit odd, but it goes back to our idea that engaging our students in school will only increase their learning.

Wednesday will be our Polar Express Day. Students will be working in their Production Companies on Wednesday. Students are more than welcome to join the staff by wearing pajamas to school on Wednesday.

On this note, please be aware that Friday morning's car line may take a little longer than usual. Not much can be said about the carline just yet, but we may just have to let go of our "no cell phone usage in carline" policy for just one day.

Deck The Halls

Our PTSO will spoil the JBE faculty and staff this week. It is not too late to sign up to help out by providing food and/or helping with Duty Free lunch. Use the links below.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, December 19th: Polar Express Day

Friday, December 21st: 1/2 day Dismissal-11:30am

Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th: Winter Holidays

Monday, January 7th: 2nd semester begins

Thursday, January 10th: Report Cards go home

Friday, January 11th: All Pro Dads-7am