Patriot Points 5/9

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.

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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

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." -Voltaire

Patriot Honors

Wanted to take minute to brag on Mrs White who taught my son Nicolas in 3rd grade there. He's in 6th grade now, and they're starting geometry. They're starting with basic terminology. He said he knew it already, he had a great 3rd grade teacher and had already learned all that stuff. The test is today and I'm sure he'll ace it! Please pass along to Mrs White.

A BIG Shout Out to Mary Freeman for making our literacy journey so painless and uncomplicated. We love you Mary! Third Grade

Physical Activity Survey - K through 5th Grade Teachers

Email King after you complete this before you leave 6/3

So far, the following have completed the survey:







There will be Challenger openings next year to work from 3:30-5:30 and positions for the 2:30-5:30 slots. The application is on the district website. Please contact Holiday if you are interested.

Literacy Update


Math Notes of Importance

Summer math professional learning opportunities are now on My Learning Plan, titled, A Year in a Day. We will have 2 sessions offered per grade level. In the sessions teachers will take a deeper look into the grade level standards and we will model how the year should progress based on the curriculum map. Teachers will learn number talks, tasks, and other activities to differentiate instruction based on the needs of students. At the end of the day, teachers will be provided with a long range plan of math for the year including suggested pacing, and support documents that are aligned to our curriculum map.

Winthrop Partnership News

Save the Date: June 7th (There will also be Pre-conference workshops- 2 hour workshops on June 6th)

The 7th Annual Partnership Conference for Educational Renewal,sponsored by the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network, at the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University. This is a free conference. School and university faculty along with our phenomenal teacher candidates will share experiences related to the conference theme, “Engaged Today…Ready for Tomorrow.”

Weekly Agenda


3:00 Rising 5th Grade Meeting in Pavone's room

6:00 1st and 2nd Grade Performance


2:45 Faculty in the Media Center & Action Teams


Duty Free Lunch




8:30 Finance

9:00 Admin

Jean Day!!

Happy Birthday Churchill!!

Staff Birthdays


13 - Churchill

20 - Hathaway

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


19 - Patrols to Carowinds

20 - No School

26 - 8:15 - 1st Grade Awards / Yearbooks Delivered

27 - Field Day & Lunch & Learn / Yearbook Signing

30 - No School

31 - First Grade to Gardens

31 - 8:15 - 4th Grade Awards, 9:00 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Awards


1 - Half Day

8:30 Kindergarten Awards (In rooms)

2 - Half Day - 5th Grade Celebration

8:30 5th Grade Awards (Cafeteria)

Teachers, please make plans for the students to eat breakfast in your classrooms today.

5th grade students will march through the halls at 8:30am to the cafeteria for our ceremony today. All students and teachers should line the hallways as usual from the ramp to 4th grade, through the library, on to 2nd/3rd grade hall, to 1st grade, at 8:25. The march will begin on the fifth grade hallway at 8:30 so our parents who are a little late can get to their seat.

3 - Last Day for Teachers - Check Out

To do:

  • Email Hathaway & copy King with Date/Time/Location of Summer PLC PD hours
  • Have access to Essentials and Common Formative Assessment(s) for Summer PLC conference - This will be updated with more specifics as we learn what we need from the DO.
  • Email King after you complete the physical activity survey in the memo above. (Kindergarten through 5th grade)

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