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September 15, 2019

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LEED Award Presented to School Board, District Administration and Cherry Park SIC

What Is the LEED Award and Why Did Cherry Park Receive It?

You may wonder, "How 'green' and environmentally friendly is the Cherry Park Elementary School building?" The answer can be found here in the presentation that Dr. Cook made at last Monday's School Board Work Session:

From its community-based conception in early 2016, the Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion was envisioned as a unique, choice-driven modern learning environment, with sustainability as a primary design approach. Our focus on energy efficiency, water efficiency, learning environment, health, and wellness garnered the US EPA’s “Designed for the Energy Star” award in 2018. As an environmental encore, Rock Hill School District and Moseley Architects pursued LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” is a stringent, nation-wide four-level rating system. As Rock Hill Schools’ first “green” project, our goal was to achieve the base level of “Certified”. I am very excited to announce that we’ve exceeded that target with Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion’s award of LEED Silver certification. This school is full of high-performance features, some very obvious to see and others that aren’t, but which are equally important. There isn’t time to mention all of the features, but here are some highlights:

• Over 25% of the building is made of durable, cost-effective recycled content materials.

• Nearly 38% of the building materials were manufactured or extracted within 500 miles.

• With indoor air quality as a top priority, protective measures started going in as soon as the exterior walls started going up. A construction indoor air quality management plan essentially treated this building as though it was full of students and staff throughout the entire building process.

• Water efficient plumbing fixtures, saving more than 200,000 gallons of water each year

• Even the angled layout of the building on campus was designed by our team to optimize natural daylight, for less artificial lighting and, as studies show, better learning! 50% of the floor area meets LEED v4’s rigorous targets for “daylighting”.

As an additional aspect required by the Board’s first-in-state Environmental Sustainability Policy, the school is designed energy efficient, which saves financial resources too: using 1.6 million less kBtu than a conventional new school, our new building saves Rock Hill tax payers over $40,000/year. The Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion is the most sustainable building in the Rock Hill School District portfolio. Congratulations to members of the Rock Hill School Board for this vision. Thank you to Tony Cox and Brian Vaughan for their leadership and collaboration throughout this process. This award is the culmination of a vision and implementation from an awesome team of administrators, teachers, parents and community stakeholders supported by innovative design and construction professionals. All involved (below) should be very proud! Thank you all!

Designer/ Architect of Record: Moseley Architects (Jimmy Wilhide)

Construction Manager: J.M. Cope Program Management (Bill Klein / David Wiles)

Prime Contractor: Beam Construction (Susan Lewis, Marshall Bailes)

Charette Stakeholder Team (Parents, Teachers, Principals and District Administrators)

We are so proud of our new school building and feel blessed to teach and learn in it.

Mr. Maness, Principal

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School News

Let Me Run


Let Me Run begins September 24th at Cherry Park Elementary provided we find coaches. Please help! Coaches can be male or female, runners or non-runners, you just need to have a sincere interest in helping boys develop their character. Let Me Run is a running program for 4th - 5th grade boys, but it’s more about the boy than the run. Counteracting the negative pressures society places on boys, the program uses running as the vehicle to inspire, teach, and reach them. Combining exercise with fun activities and lessons, Let Me Run inspires boys to be courageous enough to be themselves, build healthy relationships, and live an active lifestyle.

Let Me Run meets for 1 hour 15 minutes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 24th. The season will end with the inaugural Upper Palmetto Let Me Run 5K To be held at the Winthrop Coliseum /Winthrop Lake area on November 9th.

To volunteer or for information contact:

Don Rice


MAP Testing Schedule

This Week--1st and 2nd Grades. Please see schedule below. Students will take this achievement test on the computer. They will take it again at the end of the year.

District App

Click here for more information about our District App.

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PTO and SIC Information

Bobcat Dash

Our Bobcat Dash is a "fun run" fundraiser sponsored by PTO where students secure pledges for laps run during the day on Friday, November 1. This will be the culminating event of our Red Ribbon Week activities as well. We invite parents to come and cheer on their child and run with him/her. Students will run mostly during their Related Arts time:

8:00 Fifth Grade

8:55 Fourth Grade

9:50 Third Grade

10: 45 Second Grade

11:40 Kindergarten (This time is not their normal Related Arts time.)

12:35 First Grade

If you would like to support this fundraiser by being a sponsor, please click on the Sponsorship Form below. Sponsorship Forms are due by Friday, October 4. All contributions to our PTO are tax deductible given that they are a 501c3.

Box Tops For Education

The Box Tops program has gone digital! Please download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts to help us earn money for Cherry Park Elementary. (Grandparents and neighbors are welcome to help, too.) You can also still clip and send traditional Box Tops with a valid expiration date. The first due date for clipped Box Tops will be Friday, October 18th, but you can send Box Tops to your child’s teacher at any time during the school year. For more information, please go to Thanks for supporting our school!

Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council Update

The PTO serves to raise funds, coordinate volunteers and encourage teachers through appreciation activities. Click on the PTO Newsletter button below if you wish to receive the PTO Newsletter: PTO and SIC are tentatively planning to meet on the second Monday of each month next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. Meetings will be held on September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9 (if needed), January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)

PTO Newsletter

Click here if you'd like to sign up for our PTO Newsletter.

Calendar of Events

This Week--1st and 2nd Grades Take MAP Tests

Friday--Progress Reports Go Home by this Friday

October 16--Fall Picture Day (Information to come.)

October 21--Parent Conference Day

October 27-November1--Red Ribbon Week

November 1--Bobcat Dash

November 8--Veterans Day Festival

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.