Friday "ROAR"

Killian STEAM Leader's Magnet- Friday, March 11, 2016

Our Beliefs


We believe all students are capable of learning, especially when provided authentic and engaging opportunities.


We believe teachers facilitate student learning by creating positive and effective classroom communities and by collaborating with colleagues and parents.


We believe parental involvement is a significant component to students’ academic performance and success.


We believe developing partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and the community is important to our school’s success.


We believe 21st Century learning is best achieved in a nurturing, authentic, and collaborative environment.


We believe administrators’ support is necessary to empower faculty, staff, parents, and the community to prepare 21st Century learners.

"Be positive, stay happy, don't let the negativity or drama of the world get you down. SMILE!"- Anonymous

Fundraisers- Important Info

Please be reminded we can have exempt fundraisers but they cannot occur immediately prior to or during breakfast and/or lunch. The district had a State Department audit last week and was nearly cited over a violation. They also can request records for each exempt sale with dates and times. We must keep a record of every school fundraiser with dates and times. Additionally, no fundraiser should be had without principal approval. Mrs. Coward will create a form and maintain the records of all exempt fundraisers at Killian. It will be the responsibility of the person(s) sponsoring the fundraiser to get the from completed and returned to her.

Gum and Candy

It has been brought to our attention that students are chewing gum and eating candy in classrooms and in the hallways. We do not allow students to chew gum or eat candy on a regular basis at Killian Elementary. Exceptions are made on test days; otherwise, please do not give your students gum or candy. If they bring it from home and eat it or chew it, please ask them to throw it away. Remind them it isn’t allowed. If the problem persists, the student will need to do a 7 Habits reflection form.

SLO Update

All certified staff not on Safe-T evaluation will need to submit all SLO documentation by Friday, March 18, 2016. Your End of Year data will need to be submitted to your grade level administrator no later than the due date of March 18th. Please send an electronic copy as well as submit a hard copy of the data table. Click this link for an example. Please let us know if you have any questions.

A Closer Look

Week of March 14-18, 2016

PE Rotation Week

Monday. March 14

Kindergarten Field Study- Marionette Theater

Full Faculty Meeting- SAM-R

PTO Board Meeting- 5:00-6:00 pm

5th Grade MAP Testing

Tuesday, March 15

5th Grade MAP Testing

Family Health and Fitness Night- 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 16

Picture Day- Class and Individual

STEAM Advisory Board Meeting- 3:30-4:30 pm

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day

5th Grade Promotion Pictures

Dr. Doug

KIT Meeting- 12:30-2:00 pm

Friday, March 18

Hallway Showcase Update Deadline

Looking Ahead...

Week of March 21-25

Guidance Rotation Week

March 20-23- Fifth Grade trip to Washington, DC

Monday, March 21

Kindergarten Cap & Gown Pictures

2-4th grade- Spring MAP Testing

Full Faculty Meeting- PBL

SIC meeting

Tuesday, March 22

End of 3rd Nine Weeks

2-4th grade- Spring MAP Testing

Wednesday, March 23

K-2 Field Day

Thursday, March 24

3-5 Field Day

Friday, March 25

Half- Day early dismissal

Attendance Policy

Please review the teacher attendance plan as stated in our 2015-2016 faculty/ staff handbook. This policy also includes instructional assistants and all other support staff. Your attention and adherence to this policy is requested and appreciated.

Killian Elementary School Teacher Attendance Plan:

Faculty members are expected to arrive at school and be ready to begin working with students by 7:30 a.m. each day. Faculty members are dismissed when all of the students have been dismissed from the school safely, but not prior to 3:15 p.m.

Substitutes are arranged through our automated Aesop system. Please make it a priority to set up your information by the first day of school (call 800 942-3767). Mrs. Sheftman will assist you with using the website or calling Aesop going online to ( and getting set up. Directions can be found on the emails sent to you by Mrs. Sheftman.

If you wish to take leave, you must complete and submit a Killian Elementary School Request for Personal, Professional, and Sick Leave form found in Dr. Scotland’s email signature. Personal leave requests must be discussed with Dr. Scotland prior to submitting the form. You are also responsible for calling Aesop and submitting an Alio (e-Leave)/MyHR Request. In addition, you must arrange for a substitute as well as for finding coverage for your duty. For planned absences, please go online to to ( or call 800 942-3767as soon as your leave has been approved so that we are not without a sub for your class.

For emergencies and/or unplanned absences, please call the Aesop as soon as you know that you will not be able to work, submit your Alio (e-Leave) request and contact your “Duty Buddy” to cover your duty. If you miss the ending time for calling Aesop, please contact Mrs. Sheftman directly so that arrangements can be made to cover your class until a substitute is obtained. Upon your return, you must complete and submit a Killian Elementary School Request for Personal, Professional or Sick Leave form to Dr. Scotland.

Teachers who are going to be absent must speak personally to Dr. Scotland as soon as possible at one of the numbers below. Please call and speak directly to him if you do not have prior written approval for your absence. Paraprofessionals must call Mrs. Murray as soon as possible.

If you do not need a substitute, you must contact Dr. Scotland. You must also complete and submit a Killian Elementary Request for Personal and Professional Leave form to Dr. Scotland noting each day you were out from work, regardless of whether or not you needed a substitute

Dr. Robert Scotland- 803.530.2242/ 803.699.2981, x71023

Ms. Marlena Gore- 803- 403-3106/ 803.699.2981, x71008

Mrs. Carrie Murray- 803-331-5232/ 803.699.2981, x71007

If a situation arises and you need to leave campus during school hours, see your grade level administrator or Dr. Scotland for permission to leave and for help with coverage for your class. All teaching assistants must check with Mrs. Murray in person before leaving the building.

A Message from Mrs. Porter

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome back. It has been a great week. On Monday our PD will be on SAMR. Our Brightbytes data told us that many student and teachers were at substitution and augmentation, but we are interested in also giving our students some Modification and Redefinition experiences. Please bring a copy of any weeks lesson plans to the faculty meeting on Monday. It can have technology included or not, it won't matter. I look forward to diving into the sea of SAMR with you!

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Techie of the Week

Ms. Booher is Mrs. Porter's Techie of the Week. Mrs. Booher's students are working on an American Revolution Museum via Google Slides. During their time to work Ms. Booher was able to assist on an individual basis and in small groups as students collaborated with each other. Her student communicated that they enjoyed the museum template and that she had choice in finding her facts in the textbook or online. Her student also looks forward to sharing her work with her class. When I mentioned to her that Ms. Booher may share her presentation with the WORLD via twitter her eyes grew very big and she smiled ;-)

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Science Fair Representatives

Congratulations to Paul Streeter, Kaela Branham, and Maricellyn McDonald for representing Killian STEAM Magnet at the University of South Carolina. The students worked very hard and represented us well. Thank you Ms. Diggs and Mr. Owens for accompanying these students on Friday. Thank you 5th grade teachers for preparing our students for success!
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Welcome Mrs. Savage!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs. DeAnna Savage. Mrs. Savage comes to us with several years of experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.When you see Mrs. Savage, please greet her with a warm smile and a welcoming heart. Ms. Savage is filling Ms. Carwise's long term sub position.


We don't have any family members celebrating birthdays this week!