USC Elementary REBEL Review

You Matter! Every Child - Every Day

December 2018

USC policy is all visitors must sign in at the office for a visitor's badge. This is for the safety of all students and staff. If you are coming into the building in the morning to drop off your child, you must have a visitor's badge in order to go past the office. Please help us keep our school safe. Thanks!

Important Info...

Dec. 5th - 3rd and 4th Grade PE Bowling Field Trip - WOW Zone -Mankato

Dec. 7th - 5th Grade Ginger Bread Houses - Afternoon

Dec. 10th - Grades 7-12 Choir Concert

Dec. 12th - 2 Hour Late Start - No Breakfast served

Dec. 17th - Grades K-2 Music Program - 2:00 and 7:00 pm

Dec. 18th - Grades 3-6 Music Program - 2:00 and 7:00 pm

Dec. 21st - 5th/6th Grade Book Club and Holiday Movies K-8

Dec. 22- Jan. 1 - No School - Winter Break

Wednesday, December 12 - 2 Hour Late Start

Once again, USC teaching staff will be working in Professional Learning Communities. This time is used to analyze data, research best practices, and engage in group planning to improve student achievement. On Wednesday, Dec. 12 school will begin two hours late. It will start at 10:20 A.M. and breakfast for students will not be served at school.

We realize this can be difficult for some parents to find supervision for their children on these late start days. In order to help with this, elementary students in grades K-6 will be allowed to come to school from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. and be supervised by staff. During this time they will be viewing a movie in the elementary music room. Students should report directly to the music room. Students must be here by 8:20 A.M. in order to be supervised, and they will not be allowed to leave the building once they get here. Students coming to school to be supervised from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. will need to be transported because buses will only be running on the two hour late schedule.

Holiday Music Concerts

Please come and listen to our wonderful students in their Holiday Concerts!! They have been working hard to prepare for these concerts and it's a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Students are required to be at both the afternoon and evening performances please.

Dec. 17 - Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Dec. 18 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

1st Grade Letters to Santa Claus

Our 1st graders have been working hard on their letters to Santa Claus. Look for them in both of the Courier Sentinel and the Wells Mirror the week of Dec. 17-21.

Holiday Movies - Dec. 21

Friday, Dec. 21, all of our students will be attending one of two movies, in the afternoon. Our kindergarten-fourth grade students will be going to the Flame Theater in Wells, while our fifth – sixth graders will be going to the Kee Theater in Kiester.
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Thank You USC Community!!

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Fall Cherrydale Fundraiser!! It was a huge success because of all of you!! We raised just over $23,580!! Congrats to our top seller Jake Cassens as well!!

This money is used to fund Rebel Rewards/Bingo, field trips, classroom needs and so much more!! Our students and staff thank you!!

Another Thank You!

We also want to say Thank You to the Wells American Legion for their generous gift of $500. This gift is for our after school program - Kids Academy and will be used to purchase supplies for those classrooms! We sincerely appreciate the generosity!

Growth Mindsets - The 7 Mindsets - Live To Give

We spent the month of November learning about the mindset Attitude of Gratitude and what it means to be thankful for. In December we will learn about the mindset Live To Give. Please click on the link below to learn more about what it means to Live To Give.

December Events:


5 ~ 3rd/4th Grades to Mankato for Bowling

10 ~ Grades 7-12 Choir Concert @ 7:00 pm

12~ 2 Hour Late Start

17~ Gr. K-2 Music Program @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

18~ Gr. 3-6 Music Program @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

18~ School Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm

21 ~ Grades 5/6 Book Club

21~ Elementary Holiday Movies K-4 Flame Theater/5 & 6 Kee Theater

24-Jan 1~ No School Winter Break


2~ Return to School

15~ School Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm

18~ End of 1st Semester

21~ No School - Teacher Work Day

22~ No School Staff Development Day

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December STEAM Home Challenge

Check out this link! It has many holiday STEAM ideas for you to do as a family!!

USC District Testing Information 2018-2019 Testing Schedule


September 5-Oct. 5 FAST Testing K-6

September 5-14 STAR Reading and Math K-12


October 10 PSAT – Grade 11

October 29-November 6 STAR Reading and Math K-12


January 7-16 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

January 23-February 14 FAST Testing K-6

January 28 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Begins


February 14 ASVAB - Grade 11


March 4 MTAS Reading, Math, and Science Begins

March 6 NAEP – Grade 4 Only – Reading/Math

Mar 18-22 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

March 22 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Ends


April 2 WorkKeys – Grade 12

ACT Testing – Grade 11

Pre-ACT – Grade 10

Civics Test – Grade 9

April 8-12 MCA Math Grade 11

April 8-12 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10

April 15-26 MCA Math Grades 3-8

April 29 -May 3 Science MCA Grades 5, 8, and 10


May 3 MTAS Math, Reading, and Science Ends

May 6-17 STAR Testing Reading and Math – K-12

May 6-17 FAST Testing K-6

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