Spring Break Edition

March 30- April 3

Enjoy a week doing things that make you smile and rest! See you on Monday, April 6.

40KM Downhill Mountain Bike MTB - The Best Family Eco Travel at Malaysia Rainforest Conservation
Fields of Flowers
1 Hour of Relaxing Ocean Waves at Sunset (HD)

How are your writing lessons going? A few words of advice from Lucy...

Lucy Calkins on Minilessons

Very Important Notes from Dr. Pew

Congratulations to the following schools for being selected as a Winthrop University School Partnership Network Partner School for the 2015-2016 academic year!

Ebinport Elementary School

Independence Elementary School

Sullivan Middle School

South Pointe High School

News from the SC Education Oversight Committee

As you know, the EOC will suspend state ratings for two years but maintains the reporting of assessment date. The EOC used the Profile of the Graduate and the recommendations of the Cyclical Review of Accountability Report to identify the evidence to be reported on the November 2015 state report card. We should have a new accountability manual by the end of March; however, there are two major changes of which we have been alerted:

1. The report of the Principal and SIC will be changed, and principals/SIC will be asked to complete the following statement, "Our school is helping a ll students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by...."

2. In addition the 2015 school and district report cards will report on college and career reediness using the College FreshmanReport. It is extremely important that high school principals and guidance counselors complete this form. Prior years' reports are available online at http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ie/rda/CollegeFreshmanReport.cfm.

Congratulations Ozzie!

Mr. Ahl was named the 4A Principal of the Year by the

S. C. Association. of Athletic Administrators on March 18th. Ozzie was selected for his outstanding support of athletics at the school, region, and state levels.

Please be aware that the school year is 180 days, unless one is forgiven. However, we must continue to educate and provide meaningful classroom opportunities through June 4. For elementary and middle, please share with parents that students not attending the last days of school will be counted as absent. Absences will be assessed through June 4.

Dates to remember

ACT Aspire Dates

April 28 Writing (30 minutes, one prompt)
April 28 English (30 minutes, 32 items)
April 29 Reading (60 minutes, 31 items)
April 30 Math (55 minutes, 31 items)

May 1 Science (3rd grade only)

PASS Dates

May 7 Science
May 8 Social Studies

March Birthdays!

Lonzette Gunter Mar. 3

Christina Selle Mar. 5

Catherine Williams Mar. 30

21st Century Pirate Updates

The regular school year program will conclude on April 10.

The summer program will run from June 15-July 9, Monday- Thursday, 9-1 here at India Hook. We will be using the k-1 wing for access to back parking lot and visibility for parent pickup from Heather King's room.

Interviews for teachers to work in the program will be conducted in mid-April.