Patriot Points 2/22

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

"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

Chinese Proverb

Patriot Honors

From Art Brown:

I would like to give a shout out to Ms. Dushime's class. These students did an excellent job with their painting project during Dr. Pew's visit. Way to go!!!

Weight Loss Challenge - Keep up the Healthy Living!!

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K 9-week program

Beginning February 29th – April 25th

Celebration 5K on April 30th with Girls on the Run

We will meet from 3:15-3:45 (ish) at RHHS track on Mondays.

Exception: Week of March 14th will be on Wednesday March 16th.

You do not have to attend every workout to participate with the program.

Workouts will also be emailed if you sign up for the program.

Please sign up in the workroom if you are interested in this program.

Kimberly Cash

Run 4 Reading

There are 3 types of registration:

Eat and Run (You are challenged to eat a dozen doughnuts at the half way point.) $35

Casual Run/Walk (No eating required.) $30

Book Relay (4 per team. I think each team member runs a mile and passes the books to the next team member.) $25

These prices are good until January 31st.

The prices increase after that.

February 27th is race day.

  • The District with the Most Teams Participating *will need to add school district to team sign up page on Registration.

For more information visit:

Email Mrs. Cash if you are interested in participating. All levels of walkers/runners are invited.

Literacy Update

1. Please complete your opinion writing reflection in Canvas as well as the WW Schedule Analysis for the R2S course.

2. Updated instructional reading levels are due on Feb 29th. Please record these on the R drive.

3. Here is the link to SCReady information and practice items.

4. Please let me know if you need anything.

Math Notes of Importance

There are videos in Canvas for grade level standards. Kristen and Michael are working on getting all standards filmed and up on Canvas. To locate these videos, please go to your grade level master course and scroll to your Grade Level Standard module. In grades 1-5 the videos are labeled by standard and in Kindergarten the videos are in Number Sense Continuum and Related Standards/3rd Quarter Math standards. More will be coming as they get them finished, so check back often and please provide positive and/or negative feedback to Kristen on these videos.

PD Opportunities

We just wanted to make you aware of new math professional learning opportunity available for K-5 teachers. (Hahn & Jerrell)

Teachers can sign up on My Learning Plan.

#Talk the Walk

In this 3 session professional learning opportunity, kindergarten through fifth grade teachers will explore how talking about math builds a community of mathematicians who can understand and explain mathematical concepts. The first session will focus on how we build a community of mathematicians, and how teacher questioning supports that. The second session will focus on how to ask open ended questions that help students construct their own mathematical knowledge. The third and final session will focus on moving students from verbal explanations to written explanations about math.


Session 1: Feb. 25

Session 2: March 24

Session 3: April 21

Black History Program - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades Only

Save the Date:

Friday, February 26th at 12:30pm

This day we will have bag lunches in your rooms.

Dismissal procedures will be emailed to you by Anne prior to this program.


All grade level money needs to be spent by April 15th. There will be no exceptions.

Weekly Agenda


5:15 - Employee of Excellence - Miller - at DO


8 - Leadership @ DO

R2S Grade Level Meetings

2:45 - PLCs


2 - King @ DO for budget meeting

Duty-Free Lunch


Freeman @ PD

5:30 - Art Show Downtown


8:30 Finance Meeting

9:00 Admin Meeting

12:30 - Black History Program - Grades 3-5

Jean Day

Staff Birthdays


1 - Sharon Lee

4 - Natalee Shumate

5 - Lynn Poe

10 - Sharise Graham

12 - Barbara Cauthen

14 - Ashley Miller

18 - Lisa Brown

18 - Julie Griffin

19 - Martee Patton

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


19 - Complete PD & PLC Surveys

17 - Dr. Pew's Visit

26 - Black History Program @ 12:30 - Bag Lunches in Classrooms

27 - Run 4 Reading Race - Good Luck!


2 - Math PLC Meeting at IDES

3 - ARTOME Show

10 - Community Visit

11 - Book Fair - Grandparent Ice Cream

23 - Awards - K/1

24 - Awards - 2/3 & 4/5


4-8 - Spring Break! :)

13 - 5/3 - K-2 MAP Testing

15 - All Grade Level Money Spent

26 - 28 SC READY Testing


(Week of May 1st - Teacher Appreciation)

4 - 25 - 3-5 MAP Testing

6 - Muffins for Moms & National Nurse's Day

11 - 27 - SC PASS Science & Social Studies

19 - Patrols to Carowinds

20 - No School

26 - 8:15 - 1st Grade Awards

27 - Field Day & Lunch & Learn

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)

3 - Last Day for Teachers - Check Out

Links to Websites: