West End News

Nov. 21, 2022~ Thanksgiving Edition!

We are thankful for the opportunity to work our West End families and our West End Community. Our work provides us with many enriching experiences. Thank you for being a part of West End!

A couple of housekeeping items:

  • Please be sure to read over Mr. Mohr's bus info (sent last Friday) or at this link.
  • We are experiencing a lot of traffic congestion in the morning car line the closer we get to 8:00. Please remember we open our doors at 7:20. Let us help with your morning routine by bringing your students early - we provide breakfast, and teachers are ready to help students get a great start to their day.
  • We know that the car line can be stressful! The alternate merge - morning and afternoon - is sometimes very difficult. Patience is needed. The success of the car line belongs each one - kindness matters! Thank you for your help!

From our West End Family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Angie Garrison, Ed.D.


West End's Mission: Our West End Community maximizes students’ potential by providing instruction that builds our students’ knowledge, strengthens their skills, and develops in them career-ready characteristics for success in an ever-changing world.

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Student Council's Food Drive Results are In...

Congratulations to Kindergarten for bringing in the most food items for our food drive! And Clemson was the big overall winner as well! We appreciate everyone's generosity this holiday season.
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Great work West End Families! We were able to stock some local food pantries with your help!

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News from the Library

New Books of the Week

Check out these new books in our library-Furry Felines, Adorable Pups, & Popular Pets!

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Beat the bell continues! Here are the winners of our second gift card drawing, CONGRATULATIONS!

K4- Sara Manley

K5-Zamiria Rowe

1st- Philip Short

2nd- Cassidy Shapiro

3rd- Kylan Maxie

4th-Jordan Durham

5th-Serenity Scruggs

Mrs. Simpson sent a $10 Ingles gift card home with your child this week! Thanks for having your child to school on time!

Coming soon...West End's Hour of Code Week is Dec. 5-9

West End will participate in our 6th annual "Hour of Code" week soon! We will explore computer coding and the computer science career field.

Pizza Inn Cares- Teacher of the Month

Kim Acker from Pizza Inn presented our teacher of the month, Mrs. Leanne Black with a basket of goodies for her and her class! Thank you, Pizza Inn!

West End Teacher of the Month Nomination Form

Click here to complete this short form to nominate a deserving West End teacher for the honor of "Teacher of the Month." You may complete the form as many times as you wish. The teacher with the most nominations each month will receive this honor along with a gift card from our community sponsors!
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Check it Out! Math Kangaroo Competition

Math Kangaroo (http://mathkangaroo.org) is an international math competition that presently engages more than 6 million students in grades 1-12 around the world. In the US participation has been increasing exponentially since the early 2000s and we would like to extend this opportunity to students in Upstate SC. The contest is based on a 75 minute multiple choice test, with 24 questions for students up to grade 4 and 30 questions for grades 5 and up. This event will take place on the Clemson campus on March 16, 2023 at 6PM. Every participant receives from the organizers a small gift bag, so the registration must be done individually for each student by parents at http://mathkangaroo.org/mk/registration.html, from late September to December 15, 2022 A registration fee of $21 is required.

Please make all inquiries to Dr. Jason Brown at Clemson University (brown6@clemson.edu, 864-656-1217).

Are you connected to your child's teacher on Schoology?

If you have not connected with your child's teacher(s) on our Schoology program, please contact them for your access code. These were sent home with all of our new students last week. Let us know if you have questions!

Absences, Tardiness, and Excuses

Please remember to turn in an excuse for each day your child misses school. Doctor’s notes, parent notes, emails, texts, and Schoology messages to the teacher all serve as excuses. Please note, doctor’s notes are required after the 10th absence. If a child accumulates 3 consecutive or 5 total unexcused absences, an Attendance Intervention Plan conference will need to be held. Continued absences could result in additional conferencing and/or referral to the district for truancy…leading to possible Court Order for attendance. This includes being at school on time each day. Students tend to perform better when they maintain a routine schedule and begin the day with their classmates.

Student Chromebooks

Student devices are in use by all students. Kindergarten uses Chromebook tablets in their classrooms. Help us to encourage students to take care of and protect their devices in order to keep then working properly all school year. This includes taking care of chargers and cases as well. Remember lost or damaged items can incur a fee to replace them. If you have not already, please sign in to your My School Bucks account to pay the $25 tech fee that is required of all School District of Pickens County students.

My School Bucks Link

Have you applied for free or reduced lunch?

Scan this QR Code to begin the application process. You may also use this link.
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"Families Diving Deep" -Opportunities for West End Families Throughout the Year

Please visit this link to view our Family Engagement Opportunity Calendar for the year! Volunteer training dates are listed as well. We would like to challenge each family to attend both parent conferences this year and at least two family events. There are so many to choose from! Let's "dive deep" together!


Any SDPC student who tests positive for COVID will need to enter their information on the SDPC Student COVID Reporting Form.

Students who test positive will need to quarantine for 5 days. At this time, there is no contact tracing. Siblings will not have to quarantine unless they are having symptoms or test positive.

Please let us know if you have questions. We hope everyone stays well!

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