Patriot Pages

March 2018 Edition

Message from Ms. Odom, Proud Principal of Independence

Spring Break is here! We hope that you will take time to enjoy your families and special activities. We look forward to seeing your children back on April 9. We will welcome them back to IDES with an assembly celebrating reading.

As always, please let us know how we can be of service to you!

Yours in service,

Kimberly C. Odom, Ed.S.

Celebrating African American Heritage Month

On March 2, IDES celebrated the contributions and history of African Americans. Under the leadership of Ms. Colter, Ms. White, Ms. Melton and Ms. Dickerson, students performed skits, step routines, dances and beautiful songs. Additionally, students displayed beautiful artwork that demonstrated famous inspirational quotes.
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Career Day

We will have Career Day on May 22. If you would like to share your profession with our students, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Baker.
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Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

We would like to congratulate our 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Elizabeth Baker!

Donuts with Dad

THANK YOU PTA for hosting our annual Donuts for Dad Celebration. We had the largest turnout for the event in recent years. We love our dads and thank you for what you do for our students!

STEM Week, Math Night and Solar Panel Celebration

IDES celebrated our first STEM Week! Students participated in a week of activities including:

  • Presentation about Matter by Discovery Place
  • Creating Slime and Marshmallow Towers with RHHS students
  • Visit from Animal Ambassadors
  • Presentation from Solarize South Carolina
  • Publix Family Math Night
  • Solar Panels Ribbon Cutting

Students and Staff were able to learn more about SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH!

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Science Bowl

The IDES Science Bowl Team, under the leadership of Mr. Humphries and Ms. Davis, represented our school well during the recent competition. During Round 1 of the District Science Bowl competition, the students scored a near perfect presentation score for their research exploring “How Effective Is A School’s Recycling Program?”

Unfortunately, they were beat to the buzzer and ultimately lost to Finley Road, 990-1000. They showed great sportsmanship and really represented our school, their families and themselves well.- Ms. Davis

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the IDES Battle of the Books Team. Under the leadership of Ms. Patton, they came in second place at the competition on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Faith Force Assembly

THANK YOU FAITH ASSEMBLY for gifting our students with an assembly presented by FAITH FORCE. Their website describes the program as "a team of world-class athletes who use feats of strength to convey a world-class message. The athletes come from various backgrounds including: martial artists, bodybuilders, power-lifters, football players, world's strongest man competitors, law enforcement officers, soldiers and even "American Gladiators". The athletes perform amazing and exciting feats of strength, including some only seen at Faith Force crusades."

Students left the program feeling encouraged and motivated by the demonstrations and the motivating message.

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Math Rules

We realize that the math your child learns is different from how we learned math when we were in school. The National Council of Teachers of Math Past President J. Michael Shaughnessy, suggests three things when tackling math homework assignments:

  1. Remember, mathematics is important, and we can all do it.
  2. Work together as a team with your child—don’t show how to do it.
  3. Investigate the National Council of Teachers of Math resources that can provide assistance when helping your children with their math work.

Feel free to reach out Ms. Christian, our Math Coach, if you need further support and suggestions.

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Read, Write and Inspire

Scholastic provides a great deal of support to parents through articles published about how to support students' reading skills. In their article, Improve Reading Comprehension, they offer the follow strategies:

  1. Have him/her read aloud.
  2. Provide the right kinds of books.
  3. Reread to build fluency.
  4. Talk to the teacher.
  5. Supplement class reading.
  6. Talk about what he's reading.

Please make sure that your child reads DAILY!

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Character Counts

April's Character word is HOPE. To hope means to expect with confidence.

According to a 2012 article by Vicki Zakrzewski , "Researchers have found that students who are high in hope have greater academic success, stronger friendships, and demonstrate more creativity and better problem-solving. They also have lower levels of depression and anxiety and are less likely to drop out from school."

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Upcoming Events


2-6- Spring Break

9- Guest Authors Visit IDES

10- SIC at 5 pm and PTA at 5:30 pm

11- 5th Grade Visits CHMS

13- Twin Day*

16- Third Grade to SC Statehouse

17- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

20- Sirr Purr Visits IDES/ 5th Grade Course Registration Cards are due/ Panthers Day*

27-Terrific Kids/ College Day*

*- Spirit Day

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Title I Information

Title I is a law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which provides federal funds for compensatory educational services. Compensatory means "extra." Title I provides extra teachers, instructional assistants, funding for staff development, additional materials and additional supplies in the areas of reading and math for eligible schools. Title I programs offer opportunities for parents to make suggestions and recommendations regarding programs and use of Title I funds. Rock Hill School's Title I allocation for 2017-2018 is $4,446,809.52.

Independence Elementary School Educators and Leadership continually monitors the implementation of the Title I plan and welcomes input from parents, families, school staff, and community members regarding its current and future Title I plans. If you would like to participate on the school’s Title I planning team or make comments on the plan, please contact me.

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