Patriot Points 9/14

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

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

-Andy Warhol

Patriot Honors

Shout Outs:

To Cash!! She earned funding through Donor's Choose for a project called "Listening to Increase Literacy"! Congratulations!!!

Student Records

The records are now up to date and in your boxes. New records are placed on top of your box for you to review and file.

Please do not remove these from the office area. If there is a need to do so, please see Anne for the sign out sheet.

The conference room (Jill's old office) now has a table for you to use.

Thank you!


The Educational Leadership Department at Winthrop University will host an open house for prospective educational leaders on Tuesday, September 23 from 5:30 - 7:00pm in Withers Building Room 401. This newly forming cohort is for teachers who desire to become school leaders and receive their master's degree from a nationally accredited educational leadership program. Classes will begin in January 2016 and will be held on the campus of Winthrop University. For additional information, please visit our website at

Winthrop Educational Leadership - "Inspiring Extraordinary Leaders"

Walter H. Hart

Tara Comer

Administrative Assistant/ Budget Analyst

Winthrop University

403 Withers/ WTS

Rock Hill, SC 29733

803/323-4710 Phone

803/323-2585 Fax

Personal Leave / Printing Check Stub

Employee Self Serve - Leave Inquiry

Leave History:

The date in ESS leave history is the date of the payroll when your absence was posted. Absences are posted a month behind so if you were absent in October, that day will be listed in ESS on the November check date.

Sick leave balance: Sick, Personal, and Family illness come off the sick balance.

Personal leave: Personal leave is counted in this balance and taken off of your sick balance.

Other: Professional, Inservice, Jury duty, Field Trip, and Death leave is counted in this balance.

Personal leave:

Personal leave comes out of your sick leave balance.

Each school year, you can use 3 Personal days out of your sick leave. You do not lose them – if you don’t use them as Personal then the days remain in your balance as sick days. The personal leave balance is only a “counter” to keep track of the three days each year.

In Employee Self Serve when you use a Personal day, you will see it come out of your Sick leave balance and out of the Personal leave balance. The date in ESS is the payroll date it was posted, not the absent date. Ex. A day taken in November will be posted on the December check date.

The Personal leave balance is just a counter to keep track of how many Personal days you have taken for the school year.

Please check the District web site for policies on Personal leave, Death leave, and Family illness.

How to print your check stub:

Log in to Employee Self Serve.

Click on Check Inquiry

Click on the calendar beside START DATE and go back to the beginning date that you want. Once you click on that date, the checks will come up in the list.

Double click on the date of the check you want to see

Scroll the screen up or over until you see in the top right corner, on the same line as CHECK DETAIL, the small printer icon – click on it to print.

Click on the X beside the printer icon to go back to the home page.

Teacher Evaluation

The 2015-2016 ADEPT calendar (NTI/SAFE-T/FEAT/GBE) is in CANVAS and was released on Friday. If you did not receive the link, please let Gail or me know.

The 2015-16 GBE Orientation video is also housed in CANVAS. Please send the link below to all certified teachers on GBE status. They should view the video and complete the assurance form, which follows the video, by October 16, 2015. We appreciate your assistance in conveying this message.


Janet and Gail

The SLO link is below. Please view, take the quiz and give Lesley your printed sheet by 9/25.

MAP Testing

Thank you to everyone for the flexibility and perseverance you showed during our first week of testing. Some testing will take place this week in the GT room when time allows for students who were suspended or missed their day of testing. The Fall MAP testing window will continue through September 29.

Science Information

Science Benchmarks are available for you to use. Grade level chairs for kindergarten, first, and second need to meet with Pene to get these and learn how these scores will be recorded. Grades three, four, and five have Benchmarks available on Canvas. These should be done as soon as your unit is completed. Direct any questions to Pene.

Math Notes of Importance


Palmetto Reading Council

Palmetto Reading Council

Please join us for our Fall Meeting

Monday, September 21st

Orchard Park Elementary

Focusing on Read to Succeed and the new SC College and Career Ready Standards

Join us for refreshments and conversations


Meeting will begin promptly at 4:30

Also learn about ways to become more involved in Palmetto Reading Council

Join the Palmetto Reading Council for only $15.00. A few of the upcoming events are Looking At The New ELA Standards, Christmasville Celebration and Discussing Literacy With Others. Please let Mary know if you would like to join and haven't done so already!

Patriots on the Move

Girls on the run is starting up soon. The girls will start training on September 21. They will meet Monday and Wednesday for a lesson, then they are out on the track (usually around 3:15). How about we join them in the fun! You are invited to join us on the track Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00. You can walk, jog, run, or skip. Come out for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or however long you want. Get moving, and get motivated! It goes both ways…you can motivate the girls as they train for their race, and they will motivate you to keep moving too. The season finale 5K will be at the Reindeer Romp on December 5th. We would love for you to join us!

To Do

  • Administer the first On-Demand writing assessment in your Calkins kit. Bring them to the meeting at 2:45 on the 15th.
  • Please make sure first and last names are on all excuses sent to the office for students and send them the day you receive them.

Parent Expectation Guide

We would like to put together parent expectations in a flip book this year with the help of Patriot Council and GT. You can highlight some of these at Open House. Here are some items that we would like to include:
    • ​Parents that want to bring in birthday treats can bring them in the morning and leave it to the teacher's discretion as to when to give them out. If parents want to be there, they can bring them and distribute them at lunch time.
    • Parents eating lunch with students can wait on the benches until their child's class arrives. Parents are welcome to sit on the stage and talk quietly during the music. We respectfully request that parents choosing to sit at the lunch tables follow the rule of silence during lunch.
Please share with Lesley any ideas you have or anything you observe this year that you feel needs to be communicated to parents.

Thank you!

Weekly Agenda


3:00 Advisory Team Meeting - Freeman's Room


Grade Level Meetings with Derek - Canvas

2:45 - Faculty Meeting - Writing Focus *Bring On-Demand Assessments

4:00 - Pizza, Drinks and More in the Lounge

5:30 - Open House (Wear your IDES shirt)


Today is a Jean Day! Thank you for wearing your IDES shirt yesterday and hanging in there after a long day!

Lunch Duty Starts


AM - Principal's Meeting

Happy Birthday Pavone!!!


Jean Day - Wear the shirt of your choice!

8:30 - Finance Meeting

9:00 - Admin Meeting

Staff Birthdays


9 - Chris Humphries

10 - Jennifer Melton

17 - Rachel Pavone

20 - Annette Feemster

25 - Mary Freeman

Upcoming Dates to Remember:



  • Canvas Training during PLC Planning
  • 2:45 - Lucy Calkins @ FM *Bring On-Demand assessment
  • Title I Open House 5:30 - 7:00pm - wear your IDES shirt
  • iPad Parent Orientation


  • Duty-Free Lunch for 1st-5th grade teachers begins


  • Principal's meeting


  • Grade Level R2S - Freeman


  • EOC Meeting


  • Grandparent Lunch

26th - Hospitality $ Due:

  • $25 - full time certified
  • $20 - full time non-certified
  • Part-time certified - $5 x # of days/week @ IDES (3 days = $15)
  • Part time non-certified - $4 x # of days/week @ IDES (3 days = $12)


  • Faculty Meeting - John Hodge - Vison & Mission Data Indicators



  • Fire Trucks - K5 - 12:20pm

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