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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 secret of getting ahead is getting started."

-Mark Twain

Patriot Honors


Wellness Team - Weight Loss Challenge - Good Luck!!

Run 4 Reading

Lace Up those running shoes, choose your teammates and join along to support The Early Learning Partnership of York County as we race to get children ready to be successful when entering school.

Who will take home the awards? Run 4 Reading is a 4 mile run that takes place in beautiful down town Rock Hill. It starts at fountain park and goes to Winthrop University and back. 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.

Here are some awards up for grabs:

  • The District with the most teams- 1 award
  • Fastest Team per each District- 4 awards
  • Most Spirited per each District- 4 awards
  • Team Awards: 1st 2nd 3rd Place
  • School District Awards: 1st 2nd 3rd Place

  • 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.


If you are interesting in tutoring after the holidays for $20.50/hour, please let Lesley know. This would not be a long-term commitment and can be shared with another teacher.

Science Information

Science Benchmarks are available for K, 1, 2 from Pene. Let her know when you need them.

Consumable Textbooks

Remember that we need to keep consumable textbooks for students who move. These textbooks should be used for those moving in.

Literacy Update


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.

Weekly Agenda


No School!! :)


2:45 - Faculty Meeting


Duty-Free Lunch

4 - King @ DO


Principal's Meeting @ DO

R2S Grade Level Meetings


Admin Meeting

8:30 Attendance Due

Jean Day - IDES Spirit Wear

Staff Birthdays


4 - Jill Valk

8 - Taylor Spencer

15 - Kameron Ervin

23 - Anne Shaver

25 - Frank Witherspoon

30 - Kimberly Cash

Upcoming Dates to Remember:



  • Winthrop University Back the Pack basketball game. Juice boxes and crackers are recommended items to donate or you can pay $3 for admission. All proceeds go to BTP.


Testing Window for SCPASS Science & Social Studies: May 11-27

Testing Window for SC READY ELA & Math: TBD

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