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District Highlights - January 9 - 18, 2008

Media Tip Sheet - Electronic Transmission #13

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Wednesday, January 9
Lapsits Program Begins – Westcliffe Elementary
This 16-week program is for children birth through five years old and is provided free through a literacy grant. The program offers training and free children’s books to families. Call 355-0317 for information.

Thursday, January 10
Public Meeting for Schools In Improvement and Restructuring (NCLB) – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Monaview Elementary

Saturday, January 12
Roper Mountain Science Center Second Saturday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Reptiles – Now and Then

Monday, January 14
Teacher Workday – Students Do Not Attend School

Tuesday, January 15
Board Committee of the Whole Meeting – 9:00 am – J. Floyd Hall Administrative Center

(Moved from Tuesday, January 8)

Wednesday – Friday, January 16-18
Kindergarten and First Grade Registration
(See Media Release)

Wednesday, January 16
School Improvement Planning Meeting – 1:00 pm – Alexander Elementary
Call 355-1000 for information.

Thursday, January 17
Family Night for Kindergarten Students – 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Ellen Woodside Elementary

Financial Aid Workshop for Parents – 7:00 pm – Hillcrest High

Berea High Showcase – 6:00 -8:00 pm
Rising ninth graders from Berea Middle, Lakeview Middle, League Academy, and Northwest Middle, and their parents, are invited. The event will include a free hot dog supper, a school showcase, and tour of the school. Call 355-1600 for information.

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King’s Birthday Holiday
Schools and Offices Closed

Tuesday, January 22
Report Cards Issued

School Board Meeting – 7:00 pm – J. Floyd Hall Administrative Center

Wednesday, January 23
The Boy Who Cried Bully – Ellen Woodside Elementary
Third graders will observe the performance by the South Carolina Children’s Theater on how to handle bullying. Call the school at 355-4900 for information.

Thursday, January 24
Financial Aid Workshop for Parents – 7:00 pm – Greenville High

Monday – Tuesday, January 28-29
The Sudan Project Author Visits Cherrydale Elementary
(See Media Release)

Tuesday, January 29
Eastside High School Dedication – 6:00 pm
The school is located at 1300 Brushy Creek Road. Call 355-2800 for information.

Thursday, January 31
Financial Aid Workshop for Parents – 7:00 pm – Southside High


Tuesday, February 5
Lakeview Middle School Dedication – 5:30 pm
The school is located at 3801 Old Buncombe Road. Call 355-6400 for information.

Wednesday, February 4
PTA Book Fair and Cultural Dance Night – 6:30 pm – Fork Shoals School
The book fair opens while some students will dance authentic Colombia, South American dances with Senora Mondragon. Call 355-5000 for more information.



Five-Year-Old Kindergarten and First Grade Registration
Wednesday – Friday, January 16-18, 2008

Greenville, SC – Parents are reminded to register their children for five-year-old kindergarten or first grade for the 2008-2009 school year from Wednesday through Friday, January 16 – 18, 2008, at their local school.

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2008 must enroll in public or private kindergarten, unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver. Greenville County Schools offer full-day, five-year-old kindergarten programs to all students.

Students must turn five years old (for 5K) or six years old (for 1st grade) on or before September 1, 2008 to enter each respective program. To enroll a new student, a parent or guardian must go to their assigned school and present the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Certificate or Religious Objector’s Statement
  • Proof of Residence (Example – a current power bill)

Parents of students assigned to Rudolph Gordon Elementary may register at their current (2007-08) homebased school.

If a parent does not know the assigned school, he/she may call INFOLine at 355-3100 or log onto our website at www.greenville.k12.sc.us and click on “Find Your School.”

(Note: Pre-registration for 4K screenings will be held in February.)

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2008 Financial Aid Workshops for Parents

GREENVILLE, SC -- For many parents, financing a college education for their child can seem an "impossible dream."

To help parents who are facing the college dilemma, a series of Financial Aid Workshops for parents has been scheduled. Sponsored by Greenville County Schools, these workshops will allow parents of high school seniors and college-bound students to work one-on-one with local guidance counselors and financial aid officers from various colleges and universities.

Grant information, work study plans, the availability of loans, and other forms of financial aid will be discussed. Experts will be available to go over financial aid applications and forms.

Workshops will provide information and assistance to parents whose child plans to seek post-secondary education this fall. Although students and parents are encouraged to attend the workshop closest their child's school, all workshops are open to the general public.

2008 Financial Aid Workshop Dates

                  Berea High                      7:00 p.m.            Tuesday, January 8, 2008
                  Hillcrest High                  7:00 p.m.            Thursday, January 17, 2008
                  Greenville High              7:00 p.m.            Thursday, January 24, 2008
                  Southside High               7:00 p.m.            Thursday, January 31, 2008


Melissa Leembruggen, Author of The Sudan Project, To Visit Cherrydale Elementary

Greenville, SC -- Melissa Leembruggen, author of The Sudan Project, will visit students at Cherrydale Elementary January 28 and 29 to help students understand the Sudanese life and the challenges they face.

Her book is an “A to Z” history of the life and culture of Sudan that helps make children aware of the devastating effects of poverty and war in Sudan.
For example, A is for Africa, the second largest of the seven continents. The alphabet book continues through Borders, Cush, Darfur, through the alphabet to Z, Zaghawa, one of the names for Darfur tribes.

In addition, the book contains a glossary, lesson plans, a Sudanese recipe, discussion questions, and service project ideas.

Melissa Leembruggen is an author and motivational speaker. She obtained a master’s degree in communication from Auburn University, where she also worked as a communications specialist for the Auburn University School of Forestry.



Student and Staff Accomplishments

The Wade Hampton High Girls Soccer team was included in the recently announced NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association) Team Academic Awards.  The high school team award winners are noted for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team duChristmas Piratesring the 2006-07 academic year. To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year.  The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players. The Wade Hampton High girls’ team was one of 258 in the United States, 8 in South Carolina, and was the ONLY team in Greenville County named for this award.

Washington Center appreciates many friends and community supporters who contribute to the school’s program.  The Pirates of the Piedmont Club is among the organizations who have adopted the school.   The benevolent group recently donated $750.00 (pictured right) for unique projects used to instruct the special needs students.  The club contributed to the Multi-Sensory Room providing experiences in environmental awareness.  School- wide student Christmas gifts were purchased and distributed by club members.  Also the Pirates of the Piedmont have contributed funds for the handicapped accessible playground.

Southside High School’s Forensic Team won 1st Place Overall Sweepstakes at the 35th annual Laird Lewis Invitational Forensic Tournament. The tournament housed 46 schools from states across the nation including Washington, Nevada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. The school also accepted 16 individual awards.  Southside’s team is coached by Speech and Debate teacher Mr. Erickson Bynum.