News & NotesStaff Appreciation Week Set for April 29-May 3
Mark your calendars for our annual Staff Appreciation Week to be held April 29-May 3. PTA has a variety of activities planned to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them, and we'll need your help to make this a special week for them! Be on the lookout for an email from your room parent with more details, and thank you!
Boosterthon a Huge Success!
Thanks to your generous support, this year’s Boosterthon fundraiser was the most successful yet- raising approximately $90,000! We are thrilled that we met and surpassed our school goal, which means Mr. Ross will get slimed in front of the whole school and we will be getting a brand new STEAM lab, an Extreme Library Makeover and other school updates! If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to send in the money collected to your child’s teacher or pay online at funrun.com by April 23 so we can earn a popsicle party for the entire school! Thank you for your overwhelming support of our school!
5th Grade Day Fundraiser
On Friday, April 26, all students will have the opportunity to wear sunglasses at school for $1. All proceeds will support our upcoming 5th grade day celebration.
Interested in Being a Patrol?
Attention 3rd graders: If you are interested in being a patrol, talk with your parents about the responsibility. Then, ask your teacher for an application. 4th graders are also invited to apply to be patrols again for their 5th grade year. You can be a new patrol or a returning patrol.
ENN (Morning News) Auditions
Attention 4th Graders: Auditions will be held soon for anchors and technicians for our morning news program for next school year. If you are interested in being a part of the ENN crew download an application here or get one from Mrs. Madden or Mrs. Ballinger. Applications are due back by Wednesday, April 24th. If you qualify for an audition, we will contact you by Friday, April 26. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Madden.
Did You Miss The Technology Lunch & Learn?
If you were unable to attend the Technology Lunch & Learn, download this Tech Smart brochure to catch up on what was shared with parents. If you're interested in pledging to delay the ownership of a smartphone (flip phones are okay) until at least 8th grade, you can join the Wait Until 8th pledge here. Remember, the pledge only goes into effect when at least 10 families from your child's grade at Bell's Crossing have joined you. Let's create a community who's ready to Tech Smart together!
State Testing (3rd-5th Grade)
Bell's Crossing has set our dates for the state test, SC Ready. Please mark these dates on your calendar as all 3rd-5th graders will take part in these tests.
May 8th - ELA Day 1 State Testing 3rd-5th Grade
May 9th - ELA Day 2 State Testing 3rd-5th Grade
May 14th - Math 3rd-5th Grade
May 15th - Science (4th Grade), Social Studies (5th Grade)
South Carolina School Report Cards
Below is the link to our School Report Card, released November 29, 2018 by the State Department of Education. Based on a number of factors, each school in the state has been rated as excellent, good, average, below average, or unsatisfactory. These report cards are very different from past report cards in our state. The new report cards factor in multiple data points, test scores and surveys. The report attempts to measure a school’s academic achievement, student progress, college and career readiness and school climate. The reports will also include data on English Learners Progress, Student Safety, and Financial information. High School reports will factor in graduation rates, though the formula for determining the graduation rate has changed slightly from past years. For the first time in South Carolina, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores will be used to help determine schools’ ratings. NAEP tests students in every state in fourth grade and eighth grade in math, reading, science, and writing. The percentage of schools ranked in each category (from unsatisfactory to excellent) will align to the State’s 2015 NAEP results, so about 15 percent of schools in South Carolina will be rated “excellent,” 20 percent will be rated “good,” 35 percent will be rated “average,” 20 percent will be “below average,” and 10 percent will be “unsatisfactory.” Along with the new rating system, the report cards feature several new pieces of data, including Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS measures student academic growth year-after-year. EVAAS measures student academic position in relation to his/her peers from one-year to another. Growth among lowest performing 20% of students counts double toward each school’s report card. If you have any questions or concerns related to our school’s ratings, feel free to contact our principals via email or phone.