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Our school has been chosen to take part in the 4th grade NAEP testing this year. There are only 50 students that will take this test and they have been chosen at random. Letters have been sent home to the parents of the 50 students. The test will be on Wednesday, February 6th. We will plan to start as close to 8:15 as we can. These tests will be monitored by NAEP employees on the day of the test. 25 students will take a math portion and the other 25 students will take a reading portion.
4K Pre-Registration for 2019-2020 is January 16-March 12, 2019— Parents may pre-register at any district elementary school or child development center. Children do not have to live in the school attendance area to pre-register at that location. Pre-registration does not guarantee enrollment in a GCS 4K program. Children selected for 4K programs must demonstrate academic/developmental needs and/or risk factors such as low family income and low parent education level. Screened children will be ranked district-wide and those most at-risk for school success will receive initial assignments. Parents must present their child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate or religious exemption certificate, two proofs of residency (same as 5K) and photo ID. 4K pre-registration ends March 12, 2019. 4K Screening is March 27-29, 2019. Contact: Stephanie Dozier, 452-0403.
State Report Card
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.
Text Alerts from GCSD
GCS Offers Emergency Text Alerts Through School Messenger
Due to changes in telecommunications laws Greenville County Schools (GCS) is now able to send emergency text messages to parents through the school messenger system if their listed home phone number is text capable. If you are a parent who would like to receive emergency texts and currently have a landline listed as your home number please fill out the form below and return it to your child’s school.
GCS does not send phone messages to families late at night or early in the morning, so a last-minute closing decision, especially one made early in the morning, is sometimes missed. Texting parents provides a less intrusive way to send emergency messages during these hours.
Though we have been using a text message system called @gcsalerts through Twitter, that system has been less than reliable and is dependent on parents opting in and having push notifications set properly on their phone. We will continue to use @gcsalerts as a communication redundancy.
As always, the GCS website, social media platforms, and local media will be used to help disseminate emergency messages.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act – COPPA
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
*Online Free and Reduced Meal applications can be accessed through the FANS website at http://greenville.schoollunchapp.com/
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