Students in second grade will be administered the CogAT and Iowa assessments as part of South Carolina’s Grade 2 Gifted and Talented Assessment Program. SC State Board Regulation 43-220 requires districts to test all enrolled students (in-person and virtual attendance plans). Testing is conducted at the student’s enrolled elementary school.
We encourage your child to test, as these assessments are screeners for qualifying to participate in our South Carolina Gifted and Talented Program (Challenge). The test results are also used to determine placement in the Charles Townes Center (CTC) at Sterling School for Highly Gifted students. Complete criteria for Challenge and CTC can be found on the Greenville County Schools website: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/gifted-talented/gt-criteria. Although the primary purpose of these assessments is to identify students for the Gifted and Talented Programs, student results can be useful to teachers as they examine their instructional practices and can help them identify teaching strategies for all students.
We have scheduled your student to participate in the CogAT and Iowa assessments on the following dates below. Parents of GCSVP students must provide transportation on all test days. GCSVP students should plan to arrive no later than 8:00 a.m., in an effort to begin testing at 8:30 a.m. Students may bring personal water bottles (pre-filled) and snacks.
All Second Grade In Person Students
Day 1: October 26th and Day 2: October 27th
GCSVP: Students should be dropped off in the front car line by 8:00 a.m. on testing days.
Day 1: October 30th, Parent Pick-Up at 11:00 a.m. and Day 2: November 4th, Parent Pick-Up at 10:00 a.m.
November 6th, Parent Pick-Up at 11:00 a.m.
*Due to the uncertainty of and impact surrounding COVID-19 affecting schools’ schedules, all dates are subject to change.
If you have questions about the Gifted and Talented Program and/or CTC, please contact Jane Snyder at 355-4821 or at email@example.com.
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IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE MEAL PROGRAM
Students attending the in-person program can receive breakfast and lunch for days they are not in attendance. The meals can be picked up at the school they are attending or sent home with the student at the end of the day. Students participating in after-school programs can have their meals held for pickup until they are leaving the premises. During attendance plan 2, students will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches to take home. Some items included in the meals will be ready to eat, and others will be heat and serve. Full pay students will be charged $10; students on Reduced status will be charged $1.60; students on Free status will receive all meals for free, per USDA guidelines.
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
Due to a recent USDA summer foodservice waiver extension, Greenville County Schools has been approved by the SC State Department of Education to provide free meals to all students through December 31, 2020, or until the congressionally appropriated funding runs out. This extension allows all students in our district to receive free meals regardless of their meal status during this time. This applies to meals served to students when they are attending school in person, meals provided to students for days they are participating in eLearning and not in attendance, and meals served to students attending the Virtual Program
These meals need to be pre-ordered by Friday each week in order to be provided to students the following week. Contact the Cafeteria Manager, Debbie Brunn, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her office at 864-355-3608 with any questions. Take Home Meals Nov 6
Children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in public or private kindergarten unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver. Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in first grade.
Parents wishing to enroll new students for the 2020-21 school year should visit the enrollment information at the GCS website. Print and complete the enrollment forms and scan or photograph the required documentation. Once complete, please call the assigned school and leave a message with your phone number or email address. The appropriate individual will contact you with further directions for turning in the forms and completing the enrollment process.
To find out where your child will attend kindergarten or first grade, call the INFOLine at 355-3100 or visit Find Your School.
We have a new Attendance Website! Find answers to any questions you may have regarding your child's attendance. You can also submit a parent note online, or upload a doctor's note. This link can also be found under the Parent Tab on the Parents Home Page.