News & Notes
Picture Day Monday, September 26th
Picture day is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26th.
SIC Meeting Wednesday, September 28th
Interested in SIC? Please consider serving as a member of the School Improvement Council (SIC) - a group of parents, staff and community members who meet monthly to advise the school about financial policy and school improvement initiatives. Members serve a two-year term, and it would begin in the 2016-2017 school year. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are interested.
Read Your Way to the Big Game
Help your child qualify to win Palmetto Bowl tickets by participating in EOC’s 2016 Read Your Way to the Big Game contest. Pick a team: Tiger or Cocky, and start reading TODAY!
Each student will receive a parent letter, reading log and bookmark. Return the reading log to the classroom teacher (signed by a parent) before Friday, October 28th. Each student that submits a reading log will have a football placed on our bulletin board in the grand hall and be entered in a drawing for the chance to win 2 tickets to the Palmetto Bowl.
TAG, You're It!
Be on the lookout for "Tag, You're It". This is a fun way for parents to help their child with reading! “Tag, You’re It” will be a year-long initiative that will provide families with a fun way to help their child with their reading! Throughout the year, teachers will send home a card that matches reading skills students have been working on in class. The activity will either focus on fiction or non-fiction and will assist families in supporting student understanding of reading content. We look forward to a great partnership with reading this year!
School Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines
Greenville County Schools (GCS), in an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, is implementing additional security checks for school volunteers. Effective immediately, all volunteers must submit an application to the school and receive clearance from the district before interacting with children in the school or chaperoning any school field trip. Volunteers are now identified by two different categories: Level I or Level II.
Thomas E. Kerns Elementary School has begun implementing this process. Our primary responsibility is to safeguard our children and ensure we are in compliance with the identified guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation as we work with our stakeholders to complete this process. All volunteers will be required to remain in the presence of a GCS employee at all times until applications for Level II are approved. Thank you for ensuring the safety of all of our children. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance to you during this process.
Donors Choose Grants
Many of our teachers have worked hard to create a Donor's Choose Grant. All of these materials will help to improve their classroom experiences.
Click here to view projects that need funding at our school!
Grading Scale for 2016-17 School Year
The Greenville County School Board has approved revising the district’s grading scale for grades 2 through 8 to a 10-point system so all GCS students operate under a consistent grading scale. The recommendation comes after the State Board of Education, at the recommendation of the South Carolina Department of Education, voted to move to a 10-point grading scale for all Carnegie-unit bearing classes. The recommended change in grading policy will go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year.
Recommended Grading Scale for Grades 2-8 for the 2016-17 School Year.
There is a new program available to parents who would like to learn English and become more involved in their child’s academic achievement. The program is free to parents and is on a first come first serve basis. Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 is a program available to the parents of our English Language Learners. This program will provide the parents of our English Language Learners with an opportunity to learn and develop their English Language skills. It will also enable parents to increase their engagement in their child’s school and contribute to improving their child’s educational achievement. The online lessons from Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 allow parents to use this program at home, work, on their phone, or anywhere they have access to the internet.
If you would like to have access to this program, please contact your child’s ESOL teacher. The ESOL teacher will be able to provide you with a code to access the program and share general log-in instructions.
Click on the link below.