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Volunteer for Field Day
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SC PASS and SC READY Testing
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Parents and Students:
This year, students in third, fourth, and fifth grades in South Carolina will take the SC College-and-Career Ready Assessment (SC READY), which is comprised of the ELA (writing and reading) and mathematics tests. Additionally, students in fourth grade will take the SC Palmetto Assessments of State Standards (SCPASS) science test, and students in fifth grade will take the SPCASS social studies test.
Both SC READY and SCPASS are untimed tests but must be completed by the end of the school day. The ELA assessments will be administered in the paper-format; whereas, the mathematics, science, and social studies tests will be administered with an online-format. Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-dependent analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses. Items on SCPASS will be multiple choice.
SC READY and SCPASS tests are aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom.
Please refer to the table below for testing dates. It is very important that students be at school on their assigned test dates.
We appreciate your help to ensure that your student performs to the best of their ability.
· Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest on the nights before the tests.
· See that your child eats a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of the tests.
· Make every effort to have your child in school and on time on testing days.
If your child has a doctor’s appointment on a testing day, please try to reschedule.
No Visitors during testing to provide the best test environment for all students!
Safety for Our Students
School Safety doesn’t just happen; it is a conscious effort on the part of many! Parents we need your help with the arrival and dismissal. Below are some ways parents and guardians can help keep students, staff, and parents safe.
1. The school parking lot is for parking only at arrival and dismissal, not student drop off.
2. Please load and unload students on the passenger side.
3. Do not pass in the car line.
4. Please allow your students out at the spot where the teachers or patrols are opening doors at the walkway in order for the line to move quickly, students to arrive to class on time, and for student safety.
5. Parents must sign-in students arriving after 8:00 am.
6. Parents must come to the front office to sign-out students after dismissal has ended at 2:45.
Change in Phone Number Form
In an effort to better communicate with parents during times of emergency the GCS Communications Department has developed a form for parents who currently have a landline listed as their “Primary Contact Phone” and wish to receive texts about school cancellations or other emergency schedule changes. Parents who already list a cellular phone as their primary contact will not need to take action to receive this service. You may access this form below. Once you have completed the form, you will need to turn it in to our front office.
My Energy Kit Challenge
Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548. (Even if you signed up last year, it will still count towards our challenge when you sign up again.)
Online (with credit/debit card): https://taylorses.memberhub.com
Printable (Google Doc) Membership forms:
Volunteer Approval Form
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST RECEIVE DISTRICT APPROVAL PRIOR TO VOLUNTEERING AT ANY SCHOOL/CENTER OR CHAPERONING ANY SCHOOL FIELD TRIP. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 2-WEEKS FOR THE APPROVAL PROCESS.
Volunteer interest form:
Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/7TM4dydSFuBAJnV22