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District Announcements
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.

Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Welcome to East End Elementary!
Hope To See You At Family Fun Night On Friday, April 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hope to see you at Family Fun Night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Other than purchasing chili from the Chili Cook Off, all events are free! Hope to see you there! It is going to be a great time!

PASS Testing Monitors Needed
PASS testing begins Tuesday, May 6 through Friday, May 9th. We are in need of many testing monitors to help in each 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classroom. If you can help, please call Mrs. Jessica Max, assistant principal, at 397-1712. Thanks so much! We appreciate your willingness to help!

PASS Testing Begins May 6th For Grades 3, 4, and 5
The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), a statewide assessment program based on the South Carolina Curriculum Standards, will be administered to students statewide in grades 3-8 on May 6 -9, 2014. PASS is a rigorous testing program designed to measure the achievement levels of South Carolina students. PASS includes tests in writing (previously administered in March), English language arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies. PASS test results will be used for school and school district accountability as well as for federal accountability on the ESEA waiver report card. Make-up testing will continue through May 16th.
Students in fourth grade will participate in testing in math, ELA (English Language Arts), science, and social studies.   Students in third and fifth grade will take math and ELA and will take either science or social studies, depending on the test determined by a random choice made by the state. One-half of the third graders and fifth graders will take science and the other one-half of each grade level will take social studies.

It is important that students participating in the PASS testing have a healthy breakfast, a good night's sleep, and arrive to school on time each day of testing. If you have any questions about the testing, please call the school. Thanks to everyone for your help in having our student prepared, fed, and rested prior to the days of testing.


Information On SC Department of Education Website

You Can Be Anything Theme From Charles Schultz And His Peanuts Books For 2013-2014 School Year
Our theme for the 2013-2014 year is "You Can Be Anything" which follows the writings of Charles Schulz about his beloved Peanuts characters.  Books that we will feature include You Can Be Anything, Be Yourself, Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Thankful,  and Be Friends. It is going to be a great year as we feature Charlie Brown, and  all the Peanuts gang as we begin a year encouraging our students to do their best and be their best so that they can reach their full potential. 

East End Named Safe Kids School By Safe Kids Of The Upstate
 East End has been named one of the Safe Kids Schools by Safe Kids of the Upstate for the sixth consecutive year. This is for the efforts of our school to promote safety of our students. These efforts include our work as a school to promote a safe arrival and dismissal as well as other special activities to inform and educate our students about safety. We will continue to promote the safety and well-being of our students. Thanks to each of you for your efforts to help ensure the safety of our students. East End is proud to accept the designation of a Safe Kids School.

We Need You As A PASS Testing Monitor
Each year as we administer the PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing, we are forever indebted to monitors who can assist us during the testing.   We will begin on Tuesday, May 6th with PASS testing. We will need at least 20 monitors each day for Tuesday—Thursday as we test students in grades 3, 4, and 5.   We’ll need at least 10 monitors on Friday as we test grade 4 on Friday..   We can’t do it without you. If you can help, please call 397-1712 to Mrs. Jessica Max, assistant principal, and let her know that you will be able to help on one of these days.   In advance, thank you for your help! We need you!

Report To The Parents 2012-2013
Report To The Parents 2012-2013 is published. This is a snapshot of our year as it relates to the work during the school year as outlined in our School Renewal Plan as well the
work led by our School Improvement Council. It has been a great year! Thanks to each of you for all that you have done to make this a very special year!

East End Is Named A Palmetto Gold School!
East End is named a Palmetto Gold School!  For the past twelve years, the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program recognizes schools with high rates of absolute performance and high rates of growth. This program of recognition was established by the South Carolina General Assembly. We are thrilled to share with you that East End has been named a Palmetto Gold School for the 2012 PASS testing results for our students.   We are very thankful for this recognition.   This is due to a dedicated faculty, hardworking students and supportive parents who all work together to support us in the efforts to provide the very best for our students.  
This year has been one that has been very rewarding at East End as we received a 99.9% score out of a possible 100% score with a letter grade of an “A” with the new accountability system under South Carolina’s ESEA (Elementary Secondary Act) waiver on the federal report card.   East End also achieved scores of Excellent on the Absolute Score and Excellent on the Improvement Rating by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) established school report card.  
We are very thankful for these affirmations of our students’ successes. Thanks to great students, a committed faculty, and involved parents great things are happening at East End Elementary. Thanks to each of you for all that you do to support our school’s mission.
A link to the SDE news release today about the Palmetto Gold and Silver Award Program:   From the SDE news release, “The South Carolina Department of Education announced today the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2012-2013 school year. The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 662 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program (PGS) began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement. The PGS recognizes schools based on the criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) for both general performance and working towards closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation. The EOC revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.” Again, we are thrilled for the affirmation. Thanks to our students, faculty, and parents for a job well-done!  

News Release       

Information About Pre-Arranged Absences
Parents are reminded that requests for pre-arranged absences should be sent to the school in writing or via e-mail at least two weeks in advance so that we will have time to respond if the request is approved. Without a pre-arranged request, absences for out-of-town trips will automatically be considered an unexcused absence. Please reference the materials in the School District of Pickens County’s Back-To-School handbook as well as the Back-To-School East End Handbook for important information concerning pre-arranged absences.

As the Board Policy and State Attendance regulations note, students are required to be in attendance at least 170 of the 180 days of school in order to be considered for promotion. Excused and unexcused absences both count in the total for absences. Pay careful attention to the attendance policy information. Requests for absence that would total result in a cumulative total of more than 10 days from school cannot be approved. Questions? Please feel free to contact either Mrs. Day or Mrs. Max.

Attendance Is A Vital Key To Student Success
One of the most important things you, as a parent, can do is make sure your child attends school regularly. While some absences for illness are unavoidable, nothing can replace the educational, cultural and social contacts that students experience through regular participation in class. Students with good attendance achieve more than students who are often absent. Attendance is also a major criterion in promoting a student. According to state law, students must attend a minimum of 180 days of school a year. Of these 180 days, students cannot miss more than 10 days including excused and unexcused absences. If a school is closed due to inclement weather, the school year may be extended to allow students to make up the missed day                                                                                                                                        Reasons for excused absences are:
· absences for student health concerns excused by parent/legal guardian or licensed/certified health practitioner involved in the student's care   (Any absences above 10 require a medical excuse.)                                                                                                                                            
· absences for a serious family health concern or death in the family                                                                                          
· absences for parental approved, pre-arranged, non-school sponsored trips or activities including recognized religious holidays (pre-arranged absences must be approved by the school principal prior to the absence)
Things To Do If Your Child Is Ever Absent
Students/Parents must provide a written excuse (within 3 days of an absence, or if the student has several continuous absences – within 3 days after the student’s return to school) from a parent, guardian or health practitioner for ALL absences other than those approved by the principal for a school-sponsored activity. A valid excuse must:be dated,list the student’s full name,contain the date(s) of the absence(s),list the reason for the absence(s),list a telephone number of the parent (if needed for verification)
Parents should have students at school on time each day. Late students miss important instruction and create a disruption in the class when arriving late. Late arrival (tardiness) results in interruptions to the learning process – not only for the tardy student but for the other students in the class as well. Constant tardiness may be referred to the Director of Student Services for further action.
Questions? Contact Tammy Day, principal at 397-1710 Jessica Max, assistant principal, at 397-1712.

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