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District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
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!
February 24th Edition Of East End Elementary News Is Published
The February 24th edition of East End Elementary News is attached.  This edition highlights information about the "Ask Anything" meeting at Gettys Middle School's newly renovated auditorium on Tuesday, February 25th.

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.

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       

East End Elementary Announcement Archives
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