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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 Pickens Elementary - Home of the Sparklers
Summer Meals
FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN DURING SUMMER: 

During the summer, the School District of Pickens County will provide a free breakfast and lunch to school age children up to 18 years of age and to those with physical or mental disabilities that are 19 years or older and enrolled in school. The program will be housed at West End Elementary, Pickens Elementary, and Liberty High Schools and is open to all children in Pickens County. The program will operate from June 12 – August 8, 2014 with the exception of July 4th. The program will be closed July 4th in recognition of Independence Day.

The program is intended to provide children in our area the foods they need to continue to learn, play, and grow when school is out for the summer and to ensure no child goes hungry.

Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Children simply walk into the cafeteria during the designated serving times and we will be THRILLED to feed them breakfast and/or lunch (all students are free- adults must pay). 

Please plan to join us for breakfast and lunch during the summer months!


 
2nd Grade Sailboat Challenge
 This morning, PES is pleased to announce our winners for the 2nd grade STEM sailboat challenge yesterday. Congratulations to Genesis Patterson, Faith Jarrard, and Ivy Freeman! Congratulations also to the other five finalists: Selah Coggins, Ethan Quick, Breanna Mann, Dakota Moore, and Chandler Rowan!


Hoops for Heart Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game
Throughout the month of March, students and staff of Pickens Elementary School raised money for Hoops for Heart, a fundraiser benefiting the American Heart Association. In keeping with their "Team Pickens" and March Madness themes, PES participated in a students vs. teachers basketball game on April 1 at Pickens Middle School. Families attended the event to cheer on their favorite student or teacher players. The game itself was a close one--the final score was 20-19 in favor of the student team! In addition, through concessions, T-shirt sales, donations, and a half court shot contest during halftime of the basketball game, PES raised over $1400 for the American Heart Association. Special thanks go to PMS for the use of the gym, Wendy's and Ingles of Pickens for donating time-out give aways, Matt Smith of PHS for announcing the game, and all the families and staff members who gave of their time and energy to participate in this event. The championship trophy is on display in the receptionist's office at the school. The teacher team is looking forward to a rematch next year!


Hoops for Heart champions—the student team with 
Coach Greg Martin (Pickens Elementary PE teacher

No Cell Phone Zone
Safe Kids Upstate, a program led by the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System University Medical System, applauds the efforts of Pickens Elementary School administration and faculty to enforce the No Cell Phone Zone policy for drivers in the carpool lines in order to ensure the safety and well-being of Pickens Elementary School students.

  • Here are a few facts:

  • One in three child pedestrian deaths occur every year between 3 and 7 p.m. meaning that afternoons are the most dangerous time for children to walk. 

  • One out of every six drivers in school zones is distracted by the use of cell phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reaching behind, grooming and reading.

    Thanks for helping us keep PES students safe!



Snow Days - Made Up or Forgiven?
The 2013-2014 School District of Pickens County calendar has three inclement weather make-up days included - April 21, May 23, and June 6. Students should plan to be in school on these three days as they will be used to make up three days lost due to snow in January and February.
Six school days were missed due to snow. Pending legislative approval, three days will be forgiven.


“Spreading Our Wings” at Greenville Downtown Airport
Last week, students in the Ignite Learning classes at Pickens Elementary and Ben Hagood Elementary took a field trip to the Greenville Downtown Airport. After a few weeks of reading about airplanes and completing math problems containing airport language and information, these second grade students learned the ins and outs of the airport firsthand! Employees of the Greenville Downtown Airport took the students on a tour of the maintenance hangar and the control tower. In addition, Dimitri Partafyllas, owner of Stratos Aviation flight school, even volunteered to let the students sit in one of his airplanes! The classes finished the day with lunch at the Runway Café, where they watched airplanes fly in and out on the airstrip. What a neat application to real world, job-related skills. Thank you to all the employees of the Greenville Downtown Airport for being such great hosts!


Phone Number
Parents, please take a moment to check the contact phone number you have in your phone for our school. We've had several parents call a previous number saved in their phones or the number listed for Pickens Elementary on Google, which is no longer accurate. Please update your contact info for our school--the correct phone number is (864) 397-2300. Thank you!


NEW
Check out our FaceBook page to see what's happening at Pickens Elementary!   
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pickens-Elementary-School/504715982956089    


Reading with Josie
 When Nancy Couch retired from Pickens Elementary School last June, she told the staff it wouldn’t be long before she came back… this time, as a volunteer with a couple of loving therapy dogs! Organized by PES guidance counselor Dawn Powell, “Reading with Josie” is a program that allows selected students to spend time improving their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. The dogs lend a caring, nonjudgmental ear to students who may be intimidated to read aloud in a class full of classmates. It’s a welcome sight to see Ms. Couch walking Shay, a Sheltie, and Josie, a golden retriever, down the hallways of Pickens Elementary. We are excited about this new program and hope that it will help our students gain confidence in reading.

Volunteers & Training
We support and encourage volunteerism in our schools.  Volunteers work in cooperation with schools to help meet the needs of the children and the school staff and to represent the community in fulfilling its responsibility to the schools beyond merely tax support.  Volunteers supplement and complement the work of the classroom teacher.  Volunteers make a difference to many people—children, families, teachers, and the entire community.  Volunteers give students a chance to see parents and other interested citizens involved in school activities in a helping relationship. 

Volunteer Training 
  
Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must receive training from a district school and submit to a Sex Offenders Registry check. Volunteer training will address bloodborne pathogens, sexual harassment, and volunteer procedures at the local school. At each training, each volunteer will be given a flier outlining important facts on bloodborne pathogens, SDPC's policy on sexual harassment, and the SDPC volunteer policy. . 
All volunteer training will be conducted at schools. Check with your local school if you need to be volunteer trained. A training session schedule is available on our district website.  Please note:  it is important for you to get your training early in the year while there are numerous sessions available to accommodate your schedule. You may attend a training session at any of the schools in our district.  Before you attend volunteer training, please scroll below to Resources for SDPC Volunteers, then click on SDPC Volunteer/Chaperone Application. Complete the application, sign it, date it, print it out, and bring the application to the volunteer training. 
Volunteers who have had the training in past years are required to renew their eligibility each year by updating their application and attending an annual volunteer training session. To renew your volunteer eligibility, please scroll below to Resources for SDPC Volunteers, then click on the SDPC  Volunteer /Chaperone Application.  Complete the application, sign it, date it, print it out, and bring the application to the volunteer training at your school.  At that time, the volunteer liaison/coordinator will review your application to ensure that everything is up to date. 
Individuals who volunteer only as test monitors are required to complete an application but are not required to attend a training session.

Congratulations, Ms. Merritt & Mrs. Whitaker!
Pickens Elementary is thrilled to announce its 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year. Congratulations to Ms. Mary Ann Merritt and Mrs. Allison Whitaker! Ms. Merritt, our Teacher of the Year, teaches fourth grade math and science. This is her fifth year as an educator, with experience in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Ms. Merritt is a hard-working, innovative teacher, who challenges her students to take ownership of their own learning. She is currently completing her doctorate at Capella University. Congratulations, Ms. Merritt!
Mrs. Whitaker, our Support Person of the Year, is a teaching assistant in a self-contained special education classroom. She has been working in the School District of Pickens County for eight years. Mrs. Whitaker is incredibly dedicated to her students and our school. She is also involved with homework center for the Young Appalachian Musicians program at PES. Congratulations, Mrs. Whitaker!
Nominated by their peers, Ms. Merritt and Mrs. Whitaker were selected for their exemplary work ethic, attitude, and dedication to the students of Pickens Elementary School. We are so proud of them, and we’re thrilled to have them represent our school as Teacher and Support Person of the Year!

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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