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School news: Golden Strip




» Chorus meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays.

» Good News Club meets at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

» Strings meets with Ms. Dailey from 2:30– 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring instruments.

» CogAt and ITBS testing for second graders is in November. Get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast during testing. CogAt is Nov. 3 – 5. ITBS is Nov. 9 – 11.

» The next PTA meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Fourth graders will perform. Family Night at the Book Fair begins at 5:30 p.m.

» The Book Fair is Nov. 9 – 13. It closes the morning of Nov. 13.

» Book Character Day is Nov. 13. Dress up like a favorite book character and if possible, bring the book to school.


» Safety Patrol of the week is Avery Armstrong.

» Cindy Clemmons and Alicia Hahn’s class are the winners of the Golden Trash Can Award for having the cleanest classroom.

» Glenda Webb’s class won the Silver Spoon Award for having the best cafeteria etiquette.

» Laura Kuzminsky’s class earned the Panda Showcase for their outstanding hall display.

» The following classes collected the most Box Tops the first quarter of the school year and have earned an ice cream party: Leah Anderson’s kindergarten, Ashley Seeley’s first grade, Glenda Webb’s second grade, Jane Arnold’s third grade, Traci Oliver’s fourth grade and Brian Luzadder’s fifth grade.

» Fifth Grade Extended Day students received the Top Banana Award for the cleanest classroom.

» If your child needs medication during the school day, you must provide the proper paperwork and medication to the school nurse.

» First in Math is a web-based program that offers every student at Plain the opportunity to practice math skills they are learning in class. First in Math provides differentiation and enrichment opportunities. This program is used as a strategy to increase student achievement in the area of math. Students practice FIM both at home and school. The following classes have earned Team of the Week for earning the highest percent of FIM stickers due to usage of this program: Becky Shipman’s kindergarten, Chris O’Connell’s first grade, Glenda Webb’s second grade, Jane Arnold’s third grade, Cindy Clemmon’s fourth grade and Brian Luzadder’s fifth grade. The school-wide winner for the week was Brian Luzadder’s class. Plain ranks 22nd in the nation and is No. 1 in both the state and school district in First in Math.

» Joseph Coker and Brock Cummins received a Positive Panda Referral for being role models for their peers.

» The next Parent Workshop, Lunch ’N’ Learn, is noon – 1 p.m. Nov. 13. The guest speaker will be Dr. Harry Shucker. He served as vice president of student services at Furman University. Shucker is currently a senior consultant for Keeling and Associates and serves on the advisory board for Mental Fitness Inc. The topic of discussion will focus on social media and mental illness: “Back from the Future: Insights into How Your Actions Today Will Affect Your Children Tomorrow.” Bring your lunch for this informative session.

» Zaxby’s PTA Night is Nov. 10.

» Fourth Grade Colonial Day is Nov. 19.

» Fifth Grade Immigration Day is Nov. 20. Students, teachers and parent volunteers will dress as immigrants and reenact their arrival to Ellis Island and enjoy a lunch of various ethnic foods. Students will also share a musical performance by singing ethnic songs to culminate the day’s activities.

» Hands on Plain Elementary Day (HOPE Day) is 9 a.m. – noon Nov. 21. This service opportunity involves school grounds beautification.

» Like Plain Elementary School on Facebook for updates and school news.

» A percent of every dollar spent at Publix comes back to support the PTA when customers use their Publix Partners card.

» Continue to send in Box Tops for Education coupons. The school receives 10 cents for each coupon which is used to purchase instructional materials.

Rudolph G. Gordon

» On Nov. 5, students who reached their Accelerated Reader goal for the first quarter will be invited to participate in a celebration.

» “Read Your Way to the Big Game” Reading Logs are due Nov. 6.

» Congratulations to Authors’ Tea participants Wren Saunders, Jeremy Lawrence, Eliza Smith, Ali Hogan, Laurel Fisher, Reeves Barrineau, Meadow Ahijevych, Hailea Enoch, Mallory Webb, Katie Bearfield, Meena Venkataraman, Hailey Esenwein, Keely Long, Tyler Hudson, Marleigh Fann, Analeise Richardson, Olivia Crowder, Savannah Cobb; Lawson Raines, Keegan McGrath, Aimee Darrough, Jessica Lawrence, Julia Kissinger, Jean DeBellefeuille, Brianna Gresham, Andrew Wykes, Brooklyn Seckinger, Ellie Haynes and Caroline LaFoy.

» The Pleasantburg Rotary Club of Greenville will hold this month’s meeting at Rudolph Gordon Elementary. Members will read to each kindergarten and first grade class and present each student with a book to take home. This is done to honor the legacy of Dr. Rudolph Gordon, who was a member of this organization.

» The St. Jude Mathathon kickoff will be Nov. 9. A spirit week is planned with many activities to encourage student participation. The deadline for booklets and donations to St. Jude Nov. 30.



» Chillin’ on the Green is Nov. 6.

» Gold and Silver Incentive Awards will be given Nov. 9 for academics and perfect attendance.

» Student Improvement Council meets at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

» The SC Children’s Theater will present an anti-bullying program to sixth grade Nov. 10.

» Information about yearbook ads for eighth grade students may be purchase at or through Mrs. Konczal, yearbook advisor. Ads may be purchased until Nov. 27. The price will increase to $40 on Nov. 28.


» Parents who do not have the information to access the parent portal should contact Peggy Long in the front office at 864-355-6100.

» ID Protectors are available for $2 from Mrs. Greenway, Mrs. Weneck and Mrs. Shealy, Craft Club sponsors.

» Parents interested in visiting HMS to talk about their job and career pathway with students during a Lunch and Learn session, in a classroom or on Career Day (Dec. 4), contact Barb McPoland, Career Specialist at 864-355-6194 or

» Congratulations to the following students for receiving a positive office referral: Jeremy Jackson, Jonathan Elmore, Michael Lemmon, Brendan Kilburn, Tyler Kilburn, Destiny Duncan, Brianna Sabin, Natalie Oyer, Jackson Chastain-Pitts, Jeremy Lavarius, Sebastian Evangelista, Paige Smith, Malea Thompson, Noah Brockman, Alyssa Karr, Haley Rice, Drequann Eaddy, Keonsay Howard, Rebekah Copeland, Daniela Garcia, Shawn Coley, Colin Clark, Sergio Magareno, Jahiem Hedgepeth, Carly McMaster and Skylar McMillian.

» Congratulations to the following staff for receiving a positive staff referral: Donald Peake, Lynsey Coon and Kim Long.

» Sixth and seventh graders are invited to Study Buddies 7:45 – 8:20 a.m. Tuesdays – Fridays in room 309.

» Congratulations to WYFF’s Golden Apple Award winner Monti Galloway-Smith.

» Congratulations to National Board for Professional Teaching recipients Catherine Adams and Kim Long for earning National Board Proficiency for the next 10 years.

» Eight grade teacher Pam Bowers is the author of a newly published picture book, “Al B Tross in the City.”

» The HMS Blood Drive is 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. For details, call 864-355-6107.

» Congratulations to the following eighth grade students for being nominated Citizens of the Month for October: Justin Amadi, Simone Boles,

Madison Branyon, Emma Bullard, Martha Byrd, Lilly Childs, Kailey Cox, Emma Douglas, Ethan Dye, Alexandra Gaffud, Luke Howe, Kaia Johnson, Drake Lomax, Logan Maronie, Logan McCall, Patrick Munoz-Lopez, Cheyenne Nance, Shane Sanchez, Christopher Tuck and Emily Weiland.

» Congratulations to Skylar Ford, eighth grade, and Jonathan Elmore, sixth grade, for submitting winning artwork in the 2016 Anti-Drug Calendar Contest.

» The Fall Friday Carnival is 3:45 – 8 p.m. Nov. 13.

» Thanksgiving break is Nov. 25 – 27.


» Sixth grade science classes have been studying the different parts of a plant with help from Patricia Whitener from 4H Extension. Labs included plant dissection. Students learned about careers in botany and horticulture.

» Mrs. Lashonda Lee’s third period visited the Golden Strip Career Center’s Prostart Class to see how math, including fractions, is used in cooking and culinary careers. They then were able to sample their products.

» Parent Awareness Night is at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Hillcrest Middle. It will offer information about high school to rising ninth graders and their parents.

» PTA Fun Day is Nov. 6 for students who earned participation by selling enough items in the PTA fundraiser.

Ralph Chandler

» Students participated in Teen Read Week Oct. 19 – 23. Students created bookmarks with the theme “Get Away at Your Library.” The winners and honorable mentions will have their bookmarks printed and they will be available in the media center. The winners are Ahnnalise Wolf, Angelina Harley, Emily Martinez, Mikayla Matthews and Grace Wood. Honorable mentions are Liam Forde, Kendra Wallace, Nicole Reyes and Olivia Rector. Students were also encouraged to participate in the BookFace Cover Art. Students also made BookFace Cover Art and the Caught Reading program began. Adults are encouraged to hand out Caught Reading tickets to students that are caught reading during not assigned times. Students can redeem the coupon for a treat in the media center.



» Dine Out for Mauldin Booster Club is 5 – 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Chick-Fil-A, 135 W. Butler Road. Tell the cashier you are attending for Mauldin Spirit Night.


Abiding Peace Academy

» The K2 class is starting a new unit, Delightful Dinosaurs, which will explore proper manners with Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs...?” series. Each book offers moral messages for children.

» The kindergarten class is preparing to see a performance of “The Cat in the Hat” by studying a unit of rhymes.

» Fourth grade students completed their study of the American Revolution by sharing PowerPoint presentations. Students continue to study Old Testament Bible stories.

Christ Church Episcopal

» Lower and Middle School Community Matters presents Dr. Heather Gill for “Taming the Technology Drain” 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Upper School Dining Room. RSVP to murraythompson@yahoo. com.

» The United World Committee will host a Ladies’ Night Out to “The Dozen Divas” 8 – 10 p.m. Nov. 6 at Centre Stage.

» A Safe Schools Training Class is 1 – 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Cavalier Training Center. This training is required for all volunteers and chaperones. Contact to register.

» Girlology for G4 girls and mothers, led by Dr. Melisa Holmes, co-founder of Girlology and Guyology, is 4 – 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Middle School Library. The cost is $75 per pair. Pre-registration is required. Contact Brooke Reed at

» An Arts Guild executive committee meeting is 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the private dining room.

» An All School (grades K5 –12) Open House is 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Nov. 11 Contact for details or to register.

Shannon Forest Christian School

» Homecoming 2015 is Nov. 14. Spirit Week dress up days for Lower and Upper school students will be are Nov. 9 - ‘merica Day (red, white and blue), Nov. 10 - Tacky Tourist Day, Nov. 11 - Pajama Day, Nov. 12 - Throw Back Day (dress from any past decade) and Nov. 13 - Crusader Spirit Day.

» Crusader Homecoming basketball games are Nov. 14: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - alumni vs. alumni; 1:30 – 3 p.m. - alumni Low country boil; 3 p.m. - junior varsity; 4 p.m. - varsity women; 5:15 p.m. - varsity men.

The Homecoming Court ceremony will follow the varsity men’s game. For more information about alumni events or to RSVP, email

» The Annual SFCS Crusader Club sale of Roebuck Greenhouse poinsettias is in November. Look for order forms in the mail the first week of November or visit or any school office. All orders are due Nov. 23. Delivery will be Nov. 30.

» Students in Julie Sellars’ Enrichment Cluster class made colorful flower pots that will be taken to Gardens at Eastside by sixth grade BRIDGES students.

» Jen Malone and Stephanie Web taught an Enrichment Cluster class called #thecraftycru. Students painted original Crusader masterpieces.

Southside Christian School

» Southside Christian School recently inducted 20 new National Honor Society members and 58 new National Junior Honor Society members. The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society membership is recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service. Students must have at least a 3.9 GPA for National Honor Society and a 91.38 average for the year for National Junior Honor Society.

» The National Honor Society inductees include Avery Anderson, Linda Cao, Ryan Cherrier, Josh Elsea, Sarah Guthrie, Lauryn Hutto, Elizabeth Marcedes, Joey Starr, Maddie Stringer, Joseph Van Slyke, Tim Wu, Hudson King, Meghan Powell, Oliver Song, Steven Zhang, Lauryn Eason, Bethany Gallion, Parker Stewart, Aaron Sandlin and Paul Wu.

» The BETA Club Chapter inducted 66 new members. BETA membership is open to qualified juniors and seniors who have completed at least one semester at SCS. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 and fulfill all academic, leadership, service and character requirements.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

» St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Christ Church Episcopal School celebrated the culmination of their joint “Together for Greenville” spirit week with a donation to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School totaling $41,000. The two schools hosted a 5K Color Run, multiple spirit nights at local restaurants, a roller skating night, powderpuff game, movie night, bubble soccer tournament and more, followed by a pre-game cookout at CCES before the Christ Church vs. SJCS varsity football game Oct. 23.