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Read Your Way to the Big Game contest

posted Sep 18, 2019, 7:23 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Sep 18, 2019, 7:25 AM ]

This football season, the South Carolina Department of Education is pleased to partner with the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to get students excited about reading through the Read Your Way to the Big Game contest.  All pre-k through eighth-grade students who read six reading-level appropriate books will qualify to be entered into the contest to win tickets to the Palmetto Bowl on November 30.  Once students have completed their readings, they should turn in the list of books read to Mrs. Smith. The grand prize winners (one for each team) will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game.  The form to complete can be found at 
https://screads.org/read-your-way-to-the-big-game/.

Fall Book Fair Monday October 7th – Friday October 11th

posted Sep 16, 2019, 8:37 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 8:39 AM ]


We will be open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Thursday.  Friday, the fair will close at 12:00 noon. 

A few tips for making our Book Fair great for everyone:        

o      We can take cash, checks made out to WES, or you can use a credit/debit card.

o      Scholastic DOES charge sales tax, so please add $.06 per dollar to what you give your child to cover the sales tax.  For example, our most inexpensive book will probably be $4.99 so you would need to send $5.29 for this book to cover sales tax.

o      If you send cash, please send it in a ziploc bag with your child’s name on the bag.

o      Please DO NOT send large bags of change.

o      Consider taking advantage of eWallet.  It allows you to create an account for your child online and put funds in the account for your child to spend.  You wouldn’t need to send any money to school for your child if you use this option.  You may access this option at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/walhallaelementaryschool

o      Although we don’t put out many toy-like items Scholastic sends, there will be pens, pencils, posters, and some game-type items besides books.  If you want your child to spend money only on books, please talk with them about that.

o      If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/walhallaelementaryschool. Our Online Fair is available from October 2 - 15.

Important Information from Superintendent, Dr. Thorsland

posted Aug 21, 2019, 8:09 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 5:35 AM ]

We wanted to inform you of a change that has been made regarding the distribution of progress reports.  The School District of Oconee County will continue to send quarterly reports at the midpoint of each quarter.  Teachers will be expected to enter grades in their gradebooks weekly so parents can stay up to date on their student’s progress through PowerSchool Parent Portal.  If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school and request a Parent Porter letter.  The Parent Portal letter provides instructions on setting up the Parent Portal account as well as an ID and password needed to link your child to the account.

The only exception to this change is that high schools will send home a midterm grade report for classes that are only one nine weeks in duration.

If you have questions regarding this change in policy, or need assistance with getting access to PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your child’s school and speak to an administrator.

Thank your understanding and support as we make this transition.

Important Bus Information

posted Feb 21, 2019, 11:42 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Aug 16, 2019, 6:39 PM ]

During the 2019-2020 school year, the SDOC Transportation Department will continue its implementation of the following procedure in regards to students in Pre-K through Grade 3.  Students in the 4th grade up are allowed to get off the bus without an authorized adult or guardian being present.

 

If an authorized adult or guardian are not present at the bus stop to receive the student, the student will be taken back to their home school. The driver will be allowed to take the student back to their home school three times without consequences. After the fourth occurrence of taking a student back to their home school, the student will be suspended off the bus.  Listed below are the consequences for bringing students back to their home school from their bus stop.

·       4th occurrence:   First suspension will result in 5 days off the bus.

·       5th occurrence:   Second suspension will result in 10 days off the bus.

·        6th occurrence:  Third suspension will result in 20 days off the bus.

·         7th occurrence:  Fourth suspension will result in terminating bus services for the remainder of the school year.

Please understand taking students back to their home school causes multiple problems for the transportation department, as well as our schools. Adherence to this procedure will help reduce delays in getting students home after school.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SDOC Transportation Department at 864-916-0510.

Transportation Changes

posted Feb 11, 2019, 10:28 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 8:24 AM ]

For the safety of our students, we will no longer be accepting phone calls or emails for transportation changes!  Please send a parent/legal guardian signed note if you need to change your child's transportation!  Also, there will be no early dismissals after 2:00 pm unless there is a family emergency.  Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Field Trip & Volunteer Information

posted Jan 7, 2019, 8:17 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 8:23 AM ]

Volunteer Information

The School District of Oconee County has implemented a new background check system.  Background Information Bureau (BIB) provides a more detailed report that a volunteer can complete themselves without giving out their personal information to the school.  The cost for the background check is $19.45.  A credit or debit card must be used to pay the fee online.  You will receive a copy of your background check by email and within two weeks, a card in the mail. The background check will be good for two years.  The school will receive notification of the background as well.  THIS IS THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

To access BIB, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Go to the school districts website-www.oconee.k12.sc.us
  • Click on the parent link
  • Look for the navigation bar on the right, “Information”
  • Click on the Background Check to Volunteer
  • Read paragraph and then select – Please use this link to complete a background check
  • Read the Secure Volunteer information and click on the blue button I WANT TO VOLUNTEER
  • Follow the steps as you are directed to fill in your personal information and payment

Power School

posted Feb 28, 2018, 8:42 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 8:27 AM ]

Power School
Want to see grades and attendance at the tip of your finger? Then sign up for a Parent Portal account today! This website allows you to set up for weekly grade notifications as well as missing work. Parent Portal also makes registration a SNAP! Don’t worry about snapcodes and passwords, log into your parent portal account and complete registration from your phone. That’s right! There’s an app for Parent Portal/Power School. Download the Power School app from your Apple or Android play store. The district code is JMGL.  If you have any questions, please email nking@g.oconee.k12.sc.us or call the school at (864) 886-4480. 

Family Newsletter & Menu

posted Oct 4, 2017, 10:36 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Aug 27, 2019, 10:26 AM ]

Newsletter


Attendance & Excuses

posted May 15, 2017, 5:49 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 7:05 AM ]

Attendance

Per the SCDE, a student is counted absent if he/she is not present for greater than 50% of the school day.  The actual calculation (done automatically by PowerSchool) is based on the minutes covered in a school's bell schedule.

Regular daily attendance is imperative for students to excel in the classroom.  It is critical for students to be in class whenever possible, but we understand occasional absences are sometimes necessary.  In order for accurate records to be maintained, excuses for absences must be submitted to the school in writing.  According to school board policy, lawful absences shall be granted for the following reasons, but must be verified in writing with 3 days after the student returns to school:
  1. Illness
  2. Appointments with doctor or dentist
  3. Death in the family
  4. Required court appearance
  5. Recognized national religious holiday
A total of only five parent notes will be accepted for the 2019-2020 school year.  After the fifth parent note, the school's administration reserves the right to ask the parent for a doctor's statement for their student's absence.  The school will send a letter to the parent stating that no more parent notes will be accepted.


School Fees

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:20 AM by Nickie King   [ updated Aug 16, 2019, 7:35 PM ]

If a student owes fees (lunchroom, library, lost textbooks, lost computer / damages, etc.) to the School District of Oconee County, they may be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities such as proms, dances, athletics, field trips, field day, etc.. If fees are owed and money is sent in for an extra-curricular activity, that money may be applied to paying off the fees that the student owes.

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