PawPrints from the Principal
DearDuncan Wildcat Family,
Wehave had a fantastic first nine weeks of school and the second nine weeks iswell under way. Our first annual FamilyArt Night had a fantastic turn out. During American Education Week, ParentLunches were well attended, and our book fair was a huge success. A special “thank you” for all those who joinedus. Please know that you never have towait for a special occasion to have lunch with your child or volunteer. You are welcome any time. Thank you for yourcontinued support of our teachers and our school family!
Ourschool has recently purchased a computerized system which should make it moreconvenient for you to sign in when you come to school to visit or volunteer. All you will need to bring with you is yourdriver’s license, once we fully switch over to this system. The system has the capability of signingstudents in/out as well. Quite a few ofthe schools in our district currently have this system in place so you mayalready be familiar with the process. Thissystem is also an added measure for school safety. Thank you for your patience with us as weimplement this new procedure.
StateSchool Report Cards were released by the State Department of Education. Our Growth Rating (individual student testscores in Grades 3 and 4 from Spring 2012 to Spring 2013) was “Excellent” whichmeans that we substantially exceed the standards for progress toward the2020 SC Performance Vision. Our AbsoluteRating (Spring 2013 test scores) was “Average” which means that we meet thestandards for progress toward the 2020 SC Performance Vision. The ratings are: At-Risk, Below Average, Average, Good, andExcellent. For more details, check out the state department’s website at http://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/2012/index.cfm. This link will also be on our school’swebsite.
Our school was rated 93.7 or A by the FederalAccountability Rating System. Thisindicates that per the federal accountability rating system that our school’sperformance substantially exceeds the state expectations. In addition,we have been designated as a “Title I Reward School for Performance”. This means that we are among the highestperforming Title I schools in the Spring of 2013. So please join us incelebrating our achievements while continuing to look ahead for theopportunities to continue to grow and excel as a learning community!
Our car lines at dismissal are moving so smoothly.Thank you so much! In January when we begin the second semester, our teacherswill change supervisory duties. Thankyou for your continued cooperation and support of our staff members as theytransition to new supervisory positions.
Please continue to check your child’s agenda eachnight and look for the monthly newsletter from your child’s class as we havemany upcoming events planned in the months ahead. See just a snapshot below:
December 5 WinterProgram at Fine Arts Center (FAC)-9:00 (K4, K5, & 1st to perform also)& 6:00
December 11-17 HolidayShop
December 19 WackyTacky Holiday Wear
December 20 PolarExpress Day-8:30 Holiday Sing-A-Long; 10:00 Holiday Parties; Dismissal at 11:25
January 3 WinterHoliday Break
January 6 StudentsReturn to School
January 8 ReportCards Issued
January 10 WinterBlues Day-Wear as Much Blue as Possible
January 17 ReadYour Shirt Day
January 20 MartinLuther King Holiday-No School
January 22 7:00Donuts for Dads-K4, K5, and 1st grade
January 23 7:00Donuts for Dads-2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade
January 24 WearYour Hat & Mittens Day
TheMission of Duncan Elementary School is to provide every student qualityeducational experiences in a safe, nurturing, and engaging environment,enabling each individual to succeed in life and function as a productivecitizen. Thank you for giving us theopportunity to work with you and your child. Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help you in anyway.