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School Choice

posted Mar 4, 2019, 6:48 AM by Rachel Smith

School Choice

School Choice for the 2019-2020 school year opens on Friday, March 1st and will remain open until Friday, June 7th.  If you would like for your child to attend a school that is outside the attendance area in which you live, you must complete an online school choice request that can be found on the School District website under the Parent’s tab.  If you are unable to complete the online request, please contact the school office to obtain a paper copy to complete and return to the school that you are requesting.  School choice forms are required annually even if your child is currently on school choice.  

School Choice will close on Friday, June 7, 2019.   This is a hard deadline and will end on June 7th, no exceptions Please contact the school office for any questions. 

The following are highlights of the SDOC school choice policy:

  • Only students that reside in Oconee County are eligible for choice.
  • Transportation to a “choice school” is the responsibility of the parents/guardians (no bus service will be provided).
  • Students on school choice must submit an application each year.
  • Principals will consider behavior, attendance, and grades before approving applications.
  • The completed online request is due to the choice school on or before June 7, 2019.
  • If more applications are received than the number of spaces available at any school, a lottery system will be used to fill spaces. 

The school district reserves the right to limit school choice enrollment by grade level or program as staffing or funding requires. Choice may also be limited by classroom space in the school(s).

Read Across America Week

posted Feb 22, 2019, 7:25 AM by Rachel Smith   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 3:26 PM ]

Family Literacy Night
Read Across America week is February 25-March 1. This week-long celebration of reading will include guest readers, spirit days (see below), and many fun classroom activities.  We hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00-7:30 for our annual Family Literacy Night.  Please enter using the cafeteria door.  We will be serving free pizza (2 slices per person) to the first 200 attendees. There will also be lots of Dr. Seuss themed activities for students to enjoy. Students can vote on their favorite Dr. Seuss book and participate in a “Seuss Silhouette” competition. While here, be sure to stop by the Oconee County Public Library booth to sign up for a library card and to see what’s new at the library.  Did you know that you can check out ebooks, audio books, and even a telescope from the Oconee Public Library? (Please note that in order to get a library card, you must provide an ID and proof of address.) We look forward to an exciting week of reading celebrations and hope to see you at Family Literacy Night!

*All spirit days are based on a Dr. Seuss book.*



What to Wear

Monday 2/25

Fox in Socks

Wear crazy socks

Tuesday 2/26

Cat in the Hat

Wear your favorite hat

Wednesday 2/27

Wacky Wednesday

Wear mismatched clothes

Thursday 2/28

My Many Colored Days

Wear your favorite color

Friday 3/1

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Wear a shirt from a place you’ve been or would like to go

(souvenir shirt)

4K Screening

posted Jan 23, 2019, 4:24 AM by Rachel Smith   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 3:26 PM ]

4K Screening
Do you have a child, or know of a child, who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2019?  If so, he/she may be eligible for 4K (Pre-K) services.  Please schedule a screening appointment for your child by calling 864-886-4503 or 864-886-4469.  Screening dates are February 15, 19, 20, 21, April 26 and 27, 2019.  Screenings will be held at Oconee Academy at 177 Razorback Lane, Walhalla, SC 29691.

When you come in for your screening appointment, you will need to bring your child, along with the following:

· Child’s state issued LONG FORM Birth Certificate

· Child’s Social Security Card

· Child’s Immunization Form or Religious Exemption Certificate

· Driver’s license or identification of the parent(s)/guardian(s)

· Child’s Medicaid Card or  Proof of Income for both parents/guardians (This includes step-parents if they assume responsibility.  Preferred proof of income is the 2017 W2 form (pay stubs may be used)

· Proof of Residency (a utility bill with parent(s)/guardian(s) name and home address or  a lease/rental agreement)

· Legal documentation as it pertains to the child (such as custody, court, safety plans, etc.), if applicable

Due to the district’s limited number of programs, screening does not ensure a child’s placement in a 4K (Pre-K) program.  However, a child cannot be placed in a 4K (Pre-K) program unless he/she is screened.

100th Day of School

posted Jan 17, 2019, 8:01 AM by Rachel Smith   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 3:27 PM ]

100th Day of School
The 100th day of school falls on Wednesday, January 30th and is always a day filled with fun activities!  This year our school is having a 100th Day Hat contest!  Every class is encouraged to create a one of a kind hat!  The hat must have 100 items displayed on it and must be completed by January 29th so that judging can take place.  Mr. Holliday and Mrs. Grant will be asked to model the winning hats on the 100th Day.  All of the hats will be on display on the stage for everyone to enjoy!  We can't wait to see what each class creates!  Hats off to Keowee!

Keowee Science Fair

posted Jan 16, 2019, 12:09 PM by Rachel Smith   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 3:28 PM ]

School Science Fair

Fifth grade students have been working very hard on their Science Fair projects.  On Friday, January 25th beginning at 8:30 these students will have a chance to show off their hard work to their peers, teachers, and a group of outside judges.  The top 10 projects will be selected and will go on to the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair at Southern Wesleyan University on March 8th.  Good luck to all of our students!

Pastries for Parents

posted Jan 16, 2019, 6:44 AM by Rachel Smith   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 3:29 PM ]

Pastries for Parents
Parents are invited to join their children in the cafeteria for "Pastries for Parents" on January 24th and 25th.  Parents of 4K through second grades are invited to attend on Thursday, January 24th from 7:00-8:00 am.  Parents of third through fifth grades are invited to attend on Friday, January 25th from 7:00-8:00 am.  We hope you can join us...Mrs. Beth and the cafeteria staff make delicious pastries!

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