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  • 9/18/2018

    Breaded Pork Chop, Scalloped Potatoes, Black Eyed Peas, Rosy Applesauce, 100% Fruit Punch, Dinner Roll

    Fresh Express Option: Fruit Salad Bowl w/ Yogurt w/ Pretzel

  • 9/19/2018

    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Salad, Fruit Cocktail, Melon Cup, Cinnamon Roll

    Fresh Express Option: Caesar Salad w/ Strawberries and Wheat Thin Crackers

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  • Parents'/Guardians' Rights Notification: 2018-19 School Year

    Parents/Guardians in the Kershaw County School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child's teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child's teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a schoolwide Title I program. Parents/Guardians may request this information from the principal by calling 803-425-8960 or by sending a letter of request to Principal Carol Przybyla at

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  • dog1

    CES is excited to begin a brand new Watch D.O.G.S program this school year.

    WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative with two primary goals: 1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

    WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.

    Program Benefits

    • Students gain positive male role models.
    • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears.
    • The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
    • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
    • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
    • Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. The WatchDOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.

    Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?

    WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.

    Program Recognition

    The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program has been recognized by the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been involved in the U.S. Department of Education’s P.F.I.E. (Partnership For Family Involvement In Education) and the Department’s Safe School Summit. The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program is a founding member of National PTA’s M.O.R.E. Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement). The WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson in their “Spirit of America” segment on November 17, 2008, on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams on September 12, 2012 and on NBC’s Today Show which aired February 11, 2013. Also, the program has been recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that “can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children’s education.” (Congressional Record, February 7, 2000 page S392) WATCH D.O.G.S. ® has been endorsed by the President’s Advisory Council and included in the March 2010 report to the President. In June 2011, US Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a local WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program in the DC area to encourage fathers and father figures to become more active in the educational system and to get a firsthand glimpse of the program.

    For more information, visit their website at or contact Tyke Redfearn at

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  • Katie Sullivan Congratulations, Ms. Sullivan!

    We are proud to announce that 1st Grade teacher and CES teacher of the year Katie Sullivan has been named a District Honor Roll Teacher.  Only five teachers were selected for this honor from among the schools’ teachers of the year.  This means that Ms. Sullivan was a finalist for the KCSD Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Ms. Sullivan's accomplishment!!

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  • Notes from  Nurse Rhonda

    Fever Policy: Please keep children at home with a temperature of 100.0 accompanied by symptoms (cough, diarrhea, vomiting). Your child may return to school when he/she is fever free without medications for 24 hours.

    Vomiting Policy: Please keep children at home if they have vomited 2 or more times during the previous 24 hours. Your child may return to school when he/she has not vomited in 24 hours.

    Please let the school know if your doctor has diagnosed your child with the flu.  If you have any questions/concern, please contact me.

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  • Thank You, Golf Tournament Sponsors!

    We would like to thank everyone for another very successful golf tournament. A special thanks to all our 2018 sponsors!

    AO Smith

    Palmetto Paint & Body Works


    Palmetto Paperboard, LLC

    *Brenda Starnes - KWNE

    *Party In A Tent - Columbia

    *Burch & Riley Families

    Pediatric Assoc

    Cantey Foundation Specialists

    Piggly Wiggly

    *Cantey Tiller Pierce & Green LLP

    Powers Roofing

    *Cassidy Allstate

    Rankin Law Firm

    Denton Builders

    *Rep Laurie Slade Funderburk

    Ella & Hudson Roberts

    Rushing Grandparents

    Every Day Gourmet

    *Sanders Paint & Collision

    Fellers Furniture Co.

    Shirley Construction

    First Palmetto Bank

    *Small Town Co. LLC

    Food Lion

    Snodgrass 4 Kershaw County Council Seat #5

    Golden Gate Mortgage

    Southern Tile & Stone

    *Graham Realty

    *Steeplechase Pathology, LLC

    *Graham's Tire Service

    *Stephen Smoak - City Council

    *Horton Tire Company

    Sumter Utilities, Inc

    Hunsinger Long Associates, LLC

    The Bishop Family


    The Carrington Family

    Jack Rushing for Sheriff

    *The Catery on Broad

    Jet Pools

    *The Colvin Family

    *Joseph Dental Assoc

    The Fakoury Family

    La Fiesta

    The Greenway Family


    *The Grumbach Family

    *Lighthouse Therapeutics, LLC

    *The Harrell Family

    McKittrick Lumber

    *The Przybyla Family

    Merrill Lynch

    The Roberts Family

    *Modern Turf

    The Schenck Family

    Morgan Stanley - The Davidson McNair Carrington Group

    The Thompkins Family

    *Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wells

    The Younghans Family

    * Sponsor of both the Golf Tournament and the Spring Carnival

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  • DAP Grant

    Our Artists-in-Residence are made possible through our Distinguished Arts Planning (DAP) Grant from the SC  Dept. of Education.  If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee for 2018-2019 DAP, please email Mrs. McDonald at  The next grant application is due in April.

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  • Volunteers Needed

    We are in need of volunteers to help out around the school during various activities.  If you have any time to offer, we can use help monitoring the cafeteria during staff luncheons, reading with children read, and helping with field day. Also, this coming May, we will have our Spring Carnival and can always use volunteers for that.  As always, thank you so much for the support that you offer to our school!

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  • Important Reminders

    Change of Transportation - If your child will be going home from school in a different manner or someone different will be picking them up early from school, we need to have that information IN WRITING.  We have to have that written verification if ever a question were to arise.  You may send it in with your child in the morning, or if transportation changes mid-day, you may call and let us know and then we will need a fax or email to verify the change.

    TARDIES - We have recently seen an increase in the number of tardies and this concerns teachers who are beginning morning work at 7:35.  Our school day starts at 7:30.  We have been allowing a 5 minute grace period before children must sign in tardy in the front office.  This also includes students who are dropped off at the Fair Street gate.  I have asked the crossing guard to lock the back gate at 7:35 and to please direct parents to the front of the building.

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  • The Who, When, and Why of Retests

    There have been some questions about retests and we felt we needed to provide clarification.  Our school policy is that students may retake tests, which are the major grades, if they have a D (69%) or lower.  Before a student may retake a test, teachers must either reteach or review the material.  This will normally occur a few days after all students have tested, and it has been graded.  Retests are usually given during the enrichment block or a time that will not interrupt instruction.  Quizzes and classwork assignments (minor grades) are not retaken.  The purpose of retests is not to get a better grade, but to ensure the student understands the material.  If a student receives a D or F, it means that there are some things they do not understand, which is why we require teachers to reteach or review before retests.  Each grade will determine how retests will be counted in the student’s grade average.

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  • Our Fall Fundraiser Has Begun!


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  • Background Checks for Chaperones and Volunteers

    Last year, the district implemented a new background check system.  It is called BIB and the cost to the individual is $16.95, which is significantly cheaper than the SLED checks that used to be required.  The application process is online and payment is also made online.  This check is required for all Level II volunteers, however, if you have a current SLED check you do not need the BIB check until your SLED check expires.  Some of the benefits of the BIB background check is that not only is it cheaper, but it conducts a nationwide search.  BIB will send the approved applicant a letter and identification card and will notify the school and the parent when the background check expires. For more information check out the district website.  The link to the application is

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  • School Safety!

    Just a few safety reminders; all parents and other visitors must come by the front office to get a visitor’s pass.  All outside doors are kept locked during the school day, so visitors must enter through the front door.  Visitors are not permitted to go the classroom after 7:30.  We will be happy to send a note to the teacher or deliver any items you wish to drop off.  The last reminder involves after school dismissal.  Parents who are walking up to get their children must line up on the sidewalk to the left of the front door.  Staff are there with radios to call your child.  Please do not come up to or into the building unless you are signing in to get a visitor’s pass.

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  • Afternoon Dismissal

    Afternoon dismissal in the front of the school is moving along, better and better each day.  The name tag that you place in the window of the car is so helpful. For walk-up parents, please remember to stand clear of the front entryway and stay in line until your child exits the building.  Children need a clear pathway to their car, so the teachers on duty can watch them and so the children do not have to step off the sidewalk to reach their car.  There are a lot of moving parts to make dismissal safe and smooth.  We thank you for your cooperation!

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From the Principal

  • April's Here!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 4/9/2018 3:05:00 PM

    I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break and are ready to finish the school year out strong!  The teachers still have a lot of new material to cover and they also need to begin reviewing everything they taught early in the year.  So, with all this left to do, we need your help in making sure your child comes to school every day, on time and please avoid early dismissals. Teaching is still taking place until the end of the school day.

    Our third, fourth and fifth graders did a great job on the MAP tests last month.  We saw growth in both subjects, and across the grade levels!  This has also provided teachers with important information as to what they will need to review prior to SC Ready and PASS.  Those children who met their MAP goals, set by their teachers, were able to celebrate with an extra recess and the opportunity to purchase a small Kona Ice.

    We are very excited that on Wednesday, April 25th, Camden High School seniors will be coming to Camden Elementary for their Senior Walk!  All the children will be in the hallway to watch the parade of former Camden Elementary students and see what they can also achieve with hard work.  This will also be a very proud moment for those teachers who taught these young ladies and gentlemen.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child or Camden Elementary.  Remember that, Together We Make the Difference!

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  • March Madness

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 3/2/2018 3:00:00 PM

    I asked my teachers if they were familiar with March Madness, which refers to a month of college basketball leading to the national championship.  With that reference I told them that is what our school March calendar looked like – pure madness!  We have activities, field trips, and events, non-stop!  The light at the end of the tunnel is March 31st, when spring break starts!  When they return, teachers can then focus on instruction and reviewing for the end of the year assessments, primarily for grades 3-5.

    Teachers have scheduled their MAP assessments dates and I’m sure you’ll receive that information in your newsletters.  This spring assessment is especially important because it gives teachers the necessary information about what skills needs to be reviewed or retaught.  Please encourage your child to take their time and do their best.  Teachers will be setting goals for their students and they will be conferencing with each of them, talking about individual goals and good test taking strategies.  To celebrate children who make their MAP goals, we have scheduled an extra recess in April and May, and they will have an opportunity to purchase Kona Ice, is they want.

    In light of the recent events in Florida and other locations, I want parents to know that we will continue to be vigilant in making sure our school is safe.  I have spoken to the Camden Police department and they will be assisting with a drill later this month – more info to follow.  I have also been asking LOTS of questions about the security features at the new school, to make sure they are in place before we open.  Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, because Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal


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  • February Post

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 2/1/2018 7:30:00 AM

    I am sure everyone is happy to say goodbye to January, and hopefully February will bring us much better weather.  We do appreciate everyone being flexible with our unusual schedules, and our teachers did an exceptional job of keeping the learning happening.  

    We have a lot of activities going on this month, so please check out the articles in the newsletter for all the details.  I really want to stress the importance of the Kindergarten Round-Up on February 15th.  We need all parents of a rising kindergartener to bring your child and come in on that Thursday to register.  The kindergarten teachers will be on hand to give each child a little readiness assessment.  This information helps us as we place the children in classes next year.  Also, please share this information with family and friends and others at your daycare, preschool or churches.  Kindergarten staffing depends on these numbers.

    I have always stressed the importance of good home / school communication.  I have instructed my teachers that they have 24 hours to respond to a phone call, email or note, unless of course, it is an urgent concern that needs to be dealt with immediately.  Please understand that teachers cannot check email, text messages or Dojo messages while they are teaching.  I am sure that you would not want them doing that while they should be teaching. Sometimes a teacher may be able to call you back in the evening, but we hope you understand that they do have families and other commitments in the evenings and are not required to respond at night.  Please, do not hesitate to let me know if you have not heard back from a teacher with 24 hours of making contact with a concern.  

    Thank you, and as always,

    Together We Make The Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 1/8/2018 8:00:00 AM

    This new year really got off to a crazy start!  We greatly appreciated your patience as we adjusted the schedule taking into consideration the safety of all the students across the district.  We are fortunate that the preschools and daycares in the community also worked with our schedule.  Hopefully, this will be the last of the bad weather that we will see for a while!

    Please check out the school calendar for the holidays and the days of attendance in January.  Friday, January 12th was to be a teacher workday, with no student attendance, but now has to be used as a weather day for a day missed in the fall.  Students will attend school on that Friday.  They will not however, have school on Monday and Tuesday, January 15th and 16th.  Our restaurant nights are starting back up, please check out our calendar and support those businesses that so graciously support our school!

    We so appreciate the support that our parents consistently demonstrate.  Our school could not operate, nor be as successful as it is, without our fantastic parents!  Throughout a school year, many decisions have to be made, and now with a new school on the horizon, we have even more decisions to be made.  Please know that most decisions at Camden Elementary are not just made at the administrative level.  We have a school leadership team that meets monthly and we have a wonderful School Improvement Council (SIC), made up of parents, teachers and community members that also regularly meet to discuss questions and concerns about the school.  SIC meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 and all parents are invited.  Also, frequently, rumors travel around the community, raising more questions or concerns.  Please do not hesitate to call me for clarification or feel free to attend any of our SIC meetings.

    Thank you for all your support and remember that Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • December Posting

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 12/5/2017 8:00:00 AM

    December has come so quickly and it is hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close.  We have had a tremendous start to the school year, and we know as we head into the second semester that we are going to finish strong.  I do want to share how proud I am of our children, parents and staff for the amazing giving spirit they demonstrated for our many fund-raisers, including United Way, Relay for Life, and the filling of one hundred and ten boxes for soldiers that are on their way overseas.  The Beta Club and School Ambassadors are also continuing to raise money for a Christmas community service project.  What an amazing community we live in!

    I hope you’ve had a chance to drive by the building site for our new school!  It is so exciting to finally see the walls of the building starting to grow.  We still appear to be on track for a mid-year opening in 2018, so, a year from now, we will be moving into the new building.  We have received some ideas from parents as to how to make this a smooth transition into the new building.  Fingers crossed, we stay on schedule, and we can have an open house for both the students and parents before we leave for our winter break next December.  If you have any ideas on how to make this move easier on you or the students, please don’t hesitate to email me or your child’s teacher.  We are welcome to all suggestions.

    Thank you so much for all you do for your child and for Camden Elementary – together we make the difference in lives of so many.  Have a restful and blessed holiday season and we look forward to seeing you at our holiday programs and back again in January!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • November Post

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 11/1/2017 8:15:00 AM

    What an outstanding first nine weeks of school we’ve had!  We loved seeing well behaved children working in the classrooms, and I know parents have enjoyed seeing photos of the Positive Referral recipients!  We also received test scores from last spring and are exceptionally pleased to see that we outperformed the other schools in Kershaw County on almost every test.   Those scores were a result of parents, teachers and students working together and we will continue to need your support.  Parent conferences were a great success last month.  If you have not had your conference please be sure to send your child’s teacher a note asking to schedule one.

    I know there have been a lot of questions about the Read to Succeed legislation that requires students be retained if they are not reading on grade level. We have been sharing the information that we have with third grade parents.  Unfortunately we still have a lot of questions for which we, too, have yet to receive answers.  We hope to have a session at our literacy night for K-2 parents to answer their questions, and hopefully by then, we will have received more answers from the State Department of Education.  It is important that we do not wait until third grade to make sure our children are on grade level, and understand that we have been working with our K-2 teachers for several years assisting them to better prepare their students to be reading on grade level by the end of third grade. 

    Thank you for your support, and we hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Happy Fall, Y'all

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 10/2/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Fall, Y’all!  - seems to be a favorite saying on all kinds of decorative items this year.  We have had beautiful weather for the past few weeks and I still feel so fortunate that we avoided the terrible destruction the two hurricanes brought to many areas of the country.  Speaking of the hurricanes, we are so appreciative of you and your children’s help collecting items to send to children affected by Hurricane Harvey.  One shipment already left by truck and the other will be mailed directly to a teacher for her students.

    Be sure to be looking for information regarding Parent Conference Days coming home with your child or on your teacher’s website.  If you did not sign up at Open House, please make sure you get an appointment.  Teachers will be able to share your child’s most recent MAP scores, reading assessment and for fourth and fifth graders, their spring state assessments.

    The grade level field trips are starting soon and some of them will be using parent chaperones.  Please be sure you have a current background check.  They are good for two years and the application can be found on the district website.  Please understand that not all field trips will need chaperones and for other field trips, the number of parents we can take is limited.

    The construction of our new building seems to be going extremely slow, but I know that is because we are so anxious to have if finished!  Please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can make this move a smooth transition and also ideas for how we can make this last full year in this building a memorable one.  I am looking forward to hearing from you and

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 9/1/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Welcome back to school and to what promises to be another fantastic school year!  We got off to an exciting start with WIS Sunrise being at the school on the first day and then being able to witness the total eclipse of the sun on the third day.  Now things are settling down, and teachers are getting down to business in their classrooms.  

    As you all know, this will be our last full school year in this building.  We will be moving to our new campus early in the 2018-2019 school year.  We are very excited about this move and have been brainstorming ways to make this, not only a memorable year for our current students, but to also share memories from the past.  We are finding lots of old photos and yearbooks and plan on taking them to the new school.  Please let us know if you have any ideas on how to make the transition to the new Camden Elementary a memorable one.

    We have been able to take a preliminary peek at our spring test scores, and I have to say, they are looking good!  Teachers and a schoolwide data team will begin to closely examine the test data to determine our strengths and where we can improve. Once the scores are released, we will be sending home your parent copies.

    Our MAP testing window opens on Monday, September 18th.  We are going to handle MAP testing a little differently this year.  For the fall MAP, we are asking the children to try their very best, but we will not have schoolwide incentives.  Winter MAP testing will be optional for teachers and will primarily be used for students that need additional data. Spring MAP testing begins in March and gives teachers a very good idea of how ready students are for the spring state assessments.  We will have a schoolwide incentive to encourage children to “show what they know!”

    We know we are going to have a wonderful school year!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  

    Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • It's Finally May!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 5/1/2017 8:30:00 AM

    Unbelievable that there are only four weeks of school left!  Seems like yesterday that we saw the excited and smiling children on the first day of school!  These last four weeks are packed with activities from state testing to field trips, Field Day and awards.  Please check the May calendar online and your child’s class newsletter each week for all the dates and times.  

    We had a fantastic 2016-2017 school year!  The teachers and students worked hard and they also had a lot of fun.  I believe we had more field trips this year and brought in so many guests to work with the children, including our amazing artists-in-residence.  We added a Math / Science and Literacy Night evening workshops and both were very successful.

    We have already started to plan for the 2017-2018 school year!  Each year we examine the programs and classes that we offer to see what is working and how we can improve what we are doing.  Please check out this newsletter for information about requesting classes for your children for next year.  Information about your child needs to be turned in by May 19th.

    I hope you will take a few minutes to thank your child’s teacher(s) for all they’ve done this year to make sure that your child not only met all the academic challenges, but were loved and cared for, too.  We truly have a remarkable staff at Camden Elementary and we really need to do all we can to show how much we appreciate all they do each and every day.

    I also want to take this time to thank all of you for all you have done this year to support me, the teachers, your children and the school.  We could not have done all we did without the support of our tremendous families!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal


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  • It's April, and the Countdown Is On!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 4/4/2017 12:00:00 PM

    It’s April and the countdown is on!  Eight more weeks of school which means we have a lot to accomplish in a short period of time.  We are hopefully over our second flu season of the year, because it is very important that students attend school every day, arrive on time and are not signed out early unless it is an emergency.  Important instruction is missed when students are not here for the entire school day.

    Grades three, four and five will be required to take a separate SC Ready field test this year.  We have scheduled this for Friday, April 7th, so we can get it out of the way before spring break.  When we return, teachers will be able to focus on reviewing and preparing the children for SC Ready and PASS.  Our teachers have been working hard this year and students showed significant growth on spring MAP, which is usually a good indicator of performance on SC Ready.

    Our annual golf tournament this year was a huge success!  We have the absolutely best parents and our Camden community is so supportive and so generous!  I hope you were able to attend our Family Reading Night that CEP also helped sponsor.  We need help and they are there!  Not all schools can say that.  We do know how fortunate we are!  More proof that, Together We Make The Difference!

    Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal


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