Hey to students and families of Bethune Elementary School.
We miss all of you very much and hope that you are all doing well during this e-learning time for students. Special thanks to our Cafeteria staff who are working deligently during this time to help students receive breakfast and lunch during the week and our Custodians for helping to keep our school clean and safe for when we return.
Make sure to stay up to date with the Updates from Mrs. Barber and Dr. Robbins. Check out the Bethune Elementary School Facebook page and Library tab on this website for fun activities to enhance your class lessons.
Hope to see you soon,
Staff of Bethune Elementary School.
Announcement from Mary Anne Byrd on 3/15/2020
Dear Kershaw County School District Families,
Thank you for your cooperation as we transition into a time of eLearning for our students. We know that this causes a disruption in schedules, but recognize the importance of changing our normal routines during this unprecedented time. I apologize for this long message, but I want to make sure that you have complete information.
We have learned today that we will be given flexibility with our schedule. We will have eLearning this week from March 16-20, but will have staff planning with no student instructional requirements for the next week (March 23-27). In addition, Gov. McMaster has extended our closure through the end of the month. As we move through this process, I know you will have additional questions about the schedules beyond March 27; there will be further updates with more information as we move forward.
For this week, teachers will provide students with information on their assignments and lessons via Google classrooms and be available to answer classwork questions via a variety of ways including Google chat, email, ClassDojo, or GoGuardian.
Elementary and middle school teachers will have virtual office hours from 9 a.m. to noon. High school teachers’ office hours for eLearning will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have a technology-related issue, you can call (803) 425-8916 during regular school hours or email email@example.com. We have more information about locations for public Wi-Fi and a map of where we will park buses that are equipped with WI-FI throughout the county at www.kcsdschools.net/wifi.
Central Carolina’s Kershaw County Campus also will be closed to all classroom instruction during this time. Those students should check their CCTC email daily for information on completing their coursework.
In addition, we will be serving free breakfast and lunch on weekdays starting tomorrow for those who are 18 years and younger at drive-through pick up locations at Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden High and North Central Middle. Free meals are available for all children regardless of their meal status during the school year. Pick up will be along the bus rider line at each school with breakfast available from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be present at the time of pick up. All food is “grab and go.” No food will be consumed onsite. As flexibility is given for state food service requirements, we will keep you updated on any changes in our plans.
You can find the latest information on all of our plans at https://www.kcsdschools.net/
Let me say in closing that we are a family, and we care very much about the health and well-being of our students and staff. If you have concerns or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrator or send me a message, and we’ll find an answer for you. Earlier this year we talked about our North Central High family as being #KnightStrong, but we know that we are #KCSDStrong. One team, one goal, one mission.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones and let us know what we can do to help you.
For immediate release
For more information: Mary Anne Byrd, 432-8416 ext. 1229
Date: March 13, 2020
Governor closes Kershaw County School District for two weeks
Today SC Governor Henry McMaster closed all schools in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) for two weeks. The closure also includes all school-related activities.KCSD officials said that students will participate in eLearning activities starting Monday. KCSD principals and teachers will be in touch with students to provide additional details on student lessons.The school district has 1:1 capability in grades K-12 and is a pilot district approved by the Education Oversight Committee to use eLearning for inclement weather days."We will do everything to support both our staff and students during this unprecedented time,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “I have great confidence in the resilience of our schools and community to persevere through this challenge. There will be more information to follow in the days ahead, and we will communicate with our community as quickly and efficiently as we can. I understand the challenge this creates for some families, and I appreciate their cooperation and patience as we work through this together."
The students will enjoy the opportunity to purchase from our snack cart each day. The proceeds will be benefitting our K-5 student to offset costs for their graduation caps and gown.
Items range from $.50 - $1.00 each item. This cart will be daily through the month of March.
Thank you for your support.
2nd Quarter Wild Kitten Perfect Attendance
So proud of our students!
4 Year Kindergarten
5 Year Old Kindergarten
2nd Quarter Wild Kitten Honor Roll
Great Job Students!
1st Grade – All “A”
1st Grade – A/B
2nd Grade – All “A”
2nd Grade – A/B
3rd Grade – All “A”
3rd Grade – A/B
4th Grade – All “A”
4th Grade – A/B
5th Grade – All “A”
5th Grade – A/B
One Book One School
One Book. One School at BET!!
Our school is excited about our One Book, One School reading adventure.
Your child received his/her very own personal copy of Winter According to Humphrey. Please follow the pacing guide that was sent home with your student to snuggle up for storytime together. We have many activities planned at school to integrate all subjects.
Our book celbration will be a Family LIteracy Night on March 5th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the school.
Bethune Elementary Title I Statement
Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools.
Through Title I, money is given to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district. Funds are then distributed to schools that are designated as Title 1 schools. The purpose of Title I, is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.
Each school uses their Title I money for extra educational services for children most in need of educational help. BET uses the money received as follows:
*To pay for specialized positions (i.e Reading Coach)
*To provide professional development opportunities at school and away from campus
*To increase our classroom leveled text libraries
*To support math and reading instruction in the classroom (i.e supplies and manipulatives)
*To provide more library books and resources
*To provide technology purchase service and supplies to help support our district’s 1:1 e-learning program
*To help teachers organize and differentiate instruction to best meet their needs as well as streamline communication between home and school (i.e Padlet)
BET Elementary has a Title 1 Plan on file in the principal’s office. The plan is reviewed at Title I/SIC meetings which are announced through the school’s newsletter and on our website.
Mrs. Perry our 2nd Grade teacher has been named our 2020 Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations Mrs. Perry!!!!!
We want to welcome Dedra Baskin our new Gudance Counselor at BET. She will be meeting with students every Friday.
We're so glad you are here, Mrs. Baskin!
Wild Kitten Perfect Attendance for the 1st Quarter
5 Year Old Kindergarten
Hannah Carolina, Bre'Asjai Chunn, Daniel Joyner, Thea-Grace Mock, Bella Whitaker, Trinity Wood
Braydyn DeBruhl, Kristapher Fite, Koraunna Ford, Christian Stephens, Aiden Wood
Elijah Chunn, Malaysia Chunn, Jarrett Joyner, Aubree Railey, Bryce Rollings, Allayna Smith
Zayden Caldwell, Brayden Crenshaw, Dorian Robinson, Brian Smith
Kelsey Crenshaw, Shane Gainey, Stevie Gainey, Myrissa Giroux, Subrina Joyner, Zion Reed, Zyionna Reed, Tatiana Seegars
Destin Blair, Kylie Clark, Jacob Liabastre, Brian Osborne, Ahmad Ransom, Serenity Williams
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Reading Teacher of the Year Ms. Julie Pigg!!
For immediate releaseFor more information: Mary Anne Byrd, 432-8416 ext. 1229Date: October 2, 2019State report cards show improved academic performance for more KCSD schoolsSixteen Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools--two more than last year--are said to be meeting or exceeding the criteria to ensure all students meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate in report card ratings released today by the SC Department of Education.
"We are always happy when our state report cards show our schools are improving," said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. "I certainly believe the state’s grading system could be improved, however, we are all held to the same accountability measures. The goal of each of our schools is to show improvements every year."
Robbins also said that he appreciates the work being done by the staff at each school to raise academic achievement, "The report cards are one factor in our evaluation system of student performance, and we will continue to use a variety of tools to assess our progress for each and every student."
Every SC public school receives an overall performance rating that ranges from “Excellent” to “Unsatisfactory.” Two KCSD schools--Bethune Elementary and Lugoff-Elgin Middle were rated "Excellent," meaning that their school performances substantially exceed the criteria to ensure all students meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. No KCSD school was rated as "Unsatisfactory."Schools also receive ratings on seven out of the ten key report card indicators, which contain information about schools and districts on how well students performed on state and national assessments, student growth, graduation rates, English language proficiency, student engagement, safety, classroom learning environments and more. Although school districts receive report cards, they are not rated.
The 2018-2019 report cards also contain school level local, state, and federal per pupil expenditure data, the first report cards to contain this information as part of a new federal requirement.Schools rated as “Good” are said to exceed the criteria to ensure all students meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. “Average” schools meet the criteria and “Below Average” schools are in jeopardy of not meeting the criteria.KCSD schools rated as “Good” are Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, PIne Tree HIll Elementary and Stover Middle. Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden Middle, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson School, Lugoff Elementary, North Central High, North Central Middle and Wateree Elementary are rated “Average.” Schools with “Below Average” ratings are Blaney Elementary and Midway Elementary.KCSD schools improving their overall ratings from 2018 include Bethune Elementary, Camden Elementary, Jackson School, Lugoff-Elgin MIddle, Pine Tree Hill Elementary, Stover Middle and Wateree Elementary,