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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bring in Your Old Phone Books!


We will be hosting a phone book drive again this school year! 

Please send in your old Twin Lake telephone directories. Whichever classroom brings in the most books will receive a prize. The school will receive $.50 for each book, and the books will be recycled.

This is a great opportunity to get those old books out of the way and help out your school!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mrs. Rena's 4th Grade Recycled Cells

Mrs. Rena's 4th grade science classes have been studying plant and animal cells. Students collaboratively created a model of a plant and animal cell from recycled goods. 










Monday, August 17, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

2015-16 Handbook Changes

In case you missed orientation...

Changes in the Cafeteria Charge Policy
  • The Federal Government does not encourage student charge accounts, therefore students will only be allowed to accumulate 5 days worth of charges. After the 5 days an alternate meal will be provided at no cost to the student. 
    • Breakfast - cereal & milk
    • Lunch - sandwich & milk 
  • HOWEVER, student balances must be paid off before they are allowed to participate in school trips. 
  • It is best to keep money in your student's account to avoid an excessive balance. The cafeteria funds itself, so it is important to remember that meals are only free/reduced for those who have qualified.
    • Free/Reduced lunch applications must be filled out yearly (Federal Guidelines) only one application is needed per household.
    • Free & Reduced Meals - click here for more info
  • The school system is in the process of setting up an online system for both viewing cafeteria transaction history and depositing money into a student's account. 
State Mandated Testing
  • Most of the TNReady (TCAP) test will be taken online this year. There will be two separate testing periods, Part I in February and Part II in April/May. This does not apply to K-2 students.
Dress Code
  • If a student is wearing jeggings, leggings, yoga pants, or other tight fitting pants, please be sure that they are wearing a long top/dress that hits 3-4" from the knee. A t-shirt is not considered appropriate with this type of bottom. 
Bus Safety
  • A reminder that food & drink are not allowed on buses due to safety hazards. Trash & spills cause falls, food can be a choking hazard as well as a food allergy issue. Remember that there is only one adult on buses and that person is the driver. 
  • We are asking parents to not send balloons to a student who will be riding a bus. If at all possible students need to be picked up on those days. We are working with the local florists to offer more bus friendly options!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Welcome Back To School

The first day of school for Pickett County students will be on Friday, August 7. 

Students in Pre-K or Kindergarten "phase-in", be sure to speak to their teacher regarding when your child will begin school. 


Welcome back and have a wonderful 2015-16 school year!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Headphones

Just a reminder that if your student was in grades K-3 last year and you sent headphones to school, their headphones should still be stored in the computer lab. (With the exception of those that broke, stopped working, etc.)

This year all students, grades K-8, will have the opportunity to store their headphones in the lab. We ask that they bring their headphones to class in a freezer size ziploc bag, with their name written on both the headphones and the bag. Bags help keep cords from tangling, therefore prolonging the life of the headphones. 

If students grades 5-8 wish to carry their headphones back and forth, they may do so, but they must bring them to class with them. 

We do highly recommend that students have their own headphones to use. Walmart sells basic black headphones by Koss for $4.88. We do not recommend earbuds for students grades K-3, they generally do not fit comfortably in students' ears, nor do we recommend fancy headphones with extra bells and whistles! 

Koss On-Ear KPH Headphones with In-Line Volume Control, KPH7W

Monday, July 20, 2015

2015-16 School Calendar

PICKETT COUNTY SCHOOLS
SCHOOL CALENDAR
2015-2016
9-1/9-2/9-1



July 29, 30                                                                            In-service (Teachers & Staff only)
July 31                                                                                 In-service (Teachers & Staff only)
August 3                                                                              Registration (Abbreviated day)
August 4                                                                              In-service (Teachers & Staff only)
August 5, 6                                                                          Administrative Days (No Students)
August 7                                                                              First Full Day of School
September 7                                                                        Labor Day (No School)
October 12-16                                                                    Fall Break (No School)
November 11                                                                      Veteran’s Day (No School)
November 25-27                                                                Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 18                                                                     Abbreviated Day
December 19- January 3                                                   Christmas Break (No School)
January 4                                                                            Return Back to School
January 18                                                                          MLK Day (No School)
February 15                                                                       President’s Day (No School)
March 25-April 1                                                              Spring Break (No School)
May 23                                                                              Administrative Day (No Students)
May 24                                                                             Last Day of School (Abbreviated Day)
                                                   
Pickett County Schools will bank 13 snow days for the 2015-16 school year.




Friday, July 17, 2015

2015-16 School Supply List K-8

2015-2016 RECOMMENDED PICKETT COUNTY K-8 SUPPLY LIST
ALL CONSUMABLE SUPPLIES IN EACH GRADE SHOULD BE RESTOCKED OFTEN, AT LEAST EVERY 9 WEEKS.

KINDERGARTEN                                1ST GRADE
*drawing pad (optional)                                           *scissors-prefer fiskars
*4 packages crayons (24 ct. or less)                        *wide rule loose-leaf paper
*At least 3 large glue sticks                                      *2-70 sheet wire bound notebooks
*backpack                                                              *pencils (No. 2)
*2 plastic folders with brads                                     *pencil box or pouch
*pencils (No. 2)                                                       *glue sticks
*pencil box                                                               *erasers or big erasers
*headphones                                                           *2 folders with pockets
*scissors-we prefer fiskars                                      *crayons (24 count box)
*2 primary journals                                                  *headphones for computer lab
*PLEASE LABEL ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S
BELONGINGS WITH A PERMANENT
MARKER AS WELL AS THE INSIDE OF
JACKETS AND COATS.

2ND GRADE                                        3RD GRADE
*wide rule loose-leaf paper (3 packages)              *wide rule paper (2 packages)
*crayons (24 count or less)                                   *pencils (No. 2)
*scissors-prefer fiskars                                         *4-70 count wide rule notebooks
*pencils (No. 2) or Bic mechanical                        *2 highlighters
*pencil box                                                           *erasers
*headphones                                                         *crayons (24 count or less
*1 three ring binder                                               *glue sticks
*6 glue sticks                                                        *1 pocket folder
*3 plastic folders with pockets                               *liquid glue
*3 spiral wide-ruled notebooks                             *scissors
                                        *2 dry erase markers
(NO BINDERS PLEASE
*headphones





4TH GRADE                                     4TH Grade Continued
*glue sticks                                                      *4 fiolders with central wire tabs
*pencils (No. 2)                                              *scissors
*crayons (24 ct.)                                            *wide rule loose-leaf paper
*blue ink pens (pack of 10)                             *ruler
*calculator (small pocket type)                       *7 book covers (stretch)
*small notepad for assignments                       *2 three ring binders
*pencil sharpener (with cover)                       *1 package dividers
*3 composition/theme book (no spiral)           *erasers
*4 spiral bound notebooks                            *highlighers
*headphones

**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT EACH CHILD HAVE AN EXTRA PAIR OF TENNIS SHOES FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

5TH AND 6TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST


5TH GRADE READING/LANGUAGE ARTS
*pencils (No. 2)                                             *1 glue stick
*wide rule paper                                           *1 wireless composition book
*1 large book cover (stretch)                      *2 folders with pockets

5TH GRADE MATH
*2 wireless composition books                   *crayons
*pencils (No. 2)                                             *1 glue stick
*Headphones for computer lab

6TH GRADE READING/LANGUAGE ARTS
*2 wireless composition book
*2 book covers (1 large)
*pencils No. 2
*crayons
*2 folders with pockets
*wide rule paper

6TH GRADE MATH
*wide ruled paper
*pencils (No. 2)
*dry erase marker
*folder with pockets
*wireless composition book
*headphones

5TH/6TH GRADE SCIENCE
*2 wireless composition books
*$5.00 lab fee

5TH/6TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
*pencils (No. 2)
*composition notebook                                            *loose leaf paper
*1 large book cover (stretch)(6th grade only)       *colored highlighters                                   

**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT EACH CHILD HAVE AN EXTRA PAIR OF TENNIS SHOES FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION.


7TH AND 8TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST

7TH GRADE READING/LANGUAGE ARTS
*1 two inch  ring binder
*wide rule paper
*pencils (No. 2)
*2 wireless composition books
*headphones (computer lab)

8TH GRADE READING/LANGUAGE ARTS
*1-3 inch 3 ring binder
*wide rule loose-leaf paper
*dividers-2 packages
*pencils (No. 2) with erasers
*pens (blue or black)
*headphones (computer lab)

7TH/8TH GRADE MATH
*2 inch 3 ring binder
*wide rule loose-leaf paper
*pencils (No. 2)

7TH/8TH GRADE SCIENCE
*1 large 3 ring binder
*loose-leaf paper enough for all year
*erasers
*ink pen
*1 composition book for journal
*pencils enough fall all year

7TH/8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
*wide rule paper (notebook, loose-leaf binder, or folder)
*pencils (No. 2) or pens (blue or black)


***All Grades - It is recommended that students bring their own headphones for computer lab. These can be stored in the lab. For younger students we do not recommend ear buds, because they do not fit comfortably.***


*** All Grades -  It is also recommended that students bring or wear tennis shoes for P.E. This helps protect feet from injuries.***

Thursday, May 21, 2015

8th Grade Color Run

The 2014-15 8th Grade ended the school year by participating in a color run as part of Walk Across TN sponsored by U.T. Extension & The Pickett County Health Department!


















We want to say a HUGE thank you to those from U.T. Extension, the Pickett County Health Department, and the school staff that helped make this event possible!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kindergarten Graduation Slideshow




Copies of the Kindergarten slideshow will be available for purchase on Thursday night. The DVD will cost $5 and will include around 200 snapshots from this school year!

If you would like to pre-order a DVD please email me at nyoung@k12tn.net


Monday, May 11, 2015