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2018 SC PASS & SC Ready Testing

It's almost time for our 3rd-5th grade students to show off all they've learned this year on the SC READY and SCPASS state assessments!
Testing Dates

Square 1 Art

You can now put your child's artwork on keepsakes! Contact Mrs. Mulligan for more information at Orders are due by April 10, 2018.
Square 1 Art

Family Literacy Night

Join us on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00-7:30 for Camp Read-n-Write S'more: Family Literacy Night. Meet author Laney Cobb, shop the Scholastic Book Fair, sing campfire songs, take pictures at the photobooth, create a family comic, jump in on a poetry jam, read stories by a campfire, and so much more! We can't wait for your family to come and explore the world of literacy. So lace up your hiking boots and let's set out on an adventure together.
Literacy Night

Welcome AdvancED!

We are excited to welcome AdvancED to our school to see our staff, teachers and students working together to solve problems and empower one another.
Welcome AdvancED!
Mr. Jeff Becker, Principal

Principal's Message

Hello. I am Mr. Becker, the principal at Congaree Elementary School. I am very excited to begin another school year here at Congaree. Let me tell you a little bit about our theme for this school year.
“Dream it!  Believe it!  Achieve it!”
In order for our students to learn, we will need to look closely at the standards and teach our students to think, reason, and problem solve in real-world situations on a deep level.  To accomplish this, we will all need to "dig deep" with a determination to reach each student at his or her academic ability.  We will "cultivate with care" so that the opportunities for learning each day are supported with compassion and encouragement.  We may then "expect growth."  
This will challenge our understanding of teaching and learning.  It will require we approach problems from a different angle.  It will mean we consider the process and not just the answer.  It will mean putting what we do in a real-world context rather than learning in isolation.  And it will take lots of perseverance from both the students and the adults in the classroom and at home.  Therefore we ask for your partnership.  Please stay in close contact with your child’s teacher.  The best way to communicate is in your child’s agenda or through class dojo.  You may find you child’s teacher’s email address on our school website under “Faculty & Staff.”    
Metacognition is when we think about what we learn.  In other words, when I learn something, what does my brain do, what do I think about, how do I learn it?  Sometimes we have to go through the steps one by one.  Sometimes we have to see the big picture before it makes sense.  Sometimes we have to go back and read it again (research indicates good readers go back and re-read all the time – that’s what makes them good readers).  When we think about our learning, we pay attention to what we do when we learn, so that we can do it again with other information or skills that may not be as easy to grasp.
Our goals for the 2017-2018 
school year include: 
We have established the following goals for the coming school year: 
1.  Teachers will use student data to set performance goals and make instructional decisions in ELA and Math.  
2.  Teachers will use AVID Elementary strategies and Growth Mindset to prepare students for college and career readiness.  
3.  Each student at Congaree Elementary School will have an adult advocate.  
All of us at Congaree Elementary want your child to excel in school and in life.  If there is any way I can help, please don’t hesitate to call me (755 – 7430).  I look forward to working with you to achieve great things both at school and in your child’s heart. 
Mr. Becker

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