District News

Four Year Old (4K) Program Screening - April 24th & 25th
Parents interested in having their child enrolled in the district's 4 year old (4K) program should make arrangements for a screening which will take place on April 24th and April 25th at Riverview Elementary School.

Kindergarten Registration - 2014/15 School Year
If you missed kindergarten registration on March 6th and 7th, please know that all elementary schools are still registering kindergartners for the 2014/2015 school year.  The only difference is that your child will not go through an academic screening. Students who will attend Doby's Bridge are to register at Fort Mill Elementary, and students attending Tega Cay will register at Gold Hill Elementary. Read more...

Weather Make-Up Days - Update 3/19/2014
Three instructional days were missed in February due to inclement weather conditions. The first weather make-up day will be this Friday, March 21st for all students and staff. The remaining two make-up days are being waived by the administration, based on the state law approved by Governor Haley last week. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

November 5, 2013 - Board of Trustees Approves the Administration's Recommendation
Click on the link above to access an informational page related to the school district's elementary attendance area re-assignment process, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

Daily Announcements

Mark your calendars for
APRIL 25th

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Get your dancing shoes ready for the
FMES "Back to the 80's" DANCE PARTY!!!!!!
More details coming soon..............


The way that students were taught in the past simply does not prepare them for the higher demands of education and careers today. The Fort Mill School District and schools throughout the country are working to improve teaching and learning to ensure that all children will graduate high school with the skills they need to be successful.

In English language arts and literacy, this means three major changes.  Students will continue reading and writing. In addition to stories and literature, they will read more texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies.  They will read more challenging texts and be asked more questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read.  There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand challenging material.

In Mathematics, this means three major changes.  Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills.  This will allow students time to master important ideas and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next.  It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics.

Please look under the "Parent Information" tab to find grade specific Parent Roadmaps in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  These roadmaps will help you to understand exactly what your student is learning this year, and offer helpful ways that you can encourage and help your student.

FMES Reading Partners Wanted!!

Looking for a way to volunteer after morning drop-off or while you wait for your child for dismissal? Are you interested in helping our students improve their reading skills? FMES is looking for Reading Volunteers who can devote an hour each week to listen to and read with students to improve their skills.  Please respond by email to Donna Jackley or call Donna at 803-412-6675. You can also fill out the form at FMES Reading Partners Wanted!  We can place you with students based upon your availability, so if you have less than an hour, that's alright!  We appreciate any help you can offer on a consistent basis.

Background Checks Required for all Volunteer, Chaperone and Resource Persons.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  Why is Fort Mill School District requiring background checks for volunteers, chaperones and resource persons?

    First and foremost, we are compelled to ensure the highest level of safety possible for out young people. The goal of the policy is to keep track of who is in the schools, protect students from contact with registered sex offenders and try to ensure that adults supervising students on field trips don't have a criminal record.  In addition to the background checks, new safety equipment including improved camera and door lock systems were funded by the recent bond referendum.  The installation schedule is well underway.  Student safety is our top priority.

Secondly, SC law, Section 59-19-117 and School Board Policy GBEBDA requires that school districts conduct background checks for all employees, volunteers and chaperones.  See excerpt of SC Code of Laws, Section 59-19-117, Part B below.
        (B) Each school district of this State shall perform a National Sex Offender Registry check on all district employees hired to    serve in any capacity in a public school and all volunteers who work in a school on an interim or regular basis as mentors, coaches, or any other capacity, or volunteers who serve as student chaperones or any other capacity having direct interaction with students.

2.  Why is the district using the Ident-A-Kid system?

The Ident-A-Kid system is a cost-effective way to perform a National Sex Offender Registry check on volunteers and chaperones as required by law and policy.  In addition, the system logs volunteer hours for reporting purposes and keeps a record of who is in the schools during the day.  Using the driver's license scanner, the school can create visitor or volunteer badges with the click of a button.  With use of the webcam, the picture can be printed onto the badge.  Other information on the badge includes the person's name, reason for being there and the area in which they will be.

3.  What do volunteers or resource persons need to do to be approved?

Volunteers or resource persons who work in the school on a regular or interim basis need to complete an application either on the online system, Applitrack, found on the district's website or on a paper form.  Volunteers will be asked to scan their driver's license or state identification card to be approved.  Volunteers will scan their license each time they volunteer to log their time and generate a badge for the day.

4.  What do chaperones need to do to be approved?

Chaperones for field trips need to complete an application, which includes states of residence over the last seven years. The forms are available on the online system, Applitrack, found on the district's website under the Career tab.  A hard copy form is also available at the schools.  Principals will submit a list of the names of the chaperones selected for a field trip to the Human Resources Department.  The Human Resources Department will perform a criminal background check, using an outside source and provide a list of approved names.

5.  What do visitors need to do to eat with child at lunch?

Visitors are asked to scan their driver's license to create a badge for their lunchtime visit.

6.  What about visitors coming to presentations, performances, Booster-Thons, curriculum nights and other special events?

Groups of visitors for special events will not be asked to scan their licenses.

7.  What do I do if the system gives a false positive result for me?

If the system indicates a false positive result, which is confirmed as false by the school, another login method will be provided to the volunteer.

8.  What do I do if the system gives a positive result for me that is confirmed by the system, but I want the opportunity to appeal?

If the system indicates a positive result that is confirmed, the principal will not approve the volunteer.  The volunteer may appeal and provide relative information to the Department of Student Services for consideration.

9.  What happens to the data and results of a full background check for chaperones conducted by the Human Resources Department?

Specific results of the criminal background check are not shared with the school and are kept in locked confidential files at the district office.

10.  What happens to the data in Ident-A-Kid?

The ID scanner captures the person's first name, middle name, last name, date of birth and bar code number from the driver's license.  This information is used to check the sex offender registry.  Once the check is complete, the system stores the person's name, check-in and check-out time for reporting purposes.  The system does not collect or store social security numbers.

FMES PTO BOARD 2013-2014
Co-Presidents: Sara McCart & Kelly Thomas
   Co-Vice Presidensts: Melissa Reinhardt & Torie Combs

Treasurer: Carrol Ostendorf 
Secretary: Janna DeYoung

FMES School Store
7:15 - 7:40 a.m.

The store will be open one Friday morning each month, on FMES Spirit Day.
Watch the calendar for the date!

FMES is BUZZING with Great Character!!!

The “Character Bee” is a school wide positive behavioral support system targeted at encouraging desirable behaviors within the school setting.  The program encourages academic and behavioral success while also maintaining a safe and supportive school climate. The intention of this program is to focus student attention on positive behavior instead of negative behavior such as bullying. 

Students are awarded Character Bee slips when they are observed demonstrating one or more of the specific traits.  The slips CAN NOT be given to a student by their homeroom teacher.  Entire classes may earn character bee slips.  At the end of the week, classes will count up how many character bee slips were obtained by the students and report it to the office.  The class with the most slips in each grade level will receive a certificate.  If there is a tie, both classes will receive a certificate.  This is NOT a competition, but is more so an opportunity to recognize good character displayed by the students.  The intention is to increase internal motivation to demonstrate positive character.  The character bee program will be highlighted on the school news weekly, with an opportunity for individual student recognition later in the school year. 

This program involves everyone in the building.  All employees are encouraged to give Character Bee slips when they spot someone displaying good character.  We hope that you will talk to your children at home about what good character is and how it should be displayed on a daily basis.    Be sure to congratulate your children when they bring one home! 


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The Principal's Corner

Dear Fort Mill Family,
Spring is in the air!  And, there is no better way to begin Spring than with a successful Book Fair. Thanks to our media specialist and our PTO for their great support of this event.  I hope your students now have a great book to read during Spring Break. Stay tuned for more information about our 80's family dance at the end of April.
The advent of sports and daylight savings time can make routine bed times more difficult to maintain.  Please encourage your students to enjoy time outside, to prioritize their homework, and to get to bed on time.  Rested students are more focused on their work and have a more enjoyable day.  (This is also true for the adults!)
As always, please contact us with any questions you may have.  Have a joyous Spring Break with family and friends.
Yours for Spring Fever,
Mrs. Jeanette Black

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 23
Beef 'O' Brady's Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us at Beef O'Brady's in Baxter!
Thursday, April 24
Shell Rapid Lube Day

Service your car & help FMES!
820 Tom Hall Street
Parent Coffee with Mrs. Black
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Join us in the cafeteria.

 Open forum for parents to enjoy coffee and conversation with our principal - Mrs. Black.

Friday, April 25
School Store Open
7:15 AM - 7:40 AM
School Spirit Day!
7:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Wear your Junior Jacket and
Blue & Gold apparel.
Help your class show school spirit!
PTO Event
"Back to the 80's" Dance!
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Let's go back the 80's for an evening of fun and dancing!

Fun for the whole family!