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FMES had an amazing Boosterthon Fun Run last Thursday!

Thanks to everyone for all of their support. We did meet our "Duct Tape the Principals - 50 State Challenge" which required a pledge from ALL 50 States, so Mrs. Black and Mrs. Young kept their promise and were on the wall at dismissal time on Friday.

Let's finish strong - collect those pledges!

All pledges are due on Thursday, September 18th. Each class that achieves 100% collection of the pledges will have a special class reward. Mrs. Black and Mrs. Young have promised a surprise if our school reaches a 95% collection rate. Let's see what they will do next!

Fort Mill Elementary School Hours are 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The front doors of the school will open at 7:15 a.m. 
Instruction does begin promptly at 7:45, so it is important to have your students at school on time.
Breakfast is available in the cafeteria from 7:15 - 7:40 daily. 

Fort Mill Elementary School
The mission of Fort Mill Elementary School and its community is to provide a quality education for our students.  This process includes establishing a foundation for life-long learners who are responsible individuals and confident problem solvers in an ever-changing world.

Fort Mill Elementary School
Fort Mill Elementary will be a safe and inviting environment that promotes high expectations for academic success and social responsibility.  We will be a school that creates leaders who utilize their knowledge, talents, and problem-solving skills as respectful members of society.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Guidelines and Information

The BYOD technology plan is designed to allow students to use their own electronic computing device(s) at school. Fort Mill Elementary School recognizes the value technology devices add to the educational experience of all students, as well as aid in improving communication with parents. Therefore, the use of student owned devices including laptops,netbooks, tablets, iPods, and other technology tools are permitted for students with teacher permission.  

Students who bring in technology devices do so at their own risk.  Fort Mill Elementary School shall not be responsible for the safety, security, loss or damage of personal electronic devices that students chose to bring to school. FMES does not provide personal property insurance for personally owned wireless communication devices.  

Loss of access to devices can occur if the school becomes concerned about its appropriate use. When devices are used on school property, they will be treated as school property.  The school may examine personal electronic devices and search its contents if there is reason to believe that school policies, rules or regulations have been violated.
  • Students are responsible for the device as they would be any other piece of private property.
  • FMES and Fort Mill School District are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices.
  • FMES and Fort Mill School District are not required to provide support or service for student devices. Technical support will not be provided for personal devices.
  • Students are not allowed any personal use during class time, nor shall they access personal data plans while in school. Student devices with a data plan will need to turn off this network when used on school premises.
  • Devices may not, in any way, disrupt the educational process in the school district.
  • Devices may not invade the rights or others or endanger the health or safety of the student or anyone else.
  • Devices may not be involved in illegal or prohibited conduct of any kind.
  • The BYOD program  and use of any device is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy.
  • Permission for use of a device is allowed after the Parent and Student sign the BYOD guidelines.


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.

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 Check Information
Please make all checks payable to FMES.
All checks must include:
Full name
Street Address

The Fort Mill School District uses checXchange for processing of all checks, as a part of an effort to be fiscally accountable and cost effective.  Fort Mill School District will gladly accept checks, however the district or school staff will not arrange for the repayment of returned checks.  Should your check be returned for insufficient funds, you expressly authorize your account to be electronically debited or bank drafted for the amount of the check plus any applicable fees.  The use of your check is your acknowledgement and acceptance of this policy and its terms and conditions.

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 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.

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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FMSD Board of Trustees Letter To
The Education K-12 Sub-Committee 
Regarding Common Core

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The Principal's Corner

Dear Fort Mill Family,

We have had a great start as we begin our fourth week of school. We continue to register new students, and we are continuing to welcome new staff to our Fort Mill family!

We are having a great time with Boosterthon which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  Last year we raised over $27,000 to support the goals and initiatives of our school.  We are delighted to partner with our PTO to utilize the funds for the promotion of hands on learning through outdoor classrooms, after school enrichment programs, and our outdoor play areas. Our Boosterthon huddles, which focus on building community, have been well-received by the students.  Have you heard about the fifty states challenge?  If we receive donations from all 50 states, Mrs. Young and I have agreed to be duct taped to a wall in the rotunda! The children (and the adults!) are working diligently to make this happen.

Thank you for your great support of our school family.  We will see you soon, and as always, ask if you have any questions.

Yours for new beginnings,

Mrs. Jeanette Black

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 23
PTO Event
Showmars Spirit Day!

Enjoy Showmars ALL DAY and support FMES!

Wednesday, September 24
PTO Event
Stinger Ice Day

Stinger Ice - Prepaid Only
Friday, September 26

All Students will have their picture taken.
These photos will be in the FMES Yearbook.
You may pre-order packages - check your flyer
for information.
Friday, October 3
PTO Event
School Store Open
7:15 AM - 7:40 AM

FMES Spirit Day!
7:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Wear your Junior Jacket and Blue & Gold apparel.
Help your class show school spirit!