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District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.


Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Welcome to Holly Springs Elementary ~ Where SMALL paws make BIG impressions!
Youth Arts Month

We Celebrate March Youth Art Month

   Art teachers throughout the School District of Pickens County display student art during March in the Pickens County Museum in celebration of Youth Art Month.  We are proud of the display set up by our art teacher Mrs. Beckman and of the art that's created by all our students!  Celebrate Art!

   Congratulations to students representing Holly Springs with Artwork on display at the Pickens County Museum for the month of March 2014.  We applaud these students for their hardwork and excellent craftsmanship in the visual arts.

K-5:  Savannah, Sadie

Grade 1:  Ranson, Mia, Lillie, Cam, Addison

Grade 2:  Kaylyn, Joshua, Cory, Chloe, Basia, Katie, Jazmin, Parker, Jayden, Hunter

Grade 3:  Trevor, Devon, Emily, Meredith, Zipporah, Kaitlyn, Blake, Olivia, Reynor, AJ, Tanna, Kadence, Abbie

Grade 4:  Leah, Riley, Caroline, Natalie, Billy, Dillon, Gracie, Nicholas, Stryder, Douglas

Grade 5:  Meredith, MacKenzie, Melanie, Krysten, Leah, Caroline, Haiden, Elysha, Emma, Grace



   
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education

   Please send in all Box Tops by March 20.  Each homeroom class collects these labels as a school fundraiser.  

   Encourage your friends and relatives to help collect Box Tops for Education! 

   Box Tops for Education may be dropped off in the school office or sent with students to their homerooms.


Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart, 2014

   In this annual event, our students raised $1900.00 for the American Heart Association this year!!!

   Top earners were Nicholas and Douglas.  Close behind were top earners Emily, Jack, Jayden, Kaylyn, Natalie, Nevaeh, Reynor and Tanna.

   Thanks to Mrs. Williams for sponsoring this worthwhile event!



Read the Most from Coast to Coast

Way to GO!
Congratulations, Students!

You beat last year's record,
For reading the most
We're proud of you all
From coast to coast!

The total quiz count from coast to coast for one day:
4,987,949

   We're so glad our students took part in the third annual"Read the Most Coast to Coast" challenge!  More than 30,000 educators registered their schools or classes in this challenge designed to promote valuable reading practice. The one-day record to beat was 4,409,662. Our goal was set at 5 million.

   We tracked progress through a website that recorded the quizzes we took as we completed our quizzes. It was exciting to see the numbers growing as we took quizzes!



Students Participate in Festival
Pickens County Elementary Choral Festival

   Select students throughout elementary schools in Pickens County will be participating in the annual Choral Festival, beginning March 25.  Students audition for chorus and many school choruses practice weekly after school hours.

   You'll want to attend the annual free Choral Festival Concert.  Read below for details.
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   The annual School District of Pickens County Elementary Choral Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brushy Creek Baptist Church sanctuary, under the direction of Alan Reed.
   More than 350 children representing each of the district’s 15 elementary schools will participate in a daylong choral workshop and evening concert.
   At the concert the children will perform music genres including multicultural, folk, spirituals, patriotic and musical theater.
   The concert is free. The public is invited.




Student Art Recognized at State Level
Student Artwork is Awarded Honorable Mention
  
   Recently, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources held a State Fish Art Competition, titled “REEL ART”.  Students were required to send in art work depicting native fish of South Carolina. 

   Devon, a third grader at Holly Springs Elementary School, won Honorable Mention for Elementary, out of over 1200 entries submitted state-wide.

   Devon is pictured with his art teacher, Mrs. Alston Beckman.


Jet Toy Challenge
Jet Toy School Winners

   Congratulations to the Jet Toy winners at Holly Springs Elementary School who are eligible to participate in a district competition: 

Tornadoes: Ethan, Leah, Haiden
Foton: Stewart, Amber, Melanie



   Jet Toy Challenge Description

   In the JetToy Challenge, a fictitious toy company called EarthToy Designs presents the challenge in the form of a letter. The company wants students to provide a variety of interesting designs for a new line of balloon-powered vehicles made from inexpensive, common materials that will appeal to other children. Working in design teams, students will build and test model JetToys using different nozzles, and collect and analyze data to understand the effect of nozzle size on the performance of the toys. They will create other designs and test them, then give a formal presentation of their final JetToy designs.



  
Student of the Month

Each homeroom teacher selects a student to be recognized as "Student of the Month" and those students are recognized in the classrooms and in the school's awards assembly.









News from the Garden Club


   The Holly Springs Garden Club members, members of the Pickens Garden Club, parents, grandparents, and volunteers from The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards all worked together on Saturday, September 28, to create a Woodland Rain Garden at our school.  The woodland rain garden at Holly Springs Elementary School allows storm water runoff from the school parking lot and rooftop to infiltrate into the soil instead of flowing into storm drains and ditches that empty into the local creek.  This rain garden was planted with native perennial plants to restore a woodland wildlife habitat, filter out pollutants, and prevent soil erosion. 
   In addition, we would like to thank Pickens County Storm Water Partners, Pickens County Clemson Extension Service, S.C. Native Plant Society, and our PTO for sponsoring this project.  We are still in the process of developing this area and welcome any donations. 
   Thanks to everyone who worked to establish this new garden and to the Holly Springs Garden Club sponsors who coordinated this exciting project!

Woodland Rain Garden Slideshow


Telephone numbers

Telephone Communication

Our phone numbers changed several years ago
from local service to Internet-based service. 
Our old telephone number, 898-5590, no longer rolls over
to the new number, 397-2000. 
It is important to us for you to be able to call the school
as the need arises. 
Please use this number:  397-2000

Please accept our apology for any inconvenience.


After-School Club Works Hard!

Our school has established several garden sites over the years. We started building beds for vegetables and flowers in 1990 after receiving a “Life Lab grant.”  This was when we built a green house and purchased tools and books. Since then we have kept adding and still we are building new beds and have an active garden club at our school. Our gardens are maintained year round by the Garden Club students and parents.

Besides our vegetable and flower gardens, we have created a "bioswale" using native plants. This is maintained by the students to help with drainage in the courtyard. We are certified by the National Wildlife Federation and are a Green Steps School. Our Garden Club has also completed the steps to become certified as a Carolina Yard. With the help of the Clemson 4-H, our gardeners this year are beginning the Jr. Master Gardener program.







You can help our school!
 

Register your Ingle's Card!  Ask your friends and relatives
to register theirs for Holly Springs School too!

Collect Box Tops!  Ask friends and relatives to also collect box tops
and send them to school or drop them off!



The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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