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School News

December 3, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

 

Each 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School did an inquiry unit about the First Thanksgiving. After learning all about the First Thanksgiving, they decided that they should all get together for a Thanksgiving Feast of their own. They researched the foods of the First Thanksgiving and tried to replicate that feast as closely as possible. Students wore their handmade costumes and were dressed as turkeys, Pilgrims, and Native Americans. Everyone learned so much about the First Thanksgiving and had a great time at their Thanksgiving Feast! What a great way to learn and make memories at the same time!

 

Wacky Wednesdays

 

The last Wednesday of each month has quickly become one of Foster Park Elementary School students’ favorite days. These days have become known as Wacky Wednesdays. On Wacky Wednesday, the Kona Ice Truck visits FPES. Students are allowed to purchase Kona Ice and/or Kona Kocoa during their recess times. This is an ongoing FUNdraiser for FPES. Kona Ice graciously gives back a portion of the sales to the school. Wacky Wednesdays have certainly been a great addition to FPES this year. To find out more, visit https://www.kona-ice.com/local-site/kona-ice-of-cherokee-county/.

Golden Apple Award

 

On November 5, 2018, Foster Park Elementary School had very special visitors. News Channel 4 visited to interview and film a news segment highlighting their 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Amy Hughes. Mrs. Hughes was the winner of the Golden Apple Award. What a prestigious accomplishment for Mrs. Hughes. Foster Park Elementary School is very proud to have Mrs. Hughes as a part of their faculty. The news segment aired on November 15, 2018 and can be found at https://www.wyff4.com/article/this-week-s-golden-apple-winner-is-amy-hughes/25143263. (All photos borrowed from this website.)


November 19, 2018

BES Red Ribbon Week

Buffalo Elementary School recognized and celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. Guest speakers from the Union County Sheriff's Office and the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse visited with classes at BES to share important information and reminders of the dangers of using drugs. Themed dress up days were held each day during Red Ribbon Week to teach and remind students of the importance of saying no to drugs.


BES Students of the Month for October


At Buffalo Elementary School, October's character trait of the month was RESPECT. Students were rewarded with an ice cream celebration for their outstanding character! The following students were recognized as Students of the Month:
Kindergarten - Madison Wilson, Anaya Miller, Landyn Tucker, and Makiyan Renwick
1st Grade - Aden Rice, Kinden James, Jayden Sanders, Hunter Jennings, and Isabella Beahrs (not pictured)
2nd Grade - Brentley Ogg,  Addison Rooth, Lucy Pridemore, Kindall Thomas, and Marion Grayson (not pictured)
3rd Grade - Zy'Quez Tucker, Gabriel Inman, Ty'Kira Salter, Xavier Burnett,  Ja'Cobi Tucker, and Jemorah Stinson (not pictured)
4th Grade -Will Reeves, Jasmine Hogan, Tamia Vaughn, Lucas Haney, and Carl Sepheus
5th Grade - DeShon Smith, Shelby Gilbert, Anna Eller, and Landon Johnson
 

November 14, 2018

BES Teacher of the Month    

Stephanie Wicker is Buffalo Elementary School’s October Teacher of the Month. Stephanie has taught at BES for nineteen years. She is a graduate of Clemson University and Converse College. She received National Board Certification in 2009. Stephanie serves on many committees at BES and she is the yearbook editor. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  Her hobbies are boating, hunting, cooking, reading, and watching Clemson football. She lives in Whitmire with her husband Zeb and her fur babies, Atz and Tabitha. She is a lifelong member of Whitmire Presbyterian Church. Although not a Union native, Stephanie says, “I feel like I have become a part of my school community by getting to know and working with families and watching students learn and grow. I truly feel led by God to be here.” BES is proud to announce its October Teacher of the Month, Stephanie Wicker.

 

 


November 12, 2018

Literacy Stations at BES

Ms. Black’s first graders are working hard on learning sight words. During literacy stations, they are engaged in reading activities to increase their sight word knowledge. They love learning their sight words through games, writing, and searching for the words in books.


  

  

5k classes from Buffalo Elementary School enjoyed their time at the Union County Agricultural Fair on October 18, 2018.

November 9, 2018

Foster Park Drama Team Presents Little Red Riding Hood

 

The Foster Park Elementary School Drama Team has been working hard this semester to prepare for their fall drama production. Under the direction of Mrs. Amy Truitt, Art Teacher and Mr. Christian Kiser, Music Teacher, the FPES Drama Team consists of 4th and 5th grade students. On Thursday, November 8, 2018, with the help of The Baillie Players from the Inman Theatre, they showcased their talent in their production Little Red Riding Hood. They performed at 1:00pm for the school and again at 6:30pm for their family, friends, and community. FPES is blessed with so many talented students.


Foster Park Elects New Student Council

 

Foster Park Elementary School has recently elected its new 2018-2019 Student Council. Each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class elected a Class Representative to be a spokesperson for their class on the council. Also, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders elected the Officers to serve as leaders on the Student Council. The purpose of the FPES Student Council is to meet with the administrators to help plan events and initiatives to improve the school. Foster Park is excited about the wonderful things going on so far this year and anticipates great things from its Student Council as the year progresses.


November 7, 2018

Foster Park is Reading Its Way to the Big Game

 

Children’s ability to read is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. Parents are encouraged to help establish a strong literacy foundation for their child and support Carolina & Clemson’s championship traditions by participating in the South Carolina Department of Education’s 2018 Read Your Way to the Big Game contest.

All public, private, and homeschool students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade who read six books will qualify to win tickets to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game on November 24. Once students have completed their readings, they should turn in the list of books read to their teacher. Winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game. FPES teachers are currently collecting these reading logs.

Another part of this program is the teacher bulletin board contest. Teachers had to submit pictures of their decorated bulletin boards for a chance to win! The SC Department of Education will award $500 to one teacher and/or school library media specialist who has the best decorated bulletin board, wall or door, using the contest theme of “Read Your Way to the Big Game”. To enter, teachers had to submit their photos by October 22, 2018. They are still awaiting the results.

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to be a school where literacy is at the forefront of all that we do.


Koepke Accepts Principal Challenge

 

Each year during National Young Readers Week, Pizza Hut challenges principals to choose one day to read their hearts out all day long. Foster Park Elementary School Principal Jason Koepke accepted the challenge. On Monday, November 5th, he set the example of “reading your heart out.” Throughout the day, he could be seen anywhere on campus reading a book. On any given day, Mr. Koepke can be seen helping out anywhere on campus. This day was not any different, except he was helping – while continuing to read. What a wonderful message this sent to the students at FPES! Foster Park truly believes that students who are readers today will be leaders tomorrow. To find out more about the Pizza Hut Book It! Principal Challenge, visit http://www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/principal-challenge.asp.


October 30, 2018


November 2, 2018

A New Look

 

The Foster Park Elementary School faculty, staff, and students are so excited about some of our school beautification projects that have recently been completed. Our entry way, office window, and attendance clerk’s desk have had makeovers! A special THANK YOU to our wonderful PTO for funding over half of these projects! Remember ... when you join the FPES PTO, you also help our school!!


Teachers Teaching Teachers

 

The Foster Park Elementary School October Faculty Meeting was led by some of its own teachers. Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Wells, did a brief presentation on analyzing and using STAR Reading Reports to drive instruction. Afterward, third grade teacher, Mrs. Roark and state reading coach, Mrs. Mitchell, shared some information and activities they learned from their Get Your Teach On experience earlier in October. Everyone was engaged and excited to learn new things to implement in their classrooms.

November 1, 2018

Native American Artifacts

 

The third graders at Foster Park Elementary School are currently studying Native Americans. Recently, several of the teachers brought in authentic Native American artifacts to show their students. The items brought in were: caribou skin, arrowhead necklace, snake spine bracelet, beaver purse, and arrowheads. The students loved looking at these real artifacts. They were able to see what the items really looked and felt like.

Proud Parents and Students

 

In an effort to celebrate the first nine weeks’ student success at Foster Park Elementary School, the halls were adorned with honor roll and perfect attendance lists. These parents came to pick their children up from the after school program and were caught admiring their children’s names on the lists. Later, a group of after school students were caught doing the same thing. Parents and students alike are extremely proud of their accomplishments! We are excited to see how many names we can add to this list for the second nine weeks. Keep up the good work, Eagles!!!


Edible Hands-On Learning

 

Students in Mrs. Wells’ fourth grade class at Foster Park Elementary School love hands-on learning ….. with food! Recently, they concluded their study of clouds by making the different types of clouds using marshmallows. In addition, they used Skittles to make multiplication arrays during their multiplication unit. Anytime students can use food to solidify their learning, they love it!


Contractions Surgery

 

Students in Mrs. Holcombe’s and Mrs. Bishop’s second grade classes at Foster Park Elementary School ended their study of contractions by performing “contractions surgery” in their classroom that was transformed into a “hospital” for the day. The teachers wrote two words on index cards (ex: do and not) and the students had to cut the second word to remove the “O”. Then, they had to use bandaids to correctly spell the contraction. The “stitch” was the apostrophe. What a fun and memorable way to learn about contractions!


October 31, 2018

Life-Long Learning

 

Ms. Annette Lyles, a fourth grade teacher at Buffalo Elementary School, attended The Science P.L.U.S Institute at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC during the summer.  The Institute provides intensive training in activities and science teaching methods to South Carolina science teachers.  All teachers leave the Institute with new skills to teach hands-on activities, 30 hours towards re-certification along with approximately $1,000 worth of science materials for their classroom.

October 31, 2018

Red Ribbon Week

 

Foster Park Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 22-26, 2018. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that educates students and raises awareness to the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. FPES faculty and staff participated in a week-long spirit week to show their commitment to being drug free.

 

Monday was “Proud to be Drug Free Day” and everyone wore red to kick off Red Ribbon Week. Tuesday was “Give Drugs the Boot Day” and everyone wore their cowboy wear and boots. Wednesday was “Team Up Against Drugs Day” and everyone wore their favorite team shirts, jerseys, or colors. Thursday was “Make Drugs Disappear Day” and everyone wore camouflage. Friday was “Our School Chooses to be Drug Free Day” and everyone wore FPES blue and orange.

 

During the week, Lieutenant Eddie Williams from the City of Union Public Safety Office visited K-2 classrooms to discuss the importance of saying no to drugs and alcohol. In addition, Mrs. Mary Owens and Mrs. Josephine McBeth from the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse visited 3-5 classrooms to discuss the importance of saying no to drugs and alcohol. Nicholas Davis also visited 3-5 classrooms to give his testimony, having been directly affected by drug and alcohol.

 

Red Ribbon Week is always a fun week at FPES, but most importantly, it is a week where our students are encouraged to make good choices that will help them to live a successful life.

October 30, 2018

Applelicious Learning

 

Students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School recently completed their 2 week Apple Unit. During this unit, they read numerous books about apples and learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts. They used their five senses to explore different types of apples. They made charts and graphs with the data they collected about their favorite type of apple and their favorite apple products. They used one-to-one counting and patterning as well. Coach Minor joined in on the fun with a “climbing the apple tree” activity where the students used their fine motor skills to “pick apples.” They read recipes and measured ingredients to make applesauce one week and apple pies the next. As you can see, Mrs. Kingsmore’s students have been busy, busy, busy, learning about apples!


 

October 29, 2018

Buffalo Elementary School

1st Quarter Student Recognition

2018-2019

 

Principal’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Kenlee Beaver, Gabriel Carroll, Kady Jean Cathcart, Cole Haney, Melaney Jones, Madison Maness, Jasper Shropshire, Janie Trantham

 

4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Raelyn Eller, Nikolas Garner, Charles Gowan, Peyton James, Nezhay Jeter, Sam Murphy, Stella Phillips, Aydan Pridemore, Zyra Rogers, Isabelle Smith, Brooklyn Stevens, Alyssa Vinson

 

5th Grade – Reid Barnado, Madison Dunaway, Kennedy Ferguson, Kade Griffin, Kyle Johnson, Lillianna Kurtz, Lexi Merchant, Carson Petrie, Daniella Ponce, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Colleen Silvey, Khloie Sims, Tremell Walker, Nathan Weaver

 

Teacher’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Daquentin Beacham, Mariah Edwards, Brayden Howell, Will Kaufman, Harlee Lawson, Anna Grace Lee, Xavier Rufrano, Alona Talley, Kingston Wade, Maliq Walker, Alexis Zeigler

 

4th Grade – Jaden Campbell, Jonathan Gossett, Lucas Haney, Cassie Karcanes, Christian Lawson, Z’Aire Littlejohn, Izaiah McBride, Corey Millwood, Lila Murphy, Bryant Ochiltree, Will Reeves, Amari Route, Kingston Shippy, Alianna Twing, Taylor Wells

 

5th Grade – Xander Chapman, Kendra Duncan, Anna Eller, James Gault, Shelby Gilbert, Damija Gist, Gabbie Grant, Carter Hackler, Noelle Head, Aiden Hines, Chad Jeter, Landon Johnson, Aleta Jolly, Ben Kinman, Hayden Lawson, Kaitlyn Lawson, Evan Millwood, Madi Parks, Dylan Peahuff, Jaelyn Porter, Malachi Rice, Joslynn Rufrano, Faith Smith, Tyson Trammell, Matthew Young

 

Perfect Attendance

4K – Harmony Jeter, Quinnton Mitchell, Weston Seaburg, Logan Suggs, Brayden Wilson

 

5K – Kjhan Anaya, Malik Austin, Noah Boulware, Cruz Crawford, Isabella Crocker, Nevaeh Gilliam, Ja’Kyon Goode, Haylee Henderson, Alayna Johnson, Lyric Kershaw, Brittany Lowe, Joshua Rash, Makiyan Renwick, Paisley Thomas, Landyn Tucker, Airenee Walker, Bud Willard, Brendan Nasir Withers

 

1st Grade – Brody Addis, Anna Barnett, Eian Boulware, Landon Bradburn, Natalie Bramlett, Noah Brock, Faith Dean, Ryleigh Gilliam, Zay’Darrius Gray, Ayanna Griffin-Green, Kaylee Lawson, Alyssa Magner, Ariel Palmer, Darshil Patel, Kaden Sims, Kristinna Williams, E’Coryan Young

 

2nd Grade – Quan Beacham, Makenzie Bishop, Jaxson Burgess, Chloe Davis, Andrew Eller, Jayden Holloway, Adrianna Lipscomb, Aiyanna Napper, Ivey Palmer, Audrey Paris Brown, Isabella Pettie, Adam Sinclair, Mason Suggs, Braydon Riddle, Italy Scott, Layla Steadings, Gia Still, Kindall Thomas

 

3rd Grade – Kenlee Beaver, Joshua Betsill, Christian Booker, A’Neisa Brown, Xavier Burnett, Lauryn Conway, Ja’Don Garrett, Brianna Gowan, Tyre Hill, Matthew Judy, Anna Grace Lee, Madison Maness, ZyShaun Rogers, Xavier Rufrano, Kailyn Salter, Yatonian Salter, Jemochaine Stinson, Jamir Tucker, Zy’Quez Tucker, Aiden Young, Arden Young, Kingston Wade

 

4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Noah Ballard, Bella Bramlett, Hunter Brock, Katie Campbell, Kendrick Constant, Charles Gowan, Nezhay Jeter, Aryah Johnson, Jaylen Kershaw, Destiney Lucre, Kaden Malpass, Corey Millwood, Colton Murphy, Lila Murphy, Sam Murphy, Bryant Ochiltree, Olivia Phillips, Shyann Rakestraw, Kelci Rochester, Brooklyn Stevens, Rihanna Thompson, Tamia Vaughn, Alyssa Vinson, Ryleigh Yarbrough

 

5th Grade – Reid Barnado, Charles Beard, Zander Campbell, Zion Fields, Christopher Garfias, Damija Gist, Kade Griffin, Aiden Hines, Chad Jeter, Kyle Johnson, Tamia Johnson, Aleta Jolly, Ben Kinman, Kaitlyn Lawson, Jaylen Lee, Keke Lyles, Jace Magner, Evan Millwood, Dylan Peahuff, Daniella Ponce, Jaelyn Porter, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Joslynn Rufrano, Khloie Sims, DeShon Smith, Faith Smith, Makaila Thomas, Kassidy Trammell, Tyson Trammell, Tremell Walker, Nathan Weaver, Najyra White, Kaiysin Young


October 29, 2018

First grade students love to read at BES!
First grade students at Buffalo Elementary have been busy learning sight words.  Teachers have put some fun into learning these words using puzzles, spongy letters, flip sets, white boards, and using the words in context. Children love to 'play with' these sets as they are learning and challenging each other.  We focus on understanding what they are reading rather than focusing on lots of unknown words. They are excited to master the words and learn more words! Mastering the words makes our students feel so much more confident when reading.  We are so proud of their progress!


September 14, 2018--All Union County elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. All middle schools and the high school will dismiss at 1 p.m. There will be no afternoon 4-K classes due to the early dismissal. All students will be provided lunch before school dismisses. No decision has been made yet about the schedule for Monday, September 17.

Foster Park Elementary School

From left:  Parker Northern, Peyton Threadgill, Head Coach Brian Thompson, Chandler Northern, T.T. Kershaw, and Jordan Kershaw


Foster Park Elementary School was showing their school and community spirit Friday, September 7th by hosting some of the Union County Yellow Jacket football players.  Head Coach Brian Thompson and several players came early in the morning to brighten the students’ morning as they helped them out of their cars in the car line. 

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Museum About Me

On Friday, August 24, 2018, Mrs. Roark’s third graders at Foster Park Elementary School participated in their classroom Museum About Me. Their homework during the first week of school was to bring in 3-5 objects that told something about themselves by Thursday. During writing time on Thursday, they wrote descriptions on index cards about each of the objects they brought in. On Friday, all of their objects were set out on their desks like they would be in a museum. When they came in from recess, they walked around “the museum” and learned some interesting facts about their classmates. Everyone enjoyed learning about their classmates!

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Science Fun

Students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School had so much fun making observations with a real coconut using their five senses. This was such a fun way to practice their science skills after reading a kindergarten favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

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