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District Announcements
Visit Our New Website
June 30, 2014
Beginning the week of July 1, we're switching to a new website host. You should still be able to find our district homepage at, but if you're seeing this site, please click here to go directly to our new district site. There you'll find more information about the website transition.
Likewise, our school websites will be all new. To find your new school web site, click here. 
We hope the new sites will make you feel more informed and connected to our schools than ever.

Save the Date!
May 14, 2014
The dates and times for registration and Meet the Teacher nights for the 2014-2015 school year have been set.

Elementary Meet the Teacher night will be Thursday, August 14, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at every elementary school in the district. 

Click below for a detailed list of dates and times for middle and high school registration. Mark your calendar!

Registration Dates and Times

Thank a Bus Driver!
May 8, 2014
This week is South Carolina Bus Driver Appreciation Week!
Please take time to tell a bus driver that you appreciate the hard work they do. Bus drivers carry our most precious cargo thousands of miles each school year. We're glad to have people with the training and heart to transport our students through rain and shine, good behavior and bad, and from sunrise to sunset.
Thank you, bus drivers!

Thank a School Nurse Today!
May 7, 2014
 May 7 is National School Nurse Day!

Please take time today to tell your school nurses how much you appreciate the work they do. We want to thank our school nurses for the hundreds of nicks, cuts, bruises, sniffles and upset stomachs they have helped our students overcome this year. 

Thank you for helping us stay healthy!

Thank a Teacher!
May 6, 2014
May 6 is 2014 National Teacher Day!

Our teachers are what make Pickens County schools a great place to learn. Please take time today to show an educator how grateful you are for the impact they have made on your life. 

For ideas on how to thank a teacher, visit the
National Education Association's website!

If you don't have time to show your appreciation today, remember that Teacher Appreciation Week continues until Friday.

And if you can read this announcement, thank a teacher!

Sign Up For Summer Robotics Camps
May 5, 2014
 The School District of Pickens County is taking applications for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camps. The camps will be an exciting time geared towards teaching students some basic principals in robotics. These activities include types of gears, gear ratios, levers, pulleys, programming robots, and much more. The camps are scheduled at East End Elementary School from June 16-19 and at Clemson Elementary School from June 23-26. There will be four classes at each camp based on grade level and experience.

Town Hall Meeting and Auditorium Opening On February 25
December 9, 2013
Come out to see the newly renovated Gettys Middle School Auditorium and attend a town hall meeting with our superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew on February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The auditorium, which was built in 1939 has been renovated to serve students. Dr. Pew is looking forward to talking with parents and community members about the state of the district. 

You can even email us your questions beforehand! Send them to

Important note: this meeting was originally scheduled for January 9. It was moved to February 25.

Substance Abuse Prevention
February 24, 2014
The School District of Pickens County has partnered with the Stepping It Up Coalition of Pickens County to take a stand for substance abuse prevention.
Please click here to participate in a short survey on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug use in Pickens County.

Your participation is important for us to help create a safe environment for our students. You must live in Pickens County and be the parent of a Pickens County student to participate. Please take this survey only once. All responses are confidential.

Schools Closed on Friday because of Winter Weather Storm
February 13, 2014
New...The School District of Pickens County will be closed on Friday, February 14th because of winter weather.  We hope our families stay warm and safe.

Pickens County Schools Delayed Until 10 a.m. on Tuesday
January 6, 2014
Because of extreme cold weather, schools in the School District of Pickens County will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, January 7. Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Also, morning 4K classes are cancelled; afternoon 4K classes will continue as normal.

Please use caution and bundle up as you head outside!

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!
January 3, 2014
Parents are encouraged to register kindergarten students during the scheduled dates of January 6 through January 31, 2014. However, students may be registered at the elementary school in their attendance zone during normal school hours anytime before the first day of school begins.
Children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for four-year-old kindergarten, and children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.

More information

First Semester Exam Schedule
December 13, 2013
First semester exams are coming up!

Students, don't forget to study hard and get plenty of sleep. Exams begin on Tuesday, December 17, and end on Friday December 20.

Also, school will dismiss early on December 20. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:50 a.m.

There will be no afternoon 4K classes on December 20. Morning 4K students who ride the bus will have to ride with 5K-12 students. Parents who don't wish for their 4K students to ride with older children should make arrangements to pick their children up at the 11:00 a.m. dismissal time.

Exam Schedule

Flu Season Is Here Again
January 13, 2014
Students have begun to come to school with flu symptoms over the past week, and we need the help of all our employees and parents to help stop the spread of disease!

We want to encourage our employees to be mindful of germs and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. 

Parents, if you see any symptoms of illness, we strongly urge you to keep your child home. Please do not risk the well-being of your own child or others in order to pursue a perfect attendance certificate. Your child's health is much more important to us than his or her attendance record!

For more information on how to prevent and identify the flu, please click here.

School To Dismiss Early On November 14
November 6, 2013
Schools in Pickens County will dismiss early on November 14 because of anticipated traffic issues from the Clemson football game that night.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. Also, afternoon 4K classes will be cancelled. Morning 4K will continue as usual.

We anticipate that traffic in the Clemson area and around U.S. 123 in Easley would make it impossible for buses to take students home in a reasonable amount of time unless school is dismissed early. We also have concerns about the safety of student drivers in the heavy traffic.

Schools may continue after school activities such as athletic practices at the principal's discretion.

Community Invited To "Ask Anything" at Town Hall Meetings
February 20, 2014
We are inviting the community to aTown Hall Meeting with our Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to get feedback on how we can make our schools the best they can be. The meeting will be on February 25th at the opening of the renovated Gettys Middle School auditorium. The theme is “Ask Anything.”

Questions for Dr. Pew can be sent in advance to will also be accepted during the meeting. Dr. Pew will be presenting information about the state of the district, and she will try to include answers to any questions we get in advance. See you there!


Tell Us How We're Doing!
September 4, 2013
In an effort to make our schools the best they can be, the School District of Pickens County is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey about the school your child attends. The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child enrolled in our district, you may re-use the same link to access other schools.

In order to complete the survey, just click here!

The survey will only be available until Friday, September 27.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  We appreciate your honest opinions, and they will guide our efforts to improve the learning experience for all children in our district.
Registration Dates Announced For 2013 School Year
May 6, 2013
Attention Parents!

The registration and Meet the Teacher dates for the 2013-2014 school year are set. 

Meet the Teacher day and registration for all elementary schools will be Thursday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Registration times for middle and high schools vary by school and by grade. For a complete list of times and dates for middle and high schools, take a look at the Meet the Teacher Schedule.

2013 Registration Q & A

2013 Handbook Available
August 5, 2013
Back to School 2013: A Handbook for Students and Parents is ready to view and download. The student and parent handbook contains vital information for the coming school year. 

We want to encourage parents and students to help us "go green" by downloading the electronic version of the handbook as much as possible.

See you at school!

Checking Your Child's Grades
May 8, 2013
As the end of the school year approaches, we know many parents are giving added attention to grades. Don't forget that ParentLink is the place for parents to access grades, attendance and assignment information.

Instructions on how to use ParentLink can be found by
clicking here.

If you have lost or forgotten your ParentLink login information, please come to the school office, and we'll be glad to help you out!

Summer LEGO Robotics Camps Announced
May 17, 2013
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camp is ready to gear up for the third summer in a row.  The camps are open to students from 1st through 8th grade, and they will be hosted at Clemson Elementary, Pickens High School, and East End Elementary (moved from Brice Middle School). There will be three classes at each camp based on grade level and experience:

WeDo Camp - designed for grades 1 and 2.

Basic NXT Building Camp - designed for grades 3-5.

Sumo Robot Camp - designed for grades 5-8.

To download a sign-up sheet with more information, click here!

Pickens County Has Talent Finalists Announced!
February 21, 2013
We are happy to announce the finalists for Pickens County Has Talent, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

The contestants were chosen by audience votes at the four preliminary shows at Daniel High School, Pickens High School, Liberty High School and Easley High School, and they have beat out dozens of competitors for a chance at first place.
The Grand Finale will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in the Easley High School Auditorium. $500 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $300 to the second-place winner, and $200 to the third-place winner of Saturday’s contest.

Please come out to support our talented competitors and our schools!

News Release

All Schools Dismiss at 10 a.m. Today
January 25, 2013
Because of a high probability of ice on the roads in the afternoon, Pickens County public schools will be dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25. We have had early reports of freezing rain in the northern part of the county, and we are avoiding the risk of families driving home from school in dangerous conditions. All after school activities are cancelled as well. Activities will resume as normal on Saturday.

Again, all Pickens County public schools are dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25.

Pickens County Has Talent Is Back!
January 4, 2013
SDPC is holding its second annual Pickens County Has Talent Competition, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. The event is open to everyone in Pickens County!

Winners from the shows in the Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens areas will compete for first prize on February 23. Every kind of talent is welcome as long as submissions remain “G-Rated.”

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will directly support Pickens County Schools. There will be a total of five shows: one in each region plus the Grand Finale.

Audition Times and Schedule

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2011-2012 Report To The Community
November 19, 2012
The 2011-2012 Report to the Community is ready to view!

As mandated by the Educational Improvement Act of 1984, each school district in South Carolina must publish by April 30th an annual report detailing financial and academic information for the preceding academic year. The report contains information about our district, including school and staff information, test scores, financial reporting, and enrollment.

Our report also includes Points of Pride and a summary of progress made on the Building Program over the past school year.

2011-2012 Report to the Community

Yearly Flu Vaccines
October 29, 2012
The school district is partnering with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer flu vaccines to our students.

Vaccine clinics will be held at Daniel High School on November 7, at Pickens High School on November 8, at Liberty High School on November 13 and at Gettys Middle School on November 14.

Parents are reminded to be sure to bring their child's Medicaid or health insurance card to the clinic.

Flu Clinic Flyer

Attention Parents!
September 18, 2012
ParentLink, which is our new system for viewing student grades, assignments and attendance information online, is up and running.
A letter containing login information for each parent was attached to each student's interim progress report on Thursday, September 20. Once you have your login information, you can view your students' information on the ParentLink website.

Please click below to learn how to use our new system for checking grades, assignments and attendance.

Superintendent's Message Regarding Recent Employee Arrests
October 1, 2012
Dear SDPC Parents,
click here to view a letter from Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew regarding the recent arrest of district employees.

Student, Teacher Websites Still Under Construction
September 4, 2012
The school district is still in the process of upgrading to a new online information system for parents for the 2012-2013 school year. Until the upgrade is completed, grades, assignments and attendance information will not be available to parents. We expect this process to be complete within the next few days, and we will notify parents when they can begin logging in to check grades, assignments and attendance information.
We are also in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year.  We expect the websites to be ready within the next couple of weeks, and we will notify parents when they are complete. Until then, we appreciate your patience during this process. 

Teacher Websites Unavailable Until After Labor Day
August 16, 2012
The school district is in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year. Because this upgrade will be completed shortly following Labor Day, grades, assignments and attendance will not be available to parents online prior to September 3rd. Until then, information and instructions will be posted on district and school websites to help parents during the transition.
Letter to parents
Parents Asked for Technology Input
March 12, 2012
The School District of Pickens County is exploring an option that would allow students to bring their own technology devices to school next year.  Students would be able to connect their devices and use them on our network.  Before we make changes to our existing practices, we want to know what our parents think about the “Bring Your Own Technology” idea, so we’re asking all parents to take a brief survey.  The information we receive will help us move forward.  Thanks for your input, parents!  BYOT Survey
January 27, 2012
Daniel Area auditions for Pickens County Has Talent will be held at Edwards Middle School this Saturday, January 28, beginning at 10:00 a.m. More information
4K and 5K Registration Begins January 9
January 4, 2012
The School District of Pickens County will conduct registration for four-year-old (4K) and five-year-old (5K) kindergarten beginning January 9, 2012.  Children must register at the school in the attendance zone in which they reside and must be registered by their parent/legal guardian.  Registration hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Parents are encouraged to register kindergarten students the scheduled dates of January 9 through January 31, 2012.  However, students may be registered at the elementary school in their attendance zone during normal school hours any time before the first day of school begins.

A child who is four years old on or before September 1, 2012 may register for four-year-old kindergarten; however, the child must qualify for the program.  A child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2012 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.
To enroll, a student must reside in Pickens County with his/her parent or legal guardian and provide the following three required documents:
  1. Student’s state-issued birth certificate – not the hospital keepsake copy;
  2. Student’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization;
  3. Proof of Pickens County residence. A parent or guardian must provide proof of Pickens County residence when a student first enrolls at any school. Acceptable proof of residence is a current electricity, gas, water or cable/satellite bill in the parent/guardian’s name.  The bill must show the service address. 
Since 4K programs are funded only for identified four-year old children who have significant readiness deficiencies, students are screened prior to placement.  All elementary schools have 4K programs on site; however, 4K programs for the upcoming school year are contingent on funding.

Holiday Break Begins December 19
December 8, 2011
Following a regular day of classes on Friday, December 16, School District of Pickens County students will begin a two-week holiday break.  December 19 is a Professional Learning Day for staff; students do not attend. Schools reopen on Monday, January 2, 2012.  First semester exams begin on Tuesday, January 24, continuing through January 27.  2011-2012 School Calendar

Get Ready for Winter Weather!
December 28, 2011
With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our inclement weather procedures.  Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety.  Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local television stations.  

In case of weather emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges.  To receive a text, parents must complete the Text Messaging Permission form and return it to their child’s school.

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database.  To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

Pickens County Has Talent: Looking for Volunteers
December 5, 2011
Pickens County Has Talent is a county-wide talent show that will showcase the best of the best within Pickens County.  All proceeds from the family-oriented, fun event are specifically earmarked for education in Pickens County – all funds raised will be used for instructional supplies that directly benefit students.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with auditions and the final show.  Meetings to learn more about volunteering will be held at Liberty High (Room 208) on December 5, Daniel High (Room 112) on December 6, Easley High (cafeteria) on December 8, and Pickens High (cafeteria) on December 12.  All meetings are scheduled at 7:00 p.m.

Watch our websites and the local media for more information about Pickens County Has Talent.  The district-wide show is scheduled on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pickens High School Auditorium. More Information ... News Release from Pickens County Has Talent

Teacher Websites, Grades Now Online
October 13, 2011
We have now resolved the problems with our websites and online grade access.  We encourage you to register for our websites so that you can use the many features available.  With a parent or student login, you can check grades, know what homework, projects and tests have been assigned and when they’re due, receive daily reminders of assignments, and communicate with teachers.  You’ll find complete registration instructions under Families & Communities/Parent Communications/SDPC Website Registration.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked through the problems over the last few weeks.

Since 4K, 5K and 1st grade students do not receive progress reports, each elementary school is providing specific details about its method for distributing the PowerSchool Student Number to parents of students enrolled in these grade levels.

President Obama To Address Students
September 21, 2011
President Obama will deliver his third annual back-to-school speech on September 28 in a live online broadcast at 1:30 p.m.  The President will speak directly to students across the nation in a non-partisan address.

Individual schools will have flexibility in how they choose to have students view the address.  Parents who do not want their child to view the speech should notify their child’s school in writing by Monday, September 26.  Those students will participate in alternative activities, and their grades will not be penalized.

President Obama is not the first nor will he likely be the last to give an address to students.  It has become somewhat of a tradition for Presidents to address students.  Former President George H.W. Bush spoke to students across the nation in 1991 as did former President Clinton in a “Webside” chat in 2001. In addition, former President Reagan spoke to the nation’s students during a nationally broadcast question and answer session in 1986.

The President’s back-to-school speech will be available for patrons to view online. Information on how to view the address is expected to be posted soon at
SchoolFusion Technical Issues Affecting Our Websites
September 8, 2011
Thursday, September 8:  Because of SchoolFusion technical issues, we are currently experiencing problems with creating and activating teacher Web pages, user logins, uploading and downloading files, display and speed.  We are working with SchoolFusion support to solve these problems. 

Please continue to check our website for updated information on these problems  We appreciate your understanding and patience.

April 4 Board Meeting Time Changed
March 29, 2011
The next SDPC Board of Trustees meeting will be a called meeting on Monday, April 4 at Liberty Middle School Auditorium.  The board will convene the meeting at 6:00 p.m. for public input. Check for the most recent agenda under Board of Trustees/Meetings on the SDPC website.

SDPC Board Meeting Location Changed
March 25, 2011
The SDPC Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, March 28, will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the B.J. Skelton Career Center, 1400 Griffin Mill Road, Easley. The board packet is available under Board of Trustees/Meetings.

LunchBox Access Restored
March 17, 2011
The  upgrade of the LunchBox system that allows parents to access and manage a student’s lunch account online is complete. Internet access to student accounts through the Student Nutrition Services website has been restored. If you have questions, you may contact Student Nutrition Services at 397-1167.

SDPC Offers Seamless Summer Feeding Program
April 15, 2011
During the summer, school-age students up to 18 years old can have free meals through the Seamless Summer Feeding Program.  The program is free to all children in Pickens County regardless of family income.  Meals will be served at West End Elementary and Pickens Elementary, and we hope to add more locations.  Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 6 – August 19.  Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. No meals will be served on July 4. For more information, visit the SDPC Student Nutrition Services website or contact Sally Nicholson at 864-397-1166.

Public Invited To Give Priorities, Ideas at Community Meetings
November 8, 2010
With planning for the 2011-2012 budget on the horizon, the School District of Pickens County administration wants to hear from parents and community members.  Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent, will hold three community meetings throughout the district on Monday, November 15 for that purpose.

“For the past two years, we have reduced the budget to the point that our educational program is being affected,” said Hunt.  “We expect to lose $5 million in federal stimulus funds next year, and we don’t have many options left.  It’s very important that we hear what the community’s priorities are and what solutions they can offer.  We want the feedback before moving ahead with budget planning.”

Meetings are scheduled at Secona Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pickens from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; Clemson United Methodist Church Worship Center in Clemson from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  News Release ... Op-Ed from Dr. Hunt

Parents May Request Emergency Text Messages
August 27, 2010
Through ParentLink phone calls and e-mail messages, the School District of Pickens County and your child’s school provide timely information about school events, absences, lunch account balances and inclement weather.  In case of emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges. 

Parents will continue receiving ParentLink calls; however, those who wish to receive a text (in emergencies only) in addition to the phone call must provide information.  You can find the request form for text messaging on the SDPC website Forms page under "ParentLink."  Return the completed form to your child’s school. To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your child's school if any of your contact information changes.

Providing the option of emergency text messages is another way for SDPC to communicate clearly and frequently with our families.
Have You Registered for Our Teacher Websites?
August 24, 2010
The process of integrating teacher Web pages with PowerSchool, our new student database system, is now complete!  We encourage all families to use our websites and become partners with teachers in helping students achieve success. 

Teachers are working on their Web pages so that students and parents can access assignments, grades, and class information.  To use the many resources on our websites, you must first create a parent account through the SDPC site or any of our school sites.

If you experienced problems creating an account, logging in, or seeing your student’s classes before Monday, August 23, please try again.  Users who still experience problems should contact the school for assistance. Please contact teachers with questions about their Web pages.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Read more about resources on our websites (Daily Activity Notifications, Combined Calendars, Student Storage Space, Curriculum Overviews)

We Welcome Volunteers!
August 20, 2010
We support and encourage volunteers in our schools.  Volunteers make a difference to many people—students, families, teachers, and the entire community. 
Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must receive initial or renewal training from a district school and submit to a Sex Offenders’ Registry check. In addition, any volunteer who will work with students without supervision by school staff  (for example, to volunteer as a field trip chaperone) must have a background check through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) processed after July 1, 2007. The volunteer must pay the $25 cost of the background check.
Volunteer training is conducted at schools. Check with your school for procedures and schedules. The 2010-2011 Volunteer Training Schedule for all schools will be updated as we are notified of sessions; the schedule is on the Volunteer Information page. Thank you for volunteering in SDPC schools!

Families May Apply Online Quickly and Safely for Free, Reduced Price School Meals
August 5, 2010
The School District of Pickens County has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  
Also, we are pleased to offer the option of applying online for free and reduced price meals.  Through the new Student Nutrition Services website, parents may apply safely, securely, and privately to determine their eligibility.   A new meal application is required every year, so we encourage families to begin submitting applications online now.  
Families without Internet access may use computers at all Pickens County public libraries or at the Adult Learning Center in Easley.  Clemson Community Care also has a computer and assistance available to parents wishing to complete the application online. News Release

Student Nutrition Services Launches New Website
July 12, 2010
Students and parents now have access to menus, nutrition tips, online application for free and reduced meals, and LunchBox Online in one convenient location – a new Student Nutrition Services website.  Launched on July 1, the new site – – is accessed through our Student Nutrition Services link and through each school’s website under Student Services—Student Nutrition.
Among the many features on the site is Lunchbox Online, which gives parents direct access to their children’s meal accounts and the convenience of depositing funds into the account.  Another feature allows families to apply for free and reduced price meals online anytime.  When parents use the secure, private online submission, the nutrition staff can process applications much quicker.  Students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals receive the benefits much faster.

“Our goal in Student Nutrition Services is to serve our customers quality, nutritious foods in friendly safe environments,” says Student Nutrition director Sally Nicholson.  “The new website helps us communicate that goal.  I encourage everyone to visit the new site and explore the many rich resources there.” News Release ... More information

Kindergarten Registration Begins January 11
January 1, 2010
The School District of Pickens County will conduct registration for four-year-old (4K) and five-year-old (5K) kindergarten beginning January 11, 2010.  Children must register at the school in the attendance zone in which they reside and must be registered by their parent/legal guardian.  Registration hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

A child who is four years old on or before September 1, 2010 may register for four-year-old kindergarten; however, the child must qualify for the program.  A child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2010 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.  More Information ... Enrollment Guidelines ... Mark the Date 2010

H1N1 Clinics Will Begin November 23 in Elementary Schools
November 19, 2009
On Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, four DHEC teams will move across the School District of Pickens County, administering H1N1 vaccinations in elementary schools.  4195 students and staff members will be vaccinated.  Monday clinics will take place at AR Lewis, Pickens, Holly Springs, Hagood, Ambler, Dacusville, Six Mile and Clemson elementary schools.  Tuesday clinics will take place at Liberty, East End, McKissick, Crosswell, Forest Acres, Central and West End elementary schools.  Clinics in middle and high schools have not been scheduled.  We are asking any parent who signed the consent form and then decided to have the child vaccinated somewhere else to call the school nurse.   News Release  ... H1N1 Vaccination Q&A
Clemson ES Honored for Promoting Disability Awareness
May 8, 2009
Vicki Miesbauer, guidance counselor at Clemson Elementary School and Ann Rash, teacher cadet instructor at D. W. Daniel High School were recognized by the SC Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children and by Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. for their continued support and dedication to promoting disability awareness within their school and the community.

Miesbauer and Rash introduced a grant-sponsored program, “Awareness:  The Key to Friendships,” to elementary school students and teacher cadets in 2001 and have presented the program yearly since that time.  Over the past seven years 750 third-grade students and 90 teacher cadets have participated in the program at Clemson Elementary, in which teacher cadets help students through hands-on activities better understand what it is like to live with various disabilities and challenges.

Pictured are, left to right, Dr. Ken Weichel, principal, Clemson Elementary; Beth Austin, Disabilities Awareness Coordinator of Family Connection; Vicki Miesbauer; Ann Rash; and Andy Pope, Executive Director of Family Connection.
Best of the Web Awards
April 1, 2010
You can nominate a teacher with an outstanding Web site for a Best of the Web Award! Nominations will be accepted from April 1-9 . To nominate a teacher, look for the Best of the Web link at the top of each teacher’s page. Awards will be made by SchoolFusion, the company that hosts SDPC and school Web sites.  The company wants to recognize the year’s most innovative and exciting classroom pages, so nominate a teacher today!

Welcome to Clemson Elementary School!
June 4, 2014
 For those that would like to purchase a 2013-14 yearbook, you will be able to do so for a very short period of time.  There is a limited supply that will be delivered to the school no later than June 18 and each yearbook will cost $35.  Payment(check or cash) must be received in the school office no later than 3:00 PM Thursday, June 5, to receive a yearbook.  Yearbooks will be distributed based on when monies are received.  After that time no orders will be taken.
You will be notified when these yearbooks arrive and there will be a limited time to pick these yearbooks up from the school office.

Clemson Arts Festival
May 13, 2014
 Visit the CLEMSON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS on Saturday May 17th from 10 am to 5 pm. The CES School Improvement Council committee will be selling ice cream, cookies and orange drinks to support the Artist in Residence program for Clemson Elementary school.  All proceeds from the sales will support Clemson Elementary. Visit for details!  Hope to see you there!

Wanted: Field Day Volunteers
May 13, 2014
 Field Day will be taking place May 30th with younger friends participating during the morning session (8:30-10:30) while the older friends will be participating in the afternoon session(11:30-2:00). Field Day runs so smoothly because of the parent volunteers that each homeroom teacher so graciously finds for us! With that being said, we will need at least two parent volunteers from each homeroom present during each field day session. We run twenty stations and typically we have two volunteers at each station. If you are a parent and would like to volunteer, please email your student's homeroom teacher to do so.  Thanks again for helping us make field day a success!

Walk to School Day
May 13, 2014
 On Friday, May 23, it will be WALK TO SCHOOL day for the 10th time in our school's history. Join the tradition to promote healthy life-style, community spirit and sustainability.  All student walkers should be accompanied by an adult. Parents, please sign up to volunteer to help greet and direct students. Please, fill out the sign up sheet and return to school or send an e-mail to
5TH GRADERS, who have walked on EVERY Walk to School Day so far, will be recognized as "WALKING CHAMPIONS". Please register your name on the Walk to School sign-up sheet, or by sending an e-mail with your name and homeroom to 

For more info visit our blog at   or browse photos at

Track Relays
May 2, 2014
     The Elementary Track relays will be held at DWDaniel HS football stadium track, Saturday, May 3rd at 9:00AM.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the meet.  Students in grades 3rd, 4th , and 5th will be competing in a 75 YD baton relay and 100 YD dash.  Students need to be there by 8:30 on the field.  Come out and support our students!

Bonus Bucks
May 1, 2014
 If you are in need of end of the year or summer birthday gifts consider supporting the PTA by purchasing gift cards from Bonus Bucks. The PTA will run one more order this year. Forms will be sent home Monday, May 12th and are due Thursday, May 15th. Orders placed will be returned to you by Tuesday May 20th.

PASS Testing
April 29, 2014
The PASS Test will be May 6-9 for all third through fifth grade students.  It is important for students to arrive at school on time on those days.  Also, please avoid scheduling appointments on those days as well.  Please help your student do his or her best by making sure he or she receives a good night's sleep and eats a nutritious breakfast on testing days.  It is also important to encourage your student to do his or her best work on the test.  Also, students are not allowed to have any electronic devices during testing.  (i.e. cell phones, media players, watches, tablets, etc.)  If you have any questions about PASS testing, you may contact Kelly Finnegan or Melissa Terry.
Also, we will need monitors to help with testing on those days.  If you are available to help from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on either of those days, please call the school at 397-1500 or email Melissa Terry at 

PTA General Membership Meeting
April 29, 2014
The PTA will host a general meeting of its membership on May 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  All PTA members are encouraged to attend.   

April 25, 2014
 Congratulations to our Special Olympians who competed on Friday, April 25, at Clemson University!  They all did very well and represented our school.  We are so proud of their hard work and commitment.  It was great to see their happy faces as they competed in their events.  Special thanks to Donyea Brown, ASC, Mrs. Barnes, and our special education teachers for making this event happen for our students!

April 22, 2014
 We are so excited to announce Jennifer Sheriff as our Teacher of the Year for 2014!  Mrs. Sheriff is an excellent first grade teacher and is beloved by her present and former students.  We are proud that she will be representing us!
Also, congratulations to Connie Upchurch for being named Support Employee of the Year for 2014!  It has been a difficult year for Ms. Upchurch in losing her teaching partner, Mrs. Rhoads.  Ms. Upchurch has remained a constant source of love and hope for her students during a very challenging year.  
Congratulations to both of these ladies!  

April 1, 2014
 The Boosterthon Fun Run kicked off with a thrilling Pep Rally and we are super excited about this year’s program.  The Boosterthon Fun Run program involves all students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds.  All proceeds go to new technology for our school.  The central focus of this year’s character program is FRIENDSHIP. This year’s character theme is CAMP HIGH FIVE, and the Booster Team will take students on a fun-filled journey teaching them the importance of friendship. All students will participate in the fun-filled camp activities regardless of their ability to secure pledges.  This is intended to be a great experience for all involved, regardless of the funds raised.  Here’s how you can help:
LOG ON to your student’s website at using your student’s access code on the Pledge Book that came home with them today.  Log on each night to watch the Camp High Five character and music videos, and enter pledge information.
GET PLEDGES by connecting your student with 10 sponsors. The new has many ways to use social media in the pledging process and pay online. Be sure to capture and record the e-mail address of each sponsor, as they will have an easy opportunity to pay for your student’s pledge by credit card online.
COME TO THE BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN NEXT WEEK! Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps and we would love to have lots of support for our team!
Thank you for supporting our classroom and our school!  

Multiage Informational Meetings
March 1, 2014
Informational meetings about the Clemson Elementary Multiage program will be held on April 8 at 9:00 am and on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  These meetings are held to provide information about the multiage classrooms and to make applications available. There are two classrooms - a K/1 classroom and a 2/3 classroom.  There will be 20 Kindergarten openings, and then a few openings in 1, 2, and 3.  If you are interested in this program, you are invited to come to one of the meetings mentioned above.  To apply for the multiage program, please complete this form and return it to the front office by April 11, 2014.

Wendy's Night
April 1, 2014
On April 10th, it will be Wendy's Night at the Wendy's located at 1048 Tiger Blvd in Clemson.  We invite you to come out from 5-8 pm.  Don't forget to mention that you are there for Wendy's School Night, and our school will get a portion of the sales from the receipts.  We appreciate your support, and hope to see you there! 

Library Dates to Remember
April 22, 2014
Here are some dates from the Library for the end of the year: 
April 28-May2 is AR Store.  Students will shop during their scheduled class visit.
Friday, May 9th is the LAST Day for student check out.
Book Swap May 12th -23rd

Please make a note of these.  Thanks!

Chess Team State Champs
March 28, 2014
 Clemson Elementary Chess Team took first place in the 2014 South Carolina Scholastic Chess Tournament held in Columbia, SC on March 22nd.  Isha Pattanaik, a fifth-grader, placed as the Top Female in the Elementary School Division.  Connor Liu is the 4th Grade State Chess Champion.  Toby Cox, a third-grader, placed 3rd in the Kindergarten to Third Grade Division.  The team, consisting of 11 members this year, has placed in the top three for the last nine years. Team members are Thomas Cawood, Toby Cox, Allen Hong, Connor Liu, Isha Pattanaik, Suvan Pattanaik, Rahul Rangaraju, Katrina Shull, Will Shull, Mason Williams, and Matt Williams.  The team is coached by Mark Cawood.  

Congratulations to Regional Science Fair Winners!
March 19, 2014
 Congratulations to Matthew McCaskill, Laura Ivankovic, and Hisham Dimashkieh for their awards in the Regional Science Fair at Southern Wesleyan University!  We are very proud of their efforts!

Congratulations to Our OM Teams!
March 19, 2014
 Odyssey Teams 2013-2014

3rd place

#3 -  It’s How We Rule

Jessica Mason

Vivian  Dong

Sam Housand

Thomas Cawood

Zach McHenry

Sammy McHenry



3rd place

#2 – Not so Haunted House

Sam Bruce

Sydney Weeks

Jenna Marshall

Matthew Schilf

Isha Pattaniak

Cooper Hays

Kuba Jermanowski


4th place

#1 – Driver’s Test

Charlie Smith

Dylan Daniel

Michael Alexander-Alonso

Ethan Richard

Carson Dooley

Breylen Dyar

1st place

#1 – Driver’s Test

Griff Bates

Nate Lockhart

Connor Liu

Mason Matthews

Ryan Wolf

Suvan Pattanaik

Rahul Rangaraju

2nd place

#2 – Not so Haunted House

Matt Williams

Nick Herden

Brooke Schaefer

Nic Jeffries

Katie Burns

Olivia Li



2nd place

# 5 --  Seeing is Believing

Juliette Fleck

Elise Groff

Katie Grimes

Will Jackson Turpin

Finn Disbrow



4th place

#3 -  It’s How We Rule

Zach Grant

Maddie Grant

Molly Gallagher

Patricia Smith



Open House
March 24, 2014
 There will be an Open House at Edwards Middle School for all rising sixth grade students and parents on April 7 from 6-7 pm.

Visit with an Engineer
March 24, 2014
 Dr. Melissa Crawley-Smith came to talk with 4th graders about what is an engineer.  She excited the children with the possibilities engineering leads to and will excite them even more in May with a hands on, interactive project.  We are thankful for our parents and community members who extend our students' experiences with real world learning with STEM projects and more!

Spring Pictures
March 13, 2014
 Individual Spring Pictures will be taken on March 31 in the morning.  Please dress appropriately and get ready to smile!!  Information will be coming soon in Monday folders.

Dinner Out?
April 1, 2014
 Please join us on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-9 pm at Palmetto Smokehouse and Oyster Bar located in downtown Clemson for Family Night!  This restaurant is located across from the soccer fields at Clemson University.  Featured on the kid's menu will be BBQ sliders with fries, Fried Shrimp with fries, Chicken Tenders with fries, and Mac and Cheese.  To see the full menu, go to  Hope to see you then!!

International Festival
February 27, 2014
 The International Festival will be Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 12-2 pm.  There will be sample food from countries around the world, all represented by Clemson Elementary families.  There will be performances from a variety of student groups, including the chorus and Kuk Sool Won.  The Jump Rope team and the Step and Stomp team will also perform.  If you would like to host a country table, contact Jennifer Goree at  Tickets are available in adavance or at the door.  All checks should be made to Clemson Elementary School PTA.  If you would like advance tickets, please turn in a form to your child's teacher by Friday, March 7.  

Welcome Yoshika Moon!
March 3, 2014
 On March 10-14, the second grade will be working with our artist in residence, Ms. Yoshika Moon.  Ms. Moon will work with the students on:  
Japanese Greeting
Name written in Japanese
Learning "Kanji" 
Introduce traditional painting tools 
Japanese Calligraphy
Sumi-e painting (Bamboo black ink painting)
Japanese Tea Ceremony 
Kimono Demonstration
Origami project
Ancient Marbling Papermaking 
It should be a great week for our second graders as they spend 40-50 minutes with her each day next week.  Welcome Ms. Moon!

February 17, 2014
On Thursday, February 20, there are several events occurring at our school at the same time. If you are coming for Famous American Day or for the Jet Toy competition, please park on the gym side of the school or in the front. The bus loop needs to be free of cars because we have two grade levels going on field trips that day and buses will be loaded in the bus loop. Thanks for your help!

Clemson Elementary 5K
January 24, 2014
 Please join us for the third annual Clemson Elementary 5K Run and Walk.  The race will be March 1, 2014.  The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Kid Fun Run (1 lap around the Clemson Elementary track) will begin at 9:45 a.m.  You can download a registration form here to complete and turn in at the front office of Clemson Elementary.  Or, you may sign up on by search for Clemson Elementary 5K.  Please help spread the word about this event throughout our Clemson community to help support our fifth grade trip to Washington, D.C. 

Classroom Portraits
February 4, 2014
 Class portraits will be made on Thursday, Feburary 13, during the morning hours.  Order information was sent home in Monday folders on February 3.  Please return these with $10 for each portrait ordered if you are interested.  Orders will be taken until February 13.  

January PE Superstars
February 7, 2014
5th Javaras Hamilton (Cross) Disney Merdeiros (Burnett)
4th Emily Hunt (Hardin) Jackson Ried (McAndrews)
3rd Collin Leonard (T. Hill) Maria Gadinez-Mendoza (Clark)
2nd Savannah Scott (Bartley) Seth Corontez (Robinson)
1st Zoie Klugo (Sheriff) Grayson Davis (Jensen)
5k Lucas Torres (Johnson) Sophie Duzan (Riggins)

Field Trip Cancelled
January 30, 2014
 The kindergarten field trip that is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2014, has been cancelled.  Sadly, there is no way for buses to deliver students to school on a two hour delay and get our students to the circus by the start time.  Information will be sent home about a possible alternative trip.  We apologize for any problems that this may cause.  

PTA Family Dinner and Bingo Night
January 9, 2014
 On Friday, February 7, 2014, from 6-8, the PTA will host a family dinner and bingo night for the school.  Menu includes BBQ or hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, and drinks.  There will be many BINGO games with awesome prizes for kids and adults.  Ticket information will be sent home in the next few weeks.  Save the date for this funtastic event!

Send Your Valentine a Candy Gram
January 27, 2014
To benefit Relay for Life, Candy Grams will be sold until February 13.  You can order "The Treasure" (candy treats) for $1.00 or "Cupid's Heart" (candy, small toys, and goodies) for $5.00.  These are great Valentine gifts for kids, friends, and teachers.  Please fill out this form and send it in with payment to the front office.  All Candy Grams will be delivered on Valentine's Day. 

Science Fair Winners
January 27, 2014
 Congratulations to the 2014 Clemson Elementary Science Fair Winners!  They are:  Fourth Grade/Third Place - Jessica Maloney and Brooke Schaefer, Fourth Grade/Second Place - Hisham Demashleikeh, Fourth Grade/First Place - Laura Ivankovic, Fifth Grade/Third Place - Matthew McCaskill, Fifth Grade/Second Place - Courtney Collins and Sarah Whitfield, Fifth Grade/First Place - Grace Nammouz, School Winner/Third Place - Vivian Dong, School Winner/Second Place - Annaka Osborne and Kayra Esroy, and Overall Science Fair Winner - Olivia Kittle, Ally Wilson, and Disney Medeiros.  All of the projects were great this year and a big thank you to all who participated!

Subway Night
January 23, 2014
 Join us at Subway on January 28 for Clemson Elementary SUBWAY NIGHT from five o'clock until closing.  This will occur at the Subway on 896 Tiger Blvd.  Please mention that you are from Clemson Elementary when ordering to ensure that we receive a share of the profit that evening.  Thank you for your support!

Congratulations Chess Team!
January 9, 2014
 Seven members of the Clemson Elementary Chess Team participated in the Pawndemonium Tournament in Ashville, NC on Sat., Jan 4th.  The team placed first in the K-5 division and second in the K-3 division.  The team received a team trophy for each of these wins.  Connor Liu placed first in individual competition and Thomas Cawood placed third.  All of our team members received individual trophies because they all placed with-in the top ten for their age range.   Participating members included:

Thomas Cawood 5th 
Graham McCrary 5th

Conner Liu 4th
Rahul Rangaraju 4th
Eric Baldwin 4th

Toby Cox --  3rd  McVay
Allen Hong --  1st Bailey

Jump Rope for Heart
February 4, 2014
 On February 10-28, PE classes will be participating in our 22nd Annual Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser for the Clemson Community! Students who choose to raise money by collecting in person or collecting online have great prize opportunities this year!  Jump Rope for Heart raises money for the American Heart Association to support cardiovascular research and education. Since heart disease is the nation’s #1 killer with Stroke as the fourth leading cause, it is valuable for our children to understand the importance of developing heart-healthy habits through regular exercise and eating nutritious meals. Our goal this year is to increase students’ knowledge of how their hearts work and well as honoring those in our community who have been affected by heart disease and stroke! Students have been given a collection envelop which needs to be returned by Friday, February 28, 2014. Checks should be made out to American Heart Association. Thank you and best of luck!! 

Box Top Contest
March 17, 2014
 For each completed Box Top sheet turned in April 1-30, the student/staff turning in the sheet(s) will have his/her name entered in a drawing for CU baseball tickets in the Cajun Café for a May baseball game. Two tickets will be awarded to a student winner and two to a staff winner. Along with the tickets comes a pass for free food at the game!    

January 5, 2014
 A benefit fundraiser for the family of Marla Rhoads, beloved Clemson Elementary kindergarten teacher, will occur on Saturday, January 11, beginning at 5 pm at Wingin' It (359 College Avenue in Clemson).  Ten percent of all food sales will be donated to the family of Marla Rhoads.  There will also be a silent auction from 5:30-7:00 pm that evening.  We hope you can attend this event.  

Service Times
December 28, 2013
 Services for Marla Rhoads: Visitation is December 28 from 6-8 pm at Duckett Robinson funeral home. Funeral services will be on December 29 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Wesleyan church on Issaqueena Trail.

December 27, 2013
 Clemson Elementary families are mourning the loss of beloved kindergarten teacher, Marla Rhoads. Mrs. Rhoads was a superb teacher, mother, wife, and friend. Please keep the Rhoads family in your thoughts and prayers.

Winter Concert for Families
December 16, 2013
 Monday night, December 16, is the Winter Concert for Families.  All participating students should arrive at school by 6:45 and go to the Science Lab.  Families may go to the cafeteria for the program, which will begin at 7.  Looking forward to a great Holiday performance!

A Reminder of Car Arrival Procedures
September 4, 2013
The school year has gotten off to a great start, but morning arrival continues to be a little difficult for car riders.  Here are some reminders that may help things go more smoothly.  First, please do not use cell phones in the car line.  The car line is a NO CELL PHONE ZONE.  Also, we are trying to use the inside arrival lane after 7:50.  Teachers use it before 7:50, so please do not get in that lane until 7:50.  After 7:50, you are encouraged to use both lanes for arrival so that we can get traffic off of Berkeley.  You are also encouraged to practice courtesy and allow both lanes to merge at the bottom of the hill.  Last, no parents should be parking in any area of the school and walking students to the door.  All car riders must go through the car line.  Even if parents walk students across traffic to the sidewalk, it is not safe for students and it is unfair to those who are waiting in the car line.  
Thank you for your help with these issues.  We are always open to suggestions to make this process run smoother.

Spirit Night - McDonalds
December 9, 2013
 Join us at the Clemson McDonalds for Spirit Night from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  Our school will receive 15% of all sales.  Please mention that you are from Clemson Elementary when you order.  Hope to see you then!

December 5, 2013
 Congratulations to the Clemson Elementary Jump Rope team!  They were chosen for BEST PERFORMANCE at the City of Clemson Christmas Parade on Tuesday evening.  Way to go Jump Rope team!!

Lost and Found
December 5, 2013
 The items from the Lost and Found will be on display in the cafeteria December 19 from 8:15-9:30 a.m.  You are invited to come and walk through during that time.  You may also come any day before then and go through the Lost and Found area to look for items.  Any unclaimed items will be taken to Helping Hands on December 20.  

MAP testing
November 22, 2013
 Students in grades 2-5 will have MAP testing December 2-13.  Students will take reading and math MAP tests.  Please see individual teacher newsletters for exact time and date.  

Thanksgiving Holidays
November 22, 2013
 There will be no school November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Holidays.  School will resume on December 2.

Step and Stomp Team
December 11, 2013
 The Clemson Elementary Step and Stomp team went to visit Country Santa and Miracle Hill on Tuesday, December 10.  They delivered the toys that were collected at our school and worked at both places to assist as needed.  They did a great job!  Thanks to all who provided toys for this trip.

Clemson Elementary shirts
November 19, 2013
 When you are thinking about a Christmas gift for your student, please remember that we have a supply of t shirts available for sale. The orange circus shirt for this year is $12. We also have shirts from years past. Please consider this as a gift for your student and for the school.

Teacher Appreciation Week
November 18, 2013
 This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  The Teacher Appreciation committee is working hard to spoil our teachers and staff.  They would like to remind parents to please send in school supplies by Wednesday.  Also, they would also like to ask students to write a note of appreciation to a faculty or staff member.  Please remember cafeteria employees, custodians, teacher's assistants and others who work to make Clemson Elementary a safe and happy place.  Thank you for your help!

Immigration Day volunteers
November 12, 2013
 The fifth grade is in need of parent volunteers to assist with Immigration Day on Friday, November 22, from 8:30-12:00.  If you would be availabe on this day to lead a center, please email Melissa Terry at  Thanks!

Veterans Day
November 12, 2013
 Veterans Day was a great day at Clemson Elementary.  A morning program hosted the singing group "Take Note" from Clemson University.  Also, speakers, such as Sophia Smith, Tommi Roberts, Michaela Swedberg, and Sarah Turpin, spoke about what Veterans Day meant to them.  The chorus sang a special tribute as well.  Veterans were invited to share a special soup lunch and find their names on the Wall of Honor.  Special thanks to all who participated and made it a special day!  Extra special thanks to our Veterans!  To see pictures of this event, click here.

November 14 ASC
November 12, 2013
 If you are the parent of a student who normally attends ASC on THURSDAY-11/14/13,
YOU MUST SEND A NOTE TO THE SCHOOL ABOUT HOW YOUR CHILD(REN) is TO GO HOME.  School will dismiss at 1:00 pm and it will be important to know how each child is to go home.  There will be no ASC on that day.  

Picture Makeup Day
November 1, 2013
Students who were absent or had something wrong with their previous picture are welcome to have a picture made on Picture Makeup Day in the morning of November 5.   If you have questions, please call the front office at 397-1500.

Veterans Day
October 23, 2013
On November 11, we will have our Veterans Day celebration.  A form was sent home this week for students who have Veterans in their families.  Veterans are invited to put their names on our Wall of Honor and also to participate in a special lunch.  If you have a veteran who would be interested in either of those, please complete the form and return it to school.  

Red Ribbon Week and Spirit of Giving
October 23, 2013
 We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week and Spirit of Giving Week Tuesday, October 29 - Friday, November 1.  The canned food drive will run from October 29-November 8.  You will receive a bag to fill with canned items from home to return to school.  All food is given to Clemson Community Care.
Students will dress up during this week to celebrate as follows:
On Tuesday, October 29, everyone should wear red for Red Ribbon Week.  
On Wednesday, October 30, it is Everyone Counts Day.  Students should wear a shirt with a number on it.  
On Thursday, October 31, K and 1 will dress up in costumes for Halloween in Kindergarten and first graders will dress as book characters.  Grades 2-5 will have crazy hat and sock day.  
On Friday, November 1, everyone should wear Clemson apparel to school.  
It should be an exciting and fun week!  

Art By Me
October 23, 2013
 Please submit all orders for Art By Me by Thursday, October 31, 2013.  Thank you for your support!

Halloween Festival
October 22, 2013
The City of Clemson Parks and Recreation Department and the Merchants of Clemson proudly presents: The 2013 Halloween Festival in Downtown Clemson on October 31st. This event is free to the public with Trick or Treating from 4 - 6 PM and a “Boo’vie in the park” at 7! Come enjoy an evening of trick-or-treating, the Caramel Apple Creation Station, and holiday-inspired storytelling provided by members of the Clemson Area Storytellers Guild and more. Additional details and schedules can be found at

Innisbrook Orders are Here!
October 18, 2013
 Innisbrook Orders are Here!  Students will receive their packages during lunch Thursday, October 24. 
Once you receive the order, please check for accuracy.  Verify your order within 24 hours.  Innisbrook customer service is 1-877-525-5608.

Fall Festival
October 16, 2013
 On Saturday, October 26, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, there will be a FALL FESTIVAL at Clemson Elementary school.  There will be games, a bouncy house, prizes, crafts, face painting, food, and drinks.  This festival will be hosted by Clemson Elementary PTA and Clemson University's Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  Preorder your tickets for a chance to win a raffle prize.  Donation and order forms can be found in the front office.  Hope to see you there for a spooktacular time!

Monitors Needed
October 10, 2013
Monitors for CogAt and ITBS testing for second grade testing are needed.  You do have to be volunteer trained to be a monitor.  Testing will be on October 23-25 and November 5-6 in the morning.  Monitors would need to be at school by 8:00 and would probably finish by 10:30 a.m.  Please email Jodi Bigham at if you are available. 

October 15, 2013
 Fall Apparel Sale Ends October 29!
Please remember to order your Clemson Elementary School Fall Apparel.  These items make great Christmas gifts.  The clothing will be delivered before winter break.  The order form is on our website or you may pick one up in the office.  Orders with payment should be turned in to the office.  These items are available by pre-order only.  This is a fund raiser for the school so we will receive a portion of the sales.  Thank you for your order.

CogAt/ITBS Testing
October 10, 2013
 CogAt and ITBS testing will occur October 23-25 and November 5 and 6 for all second grade students.  The main purpose of this assessment is screening for the gifted and talented program.  It will be important for second graders to eat a nutritious breakfast and to come to school well-rested on those days.  It is also helpful if students are in school and are not checked out for appointments during those days.  We are still in need of monitors for those days.   You do have to be volunteer trained to be a monitor.  If you are available, please email Jodi Bigham at  You would be needed from 8-10 on those days.  

Trunk or Treat and Float In
October 9, 2013
 On October 26, the Central-Clemson Recreation Center is hosting an event with trunk or treating, games, face painting, a costume contest, and then a movie in the pool.  The event lasts from 5-8 pm and is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  If you volunteer, the festivities are free.  Bring your favorite float for the Float-in-Movie and some change for games.  Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in the costume contest.  Enjoy this spooktacular event!  For more information, click here.

Picture Day
October 4, 2013
Individual fall pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 8.  Please dress accordingly and don't forget to SMILE! 

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
December 4, 2013
Come on out to Chick-Fil-A on December 17 between 5:00-8:00 p.m. and help support Clemson Elementary!  Simply let the cashier know that you are there to support Clemson Elementary and Chick-Fil-A of Clemson will donate a percentage of total sales to the school.  Invite your family and friends to visit Chick-Fil-A!  

Change of Transportation
October 11, 2013
 If your child is going home a different way than the way that they normally go home, it is important to send in a note to your child's teacher on the day of the change.  In the note, please include the child's name, the teacher, the date the change should happen, and the method of transportation they will be using.  For example:  Susie Smartcakes, in Mrs. Teacher's class, will be riding the bus home on October 3, 2013.  Also, we encourage you to use the orange colored notes that you received at the beginning of the year.  There are more in the office if you need those.  Thank you for your help in this matter.  Also, please note, we do not take change of transportation over the phone except in the event of an emergency.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hopkins!
October 11, 2013
 This week, Mr. Hopkins, our school rabbit, turned 1 year old.  We celebrated by putting Mr. Hopkins on the news with some boys and girls singing Happy Birthday to him.  He also received a "carrot cake".  Mr. Hopkins is a great addition to our school and we were excited to wish him a long and happy life!  Happy Birthday Mr. Hopkins!

Sickness and School
January 24, 2014
 We have had many students who have been absent recently with illness.  We are working to reduce the spread of illness by wiping down areas, such as desks, tables, and keyboards, and keeping sick students isolated until someone can pick them up.  
You can help us by keeping students home that are vomiting or have a fever of 100 degrees of higher.  Before returning to school, students need to be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.  If your child's physician has written a note for your child to be absent from school, they will need to remain out for the full period of time the physician has requested.  
We appreciate your help in reducing the spread of illness.  Here is an
attachment that further explains measures that are being taken.  
If you have any questions about your child's health, you are welcome to contact our school nurse, Karen Gilliam.  
Also, if your child is absent, please remember to send in a note stating the reason for the absence.  
Handwritten notes are acceptable until the tenth absence.  After the tenth absence a medical excuse is required.

WCES Has Special Guests
September 19, 2013
 On Friday, WCES had two special guests for our news show.  Kennedy Fricks and Louie the Lion made an appearance on the news show to talk about what it is like to attend Daniel High School.  They talked about their favorite parts and Louie even shared his favorite song.  We enjoyed having them and learning about the future school for many of our students.

PTA Fundraiser
September 19, 2013
 This is a reminder that the last day to bring in orders for the PTA Fundraiser is Friday, September 20.

Kindergarten Registration
January 6, 2014
Registration for 4 and 5 year old kindergarten begins Wednesday, January 8, at 8:00 am. Parents are encouraged to register kindergarten students between January 8 and 31 during the hours of 8-3. Please bring your child's state-issued birth certificate, SC Certificate of Immunization, and proof of Pickens County residence. Proof of residence can be an electricity, gas, water, or cable bill. The bill must be in the parent/guardian's name, and must show the service address. Limited school choice is available in Pickens County. Applications must be submitted before April 15.

Walk to School Day
October 1, 2013
Walk to School Day will be Friday, November 8.  This is a change in date.  Students who plan to walk to school need to be accompanied by an adult.  Students who walk to school should plan to go home from school their regular way.  We look forward to this fun event!

Blue and Gold Day
September 13, 2013
 On Fridays, we are fortunate to have Daniel High School football players greeting our students as they enter the school building.  The next Daniel Day, where students wear blue and gold to school, will be September 27, Daniel's Homecoming.  Go Lions!

Book Fair
September 10, 2013
 The Book Fair will be at Clemson Elementary from September 23 to October 2.  Students may purchase books from the book fair during the day from 7:30-2:00.  Enjoy shopping for books!

Fall Apparel Sale
November 19, 2013
 This is the ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to purchase Clemson Elementary Fall Apparel.  Orders will be taken until Wednesday, December 4.  Many have inquired about Fall Apparel after the first order was placed, so we are reopening this order one more time.  If you are interested, please see Lorrie in the front office for an order form.  There are gray hoodie sweatshirts, sweatpants, orange long sleeve t shirts, and blue long sleeve t shirts.  Prices range from $15 to $22.  No orders will be taken after December 4.

Whooping Cough
September 4, 2013
There has been a diagnosis of a student at our school with whooping cough, or pertussis.  Exposure may have occurred around the dates of August 20-30, 2013.  Most children are vaccinated for whooping cough with the DTaP vaccine, but it is still possible for a child who is vaccinated to contract the disease.  Yesterday a DHEC letter and a fact sheet about whooping cough was sent home with each child at Clemson Elementary.  If you have any questions about pertussis, please contact your physician, your school nurse, or Angela Watson, Coordinator of School Nurses for Pickens County, at 397-1048.

Toy Drive
November 26, 2013
 On December 2-6, Clemson Elementary will host a Toy Drive to benefit local agencies that collect toys for Christmas, like Country Santa.  We ask for NEW toys for children of all ages.  Students can bring toys and give to their homeroom teacher to turn in or toys can be brought directly to the front office.  We hope you can participate and help us make the holidays special for local children!

Volunteer Training
August 29, 2013
Anyone volunteering at any school in the district must receive volunteer training before being allowed in the classroom.  Clemson Elementary will offer volunteer training during Open House on September 9th at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm in the Science Lab.  You must attend a volunteer training to be able to volunteer in the classroom, attend field trips, or work with students.  We will only have a few training sessions this school year, so please try to attend one of these at Open House. 

Open House
September 4, 2013
Clemson Elementary will host Open House on Monday night, September 9, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  It will begin with a brief meeting in the cafeteria.  At the conclusion of the meeting, parents will be able to visit classrooms.  Volunteer training will occur at 6:15 and 7:15 in the Science Lab.  We hope to see you there!

Afternoon Dismissal
August 26, 2013
 Because of some safety concerns, we are changing procedures for students who are dismissed as walkers in the afternoon.  If your student walks, you may either collect them at the front of the school or in the back of the school near the amphitheater.  If it is more convenient to go to the front, there will be someone on duty that escorts students to the stop sign.  If students exit out the back, there will also be a teacher on duty to wait with students until they are collected.  Those who walk from Ashley subdivision can walk on the regular sidewalk and collect students through the amphitheater at the end of the day.  In the event of bad weather, walkers will be held within the building until they are picked up.  A teacher will be on duty daily in both places to wait with students.  You will need to let your student where to go when they leave the building (either the front of the back).  We do not want walkers to be in areas where cars and buses are leaving anymore.

No School for Students
August 23, 2013
September 2 is Labor Day and the school will be closed.  School will resume on September 3.  Enjoy the long weekend! 

Eat Breakfast at School
August 23, 2013

Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school. If this sounds like your house, we have good news for you.


Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.


Breakfast at school is affordable, too. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.


Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!

October Lunch Menu
September 26, 2013
 The link for the October menu is not accessible at this time.  Here is a copy of the October breakfast and lunch menu for Clemson Elementary.

Golden Apple Winner at Clemson Elementary
September 25, 2013
 Congratulations to Karen Dobson for being selected as this week's Golden Apple Award winner on WYFF News 4! 
Mrs. Dobson is the 4K teacher at our school. Anchor Beth Brotherton and photojournalist Jonny Bates came to her class on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Dobson's assistant, Mrs. Lee, nominated her as an outstanding teacher.  Her story is set to air on Thursday at 5 p.m. and again on Friday morning. 
Congratulations Mrs. Dobson!

Packets and Rosters
August 12, 2013
Packets are now available in the front office lobby for pickup.  If you come by and pick up your packet before Meet the Teacher night, then you will have time to review and complete the forms in the packet before August 15 (Meet the Teacher night).  Also, class rosters are posted so that you can see this year's teacher.  Hope to see you soon! 

Welcome Back!
August 12, 2013
 We hope everyone has a safe and restful summer!  Back to School Night is August 15 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.  The first day of school will be August 20.  
The doors on the gym side of the school are open for student drop off beginning at 7:15 a.m.  Students who arrive before 7:30 should go to the cafeteria.  Parents and students who arrive before 7:30 should not go to teachers' classrooms, as they are preparing for the day ahead.  At 7:30, students will be dismissed to eat breakfast or go to classrooms.
There will be car patrols and tiger buddies to assist students in getting to class.  As soon as students are able, it is best to stay in the car line to drop off students rather than park.  The last day for walking students to classrooms is August 26.
Please remember that teachers need to park in the back lot and go to classrooms on the first days of school.  There is limited parking, so if you do choose to park and walk your student in, please choose your parking space carefully so that you do not block the car line or teacher spaces.  
Looking forward to a great year!  Welcome Back!

PTA Membership
August 18, 2013
 If you are interested in joining the PTA for the 2013-14 school year, please complete this form and return it to Clemson Elementary school.  Thank you for your support!

Walk to School Day
May 28, 2013
This Friday, May 31, will be Walk to School Day at Clemson Elementary.  Please leave early enough to arrive safely at school by 8:00 a.m.  Walking to school is great exercise, and it also helps reduce the number of cars in the carline and keeps our air clean.   There will be policemen stationed at different points to assist with walking.  Students should plan to go home from school their regular way.  Enjoy your walk!
Relay for Life
May 8, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Pendleton High School Track

6:45 pm Clemson Elementary Team Lap (wear your purple Clemson Elementary School T-Shirt)  There will be food for sale and entertainment from our own students from Kuk Sool and Ms. Cheryl’s dance studio. There will also be local bands performing for our entertainment until midnight.  We will end our evening at midnight with a fireworks display!!!  See you this Friday.  If you have any questions please contact Teresa Skewes at 864-397-1517 or  

Car Rider Hang Tag Return
June 1, 2014
 All car rider hang tags should should have been returned at the end of the school year.  If you still have yours at home, please return it to the office as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Clemson Elementary - Gold Level Achievement
April 12, 2013
The South Carolina Department of Education has revealed the winners of the 2012-2013 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards recognizing 17 Pickens County schools for high academic achievement and high rates of improvement.  It is with great excitement that we announce that Clemson Elementary was recognized for General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap.  Clemson Elementary received GOLD in both categories, the only school in Pickens County to receive this honor.  Congratulations to students, teachers, and parents for this award!  

Parties and Nut Free Products
April 10, 2013
 There are many students in our school with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.  These allergies can be life-threatenng for these students.  For this reason, it is important to consider foods sent in for parties that contain or have been processed with peanuts or tree nuts.  If your classroom has a child with a nut allergy, please consider sending food items from the accepted list.  These include oreo cookies, popsicles, Mayfield chocolate or vanilla ice cream cups, Rice Krispie treats, Papa John's pizza, or Krispy Kreme white powdered doughnuts.  The only way to be absolutely sure a food item is nut free is to read the label.  If you send items other than those listed, please make sure they are in the original packaging, so the label can be checked. Foods that we are unsure of will not be allowed in the classroom. This is for the safety of all children and we thank you for your cooperation!

Yearbooks for 2012-2013
June 2, 2013
 If you would like to purchase a yearbook, you may call Strawbridge Studios at 866-624-6229.  They will assist you with purchasing a Clemson elementary 2012-2013 yearbook.

Something Special
April 9, 2013
 On April 20, Clemson Elementary will host Something Special from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  There will be performances, arts and crafts, food, and lots of fun.  We hope your family can join us for this great event.  We also need parent volunteers to help.  If you are available, please email Mindy Allen at  Hope to see you at Something Special!!

Wendy's School Night
April 9, 2013
On Thursday, April 18, Clemson Elementary will have Wendy's School Spirit Night!  Wendy's will donate 10% of sales between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  Join us on the 18th and help us raise money for our school!  Wendy's is located at 1048 Tiger Blvd.

Spring Break
March 25, 2013
There will be no school for students March 29-April 5.  Students will return on April 8. Be safe and have fun!!

Buck-a-Book results
April 10, 2013
The first grade Buck-a-Book results are in and we have set a record. Over $1650 was raised for and sent to Clemson Community Care. This breaks our old record by $300! Congratulations to all our first grade readers and thank you to the many parents, grandparents and community members who listened to some wonderful readers.
Pictured is Karen Ellers, Director of CCC, as she listens to an excellent reader.

Science Fair Winners
March 24, 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the Clemson Elementary Science Fair!  They are Kuba Jerzmanowski, Sam Bruce, and Will Shull from fourth grade.  The fifth grade winners were Jessica Schaefer and Louisa Mai, Jennifer Gao, and Griffin Howland.  Overall school winners were Maren and Eliza Sorber, Vivian Dong, and Annika DeVol.  They did a wonderful job! 

Please Remember....
March 13, 2014
 If you need to sign your student out from school, the last time that sign-outs are allowed is 2:00 pm.  After 2:00 pm, it is very busy in the office and difficult to alert teachers, etc.  Please plan to check students out by 2:00 pm.  Thank you for your help!

Famous Americans
February 27, 2013
To celebrate many of the famous Americans of our past, first grade students had Famous American day.  Students dressed as their famous American and created a poster with facts about them.  
Also, second grade students had a wax museum to honor famous Americans.  Students dressed as a famous American and posed as them.  Other classes toured the second grade hall to see the wax museum and learn about these Americans.  
Thanks to the first and second grade for providing these learning events for our school!  

Travelin' Trash Bash
February 3, 2014
 The third grade students will be learning about recycling and taking care of the Earth during the Travelin' Trash Bash.  All third grade students will rotate through several stations to learn about the importance of taking care of trash correctly and how to recycle.  In addition, all third graders will receive a t-shirt for their efforts.  This event will take place on February 28, 2014.  We are excited as our third graders learn to care for the Earth!

International Festival
January 23, 2013
The Clemson Elementary International Festival will be held Saturday, March 2, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the school.  There will be a parade of countries, performances in music and martial arts, and food samples from around the world.  This year, the committee is collecting international recipes from table hosts and the CES community at large to sell at the event.  If you would like to host a table or you have a favorite international dish, please complete this form and send it to the office or email Jennifer Goree at

No School for Students
February 14, 2013
There will be no school for students on Friday, February 15, or Monday, February 18.  Enjoy the long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday, February 19! 

Black History Month
February 27, 2013
To celebrate Black History Month, Clemson Elementary school was pleased to welcome Jeremiah Dew to our stage.  Mr. Dew, or J Dew as he is known to many, performed as Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Cosby, and Barack Obama.  He also showed a video presentation of an interview with Dr. Margaree Crosby, one of the participants of a sit-in at the Greenville Library.  Students enjoyed this performance and learned a lot about the different people portrayed.  To see a slideshow of this event, click here

Volunteer Trainings
January 9, 2014
 The last two volunteer trainings of the year will be held on:  
Thursday, February 6- 8:30 AM-Cafeteria

Monday, March 17- 7:00 PM- Science Lab

Please plan on attending one of these if you are planning to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a field trip.

Family Bingo Night
January 3, 2013
Family Bingo Night will be Friday, Janurary 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Clemson Elementary School.  Food will be served with the menu being BBQ or hot dogs, slaw, baked beans, chips, and drinks.  There will also be a bake sale with yummy desserts.  Many BINGO games will be played with lots of terrific prizes awarded for kids and adults.  If you would like to purchase advance tickets, please complete the attachment and send it to the front office with your student.
We hope you can join us for a great evening and fundraiser for the Clemson Elementary PTA!

Happy Holidays!
December 14, 2012
 Happy Holidays from the faculty and staff at Clemson Elementary!  A special wish comes from our newest addition, Mr. Hopkins!  We hope you have a wonderful vacation and return to us safely on January 3, 2013!

Upcoming 5K
November 20, 2012
 Please join us for the second annual Clemson Elementary 5K Run and Walk.  The race will be January 12, 2013.  The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Kid Fun Run (1 lap around the Clemson Elementary track) will begin at 9:45 a.m.  You can download a registration form here to complete and turn in at the front office of Clemson Elementary.  Or, you may sign up on  Please help spread the word about this event throughout our Clemson community to help support our fifth grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Early Dismissal
November 30, 2012
 On December 20 students will attend school from 8 until 11.  There will be no After School Care on that day.  Please make sure your student knows how to go home from school on that day.  Please send a note to alert the teacher of transportation for that day as well.  Thanks and Happy Holidays!

School Absences
October 2, 2013
 When your child is absent a written excuse should be turned in to the school office within 3 days of the child’s return to school. The excuse must contain the following to be accepted:
1. Date
2. Student’s full name
3. Teacher name
4. Date(s) of absence(s)
5. Reason for absence(s) – Unlawful absences will be unexcused
6. Signed by parent/guardian/health practitioner

If any of the above is not included, the absence will be automatically unexcused. The school provides notepads that may be filled out with the above information. These were included in your Meet the Teacher packet. If you need additional notepads please contact the school office.

Medical excuses will be accepted at any time within 3 days of the student’s return to school and must also contain the above information. These excuses are required when a student has accumulated 10 absences.
When a student reaches the 4th and the 10th absence (excused and/or unexcused), a letter is generated to inform the parent of the number of absences and to remind you of the district policy.
If a student accumulates 3 consecutive unexcused absences or 5 non-consecutive unexcused absences, the state mandates that an Intervention Plan must be implemented. Plans for students are individualized and require parents to meet with an administrator, answer a series of questions, and then work together with the administrator to create a plan of action for parents and the school that would insure improved student attendance.

Math Superstars
September 24, 2013
 We are pleased to announce that Math Superstars is moving into the classroom this year in all grades.  Volunteers are still needed to support the teachers as they incorporate Math Superstars into their classrooms.
*In 4th grade, volunteers are still needed to lead classroom discussions (typically on Fridays).
Please contact Gretchen Matthews at to volunteer.

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 20, 2012
 Clemson Elementary faculty and staff would like to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for our parents and community.  Without your tremendous support, we would not be as successful as we are.  Thanks so much for the hours of volunteer work, helping with homework, reading to classrooms, and all of the other many things you do!  

First Quarter Honor Roll
November 20, 2012
Congratulations to our fourth and fifth grade honor roll students!  We are so proud of our A/B Honor Roll students and our ALL A Honor Roll students!  Congratulations on a job well done - keep up the good work!  Way to Go!!!

Winter Concert
November 26, 2012
 On Monday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m., Clemson Elementary will host its annual Winter Concert.  All families are invited to attend.  There will be performances by the fourth and fifth grade chorus, the fifth grade guitar ensemble, and by all fourth graders.  We hope to see you then!

Jump Rope for Heart
February 8, 2013
Next week, February 11-14, students will have an opportunity to participate in Jump Rope for Heart.  If your student participates, all money envelopes need to be turned in by February 22 to Ms. Wheeler or Mrs. Young.  Thank you for your participation in this great event!

Immigration Day
November 13, 2012
On November 28 (this is a change in date), the fifth grade will participate in an Ellis Island simulation for Immigration Day.  Students will dress in period clothing and travel from station to station to attempt to immigrate into the United States.  They will participate in agility tests, visit the health clinic, take a legal exam, and demonstrate their skills on this day.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with the different stations from 8:45 until 11:00 a.m.  If you are available and would like to help (even if you don't have a fifth grader), you can email Melissa Terry at  We look forward to this fun-filled, educational experience!  It's a day our students won't forget!

Lost and Found Walk-through
December 14, 2012
All items from our Lost and Found will be laid out in the cafeteria on the morning of Thursday, December 20. Students will tour through and be able to claim any clothing belonging to them. Parents are invited between 8:30 and 9:30 to do the same. Any clothing left at the end of the day will be taken to Helping Hands.

BMI Data Collection
November 13, 2012
 The DHEC BMI data collection that was scheduled for the week of November 12-16 has been postponed.  Students in grades 1, 3, and 5 were scheduled to participate.  Parents will be notified when this is rescheduled.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Volunteer Training
December 14, 2012
 The next volunteer training will be held on January 14 in the Science Lab at 10:00 a.m.  If you would like to volunteer to work in classrooms or to chaperone on field trips, you must be volunteer trained each year.  We hope to see you there!

Third Grade Field Trips
November 7, 2012
 Recently, third grade traveled to Clemson University and to Greenville, SC to investigate some of our local attractions.  At Clemson, third graders visited several venues including the West End Zone and the wind tunnell.  In Greenville, students visited the Upcountry History Museum and participated in a Scavenger Hunt downtown looking for local sites as well as "mice on main".  To see pictures of these trips, click here.

Bullying Prevention Kickoff
November 7, 2012
 On Friday, November 1, Clemson Elementary kicked off another year with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  This year's theme was "Lifting Each Other Up".  To celebrate, students and staff united on the soccer field to spell CLEMSON while a plane flew overhead and took a picture.  As well,  each class wrote messages of kindness and promises for peace on index cards, attached those to balloons, and released those into the sky at the celebration.  To see pictures of this event, click here.  The Clemson Elementary PTA will sell the pictures that were taken on the soccer field as a fundraiser.  Look for more information to follow!

Final Can Count
November 7, 2012
 Congratulations!  Clemson Elementary school met their goal by bringing in 3464 cans last week!!  This effort will benefit Clemson Community Care tremendously.  If you forgot to bring those in last week, you can take donations directly to Clemson Community Care at this time.  Again, congratulations for a job well done!!
To see pictures from Spirit Week, click here.

Car Arrival
March 24, 2013
If you travel to school in a car in the mornings, please try to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.  Safety patrols are on duty and there is less traffic at that time.  We would like for all students to be able to arrive in enough time to easily get to class before the tardy bell rings at 8:05 a.m.  The gate will close daily at 8:03.  Thank you for your help!

Thank You Clemson Football Team!
November 7, 2012
 On Friday, the Clemson Football team stopped by on their way to Duke University to see our students.  Students lined the halls with posters, banners, and lots of cheering as the Clemson football team paraded by.  It was a great day for our students to get to see their heroes in person!  Thanks Clemson Football Team for taking the time to come by!!

Happy Halloween!
October 31, 2012
 Halloween obstacle courses, adjective dress up day, silly socks, a performance by the Edwards Strings emsemble, character parades, spooky science, and many other great events helped create a festive and fun atmosphere at Clemson Elementary on Halloween.  To see pictures of some of our characters, click here.  Hope your family has a safe and happy Halloween!

Clemson Elementary VOTES!
November 5, 2012
 On Thursday, November 1, Clemson Elementary students participated in a mock election hosted by Clemson University.  This election showed all students the process of voting from registering and receiving voter's registration cards to actually voting using a computer screen.  Students enjoyed voting for their favorite activity as well as for president.  Mrs. Turpin's class helped with this day by checking in voters and escorting voters to voting places.  To see pictures of this event, click here.  

Canned Food Drive
October 30, 2012
 Clemson Elementary is celebrating Spirit Week this week to emphasize a SPIRIT OF GIVING with our canned food drive.  Our goal is 3000 cans, and currently, we have less than 500.  Please make an effort this week to send in canned foods for Clemson Community Care.  Requested items for holiday baskets include stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn muffin mix, fruit pie filling, 2 lb bag of sugar, evaporated milk, chicken broth, flour, green geans, corn, pie crust mix, sweet potatoes, and canned fruit.  Please help us spread holiday cheer by helping our local families and Clemson Community Care.  

Veterans Day Fundraiser
October 25, 2012
 Veterans Day will be celebrated at Clemson Elementary on Wednesday, November 7.  Leading up to Veterans Day, we are selling patriotic dog tags for $1.00.  We also have some flags and patriotic bracelets available for $1.00.  These will be sold in the mornings on the back hallway or by sending the money to the office with purchase items indicated on the outside of the envelope.  
The money raised is being donated to Wounded Wear.  Wounded Wear is an organizaiton that provides free clothing and modifications to clothing for wounded warriors.  They also strive to raise national awareness of the sacrifice of these brave men and women.  If you would like to learn more about Wounded Wear, please visit their website at  

Fall Festival
October 23, 2012
 Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 27 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This event is hosted by Clemson Elementary School PTA and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society from Clemson University.  There will be games, a bouncy house, prizes, crafts, face painting, food, and drinks.  You may order tickets ahead of time by filling out the sheet that went home with your child and returning it by October 24.  Preordered tickets are 5 for $1 and tickets on the day of the festival are 4 for $1.  Food and drink will be available for cash purchase.  We hope to see you on Saturday for this fun community event!

Fire Safety Day
October 25, 2012
Last Wednesday, Kindergarteners attended Fire Safety Day at the Clemson-Central Recreation Department.  Students got to see the fire safety dog and learned many tips for staying safe during a fire.  To see pictures of this event, please click here

October 19, 2012
 Fourth graders had a fun week using the We-Do Lego kits in Science.  Mrs. McAndrews' and Mrs. Conley's classes used legos and computers to create moving lego creatures, while working with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math standards.  This program is part of the Pickens County STEM initiative.  

First Annual Sailboat Gutter Regatta
October 19, 2012
Second grade students worked this week to create sailboats using stryofoam, popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, construction paper, and other materials.  Using three dollars in play money, students visited the "sailboat store" to purchase materials and then constructed sailboats.  Students then had two days to test and refine boats by placing them in rain gutters and timing them as they raced from one end to the other.  On Thursday, the FIRST ANNUAL CLEMSON ELEMENTARY SAILBOAT REGATTA was held.  After several rounds, Lucas Denton and Sophie Bradley were determined the winners of the regatta.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.  Congratulations to all second grade students for your hard work!  This program is part of the Pickens County STEM initiative.

Wild Blue Yonder Day
October 19, 2012
Patrick Forrester, astronaut, will be speaking to the students at Clemson Elementary on Tuesday, October 23, to share his experiences from his space shuttle missions.  We are excited to have him as our special guest on that day, and all students are encouraged to wear BLUE for Wild Blue Yonder Day.
In addition, Clemson University Air Force ROTC students will be speaking to fourth and fifth grade after school children about Air Force ROTC and their involvement with it.  
It should be a great day!  Welcome Patrick Forrester and the CU Air Force ROTC! 

Menu Change
October 23, 2012
 There will be a menu change for November 2 because of the visit from the Clemson Football team.  We will have corndogs served in a sack lunch so that all can be served before the team arrives.  Please click here to see a copy of the November menu.

Head Lice
September 18, 2013
 As cooler weather approaches, we often see a rise in cases of head lice.  Please check your child's hair frequently and contact the school nurse if you need assistance with this.  For more information about head lice, click here.

Report Cards
October 31, 2012
 Due to computer complications, the 2nd-5th grade report cards that are coming home today may be averaged incorrectly by a point.  The computer is not rounding correctly.  We are in the process of correcting this.  Parent Link will contain correct averages as of November 7.  We apologize for this error.  If you have any questions about your student's report card, please contact his or her teacher for clarification.  The next report card will have the correct numerical averages.

School Bus Safety Week
October 19, 2012
 During the week of October 22-26, we will recognize School Bus Safety.  It is important for students to recognize the importance of riding the school bus safely.  Also, it is important to understand the rules for entering and exiting the bus.  On Wednesday, we will have bus evacuation drills to practice what to do in case of an emergency.  Please talk to your students about school bus safety, even if they only ride for field trips, to help us ensure that all are safe.  Thank you!

Celebrate in a New Way
August 23, 2013
Would you like to commemorate something special with your child during the school year?  Instead of sending a special snack to be shared with the class, we encourage you to donate a book in your child's honor instead.  
Books given to classroom libraries or to the school media center are gifts that last and become part of your child's legacy at Clemson Elementary.  Gifted books can include special bookplates that can be obtained from the school.  These bookplates will allow you to commemorate a birthday with your child's name and the occasion.  Our hope is that gifting books will become a new tradition at Clemson Elementary and will result in greater student participation and school pride.  If you would like to donate a book at any time in your child's honor, please contact our media specialist, Cathy English (397-1505) and she will assist you with this. 

Safety and Food Allergies
August 23, 2013
 In an effort to promote health and safety for all, special snacks will be limited to those that are teacher-initiated and approved by the school nurse.  This means that only those items that are requested by the teacher may be brought into the classroom to be shared by all students.  
Parents may continue to bring in lunch to share with their own children in the cafeteria, but they may not provide lunch or snacks for other children.  
We have several students in the building this year with severe allergies, and we ask that you respect this change so that we can provide the safest and best possible learning environment for all children.  

Chick Fil-A Calendars
September 28, 2012
The fifth grade is selling Chick Fil-A Calendars to raise money for their class trip to Washington, D.C.  Calendars are $6 each.  If you would like to purchase a calendar, please see Mrs. Farley or any Clemson Elementary fifth grader.  All calendar money is due on Monday, October 1. 

Classroom Visitation Day
October 25, 2012
American Education Week is the week of November 12.  We would like to invite parents to visit classrooms on Tuesday, November 13, from either 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We hope you will able to visit us and let your students show you what goes on during the day.  You will need to obtain a visitor's badge from the front office.  Parking may be a problem, so we ask that you are mindful of pickup traffice and bus traffic in the afternoon when you are making decisions about where to park.  Hope to see you then!! 

Math Superstars
September 19, 2012
Math Superstars will begin the first week of October. All meetings take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Science Lab, according to the following schedule: 
*1st grade Math Superstars meets on Mondays, starting October 1.

*2nd grade Math Superstars meets on Wednesdays, starting October 3.

*4th grade Math Superstars meets on Thursdays, starting October 4.

Students may still sign up for this program, and volunteers are still being recruited. If you are interested in volunteering, would like additional information, or need to register a student, please contact Gretchen Matthews at Volunteers must be volunteer trained and have a current SLED check through the School District of Pickens County.

Volunteer Training
September 7, 2012
There will be two volunteer training events on the night of Open House.  One will occur before Open House at 6:00 in the Science Lab.  One will be during Open House at 7:00 in the Science Lab.  If you plan to chaperone any field trips with your child or volunteer in the classroom, you must attend a volunteer training every year.  SLED checks are good for three years.  You must have had a Pickens County SLED check to go on a field trip.  We cncourage you to attend one of these trainings.  We will offer a few more throughout the year, but it is better to go ahead and attend so that you can be cleared for the 2012-13 school year.  Thanks for your participation in our school!

Jump Rope Begins
September 4, 2012
Jump Rope practice will be held for fourth and fifth graders beginning on September 5 from 7:30-8:00.  Jump Rope for second and third graders will begin on September 10 from 7:30-8:00.  If you are interested in joining the jump rope team, please plan on attending for your grade level.

Math Superstars
September 4, 2012
Math Superstars sign up information is coming home in Monday folders (September 4) and may also be found here (1st, 2nd,4th). Each of the 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade Math Superstars programs meets before school one morning a week. 3rd graders and some 5th grade classes participate in Math Superstars as a part of the classroom curriculum.   Parent volunteers are needed for the before school groups. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, contact Gretchen Matthews at

Kindergarten News
January 29, 2013
 4K and 5K registration concludes at the end of January.  If you have a child that needs to register for Kindergarten, you may do so by coming to the main office. 4K screening will be February 14 at a prearranged time.  5K screenings will be April 16 and 17 at prearranged times.  If you are new to the school as a kindergartener or first grader, there will be Open House on March 7 so that you may see your new school.  

Upcoming Science Fair
January 30, 2013
It is time for fourth and fifth grade students to begin thinking about the upcoming school science fair.  The fair will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7, 2013.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 7.  School winners will go on to compete in the SWU Regional Science Fair and in the School District of Pickens County Science Fair.  Participation in the school science fair is optional.    Please see this newsletter for details.  Packets may be obtained from the front office or from your student's science teacher.

Morning Car Drop Off
August 24, 2012
Beginning on Monday, August 27, we ask that parents allow students to walk to their classrooms alone.  We have "Tiger Buddies" who can escort students to their classrooms.  You will need to tell a safety patrol that you need a Tiger Buddy, and someone will come to help.
We also ask that you take care of all morning business before you reach the drop off point.  Please make sure your child has what they need so that they can exit the car swiftly and safely.  It is not safe to call them back to the car to retrieve items.  We also need all students to exit (and enter) vehicles from the sidewalk side.  If you have carseat issues, please park in a space to resolve those.  Remember that the drop off zone is a NO CELL PHONE ZONE.   We appreciate your help in making Clemson Elementary a safe school!

Class Rosters and Registration Packets
August 9, 2012
Class Rosters will be posted on Friday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m.  Registration packets may be picked up in the Clemson Elementary lobby area on Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. or August 13-15 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Please try and come by to pick this up before Back to School Night on August 16.  We look forward to seeing you!

Clemson Elementary PTA Needs You!
August 9, 2012
It is time to join PTA for the 2012-2013 school year.  Why join PTA?  The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child.  In doing so, you also help your school.  In becoming a PTA member, you will be joining more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children.  Everyone - parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their school and community - is invited to join our not-for-profit association.  Memberships are $7.00 per person.  PTA membership forms are available by clicking here or at the Clemson Elementary School office.  Membership cards will be issued upon receipt of payment and completed membership form.  Let's have 100% participation this year in PTA!

Great First Day
August 22, 2012
We had a great first day of school!  We are enjoying your students - thank you for sharing them with us.  Transportation procedures have worked very well and we appreciate your help with that.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  Looking forward to a great year!!

Tax-free weekend is this weekend
August 1, 2012
This weekend (August 3rd - 5th) is tax-free shopping at all South Carolina stores for school related supplies. This is a good way to save money as you buy back to school supplies. Scroll down to our supply list on this website to find supply requests by grade levels. Happy shopping!

**Special note:  Because Mrs. Nunamaker has a different supply list, she will call her students so that they know to purchase supplies from her list and not the third grade list.  If you do not hear from Mrs. Nunamaker, please purchase supplies from the third grade list.

Supply Lists 2012-2013
June 28, 2012
It won't be long until it will be time to shop for supplies for next school year.  Here is the supply list for all teachers for the 2012-2013 school year.  Happy Shopping!

Classrooms for 2012-13
June 20, 2012
Class lists will be posted on the front office outside windows on Friday, August 10th. Meet the Teacher is from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th. School starts for students on Tuesday, August 21st. Enjoy the summer. Come back refreshed and ready to learn.

Summer Hours
June 19, 2012
The school will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from June 18 until June 28.  The school office will close on June 28 and will not reopen again until July 18.  August office hours are from 8-4 Monday through Friday. 

Congratulations Mrs. Nunamaker!
June 26, 2012
Susan Nunamaker, a third-grade teacher at Clemson Elementary School, has been named one of three state finalists to be considered for the prestigious 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.
The annual award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, the program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Each year, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive Presidential Awards — one math teacher and one science teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and schools operated by the Department of Defense Education Agency. Those selected for the honor receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events, information exchange programs and an awards ceremony.
The program’s goal is to expand and exemplify the definition of excellent science and mathematics teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
We are very proud of Mrs. Nunamaker's accomplishment and hope to see her in Washington, D. C.

Fifth Grade Fun Day
June 8, 2012
On Wednesday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m., parents of fifth grade students will host a fifth grade fun day on the soccer field at Clemson Elementary.  All fifth grade students are invited to attend.  However, no student will be allowed to attend that has not completed a permission form and submitted it to their fifth grade teacher.  Please make sure that your permission form is turned in so that you will be able to attend.   We look forward to celebrating moving on to Edwards with this fun fifth grade day!

Back to School Night
June 3, 2012

Back to School Night will be Thursday, August 16, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This will be time to register for the 2012-13 school year, check bus routes/times, join PTA, apply for free/reduced lunches, check with the school nurse, and many other back to school necessities, not the least of which is to meet your child(ren)'s new teacher(s). Please mark the date and time. We hope you will be able to attend.

May Newsletter
April 30, 2013
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Ice Cream Social
June 4, 2012
Ice Cream Social
Friday, June 8, 6:15pm, Clemson Elementary School Cafeteria
Celebrate the end of the year at the annual Ice Cream Social and PTA meeting!
Math Superstars will be recognized.
Willing to volunteer to scoop? Contact Kate Williams at

Congratulations After School Care!
May 31, 2012
Since August 1991, Clemson Elementary has been proud to host a successful after school care program run by Mrs. Teresa Skewes and Mrs. Donyea Brown.  It is no surprise that this year was the year to see 300 students in that program! 
In the last 20 years, this program has grown and developed to offer arts and crafts, karate, foreign language, computer, sports, and many other activities to students who attend.  Mrs. Skewes and Mrs. Brown have worked diligently to make staying after school the cool place to be! 
To celebrate reaching the 300 student mark, ASC celebrated with inflatables, games, and other activities.  To see pictures of this event, click here.  Congratulations ASC and thanks for all you do for Clemson Elementary school!

Schedule for the End of the Year
May 31, 2012
The last full day of school is June 11. This is also the last day of after school care for the 2011-2012 school year.  Dismissal on June 12-14 will be at 11:00. 

Math Superstars
May 29, 2012
Let's recognize our Math Superstars! Friday, June 1 will be Math Superstars Recognition Day at school. Students, wear your Math Superstars t-shirt to school on Friday to celebrate your hard work this year. Then come to the PTA Ice Cream Social the following Friday (June 8) where the group of Math Superstars will be recognized. Let's celebrate the efforts of these students as well as the support of their families, our teachers, and our volunteers. If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Matthews at

Artist in Residence Visits Fifth Grade
June 8, 2012
Jeff Holland, drummer, spent the past week working with Clemson Elementary fifth grade students teaching tunes, instruments, and beats from countries all over the world.  On Friday, June 8, the fifth grade presented a concert for third and fourth graders to show all they have learned.  It was a great week, and students enjoyed working with Mr. Holland. 

Congratulations Clemson Elementary!
May 23, 2012
Clemson Elementary received recognition on May 23, 2012 by Safe Kids of the Upstate for being a safe school.  Because of the efforts of our safety patrols, education on pedestrian safety, and use of safety resources, our school received a Safe Kids banner and certificate to display at our school.  Thanks to Safe Kids Upstate for their partnership and guidance in helping us make our school safe!  Also, big thanks to our safety patrols who work daily to ensure the safety of our car riders as they arrive at and depart school.

Library Books Due
May 21, 2012
All library books are due by Thursday, May 24, 2012.  Thank you for your attention to this matter!

Scholastic Book Fair
September 4, 2012
It won't be long until the Scholastic Book Fair comes to our school.  Students are invited to browse and shop during the hours listed below.  The Scholastic Book Fair schedule is :
Monday September 24th to Wednesday, October 3rdHours 8:30 to 4:00  (except on Tuesday, October 2nd).   Monday, October 1st  is Family Night 6:00-8:00pmVolunteers are needed for Family Night.  We hope you will be able to visit the Book Fair!

School Holiday
May 17, 2012
There will be no school for students or teachers on May 25 and May 28.  Hope you have a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend! 

Books! Books! Books!
May 15, 2012
Clemson Elementary Junior Girl Scout Tropp #2823 is having a Book Drive for the Helping Hands Shelter.  They are collecting new and gently used books that are for children ages 1-12.  They will be collecting books during morning drop off May 14-18.  The grade level that brings in the most books will receive an ice cream party.  Please consider donating books to refresh the Helping Hands Library.  Thanks for helping give the gift of reading!

Congratulations Track Team
May 7, 2012
The Clemson Elementary Track team performed exceptionally well at the regional track meet held at Clemson University on Saturday, May 5.  The third grade track team and the fifth grade track team both won first place in the relay race on Saturday.  Participants in Saturday's event included:  Julia Blouin, Emily Gaddis, Abigail Groomes, Maggie Rice, Desire Lawson, Billy Bruce, Kiandre Sims, Arthur Sherrill, Caleb Duncan, Camron Jones, Annie Buck, Christie Lester, Addison Berry, Lily Hanssen, India Sharma, Jack Foulk, Sully Kelly, Daquan Adams, Disney Medeiros, Sofia Smith, Nimasha Jayasinghe, Ally Wilson, Olivia Kittle, Josiah Benson, Javares Hamilton, Branton Huss, Blake Simpson, and Cole Kluego.  The track team is coached by Mrs. Janice Wheeler and Mrs. Maggie Young.

Welcome Goats!
May 7, 2012
If you see extra "kids" wandering around, don't be alarmed.  Mrs. Amy Hardin surprised her class today with a visit from a mama goat and two kids.  Mrs. Hardin's class, as well as the rest of the school, enjoyed seeing some new four legged friends wandering around campus.  Mrs. Hardin plans to bring them back sporadically so that all students can enjoy seeing the goats.  To see pictures of this event, click here.

Celebrate Clemson Elementary
April 30, 2012
Mrs. McDowell's and Mrs. Pace's classes have been working to create birthday keychains in honor of Clemson Elementary's tenth birthday.  Keychains are $5 and will be on sale each morning outside the computer lab from 7:30-8:00 a.m.  You may also download an order form and send it in with your student to order one.  All proceeds go to the Clemson Child Development Center.  Thank you for your support!

Congratulations TOY
May 2, 2012
Congratulations to Jeannie Bailey, first grade teacher, for being selected as Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year!  Mrs. Bailey is a wonderful teacher and is beloved by students, parents, and her peers.  Congratulations Mrs. Bailey!!  We are proud of you!

Congratulations SEOY
May 2, 2012
Congratulations to Donyea Brown, Assistant Director of the Clemson Elementary After School Care program, for being selected as Support Employee of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year!  Mrs. Brown works tirelessly to provide a quality after school care program for our students.  As well, she assists in many ways throughout the school to help Clemson Elementary run smoothly.  Congratulations Mrs. Brown!  We are proud of you!

Congratulations Honor Roll Students!
May 2, 2012
Congratulations to our third nine weeks Honor Roll Students!  Students in fourth and fifth grade who make all A's or all A's and B's are considered to be Honor Roll Students.  Please see the attached list to see the Clemson Elementary Honor Roll students for third nine weeks.

Yard Sale
February 27, 2013
It’s time for the Clemson Elementary annual yard sale. The event will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 8am until 10am in the school cafeteria. All proceeds from the sale go directly back into your child’s classroom if their teacher is participating. If your child teacher is not participating, the School Improvement Council will have a table as well and any monies earned will go back into supporting the school and the Artist in Residence program. We had a great turnout last year and the school reaped the benefit of the sale. 
Contributing is easy. Simply drop off your gently used and clean items in the ballroom at the front of the school or the week of March 18-22nd in the morning car rider drop off line- a parent helper will be on hand to collect your donation. Please label clearly which teacher your items are for on the outside of the packaging. 
Then join us on March 23rd for some fun and shopping. Thank you for supporting our school every day.

LEGO Robotics Camp
May 17, 2012

The second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camp will be an exciting time geared toward teaching students some basic principals in robotics. These include types of gears, gear ratios, levers, pulleys, programming robots, and much more. There will be three classes based on grade level and experience. At each camp Team 2751 SPARK will have a special demonstration. Team 2751 SPARK (Students Preparing for Advanced Robotics Knowledge) just won first place in the design competition in the Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Charleston.  There will be two sessions of camp offered - one at East End Elementary (July 16-19) and one at Clemson Elementary (July 30-August 2).  Registration is on a first come-first served basis.  If you are interested, please complete the registration form and send it to the district office as soon as possible.   

May 2, 2013
Please notify the Clemson Elementary School office as soon as possible if your child(ren) will not be returning to Clemson Elementary for the 2013-14 school year.  It is helpful to know your plans in preparation for the next school year.  This may be done in writing or through a phone call.  You may also email Pam Baker at

Fifth Grade Graduation
May 2, 2012
Fifth Grade graduation will be held on June 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.  Many students will be recognized for various accomplishments that they have made this year.  Each student will receive a fifth grade certificate for completing the fifth grade at Clemson Elementary.  Parents and other family members are invited to attend this ceremony.  There will also be a reception that follows the graduation ceremony.  We are looking forward to this great celebration!

JetToy Champions
April 28, 2012
Congratulations Clemson Elementary JetToy Teams!  This past week, 6 students from Clemson Elementary represented Pickens County in the International JetToy competition in Detroit, Michigan.  Over 120 teams competed, including a team from India.  Of the thirteen awards, our students took four, including the Grand Champion award!  We are so proud of our students - Jakob Ables, Will Purkerson, Jacob Zambrano, Dylan Hall, Jonathan Dong, Stone Ke - and their teacher, Mrs. Meredith Cross. 

Multiage Classrooms
March 23, 2012
Clemson Elementary is currently receiving applications for the K/1 and 2/3 multiage classrooms. You may also receive an interest form in the office or download it here.  Interest forms will be due on Friday, April 20.  Decisions will be made during the last week in April and first week in May, and decision letters will be sent after that.  If you have questions, you may contact the school at 397-1500.

Bonus Bucks
April 17, 2012
Clemson Elementary school families can purchase gift cards from national retailers and restaurants to earn money for our school. How does that work? Everytime you purchase gift cards through Bonus Bucks at Clemson Elementary, a portion of that money goes to our school to support programs here. Hundreds of national retailers and restaurants participate, including Target, Walmart, Gap, Wendy's, and many more! Order forms were sent home in Monday folders this week.  Orders will be due by noon April 19, 2012.  Thank you for your support.

Clemson Elementary Hosts Yard Sale
April 12, 2012
Clemson Elementary will host a yard sale on Saturday, April 14, from 8 until 11.  Money raised will go to support the Artist in Residence program, as well as teachers' classrooms who participate.  We encourage you to attend if you can.  We also need items to sell in the yard sale.  Please send those to school by Friday, April 13.  Please put items sent in a bag and label with your student's name and homeroom.  We hope you can support this worthy cause.

Special Olympics
April 23, 2012
Congratulations to Mrs. Smith's and Mrs. Ray's classes for their participation in the Special Olympics on Friday, April 20, 2012.  All students did very well in their events.  The opening ceremonies were extra special, as our own Othman Fofana carried the torch.  As well, Mrs. Barnes's second grade class joined the festivities and cheered on the competing students.  It was a great day for all who attended.  To see pictures of this event, click here.

R.C. Edwards Open House
April 12, 2012
On Tuesday, April 17, R.C. Edwards will host Open House for rising sixth graders for the 2012-2013 school year.  It will be from 6-7 p.m.  Please plan to attend if you have a student that will be attending Edwards Middle School next fall.  There will be an informational meeting in the cafeteria, as well as an opportunity to tour the school.  Registration for new sixth graders will be on August 14 from 1:30-6:30 at Edwards.

Something Special
April 30, 2012
Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help at Something Special.  This yearly event that celebrates art, music, PE, computer lab, and the library at our school could not be held without the help of our volunteers.  Thanks again!

Yard Sale
April 16, 2012
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Yard Sale.  Thanks to the generosity of our community, our school raised $1269.65!  That money will help purchase supplies for classrooms and help fund our Artist in Residence Program. 

Chick Fil A Character Carnival
April 12, 2012
Come celebrate the core essentials of character! The Character Carnival is Friday, April 27th from 5:15 until 7pm in the parking lot at Chick-fil-A of Seneca.  We hope you and all your children can attend this year's Rockin' 50's Character Carnival.  "Let's Rock the World with Good Character!"  

Celebrating a Decade
March 30, 2012
Happy Birthday Clemson Elementary!  This year marks Clemson Elementary tenth birthday.  Celebrations were held with a school-wide assembly in the morning and cake for the school throughout the day.  During the assembly, students sang "Happy Birthday" and blew the candle, causing Dr. Weichel to pop out of the cake.  Dignitaries attending included board member Dr. Herb Cooper, former principal Dr. Paul Prichard, and mayor pro tempe Mr. Butch Trent.  To see photos of this event, click here

Clemson Elementary Wins Palmetto Gold
March 20, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Clemson Elementary has received the Palmetto Gold award for the 2010-2011 school year.  This award has been awarded to Clemson Elementary (previously Morrison Elementary) every year since its inception in 1985.  Only one other school in the state has received this award as many times as we have!  Special thanks to teachers, parents, and students who work together daily to make Clemson Elementary a great place to grow and learn!  Congratulations everyone for a job well done!

Odyssey of the Mind
March 30, 2012
On March 17, 2012, two teams from Clemson Elementary competed at the Odyssey of the Mind state competition in Charleston, SC. Both teams were composed of talented and dedicated fourth and fifth graders. “Spaced Out,” which earned second place in the state for the Weird Science problem and a perfect score in spontaneous, included Blake Davidson, Jonathan Dong, Kristopher Luo, Mac Martin, Clay Mohr and Sullivan Kelley. “Trouble in Dunkinland,” which included Erica Balas, Rebecca Mason, Addie Muth, Angeline Chen, Gwendolyn Krieger, Lauren Sudduth and Inaara Ali placed third in the state for the Odyssey Angels problem. 
Odyssey of the Mind, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is a creative competition program in which children work in teams to devise unique solutions to both long-term and spontaneous problems without any adult input or assistance.  Teams from schools around the globe form in the fall semester and work diligently to complete their solutions for the competition in the spring term.

An Important Message from Our School Nurse
March 21, 2012
Just as a reminder, all school nurses in the School District of Pickens County cannot administer medications without parental permission. This includes any type of cream or gels such as but not limited to Neosporin and Benadryl as well as antacids and cough drops. If you would like for your student(s) to have any medication at school, a parent or guardian must bring the medication to school and complete a medication administration form which is available on the SDPC website or at our school.  All SDPC schools must follow the medication administration policy stated in the Back to School handbook. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our school nurse at 397 - 1507.

International Jet Toy Challenge
March 29, 2012
Two teams from Clemson Elementary placed as first and second in the Regional Jet Toy Challenge.  These teams will represent Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties in the Jet Toy International Challenge in Detroit, Michigan on April 25.  This international event is being sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers A World in Motion. Sponsors and donations are needed to send these students and their teacher to Detroit for this competition.  If you are interested in donating, please click here for more information. 

Youth Art Month
March 20, 2012
March is Youth Art Month.  To celebrate this, the Pickens Museum is having its annual student art exhibit on display from March 3 until March 29.  Clemson Elementary is proud to have 38 students exhibiting their work this year for the show.  Those students are:
K - Walker Allen, Dulcie Mohr, Henry Tucker, Siona He, and Lance Reed
1 - Stella Mocko, Anna Newton, Liam Chandler, and Audrey Dodson
2 - Claire McATee, Ellen Ackerman, Will Jackson Turpin, Nicole Bolanzi, Cameron King, and Dylan Love
3 - Karim Elmendawi, Mary Walker Felder, Celine Weeks, Martin Beck, Graham McCrary, Caroline Ward, Sydney Weeks, Sophie Cox, and Crosby Tompkins
4 - Dari Klar, Alexis Williams, Sam Wyant, Abdussalam Darfoon, Clay Mohr, McPherson McAtee, and Madison McGuffin
5 - Anastasia Crandall, Dylan Hall, Drew Wray, Emily Gaddis, Stone Ke, Kris Luo, and Jonathan Dong
We are very proud of these students and the impressive artwork they have created.  Please try and visit the museum during the month of March to see the wonderful collection.

Spring Pictures
March 23, 2012
Spring Pictures will be April 12 at Clemson Elementary School.

April Newsletter
March 23, 2012
Click here to view the newsletter for April.  You may also find it under the subheading of "What's New" at the top of the page.

Congressman Duncan Visits Mrs. Turpin's Class
March 15, 2012
Clemson Elementary and Mrs. Turpin's class had a great visit with U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R), 3rd Congressional District. He spent time talking with the students about the United States and our government. He stressed the importance of reading and having dreams. He also read a book to the students, House Mouse, Senate Mouse. The students enjoyed this book and learned more about Congress. Congressman Duncan presented our class with a signed copy of the book as well as a flag which has flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. We are very lucky to have had this opportunity to learn more about how our governments works.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.

Clemson Elementary 5K Run
January 9, 2012
The first annual Clemson Elementary 5K Run/Walk will be held on March 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.  There will also be a 1 mile Kid Fun Run at 10:00 a.m.  To race, you will need to complete the attachment and submit by March 4 with a $15 registration fee.  The Fun Run is $10 by March 4.  Fees include t-shirt and finish line refreshments.  This event not only promotes healthy living, but all proceeds will go to support the fifth grade field trip to Charleston.  Happy Running!

Book Fair!
February 22, 2012
Take a reading road trip with the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library Media Center. The book fair will be here from March 12-21.  Family Night will be March 19 from 6-8 p.m. Parking for Family Night will be in the back of the school by the gym. Please remember to include 7% tax in any total you send with your child!
Students will shop with their classes or may shop before or after school if a parent is with them. We hope to see you at the fair! 

April Newsletter
March 21, 2013
 Please click here to view the April 2013 newsletter.

International Festival
February 29, 2012
We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday, March 3, from 12:00-2:00 for the International Festival.  This festival celebrates cultures from around the world, especially those represented at our school.  There will be food, crafts, entertainment, and fun for the whole family.  We hope to see you there.

Staying After School Is Cool
August 9, 2012
If you are interested in having your student participate in the Clemson After School program for the 2012-2013 school year, please complete the forms and bring them to school either before or on registration day, August 16 from 3-6. 

Bonus Bucks
March 1, 2012

Clemson Elementary school families can purchase gift cards from national retailers and restaurants to earn money for our school.  How does that work?  Everytime you purchase gift cards through Bonus Bucks at Clemson Elementary, a portion of that money goes to our school to support programs here.  Hundreds of national retailers and restaurants participate, including Target, Walmart, Gap,  Wendy's, and many more!  Orders will be taken the first Monday through Thursday of each month and can be ordered online (click here for online ordering instructions) or can be submitted in paper format to the school (click here to print an order form).  Payment for all orders, paper or on-line, must be received by noon on Thursday of the order week.  Orders are due by noon on Thursday, March 8th!  Thanks for your support of this great program!

Recycling E-Waste
January 23, 2012
Don’t throw away your old and unused cell-phones, digital cameras, camcorders, mp3 players, Ipods, GPSs, laptops, notebooks, computer keyboards and computer mice! Clemson Elementary’s GoGreen team and Terracycle will combine efforts to re-purpose and recycle your e-waste, while earning dollars for our school. We’ll collect e-waste during the first week of March at the school and in Clemson neighborhoods. If you’d like to sign up your neighborhood, please contact For more information check out our blog:!

School Holiday on Monday
February 17, 2012
Just to remind you that Monday, February 20, is a holiday for students.  Students return to school on Tuesday, February 21.

NED Is Coming to Our School!
February 16, 2012
We are happy to announce that America's most popular school assembly will soon be hosted at our school on Friday, February 24.   The NED show assembly combines a great message with yo-yos, humor, and audience participation to teach students how to develop valuable characteristics involved with becoming a champion at school and in life. 
For five school days following the show, our school will have NED items available for purchase.  Each student will receive a free yo-yo trick sheet and our school will receive two different and exciting how to yo-yo DVDs.  Yo-yos are available for purchase and range in price from $6.50 to $15.00.  THE NED SHOW comes to our school free of charge and proceeds from our sale allow another school to receive the program free of charge.  To learn more, visit

African American Wax Museum
February 10, 2012
Second graders in Mrs. Barnes's and Mrs. Robinson's classrooms researched, wrote biographies, and dressed up as famous African Americans to celebrate Black History Month.  On Thursday, February 9, many visitors toured their wax museum to see the famous faces of Michelle Obama, Jackie Robinson, Oprah Winfrey, George Washington Carver, and many others.  They did a great job, and many enjoyed viewing their hard work.  To see photos of this event, click here

February 2, 2012
Congratulations Clemson Elementary students, Rebecca Mason, Kris Luo, Connor Liu, Jackson Zhu, and Yutong Cao on being selected as finalists for Pickens County Has TalentPickens County Has Talent, SDPC’s first county-wide talent show, is a family-oriented fun event that showcases the best of the best within Pickens County. Most importantly, 100% of the proceeds will be distributed to the schools for instructional supplies.  The next event will be Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at Daniel High School.  Come out and support our students as they represent Clemson Elementary and showcase their talent! 

No America Reads
March 14, 2012
There will be no America Reads during the week of March 19.  Clemson University students will be on Spring Break.  America Reads will resume on March 26. 

Bats at Clemson ES
January 30, 2012
Bat removal and clean-up are scheduled to begin Friday, February 3.  The schedule is based on material and supply purchase schedules, lead times and weather.  For now, the gym will be closed to everyone except authorized people dealing directly with the situation. 

We have updated officials in DHEC’s Health Services, Environmental Health, and Food Safety divisions as we receive additional information.  At all times, DHEC has assured us that the problem is not uncommon and that risks are very limited.  Please call on us if you have questions or concerns.  More Information as of January 30, 2012

Spirit Night at Chick Fil A
February 1, 2012
Come on out to CHICK-FIL-A on Thursday, February 7, between 5 and 8 p.m. to support Clemson Elementary!  Simply let the cashier know that you are there to support Clemson Elementary and Chick-Fil-A will donate a percentage of total sales back to the school.  Invite family and friends!  See you there!

After School Care
March 7, 2012
It is now time to enroll in the After School Care program at Clemson Elementary!  If you are interested in this program, please complete the application and return to the office of Clemson Elementary with a $35 deposit.  Space is limited, and students are enrolled on a first come-first served basis.  If you have further questions, please contact Teresa Skewes, director,  at 397-1517. 

January 24, 2013
Please remember to send a note from home or from a doctor when your child is absent.  Please send the note within three days of the absence.  If you plan to be out for several days for a trip, please complete a pre-arranged absence note to have approved prior to the trip. 
Any student who accumulates more than 5 unexcused absences or 3 unexcused absences in a row must be put on an attendance intervention plan.  It is important to keep up with your child's attendance and send in excused notes when applicable.

Relay for Life Shirts
February 29, 2012
Relay for Life shirts are now being ordered.  Two new versions, Carolina and Clemson, were added today (see picture).  All shirts are $15.00 each.  If you would like one of the new versions, please write that in on the pink order form sheet and return to Teresa Skewes in the front office.. 

What To Do When You Have the Flu
December 20, 2012
 The School District of Pickens County recently released some tips for things to do when your child is ill and cannot attend school.  Those tips can be accessed here.  If your child is sick, please follow these guidelines.  Our school nurse, Karen Gilliam, is also always available to answer any questions.  

Math Superstars
January 18, 2012
Because of the bats, we have had to make some changes in classroom spaces.  Due to this, Math Superstars will now meet in Room 501.  Students arriving before 7:30 should go to the cafeteria and wait to be dismissed to Room 501.  Students arriving after 7:30 can go directly to Room 501.  Thank you!

March 2, 2012
Yearbooks are now for sale!  Yearbooks will cost $20 each this year.  Please consider ordering now as we will have a limited supply of extra yearbooks at the end of the year.  To place your order, please send your payment in an envelope with your student's name, homeroom teacher, number of yearbooks requested, and amount on the outside.  Reserve your yearbook today!!

No School January 16
January 9, 2012
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16 will be a holiday for students and teachers. 

Regular Routines Return
February 26, 2012
The school has been cleared to return to regular routines after dealing with bats for the last four weeks. Inspections showed no signs of interior bat roosting. The gym and former roosting sites were thoroughly cleaned over the weekend before allowing students back into the area. A letter with more details was sent to all parents telling them this news. Read here for that information.

Celebrate Clemson Elementary!
November 10, 2011
We are excited to announce that the 2011 South Carolina school report cards are published, and Clemson Elementary scored EXCELLENT as our Absolute Rating and EXCELLENT as our Growth Rating.  Clemson Elementary is only one of two schools in the state who has been recognized for outstanding achievement  every year that awards have been given.  The first award was in the 1985-86 school year.  Twenty six years later, we continue to be very proud of these achievements and celebrate the efforts of our students, teachers, staff, and parents that work to make Clemson Elementary a great place to grow and learn.  To view a complete version of the school report card, click here.

Bat Problem in the Gym
January 14, 2012
After an inspection by an animal/bat expert and a request to medical personnel for an assessment of the risk, DHEC was consulted late in the afternoon of Friday, January 13th. Their recommendation is that no students or school personnel enter the gym until the roof is free of bats. For this reason I have closed the gym to us and our programs. I informed Steve Figeroua, Recreation Director for the City of Clemson of this status. There will be no school or City activities in the gym until further notice. This time span will last into March.

Family Dinner and Bingo Night
January 9, 2012

On Friday, January 27, from 6-8 p.m., the Clemson Elementary PTA will host a family dinner and BINGO night in the cafeteria.  Dinner will be choice of BBQ or hot dogs, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, and drinks.  Desserts will be sold at a bake sale on this evening.  FABULOUS prizes will be given in the BINGO games.  If interested in attending, please complete the attachment and return it to school by January 24.  Tickets and Bingo Cards are available at the door at a charge.  We hope you can join us for this wonderful event!

Faculty and Staff Celebrate the Holidays
December 15, 2011
There have been lots of holiday festivities and events at Clemson Elementary, and the faculty and staff have been enjoying them all - from Tacky Christmas Sweater Day to Polar Express Day!  Click here for pictures.

Holiday Concert
December 15, 2011
On Monday night, December 12, and then again on Tuesday morning, December 13, the fourth grade, in conjunction with the chorus and the guitar players presented a Holiday Concert.  Parents and family members were entertained in the evening, and then an encore performance was done for the entire school.  Students worked very hard and presented an awesome performance.  To see pictures of this event, click here.

Jump Rope Team Jingles All the Way
December 1, 2011
The Clemson Elementary Jump Rope Team participated in the City of Clemson Christmas parade on Thursday night, December 8.  The team showed their skills and represented Clemson Elementary well, all while having a wonderful time.  Click here to see a slideshow of the event.

Clemson Elementary wins JetToy Challenge
February 21, 2012
At the SDPC JetToy Regional Challenge held on February 24, our two Clemson Elementary teams advanced to the International Finals in Detroit.  They will compete April 24-26 in Detroit.  We are very proud of our teams!  Members of the two winning teams are: Jacob Zambrano, Dylan Hall, Will Purkerson, Jakob Ables, Johnny Dong, and Stone Ke. Good luck, SDPC JetToy teams!

Toy Drive
November 17, 2011
The Country Santa Toy Drive will be Monday, November 28, through Tuesday, December 6.  Country Santa is an organization that sponsors less fortunate children throughout Pickens County, including some of our Clemson Elementary students, to make sure that all have a wonderful Christmas.  We are collecting new toys or books for ages toddler through teenager.  Please send these in after Thanksgiving to your child's classroom.  Thanks for your help and Happy Holidays!

Immigration Day
November 24, 2011
As part of their study of 19th century America, 5th graders had the first Immigration Day on Friday, December 9th. They participated in several activities throughout the day to recreate the experiences of immigrants coming to America. Students visited the Health Station to be "checked" for diseases. Then they went through several "tests" for agility, literacy, and citizenship. Click here to see a slideshow of this special day.

Fourth graders Perform Holiday Program
November 27, 2011
Our fourth graders will do a holiday program for PTA on Monday, December 12, at 7:00 pm and then for the student body the next day at 8:30 am. Parents are invited to either performance.

Veterans Day Donation Recognized
November 27, 2011
Our Veterans Day bracelet fundraiser sent $575 to Wreaths Across America, an organization that places wreaths on the graves of deceased veterans. There will be such a ceremony at M. J. Dolly Veteran's Cemetery in Anderson at noontime on December 10th. The occasion is open to the public and our students have a special invitation to attend. Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause and bought a bracelet.

Jump Rope Team Performs
November 17, 2011
Join us Friday evening, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jervey Gym to watch the jump rope team perform at halftime at the Clemson University Volleyball match.  We hope to see you there!

You Are Invited!
November 9, 2011
On Thursday, November 17, parents are invited to "drop-in" and visit classrooms during American Education Week.  There are two times when classrooms will be open for visitation - 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.  We encourage you to come and check out what is going on at Clemson Elementary!

Clemson Elementary Apparel
November 20, 2012
 We have a small inventory of Clemson Elementary sweat shirts, sweat pants and long sleeve t-shirts.  Please stop by the office or give the office a call to if you are interested in purchasing fall apparel from our inventory.  These make wonderful Christmas presents!


Chick-Fil-A Core Essentials
January 2, 2012
This month our Core Essential is self control.  The animal that goes along with this core essential is the monkey.  Self control means choosing to do what you should do instead of what you want to do.  This month, practice showing self control in the choices you make at school and at home.

Can Count
November 12, 2011
Thanks to all who contributed cans during Spirit of Giving week!  It was a huge success, and Clemson Community Care is very grateful for our efforts.  This year we contributed 3,915 cans !!!!!
Here are the totals for the most collected by grade level:
Kindergarten: Johnson 111
1st: Pruitt 163
2nd: Barnes 192
3rd: McDowell 231
4th : McCracken 143
5th : Burnett 208
Thank you again for your support during this very special week!

October 24, 2012
Clickhere to view a current copy of the Clemson Elementary newsletter.  You may also view it by clicking "What's New" at the top of the page and then clicking "Newsletter" underneath that tab.  Thank you!
Chess Tournament
November 21, 2011
On Oct. 28, the Clemson Elementary School chess team competed in the Greenville Scholastic Open held at St. Mary's Catholic School.  Team members competed in three divisions and the team placed at least third place in each.  Notable performances include Yutong Cao, second grader, who was undefeated in the K-2 division thereby receiving the first place trophy.  Also, Kristopher Luo, fifth grader, competed against fifth and sixth graders, receiving the third place trophy in the K-6 division.  Kristopher Luo, Daniel Hiott, Nathaniel Hiott, and Tyler Nielson competed against other teams of fifth and sixth graders to win the first place trophy in the K-6 division.  Congratulations to all and to Dr. Wayne Goddard, the team's coach. 

Arrival Procedures
November 7, 2011
We are working to make the morning drop off routine as safe and efficient as possible.  However, we need your help.  PLEASE do not pull into the front parking lot to drop off your students.  This is very dangerous for students, as the front lot is not designed as a safe place for children to exit vehicles.  We do not want to have an accident because of cars backing up where students are being dropped off. The best time to arrive at school is between 7:30 and 7:45 and it is imperative that you use the car line to deliver your students to us. 
In addition, September 23 was the last day to walk students to classrooms. We ask that you pull through the line and drop off your student.  Safety patrols will be responsible for getting students to classrooms.  Please do not park and drop off students in any parking lot.  If you are volunteering, we ask that you drop off your student and then proceed to the front lot to enter the building and sign in.
School begins at 8:00 a.m.  It is imperative that your student is in the classroom at that time so that he or she does not miss any instructional time.  Thank you for your help!
Veterans Day Bracelets
November 3, 2011
Veterans Day is November 11, and to celebrate this year, we are selling woven USA bracelets for $1.00. Mrs. Barnes' and Mrs. Smith's classes worked together to make posters advertising the sale that are hanging around school. 
Your child may bring his/her dollar(s) before November 9 to purchase a bracelet.  The bracelets will be given out on Nov. 11th so the kids can wear them to our Veterans Day assembly. The money raised will be donated to Wreaths Across America to decorate the graves of veterans at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.   Please support this wonderful cause and help us remember our Veterans!

Help Wanted
October 28, 2011
On November 2-4 and November 7-8, the second grade will be taking the CogAt/ITBS tests.  We are in need of testing monitors for each second grade classroom on those days from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.  If you are available to help monitor in a classroom, please call Melissa Terry at 397-1511 to sign up.  We appreciate your help!!

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
October 19, 2011
This year, Clemson Elementary will begin implementing a new bullying prevention program called Olweus.  This program is the most researched and best known bullying program available today.  With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the orld, OBPP is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.  Our goals are to reduce bullying problems among students, to prevent the development of new bullying problems, and to achieve better peer relations at school. 
Want to know more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program?  We will have a parent meeting on Monday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  We hope you can attend and learn more about this wonderful program.  As well, we will have a school-wide kickoff on Tuesday, October 25.  We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to sharing information about it with you.
Volunteer Training
January 10, 2012
The last two volunteer trainings for this school year have been scheduled.  Every person volunteering at the school needs to go through training each year to be a chaperone or work with students in any way unsupervised by a faculty or staff member.  Also they must have a SLED check originating through our District.  This check is current for three years.  These trainings will be offered on January 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Science Lab and on February 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 501.  If you plan to go on a field trip at the end of this school year, please take advantage of these opportunities.

Volunteer Training
October 10, 2011
There will be Volunteer Training tonight, October 10, during Open House.  Volunteer training will be offered at 6:00, 7:00, and 7:30 in the Science Lab.

Supply List for 2013-14
June 17, 2013
 Please click here to access the school supply list for the 2013-14 school year.  

Blue and Gold Day
October 5, 2011
Friday, October 7, was Blue and Gold Day at Clemson Elementary.  Daniel High School football players and cheerleaders were at school on Friday to greet students as they arrived.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.  Go Lions!!

Congratulations PE Superstars!
October 6, 2011
Each month, one PE Superstar is chosen for each grade level based on the student's attitude, helpfulness, preparedness for class, and other star qualities.  The students who were chosen for the month of September are Brahm Gianiodis, Lani Piekutowski, Ellen Ackerman, Ally Wilson, Chandler Morris, and Kiandre Sims.  Congratulations PE Superstars!

Fall Pictures
October 27, 2011
Fall school pictures have arrived and will be sent home this week with your child.  When the pictures come home, please send payment for those pictures that you want to keep.  Also, please return those you do not wish to purchase.  The last day to send money/pictures is November 11.  Thank you!

Wearing Pink! Hoping for a Cure!
October 24, 2011

Thanks to all those who participated in and helped with “Wear Pink for the Cure” last Friday, October 21st. CES administrators, faculty and staff contributed $225 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Congratulations Mrs. Cross!
May 26, 2012
Congratulations to Mrs. Meredith Cross, fifth grade teacher at Clemson Elementary school, for being named Elementary STEM teacher of the year for her excellence in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics during the 2011-2012 school year!  We are proud of you, Mrs. Cross!

Chick-Fil-A Core Essentials
September 30, 2011

At Clemson Elementary we strive to teach our students to be people of good character who have positive qualities.

This month our Chick-Fila Core Essential is CREATIVITY.  Creativity means using your imagination to do something unique. The animal we will learn about is the Bowerbird and how creative this bird can be. The color of the month is actually many colors called Tie-Dye.  Every Wednesday this month we encourage you to wear Tie-Dye.

Our goal is to use creativity at school to be successful. The teachers and staff at Clemson Elementary will be on the look out for students who are demonstrating creativity and will be rewarded with Chick-Fil-A coupons.

We look forward to seeing creative minds at work this month.

PTA Fundraiser
September 23, 2011
The PTA Fall Fundraiser is coming to an end.  Orders are due Tuesday September 27th.   The Froggy Patrol will be collecting Froggy coupons for the last time on Tuesday from 7:30-8:00am in the hallway between the cafeteria and gym. The last drawing will be Wednesday Sept. 28thAlso, for every 8 items sold, names go into the GRAND PRIZE drawing for a Green Scooter. That drawing will be in about 2 weeks once all orders have been processed.
 Last year we raised $15,000 for CES and this year we plan to raise at least that much.  All the funds go to support the teacher and students at CES.

Hop on the Learning Bus!
September 30, 2011
Ms. McAndrews's fourth grade class is proud to present "The Learning Bus" - a song that they wrote together.  Ms. McAndrews had her class work together to write the lyrics.  Then she sent this to a friend of hers, who put the lyrics to music.  Here is the result.  Congratulations Ms. McAndrews class for inspiring us to get on the Learning Bus!

President Obama to Deliver Address
September 22, 2011
President Obama will deliver his third annual back-to-school speech on September 28 in a live online broadcast at 1:30 p.m. The President will speak directly to students across the nation in a non-partisan address. 

Parents who do not want their child to view the speech should notify the office in writing by Monday, September 26. Those students will participate in alternative activities, and their grades will not be penalized.

Fifth Grade Safety Patrol Induction
September 30, 2011
The Clemson Elementary Safety Patrol was inducted on Thursday, September 29, at 1:30 p.m.  Megan Shropshire from Safe Kids of the Upstate was on hand to induct the patrols, provide safety reminders for all fifth graders, and train safety patrols in their duties.  Safety patrols include Corbin Higgs, Chase Woody, Cady Kurz, Emerald Withers, Emma Jacobs, Kate Dubose, Caroline Adams, Craig Cobham, Judy Miles, Madilyn Davis, Chandler Shelnut, Brandon Devier, Samara Young, John Thomas Turpin, Kiandre Sims, Laura Edsall, Troy Johnson, Kaleigh Johnson, Dylan Cloer, Ethan Usher, John Turpin, John Cawood, Megan Brown, Mary Page Crouch, Elizabeth McDavid, Jenna Piekutowski, Caitlin Pardue, Anastasia Crandall, and Annika Summers.

Volunteer Training
September 16, 2011
The next volunteer training will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.  Volunteers not only work in classrooms, but also chaperone field trips, tutor students, and help with special events.  If you wish to serve as a volunteer in the school at anytime during the school year, you must attend a volunteer training EVERY YEAR.  We need you to help our school be successful!  Please try to attend a volunteer training so that you can help our school.  Thank you!

Newcomer's coffee
September 14, 2011
All parents new to Clemson Elementary are invited to a coffee hosted by our PTA. It will be on Tuesday, September 20, at 9:00 am in the science lab. There will be brief program to introduce the school and our personnel to our new parents. Hope to see you there.

Spirit of Giving
October 31, 2011
Clemson Elementary will be celebrating the Spirit of Giving November 7-11 with a canned food drive to benefit Clemson Community Care.  Your child will receive a bag with a flyer describing the items needed.  Please write your child's name on the bag and place only 10 items in the bag when returning it.  This will help us keep an accurate count of the items brought.  Thanks for making Thanksgiving a brighter holiday for our neighbors in need! 
In conjunction with Spirit of Giving, students will be showing their spirit by wearing the following during the week of November 7-11:
Monday - Wear a Clemson Elementary t-shirt.
Tuesday - Wear your favorite sports team shirt.
Wednesday - Wear crazy socks.
Thursday - Wear your favorite hat.
Friday - Wear Red, White, and Blue for Veterans Dav!

Veterans Day
October 24, 2011
Veterans Day is November 11th. Veterans are the men and women who have served in the armed forces (U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, U.S Coastguard) both in times of war and peace. To celebrate this year, we are selling woven USA bracelets for $1.00. Your child may bring his/her dollar(s) anytime between now and Nov 9th. The bracelets will be given out on Nov. 11th so the kids can wear them to our Veterans Day assembly. The money raised will be donated to Wreaths Across America to decorate the graves of veterans at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson. The wreath laying ceremony will be on December 10th , 12:00 noon if your family would like to attend.
Please talk with your child about family members who are veterans. Also, please send in the names with the information requested (there is a form in the Monday folder today) so that we can honor your family members who have served. We create an Honor Wall in our cafeteria.
Also, please invite family members who are veterans to join us for lunch. Be sure to RSVP on the form which was sent home. 
We look forward to this special time when we can celebrate our Veterans!

Nut Safe School
October 26, 2011
Please remember that Clemson Elementary is considered a Nut-Safe School.  We have children in every grade level that have nut allergies.  Therefore, for the safety of these students, we ask that you do not send snacks or lunches that contain nuts or nut products.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

Orange and White Day
September 7, 2011
Friday is Spirit Day!  Students are encouraged to wear orange, white, and purple to support our Clemson Tigers this Friday, September 9!  Go Tigers!

Happy Dr. Seuss Day!
March 2, 2012
Happy Dr. Seuss Day from Kindergarten Things 1-100!  Kindergarten students and teachers dressed as Thing 1, 2, 3, etc.  to celebrated Dr. Seuss Day.  Goodies like green eggs and ham were served!  It was a Superdenferous Day!

"Boo-Hoo" Breakfast
August 24, 2011
Kindergarten and new first grade parents are invited to stop by the amphitheater located in the back of the school for coffee, juice, and donuts after dropping their children off at class on the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.  Join us for a time of fellowship and to dry your eyes after you drop off your new student!

Registration Packets
August 17, 2011
Registration packets will be available on August 26, 2011 in the front lobby of the school. You may come to school anytime after August 25 and before September 1 between 8 and 3 to pick up your packet.  The packets have important information in them as well as papers for you to complete.  Picking the packet up before Meet the Teacher night allows you to read and fill in the information at your convenience and prevents standing in lines later.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.  See you at Meet the Teacher night on September 1.

Mrs. Agostino Announced as Finalist for Support Employee of the Year for SDPC
August 11, 2011

Congratulations to Mrs. Agostino. She was announced as one of four district-wide finalists for SDPC Support Employee of the Year. Dr. Hunt will announce the winner in an electronic address to all employees at 8:30 am on Friday, September 2nd. We are very proud of Mrs. Agostino's accomplishment and will keep our fingers crossed for her.

Class Assignments
August 18, 2011
Class lists for the 2011-12 school year will be posted on the outside office windows at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 18th. Parents are welcome to check at their convenience.

June Newsletter
May 22, 2012
Click here to view the newsletter for June. You may also find it under the subheading of "What's New" at the top of the page.

Summer Hours
June 7, 2011
From June 6 to June 22 the school office will be open from 7:00 to 5:00. This is a Monday through Thursday schedule with no Friday hours.

The office will be  closed for summer from June 23 to July 31.

From August 1 to August 18 the school office will be open from 7:00 to 5:00. This is a Monday through Thursday schedule with no Friday hours.

School resumes a Monday through Friday schedule from 8:00 to 4:00 on August 22.

Meet the Teacher is on September 1 from 3:30 to 6:30.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6th.

Homeroom assignments will be posted on the office windows in August.

Have a safe and happy summer. See you in the fall.

End of School
May 27, 2011
There will be no school on Monday, May 30th, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Tuesday, May 31st, Wednesday, June 1st, and Thursday, June 2nd, will all have 11:00 AM dismissals. There will be no after-school-care. Fifth grade graduation will be on June 2nd at 8:30 AM. We begin at 8:20 by "clapping out" the fifth graders as they enter the cafeteria. 

CES Relay For Life Team raises over $5,000 to “fight back” against cancer!
May 19, 2011

Clemson Elementary's RFL Team Captain Teresa Skewes would like to thank everyone “from the bottom of my heart” for participating in the 2011 Relay For Life. “Whether you gave a donation, purchased a luminaria or T-Shirt, or attended the Relay and walked, thank you very much.” Mrs. Skewes especially appreciated the dedication of Mrs. Donyea Brown, Mr. Cedric Dawkins, Kianna Brown and Peter Skewes who walked throughout the night along with her as a symbol that “cancer never sleeps” and on that night “neither do we.” The school team raised a total of $5,258.36 for the Relay For Life of Pendleton-Clemson. Special thanks to our fifth graders who held a mini Relay and raised $1,000.00! Way to go!

LEGO Robotics Camps scheduled for the summer
May 19, 2011

The 2011 LEGO Robotics Camps will take place June 20-23 at East End Elementary School in Easley and August 1-4 at Seneca Middle School. The first annual LEGO Camps will be an exciting time geared toward teaching participants some basic principals in robotics. There will be three classes based on age group and experience: Beginner LEGO Robotics Group (for rising second and third graders), Intermediate LEGO Robotics Group (for rising fourth and fifth graders) and Advanced LEGO Robotics Group (for rising sixth graders and current LEGO League team members). Click here for more information and for the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Drake at 280-0697 or

CES Nature Trail Gets a Facelift
June 2, 2011

Want to get outdoors for a walk? Learn native trees and plants? Sit by the stream to read and relax? The Clemson Elementary Nature Trail has had a facelift thanks to Boy Scout Troop 235. Former CES student Connor Beckerle earned his Eagle and his project was updating the nature trail. The CES PTA Outdoor Committee worked with Connor to update signs, build new benches and do some general trail maintenance. We hope everyone will find time this summer to enjoy it! Pictured is Connor with Dr. Weichel and Mr. Vic Shelburne, Scoutmaster of Troop 235.

School Supplies for 2011-2012
June 7, 2011
Click here for a list of school supplies for the new school year starting on September 6th. Happy shopping!

Fun Run/Walk set for Saturday!
May 17, 2011

A “Healing Heroes Fun Run/Walk” is scheduled for this Saturday, May 21st. This will be a great event for the entire family! Pre-registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. that morning with the walk/run beginning at 9:00 a.m. The cost of registration prior to Saturday is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Registration on the day of the walk/run is $30 for adults and $15 for children. T-shirts are included! Ice cream sundaes will be awaiting all at the end! If you have any questions or comments or need a registration form, please contact the school office at 397-1500. Other contacts include Michelle Shaw ( and Kim McVaey. All proceeds from the Fun Run/Walk will go to Healing Heroes; this fundraiser will benefit Mr. Hooker’s wife, Becky, who has a debilitating form of MS and will be undergoing an innovative surgery this summer. If you are unable to participate but would like to make a donation, checks may be made out to Healing Heroes and sent to the school office. The CES family appreciates all your support!

Support Healing Heroes and help one of our own!
May 8, 2011

Clemson Elementary announces their support of a fundraiser for Mr. Hooker’s wife, Becky, who has a debilitating form of MS and will be undergoing an innovative surgery this summer. We all adore Mr. Hooker and his wife around here, so we are going all out to try and help raise money for this procedure!


A BBQ dinner plate and bake sale are planned for Friday, May 20th.  Each BBQ plate is $7 and must be ordered by this Friday, May 13th. Baked items will be available as an additional purchase that evening. Families will pick up plates and/or baked goods in the car line circle and enjoy them in the comfort of their own homes. Tickets may be purchased by sending $7 per plate to the school by May 13th; tickets will be sent home with your child. If you are unable to participate in the BBQ dinner fundraiser, but would like to help, please make checks payable to Healing Heroes.


Other upcoming fundraisers for Healing Heroes include a car wash at Ace Hardware this Saturday, May 14th, and a Fun Run May 21st. Look for more information to come. A big “Thank You!” goes out to Hudson Bagel Company for their support of this cause; their Easter “Healing Heroes” sale raised over $300! Thanks to all those who participated!

Math Superstars Recognition Day set for Friday, May 13
May 8, 2011

It's time to recognize our Math Superstars! On Friday, May 13th, Math Superstars are encouraged to wear their Math Superstars t-shirts to school and also to the PTA Ice Cream Social that evening where our Math Superstars will be recognized. Let's celebrate the efforts of these students, as well as the support of their families and our volunteers. If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Matthews at

Need your "Bonus Bucks" gift cards for Mother's Day?
May 3, 2011

The PTA is offering early delivery for those who would like to have their "Bonus Bucks" gift cards prior to Mother's Day. Please contact Amber Reeves at 653-7802 or if you would like to have your cards delivered by Friday. Your participation in this fundraiser is greatly appreciated!

Public input sought on proposed project
May 1, 2011

On Monday, April 25th, the City of Clemson held a public information meeting on the proposed Berkeley Drive Shared-Use Path and Pedestrian Bridge project. The City has completed preliminary engineering design for the project and conducted this meeting to provide an update on the status of the project, present the proposed improvements being considered and receive input from local citizens. If you were unable to attend the meeting, click here for a copy of the handout that was distributed that evening. Copies will also be available at the bridge on Walk To School Day this Friday, May 6th. Please submit comments concerning the project to Mr. Kent Guthrie, City Engineer, no later than May 11th. You may contact him at or (864)-653-2071.

Walk to School Day
April 30, 2011
It's time to WALK TO SCHOOL again! Clemson Elementary will hold its third annual Spring Walk to School Day on Friday, May 6. In case of rain, we will walk on Monday, May 9. Please make sure there is a responsible adult accompanying your child to school and plan on using your traditional method of transportation to get home in the afternoon. City of Clemson police officers will help direct traffic and pedestrians at the bridge and the elementary school crosswalks. Get out on your feet and help our air stay clean!

May/June newsletter and menu now posted to web site
April 29, 2011

The May/June newsletter is now posted to the school web site and will be sent home in student folders on Monday, May 2nd (unless parents have chosen the option to “go paperless”). Please take time to check out Dr. Weichel’s end-of-year message to parents and make a note of important dates to remember. This month’s newsletter also contains PASS testing dates for third through fifth grades, news from the PE and Media departments, ASC and PTA news and much more. In addition to the May newsletter, the May menu has been posted to the school web site. Please be aware that the menu is always subject to change – but especially in the final weeks of school.

CES OM teams place at State in March
April 27, 2011

Two teams from Clemson Elementary competed in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament held at KeenanHighSchool in Columbia on March 19, 2011. Twenty-one teams in three divisions participated: fifteen elementary school teams, five middle school teams, and one high school team. Congratulations to Second Place Team (Problem: As Good as Gold…berg) Jijie Fan, Alex Fitzgerald, Zac Hoover, Hannah Jiang, Stone Ke, Kristopher Luo, Nikhil Rangaraju, and Coach: Sorrel Hoover. First place Team (Problem: Full Circle) Makenna Berry, Andruw Earnhardt, Silas Hayes, Ned Mayo, Arthur Sherrill, Adam Smith, Patrick Ward, and Coach: Shannon Hayes were awarded a trophy that will be on display in the school trophy case.

"Bonus Bucks" shopping is so easy!
April 27, 2011

It’s time for the last “Bonus Bucks” order for this school year. Bonus Bucks are a great way to purchase gift cards from many national retailers (too many to name!), online businesses (like Amazon and I-Tunes) and some local vendors to use yourself or as gifts for others. When you place an order, you will benefit Clemson Elementary Schoolat the same time; a portion of every purchase goes to CES! Be sure to take advantage of this perfect fundraiser for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, graduations and summer birthdays! Order forms will be sent home with students in their Monday (5/2) folders or you may click here for the order form. Complete the form and return to school with your payment by Thursday, May 5th. Gift cards will be returned to school by Tuesday, May 10th. Happy shopping!

Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd!
April 19, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd with family and friends! Sprout's worksheet will give you some great ideas for activities - measure your ecological footprint, play a Green Clemson scavenger hunt, find ways to go green in your home, and visit the Earth Day Open House at the Geology Museum. Remember to fill out Sprout's worksheet and return it to the front office at school after spring break for a GoGreen prize! Check out for more.

Multi-age informational meetings
April 16, 2011
There will be informational meetings for parents interested in either the K-1 or 2-3 multi-age classroom on Monday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 26, at 9:00 a.m. Both meetings will be in the science lab. Applications will be avaiable then or at the front desk. The deadline to return applications is Friday, May 5th. The application is also available here.

Spring Break
April 16, 2011
School will be closed the week of April 18th for Spring Break. School will reopen on Monday, April 25th, with a regular schedule. Enjoy this time off with friends and family.

April 12, 2011
What are you waiting for? We’ve been waiting – and waiting – and the day is here! It's time for our annual “Something Special” event! It truly is something special! You won’t want to miss it! (For more info, please scan down this page.) See you here – TONIGHT, Thursday, April 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
"Something Special" tickets now on sale!
April 5, 2011

If you’re planning to enjoy a great family night of fun – including food, entertainment, art show, crafts, book sale, activities and more – make sure to buy your tickets in advance. To help you avoid long lines at the ticket counter, order forms have been sent home in children’s folders. You may place your order through Wednesday, April 13, and tickets will be sent home with your child. So order tickets now, then don’t forget to wear your “Something Special” t-shirt, grab your tickets, and come on out for a night of fun! Get Wild about “Something Special 2011” - Thursday, April 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. See you there!

SDPC calendar revised after four inclement weather days waived
April 5, 2011
Pickens County students will not be required to make up all six days missed this year because of inclement weather.  At the March 28 meeting, the board approved waiving four days. Students will make up one day on Monday, April 25 as originally scheduled.  Earlier in March, they made up another one of the six days. Adjustments have also been made to scheduled half days.  Students will attend half days on May 31, June 1, and June 2.  The final day for students will be the half day on June 2.  News ReleaseRevised 2010-2011 Calendar

Annual “Buck-a-Book” a great success!
April 3, 2011

The tenth annual “Buck-a-Book” event on Friday, March 25th, was a wonderful success! (Click here for pictures!) This annual service learning project, presented by the first graders at ClemsonElementary School, raised much-needed funds for Clemson Community Care, our local food bank. Many parents and members of our community stopped by to listen to our students read books for a “Buck-a-Book. Thanks to all those who contributed! Almost $1,300 has been raised; donations are still being accepted. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sarah Turpin by e-mail at or by calling the school office at 654-2341.

Congratulations to our Science Fair winners!
April 3, 2011
The PTA-sponsored school-wide Science Fair took place earlier this year on March 1st. Projects were on display throughout the halls of the school for student and parent viewing. Participation in the kindergarten-fourth grade science fair was optional. Fifth grade science fair projects were required, graded, and then judged in our fair. Awards were presented during fifth grade lunch on March 2nd. Congratulations to the Science Fair winners - First Place (tie): John Martin – The Power of Music and Bailey Blackwell – Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader?; Second Place: Matthew Howland – Ready, Set, Fizz; and Third Place (tie): Isaac Filippo – Pill Bug Paradise and Palmer Story – Which Soda Produces More Fizz? (Click here for pictures!)
April newsletter and menu now posted to web site
March 30, 2011

The April newsletter went home in student folders on Monday, March 28 (unless parents have chosen the option to “go paperless”) and is now posted to the school web site. Please take time to check out Dr. Weichel’s monthly message to parents and make a note of important dates to remember. Also this month you’ll find PE, Media and PTA news, as well as details about the upcoming “Something Special.” Information about Relay For Life of Pendleton-Clemson is included; find out how to be a part of and support our school team. Each newsletter communicates important information to parents – take time to stay informed! In addition, the April menu has been posted to the school web site.

Student-athletes to host Be a T.I.G.E.R. Field Day for area kids
March 30, 2011

Clemson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host its annual Be a T.I.G.E.R. Field Day for elementary school students Saturday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the lawn of Littlejohn Coliseum. The event is free and open to all children in grades K-5.

The day is all about teaching kids the values of Teamwork, Integrity, Gratitude, Education and Respect (T.I.G.E.R.), and athletes from many Clemson teams will be on-hand to lead activities centered on those concepts. The event will also feature a DJ, a dunking booth, fire safety demonstrations, inflatable games, prizes, snacks and more.

PTA volunteers needed!
March 30, 2011

Clemson Elementary PTA is looking for two people to co-chair the Science Fair and two people to work together as volunteer coordinators for the 2011-2012 school year. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Tammy Muth at 653-5731 or

Get Wild about “Something Special”
March 29, 2011

“Something Special” will take place at Clemson Elementary School Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The evening’s activities are designed to showcase and celebrate all of our “Special Areas” of instruction - Art, Music, Physical Education, Library and Computer Lab. The evening will be filled with performances by our CES Jump Rope Team, CES Chorus, CES Step n Stomp Team, Fain’s School of Dance, Upstate Gymnastics, Cheryl’s Dance Studio, and Upstate Holistic Karate.

Student artwork will be on display in the gym. You won’t want to miss this very special Art Show where you may purchase your child’s matted and framed artwork
. There will be a book sale in the library and lots of fun arts and crafts, activities and games are being planned. The office staff will be serving food, drinks and goodies in the cafeteria. Food will include hotdogs, Papa John’s Pizza, Firehouse Subs, and much more.

So plan to wear your “Something Special” t-shirt and join us for an evening of family fun and support a great cause! See you there!

Chorus participates in district choral festival
March 27, 2011
Our school chorus will be part of Pickens County's Choral Festival on March 31. It will be an all-day event with a performance that evening. Parents are invited to attend the 7:00 PM performance in Easley at Brushy Creek Baptist Church.
Fourth graders go to Camp Thunderbird
March 27, 2011
Our fourth-graders go to Camp Thunderbird on Wednesday and return on Friday (March 30 to April 1). This is a three day experience to study environmental issues.
Congratulations, Kristopher Luo and CES Chess Team!
March 14, 2011

The 2011 Scholastic Chess Championships were held at the Samuel A. Heyward Career & Technology Center in Columbia on March 5, 2011. One hundred thirty-three South Carolina students from elementary (78 players) through high school participated in the competition. This was one of the largest turnouts in the event's history. 

Congratulations to Kristopher Luo, who emerged as the fourth grade champion! Kristopher (4/5) only lost one game to the elementary school state champion. Congratulations also to the CES Chess Team that placed second in the elementary school division. Chess Team members include Connelly Ayers, Benjamin Buck, Yutong Cao, Blake Davidson, Alex Fitzgerald, Daniel Hiott, Nathaniel Hiott, Kristopher Luo, Simon Morris, Nicholas Park, John Thomas Turpin, and Manuel Unda. Nathaniel, Nicholas, and Simon each won three of five matches. The team coaches are Mr. Wayne Goddard and Mr. Mickey Lauria. 

Congratulations, Cady!
March 14, 2011

Congratulations to one of our fourth graders, Cady Kurz, for having her writing submitted to the district office for the South Carolina Young Writers’ Conference. Cady was the school winner and we are very proud of her for this accomplishment.

Change in school lunch payment procedure
March 8, 2011

The SDPC Student Nutrition Services is upgrading the current LunchBox program. The upgrade will go live on Monday, March 14, 2011. After the upgrade, only a history of LunchBox transactions from March 14 forward will be available; parents will not have access to a report of transaction histories prior to the upgrade. Parents who want to see older transactions should download or review an online report before Friday, March 11. If you have questions, you may contact our Student Nutrition Services at 397-1167.

Volunteer training set for March 28
March 8, 2011

The last volunteer training session of the school year to take place at Clemson Elementary School has been scheduled for Monday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Science Lab.  Anyone who would like to be volunteer-trained for this school year should plan to attend. Click here for more information about volunteering in our schools. If you have any questions, please contact Lorrie Jones at Clemson Elementary appreciates all those who give of their time throughout the year volunteering in the classroom and fulfilling various other volunteer roles.

Spelling Bee on Friday, the 11th, at 1:15
March 5, 2011
Sixteen students representing the sixteen homerooms in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will compete in the Clemson Elementary spelling bee at 1:15 this Friday, March 11th. Parents are invited to attend. Good luck to all these excellent spellers.

Open House for rising K and First grade students
March 5, 2011
Parents of rising K and First grade students are invited to attend Open House on Wednesday, March 9th, from 8:30 to 11:00. Parents had previously signed up for a tour time. Those who need a tour time may call the office at 397-1500 to sign up for a convenient time. Tours will last approximately fifteen minutes and introduce new parents to Clemson Elementary for fall of 2011.

Mark your calendar for the tenth annual “Buck-a-Book!”
March 2, 2011

Everyone is invited to the 10th annual “Buck-a-Book” event scheduled for Friday, March 25. During this annual service learning project presented by the first graders at Clemson Elementary School, students read books to people for $1.00 each. This service learning/fundraising project is a way for our students to help our own community while encouraging our children to read. This year all monies raised will be donated to Clemson Community Care.

Please join us and listen to some wonderful children read great books! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, friends – all are welcome! Come support this great cause and these fabulous children! Click here for more details including a brief history of this project and the schedule for the afternoon event. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sarah Turpin by e-mail at or by calling the school office at 654-2341.

CES students raise dollars to fight heart disease
February 28, 2011

During the month of February CES students jumped at the chance to raise dollars for yet another good cause. Over $2,500 was raised during the Jump Rope for Heart event, sponsored by our school's PE department and the American Heart Association. (Click here for some pictures!) This national fundraising program focuses on educating children about the dangers of heart disease and stroke while raising vital funds for cardiovascular and stroke research and health education. A “Hearty Thank You!” to all those who participated, all those who raised funds, and all those who contributed!

Pickens County Youth Arts Month
February 23, 2011

March is Youth Arts Month and the SDPC will join the Pickens County Museum of Art & History in celebrating Youth Arts Month with a reception at the museum on Saturday, February 26 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. A special presentation for our elementary schools will be made at 1:30 p.m. Thirty-five students from CES will have their works of art on display beginning February 26 and continuing through March 24. The Pickens County Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the museum at (864) 898-5963.

March newsletter and menu now posted to web site
February 28, 2011

The March newsletter has been posted to the school web site and went home in student folders on Monday, February 28 (unless parents have chosen the option to “go paperless”). Please take time make a note of important dates to remember and read Dr. Weichel’s monthly message to parents, as well as news from the Guidance, ESOL, Art, Media, and PE departments. Also included is a message from our cafeteria, an update on Relay For Life, information about the Box Tops “March Madness” contest, and an order form for the CES yearbook. In addition, the March menu has been posted to the school web site.

It’s “Bonus Bucks” time again!
February 23, 2011
“Bonus Bucks” are a great way to purchase gift cards from many national retailers (too many to name!), online businesses (like Amazon and I-Tunes) and some local vendors to use yourself or as gifts for others. When you place an order, you will benefit Clemson Elementary School at the same time; a portion of every purchase goes to CES! Be sure to take advantage of this perfect fundraiser! Order forms will be sent home with students in their Monday (2/28) folders or you may click here for the order form. Complete the form and return to school with your payment by Thursday, March 3rd. Gift cards will be returned to school by Tuesday, March 8th. Happy shopping!
Candy Grams = Sweet Success!
February 18, 2011
Clemson Elementary School recently held its first annual Candy Gram sale and there was an overwhelming response. These Candy Grams were carefully packed and delivered on Valentine’s Day to faculty, staff and students throughout the school.  Over $900 was raised for Relay For Life in honor of Teresa Skewes, our Team Captain, and all her work to benefit the American Cancer Society. Special thanks to all those who supported this very worthy cause!
“Something Special” is in the air!
January 31, 2011

Mark your calendars for “Something Special” – our annual spring festival celebrating all Related Arts. The event will be held on April 14th this year and we will celebrate with a "Safari" theme. On the same evening we will have an extraordinary art show with each student displaying a framed piece of artwork which will be available for purchase! More information will be coming soon; look for it to be sent home with students as plans develop. We look forward to another successful "Something Special" celebration!

“Jump Rope For Heart” underway!
February 13, 2011

The “Jump Rope For Heart” campaign kicked off last week. The actual event will take place this week during all PE classes; children will jump rope and exercise in a festive atmosphere. This year our school is celebrating the life of CES student Christopher DuBose and his courageous fight against heart disease. Lisa DuBose, Christopher’s mother, shared with us, “The people who participate in the Jump Rope for Heart help kids who have these issues now and develop better therapies for those yet to be born. My child is alive today because of the efforts of so many.” Donations will be accepted through February 23rd; packets must be returned by this day. Click here for a letter containing more details. Thanks for your support of this very worthy cause!

International Festival just around the corner!
February 8, 2011

The International Festival is just around the corner! Do not forget to join the fun this Saturday from noon to 2:00.  Be prepared to sample some delicious food from around the world. This event is a Clemson Elementary favorite!   


If your child is in the parade of countries, please arrive at 12:00. If your child is performing with the Jump Rope Team, Step and Stomp Team or Chorus, please make sure that you arrive at the appropriate time. If your family is sponsoring a food table, please plan to arrive by 11:00 to set up.

CES appreciates community support
February 9, 2011

Clemson Elementary School recently held a very successful Family Dinner Night. The following very generously donated many goods and services for this event to help our children: Clemson Variety and Frame, Tigertown Graphics, Judge Keller’s, Razzberry Fizz, Wren Beauty, Susan’s Hallmark, Sassy’s, McHenry Stitchery, Senn’s on Sloan, Todaro Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Tiger Town Tavern, Subway, 356 Sushi, Wingin’ It, M. H. Frank, Allen’s Creations, Sardi’s Den, Tickled Orange, Glazed, The Beaded Tiger, and Mayor Larry Abernathy. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. We encourage you to offer your “thanks” when you visit these many fine businesses.

Don’t miss out on February “Bonus Bucks!”
February 4, 2011

 “Bonus Bucks” are a great way to purchase gift cards from many national retailers (too many to name!), online businesses (like Amazon and I-Tunes) and some local vendors to use yourself or as gifts for others. When you place an order, you will benefit Clemson Elementary School at the same time; a portion of every purchase goes to CES! Be sure to take advantage of this perfect fundraiser! Order forms will be sent home with students in their Monday (2/7) folders or you may click here for the order form. Complete the form and return to school with your payment by Thursday, February 10th. Gift cards will be returned to school by Monday, February 14th. Happy shopping!

Staying "After School" is cool!
February 3, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 school year for After School Care (ASC). They can be picked up in the ASC office or the school’s front office. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. A $35.00 non-refundable deposit will hold your child’s spot for next year. Current ASC parents will be given first priority. Fees for the 2011-2012 school year are $35.00 per week or $7.00 per day. Contact Teresa Skewes, Director of ASC, at or call the school office if you have any questions. Click here for the ASC brochure containing information about the program and the necessary forms.

Encourage acts of kindness
February 3, 2011

This month Clemson Elementary will be honoring the core essential of kindness. Staff members will be on the lookout for acts of kindness by students. We encourage you to promote the value of kindness with your children by discussing this value with them and demonstrating what kindness looks like. We thank you for supporting this program.

Congratulations, Clemson Elementary School!
February 2, 2011

Clemson Elementary School was recently recognized as a 2010 Palmetto Gold winner by the State Department of Education. These results are based on test scores and improvement in test scores from the previous year. It is a compliment to teachers, staff, students, and families that this award has come our way every year since 1986! We are very proud and humbled to continue this record of achievement. Thank you to all teachers, staff, students, and families who contributed in many ways! --- SDPC News Release ... SDE Release

Congratulations, CES Chess Team!
February 2, 2011
The Clemson Elementary Chess Team participated in the 22nd Annual Pawndemonium XII chess tournament and placed second in the K-5 division. Over one hundred children competed at all levels in this tournament held on January 8th, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. Team members – fifth graders Benjamin Buck, Connor Lehmacher, Nicholas Park, and Riley Stokes and fourth graders Daniel Hiott, Nathaniel Hiott, and Kristopher Luo – are coached by Wayne Goddard and Mick Lauria.
Box Top “Super Bowl” contest benefits CES!
February 2, 2011

Clemson Elementary just wrapped up a really great Super Bowl contest and, in the process, collected many Box Tops for our school! Our first place winner and winner of a Daniel High School football jersey signed by the Daniel High School football team is Ethan Turner in Mrs. Turpin’s first grade class. Our other winners are: Carolin Justus in Mrs. Glaze’s class, Charlie Smith in Mrs. Bratcher’s class, Sawyer Hays in Mrs. Conley’s class, and Blake Davidson in Mrs. Nunamaker’s class. Congratulations to these winners! Our entire school is the real winner because dollars raised help fund field trips, general school supplies, and other needs. Thanks to all those who save and send in Box Tops! Next up: Box Tops “March Madness” competition! Keep collecting!

Congratulations, Teresa Skewes!
January 25, 2011

Teresa Skewes, better known by the faculty, staff and hundreds of After School Care (ASC) children as “Miss Teresa,” was recognized on Friday evening, January 21, at the Anderson County Relay For Life Kick Off event as the "2010 Volunteer of the Year for the Relay For Life of Pendleton-Clemson.”  Mrs. Skewes, Director of the CES ASC program, has served as the Team Captain for Clemson Elementary School’s Relay For Life team since 2003. The loss of her brother – “taken way too early” – is her reason to Relay and she shares, “I do this for him.” In acknowledging Mrs. Skewes' award, Principal Dr. Weichel stated, “This is a well-deserved honor for her. It is a labor of love.”  

In presenting the award to Mrs. Skewes, Nancy Leininger, Event Chair for the upcoming 2011 Relay For Life of Pendleton-Clemson, shared, “You know how with Relay there are people who early on 'catch the enthusiasm' and stay with it for years? Well, that describes [Teresa Skewes] perfectly. Whether on committee or not, you know you can always count on her.”  

Congratulations, Mrs. Skewes! We are so proud of you and appreciate all you do for our school and community!

Let’s JUMP!
January 31, 2011
This month is “Jump Rope for Heart” Month. Our event will be held the week of February 14th-18th in the gym during PE classes. Students and teachers will receive envelopes a week before the event. All envelopes should be returned by Wednesday, February 23rd. The students may also register to make their donations online. Just go to and make a donation for our school online. All checks for this event should be made out to the American Heart Association.
February newsletter and menu now posted to web site
January 31, 2011

The February newsletter has been posted to the school web site and went home in student folders on Monday, January 31 (unless parents have chosen the option to “go paperless”). Please check it out for Dr. Weichel’s monthly message to parents, important dates to remember, and information about applications for the After School Care Program for next school year. Don’t miss out on information from the PE and Art Departments and from the Library Media Center, along with an order form for the CES yearbook. In addition, the February menu has been posted to the school web site.

CERRA staff help out at Clemson Elementary
January 30, 2011

Three full-time staff members from CERRA worked at Clemson Elementary School on Friday, January 28. Each staff member was assigned to a teacher and worked as the teacher’s aide the entire day. Students enjoyed working with the CERRA staff, and teachers enjoyed the assistance. Dr. Weichel shared that the CERRA staff were “very impressed and extremely complimentary of their experience at CES.” CERRA Press ReleaseSlideshow

January 27, 2011

The PTA-sponsored school-wide Science Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 1st. Projects will be on display throughout the halls of the school for student and parent viewing. Participation in the kindergarten-fourth grade science fair is optional. These projects are designed to be a fun experience highlighting learning, project development and communication about science. These projects will not be judged, but students will be awarded a medal for participating. 

Fifth grade science fair projects are required and will be graded. They will then go on to be judged in our fair. Awards will be given in both individual and group categories and will be presented during fifth grade lunch on March 2nd.

Please encourage your students to have fun and participate in the Science Fair. Sign-ups are ongoing. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Smith at or 653-9940 or Ginger Foulk at or 653-9076. 

Helpful links: Science fair sign-up form for kindergarten through fourth grade; kindergarten-fourth grade science fair guidelines; fifth grade science fair guidelines; fifth grade score sheet. Please note that there are many helpful links on the guideline sheets.

Share your love of science!
January 27, 2011
Volunteers are needed each day in February to assist with the completion of some fifth grade projects. Students will be available to work on their projects during recess (11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.). Volunteers must attend Volunteer Training; the next training is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1st, at 9:00 a.m. in the Science Lab. Please contact Stacy or Ginger (contact info listed in article above) if you are interested in helping our fifth graders; contact Lorrie Jones in the school office if you are interested in attending Volunteer Training. We appreciate all our parent volunteers!
International Festival celebrates diversity
January 26, 2011

On Saturday, February 12th, Clemson Elementary School will celebrate the cultural diversity of our school family with an International Festival from noon-2:00 p.m. Students are invited to participate in the opening Parade of Countries, wearing a native costume of their country (or western style clothing) and carrying their national flag. Students and international families will set up table displays for their countries. (Click here for the International Festival Table Host Form.)  In addition, the Clemson Elementary third grade chorus, CES Jump Rope team and the CES Stomp team will be performing. Everyone is invited to attend! 

Clemson Elementary School students and families are invited to the International Festival!  The event will be on Saturday, February 12, from noon -2 at the school.  Come enjoy food from many countries , free crafts and festivities!      


Families interested in hosting a food table should contact Durema Berry at 

For more information, contact Durema Berry at, Kate Williams at, or Windsor Sherrill at

Ingles Tools for Schools
September 16, 2011
If you have an Ingles Advantage card, you can register it on the Ingles website to support our school.  Our school will receive a percentage of each purchase you make throughout the year. You must do this each year for us to receive this incentive.  Thank you for your support!  Click here to exit to the Ingles website.

CU Gospel Ensemble to visit CES
January 25, 2011

In observance of Black History Month at Clemson Elementary School, the Clemson University Gospel Ensemble will perform on Friday, February 18th, at 1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. The program should last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Kindergarten registration underway
January 24, 2011

The School District of Pickens County is conducting registration for four-year-old (4K) and five-year-old (5K) kindergarten. Children must register at the school in the attendance zone in which they reside and must be registered by their parent/legal guardian. Registration hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. A child who is four years old on or before September 1, 2011 may register for four-year-old kindergarten; however, the child must qualify for the program.  School choice is not available for 4K. A child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2011 can register for five-year-old kindergarten. Visit the following links for: More Information ... Enrollment Guidelines ... Mark the Date 2011 

Clemson Elementary will hold its Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, March 9.  Parents may sign up for a time to attend when they register their child or may call the school office at 864-397-1500 for more information.

Bonus Bucks are back!
January 13, 2011

It’s time to look ahead at your calendar and see who has a birthday or other special day coming up! Remember that Valentine’s Day is also just around the corner! Bonus Bucks is a great way to purchase gift cards from many national retailers (too many to name!), online businesses (like Amazon and I-Tunes) and some local vendors to use yourself or as gifts. When you place an order, you will benefit Clemson Elementary School at the same time; a portion of every purchase goes to CES!

Be sure to take advantage of this perfect fundraiser! Just print out the order form, complete it and return to school by Thursday, January 20th. Gift cards will be returned to school by Tuesday, January 25th. Happy shopping!

Thanks to our board members who speak out for public schools!
January 1, 2011
Each January during School Board Recognition Month, we salute and extend our appreciation to our board members. Their commitment to service and to public education affects the present and future lives of our children and our communities. This year's theme — School Boards Speak Out For Public Schools — reflects the efforts of thousands of men and women who advocate and shape the direction of our state’s public schools. Thank you, school board members, for helping ensure that every child in Pickens County will succeed beyond the classroom. Special thanks to our Clemson area board representative, Dr. Herb Cooper!
January newsletter and menu now posted!
December 17, 2010

The January newsletter has been posted to the school web site. Please check it out for Dr. Weichel’s monthly message to parents, important dates, PE and PTA news, and information about the Box Tops Super Bowl Contest. The newsletter also contains information about new student registration for the 2011-2012 school year – for 4K, 5K and first grade. In addition, the January menu has been posted to the school web site.


If you missed the opportunity in December to "go paperless," it is not too late. Please click on the link to the December newsletter, fill out the form (at the bottom) and send it to the school office to take advantage of this option. Both the newsletter and menu are posted to the school web site each month. You can access the newsletter under What’s New” at the top of the page; to access the menu, click on “Student Nutrition” on the left side of the page, then click on “What’s on the menu!” Hard copies will not be sent home to families who have elected to “go paperless.” Thank you for helping us to save our resources!

Get ready for winter weather!
December 9, 2010

With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our inclement weather procedures. Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety. Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local radio and television stations.  

In case of weather emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service. Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges. To receive a text, parents must return a completed form to their child’s school.

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database. To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

"Bonus Bucks" extended!
December 8, 2010
By popular demand, the deadline for "Bonus Bucks" has been extended. The new deadline is now Tuesday, December 14th, for delivery on Thursday, December 16th. Bonus Bucks make wonderful Christmas presents because they are never the wrong size!! (See article below for order forms.)
Congratulations, Anna – Fire Safety Poster contest winner!
December 8, 2010

Anna Newton, a student in Mrs. Rhoads’ kindergarten class, was awarded a trophy on Tuesday, December 7. Anna’s drawing, depicting a house fire and her family meeting place, was selected as the best drawing submitted by area school children. The Fire Safety Poster contest was co-sponsored by the Central-Clemson Fire Departments in conjunction with Fire Safety Day. Pictured here with Anna are Tom Cloer, Fire Prevention Safety Coordinator, Ben Smith, Administrative Executive Officer, and Dr. Ken Weichel, CES Principal.

Congratulations, Anna! We are proud of you!

“Bonus Bucks” forms now available on our web site!
December 8, 2010

Do you give gift cards as gifts? Did you know there is a way to purchase gift cards through your child’s school and benefit the school at the same time? If you purchase “Bonus Bucks” through CES, a percentage of each purchase stays here! The “Bonus Bucks” order form is now available on our web site.  To receive your Bonus Bucks before Christmas holidays, you may print an order form and turn it in with your payment by TOMORROW, December 9, 2010. (Click here for the front page; click here for the back page.) Your order will sent home or ready for pick up in the office (whichever you choose) on Tuesday, December 14.  Thank you for your support of our school through “Bonus Bucks!”

Toy drive this week!
December 5, 2010

It’s time to demonstrate our spirit of giving once again. A local organization needs our help during the holiday season. “Country Santa” ( collects toys for needy children across the upstate of South Carolina. This organization is in need of new toys and books for children of all ages, toddlers to teenagers. This week, December 6-10, we will be holding our annual toy drive at Clemson Elementary. Please consider purchasing a toy and sending it to school (unwrapped) with your child for this worthy cause. Thanks for all your help and support this holiday season!

"Coin Drop" for field trips set to start Monday
December 1, 2010

Clemson Elementary fifth graders have adopted a “Coin Drop” project to raise funds for our great field trips. Each morning from December 6-10 students can bring in money to drop in their class buckets.  Each day there will be a class winner for the highest total and the class and teacher will get a reward. Thanks for your support!

Monday: Pennies

Tuesday: Nickels

Wednesday: Dimes

Thursday: Quarters

Friday: Paper money and checks

Clemson Elementary students visit Freedom’s Hill
December 1, 2010

How do you move a church building all the way from North Carolina? That was one of many questions Southern Wesleyan University’s Joy Bryant (pictured here) answered as she presented the history of Freedom’s Hill Church to second-graders from Clemson Elementary School. Bryant is executive director of alumni and constituent relations. Also, Chuck Mealy, director of conference and housing services, talked about the old hymns the congregation would have sung in the 1800’s and played “Amazing Grace” on an antique pump organ. More than 100 Clemson Elementary students visited the historic church, which was originally built in 1848 in the Snow Camp community of North Carolina and relocated in 2000 to the university’s campus in Central. The students visited Freedom’s Hill as part of a social studies field trip November 23. Other stops included the Central Heritage Museum, Collins Ole Town and the Central Railway Museum.

December news posted! Find out how to "Go Paperless!"
November 29, 2010

The December newsletter was sent home in Monday’s folders and is now posted to the school web site. Please check it out for Dr. Weichel’s monthly message to parents, all the latest dates of interest, PTA news and holiday gift ideas, and information about the school’s toy drive. There is also information about Girl Scout Troop 2963's winter clothing drive (December 6-10) and the “Coin Drop for Field Trips” fundraiser.


In an effort to save time, money, and our earth, parents can now choose to “go paperless” and access the monthly newsletter and menu online. Just fill out and return the form in the December newsletter if you would like to take advantage of this option. Both the newsletter and menu are posted to the school web site each month. You can access the newsletter under What’s New” at the top of the page; to access the menu, click on “Student Nutrition” on the left side of the page, then click on “What’s on the menu!” Hard copies would not be sent home if a family signs up to “go paperless.” We encourage families with Internet access to consider "going paperless!"

Congratulations, Jessica and Rebecca!
November 22, 2010

The “Subway Fresh Fit” contest was announced at Clemson Elementary in mid-September. The competition is designed to increase awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and spotlight the creative and fun ways children and youth are staying healthy and fit.  At a school-wide assembly held last Friday, November 19, it was announced that CES was one of only seven schools across the state to have a grand prize entry in the regional event!

Jessica and Rebecca Mason entered jointly and their video was chosen from among 6,214 entries to be one of the seven grand prize winners! Jessica and Rebecca (pictured here with principal Dr. Weichel and PE teachers Mr. Smith and Mrs. Wheeler) received a $1,000 Subway gift card. In addition the PE department at CES will receive $1,000 grant from Subway that will be used to purchase fitness equipment and educational materials. Over sixty CES students submitted an entry. Each student will receive a $5 Subway gift card. Congratulations, Jessica and Rebecca! We are very proud of you!

“Purses for Preemies” underway
November 22, 2010

Clemson Elementary School, along with other Pickens County schools, is collecting gently used purses to raise money for the March of Dimes. The purses will be sold on December 14, 2010, at Pickens High School (note change in location) from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. (There will also be new purses donated by area stores on sale as well.)  Gently used purses may be sent to your child’s homeroom by December 3rd. The March of Dimes team will price and sell the purses. The money will go directly to the March of Dimes, but our school will receive credit for the money collected for the purses from our school.  Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!

Happy Thanksgiving
November 21, 2010
School will be closed for three days, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 24th, 25th, and 26th of November, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. School reopens on November 29th. Tuesday, November 23rd, will be a full day of school with after school care. 

Spirit of Giving Week surpasses goal!
November 18, 2010

Last week Clemson Elementary School observed our “Spirit of Giving” Week, which included “spirit days” and a canned food drive. This school-wide service learning project is designed to gather nonperishable food items. Students collected 5,764 nonperishable food items which were donated to Clemson Community Care, a local nonprofit organization serving the needs of local families. Ms. Finnegan, guidance counselor at CES, was excited about our school surpassing its goal of collecting 3,000 cans. “All I can say is WOW! It was overwhelming to see how big the spirit of giving is here at Clemson Elementary.” Thanks to everyone for their support of this worthy event! (Click here for pictures.)

Parents invited to visit school
November 14, 2010

As a small thank you to PTA and all our parents, we would like to invite parents to visit classrooms on Tuesday, November 16th, during American Education Week. From 9:00 to 10:00 and from 1:00 to 2:00 classrooms will be open for parents to visit. Please come to the front office for a visitor’s badge before going to the classroom. No appointments are necessary and we hope you will be able to stop by your child(ren)’s classroom.

Clemson Elementary School scores “Excellent!”
November 12, 2010

The annual school report cards issued by the South Carolina State Department of Education were released today. Clemson Elementary School scored "Excellent" in both the Absolute and Improvement categories. “This is simply an outstanding accomplishment,” stated Principal Dr. Ken Weichel. “To have this continuous record of achievement dating back to 1986 in a climate of escalating demands is remarkable.”  

We are so very proud of the hard work of our teachers, students, and administrators and we appreciate so much the support of our families! For the South Carolina State Department of Education school report card “portal,” click here; for 2010 report cards, click here. For this year’s CES report card, click here.

Thank you, Veterans!
November 12, 2010

Students paraded through the halls carrying United States flags Thursday morning, November 11, on their way to a very special Veteran’s Day assembly. Captain Retired US Army Joe Board, who served in Vietnam for six years (1960-1967), and Lieutenant Retired USAF Noel Garvin, who was stationed in England during World War II, were the featured speakers. 

A check in the amount of $425 was presented to Colonel, Retired USAF Sandy Edge and Brigadier General Retired USAF Hap Carr to benefit the Scroll of Honor at Clemson University. The Scroll of Honor is a memorial, which lists the names of Clemson University students who have given their lives to the service of the United States of America. 

As a token of thanks, veterans were invited to join students for lunch. Click here for some pictures from this special day!

Storybook characters come to life!
November 10, 2010

Book characters marched through the halls of Clemson Elementary School on Friday, October 29, as kindergarten and first grade students in Mrs. McAtee’s and Mrs. Bailey’s K-1 Primary Multiage class celebrated Halloween disguised as their favorite book characters. Click here for pictures.

Kindergarteners parade in costumes
November 10, 2010

Kindergarten students paraded through the halls of Clemson Elementary School on Friday, October 29, as Halloween music played in the background. It was a fun day for the kindergarteners! Click here for pictures!

CU football team to visit
November 1, 2010
In a tradition dating back to 1983, the Clemson football team will visit Clemson Elementary on Friday, November 12th, at approximately 11:30. Our students, faculty, and staff will be wearing orange, purple, and white to welcome the Tigers on their way to Tallahassee.

Veterans Day Program
November 1, 2010
Our Veterans Day program is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday,November 11th. Mr. Joe Board will lead an assembly on Honor Flights, a program taking our veterans back to Washington, DC, to visit the historic monuments in our nation's capitol. Noel Garvin, a World War II veteran and Honor Flight recipient, will talk to students about his experiences.

The veteran names of our faculty, student, and staff families will proudly be displayed in the cafeteria this week. As a token of thanks, we have also invited our family veterans to have lunch with us on November 11th. 

Spirit of Giving Week
November 1, 2010
Spirit Week begins on November 8th. We will be celebrating with a canned food drive to benefit Clemson Community Care. Our goal as a school is to donate 3,000 items. There will be a special treat for all if we reach this school goal and the winning homerooms per grade will get a surprise. We will also have different activities every day of the week.
Monday: Hat Day
Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day
Wednesday: Favorite Sports Team Day
Thursday (Veterans Day): Wear red, white, and blue
Friday: Wear orange to show your Clemson spirit

Halloween Obstacle Course fun for all!
November 1, 2010

All Clemson Elementary PE classes participated in the annual Halloween Obstacle Course on October 28-29. Mrs. Wheeler and Mr. Smith led the children through a variety of PE standards-related activities during their regular PE classes. It was great fun! Click here for pictures!

"Fifties Day" in first grade
October 24, 2010
The first graders rocked-around-the-clock and celebrated the fiftieth day of school with a sock hop and other 1950's activities in the science lab on Wednesday, October 27th. Click here for pictures!

CES celebrates PTA fundraiser!
October 21, 2010

Clemson Elementary students raised over $15,000 for the school during the PTA Great American Fundraising event this fall. To recognize their efforts, a school-wide assembly was held on Friday, October 15. Three students with the top sales per grade were invited to shoot Silly String at Dr. Weichel, Ms. Ashemore, and faculty and staff representatives who proved to be fantastic Silly String targets! Click here for pictures!

Thanks to all those who participated in the fall fundraiser and thanks to all those helped make assembly the great time that is was! Special thanks to Mrs. Teresa Skewes for serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and to the PTA for coming up with such a fun idea!

Health Alert
October 15, 2010
A student at Clemson Elementary has recently been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as Whooping cough.  Please read the letter from DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) for more information.
No School on Monday, October 18th
October 1, 2011
There will be no school for students on Monday, October 17th. It will be a staff development day for teachers. School resumes on a regular schedule the next day, Tuesday, October 18th.

Red Ribbon Week Activities
October 15, 2010
During Red Ribbon Week students will be doing in-class projects, receiving red bracelets, and wearing red on Friday, October 22nd.

Silly String Assembly
October 10, 2010
PTA recently completed its Great American fund raiser. It was a huge success. As a reward the top three sellers from each grade will be recognized at an assembly this Friday, October 15th, at 2:00. They will be Silly Stringing one teacher from each grade, Ms. Ashemore, and Dr. Weichel!

"Art by Me" update
October 1, 2010
Art by Me packets will go home in weekly folders with students on Tuesday, October 19th. The return deadline is Friday, October 29th.
Road Construction at Edwards Middle
October 10, 2010
Clemson Elementary parents driving to Edwards Middle need to know that Madden Bridge Road will be closed to through traffic from Monday, October 18th to Friday, October 22nd. Be prepared to take an alternative route.

Math SuperStars
September 15, 2011

Math Superstars will begin the first week of October. All meetings take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Science Lab, according to the following schedule: 
*1st grade Math Superstars meets on Fridays, starting October 7
*2nd grade Math Superstars meets on Wednesdays, starting October 5
*4th grade Math Superstars meets on Thursdays, starting October 6.
Students may still sign up for this program, and volunteers are still being recruited.  If you are interested in volunteering, would like additional information, or need to register a student, please contact Gretchen Matthews at  Volunteers must be volunteer trained and have a current SLED check through the School District of Pickens County.

Candidates for SC State Superintendent of Education to visit Clemson Elementary
October 5, 2010

Mick Zais (R) will visit Clemson Elementary on Thursday, October 7th from 9:00 to 10:00. Frank Holleman (D) will do the same on Friday, October 8th. The candidates will speak in the cafeteria on issues concerning education in South Carolina. Both sessions are open to the public.

Clemson Elementary School participates in International “Walk to School Day”
October 6, 2010

On Friday, October 1st, 587 persons participated in the International Walk to School Day at Clemson Elementary School. (Click here for pictures!) Our students were walking to school with children around the country and around the globe. The number of cars in the drop-off line went down from 417 cars on Thursday to 222 cars on Friday. Thanks to all drivers who waited for walkers and parents who supervised walkers this year. Our next “walk to school” day will be in late May or early June. For more information on “green” efforts around the school (or to volunteer), please visit

Delivery date set for fall fundraiser
September 30, 2010

Delivery of the Great American fall fundraiser items will be Wednesday, October 6. Students will be given the boxes of items to bring home on that day. If your child has a large order, please make arrangements to pick up the boxes from the cafeteria stage on Wednesday, October 6th. 

Many thanks to all those who supported the fall fundraiser! The PTA is excited to have met their goal and raised over $15,000. Fifteen percent of the profit will go to teachers to use in their classrooms. Twenty-four teachers received a $25 shopping voucher from the catalog for having at least 50% classroom participation. The top three sellers per grade will soon get the honor of “silly-stringing” Dr. Weichel and other teachers.

October newsletter posted to web site
September 29, 2010

Clemson Elementary School’s October newsletter has been posted to the school web site. (Click here.) Copies of the newsletter were also sent home with students in the weekly folders this past Monday, September 27. Parents are encouraged to check out the newsletter for upcoming dates of interest, along with a message from Dr. Weichel, attendance policy reminders, student nutrition services information, news from the media center and art and PE departments, PTA news, and much more! Past issues of the school newsletters may be found under “What’s New.”

Mrs. Agostino Named District Support Employee of the Year!
May 18, 2011

Mrs. Bonnie Agostino has been chosen as the School District of Pickens County Support Employee of the Year!!!  This is quite an honor.   Mrs. Agostino has served in many different roles over the years that she has been with us – including 4K aide, 5K aide, and her current position as technology assistant. She is the first two-time Support Employee of the Year award winner ever at our school. Mrs. Agostino keeps all of our technology running and does it with a smile. Printer doesn’t work? Call Bonnie. Can’t access the Internet? Call Bonnie. Promethean board out of kilter? Call Bonnie. She has been a life-saver for all of us at one time or another. Congratulations, Mrs. Agostino!

"Wear Pink for the Cure"
September 23, 2010

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Friday, October 1, Clemson Elementary students, teachers, and staff will participate in a "Wear Pink for the Cure" event. All students are encouraged to wear pink on that day. Our Clemson Elementary family will join together at the end of the day for a short walk and balloon launch.

Walk to school on Friday, October 1st!
September 23, 2010

Clemson Elementary School will be participating in “Walk to School Day” on Friday, October 1st. Students are encouraged to join thousands of school children around the globe and walk to school to celebrate the benefits of walking. Clemson Police crossing guards will be at the Berkeley Bridge at 7:40 a.m. Drivers are encouraged to avoid Berkeley Bridge between 7:30 and 7:55 a.m. Parking will be available at Country Walk (parking lot) and Village Walk (undeveloped section). If it is raining at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1st, the rain date will be Friday, October 8th. 

For information about “walking schoolbus” stops, log on to Plan to join a group and walk to school! Visit this site for other opportunities to “Go Green” at Clemson Elementary School!

Dads – Enjoy some “Time with your kids!”
September 23, 2010

“All Pro Dad's Day” is a simple idea with a profound impact. It's a monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids. During this time, they discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and are equipped with resources to strengthen their relationship. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 13th, at Chick-fil-A of Clemson. The meeting will be from 6:45-7:30 a.m. (Usually the actual meeting begins at 7:00 a.m. and with dads and their children leaving no later than 7:30 a.m. for school.) This month's theme is "Time with your kids." Please join us!  Grab some breakfast for you and your kids and enjoy some “dad & kid” time with us! For more about All Pro Dad’s Day, please visit!

Thank you, Rotary Club of Clemson!
September 20, 2011

The Rotary Club of Clemson annually donates new dictionaries to Clemson Elementary School third grade students. This year retired Clemson Elementary School Principal Dr. Paul Prichard and Mr. Larry Sloan, Rotarians, were on hand Monday, September 19, when the dictionaries were given to the students. Dr. Prichard said of the donation, "This is a gift that keeps on giving because students can use these dictionaries all the way through high school."

"Subway Fresh Fit" contest entries due October 1st
September 19, 2010

Clemson Elementary School students are invited to participate in a contest in their PE classes called the “Subway Fresh Fit” contest.  Students who wish to participate may draw a poster or create a 60-second video (DVD) on how their family stays healthy in our community.  All DVD's and posters must be turned in to Mr. Smith or Mrs. Wheeler by Friday, October 1st.  Every student who enters will earn a $5.00 gift certificate to Subway. The winning entry will earn the school a $1,000 to be used for PE equipment.

Odyssey of the Mind meeting September 21
September 16, 2010

An Odyssey of the Mind information meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 21, in the Science Lab from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. This meeting is for interested fourth and fifth grade students and a parent. For more details, please visit Mrs. Burns’ website. The Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 19th, at W J Keenan High School in Columbia, SC.

Clemson Elementary School selected to be a participant school in the “CERRA Celebrates Teachers” campaign
September 12, 2010

In recognition of its 25th anniversary, CERRA, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, has planned a yearlong celebration of teachers. CERRA’s goal is to show its appreciation to educators who make a difference every day. Principals from more than 160 schools representing 28 school districts registered to be entered into a random drawing to “win” a visit from CERRA. We are excited to report that Clemson Elementary School is one of the nine monthly winners! Each of these winners, one school per month during the school year, will receive an offer to put CERRA’s staff to work for teachers in its school for one day. We are tentatively scheduled for a January visit. Clemson Elementary School appreciates our teachers and we welcome this opportunity for them to be celebrated!

In addition to “CERRA Celebrates Teachers,” the Center will send uplifting messages on the 25th of each month to its network of more than 6,000 educators encouraging others to pay it forward by sending the message to at least one colleague who is making a difference every day.

First Wendy’s night a success!
September 12, 2010

Thanks to all those who came out to support the first Wendy’s night this past Thursday evening, September 9! Pictured to the left is Clemson Elementary student Kate Simmons with kindergarten assistant Mrs. Joni Campbell, dressed as Wendy. Our school receives a percentage of the proceeds each month on a designated night. In addition, Mrs. Campbell’s classroom will receive $50 in classroom supplies. Hope to see you at our next Wendy’s night (date TBA)! Thanks for supporting our school!

Don’t miss out! Visit the Book Fair!
September 11, 2010

The library media center is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair September 13-22 each weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to pick up a visitor’s pass at the office and stop by the library media center to shop with their children. The library media center will also host a Family Night on Monday, September 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All proceeds from the Book Fair support library media center programming and materials for the students. Trained volunteers are needed daily!

Math SuperStars to begin in October
September 11, 2010
Math SuperStars will begin the week of October 4. Parents will find signup information in the Monday folders (September 13).  Parent volunteers are needed.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact Gretchen Matthews at
President Obama to address students
September 9, 2010

President Obama will deliver his second annual back-to-school speech on September 14th in a live online broadcast. The speech will be broadcast at 1:00 pm. The President will speak directly to students across the nation in a non-partisan address.  Last year, he encouraged students to stay in school, study hard, and take responsibility for their education. 

SDPC schools will have flexibility in how they choose to have students view the address. Parents who do not want their child to view the speech should notify their child’s school in writing by Monday, September 13.  Those students will participate in alternative activities, and their grades will not be penalized.

President Obama is not the first nor will he likely be the last to give an address to students.  It has become somewhat of a tradition for presidents to address students as former President George H.W. Bush spoke to students across the nation in 1991 and former President Clinton did in a “Webside” chat in 2001. In addition, former President Reagan spoke to the nation’s students during a nationally broadcast question and answer session in 1986. 

The President’s back-to-school speech will be available for patrons to view online. Information on how to view the address is expected to be posted soon at

Introducing "Core Essentials"
September 9, 2010

At Clemson Elementary we strive to teach our students to be people of good character who have positive qualities. Toward this end our school is participating in the Core Essentials program in partnership with Chick-fil-A.  Throughout the month of September we are learning about the value of respect. Respect is showing others they are important by what we say or do. This month our students will be learning how to respond to various situations in a respectful manner. The teachers and staff at Clemson Elementary will be on the lookout for students who are responding in a respectful manner and their respectful responses will be rewarded. Families are encouraged to discuss and recognize these values at home to reinforce what is being taught during the school day.

Jump Rope Team begins
August 29, 2010
All second, third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to join the jump rope team. The first meeting was in the gym on Wednesday morning, September 8th, at 7:20 AM. The second and third graders will meet on Monday mornings. The fourth and fifth graders will meet on Wednesday mornings. Both groups will meet at 7:20 during the school year. Please see Mrs. Wheeler or Mr. Smith for more information.

Orange, White, and Purple Day
August 29, 2010
Our students are encouraged to celebrate First Friday, marking Clemson's first home football game this year, by wearing orange, white, or purple to school this Friday, the 3rd. Go Tigers!

M.O.V.E. Club meets for the first time
August 29, 2010
Third, fourth, and fifth graders interested in early morning exercise are invited to the first M.O.V.E. Club meeting on Thursday, September 2nd. We will meet on the track at 7:35 and end at 7:55 for some early morning jogging.

Scouting Meeting
August 29, 2010
There will be an informational meeting about scouting for parents and first through fifth-grade boys on Thursday, September 2nd. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Interested boys and parents are encouraged to attend.

Mark your calendar for Volunteer Training!
August 23, 2010

Clemson Elementary School needs you to volunteer at our school! Parents who are interested in volunteering in the school must attend Volunteer Training. Volunteer training sessions will be held in the science lab at Clemson Elementary on August 30th at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m. Parents who have previously participated in volunteer training must update their information. Please stop by the science lab to renew your volunteer status. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 654-2341. (Click here for district information about volunteering.)

Support the PTA Fall Sale Promotion!
August 22, 2010

The PTA Annual Fall Catalog Promotion kicks off on Monday, August 23rd, and runs through September 8th. Each student will have a catalog and order form in their take-home folders this week. Profits earned through this fundraiser will go to support school, teacher, and student programs that are not covered by the school budget. Teachers have the opportunity to earn 15% of the profits to use directly in their classrooms. Parents who wish to see additional items that are not in the catalog or who would like to order on-line may visit  Our group number is 1851328. (Click here to see the parent information letter about the sale.)

Congratulations to our TOY and SEY!
August 19, 2010

Tyla Hill, Karen Gilliam, and Sheila Hogan, all from Clemson Elementary, were honored by the Pickens County School District at a recent luncheon. Tyla is the 2010-11 Clemson Elementary Teacher of the Year. Karen is the 2010-11 Clemson Elementary Support Employee of the Year. Sheila had the honor of being named the 2010-11 Liberty High Support Employee of the Year and won the honor of representing the District as Support Employee of the Year. The recent budget cuts resulted in her being re-assigned as a kindergarten aide at Clemson Elementary and we are thrilled she is here. Congratulations to all of them! Click here for the district press release.

Open House announced
August 18, 2010
Clemson Elementary's Open House will be on Monday, August 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be a time for parents to visit classrooms and become familiar with their children's educational routine. Volunteer training sessions will also be held at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 in the science lab.
Clemson Elementary PTA on Facebook
August 18, 2010

Clemson Elementary School’s PTA Leadership Team invites you to become a friend of Clemson Elementary PTA on Facebook. They will use this as another way of keeping parents up-to-date on information and events at the school.  They would love to be your Facebook friend!  

The PTA is a vital group that supports the school’s instructional programs, teachers and the school. All families are invited join. The membership forms (Click here to obtain one!) may be sent to the front office to the attention of "PTA" at any time. Click here for more about the Clemson Elementary School PTA.

Join the PTA at “Meet The Teacher!”
August 11, 2010
For your convenience, our PTA is attaching the PTA membership form so that you can have it ready for” Meet the Teacher” evening on Thursday, August 12th, from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Forms will also be available on the PTA table in the gym. This is a vital group that supports our instructional programs, teachers and our school. We hope that all of our families will join. The membership forms may also be sent to the front office to the attention of "PTA" at any time!  Click here for more about the Clemson Elementary School PTA!
Clemson Elementary meets AYP Targets
August 8, 2010
Congratulations to our teachers and students for meeting AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) goals as mandated by NCLB (No Child Left Behind) legislation! This was the result of hard classroom work by students and teachers with strong parental support from home. Recently released 3rd, 4th,and 5th grade PASS scores were used in this statistical determination. Follow the link here to read more from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Orientation packets ready for pickup
August 4, 2010
Orientation packets are ready for pick up in the front lobby. These packets are arranged alphabetically by family and contain all the forms parents will need for "Meet the Teacher" (Registration) Night on August 12, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to pick up their packets between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day through August 11. Please return completed forms on "Meet the Teacher" Night.
Ms. Kelly Finnegan named CES Teacher of the Year!
May 18, 2011
Clemson Elementary School is proud to announce that the faculty has chosen Kelly Finnegan to represent them as their 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Finnegan is finishing her first year as our guidance counselor. She came to us after two years at Edwards Middle School and has quickly won the admiration of parents, students, and staff. She remains positive and upbeat while going above and beyond to serve our children. Congratulations, Ms. Finnegan!

2009-10 SIC Report to Parents
June 22, 2010
The 2009-10 School Improvement Council Report to parents is under Families and Communities on the sidebar to the left. Click on Families and Communities and then on the SIC link for the full report. Scroll to the bottom to find the link.
Summer Hours
June 22, 2010
Our summer hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The last day the office will be open will be Thursday, June 24th. The office reopens with the same Monday through Thursday schedule on Monday, July19th. The regular five day week resumes on Monday, August 2nd. Have a safe, relaxing summer.
School Supply Lists for 2010-2011
June 15, 2010
Here is a list of needed supplies for 4K through fifth grade to begin school when school resumes on August 17th. Have a safe and relaxing summer. Click here for the list.
Field Day Postponed
June 3, 2010
Due to possible afternoon thunderstorms, Clemson Elementary Field Day will be held on Monday, June 7.  Also, on Monday, there will be the Volunteer Drop In and the Lost and Found Walk Through.  If it rains on Monday, Field Day will be cancelled and will not be rescheduled.  However, the Volunteer Drop In and the Lost and Found Walk Through will be held on Monday as planned. 

Walk to School Day
June 3, 2010
Walk to School Day will be held on Monday, June 7, 2010.  There will be a police crossing guard at Berkeley Bridge at 7:40 a.m. and at the school entrance.  Walking School Bus Stops are listed at  Students who walk to school should go home from school their regular way at the end of the day.  Walk safely!
Fifth Grade Graduation and Awards Day
June 3, 2010
Fifth Grade Graduation and Awards Day will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m.  The ceremony will begin with our annual ritual of "Clapping Out" the fifth grade in the hallway.  Then students will march into the cafeteria. 
Families should plan to arrive by 8:15 a.m. Seating is limited. Please plan to park at the rear  (either right or left) of the school building.  Parents may take their students with them when the ceremony is over, but teachers will need to be alerted if a student is leaving early.  We look forward to seeing you!
Hats for Haiti
May 24, 2010
On Friday, May 28, students are invited to pay one dollar and wear their favorite hat to school.  This fundraiser will support our very own Amy Hardin and a team of three others who will travel to Haiti to work with 20 educators and their school in Haiti.  With the money raised, materials and resources will be purchased for the school, the teachers, and the students.  Please plan to support this effort!
May 6, 2010
Please notify the Clemson Elementary School Office as soon as possible if your children will not be returning to Clemson Elementary for the 2010-2011 school year.  This helps us plan for the next school year.  You may call 864-397-1500 or email Pam Baker at
Relay for Life Information
April 28, 2010
   Relay for Life will be this Friday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pendleton High school track.  Students who attend should wear their Clemson Elementary shirts.  So far, our school has raised $3160.26.  Congratulations to Grant Jones!  He was the winner of the autographed baseball and hat along with 2 tickets to a Braves game in the Relay raffle. 
   Luminary bags are still begin accepted until Friday morning.  Relay for Life is a wonderful family event.  We hope to see you there!  If you plan to participate in Relay for Life with Clemson Elementary, please visit to register online and join the Clemson Elementary team. 
Multiage Classroom Informational Meetings Scheduled
April 27, 2010
Clemson Elementary is excited to announce the addition of a new Kindergarten/First Grade Multiage classroom.  This class is for students who are entering kindergarten or first grade in August 2010.  We will be hosting two informational meetings to discuss entrance into the multi-age classrooms for the 2010-2011 school year. The meetings will take place on: Monday, May3— 9:00 a.m. in the Science Lab;
Tuesday , May 4—6:30 p.m. in the cafeteriaIf you would be interested in your child’s participation in this opportunity, please plan on attending one of these sessions to learn more. 
Intent forms will be due in the office by May 7, 2010.  Decisions about placement will be made soon after and parents will be notified.  Intent forms are available in the office or by clicking here.
Something Special
April 15, 2010
Something Special is Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.  The theme is "The Year of the Tiger".  The entertainment schedule is as follows:  6-6:20 - Chorus, 6:20-6:40 - Jump Rope Team, 6:40-7:00 - Fain's School of Dance, 7:00-7:20 - Upstate Gymnastics, 7:20-7:40 - Cheryl's Dance Studio, and 7:40-8:00 - Karate.  Tickets for games and food are $.25. Tickets will need to be purchased upon entering; no money will be accepted for food and games.  Food vendors are Chick Fil A, Papa Johns, Firehouse Subs, and hot dogs.  We hope to see you there!
April 27, 2010
PASS testing for students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin on May 11 and extend to May 14.   It is very important that students are present and on time on testing days.  Also, please make sure that your child is well-rested and has a good breakfast.  Please encourage your student to do his or her very best on the PASS test!
If you can help with PASS testing by proctoring for the test, please contact Mrs. Ashemore to volunteer.  You do not have to be volunteer-trained to be a proctor.
Clemson Elementary Celebrates Earth Day!
April 28, 2010
April 22 was Earth Day, and since 1970, it's been a day set aside to remember and appreciate the Earth's environment.  Clemson Elementary celebrated by planting trees and flowers, reducing lunch waste, watching puppet shows, reading books, weeding, making art projects out of recyclables, and many other ways.  We appreciate the Go Green team and Sprout for helping us celebrate this special day.  To see a slide show of some events from Earth Day, click here.
Clemson Elementary Receives Palmetto Gold
April 29, 2010
    The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program was established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998. As an important part of the education accountability system in South Carolina, this Awards program is designed to recognize and reward “schools for attaining high levels of absolute performance and schools for attaining high rates of improvement.”  
   This year we are pleased to announce that our school has received Palmetto Gold again.  It is our eleventh time to win this award, and we are proud to boast that we are one of few schools who have received an award of this type every year it has been offered.  Our new flag will soon be hung in the cafeteria to celebrate this achievement.  Big thanks to parents, students, and teachers for continued hard work!  Congratulations Clemson Elementary!  To view our school report card, click here.
New Telephone System
March 30, 2010
The School District of Pickens County has installed a new phone system in all schools throughout Pickens County.  This change brings new phones and extension numbers for all school employees.  Clemson Elementary will also have new phone numbers.  Please note that if the new numbers are currently long distance for you, you should continue to call the old numbers which will temporarily roll over until this situation is corrected.  However, the cafeteria will not roll over to the new number; you would need to call the school office and be transferred.  Here are the new numbers:  Clemson Elementary Main Number: 864-397-1500; After School Care Office:  864-397-1579; After School Care Director:  864-397-1517; Cafeteria: 864-397-1508.
LAST CHANCE - Fight Like a Girl T Shirts
February 1, 2010
Orders are now being taken for t-shirts for "Fight Like a Girl" t-shirts.  There are two shirts being offered this year.  The popular "Fight Like a Girl" shirt is available in pink with brown writing or brown with pink writing in either long sleeves ($15) or short sleeves ($12).  Also, there is a "Cure in Carolina" shirt available in navy blue.  "Nothing could be finer...than a cure in Carolina" is printed on the back in white with the SC state symbol.  The same symbol is also printed on the upper left front of the shirt.  Short sleeve shirts are $15, while long sleeve shirts are $20.  Both shirts can be viewed before purchase in the front office.
All t-shirts are available in sizes YSM-A3XL.  Add $1.25 for A2XL and A3XL.  Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and our school team.  The second order will be placed on March 25 with a delivery date of April 5.  If you have questions, please see Teresa Skewes in the front office.
Odyssey of the Mind
March 30, 2010
Congratulations to both teams that represented Clemson Elementary in the SC Odyssey of the Mind State Championships held on March 20th in Columbia, SC.  Competing in long term problem "Nature Trail'R" were Peyton Brock, Jesse Jiang, Bryan Muir, Jijie Fan, Zac Hoover, Hannah Huang, and Patrick Ward.  This team designed and built a human-powered vehicle with a camper that navigated a Nature Trail.  This team captured first place and was coached by Sorrell Hoover.  Competing in long term problem "Food Court" were Delaney McCallum, Rita Wang, Elyse Conley, Hallie Conrad, Sidney Haisley, Julia Wilson, and Madison Youngblood.  This team created a humorous performance of Granny Smith Apple accusing an Oreo of being unhealthy.  This team received an OMER award, which is a special award given for teamwork above and beyond expectations.  This team was coached by Gabby Wilson. Congratulations for jobs well done!
Spring Fling - Dance for Literacy
March 22, 2010
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the second annual Dance for Literacy will be held at Jervey Gym from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There will be a live DJ and shag/line dancing lessons.  The Clemson Elementary Jump Rope team will perform.  There will also be a raffle and an auction with autographed items from Clemson athletics.  All proceeds will go to a non-profit foundation.  This foundation will provide specialized training, materials, and resources for teachers and students in the area of English Language Arts.  Advance tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.  Children under 6 are admitted free.  Food and drink will be available for a donation.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Checks should be made payable to: Circle of Learning, Inc.  For more information, please call 882-1855. 
Poetry Alive!
March 1, 2010
The Clemson Elementary Media Center, in conjunction with the Clemson Elementary PTA, is proud to present Poetry Alive! - A Performance of Poems on Friday, March 26.  Poetry Alive! actors present verse as theater, transforming the poems into scripts and the audience members into fellow actors.  This North Caroline troupe was founded in 1984 and they have performed in 49 states including Guam, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Peru.  Each year Poetry Alive! conducts approximately 2000 performances for an estimated 600,000 students nationwide.  The Poetry Alive! troupe will present two performances during school and then two workshops for students in After School Care.  For more information, visit

K4 and K5 Open House Rescheduled
March 5, 2010
Open House for incoming K4 and K5 students has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 8:30-11:30.  Appointment times that were given on the previously scheduled date will remain the same.  If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 654-2341.
K4 and K5 Open House Postponed
March 2, 2010
Due to inclement weather, the School District of Pickens County will operate on a two hour delay schedule on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.  The K4 and K5 Open House scheduled for Wednesday is postponed.  This event will be rescheduled for a later date.
Chess Team Places Third at State Championship
March 30, 2010
The Clemson Elementary Chess Team took third place in the 2010 SC Scholastic Chess Tournament.  The team competed in Columbia, SC on March 6, 2010.  Team members included Faisal Alam, John Robert Ayers, Angelo Gooch, Jesse Jiang, Matthew Nelson, Ben Wyant, Simon Morris, and Connelly Ayers.  Congratulations!
Science Fair
February 26, 2010
On Thursday, March 11, Clemson Elementary will host a school-wide Science Fair.  Families and friends are invited to come to school between 6:30 and 8:00 to tour and view projects.  Students in grades 4 and 5 will have their projects judged during the day and awards will be presented that night at 7:30 p.m. 
Students in grades K-3 may participate voluntarily, and their projects will not be judged.  This is a great way to show the younger grade students how science can be fun and prepare them for future required Science Fairs.  If you are the parent of a K-3rd grade student and would like more information about this, please contact Stacy Smith ( or Ginger Foulk (  Display boards are still available in the front office for $3.00 each if needed.
February 26, 2010
Buck-a-Book is an annual service learning project conducted by the first graders at Clemson Elementary School.  This year it will be held on Friday, March 12 from 12:20-2:15 p.m.  The students invite you to come and listen to them read; each book read is $1.00.  This is a way for little ones to make a difference in their community.  The reading schedule is as follows:  Turpin, Bailey, Barnes, and Pace - 12:20-2:15; Glaze and Wald - 1:00-2:15; Nodine - 1:30-2:15.  Bring your dollars and come listen to some wonderful children read great books!
Artist in Residence Visits
March 5, 2010
Last week, second grade art classes were taught by a surprise guest.  Yoshiko Moon, a traditional Japanese artist, presented artistic performance, communication through art, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Sumi painting, Japanese language, geographic and cultural information, Japanese history and costuming, origami and calligraphy. The real –life and authentic learning experience provided by the arts immersion program provided the students with valuable learning experiences beyond the traditional. Special thanks to the PTA and SIC for providing our second grade students with this wonderful experience!
Bonus Bucks Help Support Our School
February 25, 2010
It won't be long until Spring Break so why not use Bonus Bucks to buy some restaurant gift cards such as Wendy's, Starbucks, and Subway to use while traveling? Also save .03 on each gallon of gas at Walmart by buying it with a Walmart gift card. Teenagers and others would enjoy a gift card in their Easter baskets.  Remember, Clemson Elementary benefits everytime these are used!
Please turn in all orders by Thursday, March 4th at 8:00 am and your orders will be returned by Tuesday, March 9th. The next order will be the week of April 5th. Thank you for supporting the PTA! 
Clemson Elementary PTA Needs YOU
March 3, 2010
The Clemson Elementary PTA is an active organization that supports the school in many different ways, including clubs, instructional grants, field trips, and many others.  However, to run effectively, it requires many volunteers. PTA committees are being formed NOW for Fall 2010. You are encouraged to become involved by not only joining the PTA, but by participating.  You can join a committee or become a chairperson!  If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact our PTA Nominating Committee Chair, Lisa May, or 723-3684 or Paula Beecher, PTA President at  Please consider how you can be involved in this wonderful organization.
Congratulations Science Fair Winners!
March 15, 2010
Congratulations to the Clemson Elementary Science Fair winners!  In the category of group projects, our fourth grade winners were:  Sydney Thomas and Takiya Peppers (third), Isabela Martinez and Hallie Conrad (second), and Kelly Boggs and Kaleigh Beecher (first).  Our fifth grade winners were:  Hannah Steelman and Vialana Vazquez (third), Lauren Slann and Abby Garrett (second), and Tamari Patterson, KeOsha Curry, Tayla Benson, Nyasia Cutwright, and Chayil Marshall (first).  In the category of individual projects, our fourth grade winners were:  Bailey Blackwell (third), Jijie Fan (second), and Isaac Weaver (first).  Our fifth grade winners were:  Jaren Robinson (third), Jonathan Tong (second), and Henry Mayo (first).  Our OVERALL school winners were:  Cary Johnstone (third), Elizabeth Bundrick (second), and Issac Blackwell (first).  These three will represent our school at the Pickens County Science Fair on March 23. 
Jump Rope for Heart
March 5, 2010
The month of February was Jump Rope for Heart month.  Clemson Elementary's event was held the week of February 16-20 in the gym during PE classes.  Students raised $3520 for the American Heart Association.  Congratulations Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Baird, and students for a job well-done!
International Festival
March 5, 2010
The Clemson Elementary 10th annual International Festival  was held on Saturday, Feb 20 from 12:00-2:00.  It was a fabulous celebration of International Foods and Fun!  The 3rd grade Chorus presented a musical performance at 12:30; the Jump Rope team performed at 1:15, and the CLE Karate Club performed at 1:40.  There was a huge crowd in attendance, and all enjoyed wonderful food from many different countries!  Thanks so much to Durema Berry and her PTA committee for all the hard work that went in to making the International Festival a huge success.
Pennies for Peace
March 15, 2010
Clemson Elementary recently collected pennies for the Pennies for Peace program.  We are proud to announce that our school raised $1460 in this effort.  The pennies collected support the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where a penny can buy a pencil, start an education, and transform a life.  In this region where terrorist organizations recruit uneducated, illiterate children, pencils can empower a child to read, write, and learn.  This program was coordinated by Julianna Ellis, senior at Daniel High School, as part of her senior project.  Congratulations to all who participated!
Soles 4 Souls
February 1, 2010
During the week of February 8-12, the Intermediate Multiage class will be collecting new or gently used children's shoes for the children of Haiti.  The new shoes do not need to be expensive.  Please bring them to school and put in the basket in the school lobby or send to Room 307.  For more information, please visit the Soles 4 Souls website at  Our goal is to help change the world - one pair at a time.
Pet Care Drive
January 28, 2010
The Junior Girl Scout Troop 2062 has adopted Fox Nest Animal Shelter as a service project for this year.  They have spent many hours volunteering to earn their Bronze Award and have learned about the needs of this animal shelter.  This shelter is a no-kill shelter in Seneca that houses approximately 100 to 300 animals a year.  All of their animals are adopted. 
Troop 2062 invites you to participate in a Pet Care Drive to benefit the shelter on Thursday, February 11.  The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
at Clemson Elementary School. 
You may also donate any of the following items:  paper towels, kitty litter, bleach, blankets, towels, and pet toys.  These items can be dropped off at the front of Clemson Elementary School, or in the back of the school during drop off and pick up times.  Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause on February 11.
Beading Bears
March 25, 2010
Each year, Ms. Nodine's cubs select a service organization to support through the "Beading Bears" fundraiser.  Her classroom quickly turns into a factory, as the children create beaded keychains to sell to raise money.  The tiger design was selected this year to correlate with the Something Special theme of the "Year of the Tiger."  This year, they want YOU to be a real tiger and buy a keychain to support Hospice of the Foothills. Hospice provides special loving care to patients and their families in our area. In 2009, Hospice of the Foothills served over 300 families. They need our help! So…grab that tiger by the tail and buy a keychain for $5.00!  Order forms may be downloaded by clicking here.  Orders will be accepted until April 30.
Famous American Day
March 1, 2010
Our first grade students celebrated Famous American Day on Friday, February 12.  Dressed as their famous Americans, students presented their research facts to their parents in the cafeteria.  There was also a tour of the gallery of famous Americans created by the students on the first grade hallway. 
Scholastic Book Fair
February 15, 2010
Clemson Elementary is sponsoring a Book Fair in the media center from March 1 - March 10.  Take this great opportunity to help your school raise needed funds and help your child discover the rich rewards of reading!  Our success is dependent upon your support! If you send a check with your child, please make it payable to:  Clemson Elementary School. Six percent tax will be charged.  (Discover, VISA, MasterCard and American Express are also accepted).  Family Night will be held on Monday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m. to allow families an opportunity to shop together.  Also, parents are welcome to pick up a visitor's pass form the office and stop by during school hours to shop with their children. We hope to see you at the FAIR!
The Atlanta Braves Visit Clemson Elementary
February 9, 2010
On Thursday, February 11, Clemson Elementary hosted players from the Atlanta Braves from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Visiting players included:  Brian McCann, Mike Dunn, Lee Hyde, Craig Kimbrel, Kurt Kemp, and Coach Brian Snitker.  Players visited upper grade classrooms to speak to the students and answer their many questions, and then the whole school attended a hallway parade to cheer them on.  Even Homer, the Atlanta Braves mascot, visited.  Students had a great time!  A BIG thank you to the Atlanta Braves for taking time to visit our school!  To see more pics of this event, click here.
Bonus Bucks Help Support Our School
January 27, 2010
Each month, the Clemson Elementary PTA offers a quick and easy way to purchase gift cards and support the school. You can purchase gift cards for Valentine's Day through Bonus Bucks. Orders are due by Thursday, February 4th at 8:00 a.m. To download a copy of the order form, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Beth McCracken. Thank you for supporting the PTA!
PMA Plays with Science
January 27, 2010

The Clemson Elementary Primary Multiage class had a visit on Monday, January 25 from Dr. Ray Turner of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson Univerisity.  His program was called Physics and Toys: Playing with Science.  He brought a variety of toys to diplay force and motion, air pressure, magnetism, sound and balance.  The students enjoyed learning some of the principles of science while using toys.

Volunteer Training
January 17, 2010
We need you to volunteer at Clemson Elementary School!  Parents who are interested in volunteering must attend Volunteer Training.  The next volunteer training will be on Thursday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m.  If you have any questions, you may call the office at 654-2341. 
After School Care News
February 1, 2010
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 school year for After School Care.  Applications can be picked up in the After School Care office or in the front office.  These are accepted on a first come-first served basis, and a $35.00 non-refundable deposit will hold a child's spot for the next year.  Current ASC parents will be give first priority.  Fees for the 2010-2011 school year will be $35.00/week or $7.00/day.
Class Portraits
January 15, 2010
Roy Ridge Photography will be at school Tuesday, January 26 to take class portraits.  The 8X10 portrait will be bordered with the school name, year, principal, and teacher's name.  Portraits are $10 each.  Please check your child's Monday folder for further information.
Cookbooks For Sale!
January 15, 2010
Have you seen the new cookbook, Tigers In the Kitchen?  This is the new cookbook being sold by the Clemson Elementary PTA that is for, about, and by Clemson Elementary School.  Each cookbook is $12, or $10 each if you order 5 or more.  That is a great bargain for a wonderful cookbook!  Please make checks payable to the Clemson Elementary PTA and get yours today!
CLE Family Dinner and Bingo Night
January 7, 2010
You are invited to Family Dinner and Bingo Night on Friday, January 22, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Dinner will consist of BBQ or hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, drinks, and desserts.  Lots of Bingo games will be played with many awesome prizes for kids and adults.  Please look for a reservation form in your child's Monday folder and plan to attend this wonderful event!
Congratulations Golden Apple Winner!
December 16, 2009
Susan Nunamaker, Clemson Elementary third grade teacher, is the latest BI-LO and WYFF Golden Apple Winner.  Golden Apple teachers are nominated by community members and are selected by a panel of judges. These teachers go above and beyond the standard teaching methods to change lives and make students want to learn.

Mrs. Nunamaker will be profiled on January 7 at 5 p.m. on WYFF News 4. It will show again on January 8 at 5 and 6 a.m.  The video of her profile will be available on the WYFF website after her profile airs. Congratulations, Mrs. Nunamaker!
Winter Concert
December 16, 2009
Clemson Elementary students were entertained on Tuesday, December 15, at the annual Winter Concert.  At the concert, fifth grade students played guitars and the chorus and fourth grade students sang.  Special thanks to Mrs. Allen and the fourth grade teachers for their hard work!  The concert was enjoyed by all.

Second H1N1 Clinic Announced
December 16, 2009
On Thursday, January 14, 2010, Clemson Elementary will have a second H1N1 clinic.  This clinic is only for students who are nine years old and under that received their first dose of flu vaccine at Clemson Elementary.  Students who are over nine years of age do not need a second dosage. 
Biography Brunch
December 16, 2009
Third grade students celebrated famous South Carolinians with a Biography Brunch on Friday, December 11.  Third graders made posters and dressed as famous South Carolinians for the brunch.  Parents were honored guests and enjoyed hearing the students' presentations.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.
Fourth Grade Celebrates Elf Breakfast
December 16, 2009
Christmas Elves visited Clemson Elementary early this year when the fourth grade celebrated their elf breakfast.  Fourth grade students collected toys for Country Santa, made Christmas cards for Miracle Hill, and made placemats for the Sterling House.  The Country Santa organization spoke to students about the service they provide to the community.  Then students enjoyed a breakfast of pancake pups and juice.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.

Science - It's Not for the Birds!
December 16, 2009
Mrs. Merritt's fourth grade students found that science is "not for the birds" with their most recent experiment.  Students tested to find if the shape of a bird's beak makes a difference with the type of food it can eat.  Students used chopsticks to resemble a bird's beak and tried picking up different types of food.  To see more pictures, click here.
Mrs. Tyla Hill's Class Experiments
December 16, 2009
Mrs. Hill's second grade class enjoyed experimenting with baking soda and vinegar, a solid and a liquid, to make a gas.  Students were excited to see how this combination could blow up a balloon!  To see more pictures, click here.
Wishing You a Happy Holiday!
December 11, 2009
The faculty, staff, and students would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season!  If you would like a holiday chuckle, please visit this site.  Then sit back with your cup of hot cocoa and ho, ho, ho!  (Hint:  It may take a few seconds to load on your computer before you are able to watch it.  You do not need to click download.)

Christmas Holiday Lunch
December 10, 2009
Clemson Elementary students enjoyed a special holiday lunch on Thursday, December 10, 2009.  To celebrate the holidays, the lunch included decorated tables, candlelight, special lunchtime performers, and a holiday meal.  Special thanks to David Conley, Troy Terry, Suzi Nodine, Sue Nodine, Kitty Newton, and Stephen Hubbard for sharing their musical gifts with the students!  To see more photos of this event, click here.
Santa Paws Visits
December 9, 2009
The Primary Multiage classroom had a surprise "Mystery Reader" last week - it was Santa Paws!!!   The Clemson Santa, otherwise known as Ronald Grant, shared a book with the class entitled Santa's Book of Names.  Dressed in his tiger Santa suit, Santa Paws made these little tigers have big smiles.  Thanks Santa Paws for visiting PMA!

Annual Toy Drive
November 30, 2009
Clemson Elementary is hosting its annual toy drive during the week of December 7-11.  These toys will be donated to Country Santa.  Toys and books for children of all ages are requested.  Please do not send toys that need to be connected to television sets or stuffed animals.  Toys need to be new, but they do not need to be expensive.  Please consider purchasing an extra toy for this worthy cause!
To learn more about Country Santa, you can visit
Jump Rope Team Performs at Christmas Parade
December 8, 2009
The Clemson Elementary Jump Rope team performed at the City of Clemson Christmas Parade on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.  Parade watchers were entertained as they watched the students jump, jump, jump!  To see more photos of this event, click here.
Principal's Story Corner
November 25, 2009
   As a means of sharing his love for reading, Dr. Weichel posts the reading of one of his favorite books on his "Principal's Story Corner."  To hear this month's story read to Mrs. Mahaffey's second grade class, please login to School Fusion.  Click on "Our Staff" on the left side of Clemson's home page.  A drop down menu will appear.  Then select "Principal's Story Corner."  Be sure to visit the site often as Dr. Weichel will be adding additional stories.
Clemson Elementary Students Meet Goal!
November 30, 2009
Clemson Elementary students met their goal of 3,000 by bringing in 3,741 cans for Clemson Community Care during Spirit Week.  To celebrate, the Daniel Lion and several Daniel High athletes visited on Wednesday, November 25.  Classes were invited to visit with the athletes and have their pictures made with them.  Congratulations students!
Purses for Preemies
November 30, 2009
Clemson Elementary School is collecting gently used purses to raise money for the March of Dimes.  The purses will be sold at a big sale on December 15, 2009 at Easley High School from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  There will be new purses on sale as well.  Please send in gently used purses to your child's homeroom by December 4.  The March of Dimes will price and sell the purses.  The money will go directly to the March of Dimes, but our school will receive credit for the money collected.  Thank you for your support!
Walk to School Day 2009
November 18, 2009
On Friday, November 20, 2009, students were encouraged to walk to school to encourage physical activity and environmental awareness.  Many students participated in this event, and it was a huge success!  We look forward to having more events like this in the future.
First Grade Celebrates Fifties Day
November 17, 2009
To celebrate the fiftieth day of school, the first grade had a 1950's themed day.  Some of the activities included counting money in different ways to 50, trying to get to the center of a blow pop in 50 licks, writing 50 words, comparing and contrasting clothing, music, and toys from our decade and the 1950's decade.  Students also enjoyed clips of television shows from the 1950's, including "Andy Griffith" and "I Love Lucy".  Lunch was served from McDonald's, and the day ended with Coke floats and a Sock Hop!
Jump Rope Team Performs
November 16, 2009
The Clemson Elementary Jump Rope Team performed at halftime at the Clemson University Volleyball game on Saturday, November 14.  The crowd enjoyed quite a show of jumping with single ropes, double-dutch, long ropes, pogo balls, pogo sticks, and tinikling.  The next performance will be at the Clemson Christmas Parade.  Way to go, Jump Rope Team!
Clemson Football Team Visits
November 16, 2009
One of the great traditions at Clemson Elementary School is the yearly visit of the Clemson University Football team.  Each year, students and teachers line the halls to cheer the team as they parade by.  It is an opportunity for the students to see their heroes and show their appreciation to them.  Click here for more pictures.
What made this day even more special was the announcement that the school had collected 3750 cans for Clemson Community Care!  As a reward for their generosity, classes will get their pictures made with "Mystery Guests" on November 25.  Thanks for your support in this endeavor!
Career Day
November 13, 2009
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Artist, teachers, professional football players, and many others roamed the halls of Clemson Elementary when Career Day was celebrated as a part of Spirit Week.  To see photos of this event, click here.
Veterans Day
November 13, 2009
Clemson Elementary celebrated Veterans Day on November 11 with a program featuring Judge Joe Board, US Army Captain who served in Vietnam.  The Clemson Elementary chorus also sang several selections.  A check for $500 was presented to Judge Board for Honor Flight, an agency that send veterans to Washington, DC to be recognized for their service.  Our school will sponsor one veteran on this special trip.  To see pictures of this event, click here.
Clemson Elementary Celebrates Twin Day
November 11, 2009
Twins, triplets, and quadruplets were seen all around Clemson Elementary as Twin Day was celebrated on Tuesday, November 10.  Each day this week, students are dressing up and bringing in cans in an effort to collect 3000 cans for Clemson Community Care.  To see more photos, click here.
Spirit Week Begins
November 9, 2009
Clemson Elementary kicked off Spirit Week today with Storybook Character Day!  There were sightings around school of "Harry Potter", "Fern", "Max", "Pippi", and many others.  Students celebrated reading with a Drop Everything and Read time as well.  Cans of food are being collected all week as a school-wide service project to aid Clemson Community Care.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.
Halloween Obstacle Course
November 4, 2009
Clemson Elementary students enjoyed their physical education classes last week as they participated in the Halloween Obstacle Course.  Mrs. Wheeler and Mrs. Baird set up a spooky course each year that allows students to work on their physical education skills while having fun.  To see more pictures of this event, click here.
Celebrating Red Ribbon Week
October 28, 2009
To celebrate Red Ribbon week, students took a red ribbon walk around the school on Wednesday afternoon.  The theme for red ribbon week is "I've Got Better Things to Do Than Drugs".  Students were able to put that theme into action as they enjoyed a walk with their classmates.  To see more photos from the walk, click here.
Celebrating Veterans Day
October 26, 2009

To honor Veterans this year, the students at Clemson Elementary School may make a donation to Honor Flight. Honor Flight sends Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built in their honor and to reflect upon their service to our country. Donations of $1.00 or more will help sponsor an Honor Flight Veteran. In appreciation for your donation, your child will receive one flag for use during our Veterans Day Celebration on November 11th.


Thank you for helping us honor our Veterans!


Alpha Delta Kappa to Sponsor Scholarship Auction
October 27, 2009
The educational sorority Alpha Delta Kappa will hold a public auction on November 16 at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.  The auction will be held in Tartan Hall of the church at 4:00 PM and is expected to last till about 6:00 PM.  There will be both silent and live auctions on a variety of items.  In addition, prints of Mac's Drive-In by local artist Liz Smith-Cox will be on sale for $25 each.  These would make great Christmas gifts for Clemson alumni and Tiger fans.  Admission to the auction is only 50 cents and refreshments will be served.

Alpha Delta Kappa is a civic-oriented organization that funds scholarships for local girls planning to major in education.  They give an annual scholarship to a Daniel senior that is announced at Awards Day.  All proceeds from the auction will go to the scholarship fund.  Everyone is invited to come out and support this worthy cause.
Clemson Elementary Yearbooks
October 22, 2009
It is time to place your order for your child's copy of the 2009-2010 Clemson Elementary Yearbook.  Yearbooks are $18, and will be distributed in May.  Orders are being accepted through Friday, October 30.  You can order a copy for your child either through the front office or by clicking here.
Art By Me
October 21, 2009
Looking for a unique gift for family members??? Art by Me transforms your child’s artwork into mementos such as magnets, photo albums, notecards, and mugs. Be looking for your child’s artwork, along with an order form, in Monday folders soon. All orders will be due by Nov. 6 to meet the holiday rush.  
Second Grade Field Trip Cancelled
October 14, 2009
Due to weather, the second grade field trip has been cancelled for Thursday, October 15, 2009.  Please look for more information from your child's teacher.
Jump Rope Team Begins
October 20, 2009
 The Clemson Elementary Jump Rope Team 2009 is composed of 120 students in grades 2nd thru 5th.  The team meets two morning per week at 7:20 for their practices.  Students' routines include single ropes, long ropes, double dutch, pogo sticks with ropes, pogo balls, tinikling with ropes, and jumping bands.
     The first performance of this year will be at a Clemson Volleyball Game on November the 14th at 6:00pm.   The second will be at the Clemson Christmas Parade on December the 1st at 6:00pm. 
      Mrs. Wheeler really enjoys working with these students to improve their skills, have fun, and promote better fitness for all of the jumpers.
Calling All Future Engineers....
October 9, 2009
Come learn about engineering with Dr. Melissa Smith, Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Holcombe Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Dr. Joshua D. Summer, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Where: Clemson Elementary School  Room 508
When: Oct. 21 - Dec. 2 Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-3:30
Space is limited to 12 students per sessions  (Spring session dates TBA).
Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.  For sign-up information and permission forms, please see Mrs. Agostino in the Computer lab.
If you have computer or engineering background and would like volunteer please e-mail Mrs. Agostino at Thank you for your support!
Red Ribbon Week
October 14, 2009
Red Ribbon Week is October 26 – 30.  Our theme this year is "I've Got Better Things to Do Than Drugs."  On Wednesday, October 28, students are encouraged to wear red and walk a Red Mile around the school with their class.  Many classes are participating in the Papa John’s Drug Free America contest, and the best entry will win a pizza party for their class.
Clemson Elementary Recognized by State Dept. of Education
October 7, 2009
 The Palmetto Gold and Silver Award Program Showcase project provides a platform for schools to document positive experiences and successful educational programs.  Clemson Elementary School is currently showcased on the South Carolina Department of Education's Web site. In recognition of this award, Dr. Hunt presented Dr. Weichel  with state-provided plaques at the September board meeting.  Mr. Alexander from Six Mile Elementary School and Mrs. Day from East End Elementary School were also recognized.  
CogAT and ITBS testing for Second Grade Students
October 8, 2009
All second grade students are required by the state to take an achievement and an aptitude test in order to identify students for gifted and talented classes which begins in third grade.  The School District of Pickens County will test October 27-29 and November 3 and 4. 
We ask parents to ensure that students have ample rest and eat a good breakfast during the testing period.  It is also important that each child arrive at school on time during testing.  Please try to avoid doctor and dentist appointments that would require the child to be signed out early.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have further questions, please contact Lillie McPherson, guidance counselor.
Go Green at Clemson Elementary School
September 29, 2009
Save trees and costs by going paperless this year in all your school wide communication.  If you have not already signed up for paperless communication, please email Linda Knudsen ( to add your name to our e-mailing list.  Don't forget to tell us your child(ren)'s name, grade and homeroom teacher so we can notify the teacher to mark the
child's take-home folder as paperless. Should you be getting paper and e-mail communication at the same time, please contact Lorrie Jones ( and your homeroom teacher to stop the paper. And remember if your email address changes, please contact to update the school on the change.
 Thank you for making our school green!
Clemson Elementary "Family" Participates in Race for the Cure
September 30, 2009
     On Saturday, September 26,  Cemson Elementary's "Race for the Cure" team participated in their 10th consecutive Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, held on the CUICAR campus in Greenville.  Clemson Elementary is pleased to report that Komen events like the one held on Saturday have generated $1 billion to fulfill Komen's promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. To continue this progress, Komen for the Cure has pledged to invest another $2 billion in the next ten years.
     The Clemson Elementary team, headed by Teresa Skewes, will sponsor a "Denim Day" fundraiser on Friday, October 2.  Faculty and staff will dawn denim and wear pink in support of this effort.  As a financial show of support, participating teachers will each donate $5.00 to "Race for the Cure."

Clemson Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Third Grade Students
October 1, 2009
     The Clemson area Rotary Club annually donates new dictionries to third grade students at Central and Clemson Elementary Schools.  This year, retired Clemson Elementary School principal, Paul Prichard, returned "home" and made the presentation.  In his statements to the students, he said, "This is a gift that keeps on giving because students can use these dictionaries all the way through high school."
   Clemson Elementary third graders thank Dr. Prichard and the Rotary Club for their generosity! 

Grade Level Fundraiser
September 29, 2009
The 2nd , 4th, and 5th graders will be selling Chick-fil-A calendars as a means of raising money for their classes.  The classic cow characters of the 2010 Chick-fil-A cow calendar are out to prove that the pen is mightier than the spatula!  Twelve months of timeless favorites like Porter Pan, Salisbury in Wonderland and the Three Brisketeers are back in all their literary glory, complete with coupons for your favorite food and beverage items.  The calendars sell for $6.00.  The calendar sale starts on October 2 and runs through October 16.  So find a 2nd, 4th, or 5th grader today to get your calendar! 
M.O.V.E. Club Begins New Year
October 1, 2009
     Over 30 Clemson Elementary students are reporting to school 30 minutes early on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to participate in the school's M.O.V.E. Club. Cissy Floyd, club sponsor, recognizes that movement benefits the whole child-their social, emotional, and cognitive development.  To preview a slideshow of the students as they "move" towards a healthy lifestyle, please click here.


CES Chess Team
September 29, 2009
Students interested in particiating as a member of the Chess Team at Clemson Elementary are invited to review the information below:

What: Some Clemson area residents are organizing an elementary school chess team to learn and practice chess strategies weekly. This will be a competitive team and will represent Clemson Elementary School at the SC State Scholastic Chess
Championship in the spring. The CES team has won the state championship in four of the last five years.

Who: Fourth and fifth grade students who want to learn or improve their chess and play competitively, as well as younger students who are serious chess players. The team will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants.

When: The team will meet most Friday afternoons from 2:30-3:45PM in Mrs. Burns' room (401), beginning October 2nd. 
Regular attendance is required.  Students might want to bring snacks for themselves. Pick-up will be in the car-rider area at 3:45. 

Contact Information: If you are interested in participating in the CES Chess Team, please contact Wayne Goddard (email: or pick up a flyer in Mrs. Burns‛ classroom and come along to the first meeting.

Attendance Reminders
September 29, 2009
A student must provide (within 3 days of an absence) a written excuse from a parent/guardian or health practitioner. A valid excuse must contain the date, student‛s full name, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, telephone number,
parent/guardian signature. If a student accumulates 10 absences then a medical excuse is required. It is not necessary to call the school when a student is absent.
 All attendance notes are handled in the office. Please make sure that you are using the notepad that was provided for every student in the registration packet to communicate all the necessary information to the office. School attendance regulations require the school to conduct a Student Attendance Intervention Conference for every student who accumulates 3 consecutive unexcused absences or a total of 5 unexcused absences.
Habitat for Humanity
September 29, 2009
 Habitat for Humanity is A Christian housing ministry financed through private donations and utilizing volunteer labor.  Their purpose is to build homes with families and sell the houses at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford a home.  Currently there are no families in the area waiting for a home.  Guidelines for applicant qualification can be found here.
Bonus Bucks Support PTA
September 29, 2009
Enrich your child's education by purchasing gift cards through Bonus Bucks. You can contribute to the valuable programs of the PTA, such as the artists in residence, by purchasing gift cards for businesses such as Wendy's, Walmart, and Old Navy . Remember that this PTA fundraiser does not cost you anything extra!  Please see the handout in Monday's folder for more information and email with any questions. Thank you for supporting the Clemson Elementary School PTA! 

Ingles Tools for Schools
September 29, 2009
Ingles Tools for Schools is an incentive that our school participates in each year.  Our school will receive a portion of all purchases made by customers that sign up for Clemson Elementary to be their local school that receives the funds.  To sign up
for the program you need to have an Ingles Advantage Card.  If you do not have an Advantage Card, you may obtain one at Ingles or print an application from Ingles website.  If you have an Advantage Card, you just need to follow the steps below.  It takes just a few minutes.
To sign up:
1. Go to Ingles Grocery Store website
2.  Click on Advantage Card
3.  Click on tools for Schools
4.  Click on link your Advantage Card to school
5.  Search term-Clemson Elementary
6.  Click on the ID #
7.  Fill out the online questions   
You will be signed up to help Clemson Elementary every time you make a purchase at Ingles and use your Advantage Card.

Odyssey of the Mind
September 29, 2009
Odyssey of the Mind is a national program that provides fun, creative problem-solving opportunities for students.  Teams of 5 to 7 students work together to solve various problems.  In this process, students develop divergent thinking skills as well as teamwork.  Clemson Elementary took two teams to state competition last spring.  We are in the process o forming this
year‛s teams.  All fourth and fifth-graders are invited to participate.  An information meeting for parents and students will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm in the Science Lab. After teams are formed, Coaches‛ Training will be held Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00pm in Mrs. Burns‛ classroom # 401.  Please contact Mrs. Burns ( with
questions and inquiries.

Literacy Specialist News...
September 29, 2009
Beginning September 28, kindergarten and first grade students will take the Primary MAP assessment in the computer lab.  This assessment is composed of four segments - two segments for reading and two segments for math.  The purpose of this assessment is to provide teachers with a way to determine the needs of each individual student.  Teachers can use the
results to better plan education experiences for each child in the classroom. It is important for all students to do their best on these assessments so that the teacher can get an accurate picture
of the students' skill levels. Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a good breakfast during his/her assessment period.  Please see your teacher's newsletter for dates/times for testing. For more information, you may visit the NWEA website at  Also, resources and information for parents are
provided on the district webpage,, under instructional services/assessment.

Kindergarten and First Grade Visit Brooks Center
September 27, 2009
   On Tuesday, September 29, kindergarten and first grade classes will visit the Brooks Center.  There the students will see "Henry and Mudge," based on Cynthia Rylant's award-winning books. As a part of the story,  Henry discovers that having a pet takes a lot of responsibility-but all the hard work is worth it because Mudge is his best friend. Henry and Mudge embark on adventures together and discover that they will always be there for each other.
Artist in Residence Visits
September 23, 2009
Our school was fortunate to have Jeffrey Callahan, Artist in Residence, for a visit on Tuesday, September 22.  Mr. Callahan worked with several classes to create fantastic fish designs using recyclable materials.  We are grateful to the Reserve Community Association for their support in securing this artist for our school! It was a fabulous educational opportunity for our students.
Furman Paladins Support Education
September 23, 2009
The Furman University Paladins support education in Pickens County by hosting Education Day on Saturday, October 17.  Kickoff for the game against the Samford Bulldogs is at 2:00 p.m. During halftime Teachers of the Year and Classroom Champions from Greenville and Pickens counties will be honored. Teachers and staff can also register for prizes.
Families are invited to use a coupon for $5 admission.   As well, SDPC staff can also receive a 40% discount on home games and Family Fun ticket packages through Ticketmaster.  We thank the Furman Paladins for their support! 
Inclement Weather Policy
January 7, 2010
This time of year brings unpredictable weather.  Any cancellation or delay of school will be announced by the district office by 6:00 AM at the latest.  All local TV and radio stations will carry the announcements.  This information will be posted on the district and school website.  If there is a delay of school, morning 4K classes will be cancelled; afternoon 4K will run as normal. 
Please be sure your child(ren) knows what to do in the case of a weather-related early dismissal.  If school closes early, all after school activities are also cancelled, including After School Care.  Please watch for announcements on TV, radio, and websites when early dismissal could be expected. 
February Lunch Menu
January 19, 2010
Changes have been made to the previously published February lunchroom menu.  Please click here to see a revised menu.
Family Book Fair Night
September 11, 2009
Family Book Fair Night will be Monday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please park by the gym and enter through those doors. 
Volunteer Training to be Rescheduled
September 10, 2009
We are postponing the volunteer training scheduled for Open House.  This is being postponed due to some changes yet to be worked out in the training and background check process.  Please continue to check the website for the rescheduling of volunteer training.
Restaurant Nights Announced
September 10, 2009
   Local restaurants are lending their services (and great food) to support Clemson Elementary School.  A portion of the proceeds tallied during designated times are donated to the school.  We wish to thank these businesses for their commitment to education and for their support.
   To preview the scheduled "Restaurant Nights," please click here.
Newcomer's Coffee
September 8, 2009
We would like to invite all parents who have students who are new to Clemson Elementary to a Newcomer's Coffee on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Science Lab.  Please enter the school building through the front doors to receive directions to the Science Lab.  We hope you can make it!
In the News
September 3, 2009
   The Daily Messenger recently visited Clemson Elementary School as part of a back to school story featured in the newspaper. To view the article, please click here.
Race for the Cure
September 6, 2009
   As in previous years, Clemson Elementary will have a team in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.  If you are interested in joining, all registration is being done online this year.  Online registration is available through 5:00pm Tuesday, September 15th at This year‛s event is Saturday, September 26th. 9:20 a.m. in Greenville at the CU-ICAR Campus.   Please wear your Clemson Elementary School “Every Day is a Great Day to Learn” t-shirt the morning of the walk. If you have any questions, contact Teresa Skewes at 864- 654-2341, ext. 100.

CASH IN Program
September 10, 2009
   CASH-IN begins on Monday, September 21st.  Students must have a signed permission slip turned into Teresa Skewes before they can begin. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Skewes at 654-2341 Ext. 100.
America Reads
September 7, 2009
  America Reads begins on Monday, September 21.  Students must return signed permission slips to Teresa Skewes (in the office) in order to participate.

MOVE Club News
September 8, 2009
M.O.V.E. Club will begin September 15th for 3rd-5th graders.  Students interested in joining should sign up on the sign-up sheets at the end of each of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade halls.  There will also be a sign up sheet in the office.  This year the club will meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:35-7:55. Contact Cissy Floyd
for more information at

September 9, 2009
    We will be holding an orientation meeting for the parents of new “English for Speakers of Other Languages” students on the evening of Thursday, September 17, in the Science Lab from 6:OOpm to 8:00p.m.  We will be discussing the ESOL program at our school, as well as highlighting important information from the Back to
School 2009 Handbook.  Any parents of ESOL students are invited to attend, but the information will be most helpful to parents who have not previously come to this meeting.  Entrance will be through the back door by the gym, where the car riders are picked up.  Child care will be provided.
    The School District of Pickens County Adult Education is offering a free “English as a Second Language” class for adults two evenings a week (Monday and Wednesdays) from 6:00 to 8:00pm here at Clemson Elementary
School in room 501.  Registration for the class will be on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00pm, at which time students may fill out the forms and schedule a short, oral test to determine level of English proficiency.  The first actual class will begin on Monday, September 14th.  For further information, please pick up a flyer in the school ffice.

4K Classes to Begin September 9
September 1, 2009
The first day of school for all 4K students is Wednesday, September 9.  The 4K students start school 5 school days after the rest of the students to allow for home visits by the 4K teachers.
Jump Rope Team Begins New Year
September 1, 2009
Welcome back to another exciting year of PE.  Mrs. Baird and Mrs. Wheeler are looking forward to working with all students in a variety of movement activities.  The Jump Rope Team is offered to grades 2-5 and meets Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7:20AM.  This year the group will meet starting Monday, September 14th.  Students need to bring their ropes or can use the ropes  on hand.  There is no fee for this service.  Students can purchase jump ropes for $5.00.  All checks can be made to Clemson Elementary school.  Please check newsletters and the websites for performance dates and times.
Volunteer Training Scheduled
September 1, 2009
   Anyone volunteering at any school in the district must receive volunteer training before they will be allowed in the classroom or to participate in any activity involving working with students.  This includes field trip chaperones. Clemson Elementary will be offering volunteer training during Open House on September 14th, every ¼ hour starting at 7:15pm for 3 sessions—ending at 8:00pm.  Anyone who received volunteer training last school year is not required to attend a training session for this year, but must submit a volunteer application.  These will be
available during Open House, if you have not already received one.  We will only have a few training sessions this school year so please try to attend the one at Open House.

MAP Testing
September 1, 2009
   This year all students in grades K-5 will be taking the MAP assessment test.  The testing window for grades 2-5 will be September 8-25.  The testing window for grades K and 1 will be September 28-October 9.  The test will be given on the computer.  The test results are mainly used to provide teachers with detailed information about the strengths and weaknesses of each child so that they can alter their instruction to provide the best education for the students.
    It is very important that students do their very best on these tests so that the teacher can have an accurate “picture” of the child.  It is important for the students to get a good night‛s sleep and eat a well-balanced breakfast before taking the test.  The goal for students who took the MAP test last year will be to score the same as or higher than they did in the spring.  Please talk with your students before testing to help them understand the purpose and importance of doing their best on the MAP test.

The First Day of School...
August 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 1st, will be the first day of school. It is a full day from 8:00 to 2:30 for five-year old kindergarten through fifth grade. School Supply Lists for 2009-2010
Transportation Prolicies
August 31, 2009
At Clemson Elementary our priority must be student safety. We need your help. This past year we had several troublesome situations dealing with the changing of after school destinations when students were already at school. The confusion resulting from these last-minute changes has caused frustration, worries, and tears for students, families, and school staff. In an effort to eliminate this we are implementing some new procedures. We are trying to make a safer situation for your children. Please click here to familiarize yourself with these new procedures.

New Transportation Procedures
August 31, 2009
   As we prepare for the opening of yet another school year, our priority is the students’ safety.   Your help and cooperation is needed to ensure a safe, smooth drop-off or pick-up. Please take a few moments to review the procedures found here.
Peanut Allergy Concerns
August 31, 2009
Meeting the nutritional needs of all students is a priority at Clemson Elementary School.  For the second straight year, we will be serving students with severe food allergies, particularly involving nuts and nut products.  Although the greatest concentration of students with allergies is found in the first grade, there are students at every grade level with similar concerns.  It is not an exaggeration to say that some cases present life-threatening situations.  
   To minimize exposure to items that present the greatest cause for concern, we will not serve nuts or nut products in the school cafeteria.  A “nut-free table” will be designated in the cafeteria, and parent letters will be sent home notifying parents of situations in specific homerooms.  Signs reminding parents and guests of allergy concerns will also be posted in the hallways, as it is hoped that items containing dangerous foods will not be sent to school.  This will allow us to maintain a safe environment for all students.

Registration Schedule for the 2009-2010 School Year
August 20, 2009

Meet the Teacher Night at Clemson Elementary will be Thursday, August 27, 2009, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration packets will be available for pick-up in the front lobby starting on Monday, August 24.

Homeroom assignments will not be mailed; lists will be posted on the lobby front windows on Monday, August 24. Back to School Information ...  School Supply Lists for 2009-2010
2009 Field Day
May 25, 2009
  Field Day ihas been moved to Monday, June 1. K-2 will have their field day from 8:30- 10:30.  Parent volunteers are asked to meet Mrs. Baird or Mrs. Wheeler at the car drop off area in the back of the school at 8:00.  The afternoon field day, for grades 3-5 will run from 12:00 -2:00 pm. Afternoon volunteers are also asked to meet the PE teachers in the back of the school at 11:30pm.  

Kindergarten Graduations
May 25, 2009
    Arrangements for the 2009 kindergarten graduations are complete, gowns have been ordered, and programs have been rehearsed. Parents are asked to mark their calendars for the appropriate ceremony.  Times and locations are listed below:

Tuesday, June 2nd - Rhoads - 8:30 in the cafeteria
                        McGinn - 8:30 in the science lab
                        Conley - 9:00 in the amphitheater
Wedensday, June 3rd - McAtee 8:30 in the Science lab
                        Johnson - 9:00 in the amphitheater
                        Felder - 9:00  in the cafeteria

First Graders Honor Moms and Dads
May 26, 2009
    First grade students in Ms. Francy Barnes's homeroom recently invited moms to attend their annual "Muffins for Moms" celebration.  As part of the celebration, the students wrote letters to their moms and decorated plates with their thumb prints and a handprint.  Later in the month the students honored their dads with "Doughnuts for Dads."  Students wrote acrostic poems honoring their fathers.  As a special entertainment feature, the students also performed the Cha-Cha Slide for their parents!  
Walk or Bike to School
May 25, 2009
   "Go Green" at Clemson Elementary School recently sponsored a "Walk or Bike to School" event.  Volunteer parents and policemen lined the streets nearest the school to assist students with safe passage.  To view a slide show of the event, please click here.
Box Tops for Education Winners Announced
May 22, 2009

   Each year the Box Tops for Education program helps Clemson Elementary Schools earn funds to support the educational programs at the school.  The winners of the recent Box Top Summer Fun challenge were recently rewarded prize buckets.  The winners in this competition were Douglas Reeves in Mrs. Nunamaker’s first grade class and Jenna Piekutowski in Mrs. Hill’s second grade class.  
   Homeroom class winners for the semester were Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Felder, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Wald, Mr. Hooker, Mrs. Harkins, and Mrs. Howell.  These homerooms received a treat for all their hard work!
   Please continue to save box tops throughout the summer.  Thanks to all who supported the program this year!

Broken Pipe Results in Fire Drill
May 21, 2009
   Clemson Elementary School students enjoyed a few minutes of fresh air in response to the school's fire alarm on Thursday, May 21.  Fortunately, the alarm was the result of a broken pipe in the kitchen area.  The students and teachers exited the building in an orderly fashion, and the fire departmet came to the school to ensure that there were no problems. 
Clemson Elementary Track Teams Compete in Regional Meet
May 12, 2009
     On Saturday, May 9, track teams representing the third, fourth, and fifth grades at Clemson Elementary School competed at Clemson University, against teams from Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson County. 
   The third grade team broke two track records with 113.03 in the 4x75 yard relay to win the championship.  The fourth grade team placed second with a time of 130.71, while the fifth grade recorded a 1.26.07  in the preliminary round and 127.91 in the finals for a fifth place finish.
    Congratulations to these outstanding athletes!
    Please click here to see a photo slideshow of the event.
PASS Test Dates
February 28, 2009
     PASS dates have been set for students in grades 3-5.
The test dates for writing are March 10 & 11.  
    May testing dates are as follows:
May 12 - ELA    - Grades 3-5
May 13 - Math   - Grades 3-5
May 14 - Science - Grade 4
May 14 - Science or Social Studies - Grades 3 & 5
May 15 - Social Studies - Grade 4
May 19 - Field Testing - Grades 3-5
May 18, 20, 21, 22 - Make Up Testing

All-Stars Among Us
May 7, 2009
Major League Baseball has teamed up with PEOPLE Magazine to search nationwide for 30 individuals who are community "All-Stars Among Us".
We are asking you to nominate ordinary people that have done extraordinary things and have gone above and beyond to serve their community.  These 30 nominees [including one person from metro Atlanta] will be flown to St. Louis to be a part of MLB’s All-Star Week celebration on July 13-15.
All Atlanta nominees will be narrowed down to three potential winners and fans will then be asked to vote for Atlanta’s “All-Star”.  We encourage you to visit to nominate those who have given back to the community and are deserving of this special honor. The nomination deadline is May 22.
Please forward this information to your staff, donors and volunteers and others who may know of any All-Stars in our community. Please feel free to post this link on your organization’s website or include in any upcoming e-newsletters.
Thank you for your support and contributions to the metro Atlanta Community!
Again, please visit
Mrs. Corrigan Named Clemson Elementary 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year
May 1, 2009
     Mrs. Jamie Corrigan was recently named Teacher of the Year by the faculty and staff at Clemson Elementary School.  Mrs. Corrigan has touched the lives of countless students through the innovative art program she provides at the school. Perhaps best known for her leadership in hosting the school's annual celebration of the arts, "Something Special," Mrs. Corrigan has been inspiring young artists for over 30 years!  Congratulations to Mrs. Corrigan on this well deserved honor!
   To visit Mrs. Corrigan's web pages, please click
Ms. Linda Knudsen Named Clemson's "Support Employee of the Year!"
May 2, 2009
     Ms. Linda Knudsen was recently named 2009-2010 "Support Employee of the Year" by Clemson Elementary School faculty and staff.  Mrs. Knudsen has been the "First Lady" of the school office for three years.  Her dedication and service to students and faculty alike are evident in her actions and the kind words she always has for everyone who enters the office. 
    Congratulations Ms. Knudsen on a well-deserved honor!

Fourth Grade Visits YMCA Camp Thunderbird
May 1, 2009
    Clemson Elementary fourth grade students recently spent three days at the Environmental Education Center at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. Canoeing, compass reading, pioneer studies, and a visit to the high ropes course were just a few of the highlights of the trip.  Students also enjoyed participating in a campfire skit night and “wacky Olympic” activities.  This year marked the fourth grade’s fifteenth trip to Camp Thunderbird. 
"Fight Like A Girl" T-shirt Sales Continuing
May 1, 2009
 FIGHT LIKE A GIRL T-shirts may be purchased for $10 through the end of May as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The shirts are brown with “Fight Like a Girl” and a pink ribbon printed on the front.  Clemson Elementary’s Relay for Life team receives credit for all T-shirts we sell.  See Mrs. Skewes in the school office or the After School Care office to place your order.
Clemson Elementary Gives Us....
May 1, 2009
As part of the April 27 School Board Meeting, Dr. Weichel shared a video presentation that introduced Clemson Elementary School. The 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year were also introduced as was Mrs. Ashemore, Assistant Principal at Clemson Elementary.
  To preview the video presentation, please click

Bike or Walk to School Event Planned
May 1, 2009
  Clemson Elementary's "Go Green: committee is inviting  students to BIKE OR WALK TO SHOOL on May 22. A police crossing guard will be provided at Berkeley Bridge and at the school entrance. 
Check out more GoGreen news at!  
   Please click here to see the Bike or Walk to School flyer.
Box Tops for Education
September 16, 2011
Our school participates in the Box Top for Education program.  We receive 10 cents per box top for our school. Students should get collection sheets from their teacher. The student name, homeroom teacher as well as the expiration date of the box top must be clear. The students get a prize for every 5 completed box tops collection sheets that are turned in. At the end of the semester there will be a drawing for an individual grand prize as well as a 2nd and 3rd place prize from the entire student body. There will also be a homeroom contest each semester with the homeroom collecting the most box tops for the semester being awarded a surprise.

"Wylie Boys" Fundraiser
April 24, 2009
   On Saturday night, April 27,  a fundraiser will be held to benefit "the Wylie boys."  Local bands will perform and there will be plenty of food and refreshments available.  The event will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m.  It will be held behind Columbo's on Pendleton Road.  Come join in the fun for a great cause!
Clemson Elementary Chess Team News
April 13, 2009
In late February, Clemson Elementary won the 2009 South Carolina State Championship in Scholastic Chess for the fourth time in the last five years. Clemson Elementary was led by Kevis Tsao and Mowei “Tiger” Tang, both of whom went undefeated in the tournament (Kevis Tsao was awarded the individual State Championship in a tiebreaker system). Over Spring Break, representatives of the team including Bilal Karanfil, Kit Schleifer and Roger Wilson, as well as Tiger Tang and Kevis Tsao participated in the 2009 SuperNationals Scholastic Chess Tournament held in Nasville, Tennessee. There were approximately 5400 players participating, representing 45 states in the SuperNationals which are held only once every four years.  The competition was tremendous, but Clemson Elementary held their own placing 47th out of the top 78 elementary teams from across the nation. Chess Team photos may be seen by clicking here.
   Congratulations to all who participated! 
Bonus Bucks
May 1, 2009
 The last Bonus Bucks order is this week. Purchase Walmart gift cards for your summer needs such as food, household items, and gas. You will save 3 cents a gallon while supporting your child's education! Gift cards make an excellent end of the year gift for teachers and are great to keep on hand for birthday gifts too. Order forms are in today's folder and are due by 8:00 am Friday, May 8th. The gift cards will be sent home by Wednesday, May 13th. If you have any questions, please email Thank you for supporting the PTA!
Clemson Elementary Celebrates "Something Special"
April 13, 2009
   Clemson Elementary School recently celebrated "Something Special."  The evening featured an electronic art show, crafts, performances by a variety of "artists" and activities in music, library, PE, and computer lab.  To preview a video slideshow of the evening, please click here. 
Mrs. Turpin Named American Civic Education Teacher
April 24, 2009
Congratulations to Mrs. Sarah Turpin! Sarah recently received the 2009 American Civic Education Teacher Award, recognizing her exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. The awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism, and creativity in motivating students to learn about the Constitution, Congress, and public policy. In her application, Mrs. Turpin wrote, “Strong civics education is essential to a strong democracy. It is our responsibility to teach our children and raise them to be informed, active citizens throughout their lifetime.”
Mrs. Turpin will travel to Washington, DC, in June to receive her award from the Center for Civic Education.

Artist In Residence Visits Fifth Grade
April 2, 2009
   Fifth grade students recently attended a week-long workshop with Multi-Ethnic Percussionist, Jeff Holland. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Mr. Holland became an ethnomusicologist through his world travels. As a part of his workshop, Mr. Holland took the fifth graders on a rhythmic journey around the world. They learned rhythms from West Africa and the Middle East. They  also worked with Calypso and Samba rhythms and Native American Pow-Wow rhythms, which they performed at Something Special. 
    For a look at this musical adventure, sponsored by the School Improvement Council and funded through the school’s PTA Innovative Grant Program, please click here.
Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete
April 13, 2009
Congratulations to both teams from Clemson Elementary that competed in the SC Odyssey of the Mind State Championships held on March 21th in Columbia, SC. The Racing Minds Team placed second overall in their division, with the Classics team placing third overall in their division. At competition each team performed a theatrical / engineering solution to their Long Term Problem that they had worked on for months. They also completed an impromptu problem for the Spontaneous Problem competition. Both teams placed first in the Spontaneous portion of the competition. 
Problem #2   Teach Yer Creature   2nd Place
Team: Trevor White, Evan White, Gabrielle Hoover, Austin Hoover, Cortland Young, Parker Mathews, Rivers Sherrill
Problem #3  The Lost Labor of Heracles    3rd Place
Team: Lydia Andrews, Kate Melville, Elaine Seel, Brianna Boudreau, Rita Wang, Rebecca Wang, Agata Walkowiak
Special Recognition: Rebecca Wang received an OMER Award for extraordinary teamwork
   Please click here to view a slideshow of OM participation. 
Relay for Life
April 2, 2009
Please join faculty, staff, parents, and students from Clemson Elementary School on Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Pendleton High School Outdoor Track. We will join together with other area schools, businesses, and churches to raise money for research to help find a cure for cancer. Come picnic, listen to music from local bands, and walk with us anytime from  7:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, until 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Please wear your “Lights! Camera! Action!” Clemson Elementary T-shirts and join our team  during the “Team Lap” at 7:00 p.m.
If you have never participated in Relay for Life, this is your chance to get involved. Walk an hour, or bring a tent and walk ALL night with us. 
    Donations are being accepted in the school office. Interested donors are invited to donate $10.00 for a luminary to honor a cancer survivor or in memory of one lost to this disease. Luminaries will be displayed along the track the night of the event. 
     Please call Teresa Skewes at 654-2341, ext. 100 or if you have any questions.
Together WE can find a cure … CELEBRATE-REMEMBER-FIGHT BACK
You may make donations online: Also, if you or someone you know is a cancer survivor please let Mrs. Skewes know so you will receive an invitation to our Survivor’s Dinner that will be held on April 17 at Clemson United Methodist Church. Our contributions last year totaled $4,866. Together we can make a difference.
            FIGHT LIKE A GIRL T-shirts may be purchased for $10 as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The shirts are brown with “Fight Like a Girl” and a pink ribbon printed on the front. See Mrs. Skewes in the school office or the After School Care office to place your order.
It's Time for Something Special!
March 29, 2009
      Decorations are complete and entertainment has filled Thursday night's program for Something Special!  This year's event promises to be spectacular!  In addition to the live entertainment, crafts, computer activities, and active games, Something Special will also feature an electronic art show to be displayed in the gym.  Students are invited to see their art work displayed and take their artifacts home to treasure.  
     Additional information related to something special can be found by clicking
here. We hope to see you on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Future Engineers Program
March 27, 2009
   Clemson Elementary School's "Future Engineers Program" recently held their first meeting for the Spring semester.   Participating in the program are 23 fourth and fifth grade students.  The students will meet with  sponsors Mrs. Bonnie Agostino and Dr. Melissa C. Smith  weekly for the next six weeks.  As part of the program, students will be exposed to real engineering research and projects from Clemson University.  "Our goal is to get them excited about math, science, and engineering and to begin thinking about problems," said Dr. Smith.
     Please click here to see a slideshow of photos taken during a recent visit from Clemson's IEEE Hardware Team came to demonstrate their recycling robot.  The team competed in the IEEE Southeast Con Hardware Competition in Atlanta, GA, earlier this month and placed 14th out of 44 teams. The challenge in competition was to design an autonomous robot that could locate, pick up, and sort recyclable materials, which consisted of cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles.    
South Carolina Book Award Picnic
March 26, 2009

Students in grades 3-5 who have read 15 of the SCCBA titles and passed the AR quizzes for each title with at least 80 percent and students in grades K-2nd who have read 10 of the SC Picture Book nominees will be invited to a picnic on Thursday, April 30th from 2:30-3:00 p.m. after school.

In order to attend the Book Award picnic students must turn their bookmarks in to the library media center by FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd.

Adopt-A-Book Program
March 26, 2009
Parents who are considering purchasing a teacher gift or would like to honor a child’s birthday are invited to consider purchasing a book for the school library media center. When a book  is donated a permanent bookplate is attached to the book  with a customized message. We then circulate the book to the student’s classroom by checking it out to the homeroom teacher. 
   Most books cost approximately $15.00. Contact Mrs. English in the Media Center for further information.
Go Green Plans for Something Special
March 25, 2009
   Clemson Elementary School's Go Green Team will be making Pirate Sprouts from recycled materials during Something Special, slated for April 2.  Students are invited to help with this craft by donating large yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, or ricotta cheese lids to the Go Green Team.  These items will be collected at the Go Green table during Something Special.  For additional information, please contact Mrs. Katalin Beck at
Volunteer Training Scheduled
March 25, 2009
 A final volunteer training for the year at Clemson Elementary will be held in room 107 on Thursday, April 2 at 5:45 PM.  All parents going on field trips must be trained. Check with me to make sure if you have questions about any of your chaperones and their status.
Many thanks to Shannon Hayes for all her time this year training lots of volunteers!
Fourth and Ffth Grade Science Fair
March 24, 2009
     Fourth and fifth grade students recently participated in the Clemson Elementary School Science Fair.  Projects were displayed in the school hallway and were judged by an independent panel. First, second, and third place winners received certificates and metals at the Awards Ceremony held during the Science Fair Open House. Caitlin Peters was awarded first place in the event. Winners in each category are as follows:

Fourth Grade

Third - Ben Wyant

Second - Savannah Hawkins

First - Emily Creasman

Fifth Grade Group Projects 

Third - Mark Gowan/Bryson Rudolph

Second - Madison Ellis/Alexa Sparacino

First - Braden Green/Hunter Joplin

 Fifth Grade Individual Projects 

Third - Hannah Swords

Second - Max Colbo

First - Hawley Agee

 Overall School Winners

Third - Andy Ackerman

Second - Roger Wilson

First - Caitlin Peters

   All three overall winners will represent Clemson Elementary School in the District Science Fair on April 2.

    Congratulations to all of our young scientists!
    To see a slide show of the Science Fair Open House, please click
State Superintendant's Writing Contest
March 19, 2009
   Recently, the fifth grade students participated in the State Superintendant’s Writing Contest. The students were required to write to a given prompt. This year the students were to write about financial well-being and why it is important for children to save money at their age.  Writing was judged by a panel of judges and class winners as well as an overall school winner were recognized.  Class winners included Catherine Howland, Emily Diersing, Bailey Meehan, Nikki Wyman, Bryson Rudolph, Caitlin Peters, and Jacklyn Dawson. The overall school winner was Bailey Meehan.
   Congratulations to all of these students!
New Flags Have Arrived
March 19, 2009
The international flags bordering the ceiling beams of the Clemson Elementary School lunchroom recently received an upgrade with the addition of six new flags representing some of our more recent students’ homelands. The latest embellishments are from Belarus, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, Jordan, and Libya. This brings our total number of flags to 57: we hope that they provide some comfort and sense of acceptance to students who find themselves far from home, as well as remind our school family of the richness of our cultural diversity.
   To see some of the new flags, please click here.
Buck-A-Book Slated for March 20
February 7, 2009
The 2009 Buck-A-Book event is slated for Friday, March 20, 2009.  Buck-a-Book in an annual service learning project by the the school's first graders. It began after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The President asked that each American Child send $1.00 to help the children of Afghanistan. That year 2 first grade classes raised over $258. Since then students have continued the tradition to honor the memories of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, and all of the first grade classes have joined in to raise money. Students have donated to different groups over the year. These have included the New York Firemen, Clemson Police and Fire Departments, Pickens County Red Cross, a school impacted by Hurricane Katrina, a school in the Corridor of Shame (SC), and Clemson Community Care.

This year, first grade students are giving to Clemson Community Care, again.

Parents and community members are invited to make plans to come and hear some wonderful children read some great books. Students will be working hard practicing their books.  They will also be learning about Clemson Community Care. Mrs. Karen Ellers will come to talk with the students about Clemson Community Care and the services they provide to the community.

   For additional information, please contact Mrs. Sarah Turpin. Her email address is


Clemson Elementary Chess Team
March 13, 2009
   Members of Clemson Elementary School's Chess Team have had a busy year!  The team placed second in the WSSCA Winter Chess Tournament held in Columbia.  Then, they went on to place third in the U900 Pawndemonium XX in Charlotte and third in the White Knoll Scholastic Open in Columbia.  The team is currently preparing for participation in the Super Nationals to be held in April.  Good luck to our team!
Art Show Preview
March 12, 2009
     The 2009 Art Show will be displayed electronically at Something Special.  Students and parents are invited to drop by the gym to see student work displayed on one of six large screens!  For a brief preview of the artwork, please click here.
First Grade "Beading Bears" Go To Work...
March 13, 2009

Ms. Sue Nodine’s First Grade has opened her "Beading Bear Factory. "  Students are making parrot keychains to benefit the Free Clinic in Clemson.  The money raised will be used to purchase medicine for the patients visiting the clinic.  The clinic served over 800 patients  during 2008 and dispensed more than 2,000 prescriptions.  
     Please click here to download an order form!

"Something Special" Plans Announced
February 21, 2009
     "Something Special," an annual celebration of our school's special areas of instruction-Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Computer Lab, will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  To commemorate the event, "Something Special" t-shirts will be sold and profits will be divided among the special areas of instruction.
  This year's shirt will be white and the design will be printed in black and red ink.  The price for the short sleeve t-shirt is $7.00.  Order forms must be turned in to the school by March 13 to enable students to receive their shirts by the last week in March.  Please note that additional t-shirts will not be available.  To secure an order form, please click here.
     Many volunteers are needed to make the evening of "Something Special" a success.  To volunteer your services, please email one of the special area teachers or phone the school office.  You will receive additional information once a master list is compiled.  
     Students and family members alike are invited to attend this wonderful celebration of our students and their many talents!  Please mark your calendar for April 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Second Graders Attend Engineering Expo
March 10, 2009
Second grade classes recently visited Clemson University for the Annual Engineering Expo.   As part of the event, engineering undergrad and grad students developed active learning experiences to get students hooked on engineering and science.    Please click here to view a video podcast presented by one of our second grade students following the field trip.
PE Classes Get Fit With Geomotion
March 10, 2009
     Physical Education classes are getting fit with Geomotion, a new cardio-vascular fitness activity.  Core moves include easy steps that anyone can learn with ease using special activitiy mats. This exciting exercise program includes activities that address speed and agility,  cardiovascular exercise, flexibility training, and learning dance moves.  Most of all, the program motivates students to get moving! Click here to see some of our students in action.
4th and 5th Grade Science Fair
March 6, 2009
The Science Fair for fourth and fifth grade will be held on March 23rd. There will be an Open House for families to come and view the projects between 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. that evening.
NOTE: Science display boards are still available in the front office for $3.00 each.
Choral Festival
March 6, 2009

On March 26, Clemson Elementary Chorus will represent our school at the Pickens County Elementary Choral Festival at BrushyCreekBaptistChurch in Easley.  All elementary choirs will present a concert at 7:00 PM. Family and friends are cordially invited to this free event!

Science Rocks
March 6, 2009
It is time to “Shoot for the Stars with Science”.  Clemson Elementary School's annual K-3 Science Fair began taking applications in the beginning of February. This fair is sponsored by the PTA and is open to everyone from Kindergarten to Third Grade. The projects will be due on March 30th and be on display through that week. For further information please contact Stacy Smith at HUsmit9922@bellsouth.netUH.  
After School Care News
March 6, 2009

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 school year for After School Care.  Applications can be picked up in the After School Care office or the School’s front office.  Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis.  A $35.00 nonrefundable deposit will hold your child’s spot for next year.  Current After School Care parents will be given first priority.  Fees for the 2009-2010 school year are $35.00 per week or $7.00 per day.
   For additional information, please contact Mrs. Skewes at 654-2341.

Jump Rope for Heart Event Huge Success
March 3, 2009
     Clemson Elementary School students recently participated in "Jump Rope for Heart."  This year's event raised $3,001.50 for the American Heart Association.  The leading fundraiser was Makenna Berry.  Congratulations to Makenna and all of the other participants in Jump Rope for Heart!  
    To preview photos of the event, please click here.
Anderson University Ensemble Choir Performs
March 6, 2009
The Anderson University Ensemble Choir performed at Clemson Elementary School in celebration of Black History Month. The group, under the leadership of Mr. Leonard Johnson, gave a performance that included songs, poetry, and dance.  To view a slideshow of the performance, please click here.
Fourth Graders Present Book Projects
April 22, 2009
    Fourth graders recently completed "Canned Book Reports" as part of a reading assignment. Students also created podcasts of their presentations.  Their "cans" are currently displayed in tihe Library.  Drop by and read about some exciting books that are available for you through the library.
Volunteers Needed
February 28, 2009
     Parent volunteers are needed to proctor upcoming standardized tests.  Interested parents are asked to contact the school office at 654-2341.   
Spelling Bee Winners Announced
February 27, 2009
   Students from grades 3-5 recently participated in class spelling bees.  Classroom winners were selected, and these students participated in the school-wide event.  This year's participants included Benjamin Buck, Caroline McAbee, Jijie Fan, Alex Peralta Moore, John Martin, Will Swinney, Parker Matthews, Anna Loftis, Lauren Slann, Alex Li, Andresa Emme, Tiger Tang, Gabby Altman, Blake Edwards, Elaine Seel, Braden Green, and Hunter Hebert.  Blake Edwards won the event and will represent Clemson Elementary School in the District Spelling Bee slated for May 4.  Congratulations to all of our participants!
   Click here to view additional photos.
Famous American Day Celebrated
February 26, 2009
   On Friday, February 20, first grade students celebrated "Famous American Day."  Students dressed as famous Americans and presented research posters they had put together.  To view Mrs. Bailey's slideshow, please click here.
International Festival Celebrates Diversity
February 27, 2009
   Clemson Elementary School recently celebrated the annual International Festival.  Featured in the day's events were a Parade of Nations and displays from over 20 countries.  Visitors sampled food native to the countries represented and enjoyed a musical program presented by third grade students.  The school's jump rope team also provided entertainment. 
   To see photos, please click here.
Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soon!
February 21, 2009

The library media center is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair Friday, February 27th through Friday, March 6th. The Book Fair will be open 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hours for Friday, February 27th are Noon to 3:30. Hours for the final fair day, Friday March 6th are 8:00 to 11:00. Parents are welcome to pick up a visitor’s pass at the office and stop by the library media center to shop with their children. The library media center will also host a Family Night on Monday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All proceeds from the Book Fair support library media center programming and purchase of materials for the students.
Tigertown Troublemakers Too Compete in State Championship
February 23, 2009
     The "Tigertown Troublemakers Too," a team of young scientists who attend Clemson Elementary and Edwards Middle School recently competed in the First Lego Robotics State Championship held at Clemson University.  The group researched the impact of the drought on life in the upstate.  The challenges presented the group also related to climate. To read more about this exciting team, please click here.
"Clemson Family" Shaken
February 16, 2009
   The Clemson community was deeply saddened Friday eveing as word was received that a second grade student lost his mother under tragic circumstances.  
    As with any loss, children often struggle to find understanding in the events surrounding tragedy.  As we return to school on Tuesday, it is anticipated that the children may have questions related to this loss.  Many of these questions may "come home" with your children.  In an attempt to assist parents, the guidance office has put together a "toolbox" of information.  To access this handout, please click here.
Jump Rope For Heart
February 6, 2009

Students at Clemson Elementary School will jump at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Students will jump rope to raise monies for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular disease research and public and professional education programs.  This event will be held the week of February 9th – 13th at Clemson Elementary.


Jump Rope for Heart is an annual event which is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


The average heart beats 100,000 times each day.  One of the best ways to take care of your heart is to make exercise a regular part of everyday life.  Jump Rope for Heart teaches elementary school students how exercise benefits the heart and shows students that volunteering can be fun and beneficial to the whole community.


Money raised by this event will go to fund potentially lifesaving research into heart and blood vessel diseases and local educational and community programs of the Pickens Chapter of the American Heart Association.  If you would like to contribute funds to support this effort, contact your local American Heart Association, or visit  the website for further information.

Governor's Reading Honor Roll
February 21, 2009

The Governor is challenging students to read at least 20 books this school year.  To earn a Governor’s Reading Honor Roll certificate, students must read 20 books and record the titles on the Governor’s Honor Roll form available in the library media center.  Each title entry must be initialed by either a parent or teacher.  The completed form must be returned to Mrs. English in the library media center, by Friday, May 1, 2009.  Participating students will receive their certificates at the end of the school year.

International Festival
January 30, 2009
   The 12th annual International Festival will be held at Clemson Elementary School on Feb. 21, from 12:00-2:30.  Included in the day's event will be displays from more than 15 countries.  Those in attendance will have an opportunity to try different foods, participate in a scavenger hunt, and see both the third graders perform as well as the Jump Rope Team.  
   Interested volunteers are asked to contact Shannon Hayes at 654-4733 or

First Grade Famous American Day Scheduled
January 30, 2009
   The first grade will celebrate their annual "Famous American Day" on Friday, February 20. Student presentations will be held in the school cafeteria from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  A potluck brunch for parents and students will be held following presentations.  Parents are also invited to view the gallery of famous Americans created by students to be on display in the first grade hall.  Be sure to visit the first grade classroom websites for photos!
4th and 5th Grade Science Fair Announced
January 30, 2009
   Oh Monday, February 2, fourth and fifth grade students will receive packets related to the school's upcoming Science Fair. The school Science Fair will be held on Monday, March 23.  Three school winners will be selected to paricipate in the district fair to be held on April 2.
   For additional information please click
Yoshiko Moon Visit to Clemson Elementary School
January 28, 2009
     Japanese artist, Yoshiko Moon recently spent a week working with second grade art students.  Included in her presentations were discussions of Japanese culture and art tools, caligraphy, sumie bamboo painting, marbling, origami birds, and a Japanese tea ceremony. 
   To see a slide show of Ms. Moon's visit, please click here.

Celebration of Story Planned...
January 27, 2009
   On Tuesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. the Clemson Area Story Tellers Guild will host "A Family Friendly Celebration of Story" featuring Tim Lowry and the Youth Teller from Clemson Elementary School.  The event will be held at The Arts Center (formerly known as Morrison Annex, 212 Butler Street, Clemson, SC).  The event wil also feature a special guest teller Nancy Basket who will share stories from her Cherokee Heritage.  Celtic Music by Emerald Road will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Admission to this event is free.  Door prizes and food will also be available.  For more information, please visit or phone 864-653-4932.  Mrs. English may also be able to answer questions related to the event.
   As a special treat for Clemson Elementary students, Mr. Lowery will present a school-wide assembly on February 25.  A second performance is scheduled for After School Care participants.

Contest Announced
January 15, 2009
One of our school partners, Papa Johns, is offering a contest for students to recognize and honor a favorite teacher, coach, or school administrator who has had a positive impact on their lives for the Papa John’s Teacher Appreciation award.  Students in grades K-3 should create a drawing of their favorite teacher.  Students in grades 4 and 5 should create an essay of less than 250 words that should reflect how the teacher had a positive impact on the student.  Students may only enter one time.

The winning teacher will receive a special plaque and one year’s worth of Papa John’s pizza.  The winning student will receive a Papa John’s Pizza party for 30 and one year’s worth of Papa John’s pizza.

Students who are interested in participating should pick up a nomination form in the front office to attach to the drawing or essay.  All drawings and essays should be turned into the front office with the attached nomination form by Monday March 9, 2009.

Lakes and Mountains Program
January 14, 2009

   There will be no elementary Lakes and Mountains program for 2009 due to the construction at the elementary schools.  The District hopes to bring LMSA elementary back in full by 2010.

Artist in Residence to Visit Second Grade Art Classes
January 9, 2009

   During the week of January 12-16, second grade students will be working with Japanese artist, Yoshiko Moon.  This artist in residence will introduce students to Japanese art forms and culture. Students will learn about traditional Japanese writing tools, Japanese Calligraphy, and Ancient Marbling Papermaking.  Parents are invited to visit art with their children during the week.  Please check with your child’s teacher for scheduled “workshop” times as these will differ from regularly scheduled art classes.


Go Green Web Site Announced
January 2, 2009
     Clemson Elementary School's "Go Green" Committee has announced a blog spot.  The site encourages families to make responsible decisions related to the environment. To access the site, please click here. 
December 17, 2008
     December is always a busy month for students.  Included in this month's festivities have been the toy drive for Country Santa, the Clemson Christmas Parade, the Holiday Musical, and our Holiday Luncheon.  All have served as reminders of this month's character trait, caring.  
   To view a brief slideshow of these events, please click here.
Box Top Super Bowl Contest Announced
December 17, 2008
For each complete box tops sheet (10 box tops) turned in January 5-22, the student turning in the sheet will have his/her name entered in a drawing for Clemson football prizes! There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize drawn. The prizes will be awarded on Friday, Jan. 30. Students are reminded to list their name and homeroom teacher on the box top sheet in order to be entered in the drawing. These sheets will also be counted towards the classroom competition for the spring semester.
Special Programs Set to Resume in January
December 17, 2008
After School Care & CASH IN will resume on January 5, 2009. America Reads will begin for the second semester on Monday, January 12, 2009
Primary Map Testing Dates Set
December 17, 2008
Grades K and 1 will take the Winter Primary MAP test beginning on January 12. Classroom newsletters should provide exact dates for testing for each classroom. Please encourage your student to do his or her best. 
Scores from all Winter MAP tests will be sent home with report cards on January 22, 2009.
January and February Character Words
December 19, 2008
The character word for the month of January and February is Respect.   The movie choice is Beauty and the Beast. We will be talking about treating others the way you would like to be treated, being tolerant of differences and making choices that show self respect.  
Registration Dates Set
December 19, 2008
Registration for only new students for 4KGN – 1st grade will be held January 12 – January 30, 2009. Please come to the front office anytime between 8:30AM – 3PM. Students must reside in Pickens County with their custodial parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible for enrollment. Documents required are a certified birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency (a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s current monthly electricity, gas, water, cable television or satellite bill) showing the correct billing name and service address.  
Holiday Luncheon
December 11, 2008
     Teachers and students recently enjoyed the annual "Holiday Lucheon" served in the school's cafeteria. In addition to holiday table settings, the students enjoyed live entertainment provided by area musicians.   A special thanks to all who contributed to the success of this event.
here to see a slideshow of the event.
Outdoor Committee Report
December 5, 2008
   Clemson Elementary School received a donation of three maples to replace the maples along the Prichard  Driveway that have died in the past few years.  The donation was from King's Sunset Nursery in Liberty.  Members of the Clemson Elementary School PTA Outdoor Committee met on November 22, and volunteers planted all three trees along the drive. The mums that were part of the fall decorations around the school were planted as well.  Many thanks go to Glenn McAtee for picking up and delivering the trees to the school and to Dr. Weichel, Robert Mixon, Kenny Mohr, Brent Emerson, Wendy Hapeshis, and Shawna Reid for all of the help!

Pictured from left to right:   Brent Emerson, Robert Mixon, Kenny Mohr, Wendy Hapeshis, and Dr. Ken Weichel. 

Bonus Bucks Orders Due!
December 3, 2008
 Make your holiday shopping easy while supporting your child's education! Purchase gift cards through Bonus Bucks this week. The first order date is Wednesday, the 3rd and the second is Monday, the 8th. If you need a form or have questions, please send an email to Thank you for supporting the Clemson Elementary School PTA! 
"Shrek" Visits Clemson Elementary School
December 2, 2008
   Dr. Shrek recently visited Clemson Elementary School to congratulate students on collecting more than 4,000 canned food items for donation to Clemson Community Care.   Recent reports indicate that CCC has experienced shortages of canned food items for this year.  The school's donation helped provide food for area families during Thanksgiving. 
News from the Guidance Office
November 25, 2008
Our character word for the month of December is CARING. 
            The selected movie is Mickey’s Christmas Carol.  This is an animated version of the traditional Dickens Christmas Carol.  There are opportunities to see the story in some live productions locally as well.  I hope your family will have the time to enjoy this story in some version over the upcoming season. 
            The response to our Spirit of Giving Food drive shows that we are a very caring school family.  We collected about 4200 cans that were delivered to Clemson Community Care.  This will benefit many needy families in our area.  Thank you all so much for supporting this project.  Clemson Community Care extends a sincere and heartfelt thank you also. 
            Our project for December is another annual drive to collect new toys for Country Santa.  We will be taking donations of new toys during the weeks of Dec 1-12th.  Please visit his website ( through our school website.
             If this happen to be a year in which you need to be on the receiving end of a bit of assistance, there are applications on line or you may contact me at 654-2341 ext. 108 for a an application for help from Country Santa.  In addition to that, there will be a Christmas party given by Clemson Community Care on December 6th at 9:30 at Goldenview Church.  Those attending should bring social security cards and proof of income for the last 30 days in order to receive assistance from them.  Further questions about this opportunity should be directed to Clemson Community Care at 653-4460.
Winter MAP Testing Scheduled
November 25, 2008
MAP testing will be from Dec. 1 through Dec. 12 for grades 2-5.  Teachers will let parents know when their class will take the tests during those dates. 
            We will be giving three tests - Reading, Math, and Language Usage.  This testing period helps teachers determine if students are on the path to meeting their Spring goals.  Please contact Melissa Terry if you have any concerns about MAP testing.
Clemson Tigers Visit Clemson Elementary
November 24, 2008
     Annually, members of the Clemson Tigers Football Team visit Clemson Elementary School as they depart for the final "away" football game of the year.  Coach Swinney brought his Tiger team to the school as they headed to Virginia on November 21.  Spirit was high as our "Tiger Cubs" cheered the home team on to victory! 
   Please click
here to view a slideshow.
First Grade Class Celebrates Thanksgiving
November 24, 2008

Mrs. Barnes's class celebrated Thanksgiving with a play and a feast for their families on Friday, Nov. 22. The students dressed like Pilgrims and Native Americans and re-told the story from the book, The Best Thanksgiving Book ABC Adventure by Pat Whitehead. The author of this book uses the letters of the alphabet to tell the story of the first Thanksgiving. 

Jump Rope Team Begins New Year
November 10, 2008
The Jump Rope Team will have their first performance November 22nd at 6:00 PM at a Clemson Volleyball Game.  The jumpers will be featured at a half time show which is located at Clemson University’s Jervey gym.  All jump ropers are to wear their jump jump jump shirts and black shorts or pants. The game is free to the public and all are invited.
The annual Clemson Christmas Parade is Tuesday,  December , 2nd at 5:30 PM.  Rain date for the parade is December 4th.  The Jump Rope team will meet at 5:30 opposite Bowman Field to line up at that time.  Jumpers need to wear their Jump Rope Sweatshirts, bring a rope, and wear a Santa Hat.

Spirit of Giving
November 20, 2008

Clemson Elementary and Central Elementary Schools collected over 4000 food items during their annual canned food drive held the week of November 10th .  This school collaboration was a service learning project designed to gather nonperishable food items. These items were donated to Clemson Community Care, a local nonprofit organization serving the needs of local families.

AR Store Coming in January
December 12, 2008
The final day to take an accelerated reader test for points to be spent at the January AR store is Friday, Jan. 23rd. January 26-30th the library media center will host the Accelerated Reader store!  Students may spend their test points to purchase items of their choice.  All grades will visit the library media center with their classes to shop.  The PTA sponsors the AR store
Read to Succeed
December 12, 2008

Read to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags and Weekly Reader to encourage reading for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational, non-school related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park. Teachers whose classes participate will also earn a free ticket. Forms to keep track of your reading will be available in the LibraryMediaCenter starting Monday, January 5th. The letter on the back of the form has information about participating Six Flags parks, dates for ticket use, etc.


Veterans Day Observed
November 16, 2008
   Clemson Elementary School recently celebrated Veterans Day.  The festivities included a luncheon for area veterans as well as a school-wide assembly.  As part of the assembly, Congressman Gresham Barrett delivered a tribute to veterans and presented Mr. Jack Ray with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.  Mr. Ray is a veteran and a retired bus driver for the School District of Pickens County.
   To view a slideshow of the assembly, please click here.

Holiday Book Share
November 17, 2008