FLORENCE, SC 29505




Greenwood Elementary School – helping students reach their greatest potential!


Students at Greenwood begin their day promptly at 7:35 a.m. Adult supervision begins at 7:00 a.m., therefore students are not to be brought to school before this time. Please make every effort to have your child at school on time.  Students are marked tardy if they arrive at their classroom after 7:45 a.m. Excessive tardiness will lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the FSD1 Pupil Discipline Code Book. The school day ends at 2:15 p.m.   C:\Users\shartwig\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\C2713PP6\MC900433842[1].png



For the safety of all of our children, it is essential that everyone abide by our arrival procedures. Car riders are to be dropped off at the rear of the building. Under no circumstances should students be dropped off in the faculty/visitor parking lot. Bus riders will be dropped off at the front porch. Walkers and bicycle riders will enter the building from the front porch.



Students who ride in cars, ride a bike, or walk will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m.  Car riders will report to the covered walkway at the rear of the building and will be loaded by staff members.  Parents who are picking up students should get in the car line and remain there until students are loaded. Do not pull around cars that are still waiting for students.   Parents are asked to discuss this with your child to insure their safety during dismissal time. Display the school issued name card in the left corner of windshield to help staff in placing students in the correct vehicle in a timely manner.   Car rider supervision ends at 2:40 p.m. each day. Please make sure your child is picked up prior to this time.  Parents picking up students after this time will be required to sign the students out in the office and may be required to participate in a parent-administrator conference.C:\Users\shartwig\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\3UW3PJD4\MC900368406[1].wmf



Every hour of every school day is important to your child’s education.  Signing students in late and out early should be avoided since learning time is lost. It also causes the entire class to be interrupted.  If this is absolutely necessary, your child should be signed-in no later than 10:10 a.m. or signed-out no later than 11:45 a.m. to be counted present for the day. No sign-outs are allowed after 1:30 p.m. All late arrivals and sign-outs are to be taken care of in the main office. Teachers cannot release a student from class without office authorization. Picture State Issued I. D. is required.



Please notify us immediately if your address or telephone number changes. We must be able to reach you in an emergency situation.



If you are moving and are withdrawing a child from Greenwood, please notify us as soon as possible.  We need at least three days to complete the required paperwork that will assist you as you enroll at your new school.


We believe that students learn best in an orderly, safe environment.  We all must work together to insure this type of atmosphere for students.  Our discipline policy at Greenwood is based on the Florence District One Student Code of Conduct.  Parents, we urge you to review the following limits with your child as well as the school rules listed below.

No one has the right to:

  1. Injure him/herself or others.
  1. Discriminate against others.
  2. Damage or destroy materials.
  3. Steal from others.
  4. Impose on others.
  5. Interfere with the learning of others.
  6. Misrepresent to others.        

The following rules also apply to students at Greenwood:

  1. Physical contact in the form of tackling, pushing, or pulling (“horseplay”) is not permitted.
  2. Chewing gum is not allowed.
  1. Trading food or possessions is not allowed.
  2. No one may sell any item to others at school.
  3. Hats are not to be worn at school.
  4. Toys and other distractions including but not limited to video games, MP3 players and trading cards are not allowed at school.
  5. Cell phones, iPods, and other electronic/paging devises are not allowed to be turned on, operative, or visible at school.

Teachers will review these rules with students often.  It is imperative that we work together to promote good behavior at school.  If you have concerns about discipline, please contact your child’s teacher.  Please join us as we help your child become responsible for his/her behavior.



We are proud of our school and invite you to visit us anytime. To insure the safety of everyone at Greenwood, we ask that all visitors report to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor’s sticker. All classroom visits must be approved by their student’s teacher or the principal.  Our school is a public facility and is easily accessible.  We try to be on the lookout for unwanted visitors and we request your assistance in maintaining security.  Please do not be offended if someone asks you if you need help or wants to know why you are in the building - we are trying to protect your children.

  We must not let visits interfere with the education of our students. Preschool children may not accompany parents for classroom visits to insure that the instructional process is not interrupted. Visitors are asked to turn off cell phones before entering the building and to adhere to our school wide dress code. It is important for everyone in the school community to model our school rules, procedures and policies. Visitors are not to stand in the hallways or other locations around the building before, during or after school. If a teacher conference is desired, please schedule this in advance. Classroom teachers are not permitted to stop instruction to conference with visitors.


Riding the bus is a privilege extended to our students whose permanent address is located along the bus route. Bus riders are expected to obey the bus rules at all times. The driver is in charge and students are expected to listen and follow the directions given by the driver.  Any behavior that creates a disturbance or interferes with the safe operation of the bus will be in violation of school rules and will be dealt with according to the Discipline Code.  Parent(s), Guardian(s) or Student(s) may not change buses or ride a different bus without a written approval from FSD1 Transportation Department: 679.6894



Please make every effort to make arrangements for transportation before your child comes to school.  Students should know how they are going to get home each day.  Students are not permitted to alter the way they get home (walking route, car, bus) unless the teacher has written request/permission from the parent. We realize that emergencies do arise and changes sometimes need to be made.  In the case of an emergency, please call the school office before 1:30 p.m. MCj03980330000[1]



We need your help!  If you would like to volunteer your time, please notify us.  We are sure we can find a job with which you will be comfortable. All SLED Check(s) required each school year by FSD1 ([1]



  1. Breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30 a.m. Car riders wanting to eat breakfast must be in the cafeteria no later than 7:30 a.m.. Car riders who arrive at the cafeteria after 7:30am will not be permitted to enter.
  2. Students will enter the cafeteria in a quiet manner and sit in assigned areas.
  1. Students will not throw food.
  2. Students will return trays one at a time.

Faculty members reserve the right to place students on silent breakfast/lunch.MCj02171080000[1]

There are no provisions for credit in our meal program.

For your convenience, meals can be prepaid at the following website:



The following rules concerning student dress apply to all Greenwood students while at school or while participating in any school related function:

  1. Pants and shorts must be worn with the waist of the pants around the waist of the student (not below the hips).
  2. Clothing with obscene or suggestive sayings written on them will not be allowed.
  3. Hats, bandannas, or other headgear may not to be worn at school.
  4. Shorts, skirts, skorts, etc. must be long enough so that when you put your hands down at your side, you do not touch skin or leggings.
  5. Tank tops, halter-tops and midriff tops are not permitted.
  6. Shoes must be laced securely and properly tied. Thin rubber soled beach sandals are not appropriate for school.
  7. Clothing or  jeans that is badly torn, worn improperly, or fits immodestly is also prohibited.

Students who are dressed inappropriately will be required to call home for a change of clothing in order to remain at school.


If it becomes necessary to dismiss school early or not to have school because of weather conditions or other emergency situations, the local radio and TV stations will be notified. Up to date school information can also be found on our school district’s website at  Parents are asked to rely on the local media for information and NOT to call the school.  Such calls tie up our phone lines and make it impossible for us to receive critical information and instructions from the district office or from other agencies that may be trying to help us.  



All parents are invited and encouraged to become members of the APT.  The Greenwood APT is an auxiliary organization that supports our school in many ways.  The APT offers three levels of membership - $5.00; $10.00; and $20.00.  APT volunteers are needed as room parents, volunteer readers, computer assistants, spruce up committees, etc.  If you are interested, please fill out a membership application and return it to the school office.  We need YOU to help make Greenwood an even better place to learn!

2018-2019 APT Board Members

   Tricia Truitt, President    Minna Ridenhour, Vice President

      TBA, Treasurer                   Kristi/David Jolley, Secretary  

     TBD, Hospitality                       Heidi Clark, Membership  

  Alexis Hatfield, Fundraising     Yekeia Askins, Room Mom



  1. Students are expected to remain quiet in the hallways to avoid interfering with learning.
  1. Students are to walk on the right side of the hall in a single file line, keeping hands and feet to themselves.
  2. All students must have a hall pass unless they are with their class.



From time to time, field trips are planned to enhance the instructional program at Greenwood.  In order for a child to be able to participate in a field trip, we must have a permission slip signed by his/her parent. Electronics, including but not limited to phones, cameras, mp3 players and games, are not permitted to be taken on field trips. ALL FIELD TRIPS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. All SLED Check(s) are required each school year by FSD1 (



  1. Students are expected to use playground equipment in a safe and sportsmanship-like manner.  Hanging from the basketball rims is not permitted. Students are not to bring their own balls from home, including but not limited to footballs and basketballs.
  2. Students will not throw cones, sticks, rocks, or sand.  
  1. Students are expected to use appropriate behavior and language.  Physical contact in the form of tackling, pushing, or pulling (“horseplay”) is not permitted. Students will not curse or injure others.


Interim Reports are issued midway through each nine week period.  Report cards are issued at the end of each 45 days.  

All subject areas for kindergarten are reported using an alternative progress scale.

Handwriting is rated Satisfactory (S) or Needs Improvement (N).

Art, Music, P.E. and Technology (grades 1-6) are rated using:

E – Excellent

S - Satisfactory

N - Needs Improvement

English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science/Health, and Social Studies for grades 1-6 are rated using the following scale:

90 - 100        = A                60 - 69 = D

80 - 89        = B                   0 - 59 = F

70 - 79        = C

Honor Roll (Grades 1-6)

Students must achieve an 80% or better in all subject areas.



At Greenwood, we believe homework is a vital part of your child’s learning experiences. Homework may be assigned Monday through Thursday of each week. Teachers may assign homework on Fridays for a special project. Homework will not be given on the day before a holiday. Students are expected to read at home every day. MCj02321330000[1]

  • Grade 1 - No more than 30 minutes
  • Grades 2-3 - No more than 45 minutes
  • Grades 4-6 - Twenty minutes per Academic subject

       (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)



Please do not send any medication, either prescription or over the counter, to school with your child.  ALL medication(s) must be signed IN by an adult.  If your child has to be on medication, we must have a doctor’s written and signed order on how to administer the medicine and the parent’s written permission to have it administered.  This form may be obtained in the main office.  After receiving the proper form, medication will be left with the school nurse and placed in a locked cabinet.



If your child becomes ill or gets seriously injured at school, we will contact you.  It is imperative that we have current telephone numbers available for such emergencies. We cannot keep seriously ill or contagious students at school. Please remember to inform us if your child has a medical problem or condition that may affect him/her at school.



We are fortunate to have a nurse on staff to serve our students. Students reporting to the health room must have a referral completed by a staff member. Students will not be referred to the health room after 1:30 p.m. unless there is a serious health issue or emergency. The phone in the health room may not be used for calls regarding forgotten supplies or materials, i.e. lunch money, homework, books, projects, etc. ____________________________________________________


Students will be allowed to use school telephones only in case of an emergency.  Forgotten homework, signed papers, projects, misplaced library books, etc. are not considered to be emergencies.  Please help us help your child learn to be responsible for his/her assignments, after-school arrangements, etc.


  1. Students are expected to attend to bathroom needs without running, playing, or shouting.
  1. School property will not be abused, defaced, or damaged by students.
  2. Restroom breaks are part of the daily schedule for each class. A medical excuse must be on file for students who have physical conditions that require regular restroom breaks beyond the typical daily schedule.



In order to more effectively monitor student learning, FSD1 has implemented the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing program. This program is designed to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics, reading and language usage. All students in grades 1-6 will take MAP tests on the computer.  This allows schools and teachers to more quickly receive detailed, accurate information about your child’s academic growth.


Communication between parents and teachers is an essential part of the educational program at Greenwood.  We want to try to do everything possible to promote positive interaction between parents and teachers.  Each student is issued an agenda. Parents are asked to initial their child’s agenda daily. You will be contacted if your child’s teacher feels the need to share a concern, ask a question, or to give you some good news.  If you want to ask a question, share a concern, or give us some good news, we hope that you will feel free to call – our number is 664-8451.


We believe that it is important for parents to have the opportunity to be a part of their child’s academic progress.  To help us to achieve this goal, samples of your child’s work will be sent home in a folder on Wednesday of each week. We ask that you take the time to review the contents of her/his folder and return it to school according to the teacher’s instructions.  If you have questions or concerns after reviewing your child’s weekly samples, please contact her/his teacher.



Greenwood is committed to teaching our children healthy habits and encouraging healthy behaviors.  We need your support in our efforts by adhering to our healthy snack policy.  In the past, we received Bronze recognition from Alliance for Healthier Generations.  We continue to use their standards as a guide for classroom parties, treats, and grade level bake sales. It is now FSD1 School Board policy that we follow these guidelines for smart snacks at school. You can check your snacks prior to purchasing or bringing to school at the following URL:

Suggested snacks:  Gold Fish, Barnum Animal Crackers, Quaker Oat Granola Bars, 100 Calorie Snack Packs, BAKED chips, pretzels, fruit juice popsicles, fresh fruit, pudding or yogurt, fruit cups, cheese and crackers, and fresh vegetables.   We strongly ask that you adhere to these guidelines by bringing no cupcakes, cakes, pizza, or other foods loaded with saturated fats and empty calories.  Thanks in advance for your efforts to make us a healthier school and fight against childhood obesity!


We the staff of Greenwood Elementary School commit to healthier students by instituting policies on physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices.  We are trying to set a positive example and model healthy behaviors for our students.  This policy will only be successful by working together as a team including staff, student, administration, and parent participation.  The following are healthy initiatives that we are adopting at Greenwood Elementary:  

  1. We encourage NON-food rewards at Greenwood.  We currently have created a Flight Ticket reward program where students can spend earned tickets at the School Store.  Students can also be motivated and rewarded with extra physical activity, small tokens, and other privileges.  

  1. Classrooms celebrations are limited to no more than one classroom celebration per year.  Each party should reflect healthy food choices with no more than one food or beverage that does not meet the nutrition standards of the USDA School Smart Snacks/Food/Beverage guidelines.  

  1. Classroom birthday parties are discouraged.  Each month the school guidance counselor will recognize student birthdays in the cafeteria with a birthday pencil.   Otherwise, if a parent desires to recognize a single birthday then a non-food item is preferred.  If a parent chooses to bring a food-item then it is requested that it fall within the USDA School Snack guidelines and be served outside of class time (at the end of lunch/recess).  Please NO cupcakes or cake.  This will serve to protect our students with food allergies and/or medical conditions as well as support our healthy initiatives.  Please pre-arrange food items ahead of time with the teacher so they can consider if the snack is appropriate for the class.

  1. Since children spend a huge portion of their day at school, we are committed to making drinking water available.  We understand that this will promote children’s learning and health.  We at Greenwood do not restrict drinking water from students.  Students have water fountains available to them in the classroom, in the hallway, and/or the cafeteria.  Students are not restricted from visiting the classroom water fountain during the school day.  In cases where there is not a threat to school materials, computers, I-pads, students are allowed to have plain, clear drinking water in a clear, capped, non-glass container.  Teachers are to use their discretion as to the posed threat to school materials and judge accordingly.  Students are encouraged to bring a water container to recess and/or lunch daily.  

  1. We at Greenwood are committed to encouraging positive physical activities.  It is our policy that recess will not be used as a reward or punishment.  Students will have their full allotted recess time daily.  

  1. Grade level fund raisers will also adhere to the healthy foods guidelines.  A list of approved snacks can be found through the Wellness Team, Healthier Generation website, or the USDA School Snacks guidelines.  


        Principal Endorsement



To Parents of Elementary and Intermediate School Students:

LOSS OF PROMOTION: Students with too many absences from school may not be promoted, even if they have passing grades.


EXCUSES: Written excuses, from either a parent or physician, are required for ALL absences, with the exception of sign-ins and sign-outs with the parent’s signature. WRITTEN EXCUSES SUBMITTED MORE THAN THREE DAYS AFTER THE STUDENT’S RETURN TO SCHOOL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

PART-DAY ABSENCES: Elementary and intermediate school students who miss part of a day will be counted present for the day if they are in school at least four hours, and will be counted absent for the day if they are in school less than four hours. Students signed out before 11:45 or signed in after 10:10 will be counted absent.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: By state law, parents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. Parents who do not send their children to school regularly can be taken before the Family Court and charged with violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law, which could result in a fine of $50 a day or 30 days in jail for every absence the child has.

EXTENDED ILLNESSES: Students whose physicians certify that they are unable to attend school because of illness, accident, etc., may apply for homebound instruction. Applications are available at school. HOMEBOUND FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE STUDENT’S FIRST ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL.

APPEALS: Students who are passing their subjects but are not promoted due to absences may ask that their circumstances be reviewed at the end of the school year IF their absences are due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances.

TARDINESS: Please make sure students attend school on time each day. School begins at 7:35 a.m. and students are marked as tardy if they are not in class and seated by 7:45 p.m. According to the Education Improvement Act of 1984, it is unlawful to interrupt classes in session. Students who arrive on time have a better chance of success. Tardiness causes loss of valuable learning time. Late students miss directions for activities and often disrupt the instruction of other students. Consequences start over each semester. CONSEQUENCES: Warning on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tardy. 5th tardy will result in an overnight suspension and parent conference. 6th tardy will result in 1 day out of school suspension or the parent may attend school with the child in lieu of out-of-school suspension. This may be one-half or one day as determined by the principal. (Principal option.)

July 2015

Attendance and Zoning Office – 673-1164

Leslie Collins, Attendance Supervisor



2018-2019 School Calendar


8,9     Student Registration

13      First Day for Teachers

14      Parent Orientation/Title 1 Annual

          Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

20      First Day for Students

30      APT Meeting/Title 1 Parent Workshop:

          Family STEM, 6:00 p.m.


3        Holiday (Labor Day) – No School

6,7     Grits for Grandparents, 7 – 7:45 a.m.

7        Beach Blast Dance, 6-8p.m.

10-14 Random Acts of Kindness

13      All Pro Dads’ Breakfast Mtng. 7a.m.

          Fall Picture Day

17-21 Beta Club Membership Drive

17      Title 1 Parent Workshop: Behavior Health

          Series, 6 p.m. @ GES

20      Interim Reports Issued


18      All Pro Dads’ Breakfast, 7 a.m.

          Make-up Fall Picture Day

22      End of 1st Quarter

22-26 Red Ribbon Week

23      APT Meeting/Title 1 Parent Workshop:

          IGA Family Math Night, 5:30 p.m.

23      Staff Development – No Students

29      Report Cards Issued


1-9     Wreaths Across America

5        Early Dismissal for students, 12:10 p.m.

          Parent Conference, 3-6 p.m.

6        Holiday (Election Day) – No School

12-16 American Education Week

          Annual Clemson/Carolina Food Drive

15      All Pro Dads’ Chili Cookoff

21-23 Holiday (Thanksgiving) – No School

29      Interim Reports Issued


3-13    Sock/Mitten Giving Tree

4         Christmas Music Program, 6:30 p.m.

19       Early Dismissal (No Lunch Served),

          11:10 a.m.

20-31  Holiday (Winter Break) – No School


1-4     Holiday (Winter Break) – No School

7        Classes resume from Winter Break

16      End of 2nd Quarter

17      Early Dismissal for Student, 12:10 p.m.

21      Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) - No  


24      All Pro Dads Breakfast Mtg 7 a.m.

          Report Cards Issued

29     Title 1 Parent Workshop: Behavior Health

         Series, 9:00 a.m.


11-15 Compassion Kits

18     Holiday (President’s Day) - No School

20     Interim Reports Issued

25     Read Across America Week Begins

         Title 1 Family Literacy Night at the Museum,

          6:00 p.m.

27, 28 All Pro Dads’ Bring your Dad to School


8        Parent Conferences, 8am-12pm –

          No Students.

18      Staff Development (no students)

26      End of 3rd Quarter

29      2nd Grade Music Programs, 8:15 a.m.

           and 9:00 a.m.


2         Report Cards Issued

11       Spring & Class Picture Day

19-26  Holiday (Spring Break) – No School


2        Spring Music Program, 6:30 p.m.

6        Interim Reports Issued  

9        Title 1 Parent Workshop: Preparing for

          Kindergarten, 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

17,18 Pastries for Parents, 7 – 7:45 a.m.

27      Holiday (Memorial Day) – No School

30, 31 Half Days: dismissal at 11:10 a.m.

            (No Lunch Served)


3,4    Field Days

5,6    Half Days: dismissal at 11:10 a.m.

         (no lunch served)

5       Awards Program Gr. 1 -3, 8:15 a.m.

         Awards Program Gr. 4 & 5, 9:15 a.m.

6       Awards Program Gr. 6, 9:00 a.m.

          Last Day for Students

7,8    Teacher Work Days

We have read and discussed the Student Handbook:

____________________________________       ________________________________________

Student Signature                    Date                       Parent Signature                                 Date

Conference Sheet and Self-Assessment

Student ___________________________________________________________



“Gap” Pts. to next level

Goal for 2019






Math                                                  My spring MAP RIT Goal in Math is _________.


Fall RIT

Target RIT

Fall RIT + Norm Growth

Winter RIT

Spring RIT/ Projection

RIT Growth


How I would rate myself:




Needs to Improve

1. Paying attention in class

2. Effort on homework

3. Effort on tests

4. Class participation

5. Behavior

Reading                                           My spring MAP RIT Goal in Reading is ______.


Fall RIT

Target RIT

Fall RIT + Norm Growth

Winter RIT

Spring RIT/ Projection

RIT Growth


How I would rate myself:




Needs to Improve

1. Paying attention in class

2. Effort on homework

3. Effort on tests

4. Class participation

5. Behavior

Language                                         My spring MAP RIT Goal in Language is ______.


Fall RIT

Target RIT

Fall RIT + Norm Growth

Winter RIT

Spring RIT/ Projection

RIT Growth


How I would rate myself:




Needs to Improve

1. Paying attention in class

2. Effort on homework

3. Effort on tests

4. Class participation

5. Behavior

Student Signature

Parent Signature

Teacher Signature