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New Prospect Elementary

2014-2015 Accomplishments

  • New Prospect Elementary was named the SC Exemplary Reading School.    

  • NPE received the ABC Grant and will be an Arts in the Basic Curriculum school.  

  • NPE received the First Tee Grant.  

  • NPE received the Healthy Schools Grant from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  We became partners with Good for You Spartanburg.  This grant led to the development of a morning walking club where students use pedometers to track their travels.  Students also do Jammin’ Minutes every morning at NPE to promote fitness.  

  • NPE received funding from Wofford College for our nutritional efforts using the CATCH curriculum and incentives in conjunction with Chartwells.  

  • NPE received the bronze status from Safe Routes to School---Partners for Active Living.  Mrs. Downey coordinated two fantastic Walk to School Days.  Mr. Darby’s class was featured as an enthusiast for the event per a photo submission.  

  • NPE developed a Studio Art class based on the GT guidelines.  Our first year enrollment included 17 students.

  • We kicked off our Google CS First computer science club this January. Fourth through sixth graders learned computer programming and will be creating their own music videos.

  • Mrs. Kristine McGarry was named the Teacher of the Year.

  • Mrs. Tracy Wells was named the Distinguished Reading teacher of the Year.  

  • We met our goal of $5,000.00 raised for Relay for Life!

  • NPE held a partnership with Hope Remains for Equestrian Therapy.  This program enhanced counseling services.  

  • In August 2014, our annual Summer Reading Celebration was held.  Students read over 38,014 minutes.  Teachers also kept a reading log. Mrs. Wright had to take the challenge of the slip and MUD slide because of all of this reading!

  • We held our annual reading kick off.  Students were recognized by the Chapman High School’s football game for their reading goals.  

  • “Grits for Grands” was held for our grandparents in September. Grandparents stayed and read with their grandchildren.

  • Faculty kicked off the year celebrating summer work on the Writing Scope and Sequence.

  • Amanda Shearer attended the STEM summer conference and served as our representative at the district level.  

  • Faculty began collaboration with Academic Arts by attaching a long range planning matrix to their APS1.

  • We have developed a partnership with Ballet of Spartanburg to look at a creative movement program.

  • We partnered with Woodland Heights for the ABC initiative.  

  • Mrs. Stacey Gossett had twenty-seven students in Honors Chorus, grades 4-6.  They presented a choral production at the 35th Annual Bill Drake Christmas Festival.

  • A group of teachers from the Literacy Committee presented at the 2015 Reading Conference at Myrtle Beach.  

  • Mrs. Jennifer Belue is our teacher of the year and along with the Leadership Team, played a big leadership role in the Turkey Trot event.  This event raised $1,000.00 for our school and promoted fitness.  

  • PTO has raised over $2,000.00 from the Fall Fundraiser.  

  • The Honors Chorus represented New Prospect Elementary in the Veteran’s Day Parade in Inman, SC.  

  • We hosted clinical students from North Greenville and Upstate.

  • Jeremy Darby and McKensie Revels presented how they infuse the arts in fifth grade at the November District One board meeting.

  • This fall we formed a partnership with Upstate that allowed drama majors to work with our drama students.  This was facilitated by McKensie Revels.  This partnership helped with our spring theatrical was The Jungle Book this year.  The students did a fantastic job with this. Drama was led by Octavio Garcia, the set and crew was led by McKensie Revels, and music by Stacey Gossett.  Students auditioned for their roles in the production.    

  • During our SMart night, we held our first Living Masterpieces displays featuring art from our Studio Art students.  

  • Philly Haynes and Lauren Thorne are being Reading Recovery trained this year, making a total of fourteen teachers trained in Reading Recovery at NPE!

  • Jonathan Scoggins, Alyssa Searcy, Hailey Briscoe, and Spring Belue were named the “I am an Achiever” award from Trey Gowdy.  

  • NPE has a running club for students in grades 3-6 where over 40 students participate. Many teachers have sponsored this program.

  • Kaye Foxworth and Mrs. Wright attended the ALEI conference this summer.  Mrs. Foxworth led the Arts in the Basic Curriculum Committee in submitting an ABC grant.  She also worked on the district’s Summer Studio grant.  

  • Philly Haynes and Kim McMillin attended the Reading Recovery conference and spent several days with Jan Richardson!

  • Kaye Foxworth, Amanda Shearer, Jill Tyner and McKensie Revels presented art infusion at NPE’s staff development. Presentations were tied to the visual, media, and performing arts.    

  • We launched our Olweus anti-bullying initiative with a theatrical from Porkchop Productions and a partnership with Sheriff Chuck Wright’s Office.  Gayle Elrod facilitated Olweus with our faculty and staff.  

  • Over 50 NPE students qualified as Duke Tip Scholars.  Two students completed the online coursework.  

  • Beth Norwood, Tracy Taylor, Philly Haynes, Holly Switzer, Jennifer Belue, and Cindy Yarbrough shared their print-rich classrooms as a part of our staff development.  

  • We held after school tutoring for students on Wednesdays to prepare for state testing.  Students were provided bus transportation if it was needed.