From the Office of the Superintendent
By Ashley Groepper
The start to the 2020-21 school year has been unlike any other, but the District’s commitment to educating and caring for our students is something that remains unaffected by the current pandemic. This first 5 weeks of school have been proof positive that our students and staff members are excited to be back working together in the school building! So much smiling and excitement as I’ve walked the halls and visited classrooms. While we continue in-seat learning at this time and are over-joyed to be in the face to face setting; we are still preparing in the background for the possibility of a short closure or classes being sent home for remote learning. In our professional development day on September 25th, teachers participated in additional learning opportunities to refine their skills using Google Classroom, Zoom and other important technology features if the need for remote learning arises. No matter how this school year looks; our students are learning, teachers are teaching and we appreciate the support from our community as we work through this strange and ever-changing time in the pandemic.
In these first several weeks of school, we’ve held class meetings and organization meetings, softball and baseball games, had our first-grade check, sent home elementary mid-quarter reports and are working out our plans to conduct parent teacher conferences in the safest and most responsible way possible. Information on those conferences will be available in the coming week, so please stay tuned to our Facebook page, teacher newsletters, and the district website or app for those details. If you have not already downloaded the Pilot Grove C-4 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store, please be sure to do that. (see later in the newsletter for details on the download). This app is the best method to keep updated with current information from school.
As we prepare for JH basketball season and look to HS basketball in the coming months I want to remind our community and guests of a few items to help keep everyone in attendance safe, healthy and ensure our ability to continue in seat classes. At this time our conference has decided we will not limit the number of fans in attendance for indoor events; however, this could change at a moment’s notice in consideration with COVID-19 spread and recommendations from Cooper County Public Health. Home fans will be seated in the north section of bleachers from the center tunnel and visiting fans will be seated in the south bleachers. We ask all fans to stay home if they are sick or displaying symptoms of illness. We are working out details to provide streaming of games so those feeling ill or wanting to be cautious can still enjoy the game from the comfort of your home. We also ask our fans in attendance to observe social distance in the bleachers to the best of your ability and we strongly recommend fans to wear a face covering/mask if you cannot achieve social distance. Gathering on the court will not be permitted at the conclusion of any event. Concessions will still be available with mainly pre-packaged goods with the exception of a few items as we understand these evenings become late and dinner is needed. You will see our concession stand workers in gloves and masks for the protection of everyone and money will be taken outside the concession stand. Thank you for your patience as we work through the first few events. Our goal is to provide the community with the opportunity to attend events & cheer on our student athletes, but we will always keep health, safety and the ability to continue in seat learning as our guiding motivation when making decisions to restrict crowd sizes if necessary.
THANK YOU to all of our students, staff, families and community for a tremendous start to our school year!
Picture Day is October 2!
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Elementary Principal News
by Lindsay Leonard
Fall is here and is in full swing! Students have already worked hard for over half of the first quarter! I have had the pleasure of observing during classes and love the enthusiasm our teachers have for the material as well as their dedication to make the information interesting and relevant for the students.
Assessments this year again include a reading screening for all students in grades kindergarten to third grade (per state requirements). Screenings were also administered for students who show concerns in reading or are performing significantly below grade level. This is a requirement by DESE that was passed a couple years ago and we again are openly embracing and look forward to improving instruction for our students. Your child’s teacher has already reached out to you with a description of information to share if there is a concern or if a student is not quite performing where they need to be within a specific skill set. Please remember that these screeners do not in any way “diagnose” a student with a disability. These screeners only provide us with risk factors that may indicate a gap in student learning and help the teachers create targeted instruction to meet the needs of our learners
Keep collecting those Box Tops! Box tops have moved to an electronic form. The new way to collect box tops is by downloading the app, selecting Pilot Grove Elementary and then scanning your receipt. You will just need to plug in the school information and the Box Tops credit will be recorded that way. Please call the office with any questions.
Halloween is just around the corner! For the past several years we have always looked forward to our Annual Trunk or Treat. This year to be extra cautious, we will be have an alternative Halloween celebration. Students are welcome to wear or bring their costumes to school on October 30th (no gore or weapons). We look forward to next year when we can pick back up the Trunk or Treat but will make the best of the current situation and make it a great celebration for the kids.
A reminder, school pictures will be on Friday, October 2nd.
Finally, be sure to tune in to KOMU for the morning Pledge! Pilot Grove Elementary students will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance starting October 3rd. We will air in the last 15 minutes of KOMU 8 News Today (M-F 6-7 a.m., Saturdays 6-7 a.m. and 9-10a.m., Sundays 7-8 a.m.). The schedule of air dates is as followed:
- October 3- Kindergarten
- October 4- First Grade
- October 5- Second Grade
- October 6- Third Grade
- October 7- Fourth Grade
- October 8- Fifth Grade
- October 9- Sixth Grade
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by email al email@example.com or at the elementary office 660-834-4115.
First Grade News
by Ashley Bland
First grade shout-out! They have been working hard these first few weeks of school. One project they really enjoyed was from science. In science, we discussed the ways nature and adaptations can help us solve problems in our own lives. Students were given the problem of umbrellas that fly away in the wind while trying to enjoy a day at the beach. They then looked at trees and what characteristics trees have that allow them to stay put in the wind. Students then engineered umbrellas that had some of the same characteristics of the tree to see if this helps the umbrella stay put. We tested these and discussed the effects. Seeing the delight of their faces while designing and testing was priceless. Way to go, First grade!
From the Secondary Principal's Desk
by Randy Glenn
It has been great to be back in the building and actually getting to see and work with our students on a daily basis! We are busy trying to merge our lessons with a combination of in-seat and online learning. I hope that this will continue to improve as we focus on honing our skills with Google and the apps and extensions it provides. Technology is an ever-changing landscape!
As you may know, we do some of our best learning when we can collaborate and learn from one another. It strengthens and solidifies what we know and how much we retain. The first several weeks have mostly been review of previous learning. As the school year progresses, lessons become more difficult and students begin to struggle a little more. Please remember that we are here to help your child be successful. Encourage them to reach out to their teachers if they are struggling, ask for help, stay after school for tutoring, or schedule a meeting to discuss concerns. We have numerous ways to communicate and want you to know those lines are open!
If you have not done so, I would encourage you to sign-up for the Parent Portal in our online student information system. This provides access to your student’s information and allows you to monitor attendance, grades, etc. Contact Lori Vollrath at 834-4415, for more information. I would also encourage you to download our app and allow notifications on your device. This is one of our primary forms of communication to let you know about upcoming activities, ballgames, school events, closings, etc. Visit our webpage for more information!
As always, if you have any comments, concerns or questions, please contact me. I want to know how we can continue to make our school great and provide the best we can for our PG Family!
News from the School Counseling Office
by Gay Baer
In order to better serve the needs of all of the students, I will be available on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. During this time, students may work on completing and typing scholarships, using the computer for scholarship searches, or using various ACT/Accuplacer/ASVAB test preparation programs that are available.
As a reminder, many college and universities have early admission deadlines for application and scholarships. Be sure to meet any deadlines of colleges that senior students are interested in to qualify for admission and scholarship. If you have any questions on admission and scholarship deadlines, feel free to contact me.
Scholarship Central (https://myscholarshipcentral.o...) is an online scholarship search engine for Missouri Students. To access Scholarship Central, follow the steps below:
- Create an account.
- Click on the blue “Apply Now” button to access the Scholarship Central application site.
- Click on the “Sign Up” button in the top right corner of the application site.
- Enter a valid e-mail address and password to create a secure user profile that will allow you to complete the general application.
- The system will send you an e-mail with a link to confirm your account and password. You must click on that link before you can proceed.
- Complete the General Application
- Once you have confirmed your account, login again to Scholarship Central to complete the General Application. This is your profile.
- You will need to upload your most current transcript.
- The General Application is the first step – you have not yet applied for any scholarships. See Step 3 below.
- Scroll through the list and apply for scholarships
- After completing your General Application, click on “opportunities” then “recommended” or “ours” to list scholarships for which you might be eligible. The general application is the first step. You must also apply for specific scholarships or interest-free loan programs. Scholarship central included applications to more than 125 local and regional scholarships. Scholarship Central does not automatically apply for scholarships for you; you need to answer the questions for each scholarship to complete your application.
PLEASE NOTE: Most scholarships accept applications January through April. Check Scholarship Central frequently to find ones that meet your needs. You should submit the application as soon as you have answered all the questions. If a recommendation is required and you have entered the name and email address of the recommender, you can submit the application. You do not have to wait for the recommendation to be completed before you submit your application.
Horatio Alger Scholarship – The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. To be considered eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in 2020 with plans to enter a college in the U.S. no later than the fall following graduation.
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the U.S. (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
- Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
- Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
- Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
- Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0.
All materials must be submitted online by October 25, 2020.
United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship – Each year $1000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually will be at the discretion of the United States JCI Senate Foundation. They must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on January 8, 2021.
Missouri S&T Chancellor’s Scholarship – To be eligible for this scholarship, student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75; have a 31 or higher on the ACT by the October 2020 test; apply for admission to Missouri S&T by November 13. Students should submit the following items at scholarships.mst.edu by midnight December 1:
- Completed Chancellor’s Scholarship application
- A 750-word essay based on the provided topic
Hagan Scholarship Foundation – The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide, need based, merit scholarship for high achieving students who will require financial assistance in order to attend college. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Attend an eligible public high school
- Be a student in the high school graduating class
- Have a 3.50 GPA or higher
- Have a 24 or higher on the ACT
- Enroll at an eligible four year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation
- Work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year
- Complete the FAFSA in 2020 and have an EFC less than $6500
- Apply for eligible Federal and State grants
The application may be accessed at https://haganscholarships.org/. Completed applications must be submitted by November 15, 2020.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship – Cooke College Scholarship recipients are selected from a nationwide applicant pool each year. As minimum criteria, students must:
- Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021
- Intend to enroll full time in an accredited 4-year college in fall 2021
- Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above in high school
- Demonstrate financial aid. Applicants with a family income up to $95,000 will be considered.
- This year, the Cooke Foundation will not require applicants to submit test scores for the college scholarship program application, and they will be “test blind” in the review process.
Applications may be accessed online at jkcf.org/college. Completed applications must be submitted by October 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
Dates to Remember:
*Horatio Alger Scholarship—October 25, 2020
*Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship October 30, 2020
*Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship October 31, 2020
*Elks National Foundation Scholarship November 15, 2020
*Hagan Scholarship Foundation November 15, 2020
*Missouri S&T Chancellor’s Scholarship December 1, 2020
US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship—January 8, 2021
*NOTE: This date is the online submission deadline.
**NOTE: This date is the actual scholarship deadline and not modified by Mrs. Baer.
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