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Welcome to HKT Elementary where we develop leaders and promote "Excellence Everyday...NO EXCUSES!!!"  
 
School Announcements
HKT Elementary School would like to highlight Ms. Crystal Gibson, our 4th grade math/science teacher. Ms. Gibson had the opportunity to participate in the Science P.L.U.S. Institute this summer at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC.  As shared on the Roper Mountain website, "The Institute is presented in a one-week, grade-specific, one-subject format. The hands-on classes emphasize the South Carolina Science Academic Standards, science process skills, and inquiry-based instruction. Science P.L.U.S. participants receive science materials for their classrooms. These items belong to the teachers as long as they continue to teach in the public schools of South Carolina."  We are so excited Ms. Gibson chose to participate in such a valuable experience that is sure to help her grow as an educator while benefiting the students of HKTE.  We look forward to seeing all the wonderful new learning that will take place in 4th grade science this year. 
WE ARE SHOUTING OUT TO ALL LITTLE ONES IN THE HKT ATTENDANCE ZONE WHO ARE 4 YEARS OLD OR WILL BE 4 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1! HKT Elementary has received AWESOME news!  We will have the opportunity to open a second 4K class THIS SCHOOL YEAR!  We are currently taking applications, so if you did not register your child for the first 4K class because you thought you might end up on a waiting list, that is no longer a worry.  We have plenty of slots, so come on out to HKT Elementary to fill out the registration information so our new little Trojans can get a jump start on their education.  We are looking to open the class mid to late September, but we need you to come in now and get them registered so your spot is secure.  If you have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 803-263-4441.  See you soon! 
Ms. Gerald, the principal at Hunter- Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, has established several professional development activities and programs to assist her staff in new and interesting ways that will enhance their ability to instruct their students this year.

The ELA teachers at Hunter- Kinard-Tyler Elementary School took a class, led by Mrs. Sydna Zylm, that taught the Spalding Method. This is a language arts program for grades K–6 that uses explicit, integrated instruction, and multisensory techniques. These attributes are to teach spelling, writing, and reading. The Spalding spelling instruction focuses on teaching students how to read and write 70 common phonograms (sounds-symbols) and how to blend these phonograms into high-frequency words.

The writing goal for Spalding is to have the students’ progress through the process of learning to compose sentences and paragraphs, then to write stories, plays, poems, and research reports. To support this progression, writing lessons focus on types of writing and the attributes and structure of quality writing. During reading instruction, students are encouraged to use what they have learned about phonograms and word structure to read new words. The reading lessons emphasize text structure, along with listening and reading comprehension strat­egies.  

Our teachers are marching into the new school year armed with strategies to teach students what they need to be the best they can be!

Hunter- Kinard-Tyler Elementary School is off to a great start this 2015-2016 school year.  Ms. Gerald has established several professional development activities and programs to assist her staff in new and interesting ways that will enhance their ability to instruct their students this year.
 
The first of many seminars was presented by author Concepcion Molina titled, “The Problem with Math is English.” Dr. Molina showed and explained to the HKTE math staff that teaching math becomes easier when teachers are able to communicate the English language, symbolism, and representation of math to all of their students in several ways without shortcuts.  Correct mathematical English will enrich the content knowledge and assist the teacher and student in finding confidence in their ability to think and reason through math. 
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