Read Across America Week, February 25-March 1

posted Feb 28, 2019, 11:50 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 7:11 AM ]

Dr. Seuss


On Monday, February 25th, Orchard Park will kick off Read Across America Week. This week will be inspired with reading activities as we celebrate the great author, Dr. Seuss. Below you will find several activities that will take place this week.

Character Potatoes:

Students are challenged to decorate a potato from home to imitate a favorite book character. Bring to school to be placed in the library on display. 

Book Cover Wall Art:

Students may choose to enter Dr. Seuss inspired art into a Seusstastic Gallery of images.

Daily Events:

Monday, February 25: Green Eggs and Ham---Dress in green

Tuesday, February 26: 500 Hats of Batholomew Cubbins---Wear your favorite crazy hat.

Wednesday, February 27: Wacky Wednesday---Let’s get silly! Wear your clothes inside out, backwards, or mismatched.

Thursday, February 28: Sleep Book---Wear your pajamas. Students will cozy up to a good book from 1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1: Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!--The Cat in the Hat---Support Read Across America Day with Seuss Spirit! Dress like the Cat in the Hat by wearing red, white, or black.

Student Attendance

posted Feb 26, 2019, 6:30 AM by Paige Price

  • According to the Office of Civil Rights, an absent student is one who misses 50 percent of the instructional day for any reason, regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
  • According to the Office of Civil Rights, any student who is absent a minimum of 10 percent of his or her enrollment period in the current school - for any reason (e.g. illness, suspension, excused or unexcused) - is considered chronically absent.

School Choice for the 2019-2020 School Year

posted Feb 26, 2019, 6:02 AM by Paige Price

School Choice for the 2019-2020 school year opens on Friday, March 1st and will remain open until Friday, June 7th.  If you would like for your child to attend a school that is outside the attendance area in which you live, you must complete an online school choice request that can be found on the School District website under the Parent’s tab.  If you are unable to complete the online request, please contact the school office to obtain a paper copy to complete and return to the school that you are requesting.  School choice forms are required annually even if your child is currently on school choice.  

School Choice will close on Friday, June 7, 2019.   This is a hard deadline and will end on June 7th, no exceptions Please contact the school office for any questions. 

The following are highlights of the SDOC school choice policy:

  • Only students that reside in Oconee County are eligible for choice.
  • Transportation to a “choice school” is the responsibility of the parents/guardians (no bus service will be provided).
  • Students on school choice must submit an application each year.
  • Principals will consider behavior, attendance, and grades before approving applications.
  • The completed online request is due to the choice school on or before June 7, 2019.
  • If more applications are received than the number of spaces available at any school, a lottery system will be used to fill spaces. 

The school district reserves the right to limit school choice enrollment by grade level or program as staffing or funding requires. Choice may also be limited by classroom space in the school(s).

Join us for our Fall Cookout Friday, October 19th!

posted Oct 15, 2018, 11:52 AM by Paige Price

Attention Parents!

posted Sep 19, 2018, 6:48 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 7:36 AM ]

Click on "Attention Parents!" and take a look at OPE's 2018-2019 Home-School Compact Draft and the Parent Involvement Policy Draft.

Grandparents' Breakfast

posted Sep 17, 2018, 7:00 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 7:00 AM ]

All grandparents are invited to eat breakfast with their grandchild/grandchildren Friday, September 28, beginning at 7 AM.

Picture Day!

posted Sep 17, 2018, 6:57 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 6:58 AM ]

Picture day will be Friday, October 12th.

Box Tops for Education

posted Sep 17, 2018, 6:48 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 6:51 AM ]

PTO is collecting Box Tops for Education. Be sure to check the expiration date.

4K (Pre-K) Screenings for 2018-2019 School Year

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:35 AM by Paige Price   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 7:30 AM ]

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4K (Pre-K) Screenings for 2018-2019 School Year

 The School District of Oconee County will hold 4K (Pre-K) screenings on the following dates: 

  • February, 23, 2018
  • April 19, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • April 24, 2018

 Parents should schedule a screening appointment for any child that will be 4 years of age on or before    September 1, 2018.

 Screening appointments can be obtained beginning January 22 by calling 864-886-4503. 

 The location for all screenings will be Oconee Academy, 177 Razorback Lane, Walhalla, SC 29691.

 Parents should be prepared to bring the following items to the child’s screening appointment: 

  • Child’s state issued (long form) birth certificate
  • Child’s social security card
  • Child’s Medicaid card or parent/guardian Proof of Income
    (If your child does not receive Medicaid, proof of income for both parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required. This includes step-parents if they assume responsibility. Proof of income can be W2 forms, income tax forms, or pay stubs.)
  • Driver’s license or identification card of parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Proof of residency (a utility bill with parent/guardian’s name and home address or a lease agreement)
  • Child’s immunization form or Religious Exemption Certificate (provided by the Health Department)
  • Legal documentation as it pertains to the child (such as custody, court, safety plans, etc.), if applicable

 Due to the district’s limited number of 4K (Pre-K) programs, screening does not ensure a child’s placement in a 4K (Pre-K) program. However, a child cannot be placed in a 4K (Pre-K) program unless he or she is screened. 

 Children who meet eligibility requirements can attend 4K free, as long as space is available.  If openings are available after all eligible children have been placed, there may be an option for fee-based students to attend 4K.



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