In 2018-2019, the Cowpens Elementary School TEAM worked to foster compassion and excellence to prove that Together Everyone Achieves More! Our Excellent 2018 state report card rating for academic growth demonstrates the CES Team’s dedication to our students and their success. As a school family, we help all students develop World Class Skills of the Profile of the SC Graduate as demonstrated through quality instruction that meets the needs of our students. Together we work to build a strong foundation based on data assessment. We offer personalized literacy instruction as well as authentic hands-on math and science instruction and modern instructional technology necessary for the future careers of our students. Students experienced many opportunities to excel in the classroom, develop relationships with friends and teachers, become community-minded citizens and make healthy lifestyle decisions.
Cowpens Elementary School maintains and communicates a purpose and direction that commits to high expectations for learning. Our statement clearly focuses on student success and ensuring that students are challenged to learn. We are committed to a culture of shared values and beliefs that includes providing a safe environment that allows every child the opportunity to grow and become successful. The school’s commitment to teaching and learning is evident in documentation and decision-making. Our instructional practices emphasize active student engagement and a depth of knowledge, which is demonstrated by our students’ ability to analyze, synthesize and apply information.
Students received honors and recognitions that included the Governor’s Citizenship Award, Terrific Kids, the Kiwanis’ Multiplication Medallion Challenge, the Piedmont Regional Science Fair, Art Exhibitions, CES School-Wide Reading Challenge, Buddy Award, Cougars Caught Reading, Positive Behavior, Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and Outstanding Effort. Our students had opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities including Southern Signers, Student Council, Girls on the Run, First Tee, musical performances, Cougar Morning News. Buddies Against Bullying and Junior Beta Club.
Faculty and staff collaborated with district colleagues to refine and administer common assessments in grades 2 through 5 to provide additional individual data needed for instruction. We researched and implemented a variety of instructional strategies in the classroom to improve reading comprehension. Instructional technology continued to broaden the depth of the curriculum school-wide. Additional faculty members received Reading Recovery training targeting struggling readers. Teachers received grants from a variety of donors to enhance the learning and student fitness in their classrooms.
A sense of community and service to others is an integral part of a student’s education at CES. Our students were involved in activities to support others such as Helping Hands for Hurricane victims, Winter Warmth for Kids, Giving Warms the Heart, Relay for Life, Children’s Assistance Fund, Meals on Wheels, visiting with seniors at a nursing facility, food drives for our local pantry and Make March Lucky collection for animal shelter pets. Our student council provided holiday meals for school families and our Southern Signers Club made 220 Easter baskets for the elderly and then personally delivered to Cowpens recipients.
CES lives by our guiding principle, ALL IN for every child, every day, whatever it takes! Our compassionate faculty and staff and a supportive community insure that the students at Cowpens Elementary School are provided personalized opportunities to gain world-class knowledge and skills and to develop life and career goals to lead them to become successful, productive adults.
Cindy H. Snead, Principal
Sommer Kitchin, SIC Chairperson