Grassy Pond Elementary School is building an ethic of excellence. We are instilling the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate in our students by working throughout 2021-2022 as a team. Teachers are inspiring, motivating, and equipping students with the learning experiences they need to be successful in school and beyond. The school continued to work with community stakeholders in an attempt to provide as many opportunities for all students to be successful. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, local churches, colleges and business partners could not volunteer time at the beginning of the school year but continued to provide resources to help support and foster learning. Our PTO planned several successful fund raisers this year as well as provided incentives for students and activities within the school day to help build a positive learning environment. Field trips were Strategically planned toward the end of the school year to support lessons taught in the classroom to enable students to make life connections with their learning. In addition to academics, Grassy Pond helped students build life skills through our Character Education program. In this program, valuable character traits are taught on a monthly basis and students are rewarded for exhibiting these traits. The use of technology increases each year with one to one devices provided by our district, iPads for Pre-K - first grade and laptops in second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Many online subscriptions were purchased to ensure the effective use of our technology. Several programs were continued this year to ensure student growth. Jan Richardson's Next Steps to Guided Reading was practiced in all classrooms to build consistency within our small group instruction. We utilized Title 1 money to purchase leveled literature of varying genres in all grade levels to support the Next Steps program and aid in its effectiveness. Grassy Pond implemented iReady Reading and Math to assist teachers in identifying areas of strength and areas in need of improvement, as well as, learning pathways specifically designed to meet the individual needs of each student (remediate and/or enrich). Dreambox, state online math tool, was implemented to enable students to drive their own learning while giving parents and teachers immediate data. Books of varying interests and levels were purchased to build classroom libraries. LLI, which has proven effective in our upper grades, was used for Struggling students in all grade levels. Teachers analyzed student data throughout the year and used this data to differentiate instruction according to student's needs. Teachers monitored data with the effective use of data walls and data notebooks. Teachers and staff participate in meaningful staff development to transform teaching at GPES and meet the needs of 21st Century learners. Throughout the course of the school year, our students were recognized and received numerous awards for their many accomplishments. The GPES school family has enjoyed celebrating these successes along with them through virtual platforms as well as face-to-face. The following highlights some of those accomplishments: Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest Winners; District Young Writer's Gala Award Winners; Two students with perfect SC Ready Scores; Ginger Lipscomb, Principal and Brent Atkins, SIC Chair.