About Us


Alma Elementary School

2017 - 2018 Alma's Elementary Faculty and Staff

History

Cherokee Progressive School was a brick, two-story building on Cherokee Avenue across from Chandler's Feed and Seed. The school was built on the hill. The school building was condemned in 1949 according to The Gaffney Ledger. The July 30, 1949 newspaper's headline stated that Cherokee Progressive School was in danger of collapse. Water had leaked in between the brick and wooden frame over the years and caused the wooden frame to rot. The next year, the children were bused to Midway School located on the frontage road of I-85 near Whelchel Road until the new school opened about 1951. The name of the new school was Alma Progressive according to the 1951-52 report cards.

About Us

Alma Elementary, located on the east side of Cherokee County, serves students in grades four year old kindergarten through fifth grade. Our school was constructed in 1951 on a five-acre tract donated by Mrs. Alma Hamrick Fullerton, and was named in honor of her. Our school has served its mill-village community since 1951 as a true neighborhood school. In the original structure, our third grade classes and our special area and specially designed classes are accommodated. In 1982, an educational wing was constructed which now contains our first and second grade classes along with our literacy center. In 1998, a separate building housing four classrooms for fourth and fifth grade classes was built. In 2005, a third remodeling project was completed in which the 1998 wing was enclosed with the main building plus a new library, office area, kitchen, and two new kindergartenclassrooms were added. There is one mobile unit in use for art classes. The last renovations have modernized the sixty year old plus structure bringing Alma Elementary into the 21st century with style and technological advantages the old structure could not accomplish. Our school motto is "SHINE: Stars: tHink, Imagine, iNspire, and cElebrate." Daily, each of our students, faculty/staff, and administrator work diligently and showcase our work throughout our building and into our community in a manner that says..."watch us SHINE."

Our school is referred to as "our learning home" by our principal, faculty/staff, parents and approximately 250 students. Alma Elementary has 13 classroom teachers (1 pre-kindergarten and 2 per grade for kindergarten through fifth) and 5 support staff assistants (computer lab, kindergarten, and special education). We have a full time literacy coach, reading interventionist, special education teacher and guidance counselor. Our gifted-talented teacher is part-time. Our physical education teacher is full time while our music, art, and media specialist are part-time.

We recognize the importance of developing the whole child with innovative teaching practices, extracurricular activities, and leadership opportunities.We are a goal-oriented school with a growth mindset for continuous improvement. Our test scores show a slight improvement from year-to-year. Even though our teachers constantly work with our students, we see the "transition from school-to school" as our biggest concern. We need our students with us daily to make the biggest gains.

School's Purpose

SHINE: Stars...Think, Imagine, Inspire and Celebrate! These words represent Alma Elementary School's motto of providing our students with a variety of learning opportunities today in order to foster their growth as leaders for the future. Our mission statement, "With families and the community, Alma Elementary School will establish a desire to learn, provide academic excellence, and promote a lasting appreciation of knowledge which will develop successful, respectful, and responsible citizens," truly embraces our school's mission for our students. Whether our students arrive as kindergarteners or transfer students, we want to motivate and inspire them; we want to provide quality daily learning while enrolled; we want to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to provide a safe, inviting, child-centered environment in partnership with students, teachers, families and community members.

We value the uniqueness, creativity, and educational rights, as well as, the well-being of all students. In developing the whole child, we believe that children are always our first priority; education is essential for the advancement of society; every individual has equal value; excellence is always worth the effort; a safe environment is a basic human need essential for learning; learning is a lifelong process; the family is the foundation of society; and everyone can learn. Along with our beliefs, our vision is strong in that "Alma Elementary School will provide a high-quality education in which teachers collaborate, integrate, and differentiate in order for students to engage and apply knowledge."

Academic Programs

  • Core Subjects: Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies
  • SC College and Career Ready Standards
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Special Areas: Art, Music, Physical Education, Library
  • Character Education in Guidance
  • After School Program (Boys and Girls Club)
  • One Book/One School Family Literacy Book Club
  • Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)
  • Schoolwide Title I Project
  • Reading/Academic Interventionists
  • Reading Buddies
  • Small Group Daily Instruction in all grades
  • Bi-monthly study group for teachers
  • Technology Opportunities
  • Project Goal (GT) and Enrichment
  • Curriculum Lab (science/math activities)
  • One to One Technology for all students
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Read to Succeed Literacy Coach Instructional Facilitator
  • Summer Reading Program

Community Service

  • Boys and Girls of the Upstate Site
  • School Improvement Council
  • School Leadership Team
  • Cherokee County Library Bookmobile monthly visits
  • March of Dimes
  • Relay for Life
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Love Care Packages to the Senior Center
  • American Education Week Activities
  • Community Guest Speakers and Readers
  • Special Programs throughout the Year from Neighboring Cherokee Technology Center
  • District Fine Arts Expo
  • Know(2) Partnership
  • Miracle Hill - Canned Food Drive
  • Donations to Locks of Love
  • Elks Club - Basketball Free Throw Contest
  • First LEGO Robotics
  • East Gaffney Church - Good News Club
  • First Tee Golf

Parenting

  • School Title I Parent Assistant
  • Annual Title I Meeting (Parenting Fair)
  • Mentor Program/Lunch Buddies (Hamrick Mills)
  • Partnership with Gaffney Fire Dept. Station 15
  • Special Programs for Families (Grandparents' Breakfast, Mother's Tea, Family Lunches)
  • Parenting Sessions (birth to fifth grade shared)
  • Title I Activities (Book Blast, Math Monday, Fall Festival, etc.)
  • Seasonal Parent/Student Activities

Student Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate
  • Good News Club
  • Council Junior Beta Club
  • Student Council - Grades 2-5
  • Literacy Days
  • Project Based Learning
  • Spelling Bee
  • Veterans Day Programs
  • Weekly "Starbuck" Activities
  • Monthly Attendance Incentives
  • Too Good for Drugs (1st - 5th grades)
  • Talent Show
  • Fall Festival
  • Honors Choir/Schoolwide Musical Presentations
  • 9 Weeks Awards Program
  • 9 Weeks Incentive for attendance, behavior, and homework
  • Field Day
  • Breakfast in classroom daily
  • Participate in District Writers Gala
  • First LEGO Robotics
  • First Tee Golf
  • Honors' Choir (5th Grade)

We All Shine

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