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    The Buzzword of the Day for 05/06/2015 is:

    leech (noun)


    What does it mean?

    1 : any of numerous flesh-eating or bloodsucking usually flattened worms that are made up of segments and have a sucker at each end
    2 : a person who clings like a leech to another person for advantage or gain : parasite

    How do you use it?

    As soon as he won an Oscar, the director found that every leech in show business wanted to be his friend.

    Are you a word wiz?

    The type of worm known as the "leech" got its name from a particular profession. After what professional do you think the "leech" is named?

    A. biologist
    B. physician
    C. gardener
    D. chef
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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    Daily Announcements

    Art Work Display    Student  art work is on display at the Richland Fashion Mall.  The work showcases many of our budding artist and features "the best of the best".  The display runs through May 5th and is located on the second floor near the Children's Theater. 

    Extra Pizza Cards    We have extra PTA fundraiser cards for sale. The cards are ten dollars and may be picked up by an  adult family member  from 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM any school day.  Please contact Mrs. Gregory 803-735-3471 for further information. 

    Facebook Account Information - We are now on facebook!  Log in to: www.facebook.com/johnpthomaselementary

    New state tests will be given to students in grades 3-5 for English, reading, writing and mathematics.This is ACT Aspire and is a timed test as well as paper based for this year.  The SCPASS test for science and social studies will be given to the students in grades 4-5. The tests will be administered April 28-30.

     Here are some links to resources and information for parents and students.

    ACT Letter to Parents

    What is ACT Aspire?

    Please make sure your students get plenty of rest, have a good breakfast, and are on time (7:15 AM) during the testing time (April 28-30).

    Portal Portal Information about logging into Parent Portal will be included with the report cards. If you need further information please contact Dr. Timothy Blackwell, assistant principal (803-735-3471)

    Visual Literacy Winners  John P. Thomas had two second place winners in the book entries division of the district Visual Literacy Festival.  Mrs. Myers placed second in the individual Adult category.  A fourth grade student placed second in the individual student grades 4-5 category.  The books are on display at the Richland Fashion Mall on the second floor.  Way to go Tigers!


     To check to see if a book has an AR test - Go to the web site: www.arbookfind.com  

    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 7
    PASS Testing
    PASS Science Testing will take place for all 4th and 5th grade students.  go to bed early, eat a good breakfast, and be on time!
    Friday, May 8
    PASS Testing
    PASS Social Studies Testing will take place for all 4th and 5th grade students.  go to bed early, eat a good breakfast, and be on time!

    From the Principal

    Dear Parents,
     Welcome to an exciting year at John P. Thomas Elementary School. The staff and I are very excited that you have entrusted your child's education to us. We will make every effort to help your child achieve academically and socially this year. It is our goal to create an enriching learning environment that engages the student.

    Tiger Promise

    Richland School District One Mission Statement:
    We are Richland one, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

    School Uniforms - School uniforms include navy blue or khaki slacks, jumpers, or shorts (knee high).  Tops must have collars and include white or navy colors. School t-shirts may be worn as uniform shirts.  These are available for purchase from the PTA. For further information please contact the parent liaison, Freddie Harrell ( 803-735-3430).

    The Tiger Promise

    While here at John P. Thomas, I promise to act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too. I come to school to learn and I will learn. I will have a good day.