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    The Buzzword of the Day for 01/31/2015 is:

    bicameral (adjective)


    What does it mean?

    : having, consisting of, or based on two legislative chambers

    How do you use it?

    The U.S. has a bicameral legislature that is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    Are you a word wiz?

    "Bicameral" has its roots in Latin. What do you think the Latin root of "bicameral" means?

    A. war
    B. box
    C. king
    D. room
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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    After school programs will resume this week with the normal schedule.

    Mrs. Robinson's ELA class is the top class in the state for the Read With The Gamecocks: Part Two program. They read 25,000 pages during a two week period in November.  They were recognized by the Gamecocks at the USC - Kentucky Game, Sunday January 11th.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, January 31
    Saturday Academy
    Students in grades 3 -5 will attend from 9 AM - noon. For further information call Mrs. Mursier 735-3430. 
    Monday, February 2
    African American Read In Month
    Visitors will read to students books written by African Americans.  This is sponsored by the NCTE.
    Friday, February 6
    National wear Read
    Everyone should wear red to call attention to heart disease.

    Saturday, February 7
    SM Make-up and Writing Workshop
    9 AM - Noon     This is by invitation only for select students. For further information contact Mrs. Mursier, 735-3430. 

    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.

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    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.