Blowfish Baseball Reading Program

The Blowfish Reading Rewards Program begins Monday, May 1st. Reading logs will be sent home this week that provide parent information and contest rules. All students are encouraged to read four books during the month of May – you may do this in the classroom and count read alouds and books you are reading together as a class or you can encourage students to read books at home with their family! All Reading logs are due May 26th. Click here for reading log

2017 Testing Dates

Students in grades 3 – 5 will take SC READY. SC READY is the state-mandated ELA and Mathematics assessment. The ELA portion includes a reading and writing section. Students in grades 4-5 will also take the SC PASS Science and Social Studies portion.


Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka Visits NPES!

Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka is visiting NPES this morning!
Jarrett writes and illustrates picture books (Punk FarmBaghead), graphic novels (Lunch Lady), and chapter books (Platypus Police Squad, Jedi Academy)! He appeals to all of our students!
Jarrett is FANTASTIC and so interesting! In addition to his children’s books, he has a weekly show on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live that is all about books, authors, and reading ( He’s been on NPR and has even delivered a TED Talk (
JJK has an AWESOME website that you can explore. It’s  You can read his biography on his website, listen to his segment on XM Radio (The Book Report), and watch trailers for new books! There are even video games based on his books that students can explore. You may also enjoy watching his TED Talks videos (these are for adults).
Jarrett did a book signing this morning and two large group presentations in the cafeteria for all students to enjoy and learn!

Paper Cup Telephones!

Ms. Mabry’s fourth grade students are learning all about sound and vibration. They crafted their own paper cup telephone today during class.  What a fun time doing all the experiments and learning!  Watch the steps for making the paper cup telephone! The iPad app Shadow Puppet Edu was used to record our process.

Paper Cup Telephone

Parent University


Please join us on April 3, 2017 at 6pm in the Learning Commons. Light refreshments will be served. We know how stressful “Test Time” can be for our students and parents. We want to help you as much as possible. We will be celebrating our past MAP data, looking at an overview of the test format, and learning tips and strategies to help with test anxiety. We will focus on the following strategies:

  • Test Overview
  • Test Schedule
  • Helping your child prepare
  • Maintaining Focus
  • Purging anxieties on paper
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Changing your child’s mindset and staying positive


Congratulations to Anna Grace! Her Lexington Technology Center Career Festival poster was chosen as one of three district winners for first grade students. Her piece was printed, framed, and on display at the Lexington Technology Center Career Festival on March 23

Onomatopoeia! WOW!

Third grade students in Ms. Watkins’ classroom wrote comic strips that made use of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is defined as a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting. (Literary Devices)  Listen to a few of their comic strips.  They were recorded using the iPad app Shadow Puppet Edu.

Comic Strip Onomatopeia