Perfection on PASS Testing
McBee Elementary is proud to announce that two of our students from the 2012-2013 school year made a perfect score on the Language Arts portion of PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) Test. The students were Bruchawn McPhail (pictured) and Emily McDaniel.
You may now view classroom supply lists online. On the left of the screen you will see a link to "2013-2014 Supply Lists". The supply lists are arranged by teacher.
Five 5th grade students from McBee Elementary competed in the South Carolina 4-H Engineering Event sponsored by Clemson University that was held on Saturday April 20, 2013 at Midlands Tech in Columbia. The students took second place in the Robotics Competition. They were coached by Chuck Mixon and Lyn Teal.
Pictured bottom row L-R: KaHill Funderburk, Payton Mixon, Graham Newsome Top Row L-R: Corey Wayne and Savannah Teal.
This past March, a group of friends and family members from the McBee area attended a 10-day excursion to Europe thanks to McBee Elementary's own Mrs. Stephanie Tiller. The 10-day excursion led travelers on a three day tour of England, where the group saw such fantastic sights as Big Ben, Parliament, The Eye, Westminster Abbey, and Versailles. From there, the group traveled by ferry from the cliffs of Dover, into the country side of France where they spent four days exploring the beaches of Normandy and a few other very quaint French villages. Afterwards, and probably the most exciting part of the trip, was Paris. For the final days of the groups' exciting journey, travelers explored Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and Paris by night.
2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Angie Smith
A Very Proactive 1st Grade
Over the past several weeks, newly elected McBee Elementary School Teacher of the Year Angie Smith has had her class studying a book of poems called Honey I Love by Eloise Greenfield. Students were quite moved by the poems and used much of the poet’s style and voice to create poetry of their own. Near the end of their book study, one of the students said to her teacher, “Wouldn’t it be nice if each of us had a copy of this book to keep forever?” That question got Mrs. Smith to thinking of a way to get her class something they were all so passionate about. Mrs. Smith had each of her students write persuasive letters to the school’s Literacy Coach (Meredith Askins) and principal (Dr. David Nutt) explaining why they thought the school should by each student a copy of the book. Reasons outlined in their writing included things like: “We can have this to remember 1st grade and Mrs. Smith forever”, “This book can help us in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade as we work on our writing”, “We can use this to teach our little brothers and sisters to write poems”, “If the school bought this, we would have something good to read over the summer”.
After receiving the persuasive letters, Mrs. Askins and Dr. Nutt were invited to the class for the purpose of being talked into buying a copy of the book for each student. Many of the students dressed up in order to make the best impression for their presentation. First grade student Landon Rhodes even wore a seer sucker suit and bow tie to pull off a look that is similar to the way his principal dresses for work. In class, Mrs. Askins and Dr. Nutt listened to the class recite Eloise Greenfield poems and student poems influenced by Ms. Greenfield. In addition, students took turns making points as to why they needed an individual copy of the book. After hearing the arguments, Dr. Nutt pulled out his phone, turned it on speaker phone, and ordered each student a copy of the book. The class cheered. Dr. Nutt was quoted as saying, “Mrs. Smith is an excellent teacher who inspires her students to do great things. It is obvious she has a class of outstanding writers and Mrs. Smith helps those students maximize their talents.
"Pennies for Patients"
During the month of February, the Junior Beta Club at McBee Elementary School, sponsored a "Pennies for Patients" drive. Pennies for Patients is an organization that is instrumental in raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Thanks to our students, our school collected $1940.58, this year. Congratulations go out to the winning class for our school, Mrs. Huggins' sixth grade class; which collected over $500.
McBee Elementary School Chorus
Members of the McBee Elementary School Chorus performed on The Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney on Friday, March 1st. This is the fourth time that the MES chorus has been chosen to perform in the Disney Performing Arts program. Music teacher Stephanie Tiller submitted a DVD audition of the group performing two songs from their May 2012 Dinner Theatre. The group received notification of their acceptance to perform in July.
The chorus along with 55 parents, family members, and well wishing supporters departed MES on Thursday morning, Feb. 28th. Upon arriving in Florida, they checked into the All-Star Movies Resort before heading to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Students enjoyed the many rides and shows offered by the park.
Friday was performance day. The group had a couple of hours to spend enjoying Epcot before meeting their Disney’s Performing Arts host. Upon meeting the host, chorus members, Mrs. Tiller and McBee High Band Director Matthew Crawley went “back stage” to the Performing Arts Pre-Performance Area to prepare for the performance. The group changed clothes and rehearsed in Disney Cast dressing rooms. They then rode a bus over to Downtown Disney. During the ride, the Disney Performing Arts host gave a behind the scenes tour of how Disney works. She swore the group to secrecy telling them that to know of these things, one must become a Disney Cast Member! Once on stage, the group opened with a booming announcement welcoming them to their Disney performance. The performance was as magical as the entire Disney experience. The attentiveness of the stage hands and sound crew, the view of the crowd and Downtown Disney beyond, and the excitement of performing made for a very unforgettable event.
After returning to the dressing rooms, the group was presented with a Disney Magic Music Days trophy to display at their school. Each performer received a Disney Performing Arts back pack to keep as a souvenir. The group’s host also thanked Mrs. Tiller and the children for being such wonderful group to work with. They commended the group on their behavior and performance. The group then returned to Epcot for a few more hours in the park. They visited kiosks representing countries from all over the world, were mesmerized by the beautiful horticulture displayed in the many topiaries depicting Disney characters, and rode rides such as “Soarin’” where they felt as if they were on a hang glider flying above beautiful landscapes, “Finding Nemo” where they became part of a amazing aquarium, a test track that gave them a first hand glance at the life of a car designer, and many more. The evening ended with “Illuminations - Reflections of Earth” - a fabulous laser light and fireworks show over the lake in the middle of the park.
With the pressure of the performance behind them, the group spent Saturday morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the afternoon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme parks. Many members of the groups enjoyed the Kilimanjaro Safari. They saw giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, hippopotamus, crocodiles, flamingo, and many more animals up close. It was like a mini trip to the zoo. There were groups playing African Congo drums and many more world instruments, and many people in the group enjoyed shows such as The Lion King. The entire group enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the Rainforest Café. Over at Hollywood Studios, favorite rides included the Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, the Backstage Studio Tour and many more.
The entire entourage departed Disney Sunday morning with a wonderful weekend of memories to cherish.