Bell’s Crossing Music Teacher, Erin Wilson, was named a TOP 10 Teacher of the Year Finalist for Greenville County Schools. Congratulations, Ms. Wilson!
Please join us for our kindergarten orientation, also known as Kindergarten Round Up! This is for K5 students who are registered for the 2023-2024 school year. Orientation will be held on April 26th or 27th from 8:30-10:00am. Please only plan to attend on one date. RSVP at (864) 355-3800. Download the printable invitation below to have as a reminder. We hope to see you there!
Discover how magical reading can be at the books fair! We will be hosting a Scholastic book fair April 3rd-14th in the library. Look out for a flyer along with information on paying with eWallet. This is our preferred payment method, but we will also take cash, cards (with an adult present), and checks made out to BCES. Please view the schedule to see when your child's class will go to the fair (*Kindergarten will go on A week, but can return on B week if needed). We would love to have you volunteer to help during the fair, so go to our sign up genius to find a time to come help. Please make sure you are a Level 2 volunteer if you sign up. Family Nights at the book fair will be on Monday, April 3rd and Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm (note this is a correction from our flyer sent home). We appreciate your support and please direct any questions to Mrs. Ballinger in the library. Happy reading!
Congratulations Venus Marin, 5th grader, for being the state winner in the Palmetto Pride Governor’s Art Contest – Litter Trashes Everyone. She was honored at the state capital Wednesday, March 15 with her parents and Dr. Hillard, her art teacher. All the students will receive a t-shirt with her award winning design on it. Read the news article about the Palmetto Pride Governor's Art Contest. Bell’s Crossing is so proud of her!
GT Screening Registration Form
Registration due by noon on Tuesday, April 11, 2023
There are many inquiries about how students are chosen to participate in Gifted Programs and to attend the Charles Townes Center for highly gifted students, located within Sterling School. The criteria can be found on the Gifted and Talented Website.
Many private schools in our area do not administer nationally normed aptitude tests along with an achievement test. For that reason, on Friday, April 28, 2023, there will be an opportunity for students who reside in Greenville County and attend school here (home-school, private school or public school) to take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). If your child has already taken an aptitude test within the past two years, or if his/her school administers this testing, it is not necessary for your child to participate. You can submit those test results by email to Jane Snyder. Upon reviewing data from this testing event, we will determine if other testing or information is necessary for your child to be identified as Gifted and Talented. The results of the April testing will be available by mid-May. You will be notified by email.
Please submit your information in the registration form by noon on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Please return a form for each child that you wish to have tested. If your child has any special needs, please note them in the form. You will receive confirmation of your child’s registration by April 17, 2023.
Testing will be administered at Overbrook Child Development Center located at 111 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC. Students and parents should check in at the front of the school between 12:45-1:00.
Students will be tested in small grade level groups to allow appropriate distancing and monitoring. Please have each child bring 2 pencils for testing. Allow two hours for your child’s testing which includes breaks for them. If you feel that your child needs to have a snack for one of the breaks, please send it in an individually wrapped package. Also, students should bring a water bottle. During testing, parents may sit in the lunchroom and wait for their children. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, too!
The A.R.M.E.S. (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools) nominations are open for rising artistically gifted and talented 3rd through 8th grade students. Nominations for 2023 - 2024 school year is open now February 1, 2023 - April 3, 2023. Visit the ARMES website to learn more and to nominate your student.
Please mark your calendars with the following dates for our state testing.
Wednesday, May 10- ELA Day 1- Writing (both in person & virtual students)
Thursday, May 11- ELA Day 2- Reading (both in person & virtual students)
Wednesday, May 17- Math (in person students only)
Thursday, May 18- Science (in person 4th graders only)
Tuesday, May 23 - Math (virtual students only)
As second semester approaches, please remember to periodically check your child's middle school website for upcoming open house dates, curriculum nights, and other important information. Our counselors also have a middle school info page on their website where they post updates as they receive them. If you have any questions, you can reach our counselors at Caelin Stambaugh or Autumn Cline.
The final 2023-24 and 2024-25 student calendars have been released on the Greenville County Schools website. Students will start the new school year on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. The last day of school will be Wednesday, May 22, 2024. GCS is releasing two years of calendars for the first time this year. Moving forward, the district’s Calendar Committee will provide a recommendation for an annual calendar two years in advance so families will have two years of school calendars to use for planning purposes. The calendars reflect a shift of starting and ending one week earlier to allow the fall academic semester to end prior to winter break. This adjustment will be academically beneficial to students since midterms, finals and state testing will be completed before students leave for winter break, rather than in January when they return to school after an extended break. Before approving the calendars, GCS requested feedback from parents and guardians, and the feedback received was extremely positive with 74% of respondents in favor. The district also received feedback from students and staff through the review process that happens each year. GCS appreciates everyone who took the time to provide valuable feedback.
Please note that schools will work with students’ families who have previously scheduled, paid commitments that were made prior to when the final calendars were released on December 14, 2022. Families will need to provide documentation of those commitments. Please reach out to the front office if you have a conflict that you need to work through. The calendars, details about the feedback that was received, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the GCS website.
Registration for kindergartners and 1st graders new to Greenville County Schools for the 2023-24 school year begins Monday, December 5. Parents should register their students online. Click the blue button below to register.
7:00 am Doors Open (Breakfast Begins)
7:30 am First Bell (Students Enter Classroom)
7:45 Second Bell (Official Start time of school)
2:15 pm Final Bell (Official End time of School)