Pass the Pass!

We are Ms. Brook’s 5th grade class at St. Helena Elementary. The PASS test is the Palmetto Achievement Standardized test. It’s a state test to show where we are academically.

If you paid attention during the year, it should be easy. But, lots of us are nervous.

Ahzhane says “I’m nervous because I might not remember what Ms. Pope and Brooks taught us.”

So to build up our confidence, here’s what we’re going to do:

Khristianna (10) says “I’m going to study hard and practice a lot.”

Summer (11) says “To build up for the test you need to ask your teachers questions if you don’t get something.”

Kijani (11) says it’s all about concentration.

Makalah (11) says “If you believe, you can achieve.”

The writing part of the PASS is Tuesday of next week and all the rest are May 7th through the 9th. So this means we have 2 months to get ready.

Wish us luck!


The best Panthers EVER


we Rule the School :)

We are Mrs. Pope’s 5th grade class at St. Helena Elementary School. This means that we are the “seniors” of the whole school. (we should explain – our school goes from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade)

We would like to give advice to our younger Panthers (that’s our mascot):

Jayden (10) says “Always get your work done.”

Michael (10) says “Set a goal through all the grades until you get to fifth grade.”

Terell (11) says “My advice is you should always stay in school and get your work done.”

Robert (11) says “Never give up.”

Jewell (10) says “Keep your grades up to get in a good college.”

Daishia (10) says “Stay in school and work hard to get better grades.”

Darwin (11) says “Education is valuable.”

Tyshon (10) says “Listen to your teachers.”

Jaylen (10) says “Learn. Study. Work. For today and tomorrow.”

Jeromiah (10) has this advice: “Do your homework.”

Baliek (11 – almost) has this advice: “Respect your elders and your parents.”

Tra’vion (11) wraps it up with this: “Don’t play around in class or you’ll get in trouble.”

So, because the teacher always has the last word… (and because we save the best for last) Mrs. Pope has this to say:

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste and your life begins with your education.”

(p.s. If you could be here right now you’d be hearing cheers)


Candice Fans

We are Mrs. Bing’s 4th grade class at St. Helena Elementary School. We also would like to congratulate you on being in the top three vote getters.

Layla (who is 9 and a member of the Lady’s club) says you got 42% of votes in South Carolina and she was one of them.

Samaree (who is also 9 and also a member of the Lady’s club) says it should have been 100%.

Aaron ( a 10-year old boy who is NOT a member of the Lady’s club) says this: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!

Shakana (a 10-year old girl  who love dogs) is glad that your home state supports you.

Some collective advice from the class:


— try not to cry

—don’t be shy

—hold your head high

–don’t be afraid

—show ’em what you got

— pull out your skills

To wrap it up, here’s what the teacher has to say: “Remember what you were taught.”

Good Luck Candice — from Ms. C. Johnson’s 3rd graders

We’re are gigantic fans! We’ve been watching you ever since you came on American Idol. We totally think you are the best and that you’re going to win.

West (he’s nine and NOT terribly shy) has some advice for you. Continue your singing career after the show no matter what because you have a beautiful voice.

Tijanee (she’s 8 and wants to be a dancer) says if you believe in your dreams you can achieve those dreams.

Zion (he’s 8 and a huge football fan) just wants to wish you good luck in your life — not just the contest.

Darius (8, not the same as Darius Rucker) says keep moving forward.

Shaylia (8 with the mind of a 62-year-old) has this shout out: YOU CAN DO IT!

Quaevion (8 as well) says the sky’s the limit.

Everyone else agrees and says KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS***********

Countdown to Career Day

Hello St. Helena Elementary students!

My name is Teresa Bruce and I’m a writer. Last year for career day I talked to classes about writing for movies, which is called screenwriting. We divided up into groups and read aloud parts of a screenplay I wrote called “The Wedding Photographer.”

This year I’m going to talk to you about another career in writing: blogging.

See you Friday!

This is a picture of me when I won a prize for screenwriting. There are lots of contests for student writers - try one!

This is a picture of me when I won a prize for screenwriting. There are lots of contests for student writers – try one!