From the Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of PTH, 

 The Bullpups had another great week of learning and growing. Thank you for all you do to help support our effort of building vocabulary. We have started putting a vocabulary word of the day on our morning news show. Our morning news show is on Youtube now! I encourage you to watch the show everyday and review the vocabulary with your child at home. The web address is: The news show is archived so you can watch it anytime that it is convenient for you and your family.

 We celebrated the PTO cookie dough fundraiser with a showing of the Monsters Inc. movie on Thursday. We had loads of fun while celebrating our students’ fundraising accomplishments. Thank you to everyone that participated!

 A host of fun and learning happened on Thursday. Grade levels celebrated the upcoming winter break with a showing of the Polar Express with lots of accompanying academic activities. 

 Pine Tree Hill has decided that we will travel to the State House this year to celebrate the SC Read-in on April 14. We plan to take the entire school to a day of reading with our friends from around the state!!! We need SLED approved chaperones and community supporters. Please let your child’s teacher know if you able to assist. More information will be coming. Please visit the SC Readin-In website at 

 This time of the year we often count our blessing and give thanks to those that mean so much. I want to express my eternal gratitude to the bullpup students, parents, teachers, assistants, and office staff for all they do everyday. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Bullpup Family! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of family and fun times. I look forward to seeing you in 2015! 

 As always, please let Mrs. Hartis and I know how we may be supportive to you or your student. 

 With Bullpup Pride, 

 Melissa Royalty, Ed. S. Principal

Bullpup & District Calendar

Golden Apple Award


September- Wanda Loyd, Sammy Brisbon
October- Randy Self, Melissa Miles
November- Laci Tobens, Dot Hayes

Teacher Recognition

2014 PTH Teacher of the Year, Honor Roll Teacher, District 1st Alternate
Linda Horton

2014-2015 PTH Reading Teacher of the Year
Randy Self

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Upcoming Events

Christmas Break

Kershaw County School District will be closed for the Holiday Season beginning Friday, December 19th with a half-day.  Dismissal will begin at 11:00 am for elementary schools.  Students and staff will return to school on Monday, January 5th.  It is our wish that you all have a Happy and Safe Holiday!  Look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

21st Century Grant

 The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) was the only one in South Carolina to receive not just one, but two, 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house the afterschool academic assistance programs.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide these opportunities for our students,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “These programs will be of great benefit to our young learners who are in need of extra instruction and academic assistance outside of the normal school day.”
Morgan said that the three-hour Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) afterschool programs will include one hour of literacy lessons, one hour of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction and one hour of homework support, recreation and tutoring each day. Students will have access to iPads, over 1,000 books and texts arts, cultural and recreational classes and field trips to local points of interest. 
LIFE will begin serving 120 identified students at both schools on Jan. 6 and continue with summer hours through July 10. Each program will serve roughly 20 students in each grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade. 
“We have a proven track record with our Safe Schools and Healthy Students efforts,” said Morgan. “These new LIFE programs will build on that success to continue producing positive results.” 
KCSD Grants Manager Kevin Rhodes said that LIFE programs will feature interactive instruction that complements students’ education during the school day. “Our goal is to allow these students to extend their learning and complete their homework before they return home to begin winding down their day. With the number of students that we will be serving, we expect to make a significant impact on the overall schools’ academic achievement.”

PTO News

It's Shoparoo time again!  All you need to do is take pictures of your grocery receipts with the Shoparoo app made for your smartphone or iPad.  It doesn’t matter where you shop or what you buy every receipt submitted results in a donation to our school, just choose Pine Tree Hill as your cause! Since there is no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo, be sure to invite your family, friends and neighbors to join in every receipt counts!


Stay in Touch With The Bullpups

The Bullpups are now on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  We also have a new option to receive school updates via text message.  Please see the link below for more information on these exciting changes.  Also for your convenience we are including a link to our directory of staff phone extensions.  Should you need to contact your child's teacher please see this document for this information.  Great things are happening at PTH!

PTH Social Media 2014-2015

Staff Phone Directory