Welcome to Crosswell Drive Elementary

I am honored and privileged to be a part of the Crosswell Drive community. My focus is to implement the facilitation of leadership toward positive student outcomes. My commitment to the success of our students and staff is paramount and a top priority. I pledge my expertise, knowledge, and experience to my staff, our students, our families, and our community to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to succeed here at   Crosswell Drive Elementary.

Dr. Shawn Hagerty

Welcome Letter  From The Principal

Congratulations to CDE’s Campus Teacher of the Year, Ms.Angela Taylor. She is a kindergarten teacher at CDE and has been at the school for almost thirty years. What a great accomplishment and well deserved!


   Come and join the team!


JUNE 6th and JUNE 7th are Early dismissal days. We will dismiss at 11:00am. 

JUNE 7th will be the last day for all student attendance.



Please help support “Footsteps for a Cause” by sending $1.00 with your child to purchase “feet” in the memory of someone or to show support for cancer research. The class that sells the most “feet” will win a popsicle party. Together we can make a difference.


Parents of 5th graders!

The Fifth Grade End of the Year Celebration will be held at 9:00am on Tuesday, June 5,2018 at CDE in the multipurpose room. Due to limited seating, only FOUR guest per student are allowed (including children). Students need to arrive no later than 8:15am. The attire is as follows:

Girls- white dresses or black skirts and white blouses
( please adhere to the district’s policy on length of dresses and skirts)
Boys- wear dark pants( preferably black) and white collared shirts, or dark suits



The SCREADY state assessment begins tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, 2018 for all 3rd grade students. Please encourage your child to do their best. Here are some tips for preparing your child to do their best!



The night before:

 Help your child get to bed on time. Research shows that being well-rested helps students
do better.
 Help children resolve immediate arguments before going to bed.
 Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children
feel insecure.
 Mention the test to show you’re interested, but don’t dwell on it.
 Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

The morning of the test:

 Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure to have your child at school on time.
 Haveyour child eat a good breakfast at home or at school but not a heavy one. Research shows that students
do better if they have breakfast before they take tests.
 Be positive about the test. Acknowledge that tests can be hard and that they’re designed to show what you have learned all year. Explain that doing your best is what counts.
The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test


Parents of students in grades 3-5 please encourage your child to do their best on the SCREADY state assessment that begins Thursday, May 10, 2018. This test will assess what schools are expected to teach and what students are expected to learn to meet grade-level requirements. Please make sure your child is well rested,mentally relaxed, present, and on time each testing day. Remind them that they have worked hard all year, and this test is just a way to show others how much they have learned . Here are the following test dates for each grade:
3rd- Writing/English- Thursday,May 10
Reading- Friday, May 11
Math- Wednesday, May 23


4th- Reading-Monday. May 21
Math- Wednesday, May 23
Science- Thursday, May 24
Writing/ELA- Tuesday, May 29


5th- Reading-Monday,May 21
Social Studies- Tuesday, May 22
Math- Thursday, May 24
Writing/ELA- Tuesday, May 29

Congratulations to all the cast and crew of the musical “Tweet”!It was an astounding performance. We have some very talented future actors,actresses,singers,rappers, and dancers here at CDE. Thank you to Mrs.Goff,Ms.Marsh,Mrs.Merkel,Dr. Hagerty,Mrs.Rhodes,PTO,teachers,parents, and especially the students on a job well done!


It’s almost time to send our 5th graders to middle school. Please click on the link below for  information  concerning the 5th grade End of the Year Celebration.

5th Grade Graduation- End of the Year Celebration

CDE’s Afterschool Tutoring Program begins Wednesday, April 18, 2018 and ends Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The program is for K5-5th grade targeting reading and math skills. Instruction will begin at 2:30pm and end at 4:30pm and run Monday through Thursday. A snack and a  hot meal will be served to each student per day. Your child must be picked up on time at 4:30pm. Please return the signed permission slip that was sent home with your child by Tuesday, April 17,2018.



Follow this link to check out this FREE EVENT!

   Parent Workshop Flyer 4-26-18


There will be NO SCHOOL from March 30th-April 6th as we observe Spring Break. Please get plenty of rest, fun and be safe. We will see you on Monday, April 9, 2018.

          We are so excited to offer this School-Based Health program here at CDE! Your child can now be examined, diagnosed, and treated by healthcare providers while at school via Telehealth. Your kids shouldn’t have to miss school. You shouldn’t have to miss work.  It’s simple…just sign and return the consent forms to enroll in the program. Medicaid covers visits and  private insurance coverage, copays, and deductibles may  vary.

Please click HERE for more information and enrollment forms in English and Spanish or contact our school nurse, Michelle Devine.


Spring MAP testing begins on tomorrow through next Thursday(March 15-22). Parents please make sure your child is well rested and here at school and on time.Also please encourage your child to do their best to meet or exceed their goals!

National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9, 2018 so mark your calendar. This year’s theme, “I Heart School Breakfast,” encourages parents, students, and school officials to get social over school breakfast. Speaking a language kids understand, we’re ready to show-and-tell all the benefits of a healthy school breakfast.


Location: Sumter High School Gymnasium

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th 8am-12pm

On-Site Registration/Check-in*: 7:15am

Cost: $15 Per Student

The Clinic is Open to 3rd- 8th Grade Male and Female Students

Please click the link for more information:           Youth Basketball Clinic





The incident in South Florida, and others like them, are some of the worst cases of violence in schools. It can be difficult to think about the increase of school violence and what that means for students. School safety is important to protect all students and school personnel from violence. Please take a moment to read the response from our Interim Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Hamm in light of the recent events. 

 School Safety Letter from Dr.Hamm


Please remember that Monday, February 19, 2018 is a REGULAR SCHOOL DAY for students and staff members. School will operate on a normal schedule.


Please don’t forget that Wednesday, February 14, 2018 is an EARLY RELEASE DAY! Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:30am. Middle school students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.


The Awards Day program is this Monday,February 12, 2018 in the multipurpose room. The times are as follows:

Prek-2nd@ 8:30am
3rd-5th@ 9:30am


CDE is so thankful for the Sumter Junior Welfare league  and their donation of over 800 books to our library! Thank you to Mrs. Ashley Scott, a former CDE student, for delivering all those books.




The Animal Ambassadors Show has been postponed until Monday, February 26, 2018. Teachers will hold on to all permission slips and monies.










Sumter School District is committed to our emphasis on academic achievement. To better serve our students, the high schools will start one hour later each Friday beginning January 26 until June 1 to allow time for teacher collaboration, professional learning, and instructional planning. Students are to report to school by 9:45 a.m.

Elementary and middle school principals identified February 14 and March 28 as early release days for professional learning and collaboration. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m., and middle schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.


Animal Ambassadors is  a fun, exciting, USDA certified animal science education company based in South Carolina.  Their mission is to bring awareness to our students  about exotic animals from around the globe.  By traveling to schools and other public and private venues throughout South Carolina and surrounding states, they  make it possible to conveniently educate with intriguing, interactive, hands-on animal presentations.  Their hope is to  inspire students to help with the preservation and conservation of our vast animal kingdom.

Animal Ambassadors is coming your way on Thursday, February 1, 2018. In order for your child to attend this FREE program, they must return their signed permission slip. Photos with a Kangaroo, Ball Python, or Bearded-Dragon  can be purchased  for $10.00 for each individual animal or $25.00 for all 3 photos. Cash or check is payable to Animal Ambassadors. Please bring exact change.


Congratulations to  kindergarten teacher, Ms. Angela Taylor, who will represent Crosswell Drive Elementary as our Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year. We are so proud of you for achieving this great honor.




The following are inclement weather makeup days for Sumter School District:

January 19 (due to Hurricane Irma)

February 19 (due to snow/ice day)

March 29 (due to snow/ice day)

These days were previously listed as in-service/workdays and are listed on our calendar for inclement weather makeup days.  State law mandates that school districts use the inclement weather days indicated on their calendars as makeup days. School districts are required to make up the first three days. If more than three days are missed, the local school board of trustees, by a majority vote, may waive no more than three days.


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               It’s time for CDE’s Science Fair! Science fair packets went home last Friday. Students in 4th& 5th grade will be REQUIRED to complete and present a science project. Projects for 3rd grade students will be optional. All Science Fair projects are now  due by Friday, January 12, 2018. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.



CDE  Welcomes Mr.Greg Thompson as “Principal of  the Day”

5th grade Washington D.C. Trip Reminders

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  • 1st payment is due Friday, December 1, 2017 of $100.00
  • Make all checks payable to Crosswell Drive Elementary
  • Online payments can be made to Scholastica( see information packet)
  • Adult parents and other persons going on the trip also need to submit their first payment by December 1,2017

Thank you for all you do! If you have any other questions feel free to contact Mrs.Erica Wright @(803) 775-0679 or email erica.wright@sumterschools.net


It’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Thank you to Mrs.Dangerfield, Mrs.Welch, and Mrs.Sessions for helping keep CDE students safe as they walk to and from school! Crossing Guard Appreciation day will be Friday, November 17, 2017.


  Second graders at CDE have become expert meteorologists. Von Gaskin from WIS News 10 dropped by for a visit with CDE. She  shared some great information about the weather and weather forecasting.

Students need to attend school daily to succeed.We need your help please make sure your child is at school everyday, on time and ready to learn.

If your child’s destination after school CHANGES,for your child’s protection, we MUST have a note written by the parent or guardian authorizing the change of destination or a phone call no later than 1:00 PM.


 Beginning on August 28, 2017, we will have name tags for your car. Please place the tag on the rearview mirror or on the passenger’s side of your car. We will call your student by their name. Please encourage your student to listen for their name to make dismissal move more smoothly.


Due to a tremendous amount of car riders this school year, the location for grades 1st-5th, please come in the car rider’s line off of Mathis Road. Cars are to use Poinsett Road and Mathis Road only. Cars are to turn in behind the Early Head Start building and drive around the “pick-up/drop-off” loop, and then turn left back onto Mathis Road. Cars are not to drive down Crosswell Drive during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. 

Bus riders and all day care riders “pick-up/drop-off”:  Due to safety, only school buses and day care vans are to use Crosswell Drive during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  You may click here to get a visual of the street directions




Crosswell  Drive will have two regular education buses which will be Bus 10 and Bus 21. Please check back for  bus routes as well as pickup and drop off times.Please direct all bus questions or concerns to  Mr. Josh Johnson at (803) 481-4480 ext. 6205.

Transportation for students with disabilities has already been coordinated and if there are any questions please contact Ramona McFadden in the Special Services Department at (803) 774-5500 ext. 200.