March 31, 2008 – Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) student Will Langford has been named as a finalist in the 53rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, placing him in a group of more than 15,000 students who represent less than one percent of the U.S. high school graduating seniors. Continue reading
I hope everyone had an excellent Spring Break! It’s hard to believe that the school year is in the “home stretch.” The year has flown by!
I really appreciated the article on the district’s use of technology in the Chamber of Commerce insert in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent. I feel truly blessed that the Chamber is a real partner to our schools and that the Chamber understands the importance of education to the progress of our community.
I hope we can all “hit the ground running” today!
March 28, 2008 – Last year’s Kershaw County Special Olympics was momentous because it was the first time the event had been held locally in almost 20 years. This year, the successful activity is back—and participation has more than doubled. Continue reading
I was extremely pleased and proud to see that the Camden High School Technology Student Association (TSA) had won 24 awards at a recent state competition, in addition to being second overall in the high school division. At the School Board meeting held at Camden High last week, I got to see a display of all these awards. It was quite impressive! As far as I’m concerned, this accomplishment is the same as winning a state championship in athletics. Great job!
At its meeting last Tuesday evening, the Kershaw County School Board of Trustees approved a teacher salary scale for the 2008-09 school year that will make the district’s pay for teachers absolutely competitive with the other school districts in the Midlands. I was extremely gratified that the Board took this action because it is critical to attracting and retaining high quality teachers. It is also a very tangible recognition of the quality of the teaching staff we are so fortunate to have in Kershaw County.
Since the beginning of the i-Can laptop initiative at the three high schools, the district has used outside observers to assess the use of the technology and provide feedback and suggestions. Worth Thomasson, the principal at North Central High School sent me the report from the latest observations at his school. The observer was extremely complimentary of both how the technology is being used by teachers and how students are responding. Following is a quote from the report:
“I also enjoyed the wonderful classes I observed. I was so pleased to see such quality teaching. I was also VERY impressed with the demeanor and the efforts of the students during all these classes. Remarkable behavior, participation and quality of responses indicated the respect the students have for these teachers and how much they appreciated their efforts to make their classes both interesting and successful.”