I was extremely pleased to learn that Kershaw County’s own Rose Sheheen had been appointed to the State Board of Education. Ms. Sheheen had a long and distinguished career as an educator in our county, and is still extremely active in the schools. She will truly bring the perpsective of a practitioner to the State Board. Great choice!
I just plain felt good after reading Friday’s Chronicle -Independent! There was an article about the “Lemonade Gang” at Wateree Elementary, which raised enough money for 170 Christmas boxes that were distributed through Operation Christmas Child. There was another article about how the Stover Middle School community has come together to support Cody Olsen, a student from Stover who is battling cancer. The media always seems to be full of negative stories about young people. It was nice, even inspiring, to read about how these students are making a big difference in their world.
I went by the new Lugoff-Elgin Middle School building this morning, and found preparations for its opening day on January 5 moving right along. (Principal Dan Matthews was in his office getting unpacked. He very wisely indicated that he wouldn’t be hanging anything on the wall without consulting Mrs. Matthews. I can relate.) The LEMS teachers did a great job of getting their classrooms ready for the big day. The final cleaning of the building will take place next week. Exciting!
I came into the office this morning to clean it up some and go through some mail, and I found a really cool calendar from Stover Middle School featuring art from the students there. Ms. Cassandra Mickle, the Art teacher at Stover, does an outstanding job of inspiring her students. I truly appreciated the calendar!
There was so much going on last week, I forgot to talk about how much I enjoyed the serenade we received in front of the district office from the Doby’s Mill Elementary School Choir, under the energetic and creative direction of Ms. Helen Krofchick. They really got me in the Christmas Spirit! I especially enjoyed the song they performed from the musical “Rent.” The students also presented me a wonderful Christmas wreath and book of revised endings to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from Ms. Tiffany Wilson’s third grade class. Really great writing!
Last evening, I attended my first concert at the new auditorium at Camden High School. What a wonderful facility! The Camden High School Choir and the Kershaw County Show Choir put on an energetic and very professional performance. I look forward to seeing many more arts events in this new facility and the one at North Central High School.
I got to attend the Kindergarten Christmas program last night at Pine Tree Hill. Music teacher Angie Lawson and the Kindergarten teachers and aides did a great job preparing the children. It really was great fun!
Congratulations to Pine Tree Hill Principal Lisa Shannon, who received her doctorate from USC this week. From my own experience, I know how challenging it is to balance full-time work and doctoral studies. I certainly enjoyed addressing her as “Dr. Shannon” for the first time.