“Read Across America”

Today is “Read Across America Day” in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  A huge number of community members have come into our schools today to read to children.  It’s been really exciting and I know how much the teachers and students have appreciated it.  Many thanks to Mike Wallace from the Target Distribution Center for working with the Chamber of Commerce and taking the lead on organzing all the volunteer readers.  Thanks also to Tim Hopkins from the District Office staff for helping to schedule and coordinate everything.

I personally had a great time reading to Ms. Jones’ and Ms. Elkins’ classes at Baron DeKalb and to Ms. Looney’s and Ms. Norton’s classes at Lugoff Elementary. Really nice groups of young people!

This is always a special day every year in our schools.


I was walking around over in the Fine Arts area at Camden High School and came upon the juniors on the Prom Committee working on decorations. They have done an outstanding job! Really creative and well-done!
Last evening, Teacher Forum held its annual “Cornbread and Issues” session with our legislators. I think our legislative delegation was extremely impressed by the depth and understanding of the questions from the members of Teacher Forum. We are blessed in Kershaw County to have a legislative delegation that supports education and is willing to sit down and have open dialogue with groups like our Teacher Forum. I greatly appreciate the Teacher Forum’s initiative in putting on this event every year.
Also last evening, I was pleased to be able to speak to the Black Caucus. I also appreciate and value this group’s support of our schools and its willingness to sit down and talk about issues of concern.

Absolutely Beautiful!

While I was up in the North Central area yesterday, I saw  the finished North Cental High School track.  Absolutely beautiful!  I know that over 80 students are out for track at NCHS this spring.  Can’t wait to see them running on the new (and long overdue) track!  A great day for the Fighting Knights!

Go ‘Dogs!

I attended the state playoff basketball game at Camden High last night.  The Bulldogs pulled off an impressive 20-point win over a very good Lake City (Florence) team in front of a capacity crowd at the “Dog Pound.”  Great atmosphere!  The ‘Dogs now go on to play the next round at a neutral site this weekend.  Special thanks to the Camden Police and the South Carolina Guard who helped manage the very large crowd and traffic for the game.

Meeting With The CMS Faculty

I really enjoyed spending time with the Camden Middle School faculty yesterday afternoon.  I had been invited to talk about the current status of the budget and the implications of the budget for the 2009-10 school year.  Being an old middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, I always find it energizing to spend time with middle school folks.  I truly appreciated the invitation.  Kudos to this staff for the innovative approaches they have implemented this year to increase student learning and achievement!

Going Paperless At Midway

The faculty at Midway designated today as “paperless day.”  The idea is to use technology in place of paper-driven activities.  When I visited this morning, I saw some really creative and engaging activities going on. Kudos to the Midway folks for pushing the envelope a little to try this.  I think there’s a lot to be learned from what they’re doing today.  Great job!

Doby’s Mill – Robotics Champs!!!!!

When my phone rang late Saturday afternoon, I can’t say that I was expecting good news…But on the other end of the line was Doby’s Mill Principal Ginger Catoe and the Doby’s Mill Robotics Team.  They were calling from Clemson to tell me that they had just won the state championship and would be going to Atlanta to compete at the next level.  Just outstanding!