Spring Drama

I always look forward to the spring drama productions done at our high schools.  This year, Camden High School is doing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Lugoff-Elgin High School is doing “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” and North Central High School is doing “The Canterbury Tales.”  More details will follow, but I hope we can get a lot of community members to support these plays.

Baseball Season!

I flat love baseball…There’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting in the sun and watching a ball game.  So I took advantage of the fact that North Central was playing rival McBee this afternoon to play hooky from the list of home chores I had to do.  Last year, the Knights had a pretty tough time, so it was fun to watch them beat McBee pretty handily, 12-2.  It was nice to see a really good crowd at the game.

First Steps Pancake Breakfast

Had an excellent time at the First Steps Pancake Breakfast this morning!  There was a great turnout, and Igot to see and talk with a lot of community members.  There’s nothing like pancakes on a Saturday morning!  First Steps does wonderful work in our community that has tremendous impact in our schools.  I also want to express my personal appreciation to FATZ Cafe for helping to sponsor this event.

Cornbread and Issues…..

I greatly appreciate that each year, our Teacher Forum sponsors “Cornbread and Issues,” an opportunity for these teachers to talk with members of our legislative delegation about issues impacting education.  Last evening, Representatives Laurie Funderburk and Anton Gunn spend almost two hours talking about legislation and budget issues being considered at the General Assembly.  The questions prepared by the Teacher Forum were excellent and sparked a lot of good discussion.  I am very pleased that our district’s Teacher of the Year, Melody Johnson, is spearheading a drive to encourage teachers and all district employees to be registered to vote.  I applaud her efforts because of the impact elections have on our work and will support her efforts at the district level in any way possible.  Thanks again to Teacher Forum for its sponsorship of this important event.

Thursday…

I had a lot of fun visiting Doby’s Mill this morning.  I sat in on Ms. Littlejohn’s preschool class.  I wish I had the energy her students have.  I also visited Ms. Wiseman’s class.  Later this year, this class has challenged me to a “Multiplication Table Smackdown.”  Sort of a WWE event in math.  Can’t wait!

I am extremely pleased that our district will have 19 teams at Special Olympics on April 1.  This is always a very special day.

A Raisin In The Sun

While walking in the hall at Camden High School this morning, I happened upon some essays hanging on the wall outside of Janet Williams’ classroom about Lorraine Hansbury’s play “A Raisin in the Sun.”  I really enjoyed reading them and was really pleased to see this wonderful play being studied.  Made my day!

“Read Across America”

Tuesday, March 2 is “Read Across America” Day in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  We’re looking for folks to come to read in our schools that day.  You name the school.  I’ve been participating in this event for years, and it’s tremendous fun.  Wearing a “Cat in the Hat” hat is entirely optional.  If you’re interested, contact me or Tim Hopkins of our district office staff at timothy.hopkins@kcsdschools.net  I guarantee you’ll have a great time!

Community Service….

My wife and I had about 1,000 bricks left over from the construction of our house, and we wanted to donate them to our local Habitat for Humanity(an absolutely outstanding organization, by the way).  We made arrangements for the bricks to be picked up this past Saturday, and I was extremely pleased to see that  two really nice young men from Camden High School, Linnel Davis and Fidel Wise, were giving of their time to help with this effort.  Thanks also to counselor Khadeejah Timazee-Ballenger for making this happen.  I was really proud of these two young men!

Heritage Tea

One of the high points in this community during the month of February is the Heritage Tea sponsored by the Multicultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center.  This event is part of the celebration of Black History Month in our community, and includes music, dance and recognition of research projects done by students for Black History Month.  It’s always a privilege for me to participate in the recognition of these students.  The projects this year were absolutely awesome!  My thanks to the Multicultural Committee for its sponsorship of this important event and to my colleagues Agnes Slayman and Tim Hopkins for their work with making this event happen.

Girl Scout Cookies…

I had forgotten that about a month ago, I had ordered several boxes of Girl Scout cookies, including two boxes of my favorites, Caramel Delites…It was a wonderful surprise yesterday afternoon when the young lady in my neighborhood from whom I ordered them came by yesterday with my order…You can’t beat Girl Scout cookies!