All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

This evening, I attended the Lugoff-Elgin High School production of “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”  I’ve seen this play done by both high school and professional companies, and I have to say this performance was the best I’ve seen.  Congratulations to the cast and to teacher Julie McCallum on an outstanding job!

Ginger Catoe Makes The Front Page

Really nice article and picture on the front page of this morning’s Chronicle-Independent about Ginger Catoe, this year’s KCSD “Principal of the Year.”  Ginger has done an outstanding job as principal at Doby’s Mill, where she has served since the school opened, starting as the assistant principal.  I’m looking forward to honoring Ginger and all of our Teachers of the Year this coming Monday evening.

Multiplication Masters In Ms. Wiseman’s Class

My long-anticipated multiplication matchup with Ms. Wiseman’s class at Doby’s Mill took place this morning.  100 problems.  4 minutes.  Luckily, I didn’t embarrass myself.  Ms. Wiseman beat me by 30 seconds.  What really impressed me was the way in which the students in the class did 90-100 problems in 4 minutes with extremely high accuracy.  Great job!  This skill will make all of them much more effective and efficient math problem solvers.  I was also impressed with how much fun the students were having while working very hard.  A number of pictures were taken, which I suspect will end up on the DMES website in short order.  This was a lot of fun!  An absolutely super class!!!!!

Melody Johnson Recognized

I was privileged to be able to attend last evening’s state “Teacher of the Year” banquet and see Melody Johnson recognized with the other state finalists.  The video clip about her that was shown at the banquet (from the SCETV special shown last Sunday) really caught the essence of her classroom and the outstanding ways she uses technology to engage her students.  A really uplifting evening!


If you have tried to email someone in the district over the past 24 hours and have not received a response, it is because our email system has been down.  Our extraordinary tech, Bill Oden, is working feverishly with the folks at Microsoft to get the problem resolved.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Playoffs And State Teacher Of The Year

In reading the sports pages of this morning’s Chronicle-Independent, I was pleased and happy to read about all the Kershaw County high school teams that are in the postseason playoffs.  The next couple of weeks should be really exciting.

I’m looking forward to attending this evening’s State Teacher of the Year dinner, where Lugoff Elementary’s Melody Johnson will be honored as one of the five finalists.  It is a richly deserved honor for her!

Upchurch And Jowers All-Academic Team

For 15 years, the Upchurch and Jowers insurance agency has sponsored the recognition of the district All-Academic Team.  Through this program, seniors in our three high schools who meet specific academic requirements are honored at a dinner and through a full-page ad in the Chronicle-Independent (that appeared yesterday).  I certainly enjoyed participating in the dinner honoring these young people last evening.  What I particularly enjoy about this occasion is that instead of a formal speaker, each student honored speaks for a few moments.  It always gratifies me to hear these young people talk about the people in their lives who have helped guide them – parents, family members, teachers, counselors, friends.  A great evening!  Many thanks to everyone at Upchurch and Jowers for all they do to make this such a wonderful occasion!