Thursday….

I enjoyed lunch today with our new teachers…An extremely impressive group that is going to do a great job for our young people!

At my Rotary meeting, Ron McKie, the Head Basketball Coach at Camden High School, was the speaker.  He gave a great talk!  I particularly enjoyed his story about his first game as a a middle school basketball coach.  Although Ron has obviously had great success at Camden High School, including a state championship in 2009, he obviously understands the role that sports and all extracurricular activities play to support academics.

Kudos!

I have blogged before about Daisy Whitaker, a recent graduate of Camden High School, and her outstanding discus throw at this past spring’s state track meet.  I was pleased to see this morning that the State newspaper had named her the area’s outstanding 3A girl’s track athlete.  Kudos!

“Stuff A Bus”

I’m very pleased that the District will be partnering with the Wal-Mart in Camden on a “Stuff A Bus” promotion on August 6-8.  During this promotion, shoppers will be able to donate school supplies for deserving students.  There will also be prizes for the schools that donate the most on a per-student basis.  Members of the staffs from all of our schools and the district office will serve as “Celebrity Greeters” during the days of the promotion.  I think this is going to be a lot of fun!  More details next week….

DMES Choir

Nice picture of the Doby’s Mill Choir in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent.  The picture was taken at Carowinds when the group performed there in the spring and received an “Excellent” rating.  The music teacher at DMES, Ms. Helen Krofchick, does an outstanding job with this group and with using technology to make music come alive for all the students at the school.

Great Job!

I got to visit several schools during registration today, and was truly impressed with how smoothly and efficiently everything was going.  Thanks to everyone at the school level for the excellent planning and preparation!  Great job!

Visit To Camp Emmanuel

I went by Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church this morning and saw the kids hard at work on their writing.  I also had a great conversation with Pastor Connie Barnes, who has really enjoyed being the “Principal” for the summer.  I believe what this program has done over the past six weeks will serve as a tremendous springboard for these students going into the new school year.

Transcripts

We get a lot of requests from graduates of our district for copies of transcripts.  Up to now, a staff member has had to go to where records are stored, find the transcript, and make a copy.  This is obviously time-consuming for everyone involved, especially the individual who needs the transcript.  This summer, we have been scanning transcripts into digital format so that requests can be handled more quickly and efficiently.  Thanks to Caroline Connare of our Human Resources staff for coordinating this effort!