Roaming Around On Friday

On the way back in from a meeting in Sumter, I stopped by the summer program at the Trinity Apartments run by Camden First United Methodist Church through the “Safe Schools/Healthy Students” grant.  It was great to see 90 kids actively engaged in academic enrichment, arts, and personal development activities.  Camden First does a super job with this program, just as it does with its after school program during the school year.

Also got by Jackson School, where Principal Matia Goodwin and her staff were training to implement Stephen Covey’s “The Leader in Me” program this fall.  This program has been tremendously successful throughout the country, and I really commend the staff at Jackson for taking the initiative with it.

Thursday Highlights….

I was honored to be invited to a ceremony sponsored by the Black Caucus honoring Mr. Clifton Anderson for his service to the community and a number of students for their achievements during the past school year.  It was a wonderful occasion!

I also appreciated Nathan Martin’s invitation to join him for a couple of innings on WPUB’s broadcast of the Dixie League All-Star Tournament over at Woodward Park.  I hope I didn’t hurt the ratings…..It’s a great blessing to have a local radio station that broadcasts youth sports!!

Crisis Simulation

On Thursday, the District participated with local law enforcement, Kershaw Health, and the Coroner’s Office in a very productive crisis simulation drill.  Although no one ever wants this kind of situation to actually occur, it is essential that the community be prepared for a crisis situation.  Many thanks to all of the agencies that participated and to Mary Anne Byrd of the District staff for her leadership and Dan Matthews at Camden High School for hosting the drill.

“The Last Lecture”

I thought it was a very good idea for there to be a common book assigned to all of our high school students for summer reading.  The book assigned, “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch is the text of a lecture done by Dr. Pausch at Carnegie-Mellon University as he was dying of pancreatic cancer.  I read the book while I was on vacation, and was deeply moved and impressed by it.  This is a book that our students can discuss with each other, with their teachers, with their families, and with any important people in their lives.  I’d even go so far to suggest that parents read the book with their students.  It’s a fairly quick read, but a very powerful one.  Kudos to the staff that chose this book for our young people!!

Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s podca

Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s podcast for the June 19th School Board meeting is now available online. (http://ow.ly/bRdBc)

Back From A Few Days Off

Back from a few days off….Always good to get away but just as good to get back…

I was pleased to learn that Ms. Laura Marshall at ATEC was selected as the 2012 Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for Health Science Educators.  Laura has done tremendous work in terms of bringing “real world” experience to our students! 

I was also extremely happy to see that Taylor Jones of Lugoff-Elgin Middle School had won several medals at the Beaufort-Low Country Jiu Jitsu Tournament.  Great picture of him on the from of the Elgin News!!!

Congratulations!!!

BDK Wins 21st Century Grant

Congratulations to Baron DeKalb Elementary for winning a new 21st Century grant to continue its afterschool programs.  Special kudos to BDK teacher Donna Farnum for her leadership in seeking this grant!!!