Camden High Aquaponics Lab To Be Featured On WACH

I just learned that there will be a feature on the Aquaponics lab at Camden High this Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on WACH.  Set your recorders!

Blaney Archery Team To Be Featured

See post below….The Blaney Archery Team will be featured on WIS later this week in conjunction with the Olympics….

http://www.facebook.com/#!/BlaneyArchery/posts/487927421235911

New Website Format Up And Running!!!

If you are a regular visitor to our website, you’ll note that a revamped format is now up and running.  Kudos to staff member Julie Putnam for her diligent work over the past year to develop the new format, which we believe is cleaner and more user-friendly.  Last year, our website had over 1.8 million hits, or about one per student per day.

Important News For Teachers and Principals In South Carolina

The Proposed Educator Evaluation Support Guidelines issued by the State Department of Education as a part of the “No Child Left Behind” waiver have significant changes and impact for all teachers and principals.  See the link below:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/lpa/documents/Proposed_SC_EdEval_Guidelines_06252012.pdf

(if this link is not active, please type it in or go the web site ed.sc.gov)

Teachers and principals need to be aware that the proposal will require all teachers and principals in the State who are evaluated beginning with the 2014-15 school year to receive a letter grade of “A” through “F” on their performance evaluation.  The guidelines are begin piloted immediately during the next two school years in SIG schools.

On pp 7-11 and pp19-20 the proposed models and formulas for calculating the evaluation rating for teachers and principals explain that for teachers:
30%-40% of their evaluation rating would be based on”classroom value-added” or “school value-added” components.  For principals, it appears that 50% of the evaluation would be based on the “school-value added” component.

Also, on pp.13-15 rules are proposed for contract and employment decision based on the evaluation results.  The rules specify when a district must consider contract non-renewal.

Given the significance of these revisions, and the apparent lack of input from educators, it is essential that all teachers and administrators in our State review and react to these guidelines.

We anticipate that the State Board of Education will discuss these guidelines at a meeting in the near future.  We will notify you if that is the case.  Thank you.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s podca

Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s podcast for the July 24th School Board meeting is now available online. (http://ow.ly/cwTqm)

Summer Meetings

One of the most enjoyable and professionally satsifying aspects of the summer for me is the opportunity to sit down and meet with each principal and other district office staff to talk about the past year and the coming year.  I’m always heartened and energized by these discussions.  Kershaw County is truly blessed to have such a forward-looking group of professionals serving our community.  During the economic challenges we have faced over the past several years, these people have literally made chicken salad out of chicken feathers, so to speak.  I feel very fortunate to be able to work with these dedicated educators.

Registration Day!

Today was Registration in our schools.  Got to visit several schools and was extremely pleased with how well everything was organized and running.  Great job by everyone!  It was also fun to feel the excitement of a new school year.  It’s coming quickly.  Fall sports practices start at the end of this week.  When that happens the first day of school isn’t far behind.