Camden High Grad Earns Grant

Great article in the Chronicle Independent this week about David Chandler, a Camden High graduate and graduate of the chemical engineering program at the University of South Carolina.  David recently received a $25,000 grant to work on a proposal he developed for recycling spent fuel canisters.  In talking about his achievement, David credits CHS math teacher Lisa Twitty and the science courses he took at CHS as helping  him become interested in engineering.  The grant will also help David pursue his doctoral studies.  Congratulations!!

Thanks To Rose Sheheen!!

Longtime Kershaw County educator Rose Sheheen has finished her term on the State Board of Education.  While on the State Board, Ms. Sheheen has been a loud and consistent voice of support for the educators of our state.  We are tremendously indebted to her for her steadfast service on the State Board.  Although Ms. Sheheen is leaving the State Board, I have no doubt that she will continue to be actively involved in state education issues.

Article On Teacher Evaluation

Article in today’s State newspaper on teacher evaluation:

Blaney Student’s Art On State Newspaper Website

Congratulations to Emma Grace Slaughter, a second grader at Blaney Elementary, whose holiday picture is featured on the State newspaper website!

A Wreath And Christmas Stories

Right before Christmas vacation, I always receive a really cool wreath and a book of holiday stories from Doby’s Mill Elementary.  This year’s wreath looked great on my office door!  And this morning, I finally got the opportunity to read the Christmas stories from Ms. Jones’ kindergarten class.  Excellent stuff!!  The illustration on the front of the book by Anna Dewdney was priceless!!!

The School District’s Impact On Tourism

When tourism in our community is discussed, the discussion usually centers around the Equine Park, Historic Camden, the Fine Arts Center, the Motorsports Park, the Chamber of Commerce, and our antique dealers.  Rightfully so.  I would point out, however, that the School District brings a very significant number of visitors to Kershaw County.  A very timely example is the two-day wrestling tournament that will take place this weekend at Lugoff-Elgin High School.  36 teams from all over South Carolina will be here, bringing a large number of spectators who will likely patronize local restaurants and convenience stores and perhaps even stay overnight.  These kinds of large-scale events take place at our high schools throughout the school year, in addition to the normal schedule of contests that also bring visitors to the community.  I plan to bring this economic impact to the attention of our local leaders during the coming year.  It needs to be discussed as funding decisions are being made.

Tuesday Highlights

The Stover Middle School Chorus really helped make the District Office Christmas lunch a very festive occasion!  They even got all of us to sing along!

I was honored by the invitation to attend the Holiday Reading Celebration in Ms. Phyllis Cleveland’s class at Wateree Elementary.  The kids did a fantastic job!

I am extremely proud of the student body at Lugoff-Elgin High School for raising over $11,000 for a variety of local charities through the school’s annual “Holiday Hopes” campaign.