I enjoyed receiving the newsletter from our local American Legion Post 17, which included pictures of a number of our students involved in programs sponsored by the Post. Our district is truly blessed to have the strong support of Post 17 for so many worthwhile leadership and other activities for the young people (and future leaders) of this community.
I was very happy to learn that Ms, Katie Gilson, the Agriculture teacher at ATEC, has been chosen by the South Carolina Association of Agriculture Educators to receive the organization’s “Turn the Key” award. Katie will be representing our state a national event later in the school year. In two years at ATEC, she has made a tremendous impact! Congratulations!
This coming Friday and Saturday, our district will again partner with our local Wal-Mart for “Pack A Bus.” During these two days, folks in the community will have the opportunity to purchase school supplies for deserving students and designate the supplies for a specific school or schools. Staff from the schools will be at Wal-Mart greeting customers throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday. Look for the big yellow bus in front of the store!
Many thanks to Mr. Joe Quinlan, the manager at Wal-Mart, for his strong support of this program!
Every year, a report is compiled for our district about the monetary amount of volunteer time and donations given to our schools. This year’s report shows that in 2012-13, the monetary value of volunteer time and donations was $1,623,788, as compared to $1,446,116 for the previous year. While everyone does a conscientious job of keeping up with this data, I’m sure the actual figure is much higher. I am tremendously grateful for the support our community gives to our schools and to our young people. It means a great deal to us!
I always look forward to the annual planning dinner for the Camden Shrine Club Jamboree, a preseason football event involving our three high schools, Crestwood, Andrew Jackson, and Buford. The Shrine Club puts on a great meal, and there’s lots of enjoyable fellowship, and maybe even a few tall tales told. This year’s Jamboree will be on Friday evening, August 13 at Zemp Stadium. Proceeds will support the important charitable activities of the Shrine Club. A chance to watch all of our teams for a great cause!
Data released this week by the State Department of Education shows that Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) dropout rate decreased a percentage point from 2.9 percent in 2010-11 to 1.9 percent in 2011-12.
The local dropout rate is lower than the state average, which dropped to 2.5 percent from 2.8 percent the previous year.
“This is a credit to the hard work and commitment to excellence by our students, teachers and parents,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “This does not just reflect the work of our high schools; it is a cumulative effort across K-12.”
Morgan said that this good news is especially impressive, due to recent times of reduced resources. “This continues to show the dedication of our schools in maintaining high standards and achieving academic success,” he said.
The KCSD superintendent attributed the significant improvement in the dropout rate to teachers’ engaging instruction, effective technology and more counseling and intervention services provided by the district’s $5.7 million Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative.
Both KCSD boys and girls showed improvement, with the dropout rate for girls in 2011-12 dropping to 1.2 percent from 2.7 percent the year before. The dropout rate for KCSD boys was 2.6 percent, down from 3.1 percent the previous year.
I have spent time over the past week meeting with principals about the past year and the coming year. I always look forward to and enjoy these conversations. Our District is truly blessed to have a group of outstanding and dedicated building administrators. Their enthusiasm and “can-do” attitude energizes me each and every day!