I greatly enjoyed hearing University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides at the Camden Rotary meeting yesterday. I was particularly taken by what he had to say about the importance of quality P-K through 12 education. I was also pleased that Dr. Anna Scheyett, Dean of the USC School of Social Work, was able to attend. Through Dr. Scheyett’s efforts, 6 interns from the Master of Social Work program are working in our schools. A great partnership!!
It was a pleasure to welcome Mr. Joe Quinlan and members of his staff from Wal Mart to our administrative meeting today to present school awards for the “Pack A Bus” program. This year, almost triple the number of items were collected as compared to last year. This will immensely benefit our schools and our students. Special congratulations the the Continuous Learning Center, which collected the highest number of items per student. My personal and heartfelt thanks to Mr. Quinlan for his support of our schools in this and so many other days.
I thought this editorial from the State newspaper captured the issues related to school grading pretty well….
It is the practice of the SC Department of Education to do unannounced visits to school cafeterias to verify that regulations are being followed and that everything is in order. Yesterday, such a visit was made to the Camden Middle cafeteria and everything passed with flying colors! Great job by the staff there!!!
It’s always a pleasure for me to greet the new Junior Leadership class at its first session. This very innovative program is a partnership involving the KCSD, Camden Military, and the Kershaw County Chamber. The program provides the oppoprtunity for students from our three high schools and Camden Military to have a year-long leadership development experience. I tremendously enjoy watching these young people grow and come together as a group as the year unfolds.
I had a great time visiting the new greenhouse at ATEC this morning! Ms. Katie Gilson and her Ag students were busily planting pansies to be raised for sale in October. The new greenhouse was made possible by a grant and a lot of help from our maintenance staff. The new facility will be a great addition to ATEC!