ATEC Summer Camp

I had a great time visiting the ATEC Summer Camp for middle school students this morning…Lots of high interest stuff in graphics, mechatronics, welding, and several other areas.  I am especially excited that the campers will be visiting Boeing in Charleston on Thursday…A really beneficial experience!

Article On State Government

I thought this article presented an interesting assessment of state government here in South Carolina….The article raises some of the same issues concerning education funding that our community has been struggling with for several years. 

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article80631387.html

Retiree Celebration

Our District’s Retiree Celebration on Thursday evening was one of the best events of this kind I’ve ever attended.  Seeing all our retirees sitting in the rocking chairs they received was absolutely priceless.  Many thanks to Teacher Forum for taking on the leadership of this event.  It will certainly be a wonderful memory for these people who have served our District and our children long and well.

Helen Walker Recognized

Congratulations to Doby’s Mill Elementary music teacher Helen Walker for being the 2016 recipient of the Symphony League’s Marjorie Stands Music Educator of the year award.  A richly deserved honor!

Ninth Grade Transition…

This is a very insightful piece by Ms. Lesley Corner, Assistant Principal at Camden High School and South Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year….

Redesigning the Ninth-Grade Experience: The Middle School to High School Transition

Arbitration Program Celebration

I was excited to attend an event on Friday at the Alpha Center celebrating our community’s Arbitration Program.  This innovative program, a partnership between the Alpha Center and the Solicitor’s Office, provides a restorative alternative for youthful first offenders from having to enter the Juvenile Justice System.  The program has saved significant taxpayer dollars and has had a 93% success rate.  I know that this program has made a huge difference for many young people.

Adult Education Graduation

I was honored to be able to speak a few words at this past evening’s Adult Education Graduation.  These graduates inspire me…Even though school didn’t work out for them the first time, they had the courage to come back and try again.  (Getting a GED is no small feat.  The test is very challenging.)  I was especially moved by the three speakers, Tori Pierce, Emmanuel Warren, and Kathy Rocha.  Congratulations to these graduates.  May this accomplishment be the start of great things for them!  Kudos also to the staff at the Adult Education Center who work so hard to help these students to be successful!