SUPERINTENDENT’S FRIDAY BRIEF ECSD Moving From Good to Great! APRIL 24, 2009 Town Forum Educational Meeting PAGE 1 Representative Bill Clyburn and Dr. Jim Rex April 29, 2009 – 6:00 p.m. ~ Strom Thurmond High School Cafeteria Palmetto Gold Schools Receive Awards Each school received an award flag, a certificate and monetary awards of: Strom Thurmond High School – $9,859; Fox Creek High School – $2,801; Strom Thurmond Career Center – $7,114. Congratulations to the staff, the students, parents and administration of each of our Palmetto Gold Award winners. STHS RECOGNIZED FOR CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP A second state recognition was presented to Strom Thurmond High School, which was an award for making substantial progress in closing achievement gaps in the 08-09 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program. This award recognizes schools for attaining Shown left to right are: Mrs. Sallie Cooks, Chairperson EC Board of Trustees, Mr. Matt Schilit, Principal Strom Thurmond High high levels of absolute performance, high rates of School; Dr. Tim Murph, Principal of Fox Creek High School; Dr. growth and for making substantial progress in Carroll Wates, Director Strom Thurmond Career Center and Mrs. closing the achievement gaps. Diane Murrell, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services. Strom Thurmond High School was presented with a certificate of recognition as well The Edgefield County School Board Spotlight as a monetary award of $1,200 from the state. Recognition Program honored three schools by presenting them with their state awards for being named Palmetto Gold Schools. The awards received by each of the honored schools places them in an elite group found across the state that are recognized as Palmetto Gold and Silver Award Winners. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program recognizes South Carolina Schools with the highest levels of student academic achievement and the fastest rates of improvement. The Education Oversight Committee’s Award criterion is based on the absolute and improvement ratings assigned to each school on the 2008 Report Cards. The financial award is determined by several factors, Mr. Matt Schilit, Principal STHS is including the type of award received, student enrollment, shown being congratulated by Mrs. Sallie student attendance, teacher attendance and dropout rates. Cooks-left and Mrs. Diane Murrell-right. Superintendent’s Friday Brief - Page 2 State Superintendent’s Writing Awards Foundation for Public Schools in Edgefield County Program Winners Announced 2009-2010 Teacher’s Vision Grant The Edgefield County School District is proud Teachers: Applications are available in your school office. to announce the winners of the State Superintendent’s Writing Awards Program. Miss Ebony Johnson, a student at Johnston- Connect2Business Program Held Edgefield-Trenton Middle School is the county eighth grade winner and Miss Mahiva Patel, a student at Johnston Elementary is the county fifth grade winner. Students from all county fifth and eighth grades were eligible to participate in the program. The purpose of the program is to support teaching of the South Carolina Academic Standards and provide fifth and eighth grade students an opportunity to express themselves through the writing process. This year’s topics were Savings and Financial Well-Being-fifth grade; and Personal Financial responsibility-eighth grade. Ebony and Mahiva will be invited to a statewide awards ceremony in May and will receive an invitation to the state sponsored writing workshop to Dr. Pitts presents Connect2Business Program. be held in June. Each school selects classroom winners, then Dr. Cynthia Pitts, Upper Savannah REC the school winner. The school winners compete for the Coordinator for Personal Pathways to Success, District Awards. Classroom and school winners for the presented a program to local citizens and business 2009 program were: representatives on the Connect2Business program at Douglas Elementary: Dante Stover-class and STHS. school winner; Christopher Bragg, Marcus Williams, The Connect2Business program is designed class winners. to be a web based tool for students and teachers to utilize for the purpose of finding available jobs for Johnston Elementary: Mahiva Patel-class, internships, shadowing and apprenticeships; as well school and district winner; Hunter Herrin-class as information on the skills needed for certain career winner. choices. Merriwether Elementary: Olivia Pardis-class Mr. Bill Barlow of kuder assisted Dr. Pitts and school winner; Bryan Hurt, Chloe Syms and with the program. He presented the web based Elizabeth Adams-class winners. program design and a walk through on how the site W. E. Parker Elementary: Bailey Pedersen- can be utilized. After the program, business class and school winner; Alexis Gordon, Shelby Faust, representatives signed on to the Connect2Business Sarah Given-class winners. web program for participation in providing JET Middle School: Ebony Johnson-class, information for students to use. school and district winner; Brandy Bonzcek, Jake Goforth, Jasmine Holmes, Malika Williams and REP. BILL CLYBURN SPONSORS Shanasha Gray-class winners. EDUCATIONAL TOWN FORUM Merriwether Middle School: Jackie Polz- WITH DR. JIM REX school winner. Representative Bill Clyburn is sponsoring an These students will be recognized at the May Educational Town Forum on April 29, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. th 12 Edgefield County Board of Trustees “In the in the Strom Thurmond High School cafeteria. Joining Spotlight Program”. Representative Clyburn will be Dr. Jim Rex, State Congratulations to all students for their Superintendent of Education to address educational information. outstanding creative writing and to the teachers who have given them the skills needed to produce such fine essays. FRONT PAGE NEWS - - Page Superintendent’s Friday Brief Page 4 3 “Culture of Excellence Award” Superintendent Rex Schedules Second Statewide Virtual Faculty Meeting April 27 COLUMBIA – Superintendent of Education Jim Rex will hold his second online faculty meeting with South Carolina teachers statewide from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 27. This virtual meeting – like the first held in February – will be broadcast live to schools by South Carolina ETV and will also be available via streaming video. Educators are encouraged to participate in groups at their schools and may e-mail questions during the program at firstname.lastname@example.org. Patricia Williams left, with Linda Hillary, Assistant Thousands of educators took part in Rex’s initial online meeting produced by ITV and SCETV on Mrs. Patricia Williams has received the February 2. The sessions allow the State Superintendent honor of being named the “Culture of Excellence to share his perspective on a variety of issues and also Award” recipient for the month of March at Strom Thurmond High School. give educators a method to directly communicate their This award, established by Principal concerns to him. Matthew Schilit, recognizes teachers who After April 27’s live broadcast, the program will demonstrate “good school culture” and excellence in be archived in StreamlineSC and Educator+ (access from teaching. Nominations are made by teachers. The knowitall.org or from ITV Web site www.itv.myetv.org - award is presented once a month. Recipients will bullet in middle of home page by “Instant Replay”). receive a star of excellence pin, and lunch from the Viewers searching the archive should look for “Statewide principal. Virtual Faculty Meeting - April 27, 2009.” Mrs. Williams is a Special Programs instructor and Health Science Technology instructor Educator access information for the live at STHS/STCC. She is the chairman for the STHS broadcast School Improvement Council and a National Board Certified teacher. • The best way to view the program is on satellite channel 1 or, if available, use your local DES Channel (formerly called DELC). • OnePlaceSC will also stream the program. If your district has an IP Streaming system, the best way to view is on your local streaming District TV Guide. • Any teacher, administrator or staff member may also view the Internet stream on OnePlaceSC's ETV TV Guide channel 1; however, many schools may not be equipped to view live streams. Caught In The Act 2009 To learn the best access solution for your district “Dancing In The Streets” or school, educators should contact their local school media specialist or DES (Digital Education Services) May 1 – 7:00 p.m. operator (link to DES contact information: May 2 – 7:00 p.m. http://www.scetv.org/education/des/contacts.cfm). STHS Cafeteria STHS Fine Arts Department Superintendent’s Friday Brief - Page 4 Entrepreneurial Students of Jean Vess the Year Recognized As Entrepeneurial Teacher of the Year Mrs. Jean Vess Jean Vess, Business Education teacher at STCC, has been selected by YEScarolina as a SC Entrepreneurial Teacher of the Year 2009 for her work Bryanna McCain, Lilly Torres and Erica Tamayo with students at STCC. This work included teaching entrepreneurship and assisting students in expanding Strom Thurmond High School Seniors, their small business knowledge, and creating business Lilly Torres and Erica Tamayo have been plans to compete in the annual YEScarolina Advanced selected as Entrepreneurial Students of the Year Biz Camp competition. For the past three years STCC by YEScarolina. These students participated in has been represented at state competition. Last year the Mrs. Jean Vess’ Entrepreneurship class to state was proudly represented at the NFTE national develop and submit a business plan for the state competition by Garrett Dorn, a STHS student. YEScarolina Business Plan Competition. YEScarolina is a non-profit organization that works Bryanna McCain received an honorable mention with high school students in South Carolina to help them for the plan she submitted. develop knowledge and enthusiasm about Torres and Tamayo will attend Advance entrepreneurship. This organization works along with Biz Camp at the College of Charleston in July to the national organization, NFTE, to provide information, compete for the national title awarded by NFTE. and business camps for competing students. The YEScarolina and NFTE are non- YEScarolina and NFTE also provide teacher profit organizations that are dedicated to the support, including free books and workbooks for the initiatives set forth by the federal government to classroom. Their agenda is based on the federal teach young people entrepreneurship, problem- initiative, put forth by President Obama, for helping all solving skills and character. students develop needed entrepreneurial skills, including problem solving, creativity, and character. Merriwether Elementary Awarded Picturing America Resource Congratulations to Merriwether Elementary School! The school has been awarded Picturing America, a free education resource of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), distributed in cooperation with the American Library Association. Picturing America award materials include forty images mounted on twenty double-sided, laminated posters for display and classroom use and a teacher’s resource book. This exciting initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities brings masterpieces of American art into schools and public libraries nationwide. Superintendent’s Friday Brief - Page 5 Club 180 Students Participate in Eligible To Participate in Duke Tip Scholarship Pageant Talent Search Project Merriwether Elementary, Merriwether Middle School and Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School have received notice of students who are eligible to participate in the Duke TIP Talent Search Program. The honor these students received is an honor requiring exceptional academic ability. They will each receive award ribbons. Students from Merriwether Elementary are: Jared Bodiford, Misty Henderson, Gage Logan, Ethan Lowe, Gregory Baucom, Tannor Byrd Olivia Floyd, Joshua Martin and Scott Sherman. From Meriwether Middle School students Shown left to right: Olivia Brown, Ashley Boyd, Alexis Culbreath and Mrs. Alicia Martin, Club 180 advisor. recognized are: Amanda Biddlecome, Kalei Bowser, Kaylee Bryant, Andrew Buist, Chandler Three Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle Crenshaw, Jerem McClendon, Savannah School students who are members of the Club 180 Percival, Megan Sherman, Morgan Williams and organization participated in the 2009 Jabberwock, a McKenzie Wilson. scholarship pageant sponsored by the Aiken Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, School students are Clifton Bates, Alexis Dukes, Inc. The event was held at Schoefield Middle School Benjamin Gordon, Amber Lee, Sally Mickelsen, in Aiken, SC. Adam Price, Bryan Scott, Elizabeth Timmerman and Terell Young. Alexis Culbreath read a poem entitled “I Asked”. “Hats Off To Character” Ashley Boyd read a poem entitled “The Color of Me”. She was voted “Miss Congeniality”. Olivia Brown rendered a creative dance An End-of-the-Year ceremony for routine to the sounds of “Love Brings Change”. She Club 180 and U-Turn Organizations at JET was voted “Best All Around” and won 1st runner-up. Middle School will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2009 beginning at 4:00 p.m. The event sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a means to raise scholarship funds for The event will be held in the school young girls in their pursuit of higher educational cafeteria and has a theme of “Hats Off To goals. Character”. Club 180 and U-Turn are Mrs. Evergrace Jackson is the Vice President organizations of character clubs. The of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is instrumental in students have worked hard this year to working with the scholarship program. Mrs. Alicia Martin served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the support their community selected Autism event. Charity fund raising project The public is invited to come out and enjoy the program for recognizing a “Celebration of Character”.