September-October 2014 Newsletter
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We are proud to announce that all of our schools received recognition.
AdvancEd is a global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness, and accreditation. Calhoun County School District pursued systems accreditation in order to align schools, reinforce the district’s commitment to improve student achievement and accountability, and gain a professional analysis of efforts toward continuous improvement.
The External Review Team, composed of five school leaders from Florida, Arizona, and South Carolina, reviewed district assessment and responses related to five standards over a four day period. The five standards include Vision and Purpose, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Resources, and Data Analysis. The team also reviewed student performance results, artifacts to support district information, and stakeholder perceptions of the school district to make a recommendation regarding accreditation. The External Review Team provided important validation and recognition to the district for each standard. They also delivered valuable feedback and direction to help the school district make academic advancements.
External Review Team Leader, Dr. Dody Sapp, stated that after reviewing documentation and interviewing over 195 stakeholders, several themes emerged within the school district including a clear emphasis on teaching and learning, high expectations in every school, strong school and district leadership, and a dedicated committed staff.
Dr. Steve Wilson, Superintendent of Calhoun County Public Schools, refocused accreditation efforts from individual school visits to a systems wide approach approximately three years ago in order to align educational progress within the district. He recognized the efforts of all employees to make the process a meaningful learning experience so that the entire system can move toward excellence together.
Calhoun County Public Schools, ranked 16th of 84 school districts in South Carolina, currently serves over 1700 students on three campuses. Student performance at all sites meets or exceeds state expectations and the high school graduation rate of 85.4% exceeds state and national levels. The visiting team praised district efforts to involve the community in the educational process.
According to Dr. Sapp, Calhoun County Public Schools will be recommended for full accreditation.
[Pictured above (right to left) are Board Members: Mr. Ned Nelson and Mr. Kevin Jenkins; AdvancEd Team Members: Dr. Teressa Pope; Dr. JoAnn Stevens; Dr. Annette Melton; Mr. Bill Jenkins; and Dr. Dody Sapp; Dr. Phyllis Sanders, Assistant Director of AdvancEd in SC; Mr. Gary Porth, Board Chairman; and Dr. Steve Wilson, Superintendent.]
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!
Mykeida Middleton representing St. Matthews K-8 School, has been named the District Teacher of the Year!!
At a young age, I always knew I wanted to work with children. As a descendent of several educators, teaching came naturally to me and within my senior year in high school I knew for certain that I too wanted to become an educator. I graduated with honors from Holly Hill – Roberts in 2001 and earned the SC Teaching Fellows Scholarship to South Carolina State University. During my student teaching experience, I was assigned to Guinyard Elementary where I fell in love with the district, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community. I was offered a position at the end of my experience and in 2005 I graduated from SCSU with honors and a job with Calhoun County Public Schools. I have definitely enjoyed my professional career in Calhoun County. Working with and incorporating technology into my classroom is a passion of mine that I oftentimes share with colleagues through professional development to help them embrace and/or enhance their own technology skills. I have served on various committees around campus, facilitated countless professional developments, and served as a TAP Mentor teacher through the Teacher Advancement Program. One of my greatest moments was being named WLTX’s Teacher of the Week in 2007. When Guinyard closed its doors, I was placed at St. Matthews K-8 where I continue to work hard for my students, parents, and administrators. I am a firm believer that in order to demand the best, I must be the best. I am committed to furthering my education so that I can provide my students with a high quality educational experience. I received my Masters in Elementary Education from Cambridge College and I am currently pursuing an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration through South Carolina State University. I absolutely love what I do! Each day I am rewarded when my students express their enthusiasm for learning. I believe that all children have the capability to learn and excel. I adopted the motto “Every Day, Every Child, Every Chance” to summarize my teaching experience and to encourage me in dreary times. Not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to do what they love each day. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to do just that! I currently reside in Santee, SC and in my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, reading, sports, and singing.
Congratulations to our School Teachers of the Year!
Ms. Grace Farnum - Sandy Run K-8 School Teacher of the Year
Sandy Run is proud to announce the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year....
Ms. Grace Farnum!
Ms. Farnum has been teaching in Calhoun County for eight years. Her first teaching job was at Guinyard Elementary, where she taught for two years. When Guinyard
closed its doors, she was moved to Sandy Run K-8 and has enjoyed teaching there since. Ms. Farnum grew up in Orangeburg, where she dreamed of being a teacher
when she grew up. Along the way Ms. Farnum had some incredible teachers that inspired her to achieve her goal. After attending Midlands Tech, she transferred to
The University of South Carolina, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education. Her favorite part of teaching is interacting with her students
and watching their individual growth. She likes to consider her classroom a safe and caring environment where students feel comfortable enough to take risks in learning. Ms. Farnum lives in West Columbia, with her four year old daughter, Maddy. They enjoy watching Gamecock football, gardening, cooking, and being outdoors.
“Congratulations!” to Ms. Grace Farnum.
Mrs. Julia Fanning
Congratulation to Mrs. Julia Fanning. The most important education Mrs. Fanning received was learning to read at age four with her six year old brother as the teacher. Since then, reading has been a lifelong passion. Formally educated in the public schools of Spartanburg and Lexington Counties in South Carolina, she attended North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC for a year before transferring to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Education. She continued graduate studies at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, Spartanburg, and Columbia, The Citadel, College of Charleston, and earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Mrs. Fanning taught English and Language Arts in middle and high schools in the following South Carolina counties: Orangeburg, Aiken, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Lexington, as well as Hamblen County, Tennessee. She is beginning her tenth year as Media Specialist at Calhoun County High School in Calhoun County, SC. She loves library work because it incorporates her love of reading with teaching. Mrs. Fanning’s goals for the current school year are to provide enhanced reading experiences for all students and staff at CCHS, and to facilitate a seamless transition to an Apple environment, enabling all users to become efficient and effective digital citizens. Mrs. Fanning also serves as the media liaison for Calhoun County High School, the district contact for the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, and a member of the Calhoun County Literacy Committee. Mrs. Fanning is married to the Rev. James R. Fanning, Jr. and they have one son, Tim. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, refinishing antiques, flower gardening, and playing piano and organ.
Calhoun County School District receives an absolute rating of excellent and a growth rating of average on the 2012 State Report Card. Calhoun County School District established high expectations for students and they accepted the challenge! Below are the 2012 District and School State Report Cards (Summary and Full Report).