New in schools in 2012-13

August 20, 2012 

The new school year opens the week of Aug. 20, and that means new faces, programs — and, in some cases, whole new facilities — for students at Midlands public schools.

Following is information, submitted by the districts, about new features and people in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw County schools.

Kershaw County

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

The Camden High Spring Sports Complex is opening for its first full year, having been completed in February. At ATEC, upgrades were made to the heating and air system, and Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high school kitchens have been upgraded. All other school kitchens were painted and walls upgraded.

This school year, athletic additions will get under way at Leslie M. Stover Middle and North Central Middle.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

We are continuing our I-CAN one-to-one mobile computing device program for our high school students this school year. In past years, all students received laptops. This year, ninth-graders are receiving new iPads, 10th-graders are receiving mini-notebooks, and 11th- and 12th-graders are receiving laptops. As part of this program, the district will be increasing its use of appropriate digital content, including piloting the use of the iPad as the "textbook" in all Algebra classes.

POLICIES

A new employee dress code — which also extends to people working in schools, such as college students and volunteers — makes unacceptable spaghetti straps, visible body piercings other than ears, short skirts and overly tight or low-cut clothing, among other things.

Federal nutritional guidelines for healthier menu offerings will mean new lunch offerings.

NEW PEOPLE

Duane Pate, Pupil Services Director

Byron Johnson, Camden Middle Principal

David Branham, Bethune Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary Principal

Elizabeth Turner, Jackson School Assistant Principal

Eunice Stukes, Camden Middle Assistant Principal

Accie Collins, Camden High Assistant Principal

Chad Dixon, North Central High Principal

Wendy Campbell, Leslie M. Stover Middle Assistant Principal

Britt Gardner, Lugoff-Elgin Middle Assistant Principal

Michael Manning, Doby’s Mill Elementary Assistant Principal

Estelle Benson, Blaney Elementary Assistant Principal

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 10,300

Change from 2011-12: None

Projected teachers: 713

Change from 2011-12: +11

Lexington 1

NEW AND RENOVATED SCHOOLS

Meadow Glen Middle opens in August 2012 and is located at 440 Ginny Lane, near Interstate 20 and Highway 378. Part of Lexington 1’s current five-year building plan, the school helps alleviate overcrowding at Lexington Middle and Pleasant Hill Middle.

The 185,957-square-foot school is the first middle school in Lexington 1 built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an internationally recognized green building certification system. Environmentally friendly features of the building include:

• Automated lighting control systems with occupancy sensors

• Building materials harvested and manufactured within the region

• Building materials made from recycled content

• Energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems with high levels of automated control systems that regulate both temperature and humidity

• Maximum use of natural light

• Minimal exposure of occupants to particulates or chemical pollutants

• Water efficient plumbing fixtures

• Water efficient landscaping

In addition to learning the traditional three R’s, Meadow Glen Middle, like all Lexington 1 schools, will stress the 4 C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking). Students who are creative and can think critically, communicate effectively, problem solve and collaborate have the ability to adapt and innovate in a world defined by rapid access to ever-changing information and resources.

Meadow Glen Middle students develop these skills through an academically rigorous curriculum that provides opportunities for project-based learning assignments. The school’s first venture into project-based learning will center around the iCivics class. As part of that class, students will participate in a documentary highlighting social equity and civil rights in the United States.

Meadow Glen Middle opens this week. It’s the district’s first middle school built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system. Environmentally friendly features include automated lighting control systems; regionally manufactured building materials, some from recycled content; and energy- and water-efficient systems.

While several schools received updates during the summer, White Knoll Middle was the most completely renovated, with a new secure entrance; new energy-efficient windows; new paint and carpet; and improvements in the STEM lab, Learning Commons and cafeteria.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

As part of the Schools of the Future — Now! initiative, world language will become part of middle school students’ core curriculum. Each year, students will take classes in English language arts, math, science, social studies and a world language. The district’s goal is for 75 percent of graduates to speak more than one language by 2020.

In the world language classes, learners will demonstrate what they know and can do in the language, showing their progress toward increasing language proficiency in multiple ways.

The school day will look a little different than it does now. Students may not take every class every day, but the amount of time devoted to each class will be the same over the course of the semester. Each school will have a schedule they developed. This way we can ensure that our students get the time they need in their core classes and that we meet each school’s individual needs.

During the 2011–12 school year, Lexington 1’s personal mobile computing initiative in our high schools successfully provided students with the 21st century tools they need to support their learning. In fact, so successfully that the district will expand personal mobile computing to middle schools this year.

The initiative, however, is not about the tool used but about what a personal mobile computing device enables our students to do. Students will learn to be responsible digital citizens as the district emphasizes digital literacy, safety and cyberbullying prevention.

NEW PEOPLE

Gregory W. Watchinski, principal at Carolina Springs Elementary (former principal retired)

Todd C. Brown, assistant principal at Carolina Springs Elementary

Mark E. McDermet, assistant principal at Forts Pond Elementary

Cindy Parrish, principal at Gilbert Primary

Ryan T. Pool, principal at Lexington Middle (former principal retired)

Gloria B. Nester, assistant administrator at Lexington Middle

John Robert Jackson, assistant principal at Meadow Glen Middle

Natalie Osborne Smith, assistant principal at Meadow Glen Middle

R. Clark Cooper, principal at Pelion High (former principal retired)

Erica Page, assistant administrator at Pelion High

Scott G. Taylor, assistant principal at Pelion High

David J. Seddon, assistant principal at Pelion Middle

Loretta G. Arnette, assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary

Jessica I.M. Robbins, assistant administrator at Pleasant Hill Middle

Dawn B. Harden, assistant administrator at Red Bank Elementary

James P. Kimpton, assistant administrator at Red Bank Elementary

Julie D. Painter, academic dean of innovation at River Bluff High

Diane B. Thomas, assistant principal at Rocky Creek Elementary

Ryan L. Player, principal of White Knoll High (Former principal took a position at District Office. Jo H. Mayer, Director of Teacher and Staff Quality Programs is in the Office of Human Resources at the Lexington One District Office.)

Adam E. Russell, assistant administrator at White Knoll High

Guy A. Smith, principal of White Knoll Middle (former principal retired)

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 22,721

Change from 2011-12: +354

Projected teachers (all certified staff): 1,745

Change from 2011-12: +41

Lexington 2

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

Pineview Elementary — Completion of painting began in 2011-12

Saluda River Academy for the Arts — All new heating/air units

Fulmer Middle — Completion of painting began in 2011-12, fire alarm system was upgraded.

Airport High — Painting of stadium light poles

Brookland-Cayce High — New carpeting in the school’s south wing and roof repairs to north wing.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

Lexington 2 is partnering with the South Carolina Department of Education to implement the S.C. Gateways Project: From the Cradle to Career. The S.C. Gateways Project is a five-year, federally funded grant with a vision of enriching personnel preparation and professional development systems for preschool, education, and transition services that will lead to improved results for children with disabilities. This partnership will take place during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years and include pairing with Davis Early Childhood Center and Taylor Elementary as well as their connected middle and high schools.

This year the district will increase its focus on RTI (Response to Intervention) at the secondary school level. RTI is an opportunity for educators and parents to come together to improve student learning by focusing first on students’ instructional needs in academics and behavior and then on eligibility decisions, if needed. RTI works toward evaluating student progress over time using age-based comparisons and rates of learning instead of identifying deficits with the student.

B-C Grammar School No. 1 will employ a 1 to 1 student iTouch and online Foreign Language for the Oasis Magnet Program for Academically Gifted and Talented students. The school will pilot an iLearn 1st and 2rd grade combination class. The combination class will increase the opportunity for students to pursue independent projects based on their own individual interests.

Congaree Elementary will pilot an iLearn 2nd and 3rd grade combination class. The combination class will allow for a more natural learning situation. Older students benefit from the quality of leadership and responsibility they develop. Younger students are stimulated intellectually by the older children. The students in the combination class will have a broader social experience with increased opportunities to lead and to follow, to collaborate and to make stable peer relationships.

Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center & Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology will partner with The United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Reading Consortium to promote literacy and school readiness for students pre-kindergarten through grade 2. The Midlands Area Reading Consortium will sponsor tutoring in reading provided by corporate volunteers. Professional development is provided to the volunteers who will work closely with school level literacy leaders. Family involvement will be an important part of the program.

Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology is moving toward offering a 1:1 iPad for all its first grade classes. A Montessori infused curriculum will be offered in two of the 4 year old Child Development classes.

Wood Elementary this year is expanding its single gender classes to include a second grade single gender class.

Fulmer Middle will be implementing a co-teaching inclusion model for students with learning disabilities. These students will attend general education classes for all academic subjects. While in English language arts and math, a special education teacher and general education teacher will teach the class together. For those students with learning disabilities that need additional support, an intensive, pull-out class will be available with a special education teacher providing standards-based instruction. Fulmer Middle believes students will be better served by the special education teacher and general education teacher planning instruction together.

Pine Ridge Middle will be piloting seventh-grade single gender math and science classes.

Pine Ridge Middle and Pair Education Center will implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS goal is to help decrease discipline referrals by increasing recognition of positive behaviors, and increase the morale and positive atmosphere at the school and in the classroom. Congaree Elementary will continue PBIS at their school.

Brookland-Cayce High will be piloting QUEST, an innovative program designed to serve the academically gifted student. This school within a school has been designed to provide advanced students with rigorous learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. QUEST students are selected on the basis of their academic record, standardized test scores, a personal interview, and a sample of their critical writing.

POLICIES

Use Of Technology Resources In Instruction policy was revised, to require that district and school computer technicians who are working with a computer or other electronic device and come across sexually explicit images of children must report it to local law enforcement and the superintendent.

The district also will develop a program to educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

NEW PEOPLE

B-C Grammar School No 1: New Assistant Principal, Jaime Hembree

Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center and Wood Elementary: New Principal, Nicole Singletary; New C-WECC Assistant Principal, Christopher Richards

Pineview Elementary: New Principal, David Sims

Saluda River Academy for the Arts: New Assistant Principal, Dr. Travis Keller.

Northside Middle: New Principal, Dr. Julia Kaczor; New Assistant Principal, Tradd Denny

Pine Ridge Middle: New Principal, Brad Coleman; New Assistant Principal Dawn Dimmler

Brookland-Cayce High: New Principal, Gregg Morton

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 8,550 (excludes 4-year-old and PCD programs)

Change from 2011-12: N/A

Projected teachers: N/A

Change from 2011-12: N/A

Lexington 3

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

Batesburg-Leesville Elementary has new paint and carpet, while three buildings have been torn down at Batesburg-Leesville High: the Summerland Building, an old bus building, and an outdoor canteen.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

Batesburg-Leesville Primary will establish learning communities to boost teacher collaboration on planning and student learning.

The primary school also is offering a new class this year for autistic children. Since autistic children have unique learning styles and levels, providing a learning atmosphere to address those special needs will promote additional growth. The school as awarded the 21st Century Afterschool Grant, so an after-school program will be offered this year for 95 students beginning Sept. 9.

The school’s reading teachers will be involved with the Literacy Matters Pilot. This pilot will supply a literacy specialist to work with the teachers to study research based strategies and to provide assistance in implementing the reading program.

Batesburg-Leesville High will implement a Freshman Academy and will incorporate an academic enrichment period daily for 25 minutes called PEP (Panther Enrichment Period) that will focus on literacy, remediation and study skills.

BY THE NUMBERS

Batesburg-Leesville Primary currently has 552 students, which is less than last year by 30. The school added 2 new positions to the faculty with the addition of a 1st grade teacher and a special education teacher.

Batesburg-Leesville Elementary projected student enrollment was not available; they will have five new teachers.

Batesburg-Leesville Middle currently has 458, which is about 10 students more than end of last year. No change in teacher numbers over 2011-12.

Batesburg-Leesville High had under 500 students at the end of the 2011-12 school year, and will have 530 students at the start of 2012-13. They will have seven new teachers.

Lexington 4

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

A new field house and press box will open, replacing ones built in 1979. The district also has made renovations to its transportation office.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

Montessori curriculum is now an option for students not only at our Early Childhood Center and Sandhills Primary, but also at Sandhills Elementary. We have also expanded our engineering classes to include Swansea High and the Freshman Academy.

We are partnering with City Year in our elementary school and involved in the Literacy 2030 initiative.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are participating in STEM’s content and literacy grant.

POLICIES

DHEC has revised regulations for schools on over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Based on these new regulations, Lexington 4 nurses and other staff will no longer administer such medications.

NEW PEOPLE

Three new Assistant Administrators:

Patricia Carter at Sandhills Primary

Gib Lackey at Sandhills Middle

Bucky Stroud at Swansea High

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected 2012-13 student enrollment – 3,445

2011-12 student enrollment – 3,490

Lexington-Richland 5

NEW AND RENOVATED SCHOOLS

The Center for Advanced Technical Studies will open in August. Students have the opportunity to remain enrolled in their current high school and attend The Center in the morning or afternoon to take courses in their area of study. There are 17 programs of study including Biomedical Sciences & Nanotechnology, Engineering Design & Machine Tool Technology, Alternative Energy & Engineering Systems and Aerospace Engineering.

Chapin High: The campus of Chapin High is receiving major renovations to improve the instruction space, media center and general appearance. These renovations will also increase school capacity to 1,700 students. Construction will continue the entire school year. When the doors open on Aug. 21, there will be a new parent drop-off loop, front entry drive, football field, track and tennis courts. Some entry and exit points to the building will also change. Information about the layout of the building, including parking areas, construction zones and traffic flow is available on the school web site.

Irmo Elementary: Irmo Elementary will welcome students to a renovated campus. Students will enjoy new academic wings, improved student drop-off and pick-up locations, new special needs classrooms, a new music room and a renovated gymnasium.

Dutch Fork High: Renovations include improved parking areas and student-drop off and pick-up locations and a more secure campus. Construction will continue throughout the school year.

Irmo High: Renovations include improved parking areas and student-drop off and pick-up locations and a more secure campus. Construction will continue throughout the school year.

Spring Hill High is under construction and is scheduled to open in August 2013. The new school will be a magnet high school. There are no plans to redraw attendance lines, as students will attend the school by choice.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

Irmo Elementary will have a tuition-based, full-day 4-year-old preschool program. Students will receive instruction in math, literacy, social studies and science.

All students should provide three proofs of residency prior to the first day of school. The following documents should be taken to the child’s zoned school: one of the following – property tax bill, rental lease agreement or real estate closing documents; and two of the following – vehicle tax registration, voter registration card, electricity bill, water/sewer bill, telephone bill or cable/satellite bill. A driver’s license or photo ID showing the correct address should also be presented.

NEW PEOPLE

Robert Jackson – Principal of Irmo Middle

Love Ligons – Principal of Nursery Road Elementary

Anna Miller – Principal of Chapin Middle

Greg Owings – Principal of Dutch Fork High

Stacy Beverly – Administrative Assistant Principal, Irmo Elementary

Vann Holden – Assistant Principal, Chapin Middle

Glenn Hutto - Assistant Principal for Instruction, Irmo Middle

Catherine Latiff - Administrative Assistant Principal, Oak Pointe Elementary

Tara Safriet – Assistant Principal for Instruction, CrossRoads Middle

Vernon Sava, Assistant Principal, Dutch Fork Middle

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 16,274

Change from 2011-12: N/A

Projected teachers, 2012-13: We added 19.5 teaching FTEs this year. Last year’s number was 2293.5, so total is 2313 for this year.

Richland 1

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

District launches Health Sciences Magnet at C.A. Johnson High

Thermometers, stethoscopes, scrubs and lab coats will be as common as notebooks, pens, backpacks and other more traditional school supplies with the August 2012 opening of the Health Sciences Magnet at C.A. Johnson High.

The Health Sciences Magnet at C.A. Johnson High will offer a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum, with additional emphasis on science and mathematics, focused on preparing students for college and careers in health sciences. Students will do internships and research with local hospitals, colleges and universities, clinics and laboratories during the school year and in the summer. Students also will be able to take dual-credit college courses.

Health Sciences Magnet partners to date include: Allen University, Benedict College, Columbia College, Leevy’s Funeral Home, Midlands Technical College, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals, United Way of the Midlands, University of Phoenix and the University of South Carolina.

Students in the Health Sciences Magnet will select one of five majors, each with a minimum requirement of four credits: Health Science, Health Informatics, Food Science and Dietetics, Biomedical Research and Technology (Project Lead The Way), and Sports and Fitness Management.

The Health Sciences Magnet is open to students zoned for C.A. Johnson and to students who live in other attendance zones.

New program at Heyward to help meet ‘huge demand’ for diesel technicians

When students complete the new Navistar diesel technology program at Heyward Career and Technology Center, they can expect employers to be lined up with job offers in hand — and these jobs pay well.

Navistar, the world leader in the production of diesel engines, selected Richland 1 for the program, which will be the only one of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard. Through hands-on training, students will learn truck repairs, ranging from basic maintenance to high-tech electronic diagnosis, under the direction of ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)-certified instructors. Navistar will provide the engines, power-train components, vehicles and lab tools, as well as technical expertise. Students also will have opportunities to visit Navistar facilities. The 2012-2013 school year will be the first full school year of the program.

There is a huge demand for diesel engine technicians nationwide. Pay varies from $25,000-$40,000 right after high school. After completing the three-year program, students will be eligible for certification in diesel engine repair. With certification, students will be qualified to get jobs as diesel mechanics, service managers, heavy equipment service technicians, power plant technicians and parts managers.

Alive at 25 course required for students seeking parking permits

Car accidents are the No. 1 killers of drivers between the ages of 15-24. Texting while driving, speeding, underage drinking, peer pressure, not wearing a seat belt and making poor decisions while driving can lead to serious consequences for teenage drivers.

In an effort to help students practice safe driving, Richland 1 is partnering with the S.C. National Safety Council, local law enforcement agencies and community leaders to offer Alive at 25, a four-hour survival course to teach young drivers about the attitudes, behaviors and risks they face every time they get behind the wheel.

The Alive at 25 course is required for all student drivers who want a parking permit for a Richland 1 high school for the 2012-13 school year. In order to be eligible to obtain a parking permit this fall, students must complete the course before August 16, 2012. Classes were offered in the spring and summer. After the August 16 deadline, students applying for parking permits will be able to take the course at various times throughout the school year. Students who have their licenses or learner’s permits are eligible for the course.

Richland One Works store open for business

The Richland One Works (ROW) program uses school-based enterprises and community-based training to prepare special needs students for meaningful employment after high school. The new ROW Store at Heyward Career and Technology Center, at 3560 Lynhaven Drive, is open to the public and features a variety of products made by the students in the program, along with items from vendors. Products and services include jewelry, concrete picnic tables, oil changes and car detailing. The ROW Store is open during normal school hours. For more information, call 735-3343.

ROAD (Richland One Afterschool Dinner program)

Most schools offer their students breakfast and lunch, but Richland 1 is the only school district in the state to offer students dinner in its afterschool programs. The Richland School District 1 Afterschool Dinner (R.O.A.D.) Program is coordinated by the Office of Extended Day Programs, in partnership with Richland 1’s Student Nutrition Services.

The program, which started in the spring of 2012, provides hot meals to students in the district’s 41 afterschool sites. Funding is provided through the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Emerging Technology Conference for Educators – February 2013

Richland 1, in partnership with SCETV, will sponsor an Emerging Technology Conference, Feb. 8-9. The conference will provide a forum for educators from around the state to learn about new and emerging technologies and their applications in the K-12 environment. It will focus on mobile technology applications to increase student learning and workplace productivity.

NEW PEOPLE

Antwon Sutton - Principal, Alcorn Middle

Mark Shea - Principal, Brennen Elementary

Bobbie Hartwell, Jr. - Principal, Hopkins Middle

Marian Crum-Mack - Acting Principal, Brockman Elementary

Kezia Myers - Assistant Principal, Brennen Elementary

Cliff Barrineau - Assistant Principal, Dreher High

Robin Hill-Davidson - Assistant Principal, C.A. Johnson High

Felita Green - Assistant Principal, Alcorn Middle l

Sean Glover - Assistant Principal, Keenan High

Kevin Wilson – Assistant Principal, Lower Richland High

Johnny Murdaugh - Director, Career and Technology Education (CATE)

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 23,080

Student enrollment, 2011-12: 22,888

Projected teachers: 1989 teachers and 105 teacher support staff

Change from 2011-12: N/A

Richland 2

NEW AND RENOVATED SCHOOLS

Westwood High will be the district’s newest school to open August 23. Westwood is the district’s fifth high school and will house a maximum of 1,700 students. The district’s third football stadium is located on the school’s campus. Westwood’s gym is the district’s largest with over 2,500 seats. The school is uniquely designed with three areas: 1) Arts and Athletics, 2) Media Center, Offices, Student Activities, and 3) Academics. Westwood is eligible for a LEED Silver certification. It does not have lockers. Students will keep their textbooks at home and each student will receive a Samsung Chromebook. The Media Center is equipped with a coffee bar and news studio.

Richland Northeast High has undergone a $15.3 million transformation over the past year, with the addition of a new secondary gym and school façade, as well as renovations of the courtyard and administrative offices. This summer, the first of three phases of enhancements at Richland Northeast High is getting underway with the development of Culinary Arts and Health Science programs among other projects. The floor in Ridge View High’s auxiliary gym is being replaced.

Ridge View High unveiled a 24,000 square-foot addition and renovation to the school. The addition created a Health Sciences Magnet & Career Training suite with classrooms, labs and lab prep areas to better address the needs of the BioHealth Science and Allied Health Science magnet programs. Space for student services, athletics and a large multipurpose area were also included in the additions. Renovations included a more spacious cafeteria, improved entrance rotunda and new roof.

Early site work at Elementary School 19 is complete. Substantial completion for the Building Phase will be spring 2014. The new school is being built in Blythewood at 1261 Kelly Mill Road between Ashland Drive and Bud Keef roads.

PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

TWO 1 Computing

In January 2012, the district began its 1 TWO 1 computing initiative. The district is equipping students with a wide variety of personal computing devices such as Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, Android Tablets and more. The initiative provides professional development that supports appropriate integrations into the curriculum and opportunities for parents to learn more about the technology and ways they can help their children use technology wisely at school and at home. The rollout will continue to be phased in at all schools over a three-year period, the availability of technology to enhance student learning and excitement about school is one that Richland 2 has been progressing toward for over a decade.

New Magnet Programs

Emergency Medical Services

Westwood High is offering Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training. It is a four-course sequence, culminating in an opportunity to take the EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic) certification exam as a senior. Introduction to EMS is designed to introduce students to the emergency medical field. Through classroom and laboratory instruction, students will gain knowledge in medical, legal and ethical issues; safety and infection control; personal wellness; disaster preparedness; and hazardous materials recognition and response.

Career and Technology Education Programs

Richland Northeast High is adding two new Career and Technology Education programs — Health Sciences and Culinary Arts — to its curriculum. These programs will provide basic necessary skills To enter these career pathways.

Scholars Academy

Ridge View High’s Scholars Academy — Scholars Academy students take courses at the honors and Advanced Placement levels in all core subjects. Students remain together as a cohort throughout their four years of high school. This program concentrates on building the critical thinking, reading and writing skills that are essential to successful admission to competitive colleges and universities.

The Scholars Academy offers elective advanced seminar courses, an Annual College Study Tour, and opportunities for service learning and contributing to the Ridge View community.

International Baccalaureate Continuum

Windsor Elementary International Baccalaureate Candidate School, Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme at Windsor Elementary focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. Teachers and staff encourage positive attitudes towards learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills and learn how to learn. The PYP reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues and emphasizes, through the leaner profile, the development of the whole student, physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Teachers provide enriched instruction through collaboration with schools from around the world, foreign language, drama, technology, and opportunities for service learning projects.

E. L. Wright International Baccalaureate Candidate School, Middle Years Programme

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School, E. L. Wright implements the IB Middle Years Programme, a high quality and challenging academic framework that encourages students in the adolescent years to embrace and understand traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. Students making the transition through adolescence face many challenging demands in the 21st century. The International Baccalaureate program is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and interrelated world around them and to develop a positive attitude to learning. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) promotes the education of the whole child and emphasizes the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth of students.

Richland Northeast High International Baccalaureate World School

International Baccalaureate at Richland Northeast is a part of the Richland District Two IB Continuum. Students have the opportunity to continue the Middle Years Programme and earn an MYP certificate at the end of the 10th grade. Those who meet academic prerequisites may enter the Diploma Programme in grade 11 through which there will be a focus on courses in six areas of study: native language, individuals and societies, mathematics, arts, sciences, and second language. IB is dedicated to developing the whole educational experience for each student under the umbrella of global understanding. Students participating in IB courses have the opportunity to take exams and earn college credit.

NEW POLICIES

In October, the board approved revisions to Policy GBEB, which addresses inappropriate staff behavior using social networking sites and personal portrayal on the Internet. The board also approved proposed revisions to Policies JI and JI-R, which prohibit sexual harassment, preventative action and procedures to report inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature.

Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission has issued an order updating the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The new guidelines add requirements to schools and libraries that participate in the federal E-rate program which provides funding that makes communications technology more affordable. To remain in compliance with the new CIPA requirements, in May the district revised administrative rule IJND-R to include language addressing Internet safety for minors. An Internet safety curriculum has also been adopted and will be delivered to all K-12 students.

NEW PEOPLE

Principals

Baron Davis, principal of Spring Valley High

Katie Wall, principal of Kelly Mill Middle

Kaseena Jackson, principal of Langford Elementary

Karen Beaman, principal of Nelson Elementary

Assistant Principals (some AP are new to the position, others were transferred from other schools)

Marilyn Frederick, Anna Boyd

Thomas Teuber, Dent Middle

Tamala Ashford, Dent Middle

Thelma (Tan) Benson, Killian Elementary

Melissa Royalty, Killian Elementary

Kimberly Hutcherson, Lake Carolina Elementary

William Royce, Langford Elementary

Kim Oxendine, Rice Creek Elementary

Allen Upchurch, Ridge View High

April Shell, Spring Valley High

Angela Thom, Summit Parkway Middle

Vincent McClinton, Summit Parkway Middle

Pasquail Bates, Westwood High

Bruce Davis, Westwood High

Michael Young, Westwood High

BY THE NUMBERS

Projected student enrollment, 2012-13: 25,812

Change in student enrollment, 2011-12: +478

Projected teachers, 2012-13: N/A, though district has hired 230 new teachers and has fewer than two dozen teaching positions to be filled.

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