|AROUND THE DISTRICT
Five schools have been named the 2013 Palmetto’s Finest Schools. They are:
Congratulations to our new administrators: Principal Shunte Dugar, New Ellenton Middle and Asst. Principal Clyde Jobes, North Aiken Elementary. Enjoy your new position in 2013-14.
Teacher of the Year announced
The night ended with lots of tears and cheers for Elizabeth Supan, 4th grade teacher at Aiken Elementary. She was named Aiken County’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year during the annual banquet coordinated by Public Education Partners. Supan was one of six finalists named to the Honor Court earlier this spring. The other teachers in the running included Karey Santos (Millbrook Elementary), Amelia Ligon (Aiken High), Kathleen Langston (Redcliffe Elementary), Loretta Childress (Greendale Elementary), and Tamara Butler (Hammond Hill Elementary). *Loretta Childress was named the PEP Champion Award winner ($1000 grant and plaque) for her spirit of innovation and collaboration with her peers and community. (more)
24 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for Aiken County
The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program has recognized half of Aiken County's public schools for outstanding performance on state tests, including four schools receiving two of the coveted awards. We are proud to announce the recognition of 20 schools earning 13 GOLD and 11 SILVER awards. *Four schools received both awards. (more)
A Big Thank You!!!
To the American Association of University Women who invited Aiken County educators to visit their annual Books and Things Fair and pick up books for FREE!
Aiken Performing Arts Group Supplies a New Beat
Aiken Performing Arts Group (APAG) recently delivered a special percussion instrument package to Music Educator, Ms. Connie Mitchum, at Byrd Elementary in Graniteville, to support teaching music education to her students. A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater, including enclosed beaters such as rattles, or struck, scraped or rubbed by hand, or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice. (more)
Hammond Hill Elementary wins Palmetto's Finest Schools Award
• Fort Dorchester Elementary in Summerville, Dorchester District Two
• Hammond Hill Elementary in North Augusta, Aiken County Schools
• Hanahan Middle in Hanahan, Berkeley County Schools
• Ashley Ridge High in Summerville, Dorchester District Two
• Marrington Middle School of the Arts in Goose Creek, Berkeley County Schools (news release) (AS article)
Riley Award for SIC Excellence
Manufacturing & Nuclear Institute at ATC
ATC is offering high school graduates and GED recipients interested in preparing for jobs in the manufacturing and nuclear fields a great opportunity to be part of the expansion of both fields. **
By completing ATC’s Manufacturing Workforce Institute (MWI)* or Nuclear Workforce Institute (NWI)* Academies, students will gain an awareness of high demand jobs in both industries, develop employability and safety skills, and acquire the tools for success in college. (more information)
Public Education Partners Grants
Loretta Childress, a Reading Recovery teacher at Greendale Elementary received a Public Education Partners grant for $600. This grant will benefit the development of a volunteer reading program.
Brandi Johnson of J.D. Lever Elementary received a Leadership Aiken County Grant for $489.22 from Public Education Partners. (more)
Mr. Central increases school district donation in ’13
Local businessman, Mr. Robert Giancroce, co-owner of Mr. Central Air Conditioning (Loretta Giancroce is his wife and business partner), is not only repeating his support of Aiken County teachers in 2012-13, he is increasing his donation for the second consecutive year. This year, Mr. Giancroce’s donation is 80 Kroger gift cards in the amount of $50 each, totaling $4000. (more)