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Thanks to South Carolina-born comedian Stephen Colbert, every single one of Aiken County's Teacher Grant Requests on Donors Choose was funded in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Articles: WRDWAugusta Chronicle; Aiken Standard


 The Perfect Prom, a very special event for high school special needs students throughout the district, was held at Misty Lakes. (more)

It was a perfect spring day for the Special Olympics' Spring Games held at Midland Valley High School.

"Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt."
-Special Olympics Oath


Student-centered decisions will continue for Aiken County Public Schools with a new Deputy in town!

Please join us in welcoming our incoming Deputy Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster, his wife and their two young children to Aiken County.

"I'm looking forward to joining you in the great things happening in Aiken County," commented Dr. Shawn Foster. (more)


Greene named Aiken County Teacher of the Year!
Ms. Rosalyn Cowart Greene didn’t take a direct career path to teaching. In fact, Ms. Greene, the daughter of a 33-year veteran of the field, obtained an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Clemson and worked for the City of Charleston. It wasn’t until Ms. Green pursued a Master’s Degree at Florida State to follow her dream of becoming a writer and was assigned to teach freshman composition that she discovered teaching was her true calling. After graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing and Literature, Ms. Greene obtained her teaching certification from the PACE program and can’t imagine doing anything else with her life. Ms. Greene is in her first year at Jackson and is the middle school’s Title 1 Coordinator, Yearbook and Book Club co-sponsor, and a participant in the STEM Forward Project with the District and the University of South Carolina Aiken. She serves on Jackson Middle’s School Improvement Council and PTO, as well as the District’s ELA Curriculum Team. Ms. Green has earned her State Gifted and Talented Endorsement and is a member of South Carolina’s Councils of Teachers of English and State International Reading Association, in addition to the Aiken Council of the International Reading Association. (AS Article)


Aiken County Names Its First Year Teacher of the Year: Ms. Annie Stribling Thirkell, a third-grade teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts

Well-liked and valued by her principal, grade-level team, fellow teachers, parents and students, the District named Ms. Annie Stribling Thirkell as the 2014-2015 First Year Teacher of the Year at a Reception held on April 15, 2015 at Jackson Middle School. (more)
"We're beyond over the moon to show the Governor the power of arts integration in our school," said an elated East Aiken School of the Arts Principal Lisa Fallaw following the school's visit from South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley.

Governor Haley visited Aiken's Arts Magnet School this afternoon after hearing many good things. "Coming here today was a real treat," she said. "It was even more than I thought it would be."

East Aiken was transformed when arts were integrated into the basic curriculum, raising student test scores (double digit gains last year) and enrollment numbers (the number of students doubled the year following it's designation as an Arts in Basic Curriculum school).

The Governor believes that other schools can learn from East Aiken's model of arts integration.

"We want to be a model school for the state and look forward to sharing what we've learned works with other Title 1 schools," Fallaw said. "I strongly believe that children’s circumstances should not determine their opportunities and that arts education provides the high order thinking, creativity and imagination all students need."


 
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