Message from the Superintendent
Our district is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of Graduates by the integration of our vision, our mission, our commitment to excellence, and our framework of safety, academics, and character development. Our faculty and staff work untiringly to meet the challenging demands that provide the necessary academic growth and learning experiences that will enable our students to compete globally.
The district’s motto, “Accountability, Achievement, Attendance – Turning It All Around,” compels each employee to perform to highly efficient standards, and each student to perform to their highest level of achievement, according to their ability and potential. The primary focus is academic performance, along with a safe school environment. Investing in professional development for teachers, support personnel, and administrators is also important and essential to our success.
To ensure and support life and career characteristics, our district has implemented the following initiatives:
· After school tutoring in all schools;
· Teacher Assessment Program (TAP) at the elementary and middle
· Extended learning time in all schools;
· Measure of Academic Progress (MAP);
· TE21 Bench Mark Testing at the elementary school;
· Read to Succeed at the elementary school;
· Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP) in all schools; and
· Academy of Math/Reading at the elementary and middle schools.
Through all of these initiatives, students throughout the district obtain extra help on class assignments and/or difficult tasks and gain immediate feedback to determine areas that need special attention. Teachers obtain information regarding students’ impending weak and strong areas and receive technological support to help align and assess instruction.
Collaborating with students, teachers and community reminds us of why it is imperative for students to experience success. Data allows the district to investigate performance to make meaningful adjustments to determine where to focus instruction. We know from years of long-term assessment of data that our smartest and greatest investment is improving early education and student performance and that it is the best way to make a difference in decreasing dropouts, increasing graduation rates and increasing knowledge. We will continue to tailor our professional development to meet the demands and challenges facing the district. There are no easy answers, but support from our school board, teachers and community will chart a path to lasting improvement in all we do.
“Student Achievement, Accountability, Attendance-Turning It All Around”
Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner
As you may be aware, the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, which became law in 2014, aims to improve literacy and reading proficiency for all children in our state. The law includes some significant changes regarding promotion and retention of third grade students. Please note, these changes do not take effect until the 2017-2018 school year. The 2016-17 school year's second grade students will be the first group of third grade students to be impacted by this portion of the Read to Succeed legislation.
The law states, "Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state's summative reading assessment that equates to Does Not Meet on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SCREADY).." There are a number of exceptions to this requirement in the law. Your child's principal will be able to discuss these exceptions with you.
Please be assured that our district's goal is for all students to be proficient readers in the third grade and for no student to be retained for failing to demonstrate reading proficiency. The district is putting supports in place to improve student success. These supports may include additional instructional time, small group and individualized instruction, and targeted interventions. Classroom teachers and school administrators are receiving specialized literacy training and support from the school-based reading coach and consultants.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your child's principal or your child's teacher. You can also find information about Read to Succeed on the South Carolina Department of Education web page http://ed.sc.gov/instruction/office-of-early-learning-and-literacy1/.
ADDITIONAL READ TO SUCCEED (R2S) INFORMATION
Read to Succeed Frequently Asked Questions
Act 284, Read to Succeed legislation, was created in 2015 to address literacy performance in South Carolina and put in place a comprehensive system of support to ensure SC students graduate on time with the literacy skills they need to be successful in college, careers and citizenship. Act 284 provides for a strong assessment and intervention system for students kindergarten through twelfth grade with a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Read to Succeed Frequently Asked Questions(PDF 102 KB -12/08/2016)
Dear Parents and Students:
The safety of our students continues to be of utmost importance. Schools that are safe and productive for all students lead to the foundation of high expectations and increased academic performance. As this year begins, let me again remind you of the district’s policies and expectations for school safety.
The School Resource Officer helps monitor the buildings and grounds, and ensures that students are protected and safe at all times. Safety cannot be compromised. We must provide a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Therefore, students must acknowledge and abide by the policies, rules and regulations that govern the process of safety.
There are legal restrictions on smoking in school and on the school grounds. There are also regulations on respecting teachers and administrators, and laws prohibiting drug use, consuming alcoholic beverages, and bringing weapons to school. None of these activities help student learning and they often cause behavior that is not helpful to receiving a good education. Students that violate legal restrictions, including the use of marijuana, other drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, or possession of weapons, shall not be allowed to remain in school or attend alternative school.
There is to be no fighting or bullying in the schools, on the school grounds or on buses. Nothing can happen between two people that cannot be settled in a rational, peaceful, and productive manner. We have a school resource officer, counselors, peer mediators, teachers, and principals who are willing to help in all situations. Student conduct is a reflection on the school and we must have a wholesome, positive attitude to perpetuate learning.
The Board of Trustees supports the district’s policies and rules and will uphold the laws that govern our schools. Above all, everyone who attends Bamberg School District Two has a right to be secure in his or her own body and property. Bullying and the use or possession of illegal substances or weapons will not be tolerated. We must respect each other and each other’s property.
Please be assured that we take all precautions to provide safety for our students, faculty and staff. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner
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