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March roars in with excitement!

Greetings Chester County School District! This is my first blog, so wish me luck!

One of our efforts to improve our district's web presence and communication systems with all of our stakeholders is the Superintendent's blog. In this first segment, I am most excited about last week's School Bus Driver Appreciation week. I had the pleasure of visiting with the drivers at the Great Falls bus shop. They are a caring group of people, and I have such admiration and respect for all of our drivers in Chester County School District! Thanks for all you do for our children everyday!

This week, I visited Lewisville Elementary and met some of the fantastic students and staff at that school. Loved their new mural about the solar system!

On Wednesday, I am visiting the virtual planetarium with some of our 4th graders, and on Friday, I will have the privilege of being the Grand Marshall in the Dr. Seuss Book parade at Chester Park! I cannot wait!

At Chester County School District, I am proud to say that we have a commitment to academic excellence and we are preparing our students to meet the Profile of the South Carolina graduate!

DISTRICT NEWS:

This Saturday (3.5.16) the district will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair. Why is this day so important? Teachers are the key to student success and we want teachers who are caring, compassionate and innovative to mentor and guide the students of Chester County. For more information on this event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chester-county-school-district-teacher-recruitment-fair-tickets-19151808575.

HIGH FIVES:

Congratulations to our schools and their communities for the honor of being Palmetto Award winners. This recognition shows that Chester County School District's teachers and staff are constantly striving for academic success and that families are committed to student achievement. It takes all of us working together for the students in our county. What a wonderful way to celebrate that collaboration!

Chester County Career Center, Gold in Performance

Lewisville High School, Gold in Performance

Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry, Silver in Performance

Great Falls Complex-Middle, Silver in Performance

Chester Middle, Silver in Closing the Achievement Gap

High Five to LMS student Ava Burton who represented the district at the 62nd annual Regional Spelling Bee in Charlotte, NC on February 29, 2016. Ava was one of twenty-seven contestants representing 13 counties in North and South Carolina.

CHS students (and twins) Cardan and Caymen Williams, Upper State Wrestling Champions, both finished 2nd in the state in their weight class. So proud of these Cyclones!

High Five to LES principal Wanda Frederick, Mrs. Lesley Stewart (literacy coach), and Mrs. Kim Morton (reading interventionist) for presenting "Literacy: It's the Text that Binds Us Together" at a state reading conference.

Good job to the always-fabulous Hip Hop Freeze Pops who braved icy waters for a great reason! Special Education teachers Jessica Lynch and Jennifer Adkins teamed up to raise more than $1600 for Area 11 Special Olympics. It's not too late to donate to their cause: http://www.firstgiving.com/team/314174

Way to go Chester County Career Center students who competed in the DECA State Competition. 2nd Place - Hospiltality and Tourism Operations Research Event: Kyla Cloud, Danielle Hickland, and Olivia Farrell 3rd Place - Independent Business Plan Event: Zy'Keria Kelly and Terra Sanders 5th Place - Public Speaking: Myliyah Caldwell 5th Place - Employment Acquisition: Ana Hernandez... Top 10 - Employment Acquisition: Joseph Boyd. See photo below!