The 2016-17 school year is off and running and I hope the Professional Practices Conference provided additional information that you can use while working with our students. It’s important that we pay careful attention to how we are educating this new generation of students. The delivery system we use will determine if their learning will be superficial or profound.
We have a number of schools implementing new programs this school year, and others will be in year two of initiatives started last year.
Several schools will continue their work with Discovery Education. Each school has selected teachers who are members of the Digital Leaders Corp. Using digital content, which is available to all schools, teachers will have support in changing the instructional delivery model for their classrooms. There is much to be learned with this opportunity, and we are exploring the possibility of adding more schools.
We are exploring a STEM Magnet School, Primary Years International Baccalaureate Program, implementing new literacy programs, Language Immersion, virtual reality classroom, year-round calendar, online math and language arts, an Early College Program, and a true 1:1 initiative at two schools. These are just some of the exciting opportunities our students will have access to this school year and there are others across the district.
We expect to move into a new Delmae Elementary School at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Our partnership with the City of Florence and Francis Marion University will allow us to renovate the old McClenaghan High School and the Poynor Building over the next three years. We are building a new RN Beck Child Development Center that should open within the next 18 months well.
We should always be mindful of the impact we can have on the lives of our children. Let’s make sure our actions are positive ones. Always try to model the behavior expected of others.
Have a great school year and I look forward to visiting your schools and classrooms.