Monthly Archives: March 2016

Time for a Break

The pollen tells us that spring is definitely in the air. That said, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Richland One family a safe and enjoyable Spring Break! I want to thank our teachers, administrators and staff for all that you do for our students in getting us to this point in the school year.

Over the break, please enjoy your family and friends or just plain rest. I appreciate all of the work this year and the progress that we are making in Richland One. You make it happen.


Leaders in Training

This week, I had the opportunity to attend our 10th Annual Joint JROTC National Awards Ceremony. I have interacted with many of our cadets at their schools and events across our community. These are great young men and women that are working to improve their character, leadership, service abilities through the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. Each of our high schools have strong programs led by our fine instructors.

The awards ceremony, designed to recognize cadets, is also run by the cadets. Our students displayed fine attributes all evening, whether serving as master of ceremonies, announcing the names or receiving the awards. All of the cadets exhibited outstanding poise and command. Regardless of whether these JROTC cadets pursue a career in the military later in life, the experiences they have gained will serve them well now and well into tomorrow.

Congratulations again to all of the cadets for your hard work and the accomplishments that you will continue to build upon. The future is in your hands!

SC Teacher of the Year Finalist

This week, I was delighted to join State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in delivering the exciting news to Hand Middle School teacher Jennifer Wise that she had been named one of five finalists for South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Wise is a mathematics teacher at Hand and the district’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. The entire Richland One family is extremely proud that she is being recognized as one of the top teachers in the state. It is especially rewarding for me as superintendent because I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in her classroom and interact with her on several occasions during the year. Mrs. Wise is a passionate, dedicated teacher and certainly deserving of this honor.

This is the second consecutive year that Richland One has had a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, which speaks to the high level of teaching talent that we have in Richland One.

Congratulations again to Mrs. Wise and best wishes to her in the state competition!

Points of Pride

Richland One has much to be proud of, including talented students, teachers and staff. Because of this, we have students who excel in and out of the classroom and we have outstanding programs. I have used this blog to highlight many such examples – mentoring clubs, performing arts ensembles, academic programs and so much more.

There is more to celebrate. Three Richland One teams are playing Saturday for state championships in basketball – the W.J. Keenan High girls, the Dreher High girls and the A.C. Flora boys. We are excited and proud of their accomplishments in getting to the championships. Congratulations to the coaching staff as well as the players. The Points of Pride don’t stop there. Our Honors Orchestra performs this evening as well.

All of these activities highlight many of the great things that occur on a regular basis in Richland One. Whether inside or outside the classroom, our students shine!