Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Holidays!

We have reached the halfway mark of the 2016-2017 school year, and it has been quite a busy and quite a successful first semester for Richland One schools, students and staff.

Please go to to read our new Spotlight ONE publication. In this publication, we provide updates on academic progress in the district, as well as our new language immersion program, the upgrades being made to our athletics facilities and other Points of Pride. Parents will receive a copy of Spotlight ONE in the mail.

We have a lot to be proud of in Richland One and we appreciate the support and engagement of our parents and community members as we work together to transform the lives of our students through education.

Richland One schools and offices will be closed December 19-30, 2016 for the Winter Break. Classes will resume on January 2, 2017.

We look forward to what 2017 holds for Richland One. The best is yet to come.

Happy holidays!

Learning Never Ends

This week, I had the opportunity to be a part of the National Junior Honor Society induction at W.A. Perry Middle School. It was a great opportunity to recognize students on their path of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship, as outlined by the mission. This induction class included 11 students. It was a great group of young men and young ladies.

While at the school and after the program, I had an opportunity to visit other parts of the school, including the cafeteria, the professional development room and the media center. Just as good as it was seeing the Honor Society students, it was equally gratifying to see how many more students were participating in the afterschool activities at the school as well! The halls and other areas of the school were filled with students who were engaged and active. I even had a chance to carry on a brief conversation in Spanish with a few students in the media center.

So, what does this mean? It means that learning can take place at all times and in various settings. Moreover, when it’s fun and engaging, students not only will rise to the occasion, but they also will exceed expectations.

Congratulations to the new Honor Society inductees at W.A. Perry and congratulations to all of our students who extend their learning. Schools have to support all!


One of Our Gems

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with the Gadsden Elementary community about the instructional programming at the school. Currently, Gadsden offers a 3K Montessori class that does well. Students have the ability to move to Caughman Road Elementary if they would like to continue with Montessori.

During the meeting, information about Montessori, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), IB (International Baccalaureate) and other programs were discussed in an effort to inform and solicit feedback from parents and the school staff. There were great questions and comments from the audience.

As you know, it takes a team effort when it comes to building such programming to enhance and support student learning. Even with all of the discussion and feedback about possibilities and the future, the highlight of the evening was when Principal Monica Owens Carter shared with the group the great programs and activities that already occur at Gadsden, such as the International Day that infuses cultures into the curriculum, STEM and project-integrated units, and student achievement increases in science and social studies. The principal’s remarks reminded us all that the school has plenty of successes from which to build upon as the school’s enrollment grows.

We have lots of gems in our district and Gadsden is among this number as well. It is a small, close-knit community school that we may not hear about often, but it is doing great work. Go Gadsden Bluejays!