Monthly Archives: March 2017

Making Connections

This week was very exciting and the events continue to build upon our focus on ensuring our students and graduates are prepared to be college- and career-ready, meeting and exceeding the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

To that end, executives from Boeing South Carolina were in the district for two days this week, meeting with district officials and, more importantly, students in our high schools. As a district, we look forward to building a strong partnership that includes our work with Midlands Tech and other area colleges and universities. As we lay out this pathway, students can definitely see the connections leading to careers that will pay for their higher education options.

Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing SC’s vice president and general manager, was very complimentary of the students demonstrating their skills in robotics and other STEM areas. She further stated, “That’s what we are looking for,” as Boeing looks to build its workforce in years to come. In addition, one of our upcoming graduates provided the Boeing contingent with a resume’ as well!

We are indeed strengthening our partnerships and making the connections for students in the process. Great things are and will continue to happen along this journey.

Young Leaders and Scholars

This week, I had the opportunity to take part in the National Elementary Honor Society induction program at Satchel Ford Elementary School. It was great seeing fourth- and fifth-grade students lead the program and pass the leadership touch from the current officers to the officers for the upcoming year.

During the ceremony, information was shared about the many service projects that the students had undertaken, from canned good drives to community service. I shared with the students that our brain learns by connecting information that we know to what we learn. Similarly, we should connect service and helping others to achievement, leadership, responsibility and the other tenets of the Honor Society and how we live our lives.

Congratulations again to the Satchel Ford Honor Society and keep up the good work!