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Clarendon School District 3 will be closed on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 due to lack of electricity and poor road conditions.
Posted on October 23, 2014 10:44 am by Robert Joseph Baker
Clarendon School District 3’s recently announced results on the federal report cards are the result of “dedication, focus and effective planning,” said Superintendent Connie Dennis.
The district scored a 80.9, a B, which means it exceeded the state’s expectations. Overall, the elementary and high school students tested scored A’s, while the middle school students scored a D. Dennis admitted there is work to do at the middle school level, but she was pleased with the A’s from the elementary and high school students.
“We embrace a solid plan to teach children,” she said. “There is a constant emphasis on tracking student performance. We realize there are subgroups that need attention, which we will study and monitor.”
Below is a Financial Update PowerPoint from the Community meeting.
As a district, Clarendon Three is continuing with plans to serve the needs of our Artistically Gifted and Talented students for the school year. Students in grades 3 – 12 are eligible in the areas of visual art, music, drama, and dance. The scope of the program will depend upon availability of funding, but our goal is to have artistic opportunities through out the school year and during the summer.
Parents can refer students or students can refer themselves. Referral forms can be picked up in the middle school or high school office. All referral forms need to be returned to school or the district office no later than. Auditions will begin the week of . Parents and students will be notified of their audition requirements and time.
The store manager, Mr. Drexler and the personnel director, Ms. Smith met with a large number of the staff members during a faculty meeting and shared refreshments and gifts. Mr. Drexler noted that he is aware that educators have a very important and difficult task, and that he wanted to help us and show his support – and that of Walmart – in any way he could. The store offered a back to school discount for school employees earlier this year, and during this meeting, gave away 20 $50 gift cards in a random drawing. Winners were: Robin Coker, Christy Coker, Amy Culick, Merlenia Brown, Debra Driggers, Marie Ham, Catherine Kirby, Beth Yarborough, Lorraine Green, Ashley Floyd, Eydie Cannon, Vanessa Witherspoon, Kim Driggers, Shelley Lowder, Judy Coker, Michelle Weaver, Jessica Boyington, Betsy Jordan, Bertie Nesbitt, and Marie Dukes. Some of the winners are pictured above, along with Ms. Smith and Mr. Drexler. WGE is very appreciative of this recognition and these gifts.
Congratulations to Walker Gamble Elementary and East Clarendon Middle/High Schools for achieving GOLD!
Four students from East Clarendon Middle School have earned the opportunity to represent their school and state in a national competition in Maryland in June.
Emilee Welch, Kasey Wren Floyd, Laci McElveen and Carly Green have been working on their project since it was assigned to them in August.
“This year’s National History Day’s theme was “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” McElveen said last week. “We knew we had to follow those guidelines, and with all four of us being girls, we decided on the topic of women’s rights. To be qualified as history, our topic had to have taken place at least 50 years ago.”
Their project is titled “Women’s Rights Movement, A House Divided” and emphasizes a woman’s right to vote.
“We spent many hours in our school’s library researching and forming our script and we all spent many hours individually working on it at our homes,” McElveen said. “Even though it is a lot of work, we have all enjoyed working on it. I would definitely do it again if given the opportunity.”
At the regional competition in Lake City, there were 800 students competing for the Pee Dee Region title. Three winners from each category were selected to move on to the state competition. The four eighth graders placed first in their category guaranteeing them a chance to compete at the state level.
At the state level, 185 students competed for a chance to advance to the national competition in June. Only the first and second place winners were able to advance. With their second place at the state competition, the East Clarendon Middle School team advanced to compete at the national level.
“Moving on to the national competition is a huge privilege,” McElveen added. “We are all extremely excited to move on.” The judging included props, historical accuracy and content, significance of topic in history, written and oral presentations. They were limited to 10 minutes.
The four students built a jailhouse with doors that opened to show two women who were locked up for protesting. They built a fireplace with their pictures on them. Their costumes were all from that era and made by Green’s grandmother, Linda Mixon Blackmon.
At the state level, the ECMS students earned “superior” scores from the judges. Judges’ comments included, “Nice props and costumes.” “Good face time presentations.” “Presenters knew the history and the ‘so what’ answers.” “Chose roles to fit their own personalities.” “Understood the full history of the 19th Amendment.” and “Good alternating between performance and expositions.”
“With this being our first year working on a project of this magnitude, we didn’t even expect to move on to the state competition, much less place second and go to the national competition,” McElveen added.
Since their families are responsible for all expenses incurred for the four-day competition, the students and their families are holding various fundraisers to help pay for the trip. All donations will be divided between the four students to help cover the expenses of travel, motel accommodates, registration costs, meals and other necessities.
Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/8qge2c
Donations can also be dropped off to Sheri Sims at East Clarendon Middle School or mailed to Patti McElveen, 895 Pleasant Grove Road, Lynchburg S.C. 29080.
Madison Cantey and Cantey Gibbons represented Clarendon District Three at the Pee Dee Regional Spelling Bee on February 24, 2014 at Francis Marion University. Forty-two students from elementary and middle schools across the Pee Dee competed. Madison Cantey is an 8th grader at East Clarendon Middle High School and Cantey Gibbon is a 5th grader at Walker Gamble Elementary. Both were winners for the school spelling bees. Cantey Gibbons placed 6th at the regional bee.
Congratulations to Ms. Annette Washington and Ms. Sherri Sims for winning Bright Idea grants from SEC.