Greenwood School District 50’s 2017-2018 school year is off to a terrific start! Many thanks to our faculty and staff for providing excellent education services and LEAVING HEARTPRINTS every day in the lives of all our students! Whether the responsibility is supervising, teaching, preparing lunches, maintaining the building, or managing the office, our common goal will always be to do what is best for our students!
Have You Left a Heartprint Today? This question was asked and answered during our district’s annual Opening of School Celebration on August 14th at Emerald High School’s gymnasium. Teachers from each school were recognized by their students in a special video which highlighted the impact of the teaching and learning process. Teachers also received a special token of appreciation courtesy of their very own students. The laughs, smiles, and tears of joy from this ceremony were evidence of the numerous heartprints created in our district on a daily basis. The surprises at the event continued with the announcement of the District Teacher of the Year and District Support Employee of the Year. Congratulations to Mrs. Charlotte Anthony (District Teacher of the Year) and Mrs. Claudette Fisher (District Support Employee of the Year) on receiving well-deserved recognition at the event!
On August 21st, our district will witness a phenomenal event during the total solar eclipse! We have actively been working over the last several months to prepare for this historic event. Our schools have developed plans to ensure that each student who comes to school on August 21st will receive a rich learning opportunity. Our district is very appreciative of Velux for providing eclipse glasses for our students and staff to safely view this once-in-a-lifetime event.
There are exciting things on the horizon in District 50! Emerald High School was one of six high schools in the state to be selected to launch a high school aerospace curriculum. Beginning this fall, EHS students will have the opportunity to explore classes related to the design and flight of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles. Greenwood High School will become a fine-arts-focused high school in our district. Beginning in 2018-2019, GHS will offer an academic arts choice program for students entering 9th grade. The choice program will be available to students who attend GHS and EHS as a choice option. The upcoming renovation of the GHS Auditorium will transform the building into the Greenwood 50 Performing Arts Center. This new facility will provide current and future arts programs in the district and community an opportunity to showcase the talents and skills of Greenwood's Finest!
As we continue our journey through another successful year, your constant support of our schools and educational programs is critical to the overall success our district. We must remain focused on academic achievement and providing the best education possible for all of our students.
Working together, we can overcome any challenge and LEAVE HEARTPRINTS each day by making a difference in the lives of all our students and our community……AND THEN SOME!
Dr. Darrell Johnson
Greenwood School District 50