As we move closer to the end of another successful school year, this is an exciting time for Greenwood School District 50! Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our world class faculty and staff, District 50 is leaving heartprints in the lives of our students on a daily basis!
It was a pleasure to see Emerald 12th grader Tatravion Burton serve as Superintendent for a Day on Monday, April 30th. Mr. Burton was the winner of the Mr. Viking Night that was held on March 12th at Emerald High School. Mr. Burton’s entrepreneur skills were put to the test during his day as Superintendent for our district. His day consisted of leadership meetings, touring schools, and providing assistance with upcoming district presentations. Mr. Burton is college and career ready as his knowledge and talents were on full display throughout the day!
Recently, the Greenwood High School Early Bird Chorus took a large bite out of the Big Apple during their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. These outstanding students were truly ready for the big stage thanks to the hard work and dedication of GHS Choral Director Gina Jolly! The chorus not only had the chance to perform at the prestigious music hall, but also experienced the sights and sounds of NYC which included visits to Times Square and Central Park.
Our district is excited to be an active participant in the TransformSC/New Carolina Initiative. It is exciting to see the ways our TransformSC schools are redesigning classrooms to meet the needs of students through a variety of project based learning activities. On April 26th, Emerald High School’s media center was transformed by the school’s annual Hooverville simulation. It was exciting to hear students’ perspectives and reflections on this major event in our country’s history. These types of project based learning activities are providing students with the opportunity to become college and career ready!
The long standing tradition of success for G. Frank Russell Technolgy Center students at SkillsUSA competitions has not changed. On March 22nd - March 24th 20 RTC students competed at the annual competition held in Greenville. Eight students qualified to compete in the national competition that will be held later this summer in Louisville, KY! We are extremely proud of these students for excelling in SkillsUSA every year and look forward to more success at nationals.
Our district will begin celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week on May 7th. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to honor all of our teachers for touching the lives of hundreds of children in our community. It takes a huge heart to shape the minds and lives of students. We are blessed to live in a community that values great teachers and truly cares about preparing our students for tomorrow’s opportunities.
All of our outstanding achievements are a testament to the hard work of our administrators, teachers, parents, and students. As we prepare to close out this school year, our district will never waver in our mission to provide high quality educational services to every student. With your ongoing support we will overcome every challenge and make a difference in the lives of our students.
Together we can continue to make Greenwood School District 50 a place of which we can all be proud….AND THEN SOME!
Dr. Darrell Johnson
Greenwood School District 50