Greenwood School District 50’s 2018-2019 school year is off to a terrific start! Many thanks to our faculty and staff for being SHINING STARS and MAKING THE RIGHT CALLS every day to make a positive impact in the lives of all of 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!
The Arts, Communication, and Theatre School (ACTS) at Brewer Middle School remains our oldest magnet program and recently received positive reviews from students, administration, and parents for the performance of the musical Shrek Jr. Students’ talents were on full display during a three night performance in mid-November that was open to the public. Crowds were amazed not only by the talent of our students, but also the planning, detail, and hard work of our ACTS teachers. Thanks to our ACTS students and staff, the program is at an all-time high in achievements and performances!
Tuesday, November 5th was an exciting day in our district as Woodfields Elementary unveiled their brand new playground! The school’s administrators and teachers worked extremely hard to create and open the playground for their special needs students. Thanks to their efforts, children in our district will be positively impacted by the playground for years to come. The playground is sensory-oriented allowing our special needs students to interact with all of the new equipment. The playground is the first of its kind at a public school in South Carolina and aligns directly with the district’s vision of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities!
On Friday, October 26th, our district partnered with Lander University to host the 2nd annual Unified Sports Day. Over 70 special needs students throughout our district visited Lander to participate in a variety of sports activities. Our teachers, teacher assistants, parents and students from Lander’s Delta Sigma Phi Chapter were on hand to assist students in basketball, soccer, bocce, and dance moves. This event was successful due to the teamwork, collaboration, and communication between students, parents, educators, and Lander. It will be exciting to see how this event continues to grow in the future!
Emerald and Greenwood High School Varsity Football teams completed very successful seasons. The 2018 season was filled with big plays and huge victories for the Eagles and Vikings. Both teams’ student-athletes and coaches should be commended for working and sacrificing greatly over the years to bring our Varsity Football programs to a level of prominence which is recognized statewide!
60 students were recently recognized for meeting English Proficiency on ACCESS 2018 test and speaking an additional language! This means that these students are fluent in their native language and the English language. This is a tremendous achievement for our district and would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and parents.
As we move into the holiday season, it is important to keep the positive memories from 2018 with us throughout the year. It is critical that we remain focused on academic achievement and providing the best education possible for all of our students.
Working together, we can overcome any challenge and make a difference in the lives of all our students and our community……AND THEN SOME!
Dr. Darrell Johnson
Greenwood School District 50