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Arden Calendar Events

  • From the Principal

    Greetings Staff, Parents, and Community,  

    Dr. Timothy BlackwellI am truly honored and excited to serve you and the community as Principal of Arden Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school term.  We have completed two quarters of the 2022-2023 school year with our scholars.  We are working diligently during the 3rd marking period and ask that you continue to speak with your child/children about the importance of being at school.  We have so much to celebrate this year.  However, we still have room for growth to occur.  To make this happen,we need your support and cooperation to move the academic needle a little further. Here are a few ways to help us meet our goal(s):

    • Ensure that your child is in school daily.
    • Provide opportunities for your scholar to read daily.
    • Provide a quiet space for students to complete their homework.
    • Communicate with your scholar's teacher about his/her academic progress.

    As Principal, it is an expectation that we will maintain the focus on learning for both students and staff.  My desire and goal is that students, staff, parents and the community will continue to be partners in the learning process.  Let's keep the main thing, the main thing....academic improvement!

    Arden Elementary has some wonderful students, staff and parents!   I truly believe in focusing on the positive and redirecting the negative.  As we continue into the 2022-2023 school year, let’s embrace it with Richland School District One’s direction of transforming lives through education while ensuring that they are productive citizens within our changing world.  

    Our doors are always open and you are always welcome.   Again, I am grateful to be a part of this awesome staff, school and community. We will continue to be “One Community…..Serving, Supporting and Strengthening Each Other!”  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. I can be reached at timothy.blackwell@richlandone.org or 803.735.3400.


    Dr. Blackwell, Principal

    We are Arden Elementary, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.


    Beagle Character Trait

    Children who learn character traits have better success in relationships both at school and outside of school.  They learn to be more forgiving, responsible, caring, and compassionate.  They also learn how to cope with others, to tolerate different viewpoints, and to respect the needs of others.  

    May ---- Self-Discipline: to manage one's thoughts, feelings, and actions.

    Attention, Parents!!! 

    We are getting ready for state testing!

    SC Ready letter from Dr. Blackwell

    Spanish version click here.



    Free Housing Clinics

    Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Hancock!  She was our Door Prize winner for the Literacy Luau!

    Literacy Luau Door Prize winner, Ms. Hancock


    Field Day is right around the corner!  

    If you are planning to volunteer, please scan the QRCode to make sure you are in the Richland One volunteer database.  We would love to have you!

    Field Day Flier



    Promotion Ceremony Details


    Congratulations Corner! 

    Teacher of the Year

    Teacher of the year, Ms. Wehrmann, center

    2023/2024 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Hannah Wehrmann, Fourth Grade, pictured with Ms. Stephney, Assistant Principal, and Dr. Blackwell, Principal


    Classified Employee of the Year

    Classified Employee of the year, 202324

    2023/2024 Classified Employee of the Year, Ms. Elizabeth Foust.  Pictured with Mrs. L Kelly, Ms. K Pardue, Mr. K Irby, Mr. C Holloway, Mrs. C Jenkins, and Mrs. S Stephney


    Teacher of the Month

    April Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Kennedy, PreK

    April Teacher of the Month, Mrs. C Kennedy, PreK Teacher, pictured with Mrs. Stephney, Assistant Principal.


    Classified Employee of the Month

    April classified employee of the month, Mrs. S Smith-Ruff

    April Classified Employee of the Month, Mrs. S Smith-Ruff, PreK Instructional Assistant, pictured with Mrs. Stephney, Assistant Principal.


    Recently Certified

    Mrs. Legette, 3rd grade teacher, newly certified

    Mrs. Legette, Third Grade Teacher, recently completed the requirements for certification.



    Reporting a student absence is as easy as filling out the online form by clicking here.


    "We Can Read" Home School Literacy Initiative 

    Arden Elementary and Title I have teamed up to provide families with books parents and students can read together to support Family Literacy. Research shows that children surrounded by print materials are better readers and more successful in school.   Please take advantage of this program by contacting the school for books you can enjoy with your student(s).  Don't forget your Reading Log also.  


    Parent Institute Literacy Newsletter


    Re - Enroll

    Parents, will your child be attending Arden Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year?  If so, you must complete the Returning Student Enrollment Verification. The online vehicle for re-enrollment is Power School. 

     Click Here to understand and access the process of enrollment verification.  

    Information about transfers is available on the District website.   

    Enrollment of students NEW to the District is a different process and instructions can be found on this link: New Student Online Registration.



    2022-2023 Early Dismissal Times

    Elementary School Dismissal 11:00 am

    Middle School Dismissal 12:00 pm

    High School Dismissal 11:15 am



    2023-2024 PreK Registration




    Arden Elementary School Title I Suggestion Form



  • Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Richland County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected characteristics in its programs and activities.