RICHLAND ONE ANNOUNCES HURRICANE FLORENCE MAKEUP DAYS
Richland One has announced the days that students will make up instructional time they missed when schools were closed September 11-14 by order of the governor.
Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools in Richland County and two dozen other South Carolina counties to close ahead of Hurricane Florence to help clear the roads and make preparations to accommodate residents of coastal counties who were being evacuated.
At the September 25 board meeting, the Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved October 12, December 21 and March 8 as makeup days. Each makeup day will be a half day for students and a full day for staff. The Board also approved a request from the district’s administrative team to waive the fourth missed day.
October 12 previously was designated as a student holiday/district professional development day; December 21 would have been the first day of Winter Break; and March 8 would have been a holiday for students and staff.
South Carolina school districts are required by state law to designate three makeup days in their academic calendars. Three missed days must be made up, but local school boards can vote to waive up to three days if schools are closed four to six days due to snow, extreme weather conditions or other disruptions. If schools are closed six to nine days for any of the same reasons, local school boards may request a waiver from the State Board of Education.
Richland One employees will receive information from the district regarding Hurricane Florence makeup days for employees.
Again this year, Richland One employees laced up their sneakers and took huge steps to help fight breast cancer by participating in the Palmetto Health Foundation's 2016 Walk for Life/Race for Life fundraiser. Under the mantra "Team Richland One: Stronger Together," Richland One raised $43,582.03! The top fundraising teams and team captains were honored at the January 24 Board of School Commissioners meeting. Satchel Ford Elementary School won the district's first-place overall fundraising award. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Beatrice King; Johnnie Mae Butler, team captain for Student Nutrition Services and Operations, Student Nutrition Services Director Tracy Dixon and Chief Operations Officer Ed Carlon, team major; Terri Eisenstadt, team captain for Satchel Ford; Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon; Dr. Traci Cooper, Richland One's Walk for Life/Race for Life chairperson; and Sam Tenenbaum, president of the Palmetto Health Foundation. Save the date: The 2017 Walk for Life/Race for Life will be held October 14 at Spirit Communications Park.
The Satchel Ford PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) is a nonprofit organization. To find out more information about the PTO, its benefits to the school, and how to join please visit http://sfpto.org
We are a healthy school and allow only 10 or fewer days to sell food and/or beverages exempt from the Smart Snack Standards.
A Message from the Principal
Welcome back to another great year at Satchel Ford Elementary School! It's so exciting to be part of a distinguished institution of learning, where ALL children can be a STAR in both academics and the arts!
Last year, Satchel Ford saw much development and evolution in the areas of mathematics instruction, scientific inquiry, and the effective integration of instructional technology in support of student learning. I look forward to overseeing and supporting continued positive change in our school, while honoring and preserving the rich traditions of Satchel Ford’s tremendous history of success in our community. To that end, this year our primary areas of focus and development will be inquiry-based, S.T.E.M.-oriented mathematics and science instruction, the full implementation of reading workshop and purposeful independent reading models in our ELA classrooms, and the continued enhancement of digital learning opportunities for children. All of this academic development will be enveloped in a meaningful and creative cultural arts program. In short, we're an awesome school, but we're striving to become even better!
If you ever have any questions, concerns, or compliments, please don’t hesitate to call me, send me an email, or simply drop by and speak with me for a few moments. It takes all of us working together to build successful young adults! Remember, …my door is always open.
Kevin J Hasinger