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  • Richland One Awarded $15 Million Grant to Add Magnet Programs


    Richland One has been awarded a $15 million federal grant to add magnet programs to four district schools. The award announcement was made today (September 27) by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Funds from the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) will help expand the Richland One Language Immersion Program at Carver-Lyon Elementary School to include French and related arts, along with a global leadership component. Three other Richland One schools will use their grant money to focus on leadership and career readiness. Bradley Elementary School will create a career awareness program. W.G. Sanders Middle School will have a career exploration magnet. W.J. Keenan High School will develop a career preparation magnet, as well as four academies to help students prepare for jobs in the fields of hospitality/tourism, government, entrepreneurship and engineering.


    “We are excited about receiving this grant which will help us expand the educational options we offer our students,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon.


    The four district magnet programs will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Richland One is one of 32 districts in the nation to receive the grants. The grant funds will be awarded over a five-year period. The goal of the MSAP grants is to create magnet schools that increase racial integration and promote academic opportunity and excellence.






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    We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.


    Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.


    SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.


    Click Here to Register:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-montessori-services-5323


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    W.G. Sanders Middle School: Anti-Bullying Month Events


    October 2: The first Monday of each October is Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ which signifies the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month each October. Go BLUE!


    October 2-4: Classroom sessions at 11:25 a.m., 11:55 a.m., and 12: 55 p.m.

    October 2-4, students will learn about the different types of bullying, its effects, and how they can be brave and stand up against bullying. 


    October 5: Teen bullying victim, author visits students

    Novelist Tianna Walker, a past victim of bullying and author of Tears of a Teen, will share her story with students and how she dealt with being bullied. Parents are invited to attend with students from 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm. 


    October 6th:  Walking for a Cause  

    A Month of Action: Anti-Bullying, Breast Cancer Awareness, International Walk to School Day, and Attendance Awareness.  Parents are invited to walk with students from 2:45 pm-3:15 pm.


    October 25: UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 


    Other school anti-bullying activities, including raps, pledges, a peace dance, and more are planned throughout October and the remainder of the school year.


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    W.G. Sanders will be participating in a concerted effort to raise awareness for breast cancer this October.  Breast cancer is likely to impact 1 in 8 women living in the United States today and the lives of their loved ones.  


    Each Friday W.G. Sanders Faculty and Students will have a Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness.  We will also be sponsoring a team to walk/run in the 2017 Palmetto Health Walk for Life.  There will be many other events and many ways to share your support at Sanders this October.  Join in!



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  • A Message from the Principal:


    I take great pride in being the principal of W. G. Sanders Middle School because of the wonderful staff, students and parents. I continue to be amazed with the rich history of traditions that help prepare students for a successful career in high school.


    This year we are implementing a wide variety of developmentally appropriate strategies in facilitating the learning for our students. Teachers continue to infuse technology into student lessons, and teachers continue to provide a challenging curriculum for our students.


    Stop by our parent and community center to find ways in which you can support our community initiatives. Also, take a look at our mission statement, our beliefs and our action plans. Give us feedback as we continue to monitor and enhance our instructional program.


    I look forward to working with all of you.

    Andrenna A Smith