- Liberty High - 9 a.m.
- Daniel High - 12 p.m.
- Pickens High - 3 p.m.
- Easley High - 6 p.m.
More info on the class of 2014
- Sarah Waldvogel - Daniel High School
- Emily Giambalvo - Easley High School
- Kody Hall - Liberty High School
- Michaela Leslie - Pickens High School
- Forrest Wang - Daniel High School
- Audrey Dangler - Easley High School
- Trevor Woods - Liberty High School
- Maddisen Cox - Pickens High School
Elementary Meet the Teacher night will be Thursday, August 14, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at every elementary school in the district.
Click below for a detailed list of dates and times for middle and high school registration. Mark your calendar!
Registration Dates and Times
Please take time today to tell your school nurses how much you appreciate the work they do. We want to thank our school nurses for the hundreds of nicks, cuts, bruises, sniffles and upset stomachs they have helped our students overcome this year.
Thank you for helping us stay healthy!
Our teachers are what make Pickens County schools a great place to learn. Please take time today to show an educator how grateful you are for the impact they have made on your life.
For ideas on how to thank a teacher, visit the National Education Association's website!
If you don't have time to show your appreciation today, remember that Teacher Appreciation Week continues until Friday.
And if you can read this announcement, thank a teacher!
We're confident that each of these principals will be a great fit in their new posts. Please join us in welcoming and supporting each of them as they transition into a new role in our district.
We would also like to thank our two retiring principals for their years of distinguished service to our schools: Karen Jackson at Hagood Elementary School and Michael Fleming at Dacusville Elementary School. You will be missed!
Click on the links below to learn about the new leadership at each school!
- A.R. Lewis Elementary
- Central Elementary
- Chastain Road Elementary
- Dacusville Elementary
- Hagood Elementary
- Liberty Middle School
- R.C. Edwards Middle School
Click here for more information
Please welcome them to their new schools next year!
Daniel High School News Release - Easley High School News Release
We're very grateful to the many teachers, volunteers, and classmates who helped out, and we want to say a big "thank you!" to Clemson for hosting such a special day for these kids.
To assist parents of rising 7th graders with this vaccine requirement ahead of the 2014-15 school year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is working with school districts to provide the Tdap vaccine to current 6th grade students.
We are holding a 20-hour new bus driver class March 10-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 at the Transportation Services office at 1400 Griffin Mill Road, Easley.
If you are interested in taking a class and applying for a bus driving position, click here for more information.
Several students distinguished themselves with awards, including Morgan Summerlin of Daniel High School, who took first place in the high school division with her painting, "Robin's Nest" (pictured left).
For a complete list of award winners, click here.
Congratulations to all of our young artists and to the teachers who help them realize their talents!
Her story aired on February 27, and can be seen by clicking here. It was the second week in a row that a teacher from SDPC has been selected for the award!
We appreciate everything our great teachers do to help our students love to learn!
We congratulate Mr. Skelton and thank him for his dedication and support for Public Education!
The auditorium, which was built in 1939 has been renovated to serve students. Dr. Pew is looking forward to talking with parents and community members about the state of the district.
You can even email us your questions beforehand! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important note: this meeting was originally scheduled for January 9. It was moved to February 25.
Your participation is important for us to help create a safe environment for our students. You must live in Pickens County and be the parent of a Pickens County student to participate. Please take this survey only once. All responses are confidential.
Beth Brotherton visited Mrs. Chaka's classroom last week to honor her. WYFF aired the story on Thursday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m.
We are very proud of Mrs. Chaka!
In keeping with AdvancED's goal of encouraging continuing improvement, required actions were outlined for improvement. AdvancED will be returning in April to follow up on two required actions, specifically relating to the elected board of trustees. On March 24, the board adoped an action plan to address issues raised by the accreditation team.
News Release - AdvancED Report - Board of Trustees Statement - Board Action Plan
The deadline for registration is February 18. To set up an appointment, please contact Missy Ducker, our senior benefits specialist.
For more information about cost, insurance, and tests offered, click here.
More than 40 professionals came to the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to talk to
Please use caution and bundle up as you head outside!
Students, don't forget to study hard and get plenty of sleep. Exams begin on Tuesday, December 17, and end on Friday December 20.
Also, school will dismiss early on December 20. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:50 a.m.
There will be no afternoon 4K classes on December 20. Morning 4K students who ride the bus will have to ride with 5K-12 students. Parents who don't wish for their 4K students to ride with older children should make arrangements to pick their children up at the 11:00 a.m. dismissal time.
The presentation will include an overview of the team's visit to the district, along with commendations and required actions for the district to take over the next five years.
Marla will be remembered for her love for children, her positive outlook, and her sweet smile.
We want to encourage our employees to be mindful of germs and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
Parents, if you see any symptoms of illness, we strongly urge you to keep your child home. Please do not risk the well-being of your own child or others in order to pursue a perfect attendance certificate. Your child's health is much more important to us than his or her attendance record!
For more information on how to prevent and identify the flu, please click here.
His willpower, perseverance, and passion for education were a blessing to our school district, and he will be missed.
We hope all of our students have an enjoyable break, and we wish everyone safety on the roads as cold weather moves in. See you on Monday!
A list of approved devices is posted here.
Details about when students can begin to bring devices to school will be announced in late January. Please talk to staff at your child's school to find out more details about specific opportunities available at your school.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. Also, afternoon 4K classes will be cancelled. Morning 4K will continue as usual.
We want to thank the many veterans in our community and on our staff for their service and sacrifice to keep our nation safe and free!
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Questions for Dr. Pew can be sent in advance to email@example.comQuestions will also be accepted during the meeting. Dr. Pew will be presenting information about the state of the district, and she will try to include answers to any questions we get in advance. See you there!
We want to thank Clark Webb, our Executive Director of Financial Services, and all of our financial staff for their hard work. They play a key role in making sure we get the most out of our resources to serve our students.
The AOP-BIS is a chance for almost 60 businesses, colleges and educational programs to show students opportunities beyond the classroom. The goal of the event is to help young people and their parents understand the decisions they need to make now in order to thrive in future careers.
Students from Easley High and Liberty High are scheduled to attend on October 3.
Students were able to get a taste for careers in engineering, manufacturing, energy management, medicine and more. They finally got an answer to the old question, "When are we ever going to have to use this?"
Mrs. Dobson is a 4K teacher at Clemson Elementary School. Anchor Beth Brotherton and photojournalist Jonny Bates came to her class on September 25, and the kids lit up when they saw the camera. Her story aired on WYFF the next day. Thank you, Mrs. Dobson; you make us proud!
Last year, our employees donated more than $50,000 to our local United Way, funding charities that lift people up right here in Pickens County. We are proud to partner with the United Way to support programs that help the families of our children, and our employees' generosity is another way in which they are building success beyond the classroom!
The survey will only be available until Friday, September 27.
Our teachers, parents and students are excited to begin another year of learning and growth. We want to thank our parents for their patience and help in getting making the start of our year run smoothly, and we thank our staff whose hard work has made the classroom a welcoming place for kids.
To see pictures of our students returning to school for their first day, click below!
Don't forget to download the FREE ParentLink Mobile App to your smartphone! The app allows you to check your child's grades and attendance information anywhere, anytime. The app will also keep you up to date on school news and announcements.
Click here to view a demo and download the application. The ParentLink Mobile App is available for download at the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
The training and designation award is provided by Charleston, SC-based Darkness to Light (D2L). D2L has championed the movement to end CSA since its founding in 2000 and now has education programs in 49 states and 15 foreign countries.
“Partner in Prevention” was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations who take CSA prevention seriously by implementing policy and training staff.
The registration and Meet the Teacher dates for the 2013-2014 school year are set.
Meet the Teacher day and registration for all elementary schools will be Thursday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration times for middle and high schools vary by school and by grade. For a complete list of times and dates for middle and high schools, take a look at the Meet the Teacher Schedule.
2013 Registration Q & A
We could not be more proud of Jan and Pauline!
The Tdap shot protects kids and adults from three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.
Students must have proof of having received the shot before school starts on August 20.
For a list of clinics offering the vaccine, click here.
We want to encourage parents and students to help us "go green" by downloading the electronic version of the handbook as much as possible.
See you at school!
We look forward to seeing you at the E3 (Engage, Excite, Enrich) Conference on July 31 and August 1. The booklet for our back-to-school professional learning event is complete and ready for you to view! It will shed more light on the training opportunities available. We appreciate all of the extra learning you do to help our students. Just click below for more info.
E3 Conference Program
- Pauline Blackston - A.R. Lewis Elementary
- Darlene Dennis - Dacusville Middle School
- Bonnie Forbes - Central Elementary School
- Matt Owens - District Office
- Barry Burnett - Clemson Elementary
- Jan Burroughs - Easley High School
- Amy Byrd - Gettys Middle School
- Kelley Ponder - Crosswell Elementary
Hall and Hayes graduated from Daniel High School this spring, and were both students in the mechatronics program at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center.
Congratulations, Brandon and John!
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Hoover as the nation’s best high school softball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Hoover from nearly 373,000 high school softball players nationwide. Hoover is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
Official News Release
We welcome further input from our parents and staff members as we develop the calendar for next school year.
Dismissal times are as follows:
- Elementary 11:00 a.m.
- Middle 11:50 a.m.
- High 12:00 p.m.
Please remember to come pick up your children at the correct time!
The purpose of the extended credit recovery program is to allow students in grades 9-11 to recover credit, complete 4th quarter credit remediation, or complete seat time recovery in a course that was not successfully completed during the regular school year.
More information on how to register for the credit recovery program is included in the link below. Registration ends June 7.
Details of each ceremony including valedictorian and salutatorian are included on our Graduation 2013 page. Profiles of the valedictorian, salutatorian and most improved student from each school are also included below.
Daniel Students - Easley Students - Liberty Students - Pickens Students
This year, the retirees were awarded with an engraved plate, a certificate, a Red Apple Pass to district events, and a delicious dinner catered by The Parkette. We want to express our gratitude to WYFF News 4's Dale Gilbert for being our keynote speaker and to Blue Ridge Electric Co-operative for sponsoring the dinner.
Nonprofit agencies and summer programs that would like to participate in the Seamless Summer Feeding Program are encouraged to apply. You can contact Sally Nicholson, our Director of Student Nutrition Services, for more information.
News Release - Application - Flyer
The goal of C3 is to offer a safe, engaging learning environment to students who need an instructional approach that is different from traditional high school programs. It is a great place for students in middle and high school who feel that they can benefit from a smaller learning environment that offers hands-on learning activities that are connected to real-world applications.
Instructions on how to use ParentLink can be found by clicking here.
If you have lost or forgotten your ParentLink login information, please come to the school office, and we'll be glad to help you out!
To see more ways to honor our teachers, check out the National Teacher Day website.
Take a moment to remember all the things made possible in your life by a teacher!
WeDo Camp - designed for grades 1 and 2.
Basic NXT Building Camp - designed for grades 3-5.
Sumo Robot Camp - designed for grades 5-8.
To download a sign-up sheet with more information, click here!
The prize for the award is $25,000 and a BMW to drive for a year.
News Release - Welcome Parade at Pickens Elementary School
Danny Barrett will be the new Director of Operations and AITS Special Projects, and Janice Ward has been chosen as the new Coordinator of Secondary Education. Barrett currently oversees the technology installation projects as the district’s E-Learning Specialist, and Ward is an assistant principal at Daniel High School.
More than 60 8th grade students from Anderson and Pickens Counties competed in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning event at Lockheed Martin at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center.
In the Glider Challenge, students explore the relationship between force and motion and the effects of weight and lift on the glider. Most importantly, they learn how to work in small teams to solve a problem and accomplish a goal. Teams competed in several categories, including Distance, Target (Accuracy), and Artistic Design.
View Slideshow - News Release
“I look forward to working with Mrs. Tharpe as principal of Dacusville Middle School. She is committed to public education and works well with students, parents, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, district superintendent.
“Wanda is uniquely qualified for the position with 17 years of experience in middle school education. She has proven herself as an educator and administrator during her time at Liberty Middle School, and we look forward to seeing her maintain a commitment to excellence at Dacusville Middle.”
Tharpe will begin as principal at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
We are grateful to many teachers and volunteers who braved the rain to make it an unforgettable special day for our kids.
They make us smile, and they make us proud!
The students medaled in competitions including Culinary Arts, Extemporaneous Speaking, Prepared Speech, Opening and Closing, Commercial Banking, Mechatronics, Job Skill Demonstration, Electrical Construction Wiring, Technical Drafting, Screen Printing, Mobile Robotics, First Aid/CPR, Firefighting, Cosmetology, Masonry and Precision Machining Technology.
We could not be more proud of our students' demonstration of work-ready skills in such a variety of fields.
A complete list of medalists can be found in our news release.
Kim's segment aired on Thursday, March 28th in the 5pm hour on WYFF News 4. You can click here to see her and her students in action.
Congratulations to our star teacher!
32 finalists--two from each elementary school--competed on Tuesday to have their salad recipe added to the school district's lunch menu. More than 80 students entered recipes at their schools. The students had 30 minutes to prepare their salads, which were judged based on healthiness, originality, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness, and plate presentation.
Sally Nicholson, director of Student Nutrition Services, said the finalists' entries were so impressive, that each will be served once at the contestants' schools this year. Autumn's salad will be added to the whole district's lunch menu next year!
This vaccine is routinely recommended to be given at 11-12 years of age; however, if a Tdap vaccine was needed at an earlier age, a dose received on or after your child's seventh birthday will meet this requirement. You must give your child’s school a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization to prove your child has had the shot.
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The organization audits government websites for openness of information on taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administration, contracts, audits, public records, academics and background checks.
SDPC was the only South Carolina school district to earn a perfect A+ rating from the organization this year.
We remain committed to making sure our parents and community have easy access to the information they need about our schools.
This is a tremendous honor for Coach Corn personally and professionally. It is also a great recognition of the Athletic Department, the PHS Athletic Association, the PHS coaching staff, and the many student-athletes that Coach Corn serves. Coach Corn has served as PHS AD for 13 years.
Congratulations, Coach Corn!
The museum is located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
View Winning Artwork
"To be recognized as one of the top five finalists in South Carolina demonstrates Mrs. Sutton’s excellence in teaching. We wish her the very best as she continues in the selection process."
District News Release - SC Department of Education News Release
Mrs. Anders' segment aired Thursday, February 28 in the 5pm hour on WYFF News 4.
Way to go, Mrs. Anders!
The contestants were chosen by audience votes at the four preliminary shows at Daniel High School, Pickens High School, Liberty High School and Easley High School, and they have beat out dozens of competitors for a chance at first place.
Please come out to support our talented competitors and our schools!
This month, construction crews have put some of the finishing touches to make the building finally look like the school that students will step into in August. The entryways, cafeteria, hallways and practice rooms have started to take on the appearance that we hope students will remember fondly for years to come. Click on the link below for a look inside the new Pickens Middle!
Mrs. Mellett's segment will air on Thursday, February 21st in the 5pm hour on WYFF News 4, so tune in to see her and her students in action.
Congratulations to our star teacher!
News Release - View Slideshow
Congratulations to Mr. Mainieri on his tremendous accomplishment!
The diverse list of schools they committed to range from Division I NCAA schools to private religious schools to an Ivy League institution. Click on the link below for a complete list of signees.
The sale will be held at the B.J. Skelton Career Center at 1400 Griffin Mill Road, Easley. Items for sale include a pickup truck, tables, chairs, excercise equipment, appliances and more. For a more information, including a longer list of sale items, click below.
For the coming year, the district has developed two calendars: one with information pertinent to parents, and a second, more detailed calendar with information tailored specifically for teachers. Both calendars are available in a printable format on our site.
Our next school year is scheduled to begin August 20. Get ready!
The theme of the concert is The Best of the Classics (1770-2013). The concert will feature music ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to the Beatles and Coldplay.
This concert will feature our Middle School All-County Orchestra directed by Mrs. Tina Pulley. It will also feature our High School All-County Orchestra directed by Dr. Andrew Levin. The performance is free and open to the public!
They were recognized by the SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports at their Fall Player of the Year Awards Program on January 27.
We are very proud of the achievements of our student athletes!
Again, all Pickens County public schools are dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25.
The teachers are Dawn Miller, Liberty Elementary School; Heather Greer, Dacusville Elementary School; Jennifer Hoover, Liberty Middle School; Nicole Richey, West End Elementary School; Brooks Fuller, Easley High School; Lindsey Hiott, Ambler Elementary School; and Valerie McCall, Dacusville Elementary School.
Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.
We appreciate these teachers who have gone the extra mile to become the best educators they can be.
SDPC News Release, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement
Please take time to let our board members know you appreciate their work this month!
SDPC Board of Trustees
Brice Middle’s athletic teams will take the field as the “Riptide” and will sport green and black on their uniforms.
Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will directly support Pickens County Schools. There will be a total of five shows: one in each region plus the Grand Finale.
Audition Times and Schedule
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The screenings are available to some SDPC employees, retirees and their spouses.
To sign up, contact Missy Ducker, Senior Benefits Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out if you are eligible, click on the link below.
Employees and parents are encouraged to read and heed our illness prevention flyer.
Remember the no. 1 rule--if you have flu symptoms, please stay home!
WYFF's crew came for a shoot during Mrs. Donnan's class on December 19.
Congratulations to our star teacher!
We applaud United Tool and Mold and the CTC for serving as a model of partnership between manufacturing and education!
Students also had the chance to ask the governor about anything and everything, and they took full advantage!
We want to thank the governor for investing her time in our students and for enouraging them to take a strong stand against bullying.
The school is named for James C. Brice Sr., former football coach and principal at EHS and district superintendent. The football stadium at the school, "Brice Field," bore his name for decades.
J.C. Brice Middle will be formed with a split of R.H. Gettys Middle School. Feeder schools for J.C. Brice will be West End and Forest Acres Elementary. Students from Crosswell, East End and McKissick Elementary will continue to advance to R.H. Gettys.
Team 7447 and their robot, “Walie,” earned the Design Award and were named Robotic Skills Champions and Tournament Champions.
Congratulations to our rising engineers!
As mandated by the Educational Improvement Act of 1984, each school district in South Carolina must publish by April 30th an annual report detailing financial and academic information for the preceding academic year. The report contains information about our district, including school and staff information, test scores, financial reporting, and enrollment.
Our report also includes Points of Pride and a summary of progress made on the Building Program over the past school year.
2011-2012 Report to the Community
Each weekday this week is dedicated to honoring a group of difference-makers: Veterans on Monday, parents on Tuesday, support staff on Wednesday, educators on Thursday and substitutes on Friday.
Please take a moment to thank someone who has made an impact on children's lives this week!
Click below for a look at school-by-school report card results.
2012 Report Card News Release
Many of our middle schools and high schools rolled out their bands and color guards in a show of respect for veterans, and our elementary school students were taught the value of service and sacrifice.
To all of our members of the military--active, retired or fallen--we offer our deepest gratitude.
For pictures of how schools across our district observed Veterans Day, click below.
Veterans Day Celebration Slideshow
This effort was to include students in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. We encountered several scheduling conflicts during the week and felt it was in the best interest of our schools to postpone the data collection process that was to occur with DHEC. Parents will be notified at the time the effort to partner with DHEC to collect the BMI data is scheduled.
Thank you for your cooperation throughout the data collection process.
WYFF's crew came for a shoot during Mrs. Sardinas' class on Wednesday morning. The story aired Thursday on channel 4.
Congratulations to our star teacher!
Vaccine clinics will be held at Daniel High School on November 7, at Pickens High School on November 8, at Liberty High School on November 13 and at Gettys Middle School on November 14.
Parents are reminded to be sure to bring their child's Medicaid or health insurance card to the clinic.
Flu Clinic Flyer
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was our keynote speaker, and hundreds of friends, staff and alumni turned out to tour the new building.
We look forward to bright futures for our students in our beautiful new facility!
Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.
In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, this exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as Morgan pursues his education and career goals.”
Kudos to Morgan for his outstanding work!
The purpose of the South Carolina Career Woman of the Year program is to recognize a woman who has achieved outstanding success in her own career and has made significant contributions to civic and humanitarian or religious activities. This program is sponsored by the Easley Business and Professional Women’s Club for all Pickens County Women.
The award was made during the 52nd Anniversary Celebration of Pickens County Women by Easley BPW on Tuesday night. Congratulations Dr. Gaston!
To view the presentation that was given to the Board of Trustees on Monday night about the audit, or to read the audit in its entirety, click on the links below.
In particular, parents looking for the link to Student Nutrition Services will find it there.
We have also added a tab to take visitors directly to our Financial Transparency page. We hope these changes will help as we continually update our site to provide easy information access for familiar visitors and newcomers alike.
Please click below to learn how to use our new system for checking grades, assignments and attendance.
We are holding a 20 hour new bus driver class November 12th to 15th. The class will be Monday through Thursday 8:30 to 2:30.
If you are interested in taking a class and applying for a bus driving position, click here for more information.
Our students outperformed state averages for 2012 in all four subject areas: Algebra/Mathematics, Biology, English and U.S. History. The fail rate for our students also dropped in every subject area, falling dramatically in Biology from 30.9 percent to 17.1 percent.
Congratulations to our students for their hard work, and we want to thank our teachers and parents for helping our students become high achievers!
Please click here to view a letter from Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew regarding the recent arrest of district employees.
We are proud to invite the community to tour our beautiful new facility. The after a program in the auditorium, we will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by self-guided tours of the new school.
Please join us as we mark this milestone for the school district, our students and the Easley community.
The instructional materials are on display at twenty-five colleges and universities throughout the state. The materials will be on display from October 15 through November 23, 2012, with instructions for submitting comments available at each site. State Board of Education members will review citizens’ comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.
For more information on where to view the materials, click here to head to the SC Department of Educations website.
The second grade program challenges students to build a Styrofoam sailboat that can float down a classroom “river” in 15 seconds or less.
The average scores for SDPC students again beat state and national averages. Congratulations to our students and teachers for their outstanding achievement!
SAT Scores News Release
Student grades and assignments will still be viewed in ParentLink from now on, but other events and announcements from teachers can be viewed on their SchoolFusion web pages. Click below for frequently asked questions regarding teacher web pages.
Teacher web page FAQ
The event connects students with more than 50 businesses and universities to give them a taste for life in the workforce after high school. Students are shown what kinds of jobs are available in our area, and they are informed about what educational path they will need to take to achieve their dream career.
The new calendar reflects corrections to dates for grading periods, interim reports, and report cards.
Please note that holidays, inclement weather days, professional learning days, and half days have not been changed.
To view and download a copy of the revised calendar, click here.
On August 22, the FDA announced a recall of some domestically produced cantaloupe, which had been infected with salmonella. The recalled cantaloupe were produced by Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana.
The cantaloupe that we serve in our school cafeterias is produced by Marvin's Produce of Greer, South Carolina. Marvin's Produce does not do business with Chamberlain Farms and is not affected by the recall.
Anyone with questions or concerns about food safety can contact Student Nutrition Services at (864) 397-1160.
First Day of School Slideshow
Mrs. Sutton teaches first grade at Pickens Elementary School, and Mrs. Simpson is the Title I Facilitator at West End Elementary School.
Congratulations to Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Sutton, and we wish them a wonderful school year!
Teacher of the Year page
Support Employee of the Year page
Back-to-School Celebration Pictures
Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Brunch Pictures
- Elementary – Start: 8:00 a.m./Dismissal: 2:30 p.m.
- Middle – Start: 8:30 a.m./Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
- High – Start: 8:15 a.m./Dismissal: 3:10 p.m.
Each year, four teachers and four support employees are chosen as finalists for the Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year Awards. The finalists are chosen based on characteristics including dedication, skill, initiative and integrity.
This year's Honor Roll Teachers are:
- Kathleen Dickel - Daniel High School, German
- Kelly Sheppard - Pickens High School, Business Education
- Darleen Sutton - Pickens Elementary School, 1st Grade
- Frances Young - Liberty High School, Math
- Donyea Brown - Clemson Elementary, Asst. Director of After School Programs
- Sharon Durham - Six Mile Elementary, Secretary/Bookkeeper
- Kela Simpson - West End Elementary, Title I Facilitator
- Gene Zeigler - Dacusville Middle School, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant
Congratulations to our Honor Roll honorees!
Teacher of the Year Homepage
Support Employee of the Year Homepage
This week, dozens of teachers headed to the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Liberty High School for the New Teacher Academy. Many returning teachers joined them at LHS for new technology training as well.
For a look at some of the new and returning faces to Pickens County Schools, click on the link below.
Congratulations to A. R. Lewis Elementary, McKissick Elementary, & West End Elementary for being named 2012-13 Title I Reward Schools. SDPC is proud of your faculty, staff and students for all of the dedication and hard work it takes to achieve this recognition.
Title I Reward Schools are recognized for acheiving an "A" or "B" according to South Carolina's ESEA/Federal Accountability System for two straight years, having a free/reduced lunch count above 50 percent, and for not having any significant achievement gaps. Also, reward schools can not be Primary schools.
We appreciate the leadership from these schools!
For the 2011-2012 school year, schools and districts were assigned a numerical index score based on student performance. The School District of Pickens County earned a score of 88.9. Scores above 70 meet or exceed the state's expectation.
Results of High School Assessment Program testing were also released, showing more Pickens County high school students passing their exit exams for the third consecutive year.
Also, results of testing for the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards showed Pickens County 3rd through 8th grade students outperforming statewide averages.
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All classes for SDPC are conducted at the Transportation Services facility located at 1400 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640. We have two classes scheduled for September 2012. They will be held on Tuesday- Thursday (September 4,5, & 6) from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with required attendance for the written test on Thursday September 13 (8:30 am -2:30 pm) or on Monday - Thursday (September 10-13) from 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Seniors and Juniors July 31, Sophomores August 1, and Freshmen August 2nd between 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Daniel High School students will register at Edwards Middle School, and Easley High School students will register at West End Elementary School.
All Liberty High School students will register July 31st 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m
Late Registration for Daniel, Liberty and Pickens High Schools will be Tuesday, August 7th between 12:00 am-4:00 pm. Easley High School's late registration will be Wednesday, August 8th between 12:00 pm-4:-00 pm. For more information, 2012-2013 Registration
“Mary’s artwork is a special addition to the collection,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “We’re proud that we can emphasize the importance of the arts by showcasing students’ work in the boardroom.”
In 2004 the School District of Pickens County opened the Superintendent’s Art Gallery in the boardroom at the Curtis A. Sidden Administration building. With the goal of assembling a permanent display of student art, a committee selects and purchases a work of art from the Pickens County Youth Arts display each year.
Students may attend at any SDPC school or at any other site in South Carolina. Additionally, summer classes have been scheduled at Liberty High and at Pickens High. Because Daniel and Easley high schools will move to new campuses, summer classes will not be scheduled at those schools.
Students are encouraged to prepare now if they want to drive on SDPC high school campuses during the 2012-2013 school year. Students will not receive parking permits until they successfully complete the Alive at 25 course. More Information ... News Release ... Alive at 25 website ... Frequently Asked Questions ... Driver's Education vs. Alive at 25
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Thank you to the many individuals, businesses and industries that have supported our students and teachers at this event. We appreciate you! We also want to thank Ray Farley, Trent Acker and Melissa Carlson of Alliance Pickens for making the evening a reality. Slideshow
“Every 10-11 student nutrition program received a bronze award, so we are thrilled,” said Sally Nicholson, director of SDPC Student Nutrition Services. “With the leadership of principals and cafeteria managers, we’re making positive changes in our schools’ student nutrition programs. We are proud of their accomplishments and congratulate each one who has been involved.” Additional information about the HealthierUS School Challenge program can be found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov. News Release ... Slideshow
The Lieutenant Governor’s Bridging Generations Award is a new award that pairs eighth-grade students with older South Carolinians, bridging the gap between generations in the state. Students learn from the past, while leading older South Carolinians into the future. The writing award allows students to showcase what they have learned by incorporating many subjects of the eighth grade curriculum, including South Carolina history. Each student vying for the award interviewed a senior citizen and then wrote an essay about the differences and similarities of the adult’s life when he or she was the same age as the student. Awards were presented to a school winner, a county winner, and a state winner. News Release ... Shannon's Essay
New Submissions: MKE Students are Racing Fast ... Rockin’ the Rec for Relay at Central Elementary … Crosswell Cubs Go To Roper Mountain … East End TOY & SOY for 2012-2013 … Second Graders To Ashtabula Plantation … National Honor Society Induction … Men Who Matter Most Breakfast … Safety Assembly … Family Fun Night … 11-12 TOY & SEY … History Through a Looking Glass at Crosswell … A.R. Lewis Receives School Communications Awards ... Easley High Students of Spanish Score Well
In the photograph, Linda Robinson (center), school nurse at Chastain Road Elementary School, talks with parent Shawna Owens (right) after her daughter Kennedy visited the health room. News Release ... Governor's Proclamation
Churches, community centers, city and county parks, nonprofit agencies and summer programs that would like to participate in the Seamless Summer Feeding Program are encouraged to apply. Representatives must attend the mandatory training session on May 17. Applications should be faxed to (864) 898-5636 or emailed to SallyNicholson@pickens.k12.sc.us by May 15. News Release ... Information ... Application
New submissions: A.R. Lewis Student Wins State Contest ... Jump Rope for Heart at A.R. Lewis ... Alive@25 at Daniel High ... Edward Middle Band Earns Gold
|Palmetto Gold Schools
|Back: Carlton Lewis, Ambler; Ken Weichel, Clemson; Darian Byrd, Forest Acres; Clif Alexander, Six Mile; Tim Mullis, Easley High; Leonard Williams, PC Career & Technology Center; Gary Culler, Edwards Middle.
Front: Jamie Spinks, Central; Tom Polidor, A.R. Lewis; Tammy Day, East End; Donna Harden, Holly Springs; Angie Rodgers, West End; Cissy Floyd (Assistant Principal), Liberty Elementary; Sharon Huff, Daniel High.
|Palmetto Silver Schools
|Back: Tom Polidor, A.R. Lewis Elementary; Ian Williams (Assistant Principal), Crosswell; Michael Fleming, Dacusville Elementary; Andy Hooker, Dacusville Middle; Mike Cory, Gettys Middle; Donivan Edwards, Liberty Middle; Tim Mullis, Easley High.
Front: Jamie Spinks, Central; Karen Jackson, Hagood; Donna Harden, Holly Springs; Angie Rodgers, West End; Del Freitag, Pickens Elementary; Libba Floyd, Pickens Middle.
New submissions: A.R. Lewis Student Wins State Contest ... EHS student reaches top 10 in Chemistry Olympiad … Crosswell students participate in pioneer day ... Jump Rope for Heart at A.R. Lewis ... Alive@25 at Daniel High
Following the opening parade, Tina Hudgens from Liberty High School remembered Anita Beatty. She said, “The students in Pickens County will benefit for years to come because of Anita’s determined spirit to do what was best for students no matter what obstacles she had to move. In memory of Anita today, the School District of Pickens County would like to present Anita’s daughter Hannah with a scholarship to Lander University.” Anita's family is pictured here. Special Olympics Slideshows
Establishing the fraud line and email address for anonymous reporting of suspected fraud is one part of a fraud risk management program being developed in response to a recommendation by Greene, Finney & Horton LLP, external auditors who perform the district’s annual audit. All details of the formal fraud risk management program are expected to be presented to the board by the end of the fiscal year. News Release
The meeting will focus on the Title II project on Teacher Quality, the Title III project regarding English Speakers of Other Languages and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational-Technical Education Act and the McKinney-Vento legislation regarding homeless children. The meeting will also focus on the Title I project entitled “Improving the Achievement of the Disadvantaged.” The Title I project serves students in schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch and who may, therefore, be at a disadvantage educationally in the areas of English language arts and mathematics.
If you would like to comment on these projects, please send your comments in writing to Dr. Kelly Pew, 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640. You may also send comments by email to Dr. Pew at email@example.com. News Release
Elementary schools recognized are Ambler, Central, Clemson, Crosswell, Dacusville, East End, Forest Acres, Hagood, Holly Springs, AR Lewis, Liberty, Pickens, Six Mile and West End elementary schools. Dacusville, Edwards, Gettys, Liberty and Pickens middle schools were also recognized. High schools recognized were Daniel, Easley, and BJ Skelton Career Center (now the Pickens County Career & Technology Center). Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent, said, “Student achievement is a priority in our district, and having recognition for the schools’ success is affirming. I congratulate each person who had a part in helping students achieve at this level.” News Release
“I’m looking forward to working with Mrs. Huff,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, the district’s new superintendent. “As an administrator in our district for over ten years, she has gained tremendous respect. She understands the importance of rigorous, relevant instruction in every class from pre-K through twelfth grade. She is committed to open communication, to building trusting relationships, and to drawing on each other’s strengths and talents as we provide quality educational experiences for all students. She brings these commitments and many outstanding qualities to this position.”
Huff began her career as an English teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School in 1990 and then moved to Pickens Middle School in 1998. She was also a curriculum assistant at Gettys Middle School before being named assistant principal at Daniel High School in 2002. She has been principal at DHS since 2005. News Release
The two SDPC teams reached international competition after garnering the highest scores in the AOP competition. Approximately 20 students from schools in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens school districts competed at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) on February 17. News Release ... Photograph Courtesy of The Easley Progress/Pickens Sentinel
Starting on Friday, August 3 and ending at midnight, August 5, students and parents can buy eligible items such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, computers and linens without paying sales tax on those items. Supply lists for schools can be found on school websites or through contacting the school directly. Don't forget, school starts on August 21, so be ready!
“I am deeply humbled to be able to serve students with special needs along with the teachers, support staff and parents in the district,” said Ashton. “Amidst the pressure of difficult challenges that lie before us, collaboration is most needed. It is my hope that change will continue to flourish in the areas of perception, attitude, focus, and results. Anita Beatty is very much missed, and my support staff is committed to maintaining her high standards of service to others.” News Release
With support from Ingles, the final show on February 25 will be filmed in its entirety and will air on Charter TV-10 beginning March 10. Tickets for the final event are $10. There will be guest performances from R.U.S.H, Taylor Stewart, Chris Haile, Jereomy Arnett and the Chinese Martial Arts group from Clemson as well as door prizes, including an I-PAD courtesy of Charter. Encourage as many people as you can to come to the event to see what happens live and to be a part of the TV production.
The audience will select the top five acts. First place will receive $500 plus an autographed guitar from Miranda Lambert. The second place winner will receive $350, and third place will be awarded $150. Prizes were donated by Charter Communications as well as an anonymous donor. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive trophies.
PCHT thanks the many volunteers and each of the host high schools for making these shows possible. With your help we can make a direct impact on the schools and students in the School District of Pickens County.
In a statement, Board Chairman Alex Saitta said, “Last year board members fanned out and spoke with each principal. This year we are visiting the faculties at each school. One of the questions we asked is what would you like to see in the next superintendent? All stressed the need for an internal hire, someone who knows our culture and has first-hand knowledge of our district office operation. By narrowing the search to Dr. Pew and Dr. Merck, the board has taken this input, thereby giving employees and principals some ownership in the selection.”
At a called board meeting on February 20, the board will interview each candidate. According to Saitta, the board may vote following the interviews or wait until the regular meeting on February 27. News Release
Auditions for the Liberty area will be held in the Liberty High School auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The Daniel-area preliminary event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Daniel High School auditorium. Competing will be Ally Green, Dylan Looper, Trivocality, Linda Gail Higdon, Laura Nelson, David Burke, Joe Rice, Kristopher Luo, Rebecca Mason, Forrest Wang. Abbey & Callie Clogging, Sonny Nodine, Chinese Martial Arts, Hot Foot Cloggers, Tyler & Caleb Music, and Tsomorlig Khishigbold.
In last week's Pickens-area preliminary show, Vataydra Ferguson, Laura Nelson, Ruby Faith Dennis, and Gracie Dellinger were selected as finalists.
Thank you for your continued support of Pickens County Has Talent!
Through the Student Nutrition Services website, parents may apply safely, securely, and privately to determine their eligibility. A new meal application is required every year, so we encourage families to begin submitting applications online now.
Families without Internet access may use computers at all Pickens County public libraries or at the Adult Learning Center in Easley. Clemson Community Care also has a computer and assistance available to parents wishing to complete the application online. News Release
Cooper was elected to serve as the Clemson-area representative in November 1992. A graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina, he is a physician and owner of Pendleton Medical Clinic. News Release
To schedule your appointment, email Missy Ducker, SDPC Benefits Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to put "Worksite Screening" in the subject line and list three preferred appointment times in the body. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions and more information about the health survey.
This event is part of the public comment period State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais announced on December 16 and continues through January 23. The draft proposal, public comment form, and schedule of community stakeholder meetings are online.
Earlier in December, over 300 students auditioned before the School District of Pickens County band directors for seats in the all-county band. With representation from all five middle schools, 78 students were seated in the Pickens All-County Junior Band. The Pickens All-County Senior Band includes 63 students from all four high schools “We are proud of these students and congratulate them on their accomplishment,” says Patrick A. Mainieri, director of bands at Gettys Middle School. “We also want to express our appreciation to Pickens High School Principal Marion Lawson for hosting the event at Pickens High School this year.” The concert on Friday is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, January 12 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., the World of Energy will host a show opening. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The show will remain on display until February 12 during normal business hours. The World of Energy is located at 7812 Rochester Highway in Seneca and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.
A child who is four years old on or before September 1, 2012 may register for four-year-old kindergarten; however, the child must qualify for the program. A child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2012 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.
- Student’s state-issued birth certificate – not the hospital keepsake copy;
- Student’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization;
- Proof of Pickens County residence. A parent or guardian must provide proof of Pickens County residence when a student first enrolls at any school. Acceptable proof of residence is a current electricity, gas, water or cable/satellite bill in the parent/guardian’s name. The bill must show the service address.
Shelton said, “Our expectation is to choose a candidate who will make Pickens the premier school district of South Carolina. The resources are all in place: a stable student population; a motivated, experienced team of educators; and modern facilities. Much will be expected of our next superintendent, but we're confident that we can find the right person who will meet the challenge and achieve our vision."
A description of the required qualities, education, training, and experience is published under Human Resources/Vacancies. Applications are being accepted through January 31.
The new superintendent will succeed Dr. Henry Hunt who is retiring at the end of June.
We’re looking for volunteers to help with auditions and the final show. Meetings to learn more about volunteering will be held at Liberty High (Room 208) on December 5, Daniel High (Room 112) on December 6, Easley High (cafeteria) on December 8, and Pickens High (cafeteria) on December 12. All meetings are scheduled at 7:00 p.m.
Watch our websites and the local media for more information about Pickens County Has Talent. The district-wide show is scheduled on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pickens High School Auditorium. More Information ... News Release from Pickens County Has Talent
Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. You can read more about National Board Certification at the National Board website or at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) site.
The district’s on-time graduation rate increased from 2010 as did graduation rates at Daniel, Easley and Liberty high schools. News Release … Results … Report Cards
Despite a financially challenging year, the “unassigned” balance for the General Fund grew $2.2 million. Downing stressed that “proactive and timely decisions by the district’s financial management” resulted in growth of the “unassigned” fund balance.
Downing also stressed that challenges continue because of the poor economy and the impact it will have on future revenues and expenditures. Presentation
Since 4K, 5K and 1st grade students do not receive progress reports, each elementary school is providing specific details about its method for distributing the PowerSchool Student Number to parents of students enrolled in these grade levels.
When you donate to United Way of Pickens County, you invest in local programs and initiatives that focus on the building blocks for a good life – education, financial stability, and basic needs. Thank you, SDPC employees, for caring about the quality of life for everyone in Pickens County. Slideshow
Since opening in 2006, the local Gateway program has served hundreds of deserving youth in the tri-county area. Over the past five years, the program has evolved to the point where a new name and more local discretion are needed to better support and shape the program’s future.
The district superintendents, along with the president and commissioners of Tri-County Technical College, are committed to offering a quality, responsive dropout recovery program for the region that connects high school and postsecondary study for youth who need and deserve a second chance. This program, built on a solid foundation made possible by GtCNN and its signature Gateway to College program, will continue to fill a unique niche in the educational offerings for youth in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.
- Thursday, October 20 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Todd said, “Basically the award is the equivalent of being named teacher of the year for social studies for the state. What an amazing honor! I am still floored - completely thrilled, humbled, and amazed.”
Tracee Simpson, president of SCCSS and a social studies teacher at Gettys Middle School, presented the commemorative plaque and $100 cash award to Todd at the SCCSS Fall Conference in Greenville on September 30. News Release ... Article from SCCSS Program
SDPC’s composite score places the district as the third highest in South Carolina and first among upstate districts. The district’s score, however, did drop from the 2010 composite of 1547. The drop mirrored the trend in South Carolina. Individual high school results show Daniel High and Easley High well above the national average with composite scores of 1570 and 1546.
“We are proud of our students, teachers and administrators for SAT performance,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “We did see a decline in all three areas, and we know we will always have areas to work on. We will continue our focus on student achievement.” News Release ... Scores from SC State Department ... SDPC SAT Results
Individual schools will have flexibility in how they choose to have students view the address. Parents who do not want their child to view the speech should notify their child’s school in writing by Monday, September 26. Those students will participate in alternative activities, and their grades will not be penalized.
President Obama is not the first nor will he likely be the last to give an address to students. It has become somewhat of a tradition for Presidents to address students. Former President George H.W. Bush spoke to students across the nation in 1991 as did former President Clinton in a “Webside” chat in 2001. In addition, former President Reagan spoke to the nation’s students during a nationally broadcast question and answer session in 1986.
The President’s back-to-school speech will be available for patrons to view online. Information on how to view the address is expected to be posted soon at www.whitehouse.gov.
The SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national educational issues. Workshops focus on school law, school finance, legislation, improving board operations, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics. Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided onsite in their districts. Congratulations, Mr. Shelton! News Release
The Daniel Bus Office may be contacted at 639-5143. The Liberty Bus Office may be contacted at 639-5142. The District Bus Transportation Office may be contacted at 397-1160.
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“After weeks of uncertainty, it was a tremendous relief,” said Gwinn. “We left immediately to pick up the key and began moving in our offices. Our goal was to have the administrative and guidance offices fully functional by noon Friday."
Liberty High seniors, juniors and sophomores began registering on Saturday, August 27. Freshmen are scheduled to register on Sunday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. High school teachers will officially begin the new school year on Tuesday, August 30.
“We have an opportunity to prepare our students for the future simply through everything this facility will provide,” Gwinn said. “We are truly blessed.” News Release
Also approved are new assistant principals Cissy Floyd at Liberty Elementary, Brad Blackston at Liberty High, Jessica Max at East End Elementary and Wendy Cawood at Hagood Elementary. Sammy Owen was named assistant director at Simpson Alternative Center. News Release
Lawson notified the PHS staff of the occupancy late Friday afternoon. He opened the new school to faculty and staff beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning and again on Sunday afternoon for unpacking, organizing and preparing for registration.
Registration for the 2011-2012 school year will proceed according to the schedule released earlier in the summer. PHS seniors will be the first students to see the new school when they register beginning at noon on Monday, August 22.
Pickens High School is the first of the four new Pickens County high schools to open. Slideshow
Because construction of the school continues, stadium parking will not be permanent this season. Fans may use a temporary parking lot adjacent to the stadium or any parking spaces around the existing school site. School officials also encourage fans to carpool to help lighten traffic. News Release
“When our students and their families first walk into our beautiful new school, we want them to have a positive experience,” said Lori Gwinn, principal. “We want to be unpacked and organized, so we’re adjusting our registration schedule. Our staff and the district staff will have a little extra time to make sure we’re ready to welcome everyone.”
Registration will now be held on Saturday, August 27 and the afternoon of Sunday, August 28. Seniors, juniors and sophomores will register from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Freshmen will register on Sunday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Makeup registration will be Monday, August 29 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. News Release
“I am very grateful to Dr. Hunt and the SDPC School Board for the opportunity to serve as the director of John T. Simpson Alternative Center for Education,” said Stapleton. “Serving as the assistant director for the past four years has given me the opportunity to work with our dedicated staff in helping our students gain self-confidence both academically and personally. I am excited and looking forward to continuing our work in moving our programs forward and meeting the needs of more Pickens County students.” News Release
Dr. Henry Hunt said, “I completely understand and support Mr. Newman’s decision to accept this promotion in another district. Some of the first budget cuts affected him personally, both in salary reduction and a significant increase in responsibilities. In spite of the changes, he has continued to be a very positive, proactive leader. He has played a valuable role in implementing technology, in working with the building program, and in establishing vision to move forward.”
According to Hunt, reorganization plans for the district administration continue to develop. Newman is the third member of the district’s senior administration to leave since mid-May. News Release
“No principal has been more content and happy as I have been the past two years,” said Dr. Merck. “I have absolutely loved coming back to Easley High School. It was a great honor to follow in the footsteps of Dick Gettys, Bill Houston, and Betty Garrison. While I do find it very difficult to leave behind our culture of family and the excitement of the upcoming new school, I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with Henry Hunt, Kelly Pew, and principals as the district braces for a wide variety of challenges in the near future.”
Dr. Merck will assume duties of the new position within the next two weeks. News Release
“I’m confident that Dr. Mullis will use his varied leadership experiences to build on the tradition of excellence at Easley High School,” said Dr. Henry Hunt. “Knowing the school culture and the community so well will be a plus for him, especially as he leads the move to a new building. He has an opportunity that is both exciting and challenging. I look forward to working with him during the coming year.” News Release
“Liberty High is a very special place to me, said Gwinn. “I’ve served here as teacher, coach, curriculum assistant, and assistant principal. I don’t think I could imagine serving anywhere else. I am looking forward to the challenges that the role of principal brings. Liberty High is looking forward to a well-deserved, bright future.” News Release
As work continues, we ask that students, staff and community members cooperate. No one is allowed on the sites until the South Carolina Office of School Facilities issues a “certificate of occupancy.” Construction sites are dangerous, and only authorized personnel with hardhats and eye protection are allowed access. Additionally, the sites are not ready to accommodate traffic.
Get an up-close view of progress through our Building Futures website. Up-to-date photographs of all construction and other details can be found there.
Thank you for your understanding. Back to School Information
“We are certainly proud of the accomplishments, especially since expectations increase yearly,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “At the same time, we are keenly aware that we have some weak areas. We will continue to analyze all assessment data at both the district and school levels. Then, we can help classroom teachers integrate appropriate instructional practices for all students. Ultimately, we must decrease the percentage of students who don’t meet standard while we also increase the percentage of students scoring at the exemplary level.” News Release
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a school or district can make AYP only by meeting 100 percent of its federal “proficiency” goals. The district’s target was 33 objectives, and objectives for SDPC schools ranged from a low of thirteen to a high of 29.
Elementary schools making AYP were Ambler, Central, Crosswell, East End, Forest Acres, Holly Springs, Liberty, A.R. Lewis, Pickens and Six Mile. No middle or high schools met the 2011 requirements. News Release
Also, we are pleased to offer the option of applying online for free and reduced price meals. Through the Student Nutrition Services website, parents may apply safely, securely, and privately to determine their eligibility. A new meal application is required every year, so we encourage families to begin submitting applications online now.
Families without Internet access may use computers at all Pickens County public libraries or at the Adult Learning Center in Easley. Clemson Community Care also has a computer and assistance available to parents wishing to complete the application online. News Release
“I am pleased that Dr. Lackey will be leading the district’s Human Resource Services,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “Her leadership in our induction program, mentoring program, teacher evaluation, and recruitment has been exemplary. She also has worked alongside Dr. Pew in other human resource areas. Through her professionalism and her dedication, she’s gained the respect of our administrators and other employees.”
In addition to Lackey’s appointment, the board named Beverly Ashemore, who is assistant principal at Clemson Elementary, to fill Dr. Lackey’s former position as coordinator of recruitment and retention. News Release
Annual scholarship funds are raised through two district-wide fundraisers, one each fall and one each spring. School district employees donate $5 to the scholarship fund and in turn wear jeans to show their support of the future educators. News Release
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SDPC employees have another opportunity to help Chastain Road Elementary—a Jeans Week! Employees who contribute at least $10 by May 31 can wear jeans all week long! Contributions should be given to the school’s bookkeeper. Help us continue rolling along "Chastain's Road to Reading." Poster
“We’re fortunate to have Mr. Spinks come to the School District of Pickens County,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “His approval was the culmination of a thorough application and interview process. A team representing parents, teachers, and the district administration interviewed applicants and then recommended the top three candidates for final interviews with me. I looked for the leader who would be the best fit for Central, and Mr. Spinks is that person.” News Release
“Dr. Pew is highly-experienced in both district and school leadership,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “She is firmly committed to the School District of Pickens County and to our mission of providing quality education experiences to all students. Dr. Pew has worked tirelessly and provided support for many employees during some of the most difficult financial times in this district’s history. Through her professionalism and genuine concern for others, she has gained great respect from our administrators, teachers, and support employees.”
“The opportunity to work with our principals and teachers in curriculum and instruction is a privilege,” said Pew. “Our district has dedicated professionals who truly care about students and helping each one find success. I sincerely look forward to working together as we continue our focus on student achievement.” News Release
Among the fundraisers planned for “Chastain’s Road to Reading” are a Corporate & Civic Challenge and Adopt-a-Book. Sponsorships in the Corporate & Civic Challenge range from $2500 for “Nobel Level” to $100 for “Classic Level.” Individuals or groups may also make online donations through the Adopt-a-Book program at http://www.titlewish.com/cre. For each donation made in someone’s memory or honor, a personalized nameplate will be placed in a new book. The online site is safe, and all donations go directly to the purchase of books.
This is a great opportunity for civic groups, book clubs, businesses and individuals to provide children with books. Help us continue rolling along "Chastain's Road to Reading." News Release
Breakfast will be served on shortened days; however, lunch will not be served. Because lunch will not be served, students are encouraged to eat school breakfast.
The exam schedule can also be found under the Upcoming link along the top of our home page. Exam schedule
The budget has been balanced by eliminating 50.5 positions, reducing supply allocations, eliminating funding for non-revenue sports, and using teacher supply card funding for salaries. Overall expenditures have been reduced from FY11 by $2,811,258.
The public hearing and second reading of the budget will be held on May 16. Third reading and final approval is scheduled on May 23. Summary of FY12 Budget
In an email to employees and an op-ed submitted to local papers, Dr. Hunt said, “I presented the board with a plan that could provide a balanced budget with the least impact to our instructional program while also preserving jobs. I asked the board to use $1.3 million of the General Fund reserve to maintain all assistant principals, all guidance counselors, all media specialists, and all reading interventionists. The board did not approve my recommendation…."
"The budget has not been approved – only position eliminations have been approved. The process will continue with a workshop on April 11. The situation can always change, but we will move forward with the RIF process based on the board’s action last. I feel this is the only fair way to treat our employees….Everyone in the district – staff and students – is impacted in some way. Please continue to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.”
Read Dr. Hunt’s Op-Ed ... Cost Reductions/Position Eliminations Since 2008
To save costs, we will only print a limited number of hard copies. We hope that our community members will access the electronic publication to see summaries of our academic achievement, finances, successes and building program.
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Six Mile Elementary
The 708 pieces of artwork by SDPC students will be on display at the Pickens County Museum through March 24. Contact the museum at (864) 898-5963 for more information. Slideshow ... Pickens County Museum News Release
- Dante Teets from Central
- Thomas McCoy-Bruce from Dacusville Elementary
- Gwyneth Waddington from West End
- Matthew Kyle from Crosswell
- Hannah Willis from Forest Acres
- Jaymee Morgan from Pickens Elementary
- Rosa Kome from Edwards
- Paul Greenstein from Edwards
- Edric Griffin from Edwards
- Brye Moss from Pickens Middle
Mrs. Lori Gwinn, assistant principal, has been placed in charge at Liberty High. A member of the district’s Financial Services staff will be at the school this week to handle bookkeeping duties. I met with the faculty and staff this afternoon to let them know about these changes.
“Educators feel a connection to Beth,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, assistant superintendent of human resource services. “Through the years she’s been such an advocate for education that we almost feel as though she’s one of us. She had some valuable tips and insights for assistant principals as they work with the media and develop relationships.”
In addition to media relations, topics for this year’s leadership series have included special education, the legislative process and funding. Future workshops about poverty, personnel issues and board relations are scheduled. News Release... SDPC Assistant Principals ... Building Success in Leadership
“I’m extremely pleased to see the outstanding efforts of our staff and students recognized,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “SDPC works diligently to be good stewards of taxpayers’ money while providing quality learning opportunities for all students. The data from this study affirms that we are succeeding.” News Release ... South Carolina Data ... SDPC Report
For more details about upcoming classes and entry into the program, contact Dr. Mary Gaston at the Adult Learning Center (864-397-3825 or MaryGaston@pickens.k12.sc.us). TCTC News Release
Schools recognized for 2010 are Ambler, Clemson, Crosswell, East End, Forest Acres, Hagood, Holly Springs, AR Lewis, Liberty, and Six Mile elementary schools. Dacusville Middle and Edwards Middle were also recognized. Schools recognized for general performance receive an award flag and a certificate from the South Carolina Department of Education. Schools recognized for closing achievement gaps receive an award certificate. News Release ... SDE Release
“We hope this site helps students who are struggling with homework or who’ve been absent from class,” said Barbara Nesbitt, coordinator of instructional technology. “We’ve just started, so you won’t see many videos yet. However, we’re hoping over the next year to have a video link for each major lesson in math, ELA, science, and social studies in grades 6 through 12.”
Nesbitt added that several SDPC teachers have already created videos and shared links to existing YouTube videos that match South Carolina Curriculum Standards.
“This is a great new resource for students and their parents,” Nesbitt said. “We encourage everyone to check out the SDPC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SDPickensCounty. Our teachers are doing a great job creating videos that will help students. It’s really exciting.”
On January 6, 210 students auditioned before the School District of Pickens County band directors for seats in the all-county band. With representation from all five middle schools, 76 students were seated in the Pickens All-County Junior Band. The Pickens All-County Senior Band includes 60 students from all four high schools. The concert on Friday is free and open to the public. Southern Wesleyan University Map ... News Release
“Opening a new school requires an experienced administrator with exceptional abilities,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent. “Mr. Southard is the ideal leader for the new school. He has been successful at Central, earning the respect of the staff and parents. He has outstanding rapport with students. His enthusiasm for learning is contagious. He’s also a team player who is well-respected by his peers.”
A graduate of Clemson University, Southard taught third grade in Anderson before becoming assistant principal at Six Mile Elementary in 2005. He began his tenure as principal at Central Elementary in July 2007. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership at Clemson. News Release
The mandatory pre-bid meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00 AM for asbestos abatement services for McKissick Elementary and Edwards Middle schools has been postponed until Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00 am. Bidders who plan to attend should contact Joe Tommie at email@example.com.
We offer our condolences to the family of Dale Bagwell, Liberty Middle School, who passed away recently. Mr. Bagwell was a custodian at Liberty Middle School and was the 2010-2011 Support Employee of the Year for the school. All the students and staff at the school will miss him.
The special education class at Liberty High School held its annual Christmas reception for friends, family and district staff. The celebration featured a Christmas tree with decorations made by the class and presents for the students. Students from Michelle Hawkins’ digital imaging class created a slideshow with the special education students in holiday poses. Also present were students from Sherry Haithcock’s civic responsibility class, who partner with the special education students during physical education classes each week. Slideshow
“We understand that some parents who live in the Chastain Road zone may want their children to remain at Liberty Elementary,” said Hunt. “Likewise, parents who live in the Liberty Elementary zone may like for their children to attend Chastain Road. They have an opportunity to request a change.”
The district will begin accepting 2011-2012 school choice applications on January 3, 2011. The application must be submitted no later than January 31, 2011. The district will give priority to students who live in the attendance area and who submit applications by January 31. After January 31, choice will be opened up for students outside of the Liberty attendance area if space is available at either school.
School choice applications are available at Liberty Elementary School. News Release
Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. You can read more about National Board Certification at the National Board website or at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) site. CERRA News Release
Dr. Henry Hunt will address all employees on Tuesday, January 11. Employees who want to give suggestions, ask questions, or voice their opinions can meet with Senior Leadership Team members at optional follow-up meetings. Feedback will be used in budget planning.
Throughout the budget process, we will post all information on the FY2011-2012 Budget Planning page under Financial Services.
Thanks to the community members who shared their knowledge and expertise, students in SDPC were able to learn firsthand about careers they might want to pursue. Thank you for helping our students build success beyond the classroom! Slideshow
“We have a great program for our students,” said Danny Fahey, school-to-work facilitator. “We are including Brittany Barger from Pickens County United Way in our welcome session. She has such an incredible story to tell about the importance of education and perseverance. I think the kids will really identify with her message.”
Aligned with the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA), the career fair is designed for students to increase awareness about the many education and career pathways available. Students from Gettys and Dacusville middle schools will attend the first session from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Edwards, Liberty, and Pickens middle students will attend the second session from 11:35 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The sponsor of Career Fair 2010 is Duke Energy.
December 5- December 11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a good time to remember to get your annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have some helpful resources about the influenza vaccine on their website. Students and families can also learn more about the flu vaccine from the school nurse.
Students Jessica and Rebecca Mason (pictured here with principal Dr. Weichel and PE teachers Mr. Smith and Mrs. Wheeler) submitted the winning video and received a $1,000 Subway gift card. The school received a $1,000 grant from Subway to purchase fitness equipment and educational materials. Over sixty Clemson Elementary students submitted an entry. Each student will receive a $5 Subway gift card. Congratulations, Jessica and Rebecca! Subway News Release
Last year, the Teacher Forum awarded $9,000 in scholarships to SDPC students who have now enrolled in college with education as their declared major. Thanks to all the SDPC staff who helped support the Teacher Seed Fund and our future teachers!
Employees who donate a minimum of $5 to the scholarship fund may wear jeans on Thursday, November 18! If you would like to participate in this worthy cause, please give your donation to your teacher of the year; employees at district services sites should send their donations to Danny Rogers at Central Services by Thursday, November 18. Thank you for supporting the SDPC Teacher Forum.
“For the past two years, we have reduced the budget to the point that our educational program is being affected,” said Hunt. “We expect to lose $5 million in federal stimulus funds next year, and we don’t have many options left. It’s very important that we hear what the community’s priorities are and what solutions they can offer. We want the feedback before moving ahead with budget planning.”
Meetings are scheduled at Secona Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pickens from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; Clemson United Methodist Church Worship Center in Clemson from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. News Release ... Op-Ed from Dr. Hunt
Happy Veterans Day to all who have served. Thank you for your courage and dedication. We especially want to thank you for our freedom. Slideshows of Veterans Day Events