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Early Dismissal and Last Day of School for Students on May 30th
Monday, May 30th will be a half day (12:00) for students.  This is the last day of the school year for students.  Regular bus routes will be in effect.  No lunch will be served.  To all our OCSD students and parents, have a safe and wonderful Summer!
Digital Learning Coordinator - Stephen Watts
Stephen Watts was approved by the board as the new Digital Learning Coordinator for Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.  Mr. Watts has served as a social studies teacher at Edisto High School for the past six years.  Mr. Watts has a BS in Secondary Education from Clemson University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University.  Mr. Watts will officially begin his new duties on July 1, 2016.  OCSD4 offers all of its support to Mr. Watts in his new role.   
Early Dismissal on Friday May 27th
In order to prepare for our graduations, all OCSD4 schools will dismiss early (12:00) on Friday, May 27th.  No lunches will be served.  Early dismissal bus schedules will be in place.
Cope Area Career Center represents April Character Trait "Creativity"
Hunter Amaker, Austin Craig, and Brandon Thomas, all welding students at Cope Area Career Center, presented the character trait of the month at the April 19, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for the month of April is “Creativity”.  The students showed off some very creative welding projects that they completed in their welding class.  The students were accompanied by Mr. Hightower, the welding instructor and Mrs. Jameson, Director of Cope Area Career Center. 
Mr. David Hess awarded 2015-2016 SCAAA Class 1A Principal of the Year

David Hess was honored as the 2015-2016 SCAAA Class 1A Principal of the Year.  This honor is awarded each year to a principal in each classification who has shown outstanding support in athletics at the school, region and state level. The principal must be nominated by an athletic director. The selections of the winners are made by the governing board of SCAAA, and the winners are honored during the Spring Athletic Conference. Mr. Hess received his award on March 18, 2016.
Edisto Golden Essence Drum Line attends Winter Ensembles State Championship
Congratulations to the members of Edisto Golden Essence Drum Line. On Saturday, the South Carolina Band Director's Association (SCBDA) sponsored Winter Ensembles State Championship. The competition was tough and Edisto Golden Essence is #2 in South Carolina for Percussion Scholastic Novice. They will compete again in Rock Hill for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) Championship.
Edisto Elementary School student presents March character trait "Endurance"
Alexandra Figueroa, a student at Edisto Elementary School, presented the character trait of the month at the March 15, 2106 board meeting.  The character trait for the month of March is “Endurance”.  Alexandra was assisted by Ms. Angela Gordon, guidance counselor at Edisto Elementary.
Ms. Barbara Andrews receives 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award
Ms. Barbara Andrews, an HKT middle school teacher and South Carolina State University alumna was awarded the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams award at the Honda Battle of the Bands in January.  Ms. Andrews earned the award for going above and beyond to support her students and community.  In addition to supporting her own students, Ms. Andrews has raised awareness of lupus (a chronic autoimmune disease) and supported South Carolina State University students impacted by the illness.
As the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award winner, Ms. Andrews was presented with a surprise $15,000 grant to support her dream of establishing a scholarship fund so students and families don’t have to choose between school and their medication.
“Ms. Andrews’ selfless dedication to her students, to her Alma Mater and to those in need is a true example of the spirit and strength of the HBCU community,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda. “Honda has supported the nation’s HBCUs for more than 25 years, and is proud that so many fans joined us to celebrate student musicians and academic excellence.”

Congratulations Ms. Andrews.

Carver-Edisto Middle School presents February character trait "Courage"
Shadae Benjamin, a student from Carver-Edisto Middle School presented the character trait of the month at the February 16, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for February was Courage.  The student was assisted by Ms. Kara Freebury, teacher from Carver-Edisto Middle School. 
Mr. Travis Ard receives Monsanto Grant Award
Travis Ard, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, applied for and received a Monsanto Grant Award of $10,000.  The grant will be used to assist with agriculture activities not only at Edisto High School, but also the early childhood programs at Edisto Primary School, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, and Lockett Elementary School.  Mr. Ard is pictured with Mr. Ray and Russ Jameson of Jameson Farms and Dr. Newman.      
District Christmas Card winner Halle Felder
Halle Felder was recognized and presented with a framed version of her Christmas card at the January 19, 2016 board meeting for winning the District Christmas Card Contest.  Halle is a 2nd grade student at Edisto Primary School.  Halle is pictured with her family, her Art Teacher Pamela Gaskins, and Dr. Newman.  
Dr. William O'Quinn honored for years of service
Dr. William O'Quinn was honored at the January 19, 2016 board meeting for 35 years of service to Orangeburg Consolidated School Four as a board member. Thank you Dr. O'Quinn for your dedicated service.
Branchville High School presents character trait "Wisdom"

Students from Branchville High School presented the character trait of the month at the January 19, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for January is Wisdom.  Ms. Wendy Morancie assisted the student with their presentation.
Alternative Certification Information Session

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Branchville High School Volleyball Team Recognized
The 2015 Branchville High School Volleyball Team was recognized for their outstanding season at the December 15, 2015 board meeting.  In addition to being the Region 5-A Champions, the Lady Yellow Jackets were also the Class A Girls’ Volleyball State Runner-Ups for the 2015-2016 season.  Congratulations to Coach Ron Nester and the Lady Yellow Jackets!
New OCSD4 Board Member Sworn In
At the November 17th, 2015 board meeting, Newly elected board member R. Mickael Ferris was sworn in.  Mr. Ferris was accompanied at the meeting by friends and family.  OCSD4 welcomes Mr. Ferris to our board!
Re-Elected Board Members and Board Officers Elected
At the November 17th, 2015 board meeting, newly re-elected board members were sworn in.  Ms. Peggy Tyler, and Ms. Mary Brant were re-elected to their respective seats.  Also, officer elections were conducted and Aaron Rudd was voted chair, Randy Carrigg was voted vice chair, and Mary Brant was voted Secretary. Congratulations to our re-elected Board members and to our Board Officers!
Edisto High AFJROTC Community Service
Cadets from Edisto High AFJROTC, led by instructor Lt. Col. Walter Davis Jr. collected trash on Friday, October 30th along Legrand Smoak Road in Cordova.  The students participated this week as part of the Orangeburg County cleanup blitz for a litter-free week and collected over 120 pounds of trash.  Edisto High sponsors Legrand Smoak road for Palmetto Pride and cleans the road every month as a community service.  Edisto High AFJROTC has been recognized as a National Distinguished Unit 10 times.
Clemson University MISTER Program visits Lockett

Members of the Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) Program of Clemson University spent Friday, September 25 at Lockett Elementary School.  Mr. LeManuel Chandler, also a member of Call Me Mister, arranged to have the Misters come to Lockett to work alongside teachers in the classroom, interact with students, attend meetings, and get a feel for the life of a teacher.  
Employee wins first place at National Conference
At the School Nutrition Conference in October, Edisto Elementary staff member Gussie Whetstone won 1st prize for her hand-made wreath.   Attendees were asked to participate in designing a homemade wreath, hat or apron.  The entries were judged on artistic efforts, most unique design, and most effective expression of the farm theme.
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