Welcome to Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four
Back To School
OCSD4 Parents and students....Welcome Back! We hope you have had a blessed and restful summer. The first day of classes will start on Tuesday, August 22nd (early release day). Please check your individual school websites for open house and registration information. The OCSD4 family hopes you have a rewarding 2017-2018 school year.
New Chief Academic Office for Secondary Schools
Dr. Lana Williams was approved to serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Secondary Schools by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board of Trustees on June 6, 2017. Dr. Williams comes to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 with 24 years of experience as an educator. Dr. Williams has spent the past two years as Executive Director of Secondary Schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5. Additionally, she has served as Teacher at William J. Clark Middle School, Assistant Principal of North Middle/High School, and 10 years as Principal at William J. Clark Middle School. Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes Dr. Williams!
New Director of Cope Area Career Center
Mr. Richard Leonard, affectionately known as Colonel Leonard, was approved to serve as the Director of Cope Area Career Center by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board of Trustees on June 6, 2017. Mr. Leonard brings 18 years of experience as an educator and over 30 years of military experience to his current position. Colonel Leonard has served as Teacher at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Assistant Principal in OCSD5, Assistant Administrator/Teacher at Branchville High School and most recently Assistant Director of Cope Area Career Center. Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 wishes Colonel well in his new assignment!
School Safety Awards Presented
Mr. Wolfe, Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Planning, presented The Safety Star School Award to Cope Area Career Center and STAR Center for Learning at the May 16, 2017 board meeting. Cope Area Career Center and STAR Center for Learning were recognized for the distinction of having no work related accidents during the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Sandra Jameson accepted the award for Cope Area Career Center and Ms. Belinda Johnson accepted the award for STAR Center for Learning.
Edisto High School Presents Character Trait “Loyalty”
Edisto High School presented the character trait of the month at the May 16, 2017 board meeting. The character trait for May is “Loyalty.” The character trait was presented by Carol Falcone Dunlap, Haven Elizabeth Parker and Bethany Ann Jameson assisted by Edisto High School Principal, Mr. Michael Ames. As a part of the presentation, Edisto High School presented the 2016-2017 school yearbook to Dr. Newman.
Information on Proposed Consolidation Plan
NOTE: THE VENUE FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO ORANGEBURG CALHOUN TECHNICAL COLLEGE, BUILDING C ROOM 118!
Click here to view the General Consolidation Bill S 662, a bill to consolidate the school districts in Orangeburg County into one school district to be known as Orangeburg County School District. Additionally, Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter will host a public hearing on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to allow residents to share their views about Orangeburg County School Consolidation. To view the notice of public meeting, please click here.
STAR Center for Learning Presents Character Trait “Virtue”
The STAR Center for Learning presented the character trait of the month at the April 18, 2017 board meeting. The character trait for April is “Virtue.” The character trait was presented by Mrs. Jessica Nuckolls, the Young Adult Coordinator for the Orangeburg County Library. Mrs. Nuckolls is a citizen of Orangeburg County and she serves as a volunteer at the STAR Center for Learning by teaching art one day each month and working in the library. Mrs. Nuckolls is pictured with Ms. Adrienne Johnson, Behavioral Interventionist, Ms.Elouise Ray, Teacher, Ms. Belinda Johnson, Principal and Mr. Richard Leonard, Administrative Assistant, all of the STAR Center for Learning.
Edisto Elementary School Presents Character Trait “Initiative”
The Edisto Elementary School “Sensational Singers” presented the character trait of the month at the March 21, 2017 board meeting. The character trait for March is “Initiative.” The Sensational Singers, under the direction of Chorus Teacher Jonathan Fisher, consist of Amodrae Jamison, Latron Moorer, Daytron Moorer, Nicolas Phillips, Jammia Amaya, Paris Jennings, Jamequa Baliem-Odom, Olivia Williams, Jakwon Mack, and Layla Youmans. On hand to assist with the presentation was Ms. Angela Gordon, Guidance Counselor of Edisto Elementary School and also pictured is Mrs. Ronda Simmons, Principal of Edisto Elementary School.
Approved 2017-2018 School Calendar
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at the February 21, 2017 meeting. Please click here to view the calendar.
Branchville High School Volleyball Team Recognized
The 2016 Branchville High School Volleyball Team was recognized for their outstanding season at the February 21, 2017 board meeting. The Lady Yellow Jackets Volleyball team capped the 2016 season off with the Class A South Carolina State Volleyball Championship. Congratulations to Coach Ron Nester, his staff, the entire Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball Team, the school faculty and staff and the Branchville community!
District Christmas Card Winner Bethany Jameson
At the February 21, 2017 board meeting, Superintendent Newman, recognized the winner of this year’s Christmas Card Contest. Bethany Jameson, a senior at Edisto High School, was honored with a framed copy of the winning Christmas card. Bethany is also pictured with her family and her Art teacher, Angela Sandifer. Congratulations Bethany!
Carver-Edisto Middle School Presents Character Trait “Grit”
Cameron Coker, Paul Agic, Shadae Benjamin and Dalton Whisenhunt, all students of Carver-Edisto Middle School’s Drama Class, presented the character trait of the month at the February 21, 2017 board meeting. The character trait for February is “Grit.” The students were assisted by Mrs. Karyn Moss, Drama Teacher, of Carver-Edisto Middle School.
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Presents January Character Trait “Enthusiasm”
Shanasia Anthony, Solomon Garvin, Amber Hoover and Jacari Prophet, all students of the Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Drama Club, presented the character trait of the month at the January 17, 2017 board meeting. The character trait for January is Enthusiasm. The students were assisted by Ms. Aline Newton, Drama Club Advisor and Mrs. Shelia Edwards, Guidance Counselor at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School.
Board Member Joseph Garvin Recognized for Years of Service
The South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) has recognized Mr. Joseph Garvin for 25 years of service as a school board member. Dr. Newman presented Mr. Garvin with a certificate and a pin from the SCSBA. Thank you Mr. Garvin for your dedicated service to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes our faculty, staff, and students back from winter break. We hope that each of you spent some time with your relatives, had plenty of laughter and took a moment to reflect on those things that are most important to you. As we get back to our business at hand, we remember that the development of the students in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 is our first priority. We are confident that you will return to work and study with renewed enthusiasm and vigor. Thank you for all that you do for OCSD 4 and again Welcome Back!
Early Dismissal on Friday, December 16, 2016
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four schools will dismiss at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 16, 2016. The District will be on Winter Break December 19 - December 30. Faculty and Staff will return on January 2, 2017 for a Professional Day and students will return to school on January 3, 2017.
Board Member Mike Ferris reaches Level 2
Dr. Newman presented Board Member Mike Ferris with a certificate from the South Carolina School Boards Association at the November 15, 2016 board meeting as recognition for completing Level 2 of the Boardsmanship Institute. The Institute offers six levels of training that focus on leadership skills for board members on state and national issues. Congratulations to Mr. Ferris for reaching the 2nd level.
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School Presents November Character Trait “Responsibility”
Tamyra Anthony and Carmen Martin, both 3rd graders at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, presented the character trait of the month at the November 15, 2016 board meeting. The character trait for November was Responsibility. Tamyra and Carmen were assisted by Ms. Rodonna Tiller, Administrative Assistant at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School
Two Orangeburg Four students awarded scholarships
The Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Leadership Orangeburg County class awarded scholarships to two Orangeburg Four students. Emily Phillips from Edisto High School received the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce R.H. Jennings Scholarship Award and Anna Padgett from Edisto High School received the inaugural Jesse Eargle Memorial Education Scholarship. Both students were chosen after submitting application packets that included academic, after school, and community related experiences. OCSD4 congratulates our scholarship recipients and thanks the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce for their support of Education in our communities.
Branchville High School Lady Jackets claim Class A State Volleyball Championship
Congratulations Branchville High School Varsity Volleyball Team for winning the SCHSL Class A State Championship at Dutch Fork High School against Governor's School for Science and Mathematics on Saturday, Nov. 12 by a 3-2 score in a fifth-set tiebreaker. Way to go Lady Jackets we are very proud of you!
School and Students Recognized for Community Service
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Orangeburg Director of the Lupus Foundation of America South Carolina Community Partner and OCSD 4 Teacher, Barbara Andrews along with Hetlena Johnson, State Director and Chief Volunteer Officer recognized Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle/High School and Principal Dr. Mark Dean with a plaque for having raised the most money in last year’s Lupus Fundraising Campaign. Additionally, Sierra Howard, a senior at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School and Zion Danielle Riley, a senior at Edisto High School were also acknowledged as Junior Ambassadors for their community service and volunteerism for Ending Lupus.
Revised 2016-2017 School Calendar
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board approved the revised calendar for the 2016-2017 school year on October 18, 2016. Please click here to view the calendar.
Tools for Teachers
Tools for Teachers, sponsored by Nexus Technologies, received donations of school supplies from communities ranging from Columbia to Salley. Tasha Hott and Alphonzo Baylor Jr. presented Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 with some of those donated school supplies. The donations will go to teachers around the district to help educate the students of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.
2016 -2017 Teacher of the Year
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church on August 9, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Back to School Opening Ceremony. The district introduced the Teachers of the Year from each school site and also the 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year was introduced. The Teachers of the Year from each site are Pam Kinard-CACC, Dorothy Govan-EES, Valerie Funchess-BHS, Jenny Thompson-LES, Yolanda Keitt-Grigsby-HKTE, Marie Hallman-HKTH, Barbara Elliott-EHS, Craig Maciejewski-CEMS and Amy Thompson-EPS. The 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year is Amy Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is a second grade teacher at Edisto Primary School and has been with the district for 12 years.
2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church on August 9, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Back to School Opening Ceremony. The district introduced the Support Staff Person of the Year from each school site and also the 2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year was introduced. Support Staff Person of the Year from each site are Betty Jenkins-CACC, Lisa Moutrie-HKTH, JoAnn Williams-HKTE, Laura Lytle-LES, Candace Ilderton_BHS,Geri Dukes-STAR, Mary Edgemon-CEMS, Sonny Davis-EES, Angel Darby-Frazier-EPS, Aldenise Simmons-EHS and Mary Fox-DO. The 2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year is Betty Jenkins from the Cope Area Career Center.