Barnwell 4-H’ers prepare for state fair

4-H’ers have prepared for both the Orangeburg County Fair Oct. 3-9 and the State Fair Oct. 12-23 by raising and preparing animals for the show ring and by completing projects to exhibit.

Youth have been raising cows, goats and hogs to show at the Orangeburg County Fair. Events next week include: Youth Dairy Show on October 5; Youth Beef Show on October 6, Junior Barrow Show on October 7 and SC Meat Goat Show on Saturday, October 8. For information about the Orangeburg County Fair go to:

STABLE TALK: News from the campus of Barnwell High

A huge Warhorse thank-you is extended to each of the following for making Homecoming 2016 a success: Mrs. Lisa Wyndham and the Student Council for planning the week’s activities; students, faculty, and staff for participating in spirit days; downtown merchants and law enforcement officials for assisting with the Homecoming parade; Mr.

3 locals win scholarships at CSRA College Night

More than 7,500 high school students, parents and educators from the greater Aiken-Augusta area recently met with recruiters from over 130 colleges and universities during this year’s CSRA College Night.

“We’re excited about the amazing turnout from throughout the entire region,” said Gladys Moore, Program Coordinator, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). “We use virtually every square inch of the arena to help college recruiters provide much needed information to the students. One recruiter described it as the ‘Super Bowl of all college recruiting events.’”

STABLE TALK: News from the Campus of Barnwell High School

The entire Barnwell High School Family was extremely excited to host a visit from Chef Jeff Henderson on Thursday, September 15. In addition to sharing his personal story, Chef Jeff offered inspiring words to the student body as he advised them to set realistic goals and develop a strategy to achieve their goals.

May Day event inspires creativity, learning

Barnwell Primary School celebrated May Day with music, dancing and homemade hats.

May Day, which is the first day of May, is a time to celebrate the coming of summer with “lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter,” said Kia Valentine, the school’s fine arts teacher.

Barnwell Primary School celebrated May Day on May 2. Family members attended the evening event which featured many May Day traditions, including a Maypole Dance and the procession of the May Court.

Night of Stars spotlights academic success at KEES

The red carpet was rolled out as Kelly Edwards Elementary School recognized its star students.

The 2nd Annual Night with the Stars event was held April 7 at the district’s auditorium to recognize fourth and fifth graders who “demonstrated exceptional academic performances on the SC PASS and ACT Aspire assessments,” said Egeria Bostick, the school’s reading coach.

Dressed in their finest attire, students who passed any portion of the test were called to the stage to receive a star trophy.

Anderson selected for leadership program

The new principal of Barnwell Elementary has received a $10,000 grant to attend a leadership program.

The funds were provided by the Carmen Nylund Foundation in Columbia. They will cover Dr. Carolyn Anderson’s tuition and travel expenses as she participates in the Learning Forward Academy over the next two and a half years.

The Learning Forward Academy, formerly the National Staff Development Council, has a vision of professional learning and teamwork in schools.

Back to School: Barnwell High

Barnwell High School is starting the 2015-16 school year with a new class scheduling system and new courses.

Principal Jon Burdge said the implementation of a semester block schedule offers several advantages to all students that the old A/B schedule did not.

“Students are more likely to gain momentum in learning by having the same classes and teachers every day. The semester block schedule, by reducing the number of classes that students must attend and prepare for each day, can improve their focus and concentration in assigned classes,” he said.

Back to School: Guinyard-Butler Middle School

The principal of Guinyard-Butler Middle School hopes to build off of the strides they made last year.

“Last year, we had a successful school year and we made tremendous strides academically, behaviorally and culturally,” said Principal Craig Hart.

Though children are ever-evolving, Hart said their goal of ensuring all students have a successful year has not.

Back to School: Barnwell Elementary

Dr. Carolyn Anderson is excited about her first year as principal of Barnwell Elementary School, especially helping students learn, grow and succeed.

“I am very excited about working with the faculty and staff, the district, parents, and the community to make a positive impact in the lives of all of our students. They are truly why we do what we do,” said Anderson, who comes to BES from Macedonia Elementary in Blackville.

Back to School: Barnwell Primary focusing on effective reading

Barnwell Primary School is placing an emphasis on reading, especially how to read effectively.

“Reading is the foundation to a successful school career and it is our responsibility at Barnwell Primary School to provide each student with solid reading skills,” said Principal Donna Selvey. “We use all other subject areas (math, science, social studies, health, writing) to enhance the reading process.”

While all stakeholders can get involved, Selvey encourages parents to ensure their children read at least 20 minutes daily at home.

Back to School: Jefferson Davis Academy’s enrollment grows

Jefferson Davis Academy is growing and added more than three new classes this year for the new and transfer students.

“We are looking forward to this new school year for many reasons. This is an exciting time for us and we grow in numbers each year,” according to a joint statement from heads of school Jane Hunter and Eve Hogarth.

Back to School: Williston-Elko High School seeks to help students reach potential

Principal Joel Mitchell is excited about his second year at Williston-Elko High School, especially helping all students reach their full potential.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to get to know a new group of 9th graders and their families. We look forward to building relationships with them and helping them grow,” said Mitchell. “It is also rewarding to watch our seniors reach their goals and take the next step in their lives.”

Back to School: Williston-Elko Middle School welcomes new teachers, theme

The new school year is bringing many changes at Williston-Elko Middle School, including several new teachers and a theme.

Dr. Missoura Ashe is starting her first full year as Williston District 29’s superintendent. “She has brought with her a vision to raise expectations and improve student achievement. She has also begun the process of looking at what it would take to improve or replace the facilities on our campuses,” said WEMS Principal Greg Sweet.

Back to School: Kelly Edwards Elementary seeks to engage community, students

The principal of Kelly Edwards Elementary School is looking forward to a year filled with student and community engagement.

Principal Nakeisha Baxley said they are going through AdvancED accreditation and have the new S.C. College and Career-Ready standards in math and English language arts. “The factor that connects these two important elements is student engagement.”

Back to School: Barnwell Academy welcomes new headmaster

Several new faces are joining the staff of Barnwell Academy, including two retired public school educators.

Heidi Lewis, who recently retired from Guinyard-Butler Middle School after 32 years as librarian, is Barnwell Academy’s new headmaster.

Before coming to Barnwell in 1983, Lewis taught elementary school for four years and was also a long-term substitute for the Department of Defense in Germany. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education as well as two master’s degrees – one in librarianship and one in psychology and counseling.


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