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.”

When asked about his goal for the year, Mitchell said his goal every year is to be the best high school in South Carolina. He said they have made great strides in reaching that goal, such as receiving two Palmetto Gold awards for the 2014-15 school year, increasing all of their state test scores from the previous year, and having a 98.5 percent graduation rate.

“Williston-Elko continues its path to excellence. We hope to continue and build on that success. It is also our goal to educate the character of our students and mold them into productive citizens,” said Mitchell.

To help the school reach their goals, Mitchell said they need the support of everyone, not just the teachers and staff. “We encourage all of our parents, families and businesses to be involved in the education of our young people. Our community has been extremely generous in the past and I am sure that will continue,” he said.

There is one major policy change that students and parents need to be aware of – the district’s cell phone policy. “Students will no longer be able to use their devices during the school day. Devices may be carried to school and used before and after school but should not be out during school hours,” said Mitchell, who refers everyone to read the revised policy which is in the new student agenda.

New staff include: physical education teacher Alan Leroy, English teacher Lainey Burdge, Biology teacher Julie Doolittle, special education teacher Lauren Campbell, and math teacher Kathryn Storey.

As the school year gets underway, Mitchell thanks everyone in advance for their hard work. “I would like to thank our teachers and students for their hard work as well as our business partners and families for their support. Go Blue Devils!” he said.