Back to School: Macedonia Elementary

Teresa Reid is excited to be back as principal of Macedonia Elementary School, a place she previously spent five years.

Though some things have changed in the three years since she was last there, Reid considers MES home. “Having spent five years at Macedonia, I know the children, families, community, and most of the faculty and staff. These connections and relationships will provide me with greater opportunities to immediately enhance teaching and learning,” said Reid.

Back to School: Blackville-Hilda Junior/High schools

There’s a new way for parents and the community to connect with Blackville-Hilda’s junior high and high schools – social media.

The schools recently started Facebook and Twitter accounts. Principal Dr. Sterling Harris encourages parents, students and community members to like and follow their pages to keep up with school events and information.

Warhorses graduate in a night of memories

It was a night of memories Friday, June 5 at W.W. Carter Field in Barnwell.

It was an evening for Barnwell High School seniors to remember all the effort to get them to this night – graduation night.

It was a time of remembrance as the Class of 2015 remembered a fallen classmate.

It was a turning point in the lives of 124 young men and women as they concluded their high school career before starting the rest of their lives.

Hawks take new flight after graduation

Though June 5 marked the end of the high school journey for the 45 graduates at Blackville-Hilda High School, their flight to success is just beginning.

“These are the future leaders of the world,” said Principal Dr. Sterling Harris. “You are confident, strong, but most of all you are educated.”

Though they are headed in different directions, the graduates were challenged to strive for excellence – the district’s motto – and be role models for their younger peers.

Blue Devils become alumni

Family and friends armed with iPhones and balloons gathered at Williston-Elko High School for graduation June 5.

The senior class of Blue Devils officially marked their departure from high school with a hand shake and diploma.

“Some are going off to college, some off to work, and some will follow the tradition at Williston-Elko High by serving in the armed forces,” said class Salutatorian, Joshua Everson.

Everson is preparing to go to Clemson University in the fall.

JDA kicks off 2015 graduation season

Jefferson Davis Academy held their commencement exercise Friday, May 22 in the gymnasium.
For the Raiders’ class of 2015, the  Salutatorian was William Gist Gee Jr. and Blakely Sullivan Johnson was the Valedictorian.
During Gee’s Salutatorian address he remembered the late Mackenzie Webster, who would have been a member of the class. Gee also talked about the importance of time and quoted Ecclesiastes 3:1 which states “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Blackville school rallies before test

Macedonia Elementary School in Blackville held a pep rally April 27 to motivate students for the ACT Aspire test the next day. 
Each grade performed a song or dance to rally the whole school. 
“Motivating students to do their best on ACT Aspire is very important and I applaud the staff at Macedonia for taking the time to place emphasis on students being at the top of their game and ready to show evidence of all that they have learned,” said District 19 Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope. 

Salk graduates receive compass points for life journey

For some the effort has taken two years. For others, the journey has been much longer.
For 284 young men and women, one journey is ending and another is beginning.
Commencement exercises were held Friday, May 1 on the grounds of the University of South Carolina – Salkehatchie in Allendale where 258 associate degrees and 26 baccalaureate degrees were conferred.

D45 updates policies, rescinds termination

Barnwell District 45 can now accept tax-deductible contributions online.
During the school board's Dec. 18 meeting, Superintendent Jay Grissom announced a digital "button" will be placed on the district's website, The Donate Now service is made available through South Carolina Future Minds (SCFM), a non-profit organization that supports the state's public schools.

D45 maintains ‘average’ rating in 2014

After barely missing the ‘C' grade they needed to meet the state's standards on the federal report card, Barnwell District 45 met the standards of the state report card.
The district received an ‘average' absolute rating on the 2014 state report card, which is the same as 2013. Twelve other districts with students like District 45 also earned ‘average', though 12 were either ‘good' or ‘excellent'. Their growth rating decreased slightly from ‘excellent' to ‘good', but they are still exceeding the standards for progress.

D29 one of seven statewide with double ‘excellent’ rating

Williston District 29 was one of only seven districts across South Carolina to earn ‘excellent' overall and improvement ratings on the 2014 State Report Card.
"With a poverty level of 86.15 percent, Williston excels at making sure all students, regardless of economics, have the opportunity to be successful in their academic choices leading up to graduation and then on to college/career endeavors," said Dr. Carol Lenderman in a press release. Lenderman is the district's director of instruction, accountability and assessment who is serving as interim superintendent.

D19 rated ‘average’ on 2014 state report card

Though the 2014 federal report card classifies Barnwell District 19 as failing, the recently released state report card says otherwise.
The 2014 state report card gives the district ‘average' absolute and growth ratings. This means they met the standards for progress toward the state's 2020 Performance Vision. Last year, they saw a slightly higher growth rating of ‘good'.

D29 board considers celebrations, new band uniforms and technology

The November meeting of the Williston District 29 School Board opened with celebration followed by updates from various departments.
Coaches of fall sports recognized their teams for hard work and accomplishments this season. Volleyball, tennis, cross country, cheerleading and band were all recognized. Football will be recognized at a later date.
"We had a great run in fall sports," said athletic director Derek Youngblood. "We've had great support this year."
"It's an honor to see our players play," said interim superintendent Dr. Carol Lenderman.
Band Uniforms

BPS students jump rope to raise nearly $3,000

Students at Barnwell Primary School raised money for people with heart disease in a healthy way.
The school participated in Jump Rope for Heart Oct. 20-24. The school has participated in the national education and fundraising initiative, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association, for at least 29 years.
"We encourage all of them to be a heart hero by helping others. We also point out that it is beneficial to them and the health of their heart," said Carol Massengale, the school's physical education teacher.

Children’s book author visits two area schools

A children's book author from New York stressed the importance of reading to students at two area elementary schools.
During presentations to students at Macedonia Elementary in Blackville on Oct. 29 and Barnwell Elementary on Oct. 31, Phil Bildner spoke about how reading is important to the students' futures, no matter what they do.
"Reading is not optional. Reading is your golden ticket," said Bildner.

D45 keeps ‘D’ while improving points

Barnwell District 45 came within two points of meeting the state's expectations, according to its 2014 federal report card.
The district maintained its ‘D' grade from 2013, though numerically they were 7.5 points higher than the year before. They received a 68.2 this year, which is up from 61.7 in 2013 and less than two points from meeting the state's expectations of a 70 or above, according to the report card.

D29 maintains ‘B’ but sees slight point drop

Williston District 29 saw a slight drop on its 2014 federal report card, though two of its three schools improved their scores.
The district dropped a little more than two points - from 85.7 in 2013 to 83.4 this year - but maintained its ‘B' letter grade overall. The report card is in response to a waiver the state was granted in 2011 from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

BCCC agricultural students turn trash into treasure

Agricultural students at the Barnwell County Career Center are learning to turn trash items such as old tires, broken pallets, and gallon jugs into gardens this year!
Students were given the project options of raising a bantam chick or creating a garden with recycled goods. While about half of the students have opted for the cuddly bantam chick, several others were greatly interested in growing their own food in a fall garden.


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