Molly’s October 2018 Education Update

[MUSIC] Hello, thank you for
tuning into another education update. This is my favorite video of
the year because we’re here at the South Carolina State Fair. The fair is about sharing your talents,
from showing your live stock, your best baked goods,
And even your artwork. Thanks to all of our students who
exhibited their work at the state fair. In the last 2 months, South Carolina and our neighboring southern
states experienced 2 of mother nature’s most unwanted surprises,
Hurricane Florence and Michael. These hurricanes brought with them
heavy wind and rain that destroyed… Destroyed homes, businesses, schools and
tore families and loved ones apart. These storms are unpredictable but our
first responders and school communities handled each situation with the safety of
students, parents and educators in mind. Thank you for your hard work as the
Carolina’s continue to recover from these event I was pleased to announce that
five South Carolina schools have been recognized by the US department of
education as national blue ribbon schools. The five schools in
South Carolina were recognized for exemplary high performing
schools category. Those schools are: Beech Hill Elementary
in Dorchester County school district two Fort Mill High School in
York School District 4. Mount Lebanon Elementary School
in Anderson School District 4. Tigerville Elementary School in
Greenville County School District and York Preparatory Academy in the South
Carolina Public Charter School District. Congratulations to all of these school
communities Another tremendous achievement to celebrate is the performance of
the South Carolina class of 2018 graduates on the SAT and
Advanced Placement exams. Not only is participation
at an all-time high, but our students scored 14 points
above the national average on SAT, And outpaced the nation
on eighth of the top ten most popular advanced placement exam,
this is a tremendous achievement and means we are on the right track to
ensuring that our graduate are prepared. For 30 years the South Carolina Department
of Education has been involved in
the production of the annual South Carolina African American History
calendar. On October 9, we unveiled the 2019
calendar at a ceremony in Columbia with thousands in attendance. This years 13 honorees are a tremendous
group of South Carolinians. We will be developing lesson plans
with teachers around the state. So our students can learn of the honoree’s
outstanding achievements forever. Visit
to request your calendar and learn more about African American
history in our state. Every year the University of
South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson University Tigers Help
celebrate our teachers by participating in on field celebrations of
the Extra Yard For Teachers program. Extra Yard For Teachers elevates
the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers. I was honored to join both celebrations
this year, and recognize the exceptional work our South Carolina teachers do in and
outside of the classroom every day. It was so much fun, being on the field
with the Tigers and the Gamecocks. October is National Principals Month
Principals have the important job of not only supporting their teachers, but also
setting a climate for student success. Remember last year Akil Ross
of Chaffin High School was named the National Principal
of the Year. A tremendous personal achievement for
him, and for our state. This year we have done it again. Luke Clamp of River Bluff High School
in Lexington District One as named National Principal of the Year at a very
special celebration on October 25th. This unprecedented
accomplishment Is a testament to the tremendous school leaders
we have in South Carolina. Thank you for your continued
support of education in our state. I look forward to speaking
with you again very soon.

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