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Richard Carroll Elementary School Principal Stacy Walter, center, recognizes students Cole Davis, left, and Matthew Herndon, right, for their exceptional scores on the recent SC Ready assessment during the Bamberg School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 15.

BAMBERG - Richard Carroll Elementary School has implemented a school-wide program using federal Title 1 funds to provide additional assistance to its students.

The Bamberg School District 1 Board of Trustees heard about the program from RCES Principal Stacy Walter at its Oct. 15 meeting.

"Title I focuses on 11 strategies with activities designed by a group of teachers, parents, administrators and community members to provide additional assistance to the students at our school," Walter said.

"This group meets at least twice a year to review the plan and make changes as needed," she said.

Walter said for the 2018-2019 school year, the RCES Title I plan includes:

  • Strategy 1: Provide opportunities for all students to meet state standards.
  • Strategy 2: Strengthen the core program, increase learning time, or serve under-served populations.
  • Strategy 3: Address the needs of at-risk children.
  • Strategy 4: Ensure all teachers meet the federal "Highly Qualified" requirement for the area in which they teach.
  • Strategy 5: Provide ongoing professional development to teachers.
  • Strategy 6: Strategies to attract high-quality teachers to high-need schools.
  • Strategy 7: Increase parent involvement at the school level.
  • Strategy 8: Assist preschool children in their transition to the elementary school level.
  • Strategy 9: Include all teachers in the decisions concerning academic assessments to improve student achievement and the overall instructional program.
  • Strategy 10: Provide additional assistance to students who need help in achieving proficiency for SCReady and SCPASS, or who need help to meet grade level standards.
  • Strategy 11: Coordinate with other local, state, or federal programs to help students reach academic success.

Walter also reported on the school's Duke TIP, or Talent Identification Program, nominees.

“We have 16 Duke TIP nominees in grades 4-6 for 2018-19. Duke TIP's 4th-6th grade Talent Search is a nonprofit organization that helps students with excellent performance on a recent grade level standardized test to discover and explore their academic talents," she said.

"Participation in the search is an honor, as very few students qualify. Students nominated will have the option to enroll in the program, which includes access to optional above-grade-level testing, enrichment activities, specialized publications and eligibility to apply to TIP's educational programs," Walter said. "Once a student is enrolled in the program, they receive benefits through the end of sixth grade."

This year’s RCES Duke TIP nominees are: 4th grade - Lexie Barnwell, Matthew Herndon, Camren Johnson, Kaylee Mann, Caleb Breaux, Benjamin Bush, Isabella Castellano, Darion Sease, Joshua Goodson and Tyler Smit; 5th grade - Tanner Jackobs, Georja Mosser, Garrett Wade; 6th grade - Cole Davis, Keely Milhouse, Landon Stanfield and Faith Jennings.”

Two RCES students, Matthew Herndon and Cole Davis, were recognized for their exceptional scores on the SC Ready assessment.

Also during the meeting Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School Principal Denise Miller reported on recent testing and other activities at the school, including a visit on Oct. 12 by former Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Red Raider, Clemson Tiger and NFL player Ricky Sapp.

Miller said Sapp "shared some words of wisdom and encouragement for our students. He spoke to them on the importance of dreaming big and not being followers.”

In other business, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Principal Dennis R. Ulmer reported that all sophomores were given the opportunity to tour Cope Area Career Center on Oct. 3.

"This tour provides awareness to our sophomores of the career readiness opportunities available to them as they choose classes for their junior and senior years," Ulmer said.

He also noted that a group of 20 students toured Phoenix Specialty in Bamberg on Oct. 5, which is South Carolina Manufacturing Day.

"Phoenix is always supporting our schools in Bamberg 1, and we are grateful," Ulmer said.

In addition, the principal reported that Financial Aid Night on Oct. 9 "was a huge success."

"We had 26 families represented ... and four college financial aid representatives to assist," he said.

Ulmer also reported the following:

  • B-E's chapter of Future Farmers of America collected and donated water, cleaning supplies, baby food, non-perishable foods and other goods to Hurricane Florence victims.
  • Report cards will be issued on Oct. 29.
  • The BEHS student body selected Kiyerra Williams as 2018 Homecoming Queen and Adrionna Corbett as Miss Senior.

Contact the writer: ldhntr12@yahoo.com.

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