New student registration for Berkeley County School District (BCSD) will open on Monday, March 29 at 10 a.m.
In an effort to streamline the efficiency of enrolling students and to simplify the registration of your child, we have implemented a web-based registration process in which all aspects of student registration, including document submission, can be completed online. Those without the ability to register online will need to contact the school and arrange a date and time to register in person.
If you are interested in enrolling your child into the Head Start program, please complete this pre-registration form and then you will receive an email with additional information. Please call 843-899-5048 or 843-899-5092 with any questions or concerns.
If you are the parent of a student currently enrolled in Head Start, you must re-enroll with BCSD when registration opens on March 29.
BCSD CERDEP and Pre-K
Enrollment for the SC Child Early Reading Development & Education Program (CERDEP) will open online March 29, however there may be additional steps required.
If you are the parent of a student currently enrolled in BCSD CERDEP or Pre-K, you do not have to re-register. However, you will need to complete the returning student update process expected to launch in July.
Additional information about pre-k programs can be found at www.bcsdschools.net/preschool.
Registration for Cane Bay Elementary and Cane Bay Middle
If you are the parent of a student zoned for Cane Bay Elementary or Cane Bay Middle, please click this link for additional registration information.
The Board of Trustees of Berkeley County School District seeks a superintendent of schools. All candidates should be able to demonstrate a proven record of exceptional leadership.
Members of the community, BCSD employees, parents and students are asked to complete the survey linked below by March 15. This survey will be utilized in the search for Berkeley County School District's new superintendent.
BCSD's current superintendent, Dr. Eddie Ingram, recently announced his retirement.
The link below is to our parent tech help Google site. The purpose of the site is to share information for parents to understand the different technologies being used for instruction as well as provide tips for troubleshooting when tech challenges arise.
This site can be a valuable resource on Virtual Learning Program (VIP) days.
Berkeley County families with children birth to 4 years old, join us for our live weekly play group where we will read, dance and learn new things!
Register for the play group here: REGISTRATION LINK
Your family only needs to complete the registration once and will not need to complete for all play group sessions. Please include any questions about our program on the registration form. A member of our team will be in touch!
In March, we will be kings and queens of counting!
- March 3rd - One Fish, Two Rish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- March 10th - Ants Go Marching
- March 17th - Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
- March 24th - Five Little Speckled Frogs
- March 31st - Ten in the Bed
Group meets every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Participate for your chance to win books for your own at-home library.
Berkeley County School District wishes to recognize and congratulate 32 teachers who were named Rookie Teacher of the Year at their schools.
In addition to being a first-year teacher, nominees for Rookie Teacher of the Year must demonstrate the ability to positively impact student learning and achievement.
From the 32 school-level nominees a BCSD Rookie Teacher of the Year will be chosen. Currently an announcement is scheduled for May.
2021 Rookie Teachers of the Year
Berkeley Elementary - Jessica Nelson
Berkeley High - Joequise Wright
Berkeley Intermediate - Carrie Brazell
Berkeley Middle - Breanna King
Bowen’s Corner Elementary - Mary Shields
Cane Bay Elementary - Sheldon Siders
Cane Bay Middle - Emily Pohl
Cainhoy Elementary - Carly Bland
College Park Middle - Madison Sherriff
Cross High - Nadine Johnson
Daniel Island School - Kaitlin Simonides
Devon Forest Elementary - Sydney Lord
Foxbank Elementary - Allison Moyer
Goose Creek Elementary - Dakaisha White
Goose Creek High - Joana Varela
H.E. Bonner Elementary - Brooke Tindal
Hanahan Elementary - Zackery Evans
Hanahan High - Jennifer Byrne
Hanahan Middle - Erin Pipkin
J. K.Gourdin Elementary - Kristian Watson
Macedonia Middle - Brooke Nadolsky
Mount Holly Elementary - Elizabeth Conroy
Nexton Elementary - Madison Rhame
Philip Simmons Elementary - Molly Creel
Philip Simmons High - Emma Santor
Philip Simmons Middle - Killeen Schmitz
Sangaree Elementary - Hannah Rogers
Sedgefield Middle - Alyssa Owings
Timberland High - Samantha Yoho
Westview Middle - Crystal Ford
Westview Primary - Kylie Mussat
Whitesville Elementary - Olivia Legette
BCSD provided photo / Bill Parrish, Tim Wash and Aaron Hynick
Feb. 13 marked the first round of playoffs for high school wrestlers, and Cane Bay High’s wrestling team had a match up in Myrtle Beach against Socastee High.
Earlier this month, head wrestling coach Tim Wash landed his 499th coaching victory after Cane Bay High beat Goose Creek High 68-9. The win also secured the team with a runner-up finish in AAAAA Region VII and landed them in the playoffs.
Wash said the team knew Socastee was going to be a formidable opponent – the school recently won their region in Myrtle Beach – but Cane Bay came out with a score of 48 to 22.
That’s 500 wins for Wash.
Wash wrestled in high school on James Island at what used to be Fort Johnson High (prior to the merger with James Island High), and he attributes his success in the sport to his perseverance on the team starting in ninth grade.
“We would win matches…and I would be the only guy to get beat. Every time – my whole freshman year,” he said.
Wash kept with it and his senior year, he was the state champion.
“I see what it’s like to start and not be good at it, and not quit,” he said.
This is wisdom that he passes on to his own wrestlers today: “Stay with something, and work hard at it…and you can be successful.”
Being able to relate to that philosophy has helped him through the years, he said.
Wash started coaching football, and later wrestling, at James Island High and before moving on to Lugoff-Elgin, Rock Hill and Berkeley High. He came to Cane Bay in 2011.
“Berkeley County has been the best district I have ever worked in,” he said, adding that he has received a lot of support from Cane Bay High itself. “You can just be yourself. You don’t have to be something you’re not.”
Wash considers 500 to be “just a number”…but it is also a lot of numbers.
Bottom line: it is all for the students.
“I definitely can attribute the successes to the awesome kids I’ve coached,” he said.
Throughout his coaching career, Wash said he has taken pride in teaching the players important lessons they encounter while on the team – “mainly that when things get tough, you don’t duck your head, you pick yourself up and you move forward.”
They are lessons, he said, that will help them later on in life.
“It’s not just about winning,” he said.
Wash coaches alongside Aaron Hynick and Bill Parrish. Wash and his wife reside on James Island.
BCSD photo / Monica Kreber : Stefanie Lee holds up a poster fress out of the printer.
The graphics technology industry is one of the top 10 largest industries in the United States.
It is a rapidly-growing industry that includes more than 50,000 individual commercial graphic communications facilities among all 50 states. More than 1 million people are employed in this industry.
Amy Moore teaches Goose Creek High’s graphics technology program, and typically her classroom is a busy place inside the school’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) building. Her classroom is also the home of the school district print shop (view video).
With the ongoing pandemic, the number of children bustling about from printer to printer is much more limited, but the print shop remains geared toward providing a hands-on experience for students before they leave high school.
February happens to be CTE Month, a time to celebrate CTE programs across the country.
Moore said the class itself has been around ever since she was in high school; she graduated from Stratford High and took the class at what was formerly known as the Oakley Vocational Center. When she graduated from school she got a job in the industry with the skills she received from the class.
When her former instructor retired, he suggest that Moore take up teaching. She took on the new role in 2000.
She said the program has really evolved over the years and has received a lot of support from the district.
It is the third-largest industry in the world – “so it’s huge.”
“We are communicating with the public, visually,” Moore said. “So that’s what they learn how to do.”
Since the classroom is home to the district print shop, the students gain real world experience with printing for customers. They have printed posters for the district office, as well as notepads, envelopes, brochures, booklets, t-shirts, signs and more. They have even made their own custom masks to wear during the pandemic.
If anybody from any school in the district wants something printed, they just put in an online work order.
In class, the students learn about sign principles, color theory, drawing techniques, typography, image manipulation, desktop publishing, pre-press procedures, advertising design, vinyl application, dye sublimation printing, finishing operations, and more.
Students also get hands-on training with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students who are enrolled in Graphics 4 have the opportunity to take the ACA Associates Adobe Certification Test.
Students can join the class starting their sophomore or junior year. Most of Moore’s students stay with the whole program. In Graphics 4 the students can receive co-op opportunities where they can work out in the field with local companies looking for help in the print shop.
Stefanie Lee has been a part of the class since first semester her sophomore year; she is now a junior who is graduating early.
“I like art and stuff like that, so I thought this might be a good idea,” she said.
Lee said she does not have plans to pursue the work beyond high school – “but it’s nice to have the knowledge to do this if I ever do want to pursue it.”
She said her favorite part of the class is the hands-on work.
“It’s pretty fun,” she said, “and I like designing stuff too.”
BCSD photo / Monica Kreber : Ashley DuBois holds up a Disney-inspired t-shirt she made in class.
Senior Ashley DuBois is hopeful to make a career out of the class by working for Disney. She really wants to major in graphic design.
“I want to be a graphic designer for Disney, but…if I’m in any other job field there, I’m perfectly fine – as long as I’m at Disney,” she said.
A favorite activity in the classroom is direct-to-garment printing, where the students can make their own t-shirts. DuBois recently made a t-shirt that reads “Senior: from the tassel to the castle”. The font for “senior” is inspired by the Walt Disney logo.
“I love doing t-shirts,” she said.
DuBois really likes working on the printers. She said the most challenging part of the class is the design process.
“With Adobe Illustrator, you’ve got to figure out how to…bring fonts in, bring your images in, and bring all that into it, and then printing it all together and making your final product,” she said.
For the print shop, Moore keeps her students organized with a list of jobs that are ongoing, completed or still need to be started on.
“A lot of the students like the design part of it yet but then again I have a lot of students that really like the hands-on part of it – they don’t want to sit in front of the computers,” she said. “They would rather be out here working in the lab.”
Business has slowed down a bit since the pandemic; blended distance learning students are having to submit their designs to be printed in-shop while the face to face students handle the printing.
However, Moore’s class has exposed them to lots of different types of work. Graduates can potentially land jobs in printing industries, advertising agencies, production houses, corporations and educational institutes. Jobs can be anything from a graphic designer, to an ink chemist, to a desktop publisher, to a marketing and sales executive, and more.
“When they get out of school…the possibilities are wide open because they learn the software, but they also learn the devices…that they print from,” Moore said. “They can go into a printing field, they can go into a graphic design field, they can do sales and marketing…there’s so many jobs out there.”
BCSD photo / Monica Kreber
Published on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
The cover of this year’s Home Telecom directory in Berkeley County will feature the work of a student from Philip Simmons High who has a love for dogs.
Eleventh-grader Julia Wood’s depiction of a Boykin Spaniel came in first place overall in the yearly local art contest for the directory cover.
“It feels amazing,” she said. “I was shocked but I was so excited.”
Eighth-grader Lucy Carver at Marrington Middle School of the Arts came in second place overall with her work, “The Misty Woods”, and first-grader Kathryn Stebbins at Bowen’s Corner Elementary took third with her piece, “Little Owl at Night”.
The three overall winners will each receive $1,000 for art supplies. Second and third-place winners throughout the district will receive $500 and $250, respectively (see results below).
Provided photos - "Little Owl at Night" by Kathryn Stebbins, and "The Misty Woods" by Lucy Carver
In addition to funding, photos of the three overall winning pieces are featured on page 15 of the directory.
Wood was encouraged by Philip Simmons High art teacher, Paige Duvall, to submit something for the contest. Wood said she participated in last year’s contest but did not win.
Wood said when she submits her work for competitions, she does it more for fun.
“I don’t have the expectation of winning or anything – I just love making it,” she said.
Caoimhe Zett, customer marketing supervisor for Home Telecom, said the company has featured students’ artwork on the directory cover since 2015. This is the seventh year Home Telecom has hosted the art contest. During a span of those years, Home Telecom has contributed $39,000 toward art supplies in BCSD.
This year, students were asked to submit pieces that reflect the lowcountry as part of the contest. Wood opted to create a photo of a Boykin Spaniel retrieving a duck from the marsh, since the Boykin Spaniel is the state dog. Wood created the image after finding a photo in a Google search.
Dogs are some of Wood’s favorite art subjects. She has already received a copy of the Home Telecom directory sporting her artwork, “The Buoyant Boykin”, on the front cover, plus a catalog for her to select art supplies with the funds she will receive.
Wood is in Art 3 this year and will be in AP Art next year. She enjoys making art pieces that she can give to other people.
“Creating anything’s fun…it’s special to do pieces that you know someone will value,” she said.
Wood was recently one of the students who participated in The Memory Project, where some of Philip Simmons High’s young artists created self-portraits for children living in group homes in Cameroon and India.
“That was really fun and you’ll know that they’ll treasure those,” she said.
Her freshman year, Wood won Best in Show at the Coastal Carolina Arts Competition and came in second place at the Trident Quest Academic Competition for Visual Arts. Her sophomore year, Wood’s artwork was chosen to represent Philip Simmons High at the Goose Creek Courthouse and also represented her school at Quest for a second year.
“Julia is a remarkable student and artist,” Duvall said.
Overall contest winners
High school level:
First place: Julia Wood – Philip Simmons High
Second place: Yasmin Maya – Cane Bay High
Third Place: Caroline McCrackin – Stratford High
Middle school level:
First place: Lucy Carver – Marrington Middle School of the Arts
Elementary school level:
First place: Kathryn Stebbins – Bowen’s Corner Elementary
Second place: Jennifer Cline – Goose Creek Elementary
Third Place: Cora Smith – Howe Hall AIMS
Matthew Flood – Hanahan Elementary
Wade Mazur – Philip Simmons Elementary
Farrah Martin – Marrington Elementary
Abriana Montes – Berkeley High
Abigail Whitaker – Berkeley High
Published Thursday, February 25, 2021
At Tuesday’s Berkeley County Board of Education meeting, a special presentation was made, recognizing the service of two board members.
Board Chair David Barrow presented the newly-created Golden Gavel Award to District 6 Representative Sally Wofford and District 8 Representative Frank Wright, recognizing their service as board chairs in previous years.
“This board wants to recognize past chairpersons of the Berkeley County Board of Education,” Mr. Barrow said. “We have many chairpersons that are not with us because they are no longer serving. But we are going to recognize our serving members that have served as chairperson of the Berkeley County School Board.”
Mr. Barrow described Mr. Wright and Mrs. Wofford as having “served with distinction at various times during their career.”
Mr. Wright has served on BCSD’s board for more than 20 years and is the longest-serving member. He served as board chair from November 2006 until May 2008.
Mrs. Wofford was elected to the board in 2014 and served as board chair from November 2016 until January of this year.
Berkeley County School District wishes to congratulate all 47 Teachers of the Year for 2021. The district will later reveal its finalists for District Teacher of the Year before announcing the selected teacher.
The 2021 Teachers of the Year are as follows:
Berkeley Alternative: Desmond T. Jefferson
Berkeley Elementary: Stephanie Lafferty
Berkeley High: Elizabeth Morris
Berkeley Intermediate: Tracey Wright
Berkeley Middle: Larsen Tedder
Berkeley Middle College: Sheila Amerson
Boulder Bluff Elementary: Sandee Delice
Bowen's Corner Elementary: Brittany Gionakis
Cainhoy Elementary: Dr. Helen Withers-Ross
Cane Bay Elementary: Stephanie Williams
Cane Bay High: Peter Wright
Cane Bay Middle: Jillian Knicely
College Park Elementary: Lyndsie Baker
College Park Middle: Renee Sullivan
Cross Elementary: Jennifer Canty Wright
Cross High: LTC(r) Ben Lipari
Daniel Island School: Staci Bailey
Devon Forest Elementary: Jenifer Bell
Foxbank Elementary: Tori Huerth
Goose Creek Elementary: Lori Yanders
Goose Creek High: Taryn Davis
H. E. Bonner Elementary: Krystle Ragusa
Hanahan Elementary: Rebecca Moake
Hanahan High: Ronaldo Jordan
Hanahan Middle: Margaret Gillette
Howe Hall AIMS: Erin Lawhon
J.K. Gourdin Elementary: Stephanie P. Bradley
Macadonia Middle: Caitlin Kennedy
Marrington Elementary: Brandon Voss
Marrington Middle: Keith Johnson
Mt. Holly Elementary: Katherine Kraack
Nexton Elementary: Brittne Guerry
Philip Simmons Elementary: Angela Hobbs
Philip Simmons High: Jackie Lyden
Philip Simmons Middle: Julie Creel
Sangaree Elementary: Chelsea White
Sangaree Intermediate: Brittney Tudor
Sangaree Middle: Mary Luchansky
Sedgefield Middle: Erin Stewart Buie
St. Stephen Elementary: Melissa Williams
St. Stephen Middle: Jessica James
Stratford High: Mary Sue Worthy
Timberland High: Kevin Taylor
Westview Elementary: Amber Moore
Westview Middle: Caitlin Boninti
Westview Primary: Karen Mixon
Whitesville Elementary: Melody Harrelson
Published February 18, 2021
Berkeley County School District (BCSD) is committed to preserving traditional educational and school social/emotional experiences for students, as much as is practical, during this school year marked by a worldwide health pandemic. As we approach the final months of the school year, we understand that many are beginning to plan and prepare for experiences such as high school prom. Due to the investment required to prepare for high school prom, we wanted to inform parents and students that, at this time, a decision regarding the hosting of proms by our high schools has not been finalized. BCSD does not anticipate making a final decision regarding prom before March 30, 2021.
Currently, high school proms are subject to the Governor’s Executive Order issued August 2, 2020. As such, the event attendance cannot “exceed fifty percent (50%) of the location’s occupancy limit as determined by the fire marshal, if applicable, or two hundred fifty (250) persons, whichever is less.” The SC Department of Commerce, in close consultation with DHEC, has managed an exception process specific to events where more than 250 guests are expected to attend. Event hosts must apply for an exception and satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols. We have received guidance from the SC Department of Education about this process, and they will be working with district’s across the state to assist.
In anticipation of the possibility of potentially hosting proms this year, BCSD high schools did contract event venue spaces; however, these contracts include a cancellation clause that does not require the payment of any fees as a result of necessary cancellation. We will honor these contracts if and until a decision is made regarding the hosting of high school proms in the district.
We understand that our students look forward to these events each year, and, if at all possible, we want to provide our students with traditional school experiences; however, we must consider the health, safety and practicality of hosting large-scale social gatherings when finalizing any decisions. BCSD leadership will continue working with our high school principals to monitor conditions, and will reserve any final decision regarding whether proms will be held until after March 30.
Please continue to check the BCSD website for updates.
The yearly Berkeley County School District spelling bee was different this year due to the pandemic, but the excitement the event is known to bring was not lost.
All day Friday, middle school students who competed in virtual spelling battles against an online platform were surprised at their schools with news that they would represent BCSD in the regional SpellBound! competition hosted by The Post and Courier.
BCSD’s overall winner, 7th-grade Cross Middle/High student Theodore Williams was among those surprised with plaque presentations. In his case, it was a grand affair, complete with balloons, cheering classmates, smiling teachers and his proud parents. In a world of face masks and social distancing, emotion is often lost, but Theodore’s pride could be seen in his eyes. He humbly accepted the top award while admitting he felt he had won long before an announcement was ever made.
Instead of the typical auditorium battle pitting some of Berkeley County’s most brilliant students against one another, competitors this year where challenged by an online platform to correctly spell 25 words in 30 minutes or less. The four students with the highest number of words spelled correctly move on to the regional bee.
“I knew I won,” Theodore said.
Spellers representing BCSD in SpellBound!
Theodore Williams – Cross Middle/High – 7th grade
John Adair – College Park Middle – 6th grade
Mallari Lesley – Marrington Middle School of the Arts – 7th Grade
Mia Stone – Marrington Middle School of the Arts – 7th Grade
Details about the regional spelling bee have not yet been released.
Updated Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Executive Director of New Construction & Capital Projects
Berkeley County School District is currently looking for a person to oversee, coordinate and report on new construction and or renovation projects.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 02/26/2021
In-House General Counsel
The In-House General Counsel is responsible for legal services to the Berkeley County Board of Education and for providing legal counsel for the Superintendent of schools and staff.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 03/03/2021
Network Support Technician
The Network Support Technician works with other Office of Technology Members to help ensure the continued stability of district information technology resources.
SALARY: $52,952 - $70,538 (based on experience)
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
Black History Month begins on February 1 and ends on March 1 of each year. Many BCSD schools hold special events and activities during the month.
Berkeley County School District is currently seeking amazing individuals to bring their expertise to classrooms!
You can join our award-winning school district by teaching your trade.
Impact and inspire students; awaken creative genius and create a lifetime of memories!
For current job listings, please visit bcsdschools.net/jobs.
Areas highly needed
- Building Construction
- Health Science
For additional information contact:
Steve Senf, CTE Certification Coordinator
CTE Certification Requirements
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Berkeley County School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint Eric Scriven as the district’s Director of Transportation.
Scriven has served as the interim Director of Transportation since last fall. Most of his career consists of 24 years with Richland County 1, where his roles included an administrator and an athletic director position.
He came to Berkeley County School District last year to take on an operations manager position in the transportation department – and he said the county has been “very welcoming” ever since his arrival.
“This has been a blast, and I look forward to even greater things in the future,” he said.
Scriven said he is very honored to be named Director of Transportation and looks forward to getting to work.
“I hope to build relationships in our district, and also build relationships with our stakeholders – regaining that trust with the community,” he said.
Scriven’s contract went into effect Feb. 10. Board Chairman David Barrow congratulated Scriven during Tuesday night’s board meeting.
“Welcome to Berkeley County, Mr. Scriven – I know you’ve been here a while,” he said. “Now you have the official title, you’ve been doing the work for a while. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work.”
Published Thursday, February 4, 2021
Several Berkeley County School District student-athletes signed letters of intent for collegiate athletics on Wednesday, February 3 as a part of National Signing Day.
Those athletes join 11 others that signed with colleges or universities on the NCAA's early signing day in December.
Students signing letters of intent this week
CANE BAY HIGH SCHOOL
Katie Mullen -- Swimming -- Converse College
Kavion White-Crawford -- Football -- Brevard College
Malachi Jones -- Football -- Shaw University
GOOSE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
Symeon Kenney -- Football -- Limestone University
Quinn Tolbert -- Football -- West Virginia State University
Jamarious McClellan -- Football -- Bluefield State College
HANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL
Kai Buffalo -- Football -- Newberry College
Hanna Johnson -- Cross Country & Track -- Erskine College
Alex Herriott -- Football -- Presbyterian
Andrew Stewart -- Football -- Erskine College
PHILIP SIMMONS HIGH SCHOOL
Will Ramey -- Football -- The Citadel
STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Damarius Anderson -- Football -- Newberry College
BCSD photo / Monica Kreber
Kara Peck has a group of boys in her afternoon class that love sharing videos with her of them playing sports.
These students even invited her to one of their football games – which she attended.
“Just watching them be so excited that I was there…they were just so sweet,” she said.
Peck teaches fifth-grade math and science at Berkeley Intermediate School, and her favorite part about teaching is building relationships with her students and watching them grow in all aspects, even beyond academics.
“I actually…have some (former) students that now play basketball at the high school, and I started going to their games when they were here in the fifth grade,” she said, adding, “Now they’re big-time at the high school on the varsity team and I’ll go to some of their games.
“It’s cool just to build relationships with the kids,” she said.
Peck is from Moncks Corner and grew up in BCSD’s schools; she attended Whitesville Elementary, Berkeley Middle and Berkeley High. She is in her 11th year teaching at BIS and actually started her career at the school.
Peck still resides in the area and has been married to her husband, Bryan, for eight years. They have a 6-year-old male Dachshund named Chipper.
She initially pursued early childhood education at the University of South Carolina. She used to do teacher cadet and service learning with a friend whose mother taught at Berkeley Elementary, and Peck particularly enjoyed working with a first-grade group of Hispanic students. She initially was interested in early childhood education but opted to switch to elementary education to be with older students.
Peck’s students do a lot of learning stations in her class. This math workshop model was implemented two years ago, where the teachers do a mini lesson with the students, and then throughout the week they rotate through stations in small groups. Every day Peck pulls a small group to work with one-on-one as well.
“It took a lot of getting used to but I really love it because I do get to pull that small group of students and I get to work with them more one-on-one and I get to see what their strengths and weaknesses are,” she said. “That gives me the ability to either give them that remediation that they need…or gives me the ability to enrich or boost them up.
“It’s all about building the relationships with the kids, and they tend to do better and they open up more about what they need help with when they’re in a small group,” she said. “They feel more confident and then they build that trust with you as the teacher.”
With the added challenge of the pandemic this year, Peck misses her students who are learning from home but said her students rose to the challenge.
“I have so many students on the virtual learning that are successful, and it’s because of their attitude toward it and the effort that they’re putting in,” she said.
Berkeley Intermediate is known for implementing practices that allow for students to take accountability for their learning; last year the school had students take on leadership roles by introducing them to student-led rubrics and student-led conferences.
Peck said at the beginning of the year they teach students about growth mindset, positive behavior and learning through mistakes.
“We tie all of that in to what we do through the remainder of the year, and just continuously teaching them to be lifelong learners,” she said. "I literally say it every day: 'take responsibility for your learning.'"
This year her students have done a lot of project-based learning in science, where they’re given the material and explore it through videos, articles and research. While all students have different learning styles, Peck said she has students who are doing really well with the research aspect and taking the responsibility to understand the material.
Peck said they have tried to stick with math stations this year, and even though it is harder to do with the pandemic, they are not giving up on it.
“We’re still trying to do those learning stations but a lot of it has been more digital,” she said.
She said her favorite thing about BIS, in addition to the relationships, is the people.
“(Principal Mike) Shaw is kind of like a father figure to the whole school,” she said. “He takes care of us in all aspects. He’s always got our back.”
Peck added that while teachers have come and gone while she has been at the school, they have always maintained a strong team.
“It always seems we build a good community – we help each other, we work together," she said.
At the special called meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education on Monday evening, board members voted unanimously to amend the previous motion passed Tuesday, December 8, approving additional compensation to all full-time and part-time employees. The board approved a $1000 payment to all BCSD full-time employees and a $500 payment to all BCSD part-time employees in recognition of additional duties, responsibilities and expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The amendment is intended to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
Beginning Monday, December 21, in order to expedite the receipt of payment prior to December 26, BCSD financial services and human resources staff will be dispatched to more than 60 school and office locations across the district to provide employees with a paper check. More information concerning the dissemination of the checks, such as delivery times and locations, will be released as soon as administrative plans are confirmed.
Measures are in place to accommodate employees who may not be present on the scheduled delivery day for their location.
Additional information about board meetings, including meeting agendas, can be found on our BoardDocs website.
Board meetings are also streamed live and archived the BCSD YouTube channel.
The next regular meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has announced that Christi Furrow is a top finalist for the 2021 South Carolina Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year award.
Furrow is at Goose Creek Elementary, where she has served since 2015. She has been an educator in Berkeley County School District for 23 years.
Furrow was born and raised in Hanahan and graduated from Hanahan High in 1992.
She studied elementary education at the College of Charleston, where she also received her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. Furrow also received her Masters plus 30 in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University, where she is currently enrolled in the doctoral program for leadership.
“I have high energy, and I have an energy and a passion to serve and make a difference,” she said, adding, “I have fun every day. It’s a great thing to be able to…have the joy of coming to work, and know that you’re coming to a place that you love.”
Furrow’s high energy can be heard when she talks about making an impact in students’ lives.
“We’re working together as a team to create a win-win for the home and the school…that automatically makes a win for the community, for the future,” she said.
To be an Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year, Applicants must of been an elementary assistant principal for two years or longer and a member of SCASA at the time of selection as State Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year.
As part of the selection process for the state award, Furrow traveled to Columbia on Nov. 18 to be interviewed by a designated panel of educators and community stakeholders.
“I felt like it went well,” Furrow said. “My goal was just to be myself and to show the passion and love I have for kids.”
Furrow said she loves people and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her school’s teachers and students.
“If I have the opportunity to…equip and engage and empower people, I want to be able to do that,” she said.
Furrow is married to her husband, Pat Furrow. They have a son named Bryce, who graduated from Hanahan High last year and is currently at Charleston Southern University.
As the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) works to track cases of COVID-19 across our state, there is an understandable delay in reporting confirmed cases in public schools. Berkeley County School District is committed to providing stakeholders with accurate and timely information so the BCSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed cases reported directly to BCSD. These numbers will be updated every business day to provide our community with a more accurate accounting of confirmed cases in Berkeley County schools.
The content of this database is general information for each location. Any necessary contact tracing is conducted by SCDHEC. This info is updated at the close of each business day. Please note the numbers provided are numbers of confirmed cases reported to the Berkeley County School District and are 14-day cumulative counts.