As the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) works to track cases of COVID-19 across the 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 Berkeley County School District. These numbers will be updated every business day to provide our community with a more accurate accounting of confirmed cases in Berkeley County schools.
Representatives of Berkeley Electric Cooperative presented Berkeley County School District with a check for $15,000 on Friday, Oct. 30 to support welding programs at Timberland High and Cross High.
The state-of-the-art programs were born from a collaboration with Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Berkeley County Economic Development, W International and Pacolet Milliken / Cooper River Partners. Part of the demand for the program was due to the opening of W International in Bushy Park and its expansion bringing several hundred welding and metal fabrication jobs.
“We are forever grateful for the support Berkeley Electric Cooperative and others have provided,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “From helping us get the lights on and getting the machines running, to large financial contributions like the one made today, Berkeley Electric Cooperative has shown a commitment to the community, a commitment to the mission and vision of BCSD and a commitment to our shared focus of producing career-ready men and women with invaluable work and life skills.”
This latest contribution from Berkeley Electric will be used to support the adult community education programs at each school. It's one of several contributions pledged by the cooperative.
"Although we do not serve W International directly, the cooperative saw this as an opportunity to invest in the future of its members," said Tony Vincent, vice president of marketing and government affairs at Berkeley Electric. "These programs will give our members a better chance at securing well-paid jobs that are in high demand right here in the Lowcountry."
Additional information about opportunities provided by the BCSD Adult and Community Education Program can be found on the program’s section of our website.
Local businesses and organizations regularly come together for Trident United Way’s annual Day of Caring to find ways to give back to their community.
In Berkeley County School District, such groups often head to some of the schools to take on projects that will benefit the students.
At Timberland High, Santee Cooper employees initially had plans last school year to come out to the school, but the event got rained out.
Instead, Santee Cooper came out Oct. 2 to partner with students from Ronnie Ford’s agriculture class and Kevin Taylor’s manufacturing class to completely renovate, repair and refurbish the high school’s nature trail, boardwalk and outdoor classroom.
Timberland High is one of 15 business partnerships that Santee Cooper has in its service territory including Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties.
Kearney Gregory, community relations representative with Santee Cooper, said the company values the educational partnership it has with Timberland High.
“We were excited to have the opportunity to work safely with the students to help renew the outdoor classroom and assist with the cleanup and repair of the boardwalk area,” Gregory said. “These are challenging times, and our employees were grateful to volunteer in helping Timberland High School enhance their educational environment for their students. As a bonus, we were able to work with some great students and faculty members making our day extra-productive.”
Students helped blow leaves and sticks off the walkways. They trimmed trees and repaired guardrails and decking that had wood rot. They also cleaned up leaves and debris around the outdoor classroom, rebuilt benches and the classroom podium, and repaired the teacher platform.
Assistant Principal Michael Timko called it a great community-school effort.
“Timberland High School teachers will be excited with the outdoor classroom that was built, and the overall renovation project,” he said. “Thank you, Santee Cooper, for your support of Berkeley County School District and Timberland High School.”
At the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, October 27, the Board approved revisions to the Berkeley County School District (BCSD) instructional calendar to add four half-day virtual instructional program (VIP) days for students. Teachers will use the second half of those four days as workdays.
On these VIP days, students will be learning from home independently for half of the day. All student assignments will be loaded to Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems by 7 a.m.
BCSD half-day VIP/teacher workdays
- Thursday, November 12, 2020
- Monday, December 7, 2020
- Tuesday, December 22, 2020
- Monday, May 10, 2021
To further support students, each teacher will set office hours that are posted or will be posted in Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems.
Much like the eLearning days of the 2019-20 school year, teachers will have the flexibility to use time not spent assisting students to work in their classrooms, with their teams or participate in personal professional development.
Again, this is a remote learning day, and all students will be learning from home independently.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school.
Title I is the largest federal education program supported through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The current authorization is referred to as the "Every Student Succeeds Act." (ESSA).
Schools are identified for Title I support based on the socio economic status of the students that attend. Regulations require that schools involve a team of stakeholders, including staff, parents, and community members in determining how funds are best used to meet the needs of a school. Title I schools are held accountable for and support student achievement, school improvement, staff development, and family engagement.
As the new principal of THS, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer and you’re back ready to be laser-focused on being the best you can be and are committed to a culture of excellence in everything you do. When you’re committed to a culture of excellence you set high goals for yourself. As a result, you have tunnel vision on accomplishing those goals. I challenge each of you to think and act on your goals for the year. Success is here for you, but you must do your part.
The faculty, staff, and administration of THS is committed to helping every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our THS family. Additionally, our goal is to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities, enroll in higher-level classes and to become college and career ready.
Please check out our school web page and Facebook regularly for information about our 2020-2021 RE-ENTRY PLAN, academics, athletics, upcoming activities, and teacher contact information. Please keep in mind PowerSchool's Parent Portal provides real-time access for parents to their child's grades, attendance, assignments, and more. To request a login for PowerSchool’s Parent Portal, please contact our Guidance department. As always, we appreciate your continued dedication to your child’s academic success.
Once again, I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education. I look forward to working with you and your children.
- Mr. Evans
THS celebrated 140 graduating seniors on June 19, 2020.
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