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We believe educational excellence is vital to maintaining a successful community. The focus of the education committee is to ensure that thriving and inclusive public-school options exist for every child on Johns Island. To accomplish this, JICA shall bring stakeholders together to actively influence the Charleston County School District to deliver high-quality education.

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District 9 Education Committee Recommendations

Through a collaborative effort with the Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Community, the District 9 (D9) Education Committee, which represents Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island, formed to review proven school models that could be implemented in an existing D9 Elementary School. This committee was led by our very own Education Chair, Michelle Faust. In addition, JICA Chair Nancy Bright and JICA Board member Leon Green were also committee members. Below is a summary of the committee’s recommendations:

Offer Programs Families Want
The committee found there were 3 distinct and clear school models that are attractive to families with young children. CCSD should align the following models with existing schools in District 9:

  • Montessori
  • Math and Science and/or Engineering
  • A traditional elementary school

Add Programs
The early recommendations of the committee were approved by the CCSD Board for implementation at Angel Oak Elementary for the 2017‐2018 school year: a 3 year old fee-based program, introduction to Spanish for 3 and 4 year olds, and a Spanish instructor for K‐5.

Give D9 Families Choices
The D9 Committee recommends for the 2018‐2019 School Year that CCSD implement a certified Montessori curriculum at a D9 elementary school and a Math and Science Curriculum at a separate elementary school within D9. The committee recommends that CCSD remove zoning requirements and allow parents to choose any D9 elementary school based on the best fit for their individual child/children.

To read the entire District 9 Education Committee Report, click HERE.

Now What? (The Important Part)
It is critical to let CCSD know your feedback on these recommendations. To submit feedback through our online form, click HERE.

Save The Date!
To learn more about education improvements in District 9, please mark your calendar for the following community meetings:

Montessori Information Meeting
Thursday, June 29 at 6PM
Edith L. Frierson Elementary School
6133 Maybank Highway
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

District 9 Education Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, July 19th at 6PM
St. Johns High School Auditorium
1518 Main Road
Johns Island, SC 29455

District 9 Education Committee Recommendations

Through a collaborative effort with the Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Community, the District 9 (D9) Education Committee, which represents Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island, formed to review proven school models that could be implemented in an existing D9 Elementary School. This committee was led by our very own Education Chair, Michelle Faust. In addition, JICA Chair Nancy Bright and JICA Board member Leon Green were also committee members. Below is a summary of the committee’s recommendations:

Offer Programs Families Want
The committee found there were 3 distinct and clear school models that are attractive to families with young children. CCSD should align the following models with existing schools in District 9:

  • Montessori
  • Math and Science and/or Engineering
  • A traditional elementary school

Add Programs
The early recommendations of the committee were approved by the CCSD Board for implementation at Angel Oak Elementary for the 2017‐2018 school year: a 3 year old fee-based program, introduction to Spanish for 3 and 4 year olds, and a Spanish instructor for K‐5.

Give D9 Families Choices
The D9 Committee recommends for the 2018‐2019 School Year that CCSD implement a certified Montessori curriculum at a D9 elementary school and a Math and Science Curriculum at a separate elementary school within D9. The committee recommends that CCSD remove zoning requirements and allow parents to choose any D9 elementary school based on the best fit for their individual child/children.

To read the entire District 9 Education Committee Report, click HERE.

Now What? (The Important Part)
It is critical to let CCSD know your feedback on these recommendations. To submit feedback through our online form, click HERE.

Save The Date!
To learn more about education improvements in District 9, please mark your calendar for the following community meetings:

Montessori Information Meeting
Thursday, June 29 at 6PM
Edith L. Frierson Elementary School
6133 Maybank Highway
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

District 9 Education Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, July 19th at 6PM
St. Johns High School Auditorium
1518 Main Road
Johns Island, SC 29455

Interim Principal Named for Angel Oak Elementary

The Johns Island Community Association would like to welcome Judith Condon as Interim Principal of Angel Oak Elementary School. Dr. Michael Griggs will become the new Principal of Hunley Park Elementary School.

Condon joins the District from Cobb County School District in Georgia where she served as Supervisor of Learning Design and Visual Arts since 2012.

Condon began her teaching career as an art specialist at Hightower Trail Middle School in Cobb County in 2001. For 11 years, Condon taught sixth through eighth grade visual art and eighth grade advanced visual art, along with reading and literacy. In the summer of 2011 and 2012, she served as an art instructor at the Big Shanty Art Station for Cobb County government, where she taught elementary and middle school mixed media and K-12 ceramics.

In 2012, Condon stepped into the role of Learning Design and Visual Arts Supervisor in her county. In this position, she was responsible for overseeing content acquisition and instructional delivery of programs to 112 schools while working collaboratively across content areas to support school strategic planning. Specifically, Condon focused on developing new, research-based programs and student opportunities for engagement, deeper learning, problem-solving, and integration of arts, project-based learning, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math); assisting schools with the development of foundations, partnerships, and marketing plans; and leading teacher teams in the development of student learning objectives (SLOs), standards revisions, data teaming, and performance and portfolio-based assessment.

Condon has received many awards and accolades throughout the years, including being named the 2006-07 Teacher of Year for Hightower Trail Middle School in Marietta, GA; the 2011-12 Middle School Art Specialist of the Year for Cobb County School System; and the 2013-14 Georgia Art Education Association Supervisory/Administration Educator of the Year. Condon is also a member of the Professional Associate of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA), and the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Condon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Valdosta State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.

Education Meetings This Week

Angel Oak’s Early Childhood Programs Information Sessions

Angel Oak Elementary Media Center
Tuesday, April 18th at 8:45AM
AND
Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 PM

Come and learn more about the expanded early childhood programs at Angel Oak for three and four year olds.

Listening Session Topic: After-School Programs

John’s Island Library Conference Room
Thursday, April 20th at 6:00PM

Jason Sakran, Director of Kaleidoscope (after-school care) for CCSD, Steve Larson, the CCSD District 9 Facilitator, and the Johns Island Community Association will host a listening session focused on after-school programs. This informal meeting will provide a chance for you to share your ideas for improving education on Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island.

St. Johns High School Alumni Night

St. Johns High School Auditorium
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM

St. Johns High School students will be hosting an Islanders Alumni Night on April 27, 2017. The celebration will feature music from the school’s band, items from years past, yearbooks and food. SJHS’s new principal, Steve Larson, will be available for a meet and greet.

The event is designed to promote and explore:
Community Dialogue
Sustaining Student Achievement
Celebrating the Mighty Islander Tradition!
Amplifying Community Engagement!

More info:
http://ccsdschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=2973364&pageId=27756597

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