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State Superintendent of Education Spearman
Joins Interim Superintendent Washington
For OCSD5 State of the Schools Address

     Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) Interim Superintendent Dr. Jesse Washington delivered the 2015 State of the Schools address to approximately 350 community leaders, educators, and stakeholders on October 20, 2015. The special guest speaker for the event was State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
     Many district students participated in the State of the Schools program and they kept the event lively and entertaining. Brittany Bloome, a senior at North Middle/High School, and Jake Bookard, a senior at Bethune-Bowman K-12 Campus, served as the Mistress and Master of Ceremonies for the program. They were joined by Cornelius Walker, a senior at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, who provided the introductions for State Superintendent Spearman and Dr. Washington. Together, the trio entertained the audience with a combination of humor and engaging conversation. Musical entertainment was provided by the outstanding members of the Robert E. Howard Middle School Chorus directed by Shanjaleta Gardner and the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Jazz Ensemble directed by Michael McClain. Student ushers Kenneth Gilmore, Emoni Chaplin, Robert Gordon, Austin Gleaton, Dareeka Neals, and Reginald Seaberry greeted and assisted guests as they arrived.
     The first speaker on the program was Mary Ulmer, Chair of the OCSD5 Board of Trustees, who greeted the audience with welcoming remarks on behalf of the Board. She was followed by Autumn Coulter, the 2015-2016 District Teacher of the Year, who gave recognition to the Principals and the individual Teachers of the Year from each of the district’s schools. Reverend Michael C. Butler, Mayor of the City of Orangeburg and School-to-Work Coordinator for OCSD5, gave the blessing prior to lunch being served. To read the entire story and view photos, click on "OCSD5 2015 State of the Schools Address" under District News on the right side of this home page.

Six Inducted Into
OCSD5 Athletic Hall of Fame

     Nearly four hundred family members, friends, and fans gathered at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church on the evening of August 27, 2015 to witness the induction of six members into the inaugural class of the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) Athletic Hall of Fame. The class included former NFL players Alex Barron and Dwayne Harper, active NFL player Tim Jennings, retired basketball coach Artie Knight, the late basketball coach Edward Pellman, and retired coach and Principal Dr. Geb Runager. The event was co-hosted by South Carolina State University “Coach Emeritus” Willie Jeffries and WIS-TV Meteorologist Von Gaskin.
    Each of the inductees received commemorative trophies and Proclamations from Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler. After accepting their awards, each inductee had an opportunity to address the audience to share their personal thoughts and stories. To read the entire story click on "Six Inducted Into OCSD5 Athletic Hall of Fame" under District News on the right side of this home page.

Autumn G. Coulter, 4th Grade Teacher
at Sheridan Elementary, Named the
2015-16 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year

     The new school year officially began for OCSD5 teachers and administrators on Monday, August 10 with an opening session highlighted by high-energy staff development activities and culminating with the announcement of Autumn G. Coulter as the 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Coulter came to Sheridan Elementary School in 2011 through the Teach for America program and fell in love with the school and her students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech. Like many of her peers, Coulter knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She recalls spending hours teaching a class of stuffed animals and Raggedy Ann and Andy in her bedroom when she was four years old.
     As the announcement of the District Teacher of the Year was about to made, a buzz of excitement raced through the room as Jimmy Jones, the owner of Jones Toyota in Orangeburg, announced that his business would be providing the use of a 2015 Toyota Camry for one year to the winner. OCSD5 deeply appreciates the demonstration of support for public education from Jones Toyota.
     Finalists for the District Teacher of the Year were Mary Pent of Dover Elementary School, Tabitha Johnson of Rivelon Elementary School, Deloris Smith of Mellichamp Elementary School, and Priscilla Charley of Robert E. Howard Middle School. Profiles of all of our OCSD5 Teachers of the Year will appear throughout the year in our monthly newsletter, the E-Blast in Five.

OCSD5 Participating in CEP Program

    Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2015-2016 school year. This provision provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-priced meals in local school districts and schools with increased levels of low-income students. All students enrolled in the district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications as in the past. For additional information contact Jackie Harris, Food Service Supervisor at 803-533-7918.


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 Welcome to our website!

    We hope you enjoy the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 website. A lot of work and attention went into streamlining the website's navigation menus and in reorganizing the way information is categorized to improve the online experience of every OCSD5 website visitor. We hope you will find it to be a valuable resource.
    Pages feature class descriptions, documents, homework assignments, presentations, research links, multimedia, and more. Teachers and staff members are updating their designs on their webpages periodically.
    Our goal is to keep the website current and full of information. So check back with us frequently to see the latest news about our schools and to learn about upcoming activities. As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback at publicrelations@ocsd5.net