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 OCSD5 Announces 2014-2015 School and

District Teachers of the Year!

    Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five recently held its Opening Session to kick-off the 2014-2015 school year. During the Opening session, which had as its theme “Back to Basics”, the district introduced its Teachers of the Year for each school and the 2014-2015 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year.

    The Teachers of the Year for each school are as follows: Crystal D. Bryant, Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School; Paul Calvert, North Middle/High School; LaVerne P. Harris, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School; Gertrude Robinson, The Technology Center; Aju Alfred, Nelson C. Nix Education Center; Majoria Pearson, William J. Clark Middle School; Shanay Williams, Robert E. Howard Middle School; Jasmine N. Turkvan, Bethune-Bowman Elementary School; DaBetta E. Smith, Brookdale Elementary School; Brandy Gamble, Dover Elementary School; Latoya Glen, Marshall Elementary School; Kimberly Farmer, Mellichamp Elementary School; Maxine Rice, Rivelon Elementary School; Dawn K. Whitesides, Sheridan Elementary School; Tawana Howell, Whittaker Elementary School; and Serino DuBard, High School for Health Professions.

    The 2014-2015 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year is DaBetta Smith, a 3rd grade English Language Arts teacher at Brookdale Elementary School. Smith, who has twelve years of teaching experience, developed her love of teaching by observing the examples of her mother and two aunts who are all educators. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University, a Master of Education degree in Reading Education from Winthrop University, and an Education Specialist in Teaching (Literacy Concentration) degree from the University of South Carolina. According to Smith, “I view my role as a teacher as a calling rather than simply a profession. It is not something I have to do but it is something I get to do”. Smith continued, “I firmly believe, though differently, all children can learn. It is my responsibility to tap into their individual abilities and meet them where they are. Though it is difficult challenge at times, the end result is always worth it”.

    “We’re very proud of all of our Teachers of the Year and the positive impact they have on the lives of their students everyday” said Superintendent Cynthia Wilson. Wilson added, “These teachers are outstanding role models who are dedicated to helping our children reach their full potential and become the best that they can be”.

    The Teachers of the Year at each school were selected by their peers. From there, an independent committee of community leaders made the final selection to determine the 2014-2015 OCSD5 District Teacher of the Year.


S.C. REQUIREMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS ELIMINATED, FORMER STUDENTS MAY PETITION FOR DIPLOMAS

The South Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed Act 155 during the recently concluded legislative session thereby ending the requirement for exit examinations for high school students. The Act was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on April 14, 2014. The Act states in part “Beginning with the graduating class of 2015, students are no longer required to meet the exit examination requirements set forth in this section and State regulation to earn a South Carolina High School Diploma.”

A person who is no longer enrolled in a public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements may petition the local school board to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma. The elimination of the exit exam (BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990.

In order to facilitate the requirements of Act 155, Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five has created an application form that can be filled out by a petitioner who meets the requirements described above. Please review the attached documents and if you meet the requirements to request a diploma under Act 155, complete the Application Form and follow the guidelines for submission.

Click Here to view a copy of the Act 155 High School Diploma Application for Petition

Click Here to view a copy of a press release describing a summary of Act 155

Click Here to view a copy of the South Carolina Department of Education’s FAQs on Act 155

Click Here to view a copy of OCSD5’s Guidelines for Act 155 Diploma Petitions


 CEP LUNCH PROGRAM at OCSD5

Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-2015 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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 INFORMATION ON PROPOSED SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION

Click HERE to view information and resources related to the proposed legislation on school consolidation in Orangeburg County, including a copy of the proposed legislation, current laws governing the three school districts, and related maps. (This link will take you to the Orangeburg Co. School District Provisions on the Orangeburg County website.)


 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.