Congrats 2020 Grads

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

and Deliver More than What You Promise.

 

 ---Harvey McKay

 

A Message from the Superintendent


Hello everyone,

Congratulations to the class of 2020, as well your parents, your teachers, and everyone who helped you get to this day!

I don't think this year's graduation ceremony is one any of you imagined. At a time when you should be celebrating all the knowledge you've gained, you may be grieving what you've lost: the moves you planned, the jobs you earned, and the experiences you were looking forward to. In bleak moments like these, it can be difficult to find hope. So let me skip right to the end and tell you what happens: you will prevail. There's an interesting trend I've noticed: it's very conventional for every generation to underestimate the potential of the following one.
 
It's because they don't realize that the progress of one generation becomes the foundational premise for the next. And it takes a new set of people to come along and realize all the possibilities. Don't lose that impatience. It will create the next technology revolution and enable you to build things my generation could never dream of. You may be just as frustrated by my generation's approach to climate change, or education. Be impatient. It will create the progress the world needs. You will make the world better in your own ways. Even if you don't know exactly how. The important thing is to be open-minded so you can find what you love.

 

Continue to Imagine Greatness!

 
Dr. Kelvin Wymbs, Superintendent

Dorchester School District Four

kwymbs@dd4.k12.sc.us

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Welcome to Dorchester School District Four’s Virtual Program!

 

Greetings Parents,

Welcome to Dorchester School District Four’s Virtual Program! We are excited to be working with your child this year. Students who are enrolled in the Virtual Program will access learning through the DD4 Learning Management System and will follow the schedule based on individual coursework. This learning option is self-paced and Internet connectivity is required. Students will not have any interaction with other students in this model. They will only check in with the teacher.

DD4's Virtual Model will consist of teachers assigning lessons, assignments, and assessments mostly through the Learning Management System. All lessons will be aligned with the State standards. The teacher will schedule all assignments and tests. Due dates will be given and grades will be recorded. The teacher will have weekly office hours and check in with students via ZOOM and phone. The virtual teacher may assign activities outside of the LMS to ensure a quality learning experience for students.

Virtual attendance is determined by whether or not a student submits work or participates in assigned activities in accordance with the virtual classroom teacher’s written requirements. Students who submit assignments or participate in assigned learning experiences by the deadline established by the virtual classroom teacher should be considered present. Students who fail to submit assignments or participate in assigned learning experience(s) by the deadline established by the virtual classroom teacher should be considered absent. Whether the absence is “excused” or “unexcused” will be established by district procedures and policies and be consistent with state law and regulations.

The student is required to take all District and State assessments in person at their assigned school.

We want this to be a rewarding experience for you and your child. Parents and students will be trained during the first week of school.  There will be a helpline/email available for parents and students having technology problems. Virtual classroom instructors will be students’ first point of contact to request technical support. Individuals needing assistance that cannot be resolved by classroom instructors may call the technology office 843-563-5906 during school hours (8:00AM - 4:30PM) for technical support.

 

Your child’s virtual teacher will contact you this weekend to set your first Zoom meeting and discuss your child’s first assignment.

 

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Coronavirus Safety Tips

 

For the concern of our Dorchester School District Four parents, students, staff and community partners, the District is closely monitoring the Coronavirus and working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as far as guidelines and recommendations. 

Our main area of concern is for the safety and protection of our students, faculty and staff members. 

 

Therefore, the following guidelines will be followed as recommended from DHEC:

 

  • Staying home when sick
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • No hugging or shaking hands 
  • Cough or sneeze into the elbow or use a tissue and discard in the trash 
  • Clean and disinfect classrooms, hallways, office areas and restrooms daily  
  • If a student or staff member becomes ill with flu-like symptoms, go to the school nurse. The nurse will execute standard medical procedures. 
  • Parents are reminded that if your child has a fever, do not send him or her to school. 

     

    Dorchester School District Four will continue to update this information as more information becomes available. 

     

    Thanks for helping to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. The District is equipped with the necessary sanitizing materials. 

     

     

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Congratulations to Our 2020-2021 DD4 Teachers and Employees of the Year!

Teachers of the Year

Clay Hill Elementary-Chaquain Boone

Harleyville Elementary–Jennafer Easterlin

Williams Memorial Elementary-Jocelyn Fludd

St. George Middle-Marie Gladfelter

Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle-Tamara Washington

Woodland High-Brittany Sibert 

Rookie Teachers of the Year

Clay Hill Elementary-Nicole Mitchell

Harleyville Elementary-Rachel Chapiesky

Williams Memorial Elementary-Kaelah Primus

Woodland High-Andrew Chariker 

District Level

Classified Employee of the Year

Yulonda Rivers 

Appreciation

Classified Employee of the Year

Clay Hill Elementary-Gail Pinckney

Harleyville Elementary-Garrett Smith

Williams Memorial Elementary-Jessica Stickles

St. George Middle-Wendy Judy

Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle-Autumn Hart

Woodland High-LaTresha Davidson 

Bus Drivers of the Year

St. George Middle/Woodland High School: Ned Berry

Williams Memorial Elementary School: Annie R Johnson

Harleyville Elementary/Clay Hill Elementary/Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle: Vickie Carson