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Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
Update: School Closing - Monday, October 10th - Friday, October 14th
October 4, 2016
Due to the continued power outages and road issues associated with Hurricane Matthew, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 schools and offices will be closed from Monday, October 10th through Friday, October 14th.  All after school events associated with Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 have been cancelled during this time.    
 
HKT Elementary and High School Dismissing Early Today
January 12, 2015
Due to a water main break, Hunter Kinard Tyler schools will dismiss today (Monday, January 12th) at 11:30 am.  Regular bus routes will be run.  Please continue to monitor this website for any further information.
CEMS on regular schedule for Friday, March 28th
March 27, 2014
Carver Edisto Middle School will operate on regular schedule for Friday, March 28th, 2014.
CEMS closing at 9:45 a.m. today due to precautionary reasons
March 27, 2014
CEMS will be closed today at 9:45 a.m. due to precautionary reasons for a natural gas smell. Bus riders will be transported and car riders may be picked up at the baseball complex next to the school.

Additional information will be posted to this website as it becomes available.
OCSD4 Closed Thursday And Friday Due To Inclement Weather
February 11, 2014
All OCSD4 schools and offices will be closed Thursday, February 13th, and Friday February 14th.  All after school and athletic activities are canceled for Thursday and Friday.  School will resume on Tuesday, February 18th.  Continue to monitor this website for further information.
Update
January 27, 2014
 Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four's schools and administrative offices will be on regular schedule for Friday, January 31st, 2014.
All OCSD4 Schools and Offices will be on a two hour delay for Wednesday, January 8th
January 7, 2014
All OCSD4 transportation, schools and offices will run on a two hour delayed schedule for Wednesday, January 8th.
All OCSD4 Schools Will Be Closed on Tuesday, January 7th
January 6, 2014
Due to extreme weather conditions expected, and the potential impact on bus transportation for Tuesday, January 7th, 2014; all OCSD4 schools and offices will be closed for the day.  This day will be made up on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014.  Again, no school for students and staff on Tuesday, January 7th.
Cope Area Career Center Closing Early Today
December 10, 2013
Due to a power/maintenance issue, the Cope Area Career Center will be closing early today, December 10th, 2013. All remaining bus students will be transported back to their home schools to end the school day.
Hunter Kinard Tyler Early Dismissal at 11:00 a.m. Today
November 20, 2012
Due to a DHEC water advisory, both Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary and Hunter Kinard Tyler High School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. today, Tuesday, November 20th, 2012.  Normal car dismissal and bus route methods will be followed.
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Edisto Elementary School Presents Character Trait “Initiative”
March 23, 2017
The Edisto Elementary School “Sensational Singers” presented the character trait of the month at the March 21, 2017 board meeting.  The character trait for March is “Initiative.”  The Sensational Singers, under the direction of Chorus Teacher Jonathan Fisher, consist of Amodrae Jamison, Latron Moorer, Daytron Moorer, Nicolas Phillips, Jammia Amaya, Paris Jennings, Jamequa Baliem-Odom, Olivia Williams, Jakwon Mack, and Layla Youmans.  On hand to assist with the presentation was Ms. Angela Gordon, Guidance Counselor of Edisto Elementary School and also pictured is Mrs. Ronda Simmons, Principal of Edisto Elementary School. 
 
Approved 2017-2018 School Calendar
February 27, 2017

The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at the February 21, 2017 meeting.  Please click here to view the calendar.   
 
Branchville High School Volleyball Team Recognized
February 23, 2017
The 2016 Branchville High School Volleyball Team was recognized for their outstanding season at the February 21, 2017 board meeting.  The Lady Yellow Jackets Volleyball team capped the 2016 season off with the Class A South Carolina State Volleyball Championship.  Congratulations to Coach Ron Nester, his staff, the entire Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball Team, the school faculty and staff and the Branchville community!
 
District Christmas Card Winner Bethany Jameson
February 23, 2017
At the February 21, 2017 board meeting, Superintendent Newman, recognized the winner of this year’s Christmas Card Contest.  Bethany Jameson, a senior at Edisto High School, was honored with a framed copy of the winning Christmas card.  Bethany is also pictured with her family and her Art teacher, Angela Sandifer.  Congratulations Bethany! 
 
Carver-Edisto Middle School Presents Character Trait “Grit”
February 23, 2017
Cameron Coker, Paul Agic, Shadae Benjamin and Dalton Whisenhunt, all students of Carver-Edisto Middle School’s Drama Class, presented the character trait of the month at the February 21, 2017 board meeting.  The character trait for February is “Grit.”  The students were assisted by Mrs. Karyn Moss, Drama Teacher, of Carver-Edisto Middle School.
 
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Presents January Character Trait “Enthusiasm”
January 19, 2017
Shanasia Anthony, Solomon Garvin, Amber Hoover and Jacari Prophet, all students of the Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Drama Club, presented the character trait of the month at the January 17, 2017 board meeting.  The character trait for January is Enthusiasm.  The students were assisted by Ms. Aline Newton, Drama Club Advisor and Mrs. Shelia Edwards, Guidance Counselor at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School. 
 
 
Board Member Joseph Garvin Recognized for Years of Service
January 19, 2017
The South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) has recognized Mr. Joseph Garvin for 25 years of service as a school board member.  Dr. Newman presented Mr. Garvin with a certificate and a pin from the SCSBA.  Thank you Mr. Garvin for your dedicated service to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.   
 
January 5, 2017
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes our faculty, staff, and students back from winter break.  We hope that each of you spent some time with your relatives, had plenty of laughter and took a moment to reflect on those things that are most important to you.  As we get back to our business at hand, we remember that the development of the students in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 is our first priority.  We are confident that you  will return to work and study with renewed enthusiasm and vigor.  Thank you for all that you do for OCSD 4 and again Welcome Back! 
Early Dismissal on Friday, December 16, 2016
December 8, 2016
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four schools will dismiss at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 16, 2016.  The District will be on Winter Break December 19 - December 30.  Faculty and Staff will return on January 2, 2017 for a Professional Day and students will return to school on January 3, 2017.
Board Member Mike Ferris reaches Level 2
November 30, 2016
Dr. Newman presented Board Member Mike Ferris with a certificate from the South Carolina School Boards Association at the November 15, 2016  board meeting as recognition for completing Level 2 of the Boardsmanship Institute. The Institute offers six levels of training that focus on leadership skills for board members on state and national issues. Congratulations to Mr. Ferris for reaching the 2nd level.
 
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School Presents November Character Trait “Responsibility”
November 30, 2016
Tamyra Anthony and Carmen Martin, both 3rd graders at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, presented the character trait of the month at the November 15, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for November was Responsibility.  Tamyra and Carmen were assisted by Ms. Rodonna Tiller, Administrative Assistant at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School
Two Orangeburg Four students awarded scholarships
November 28, 2016
The Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Leadership Orangeburg County class awarded scholarships to two Orangeburg Four students. Emily Phillips from Edisto High School received the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce R.H. Jennings Scholarship Award and Anna Padgett from Edisto High School received the inaugural Jesse Eargle Memorial Education Scholarship. Both students were chosen after submitting application packets that included academic, after school, and community related experiences.  OCSD4 congratulates our scholarship recipients and thanks the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce for their support of Education in our communities.
 

 
Branchville High School Lady Jackets claim Class A State Volleyball Championship
November 9, 2016

Congratulations Branchville High School Varsity Volleyball Team for winning the SCHSL Class A State Championship at Dutch Fork High School against Governor's School for Science and Mathematics on Saturday, Nov. 12 by a 3-2 score in a fifth-set tiebreaker.  Way to go Lady Jackets we are very proud of you!
School and Students Recognized for Community Service
November 1, 2016

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Orangeburg Director of the Lupus Foundation of America South Carolina Community Partner and OCSD 4 Teacher, Barbara Andrews along with Hetlena Johnson, State Director and Chief Volunteer Officer recognized Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle/High School and Principal Dr. Mark Dean with a plaque for having raised the most money in last year’s Lupus Fundraising Campaign.  Additionally, Sierra Howard, a senior at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School and Zion Danielle Riley, a senior at Edisto High School were also acknowledged as Junior Ambassadors for their community service and volunteerism for Ending Lupus. 
 
Revised 2016-2017 School Calendar
October 24, 2016
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board approved the revised calendar for the 2016-2017 school year on October 18, 2016. Please click here to view the calendar.
Edisto Primary School Presents October Character Trait “Obedience”
October 24, 2016
Brantley Thompson, a second grade student at Edisto Primary School, presented the character trait of the month at the October 18, 2016 board meeting by having everyone play “Simon Says.”  The character trait for October was Obedience.  Brantley was assisted by Mrs. Susan Zeigler, Principal of Edisto Primary School and Mrs. Orelene Rivers, Guidance Counselor at Edisto Primary School.     
 
Lockett Elementary School Presents September Character Trait "Respect"
September 27, 2016
Emma Holland, Keelie Summers, Ellie Heape, and Gabriel Lyons, students from Lockett Elementary School, presented the character trait of the month at the September 20, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for September was Respect.  The students were assisted by Mr. Robert Eubanks, Principal of Lockett Elementary School and Jonsey Proctor, Teacher at Lockett Elementary School. 
 
Tools for Teachers
September 12, 2016
Tools for Teachers, sponsored by Nexus Technologies, received donations of school supplies from communities ranging from Columbia to Salley.  Tasha Hott and Alphonzo Baylor Jr. presented Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 with some of those donated school supplies.  The donations will go to teachers around the district to help educate the students of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4. 
 
2016 -2017 Teacher of the Year
August 23, 2016
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church on August 9, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Back to School Opening Ceremony.  The district introduced the Teachers of the Year from each school site and also the 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year was introduced.  The Teachers of the Year from each site are Pam Kinard-CACC, Dorothy Govan-EES, Valerie Funchess-BHS, Jenny Thompson-LES, Yolanda Keitt-Grigsby-HKTE, Marie Hallman-HKTH, Barbara Elliott-EHS, Craig Maciejewski-CEMS and Amy Thompson-EPS. The 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year is Amy Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is a second grade teacher at Edisto Primary School and has been with the district for 12 years.
 
2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year
August 23, 2016
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church on August 9, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Back to School Opening Ceremony.  The district introduced the Support Staff Person of the Year from each school site and also the 2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year was introduced.  Support Staff Person of the Year from each site are Betty Jenkins-CACC, Lisa Moutrie-HKTH, JoAnn Williams-HKTE, Laura Lytle-LES, Candace Ilderton_BHS,Geri Dukes-STAR, Mary Edgemon-CEMS, Sonny Davis-EES, Angel Darby-Frazier-EPS, Aldenise Simmons-EHS and Mary Fox-DO. The 2016-2017 Support Staff Person of the Year is Betty Jenkins from the Cope Area Career Center.  
 
Board Members Welcome Students Back for the 2016-2017 School Year
August 18, 2016
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board Members took the opportunity to say Welcome Back! to all students at the August 16, 2016 board meeting.  This is an activity that many other school boards in South Carolina are participating in and the picture will be used by the South Carolina School Boards Association to compile a Facebook album of all South Carolina school boards. #Back2SchoolSC   
 
 
Branchville High School presents August character trait "Cooperation"
August 18, 2016
Haley Hess, an 8th grade student from Branchville High School presented the character trait of the month at the August 16, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for August was Cooperation.  The student was assisted by Mr. David Hess, Principal of Branchville High School. 
 
 
August 4, 2016
Welcome Back OCSD4 Students!

We are excited to have your children with us this year! The 2016-2017 school year begins August 15th, 2016 with a full day schedule. Please be sure to have completed all registration tasks for your student. All medical records and vaccinations should also be up to date. If you have any questions, contact your school office for further information. We know this will be a great year for our students.

 
New Teachers Symposium sponsored by CERRA
July 6, 2016

Shay Dorch, Lucy Benton and Courtney Quarles, three new teachers from OCSD 4, participated in the New Teachers Symposium sponsored by CERRA. They are pictured above with best-selling author Esme' Raji Codell. We are looking forward to implementing new strategies in our classroom to help make our district flourish.
 
Rebecca Grubbs approved as next Director of Finance
June 15, 2016

Rebecca Grubbs was approved by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board of Trustees on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to serve as the next Director of Finance.  Ms. Grubbs comes to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 with 14 years of finance experience.  Ms. Grubbs has spent the past 4 years as Director of Finance in Barnwell School District 19.  Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes Mrs. Grubbs! 
 
New Principal of Edisto High School Named
June 15, 2016
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board of Trustees approved Michael Ames as Principal of Edisto High School at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Mr. Ames brings with him 16 years of experience in education.  Originally from Upstate New York, Mr. Ames has served as teacher, coach, and administrator.  He has worked as an administrator at Irmo Middle School, Chapin High School, and most recently as an Assistant Principal at Brookland-Cayce High School.  Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes Mr. Ames!
 
New Principal of Edisto Elementary School Named
June 15, 2016
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Board of Trustees approved Ronda Simmons as Principal of Edisto Elementary School at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Mrs. Simmons comes to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 with 25 years of experience as an educator.  She has served as teacher, district instructional facilitator, curriculum specialist, and most recently six years as Assistant Principal of St. Matthews K-8 School in Calhoun County.  Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 welcomes Mrs. Simmons.    
 
Edisto High School presents May Character Trait "Patience"
June 3, 2016
David Exum, an eleventh grade student at Edisto High School, presented the character trait of the month at the May 17, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for the month of May was “Patience”.  David was assisted by his mother, Mrs. Allison Clark, GEAR UP instructor at Edisto High School. 
 
Early Dismissal and Last Day of School for Students on May 30th
May 27, 2016
Monday, May 30th will be a half day (12:00) for students.  This is the last day of the school year for students.  Regular bus routes will be in effect.  No lunch will be served.  To all our OCSD students and parents, have a safe and wonderful Summer!
Digital Learning Coordinator - Stephen Watts
May 25, 2016
Stephen Watts was approved by the board as the new Digital Learning Coordinator for Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.  Mr. Watts has served as a social studies teacher at Edisto High School for the past six years.  Mr. Watts has a BS in Secondary Education from Clemson University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University.  Mr. Watts will officially begin his new duties on July 1, 2016.  OCSD4 offers all of its support to Mr. Watts in his new role.   
 
Early Dismissal on Friday May 27th
May 20, 2016
In order to prepare for our graduations, all OCSD4 schools will dismiss early (12:00) on Friday, May 27th.  No lunches will be served.  Early dismissal bus schedules will be in place.
Cope Area Career Center represents April Character Trait "Creativity"
April 25, 2016
Hunter Amaker, Austin Craig, and Brandon Thomas, all welding students at Cope Area Career Center, presented the character trait of the month at the April 19, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for the month of April is “Creativity”.  The students showed off some very creative welding projects that they completed in their welding class.  The students were accompanied by Mr. Hightower, the welding instructor and Mrs. Jameson, Director of Cope Area Career Center. 
 
Mr. David Hess awarded 2015-2016 SCAAA Class 1A Principal of the Year
April 5, 2016

David Hess was honored as the 2015-2016 SCAAA Class 1A Principal of the Year.  This honor is awarded each year to a principal in each classification who has shown outstanding support in athletics at the school, region and state level. The principal must be nominated by an athletic director. The selections of the winners are made by the governing board of SCAAA, and the winners are honored during the Spring Athletic Conference. Mr. Hess received his award on March 18, 2016.
 
Edisto Golden Essence Drum Line attends Winter Ensembles State Championship
March 22, 2016
Congratulations to the members of Edisto Golden Essence Drum Line. On Saturday, the South Carolina Band Director's Association (SCBDA) sponsored Winter Ensembles State Championship. The competition was tough and Edisto Golden Essence is #2 in South Carolina for Percussion Scholastic Novice. They will compete again in Rock Hill for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) Championship.
 
Edisto Elementary School student presents March character trait "Endurance"
March 22, 2016
Alexandra Figueroa, a student at Edisto Elementary School, presented the character trait of the month at the March 15, 2106 board meeting.  The character trait for the month of March is “Endurance”.  Alexandra was assisted by Ms. Angela Gordon, guidance counselor at Edisto Elementary.
 
Ms. Barbara Andrews receives 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award
March 21, 2016
Ms. Barbara Andrews, an HKT middle school teacher and South Carolina State University alumna was awarded the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams award at the Honda Battle of the Bands in January.  Ms. Andrews earned the award for going above and beyond to support her students and community.  In addition to supporting her own students, Ms. Andrews has raised awareness of lupus (a chronic autoimmune disease) and supported South Carolina State University students impacted by the illness.
 
As the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award winner, Ms. Andrews was presented with a surprise $15,000 grant to support her dream of establishing a scholarship fund so students and families don’t have to choose between school and their medication.
 
“Ms. Andrews’ selfless dedication to her students, to her Alma Mater and to those in need is a true example of the spirit and strength of the HBCU community,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda. “Honda has supported the nation’s HBCUs for more than 25 years, and is proud that so many fans joined us to celebrate student musicians and academic excellence.”

Congratulations Ms. Andrews.

 
Carver-Edisto Middle School presents February character trait "Courage"
March 9, 2016
Shadae Benjamin, a student from Carver-Edisto Middle School presented the character trait of the month at the February 16, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for February was Courage.  The student was assisted by Ms. Kara Freebury, teacher from Carver-Edisto Middle School. 
 
Palmetto Gold and Silver Schools
February 26, 2016
Several OCSD4 schools have recently been recognized for increased school achievement by the State Department, in the form of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards.  Branchville High School earned a Gold for General Performance.  The Cope Area Career Center earned a Gold for General Performance.  Hunter Kinard Tyler High (Middle grades) School earned a Silver for General Performance.  And Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary School earned a Silver for Performance and for Closing the Achievement Gap.  OCSD4 congratulates the students, teachers, and administrators for their effort in obtaining these awards!
BHS Beta Club Wins First Place Designation
February 21, 2016
The Branchville High School Beta Club won several awards at the State Beta Club Convention the weekend of February 13th, 2015.  BHS won 1st place in the state for their banner.  The banner group included:  Will Billbrough, Jasmine Fogle, Catie Cooper, Jacob Hoffman, Jordan Wright, and Danielle McAlhaney.  Also, Senior Thompson Pruett won 2nd place overall in the Science II competition.  Ms. Brandi Boan is the Sponsor for the BHS Beta Club.  All have been invited to compete in the Nationals this summer in New Orleans, LA.  OCSD4 congratulates the BHS Beta Club for their accomplishments!
Mr. Travis Ard receives Monsanto Grant Award
January 25, 2016
Travis Ard, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, applied for and received a Monsanto Grant Award of $10,000.  The grant will be used to assist with agriculture activities not only at Edisto High School, but also the early childhood programs at Edisto Primary School, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, and Lockett Elementary School.  Mr. Ard is pictured with Mr. Ray and Russ Jameson of Jameson Farms and Dr. Newman.      
 
 
District Christmas Card winner Halle Felder
January 25, 2016
Halle Felder was recognized and presented with a framed version of her Christmas card at the January 19, 2016 board meeting for winning the District Christmas Card Contest.  Halle is a 2nd grade student at Edisto Primary School.  Halle is pictured with her family, her Art Teacher Pamela Gaskins, and Dr. Newman.  
 
Dr. William O'Quinn honored for years of service
January 25, 2016
Dr. William O'Quinn was honored at the January 19, 2016 board meeting for 35 years of service to Orangeburg Consolidated School Four as a board member. Thank you Dr. O'Quinn for your dedicated service.
Branchville High School presents character trait "Wisdom"
January 25, 2016

Students from Branchville High School presented the character trait of the month at the January 19, 2016 board meeting.  The character trait for January is Wisdom.  Ms. Wendy Morancie assisted the student with their presentation.
Alternative Certification Information Session
January 13, 2016

Are you interested in teaching?
Do you have a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university?

If you answered "Yes" to the above questions
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is interested in YOU! 
Click here for more information for a great opportunity!
Former Board Member recognized
January 6, 2016
Former board member Ms. Linda Huggins was recognized at the December 15, 2015 board meeting for the service that she provided to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.    
Branchville High School Volleyball Team Recognized
January 6, 2016
The 2015 Branchville High School Volleyball Team was recognized for their outstanding season at the December 15, 2015 board meeting.  In addition to being the Region 5-A Champions, the Lady Yellow Jackets were also the Class A Girls’ Volleyball State Runner-Ups for the 2015-2016 season.  Congratulations to Coach Ron Nester and the Lady Yellow Jackets!
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High presents character trait "Humility"
January 6, 2016
A student from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School presented the character trait of the month at the December 15, 2015 board meeting.  The character trait for December was Humility.  Mrs. Shelia Edwards assisted the student with her presentation.
Welcome Back OCSD4 Students!
January 3, 2016
Students will return on Tuesday, January 5th from the holiday break.  This will be a regular Tuesday schedule for all students and buildings.  Monday January 4th is a teacher/staff Professional Development day without students.  OCSD4 looks forward to having our students back and preparing them for the end of the semester.
Early Dismissal Day for December 18th
December 14, 2015
OCSD4 schools will dismiss students at 12:00 on December 18th, 2015.  All busses will run normal routes that afternoon.  Breakfast will be served, but no lunches.  OCSD4 wishes all of our families a happy and safe holiday break!
OCSD4 Christmas Card Winner Announced
December 1, 2015
OCSD4 Congratulates Halle Felder for winning this year's Christmas card contest.  Halle is a second grade student at Edisto Primary School.  Halle's art teacher, Pamela Gaskins was so proud of her student's work.  Pictured with Halle and her winning card is Superintendent Dr. Newman and Ms. Gaskins.  OCSD4 says great job Halle!
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary presents character trait "Citizenship"
December 2, 2015
Students from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School presented the character trait of the month at the November 17, 2015 board meeting.  The character trait for November was Citizenship.  Ms. Rodonna Tiller and Ms. MerleneWilson assisted the students with their presentation.
Edisto Primary presents character trait "Sportsmanship"
December 1, 2015
Students from Edisto Primary School presented the character trait of the month at the October 20, 2015 board meeting.  The character trait for October was Sportsmanship.  Mrs. Orelene Rivers and Mr. Richard Laber assisted the students with their presentation.
New OCSD4 Board Member Sworn In
November 19, 2015
At the November 17th, 2015 board meeting, Newly elected board member R. Mickael Ferris was sworn in.  Mr. Ferris was accompanied at the meeting by friends and family.  OCSD4 welcomes Mr. Ferris to our board!
Lady Jackets Volleyball In State Championship Match
November 11, 2015
The Branchville High Lady Jackets defeated East Clarendon Tuesday, November 10th, to earn their 4th trip to the title game in the past five years.  A packed home crowd was on hand to see Branchville win in 3 straight games.  They now take on St. Joseph, Saturday November 14th, at 11:00 am.  OCSD4 is proud of our Lady Jackets!
Re-Elected Board Members and Board Officers Elected
November 19, 2015
At the November 17th, 2015 board meeting, newly re-elected board members were sworn in.  Ms. Peggy Tyler, and Ms. Mary Brant were re-elected to their respective seats.  Also, officer elections were conducted and Aaron Rudd was voted chair, Randy Carrigg was voted vice chair, and Mary Brant was voted Secretary. Congratulations to our re-elected Board members and to our Board Officers!
Edisto High AFJROTC Community Service
November 5, 2015
Cadets from Edisto High AFJROTC, led by instructor Lt. Col. Walter Davis Jr. collected trash on Friday, October 30th along Legrand Smoak Road in Cordova.  The students participated this week as part of the Orangeburg County cleanup blitz for a litter-free week and collected over 120 pounds of trash.  Edisto High sponsors Legrand Smoak road for Palmetto Pride and cleans the road every month as a community service.  Edisto High AFJROTC has been recognized as a National Distinguished Unit 10 times.
Clemson University MISTER Program visits Lockett
November 5, 2015

Members of the Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) Program of Clemson University spent Friday, September 25 at Lockett Elementary School.  Mr. LeManuel Chandler, also a member of Call Me Mister, arranged to have the Misters come to Lockett to work alongside teachers in the classroom, interact with students, attend meetings, and get a feel for the life of a teacher.  
Employee wins first place at National Conference
November 5, 2015
At the School Nutrition Conference in October, Edisto Elementary staff member Gussie Whetstone won 1st prize for her hand-made wreath.   Attendees were asked to participate in designing a homemade wreath, hat or apron.  The entries were judged on artistic efforts, most unique design, and most effective expression of the farm theme.
Disaster Assistance Information
October 26, 2015
FEMA is currently in the OCSD4 area (Neeses).  They are asking anybody with damage due to the October 1st floods to apply for assistance.  You can visit the site at the Neeses Town Hall or call 800-621-3362.  If you have experienced, or know somebody that has experienced hardship due to the flood, please contact FEMA. 
Make-up days for October flood
October 23, 2015
The second make-up day for students will be March 18th, previously a Teacher Staff Development day. The third make-up day for students will be May 30th, previously the Memorial Day holiday.  Please click on the "Calendars" link above to view the revised 2015-2016 school year calendar.
First Make Up Day Announced-October 19th
October 14, 2015
OCSD4 will use Monday, October 19th as their first make up day from the five days that the district was out due to the floods.  October 19th was originally scheduled as a teacher work day, but now will be a full student day.  The district will decide on the remaining make up days at the October board meeting. 
OCSD4 On Regular Schedule for Monday October 12th
October 11, 2015
All OCSD4 schools and buildings will be on regular schedule for Monday, October 12th.  All busses will be running their regular routes.  We look forward to seeing everybody back!
OCSD4 Schools and Buildings Closed Through Friday October 9th
October 6, 2015
Many secondary roads are still unstable.  Also, there is currently only one route open to District Four schools from Columbia and Orangeburg.  Therefore, OCSD4 schools and buildings will be closed the rest of this week.  We will resume our regular school schedule on Monday, October 12th.  We urge all of our OCSD4 family to be safe, and if you must go out, be very careful on the roads. 
OCSD4 Schools and Buildings closed Tuesday October 6th, 2015
October 5, 2015
Due to road issues caused by recent flooding, all OCSD4 schools and buildings will be closed Tuesday, October 6th 2015.  Many secondary roads are still impassable or closed due to rising waters from rivers and creeks.  Please monitor this website for further information. 
First graders are using Tablets for Instruction
September 24, 2015
Edisto Primary School students in Brittany Hallman's class began using tablets this week.  The first lesson for the students is navigation and operation of the device.  After a short learning session, students worked on addition and subtraction facts using a math fact fluency app.  
Lockett Elementary Students Present the Character Trait of the Month - Leadership
September 24, 2015
Lockett Elementary students presented a short readers' theater of the story "CLICK, CLACK, MOO Cows That Type".  In this story the cows used the trait of leadership as well as other qualities to make demands of Farmer Brown.  Finally, they got what they wanted.  Students were Junior Beta Club members Madison Williams, Shields Fairey, and Brynn Preast.
Million Fathers March a Success at HKTE
September 11, 2015
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School hosted its very first "Million Father March" on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.  The event brought fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, community leaders, pastors, and other significant male caregivers to show their support for the children of HKTE and their willingness to partner with HKTE faculty and staff members to ensure that all students receive a quality education. It was truly a momentous event that was enjoyed and cherished by both adults and children. It was a demonstration of a beautiful commitment to the children and community, now and in the future, of HKT.
Character Trait of the Month - Responsibility
August 28, 2015
School presentations for character trait of the month began during the August Board Meeting.  The character trait, Responsibility, was presented by Kara Freebury, Carver-Edisto Middle School Teacher of the Year and 2015 District Teacher of the Year.  An excerpt "The burden of responsibility is on our shoulders, demanding we do not fall prey to the tantalizing status quo that lurks in the shadows and down the hallways of many American classrooms. Instead, each day, we must serve as shepherds of intellectualism.  As such, we are tasked with the responsibility to provide progressive and equal opportunities in classrooms to all students, despite the monsters of greed, the villainous politico, the miscreant of poverty". The district was honored to have Ms. Freebury represent our teaching staff.
Board Member Linda Huggins reaches Level 4
August 27, 2015
Dr. Newman presented Board Member Linda Huggins with a certificate and blue stone pin from the South Carolina School Boards Association at the August 18, 2015 board meeting as recognition for completing Level 4 of the Boardsmanship Institute.  The Institute offers six levels of training that focus on leadership skills for board members on state and national issues.  Congratulations to Ms. Huggins for reaching the 4th level.    
OCSD4 Honors Teacher of the Year
August 21, 2015
Kara Freebury, 7th grade ELA/GT teacher at Carver-Edisto Middle School, was named the OCSD4 Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Freebury received flowers and a plaque at the OCSD4's Back To School Meeting on Tuesday, August 11th. Ms. Freebury has spent her entire seven year teaching career with OCSD4. She has a Master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum with a concentration in literacy and also a Master’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in English and creative writing. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Freebury!

 
OCSD4 Congratulates Support Employee of the Year
August 21, 2015
Onika Hall-Calas, Media Center Aide, at Carver-Edisto Middle School, was named the district's Support Employee of the Year for 2015. Mrs. Hall-Calas received flowers and a plaque at the OCSD4 Back To School Meeting held on August 11th, 2015. Mrs. Hall-Calas has served in OCSD4 for nine years as substitute and media center aide.  Thank you and congratulations Mrs. Hall-Calas!
 
 
Welcome Back OCSD4 Students!
August 8, 2015
We are excited to have your children with us this year!  School begins August 17th, 2015 with a full day schedule.   Please be sure to have completed all registration tasks for your student.  All medical records and vaccinations should also be up to date.  If you have any questions, contact your school office for further information.  We know this will be a great year for our students.
New Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Principal Named
July 28, 2015
At the called board work session on July 21, 2015 the board approved Dr. Mark Dean as principal of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle/High School.  Dr. Dean has 25 years of educational experience; 9 of which as principal.  His most recent principalship was at McCormick K-12 Educational Complex where he provided administrative and instructional oversight of elementary, secondary, and CATE levels.  Dr. Dean has expressed his excitement as he transitions to the Trojan community.  OCSD4 welcomes Dr. Dean.
 
School Orientation/Registration Dates
July 15, 2015
Save the date!  OCSD4 school orientation/registration dates are now available.  Please click here to view your student's school schedule.  We look forward to seeing all of our students and parents during these dates. 

 

Michael Thom Tapped to Lead Finance Department
July 2, 2015
Michael Thom was approved by the board as the new OCSD4 Director of Finance.  As a Certified Government Finance Officer, Mr. Thom has served in several Finance roles at the State level, including the:  Department of Education, State Technical College System, Department of Natural Resources, Budget and Control Board, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Thom's wife is a principal in Richland 2 and they have a 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son.  The OCSD4 family welcomes Michael Thom!
New Edisto High School Principal Named
July 2, 2015
At the June regular board meeting, the board approved Dr. Shannon Gibson as the new principal of Edisto High School.  Dr. Gibson's education career spans 15 years; most recently as a middle/high principal in Spartanburg County.  Dr. Gibson felt the Edisto High community was very similar to the areas that he had served previously and he is excited about his Cougar future.  Dr. Gibson brings his wife and five children with him to the Edisto attendance area.  OCSD4 welcomes Dr. Gibson!
HKT High SRO is State Officer of the Year
June 25, 2015
Hunter Kinard Tyler's Deputy Stacy Loadholt was recognized as the Lowcountry Region's School Resource Officer of the Year, and the overall statewide Officer of the Year at the annual South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers conference held this month in Myrtle Beach.  Deputy Loadholt has been an active and positive part of the HKT and OCSD4 community.  OCSD4 congratulates Deputy Loadholt!
Hunter Kinard Tyler High Valedictorian and Salutatorian
May 31, 2015
Hunter Kinard Tyler High School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29th 2015.  James Lee King, Jr. was Valedictorian and Justin Benjamin Carroll was Salutatorian.  OCSD4 congratulates all of the graduates from the Hunter Kinard Tyler class of 2015!
Edisto High Valedictorian and Salutatorian
May 31, 2015
Edisto High School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29th 2015.  Tyler Andrew Newman was the Valedictorian and Joshua Taylor Cope Malejko was the Salutatorian.  OCSD4 congratulates all the Edisto High School Graduates in the class of 2015!
Branchville High Valedictorian and Salutatorian
May 31, 2015
Branchville High School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29th, 2015.  Haley Paige McClure was the Valedictorian and Sean Mackenzie Bernstel was the Salutatorian.  OCSD4 congratulates all graduates from the Branchville High School class of 2015!
Newman Named New Superintendent
May 13, 2015
The OCSD4 board voted Tuesday May 12th, to name Dr. Tim Newman as the new superintendent for the school district, effective July 1st, 2015.  Dr. Newman succeeds Brenda Turner, who announced her resignation on May 5th. 
Dr. Newman has been the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources/Public Relations for the past four years.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Operations, Maintenance, and Technology Services; a High School Administrator, and a classroom teacher in the School District of Pickens County.  Dr. Newman has been prominently involved at the State level, serving on Technology committees, Policy crafting committees, Administrator Professional Development Planning; and most recently elected President of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Human Resources/Personnel division.  Prior to entering public education, Dr. Newman was in the retail sector for 17 years, working for the Macy’s and Belk chains; as well as owning his own stores.  Dr. Newman has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in Accounting from Clemson University; a Master’s degree in Economics from Clemson University; a Masters of Education from University of South Alabama, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University.  Dr. Newman and his family live in the OCSD4 attendance area and both his wife and daughter are teachers in the district.  The Newman’s son is a Senior at Edisto High School and will be graduating this year. 
Dr. Newman states “I’m ready to serve the OCSD4 communities and their children in this new role.  We have great challenges ahead, but we also have great students, parents, teachers, and staff to meet those challenges; we’ll do this together, side by side.”
 
HKTE Teacher Named WLTX Teacher Of The Week
May 10, 2015
Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary School's Benjamin Jackson was named WLTX's Teacher of the Week for May 3rd-May 10th, 2015.  Mr. Jackson teaches Character Education and also serves as a Behavior specialist, working with students that have had disciplinary issues.  His Boys to Gents program caught the eyes of WLTX and led to the surprise visit Tuesday.  Congratulations Mr. Jackson!  See the full interview at:

http://www.wltx.com/videos/news/education/teacher-of-the-week/2015/05/05/26950435/

 

STAR Center Students Present At April Board Meeting
April 25, 2015
The STAR Center's Trentez James and Laniyah Stroman presented the April Character Trait of The Month- Obedience, at the April 21st regular board meeting.  Trentez used his artistic drawing skills and Laniyah read an inspiring story.  Director Belinda Johnson, Interventionist Adrienne Johnson, and Teacher Elouise Ray were also on hand.  Great job STAR Center!
Weather Make Up Day
March 6, 2015
OCSD4 will use March 20th, 2015 for the weather make up day from February 24th, 2015.  The district had to cancel school for inclement weather on February 24th, 2015.  March 20th, 2015 was originally slated to be a teacher work day and now will be a full attendance day for students and staff.
Christmas Card Winner Recognition
March 2, 2015
At the February 17th board meeting, Superintendent Turner recognized the winner of this year's Christmas Card Contest.  Jonathan Collins, an 8th grader at Carver Edisto Middle School was honored with a framed certificate and copy of the Christmas card.  Jonathan was mentored by his Art teacher, Cathy Hallman.  OCSD4 Congratulates Jonathan for his artistic talents!
OCSD4 On A 2 HOUR DELAY For Wednesday, February 25th
February 24, 2015
Due to potential icy conditions, all OCSD4 schools and buildings will be on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.  
OCSD4 Closed Tuesday, February 24th, for Inclement Weather
February 23, 2015
All OCSD4 schools and buildings will be closed on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015; due to inclement weather.  Frozen precipitation has been forecast for our attendance area over the next 24 hours.  Please check this website for further information regarding school operating hours this week.
Administrators Move From Interim to Permanent at Edisto Elementary
January 27, 2015
The board recently approved Ms. Gloria Jenkins as Principal, and Dr. Steve Preast as Assistant Principal at Edisto Elementary School.  Both had been serving in an interim capacity since the start of this school year.  OCSD4 congratulates both for a job well done! 
Early Dismissal and Happy Holidays From OCSD4!
December 17, 2014
All schools will be on a half day schedule and dismiss early on Friday, December 19th, 2014.  All students will return from Winter break on January 5th, 2015.  The board and employees of OCSD4 wish all of our students, and their families, a happy and safe holiday break!
Thank You OCSD4 Board of Trustees
January 15, 2014

January is traditionally the month that we recognize and honor our school board members.  Our school board members are outstanding community leaders who give freely of their time and talents to help guide our district.  We are most fortunate in OCSD4- our board members have provided many years of service to our community and they are relentless in their vocal support for public education.

Board members face many difficult challenges in their role and one of the most difficult is during budget times.   The board is often faced with the difficult decision of how to balance the budget with the least impact of reducing resources to our students.   As you all know our board is very good stewards of the community’s money and they always attempt to maintain the high integrity of our staff and programs without tax increases.   In past years this has been a difficult challenge as the State made reductions to funding.    We are hopeful that for FY 15 budget cuts will not be one of the challenges to be addressed.

Our board members attend countless meetings, weekend conferences, and respond to many late-night and early-morning phone calls as part of the job they perform.  

Our seven member board is comprised of very caring and well-informed members.   They all have the best interest of our district at heart and make decisions that are good for the whole consolidated district.

Please join me in expressing your appreciation to these members:   Mrs. Peggy J. Tyler, Chair, Dr. William O’Quinn, Vice-Chair, Mrs. Mary Brant, Secretary, and members Mr. Aaron Rudd, Mr. Joseph Garvin, Ms. Linda Huggins, and Mr. Randy Carrigg.

 

HKT's Jarius Jenkins Represents OCSD4 In North/South All Star Game
December 9, 2014
The Trojan's Jarius Jenkins will be playing in the North/South All Star Game on Saturday, December 13th, 2014.  The game will be held at Myrtle Beach High School at 12:30 pm.  Along with winning two state championships, Jarius has rushed for over 4000 yards in his career, making him the all time leader at Hunter Kinard Tyler High School.  Congratulations Jarius!
2015 All-State Choir
December 1, 2014

David Sowell,who is a student Edisto High School has been accepted as a member of the 2015 All-State Choir. David auditioned with over 1800 South Carolina students for this prestigious position. David and Mr. Ellis, Choir Director at Edisto High School are now preparing for the All-State weekend in March 2015.

Congratulations David!
Thank You Veterans!
November 11, 2014
OCSD4 wants to thank all of our veterans for their service to our country and our freedom.  Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy because of those who fought for them.
Character Trait of the Month-Citizenship
October 9, 2014
At the OCSD4 September board meeting, Lockett Elementary School presented a skit on the Character Trait of the Month-Citizenship.  Representing Lockett were:  students Destiny Rynes, Charlie Shuler, Sophia Li, Julia Smith; Principal Robert Eubanks, and several staff members and parents.  Great job Lockett Elementary School!
OCSD4 Honors Teacher of the Year
August 20, 2014
Amy Roland, First Grade Teacher at Edisto Primary School, was named the OCSD4 Teacher of the Year for 2014.  Ms. Roland received flowers and a plaque at the OCSD4's Back To School Meeting on Tuesday, August 12th.  Mrs. Roland has been teaching for over 15 years, and has been with the district for over 5 years.  She recently completed a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.  Thank you and congratulations to Mrs. Roland!
OCSD4 Congratulates Support Employee of the Year
August 20, 2014
Jarvis Davis, Behavior Interventionist/Bus Supervisor/Coach, at Hunter Kinard Tyler High School, was named the district's Support Employee of the Year for 2014.  Coach Davis was presented with his award at the OCSD4 Back To School Meeting held on August 12th, 2014.  Thank you and congratulations coach Davis!
Edisto Elementary Welcomes New Principal
August 12, 2014
Ms. Gloria Jenkins has been chosen as the new interim Principal at Edisto Elementary School.  Ms. Jenkins has served as the Assistant Principal at EES for the past two years.  Prior to EES, Ms. Jenkins had served in many capacities with the district over the past 13 years.  Replacing her as the interim Assistant Principal will be former EES teacher Dr. Steve Preast.  OCSD4 welcomes Ms. Jenkins and Dr. Preast in their new roles at Edisto Elementary School.
New Chief Academic Officer for Grades K4-6th
July 9, 2014

Penny Sturgill has been hired as OCSD4's Chief Academic Officer for primary/elementary grades.  Mrs. Sturgill has extensive experience as an elementary school administrator and district level administrator.  The newly created position will focus on curriculum and professional development for primary and elementary grades, along with the management of the district's Federal Program funds (Title I, II, III).  Welcome Penny Sturgill to OCSD4!
OCSD4 Honors 2014 Retirees
June 23, 2014
At the June 17, 2014 Board Meeting, the Board and Ms. Turner recognized the 2014 retirees. The retirees are Keith Edgington, Mazie Stevenson, Irene Jamison, Carolyn Livingston, Katherine Thomas, Jerome Brown, Retha English, Rosebud Gay, Susan Young and William Ray.

 
Weather Make Up Day-June 2nd
May 12, 2014
Winter weather affected the OCSD4 calendar for this school year.  While the Governor forgave days, school districts had to use their assigned days first.  January 21st and February 21st were both used as make up days.  The third and final make up day will be on June 2nd, 2014.  This will be a half day for all students and the last day of school.  This make up day has no effect on graduation, which is still on Friday, May 30th.   
OCSD4 Arts Festival!
April 4, 2014
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four Arts Festival will be held Saturday, April 5th at the Prince of Orange Mall in Orangeburg, SC.  The performance times are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Performing will be:  Edisto High Chorus, Branchville High Band, Carver Edisto Middle Band, Hunter Kinard Tyler Drum Line and Band, Edisto High Spanish Dance Team, Edisto Primary Chorus, and the Edisto Golden Essence Drum Line.  Artwork from all OCSD4 schools will also be on display. 
OCSD4 2013 Christmas Card Artist Recognized at Board Meeting
February 25, 2014
Congratulations to Maryssa Strickland for winning this year's OCSD4 Christmas card contest.  Maryssa is a 10th grader at Edisto High School.  She was assisted by her art teacher, Mrs. Winston. Maryssa was recognized (shown with Superintendent Turner) at the February, 18th board meeting.  Great job Maryssa!
4 Year Old, 5 Year Old School Registration
February 5, 2014

 

It’s Round-Up Time!
4-Year-Old Child Development and 5-Year-Old Kindergarten
Registration will begin February 18, 2014. 

 

Students must be 4 or 5 on or before September 1, 2014 to register.
Parents are to register their children at the school for which they are zoned. 

 

School Hours:  8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Edisto Primary School (803) 536-4782
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School (803) 263-4441
Lockett Elementary School (803) 274-8588

 

 Required Documentation for Registration:

 

2 Proofs of Residency
Social Security Card
Birth Certificate
Immunization Certificate
Medicaid Card (If applicable) 

Child Find:  If you know of a child or adolescent, age birth through twenty-one, whom you
suspect may have a disability, and are interested in Child Find, contact the District Office

HKT High Trojans Are State Champions, Again!
November 17, 2014
Hunter Kinard Tyler High School won the Class A Division II State football championship at Benedict College on November 28th, 2014.  The Trojans defeated Lakeview 42-28 for their second consecutive State title.  OCSD4 Congratulates coach Dann Holland and his staff, the players, the school faculty and staff, and the HKT community.  Go Trojans!
HKT Trojans win State Title
December 4, 2013
Congratulations to the HKT Trojans on winning the South Carolina Class A Division II State Football Championship. The Trojans defeated Timmonsville on Friday, November 29, 2013 and won their first state title. Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is proud of the coaches and team for their outstanding achievements on the field.
District Four Swears In New Board Member
November 26, 2013

On November  19, 2013, Mr. Randy Carrigg took his Oath of Office and joined the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four Board of Trustees. His wife, Jan Carrigg, daughter Haylee Judy and son-in-law Brad Judy all took part in the swearing in ceremony.  We welcome Mr. Carrigg to the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four Board and look forward to working with him.

Pictured from left to right: Brad Judy, Haylee Judy, Jan Carrigg, Randy Carrigg and Brenda Turner-Superintendent
Reaffirming Oath of Office
November 26, 2013
On November 19, 2013, Mr. Aaron Rudd, Dr. William O'Quinn and Mr. Joseph Garvin reaffirmed their committment to the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four Board of Trustees by taking the Oath of Office.  We congratulate these gentlemen and look forward to continuing to work with them.

Pictured left to right: Aaron Rudd, William O'Quinn, Joseph Garvin and Brenda Turner-Superintendent
School Nutrition Staff Attends SNA Conference
October 25, 2013

Members of the district’s school nutrition staff attended the School Nutrition Association State Conference held in Myrtle Beach, SC October 17-20, 2013.  Dale Harrison, cafeteria manager for Edisto Elementary, and her staff won 1st place in the Apron Design Contest with their carrot apron design.  Angela Robinson, School Nutrition Director, won 3rd place in the #10 Can decorating contest depicting the conference’s theme “Together, We can Make the Pieces Fit.”  Attending the conference this year were Ella Franklin, Carver-Edisto Middle School, Elaine Smoak, Branchville High/Lockett Elementary Schools, Frances Shuler, Edisto Primary School, Linda Brown, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary/High Schools, Dale Harrison, Edisto Elementary School, Lynne Drawdy and Angela Robinson of the District Office.  The attendees participated in educational classes and attended a Food Expo.


The Marching Blue Machine of Edisto High School Goes to State Finals
October 25, 2013

The Blue Machine of Edisto High School will compete in the South Carolina Band Director’s Association (SCBDA) Class AA finals to be held at Spring Valley High School on Saturday October 26 at 7:45pm.  The Blue Machine secured their position in the finals by placing 4th of 17 competing bands this past Saturday in the SCBDA Lower State Championship which was held at West Ashley High School in Charleston, SC.  They are often referred to as “The Small Band With The Big Sound”. The Blue Machine is under the direction of Dr. Ophelia Darby and Mr. Christopher Grant with students in grades 7-12.  Please continue to follow us on twitter at edistobluemachine and like us on Face Book at The Blue Machine of Edisto High.

 
by: Daniel E. Green


Circus of the Kids a hit for OCSD4!
October 25, 2013

Carver Edisto Middle School Hosted Circus of the Kids for the past three weeks.  The daily practices with CEMS students and trainers culminated with four days of performances (October 17th-20th).  The student led circus contained trapeze acts, fire eating, bicycle stunts (pictured), tumbling, and clowns.  Many students, families, and community members in OCSD4 attended the shows.  WLTX, Channel 19 also did a story on the last performance.  You can view the story at:  http://www.wltx.com/news/article/253580/2/Middle-School-Students-Perform-Circus-Acts


AFJROTC presents Colors
October 14, 2013
The AFJROTC from Edisto High School presented the Colors for the October State Board Meeting on October 9, 2013.  The unit is under the leadership of Lt. Col. Walter Davis.  The members that presented the Colors were Trey Hardee, Dante Sanders, Malik Franklin and Nicholas Smoak.  Thank you gentlemen for representing our District with honor and pride.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Zais, Trey Hardee, Dante Sanders, Malik Franklin, Nicholas Smoak and Lt. Col. Walter Davis.

Touchdown Club Player of the Week
September 1, 2013


Orangeburg Consolidated School Distict Four is proud to announce that Jarius Jenkins from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School was named the Orangeburg Touchdown Club's Player of the Week for week 1.  Congratulations Jarius!
SCBT
August 21, 2013
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four would like to thank South Carolina Bank and Trust for their generous donation of  $2500 .  Gene McConnell and Katie Hane presented the check to Ms. Turner at the district office.  We are proud to be associated with South Carolina Bank and Trust and consider them a valuable member of our community.  We appreciate their donation towards our continued focus on student success.
Ms. Huggins recognized by SCSBA
August 21, 2013
Congratulations to Ms. Linda Huggins for being recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association for reaching Level 3 in the Boardsmanship Institute.  Ms. Turner presented Ms. Huggins with her certificate of achievement and pin from the SCSBA at the Board Meeting on August 20th.


Palmetto Gold or Silver Award Winners
August 21, 2013
Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the following schools for being recognized as a Palmetto Gold or Sliver Award Winner.  This award was based upon growth in their absolute rating for general performance.  These schools were honored at our August 20th Board Meeting.


Orangeburg 4 Teacher of the Year
August 16, 2013
 Eunice Jennings, 6th grade ELA teacher, has been working with students at Carver Edisto Middle for over twelve years.  She works many hours beyond the school day by tutoring students, participating on the Instructional Strategies Planning Team, coordinating the Summer Reading Program and acting as the ELS Department Chair.  Jennings' philosophy is based on the belief that "each student learns differently and brings unique life experiences to the classroom.  What drives her to success each day is her mantra "Give a child information, and he may know that information for a test.  Teach a child the love of learning and he will learn for life".  Congratulations Eunice and know how proud we are that you are with the OCSD4 family!  shown: Eunice and Superintendent Brenda Turner
Teachers of the Year Honored
August 16, 2013
 The District celebrated a new school year by honoring the 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year from each school.  These teachers have worked tirelessly to improve student acheivement and model lifelong learning skills.  Winners include: Audrey Cook (Lockett Elementary), Toni Ott (Branchville High), Wanda Johnson (HKT  Elementary), Donna Hedgepeth (HKT High), Kelly Hayden (Edisto High), Eunice Jennings (Carver Edisto  Middle), Christie Kittrell (Edisto Elementary), Teresa Gray (Edisto Primary), Robert Sams (STAR Center), and  Teresa Huber (Cope Area Career Center).
District Support Staff Person of the Year
August 16, 2013
Shirley Mount, executive secretary for Exceptional Education, has been with the District for over 20 years.   She works diligently to ensure that the needs of every student she comes in contact with are met.  Parents are served with just as much care and consideration as students.  One of her outstanding character traits is humility, which is evidenced by her statement "I am surprised and honored that I was chosen to represent the District Office and if I receive this honor, I think my heart will burst but I will be happy for whoever receives it because I know everyone is deserving... I truly do not believe any one person is better than another".  shown with Superintendent Brenda Turner
Thank You Support Employees!
August 30, 2013
Employees like Mr. James Davis, Support Employee of the Year at the Star Center, provide valuable services to our students.  We want to thank all of our support employees as we start our new school year.  OCSD4 appreciates all of our support employees! 
Staff Support Persons of the Year Honored
August 16, 2013
All employees of the District gathered on Tuesday to celebrate a new school year.  Part of the breakfast presentation was the recognition of the 2013-2014 Staff Support Person of the Year for each school.  These individuals provide services to employees and students alike including meal preparation, custodial services and general maintenance.  This years winners were: Marilyn Murdoch (Lockett Elementary), Libby Fairey (Branchville High), Jerome Crosby (HKT Elementary), Retta Tyler (HKT High), Tommy Washington (Edisto High), Tonya Tager (Carver Edisto Middle), Melissa Cleckley (Edisto Elementary), Michelle Jennings (Edisto Primary), Pam Kinard (Cope Area Career Center), James Davis (STAR Center – Not pictured), Shirley Mount (District Office).
Community Appreciation
August 16, 2013
OCSD4 would like thank all of the vendors, businesses and donors that provided door prizes for our employees at the Faith-Based breakfast on August 14th.  Many employees received gift certificates to local businesses as well as gift bags, paintings, jewelry, sports memorabilia and much more.  Thank you all for your support of our OCSD4 family! 
OCSD4 Plans For FY2014 (2013-2014 school year) Budget
June 6, 2013

OCSD4 trustees are excellent stewards of the district's dollars.  The board has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing excellent education opportunities for all students while remaining dedicated to imposing minimal millage increases to our community.

On June 3rd, 2013 the OCSD4 Board of Trustees met to discuss the recommendations for the coming budget cycle.  This was a public budget work session (the Public Hearing will be on June 18th, 2013; at 6:30 PM at the District Office).  A reporter from the Times & Democrat was in attendance at the work session.  

OCSD4 is the largest employer in the area with approximately 580 employees.  Our board has recognized the efforts of all employees with minimal cost of living increases.  The legislature allocates and provides resources only for teacher pay increases.  The Times & Democrat reported on June 6th, 2013 that the increase in the Base Student Cost left a $30,000 deficit in funding.  This is accurate due to the lack of funds available to provide an increase for all employees and for an increase in all benefit costs.

The Times & Democrat inaccurately reported that student enrollment at Edisto Primary School was increasing by 25%.  At the June 3rd work session, it was correctly stated that first grade enrollment will grow by 38-40 students for next year at Edisto Primary School. 

The Times & Democrat also inaccurately reported that the OCSD4 reserve fund (fund balance) was currently $27 million dollars.  The correct 2013 end of year fund balance is projected to be $2.7 Million dollars (not $27 million). 

The OCSD4 administration is recommending a 3 mill tax increase to balance the FY 2014 (2013-2014) budget.  These additional funds will be used to provide an (on average 2%) increase to all employees; to fund an additional teacher at Edisto Primary; and to implement a JV football program at Hunter Kinard Tyler High School.

The fiscal impact of the 3 mills to the average resident owning a vehicle valued at $15,000 would be $2.70 annually; the increase to a business owner's property with appraised value of $100,000 would be $18.00 annually.

Retirees Recognized At May Board Meeting
May 28, 2013
OCSD4 Recognized the 2012-2013 retirees at the May 21st Board Meeting.  This year's retirees include:  Evelyn Amaker, Heywood Ruff, Velma Young, Pat Black, Gloria Kirkland, Randy Johnson, Cynthia O'Quinn, Sheila Kennedy, Susan Felder, Matlin Polite, Patricia Dangerfield, Mary Simpson, Barbara Thompson, Jeanette Jones, and Sheila Evans.  Many were in attendance at the board meeting and participated in a group picture with Ms. Turner.  OCSD4 thanks all of our retirees for their commitment to the children in our communities!
Teacher of the Year Luncheon
May 6, 2013
On Wednesday, May 1st, OCSD4 thanked their current Teachers of the Year at a year end luncheon.  These teachers were chosen at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year to represent their schools throughout this school year.  Meetings with the superintendent were held during the school year to discuss ideas and concerns that will help all stakeholders in the district.  Pictured at the luncheon are Superintendent Brenda Turner, District Teacher of the Year Brenda Martin, and Board Chair Peggy Tyler.  Each teacher received a ring commemorating their service. OCSD4 thanks our Teachers of the Year for their service!
Hunter Kinard Tyler 8th Grader Wins I-Pad and Trip to Turkey
April 19, 2013
Katherine King scored big at the Art and Essay contest sponsored by the South Carolina Dialog Foundation.  Katherine won the contest with her essay that addressed:  The Human Footprint on the Environment:  Impacts and Solutions.  The middle school grand prize was an Apple I-Pad and a trip to Istanbul, Turkey.  Mr. Holiday, Katherine's principal accompanied her, along with Ms. Wilette Jenkins, her Science teacher.  OCSD4 congratulates Katherine for her accomplishment!
Cope Area Career Center State Skills USA Winners
April 19, 2013
Recently, several students from the CACC participated in the State Skills USA competition.  Several students in Ms. Stevenson's Cosmetology program and one student in Mr. Footman's Law Enforcement program competed.  Olivia Jaberg won 2nd place in the state for Law Enforcement, and Abreshia Riley placed 2nd in the state for hair braiding.  OCSD4 congratulates are participants and winners!
Cope Area Career Center State Skills USA Winners
April 19, 2013
Recently, several students from the CACC participated in the State competition for Skills USA.  Christina Simmons won 1st place in the state for Culinary Arts, and Willard Still won 3rd place in the state for Automotive.  Both were awarded scholarship monies for their accomplishments.  They are pictured with their instructors, Ms. Mason and Mr. Snell.  OCSD4 Congratulates Christina and Willard. 
Branchville High's Angie Weeks Wins Pageant and Scholarship
April 19, 2013
Angie Weeks, a Junior at Branchville High School, recently won the Junior Miss Dorchester County (South Region) pageant.  Angie is the Junior class president, is involved in FFA, Beta Club, and EuroJackets.  In all, Angie received over $3600 in scholarship monies. OCSD4 is proud of Angie's accomplishment!
Character Trait of the Month: Sincerity
March 8, 2013
Students from Ms. Karen Moss's drama class at Carver Edisto Middle School demonstrate the character trait of the month at the February regular board meeting.  Celebrating Black History month, the group gave a dramatic performance of African American women who have had a great impact on society.  Joining South Carolina State student teacher Khalmilah Dillard are CEMS students Jessica Butler, Kenya Johnson, Marjani Robinson, Shanya Boyd, and Antaunette Lambright. 
Congratulations to Golden Apple Winner Constance Maxwell
February 26, 2013
Edisto Elementary School's Constance Maxwell was honored by WLTX's news anchor Darci Strickland.  Mrs. Maxwell teaches 5th grade at Edisto Elementary and has been with OCSD4 for two years.  Mrs. Maxwell's husband, Jon, also teaches in the district at Carver Edisto Middle School.  OCSD4 is proud of Mrs. Maxwell and her commitment to the children at Edisto Elementary School.

Mrs. Maxwell's story can be seen on the following link:

http://www.wltx.com/life/community/goldenapple/default.aspx
Congratulations to Golden Apple Winner Michelle Hughes
February 26, 2013
Edisto Elementary School's Michelle Hughes was honored by WLTX and anchor Darci Strickland.  Mrs. Hughes story ran the week of February 11th.  Mrs. Hughes, a 3rd grade teacher, has been teaching for over 22 years and has been in OCSD4 for the past 12 years.  OCSD4 is proud of Mrs. Hughes and her commitment to the children at Edisto Elementary School! 

To see Mrs. Hughes' story, click on the following link: 

http://www.wltx.com/life/community/goldenapple/default.aspx
Author Crystal Ball-O'Connor Donates Books, Teaches Writing Skills
January 23, 2013
OCSD4 has been thrilled to be partnering with with Dr. Ball-O'Connor for the past two school years.  Primarily working with 3rd-6th grade students, the author has spent a week in each classroom helping students with the writing process.  The culminating event of the week is when Dr. Ball-O'Connor presents the class with one of her own works.  Shown recently at Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary: Dr. Ball-O'Connor, student Maya Smith, Superintendent Turner, principal Ms. Gerald, and classroom teacher Mr. Jackson all share a story with Mr. Jackson's 6th grade class. 
Congratulations Mr. Rudd on 40 Years of Board Service!
January 29, 2013
At the January regular board meeting, board member Aaron Rudd was presented his 40 year pin for school board service in OCSD4.  Superintendent Brenda Turner is shown presenting Mr. Rudd's pin.  OCSD4 is thankful for Mr. Rudd's time spent on the students, staff, and parents over the years.   
Congratulations Ms. Brant on 20 Years of School Board Service!
January 29, 2013
At the January regular board meeting, Ms. Mary Brant received her 20 year school board service pin.  Superintendent Brenda Turner presents Ms. Brant with her pin.  OCSD4 is thankful for Ms. Brant's service to the students, staff, and parents in the district.
Thank you OCSD4 Board Members!
January 9, 2013

January is designated as Board Appreciation month.  OCSD4 is most fortunate to have a board that works tirelessly to serve the needs of our district and community. Please join us in expressing our appreciation for their dedication, commitment and service to our district. Thank you board members for sharing your time and talents with our district.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OCSD4!
December 22, 2012
OCSD4 wishes a safe and happy holiday break to all of our students, parents, and staff.  All district offices and schools will be closed starting December 22nd, 2012 and will reopen on January 7th, 2013.  The last day of the 2nd nine weeks and first semester will be January 14th, 2013.  January 15th, and 16th are teacher workdays (no students).  January 17th will be the start of the second semester and 3rd nine week grading period.
SCB&T Executives present Superintendent Turner with a donation to OCSD4
December 11, 2012
Christmas came early for OCSD4 in the form of a $2500 donation made by South Carolina Bank and Trust.  Gene McConnell and Katie Hane presented the check to Ms. Turner at the district office.  Mr. McConnell stated: “SCBT is proud to be associated with Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 4. The district is a valuable part of our community. We support Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 4 and the difference they are making in our young people’s lives.”
OCSD4 greatly appreciates the donation towards our continued focus on student success.

Christmas Card Design Winner 2012-2013
December 3, 2012
Congratulations goes out to Audrey Washington for designing the OCSD4 Christmas card for 2012-2013!  Audrey is a fourth grader at Edisto Elementary School.  He is an Art student of Ms. Sandifer, who submitted his drawing for consideration.   Audrey's work will be seen on every Christmas card that OCSD4 will be sending out this holiday season.  Great job Audrey and Ms. Sandifer! 
Early Dismissal on December 21st for the Holiday Break
December 2, 2012
All schools will dismiss at 12:00 pm on December 21st, 2012.  Breakfast will be served, but no lunches will be served.  All buses will be on regular routes for the early dismissal schedule.  Contact your school if you have any questions about early dismissal schedules.
Congratulations Edisto, Hunter Kinard Tyler, and Branchville Athletics
November 11, 2012
OCSD4 is proud of our athletic programs!  The Edisto High School football team won their second round playoff game Friday night against Lake City, 41-24.  The Cougars will play in the Division 1-AA Lower State semi-finals at Timberland on Friday, November 16th.  The Hunter Kinard Tyler Trojans made football history by winning the school's first semi-final playoff game, beating Calhoun Falls 40-8.  The Trojans will play at McCormick on Friday, November 16th, for the Upper State Division II-A championship.  The Branchville High Lady Yellowjackets volleyball team finished their season on November 4th, 2012 as State runner-up for the third straight year, after winning the Lower State A championship.  Congratulations to all of our athletic programs for teaching success in the classroom and on the field/court.
Best of Luck to Branchville Lady Yellow Jackets in State Finals Match
November 2, 2012
November 2nd, 2012

The Branchville lady yellow jackets volleyball team secured their place in the State championship match on Wednesday October 31st, 2012.  The lady yellow jackets defeated Johnsonville in three games to earn their spot against St. Joseph (Greenville).  The championship match will be held Saturday, November 3rd at White Knoll High School in Columbia, at 11:00 a.m.  OCSD4 is proud of our lady yellow jackets! 
Community Computer Lab Now Open
October 4, 2012

The community computer lab is now open at the Cope Area Career Center.  The lab will be open to the public from 4:00-8:00, Monday-Thursday throughout the school year.
OCSD4 Board Recognizes Teachers and Support Employees of the Year
October 4, 2012

At the September 18th board meeting, the board recognized the teachers and support employees of the year for each school.  Superintendent Brenda Turner presented each with a certificate for being selected for the 2012-2013 school year.  See the individual slideshows and pictures by clicking on this TOY link and the SEOY link.
New Bus Driver Training-jobs available
September 14, 2012

Bus Driver Training:  Driver Jobs Available
OCSD4 will offer a four day course for bus driver training October 1st- 4th.  You must possess a valid drivers license. Training will start at 8:00 am each day at the transportation office (must be present for all training days).    Bus driver hourly rates start at $10.00 and full time or part time positions are available.  Please call Debbie Ard at 534-8081 if interested. 

Congratulations Palmetto Gold Silver Winners!
August 29, 2012
August 29th, 2012

OCSD4 Schools were honored for their achievement of Palmetto Gold/Silver status at the August 21st regular board meeting.  The Cope Area Career Center received a Gold award, and the Branchville-Lockett schools, Carver Edisto Middle School, and Edisto Elementary all received silver awards.  Click here for the slideshow of the award presentations. 
Hunter Kinard Tyler High Enjoys First Day of School With Their New Principal
August 20, 2012
August 20th, 2012

Ernest Holiday, newly named principal at Hunter Kinard Tyler High, spent his first day of the new school year learning about his students and parents.  Mr. Holiday is a 17 year veteran of the public education system who also is a graduate of Hunter Kinard Tyler.  OCSD4 welcomes Mr. Holiday and his family into our family!
OCSD4 Teacher of the Year Announced at Back to School Breakfast
August 14, 2012
OCSD4 held their back to school breakfast at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church.  Among the highlights were speeches from Board Chair Peggy Tyler and guest speaker Walter Tobin.  The celebration also included the announcement of  the District's Teacher of the Year, Ms. Brenda Martin from the STAR Center.  Ms. Deidre Williams was announced as the District's Support Employee of the Year.  The breakfast was a great success in jump starting teachers and staff for the upcoming school year.
OCSD4 Employee Back To School Breakfast
July 29, 2012
The back to school breakfast for all OCSD4 employees will be held on August 14th, 2012. The breakfast will start at 7:45 a.m. This event will be held at the new Edisto Fork United Methodist Church, highway 301 south. The church is located on highway south 301 between highway 4 and Binnicker Bridge Road (highway 70). We look forward to seeing all of our OCSD4 family as we prepare for another great school year.
OCSD4 Honors Our Newest Retirees
July 29, 2012
At the June board meeting, four retirees were honored for their dedication to the children of OCSD4. Gwen Pringle (Edisto Elementary, Gayle McAlhany (Lockett Elementary), Elizabeth Hill (Edisto High), and Ann Millhouse (district office) were all honored for their commitment to the district. All received a gift presented by the Superintendent, Brenda Turner; and the board chair, Peggy Tyler. OCSD4 gives our sincere thanks to these retirees that dedicated their careers to our children. 
Character Trait of the Month-Kindness
July 8, 2012
While school is out for the summer, new talent has been recruited for the character trait presentations while the real stars (our children) enjoy some well deserved time off.  District office personnel perform a skit at the June board meeting recognizing the character trait of the month-kindness. 
OCSD4 Welcomes Robert Eubanks to Lockett Elementary School
July 8, 2012
At the June 19th, 2012 regular board meeting, the board approved the recommendation of Robert Eubanks as the new principal at Lockett Elementary School.  Mr. Eubanks comes to OCSD4 with a wealth of experience, most recently as principal of the primary school in the Barnwell 45 school district.  Mr. Eubanks is excited to meet all of the students, parents, and Branchville community members as he focuses on the academic success of Lockett Elementary School.  We welcome Mr. Eubanks and his family into the OCSD4 family!
Congratulations Graduates!
June 4, 2012
OCSD4 Congratulates all graduates from Branchville High School, Edisto High School, and Hunter Kinard Tyler High School.  We are especially proud of our Valedictorians and Salutatorians. 

Branchville High:  Valedictorian-Elizabeth Ecklar, Salutatorian-Jenna Pruett

Edisto High:
  Valedictorian-LawRosa Hickson, Salutatorian-Jordan Brown

Hunter Kinard Tyler High:
  Valedictorian-Tinesha Heyward, Salutatorian-Chadwick Johnson
Summer Hours Start May 28th, 2012.
May 24, 2012
We wish all of our students and staff of OCSD4 a safe and restful summer!

Starting May 28th, district offices and schools will be open from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm; Monday through Thursday.  These hours will continue through August 3rd, 2012. 
Character Trait of the Month-Diligence
May 17, 2012
Members of the Edisto High School Choir presented the monthly character trait at the May 15th, 2012 board meeting.  During the presentation of this month's character trait, diligence, several members of the girl's choir, as well as the boy's quartet, performed select songs. 
OCSD4 Board Approves Administrator Changes
April 23, 2012
At the April 17th regular board meeting, the OCSD4 board approved two administrator changes.  Belinda Johnson, principal of Edisto Elementary School for the past 17 years, has been chosen to lead the new Elementary/Middle School Alternative Program located at the STAR Center in Cope.  In addition, Thomas Drew, the current principal at Lockett Elementary School, will now assume the principal duties at Edisto Elementary School.  Both administrators will start their new positions on July 1st, 2012.
David Hess named as Principal of Branchville High School
April 19, 2012
At the April 17th, 2012 board meeting, David Hess was approved as the new principal for Branchville High School.  Mr. Hess will start his new duties on July 1st, 2012.  Mr. Hess is currently a school administrator and has previously taught at Branchville High School.  Mr. Hess received a BS in Education from Slippery Rock University and a Masters in Education Administration from the University of Scranton. 
OCSD4 Welcomes State Superintendent Zais
April 18, 2012
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais visited OCSD4 schools on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012.  Dr. Zais toured the Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary and High schools, as well as Carver Edisto Middle School.  Dr. Zais met with the school principals and district staff and discussed achievements and concerns.   
Congratulations to OCSD4 Palmetto Gold and Silver Winners!
March 28, 2012
The Palmetto awards are given out annually for attaining high levels of absolute performance and/or attaining high levels of growth.  We congratulate the following schools for their 2011-2012 general performance awards:

Cope Area Career Center-  Palmetto Gold Award
Carver Edisto Middle School-  Palmetto Silver Award
Lockett Elementary School-  Palmetto Silver Award
Edisto Elementary School-  Palmetto Silver Award
Christmas Card Winner-Deneichia Binghak
March 2, 2012
At the regular February board meeting, Ms. Turner and the board recognized Deneichia Binghak for her artistic skills in the design of OCSD4's Christmas card, used this past holiday season.  Deneichia is an 8th grader at Carver Edisto Middle School.  Accompanying Deneichia is Ms. Hallman, CEMS's art teacher.  Thank you Deneichia for your holiday cheer! 
Congratulations to Edisto High School's Xavier Johnson, State Champion
March 2, 2012
On Saturday February 25th, at the A/AA Individual State Wrestling Finals held at the Anderson Civic Center, Xavier became the State Champion in the 132 pound weight class. Xavier is a Junior Wrestler at Edisto High School. Congratulations also to Xavier's Head Coach Jerry Norbo.
Character Trait of the Month-Honesty
February 23, 2012
At the February 21st board meeting, second grade students from Edisto Primary School performed a musical and theatrical skit in order to demonstrate this month's character trait, honesty.  On hand for the performance were:  Tyler Rickenbaker, Madison Zorn, I-Jahnae Fuller, and Craig Hart.
Congratulations to Mr. Garvin for his 20th Year of School Board Service!
February 23, 2012
On Tuesday, February 21st, Mr. Joseph P. Garvin was presented with a pin and certificate commemorating his 20 years of school board service. Prior to joining the OCSD4 board in 1997, Mr. Garvin served on the Orangeburg One school board.  We are thankful for Mr. Garvin, and all of our board members, for their efforts and leadership in OCSD4.
OCSD4 Achieves SACS Accreditation
February 17, 2012
OCSD4 welcomed a 5 member team to the district on Monday, February 13 to conduct a Quality Assurance Review for district accreditation.  In a called board meeting on February 15 the Lead Facilitator, Ms. Pat Summers, presented the Oral Exit Report. 

Ms. Summers announced six commendations and four required actions to the board members and the public audience.  We are very proud of our district and all the dedicated employees who work collaboratively to achieve these commendations.  The four required actions will guide us as we continue to pursue district-wide improvement. 

Click on the below link to view the AdvancED Exit Report. 
SACS
Orangeburg County Community Of Caring Awards
February 17, 2012
OCSD4 had three Outstanding Character winners at the 10th annual 5th grade outstanding character recognition program, sponsored by the Orangeburg County Community of Character.  Jae'lyn Ross (Edisto Elementary), Michael Yon (Hunter-Kinard-Tyler) Elementary, and Josh Frazier (Lockett Elementary) were recognized for their outstanding character demonstrated through their portrayal of personal heroes.  Many community and Orangeburg county school district members were on hand to hear Wofford head football coach Mike Ayers discuss intensity, character, and pride. 
Lockett Elementary Father/Daughter Night
February 17, 2012
Lockett Elementary celebrated parent involvement at their first father/daughter parenting night, which took place on Thursday, February 9th.  In addition to the many families that were represented, OCSD4 district personnel and Dr. O'Quinn (board vice-chair) were on hand for the celebration.  Fourth grade teacher Brandi Boan, introduced the guest speaker, her father (Dr. O'Quinn), who spoke about the many challenges and joys of parenting. 
Character Trait of the Month-Forgiveness
January 20, 2012
Students from Branchville-Lockett Elementary displayed their acting and media design talents at the January 17th, 2012 board meeting.  The board room audience was treated to a special film presentation of this month's character trait-forgiveness.  The main actors and actresses were present to receive their standing ovation.
School Board Recognition Month
January 17, 2012
January is school board recognition month and we thank our board for their hard work and dedication to the students, staff, and schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4.  Board members received gifts of thanks from all of the district schools during the January 17th, 2012 board meeting. 
Toyota of Orangeburg presents check to OCSD4
January 17, 2012
On December 15th, 2011, Toyota of Orangeburg presented OCSD4 with a check for $2600 for the dealership's "Community of Caring" campaign.  On hand to accept the check for the district was Dr. Shirlan Jenkins (assistant superintendent for Instruction), Ms. Peggy Tyler (board chair), and Ms. Linda Huggins (board member).  This campaign spanned 2011 and was based on the dealership's customers choosing a local charity that would benefit from the dealership's contribution from each vehicle sale.  Several other local charities also received checks.  OCSD4 thanks Toyota of Orangeburg for their commitment to the school district and the local community charities. 
Character Trait of the Month-Leadership
December 30, 2011
December 15th, 2011
Nadia Peoples, a seventh grader in the Star Center’s “Middle Grades Matter” program, presents the character trait of the month, Leadership, at the December 13th board meeting. The Star Center’s Ms. Adrienne Johnson assisted Nadia with her presentation.
Happy Holidays from OCSD4
December 14, 2011
Schools will dismiss on Friday, December 16th at 12:00 noon.  All OCSD4 schools, offices, and buildings will reopen on January 2nd, 2011.  We hope that all of the OCSD4 students, staff, and their families have a safe and restful holiday!
Bus Driver Training
November 29, 2011
OCSD4 will offer a four day course for bus driver training December 12th-15th.  Training will start at 8:00 am each day at the transportation office.  You must possess a valid drivers license.  Please call Nancy Gibson at 534-8081 if interested.  Bus driver hourly rates start at $10.00 and full time or part time positions are available.
Character Trait of the Month-Virtue
November 29, 2011
At the November 15th, 2011 board meeting, Branchville High students perform a skit to demonstrate the November character trait of the month-virtue. 
From the OCSD4 family: Have a safe and restful holiday!
November 21, 2011
"The students and staff of OCSD4 have worked hard this Fall and we wish them, and their families, all the best over this Thanksgiving Holiday"-Brenda Turner, Superintendent. 

The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th; re-opening on Monday, November 28th. 
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Welcomes New Board Member
November 16, 2011
November 16th, 2011
Ms. Linda Huggins was sworn in to her new area 4 board position Tuesday evening.  This area contains constituents from the Cordova and Cope communities.  Ms. Huggins has been in education for 30+ years and is currently an instructor at Orangeburg Tech. 

Also on Tuesday evening, Ms. Peggy Tyler was named Board Chair, Dr. William O'Quinn was named Vice-Chair, and Ms. Mary Brant retained her Secretary's position. 

We congratulate Ms. Huggins, Ms. Tyler, Dr. O'Quinn, and Ms. Brant,  on their new roles in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4!
Congratulations to Branchville High Lady Yellow Jackets-State Runner Up!
November 7, 2011
November 5th, 2011
The Branchville High Lady Yellow Jackets Volleyball team played for the State Class A title on Saturday.  Although they fought a hard battle, St. Joseph (Greenville, SC) defeated the Lady Yellow Jackets in the State finals.  This was the second consecutive year that the Lady Yellow Jackets played for the State title. Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 is proud of the Branchville High players, coaches, parents, and fans.  Congratulations for another great season!
Character Trait of the Month-Loyalty
October 26, 2011
October 25th, 2011
Jacolby Jenkins, an 8th grader at Hunter Kinard Tyler High School, gives a passionate speech about the character trait of the month:  "loyalty" at the October 18th board meeting. 
New On Line Application for Classified Positions
October 13, 2011
October 13th, 2011

Take advantage of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4's new on line application process (under the Human Resources/Employment Applications sections).  No more faxing or printing off multiple copies, simply fill out all information once, and your application will be kept on file for the current school year.  If you are interested in additional positions that become available throughout the school year, simply click on the "apply for new job with current application" link.  If you need a computer to complete the application process, try the Cope Career Center's community computer lab on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.  We will continue to update our website communication in ways that are beneficial to our students, parents, and communities. 
2012 Seniors Get a Jump on College Applications
October 6, 2011
October 6th, 2011
Edisto High seniors got a jump on the college application process by participating in a workshop that included volunteers from local colleges, community members,  and District 4 employees.  Students were grateful for the help in taking their first steps towards their future college careers. 
Character Trait of the Month-Cheerfulness
September 21, 2011
September 21st, 2011
Jeru Williams, a 5th grader at Hunter Kinard Tyler Elementary School, presents the character trait of the month:  "cheerfulness" at the September 20th board meeting. 
Back To School Breakfast
August 19, 2011


August 19th, 2011
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 held their back to school breakfast at St. George Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 8th.  Highlights included performances by several local church interpretive dance groups and the announcements for the teacher (Steve Preast) and support staff (Terri Carroll)of the year.   

The 2011-2012 Teachers Of the Year are:

Lockett Elementary

Wendy Smith

Branchville High

Debra McConnell

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary

Vernell Robinson

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High

Crandall White

Edisto High

Sherry Kittrell

Carver Edisto Middle

Tara Yongue

Edisto Elementary

Steve Preast-District Teacher Of the Year

Edisto Primary

Virginia Kemp

Star Center

Merlene Wilson

Cope Area Career Center

Gregory Snell

 

The 2011-2012 Support Employees Of the Year are:

Lockett Elementary

Barbara Corder

Branchville High

Libby Fairy

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary

Don Washington

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High

Terri Carroll-District Support Person Of the Year

Edisto High

Felix Tyler

Carver Edisto Middle

Taylor Riley

Edisto Elementary

Dale Harrison

Edisto Primary

James Walley

Cope Area Career Center

Shannon Culler

District Office

Ann Milhouse

School Board Adopts Calendar and General Fund Budget
June 21, 2011
June 21, 2011
At the board meeting held on June 21, the board adopted the 2011-2012 calendar and passed the FY 12 General Fund Budget. The calendar reflects the board's action that calls for no furlough days for the 2011-12 school year.

Seamless Summer Program
June 14, 2011
June 14, 2011 
For the second consecutive summer, Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is serving a nourishing lunch to children ages 4 through 18.  This Seamless Summer Program is provided at no cost.  The program, which begins on June 6 and ends July 22, will serve more than 1300 children daily throughout the district.  The program will be delivered to numerous locations.  The district is pleased to meet the nutritional needs of so many children, especially as so many of our families are struggling daily to meet their family’s needs.   See Slideshow...


Retirees Honored
June 12, 2011
May 17, 2011
Seven retirees from Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four were recently honored for their years of dedication and service to the students of our communities.  Mrs. Brenda Turner, superintendent, expressed her appreciation for their years of service and presented each one with a plaque.  
 
See slideshow...


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