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New OCSD4 Board Member Sworn In
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!
Re-Elected Board Members and Board Officers Elected
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!
Lady Jackets Volleyball In State Championship Match
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!
Edisto High AFJROTC Community Service
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

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
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
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
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
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.†
First graders are using Tablets for Instruction
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
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
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.
OCSD4 Honors Teacher of the Year
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 Masterís 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
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!

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