Education leaders ‘blown away’ by Scott’s Branch students

by | February 15, 2017 7:48 pm

Last Updated: February 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Student panel members for the American Youth Policy Forum visit included, from left to right, Tatyanna Simmons, Sarah Middleton, Symera Scott, Tymir Tindal, Deondre Brunson, Devin Brown, Robert Matterson, Tyrese Lawson, Naseem Johnson, David Allen Way, Zhailin Johnson, Kadryian Johnson Mercedes Oliver, Vaquan Wilder and Necholas Mitchell.

Education officials from North Dakota, Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Arkansas and South Carolina visited Scott’ Branch High School Feb. 2 for a 21st Century New Tech experience.
“The students, teachers and administrators were phenomenal, and the team was blown away by them,” said South Carolina Riley Institute and New Tech consultant Kristin Cuilla.
Transform South Carolina Director Dr. Peggy Torrey agreed.
“You all made South Carolina proud last week during the AYPF visit,” said Torrey.
AYPF stands for American Youth Policy Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan professional development organization that provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners and researches working on youth and education issues at the national, state and local levels.
Principal Dr. Gwendolyn Harris said that the visit allowed the team “to observe academic excellence as well as have the opportunity to see the high learning standards that exist every day at Scott’s Branch.”
“The visitors observed classes and listened to presentations on projects that included the Arvin Meritor Project, the SBHS Arts-Science Project, the HTML Website Project and the Clarendon County Project,” said Harris. “Again, visitors saw firsthand what happens in classrooms at Scott’s Branch every day.”
Clarendon School District 1 Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder shared with visitors how New Tech continues to positively impact the school and community’s culture.
“It also has a positive impact overall on the district’s initiatives,” she said.
Harris said that New Tech has “made (her) a believer.”
“At first, I was skeptical about the impact it would have on student achievement,” she said. “But I see that Scott’s Branch students are still performing at or above the state average, which makes me exceedingly proud.”
New Tech English language arts teacher Detrice Brown said how the process looks, supported by social studies teachers Tommy Hall and Sharon Mellette.
“Other New Tech teachers at the school include Jasmine Matterson, Melisa Ard, Harold Ehnhuus and Grace Johnson,” said Harris. “Student panelists also answered questions and received outstanding reviews by the team.”
Guests besides Cuilla and Torrey at the Summerton school on Feb. 2 included New Tech Network President and CEO Lydia Dobyns; Dr. Denise Airola and Dr. Crystal Beshears with theUniversity of Arkansas Office of Innovation for Education; Levi Bachmeier with the North Dakota Office of the Governor; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler; Dr. Kim Benton with the Mississippi Department of Education; Bryant Best and Joey Hunziker with the Council of Chief State School Officers; Union County Public School District Superintendent Dr. Lundy Brantley; Petal Public School District Dr. Matt Dillon; South Carolina Department of Education Office of School Transformation Director Dr. Latoya Dixon; Priyneha Gohil and Chris Shearer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; AYPF Senior Director Dr. Loretta Goddwin; Don Gordon with the Riley Institute of Furman University; Marsha Hash of the University of Arkansas; Sonjya Robertson with the Mississippi Department of Education; North Dakota University Vice-Chancellor Richard Rothaus; Mark Saunders with the Virginia Department of Education; AYPF representative Jenna Tomasello; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Director Wayne Kutzer; Virginia Department of Education STEM Director Tina Mazzacane; Ryan Miskell of WestEd; Anne Petersen with the Virginia Department of Education; Alan Richard with the Rural Schools and Community Trust; and Arkansas Department of Education School Improvement specialist Kim Write.
Student panel members for the American Youth Policy Forum visit included Tatyanna Simmons, Sarah Middleton, Symera Scott, Tymir Tindal, Deondre Brunson, Devin Brown, Robert Matterson, Tyrese Lawson, Naseem Johnson, David Allen Way, Zhailin Johnson, Kadryian Johnson Mercedes Oliver, Vaquan Wilder and Necholas Mitchell.

comments » 13

  1. Comment by Alfreda M Richardson

    February 16, 2017 at 14:29

    GREAT job Dr. Harris and SBHS students!!! Congratulations

  2. Comment by Patricia R. Middleton

    February 17, 2017 at 00:45

    Congratulations, SBHS scholars and administrators.

  3. Comment by Robert Mitchell

    February 17, 2017 at 01:49

    To my beloved Scott’s Branch Family

    Administrators, Teachers & most importantly the Students

    Congratulations on you

    Your Loyal Son

    Robert
    C/O ’89

  4. Comment by Diane Cantey

    February 17, 2017 at 05:12

    TO MY BELOVED SCOTT’S BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL, CONGRATULATIONS
    CLASS OF 1975!!!!

  5. Comment by Lenneia Ragin Jennings

    February 17, 2017 at 08:27

    Congratulations!!

  6. Comment by Esma Dennis

    February 17, 2017 at 09:03

    Overwhelmed with joy for my Alma Mater.

  7. Comment by Robert James Jr

    February 17, 2017 at 09:20

    CONGRATULATIONS! I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU CONTINUE TO SOAR HIGH LIKE AN EAGLE! ITS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR BETTER THINGS TO COME. C/O 89

  8. Comment by Joycestine Canty

    February 17, 2017 at 09:30

    Congratulations to Dr. Harris , all The Administration , and all The Students @ SBHS. I Pray that God will Continually to give Vision so that the students can archive to a higher level. Class of 78

  9. Comment by Robertha Young Davis

    February 17, 2017 at 10:14

    Way to go SBHS

  10. Comment by Lorraine Williams Seabrook

    February 17, 2017 at 10:43

    Congratulations and job well done! I commend the excellence and pride shown from our Scott’s Branch students. Keep up the great work!
    c/o ’89

    Lorraine Seabrook EdS, MEd, BS
    Huntington Ingalls Industries
    Fleet Support Group

  11. Comment by Margaret Tisdale Attaya

    February 18, 2017 at 11:32

    So proud of you all! Keep up the good work . Maggie

  12. Comment by Charnette Belle Brown

    February 18, 2017 at 14:36

    EXCEPTIONAL!!!! Great job Eagles!!! I’m so proud of you!!!

  13. Comment by Rosa Kind McDonald

    February 18, 2017 at 23:16

    Congratulaions Eagles Especially my nephew Zhailin Johnson.


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