Thank you for visiting our Jane Edwards site. It is an honor and privilege to be the principal of Jane Edwards Elementary School. The 2015-16 school year is my ninth year at Jane Edwards as principal and thirty-eighth year in education, all in Charleston County School District. During those years I have served as a middle-school teacher, administrative intern, assistant principal, principal, and Social Studies Learning Specialist in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
I am thrilled to share with you that over the years at Jane Edwards we have implemented a multitude of evidence-based strategies to support all our students with academics and behavior. We became a themed school in 2014 to emphasize science and humanities as a way of learning more about this beautiful island and about the history and residents now and years ago. Our current residents are the experts on the history and culture of Edisto. As an example, students, staff, and community volunteers are currently working on the Jane Edwards Corner to provide an outdoor classroom for students and the community to learn and to enjoy the natural wetland habitat.
Students, staff, and the community have built from scratch four boats, two kayaks and two skiffs. Students work with our community volunteers and teachers to measure, cut, glue, and paint these seaworthy vessels. The South Carolina State Standards are at the center of their construction. There are vocabulary terms, measurements, precise carpentry, journal writings, listening skills, following directions, and teamwork skills involved in the process.
We have a school garden and are a certified Monarch Butterfly Way-station. Students plant, nurture, and harvest crops which the Monarch butterflies like to eat as they migrate south. Students grow and harvest crops they like to eat as a snack. Each class has their own row in the garden. We, also, compost.
Our fifth grade students complete “job applications” to participate on the Recycling Team. They learn about reusing, reducing, and recycling. They are our on-site cheerleaders for recycling.
Our fourth and fifth grade students can participate in History Detectives which meets once a week on a local plantation to excavate the land and identify artifacts they find under the leadership of an archeologist, an ornithologist, and an entomologist. One of our first projects is now the central piece in The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum in Washington, DC.
Our third – fifth graders first semester were part of the CS First Google Club where they learned to make their own video games using code.
Our students are involved in activities that promote Health and Fitness. After school, students can participate in t-ball, cheerleading, running, basketball, and Tippi Toes Dance. We encourage drinking water over sugary drinks. Parents are encouraged to bring healthy snacks for birthday celebrations. We learn about new fruits and vegetables through our annual Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant. We promote a drug-free, smoke-free, and safe lifestyle through our Guidance initiatives. Students can participate in our Good News Club, a Bible-based lesson and song program approved for schools. We participate in Jump Rope for Heart, Fitness-gram, and apply annually for the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness grant.
We work hard to provide fun and engaging initiatives for reading and writing for our students and families. We currently have a Super Heroes theme for reading and a Text Dependent Analysis approach to writing. We encourage a minimum of 20 minutes of reading per night. Our Read to Succeed Coach supports teachers with resources, activities, and a Literacy Checklist to use as the standard for effective literacy classrooms.
Our Lead Teacher provides support for struggling students through computer-assisted instructional programs. She facilitates our WeatherBug Program which allows students of all ability levels to broadcast the weather during morning announcements. She shows teachers the numerous resources available for reading, writing, and science on the WeatherBug site. She also provides resources and support for the science curriculum and hands-on FOSS Kit units.
Some of our students in grades CD-5 attend enrichment activities that extend their abilities in critical thinking and higher-order questioning and thinking. Other opportunities allow other students further enrichment through their talents in music, art, drama, public speaking, athletics, and journalism.
We are a PBIS school which promotes Positive Behavior Intervention and Support for all students. It helps every student and adult in our building internalize and apply specific student-created expectations for behavior at our school. We use specific vocabulary, model appropriate behaviors, and remind students daily of these expectations through our student oath and visuals. This includes our expectations on the school bus and at off-campus events.
As you can see, Jane Edwards Elementary is a small, rural, but academically active environment. We are working hard for all our students to leave our school after fifth grade ready to move to the next level as they pursue the world-class knowledge, world-class skills, and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.