Principal's Message

Jane Edwards Elementary School is committed to developing World-Class Skills and Life & Career characteristics in all students by focusing our attention on how students learn best, by actively engaging them in their learning, and by providing rigorous STEAM learning opportunities on a daily basis. Lessons include increased higher-level reasoning skills, critical-thinking skills, and real-world problem-solving skills. Students are expected to write, discuss, analyze, and summarize their thinking and their learning. Age-appropriate lessons to support these expectations are in place for all students. Students are reminded daily to always do their personal best and persevere through any failures. Teachers have become facilitators of learning as students take greater responsibility and ownership of their learning and of their behavior. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions with classmates, on books they read, math problems being solved and solutions to real world problems. Students are asked to explain verbally and in writing how they came to conclusions, to consider various perspectives, and to use text to support their ideas. We ask students to persevere when the thinking gets tough and the work gets hard by pushing themselves to use resources such as their peers, adults, technology, classroom tools, and other print and digital media to find solutions. Students are expected to work with others respectfully and collaboratively. Self-direction, follow through, positive work ethic, and meeting deadlines are valuable life and career skills.

Additionally, our faculty continues to grow through continuous professional development. This year's focus is on STEAM education. In Science students are connecting science concepts with the Science and Engineering Practices. All students will have access to Technology devices to support their learning. Students will use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to design, build, test and present their ideas and/or solutions to “Real World” problems. Students will explore and engage in an Arts infused curriculum. The focus in Math is to continue engaging students in the Bridges Math program in K-5th grade. Bridges Math focuses on math process skills, and number concepts so that our students are better prepared for the 21st Century.
At Jane Edwards School, we work hard to provide fun, educational and engaging initiatives for reading and writing for our students and families. We will continue with the literacy Hunting for Wild Readers. This literacy theme is focused on instilling lifelong “wild” reading habits in our students. Starting in Child Development (pre-kindergarten) through sixth grade, teachers and students are reading with someone to someone or being read to.

We are fortunate to have a large number of faithful and dedicated volunteers who give enormous amounts of time, energy, and resources to our students and to our programs. Our volunteers model these world-class skills and further encourage and help develop them in our students. Last year, we had state winners from contests supported by the Edisto Art Guild and by the Great American Clean Up satellite office. Opportunities such as our Journalism Club, Young Naturalists Club, Chess Club, Recycling Team, Gospel Choir, Jane Edwards Garden and Monarch Butterfly Way Station, Backpack Journalists, Dance Club, and the Good News Club, provide opportunities for students to be creative, innovative, self-starters, and artistically expressive. Also, students at Jane Edwards Elementary participate in a variety of sports throughout the year to gain knowledge, confidence, and teamwork.

Our students will participate in several anchor experiences to extend the learning outside the classroom. Experiences such as historical trips to the Yorktown, Drayton Hall, Powder Magazine, The Charleston Museum, and the Edisto Environmental Center will bring learning alive. Our PTO will continue to provide opportunities for students and families. Opportunities to recognize and support academic achievers, and opportunities for parents to continue to be engaged in their child’s educational experience. We commit to work closely with our students, parents, and community to ensure our students leave Jane Edwards School with the World-Class skills and Life & Career Characteristics needed in the 21st Century. We invite you to partner with us.

Rodney Moore
Jane Edwards School
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