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From the Superintendent's Desk
Week of November 11, 2011 

Veterans DayIt’s been a week of celebrations and recognitions on two major fronts.

Today, we celebrate Veterans Day.  As I write this message, tens of thousands of CCSD students, teachers, and community leaders are honoring our nation’s veterans through activities, special lessons, visits from veterans, and events.

Veterans DayToday’s makeup day for Hurricane Irene has provided us with a great opportunity to bring a collective, focused attention to our veterans and the lessons we can learn from their sacrifices, bravery, and commitment.   I join the entire CCSD community in applauding our veterans, and look forward to briefing the Board this Monday on all of our schools’ Veterans Day activities.

The second major celebratory front is our 2011 district report card, released yesterday.  For the first time in history, CCSD earned a “Good” absolute rating, and our growth rating leaped three levels, from “Below Veterans DayAverage” to “Excellent!”  I am SO proud of our hard working teachers, principals, students, parents and community partners, and staff.  You can read more about our report card, including Thursday's Post & Courier article about the results.

It’s not all about celebration.  The hard work continues.  We certainly have our challenges—that’s why Vision 2016 will set bold achievement targets and zero in on the achievement gap—but when our schools make gains, we always want to stop and give Veterans Dayour students (and everyone who supports them!) a well-deserved pat on the back.   With this in mind, I must share a clip of CCSD’s “thank you” to principals at yesterday’s monthly principals’ meeting (thanks West Ashley drum corps for coming out!).

Make no question that we are on the move and offer excellent—and ever-improving—choices for every family in Charleston County.  And with Vision 2016—created with YOUR help over the next six months—the future is even brighter. GO PUBLIC!

-Dr. Nancy J. McGinley