Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School

Reaching for the Stars

School News and Announcements

  • Image of Cynthia Perez, Principal.
    Cynthia Perez, Principal
  • Sheldon Bloomfield
    Sheldon Bloomfield, Assistant Principal


  • Painted kids Greetings from Whitesides. Our dedicated professional staff is highly qualified and includes seven National Board Certified teachers and faculty. Our parents provide exceptional support for our school through the PTA, by volunteering in classrooms, by tutoring students, by attending parent conferences, and by supporting home-school relations. This dynamic partnership enables Whitesides to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children to learn and "Reach For The Stars." Whitesides earned a "GOOD" Absolute rating and an "EXCELLENT" rating in Academic Achievement and Preparing for Success according to to 2018-2019 SC School Report Card.

    Our significant community support funds interventions, computer and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) classes, as well as funding field trips and other enrichment activities. IBEAM volunteers from local churches donate many hours to mentor and read with students. During the year, Whitesides hosts annual grade-level music and drama performances as well as performances by 4th and 5th grade choirs. We celebrate Grandparents Day, Veterans' Day, and Read Across America Week. Students produce a weekly news show, grow class gardens and support recycling and composting. Our student government is involved in the community, gathering supplies for the homeless and animal shelters and beautifying the Whitesides Campus. To increase whole-student wellness, the school hosts an annual color run and class visits to our nature trail.

    Whitesides is a school where students are active, creative and happy to be learning and growing where they can, "Reach for the Stars."