Liberty STEAM Charter News
Welcome to the October 2020 Edition of Liberty STEAM Charter's eNewsletter!
Founding Executive Director's Corner
Dear Team & Family,
I am so excited to communicate with you about the last month of exciting news with Liberty STEAM Charter! As we prepare for our 2021 launch, it is inspiring to see the commitment local families and community supporters have for the young people of Sumter. I have connected with over 75 stakeholders in the last month for well over 100 hours of time in total with the singular focus of making Sumter and LSC a premier education choice for K-12 education. We believe in creating a “Championship Mindset” for everyone involved with our mission, and I look forward to our founding class being a shining light for our community in that regard!
I look forward to continuing to learn, love, & grow with everyone in our community, and I am excited about the future of LSC in the Sumter Community. As always, if I can ever be of service please be in touch with my office or contact me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Have a winning month of October! Go LSC!
Official Enrollment Period for K-1 Scholars is Now Open - Apply Today
Family Preview Sessions are the Best Way to Learn more about LSC!
Come join us on a journey that extends beyond education, where amazing things happen when potential meets opportunity! Liberty STEAM Charter (LSC) is excited to be Sumter's first tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter school. LSC will open in July 2021 and initially serve 144 scholars in kindergarten & first grade. Prospective parents who are interested in enrolling their scholar at LSC are encouraged to get as much information as possible to make the best decision for their child. Family preview sessions are the way to learn more about the unique LSC educational model from its passionate school leaders and dedicated board members. Information about LSC's mission, scholar expectations, core values & beliefs, being a part of the family, options for your child, project-based & personalized learning academic model, enrollment & lottery procedures, and much more will all be presented. We are offering over 40 in-person and virtual opportunities to attend a Family Preview Session in the month of October. COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of seats available in each session, so prospective parents must sign up in advance.
Minutes from 9/14 Meeting of the Founding Board of Directors
11 Minds, 1 Mission
LSC Board Meetings are Open to the Public
Did you know that the LSC Founding Board of Directors meets the second Monday of each month from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the CCTC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center? All meetings are open to the general public and streamed lived on the school's official Facebook page.
Renovations Begin for LSC's Primary Academy
What does LSC's Educational Model Look Like? What Makes it Different?
LSC's Core Pillars & School Design
LSC's Learner Profile
LSC's Core Beliefs, Values, & Competencies
What's it look like to be a scholar at LSC from Kindergarten through 12th grade?
The two images below illustrate a scholar's journey as s/he progresses throughout their tenure as a scholar at LSC. Our grade levels are grouped into academies to provide for a more personalized learning environment. The focus area and expected student competencies for each grade level are outlined. Scholars leaving the primary academy in grade three will be reading on grade level and on track to score in the 85th percentile on end-of-the-year benchmark assessments as they exit the elementary academy. Such off-the-chart achievement will help equip our scholars with the foundation to handle the rigor of 4-7 high school credit-bearing classes in the junior academy.
As scholars progress to the senior academy, many will finish state-required high school coursework (remember, we are a charter school that follows state graduation requirements) so that the focus during the second half of their junior year and full senior year will be to participate in either dual enrollment at a local institute of higher-education work-based learning opportunities (internship/apprenticeship) that lead to industry certification (s).
Social Emotional Learning: A Core Design Principle of LSC's Educational Model
Liberty STEAM Charter Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, Oct 19, 2020, 11:30 AM
Central Carolina Technical College - Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center, Broad Street, Sumter, SC, USA
LSC Board Members Officially Take Office
Liberty STEAM Charter Launches a Unique Partnership with Quixote Club
School Leaders Conduct Deep-Dive Research Visits to other Charter Schools
NINE MINDS, ONE MISSION: Who are the school's founders and why are they committed to LSC?
Greg A. Thompson, Chairman
Dexter Davis, Vice-Chairman
Kimberly Rauschenbach, Treasurer
"I’m committed to LSC because education isn’t “one size fits all”. The plans for the charter school have been meticulously crafted to create a learning environment where our students - who we call “scholars” - will thrive through project-based learning experiences, family engagement, support services, and character development – it’s truly a personalized education opportunity with a whole-child approach."
Rev. Dr. Marion Newton
"I am committed to this charter school, because I know this will be a game-changing opportunity for our community’s most underserved neighborhoods to receive equitable access to an additional high-quality public education option that will level the playing field and allow our scholars to excel at high levels. This is a huge win for our community, in particular for parents who are seeking an additional high-quality public education option for their children."
Ben E. Griffith, Jr.
Dr. Rodney Thompson
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