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Friday, September 16, 2022

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Florence 1 Schools to Name 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year

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This week an outside selection panel is reviewing the applications submitted by each school's teacher of the year (pictured above). The four teachers whose applications have received the highest ratings will be named the Honor Roll Teachers. The process of selection will continue with an interview session for the four Honor Roll Teachers on Tuesday, September 20th.

Florence 1 Schools will feature the Honor Roll Teachers in next week's edition of This Week, and the process for announcing the 2022-2023 Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year will be outlined.

Following the naming of the Florence 1 Schools Teacher of the Year, each of this year's school teachers of the year will be featured weekly in This Week in an upcoming series called This Week's Teacher.

The School Foundation Gala is Less than Two Weeks Away

The School Foundation's 22nd Annual Gala will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at Florence Darlington Technical College's SiMT. Distinguished graduate is J. Boone Aiken III, an attorney with Aiken, Bridges, Elliott, Tyler & Saleeby, P.A. At the gala, the buffet will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

At this event the names of the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year will be announced. The 2022-2023 Principal of the Year as well as the 2022-2023 Assistant Principal of the Year will also be recognized.

Reserve your tickets/table on line today! Reservations and ticket option payments may be obtained by call 843-662-9996.

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Florence 1 Schools 2021-22 Teacher of the Year Establishes Teacher Forum

What is a Teacher Forum?

District Teacher Forums are voluntary, non-partisan groups of exemplary teachers, whose core membership is made up of Campus Teachers of the Year, joined together for the purpose of developing new skills, exercising leadership and self-direction, and exploring collaboratively education policy issues.

The forum operates as a cohort, a group that meets multiple times during the year with a shared purpose of learning and serving. The District Teacher Forum aims to develop teacher leadership. The organizational structure of each District Teacher Forum may vary slightly according to the needs and desires of the teachers making it up. However, each Forum agrees to continue the positive and professional spirit of the State Teacher Forum.

Florence 1 Schools 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year (Ashley Dawkins of Southside Middle School, pictured below) will meet with Teachers of the Year at Southside Middle on Wednesday, September 21st to revive the Florence 1 Schools Teacher Forum.

"It has been a privilege to represent Florence 1 Schools as its Teacher of the Year," said Dawkins. "I was encouraged by Florence 1's support through the Center for Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA). CERRA held leadership conferences which provided information to help teachers throughout the state to organize teacher forums in their respective districts. The help received to organize the forum is designed to positively affect our schools, our district and students," she added.

Source: CERRA

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Benefits of a Teacher Forum To Teachers…

  • Emphasizes professionalism and teacher leadership;
  • Expands teachers’ visions beyond a single classroom in a particular building;
  • Generates energy and ideas as teachers assess and seek ways to improve education;
  • Improves working relationships among teachers, administrators, and policy makers;
  • Provides an avenue or means to make constructive suggestions and specific; recommendations to key policy makers and administrators;
  • Encourages teachers to become proactive in the educational process rather than reactive;
  • Increases knowledge of professional community, educational policy, and discipline-related knowledge;
  • Promotes communication between teachers across grades, subjects, buildings, districts, and perhaps even geographic boundaries.
    Source: CERRA

IN THE NEWS.... (Click below and read the news articles)

The 2022-2023 Employee Giving Campaign

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The Florence 1 Schools annual employee giving campaign is on. Employees are encouraged to find their passion so that the agency can serve its purpose. Employee payroll deduction forms should be completed and returned to your school Giving Champion on or before Friday, September 23rd. Prior to giving, learn more about each agency by clicking on the hyperlinks below.

All 4 Autism:

Child Evangelism Fellowship of South Carolina, Incorporated:

Habitat for Humanity:

The School Foundation:

United Negro College Fund:

United Way of Florence County:

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The Celebration with Grandparents Continues

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Students in the first grade Language Immersion Program at Delmae Heights Elementary kicked off Grandparents Week with a guest reader (grandparent), who is visiting from Colombia, South America. "The students loved hearing the Curious George story read to them in Spanish!" said Principal Roy Ann Jolley.

Friday Night Football: September 16, 2022

The Bruins will host South Pointe; West Florence has a bye week* and the Tigers will travel to Darlington.

*Bye week: Each team is scheduled to have one week near the middle of the season where they do not play a game. That week is termed a bye week.

Heads Up, F1S Employees

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