Board recognizes student, staff achievements

  • Thursday, October 4, 2012

Summerville High School senior Nina Mojica was one of only 11 students nationwide to be honored with the Navy JROTC’s Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, the most distinguished decoration a JROTC cadet can receive. Nina, commander of SHS Green Wave Battalion JROTC unit, is also SHS senior class president. Shown from left are Col. Claude Davis, SHS JROTC Chief Instructor, DD2 Superintendent Joe Pye, DD2 Board of Trustees Chair Frances Townsend, Nina Mojica, and her parents Michelle and David Mojica. 


Thanks to the dedication and innovation of teachers across the District, the arts continue to thrive in Dorchester School District 2. That’s the message DD2 Fine Arts Director Larry Barnfield had for the DD2 Board of Trustees during the board’s Sept. 24 meeting. The board recognized the efforts of 22 teachers from 11 schools in the district. These teachers have written and administered a total of $187,655 in Arts Innovation Grants, Barnfield informed the board. The grants, and the programs they will fund, represent a wide spectrum of arts related activities, from theater and music to writing and multi-media studies.  “This is not an easy process,” Barnfield told the board. “Through their efforts, we submitted 11 grants - - and we received 11 grants. That speaks very highly to their dedication – they’re wonderful people to teach our children.” Superintendent Joe Pye thanked Barnfield and the teachers for their efforts, noting that the arts in DD2 have been strong and through efforts such as these, the district has gained literally millions of dollars over the years in funding for these programs that the district otherwise would not have had.  “This is wonderful news and we thank all of you for these outstanding efforts,” Pye said. The grants are as follows: - “Many Lenses” - $18,000, written by Genie Shaughnessy and Adam Weiner of Alston Middle School - “Leading by Example… Full Steam Ahead,” $18,000, written by Lisa Ammerman and Lisa Gleason of Beech Hill Elementary School - “Theory of Arts,” $19,975, written by Erynn Estep and Blake Bredemeir of Eagle Nest Elementary School - “Madeline’s Musical Notes,” $3,499.50, written by Nancy Cole, Deb Moore, and Shelly Goughnour of Fort Dorchester Elementary School - “Imagine That! Folk and Fairytales to Inspire Children through Theater, Dance, Music and Art, $17,995.95, written by Ginnie Fowler and Bernadette Chilcote of Flowertown Elementary School - “Arts Alive,” $18,000, written by Mackenzie Clark and Marie Connelly of Oakbrook Elementary School - “Ready, Set, Action,” $18,000, written by Michelle Larsen and Matt Pedelty of Oakbrook Middle School - “Echo,” $18,000, written by Meg Skow of Rollings Middle School of the Arts - “Branching Out to the Stage,” $17,995, written by Michael Benkoski, Laura Smith, and Janice Waters of River Oaks Middle School - “Fine Arts: An Uncommon Oath to Common Core Standards,” $18,000, written by Steven Bailey of Summerville High School - “Putting the Arts Center Stage,” $20,230, written by Barbara Bassett and Brindley Lowe of Spann Elementary School. Other business discussed: • In addition to arts grants, Barnfield noted the efforts of Kathy Peebles, DD2 District Facilitator for health and wellness grants. Since 2010 she has secured $56,308 in health and wellness grant funds in areas such as prevention of teen pregnancy, teaching tennis to elementary students, promotion of faculty and staff wellness, and tobacco free grants. Currently, she has is awaiting approval for a $12,000 grant for promotion of healthy lifestyles for children and families. • The board recognized Summerville High School Senior Nina Mojica, Cadet Commander of SHS’s Green Wave Battalion Navy JROTC unit. Nina is one of 11 Navy JROTC cadets to receive the Legion of Valor Bonze Cross for Achievement, the most distinguished decoration a JROTC can receive.  Nina has distinguished herself both within the JROTC program and in the school; she is former drill team commander and is currently the SHS senior class president. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a nurse in the U.S. Navy and is awaiting the results of a Navy Nursing Scholarship submission. • The board heard a presentation regarding the accreditation process from Sean Alford, DD2 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. The district will be going through the process of renewing their national accreditation status this year. • The U.S. Department of Defense recognized Superintendent Joe Pye with a Dept. of Defense Patriot Award for the district’s efforts to retain and support employees who are also deployed members of the military reserves or National Guard. • The board unanimously approved a performance evaluation for Superintendent Pye, rating his job performance as Exemplary in all categories. The board called him strong advocate for children in the school district and the community and praised his ability as a spokesman for the district as well as his implementation of innovative programs and policies. • The board recognized three DD2 employees who were recently honored by The Citadel. Superintendent Joseph R. Pye, who is the 2012 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year; Sean Alford, Citadel Class of 1992, DD2 assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Dorchester District 2; and Coach John McKissick, the legendary coach of the Summerville High School Green Wave all have been honored as inductees to The Citadel’s Wall of Fame.


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