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COVID-19 Relief Funding for South Carolina K-12 Education

This SC-SIC - CFEC webinar from Thursday, June 3, 2021 has information about the over $3 billion in one-time federal relief funding awarded to South Carolina to address the impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 education. The role that SICs and community organizations play in generating discussions and input from families to inform district and school spending decisions is critical.

Read the latest Council News!  Volume 40, Issue 5, 2021

Featuring:
Flowertown Elementary School Improvement Council Named Winner of 2021 Riley Award
Anderson County School District Two Named SIC Advocate of the Year for 2021
Hilton Head Island High SIC Recognized for Annual Report to the Parents Excellence

Flowertown Elementary School Improvement Council named winner of 2021 Riley Award for SIC Excellence 

The School Improvement Council (SIC) of Flowertown Elementary School Improvement Council in Dorchester School District Two has been named the recipient of the 2021 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. The award was announced in a virtual awards ceremony held on Saturday by the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC). This ceremony will be available for online viewing early next week.

Congratulations to the Flowertown Elementary SIC! Read more about this SIC and the Honorable Mentions!

Watch the South Carolina School Improvement Council 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony, held on Sat, May 1!

Anderson County School District Two Named SIC Advocate of the Year for 2021 

Anderson County School District Two was named the 2021 SIC Advocate of the Year in an online awards ceremony hosted Saturday by SC-SIC. This award recognizes exemplary efforts on behalf of School Improvement Councils across South Carolina by individuals and others actively supporting and promoting the work of SICs within their spheres of influence. Previous recipients of this Award have included Principals and Principal/SIC Chair teams, SIC District Contacts, School Board members, state education leaders, legislators, and others. 

This is the first year that this Award has been presented to a South Carolina school district honoring work to further empower its School Improvement Councils. “Anderson Two was selected for this Award in recognition of its commitment this past year to strengthening its SICs and building their capacity to better fulfill their roles in family-school-community relations, particularly during the current challenges of the pandemic,” said SC-SIC Executive Director Tom F. Hudson.

Hilton Head Island High SIC Recognized for Annual Report to the Parents Excellence

The School Improvement Council of Hilton Head Island High School (Beaufort County School District) has been named the recipient of SC-SIC’s fourth annual Award of Merit for SIC Report to the Parents Excellence. The 2021 Award was announced during an online awards ceremony Saturday morning. The Hilton Head Island High SIC previously ranked as one of the five finalists for SC-SIC’s annual Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence in 2019 and 2018. State statute requires that each SIC in South Carolina prepare and disseminate a Report to the Parents each spring to inform their school communities of the school’s and SIC’s work and progress toward established improvement goals.

Over the past six years, SICs have been asked to not only produce these Reports for their local communities but to also post them electronically as part of their accountability process to SC-SIC’s online “Member Network.” There, Reports are readily available to anyone wishing to read more about their School Improvement Council’s work and efforts to achieve progress for their schools and students. Staff and state Board of Trustees members of SC-SIC review all SIC Reports to the Parents posted to the “Member Network” and through discussion and consensus determine an annual award recipient.

See the HHIHS Report to the Parents!

ATTENTION South Carolina Families!

South Carolina First Steps is offering eligible children free, educational four-year-old kindergarten for this summer or fall. More than 200 private, nonprofit, and faith-based school and child care centers are approved First Steps 4K providers, offering high-quality early learning experiences that prepare children for success in school. Classes are in-person, 5 days a week, starting June 1. Many providers offer free extended day hours. Check eligibility, find a program, and apply online!