Three OCSD5 School Qualify for Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards
Friday, February 26, 2016

Three schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) have been recognized as recipients of Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards by the South Carolina Department of Education for their record of achievement in the categories of General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap. The Gold and Silver Award winning schools are: Rivelon Elementary School (Silver in General Performance and Silver in Closing the Achievement Gap), William J. Clark Middle School (Silver in General Performance and Silver in Closing the Achievement Gap), and The Technology Center (Gold in General Performance).

“I am pleased that so many schools are being recognized for their excellent performance and closing the achievement gap,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “These awards are well-deserved and indicate the great strides administrators, principals, teachers, and students are making across the state. We will continue to embrace the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate to achieve educational excellence in every district,” concluded Spearman.

Dr. Rena Bowman, the Principal at Rivelon Elementary School, responded to the news of the awards by stating, “The faculty and staff at our school have been working diligently to make sure that our students are academically successful. Our motto, “One Team, One Dream: Educating Students for a Better Tomorrow” has guided our practices and shaped who we are as a faculty and staff….a family. We believe in each other and the potential of our students to achieve and overachieve. As a Principal, to be acknowledged for the performance of my students is one of my proudest moments. I am very excited about what the future holds for Rivelon Elementary School and I know that it’s going to be great!”

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for General Performance are based upon the absolute ratings and the growth ratings attained on the annual school report card as compiled by the State Department of Education. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for Closing the Achievement Gap are based upon the achievement gains within a school for students who fall into one or more of four designated subgroups.

Click HERE to see all S.C. award winning schools.