Fairfield Magnet School wins Palmetto’s Finest award

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

March 26, 2014

WINNSBORO —It was announced today that Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science (FMSMS) is a Palmetto’s Finest Award recipient.

The school’s gym was packed with students, teachers, Fairfield County School District administrators, elected officials and parents for the announcement, which came via a video web cast.

After the announcement, superintendent J.R. Green said it was an exciting time in Fairfield County.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Fairfield Magnet School,” he acknowledged. “But I want people to recognize that this is indicative of the multiple things we have going on here in Fairfield County. I am here to tell the community that this is a new day in Fairfield County.”

Serving 359 students in grades Pre-K-6, FMSMS ensures that their students are prepared for life.

Administrators, teachers, and staff work diligently to ensure that their curriculum and instructional practices meet the needs of all students. Teachers integrate science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math into all curriculum areas. Students have the opportunity to participate in dance, band, orchestra, Spanish, Beta Club, STEAM day (clubs), chorus, and the Morning News Show. FMSMS has been a Palmetto Gold school for two consecutive years.

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) is a professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 3,700.

“The Palmetto’s Finest award winners represent the many innovative schools in our state,” said SCASA’s Molly Spearman wrote in a press release. “They are community centers of learning where students are given personalized instruction and high expectations.”

Fairfield Magnet School was one of five school to received the honor of being named a 2014 Palmetto’s Finest.

The other schools included:

• Midland Elementary in Galivants Ferry, Horry County Schools

• Okatie Elementary in Okatie, Beaufort County Schools

• Forestbrook Middle in Myrtle Beach, Horry County Schools

• Camden High in Camden, Kershaw County Schools

Fairfield Magnet School principal Gale Whitfield was honored to receive the state’s top honor.

“I just want to give thanks to all of our student, parents and teachers,” she noted. “It was a lot of hard work, but God never puts something in front of you that you can’t handle.”

For a full story and more photos, see the March 28 edition of The Herald Independent.