WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School District schools welcomed students for the 2014 Fall semester Monday morning, but not before district staff and teachers held their own pep-rally Friday morning.
Each school’s teachers and staff filled the Fairfield Central High School auditorium Friday morning for the 2014 back to school Convocation.
Teachers brought in the new school year with musical pep and cheer.
Gordon Odyssey Academy took home the 2014 Spirit Stick as a staff member performed an on-point rendition of James Brown.
Gordon Odyssey knocked off the defending spirit champ — Fairfield Central.
District staff also incorporated a version of the gameshow Family Feud to spark excitement for the new Fall semester.
Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science’s (FMSMS) teacher Kimi Daly won the “District Teacher of the Year” award.
Human Resources director Denise Sowell noted that the “Teacher of the Year” program is comprised of outstanding teachers that represent excellence in education.
“The mission of the program is to assume leadership roles in the promotion of education, encourage quality education through quality teaching, recognizing excellence and commitment of professional educators, promote a positive image of education through public awareness, be actively involved in the recruitment of dedicated people and to stimulate the professional growth,” Sowell explained.
Daly teaches art at FMSMS and was a part of a staff that won a Palmetto’s Finest award. She said she was pleased to received the award and thanked administrators and staff for incorporating the arts with such fervor
“We are all special and each make a difference to someone each day and each one of us has a special light that leads us,” Daly stated in her acceptance speech. “Our schools are vast oceans and we can be the lighthouses for someone this year. Our light must shine light so that we’re not consume by the darkness. Take time to renew your light because what we do is important.”
Daly was also presented with the “Golden Apple Award” by WLTX’s Darci Strickland in February. Daly is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Columbia College. She ran her own art studio for 10 years before teaching at FMSMS.
“Mrs. Daly has that level of passion that I love seeing,” Fairfield County Schools Superintendent J.R. Green said. “She is creative and doesn’t look for things that are ready-made. She can take things that are thrown away and make a masterpiece out of it, which sets her apart.”
Green was this year’s keynote speaker at the FCSD Convocation and said he didn’t expect teachers to save every child, but did expect them to do everything they could in the effort to educate every child.
“Don’t ever forget that you make a difference in the lives of young people that you may never even realize,” he told the district’s 2014-2015 teachers. “Our young people are counting on you to be the difference they need. We might not save every student we might not get them to level we think they should be we might have all of them embrace our message of maximizing their potential but we’ve got to save as many as we can.”
Green emphasized detailed characteristic that should make up a Fairfield County graduate:
• Resourceful self-starter
• Productive global learners
• Critical thinkers
• Effective communicators