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Dorchester District Two public meeting on budget and school board workshop scheduled
Dorchester School District Two will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 21st to receive input on the proposed 2015-2016 district operating budget.  The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Knightsville Elementary School, 847 Orangeburg Road, Summerville, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The opportunity for public questions and comments will be provided.
         
The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees will hold a workshop on April 21st  at Knightsville Elementary School, immediately following the public budget meeting.   The purpose of the workshop will be a discussion of the district’s school resource officer program.   
 
Students to take new state tests this spring

SC students will take new state tests beginning in April 2015.  These new tests are ACT Aspire™, ACT Workkeys® and The ACT®.  Not only will the tests reflect the achievement level of students, but the new tests will help teachers understand where their students are succeeding and where extra help or academic focus is needed.  These tests will be an important tool in ensuring student success.  Attached is a link to helpful information from the SC State Department of Education on the new state testing program and what it will mean for your student.

http://www.ed.sc.gov/agency/pi/act/

http://www.eoc.sc.gov/Home/ACT%20Aspire/ACTAspireflyerDRAFT.pdf
Stand Up 4 Public Schools
Who should stand up for public schools?
The answer is simple: YOU!

Motivated people from all walks of life should support public education. Whether you are a parent, a political leader, a small buisness owner, a local or state decision maker, or a member of your community who believes in the American dream, when you take a stand for America's public schools you help every child succeed in the classroom and prepare for a brighter future.

CLICK HERE to view a short video to see who is Standing Up 4 Public Schools. 
Dorchester School District Two will take over management of school bus operations
     Following an Executive Session on Monday, April 13th, Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees voted to take over the operation and maintenance of the school bus transportation system at the close of the 2014-2015 school year. The district will not renew the contract with Durham School Services who has managed bus transportation service for the district since 2011-2012.
     Fred Hoose, district bus transportation liaison, has conducted an extensive review of district bus operations over the past months and reported that the district could operate the bus transportation system more efficiently and more economically.  By taking over bus operations rather than outsourcing this service, it is projected that the district would save approximately $200,000.  The Board of Trustees and district leadership have worked toward improvement of student bus service this year with several initiatives, such as the purchase of 15 additional school buses for next year approved by the Board of Trustees at the March 16th board meeting. 

Blended Learning Registration Now Open


Registration NOW OPEN: APRIL 13th - MAY 29th 
Class: June 8th - July 24th

Dorchester School District Two is pleased to announce the return of our Blended Learning Keyboarding and Computer Applications for any current students in grades 7-12.
Blended Learning is the combination of online and on-site instruction and assessment.

Visit http://blendedlearning.ddtwo.org for registration information.

MEET THE TEACHER 2015-2016 School Year

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
August 13th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Schools will provide information on additional back-to-school activities.
 
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
August 11th
7th & 8th grade - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
August 12th
6th grade (Last names A-L) - 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
6th grade (Last names M-Z) - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
 
Sixth grade parents and students will follow
an abbreviated classroom schedule for their student.
If students cannot come at their scheduled time,
they should attend the other session.
 
HIGH SCHOOLS
August 25th
9th-12th grades - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
Meet the Teacher is a tradition in Dorchester District Two schools that affords parents and students the opportunity to meet their teacher(s) and visit their new classroom before the first day of school.

Meet the Teacher 2015-2015
Fact & Fee 2015-2016

GREGG MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMED PALMETTO’S FINEST
Congratulations to Gregg Middle School! Gregg Middle was named PALMETTO"S FINEST as the top middle  school in South Carolina.
Dorchester School District Two schedules public meetings on the 2015-2016 budget
Employees, parents, and community members are invited to attend a series of public meetings and school board workshops on the proposed Dorchester School District Two 2015-2016 district operating budget.  Public comment and input is a very important part of the process in developing the budget for the next school year.
Please plan to attend one or all of the following meetings and workshops:

Dorchester School District Two's Secret to Success
The local media recently highlighted Joseph R. Pye's fifteen years of service as Superintendent of Dorchester School District Two. Click HERE to view the story.
 
2015 Teachers of the Year
Dorchester School District Two is proud to announce the 2015 Teachers of the Year.
 
School Board Forms Acquatic Center Committee
Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees established an Aquatic Center Committee
At the December 8th, 2014 board meeting, the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees established an Aquatic Center Committee. In coming weeks, the committee will set goals and will define the purpose of this committee as the aquatic center project moves forward.
School Board committee members include:
  • Brian Mitchum, chairman
  • Sam Clark
  • Justin Farnsworth
Visit the Aquatic Center website for more information.

Dorchester School District Two has received another "A" on the Federal Education Report Card! Click here to see Superintendent Joe Pye discuss the achievement.
School Board Approves Bell Schedule Change for 2015-2016
At the December 8th board meeting, the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the bell schedule for all district schools beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. Hours for elementary schools will be 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; middle schools from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; and high schools from 8:55 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.  Rollings Middle School of the Arts and Givhans Alternative Program will be on a schedule of 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.  Superintendent Joe Pye stated, “After considering an overwhelming body of research and feedback from seven community forums, from teacher leaders and student leaders, an extensive community survey, I am requesting that you approve the proposed bell schedule for the next school year.”


**Additional information on proposed change



Q & A's from Bell Schedule Public Meetings
Durham School Bus Services
Please contact Durham School Bus Services at DD2businfo@durhamschoolservices.com with any questions or concerns regarding bus transportation for your student. 

Durham is hiring bus drivers! Click here for more information!

 
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