SCASA names Zee Middle School AP of the Year
Michele Zee, assistant principal of Pleasant Hill Middle School, has been named
the 2014 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina
Association of School Administrators (SCASA). This award was presented on
Wednesday, December 4, in a surprise announcement at Pleasant Hill Middle
Zee was selected from an outstanding field of middle school administrator
candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The other two finalists for the award
were Sharon Perry from Westview Middle School, Berkeley County Schools and
Malinda Taylor from E.L. Wright Middle School, Richland School District 2. The
criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set by the National
Association of Secondary School Principals and sponsored by VIRCO. State
sponsors also include Horace Mann and Herff Jones.
“We are very pleased to announce Michele Zee as the SCASA Middle School
Assistant Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of
the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “She is an
enthusiastic and passionate educator.”
PHMS Principal Thomas Rivers stated, “Mrs. Zee’s commitment to education is
evident in her daily life as she strives to give our students the best
Dr. Karen Woodward, superintendent, said, “Michele Zee is an exemplary
assistant principal who works tirelessly to provide outstanding learning
experiences for Pleasant Hill Middle School students. She is certainly
deserving of this honor, will be an outstanding representative for our state,
and we are delighted that she has received SCASA’s Middle Level Assistant
Principal of the Year Award.”
SCASA’s April Griffin, Superintendent Karen Woodward, Principal Thomas Rivers,
Assistant Principal Michele Zee, SCASA Executive Director Molly Spearman and
Chief Academic Officer Gloria Talley take a moment for a photograph during the
SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has
more than 3,600 members. From professional development opportunities and
research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support
school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s
young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school
leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.
Lexington One continues rezoning process
At the November 19, 2013 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School
District One Board of Trustees, the board heard the first reading of
recommended attendance lines for Deerfield Elementary School as well as
feedback from the three community meetings held in October.
The proposed attendance zone for Deerfield Elementary School alters the
attendance lines of Carolina Springs Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary and
Red Bank Elementary schools. In other words, some children who attend these
schools this year may attend a different school after the new attendance lines
go into effect.
Carolina Springs Elementary currently houses 978 students, Pleasant Hill
Elementary houses 948 and Red Bank Elementary houses 660 students. If no
fifth-graders elect to stay at their current schools by grandfathering, after
rezoning, CSES is projected to have 649 students, DES 464, PHES 689 and RBES
The district designed Deerfield Elementary, currently under construction on
Longs Pond Road in Lexington, with a focus on the future and a design that
supports competency-based learning.
When DES opens its doors to students in August 2014, classrooms will be
equipped with flexible furniture. Teachers and students can move, rearrange and
repurpose this flexible furniture for any type of instructional interaction. A
variety of learning spaces at the school will allow for collaboration, hands-on
project work, and individual, small and large group instruction.
Corridors are designed with alcoves for additional work spaces. Soft seating
will fill the corridors and digital Learning Commons, while demonstration
classrooms with glass walls will provide educators across the state an
opportunity for classroom observation.
Parents can also keep up with information about the rezoning
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