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Welcome to the School District of Pickens County
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

2014 Sailboat Challenge Sets Sail!
This week, second graders from every elementary school in the district headed to the Western Carolina Sailing Club on Lake Hartwell to weigh anchor on the STEM Sailboat Challenge!
 
Students learned about the working parts of sailboats in preparation for a competition to see which team of students can design the fastest model sailboat. This project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning program introduces students to basic principles of physics while incorporating important lessons about financial literacy and water safety.
 
It's exciting to see our students sail into the sea of STEM learning!

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Career and Technology Center Celebrates Donation
The Pickens County Career and Technology Center was awarded a donation of $18,300 from Alliance Pickens!
Alliance Pickens presented the check at a dinner at its new facility on March 13. The dinner honored recent student achievements in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
The donation will be used primarily to fund machine tool technology and mechatronics. It will also help fund agriculture and culinary arts programs at the CTC.
We are very grateful for the support of our business community as we strive to make our students ready for college and careers.

Youth Art at the Pickens County Museum
The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that Pickens County Youth Arts 2014 is in full swing at the Pickens County Museum. A total of 994 works of art created by Pickens County students are on display at the museum through March 27.

Several students distinguished themselves with awards, including Morgan Summerlin of Daniel High School, who took first place in the high school division with her painting, "Robin's Nest" (pictured left). 

For a complete list of award winners, click here.

Congratulations to all of our young artists and to the teachers who help them realize their talents!

View slideshow

Congratulations to Representative B.R. Skelton
Representative B. R. Skelton was recognized at the board meeting on Monday night by the SC Educators Association for being the recipient of the annual Friends of Education Award. This award is given annually to a legislator that has distinguished themselves by developing and supporting educational related bills.

We congratulate Mr. Skelton and thank him for his dedication and support for Public Education!

Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.


Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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