Current

Proposed


Start

Dismissal

Start

Dismissal

Elementary

8:00

2:45

8:00

2:45

Middle

8:00

3:15

8:30*

3:30

High

8:00

3:15

8:45*

3:35


* High schools and middle schools will continue to open at 7:30 to permit students to be dropped off if necessary.

Reasoning:
  • Over 3500 students ride buses to and from school each day in Oconee County. Many of those students spend two hours or more on the bus each day – some students spend over three hours! Staggering the start times for our schools will allow many of our buses to run two routes each morning and each afternoon. This will allow for shorter ride times for our students.
Other benefits:
  • It keeps teenaged drivers (high school students) off of the roads early in the morning before sunrise.  
  • It alleviates a supervision problem with middle and high school students because buses would be on campus when the bell rings to end the day.
Concern:
  • Some parents who drop students off at school may experience difficulty if the later times do not work for their work schedule.

SPOTLIGHT
 
Bully Prevention Poster Contest Announces Winners 
Bully Prevention Poster Contest Announces Winners
Suzanne Merrill, from A Call to Action Oconee, recently presented awards for the annual Bullying Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s competition was “The End of Bullying Begins with Me”. 

“Bullying is not OK and we need to say that to our children,” said Ms. Merrill at the awards ceremony. “We all need to think, ‘The end of bullying begins with me.’” 

The awards were given as follows. Congratulations, students! 
Front row
: Jenna Morris, Landon Moss, Evan Williams, Jamon Roach 
Middle row:  Suzanne Merrill (Director, A Call to Action Oconee), Adrianna Lione, Jacie Brucke, Alaina Howell, Braelyn Smith, Isabel Schell Center back:  Ava McDonald, Emma McDonald, Grace Mullen, SDOC Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland 

 Grades 1-2 
  • First place – Jamon Roach (second grade, FOES) 
  • Second place – Isabel Schell (second grade, FOES) 
  • Third place – Evan Williams (second grade, FOES)
 Grades 3-4 
  • First place – Adrianna Lione (fourth grade, Wal El) 
  • Second place – Grace Mullen (fourth grade, BRES) 
  • Third place – Jenna Morris (third grade, Wal El
Grade prize winner, grades 1-4 – Landon Moss (third grade, Walhalla Elementary) 

Grades 5-6 
  • First place – Braelyn Smith (fifth grade, OPES) 
  • Second place – Alaina Howell (fifth grade, OPES) 
  • Third place, tie – Emma McDonald (sixth grade, SMS) and Jacie Brucke (fifth grade, West Elem)
  Grades 7-8 
  • First place – Savanna June VanHeck (seventh grade, WMS) 
Grand prize winner, grades 5-8 – Ava McDonald (Walhalla Middle School) 


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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  • Seneca Middle School Student Earns Place in National Honor Choir With its storied fine arts program, Seneca Middle School is accustomed to having dozens of its music students earn places in one or more elite musical group such All-Region ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 6:30 AM by Deb WICKLIFFE
  • State Report Cards Released The South Carolina Department of Education recently released the federally required report cards. Due to implementing a new format and new testing instruments recently, the report cards will not include ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:39 AM by Deb WICKLIFFE
  • NOW Program Underway in SDOC SDOC kicked off the NOW (Nurturing Oconee’s Workforce) program earlier this month at BorgWarner in Seneca. This week, the select NOW participants made a workplace visit to Just Aircraft ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 7:30 AM by Deb WICKLIFFE
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VISION

SDOC will continue to produce students who can communicate effectively, solve problems competently, think critically and creatively, act responsibly, and recognize and respect the right of individual differences.

Students will be life-long learners who are technologically literate and who are able to succeed in a diverse global society.

Our goal will be accomplished through positive instruction with appropriate assessment by a fully trained staff, up-to-date facilities and resources, parental involvement and collaboration with business and community.
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