From the District’s website:

Chapin Middle School has been named as one of 12 finalists for the 2018 Palmetto’s Finest School award after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners.

The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture. Chapin Middle is now undergoing a second onsite evaluation.

“What an incredible honor it is for Chapin Middle School to be recognized as a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest award,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “Over the course of my tenure as Superintendent, I have had the opportunity to witness many schools win this prestigious award and this year Chapin Middle certainly is deserving of that.”

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest award is celebrating its 40th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

“Our excitement is indescribable,” said Chapin Middle School principal Anna Miller. “I was so excited to make the announcement to our school, and we are absolutely thrilled to be selected as a finalist for this most prestigious honor. We cannot wait for our second evaluation!”

“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director. “They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families.”

Winners will be announced live at the each of the finalists’ schools on March 20.


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