School Improvement Council Report to the Parents

Report to the Parents We are proud of Lamar High School.  This year we continue our record of excellence.  Our “Report to the Parents” is presented to highlight some of the accomplishments, activities, and events of the past year.    Thank you for allowing your children to be a part of our efforts to keep Lamar High School a vital part of the community. Michelle R. Greene, SIC Chair   Message from the Principal We are very proud of the work our students are doing.  We want our students to continue to improve, so they can accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves. Kathy B. Gainey, Principal  School Improvement Council Members 2019-2020 Toni Anderson, Teacher of the Year Tywanda Bailey, Teacher Carlos Burgess, Assistant Principal Dawn Cooke, Parent Maxine Cottingham, Teacher O’Marion Dargan, Student Kathy Gainey, Principal Veronica Gainey, Community Member Michelle Greene, Chair Susan Lear, Former SIC Chair Tasha Martin, Media Specialist Harriet McCray, Community Member Marilyn Nelson, Community Member Wendy Thompson, Parent Clay Tiller, Student  Contact Us Phone: 843-326-7500 Web: http://lhs.dcsdschools.org   	LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL 216 N. Darlington Ave. Lamar, SC 29069 LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL  2019-2020 SIC Annual Report to the Parents
Lamar High School’s Mission The mission of Lamar High School is to prepare all students to become competent, responsible, and productive individuals by providing challenging, educational, and extracurricular opportunities in a positive, safe environment supported by the community. Lamar High School’s Beliefs 1.	Parents are the first teachers; therefore, we must employ family and community resources to ensure student success. 2.	An environment that emphasizes safety, mutual respect, and academic focus is necessary for learning. 3.	Everyone has the capacity and the responsibility to learn more than they are presently learning and at a higher level. 4.	Family, school, and community expectations affect learning and achievement. 5.	Cultural sensitivity is essential to success and wellbeing in our global society. 6.	All faculty, staff, and community must be dedicated to the success of every student. 7.	All stakeholders must be dedicated to preparing students to become productive members of society.	Lamar High School has focused on the following goals: •Increasing student performance on EOCEP and other state testing •Increasing the graduation rate •Improving communication with parents •Integrating technology to improve classroom performance •Improving the special education resource students’ performance on EOCEP, state testing, and graduation rate How Lamar High School made progress in these goals: •Offered year long courses in ELA and math for students identified through SCPASS scores •Provided after school tutorial to improve student achievement •Participated in district staff development •Improved parent communication through Open House, PTSA, Academic Awards Programs, Athletic Awards Program, newsletters, and use of School Connects and Parent Portal •Continued the one-to-one MacBook Initiative, which made available MacBooks to all students.  Our school is helping all students develop the World Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by focusing on the four Cs—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Lamar High School’s Academic Recognitions Lamar High School has had a very good year academically.  On the 2019 State Report Card, Lamar High School received an Excellent Absolute Rating.  These recognitions are a reflection of the hard work of our students and faculty. Other School Recognitions Four Lamar High School students participated in a Darlington County internship program.  These students received offers from Darlington County businesses including Amerson’s Nursery, Canfor Southern Pine, the City of Hartsville, and JBE, Inc.