Cool School: Whitesville Elementary

Whitesville Elementary in Moncks Corner encourages creativity and creates an atmosphere that promotes pride and academic excellence.  We’re in  Berkeley county for our Cool School of the week.

Music teacher Mr. Stokes greets students at Whitesville Elementary every morning with a warm smile and serenade on his ukulele.   Whitesville Elementary is a diverse school with nearly 12-hundred students in pre-k through fifth grade. I   In addition to the traditional classroom setting, Whitesville also offers Montessori education. Students have an outdoor classroom, nature trail, and garden as well.

The Palmetto Silver Award winning school has a large number of students with special needs, and services in place to assist them.

WES is an award winning Title One school with a focus on family engagement.  Students use technology throughout the school.  Principal Katie Taie says, “We’ve got chrome books and iPads in the classroom to make it interactive,  smartboards in every classrooms.  We’ve got three computer labs. We’ve also have opportunities to attend and participate in after school activities, such as clubs, art club, chorus, running club, we have an outdoor classroom here and a nature trail.  Whitesville Elementary is a Cool School because we’ve got hard working students.  We’ve got dedicated teachers,  and supportive parents.”  First grade teacher Jessica Levine says,  “Students can take  their writing and take a picture of their writing and add words to it with their voice using apps such as chatter pics, or they can use adobe voice.  I also like how the students in my class they upload they work on app where their parents can actually access all of the multi media samples that they produce in the classrooms.”  “The teachers here they do so much to make learning fun.  If there is anyway to make learning fun, they will do it,” says fourth grade student Jacob Litsair.  Student Tia Ortiz says she likes the teachers.  Mitzi Crawford  s a special education teacher at Whitesville.  Crawford says, “I’ve been here for 23 years. It is the coolest school ever.  We have a high staff that stays here and works hard with the students.  We teach students academically, but not only academically, but we also want them to be well rounded citizens in our community.”

Whitesville has a PBIS store to reward students for positive behavior.   They have a nature trail  located behind the school, which gives students the opportunity to explore in an outdoor classroom setting.
Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5pm, we’ll take a closer look at Whitesville’s community partnerships.

We want to hear about the good things that are going on at your school, just send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com.

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