Cane Bay Elementary continues to reach milestones as students strive for excellence

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) — Cane Bay Elementary continues to reach milestones as students strive for excellence.  We’re in Berkeley County for our Cool School of the Week.

“Cane Bay Elementary teachers are constantly searching for effective ways to engage students and make them excited about learning,” Principal Melissa LaBerge says. “We just have very dedicated teachers who basically devote their lives to the kids here at our school and it really makes a difference.”

CBE has reached several milestones. Earning an “a” on the federal accountability grading scale for excellence in student achievement and the Palmetto Gold Award in student performance and Silver for closing the achievement gap.

Students at Cane Bay Elementary also get an early taste of the upper school experience. LaBerge says, “many of our students a part of the team teaching experience where they do have two teachers. So one teacher is able to focus on reading and writing instruction and the other teacher is able to focus her attention and time to math science and social studies. It provides our teachers with the time to become true experts in their content area.  They also give the kids the experience to have a close relationship with more than one adult in our building.”

Fourth grade student dallas reed says “I think it’s cool because we get to see what is being learned by different point of views of the teachers.”

Students switch partner teachers twice a day.

Teacher gina sawicki says, “it’s helpful because if you’re working with a team teacher, the subject matter that you have to cover is less. So last year I was the English language arts fourth grade teacher. I spent my time really focusing on reading and writing and word study. My partner teacher taught math science and social studies and that way the students got really focused instruction.”

Cane Bay Elementary’s Spring Carnival is Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can buy your wristband now for five dollars, or seven at the door.  All money goes to improving technology in the classrooms.

Eleven food trucks will also be there.  They are each donating 15% of their proceeds to the school.”

Coming up Friday on News 2,  we’ll present Cane Bay Elementary with our Cool School award.

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


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