Published on January 26th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five ‘rededication ceremony’ held for Chapin Intermediate School

Pictured: Students perform as part of a rededication ceremony at Chapin Intermediate School 

CHAPIN – Parents and community members joined hundreds of students for a rededication ceremony at Chapin Intermediate School recently.

Formerly the site of Chapin Middle School, the new intermediate school opened to students in August 2015. It currently serves fifth and sixth grade students from the Chapin community and some areas of Ballentine.

“The rededication marks a milestone for Chapin Intermediate School and a time to reflect on all that we’ve been able to accomplish already since we opened the school last year,” Principal Vann Holden said during the ceremony. “As we go forward, our continued focus will be on each and every student here, ensuring their growth through a culture that inspires collaboration and a continued passion for learning.”

The rededication ceremony included selections from the school’s orchestra, chorus and band, along with remarks from school, community and district leaders. School officials also unveiled a new plaque for the school during the event. District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said the school already is poised to become a model for others.

“I am not always perfect in the predictions I make, but my prediction is that this will be a model for many other districts in terms of meeting the unique educational needs of students in this particular age group,” Hefner said. “It’s all about the students…we want to make sure that we provide the education they need to be prepared for success in career, for success in college, and for success as citizens.”

District leaders said they created the new intermediate school to help address growth in the Chapin segment of the district. With the addition of the new Chapin Middle School site on Broad River Road, the repurposed building – which now houses Chapin Intermediate School – helps maintain desired levels of student-teacher ratios and top quality instruction, District Five Board Chairman Robert Gantt said.

“This school helps cap off all of the bond referendum projects across our great district…projects that will positively impact students for years to come,” said Gantt. “And it would not be possible without the support of this community and the entire District Five community, all coming together to make sure our students have everything they need to be successful.”

Chapin Intermediate School already has reached milestones within its first few months.  In December, four students at the school were named state winners of the South Carolina Stock Market Game, finishing first in the elementary school division and third in the overall division mixed with high school and middle school teams. Students also have earned recognition for their science fair submissions, artwork, extracurricular activities, and other school projects.

“We are already making our mark and carrying on the proud tradition of excellence in District Five,” Holden said. “We are fortunate to have some of the best students, best teachers and staff, and tremendous support from the district office. The rededication marks an important day for us, and we look forward to much more success to come here at Chapin Intermediate School.”


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