Message from the Principal
Dear Students and Parents,
I could not be more excited about the 2018-2019 school year at Stone Academy of Communication Arts. Our 100th year marked a year of outstanding success and growth for our students! As your principal, I cannot wait to see all the amazing accomplishments ahead of us! Our teachers and staff eagerly await the opportunity to start this year!
This year’s instructional theme is “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” This quote from the movieWonder captures the uniqueness and creative spirit among our students as well as our hope they will utilize their gifts to excel in all they do. We look forward to providing all students with experiences that prepare them for meaningful and productive lives. Our students in first through fifth grade will continue to work with individual devices as they engage in Personalized Learning this year. The use of these devices will support our holistic approach to educating all children based on their individual needs and interests. Additionally, Personalized Learning creates many opportunities for new and innovative learning, problem solving, and communication through digital and media arts.
We are so grateful to all parents and extended family for their strong support of our school! Through PTA and their fund-raising efforts, they supported multiple teacher projects across the school! This support enriched the curriculum and provided unique learning experiences for students.
Rigorous implementation of our South Carolina standards in all content areas remains at the core of our classroom instruction. We will focus professional development on technology, arts infusion, reading, math, science, and social studies.
During the 2017-2018 school year, we surveyed parents, students, staff, and community members to ensure we were addressing our needs for school improvement. As a result of this information, our staff created goal statements to support our growth over the next five years. These goals are based on that data analysis and are listed below. Strategies and action plans for implementing these goals are available on the Stone Academy web site.
1. Increase the percentage of students meeting standard in English Language Arts (reading and research) as measured by the SC Ready test at 66% or above.
2. Increase the percentage of students meeting standard in mathematics as measured by the SC Ready test at 66% or above.
3. Increase the percentage of students meeting standard in science as measured by the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) at 68% or above.
4. Increase the percentage of students meeting standard in social studies as measured by the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) at 88% or above.
5. Ensure the safety and well-being of every student and staff member is carefully considered and measures are regularly evaluated and improved.
The Student-Parent Handbook has been carefully prepared to provide the best possible understanding of our school. Please familiarize yourself with these important expectations, policies, procedures and programs that will keep all of us safe and productive throughout the year. A complete School District Code of Conduct may be found on the district web site at.
Thank you for considering involvement in our parent volunteer program. Our PTA is outstanding, and it is a perfect way to be involved as a parent in our school. I will always welcome your ideas and thoughts about Stone Academy. I look forward to getting to know each child and family this year! Thank you so much for entrusting us with your precious children!
With great appreciation!
Brett DeLoach Vaughn, Principal
As part of the 100 day celebration, Whitney did a career spotlight feature on Jumpstart as a principal in 100 years! I strive to reach the high expectations of her explanation of the best job in the world!