Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is suspending the District's schedule for early dismissal on Tuesday afternoons and will return to full day instruction and the regular dismissal time beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2014. This change will remain in effect through May 6, 2014.
OCSD5 schools previously utilized an early dismissal schedule on Tuesday afternoons to facilitate teacher planning time. The schedule change will allow students to make up the classroom time that was missed due to the recent winter weather school closings. Parents may contact the Principal's Office if they have questions regarding the schedule at a specific school.
OCSD5 Elementary School Students Share Their
Dreams in MLK Oratory Competition
The final round of the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition was held on the evening of Thursday, January 16, 2014 at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Orangeburg. The competition began during the fall with preliminary competitions being conducted in each of the eight elementary schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) to select the eight finalists. The competition was open to fourth and fifth grade students who were required to present an original speech of up to five minutes on the topic: In celebration of the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, what is your dream for a better society? The winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition were: Joshua Richberg, Mellichamp Elementary School – 1st Place; Aliyah Busby, Rivelon Elementary School – 2nd Place; Anna-Lee Bonner, Brookdale Elementary School – 3rd Place; Amelia Nhkata, Whittaker Elementary School - Finalist; Sion Durant, Dover Elementary School - Finalist; Tayla Starks, Marshall Elementary School - Finalist; Jazmine Wilson, Sheridan Elementary School - Finalist; Kailyn Mack, Bethune-Bowman Elementary School – Finalist. Toyota of Orangeburg was the sponsor for the event. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, trophies and certificates were awarded to all of the participants as well as special prizes for the top three places including: 1st Place – Windows Surface Tablet, 2nd Place – iPad Mini, and 3rd Place – Kindle Fire. Video highlights of the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition will soon be added to the rotation of OCSD5’s educational programming on Time Warner Cable Channel 12 and this website.
OCSD5 Selected to Receive $3 Million
“Race To The Top” Grant
From U.S. Department of Education
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) will receive more than $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate an Enterprise Learning initiative as part of a four-county consortium with Clarendon County School District Two, Richland County School District Two and the Williamsburg County School District. The consortium, known as the Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning, collaborated on the grant application that received a total award of nearly $25 million that will be distributed across the four school districts. The award was issued through a competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Education called “Race to the Top”. The application submitted by OCSD5 and the Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning was one of only five awards made nationwide. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Education, “Grantees were selected based on their vision and capacity for reform as well as a strong plan that provides educators with resources to accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college and their careers. Plans focused on transforming the learning environment so that it meets all student’s learning abilities, making equity and access to high-quality education a priority.” In OCSD5, the Enterprise Learning model will be introduced initially at three schools: Whittaker Elementary School, Robert E. Howard Middle School, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. Enterprise Learning involves an individualized approach to learning that incorporates technology designed to expand the learning experiences of students beyond the four walls of the classroom. The Enterprise Learning model will enhance and build upon the technology commitments already underway in OCSD5. OCSD5 Superintendent Cynthia Wilson reacted to the news of the $3 million grant award by saying, “Today was a very exciting day for our students and our teachers as we continue our commitment to building a world-class school system. I want to thank our consortium partners, our School Board, our administrators and teachers, and our community leaders and elected officials who supported us throughout the grant application process”. A copy of the grant application can be viewed on the OCSD5 website at www.ocsd5.net. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Education, including links to the peer review ratings and reviewer comments, can be viewed at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-names-five-winners-120-million-race-top-district-grant-c.
Welcome to our website!
We hope you enjoy the new Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 website. A lot of work and attention went into streamlining the new website's navigation menus and in reorganizing the way information is categorized to improve the online experience of every OCSD5 website visitor. We hope you will find it to be a valuable resource.
New pages will feature class descriptions, documents, homework assignments, presentations, research links, multimedia, and more. Please be patient while teachers and staff members are completing their designs on their webpages.
Our goal is to keep this new website current and full of information. So check back with us frequently to see the latest news about our schools and to learn about upcoming activities. As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback at email@example.com.