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Hammond Hill Elementary wins national honor

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 10:52 AM
Last updated 11:05 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — Hammond Hill Elementary School was announced Friday as one of five National Blue Ribbon Schools in South Carolina.

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Second-graders at Hammond Hill celebrate as the school is announced as a National Blue Ribbon School. It was only one of five in the state to receive the national award.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Second-graders at Hammond Hill celebrate as the school is announced as a National Blue Ribbon School. It was only one of five in the state to receive the national award.

As pupils watched in their classroom on SMART boards, Principal Janet Vaughan and Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, the superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools, announced this year’s honor.

“The teachers are amazing and provide outstanding instruction at a high level of rigor and engagement,” Vaughan said in a news release. “Our parents are supportive of our efforts and make sure that their children come to school every day prepared and ready to learn.

“We are a school that is committed to excellence.”

The U.S. Department of Education awards the honor to public and private schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is closing, according to the release. The South Carolina Department of Education nominated the school for the award last fall. Eight schools in Georgia received the honor, but none was in the Augusta area.

In celebration of the honor, pupils were served blue cotton candy ice cream from Bruster’s on Friday and played on inflatables in the school’s playground during recess.

Two other district schools have been awarded with the honor: Chukker Creek Elementary in 2009 and Aiken Elementary in 1990 and 2005.

Other South Carolina schools recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School this year are: Forestbrook Elementary, Horry County School District; Oak Grove Elementary, Lexington School District One; South Kilbourne Elementary, Richland School District One; and Marrington Middle, Berkeley County School District.

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DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 09/07/12 - 12:25 pm
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I wonder...

“The students, parents, teachers, and administrators at these schools deserve all the credit for their success.”

Funny how the students and parents are congratulated when a school succeeds but they’re not held accountable when schools fail (i.e. most Richmond County Schools). The blame always fall on the teachers when a school fails not the students and parents.

Way to go Hammond Hill!!

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countyman 09/07/12 - 04:44 pm
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I think you might want to

I think you might want to compare Richmond County schools vs Aiken County again, since you're quick to comment most in RC are failing...

Before somebody mentions anything about magnet schools Freedom Park(elementary/middle) was named a 'National Model School'..

http://www.fortgordonsignal.com/news/2011-12-16/Front_Page/Freedom_Park_...

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KSL 09/07/12 - 05:36 pm
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Get over your Broad Street

Get over your Broad Street address. And quit your cherry picking. Stop bragging about the area pulling in growth and new industry outside of Richmond Co when it suits your purpose then going on defense when you think someone is dissing Richmond Co.

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