Philip Simmons Middle School holds student assembly
The Philip Simmons Middle School Student Assembly was held on Friday, May 20th, 2016. Future Philip Simmons Middle (PSM) students from both Cainhoy and Daniel Island Schools were invited to attend this event. There were over 175 students in attendance with the school projected to open with 200-250 on August 15, 2016 for students in grades 5th - 8th.
The purpose of the student assembly event was to excite and motivate all of our future students around the idea of starting a new year in a new school. We wanted to encourage all students to be engaged students at their new middle school. This assembly served as an opportunity for students to meet their future peers, teachers, and principal.
The assembly was hosted by local news personality, Tessa Spencer-Adams. Students were greeted by Principal Anthony S. Dixon, Berkeley County School District Superintendent Brenda Blackburn, and local pastors, parents, and community members Jon Gresh and Rev. Stephen Love. The theme of all their messages was for students to welcome the opportunity of building a new culture at Philip Simmons built around respect as well as academic and behavioral excellence.
Students watched a video and engaged in an activity that introduced them to the school’s namesake, Mr. Philip Simmons. Since PSM will open with a STEAM focus, students participated in STEAM demonstration sessions sponsored by NUCOR, BP, The Citadel, Google, Department of Natural Resources, the Art Studio, Growing Young Minds, and many teachers and BCSD district instructional technologists.
Lunch was provided by the BCSD Office of Child Nutrition. The Cainhoy Fire Department and Berkeley County Sheriff’s office provided volunteers. The Philip Simmons PTSA volunteered, helped with planning, and also secured an abundance of donations to serve as raffle prizes for both students and teachers.
Principal Dixon said, “I am excited to serve as the principal of Philip Simmons Middle. Philip Simmons has such a rich and strong legacy; it is an honor to work in collaboration with our students, families, and communities, to create a school culture that is representative of Mr. Simmons’ handwork, determination, and commitment to excellence. This was indeed a community effort bringing our new students together in order to ignite a fire within each and every one of them that will motivate them to forge a future of success as a Philip Simmons student.”