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    APRIL IS:
    NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH
    "Libraries Change Lives"
    NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
    ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK
    JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

    HSAP TESTING (APRIL 1 - 3)
    SPRING BREAK (APRIL 14 - 19)

     
    WELCOME to W. J. KEENAN

    A Palmetto's Finest High School

    A Flagship School of Promise

    361 Pisgah Church Rd. Columbia, SC 29203  (803) 714-2500

    Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence

    "Together We Can; Together We Will!" 

     

    Mission Statement: Richland County School District One

    We are Richland One, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

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    DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS


    LT. KIM MYERS 
    PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY


    HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK!

    HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY!

    We appreciate you and everything you do each day.



    D'VAUNGH KELLEY SIGNS WITH BREVARD COLLEGE

     

    ACCELERATE: SOUTH CAROLINA'S ENGINEERING LAUNCHPAD


    Accelerate is being developed by the Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering motivated high school students from across South Carolina an innovative and accelerated path toward college engineering degrees.
     
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    JOYE LAW FIRM is PROUD to PRESENT the 2014 JOYE LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship is open to all 12th grade students (seniors) in South Carolina who will be attending a 4 year university. Details of the scholarship contest can be seen at http://www.joyelawfirm.com/scholarship/.  Students will be able to download the application packet, get the instructions and the address they'll be sending it out to.

    The deadline for this year's scholarship is April 1st.  This is an annual scholarship and students may apply for the scholarship each year using the link above.


    Richland One school board adopts policy changes, hears update on engineering program at WJ Keenan HS! 

    THE SWORD AND SHIELD goes online! Click here to keep up with school news using the online edition of The Sword and Shield.
    The paper edition of The Sword and Shield is gone forever. The Raider community will be provided faster updates, frequent updates, color photos, more photos and better accuracy! But one thing hasn't changed--The Sword and Shield is still...
    The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School
    Check it out! Check it often!

    RECOGNITIONS


    CONGRATULATIONS!

    AR STAR READER OF THE MONTH
    LEA SWINTON


    FRESHMAN ACADEMY
    STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

    March

    Brieson Woods

    Kamryn Sewell

    Elijah Kelly


    April

    Nandi Smith

    I'Anna Osborne

    Charles Logan


    2013-2014 EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR


    Congratulations!

    Alexandria Williams Picture
    Alexandria Williams
    2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
    Finalist for District Teacher of the Year



    Samuel Jeffrey Picture
    Samuel Jeffrey
    2013-2014 Classified Employee of the Year



    SC STATE HOUSE RECOGNIZES KEENAN LADY RAIDERS

     


    2013 2A State Champions
    (Photo compliments of Sam Holland, Photographer
    SC House of Representatives
    )

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    CITY OF COLUMBIA PROCLAIMS MAY 7, 2013 COACH REGGIE MCLAIN DAY


    Photo compliments of the City of Columbia
    (Click read more for larger photo view)

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    MEDIA CENTER NEWS

    SEBCO Books Student Reviewer Program
    Three of Keenan's students (Tyson, Darius and Christian) have agreed to participate in the SEBCO Books Student Reviewer Program.
    Each student receives advanced copies of the latest titles from best-selling authors and popular fiction publishers to read. Once the student finishes reading the book, he submits a review that is published on SEBCO's website and the another book is sent. The students get to keep the books.
    Click
    here to read the reviews submitted by our students. The reviews are in alpha order by school name: WJ Keenan is the last school listed.


    Keenan now has a collection of eBooks that is accessible anywhere you have Internet access. Contact Ms. Boyd in the media center for the username and password.  
    Teachers:  eBooks can be viewed on your SMARTboard!

    Teen Center opens at Richland Library! Open to teens ages 12 - 18....Stop by and check out the new teen space with the newest technology.
    You have to see it!

    Are you looking for a good book to read? Working on a research paper? Have you ever wondered what books Keenan HS has in its media center? 
    Read more...

    News and Events

    District Accreditation Parent Survey

    In order to determine how Richland One is meeting its mission, parents are invited to participate in a survey.

    To complete the survey, go to
    http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/8739232
     

    Read more...

    Upcoming Events

    Mon, Apr 21 - Fri, Apr 25
    NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK
    Wednesday, April 23
    National Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day
    Varsity Baseball
    @CA Johnson
    6:00p
    Varsity Softball
    @C A Johnson
    5:30p
    Varsity Track and Field
    RCSD1 Championship @ Memorial
    5:00p
    Thursday, April 24
    Varsity Baseball
    @Hunter-Kinard-Tyler
    6:00p
    Friday, April 25
    Varsity Baseball
    @North (Double Header)
    5:30p
    Saturday, April 26
    WJK's FIRST SPORT YOUR RIDE: CAR AND BIKE SHOW
    For registration information, please click here
    EOC Blitz
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    MARCH OF DIMES "MARCH FOR BABIES"
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    SC Fairgrounds - 1200 Rosewood Dr
    Registration begins at 8:00am
    3 mile walk begins at 9:00am

    Wednesday, April 30
    BLOOD DRIVE
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Keenan Auditorium
    Thursday, May 1
    Varsity Track and Field
    Region 3AA Championship@ Memorial
    5:00p
    Saturday, May 3
    Belk's Spring Charity Day
    The Kick-Off Breakfast will be held at Seawell's on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:30am. Contact the PTSA for additional information. RSVP required by March 15, 2014.
    EOC Blitz
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    From the Principal

    Welcome  students, parents, teachers, and staff,
    It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your principal of   W.J.   Keenan High School.  Keenan has experienced success at many levels and in many areas over the years.  It is my goal to assist and support students, parents, teachers, and staff in a fashion that will allow us to best serve each student that walks the halls of Keenan every day.  I will work diligently to make certain Keenan is safe, orderly, and provides the best learning experience for our students.  I am excited and anticipate a successful school year that will be marked by success.
     
    W.J.   Keenan will continue to improve, utilizing a focused approach of school reform through further implementation of High Schools That Work (HSTW).  We will continue our focus on improving literacy across all grade levels, increase the rigor of instruction in all classes, provide support systems that allow all students to be successful and focused on providing the best instruction daily.  Keenan has experienced remarkable growth in the End of Course (EOCEP) tested areas of US History, Biology and English I.  In addition,   HSAP   scores in the areas of   ELA and math continue to increase.  The passage rate for math is 76.6%, ELA is 88.3% and the overall passage rate is 74.3%.  Although Keenan has seen growth in student achievement for EOCEP, HSAP, HSAPL and graduation rate.  Our absolute rating on our school report card for this year will remain average.  At Keenan we understand that we still have room for growth and this provides us the opportunity to be even more successful.
     
    Additionally, the academic and athletic programs at Keenan continue to improve and grow.  Our   JROTC   Raider Battalion is second to none in leadership and commitment to excellence.  Project REAL (Raider Engineering and Academic Success) and our agriculture program have a history of success and both are evolving to better prepare our students for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agricultural sciences.  The marching Raider Rubber band is large and in charge, ready for another successful year.  Athletically, our football and basketball teams are ready for another successful season.  Finally, our boys and girls basketball teams are hoping to regain the reign as the class AA state champions, and they are also preparing for another successful season.     
     
    Welcome back to the entire Raider Family and let's have a Great Year!  Working to make certain that -  EVERY STUDENT WILL SUCCEED!
     
             Alvin D. Pressley, Principal
    "Together We Can; Together We Will!"