Celebrating a Milestone

by Jun 18, 2020Education, South Brunswick

South Brunswick Charter School students celebrate graduation with a modified ceremony.

South Brunswick Charter School recently hosted a modified graduation ceremony for kindergarten and fifth-grade students, capping off a year of resilient success for South Brunswick Charter School and its students and families.

Students drove by in cars decorated with signs and balloons as their teachers cheered them on. The ceremony also served as an opportunity for students to return the laptops each received as part of South Brunswick Charter School’s online learning program.

“The best part was being able to see all of my friends and teachers again!” cheered kindergarten student Ava Ball.

In lieu of a ceremony at the school, the ceremony was a popular consolation.

“Our family loved the kindergarten graduation parade at South Brunswick Charter School,” exclaimed kindergarten parent Sara Kordbacheh-Ball. “Being able to celebrate the kindergarten students and recognize their accomplishments, in spite of the many transitions this past school year, was very special and important for our family.

“All of the effort put forth by our Headmaster Mrs. Ivey, the teachers and staff during the graduation parade, helped make Ava and the other students feel really special,” Kordbacheh-Ball continued. “It really touched my heart to see how much South Brunswick Charter School cares about my daughter and her education.”

South Brunswick Charter School began live online learning following a daily instructional schedule for all grades K-8 on April 20. Instructional staff members conducted online, professional development on learning platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom. These actions successfully translated the results-proven Direct Instruction educational model, which is dependent upon face-to-face, real-time interaction between teachers and students, to a live online learning environment.

South Brunswick Charter School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville with a combined enrollment of more than 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability or address.