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Laurel Bay goes back to school

By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | | August 15, 2014

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Laurel Bay Schools held an opening ceremony for the 2014-2015 school year, August 11, and school began August 14 for kindergarten through eighth grade.

At the opening ceremony, Col. Peter D. Buck, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, spoke to teachers about the impact of their work.

Buck stated facts and concerns of living in the 21st century, and asked that teachers live their lives as role models to the students. He spoke of increasing global economy, third world consumerism, and concerns over global terrorism.

“Our children need a solid academic base to be successful,” said Buck. “The greatest lesson our young people need is an example to follow.”

Teachers and students alike can be the example that military children need through academic encouragement and teamwork, as the Laurel Bay schools proved in test scores during the 2013-2014 school year.

Bolden Elementary and Middle School received full accreditation and had more than 65 percent of students score in the top two quarters of the TerraNova Language Subtest.

Elliott Elementary School had more than 75% of students score in the top two performance levels of the schools’ local writing assessment.

Galer Elementary School saw a 20 percent increase in math skills with more than 80 percent of students scoring in the top two performance levels on the local math problem solving assessment.

These accomplishments tell me that we can achieve when we work as a team,” said Dr. Samantha J. Ingram, superintendent for the Laurel Bay Schools. “Our students deserve the best, and we are prepared to give them the best. The focus must stay on our military children, because they are why we’re here today.

“It’s a new opportunity, a new beginning each year. We’re navigating success in the 21st century and beyond,” said Ingram.
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