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Principal's Message

What an awesome opportunity we have as educators at Pickens Elementary to share in your child's academic growth.  It is our goal to help each and every learner reach his or her full potential.  We are fortunate to serve some of the most amazing and precious young children, and their families.   Our dedicated team works to foster and provide instruction and guidance that will assist each child in meeting his or her educational goals.

Our instructional staff at PES is fortunate to have guidance from a dedicated district instructional team that seeks to guide each school in instructional planning which results in success for each child. We are seeking to meet the elements of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate which are world class knowledge, world class skills and life and career characteristics in our work at the elementary level to ensure that our students are prepared for their future through academic rigor as well as a focus on what is referred to as soft skills.  Soft skills include integrity, self-direction, global perspective, perseverance, work ethic and interpersonal skills.  Combining the academic skills with the soft skills results in a student ready to meet the future as a successful individual. Once again, we will be offering our PALS (Parents As Learner’s Program) at PES and we are fortunate to continue our partnership with the Cliff’s Residence Outreach 501 c3! Together with parents, students, faculty, staff and our community we are making an impact on our future! Our school’s mission focuses on the impact we are making every day!

Looking back to the 2018-2019 school year, we see SUCCESS! Our students grew academically and we are very proud of the hard work of our team – parents, students, faculty and staff! We are looking forward to another successful year at PES! Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Donna Harden, Ed.S.



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