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Oak Pointe Elementary's principal connects students to education in unique ways

Oak Pointe Elem. Principal Cassy Paschal points to her students as they sing along to Katy Perry's 'Roar' during a recent school meeting. Oak Pointe Elem. Principal Cassy Paschal points to her students as they sing along to Katy Perry's 'Roar' during a recent school meeting.
IRMO, SC (WIS) -

Cassy Paschal clearly knows how to get the attention of her students.

"I am the rockin' proud principal of Oak Pointe Elementary!" said Paschal. "They are actually connected to their education and I think our community meetings on Friday really lead to that."

Every Friday the whole school meets to discuss what goals they have met that week, highlight positive behaviors, and find out what cool stuff they have earned.

Students are participating in the 'Reading with the Gamecocks' program meeting their goal of reading more than 160 thousand pages, which is rewarded with a pajama day and a little makeover for Mrs. Paschal, which included a little spray paint in her hair.

She's also agreed to other fun ways to further her students' experiences. "I have held dune buggy races out here, I have busted up into a classroom for a fudgesicle party for them being awesome, and they will get to duct tape me to the flag pole."

And while fun is always on the agenda, hard work is, too. Teachers say the balance of fun and hard work is effective. "The kids love it but we know how to get back to business and get he job done at the same time," said teacher Amy Spivey.

A philosophy that makes Paschal stand out with her students.

"She is unique and does a lot of activities with us," said one student.

"She always has pride in us she never looks down," said another student.

Paschal has been the principal at Oak Pointe for just about three years. Since the doors opened eight years ago, the Palmetto Gold award winning school has served as a HUB for the district's autism program called the A-team.

"When this school was built eight years ago it was built to house the autism program, and that's really how I got over here, because I used to teach children with autism," said Paschal.

"We have the A-team members and that's just one of the flavors I like about our school," said
fifth grader Drake Feldner.

A school that students and faculty agree has a lot of flavor, with a principal that seems to keep making Oak Pointe Elementary sweeter.

"She knows how to bring a certain level to this school to get everyone excited," said Spivey. "She gets the kids excited, the teachers excited and she gets the parents excited. And together like she says, WE ROCK IT OUT!"

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