Happy birthday, Moultrie Middle School

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The art department and art students at Moultrie Middle School designed a seal for the school as part of the celebration of the school’s 40 years as a middle school. PHOTO PROVIDED

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Moultrie Middle School is celebrating its 40th year as a middle school. Last Thursday, the parents, teachers, students and staff threw a birthday party for the school, complete with party games and birthday cake. And as a part of the year-long celebration, second-year principal Anna Dassing would like to ask the community to help her write the history of Moultrie Middle School and Moultrie High School.

“There’s such a sense of tradition here,” she says.

“The kids grow up in the community and their parents went to Moultrie Middle or Moultrie High.”

We want to honor the past while pushing for the future,” she adds. “We try to get the students to understand they attend a historic school.”

Moultrie Middle School opened its doors as a middle school in 1973. Before that time, the campus at Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street was the location of Moultrie High School which housed a high school as well as seventh and eighth grades. When Wando High School opened its doors, that allowed the Moultrie campus to become solely a middle school.

The present Moultrie Middle School building opened in 2009, replacing an older set of buildings.

Dassing came to Moultrie for the 2011-12 school year and soon realized that the school would be reaching the milestone of 40 years as a middle school.

To honor the anniversary, the art department and art students designed a school seal which states Moultrie Middle School established 1973, Doctrina Perpetua (always learning).

Symbols on the shield include the math symbol pi, and a globe, stressing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) push; a palmetto tree and a gorget, symbolizing history; sheet music, a musical instrument and a paint brush, symbolizig the arts; and a shrimp, symbolizing the ties to Shem Creek and environmentalism. An oak tree is in the background of the seal and is meant to represent the big oak tree so prominent on the campus today as well as when the original school first opened.

Dassing is working on a school scrapbook where she’d like to display photos of the old school building as well as the new one and whatever other momentoes people would like to have copied or donated. She invites members of the public to share pictures of the old high school and middle school and the tree that’s such a prominent campus landmark. She asks that people bring photos and other momentoes by the school or email photographs and memories of the school to her at anna_dassing@charleston.k12.sc.us.

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