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  St. Matthews K-8 School

Principal: Treda L. Keith
Asst. Principal: Dr. Melissa Peeples

SMK8 Title 1 School
Our Mission     
Empower    Compete    Succeed
The mission of Calhoun County Public Schools is to empower all students to compete and succeed in an ever-changing global society.
Our Vision
We envision a school district where everyone works harmoniously in a safe and caring environment to help all students reach their maximum potential. 
Phone Number
Main (803)655-2750  Fax (803)874-3273
School Hours
M,W,Th,F  7:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
Tues. 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
Office Hours
M-F 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Important Information
Testing: Please visit the SC Department of Education website link below for testing information and testing dates.

Technology: Calhoun County is committed to having our students compete in the current informational and technological environment, with 21st century skills. Please see the Chrome Book tab for our Digital Device Guide.




Hello Mighty Cardinals,

Welcome back to another exciting year at St. Matthews K-8 School!  St. Matthews K-8 is an extraordinary school community.  As you walk onto the school campus you can feel the warmth of an inviting learning atmosphere. As always, we diligently strive for excellence based on the premise of Teaching and Learning, and use that culture of learning to empower and prepare children to compete and succeed globally.

There are many exciting things that are happening at our school during this transformational time in education.  Over the past two years, we have developed a Reading Plan that provides ninety minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction in grades K-8. We have STEM opportunities for students in seventh and eighth grades.  We use technology to drive research based instructional practices, and we continue to explore innovative leaning environments.

This upcoming school year will be among the best years ever at St. Matthews K-8 with our school and community working together.  There will be many opportunities for you to become engaged with our school.  We will have parent workshops that will engross you and your children academically and foster lifelong skills.  At St. Matthews K-8, we believe that Cardinal Character Counts! Thus, parents will have the opportunity to participate in activities at home with their children that promote character education skills. 

As an administrative team, faculty, and staff, we are committed to doing what's best for children!

 Your administrative team,

Ms. Treda Keith, Principal

Dr. Melissa Peeples, Assistant Principal

 Important Dates/

Upcoming Events

Back to School Registration

Tuesday, August 8th  Grades K-4      1:00-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 9th Grades 5-8   1:00-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 22nd First Day for Students


We will now be using SchoolPay.  SchoolPay is a payment service that allows families to pay for items such as (registration fees, athletic fees, event tickets, uniforms, and donations) online at your convenience. With SchoolPay, there is no need for cash, or sending money with students. Pay online from anywhere, at anytime, on any device via Visa, MasterCard, Discover (or electronic check).   Please click on the SchoolPlay logo below to register.

SchoolPay makes Manual Registration quick and easy for payers. Here’s how it works:
Go to SchoolPay and click Create Account. You will need your child’s student ID number.

Though it is convenient when making multiple payments over time, you are not required to store payment information to make payment. SchoolPay is PCI-DSS certified (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).

If you have any questions we are happy to help.

P: 888.88.MYPAY (69729)E: support@schoolpay.com

SchoolPay offers live English- and Spanish-speaking operators from 7 am to 7 pm Central Time, Mon-Fri. After hours and weekend support is available via email at support@schoolpay.com.

 Please click on the SchoolPlay logo below to register.


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Cardinal Newsletters

Cardinal News....

"there's only one YOU in 

this great big world.   

Make it a better place."

SMK-8 in the 


On February 28th, 

WLTX came to visit our 

school to see the 

Chrome Books being 

used in Kindergarten, 

First, and Second  

grades. Mrs. Snell-

Kinsey's second grade 

class was featured in 

the news! 

Check out the link 

below to see:

....Calhoun County 

Gets New Chrome 


January Science Fair


Congratulations to the following SMK8 Science Fair winners….                  

Fourth Grade:1st-Jayden Wallace, 2nd-Keavia Haynes            

Fifth Grade: 1st-Jatoria McFadden, 2nd-Destiny Gleaton                 

Sixth Grade:1st: Savanna & Jacob Stevenson, 2nd-Jonovan Darby 

Seventh Grade:1st-Tacoma Magnan, 2nd-Russell Brunson       

Eighth Grade: 1st- Kayla Dantzler, 2nd-Amerie Magee       Overall WinnerTerez Sellers, Seventh Grade

December Reading Fun                Students enjoyed Grinch Day.... 

Lots of books were read to make the Grinch's heart grow!! Administration helped too by reading to lots of classes! It was a great Grinch Day of reading!!

Calhoun County
District Teacher of the Year
Tamika Fordham
Congratulations to Mrs. Tamika Fordham for being named Calhoun County Schools' 2016-17 District Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Fordham is a 4th grade teacher here at SMK8.  Her teaching philosophy is that all students can learn when they are accepted for who they are and where they are in their educational journey. Mrs. Fordham's teaching style is best described as one that incorporates a diversity of teaching techniques that are fun, energetic, and fair. She is very dedicated to education with a passion for inspiring students to have fun while learning and to always do their best!  Mrs. Fordham served in the United States Army Reserve throughout her college years, has a Masters in Early Childhood, an Education Specialist Degree in Principals and Leadership, and is Nationally Board Certified! We are so proud of you Mrs. Fordham and know you will do a great job representing us as Calhoun County's District Teacher of the Year!

St. Matthews K-8
Family Literacy Festival

The SMK8 First Annual Literacy Festival was held on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 to 7:30. The purpose of the event was to promote literacy, build family-school connections, and to build community support with local churches, businesses, community organizations, and classroom teachers. The Family Literacy Festival provided many opportunities for children and families to engage in activities that promoted reading, writing, and rich literacy learning experiences. The event communicated the important message of “Families That Read Together, Succeed Together"! We would like to thank our literacy coach, Dr. Wanda Green-Adams, our teachers, and community members who worked hard to make this literacy event such a success for our students and families at SMK8!

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