Education

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Richland One taking language-immersion program applications

Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes

The Richland County School District One Language Immersion Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes for the 2017-2018 school year. The program, which began in August, is based at Carver-Lyon Elementary School and currently serves 98 pre-K and kindergarten students. It will expand by one grade level each year through fifth grade. First-grade classes…

Richland One to hold Montessori parent info sessions

Do you think a Montessori education would be a good fit for your child? Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori teaching method? Richland County School District One is holding a series of information sessions for parents interested in learning more about the district’s elementary Montessori programs for the 2017-2018 school year, including preschool. Parents who would like…

Feds drop prosecution of Spring Valley High resource officer

The Justice Department on Friday said it has dropped its investigation of a former Spring Valley High School Resource Officer who had been accused of using excessive force against a black female student in an Oct. 26, 2015 incident that made national news. In a press release, the federal government said there was “insufficient evidence” that former Richland County Sheriff’s…

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

‘Night at the Museum’ sleepover planned at State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is giving families a chance to experience a night at the museum this coming weekend. S.C. State Museum exhibit space (photo provided) Overnight, from Friday January 13 through Saturday, January 14, guests will get to explore the entire museum, including a special exclusive preview of the museum’s new blockbuster exhibit Savage Ancient Seas, and a variety…

District 5’s popular EXCEL 4K program accepting applications

Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its tuition-based 4-year-old kindergarten program. The District Five EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) 4K program is open to families residing in the District Five attendance zone. The program has two locations to serve students from across District Five. Parents can choose either the Irmo Elementary School or River Springs Elementary…

January events mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy

USC plans several ways to honor and spotlight the civil-rights icon

The University of South Carolina will host a series of public events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 12 through Jan. 15. This year marks the 34th year for the university’s annual celebration to honor the civil rights leader. The 2017 commemoration will include a panel discussion, a community breakfast and gospel…

Oak Pointe teacher wins WACH Fox ‘Teacher of the Month’

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague…

New arts-focused charter school planned for Columbia

Information sessions for parents and the community scheduled this coming weekend for the planned Midlands Arts Conservatory

Parents in the Columbia area could soon have a new school option next year. A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members is moving forward with plans to open an arts charter school in Columbia, to be named the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC). The school will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music, according…

Pelion High inducts students into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Pelion High recenty hosted an induction ceremony for its newest honor-society members. Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Photos provided Students must meet minimum requirements in both arts and academics to join. Members serve the school and community through performing music and…

Richland Library tackles popular 2017 resolutions

Free programs available to help you reach your goals in the New Year

As folks wave goodbye to 2016, Richland Library is encouraging the community to set and tackle another round of New Year’s resolutions. Whether local residents are looking to clean up their fiances, revitalize their career search, focus on their health or explore a new hobby, the library is offering a number of free programs throughout January to help reach those…

Airport High students step up for community’s less-fortunate

Airport High School recorded a bounty of giving over the 2016 holiday period. Photos by Terry Ward During most of December, students and staff at the school donated more than 6,700 items. After researching to find the most needy, food baskets containing the items were delivered to Airport High School families. The food items were delivered on the last day…

How to beat the holiday-break doldrums at Richland Library

Students in school districts across Richland County may be taking a brief intermission from the classroom to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, but it doesn’t mean learning has to stop. If your family needs a respite from the holiday winter break, officials at Richland Library are offering special programs tailored to all ages. Here are some of…

Hospital offers help on this major New Year’s resolution

If quitting smoking is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, local health professionals are offering free help to kick the habit. Palmetto Health, in conjunction with Philip Michels, Ph.D., and Dr. Gary Ewing, announced they will be offering a free comprehensive, adult smoking-cessation program to residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, and Sumter counties. Recent results have shown 74 percent…

Forts Pond Elementary achieves coveted ‘Lighthouse School’ status

In a recent school-wide assembly, Forts Pond Elementary School Principal Michelle L. Smith surprised students, staff, parents, and others in attendance with news that the school has been named Lexington One’s latest “Lighthouse School.” The coveted honor is part of FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program, used in 2,781 schools worldwide. The program pivots off author Stephen Covey’s “The 7…

River Bluff’s Savitz named National Soccer Coach of the Year

South Carolina is a football state, for sure. But over the years, it also has grown into a national hotbed of top young soccer talent. Phil Savitz (Photo provided) Helping lead the way has been River Bluff High School head boys’ soccer coach Philip B. Savitz, who recently was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the…

Carolina Springs students collect donations for Hurricane Matthew victims

Students in Lexington County School District One responded to a need this holiday season by bringing in donations for seven school days in a row. Students from Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington display some of the book bags they filled for students in Mullins, S.C., who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. (Photo provided) Carolina Springs Middle School launched its…

Columbia Park Rangers host Winter Solstice celebration today

It’s the shortest day of the year. So why not celebrate it? The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s park rangers are inviting the public to celebrate the Winter Solstice today – Wednesday, December 21 – at the north end of Riverfront Park. Though the solstice in Columbia this year falls at 5:44 a.m., the free celebration will be…

River Bluff High names new head football coach

Blair Hardin brings a winning record and two N.C. state-championship appearances to Gator Nation

River Bluff High School football fans, your wait for a new head coach is over. C. Blair Hardin, seen here while coaching at North Carolina’s Porter Ridge High School in 2011, has been named River Bluff High School’s new head football coach and athletic director. (Photo via YouTube) The Lexington County School District One board on Tuesday night announced that…

Michelin volunteers renovate nature trail with RBES students

Local volunteers recently answered the call of Red Bank Elementary School students who wanted to restore a nature trail at their school. Photo provided Members of the Michelin Wildlife and Industry Together team arrived armed with shovels, tree trimmers, and garden tools. Alongside RBES students, they cleaned up and renovated the school’s nature trail. By the end of the project,…