Education

Dutch Fork Middle School teacher wins $25,000 from Milken Family Foundation

Kristi Grooms (from left), Dutch Fork Middle School teacher and 2013 Milken Educator Award winner, is congratulated by her students Perrin Berry, Gabrielle Rumph and Matthew Poston. (photo by Rachel Ham) Kristi Grooms, an eighth-grade English teacher at Dutch Fork Middle School, thought the purpose of the assembly called Thursday morning was for Principal Gerald Gary and Lexington-Richland Five Superintendent…

Lexington-Richland Five receives $99,000 USDA grant

Lexington-Richland Five Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh places seeds in the hand of Irmo Elementary third-grader Samuel Pace for a planting and tasting project. (photo by Rachel Ham) Small gardens are being planted at schools across Lexington-Richland Five, and kids are tasting new vegetables for the first time. With the help of a large grant from the USDA, students will…

Logan Elementary School travels back in time to celebrate 100th anniversary

The students at Logan Elementary School experienced an unusual school day Wednesday, starting with a moment of silence followed by the pledge of allegiance and some calisthenics in brisk morning weather, as the school celebrated its 100th anniversary. Lower Montessori teacher Chandra Edmonds writes a sentence in cursive on the faux chalkboard. (photo by Kelly Petty) Faculty and staff dressed…

Pelion High School Hall of Fame welcomes two new members

Pelion High School Principal Clark Cooper (center) congratulates Capt. Robert Rish and Renee McCrary Jaffee on their induction into the Pelion High School Hall of Fame. (photo provided) The selection committee for the Pelion High School Hall of Fame chose alumni from different eras of Pelion High for the 2013 class. Just two members were added this year: Navy Capt….

Richland Two School Board censures Melinda Anderson

In a 5-2 vote, the Richland Two School Board censured board member Melinda Anderson for her actions regarding an incident in which she made threatening remarks toward a high school coach. Anderson and board member Monica Elkins-Johnson were the opposing votes. The board released a statement in early November after it was revealed in an Oct. 7 Richland County Sheriff’s…

Richland Two School Board approves name for Elementary 19, adopts school calendar

In separate unanimous decisions, the Richland Two School Board voted to approve the name for Elementary 19 and the calendar for the 2014-15 school year. Elementary 19 will be known as Lake Carolina Elementary School Upper Campus, while the current Lake Carolina Elementary School will add “Lower Campus” to its name. Both names reflect the culture of the Lake Carolina…

Lexington-Richland Five board approves site work package for new middle school

Lexington-Richland Five has a contractor that will complete prep work at the site of the district’s new middle school pending finalization with the company. The board approved an early site package for the yet-to-be-named school Monday at the December meeting. The lowest bid totaled $3 million, which came in under the budgeted amount. “Early site work was supposed to run…

Richland One School Board to elect board officers, discuss board policy

Richland One School Board will meet Tuesday to discuss priorities for 2014 and adopt board policy changes. The board will consider adopting two board policies regarding safety drills and also will discuss the distance-learning online and virtual education programs. First reading of the policy changes were approved during the Nov. 26 meeting. The board has modified or added 17 policies…

Lexington Two Student Employability Program named best in state

SC-DCDT President Tony Plotner (far left) presents Lexington Two Director of Special Services Lisa Harmon, Transition Specialist Emmylou Todd and Job Developer Susie Hatch with the SC Program of The Year award for the Student Employability Program. (photo provided) A program that prepares Lexington Two students for the workforce has been named the top of its kind in the state….

Nominations open for Airport High School Wall of Honor

If you know a distinguished alumnus of Airport High School, you can nominate him or her today for a spot on the school’s Wall of Honor. Each year, the Airport High School Educational Foundation organizes a gala that brings together alumni from the school and honors the latest class of inductees. Typically, two people are inducted each year. The Wall…

Pleasant Hill administrator named state Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year

Pleasant Hill Middle School Assistant Principal Michelle Zee was named the 2014 South Carolina Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. (photo provided) Members of the Pleasant Hill Middle School staff and student body gathered Wednesday to congratulate one of their own on a significant state award. Pleasant Hill Middle Assistant Principal Michele Zee has been named the 2014 Middle…

S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal visits Irmo High School for leadership event

Chief Justice Jean Toal takes a moment to pose with Irmo High School students at the Senior Leadership Breakfast series event this week. (photo provided) A visitor to Irmo High School spoke about the important topics of leadership, compassion and courage Wednesday during the school’s monthly Senior Leadership Breakfast series. Even though she’s the chief justice for the South Carolina…

Lexington-Richland Five students, Midlands pastry chef join forces for Christmas fundraiser

Jonathan Eskew-Martin, a culinary arts student at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, makes sweet potato pies for the school’s Thanksgiving fundraiser. (photo provided) The public is invited to join students in Lexington-Richland Five’s culinary arts program Saturday for a day of holiday baking demonstrations. To get everyone ready for the Christmas rush, Midlands pastry chef Jamie McMillan of Tiffany’s…

20 Midlands schools receive Palmetto Pride grants

Lexington One had several Palmetto Pride grant winners this year. Pictured are New Providence Elementary Principal Van Bowers, White Knoll High Principal Ryan Player and teacher Matthew Schnabel, Rocky Creek Elementary Principal Lynn Boyleston and teacher Rynn Fitzpatrick, Pleasant Hill Middle Principal Thomas Rivers and teacher Tara Farmer, Meadow Glen Middle Principal Bill Coon and teacher Melody Shafer, and Lexington…

Pelion Middle School students building robotic subs through grant-funded project

Pelion Middle School students Wayne Potter and Alex Williams reinstall floats on their submersible as STEM Academy teacher John Leneschmidt observes them closely. (photo provided) Students at Pelion Middle School will be experts in electronics, wiring, assembly and more robotics basics by the time they complete a unique class project. Instructor John Leneschmidt successfully applied for a grant from the…

Richland One school board adopts policy changes, hears update on engineering program

W.J. Keenan High School is leading the way in developing the next generation’s engineers in South Carolina, according to one educator. Principal Alvin Pressley told the Richland One School board during a Tuesday meeting that eight of the high school’s students are excelling in the state’s newest program called Accelerate. “The program is top down, integrated, applied, real word, team-based…

Students, parents discover education alternatives at Lexington-Richland Five magnet fair

Lexington-Richland Five Board Chair Beth Burn Watson talks with parents, students and staff at the first-ever choice fair. The event at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies featured interactive booths where visitors talked with teachers and students one on one and were able to learn more about magnet and other choice offerings in the district. (photo provided) Students and parents…

White Knoll High School students learn pet first aid, CPR

White Knoll High students Lindsey DeLucia, Delaney Frazier and Haileigh Niles learn the ins and outs of pet first aid and CPR as instructor and WKHS teacher Katrina Haynes (far right) gives pointers. (photo provided) Several White Knoll High School students now are certified in pet first aid and CPR after successfully completing a class offered by one of their…

Multiple Lexington One teachers, students earn several accolades

From blue-ribbon cupcakes to 400-pound pumpkins, students and teachers at Lexington One have stayed busy in recent weeks and earned accolades for a myriad of projects. The board of trustees was able to recognize nearly all of the recent award-winners at the November meeting. Lexington One was well-represented during the 2013 S.C. State Fair. John Boatwright, a Pleasant Hill Middle…

Richland One school board to consider policy changes, discuss STEM at Tuesday meeting

Richland One school board will meet next Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday to wrap up some agenda items discussed at a previous board meeting. Board members will vote on a second reading to adopt several policy changes to the district’s code, including harassment and bullying, graduation requirements and staff compensation. The board also will review a policy change to its…

Richland Northeast High School students head to Hungary for foreign policy conference

Students from Richland Northeast High School’s Model United Nations team will embark on a global trip this Thanksgiving to participate in a foreign policy debate. Five students and faculty advisor Lynn Washington will head to Budapest, Hungary, to participate in the Yale Model Government Europe 2013. Each student will assume the role of minister of one of 12 European Union…

Richland Two coordinator recognized for family intervention services program

Richland Two School District has announced Wednesday that Karen Cooper-Haber, district coordinator for Family Intervention Services, recently was awarded the Crystal Star Individual Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Karen Cooper-Haber. (photo courtesy of Richland Two School District) Cooper-Haber received the award in recognition for developing a program to assist at-risk…

Midlands teachers kick off STEM partnership grant

More than 40 teachers from three school districts in the Midlands teamed up Tuesday at Midlands Technical College to launch the “STEMulating” Math & Science Partnership Grant awarded by the South Carolina Department of Education. The grant will promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics by improving content knowledge and teaching skills in those subject areas. The grant is worth $243,000…