Education

Lexington One moves ahead with rezoning for Deerfield Elementary School

Proposed attendance lines in Lexington One (click for larger view) Lexington One is one step closer to finalizing plans to determine which students will attend school at a new campus set to open in fall of 2014. At the November board of trustees meeting, Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters reviewed plans to rezone the area currently served by Carolina Springs…

Parents continue debate over Grading for Learning system at Lexington One school board meeting

A month after dozens spoke out at the Lexington One school board meeting against a new grading system, a handful of students asked the board of trustees to reconsider changes they made. The district this year implemented Grading for Learning, a system that bases the majority of a student’s grade on major projects, papers and tests. The model called for…

Local businesses make beautification possible at Lexington-Richland Five schools

Johnson Controls employee Sharron Williams shows 4-year-old kindergarten students how to put mulch around a newly planted tree at Irmo Elementary School. The company planted more than 20 trees at the school through a Blue Sky Grant. (photo provided) Kindergarten students at Irmo Elementary School were able to learn about conservation by getting their hands dirty during an outdoor activity…

Provost Academy offers a ‘click and brick’ hybrid learning environment for students

The Provost Academy of South Carolina is introducing a new learning experience for South Carolina students. Instructor Debra Cooper helps a student troubleshoot an assignment. (photo by Kelly Petty) The academy will launch The Learning Center on Tuesday, a hybrid online-and-in-person teaching model that mixes the best of traditional and alternative learning methods to meet the needs of the 21st-century…

DHEC names Lexington-Richland Five school as ‘Champion of the Environment’

Sam Rennick, a Chapin High School senior who attends The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, tests the temperature on a scale-model house to determine if the combination of color and building material used can be effective at reducing energy costs. (photo provided) Just eight South Carolina schools were named a “Champion of the Environment” this year, and a Lexington-Richland Five…

Five local school districts see marginal increases in graduation rates

Not only did local school districts receive positive news on the recently released federal report cards, but they also recorded increases in their on-time graduation rates. Some only saw a marginal bump in the percentage, however, nearly every Midlands district moved in the right direction. Numbers from the S.C. Department of Education show that the statewide rate also is improving….

Lexington One to hear first reading of Deerfield Elementary School zoning plan Tuesday

A look at the proposed new attendance map for Lexington One elementary schools (Click for larger version) Parents of students in select Lexington One elementary schools can learn more about where their child will attend school next fall Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. After holding three public hearings on the matter, the board is expected hear first reading of the…

Lexington-Richland Five sees increase in reports of school bullying

To date, Lexington-Richland Five administrators and teachers have reported a higher number of bullying incidents this year than in 2012-13. Chief Student Services Officer Michael Harris not only informed the board of trustees about the recent data Monday but gave an update about programs in place to address the issue. “We know this is a very hot button topic across…

Visitors to Leaphart Elementary School prove ‘Real Men Read’

Lexington-Richland Five Director of Elementary Education Michael Guliano shares the tale of Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf with first-graders at Leaphart Elementary. (photo by Rachel Ham) It wasn’t Career Day, but fire fighters, local businessmen, police officers, Lexington-Richland Five principals and even a chemical engineer visited Leaphart Elementary School on Wednesday. Dressed in their everyday work attire,…

Debra Hamm appointed superintendent of Richland Two School District

The Richland Two school board appointed current Interim Superintendent Debra Hamm as superintendent of the Richland Two School District. In a 6-1 majority vote, the board lifted the interim title to promote Hamm to the position. Debra Hamm. (photo provided by Richland Two School District) “I am honored to have the privilege of working alongside so many outstanding educators and…

Richland Two school board votes to split grades between Lake Carolina, Elementary 19

In a 6-2 decision, the Richland Two school board voted to split the grade levels at Lake Carolina Elementary School to make Elementary 19 a third-through-fifth-grade school. Lake Carolina will serve students from kindergarten through second grade. Both schools will serve students who live in the Lake Carolina community; students who live in the Ashland subdivision will be reassigned to…

State Attorney General Alan Wilson visits Irmo High School for Senior Leadership Breakfast

Attorney General Alan Wilson talks with Irmo High School students during the Senior Leadership Breakfast series event. (photo provided) State Attorney General Alan Wilson was invited to be the November speaker for the Senior Leadership Breakfast at Irmo High School. “The concepts and the principles that I’m applying to my life as a 40-year-old attorney general are relevant to seniors…

Richland One school board to review accreditation, policy changes

The Richland One school board will meet Tuesday to adopt major changes to district policies and discuss the accreditation process. The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Stevenson Administration Building at 1616 Richland St. to review first reading of changes to board policies regarding harassment and bullying, participation in political activities, staff compensation and graduation requirements. The board…

Midlands schools see positive results on state report cards

(photo by Rachel Ham) The seven Midlands school districts rated well on the latest round of data from the 2012-13 school year, with one district scoring the top superlative in both major categories. As announced Friday by the S.C. Department of Education, districts and individual schools were given absolute ratings and growth ratings to compile the annual state report card….

Windsor Elementary School earns International Baccalaureate distinction

After three years of preparation, Windsor Elementary School has earned the distinction of being an officially authorized International Baccalaureate World School. The designation means that Windsor Elementary offers students rigorous international curriculum and programming that equips students with knowledge and skills to adapt to an emerging global community, according to the organization’s criteria. “We’ve worked extremely hard to earn this…

Saluda River Academy for the Arts receives S.C. Arts Commission grant

Students at the Saluda River Academy for the Arts will have the opportunity to learn firsthand from artists in the professional world thanks to a grant. The South Carolina Arts Commission gave the school a $6,510 grant to support the addition of four artists-in-residence. Adults working as artists, dancers, actors and musicians will spend time sharing what they’ve experienced with…

Richland Two School District awarded $4.4 million STEAM grant

Richland Two School District was one of 27 school districts to receive a multimillion Magnet School Assistance Program grant from the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement . Richland Two will receive more than $4.4 million over the next three years. They will allocate the funds between Killian Elementary, Longleaf Middle and Westwood High schools to establish project-based…

Construction projects progressing at 3 Lexington-Richland Five high schools

Chapin High School’s new two-story classroom as viewed from the field house. (photo provided) Of its four high schools, Lexington-Richland Five has major renovations and construction ongoing at three campuses. Keith McAlister, director of new design and construction, reported to the board of trustees last week that one major project will be finished not long after the calendar turns to…

City of Columbia seeks applicants for Work It Up scholarship program

With growth in industries like health, manufacturing and construction, the City of Columbia is urging low-income residents to sign up for the Work It Up Job Training Scholarship Program. “You can get training in a short period of time that will actually enable you to earn a livable wage,” said Gloria Saeed, executive director of TN Development Corporation. Through a…

Fifth class of ambassadors joins Lexington One Educational Foundation

The Lexington One Educational Foundation’s fifth class of ambassadors visited Gilbert Middle School to see firsthand how programs and initiatives are working for students. (photo provided) Gilbert Middle School welcomed several visitors in September as the fifth class of ambassadors from the Lexington One Educational Foundation dropped in to tour the campus and talk to students. The Foundation raises funds…

CrossRoads Middle school physical education teacher wins Teacher of the Year honor

CrossRoads Middle School physical education teacher Susan Vaughn encourages her students to stay fit and healthy through fun competition and games. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) The chance to motivate kids to stay active and see their excitement about fitness makes CrossRoads Middle School physical education teacher Susan Vaughn confidently say she has the best job in the world. “From…

River Bluff students stage sit-in to protest new changes to Lexington One grading system

Just a few weeks after hundreds of parents and students spoke out against the new grading format at a Lexington One district meeting, students at a district high school protested peacefully against tweaks to the system made Wednesday. About 50 River Bluff High School students planted themselves in the hallways Friday to show their dislike of the changes made. Instead…

Blythewood students recieve high honors in language contest

Blythewood High School Student Alexis Kiser (photo courtesy of Blythewood High School) Two Blythewood High School students scored high marks at the 41st annual Clemson University declamation contest Oct. 16. Alexis Kiser won first place in level three Latin. This was Kiser’s third year as a contestant. Jacob Turnipseed earned first place for level two Spanish after reciting two poems…