Education

Sheriff Lott speaks to students in Lexington-Richland Five law enforcement program

Students at Lexington-Richland Five’s Center for Advanced Technical Studies take notes as Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott talks about what to expect from a career in law enforcement. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) After hearing from a veteran Midlands law enforcement official, several students reaffirmed their desire to become involved in the criminal justice field one day. Richland County Sheriff…

Pleasant Hill Middle yearbook staff earns state accolades

Leah Kincaid (front, from left), Summer Rogers and Maggie Carpenter, members of the 2013 Pleasant Hill Middle School yearbook staff, and Yearbook Adviser René Horton (background) proudly show off the awards the “Cougar Pride” yearbook staff won at the SCSPA conference. (photo provided) The yearbook staff at a Lexington One middle school recently received numerous accolades from the South Carolina Scholastic…

Some Richland One high schools ban camouflage clothing

Several Richland One District schools have banned camouflage clothing on campus, at football games or both. The policies went into effect on campus this week at Dreher, Lower Richland, Columbia, and Keenan high schools. Students at A.C. Flora and Eau Claire are allowed to wear camouflage clothing to school but not to football games, effective Friday. District One spokesperson Karen York…

Transportation plans for Elementary 19 updated; Richland Two gets grant for 4 new school resource officers

Parents in the Lake Carolina community are one step closer to learning which school students will attend next school year. The district’s planning department answered questions from the school board and disgruntled parents regarding details for rezoning students from Lake Carolina Elementary School to the new elementary school next door, currently known as Elementary 19. Lexington Two Chief Planning Officer…

Richland Two School Board to tackle Elementary 19 rezoning tonight

Concerned parents and an indecisive school board will expect answers from the district’s planning department tonight as the Richland Two School District board meets to decide how to assign students who currently attend Lake Carolina Elementary School in Blythewood to a new school next door. The new school, referred to now as Elementary 19, will be either a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade or…

Mid-Carolina awards grants for Bright Ideas classroom projects

Seven Lexington-Richland Five teachers were awarded grants from the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative program that will fund fresh ideas for their classrooms. Through the Bright Ideas program, Mid-Carolina gives out approximately $16,000 in grants each year to help teachers in Midlands school districts to buy materials and new technology. “Placing monetary assistance directly into the classroom to aid teachers with their…

Zoning process begins for new Lexington One elementary school

The opening of Deerfield Elementary will alter these existing attendance lines (Click for larger version.) Lexington One is set to open its new school this coming fall, and many students will find themselves attending class at a different campus as a result. District administrators revealed the first draft of the updated zoning plan at the October board meeting. The new…

Parents, students ask Lexington One to repeal new grading system

“Frustration” and “anxiety” were words used countless times Tuesday by parents and students who spoke about a new grading system at the Lexington One district school board meeting. They shared stories of how the new system has negatively affected them and asked the board to retract it and restore the previous system. Last school year, the district piloted the Grading…

Local Rotarians give third-graders head start on test prep with new dictionaries

A Congaree Elementary School student pours over his new dictionary in search of an interesting word. (photo by Rachel Ham) Continuing a project that’s older than this year’s recipients, the Cayce-West Columbia and West Metro Rotary Clubs presented students at Congaree Elementary School with gifts they’ll use for years. The clubs have partnered for nearly two decades to provide student-edition…

Local school to add rain garden to its campus

Students at Gilbert Primary work together to prep the ground for a new rain garden on campus. (photo courtesy of Lexington One) Gilbert Primary School soon will be home to a unique eco-friendly project. Students gathered outside last month to break ground on a rain garden as part of national Green Apple Day of Service. Materials for the project were…

Student winners in Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest honored

Five local elementary school students were recognized as winners of the Columbia Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Bryan Bailey (from left), Lily Ford, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, Kaitlyn Scott, Zyashia Jones (photo provided) The contest was part of Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s theme focused on preventing kitchen fires. The winners competed against more than 200 hundred…

Lexington One superintendent in running for national leadership award

With nearly three decades of education leadership under her belt, Lexington One Superintendent Karen Woodward has been selected as a finalist for a national award. The American Association of School Administrators annually recognizes those who have excelled in instruction and who are good role models and humanitarians. In the superintendent/assistant superintendent category, Woodward is up for the Women in School…

ETV to air segment on Dutch Fork High School’s Teacher Cadet Program

Dutch Fork High School teacher cadets Katherine Templeton and Ashtyn Outhous see what it’s like to be students with an attention disorder through a “try on a disability” class activity. An ETV staffer films them as part of a segment on excellence in education. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) Teacher cadets at Dutch Fork High School had a few extra…

Education and business leaders tie economic development to STEM success

Dr. Sonny White, president of Midlands Technical College, leads a panel discussion at River Bluff High on STEM education and economic growth. Photo by Rachel Ham. Sixteen thousand new jobs are estimated to come to the Midlands in the next five years in the areas of manufacturing, nuclear engineering, information technology and health sciences. On Wednesday, education and business leaders…

Richland Two School Board tables proposed pepper spray policy

The Richland Two School Board unanimously tabled a proposed draft policy that would permit security officers to carry pepper spray amid concerns over its implementation. The vote ended further discussion or approval of the draft policy. The board was concerned about the possibility of an officer spraying a student in a potential confrontation. Board member Melinda Anderson believed the policy…

Local businesses, church donate computers for Seven Oaks students

Staff members from South Carolina Bank and Trust drop off donated computers at Seven Oaks Elementary on Tuesday. Students in need will receive the computers to take home. Photo by Rachel Ham. Three area donors have made it possible for selected students at a Lexington-Richland Five school to continue learning at home through educational technology. South Carolina Bank and Trust,…

Richland Two school board demands more info about Lake Carolina rezoning

Richland Two School District board members demanded detailed plans from the district planning office before they could vote to rezone students from Lake Carolina Elementary school to a new elementary school being built next door. School board members could not approve redrawing attendance lines or reconfiguring grades for Elementary 19 without knowing pertinent information regarding construction development, as well as…

Students take to the sidewalks for National Walk to School Day

C.A. Taylor Elementary students link hands as they join fellow classmates for National Walk to School Day. Photo by Rachel Ham. Wearing sandals, tennis shoes, flats and everything in between, students from across the Midlands walked to school on Wednesday. In fact, thousands of kids around the country took to the sidewalks with their classmates and teachers as they celebrated…

Common Core, pepper spray, redistricting to be considered during Richland Two meeting

The Richland Two School District Board is set to tackle several issues during Tuesday night’s meeting that impact curriculum and district policy. School board members will receive an update from the district’s planning office regarding the redistricting of the area around Lake Carolina Elementary School. The purpose of redrawing the attendance lines is to incorporate a new elementary school being…

Students get jumpstart in Lexington-Richland Five’s 4K programs

H. E. Corley Elementary School teacher Mary Devine reads to students in her 4K class. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) It might look like just fun and games, but there is plenty of learning going on in Lexington-Richland Five’s new 4-year-old kindergaren programs. With the goal of giving at-risk children a chance to start their school career off on the…

Students put imaginations on display at Cardboard Challenge

Pleasant Hill Middle School eighth-grader Brandon Hargrave plays ping pong with sister Kimberly on the table he and classmate CJ DaRosa made for the Cardboard Challenge. (photo by Rachel Ham) Princess castles, robots, cars of all shapes, planes, foosball tables and even a few slot machines lined the hallways of the Lexington One Technology Center on Saturday. Rolls of tape,…

Ridge View High School students earn national accolades

Ridge View High School students have experienced a string of successes recently. Several of the school’s students have been recognized for academic success and student achievement in national exams and competitions. Six students were named 2014 National Merit and National Achievement semifinalists. Brantley Blaine Carter, Jordan Savannah Fakoury, and Andrew Thomas Altman were named National Merit semifinalists. Bakari Walker Hargrave,…

Gilbert High School marching band brings home Grand Champion title

Gilbert High School marching band officers Allie Harrell, Grant Babin, Jacob Corley, Blake Faulkner, Kenneth Phelps, Emily Medlock, Jasmine Smith, Patrick Swanson and Colton Hendrix celebrate their Grand Champion score. (photo courtesy of Lexington One) In just its second year competing at the AAA level, the Gilbert High School marching band is making a name for itself. At the band’s…