Education

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…

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…