Education

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…

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…

Lexington One, Lexington-Richland Five post best exam progress scores for Midlands schools

The S.C. Department of Education has released its latest packet of data from the 2012-13 school year, and Lexington One and Lexington-Richland Five school districts came out on top locally. On Wednesday, End-of-Course Examination Program scores were announced, and the results showed the state is making gains in the number of students passing the assessments. In fact, the percentage of…

Lexington One announces Deerfield Elementary School assistant principal

The Lexington One Board of Trustees approved the selection of an assistant principal for Deerfield Elementary School, which is under construction, at their September meeting. Kelly R. Middleton will transfer from Forts Pond Elementary School to Deerfield after she completes the current school year in Pelion. Deerfield is expected to open in time for the 2014-15 term. Middleton began her…

3 Lexington-Richland Five students tapped as semifinalists for national scholarship program

Three of just 1,600 area high schoolers from Lexington-Richland Five school district have been chosen for the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. Chapin High School student Jame’ I. Adamson, Dutch Fork High School student Evan A. Pinson and Irmo High School student Jason L. Graham are semifinalists and potentially could win $2,500 in scholarship funding. The National Achievement Scholarship Program…

National FFA president visits Lexington-Richland Five, congratulates growing club

The Center for Advanced Technical Studies Director Bob Couch (far right), FFA officers and school officers take National FFA President Clay Sapp (second from left) on a campus tour during Sapp’s visit with FFA and agriculture studies students Tuesday. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) Experts estimate there will be 9 billion people walking the earth by 2050. Student members of…

Gilbert High School teacher elected to serve as president of agricultural educators’ association

Gilbert High School teacher Derrick Cooper will serve as the 2013 president-elect and 2014 president of the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators (SCAAE). (photo courtesy of Lexington One) A local teacher will be the next to take over leadership of the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators. Association members elected Gilbert High School agriculture science teacher Derrick Cooper to…

Airport High School to add dual enrollment classes through Midlands Tech

Students at Airport High School soon will have the opportunity to be more competitive in the workforce and boost the local economy, all while they work toward graduation. Because of a collaboration between Midlands Technical College and Lexington District Two, Airport High juniors and seniors can start earning their associate degrees next year. In January, dual enrollment classes will begin…

Local school districts exceed expectations despite high poverty rates

Teachers across the Midlands go to work each day in areas of Lexington and Richland counties that have countless families struggling to make ends meet. Nonetheless, data indicates that many students are turning in positive test scores even when their schools were projected to barely meet requirements because of high poverty rates. According to figures released by the S.C. Department of Education,…

Lexington-Richland Five expanding magnet school offerings with $10.3 million grant

A substantial federal grant will allow more students at Lexington-Richland Five to find their forte and gain experience in a potential future career starting next fall. Five schools in the district are the beneficiaries of a three-year grant totaling more than $10.3 million. Designed to fund magnet programs at Dutch Fork Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Irmo Middle, Irmo High and…

SAT scores improve for most Midlands school districts

Four local school districts saw their SAT scores improve in a year’s time, while the remaining three recorded a slight decline. Of those, one can claim the third-best score in South Carolina. According to data released Thursday by the S.C. Department of Education, Lexington One, Lexington Four, Lexington-Richland Five and Richland One school districts all had improved scores from 2012…

TransformSC guest speaker: Public schools fail to ignite creativity

Sir Ken Robinson knows a thing or two about education. His speech challenging the current public education system went viral on Youtube garnering over 10 million hits. For the audience at the TransformSC Fall Education Summit, the English author and education adviser reminded them that the debate over public education shouldn’t be about what the system is doing for kids,…

Long-time Lexington Two school district employees recognized for service

Lexington Two School District employees who celebrated 20 years of service include Vicki Stilwell (from left), Sheila Rogers, Art Cornelius, Larissa Cuffie, Kandi Grant, Gloria Harvey, Laurie Williams, Wynette Watford and Marvell Mendenhall. (photo courtesy of Lexington Two) Before the start of their September meeting, Lexington Two trustees took time to recognize a few of those who have served the…