Education

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…

Fifth-graders take virtual field trip via Skype

Stephen Burroughs, a Lexington Elementary School fifth-grader, uses an iPad to help him determine the location of the mystery Skype class. (photo courtesy of Lexington One) Lexington fifth-graders were able to meet fellow elementary school students in Kansas this month without having to board a bus or pack a lunch. The students in Emily Lucas’ Lexington Elementary School class connected…

Computer classes start at Richland County Adult Education Center

It’s not too late to learn how to send an email or navigate the World Wide Web. Adult computer classes start next week through the Adult Education Program of Richland School District 2. Learn how to navigate computers through the Adult Education Program. Photo by Richland County. Two classes — Introduction to Computer Class and Introduction to Computers II —…

Teens join law enforcement, education officials for anti-bullying summit

“It’s okay that you’re different. It’s not okay that you’re being bullied.” That was the message delivered Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles to teens from all over South Carolina who gathered in Columbia for the Youth Against Bullying Summit. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles speaks to students at the Youth Against Bullying Summit.. (photo by Allen Wallace) Several hundred middle…

Area students named semifinalists for national scholarship

Several students from the Midlands are still in the running for an $8,000 scholarship after being named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 12 teens from Cayce, Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo high schools were selected based on academic excellence. Dutch Fork boasts the largest contingent with seven students on the semifinal list. “These talented…

10 Midlands schools selected for education initiative

Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina and TransformSC co-chair, unveils plans for the education initiative surrounded by leaders from the inaugural TransformSC schools. (photo by Rachel Ham) Seventy-four percent of South Carolina parents agree that something must change about the way their children are educated.  With the help of a newly launched initiative by New Carolina, a select group…

FEMA, SLED hold school safety exercise in Chapin

Lexington-Richland Five personnel joined public safety and emergency personnel at Chapin Elementary last week for a school safety exercise. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) Local law enforcement, first responders and Lexington-Richland Five School District staff members are some of the first in the state to participate in a school safety and security exercise featuring updated information from the State Law…

Michelin announces fall Golden Apple teacher grants

Several Lexington One School District teachers will have the funds to move forward with innovative classroom ideas with assistance from the Michelin North America Lexington Site and the Lexington One Educational Foundation. Each spring and fall, the two organizations award Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grants. Teachers submit their projects for consideration, and the winners are given funds to purchase supplies…

‘Hump Day’ brings surprise visitor to Chapin schools

Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross takes a ride on Abraham the Camel on Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) A visitor named Abraham dropped by Chapin High and Chapin Elementary schools Wednesday and asked students to “Guess what day it is!” Handler Clifford Fisher, co-owner of Owens-Fisher Construction in Lexington, and Abraham the Camel arrived at the schools that…

Construction on new elementary school, performing arts center running smoothly

On the heels of River Bluff High School’s grand opening this fall, Lexington One School District is set to welcome students and teachers to its fifth new school built in recent years by the 2014-2015 term. Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters said two ongoing projects, a new elementary school and a performing arts center, are going smoothly. Deerfield Elementary School…

Dent Middle School hosts Anne Frank exhibit

When students explore the Anne Frank exhibit at Dent Middle School, Charles Vaughn hopes they walk away with a greater understanding of what occurred in Europe and how it affected young people like Frank. “Every teacher goes into this field thinking you can change the world,” he said. “It’s exhibits like this that really can change people.” A portion of…

Student’s creativity results in outdoor classroom for others

River Springs Elementary School’s new literacy garden was designed by Chapin High senior Eric Zimovan. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five School District) Having class outdoors is not an impossible wish for kids at River Springs Elementary School anymore thanks to a fellow Lexington-Richland Five District student. Eric Zimovan decided to give back to his school community when it came time…

Education leaders, area teachers spend day talking future of STEM

EdVenture program guide Elena Tudor wows teachers at the STEM Educator Fair with a few easy-to-do science experiment ideas for their own classrooms. (photo by Rachel Ham) On a typical day at EdVenture, the children’s museum is filled with laughing kids exploring nature in the Critter Garden or performing interactive experiments in the Bio Lab. On Thursday, however, the museum…

Service academy workshop offered for Midlands students

Midlands students interested in attending one of the U.S. service academies will have a chance to learn more about opportunities at an upcoming workshop hosted by U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s office. The workshop will include representatives  from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, U.S. Military and U.S. Naval academies. Students and parents will be able to…

H.E. Corley Elementary School students thank first responders at 9/11 gathering

An H.E. Corley student proudly shows off his handiwork before the school welcomed first responders for a thank-you lunch in honor of 9/11. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) A Lexington-Richland Five school continued a 9/11 tradition Wednesday and allowed its students to show their appreciation in person to those who keep them safe in their community. First responders from the…

50 years since integration, USC honors heroes

Nine steps lead up to the entrance of the Osborne Administration Building at the University of South Carolina. Just nine steps, but on Sept. 11, 1963, “They were a mountain for three African-American students.” That’s how University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides put it Wednesday, as the school honored the two men and one woman who took those nine…

Community invited to help Pine Ridge Middle School ‘Go for G.O.L.D.’

Students at Pine Ridge Middle listen attentively to earn G.O.L.D. points during Mr. Daniel Bailey’s history class. Photo by Rachel Ham. Plans for the first-ever G.O.L.D. Rush are coming together quickly at Pine Ridge Middle School, but there’s still time for parents, business owners and residents to take part in the fun. The fundraising drive will begin Friday with the…

Elementary school students learn about Internet safety

Kids younger than 13 don’t have Facebook, right? Wrong. That was one of many revelations at a special presentation on Internet safety today at Congaree Elementary School in West Columbia. Patti Fowler, Internet safety coordinator for the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, spoke to students in third, fourth and fifth grades about the dangers of the web. Her…