Education

Applications available for Lexington Medical summer internship

Students in the 2013 Partners Program gather outside of Lexington Medical Center. (photo provided) A summer internship at Lexington Medical Center will give some local students the chance to gain real-world experience in their future field. Applications are now available for LMC’s 2014 Partners Program. Since 1990, this internship has given high school students a look into what it takes…

Lexington Two Superintendent Venus Holland announces retirement

Lexington Two Superintendent Venus Holland (photo provided) Lexington Two School District Superintendent Venus Holland has just 17 more months with the district. The board of trustees accepted her notice of retirement that will be effective June 30, 2015. Holland has been with Lexington Two for 27 years. “She has provided steady leadership over the past six years as (Lexington Two’s)…

USC’s College of Education launches STEM teacher recruitment campaign

The University of South Carolina’s College of Education has teamed up with the Duke Energy Foundation to launch a major recruiting initiative this year, the goal of which is to increase the number of math and science teachers in the state. The foundation donated $100,000 to develop the Teach Science and Mathematics campaign to build the next generation of teachers who…

2 Richland County students win conservation poster contest

The South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts announced Jan. 6 that two Richland County students were named state winners in the 2013 “Where Does Your Watershed” conservation poster contest supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts. A.C. Moore Elementary School first-grader Sarah Bobertz won the kindergarten-through-first-grade category. Blythewood High School freshman Fiona Aldighieri, who submitted her poster as a…

Richland Two announces open enrollment for Clemson Road Child Development Center

Parents of preschool children can apply to the Clemson Road Child Development Center. Open enrollment has begun and will last through April 11. The CRCDC is an early learning program designed to prepare children — particularly those who are at-risk — entering kindergarten with the skills needed for academic success. Children will be introduced to a variety of content in…

Richland Two readies for quick implementation of Common Core despite concerns from teachers

Richland Two School District is preparing quickly for the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, but feedback from teachers and administrators brings up questions as to whether the district is prepared for the curriculum changes coming this fall. Chief Academic Officer Sue Mellette told school board members Tuesday that her team had been focusing on a rigorous schedule…

Richland Two School Board to elect officers, discuss Common Core at Tuesday meeting

The Richland Two School Board will elect a new chair, vice-chair and secretary as well as talk about the future of Common Core in the district during its Tuesday meeting. Twenty-year veteran board member William Fleming is the current chair, while members Susan Brill and Melinda Anderson serve as vice-chair and secretary, respectively. This will be the second change to…

Gov. Nikki Haley unveils education plan to send millions of dollars to impoverished school districts

Gov. Nikki Haley stopped by BC Grammar No. 1 in Lexington School District Two to discuss her education funding reform plan. (photo by Rachel Ham) Schools in South Carolina will receive more money for the next several years for literacy and technology if Gov. Nikki Haley’s new educational funding reform initiative goes through the 2013-14 budget process intact. Some Midlands…

Lexington-Richland Five School District to hold teacher recruitment day

Lexington-Richland Five teacher Jeff Eargle instructs students at Spring Hill High School. (photo by Rachel Ham) Lexington-Richland Five will hold its annual recruitment event at the start of next month, giving teachers a chance to learn about potential job opportunities within the school district. Qualified people are invited to visit Irmo Middle School from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1 to…

Lexington-Richland Five School District to host second choice fair in January

Preparations for the 2014-15 school year continue at Lexington-Richland Five School District. After hundreds attended a choice fair in November to learn about magnet programs, a second event is scheduled for next week. The district will hold a choice fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at CrossRoads Middle School. Families can drop in anytime during the open house. Programs…

Lexington One schools offer language immersion program for kindergartners

Parents of rising kindergartners in Lexington One School District are invited to learn more about district offerings that give kids a jump-start on learning new languages. Lexington One’s Partial-Immersion World Languages Program allows children to learn an foreign language while also being taught subjects like math and science. Students can join partial-immersion in kindergarten and continue through fifth grade. During…

Richland Two School District leads state in number of National Board Certified Teachers

Richland Two School District now leads in the state in having the most National Board Certified Teachers and is ranked 12th nationally for teachers who have earned the distinction. An additional 27 teachers gained national board certification, bringing the district’s total of NBCTs to 678. Richland Two has led the state in the number of national certified teachers for several…

Richland Two School District wins Race To The Top grant funds

Richland Two School District was awarded a multimillion dollar federal Race To The Top Grant in the second round of district competition. Richland Two partnered with three other school districts — Clarendon Two, Orangeburg Five and Williamsburg school districts — to form a rural school consortium to earn the funding. The grant totals more than $24 million. The consortium was…

Recent USC graduates have strong hiring prospects, career center director says

University of South Carolina graduates can count on strong university recognition to help them gain employment in the workforce, a university official said. Tom Halasz, director of the USC Career Center, said the university has positioned itself during the past few years to be a competitive recruiter of talent for the job market. “The future of the university and its…

Leaphart Elementary School teachers among first visitors to Palmetto Parkridge

Teachers from Leaphart Elementary School listen intently during a tour of Palmetto Health’s new campus, Palmetto Parkridge. (photo provided) Teachers from Leaphart Elementary School recently got an exclusive look at the Midlands’ newest medical facility. Palmetto Health Parkridge, Palmetto Health’s campus slated to open to the public in the spring, was the site of a tour for engineering instructors and…

Local school board members take leadership roles with SCSBA

The Midlands is now represented on the South Carolina School Boards Association executive board by the current president and president-elect. The nonprofit SCSBA advocates for education-friendly legislation, aids school districts when they need to search for a new superintendent, offers legal advice and more. The executive board governs the association by setting policies and approving the annual budget. During the…

Lexington One Educational Foundation recognizes top donors in LEAP program

Nearly $150,000 was given by faculty, staff and administrators at Lexington One this school year to benefit district employees and students who experience an emergency situation. Employees from the top donor schools were recognized and thanked for their sacrifice at the district’s December board meeting. At the start of each school year, employees pledge to donate to the LEAP campaign…

Midlands teachers earn National Board Certification

A large group of local teachers has earned recognition from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The board is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that develops and updates professional standards for instructors and creates a voluntary system by which teachers can obtain certification. Teachers go through a 2-part process for the National Board Certification, which can take one to three…

Lexington One finalizes attendance lines for new elementary school and surrounding three schools

Lexington One trustees gave final approval to new attendances lines. (click for larger) Four Lexington One elementary schools have updated attendance lines after a vote by the school board Tuesday. New maps were drawn up by the district’s operations staff to make way for Deerfield Elementary School, a brand-new campus set to open in fall 2014. The area rezoned to…

USC names new dean for Darla Moore School of Business

The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business soon will have a new dean. Dr. Peter Brews (photo provided) Peter Brews, a professor and former associate dean at the University of North Carolina’s business school, will become dean of the Moore School on Jan. 16. Brews, 56, is a native of South Africa and has more than 25…

White Knoll senior to attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

White Knoll High School students Hunter Laag (left) and Dustin Moore take a break during class at Lexington One’s Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies. Moore is raising money to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. (photo provided) White Knoll High School senior Dustin Moore’s future plans include solving a complicated puzzle to ultimately…