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December 2013

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Third-grader Ethen Richardson gets wish of seeing NYC, will appear on national TV (Charleston Post Courier © 12/31/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Just before the ball drops tonight, a local 8-year-old fighting brain cancer will step into Times Square to appear live on national TV while living his dream of visiting the Big Apple. If you go WHAT: 2014 Ethen Richardson NEGU Fun Run WHEN: Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Charles Pinckney Elementary in Mount Pleasant's Park West neighborhood where Ethen is a third-grader. C...

Cario announces Junior Scholars (Moultrie News © 12/26/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program identifies eighth-grade students with exceptional academic talent and develops strategies for inclusion into special programs. Eligible students who score 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math or writing are identified as South Carolina Junior Scholars.The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for students that will facilitate their intell...

Charleston County school bus heroes story getting international attention (Charleston Post Courier © 12/23/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit The Post and Courier's story about two teachers who saved a school bus from crashing after the driver lost control has gone international.The New York Daily News wrote a summary of the story Friday, relying on quotes and the video from The Post and Courier. The London Daily Mail also wrote its version of the article Friday, also with attribution to The Post and Courier.The two Pinckne...

Student's healthy lunch project results in happy bellies' (Moultrie News © 12/23/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Hannah Manzi, a student at Academic Magnet and a vegetarian, strives to make healthy eating choices. So buying the school lunch in the cafeteria hasn?t been an option for her for a while.This fall she decided to see if she could change that. For her senior thesis, she worked with the cafeteria staff, the head of Charleston County School District Food Services and Dr. Ann Kulze to devise a plan to ...

James Simons Elementary School to start 2014 in new downtown building on King Street (Charleston Post Courier © 12/22/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Willis Weber felt confident that enrolling his 4-year-old son at James Simons Elementary School's temporary North Charleston campus this fall would be a good decision. Building a new James Simons Elementary Program manager: Cumming Construction Management Architect: Thomas Denzinger Architects Contractor: M.B. Kahn Construction Square footage: 66,000 Project budget: $26.9 mill...

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Teachers save bus after driver falls from seat (WIS-TV News 10 Columbia © 12/20/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (NBC/WCBD) - Some fast thinking teachers in the Lowcountry put the brakes on a dangerous situation, jumping into action after a school bus packed with kids runs a stop sign and the driver is tossed from behind the wheel. On December 4th, a long awaited field trip to Bulls Island for 4th graders at Pinkney Elementary School was coming to an end. The typical bus ride bac...

Children groove, get active with roller skating lessons at Oakland Elementary School (Charleston Post Courier © 12/20/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Third-grader McCartney Roister promised to show off a trick or two during a recent PE class at Oakland Elementary School in West Ashley. Did you know? A Belgian inventor introduced the first recorded roller skate in 1760. The first patent on a roller skate was in 1819 for an inline skate. Seventy-three percent of those who skate indoors are between the ages of 5 and 15. Roller s...

Fast thinking teachers prevent school bus accident in Charleston County (WSCC FM 94.3 Charleston © 12/20/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Posted Friday, December 20th 2013 @ 10am by(WCBD, Matt Bise, Dec 20 2013) From our News Partners at WCBD-TV: CHARLESTON, SC - Some fast thinking teachers jumped into action after their school bus, packed with kids, ran a stop sign and the driver was tossed from behind the wheel. On December 4 a long awaited field trip for 4th Graders at Pinckney Elementary was coming to and end and teacher...

2 Pinckney Elementary teachers halt driverless school bus (Charleston Post Courier © 12/19/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit AWENDAW - Fourth-graders and teachers shrieked as the school bus barreled through an intersection and swerved off the road in an attempt to turn.The 26 children and their chaperones had spent a picture-perfect day on a field trip at Bull's Island, but their idyllic outing turned treacherous on the way back to Pinckney Elementary. The bus sped through a stop sign without slowing down, ...

2 teachers save bus from crashing into ditch (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/19/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit AWENDAW, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two teachers from Pinckney Elementary School in Mount Pleasant are being called heroes. The Charleston County School District says their quick thinking kept a bus full of children from flipping over into a ditch. According to a district spokesman, the bus driver who was not wearing a seat belt drove through a stop sign while making a left-hand turn. The momentum flung th...

CCSD: Elementary school teachers stop school bus from crashing into ditch (WCSC CBS 5 Charleston © 12/19/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County School District officials say two Pinckney Elementary School teachers sprang into action by stopping a school bus from crashing into a ditch. According to school officials, the incident started when a school bus drove through a stop sign as it was making a turn. Video released by the district shows the momentum of the turn pushes the drive...

Middle school given green-power designation (Charleston Regional Business Journal © 12/19/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Students in Charleston County are using a pole-mounted solar cell array to learn about electricity from the sun??(tm)s rays. Berkeley Electric Cooperative, power producer Santee Cooper and the Charleston County School District designated Haut Gap Middle School a Green Power Solar School on Tuesday, according to a news release. The partial-magnet school, located on Johns Island, is the first in ...

Two Pinckney Elementary teachers halt driverless school bus (Charleston Post Courier © 12/19/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit AWENDAW - Fourth-graders and teachers shrieked as the school bus barreled through an intersection and swerved off the road in an attempt to turn.The 26 children and their chaperones had spent a picture-perfect day on a field trip at Bulls Island, but their idyllic outing turned treacherous on the way back to Pinckney Elementary. The bus sped through a stop sign without slowing down, a...

CCSD presents 2013 All County Dance Concert at Wando High School (Moultrie News © 12/18/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit The Charleston County School District presented the 2013 All County Dance Concert Dec. 17 at the Wando Performing Arts Center. Directors were Ashlee Pittman Tarigan and Jessica Crum. This is the first time Wando and the School of the Arts have joined together to present the annual All County Dance Performance. Check out the video online at www.MoultrieNews.com....

Charleston County gets first solar-powered school (WCSC CBS 5 Charleston © 12/18/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - It was an all-out celebration at Haut Middle School on Johns Island. Members of the Charleston County School District, along with representatives from Berkeley Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, were there to celebrate the school as the county's first green power solar school. A solar panel, which stands outside the school's gymnasium, will ta...

Haut Gap Middle School on Johns Island receives solar power system to study renewable energy (Charleston Post Courier © 12/18/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Haut Gap Middle School students soon will be learning about renewable energy by using a new pole-mounted solar power system.The school is the first in Charleston County to be part of the Green Power Solar School program, a project of Santee Cooper and electric cooperatives statewide intended to encourage interest in the environment and demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of renewable power...

CCSD reviews teacher evaluation system slated to take effect in 2015 (WCSC CBS 5 Charleston © 12/17/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - There was some discussion and debate Monday over a teacher evaluation system for Charleston County educators. Superintendent Nancy McGinley met with 19 educators who were both for and against the system. "I want teachers to take a deep breath, enjoy the holiday and feel comfortable that we are going to treat people fairly and no jobs are at stake....

Solar array at Lowcountry school being dedicated (South Carolina Enquirer-Herald © 12/17/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print Recent Headlines Cardinal George to celebrate 50th anniversary 9 minutes ago Class status sought for alleged torture victims 9 minutes ago First EIU sustainable energy graduates get degrees 9 minutes ago Jail contract awarded to Ala. company 9 minutes ago 9 minutes ago Deals! View All Search for Deals Search local inventory, coupons and more Powe...

Melissa Martin named state's outstanding orchestra teacher (Moultrie News © 12/16/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit As one of the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award winners, Melissa Martin, orchestra teacher at several East Cooper schools, was named the state?s Outstanding Orchestra Teacher.Ms. Martin, violist and violinist, is currently teaching orchestra at Moultrie Middle School, James B Edwards Elementary, Mount Pleasant Academy and Sullivan?s Island Elementary in Mount Pleasant. Prior to teaching in Charleston...

SOA students help others during holidays (Moultrie News © 12/15/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Students at the Charleston County School of the Arts are reaching out to help others in two unique ways this holiday season.In one effort, National Honor Society students organize and sponsor an Angel Tree for the 60 Hursey Elementary School students they tutor weekly through the Liberty Hill Literacy program. "Working so closely with the Hursey Elementary School students on a daily basis, the stu...

At 14, high school junior Vaibhav Mohanty composes music, excels in math courses (Charleston Post Courier © 12/14/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit In fairness, Jim Braunreuther expected to hear something simple that spring evening when he drove to hear West Ashley High's band perform a piece composed by a local middle school student.Instead, the Charleston County School District's fine arts coordinator sat listening, stunned. "I was just really blown away that it was a fully orchestrated piece of music," Braunreuther says.The co...

Melissa Martin named state's outstanding orchestra teacher (Moultrie News © 12/14/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit As one of the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award winners, Melissa Martin, orchestra teacher at several East Cooper schools, was named the state's Outstanding Orchestra Teacher.Ms. Martin, violist and violinist, is currently teaching orchestra at Moultrie Middle School, James B Edwards Elementary, Mount Pleasant Academy and Sullivan's Island Elementary in Mount Pleasant. Prior to teaching in Charleston...

NCPD officers take kids on holiday shopping spree (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/14/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit By Gregory Woods gwoods@abcnews4.com NORTH CHARLESTON, S. C. -- Sirens blared as dozens of police cars drove down Dorchester Road Saturday morning. The officers weren't on a mission to chase a bad guy; they were taking more than 60 North Charleston children Christmas shopping. The day is thanks to Kids & Cops, a program started last year by the North Charleston Police Department. The pr...

Hundreds of local school kids surprised with early Christmas presents (WCSC CBS 5 Charleston © 12/13/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There were a lot of smiling faces Thursday. More than 500 kids were surprised with a Christmas gift at Burns Elementary. Over the next two days Charleston Hope, a local non-profit will go into nearly 80 classrooms surprising almost 1,500 kids. Burns Elementary was the first stop on their list. Many volunteers helped out carrying box after box to every class...

Nonprofit brings hope for some local kids this Christmas (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/13/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit By Sonya Stevens sstevens@abcnews4.com NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Christmas came a little early for some kids at one local elementary school Thursday. It was all part of Charleston Hope's Christmas outreach program. There are less than two weeks until Christmas but volunteers were busy wrapping presents for the students at Burns Elementary. Every little girl and boy, naughty or nice, ...

Stall High School Principal Kim Wilson named South Carolina High School Principal of the Year (Charleston Post Courier © 12/12/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Instead of talking about himself, Kim Wilson used most of his acceptance speech for winning the South Carolina High School Principal of the Year award to describe one of his students.He talked about Zorrie Green, who he said started at Stall High as an unfocused troublemaker, but who this year placed third in the state wrestling competition and has college aspirations. Wilson said Green represents...

Stall principal, West Ashley assistant named best in state (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/12/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Stall High School's principal has been named the 2014 South Carolina High School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Kim Wilson was named the principal of the year, and Andre Dukes, the assistant principal at West Ashley High School, was named the 2014 South Carolina High School Assistant Principal of the Year. A...

Wando wins $25,000 grant from State Farm (Moultrie News © 12/12/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Charleston County, the town of Mount Pleasant and Wando High School have something big to celebrate this semester thanks to thousands of?safe driver commitments made in support of Wando High School through the?Celebrate My Drive?program created by State Farm.?Wando High School is the?only school in South Carolina?and 1 of 100 high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada to be awarded a Celebrate My...

Christ Church Day School donates books to elementary schools (Moultrie News © 12/11/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit During the month of October and November, Christ Church Day School led a book drive to support James Simons Elementary School. The goal was to collect 1,500 books.School staff was so excited when the books came pouring into the preschool from school families, parishioners, teachers and friends. In fact, the used book drive was such a success that the school was able to give to another school as we...

Meeting Street Academy creating proposal to run public school (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/09/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit By Gregory Woods gwoods@abcnews4.com NORTH CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- In the past six years, Meeting Street Academy has proven it can run a private school geared toward low-income students and yield the same results as its wealthier counterparts. The school credits its success to the four pillars. "Our model is based on parental involvement, holistic education, teacher excellence and start...

More Pre-K classes coming to CCSD (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/09/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Four-year-old Amari Washington is quick to spell out her numbers and letters with a smile on her face. Washington attends Matilda Dunston Elementary in North Charleston. She's a student of the Charleston County School District's pre-Kindergarten programs, also known as child-development classes. Washington's mother, Shaniqua Washington, has been more ...

New system will help teachers evaluate their own effectiveness (Charleston Post Courier © 12/09/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit As veteran classroom teachers, we are working every day to meet student needs in a changing, complex world. With this rate of change, teachers often feel left out of decisions affecting school practices and operations. We feel that it is important to acknowledge the opportunity we have had thus far in shaping the teacher evaluation practices in our district.Educators strive to impact their student...

Charleston Charter School Names Teacher of The Year (Charleston Patch © 12/06/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit The Charleston Charter School for Math and Science is proud to announce that Jandi Withrow has been named Teacher of the Year for the school. Withrow is Science Department Head and teaches in the high school. Withrow graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Biology. She worked for the Charleston Police Department in the Forensic Laboratory for eight years and earned her?Masters in ...

African American students narrowing achievement gap in Chas. Co. schools (WCSC CBS 5 Charleston © 12/05/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - District officials say the number of African American graduates has gone up nearly 10% over the past five years. With more than 43,000 students, Charleston County is the second largest school district in the state. Wednesday Dr. Nancy McGinley, the district superintendent said the goal is to bring every student up to their highest level of achievement. "T...

Teach for America corps looking to keep more of its teachers in high-poverty schools (Columbia State © 12/05/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit COLUMBIA, SC Cait Clark found herself at a crossroads when she moved to Marlboro County to teach, trading her life in Philadelphia as a recent college graduate for one nine hours away where she knew no one. At that point I was like, ‘Well, I can either make it miserable, or I can choose my attitude and choose my outlook and make it something great, said Clark, a 23-year-old first-grade tea...

Wando wins $25,000 grant from State Farm (Moultrie News © 12/05/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Charleston County, the town of Mount Pleasant and Wando High School have something big to celebrate this semester thanks to thousands of safe driver commitments made in support of Wando High School through the Celebrate My Drive program created by State Farm. Wando High School is the only school in South Carolina and 1 of 100 high schools throughout the U.S. and Canad...

Laing students honor Lincoln athletes for sportsmanship (Moultrie News © 12/04/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit On Tuesday Nov. 12, the Lincoln Middle School football team traveled to nearby Laing Middle School in Mount Pleasant for a regularly-scheduled seasonal match. Laing was the clear victor, however, something unexpected happened for LMHS students on that fateful night.Following Tuesdays game, LMHS principal Dr. Yvonne Commodore received a call from a parent at Laing who raved about how the LMHS boys ...

Addition at Wando to house Sports Medicine program (Moultrie News © 12/03/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Wando High School principal Lucy Beckham is looking forward to the new Sports Medicine addition at the school.The space includes a classroom, office, space for exercise/therapy equipment, bathroom, storage, as well as some upgrades to the existing training room area. The addition is designed with similar material to the existing building, so it blends with surrounding structures.According to Bill ...

Local nonprofit Charleston Hope collects over 1,500 toys for elementary kids (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 12/03/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit By Gregory Woods gwoods@abcnews4.com CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- Something every kid looks forward to this time of year is presents; however, not every child is fortunate enough to receive gifts.  That's why local nonprofit Charleston Hope adopted three low-income schools to help make sure every child has something special to open this holiday season. Toy by toy, the organization has...

Twelve applicants seeking vacant seat on Charleston County School Board (Charleston Post Courier © 12/03/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Twelve candidates have applied for the vacant seat on the Charleston County School Board, and a front-runner isnt immediately obvious.The Charleston County legislative delegation will nominate someone next week to fill the West Ashley seat resigned by John Barter. Their pick will have to be approved by Gov. Nikki Haley, and the new appointee would serve on the board until the general election in N...

A Bumper Crop (West Ashley West Of © 11/28/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Thanks to West Ashley High School?s refocused academic structure, the school?s athletic class of 2014 is turning out to be one for the record books. This year, for the first time in anyone?s memory, there are already five student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent to play college sports, according to Richard Luden, WAHS?s athletic director. Luden said that there are several ot...

All-Lowcountry: Wando’s Natalie Tucker named volleyball player of the year (Charleston Post Courier © 11/28/2013)         Share Article - Digg This Article Post to del.icio.us Post to Facebook Post to Mixx Post to Google Bookmark Post to Sphinn Post to Reddit Natalie Tucker works hard all year to be a better volleyball player. Shes played the game on hardcourt, sand and grass against opponents who have challenged her along the way. FIRST TEAM Natalie Tucker Wando Senior Mary Harriet Moore Bishop England Senior Elisa Aldrich Wando Junior McKala Rhodes First Baptist Junior Gracie Mogul Porter-Gaud Sophomore Lauren Percy As...

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