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July 2013

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Not Your Typical Summer School (James Island Messenger © 08/06/2013)         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 This year Fort Johnson Middle School (FJMS) received a grant to provide a summer enrichment program to students from both FJMS and James Island Middle Schools (JIMS). Students had to apply and qualify for the program based on specific test scores and academic progress. Students attended one hour each of math remediation, writing enrichment, summer reading skills, and career awareness class Monda...

11 groups receiving student learning center grants (South Carolina Enquirer-Herald © 07/30/2013)         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, S.C. -- Students learning centers in nine South Carolina counties are receiving a combined $1.7 million this year to help students outside of school hours. The state Education Department says 11 organizations have won 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. They include eight school districts and three nonprofits. Recipients can each receive up to $200,000 annually. The feder...

11 groups, including several in Upstate, receiving student learning center grants (Anderson Independent-Mail © 07/30/2013)         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, S.C. ??" Students learning centers in nine South Carolina counties are receiving a combined $1.7 million this year to help students outside of school hours. The state Education Department says 11 organizations have won 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. They include eight school districts and three nonprofits. Recipients can each receive up to $200,000 annually. The federa...

3 schools in Charleston, Dorchester 4 win federal grants to help kids outside of the regular school day (Charleston Post Courier © 07/30/2013)         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 A Charleston-based nonprofit plans to continue its work in one North Charleston school and expand to its first rural site with the help of federal grants announced Monday.WINGS for Kids was among 10 recipients statewide to receive a piece of $1.7 million to create community learning centers, or sites that provide academic and enrichment activities to students before and after school and during the...

Charleston County School District releases maps showing proposed new attendance lines for Mount Pleasant elementary, middle schools (Charleston Post Courier © 07/30/2013)         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 MOUNT PLEASANT Parent Jennifer Clements felt furious when she saw how the new proposed attendance lines would affect her two children.She didnt understand why her section of the Planters Pointe subdivision was rezoned to Jennie Moore Elementary while two of its other sections would stay at Laurel Hill Primary or Pinckney Elementary. School officials have said they wanted to keep neighborhoods tog...

School officials hope new district map is target="_blank" hrefal (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 07/30/2013)         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 MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the start of a new school year draws near, officials in Mount Pleasant are confident new district zoning lines will be target="_blank" hrefalized and take effect in the next few years. The highly debated rezoning efforts specifically focus on the north area of Mount PLeasant, where many of the schools face overcrowding issues every year. School officials say the lines are subj...

School System Releases Revised Rezoning Maps (Mount Pleasant Patch.com © 07/30/2013)         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 School District has released revised maps that offer a clear view to parents how it plans to rezone students to ease overcrowding in Fall of 2015. The new maps allow parents the ability to more closely zoom in to see how the revised districts impact specific addresses. See the Mount Pleasant school rezoning maps. The school system has also released a multi-page guide to reading...

Three schools in Charleston, Dorchester 4 win federal grants to help kids outside of the regular school day (Charleston Post Courier © 07/30/2013)         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 A Charleston-based nonprofit plans to continue its work in one North Charleston school and expand to its first rural site with the help of federal grants announced Monday.WINGS for Kids was among 10 recipients statewide to receive a piece of $1.7 million to create community learning centers, or sites that provide academic and enrichment activities to students before and after school and during the...

Three schools in Charleston, Dorchester 4 schools win federal grants to help kids outside of the regular school day (Charleston Post Courier © 07/29/2013)         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 Three Lowcountry schools are among 12 statewide to receive a piece of $1.7 million to create community learning centers.Burke High and North Charleston Elementary in Charleston, and St. George Middle in St. George each will receive up to $200,000 annually for up to four years as part of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. The money will be used to provid...

School Supply Drive In Full Swing (Charleston Patch © 07/25/2013)         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 Patch is partnering with local businesses to collect school supplies for Charleston County students in need. In Charleston supplies can be dropped off at Sojourn Coffee at 1664 Olde Town Road, or downtown at the Charleston County School District Office at 75 Calhoun St. Another collection point is located in North Charleston at The Orange Spot Coffeehouse. Supplies collected through the Great P...

Charleston County School Board moves forward on building new St. Andrews School of Math and Science (Charleston Post Courier © 07/24/2013)         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 Board approved on Monday night a $20.7 million contract to China Construction America of SC to build a new St. Andrews School of Math and Science in West Ashley.The new building is slated to be target="_blank" hrefished in December 2014; In other business, the board:Approved hiring Toshawnka Mahone, interim principal of Northwoods Middle, to be the schools new principal;Ap...

Charleston County School Board votes to continue construction on new Sullivan’s Island Elementary School building (Charleston Post Courier © 07/23/2013)         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 fight to stop construction on the new Sullivans Island Elementary School building again took centerstage at the Charleston County School Board meeting, and the board reaffirmed its commitment to the project.The board signed off Monday night on a $19 million contract with Thompson Turner to build the 500-student school, which some say is too big for this small island community. Board member Eli...

Sullivan's Island School Moves Forward (Mount Pleasant Patch.com © 07/23/2013)         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 Charleston County School Board on Monday voted to award a $19 million contract to build the new Sullivans Island Elementary school, according to media reports. In recent weeks, the debate over the controversial school shifted to a debate over whether building the school would rob Mount Pleasant of funds to build a new elementary school to serve the fast-growing northern part of the town. Boa...

Miss South Carolina, a Mount Pleasant native, has long been a high achiever (Charleston Post Courier © 07/21/2013)         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 recently crowned Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller of Mount Pleasant, made her mark as a scholar and athlete before she thought about competing in beauty pageants.She sees her title as an opportunity to promote her mission of getting more students into college. She started a program to help students fill out college applications thats been endorsed by the S.C. Commission on Higher Educatio...

Mount Pleasant student receives merit scholarship to attend Davidson College (Moultrie News © 07/19/2013)         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 Mount Pleasant student receives merit scholarship to attend Davidson CollegeA Mount Pleasant student, Julia Marie Sacha, has received the Philip L. Edwards Scholarship as an incoming student at Davidson College. Julia will enroll with the Class of 2017 in August.Julia is the daughter of Dennis and Denise Sacha of Oak Point Landing Drive and is a graduate of Academic Magnet High School.The Philip L...

Construction on Wando Center For Advanced Studies going smoothly (Moultrie News © 07/18/2013)         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 Wando High School is regarded as one of the top schools in the state and it will only be boosting that reputation further with the addition of the Wando Center For Advanced Studies.This new center is set up into three sections; the Center for Advanced Studies, the Horticulture Building and the Automotive Building.According to Bill Lewis, capital projects manager for Charleston County School Distri...

New Sullivan's Island Elementary School won't strain sewer plant (Moultrie News © 07/18/2013)         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 Accusations by a group of concerned Sullivan's Island residents that the island cannot handle additional water and sewer flow from Sullivan's Island Elementary School when it opens in the fall of 2014 are not true, according to Water and Sewer Department Manager Greg Gress.The island's wastewater treatment plant flow is permitted at 570,000 gallons. With a Department of Health and Environmental ...

WINGS for Kids wins $2.5 million, 3-year grant to help it expand from 6 to 16 schools (Charleston Post Courier © 07/18/2013)         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 A homegrown nonprofit that teaches kids social and emotional skills has landed a multimillion-dollar national grant that will help it expand again.WINGS for Kids has won a $2.5 million, three-year grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation that will help it grow to 16 schools in four communities. The grant requires WINGS to raise about $750,000 in matching dollars. The nonprofits ...

YEScarolina's entrepreneurship programs teach students to be their own bosses (Charleston City Paper © 07/17/2013)         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 The YEScarolina Business Plan Competition, held in a low-ceilinged auditorium at the College of Charleston, is a cross between ta high school speech club meeting and an episode of Shark Tank. One after another, students stand and deliver a well-polished 30-second pitch, followed by an eight-and-a-half-minute business plan presentation, which is then followed by a QA session with the judges. S...

47 SC schools to pilot teacher evaluation system (WOLO ABC 25 Columbia © 07/16/2013)         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 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? Nearly 50 schools across South Carolina are piloting a performance-based system for evaluating teachers. So far, 14 districts have signed on to help target="_blank" hrefalize Superintendent Mick Zais' proposal for evaluating educators. Several more could be added before school starts. One of the most controversial aspects of the plan has been dropped from the 2013-14 testing period. Teacher...

Miss Mount Pleasant crowned Miss South Carolina (Moultrie News © 07/16/2013)         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 Brooke Mosteller told a joke during her pressure-packed interview question at the Miss South Carolina 2013 pageant. She was still having fun as she was introduced as the states new beauty queen Sunday.Mosteller, who competed as Miss Mount Pleasant, won the crown Saturday night at the pageant in Columbia. Her platform is helping high school students apply and go to college, especially students with...

New Sullivan’s Island Elementary School won’t strain sewer plant (Moultrie News © 07/16/2013)         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 Accusations by a group of concerned Sullivans Island residents that the island cannot handle additional water and sewer flow from Sullivans Island Elementary School when it opens in the fall of 2014 are not true, according to Water and Sewer Department Manager Greg Gress.The islands wastewater treatment plant flow is permitted at 570,000 gallons. With a Department of Health and Environmental Con...

S.C. schools to pilot teacher evaluation system (Charleston Post Courier © 07/16/2013)         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 COLUMBIA A performance-based teacher evaluation system being piloted this year across South Carolina wont include letter grades, a deputy superintendent said Monday.So far, 47 schools in 14 districts have signed on to help target="_blank" hrefalize Superintendent Mick Zais proposal for evaluating educators. Several more are expected to be added before classes start next month. One of the most controv...

SC schools piloting new evaluation system (Myrtle Beach Weekly Surge © 07/16/2013)         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 COLUMBIA, S.C. So far, 47 schools in 14 districts have agreed to participate in a pilot program that evaluates teachers based on the performance of their students and their school, as well as classroom observations of their teaching. Those signed up so far are listed by district. Several more are expected to be added: Bamberg 2: Denmark-Olar High Charleston County: Burke High, Greg Mathis Chart...

District 20 (downtown) constituent school board unifies attendance zones for Mitchell, James Simons elementary schools (Charleston Post Courier © 07/15/2013)         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 The dividing line between two downtown schools will be erased in an effort to give families more options.The District 20 (downtown) constituent school board has agreed unanimously to eliminate the attendance-zone boundaries separating Mitchell Math and Science Elementary and James Simons Elementary. That means students living in either schools attendance zone would be able to choose where they wan...

Miss Mount Pleasant Brooke Mosteller having fun as new Miss South Carolina (Charleston Post Courier © 07/15/2013)         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 COLUMBIA, S.C. Brooke Mosteller told a joke during her pressure-packed interview question at the Miss South Carolina 2013 pageant. She was still having fun as she was introduced as the states new beauty queen Sunday.Mosteller, who competed as Miss Mount Pleasant, won the crown Saturday night at the pageant in Columbia. Her platform is helping high school students apply and go to college, especial...

District 20 (downtown) constituent school board unifies attendance zones for Mitchell, James Simons Elementary schools (Charleston Post Courier © 07/12/2013)         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 The dividing line between two downtown schools will be erased in an effort to give families more options.The District 20 (downtown) constituent school board has agreed unanimously to eliminate the attendance zone boundaries separating Mitchell Math and Science Elementary and James Simons Elementary. That means students living in either schools attendance zone would be able to choose where they wan...

James Island’s Jackson White will compete at Major League All-Star Game (Charleston Post Courier © 07/12/2013)         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 Fourteen-year-old Jackson White of James Island will be doing something next week that local professional baseball standouts Brett Gardner, Justin Smoak and Matt Wieters wish they were doing. White will be participating in Major League All-Star Game festivities at CitiField in New York.Not in the game itself, but in the Pitch, Hit Run competition that will be held Monday. He is one of 24 boys and...

North Charleston students required to register at two centralized sites for 2013-14 school year (Charleston Post Courier © 07/12/2013)         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 North Charleston students who are new to North Charleston schools are asked to register at one of two centralized sites rather than their future school.The sites are: James Simons Elementary, 2685 Leeds Ave.; and Lambs Elementary, 6800 Dorchester Rd. The centers will help parents with the registration process for any student in grades K-12, except for those planning to attend county-w...

West Ashley High teacher Margaret Spigner named 2013 Air Force Association National Teacher of the Year (Charleston Post Courier © 07/12/2013)         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 West Ashley High science teacher Margaret Spigner has been named the 2013 Air Force Association National Teacher of the Year.Spigner is being recognized for her achievements in promoting STEM education to youth in the community. The national selection committee wrote that it was quite impressed with her STEM education leadership efforts as well as her work in cultivating alliances for projects. ...

County Council recognizes Teacher of the Year Lisa Trott (Moultrie News © 07/11/2013)         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 Charleston County Council passed a resolution in honor of Lisa Trott being named Charleston County Teacher of the Year. The following is the text of the resolution:A RESOLUTION OF CHARLESTON COUNTY COUNCIL HONORING CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TEACHER OF THE YEAR LISA TROTTWHEREAS, from time to time Charleston County Council has the privilege of recognizing individuals in this community who ...

CCSD promotes John McCarron as new chief information officer (Moultrie News © 07/10/2013)         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 (CCSD) is pleased to announce John McCarron as the new chief information officer. In his new role, McCarron will support CCSDs educational mission by overseeing the implementation of best-practice technology support systems.Prior to this position, McCarron served as CCSDs executive director of information technology for five years. He helped transform teaching...

Bring It On Brussels Sprouts Wrap (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 07/09/2013)         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 Pinckney Elementary School student Corbin Jackson was one of 54 kids who earned a trip to the White House by winning a nationwide recipe contest. Here's his winning recipe: Bring It On Brussels Sprouts Wrap Ingredients:  * 2 tablespoons chili powder * 1 tablespoon ground cumin * 1/2 tablespoon paprika * 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder * 1/2...

Local student joins First Lady at 'dinner' for top junior chefs (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 07/09/2013)         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 WASHINGTON (AP/WCIV) - Michelle Obama says 54 kids who earned a trip to the White House by winning a nationwide recipe contest are showing how talented, creative and brilliant young people can be. It's the second year the first lady has hosted the kids' "state dinner." The contest for 8- to 12-year-olds is sponsored by the Epicurious food website and the departments of Agriculture and...

North Charleston student registration centers open (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 07/09/2013)         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 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- For students, it may feel like the summer is just getting started, but the Charleston County School District is helping parents prepare for the upcoming school year with two North Charleston registration centers. The centers are a "one-stop shop" for parents in CCSD's Constituent District 4 representing North Charleston and Ladson. The two centers are locat...

CCSD Board approves budget common core professional development days reduced; training will still occur (Moultrie News © 07/03/2013)         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 The Charleston County School District approved a $383,161,659 budget June 24. The budget included a number of significant district priorities and will support many initiatives which will enhance teaching and learning for the 2013-2014 school year. One initiative of importance is professional development to support the preparation for and transition to the common core state standards. CCSD initiall...

Charleston County School Board hires North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary principals (Charleston Post Courier © 07/02/2013)         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 Board unanimously agreed Monday to hire principals for North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary and Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary for 2013-14.Eric Hansen, an assistant principal at Pepperhill Elementary, was named leader of North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary. Cathie Middleton, interim principal at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, was ...

CCSD Board Of Trustees appoints two new principals (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 07/01/2013)         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) -- The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees appointed two new principles on Monday. Eric Hansen was appointed the principal of North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School and Mrs. Catherine Middleton was appointed the principal of Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary. Previously, Hansen was the assistant principal at Pepperhill Elementary School. He h...

So It Goes: West Ashley teen’s writings about her mother’s suicide win prestigious Scholastic award (Charleston Post Courier © 07/01/2013)         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 three words I can sum up everything Ive learned about life: It goes on. Local Scholastic Art Writing Award winners The Alliance for Young Artists Writers identifies students in grades 7 to 12 each year with exceptional artistic and literary talent through its nationwide Scholastic Art Writing Awards. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Caro...

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