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Rural schools stay intact, but what else? (Charleston Post Courier © 03/31/2013)         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 People from the rural communities of McClellanville and Hollywood heard what they wanted to hear from the Charleston County School Board Monday. Middle grades would not be moved from their schools after all.But what they didn’t hear — and what the board and communities alike should want to know — is what will be done to boost achievement at those rural schools. Th...

SCE&G gives school over $82K for saving on electricity (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 03/29/2013)         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 JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Instead of sending SCE&G a check for their electric bill, one local school received a check for their efforts to use less electricity. James Island Charter high School got over $82,000 for taking part in the EnergyWise Program and upgrading their lights throughout the school. "Thanks to SCE&G's program, we've successfully completed facility lighting u...

Spring Break starts today for some Lowcountry students, next week for others (Charleston Post Courier © 03/29/2013)         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 Some Lowcountry students are enjoying their first day of spring break today, while others will go on break starting Monday.Charleston County students are off of school today, and they won’t return to school until April 8. District offices also will be closed Monday and Tuesday. In Berkeley and Dorchester counties, students’ spring break begins Monday and lasts all week. ...

Airmen and sailors mentor students at Jerry Zucker Middle (Charleston Post Courier © 03/28/2013)         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 Several days a week, Joint Base Charleston airmen and sailors volunteer their time to mentor students at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science in North Charleston.“Having a mentoring program like this is such a positive thing for these children,” said Jim Brooks, a guidance counselor at the school. “The service members are such positive role models that care about the students...

Young entrepreneur overcomes challenges, shares story (Charleston Post Courier © 03/28/2013)         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 You would never know what Yale MBA and divinity graduate student Rodney Walker had to go through to get to where he is now. That is why Walker, a native of Chicago, devotes time to telling his story of overcoming challenges to encourage other students.Walker attributes his success mostly to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He was invited to speak at several Lowcountry schools by YEScarol...

Charter schools bring change (Charleston Post Courier © 03/27/2013)         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 It’s still difficult for some educators to say “charter schools” without sneering. But in Charleston County, charter schools are delivering on promises.Monday, the once wary Charleston County School Board renewed the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science’s contract for 10 years and approved its expansion by 80 students to 560. The school has achieved an impres...

Girls test the skies at aviation career day (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 03/27/2013)         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 Stacy Jacobson sjacobson@abcnews4.com NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 315th Airlift Wing marked women's history month with a career aviation day for eighth and ninth grade female students Tuesday. Lily Lewis-Dove already saw her future taking off. "[I love] everything about [flying]. It's an adrenaline rush," the said the eighth grade Fort Johnson Middle School student. Almost&...

Helping Out for March 27, 2013 (Charleston Regional Business Journal © 03/27/2013)         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 South Carolina Electric & Gas recently presented a $82,091 check to James Island Charter High School as part of its EnergyWise for Your Business program, which provides incentives for SCE&G business customers who make energy-efficient improvements. Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent ...

Lawmakers revisiting South Carolina's sex ed laws (Charleston City Paper © 03/27/2013)         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 Beth Lewis, a health teacher at Moultrie Middle School, shook with emotion as she described a state of emergency in South Carolina sex education. "We've got throat cancer now, and we've got it in middle school, because these kids are engaging in oral sex," Lewis said. "If [a curriculum] teaches them to use a dental dam, then I'm going to teach it so they don't get throat cancer because they contra...

Middle grades to remain unchanged in rural Charleston County schools (WSCC FM 94.3 Charleston © 03/26/2013)         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 fate of middle grades in two rural communities in Charleston County has been secured for now. Concerned community members poured into a packed Charleston County School Board meeting to discuss the board's previous decision to move seventh and eighth grades from Lincoln High to St. James-Santee Elementary in McClellanville. The board had also decided to move sixth grades from Hollywood area el...

New group launches to address Charleston County school issues (Charleston Post Courier © 03/26/2013)         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 A downtown high school’s foundation has spawned a new citizens group dedicated to addressing concerns in Charleston County schools.The Coalition of Citizens for Schools that Work is an outgrowth of the Burke High School Foundation, which launched a project addressing the future of the downtown school. The project was expanded to include all areas of the county after foundation leaders recei...

Two rural Charleston County school communities win fight to maintain current grade configuration for 2013-14 (Charleston Post Courier © 03/26/2013)         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 Two rural communities scored a victory Monday night after a loud and hard fight about whether middle grades would be moved from their schools.The Charleston County School Board bowed to the community’s desires and unanimously reversed its previous decision. That means seventh- and eighth-graders will stay put at Lincoln High for 2013-14, as will sixth-graders in Holly- wood area elementary ...

14 Mount Pleasant Schools Tops in S.C. (Mount Pleasant Patch.com © 03/25/2013)         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 The South Carolina Department of Education announced today the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2012-2013 school year.? The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 662 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories. Here are the local winners: School General Performance Clo...

Big plans for blighted area (Charleston Post Courier © 03/25/2013)         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 A North Charleston trailer park sits empty and boarded up, in silent mockery of its location — Success Street.But there’s a transformative plan for the site and it just took a big step forward. The city has cleared the final hurdles for signing a long-planned land deal with the Charleston County School District that will put a new $28 million elementary school with servi...

Walking Tour Highlights Old Village History (Mount Pleasant Patch.com © 03/24/2013)         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 Utilizing historical markers created by the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission, The Moultrie Middle School Wellness Committee has developed the Old Village Historical Marker Walking Tour based on the sound belief that learning is often optimized when paired with physical activity. ?This unique tour can be used by teachers, classes, families, teachers and the community to expl...

Dorchester 2 to give students a chance at Early College (Charleston Post Courier © 03/22/2013)         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 Current freshmen in Dorchester District 2’s three high schools will have the opportunity to get two years of college credit under their belt by the time they earn a high school diploma.Through a partnership with Trident Technical College, the district plans to start an Early College program this summer with 90 students, 30 each from Summerville, Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge high schools...

Eighth graders and parents enjoy taste of Wando (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 Hundreds of anxious and excited faces sat in the Wando Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28 and March 1. Eighth graders from Moultrie, Cario, Laing along with several other public and private middle schools in the Charleston area visited Wando for a high school preview. Over the two-day preview, about 1,200 students visited Wando, according to Freshman Academy Administrator Cheryl Swinton. We reali...

Fundraiser planned for injured former resident (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 It was going to be an amazing step in life. With a digital arts degree under his belt and experience teaching this trade, Anthony Macchio Young took a leap of faith and love to move to San Mateo, Calif., in January 2013 to be with his high school sweetheart, Elle. Within days of this move, however, Anthony was on life support and fighting for his life after a bike accident. Anthony was raised in ...

Jennie Moore recognizes Reflections winners (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 On Jan. 22, Jennie Moore Elementary in Mount Pleasant held the PTA Reflections.org Art Contest Awards Ceremony. Karen Felder, Principal, and Susan Fitz, AP, proudly presided over the ceremony announcing the finalists. All the aspiring artists who submitted entries were celebrated for their original creations in six art categories. The promising prodigies shook hands with The PTA Reflections Chair...

Pirates in Mount Pleasant? (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 Pirates will once again be seen in Mount Pleasant when Moultrie Middle School presents Gilbert and Sullivans The Pirates of Penzance, Tuesday March 26 and Wednesday March 27 at 7 p.m.  The show is a rollicking bit of musical fun with maidens, pirates and police all bound by a comedic sense of duty. The story follows Frederick, who having been mistakenly indentured to a band of incompete...

Plaintiffs respond to ruling (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 lawsuit brought forward by three Sullivans Island residents against the town concerning Sullivans Island Elementary School will proceed into the courts. The Town of Sullivans Island asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit, but that request was denied. Mayor pro tem Mike Perkis admitted the towns lawyers considered it a long shot to have it dismissed, but said it was worth a try. A rebuilt Sul...

Volunteers help Angel Oak expand gardens (Charleston Post Courier © 03/21/2013)         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 Would you let your 8-year-old do your grocery shopping?That’s what parents at Angel Oak Elementary School are doing. Angel Oak partners with the Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project to teach students about the importance of nutrition and growing fresh produce. “Children need to understand the connections of everything. It’s the circle of life. They nee...

Yost places third in Civil War essay contest (Moultrie News © 03/21/2013)         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 Molly Yost, a student at Cario Middle School, won a third place award in the Gilder-Lehrman Civil War essay contest. She and her parents along with her Social Studies teacher, Sheila Osborne, are being flown to New York City to receive the award.  The Gilder Lehrman Institute joins the Civil War Round Table of New York to co-sponsor an annual essay contest for Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schoo...

North Charleston and school district have big plans for blighted Chicora area (Charleston Post Courier © 03/20/2013)         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 It’s not much to look at right now — boarded up trailer homes, a shuttered school, and a big empty field.But the properties in North Charleston’s Chicora neighborhood are slated for something big, and the wheels of government are turning. The city has now cleared the final hurdles for signing a long-planned land deal with the Charleston School District that will p...

Public charter school blazes educational trail with on-site/online classes (Charleston City Paper © 03/20/2013)         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 The future home of Fairfield Charter High School doesn't look much like a school. With 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a West Ashley business center, the school's neighbors will include doctors' offices and nonprofits. "We want it to feel like you're going to school at a tech startup," says Robert Cook, principal of the new public school opening in the fall. Fairfield will ha...

Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects, inc. Selected for the Design of North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School (Charleston Digitel © 03/20/2013)         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 MT. PLEASANT, SC? Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects has been selected to design the North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School.  After masterplanning and designing a temporary campus for this school in 2011, SMHa, in conjuntion with consulting K12 architect Craig Gaulden Davis, will now design the new facility:  an 86,000 square foot partial magnet school offering visual and performi...

HICKS COLUMN: Make a decision, school board (Charleston Post Courier © 03/17/2013)         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 You've got to figure some folks on Sullivan's Island are pretty mad right about now — or at least a little confused.When Charleston school officials began talking about a new Sullivan's Island Elementary a few years back, some residents asked to keep it small. They were told it wasn't cost effective to run a school for less than 500 students. But over the past couple weeks we've watched the ...

Jim Werden remembered as winner, molder of young men at Middleton, West Ashley high schools (Charleston Post Courier © 03/16/2013)         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 David Reese served as an assistant football coach under Jim Werden for so long that he can practically recite Werden’s won-loss record and the list of his achievements. Jim Werden Head Football Coach (204-124 record)Middleton High School, 1973-99West Ashley High School, 2000-02Career HighlightsDiv. II-AAAA state championship, 1982State coach of the year, 1982Coached in North...

Rural schools need answers (Charleston Post Courier © 03/16/2013)         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 The Charleston County School District’s plan to shuffle students from one rural school to another doesn’t yet have public support — for good reason.The plan leaves the communities of Edisto and McClellanville in fear of losing their schools. Even the Charleston County School Board is equivocating about its own decision to move middle schoolers to different schools...

Envision SC: Charleston CEO Anita Zucker advocates creating skills that transfer (Greenville News © 03/14/2013)         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 Anita Zucker is a woman of many faces. Recognized as one of the wealthiest people in the world, this former middle school teacher and educator is now the chairperson and CEO of the InterTech Group Inc., a Charleston-based company founded by her late husband, Jerry Zucker; as well as a noted philanthropist, education advocate and business stalwart of the South Carolina?s business community. Recent...

Kids’ capoeira combines martial arts, dance, music (Charleston Post Courier © 03/14/2013)         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 There is a lot to wrap your arms around in trying to categorize capoeira. It is a Brazilian form of martial arts, but it’s also song, music and dance. And it comes with an intriguing history.Every Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 to 15 youngsters ages 4 to 12 meet at the city of Charleston’s James Island Recreation Complex to learn the sport from leader Jesse Colon. Adult classes are at noon ...

Rural Edisto Island community fights to keep sixth-graders at Jane Edwards Elementary (Charleston Post Courier © 03/14/2013)         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 HOLLYWOOD — Supporters of Jane Edwards Elementary dominated the conversation at a Wednesday community meeting about what should happen with this community’s rural schools.More than 250 people turned out to the district-organized gathering to discuss the superintendent’s plan to move sixth-graders from the four District 23 (Hollywood) elementary schools to the Baptist Hill High...

Voters, students must share space on test day, overcome hurdles (Charleston Post Courier © 03/14/2013)         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 Tuesday’s special primary for the 1st Congressional District could be as educational for voters as it is for the students who will be in classrooms at many of the polling places.About 65 public and private schools that are polling places in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties will be juggling voting with a school day. While voters narrow the field of candidates to fill...

2nd Annual Girls Summit set for Saturday | Events | (Live 5 News - North Charleston © 03/13/2013)         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   NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Stall High School is preparing to host a summit geared towards helping females to become successful. The ?2nd Annual Girls Summit: Raising Successful Daughters in the 21st Century? is set for Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This community event will feature workshops and multiple leadership academies. The summit is presented by the Charleston Coun...

Charleston County schools chief, majority on board appear disagree on moving of rural grades (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 Superintendent Nancy McGinley appears to be at odds with the majority of the Charleston County School Board on her plan to shift McClellanville middle grades to St. James-Santee Elementary. If you go What: District 23 (Hollywood) community meeting.When: 6 tonight.Where: Baptist Hill High, 5117 Baptist Hill Road. The board didn’t re-vote on the issue Monday night, but at lea...

Charleston school officials host Hollywood community meeting to discuss moving sixth graders (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 Hollywood residents will have their chance tonight to let Charleston County school officials know what they think of a plan to move sixth graders to the Baptist Hill High campus.The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, 5117 Baptist Hill Rd. Charleston County Superintendent Nancy McGingley proposed and the school board approved moving sixth grades from elementary scho...

Class Reunions (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 North Charleston ’63 The North Charleston High School Class of 1963 is planning a 50-year reunion April 12-13.Any classmate interested in attending should contact Tommy Long at 744-0827 or tomlong45@comcast.net, or Sam Tanner at 761-7799, or hsamtanner@homesc. com. St. Andrew’s The St. Andrew’s High School classes of 1972-74 will hold a joint reunion...

How not to look for Grade-A teachers (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 The editors of the Post and Courier on March 7 called for a “ Search for grade-A teachers.” They supported the South Carolina system for teacher evaluation, which would use standardized test scores as a measure of student growth as 30 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.This is called the Value Added Method, or VAM. This is a bad idea for many reasons, but it is flawed as a stra...

Lowcountry school districts among those statewide failing to follow state health education law (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 Each of the four Lowcountry school districts has not complied with some aspect of the state’s sex and health education law, and a new report recommends more accountability and sanctions for schools.A series of forums is being held across the state in response to the study, “A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years after the Comprehensive Health Education Act,” and one of those will ta...

Two new charter schools hope to open in downtown Charleston in 2014-15 (Charleston Post Courier © 03/13/2013)         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 DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEYdcourrege@postandcourier.com Community members hoping to open two new charter schools downtown will host informational meetings during the next two weekends.Parents who are interested in learning more about the curriculum, school operations and enrollment procedures are invited to attend.Carolina Voyager School initially hopes to offer grades K-2, and...

Arts come alive at ArtFest on Saturday (Moultrie News © 03/12/2013)         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 arts will come alive during the Town of Mount Pleasant ArtFest at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities and performances are free for the entire family. The Childrens Craft Village will include face painting, caricature drawings, sparkle tattoos, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, craft activities, Sweetgrass basketry, balloon animals, bubble blowi...

Celebrate Gullah heritage at Charles Pinckney site (Moultrie News © 03/12/2013)         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 Celebrate Gullah Heritage during the month of March. The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday at 2 p.m. during March. Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. A remnant of his Lowcountry plant...

Charleston County School Board to listen to superintendent’s reasons for moving rural students (Charleston Post Courier © 03/12/2013)         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 BY DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEYdcourrege@postandcourier.com Charleston County School Superintendent Nancy McGinley plans to talk to the school board tonight about her rationale for moving McClellanville middle school students to St. James-Santee Elementary.More than 300 residents showed up at a community meeting last week to hear about her plan and voice their concerns. Many fear t...

Jennie Moore Elementary to host Open House | Schools | (Live 5 News - Mt. Pleasant © 03/12/2013)         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     MT. PLEASANT (WCSC) - Jennie Moore Elementary School will host an Open House on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Open House is for parents who will have a student in kindergarten during the 2013-2014 school year. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, learn more about the school and complete registration information. Jennie Moore Elementary School is an East ...

Pinckney students score perfect on PASS test (Moultrie News © 03/12/2013)         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 On Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, Pinckney Elementary School was proud to recognize students for achieving a perfect score on one or more areas of the 2012 PASS Test The following students were recognized: Megan Beitel, Jeffrey Bellinon, Ethan Betsill, Katherine Bezanson, Kayla Bolling, Eli Botos, Jock Botos, Ethan Cocco, Abigail Camp, Brooklyn Cantey, Iona Chalk, Eva Chillura, Kelsey Colbrunn, Marissa C...

Report shows majority of South Carolina school districts fail to follow reproductive health education law (Charleston Post Courier © 03/12/2013)         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 A series of forums are being held statewide to discuss the state of South Carolina’s sex education system, the problems it faces, and what school boards can do about it.The next local forum will take place at the College of Charleston’s Education Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St., on Thursday. A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the panel discussion starts at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored...

Pilot program teaches elementary school students how to write music (Charleston Post Courier © 03/11/2013)         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 Students from three Charleston County public schools completed a music composition project last week designed to de-mystify the creative process. Nearly 70 young participants were exposed to the symphony orchestra’s special range of sound and color.“Composition and Critique,” an interdisciplinary pilot program created by James Braunreuther, the school district’s fine a...

Charleston County School District had to react to ReVille case with new sports proposal (Charleston Post Courier © 03/10/2013)         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 For years, Charleston county high school coaches — particularly in football and basketball — have lobbied to place middle school sports teams under the Charleston County School District umbrella. The coaches and athletic directors understandably believe a smoother “feeder” system like those in various districts across the country makes high school teams more competitive.It'...

Building blocks of reading (Charleston Post Courier © 03/09/2013)         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 There’s one end of Montague Avenue where businesses are thriving and the Olde Village feel is being restored, thanks to a rebirth and newfound pride for an area making a comeback.Another area of Montague, known as Liberty Hill, is undertaking a building plan even more important. Liberty Hill is generally regarded as the oldest African-American community in North Charleston. The sign upon en...

PEPER COLUMN: Building blocks of reading (Charleston Post Courier © 03/09/2013)         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 There's one end of Montague Avenue where businesses are thriving and the Olde Village feel is being restored, thanks to a rebirth and newfound pride for an area making a comeback.Another area of Montague, known as Liberty Hill, is undertaking a building plan even more important. Liberty Hill is generally regarded as the oldest African-American community in North Charleston. The sign upon entering ...

Outback track has impressive storylines, talent (Charleston Post Courier © 03/08/2013)         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 Azalea Outback Track and Field Classic will be held Saturday at Summerville High School.There will be tremendous talent on display and intriguing storylines to follow: Fort Dorchester sprinter Jasmine Quinn. She’s coming off four victories at last week’s Sandlapper Track and Field Classic. She had gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 100 hurdles while...

Students First plans to push turnaround district for failing schools, teacher evaluations in S.C. (Charleston Post Courier © 03/08/2013)         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 new national education policy advocacy group is expanding into South Carolina, and one of its key teacher leaders calls the Lowcountry home.Students First is led by Michelle Rhee, who became one of the most well-known and divisive district leaders in the country while serving as chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools. The group has more than 2 million members nationwide, and it say...

4 Charleston schools receive Fuel Up to Play 60 grants | Schools | (Live 5 News - North Charleston © 03/07/2013)         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. (WCSC) - Four Charleston schools will be helping their students achieve healthier lifestyles with a little help from the Nation Football League. The NFL has awarded Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek, Sangaree Middle School in Ladson, West Ashley High School and North Charleston Elementary were each awarded a Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) grant ranging between $3,000...

Celebrate Gullah heritage with free Saturday programs at Pinckney site (Moultrie News © 03/07/2013)         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 National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday at 2 p.m. during March. Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm is preserved today as Charles Pinck...

eWeek competitions spark Lowcountry students’ enthusiasm for engineering (Moultrie News © 03/07/2013)         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 Citadels 14th annual eWeek Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 16, attracting more than 100 Lowcountry school students who put their engineering skills to the test in the Lego robotics competition and the craft stick bridge competition as well as the trebuchet competition. Our goal is to spark students interest in engineering, math and science by showing them that method, design and problem solving ...

Fort Johnson student wins Spellbound! (Charleston Post Courier © 03/07/2013)         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 Owen Duffy of Fort Johnson Middle School won Spellbound!, the Lowcountry’s regional spelling bee on Wednesday after a competition that seemed at times like it might go on all night.It took nearly three hours for the field of 50 of the area’s top spellers to be narrowed to the top two — Duffy and Elizabeth Ludlam of Divine Redeemer — in the competition at the Lightsey Ch...

It’s time to put all StudentsFirst in South Carolina (Charleston Post Courier © 03/07/2013)         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 Today, the national education reform organization StudentFirst will announce that it has expanded into South Carolina and will be fighting on behalf of kids here at the state level.I worked hard to bring StudentsFirst to our state, and the reason for that is simple. When I took my first teaching position, at a school here in South Carolina with both students from affluent families and...

Lincoln art program awakens artist in students (Moultrie News © 03/07/2013)         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 With its wealth of natural beauty, McClellanville is an artists dream. Since 2000, art teacher Annie Purvis has worked to awaken the budding artists within her students at Lincoln Middle-High School. This year, she may have found the key to success. And in doing so, many of her students discovered their own ability for art along with success in area art contests, such as the Federal Junior Duck S...

National education advocacy organization, Students First, expands to South Carolina (Charleston Post Courier © 03/07/2013)         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 DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEYdcourrege@postandcourier.com A new national education policy advocacy group is expanding into South Carolina, and one of its key teacher leaders calls the Lowcountry home.Students First is led by Michelle Rhee, who became one of the most well-known and divisive district leaders in the country while serving as chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools.It...

South Carolina charter schools to host teacher recruitment fair in Columbia (Charleston Post Courier © 03/07/2013)         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 Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina will host a teacher recruitment fair on March 16 for educators interested in working for the state’s charter schools.The fair will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Carolina School for Inquiry, 7405-A Fairfield Road, Columbia, SC 29203. The state’s public charter schools have more than 100 openings for 2013-14. Anyone wh...

Storm The Citadel competition brings future engineers to campus (Moultrie News © 03/07/2013)         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 team of five eighth graders and one sixth grader from Laing Middle School of Science and Technology came in first in the Middle School Centurion Division of The Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition Saturday, Feb. 16. The students, who were mentored by Laing faculty members Curtis Wisor and Mel Goodwin, also won the Overall Centurion Accuracy Award and beat out other Centurion division winner...

Symphony and CCSD present new education and community initiative (Moultrie News © 03/07/2013)         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 Thursday, March 7, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston County School District will present an event to commemorate a new education initiative titled Composition and Critique. Composition and Critique is a pilot program written by Dr. James Braunreuther, fine arts coordinator for Charleston County School District (CCSD) and is the result of a partnership the Charleston Symphony ...

Exercise healthy middle school logic (Charleston Post Courier © 03/06/2013)         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 For several years, Charleston County School District officials have discussed adding sports programs at middle schools. The idea has merits, but it doesn’t go far enough.Introducing football, basketball, volleyball and softball teams in middle schools would certainly lend a sense of community to students. It would let high school coaches observe the middle school development of young athlet...

New sidewalks pump up Walk to School Day (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 03/06/2013)         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 By Stefanie Bainum sbainum@abcnews4.com CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Across the Lowcountry, kids ditched the school bus and said hello to the sidewalks. Wednesday marks the annual ‘South Carolina Walk to School Day'. It's an event with a goal of getting kids up and moving and teaching them the importance of health and wellness. The program is part of the ‘Safe Routes to ...

Whitesides celebrates reading with Target (Moultrie News © 03/06/2013)         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 Mount Pleasant Target visited Whitesides Elementary School Library to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss for Read Across America Day. Target employees read to fourth and fifth graders, donated 25 books to the library, and each fourth and fifth grade student received a treat bag. In addition to supporting Read Across America, Whitesides students also supported Relay For Life with Pajama Day, w...

County projects increase SC Walk to School Day safety | News | (Live 5 News - North Charleston © 03/05/2013)         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)- A number of Charleston County pedestrian safety projects have cleared the way for more schools to participate in the 2nd Annual South Carolina Walk to School Day on Wednesday, March 6. South Carolina Walk to School Day is a statewide event that aims to increase physical activity among children, as well as teaching pedestrian safety. Students join their parents and teacher...

Lincoln High School community doesn’t want to lose middle grades, asks for new building (Charleston Post Courier © 03/05/2013)         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 McCLELLANVILLE — Community members fear that shifting the middle grades out of Lincoln High School could be the first step to eventual closure.They worry that a smaller school is more likely to be shuttered, and they spoke in a united voice on Monday: Don’t make that change. “Our kids are very necessary in our eyes,” said Shenecca Garrett, a graduate of Lin...

Rural McClellanville community meets tonight to discuss proposed school changes (Charleston Post Courier © 03/05/2013)         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 Residents of rural McClellanville will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln High to discuss proposed changes to its middle and high school grades.The middle school portion of Linoln High has a small enrollment and low student achievement. To address those problems, Charleston School Superintendent Nancy McGinley wants to move seventh and eighth grades from the Lincoln High campus to S...

Charleston County drivers approve deal with Durham (WSCC FM 94.3 Charleston © 03/04/2013)         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 The school bus drivers union has voted to approve their contract with Durham School Services in Charleston County on Saturday. This vote ends the negotiations, which have been on-going since July. The Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley issued the following statement on Saturday. "Charleston County School District has received official notification that bus driver...

Charleston school bus driver strike averted (South Carolina Radio Network © 03/04/2013)         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 The threat of a school bus drivers? strike in Charleston County ended over the weekend. Charleston county school bus drivers voted Saturday to accept a new contract with Durham School Services, the county’s public school bus provider. The unionized drivers are represented by Teamsters Union Local 509. School bus drivers in Dorchester District 2 and Beaufort County voted early last week t...

Durham School Services, Charleston County bus drivers reach deal (Charleston Post Courier © 03/03/2013)         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 Charleston County residents no longer have to worry about a school bus driver strike.Union school bus drivers in Charleston County agreed 138-9 Saturday to accept a new five-year contract from their employer, Durham School Services, which includes a pay raise. “The members seemed happy,” said L.D. Fletcher, president of Teamsters Local 509, which represents school bus dr...

Charleston County bus drivers agree to a deal with Durham (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 03/02/2013)         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 CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston County bus drivers say they have agreed to a deal with Durham School Services that will avoid a work stoppage. The Saturday vote by Charleston County drivers ends negotiations between the driver's union and Durham that been ongoing since July. The drivers threatened to strike because of poor wages and benefits, but later agreed not to strike while negotia...

Charleston County, bus drivers reach deal (Charleston Post Courier © 03/02/2013)         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 Charleston County residents no longer have to worry about a school bus driver strike.Union school bus drivers in Charleston agreed 138 to 9 today to accept a new five-year contract from their employer, Durham School Services. “The members seemed happy,” said L.D. Fletcher, president of Teamsters Local 509, which represents school bus drivers in Beaufort, Charleston and D...

Creating sustainable academic success in District 1 (Charleston Post Courier © 03/02/2013)         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 BY NANCY J. McGINLEYDistrict 1 is a valued part of the Charleston County School District, and I am proud to be its superintendent. For far too long, the residents of Awendaw and McClellanville have seen their student population decline due not only to the reduction in the population of school age students, but also to the large number of students in that area who opt to travel to Mount Pleasant an...

Deal Reached for Charleston Co. School Bus Drivers (Charleston Patch © 03/02/2013)         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 Parents and commuters can breathe a little easier.? A month and a half after authorizing a strike during stalled negotiations with their employer, Teamsters Local 509 members in Charleston County ratified their contract offer through Durham School Services Saturday. Charleston County School District has outsourced its student transportation through Durham, and its employees have unio...

Durham School Services, bus drivers reach deal (Charleston Post Courier © 03/02/2013)         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 Charleston County residents no longer have to worry about a school bus driver strike.Union school bus drivers in Charleston agreed 138 to 9 today to accept a new five-year contract from their employer, Durham School Services. “The members seemed happy,” said L.D. Fletcher, president of Teamsters Local 509, which represents school bus drivers in Beaufort, Charleston and D...

School bus driver stroke averted in Lowcountry (South Carolina Enquirer-Herald © 03/02/2013)         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 CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Union school bus drivers in Charleston have approved a new contract, avoiding a strike.Charleston County School District officials said drivers on Saturday voted to approve a new five-year contract with Durham School Services.If union members rejected the contract, Teamsters Local 509 president L.D. Fletcher had said a strike would begin Monday. School bus drivers in Charleston...

Academic Magnet High School backers plan to establish nonprofit foundation to help support its programs (Charleston Post Courier © 03/01/2013)         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 BY DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEYdcourrege@postandcourier.com Supporters of Charleston County’s top magnet high school are working to establish a nonprofit foundation to address its funding needs and expand electives.A board of 10 directors are seeking approval to operate a nonprofit for the benefit of Academic Magnet High. The foundation would solicit community donations and ...

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