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Walk to School Day set for Wednesday (Charleston Post Courier © 09/30/2012)         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 across the Lowcountry will take to the streets on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day.Statewide, more than 194 schools and 78,000 students, parents and educators are expected to participate in the event. Walk-to-school events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic ...

CCSD awarded $8.9M grant (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 09/29/2012)         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) -- A federal grant worth nearly $9 million will be used "to improve pay structures, reward great teachers and principals and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high poverty schools," officials said. The U.S. Department of Education announced the Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Friday. Grants were given to nearly 1,000 schools in 150 districts across the...

Charleston County schools wins $23.7 million federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant (Charleston Post Courier © 09/28/2012)         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 COURR?G? CASEYdcourrege@postandcourier.com Charleston County School District has been awarded a $23.7 million federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant to implement a pay-for-performance system for teachers and principals.School leaders already were planning to put this kind of pay structure in place, and officials said the money would help further those efforts.?This grant gives...

Lowcountry students to participate in Walk to School Day | Schools | (Live 5 News - Colleton County © 09/28/2012)         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) - Schools throughout the Tri-county will join schools around the world as students ?walk to school? on October 3 to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Students and faculty taking part in International Walk to School Day will walk to school before classes start from a predetermined location that is near the school. The routes are safe, and students a...

CCSD awarded competitive $23.7-million Teacher Incentive Grant (WCBD NBC 2 Charleston © 09/28/2012)         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 one of 35 grant recipients to receive funding through the Teacher Incentive Fund. CCSD will receive $23.7 million over the next five years. The funds will be used to improve pay structures, reward great teachers and principals and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high poverty schools.The 35 winners were chosen from a pool of ...

Arts school principal receives state honor (Charleston Post Courier © 09/27/2012)         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 Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Principal Jayne Ellicott was one of three administrators honored Friday by the South Carolina Music Educators Association.Ellicott received an Honor Administrator Award at the group's conference in North Charleston. The award recognizes administrators who have actively supported the arts, taken a stance on the importance of arts, and can show growth in their s...

Horses provide special skills for special needs students (Charleston Post Courier © 09/27/2012)         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 I?ve recently gotten involved with horses again, in large part because of the kind folks at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding.They have some very calm horses out there, just the ticket when I was debating about whether I wanted to ride again this summer after a 30-plus-year absence. But their real mission is one that I had the chance to witness first hand: serving emotionally and phy...

Belle Hall Elementary to receive new wall murals | Schools | (Live 5 News - Mt. Pleasant © 09/26/2012)         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) - Beautiful new murals will be painted at Belle Hall Elementary thanks to the parent of a former student. Cindi Sanders is painting murals in the pods of Belle Hall Elementary in Mt. Pleasant. Sanders originally painted some murals at Belle Hall in 2004 while her son went to the school that depicted the ocean, rain forest and space. She will now begin work on two new t...

SOA students to pay tribute to America through music | Community Spirit | (Live 5 News - North Charleston © 09/26/2012)         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 (WCSC) - The School of the Arts high school band will hold a free musical tribute to America this Thursday. "Americans We" will be held in the Rose Maree Myers Theater on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. The show, which will feature original American music and creative written pieces, will commemorate the sacrifice, heroism, energy and pride of being an American. Chri...

Drayton Hall to participate in Walk to School Day | Events | (Live 5 News - West Ashley © 09/26/2012)         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 (WCSC) - Drayton Hall Elementary School will be joining school around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day next Wednesday Approximately 600 students from Drayton Hall will walk to school with their parents on Wednesday, October 3, along with teachers and community leaders. Those participating will meet at the BiLo parking lot on the corner of Bees Ferry and ...

School of the Arts AMERICANS WE CONCERT (Moultrie News © 09/24/2012)         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 Americans are a resilient, creative populace, yet this year is proving to be one of the more rancorous when it comes to the American political landscape. To contrast the sometimes bitter rivalries in our society, the School of the Arts plans to recognize the best of America through music. "Americans We", is a musical tribute to America, as we commemorate the sacrifice, heroism, energy and pride of...

Swing Out! brings in 300 school children for jazz show-and-tell (Charleston Post Courier © 09/22/2012)         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 Music Hall tremored Friday morning with the sounds of swing and bossa nova, designed to inspire young students, 4-17 years old, from numerous area schools.It was the inaugural Swing Out! Youth Program offered by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and it drew about 300 children from Charleston County schools, along with their band teachers and chaperones. Sponsored by Toyota...

Charleston Jazz Orchestra wows students (Charleston City Paper © 09/21/2012)         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 Near the back of the Charleston Music Hall, a hush fell as students from Baptist Hill High School craned their necks to see Charlton Singleton, trumpeter and bandleader of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, rise from his seat in the crowd and play What else? the Charleston. The orchestra, in coordination with the Jazz Artists of Charleston, launched its youth outreach program SWING OUT! with a w...

Garrett Techs Singleton overcomes obstacle to find success (Charleston Post Courier © 09/21/2012)         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 Garrett Tech sophomore lineman Ron Singleton has been playing football since he was 8 years old. Like many of his peers, he dreams of playing college football. His favorite NFL players are Randy Moss and Michael Vick.?Michael Vick doesn?t let anyone keep him down,? said the 6-4, 230-pound Singleton, who turned 16 this week. ?He shoots for the stars.? Singleton also shoots for the star...

Sullivans Island teen angles for diabetes alert dog for his fishing buddy (Charleston Post Courier © 09/20/2012)         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 Dogs trained to warn a diabetic of potentially life-threatening changes in blood glucose levels don?t come cheap.But Tucker Dodson aims to purchase a $20,000 Labrador retriever for his Wando High School classmate Luke Varadi. ?It?s so that he can be out there going strong and feeling safe,? Dodson said.For Varadi, having a blood sugar-sniffing dog means less worry about his glucose le...

Clark Academy alumnus returns to paint mural (Charleston City Paper © 09/18/2012)         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 Since before he was born, Robert Westmoreland Kittrell had to get free. It's how he earned his nickname. "I used to kick when my mom was pregnant, and my dad could see it, so they started calling me Spike," Kittrell says. "They haven't called me anything else." As a teenager, Spike Kittrell was still kicking. When he started at James Island High School in the mid-'90s, his grades were fine...

Middleton Place partners with Meadwestvaco (Charleston Regional Business Journal © 09/18/2012)         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 Guided by period-dressed interpreters at Middleton Place, second-graders from Mitchell Elementary tossed rice grown in the plantation?s rice fields and watched as a breeze blew the chaff away from the grains. ?We?re going to do five shakes,? said Jeff Neale, Middleton stable-yards interpreter and potter, talking to one of the students preparing to separate the rice last Thursday. ?There?s two, ...

Flu vaccinations begin this week (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 09/18/2012)         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) -- Children enrolled in Charleston County schools can receive flu vaccinations this week, state Department of Health and Environmental Control officials said Tuesday. The vaccinations will be available to all children at the school they attend. "If parents or guardians have not yet returned the consent form to the school, they need to do so as soon as possible," a departm...

Charleston County Library Programs (Charleston Post Courier © 09/13/2012)         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 Public Library is offering the free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of September.Special events Library Card Sign-Up Month: Through Sept. 30. All branches. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply is the library ...

Charleston County Schools offer free breakfast with national Breakfast in the Classroom program (Charleston Post Courier © 09/13/2012)         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 Wouldn?t it be nice to walk into work or school with a free, healthy breakfast waiting on the desk just for you?Many Lowcountry students are getting just that, thanks to the Breakfast in the Classroom program, a national initiative that aims to decrease childhood hunger and help students perform better in school. The Charleston County School District is one of 15 districts in the nati...

15 folks who made a brief but impactful appearance (Charleston City Paper © 09/10/2012)         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 Linda Ketner A few facts about Linda Ketner's 2008 campaign for the S.C. District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives: She wanted to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act. She opposed school-choice vouchers. She wanted to protect rivers from mercury contamination. But Ketner says some people never considered her platform when she took on incumbent Republican Henry Brown. Instead, she ...

Crowd Pleasers: School bands turn up the heat (Charleston Post Courier © 09/10/2012)         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 not a football game that got the crowd cheering at The Citadel?s Hagood Stadium on Sunday afternoon; it was the high-impact music and energetic dancing of high school and college bands.Bands are a big deal in predominantly black Southern schools, as the 24th annual Palmetto Invitational Band Classic demonstrated, ?It?s part of the African-American culture,? said Reggina Diggins...

More parents, employees give Charleston County School District higher marks in survey (Charleston Post Courier © 09/10/2012)         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 at Pepperhill Elementary School in North Charleston gave the school high marks on a satisfaction survey, but Principal Tanya Underwood saw room for improvement. By the numbers The following are the two areas in which employees and parents gave the Charleston County School District its best and worst ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 in its spring 2012 survey: Employees Strength:...

Local students named finalists in Duke University talent search (WCBD NBC 2 Charleston © 09/10/2012)         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 - There are many different measures and indicators of a school's success. One is the number of students that qualify for the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) 7th Grade Talent Search. At Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, this number has increased every year since the school opened just four years ago, and the school expects to have an even greater number of their curr...

S.C. districts applying for federal education grants (Anderson Independent-Mail © 09/09/2012)         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. ? A dozen South Carolina school districts have told the U.S. Department of Education they plan to apply for a piece of $400 million in grants to be doled out nationwide. The latest round of the Obama administration's Race to the Top education innovation grants calls for districts to apply directly ? the only way South Carolina schools could get a chunk. Republican state Superinten...

Thousands turn out for Day of Caring projects (Charleston Post Courier © 09/08/2012)         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 turned green on Friday as more volunteers than ever, clad in kelly green T-shirts, took a day away from work or school to help at the annual Day of Caring service event.Although final numbers are not in, Trident United Way community volunteer coordinator Sally Burnett said she was being conservative in estimating that 8,500 volunteers participated in about 600 projects. The first Day of...

Thousands volunteer for Trident United Way's Day of Caring | Community Spirit | (Live 5 News - Johns Island © 09/07/2012)         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) - Trident United Way's Day of Caring 2012 kicked off today as thousands of volunteers are working on projects throughout the Lowcountry. More than 300 projects spread out over three counties will be completed today with the help of volunteers, non-profit agencies and schools. Some of these projects involve painting, landscaping, building, cleaning, reading to kids and more...

Roper St. Francis and CCSD helping athletes (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 09/07/2012)         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) -- Angela Servello says her son has been playing football since he was 5 years old. So, she knows the worry that comes along with being a football parent. But, this year, Servello can be at ease thanks to a new county-wide medical coverage program for Charleston County students. "You're really concerned because I mean every time they take a hit at the head you k...

Clark alum paints mural for Day of Caring (Charleston Post Courier © 09/06/2012)         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 Spike Kittrell got an opportunity on Wednesday few people ever get. Day of Caring Trident United Way?s Day of Caring will take place throughout the Lowcountry on Friday. The event provides volunteers from the area, who help local agencies and schools with one-time service projects, such as building gardens, reading with kids, picking up trash and more. For more information on pro...

Free GED classes offered (Charleston Post Courier © 09/06/2012)         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 COP-Tutors Inc. Educational Center is offering GED preparation for high school diplomas.Free classes will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 18-Dec. 6. Registration is being held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Sept. 20 at the Garrett Academy of Technology Community School in North Charleston. The class is for ages 20 and over. You must pay for material fees. Call 301-87...

Septima P. Clark Academy alum paints mural for Day of Caring (Charleston Post Courier © 09/06/2012)         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 Spike Kittrell got an opportunity on Wednesday few people ever get. Day of Caring Trident United Way?s Day of Caring will take place throughout the Lowcountry on Friday. The event provides volunteers from the area, who help local agencies and schools with one-time service projects, such as building gardens, reading with kids, picking up trash and more. For more information on pro...

Teen entrepreneurs reflect on skills learned (Charleston Post Courier © 09/06/2012)         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 When Wando High School senior Erin Willis won $1,000 at the Motley Rice Charleston County Business Plan Competition in May, she invested the money into her business.Erin started eBay Queen last year after taking an entrepreneurship class at school. Erin?s business buys low-priced items on eBay and sells them back to eBay or consignment shops. She said that when she devotes at least 20...

Wando cross country among state?s best (Moultrie News © 09/05/2012)         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 Cross country continues to be a strong sport at Wando, evidenced by the recent No. 2 girls and No. 4 boys ranking among South Carolina 4A schools. Georgia Compton, a senior, and A.J. Gawryluk, a sophomore, also received preseason recognition as a top 10 individual athlete. Compton is No. 8 and Gawryluk is No. 9. Gawryluk has stayed in shape with the Mount Pleasant Track Club. He earned All-A...

Innovative S.C. learning program expands to Atlanta (Anderson Independent-Mail © 09/04/2012)         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 AP Photo Students and leaders of WINGS for Kids attend a session of the program in North Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 27, 2010. NORTH CHARLESTON ? An innovative after-school program started in South Carolina to help kids control their tempers and make good choices expanded Tuesday to two schools in Atlanta. WINGS for Kids st...

CCSD early learning program starts Tuesday (WCIV ABC News 4 Charleston © 09/04/2012)         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 early learning and head start programs start Tuesday. The goal of the program is to provide early, continuous development for children both intellectually and socially. The district expects over 1,800 four-year-old students and 1,000 head start pre-schoolers to enter the classroom. For a list of centers and the number to call for q...

Burke, North Charleston High schools give principals three-year deals, create plans for improvement (Charleston Post Courier © 09/03/2012)         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 High School Principal Bob Grimm tries not to get too hung up on the school?s past.?It?s unacceptable,? said Grimm, who?s starting his second year as principal. ?The students deserve better than what they?ve had.? He can?t change the fact that North Charleston High has been identified as ?persistently failing? after rating ?at risk? for eight consecutive years. Downtow...

Volunteer to improve literacy (Charleston Post Courier © 09/02/2012)         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 Recent articles, editorials and letters to the editor have highlighted, again, the growing need for literacy to be a top priority in the Lowcountry ? especially in impoverished neighborhoods on the peninsula and in the North Charleston area. The school district is working diligently to improve these statistics, but each year it is further constrained by budget issues.We need members of the communi...

Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust wants more field trips (Charleston Post Courier © 09/01/2012)         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 Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust wants to expand a program that coordinates school field trips to the area?s historic sites.?Kids to the Forts? brought 400 students to Charleston forts last year, the trust said. Charleston County teachers and school administrators have asked the trust to expand the program this school year, according to the trust. The program aims to send 1,000 stu...

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