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Summer learning opportunities for KC School District students

Posted: June 14, 2015 1:32 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Although Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students have taken a break from the traditional school year, local educators say that summer is an important time to continue the learning process. 

“Summer is a wonderful time for families to enjoy themselves,” KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan said.  “But it’s still important that students participate in activities that will foster learning. The great part is that students can have fun doing so.” 

For the fourth year, KCSD high school students are participating in the “One Book, Everyone Reads” program.  This year’s summer reading book is “Virals” by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs. Co-written by the author of the Temperance Brennan series (the basis for the TV series Bones) and her son, the book features a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina and rescue a dog that was caged for medical testing.  Coauthor Brendan Reichs is scheduled to visit each high school this fall to discuss the series in more detail with students.

The district has set up a special section on its website for summer reading including information about additional requirements for honors students and book choices for middle school students’ summer reading.  The website also includes a Summer Bingo Reading Program for all ages with incentives provided for students who complete certain levels.  Information about the Kershaw County Public Library’s summer reading program and efforts by Books On Broad bookstore to support the district’s summer reading program are also included as well as information on how to access free eBooks.

The district has also set up a special section on its website for a Summer Reading and Math Challenge. Students who have completed first through eighth grades can participate in the challenge and earn a minor grade of 100 in both math and english for the new school year.  

Students should complete work for the grade level they just finished and note their progress on the record sheets. Teachers will collect the record sheets at the beginning of the new school year.

The first day of school for KCSD students for the 2015-16 school year is Monday, Aug. 17. 

Morgan said that the district is also interested in student fitness and has partnered with the Kershaw County Recreation Department to open school gyms for middle and high school students age 12 to 18 this summer.    

The schedule for open gyms  for boys are Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at the Camden Middle School gym; Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. at the Lugoff Elgin Middle School gym and Mondays, 6-8 p.m. at the  North Central High School Gym.

The schedule for open gyms for girls are Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at the Camden High School gym; Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. at the Lugoff Elgin High School gym and Mondays, 6-8 p.m. at the North Central High School gym. 

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