The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Dec. 12-16:
Eleven Kershaw County educators -- three first-time applicants and eight renewals -- have earned the highest credential available in the teaching profession, bringing the current total number of district employees who are National Board certified (NBC) to 139.
Students at Midway Elementary School wrote letters to send to the military to wish them a happy holiday season and to thank them for their service. Representatives from the American Red Cross picked up the letters and will see that they are delivered by Christmas. Students who participated included (first row) Bailey Rabon, Laila Houser, Devon Yannayon, (second row) Erin Jackson, Luke Funderburk, Madison Hensley, Kaitlyn Thompson, Ana Lucena, Jimena Noyola, Maggie Carter, Dylan Smith, Madison Bantum, Sophia Watford, (third row) Laura Battiata, Principal Dell Brabham, Margaret Bishop and Regan Atkinson.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has reported its honor rolls for the first quarter.
In November, 52 students at Camden Elementary School were inducted into the National Junior Beta Club. The club's mission is "To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership, among elementary and secondary school students." S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen offered words of encouragement at the ceremony. In addition to Sheheen, joining the students were Ed Yount, principal; LaKeisha Lawrence, sponsor; and Jackie Norton, assistant principal, along with Beta Club officers and speakers. Beta Club is based on academics and PASS scores.
As part of a project spearheaded by the American Red Cross, Doby's Mill Elementary School students had the opportunity to make holiday cards for soldiers and veterans. They used recycled materials in Science Lab for this project in celebration of World Recycling Day. At a Family Reading Night event, fourth-grade teacher Tina Summers set up a table loaded with materials to facilitate this process. Here, Benjamin Shaw, Tamira Tucker, Sierra Kirkland, Kadee Faulkenberry, Joshua Kirkland and Daniel Parker display the cards they created in Science Lab.
The Kershaw County Reading Council (KCRC) recently held its annual Reading Teacher of the Year banquet at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School. Each school in the district had the opportunity to nominate a Reading Teacher of the Year who created portfolios and displays to be critiqued by an external judge.
The Kershaw County School District received "unqualified opinions" -- the top results possible -- during its annual financial audit as completed by an external independent CPA firm.
The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students Dec. 16, the last day of student attendance before the holiday break. Staff will work a regular schedule. Students in 3-and 4-year-old developmentally delayed and 4-year-old kindergarten classes will not attend.
The 82 children of the Montessori School of Camden anxiously awaited the arrival of their grandparents and extended families for the annual celebration of Grandparents' Day.
First quarter elementary discipline reports show that referrals from classrooms and buses to school offices have dropped nearly 15 percent from this time last school year. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials attribute much of this success to the districtwide implementation of PBIS -- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Dec. 5-9:
Current Kershaw County high school freshmen may be able to attend Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) for free once they graduate.
Dr. Agnes Slayman, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) executive director for secondary education, has been hired as the new superintendent of education for Chester County. She will officially begin her new post Jan. 1.
The current economic downturn brought low construction costs, allowing the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to move forward with an ambitious $102 million Installment Purchase Plan (IPP)-funded facilities equalization plan. But it also brought a wave of criticism from county residents who grew increasingly frustrated with seeing new school construction at the same time the district laid off teachers, slashed National Board Certification (NBC) stipends and enacted districtwide furloughs.
Josh Arrants, naturalist and C-I columnist, speaks to students in Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Natural Resources Management program Feb. 26 about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Restoration Project at Fort Jackson. Arrants, a 2002 CCTC graduate, is a member of the S.C. Wildlife Federal Board, a Fort Jackson Wildlife Technician and former Camden resident who recently moved to Austin, Texas. He is returning frequently to work on the Fort Jackson project and continues to write his column. The students listening to Arrants' lecture are in NRM Department Chair Joshua Castleberry's class.
Bethune Elementary School has announced its school-wide A an A/B honor rolls for the second nine weeks of the school year.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.
North Central High School recently released its honor rolls for the second quarter of the school year.
Leslie M. Stover Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period.
Kim Blackmon (front, second from left) presents a check $4,605 to Billy Newman, head of this year's Special Olympics, in front of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) offices on DeKalb Street in Camden. She is the daughter of Vickie and Ron Blackmon, chairman of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The money was raised during the Battle of Camden Power Meet at Carolina Fitness, owned by the Blackmons. Joining in on the presentation before the school board's March 17 meeting, were (front row) Ron Blackmon, Cletus Ray with Special Olympics, (second row) Vickie Blackmon, Trustee ...
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