Judges at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, N.C., crowned Lugoff-Elgin High School's (L-EHS) Winter Guard, Utopia, the Carolina Indoor Performance Association champions on March 29. L-EHS dance teacher Sarah Price is the guard's director, assisted by Rebecca Richbourg and Chase White.
Dr. Daisy Alexander could do fairly complex mathematical calculations in her head. That might not be a surprise to the thousands of students she taught during her 40-year career in Kershaw County schools, but how she used it might.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Kershaw Board of School Trustees received a report on the portion of Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan regarding North Central area schools. KCSD Executive Director for Operations Billy Smith led the presentation which included the following items:
The circus came to town for Baron DeKalb Elementary School students. Ms. Farnum's first grade class completed a unit of study about the circus and researched and wrote about circus acts and animals. Students rehearsed circus acts and performed in front of the 4 and 5-year-old kindergarten students, first and second grade students and 43 friends and family members. The acts included clowns, dancing bears, lions, elephants, acrobats and a strongman.
District winners in the Kershaw County School District's Superintendent's writing competition were recognized at the March 18 school board meeting. The program helps strengthen students' writing and communications skills. Pictured left to right: Sawyer Reeves, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, 6th grade winner; Justin McCaskill, Jackson School, 5th grade winner; Mara Jones, school board chairperson; Blease Campbell, Lugoff Elementary School, 4th grade winner; Sara Grace Wohlwinder, Camden Middle School, 8th grade winner; Taylor Church, Blaney Elementary School, 3rd grade winner; Ron Blackmon, school board member; and Maddie Richburg, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, 7th grade winner.
Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES) Principal David Branham has a philosophy of how academic success in students can be predicted. For Branham, academic success is based on how much time a student spends reading both in and out of school. MPES currently has a very successful reading program in place, Branham said.
Ron Blackmon, a member of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, wants to know why discussions on recreation programs and school consolidations never seem to include Midway Elementary School (MES).
The Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) showed improvement in several national career and technical education performance standards for 2013, according to results released by the S.C. Department of Education.
Midway Elementary School (MES) has been offering free Rosetta Stone English classes to members of Hispanic families. The program currently has 10 participants, according to MES Media Specialist Benjamin Higgins.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted recently to hire Camden native Steve Abbott as the district's new professional development director. Abbott replaces John Gardner, who recently retired.