Erin Humphries (second from left), an eighth-grade student at North Central Middle School (NCMS), has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Bethune Lions Club. Her poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Locally there were 84 participants with Julia Daniels (center) coming in second place and Caitlin Clark (second from right) in third place. The sequence of competition will ...
For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute and Growth ratings issued Friday for Kershaw County elementary and middle schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 82 percent of schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 88 percent for Growth ratings.
Camden Elementary School third grade teacher Trudy Ranges knows the importance of reading for students to be successful. Because of her work to develop the Read Every Day (RED) program at her school, ING has named her as one of 100 "unsung heroes" and awarded $2,000 to the school's reading program.
Four million dollars is left in the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) Installment Purchase Plan (IPP) fund. How to use what remains of what was once $102 million for a series of school construction projects was the subject of discussion Monday night for the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.
Camden Elementary School students participated in a mock election for governor Oct. 19. Students received voter registration cards, were assigned to different precincts and placed their votes electronically in a real voting booth. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic candidate, came out on top with 447 votes. Republican opponent Nikki Haley received 157 votes. Here, student Faith Outlaw casts her ballot in the voting booth while Martha Jones and Tyona Barnes wait in line.
Wateree Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first nine weeks period.
Blaney Elementary School K-5 science lab teacher Tonya Arm Jackson (second from right) was recognized in October by the S.C. Board of Education as one of South Carolina's state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Those selected for the honor receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a series of recognition events, information exchange programs and an awards ...
The North Central High School Band traveled to James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan Oct. 23 to participate in the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) 1A Upper State Championship. The Marching Knights placed sixth overall securing a position at the SCBDA 1A State Finals which will be held Saturday at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band will perform at 11:15 a.m. This is the first time in eight years that the Marching Knights have made it into the state finals and the fourth time in school history. It is the only band in Kershaw County to make ...
Ashleigh Walters with WLTX in Columbia visited Abby Spitzer's fifth-grade news teams in the media center at Baron DeKalb Elementary School Oct. 5. She worked with them on proper angling of the camera, how to make smooth transitions in their newscast, and gave them many creative ideas to improve their daily news show. The fifth-grade teams hope to make their show more interesting with the addition of special features each day and still photographs that will accompany many of their spotlight stories.
The marketing class at Lugoff-Elgin High School will host its second annual dodge ball competition from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the larger gym.
Moseley Architects representative Jimmy Wilhide presents Jackson School Principal Gerald Gary (second from right) with a ceremonial key to the new facility at the school's recent dedication. Looking on are (from left) Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan; Kershaw County Board of School Trustees members Andy James, Kim DuRant, Mara Jones and Joey Dorton; and S.C. Law Enforcement Division Director Reggie Lloyd, who served as the speaker for the ceremony. Jackson is the county's first school built to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED-certified buildings are awarded points based on environmentally-friendly components ...
In approving policy changes concerning response to suspected child abuse and other emergency situations, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees agreed at its Tuesday meeting that it is imperative district personnel be well-versed in how to react.
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.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) Principal Karen Bullard is the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) Principal of the Year. A panel of school and district administrators voted to select her for the honor. Bullard began serving as L-EMS' principal in 2010 after serving as Camden High School's assistant principal. She and her husband are originally from Whiteville, N.C., and have two college-age daughters.
Members of Kershaw County Council attended the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting Tuesday evening to hear a presentation on a possible joint economic development campus here. Others attending the meeting included representatives from Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC), the city of Camden, the towns of Bethune and Elgin, Kershaw County Committee of 100, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, KershawHealth, Santee Lynches Council of Governments, the Kershaw County Vocational Education Foundation and Santee-Wateree Rural Transit Authority.
The 17th annual Read Across America event took place Feb. 28 with volunteers converging on all Kershaw County elementary schools to read the works of Dr. Seuss to students in honor of his birthday. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, was born March 2, 1904, but since that date fell on Sunday this year, the event was moved to Feb. 28, a Friday. A creation of the National Education Association, the event is held nationwide.
Last Friday, Blaney Elementary School (BES) students learned about heart health and physical activity at Jump Rope for the Heart. Students rotated through 11 stations where they exercised, played games and learned about eating healthy. BES school nurse Kim Allen wanted to show students that exercise can be fun. Jump Rope for the Heart is a community service project that teaches students the importance of exercising and eating healthy. Through Jump Rope for the Heart, BES students exceeded their goal of $1000 in raising money for the American Heart Association.
Due to recent inclement weather, Friday will be a regular school day for Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students. The 2013-14 KCSD calendar approved in December of 2012 originally indicated that Friday would be a professional development day for teachers unless needed as an inclement weather make up day.
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