For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute ratings issued for the Kershaw County School District and all of its schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, 85 percent of high schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 82 percent for elementary and middle schools.
The Black History Month celebration at Wateree Elementary School included an assembly where students performed skits about Ruby Bridges (the first African American to start attending an all-white school) and Larry Doby (Kershaw County's own hometown hero and Baseball Hall of Fame standout. Student Council President McKenlee Davis (center) and Vice President Kaitlyn Salvage (right) prepare to introduce speaker Kayla Portee (left), Lugoff-Elgin High School's homecoming queen. Kayla read a motivational book about heroes of the past.
Heritage Community Bank recently recognized outstanding students at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC). On behalf of the bank, Branch Manager Kellie Chapman (left) honored students Chelsea Bradford (second from left), representing ATEC's early childhood education program, and Megan Clements (second from right), representing the health science program. ATEC Director Chet Horton (right) was on hand for the recognition.
Artist in Residence Francee Levin recently spent several days working with Midway Elementary School's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders on storytelling, reader's theater and writing. Here, Levin tells a story to students from Teri Davis' and Denee Hayes' third-grade classes. The Artist in Residence is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's School Arts program which is funded in part by the Kershaw County School District and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jackson School hosted its first IGA Lego Invitational Feb. 19. More than 10 teams from across the state attended the tournament, where students collaborated with each other on robot designs and programming skills and participated in the Body Forward robot challenge. The Terminators from Greenville Tech High School won third place; RoboEagles from Moore Intermediate School placed in second; and Mind, Boty and Spirit from Doby's Mill Elementary School won first place. Here, students Seth Addeo and Hunter Fulton (center) explain a robotics concept to Tyra Burch (left) and Kristen Clay (right).
North Central Middle School (NCMS) teacher Lori Pate (left) and NCMS Principal Dr. Burchell Richardson (right) receive a $4,400 grant check from International Paper employee Timmy Boone (center). Pate wrote the grant for International Paper's literacy funding that is made possible through employee sponsorship. This is the fifth year that Boone and Pate have worked together to receive funding for NCMS and literacy improvement.
In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).
State officials recently awarded gold status to the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA.) ATEC is one of only nine high school organizations in the state to receive such recognition.
In a few weeks, five cadets from Camden Military Academy (CMA) will travel to the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park, Md., to represent South Carolina in the annual National History Day competition. The contest will be held June 14-18.
CMS Student Council members, along with their lead teacher Mrs. Alison Lopez, worked hard this year to raise money for the school and community, including the proposed Kershaw County West Playground Project.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recently voted to approve Gordon Morris as the Applied Technology Education Campus' (ATEC) new director. Morris will begin serving as ATEC's director with the 2015-16 school year. He is a former ATEC assistant director.