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.
When Dr. Frank Morgan applied for the superintendent position with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) in February 2007, he spent a weekend driving around the county looking at the school district's facilities. The real surprise when he pulled up to one of the county's high school's was not what he found, but what he didn't find.
Lugoff-Elgin High School has announced its honor rolls for the first nine-week period.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will take up several matters relating in various ways to the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP) at a combined board and finance/facilities meeting slated for noon Tuesday.
Central Carolina Technical College's CRJ 202 Criminalistics (Forensics) course is taking their final exam Tuesday July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on location at a fabricated crime scene. NCIS agent Tony Horton is the instructor. He has partnered with the Sumter Sheriff's Department and set up an area in the back of Patriot Park off of Hwy. 441 in Sumter for this exam to take place. It will be in a wooded area where students will actually use what they have learned in the classroom to process a crime scene.
Third graders from around Kershaw County recently completed the county's first summer reading program. Students came to Jackson School for six weeks for classes that helped them improve their reading skills.
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