Camden Elementary School Principal Ed Yount spent Monday night on the school's roof as part of an agreement made after challenging the elementary school students to raise $1,000 for the United Way of Kershaw County's campaign. The students actually exceeded the $1,000 benchmark, and raised as much as $1,349 through a variety of school fundraisers. On Tuesday morning, Yount said he knew the students would reach their goal, but was pleasantly surprised they exceeded it. During his night on the roof, Yount said he spent his time in a tent "reading and getting some school ...
Betsy Long is a runner.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School is one of three schools statewide to be honored by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap. Of the more than 500 Title I schools in South Carolina, Pine Tree Hill ranked in the top three in improving student achievement among students who have historically scored lower than their peers.
Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 24th year Aug. 26-27 with a two-day retreat for the 2011-12 class that included conquering a high ropes course.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 19-23:
Kershaw County and Camden city councils designated September as National Literacy Month, and volunteers with the Kershaw County Literacy Association (KCLA) hope the community becomes more aware of the organization's programs and goals.
Thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, two Columbia-based for-profit, after-school programs are able to use multipurpose rooms at Blaney and Doby's Mill elementary schools at reduced rates.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 12-16:
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) currently has nine performance goals for its students. The goals are varied, and range from having every student in kindergarten through second grade performing math and reading on grade level by the end of the school year to having every high school student graduate with either a S.C. high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
Students at Doby's Mill Elementary School (DMES) can now enjoy an outdoor library space and have money for new library books, thanks to the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff.
Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry such as power generation and the development and use of renewable energy to a Kershaw County educator this summer as part of the 26th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis.
Blaney Elementary School third-graders – including Hunter Fogarty, Mason Woodberry, Preston Estep, Emily Gutierrez, Merah Hughes, Emily Vinson, Joseph Romero and Ethan Meeker, students in Jessica Frye's class -- were happy to share their first day's school lunch with their new resource officer, Officer Tony Wages (right) with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Wages will be at each West Wateree elementary schools, teaching the "Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence" curricula as well as getting to know his students informally. Three school resource officers are available to students through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.
They may be high school seniors, but Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) students Kyle Griggs and Adam Smith are also pioneers.
Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.
The Kershaw County Reading Council's (KCRC) Administrator of the Year is doing everything she can to make sure students are reading at least at grade level. The KCRC named Jackson Elementary School Principal Matia Goodwin as its Reading Administrator of the Year at its annual recognition program Dec. 8.
On December 5, students at Doby's Mill Elementary school participated in Kershaw County's Soil and Water Conservation District's celebration of Arbor Day. Donna Douglas explained when Arbor Day is recognized. "Arbor Day is the first Friday in December, that is when we celebrate it in South Carolina because that is the best time to plant. It's celebrated at different times in different states," Douglas explained. Students participated in an assembly honoring Arbor Day and performed skits and songs in honor of Arbor Day. "Every year the conservation district chooses a school to participate in Arbor Day ...
According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, the district received an update last week from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) saying it is seeing an early and large rise in seasonal flu cases. Byrd said the district is currently experiencing the same situation in many of the schools.
The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students on Dec. 19, 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.
Shalace Rose, a McNair Scholar and Winthrop University senior Research from Camden, may help to give businesses and government regulators insight into beginner trucker drivers' sleep and dietary habits. She has won an award for her research.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees said "good-bye" to two of its members during a reception preceding its meeting Tuesday evening. The board honored departing trustees Nissary Wood and Dr. Don Copley. Wood and Copley received individual awards during the reception with working with the school board. Voters elected Wood and Copley to the board in 2010.
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