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Teacher of the Year talks journey to the top

Many people with ties to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) may know Rebecca Rundlett as the district's 2014 "Teacher of the Year," but most would not know the rocky journey she endured to get where she is today.

September 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Camden teen is a 2014 National Student Poet

A Camden teenager landed one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the country on Sept. 18 and visited the White House and met First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the honor.

September 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Lugoff-Elgin Middle School adds co-teaching

As a way to boost student performance and to make every student feel equal, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (LEMS) added co-teaching, which allows a general education teacher and a special education teacher to combine classes and teach the students some of the same material.

September 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Mara Jones responds to Scott Jordan’s statement about Zemp Stadium

After a Chronicle-Independent story Friday reported statements made by Scott Jordan to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voicing his objection to what he thought was a plan to demolish Zemp Stadium in Camden if a new stadium is built near Camden High School, Board Chairperson Mara H. Jones issued the following statement via email.

September 22, 2014 | | Education


Connecting classrooms to life at Lugoff-Elgin High

New Lugoff-Elgin High School Principal Worth Thomasson wants students to understand that what they learn in the classroom can be applied to life outside the classroom. Thomasson, who moved from being principal at North Central High School in August, hopes to make that connection through promoting literacy this school year.

September 19, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Education


Zemp Stadium supporter addresses school board

A Camden resident who wants to preserve Zemp Stadium spoke before the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday night.

September 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


CMS implements full ‘outdoor life unit’ program

With the beginning of the school year, Camden Middle School (CMS) became the first middle school in Kershaw County to implement and offer a full Outdoor Life Unit program as a physical education course. Currently, all three Kershaw County School District (KCSD) high schools offer the course, as do a few others in South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Doby’s Mill receives Dollar General Foundation grant

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff a youth literacy grant in the amount of $4,000 to support its Target READ Program.

September 10, 2014 | | Education


School News: Westville’s Aly Bolin named to Auburn 2013-14 Dean’s List

Aly Bolin, of Westville, was named to the Dean's List of Auburn University for the 2013-2014 academic year. Aly is now a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. Aly was a participant in Auburn's Research Week 2014. Aly will complete her Honors College senior thesis this fall, under Dr. Stacey Hunt. Aly was recently named an Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Fellow and is a two-time Auburn Leadership in Political Science nominee.

September 10, 2014 | | Education


ATEC fall open house Sept. 16

The Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) will hold its fall semester open house on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Parents of students and the public are invited to attend and become familiar with the school district's career center.

September 05, 2014 | | Education


School board recognizes top PASS scorers

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees dedicated much of its meeting Tuesday to the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and High School Assessment Program (HSAP) tests.

September 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Kershaw County school board members recognized

Kershaw County Board of School Trustees members Coach Ron Blackmon (Seat 9) and Louis Clyburn (Seat 3) recently earned certificates of achievement for obtaining Level Two status in the S.C. School Boards Association's (SCSBA) Boardmanship Institute Training Program.

September 03, 2014 | | Education


Parents mixed on new student Google Apps email accounts

Reactions are mixed among parents about the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) decision to provide all students with email accounts in order to use Google Apps for Education.

September 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Phase 2 referenda officially on November ballot

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees submitted necessary paperwork to the Kershaw County Board of Elections in August to seek voters' approval on the November ballot to build five new school facilities and renovate five others. Total cost for construction is approximately $130 million.

September 03, 2014 | | Education


Feature photo: And they’ll be off

Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...

September 01, 2014 | | Education


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Arrants speaks to CCTC students

Josh Arrants, naturalist and C-I columnist, speaks to students in Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Natural Resources Management program Feb. 26 about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Restoration Project at Fort Jackson. Arrants, a 2002 CCTC graduate, is a member of the S.C. Wildlife Federal Board, a Fort Jackson Wildlife Technician and former Camden resident who recently moved to Austin, Texas. He is returning frequently to work on the Fort Jackson project and continues to write his column. The students listening to Arrants' lecture are in NRM Department Chair Joshua Castleberry's class.

March 27, 2015 | | Education


BES announces 2nd quarter honor rolls

Bethune Elementary School has announced its school-wide A an A/B honor rolls for the second nine weeks of the school year.

March 27, 2015 | | Education


KCSD deferred maintenance list sent to committee

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.

March 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


NCHS reports 2nd quarter honor rolls

North Central High School recently released its honor rolls for the second quarter of the school year.

March 25, 2015 | | Education


Stover Middle reports honor rolls

Leslie M. Stover Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period.

March 25, 2015 | | Education


Feature photo: A ‘Special’ check

Kim Blackmon (front, second from left) presents a check $4,605 to Billy Newman, head of this year's Special Olympics, in front of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) offices on DeKalb Street in Camden. She is the daughter of Vickie and Ron Blackmon, chairman of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The money was raised during the Battle of Camden Power Meet at Carolina Fitness, owned by the Blackmons. Joining in on the presentation before the school board's March 17 meeting, were (front row) Ron Blackmon, Cletus Ray with Special Olympics, (second row) Vickie Blackmon, Trustee ...

March 23, 2015 | | Education


Doctor Smith

Dr. LaShaune Smith (center), the daughter of Mary Smith of Camden and Nathaniel Smith of Blythewood, is hooded by her doctoral committee chairperson, Dr. Jan Yow (right) and Dr. Murray Mitchell, associate dean of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Graduate School on Dec. 15, 2014 at the Koger Center in Columbia. Smith earned her doctoral of philosophy degree in secondary education. She received her bachelor of science degree in 1996 and her masters of industrial science in 2002, both from USC. She is also a 1992 Camden High School graduate. Smith taught high school mathematics for three and ...

March 20, 2015 | | Education


On 7-2 vote, school board goes for second referenda

Kershaw County residents will have another chance to vote on a pair of school construction-related referenda in November 2016. Exactly what form those referenda will take is yet to be seen.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CMA Blackjacks win first national drill competition

For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing's grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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