The Kershaw County School District is encouraging families who have not yet registered their kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year to do so as soon as possible. All 11 elementary schools will be accepting registrations during regular school hours.
The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) recently awarded 12 Kershaw County high school seniors with $500 scholarships. Recipients were honored at the May meeting of the L-EWA. Pictured are (from top row, left to right) L-E Water Authority Scholarship Committee representatives Chip McCaa, Anna Stewart (committee chair) and Clyde Smith; Scholarship recipients Lauren Smith, Julia Moye, Casey Swails, Ryan McRoy, Sarah Kleinholz, Mary Katherine Rogers, Amanda Moseley, Danielle Moore and Victoria Phan. Not pictured are Hunter Johnson, Nathaniel Tyson and Austin Veverica.
Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.
Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer doesn't want the elementary school in his town to close. At worst, he said he would prefer that if Bethune Elementary School (BES) is closed, it is consolidated only with Mt. Pisgah Elementary School at a location between the two existing sites. Fulmer said closing BES would have an economic impact on the town.
Emily Shirley, of Lugoff was among 87 students at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) who were recently inducted into the campus chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
North Central High School (NCHS) recently received a $750 grant from the S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) for the 2014 fiscal year. The support, funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow NCHS to expand its visual arts program by purchasing a kiln for firing ceramics.
A Camden High School (CHS) senior will head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado after graduation, thanks to a congressional appointment. Zack Watson received a letter from U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in early February that the congressman was submitting his name to the prestigious academy in early February. In late March, Zack, the son of Beth Watson and grandson of Max and Judy Ford, received a second letter confirming his appointment.
State Sen. Thomas McElveen wants graduates of this year's Junior Leadership Kershaw County program not to forget to "look around" in the midst of their busy lives for chances to contribute to the world around them.
Faculty from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS), some current and many retired, gathered together at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff recently to celebrate their 14th annual faculty reunion. Restaurant owner Linda Hall was, at one time, manager of the L-EHS cafeteria, making the location very significant.
Camden Middle School reports honor rolls
Friday night was a special occasion for five students and their families, friends and other supportive community members who joined together to honor them. Renee Thompson, a special education instructor at Camden Elementary School, came up with the plan for "A Night to Remember," a prom for five students in her class who are of the age to attend prom held this year at 833 Broad Street in Camden.
Rebecca Rundlett, a Camden High School (CHS) English teacher is the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) 2014 Teacher of the Year. KCSD officials made the announcement during its annual awards gala in the CHS Performing Arts Auditorium on Monday, picking Rundlett from among 20 educators named as teachers of the year from their respective schools.
North Central High School (NCHS) received major accolades last week, taking a bronze award in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of the best high schools in the nation. NCHS Principal Worth Thomasson described his response to finding out his school had received the honor as being one of "excitement."
Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk presented Camden High School Principal Dan Matthews, staff and students with a framed resolution from the S.C. General Assembly recognizing the school's selection as a prestigious 2014 Palmetto's Finest award winner. The resolution noted that judges from the S.C. Association of School Administrators were impressed to see that the school's test scores are at an all-time high, and that the school contributes time and resources to its community including more than $100,000 and 5,000 service hours to local charities this school year. Camden High School ...
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is the only South Carolina school district to receive not just one, but two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house afterschool academic assistance programs.
Camden High School's (CHS) National Honor Society (NHS) presented Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) with a $3,000 check Tuesday. The money is going to a program called Rob's Best Friend Fund; a ceremony marking the donation took place in the CHS media center.
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.
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