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Staff celebration kicks off the school year

LCSD honors teachers

By Hannah Strong

More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty members in matching school T-shirts filled Buford High School’s gym Monday morning to celebrate great teaching.
Four teachers from around the district were awarded annual teaching awards. Others were recognized for the number of years they had taught, including one teacher who has 54 years under his belt.
Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the district-wide Great Teaching Award and the high school award. He has been an educator for 15 years.


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North, Brooklyn Springs join leadership program

‘Leader in Me’ expands to 2 more schools

By Hannah Strong

Leader in Me, a program designed to teach elementary students management skills, is coming to North and Brooklyn Springs elementary schools this academic year.
The three-year program, piloted in the county by Buford Elementary last year, is driven by Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Linda Blackwell, Lancaster County School District director of elementary instruction, said Leader in Me lets students become partners in their learning.


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1st home game shifts to Buford

Delay at LHS stadium

By Hannah Strong

A construction delay at Lancaster High’s new artificial-turf football field has forced the school to move its first home game to Buford High’s new turf, which was a high priority to finish before hosting the annual jamboree this weekend.
LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said he made the call to move the game because the field’s surrounding asphalt “drive-around” may not be ready on time.


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First Steps celebrates summer of connections

On your mark, get set... Kindergarten!

By Hannah Strong

Dozens of rising kindergartners, teachers and parents lined up in front of bowling lanes and awaited cupcakes on Thursday to celebrate another successful year of Countdown to Kindergarten at the Lancaster Bowling Center.


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Healthy habits promote academic success

Our children will be more successful in school – and healthier – if we, as parents, make sure they do some very simple things.
In fact, taking the simple steps below to make sure our children are healthy – both mentally and physically – is probably the most important factor in how they do in school.
Here’s what you can do.

Rest and sleep
Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night.


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Kershaw stylist offers kids free school haircuts

By The Staff

A Kershaw hair stylist is offering a free haircut next week for any schoolkid who can’t afford one.
Danielle Beard, a mother of two, works at Hairworks on Hampton Street in Kershaw. She’s offering the free service to students from 5K to 12th grade from Aug. 8-12.
“Kids are so much fun,” she said Tuesday. “I really just want to help those in need.”
Beard has been cutting and styling hair for four years and says she doesn’t want anyone going to school without a haircut simply because they are unable to pay for one.


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Ease the transition from summer to school

By Julie Graham

The lazy days of summer are coming to a close in Lancaster County.
 August signals back-to-school time, when bedtimes are pushed up, alarm clocks are reset, pencils are sharpened and schools open to welcome back staff and students. For Lancaster County students, the first day is Thursday, Aug. 17.
Sixth- and ninth-graders head back Wednesday, Aug.16, for a half-day orientation.


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New traffic patterns only at LHS

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster High School is the only campus in the county that will have different traffic patterns at the opening of the school year due to construction projects.
Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said there is a new bus loading and unloading area at LHS.
“We’re inverting where the bus loop is and the front loop where the drop-off is,” Vaughn said. “Car traffic, at this point, will remain the same at the upper middle parking lot.”


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Tax-free weekend is Aug. 4-6

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

Make that list and check it twice. No, not for Santa – for tax-free back-to-school shopping during the annual S.C. Sales-Tax-Free Weekend.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6, book bags, clothing, pencils, paper and other school supplies are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax.
The S.C. Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during past tax holiday weekends.


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Phipps dives into hectic new job

By Hannah Strong

One of his first days on the job, Dr. Jonathan Phipps arrived at the Lancaster County School District office at 6:45 a.m.
The district’s new superintendent sat at his new desk preparing for meetings, reviewing routine paperwork, and returning e-mails and phone calls. Already, the schedule was hectic and varied.
 “You never have the same day twice,” he said.
He jotted notes in a journal to keep track of events. He’s kept one for the last 10 years.


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