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New elementary emerging from expanse of red clay

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County school board members, district staff and community members gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on the Panhandle’s new elementary school.
Expected to be complete next August, the 95,000-square-foot building will accommodate 1,170 students. The 36-acre site is on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.
School board member Melvin Stroble, who represents District 1, where the new school is being built, said the district needs additional facilities to support growth in the Panhandle.


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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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Put safety first on and around school buses this year

In just a few days, more than 6,000 students will begin boarding school buses to ride to and from school. More than 70 buses will operate in Lancaster County School District to accomplish this task.
When the school year ends, our buses will have traveled more than 1.25 million miles during the 2017-18 school year.
School bus travel is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation on the road. This safety record directly results from the intense training our drivers receive and the safety design of our buses.


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Students get nutritious boost from school meals

Healthy, balanced meals make so much difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.
Study after study has shown how much difference a good breakfast can make on a student’s ability to focus and do well in class.
The staff in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students those kinds of meals – meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school every day.
Here are things you should know about our meal program.


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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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