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Education

  • Crazy Critters

    A not-so-long-lasting silence fell across the room April 7 as Discovery School students waited to see which animals were in the covered cages.

    Students gasped at the legless lizard. They giggled when a cockatoo started swaying. And their eyes widened when a coati climbed up Conservation Educator Khoreen Vetter’s leg.

  • Buford 4th graders getting into sharks

    The smell of sea life stunned visitors walking into Buford Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Fourth graders lined up in the hall outside a science lab wearing aprons and rubber gloves.

    It was time to dissect sharks.

    Some students plugged their noses to avoid the smell. Other wide-eyed students looked at the 2-foot-long dogfish sharks lined up on the counter.

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s ice cream!

    Ask a second grader to complete a familiar English phrase, and you might get the “right” answer, or you might hear something really fun.

    At Indian Land Elementary recently, one 8-year-old in Lindsey Scheppegrell’s class knew, for example, that jealousy is the green-eyed… “monster.”

    This is the age when kids have heard or read enough that some common phrases can start registering in their brains. 

  • Wanted: The ideal superintendent

    The new superintendent search is on track, with Lancaster County school board members recently receiving feedback from the community on the ideal candidate.

    Nearly 1,000 surveys were completed asking the community, including Lancaster County School District staff, what skills and experience they desire in the next superintendent.

    Board Chairman Bobby Parker said it’s important the board knows what type of superintendent the community prefers.

  • Who gets senioritis? Everyone!

    They’re ready for it to be over – the homework, the stress, the early mornings.

    Some daydream about graduation. Or eat noodles out of to-go boxes during class. Others have their headphones on.

    They’re high school seniors who have severe senioritis – a colloquial term for seniors who lack motivation for their studies.

  • BES principal wins state award

    Buford Elementary Principal Andrea Ribelin was shocked last weekend when she was named outstanding administrator of the year by the S.C. Counseling Association.

    “It’s very humbling, because what I do is my passion and my calling,” Ribelin said. “To be recognized for that is just a real shock. I would not be the leader I am without the phenomenal work of the staff at Buford Elementary School… and the support of our community is a huge plus.”

  • Celebrating achievement at AJHS

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Andrew Jackson High School students were riding high this week, with a number of outstanding accomplishments to celebrate, both in athletics and the arts.

    The Lady Vols basketball team was playing late Friday in the SCHSL Class AA Upstate Championship. (See coverage in Sports.) And four of the school’s wrestling team members advanced to their state championships.

  • School Improvement Council at Clinton makes honor roll

    Clinton Elementary’s School Improvement Council was named to the S.C. School Improvement Council Honor Roll for 2017 along with 15 others in the state.

    Five finalists from the 16 honor roll winners will be selected in February, and one will advance to win the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence in March. 

    Kenneth Stinson, Clinton SIC chairman and parent, said the award is a great accomplishment for Clinton.

  • Spearman: Replace old school buses

    The S.C. Department of Education is pressing the legislature to replace more than 1,000 older school buses and increase bus driver salaries, which is welcomed news for the Lancaster County School District.

    The state currently has 2,805 buses that are over 15 years old, and some dating back to 1988, according to a release from the state department.

  • Clinton, Erwin receive gifts from Santa Express

    The Santa Express truck traveled from Charlotte to visit Clinton and Erwin elementary schools on Friday and deliver apples, toiletries and school supplies.

    The initiative is by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a nonprofit working to end hunger.

    “The purpose is to spread holiday cheer to children living at or below the poverty level,” said Delilah Counts Roseborough of Second Harvest. “We know families already struggle to make ends meet.