• Sticky-note inspiration

    From release

    Sticky-notes were the medium for inspirational messages at Lancaster High School on Feb. 13.

    Students decorated 1,000 notes with messages of love and hope for the “Share the Love” project, arranging them to spell “Love” on a wall at the school. Other students could then take a note off the wall and pass it along to another person to inspire or comfort them. 

  • 15 years of cheering comes to an end

    After 15 years as a cheerleader, Lancaster High senior Essence Frazier wore her uniform for the last time Friday night.

    Frazier said she’ll miss the crowd screaming and the adrenalin rush when hitting the mat for cheer competitions. She’ll miss bonding with the squad on bus rides to away games.

    “I’ll miss cheering for my school and showing my spirit,” said the four-year varsity cheerleader. “It’s something I love to do, and I can’t do it anymore.”

  • Dancing with the Stars

    Seven couples hit the stage at the sold-out Dancing With the Stars competition Saturday night, raising $14,500 for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Art Focus program.
    The event was a big financial success, topping the fundraising total at last year’s inaugural Dancing With the Stars by more than 60 percent.
    Taking home the technical-skills championship trophy was David Platts, science and arts instructional specialist for Lancaster County School District, and Katrina Bernsdorff, AJ High drama teacher.

  • Gifted-and-talented program expanding

    Lancaster County School District’s gifted-and-talented program will expand over the next four years from a project based at Discovery School to one in each elementary school.

    The new structure will place a gifted-and-talented teacher at each elementary to teach students and train other teachers in strategies for advanced students.

    Tom McDuffie, gifted-and-talented coordinator, said it will make life simpler.

    “It’s going to be more economical in the long run, because we won’t have to pay for transportation,” McDuffie said.

  • Exactly what schools get for $199M

    Eleven new playgrounds, 7,350 Chromebooks, at least 1,432 doors, and 12 parking lot and pick-up areas.
    That’s some of what the Lancaster County School District’s $199 million bond referendum is funding.
    And then there are the bigger projects – two new schools, three multipurpose buildings and three new artificial-turf athletic fields.
    About $121 million of the bond money will go to Indian Land, about $34 million to Lancaster, $33 million to Kershaw and $14 million to Buford.

  • Proposed Panhandle school attendance zones

    Building a new school in the Panhandle calls for attendance zones to be redrawn.

    That means some Harrisburg Elementary students will be moved to Indian Land Elementary and some ILE students will be going to the new Panhandle elementary to the south.

    Three proposed attendance lines for the Panhandle were presented to the school board Tuesday evening.

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County School District superintendent, said switching students and teachers to different schools is a routine consequence of growth, but it’s sometimes difficult.

  • New card lets senior citizens attend sports events for free

    If you’re 65 or older and enjoy Lancaster County sports, you’re in luck.

    Lancaster County School District is now offering a sporting event pass called a Gold Card that will allow all senior citizens to attend school athletic events for free.

    “We’re excited to begin this program this year,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We believe it’s a great way to thank our seniors for all they do for our students and a great tool for increasing senior citizen support for our schools.”

  • Senate bill would give schools more freedom to set calendars

    Lancaster County School District officials believe it’s important to finish the first semester of school before winter break.
    That’s why they are hoping state legislators will pass a Senate bill that would allow each district to set its own start dates, without the present requirement to wait until at least the third Monday in August.
    LCSD is in the process of building its 2018-19 academic calendar, which will be voted on by the school board during its February meeting.

  • CCA collects 2,100 cans of food for HOPE

    From release

    Carolina Christian Academy students collected more than 2,100 cans of food for HOPE of Lancaster in the school’s 20th-annual food drive.
    The homerooms at Carolina Christian competed against each other to see which one could bring the most cans per student for HOPE.
    This year, the sixth-grade homeroom came in third, with a total of 346 cans. Third grade came in second with 354 cans. The No. 1 class was fifth grade with a total of 363 cans.
    The winning class is awarded a free party by the school.

  • Education Notes: Jan. 14, 2018

    County schools closed for MLK Day
    All Lancaster County schools will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but will re-open on Jan. 16.

    Local student makes Coker dean’s list
    Kimberly Ghent of Lancaster has been named to Coker College’s fall 2017 dean’s list. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.75 grade-point average and complete at least 12 semester hours.

    Conservation district offers scholarship