• Students, staff head back to school

    As summer winds down and vacations come to an end, Lancaster County parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the new school year, which is set to begin Monday morning, Aug. 17.
    For some students, including rising sixth and ninth graders, school has already begun, as those students attended orientation day on Friday to learn the in’s and out’s of acclimating to a new school, finding classrooms and learning their new schedules.

  • Diploma 50 years later

    Cathyleen Rice


    On April 14, 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill eliminating the HSAP-High School Assessment Program as a requirement for students to earn a South Carolina high school diploma.

    The bill means those who previously failed to pass sections on the HSAP and denied graduation, are now eligible to receive their diploma if they met all other graduation requirements at the time of his or her school attendance.

  • Miller navigates bumps in the road

    Christopher Sardelli
    KERSHAW – No one is more surprised about her upcoming graduation, and the attention she’s receiving for it, than Tatonna Miller.
    With only days left until her graduation from Andrew Jackson High School, Miller, 19, bubbles over with enthusiasm as she talks about her anticipated walk across the stage on Friday, May 29 to accept her diploma.

  • More than 750 students set to graduate this week

    Lancaster County’s high school seniors and adult education students will head back to school one last time this week – but this time they’re going to celebrate.
    More than 750 adult education students and high school seniors will take part in commencement exercises Wednesday, May 27, and Friday, May 29, crossing stages from one phase of life to another.
    Sharing the moment with them will be thousands of family members and friends.

  • Lacy Bowers turns adversity into advantage

    Lacy Bowers is graduating from Lancaster High School with a long list of successes.
    She’s in the top 25 of her 271-member graduating class, was senior prom queen, first runner-up for homecoming queen, in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Civinettes, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and the list goes on.
    But things didn’t start out that way for her as a first-grader at Clinton Elementary School.

  • Good students shine at annual Principals’ Choice Awards

    South Middle School Principal Joyce Crimminger stood before a crowded Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on March 19, with one of her 534 students, a beaming young man named Chandler Hinson.
    Chandler is a special needs student, Crimminger explained, with a developmental disorder characterized, in part, by a smiling, happy demeanor and sweet disposition.
    Crimminger said Chandler has overcome some significant obstacles in the years he’s been at South, struggles balanced in the scope of things by his ability to light up a room.

  • Columbia City Ballet takes center stage at LHS

    Monday, Nov. 24, was a long day for Columbia City Ballet principal dancer Claire McCaa and the 29 other members of the professional company.
    They left the state capital before dawn for the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at Lancaster High School auditorium.
    “We left about 6:45 (a.m.) she said. “It wasn’t light yet.”

  • Education briefs 11-30-14

    Douglas has perfect attendance last year
    Ya’Dynasty Douglas had perfect attendance during her fourth-grade year at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School during the school’s 2013-14 year.
    Howey named to president’s list
    Anna Weeks Howey was named to the 2014 spring president’s list at Winthrop University for maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average at the university. She is majoring in physical education and will graduate in December 2014.

  • Strong finish for Warrior band

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School band finished its marching season with what ILHS band director Matt Willis called the “program’s crowning achievement over the past decade.”  
    On Oct. 25, the Warrior marching band placed fourth at the S.C. Band Directors Association’s 2A state finals with its “So, This is Earth...” show.
    “This was the band’s highest finish at state finals in a decade,” Willis said.

  • Moore: Uncertainty over testing may have role in results

    Lancaster County School District officials said recent changes in standardized testing and ongoing uncertainty over its future in the state is having an effect on local educators and may have played a role in this year’s mediocre PASS and HSAP test results.

    The item was among the topics discussed during this month’s school board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19.