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Education

  • ILHS teacher, students visit Vermont

    An Indian Land High teacher and two students visited Vermont in June to do research on water in the Lake Champlain basin and bring their new skills home to put into practice.

    Dr. Thomas Townsend, Anna Juarez and Nisha Patel visited Burlington, on the east side of Lake Champlain, from June 19-23 along with 19 other groups from high schools in Vermont and Puerto Rico.

  • Indian Land alumni gather for 2017 reunion

    Indian Land Elementary School’s cafeteria was buzzing with laughter and long conversations as old friends gathered for the 2017 Indian Land alumni reunion June 25.

    The parking lot was packed as people arrived to bring in covered potluck dishes. J.O. McCorkle, an 80-year-old Indian Land native from the class of 1958, stood proudly by the tea jugs as people walked past him.

    “I made all the tea here,” McCorkle said. “So, if you want, you can just call me the tea-maker.”

  • IL groups honor teachers

    Two Indian Land Middle School teachers were named teachers of the year for S.C. Veterans of Foreign Wars District 5 and American Legion Post 250.

    James Logan was named the VFW District 5 Teacher of the Year, and Kailee Ann Rose was named the American Legion Post 250 Teacher of the Year. Both teach special education at ILMS, where both have taught for three years.

    Logan and Rose both said they are honored to receive the awards.

  • LHS teacher harvests honey

    It was the perfect day to harvest their fourth year of honey – close to July but not so late that the honey becomes bitter.

    Debra Huey, a Lancaster High job-transition coach, and her family walked to their eight beehives last Sunday and took out all of the frames, which were full of honey and had a wax layer on top.
    Huey said she’s always been interested in how smart bees are.
    “My grandfather was a beekeeper,” she said. “I was always amazed and so fascinated by the hives.”

  • 2 students never missed a day

    Hannah L. Strong

    hstrong@thelancasternews.com

    There was no such thing as “senior skip day” for two Lancaster County School District students who were recognized by the district for having 13 years of perfect attendance.

    Lancaster High graduate Tanner Knight and Andrew Jackson grad Katelynn Hanna both graduated May 26 without missing a day of school since kindergarten.

    Knight, 17, was diagnosed with diabetes in sixth grade, but that didn’t keep him from getting to school.

  • Duke Energy donates $25K for adult vocational training

    For the second year in a row, Duke Energy has donated $25,000 to Lancaster County Adult Education's vocational training program.

    Rick Jiran, Duke’s vice president of community relations, visited Adult Education on Wednesday to deliver the check. 

  • Fidget Spinner mania

    Today’s hot new toy is a tiny piece of plastic that spins.

    It’s called a Fidget Spinner.

    “This is what the kids are into these days,” South Middle teacher Holly Miranda said, as sixth-grader Dylan Rowell walked to the front of the room to demonstrate how to use the spinner. 

    “You hold it like this,” he said, using his thumb and index finger, “then just spin it with your other hand.”

  • Four grads get Teacher Forum scholarships

    Four Lancaster County School District graduates received Teacher Forum scholarships, bringing them one step closer to teaching in Lancaster County schools.

    This year’s winners are Andrew Jackson High graduate Hailley Burton, Buford High grad Madison Adams, Indian Land High grad Amber Lennox, and Lancaster High grad Nataly Knight.

    “We’re very excited these outstanding young people have committed to come back after college to teach in our county,” said Lisa Hallman, 2016-17 Teacher Forum chair. 

  • Sixth-graders read 1 million words, get free dinner-dance

     Lara Whitaker

    A.R. Rucker Middle School

    On the night of May 19,  A.R. Rucker Middle School’s cafeteria was filled with millionaires – word millionaires.

    About 60 sixth-grade students, along with teachers, attended the Millionaires’ Ball, hosted by sixth-grade English teacher Tisha Simmons, to celebrate the reading accomplishments of the students.

  • South Middle School regains spot as national School to Watch

    South Middle School was recognized this week as one of South Carolina's Schools to Watch, making it one of 19 schools across the state to win the national honor.

    South earned the designation, its first School to Watch honor in five years, after documenting continuous improvements in academic excellence and organization, while remaining sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of their students.