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Education

  • Christmas Around the World

    INDIAN LAND – It’s 8 a.m. and the children in Traci Deese’s class at Indian Land Elementary School are getting ready to go to Italy.
    “Make sure you have your plane tickets, passports and suitcases,” Deese shouts above the din of excited first-graders. “You cannot go if you do not have your plane ticket.”
    As the students line up to embark, suitcases in hand, Deese validates their tickets one by one, and they’re off – to a classroom just down the hall where they’ll learn everything there is to learn about Christmas in Italy.

  • Singing success

    KERSHAW – Daniel Reeves remembers singing in the children’s choir at his church when he was only 5 years old.
    Music has always been a part of his life – from elementary school to his involvement today with the chorus at Andrew Jackson High School. And now that talent will take him and a classmate to one of the country’s largest cities.

  • Recognizing scholars and thanking donors

    Waxhaw native Tom Ramsey is thankful for the tuition assistance he’s received during his first year at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Ramsey attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte for two years before deciding to take his studies across the state line. He said scholarship assistance has helped as he transitions into a new academic setting.
    USCL freshman Audrey Kemp is just as thankful.

  • Meteorologist visits ILMS

    Katie Virtue begins each day at 3 a.m., not long after many people have just gone to sleep. She sometimes works evenings and is also on the job many holidays.
    Virtue, a meteorologist for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, said her gig doesn’t have glamorous hours, though the job is fulfilling in many ways.
    She shared work experiences and discussed weather trends and phenomena with students Wednesday at Indian Land Middle School.
    Life of a meteorologist

  • Up, up and away!

    One student asked if Debbie Keenan was going to Paris. Another asked if she was ever coming back.
    Well, Kennan didn’t make it anywhere near France, though the experience was still exciting for all who witnessed.
    Keenan, the media specialist at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, rode in a hot-air balloon Friday morning. The ride, which took place behind the school, was the result of a reading challenge Keenan posed to all the students in the school.

  • Recognition for The Rambler

    Those posed portraits, candid shots and listings of senior superlatives make for fond memories each year for students at Lancaster High School.
    The staff from the school’s yearbook, The Rambler, are to thank for organizing and putting that information together throughout the year. And now, that recognition extends beyond the Bruin family.
    The Rambler was recently selected as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association. The accolade is for the 2010 edition that came out last spring.

  • South Middle hosts pumpkin decorating contest

    She has a shiny face, red lips, long hair and wears a pointy black hat.
    Any other day, she’d be all orange, but on Thursday she became the Queen Witch of South Middle School.
    That was the name given to one of the several carved and decorated pumpkins on display at the school Thursday.
    Last week, South Middle held its Spirit Week, which culminated with a pumpkin-decorating contest. Faculty and staff were divided into 14 teams, and the students voted on which team’s pumpkin they liked the best.

  • A love for language

    There’s a slogan, written in Spanish, that Sandra Ovalles tells her students all the time. You can even find it from time to time on her blackboard.
    It’s “nada es imposible, todo es posible,” which means “nothing is impossible, everything is possible” in English.
    Ovalles believes you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, and she tries to help her students carry that same attitude – all through the teaching of language.

  • Bartell works closely with teachers, students at BMS

    Some students achieve more success in the classroom when hands-on activities are built into daily lessons, while others may find it easier to work in small groups.

    Finding what strategies work best for students and communicating those techniques to teachers is just part of what Wendy Bartell does.

    The Buford Middle School literacy coach and instructional facilitator works daily with teachers and students. She helps teachers with their lesson plans, facilitates workshops and speaks to students about literacy.

    Bartell said no two days are alike.

  • Kristal Salyer doesn’t teach by the books

    You won’t find many textbooks in Kristal Salyer’s class.

    For the last three years, the fourth-grade Clinton Elementary School teacher has abandoned textbooks in three of the four main academic areas and adopted a student-driven approach.

    By the numbers, her strategy appears to be working.

    Salyer, who’s in her fourth year at Clinton Elementary, is the 2010 Celebrate Great Teaching award winner for Lancaster County School District. The accolade is the district’s highest honor for educators.