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Education

  • 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.

  • School Tools drive winds down

    Despite a slow economy, Communities is Schools’ annual School Tools supply drive was able to collect hundreds of school supplies that will benefit area school children in need.

    The campaign, which collects pencils, notebooks and other items, began Aug. 1 and will end Tuesday.

    This year, locals have been able to donate supplies at one of the BB&T locations in the county – on Main Street in Lancaster and off Charlotte Highway in Indian Land.

    BB&T served as the lone drop-off location for the Communities in Schools (CIS) drive this year.

  • Students to get supplies from Stuff the Bus drive

    Dozens of students who didn’t get the supplies they needed when school began will soon get a helping hand.

    United Way of Lancaster County recently held its second annual Stuff the Bus school drive in which residents donated papers, pencils, crayons and other school supplies to collection spots throughout the county.

    Those supplies benefit children served through the Lancaster County Outreach Project, which provides resources for neglected and abused children.

    Remaining supplies will go to other Lancaster County School District children in need.

  • Countdown to K wraps up

    A group of rising kindergarteners interacted with their teacher and mingled amongst themselves as if they had been around each other for months.

    If there were jitters about starting school, they weren’t easy to detect. This group of youngsters appeared eager to be in the classroom.

    The scene in Heather McManus’ kindergarten class at Indian Land Elementary School was one that was seen across the school district last week, as teachers wrapped up this year’s Countdown to Kindergarten program.

  • Fire chiefs group awards scholarships

    The Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association recently announced the latest winners of its annual scholarship.

    Sara Gardner and Meredith Hagins are the winners for the 2010 cycle, each receiving $500. They were presented their award July 22 at the association’s regular meeting.

    Each year, the association awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student or $500 to two.

  • A field trip for Fields

    Crystal Fields’ recent trip to Washington, D.C., was more eventful than she thought it would be.

    Fields, the lead ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) teacher for Lancaster County School District, visited the nation’s capital for two reasons June 22 through June 27.

  • Teaching through the arts

    Discussion of drawings, paintings and poetry isn’t being restricted to just art classes.

    Melanie Rick Layne wants educators to know that the arts can be used in all disciplines to help students learn and achieve at a higher level.

    Layne, who works with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, facilitated a seminar last week for teachers in the Lancaster County School District and Rock Hill schools.  

  • A heartbeat, a pulse

    KERSHAW – Blood pressure and heart rates are just some of the vital signs students at York Technical College’s Kershaw/Heath Springs Center will be able to read in class.

    Nursing students and others taking classes under York Tech’s medical programs will soon have access to two patient simulators.

    The full-body manikins have a temperature, pulse and heart beat – signs students can monitor on a screen display as they would real-life patients.