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Education

  • IL elementary school site plan unveiled

    The site plan for a new elementary school in Indian Land was presented to Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s meeting.
    Architect Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects explained details of the plan, which is the same as Harrisburg Elementary School with minor changes.
    Amid many of the district’s upcoming projects, construction for the elementary school will start at the beginning of 2017, public information director David Knight said. The district plans to open the school in fall 2018, Knight said, with a capacity of 970 students.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.

  • Sneak peek at school

    Incoming freshman and sixth-grade orientations were held countywide Friday to give students a chance to walk through their schedules, learn to open their lockers and even how to show their spirit at pep rallies.
    Sixth grade
    At South Middle School, nearly 200 students wore their new red, white and navy school uniforms and learned their way around the spread-out buildings.
    South Middle Principal Joyce Crimminger’s goal for orientation was to see a smile on all the students’ faces at the end of the day.

  • Eight file for school board, city council

    Eight candidates, including two challengers, filed for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council before filing closed Friday at noon.
    Three seats are open on both the school board and city council, with one contested race in each.
    School board
    Lorenzo Small will challenge incumbent Tyrom Faulkner for the District 2 seat.
    Small, who is running for the first time, said he looks forward to having an opportunity to provide new insight to the school board.

  • First day of school is in sight for Lancaster students

    School supplies are being purchased and floors are being waxed this week as summer comes to an end.
    The first day of school for most students is Monday – sixth and ninth graders have a half day Friday – and Lancaster County schools have their goals set for the year.
    Clinton Elementary School’s goal is to work with literacy and writing by embedding it into the curriculums for all classes, Principal Michelle Crosby said.

  • County schools celebrate Great Teaching

    Cheerful, rowdy teachers in matching outfits from all over Lancaster County kicked off the school year Tuesday morning during the annual Celebrate Great Teaching event.
    After a welcome from Superintendent Gene Moore, each school had the opportunity to show their school spirit.
    Erwin Elementary School won overall for their originality, costumes and 30 seconds of spirit. The Erwin staff was dressed as elves in red and green as they sang and threw fake snow in the air.

  • Graduates receive Teacher Cadet, Forum scholarships

    The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship and the Lancaster County School District Teacher Forum Scholarship were recently awarded, with one student winning both. 

    Catherine Anne Langley, a graduate of Buford High School, and Sara Vess, a graduate of Indian Land High School, were among five in the state awarded the one-time $1,000 Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship.

  • Lancaster's art scene grows 'a little'

    Elementary art teachers Melissa Caughman and Lisa Stamper decided in January as they were walking down Lancaster’s Main Street to bring more art to town. 

    While brainstorming ideas, they named their new studio “a little art studio” with the intention to have their own storefront one day. Since January, Caughman and Stamper have been raising money through workshops and selling artwork to put toward a lease in downtown Lancaster. They’re halfway there. 

  • School district to pilot soft-skills training

    In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
    The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments.