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Education

  • Special-needs class getting all-out prom

    Erin Walker and Shana Beckham, teachers at Lancaster High School, have taken it upon themselves to give their special-needs class a prom night they won’t forget. 

    “They don’t get the experience everyone else does, like with a limo or anything. They go in a school bus,” Walker said. 

    Beckham agreed.

    “We wanted to make it like everyone else’s, and make it special,” Beckham said. 

  • Oh, yuck! Sewer glitch earns Erwin kids day off

    Erwin Elementary School was closed for repairs Friday after a sewage backup the day before affected half the school.
    Two classrooms and the teacher’s conference room actually had raw sewage on the floors.
    “It really isn’t that bad. Our plumbers probably made a bigger mess trying to fix it” said school district Facilities Director David Small.

  • Mentors by chance

    A month after a fire shut down Andrew Jackson Middle School for repairs, its displaced seventh graders have taken on an unexpected role – becoming mentors to the students at Kershaw Elementary School. 

    “It’s been amazing. The kids are enjoying the older students,” said Leslie Bass, a first-grade teacher at KES. “We had one student struggling with math, and the seventh grader sat down and tutored them. 

  • Crook makes dance team at Limestone

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    Senior Jessica Crook is not only the first Indian Land High School student to receive a dance scholarship to Limestone College, but also the first to earn a spot on the school’s dance team.

    In early March, Crook signed with the Gaffney-area college for a scholarship that will cover partial costs for her four years of education.

  • New rules on advancing to next grade

    The Lancaster County school board has changed the requirements for high school students to advance to the next grade level, hoping to prevent anyone from finishing 12th grade without being able to graduate. 

    The board voted unanimously to revert to the district’s previous policy from 13 years ago, which requires completion of certain math and English courses for a student to move to the next grade.  

  • AJMS students, teachers adapt to temporary quarters after fire

    Chloe Mungo

    For The Lancaster News

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer community is living up to its name yet again.

    After the March 1 fire at Andrew Jackson Middle School, nearby schools have been helping out to house the middle schoolers while the building gets repaired.

    The sixth graders are currently housed at Heath Springs Elementary, the seventh graders at Kershaw Elementary and the eighth graders at Andrew Jackson High.   

  • 2 ILHS teachers honored for mentoring

    Winthrop University

    ROCK HILL – Two Indian Land High school teachers were among the finalists for the first Jessie Williams Little “Leading the Way” Award.
    ILHS physical education teacher Jerry Honeycutt  and ILHS special education teacher Kimberly Pyles were honored Feb. 15 as educators gathered at Winthrop University to celebrate the first nominees. The award recognizes a South Carolina educator who has made a significant impact as a mentor to future or beginning teachers.

  • Sticky-note inspiration

    From release

    Sticky-notes were the medium for inspirational messages at Lancaster High School on Feb. 13.

    Students decorated 1,000 notes with messages of love and hope for the “Share the Love” project, arranging them to spell “Love” on a wall at the school. Other students could then take a note off the wall and pass it along to another person to inspire or comfort them. 

  • 15 years of cheering comes to an end

    After 15 years as a cheerleader, Lancaster High senior Essence Frazier wore her uniform for the last time Friday night.

    Frazier said she’ll miss the crowd screaming and the adrenalin rush when hitting the mat for cheer competitions. She’ll miss bonding with the squad on bus rides to away games.

    “I’ll miss cheering for my school and showing my spirit,” said the four-year varsity cheerleader. “It’s something I love to do, and I can’t do it anymore.”

  • Dancing with the Stars

    Seven couples hit the stage at the sold-out Dancing With the Stars competition Saturday night, raising $14,500 for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Art Focus program.
    The event was a big financial success, topping the fundraising total at last year’s inaugural Dancing With the Stars by more than 60 percent.
    Taking home the technical-skills championship trophy was David Platts, science and arts instructional specialist for Lancaster County School District, and Katrina Bernsdorff, AJ High drama teacher.