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Education

  • AJ fine arts students in musical play ‘Cinderella’

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    An enchanting classic takes the stage this weekend as the Andrew Jackson High School Fine Arts Department presents “Cinderella: The Musical.”
    The talented cast includes Jurnee Ingram as Cinderella and Rhett Wilson as Prince Charming. The production is full of “dancing, singing and pageantry,” said director Katrina Bernsdorff, with choreography by Shannon Bradberry and her dance focus students.  

  • IL student took Aviation Challenge last summer

    Huntsville, Ala. – This summer, Sam Scott, 18, of Indian Land attended Aviation Challenge Mach III at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
    The week-long educational program for ages 15-18 promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

  • New Indian Land PTSO stages "best bonfire ever"

    The new Indian Land High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) started this summer under the direction of IL parent Pam Hogue.
    “We just wanted something to help and support the teachers and students,” she said.
    The group organized the annual Homecoming Bonfire Oct. 10. Because of rain, the event moved indoors with no bonfire, but the food trucks and games continued.
    Hogue said ILHS Principal David Shamble approached her about the PTSO taking over the event.

  • ILES students learn about our continent’s aborigines

    Indian Land Elementary’s cafeteria shook with the steady beat of a Native American drum Monday morning as Little Big Eagle greeted excited third graders, playing his hand-carved, wooden flute.
    More than 50 students sat still, moving only to the beat of the music, as they were transfixed by Little Big Eagle’s playing.
    The 58-year-old Tuscarora Cherokee Indian, dressed in his native regalia, then stopped and faced his audience. With a gentle, deep voice, he greeted them in his native language, and then translated it into English.

  • Reaching for the sky

    The New Indian Land High School, a gleaming, modern campus full of amenities and aspirations, is rising out of the red clay along U.S. 521, with footings being poured and walls jutting skyward.
    Facilities Director David Small is pleased with the construction progress at what will be the Lancaster County School District’s newest high school, with $90 million in construction scheduled for completion in 2020.

  • Norman, Mosteller, Parker visit BHS government class

    Rep. Ralph Norman told a group of high school students Tuesday that he’s never worked a day in his life.
    “When you pick a career, one of the most satisfying things is doing what you’re interested in,” said the Fifth District congressman. “You do that, and you’ll find your niche.”
    Norman, along with Lancaster County Council member Billy Mosteller and school board Chair Bobby Parker, spent almost an hour talking the 28 students in Wes James’ first period government class at Buford High School.

  • Construction school to train road-pavers

    From release
    Carolina Construction School in Lancaster has formed a partnership with Caterpillar Inc. to become the company’s second U.S. training center for Asphalt Paving Operator training.
    Courses are likely to begin early next year. Currently, this training is offered only at Caterpillar’s site in Tucson, Ariz. The Carolina Construction School Training Center will provide participants located east of the Mississippi with more localized training options, as well as other parts of the United States and other countries.

  • Reboot program helps kids overcome behavioral issues

    The Lancaster County School District is introducing a new program aimed at helping elementary school students adjust to life in the classroom.
    The Reboot program lasts eight to 12 weeks and focuses on students in grades three through five who are having trouble assimilating to school behaviorally.

  • LCSD revamps teaching process

    The Lancaster County School District has partnered with Discovery Education, which is affiliated with TV’s Discovery Channel, to revamp how the district teaches its students.
    “It’s a great opportunity for our district to move forward academically,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “When kids work in school they say things like, ‘Well when will I need algebra?’ I’ve heard kids say that when I was in the classroom. This will give us the answer to that question, providing them real-world experience.”

  • Make-up days assigned for Hurricane Florence absences

    Make-up days have been assigned by the Lancaster County School District after Hurricane Florence closed schools Sept. 14 and Monday. 

    “We had leaks in buildings that never leaked before,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “The wind and blowing rain just caused problems that don’t normally happen.

    “To be honest it was kind of amazing how we got everything ready for Tuesday, and it speaks volumes to how our guys came together,” he said.