• North Star fosters lifelong learners

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    When Cat Maas was pregnant with her first child, she began considering her daughter’s future school options. She didn’t think public school was the right fit for her family, and she longed for an educational setting with more freedom and creativity. 

  • Local students attend FFA convention

    From release

    The National FFA Organization held the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. in November.  FFA members from Andrew Jackson High School were among the more than 63,000 members and guest that attended this year’s annual event.

  • LCSD construction projects still on schedule despite rain

    The Lancaster County School District’s construction projects are moving ahead as scheduled, with only minor delays due to this past month’s frequent rains.
    Contractors have been working extra hours to keep the schedules on track.
    “They’re working weekends and overtime to make up for the weather days,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    At the new Indian Land High School site, rock removal has also contributed to construction delays with more rocks having to be removed than anticipated.

  • Truckload of generosity

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary was transformed into Santa’s grotto Thursday after 100 volunteers from Keller Williams Fort Mill, decked out as elves and reindeer, showed up to spread some Christmas cheer.
    This is the third year that the Texas-based real estate company has organized a Christmas event for the school. The company provided a holiday shop where children could pick two presents to give to their loved ones, in a truck parked in the school parking lot.

  • 'Is this really what adulting feels like?'

    Andrew Jackson High School students packed the school’s cafeteria and opened folders containing their new identities – glimpsing the realities and the possibilities of life away from home.
    Each student received a calculator, an occupation, a family, a monthly income and a list of financial obligations and opportunities.
    Students like Chloë Mungo soon found themselves scrambling to make ends meet amid credit card debt, student loans, housing payments, car payments and insurance premiums.

  • AJHS celebrating 50 years

    Andrew Jackson High combined three different high schools – Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek – in 1969, with its first senior class graduating in 1970.
    Now, 50 years later, AJ alumni are coming together to reminisce about their time at the school.
    David Knight was one of the school’s first seniors, as well as student body president.

  • Loni Mosier represents USCL at trustees’ Columbia meeting

    From release

    Opportunity came knocking for one of USC Lancaster’s youngest students Aug. 16 when she was asked to represent Palmetto College students from across the state at the USC Board of Trustees meeting in Columbia.
    An 18-year-old sophomore, Loni Mosier is secretary of the USCL Student Government Association as well as a peer adviser. She spoke at the meeting and had lunch with USC’s new president, the Palmetto College chancellor and board members.

  • Career and College Night at LHS

    Lancaster County seniors and juniors are invited to explore various opportunities for their future at the school district’s Career and College Night on Thursday.
    The event will be 5:30-8 p.m. at the Lancaster High School Multipurpose Building, 325 Woodland Drive. Representatives from more than 20 colleges and various businesses and military branches will be on-site.
    The Furman College Advising Corps organized the event this year. The advising corps has college advisers set up in each of the four high schools in Lancaster County.

  • First Steps hosts Countdown to Kindergarten bash

    From release

    Lancaster County First Steps held its annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration Aug. 1 at the Lancaster Bowling Center. Rising kindergarten students and their families enjoyed an afternoon of bowling and other activities.
    Countdown to Kindergarten is a School Readiness Program that takes place during the summer prior to the child entering kindergarten.

  • New Lu Playground at KES merges activity, video game

    Kershaw Elementary is paving the way for advanced physical education classes in the state with a new, interactive gaming system projected on its gymnasium walls.
    The Lu Playground, a Canadian device, uses a 3D camera and light and audio system to project images and programs on the wall in the gym, immersing students in different video game type activities. It has about 27 applications for students to use, but adds one or two new activities each month.
    The first of its kind in South Carolina, the program has been used in 20 different countries around the world.