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Education

  • Corporate flap might affect Remind app

    Remind, the county schools’ emergency-notification provider, plans to discontinue sending text alerts to Verizon customers because of a dispute with the cellular giant.
    As of Jan. 28, Verizon customers will no longer receive text messages from the Remind app, a critical component of the Lancaster County School District’s emergency-response system for the past year.

  • Top spellers compete tonight

    Kierstyn Drayton of New Height Middle School and Raegan Griggs of Plainview Elementary carry a slight advantage into tonight’s Chesterfield County Schools Spelling Bee.
    They were there last year.
    Neither won, that honor went to Jackson Morris, then an eighth-grader at McBee High School, who  correctly spelled “sonata.”
    The district bee begins at 6 p.m. at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield.

  • 150 school staffers train on new STEAM system

    Earth Wind and Fire’s upbeat “September” echoed through the new Lancaster High School multipurpose room Tuesday as 150 teachers and administrators got their groove on for the district’s STEAM training launch.
    “It was a fantastic event. Absolutely fantastic,” said LHS Principal Rosalyn Mood, who was one of 150 selected for the evening session. “There was just a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the profession.”
    David Shamble, principal of Indian Land High School, agreed.

  • Security increased at A.R. Rucker

    Beefed-up security and law enforcement personnel were on hand Thursday at A.R. Rucker Middle School in response to a rumored threat to the school.
    According to school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, students reported hearing that two eighth graders planned to bring weapons to the school. But neither school officials nor law enforcement could tie the students to any specific threat.

  • Shutdown will delay $400K payments each month to local school district

    The federal shutdown will delay the Lancaster County School District’s $400,000 monthly reimbursement for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
    A one-month delay would not be a problem, school officials said Thursday. But if the shutdown – now three weeks old – extends into February, they’ll have to start dipping into their reserves to keep the program going.
    The school district could fund the meals through March or April, said Tony Walker, LCSD chief financial officer.

  • Spotlight on gliding duos

    It’s time to gather round at Lancaster High School and watch your hometown favorites boogie down in Lancaster’s own Dancing With The Stars competition.
    This year’s event is Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., with an art auction and AJMS chorus and band performances starting at 6 p.m.
    This year’s contestants are:
    ◆ Harlene Carter and Rendell Mingo.
    ◆ Amanda Ghent and Jason Hall.
    ◆ Lisa Hallman and Bobby Parker.
    ◆ Ryan Jones and Sh’kur Francis.
    ◆ Keishea Mickles and Dr. Lee Easterwood.

  • Clinton Elementary robotics team takes Judges Award

    From release

    Clinton Elementary School’s 21st Century Royal Slayers Robotics Team won the Rising Star Judges Award at the 2018 First Lego League Tournament on Nov. 17.
    “This is a very young, determined, and focused team,” the judges said. “This team is very knowledgeable but had some challenges that they faced.  I believe in a few years, they will be a team that we all will remember.”
    The Royal Slayers competed in the qualifying tournament on Nov. 17 at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill. 

  • Creating a newspaper written by kids, for kids

    It’s a newspaper like any other, full of articles on current events, sports, science and popular culture.
    But it’s written by a bunch of kids, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
    Last week, Mookie’s Place, an afterschool childcare center in downtown Lancaster, was converted into a newsroom.
    “They’re having a ball,” said Monique Smalls, executive director of the program. “They’re loving it because they get to speak freely. They love the idea of creating something.”

  • Middle schoolers hear vets’ stories

    Veterans Day is often filled with parades, salutes and assemblies aimed at recognizing and honoring those who served in the military, but Indian Land Middle School did something different.
    ILMS brought in over 50 veterans, and asked them to share their service and life experiences with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. There was a veteran for every classroom, and some even had two.

    Navy provided his career

  • Hugh Mobley chairs committee looking for USC’s next president

    Lancaster’s Hugh Mobley will chair the search committee to find a successor to Harris Pastides, retiring president of the University of South Carolina.
    Mobley, founder of Mobley Drugs and vice chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, joins 12 others on the search committee.
    Mobley called Pastides, who announced last month that he will retire next year after a decade in the job, a one-of-a-kind leader.