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Education

  • School bells ring!

    The starting gun sounded Monday morning and 13,000 Lancaster County students filled the halls of 23 schools, as the district hit its mark for wrapping up construction projects just in time and the first days of classes had no major hitches.
    The new Van Wyck Elementary School opened to much excitement, with the finishing touch of 35-mph flashing speed-zone signs installed over the weekend to slow the traffic along busy U.S. 521.

  • Native artisan Beckee Garris is NASC's new artist-in-residence

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as artist-in-residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket-making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions.

    A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles.

  • VWES teachers show up for work

    Cars and pickups, their doors open and tailgates down, lined the driveway of the new Van Wyck Elementary School on Monday as teachers unloaded classroom contents on their first day in the new building.
    “It’s everything from moving into the room, decorating and organizing the room, and then curriculum comes next. We’re just trying to get the room ready for kids,” said fourth-grade teacher Shannon Wilson. “It’s exciting, very exciting. The building is beautiful, and it’s a nice new space.”

  • Rowdy teachers raise the roooof!

    More than 1,300 teachers packed Lancaster High School’s gym Tuesday to celebrate the previous year’s hard work, recognize four outstanding teachers and kick off the new year with the district’s largest teacher pep rally.
    Lauren Watts from Harrisburg Elementary, Leslie Parker from Kershaw Elementary, Kimberly Sowell from South Middle and Lisa Knox from Indian Land High were picked from 200 nominees to receive this year’s Celebrate Great Teaching Awards.
    Knox, the high school and district-wide award recipient, was humbled by the experience.

  • Bond projects wrap up in time for school

    Major school bond referendum projects are wrapping up across Lancaster County as the start of school on Aug. 20 looms on the horizon.
    Van Wyck Elementary School has passed all its inspections, and the last finishing touches are being done on the building. Workers moved in furniture throughout the building this week, in anticipation of teachers coming in Monday, Aug. 13.
    Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools have gotten new, pre-fabricated press boxes for each school’s football fields. Both were installed Friday. 

  • Moving day at VWES

    Furniture now lines the lobby, halls and classrooms of the new Van Wyck Elementary School as it enters the final steps before opening to teachers Monday, Aug. 13.
    “We’ve taken care of the deficiencies from the inspection, so we’re clear on that,” said David Small, facilities director for Lancaster County School District. “Furniture will be 100 percent complete by tomorrow (Friday), and we’re going to clean and wax the hallways and classrooms on Saturday.”

  • Indian Land schools’ training field bank improved

    The Indian Land schools’ training field is an eyesore no more, thanks to dozens of school, community and business volunteers who showed up last weekend to help the Indian Land Fall Festival Committee make capital improvements.
    More than 1,000 cubic yards of soil, gravel, sand and compost were moved by heavy equipment to restore an eroded bank at the training field behind the middle school, where the festival is held.

  • Success in school begins with healthy habits

    Our children will be more successful in school – and healthier – if we, as parents, make sure our children do some very simple things.
    In fact, taking the simple steps below to make sure our children are healthy – both mentally and physically – is probably the most important factor in how they do in school. Here is what you can do.

    Sleep

  • IL’s ambassador of physical education

    INDIAN LAND – Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.
    In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely.
    But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A.

  • On school board, Parker, Dabney face opponents

    The school board election is heating up, with incumbents Janice Dabney and Chairman Bobby Parker facing challenges from two political newcomers.
    Lancaster natives Melissa Jones-Horton and John Mahaffey have filed to be on the Nov. 6 ballot – Jones-Horton for Dabney’s District 5 seat and Mahaffey against Parker in District 3.
    “I just think there needs to be a change,” Mahaffey said Thursday. “If you’re not willing to make a change, everything always stays the same. I think that we’ve got room for improvement.”