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Education

  • New Heights Middle opens doors, lockers to sixth graders

    New Heights Middle School opened its doors to anxious sixth graders and their families during its “Moving to the Middle” orientation Wednesday.
    The sixth graders met their teachers and went through an abbreviated class schedule, becoming acquainted with classroom procedures.
    Students also practiced opening their lockers with the help of their parents or older siblings.  To many of them, this was a very trying, as well as exciting, experience. This was the first time they have had their own lockers at school.

  • Teacher uses his story to reach students

    Teachers have different ways to connect with their students and to motivate them to give their best.
    Marc Goldberg, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher at New Heights Middle, used himself as an example of how hard work and determination can help to overcome adversities at last week’s “Moving to the Middle” sixth grade orientation.

  • The power of believing

    As Andrea Garrison, the teacher of the year for Chesterfield County, scanned the audience at last week’s back-to-school assembly, she saw many familiar faces.
    Among the more than 1,000 teachers and staff were students Garrison had taught at Jefferson Elementary who now teach at county schools.
    Her parents were in the audience, as well as several of her teachers who had made a difference in her life.
    “Because I had you, I believed in me,” Garrison told her teachers.

  • It's all academic

    Petersburg Primary is where “the journey begins” for many local children starting school for the first time.
    Whether it was students’ first time attending school, or they were returning for another school year, the halls of Petersburg Primary were filled Monday with children, parents, grandparents and great grandparents who had the first-day-of-school jitters.
    To make the atmosphere calm and inviting, school employees and community volunteers greeted students.

  • Steen scholarship winners

    Thomas Steen, a former Central High School killed in October 2018 shooting in Denver, was honored by the Pageland Chamber of Commerce.
    The chamber named its annual scholarship for Steen. Recipients of the first Steen scholarships were Pooja Patel, valedictorian  at South Pointe Christian School, and Kylie Mangum, salutatorian at Central High School.
    Patel is attending the University of South Carolina. At South Pointe, she played volleyball, soccer, and basketball and was a member of the Beta Club, American Christian Honors Society, and student government.

  • Principle moments for new principal

    Jason McGuire can point to three life-changing moments that helped lead him to his latest job, principal at Jefferson Elementary School.
    The first life- changing moment came as a student at then Concord College in Athens, W. Va.
    McGuire, a West Virginia native, took a trip to Myrtle Beach for a camp. He met a girl from North Carolina, playing volleyball.   
    The next year he enrolled at her school, Wingate University.
    His second life-changing moment came at Wingate. McGuire, a biology major, got a job as a lab assistant in an anatomy lab.

  • A winning rhapsody?

    The Central High School band appears ready to attempt the impossible this season.
    They want to perform what is essentially a piano concerto with orchestral accompaniment – without a piano or an orchestra.
    And, they want to perform the music while marching to an intricate series of steps on the football field.

  • Teachers at South Pointe Christian School prepare for Wednesday

    Teachers at South Pointe Christian School reported for work last Thursday.  Much of their workdays were filled with meetings in the mornings and preparing their classrooms as well as other student activities in the afternoon. The school year begins Wednesday.

    South Pointe Christian School
    Address: Main campus, 28981 S.C. 9, Pageland, S.C. 29728; Mills Campus, 701 E. Cato St., Pageland, S.C. 29728
    Phone: Main campus, 843-672-2760; Mills Campus, 843-672-2761
    Online: Facebook.
    Enrollment: 247

  • NETC receives grant for diesel technology

    From release

    CHERAW – Northeastern Technical College has received a $272,337 grant from the National Science Foundation to pilot the “Pathways to Diesel Technology Careers” project. 
    The demand for diesel technicians has increased regionally since the opening of the Inland Port in Dillon. The need for diesel technicians is expected to increase by 13 percent over the next decade.

  • Chesterfield County schools adding security scanners

    Entry into Chesterfield County’s high and middle schools may be slower – but hopefully safer – this year.
    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the school district have coordinated to add metal detectors at each high school and each middle schools.
    Some of the units will be portable, allowing them to be used at athletic events, said Sheriff James Dixon.
    Safety should offset and time inconvenience, Dixon said.
    The sheriff’s office raised $41,000 to purchase four permanent units and two portable units.