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Education

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    By KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal

    New Heights Middle School recently celebrated Black History Month with voice and dance.
    Madisyn Starnes discussed the history of the song “Lift Evr’y Voice.” The New Heights chorus performed the song. McKenzie Arant gave the history of the song “Oh Freedom” and then the chorus, featuring Jordan Taylor,  performed it.

  • Students remove any doubt for Spann

    When a teacher is selected the “Teacher of the Year” for their school, most will say others were more deserving.
    Affirmation from their colleagues, principal or parents usually replaces that doubt.
    For Shameeka Spann, teacher of the year at Jefferson Elementary, the encouragement that she was worthy came from the most unlikely source – her students.
    After it was announced at school that Spann was this year’s teacher of the year, several of her students came to class wearing black eyeglass frames, like the glasses Spann wears.

  • No boundaries to success for Leaird

    There are two phrases Jane Leaird will not allow in her Pageland Elementary School classroom:
    “I can’t” and “That’s too hard.”
    She won’t accept her students placing limits on themselves. Her classroom is a place where even the smallest of successes are celebrated daily.
    With 10 students, she has one of the smaller classes at Pageland Elementary. There are times some of her students can work together, but most of the time, Leaird is juggling the individual needs of her students. Each of them learns differently.

  • Parent sues Chesterfield County schools

    A parent is suing the Chesterfield County School District and a teacher over a Jan. 12 incident where her son was allegedly assaulted and injured in a classroom.
    In the lawsuit, Ashley Hargett, alleges that Barbara Morgan, a social studies teacher, had previously disregarded physical altercations between students in her classroom.
    The student, who was 14 at the time of incident, suffered bruises, contusions, pain and “shame and humilitation” while injured in the presence of his peers, according to the recently filed lawsuit.

  • Outstanding math students honored

    From release

    The Mu Alpha Theta math honor society at Central High School recently inducted 29 new members.
    A student must have completed at least two courses of college preparatory math classes with a minimum math average of 4.2 and a minimum overall average of 3.8 to be eligible for the math society.
    Mu Alpha Theta supports Central’s participation in math competitions, such as the Academic Team and the Francis Marion University Math Competition.

  • Tender touch makes difference for Jordan

    One teacher, one interaction, can be a life-changing moment for a student.
    For Janna Jordan, the moment came while a second-grader at Edwards Elementary in Chesterfield.
    Jordan was having a difficult time with her grandfather dying from pancreatic cancer. She remembers “Ms. M,” Melissa McLain, offering a warm smile, followed by some one-on-one attention.
    “She invested in me,” Jordan said of McLain. “She took my mind off what was going on.”

  • Head Start program connects with senses

    Children at the Pageland Head Start Center recently discovered that words and expressions can be seen, read and even felt, even when their eyes are closed.
    As part of the “Communication” activities, volunteers showed children how to “see” expressions, how to read Braille, and how to find the “news” elements of the fairytale, “Little Red Riding Hood.

  • NETC’s online ‘Minimester’ begins Feb. 2

    From release

    Students at Northeastern Technical College can earn a semester’s worth of college credits online during the 10-week Spring Minimester. 
    The NETC Minimester is for new and returning students who were unable to start during the traditional fall and spring semesters. It is also available to current students who want to earn additional college credit.  There is no additional tuition costs for the Minimester for students who are currently taking 15 credit hours or more.

  • New Heights students meet Future City challenge

    By KIM MANGUM
    For the Progressive Journal

    AIKEN – A team from New Heights Middle School received a special award for Best Innovative Medical Surveillance Approach at the recent South Carolina Regional Future City competition.  
    Team members earning the special award were Madison Champagne, Kenzie Chapman, Allie Jordan, Ingrid Casiano and Aaliyah Funderburk. 

  • NETC presents The Power of Peaceful Protest

    From release

    Northeastern Technical College is showing “The Power of Peaceful Protest” in recognition of Black History Month on Feb. 7 at the NETC Auditorium off Tec Road in Cheraw. The hour-long program will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The programs are free and open to students and the community.
    Two members of the Friendship Nine, David Williamson, Jr., and Willie McCleod will speak about how the “Jail, No Bail” strategy gained national attention in 1961 in Rock Hill and how it affected the Civil Rights Movement.