• The art of Sapid

    Agreement is not required in Charles Brown’s classes at Central High School.
    Disagreement is embraced, particularly if it leads to a better idea.
    “Students, it’s their job to challenge me,” says Brown, now in his sixth year of teaching. Students’ actions keep his classes fresh, he said.
    But Brown’s marketing classes are more than just words and lectures. They require actions beyond the classroom.
    His students sell smoothies in the cafeteria during lunch that they have taste-tested themselves in the classroom.

  • On the run for Jefferson Elementary

    Jefferson Elementary students went round and round Friday to raise funds for the school.
    About 350 students from kindergarten through sixth grade participated in the second annual Fun Run.
    Last year’s event raised about $11,000 for the school, said organizer Meghan Threatt of the Parent-Teacher Organization. It is the school’s primary fundraiser.
    There were prizes to the students who raise the most money and completed the most laps. The prizes were gift cards to the Great Wolf Lodge.

  • Rep. Yow: Head Start gives children a kick start

    Sitting among the children at Pageland’s Head Start, state Rep. Richie Yow knew all to well the challenges the students face.
    Yow was once one of those children.
    “The start of a kid’s life is detrimental to the outcome of a kid’s life,” Yow said. “When they are shown the love here, it goes with them there.”
    Yow, a 1992 graduate of Cheraw High School, said he still see the friends who attended Head Start with him.

  • Whispers In The Stacks

    By Michael Kaltwang
    Chesterfield County Library Director

    The week of October 15-21 is National Friends of Libraries Week.
    The Friends of Chesterfield County Libraries has raised thousands of dollars for the library system. Currently more than 60 members contribute annually to the Friends of Chesterfield County Libraries. Many of these contributors volunteer with fundraisers such as author talks, book sales and raffles.
    Our library system would suffer greatly without the Friends of Chesterfield County Libraries.

  • Chesterfield County schools lead in bullying research

    There were screams and shouts as Spiderman and Wonder Woman walked the halls of Petersburg Primary in Pageland.
    There were high-fives and hugs amid the chaos, and even the teachers stopped the superheroes for selfies.
    After all, Petersburg Primary bills itself as a place where superheroes are in training.
    Principal Janice Kiser selected the theme because of the renewed interest in superheroes. Last week she invited students and teachers to wear their favorite superhero garb to school.  

  • ‘It’s a little village of its own’

    Pageland’s Head Start program is all about the children – and their families.
    The new school year for dozens of preschoolers started Aug. 24
    Some new students got a head start, attending the Aug. 23 open house, meeting their teachers and visiting in their classrooms.  
    All of the children received a bag with books, crayons, scissors and information for parents. They were also given “All about Me” posters to complete with their parents.

  • Tips for a successful school year

    Parents are children’s first teachers. They are also one of the primary factors in their children’s success in school. When children have involved parents and a stable, nurturing home environment, their chances for academic progress are greatly increased. To help their children be successful this school year, parents should:
    ◆ Create a peaceful, scheduled home environment.

  • Central freshmen get preview of upcoming year

    For the Progressive Journal

    Administrators at Central High School wasted no time in setting expectations for the their new freshman class.
    At the freshman orientation Aug. 14, interim principal Damon Barnhill set his expectations for the Class of 2021.
    Dr. JeNata Newman, assistant principal explained the student dress code and the consequences for dress code violations. She said the policy would be further addressed after school began.

  • Jefferson Elementary: “It’s all about Community”

    JEFFERSON – At Jefferson Elementary School “it’s all about community,” says principal Omoro King.
    King, who is starting his third year as principal, credits a much of his success to getting parents, the community and other stakeholders involved in the education of their 4K through fifth-grade children.
    Having character and integrity, and being involved in the community, have helped him and the school keep moving forward, King said.

  • Pageland Elementary: An air of excitement

    Pageland Elementary’s principal said there is “an air of excitement” throughout the school like never before.
    Ellen Middleton, who is going into her third year as principal of Pageland Elementary, said the teachers are very eager about some new things that will be going on this school year.
    “It’s a different feeling just about everywhere,” Middleton said of new programs throughout the county.
    Middleton said her fourth-grade teachers are excited because their classes will be self-contained this year for the first time.