• Anti-bullying efforts working, say researchers

    Chesterfield County has made significant strides in training staff and teaching its students about bullying, say researchers studying the effort.
    On average, there has been a 28 percent decrease in students who reported being bullied and a 23 percent decrease in students who reported bullying others over the four years of the survey-based study.
    “Students are coming forward and asking for help,” said Matt Flege, a researcher from Clemson University.

  • The D-Toy Story

    When Natalie Melton stood before all of the teachers, all of the administrators and most of the staff of the Chesterfield County schools to speak, she was “nervous.”
    Melton knew how to manage a room full of kindergarten students at Edward Elementary.
    But as the district’s teacher of the year, it was Melton’s responsibility to inspire her peers at the start of last year’s school year.
    Melton did what she does best.
    She opened with a story about her first day as a first-year teacher.  

  • New Heights principal promoted

    New Heights Middle School principal Nikki Miller has been promoted to the district’s office.
    Miller is the new Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness.
    Her new duties involve teacher recruitment and retention, as well as making sure teachers meet all their licensing and credential requirements.
    Miller has been a member of the district’s recruitment team.
    “She will be a good face for Chesterfield County and she brings tremendous administrative abilities,” said Superintendent of Schools Harrison Goodwin.

  • Problems on special needs bus routes

    Five-year-old Eli Goff knows all the planets, can recognize advanced shapes and is number-oriented.
    He is also autistic and has challenges “with the social aspects of life,” said his mom, Amber.
    Being autistic, Eli needs a dependable schedule. While he lives within minutes of McBee schools, Eli has to go to special classes at Jefferson Elementary. He is normally picked up at 6:20 every morning and home by 4:15 every afternoon.

  • Retirement can’t keep teacher from classroom

    In retirement, Brenda Hubbard continues to do what she did for her entire career, mentor students.
    Hubbard once taught students internationally.
    Now she mentors students at Petersburg Primary and Pageland Elementary, sharing artifacts she collected while traveling around the world.
    “There’s no place I would rather be,” Hubbard said of Pageland.  “It doesn’t have anything to do with the size of the place.  It’s the people and the resources.”

  • New Heights students win at Future City

    From release

    Five teams of students from New Heights Middle School recently competed in the state regional Future City Competition, winning three awards. 
    Future City is project-based learning program, sponsored by DiscoverE. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.
    This year’s theme was “The Resilient City.” Students were asked to design and build a city with resilient infrastructures, especially a power grid, which could overcome a natural disaster.

  • Amendments fine tune Education bill

    The K-12 subcommittee of the House Education committee made 28 changes to a comprehensive education bill before sending it to the full House for consideration last week. 
    The changes were made last Thursday after Gov. Henry McMaster, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, Senate Education Committee chair Greg Hembree, R-Horry and Jay Lucas, speaker of the House, gathered, promising to continue to listen to suggestions on how to improve the bill.
    Some teachers have complained they were not part of the process that drafted the bill.

  • Yow: Education bill needs more changes

    The comprehensive education bill making its way through the S.C. House has provision that could hurt technical colleges and adult education programs, says Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield County.
    Most of the debate over the bill has focused on kindergarten through high school education, particularly teacher pay, eliminating some tests and how to help failing schools and school districts.

  • Local schools connect students to Black history

    Chesterfield County teachers hope students will “see themselves” in the books and lessons taught during Black History month.
    Ulanda James, the literacy coach at Petersburg Primary, wants children to appreciate diversity and “to see themselves in the books.
    “They need to see that the same stories applicable to whites are applicable to African Americans,” she said. “We have the same loving relationships with our families and community.”

  • Ruby student letter perfect

    CHESTERFIELD – During last Tuesday’s Chesterfield County schools spelling bee, Dillon Burr sat on the front row and made faces at his brother, Brayden.
    Dillon smiled, he smirked, he rolled his eyes.
    On the inside, Brayden, the best speller from Ruby Elementary, was laughing at his brother’s antics.
    Externally, his legs were shaking.
    But most importantly, Brayden kept composed, seeing the words in his mind, like he was reading a dictionary. His biggest concern was tripping over a letter.