• Ruby resident named to Bachman Honor Society

    From release

    NEWBERRY – Sarah Johnson of Ruby has been inducted into the Bachman Honor Society at Newberry College.
    The society is named for the Rev. John Bachman, churchman and scholar and the main guiding force in the founding of Newberry College.
    Each year the society inducts new members from the top eight percent of the senior class. This year twelve seniors were selected.
    Johnson is an elementary and early childhood education major and a member of the Summerland Honors Community.

  • Eagles place 2nd in state competition

    Eight Central High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Competition in Greenville.
    Students competed in three different areas: team works, individual carpentry and residential wiring. 
    In Team Works, four-member teams build, wire, and plumb a structure, and then lay brick around part of it. 
    Central’s team finished second in the state. Team members were Michael Heffner, carpenter; Grant Mullis, brick mason; Noah Spriggle, electrician, and Bryce Oliver, plumber.

  • NETC announces summer session

    From release

    Northeastern Technical College’s summer session of five-week and 10-week classes online and at campuses begins May 15. A second five-week session begins June 19.

  • Grease is the word at Central

    It’s about high school and drama, and it is being performed by high-school drama students; so this year’s musical seemed to be an easy fit for Central High School students.
    But expectations, and a six-decade gap between the time of the musical and today’s students, made Central’s production of “Grease” a challenge, says actors and director Hannah McGuire.

  • 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.