• 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.

  • Petersburg Primary: Together We Can

    Petersburg Primary will continue to use the motto – “Together We Can” – for the 2017-2018 school year.
    Janice Kiser, who starts her fifth year as principal of Petersburg Primary, said the school’s motto is very applicable for the students, faculty, staff and community.
    “I started using it when I first came,” Kiser said.  “And it has worked for us.”
    While teachers officially reported for work Aug. 10, several prepared their classrooms early.
    Kiser also gave them their homework early.

  • Ruby Elementary: A caring community

    RUBY – When it comes to education at Ruby Elementary School there several areas where teachers and administrators won’t compromise.
    The non-negotiables are: every minute counts during the school day; each student is being prepared to be a life-long learner and is expected to get better everyday; and failure is not an option.  Children will read, write and share everyday.
    “Children come first,” said principal Caroline Miles.      
    Caring is a close second as Ruby Elementary.

  • South Pointe Christian School holds open house

    More than 300 people attended South Pointe Christian School’s open house on Aug. 7, three days before school opened.
    The Rev. John Helms of  South Pointe Fellowship Church said,  “The enrollment is good.  The finances are good. I make no apologies for being a Christian school.”
    Helms encouraged parents and family members to teach their children the way of the Bible in their homes and churches.

  • Chesterfield County teachers: Find the glorious moments

    Chesterfield County teachers were asked Friday to remember those who made a difference in their lives and apply those lessons in and out of their schools.
    Teachers, administrators and staff from the district’s 18 schools filled the gym at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School for the annual school-year kickoff assembly.
    The message?
    Change the world by changing children.
    Charles Redfearn, the district’s teacher of the year, said teachers that influenced him “did something that wasn’t required.”