• 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.

  • Pageland Elementary school report card

    “The best students in the World are learning here” proclaims the banner at the front door of Pageland Elementary School.
    A recent South Carolina school report card suggests otherwise. Pageland Elementary was rated  “unsatisfactory,” meaning the school is not meeting state education standards.
    The reports cards have been controversial statewide and Chesterfield school officials say they do not tell the whole story.

  • Pageland Elementary named ‘priority’ school

    Pageland Elementary and middle school students at McBee High School have been identified as “Priority Schools” by the S.C. Department of Education.
    Priority schools are those that rank in the bottom 10 percent of schools statewide.
    The designation gives the Chesterfield County school system access to consultants, state information and some “technical assistance” funds.

  • Central math team excels

    Special to the Progressive Journal

    Genna Rivers of Central High School won honorable mention for the top individual scorers at the 42nd Annual Pee-Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament.
    She is the first Central student to earn that distinction.
    Overall, Central finished third in the Tetrad competition. The Scholars Academy of Horry County was first, followed by Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School of Darlington. Georgetown High School was fourth.

  • S.C. Report Cards: Five county schools get bad grades

    One-third of Chesterfield County schools received below average or worse grades on recently released state school report cards.
    Pageland Elementary received the worse report card of county schools, a 31 out of 100 points, or “unsatisfactory.”
    An unsatisfactory rating means Pageland Elementary is not meeting state education standards. It was one of 62 elementary schools statewide receiving an unsatisfactory rating.

  • Time out tyke to stand out teacher

    When National Head Start Awareness comes every October, I am reminded of the young children I taught when the program came to Chesterfield County in 1984.
    I was one of the first teachers at the Pageland Head Start center. I had the four-year old class.
    Of all my students, one stands out, Angel Washington.
    While her name was Angel, my teacher assistant Sunnie Voorhees and I thought she was far from being an angel.
    Although she was a very bright and beautiful child, Angel just would not follow classroom rules.

  • School Board seats contested

    Three of the four Chesterfield County School Board races on the Nov. 6 ballot are contested, including District 3, which includes Pageland.
    Wesley Miles, director of public works for the town of Pageland, is the District 3 incumbent. Challenging Miles is Cecil Wadsworth, who owns a tree service and landscaping business.
    Miles has served on the school board for 12 years and most recently was its chairman. This is Wadsworth’s first run for school board.

  • NETC, Screwmatics start internship program

    Northeastern Technical College and Screwmatics of Pageland have created an internship program that could lead to a full-time job at the Pageland company.
    High school students who successfully complete the college’s Career Connect Machine Tool Technology Program for spring 2019 will be eligible for a paid summer internship at Screwmatics.
    The company plans to hire as many as 10 interns at $10 an hour, said Billy Hogge, vice president for operations at Screwmatics.

  • Prayers lifted at the See You at the Pole

    Students in Chesterfield County gathered at their school’s flag pole last Wednesday, holding hands and lifting their voices in prayer as part of the nationwide See You at the Pole event.
    The event is the fourth Wednesday in September. It is a volunteer event, led by students.
    Among the schools holding events were Central High School, South Pointe Christian School, Jefferson Elementary and New Heights Middle.
    At Jefferson Elementary, students from kindergarten to fifth grade gathered with Rev. Rick Hunter, pastor of Jefferson First Baptist Church.