• It’s all in for Central’s Francis

    There is no place to hide in Sophia Francis’ classes at Central High School.
    Her probing, compassionate eyes are always scanning her students.
    She focuses on facial expressions. Do her students understand the algebra, geometry and statistical concepts she is teaching? Or are there confused, even blank looks?
    Even the slightest hint of misunderstanding results in one-on-one help, she says.

  • Lessons from Susan Smith Martin

    National Women’s History Month is observed during March, highlighting the contributions of women in various fields, such as science, sports, entertainment, medicine, technology and education.
    Susan Smith Martin’s difference-making contribution was paving the way for other aspiring teachers.
    In her 25 years of teaching elementary children in Pageland, Martin allowed many teacher cadets, as well as college students, to come into her classroom and observe her teaching strategies.

  • We’re off to see the wizard!

    For the Progressive Journal

    Students and parents at New Heights Middle School recently were off to see the wizard. It was a fun-filled magical journey.
    “It was hard work in the beginning but we also had so much fun. We became a Wizard of Oz family,” said seventh-grader Madison Champagne, who played Dorothy. “I’m really sad it’s over!”
    Teachers Kristen Kingen, Lindsey Arant and Shemeika Massey directed the production. Chad Johnson conducted the New Heights chorus.

  • Central juniors receive rings

    By Kim Mangum
    For the Progressive Journal

    Members of the Central High Class of 2019 recently received their school rings.

  • Petersburg Primary hosts African-American Read In
  • Celebrating Black History Month

    For the Progressive Journal

    New Heights Middle School recently celebrated Black History Month with voice and dance.
    Madisyn Starnes discussed the history of the song “Lift Evr’y Voice.” The New Heights chorus performed the song. McKenzie Arant gave the history of the song “Oh Freedom” and then the chorus, featuring Jordan Taylor,  performed it.

  • Students remove any doubt for Spann

    When a teacher is selected the “Teacher of the Year” for their school, most will say others were more deserving.
    Affirmation from their colleagues, principal or parents usually replaces that doubt.
    For Shameeka Spann, teacher of the year at Jefferson Elementary, the encouragement that she was worthy came from the most unlikely source – her students.
    After it was announced at school that Spann was this year’s teacher of the year, several of her students came to class wearing black eyeglass frames, like the glasses Spann wears.

  • No boundaries to success for Leaird

    There are two phrases Jane Leaird will not allow in her Pageland Elementary School classroom:
    “I can’t” and “That’s too hard.”
    She won’t accept her students placing limits on themselves. Her classroom is a place where even the smallest of successes are celebrated daily.
    With 10 students, she has one of the smaller classes at Pageland Elementary. There are times some of her students can work together, but most of the time, Leaird is juggling the individual needs of her students. Each of them learns differently.

  • Parent sues Chesterfield County schools

    A parent is suing the Chesterfield County School District and a teacher over a Jan. 12 incident where her son was allegedly assaulted and injured in a classroom.
    In the lawsuit, Ashley Hargett, alleges that Barbara Morgan, a social studies teacher, had previously disregarded physical altercations between students in her classroom.
    The student, who was 14 at the time of incident, suffered bruises, contusions, pain and “shame and humilitation” while injured in the presence of his peers, according to the recently filed lawsuit.

  • Outstanding math students honored

    From release

    The Mu Alpha Theta math honor society at Central High School recently inducted 29 new members.
    A student must have completed at least two courses of college preparatory math classes with a minimum math average of 4.2 and a minimum overall average of 3.8 to be eligible for the math society.
    Mu Alpha Theta supports Central’s participation in math competitions, such as the Academic Team and the Francis Marion University Math Competition.