• 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.”

  • Band camp prepares Central musicians

    By Kevin Smith
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central High’s Marching Band just completed “the best two weeks of the summer,” says director Geoffrey Mack.
    The two-week annual summer camp prepares the marching band for its upcoming performance schedule. Members begin learning the music the band will perform throughout the season.

  • Central principal: Build on previous successes

    When the 100 seniors of Central High School embark on their final year on Aug. 17 they will find a familiar face at the front door.
    Damon Barnhill has been with the seniors every step of their way, offering advice, support and counseling when needed. One of his jobs as an assistant principal at Central has been discipline.
    “He acts like he cares,” said senior Carrie Kirkley.
    This year Barnhill, 42, has a new job description.
    It is one word, “everything.”

  • New Heights Middle School celebrates ‘3 to Get Ready’

    JEFFERSON – Have even the briefest of conversations with Nikki Miller and she will talk about “my babies.”
    She then has an overflow of pride as she describes their latest achievements.
    Her babies are not really babies.
    They are 11, 12, 13 years old, making the transition from children to young adults.
    At times they can be responsible and serious. Seconds later they can be silly and playful. Sometimes they want to be part of group, using their teamwork and leadership skills. Other times they just want to be by themselves.