Article On State’s Tax Structure

Pretty interesting article from the Post and Courier in Charleston:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/feb/27/were-paying-for-all-those-tax-cuts/

NCMS Receives Literacy Grant From International Paper

For the fifth straight year, North Central Middle School has received a $4,400 grant from International Paper to enhance literacy instruction at the school.  This funding has made a great difference at NCMS in terms of special programs and other activities that has really helped to raise student achievement in reading.  Thanks to teacher Lori Pate for her work on this grant!  Thanks also to International Paper for its strong partnership with the school!

Article From The State Newspaper

Great News!!

Got some excellent news yesterday when I learned that Kevin Rhodes, the Director of our community’s “Safe Schools/Healthy Students” grant, has been asked to present at the National Project Director’s Consortium about the grant’s substance abuse prevention efforts in partnership with the Alpha Center.  What is extremely gratifying about this is that the organizers of the Consortium sought us out.  Great work by Kevin and everyone at the Alpha Center on this honor and opportunity for our community to be on a national stage!

Black History Presentations At Stover

The opportunity to see a couple of the Black History Month presentations by the self-contained students at Stover Middle School was one of the high points of my week!  The Power Points were excellent and the presentations were extremely enthusiastic!  The two presentations that I saw were on two of my personal favorites, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens.  Stover staff members Grace Kelly, Koehler Beard, Keith Benggio, Ruth Osteen, and Diana Curtis have done fantastic work with these students!!!

The Art Of Jonathan Green

While I was at Pine Tree Hill Elementary yesterday, I enjoyed getting a brief lesson from art teacher Kathy Mixon about the art of Beaufort native Jonathan Green, whose work depicts the Gullah culture of the Low Country.  I was really impressed with the work her students did in recreating some of Mr. Green’s work.  It was a lot of fun to learn something new!

SC As Seen In NC

I read about this television spot that is running in North Carolina about its budget and found it on YouTube.  It presents an interesting comparison with our state.

http://www.zocial.tv/today/Nonprofit/8461635/together-nc-web-lets-stay-north-carolina

Accomplishments!!

Congratulations to the Kershaw County Revolutionists Robotics Team.  The team placed fourth in the First Tech Challenge in Baxter, Tennessee against teams from five different states.

Congratulations also to Latreana Jordan of North Central Middle School, who won a $100 savings bond from the South Carolin Department of Consumer Affairs for her essay on the topic “If I Had $100, I Would…”  Over 450 students from across the state participated in the program, and Latreana was one of eight winners.

Great job!!!!!

Robert Ondere Featured

Great link below about Mr. Robert Ondere, a math teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School and a winner of a National Teacher Award from the Milken Foundation. 

http://mff.org/connections/connections.taf?page=Milestones>.

Wrestlers Go To State

I was pleased to learn that seven Kershaw County wrestlers will be competing for individual state championships this weekend in Anderson.  The seven include five from Lugoff-Elgin High School and two from North Central High School.  The LEHS wrestlers competing are Will Connell, Tony Murphy, Theo Shepard, Parker Singleton, and Zach Connell.  The North Central wrestlers are Daniel Whitmore and Troy Teal.  Nice article on these athletes in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent.  Good luck!