Education

Folk displays literary success

A Macedonia Elementary School teacher was recognized for her literary success.
Second grade teacher and first-time children’s book author Bertha Folk was recognized with a celebration Nov. 10 in the media center. “We thought it was a milestone and we wanted to recognize and celebrate her,” said Shirley Elmore, a media assistant at MES. Elmore organized the celebration which consisted of food and a display of videos and posters relating to Folk’s book, “Counting with Miss Purse.”

Highway Patrol recognizes student

A South Carolina Highway patrolman was the bearer of good news for one Blackville-Hilda student.
Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the SCHP surprised Blackville-Hilda Junior High School student Katrina Kokubon Nov. 10, presenting her with the Scholar of the Quarter award.
The SCHP started the award this year to recognize students for their academic success and help build relationships between students and law enforcement. “It’s another way to reach out to young people,” said Jones.
Kokubon said she was surprised by the award, but thinks it is a good idea.

Macedonia Elementary: 1st Quarter Honor Roll

First Grade: A/B Honor Roll: Dewan Bates. Takeria Burkett, Malachi Davis, Jordan Gibson, Faith Glover, Jocelyn Hancock, Wilbur Johnson, Kamari Joyner, Aryanna Miller, Chance Pate, Jaymecia Washington, Molly Wood and Lain Zissette. Principal’s Honor Roll: Terrina Arjun, Amy Fish, Anna Haskins, Omarion Kinard, Jamari Parker, Liyah Scott, Josaya Sims and Brianna Williams.

Pig kissing for juvenile diabetes

Jane Hunter and Eve Hogarth, Jefferson Davis Academy's heads of school, kissed a pig before the school's homecoming game Oct. 14.
They told their students they would kiss a pig if the students raised more than $500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Association. JDA students raised almost $900.
"I think the students did such a great job," said Hunter.
Anna Felder, who has diabetes and represents the association, came from Columbia with her mother, ElizabethAnn Felder, to accept the check on the association's behalf.

Technology drives learning at MES

Fifth grade students at MES had the unique opportunity to experience the technology-driven educational outreach of a Mobile Technology Center on Oct. 13. The 1890 Research and Extension program at S.C. State University has a customized Winnebago that serves as a mobile 12 station Internet-ready computer lab that people of all ages can board and receive one-on-one instruction on topics spanning from keyboarding to surfing the Internet.

MES inducts new Jr. Beta members

Macedonia Elementary School inducted 21 students into their Junior Beta Club Oct. 13 in the cafeteria. They also swore in officers.
The speaker was Felicia V. Finney, Miss Greater Irmo Teen 2012. Her platform is Children's Literacy: Turning the Page for a Brighter Future. She spoke to the students about the importance of reading and writing during their academic years, as well as once they begin their careers. A major focus was on being responsible for their own learning and success. Felicia will be a contestant in the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in June 2012.

Scarecrows abound

A recent class project helped some Barnwell Primary School students fall into learning.
After learning about fall, including scarecrows, Heather Chambers' kindergarten class dressed up like scarecrows Oct. 14.
The class played several games and went on a scarecrow walk around the school's campus.
Chambers said the project was a way to teach the children about the fall season, including scarecrows and farming, because many didn't know what all is involved.

McCormack recognized for recycling

Sadie McCormack was the winner of the Cell Phone Recycling Contest at Barnwell Primary School. Sadie won a $50 check for helping the school RECYCLE FOR EDUCATION.
Sadie's phone was the MOST VALUABLE phone collected during the school year 2010-11.
The cell phone recycling company determines which phone is the MOST VALUABLE.

Barnwell Academy learns fire safety

The students in Barnwell Academy's kindergarten and first grade classes gained some hands-on experience with fire safety last week.
The students spent time with firefighters learning about fire safety and precautions. Following their classroom time, the students were able to tour the fire station and see the various fire trucks the firemen use to protect the citizens of Barnwell.
Fire Safety Week was October 9-15.

Class project transforms BPS students into celebrities

Athletes, musicians, astronauts and even a local artist descended on Collins Park in Barnwell Oct. 6.
While the actual celebrities weren't there, they were represented by 23 students from Dr. Theresa Moore's third grade talented and gifted class at Barnwell Primary School.
As part of a class assignment, students chose the character they wanted to research and portray. "What do you want to grow up and be?" Moore asked the students. "They chose their character on a love they have."

Districts send students to college night

Students from several local high schools attended the annual CSRA College Night in Augusta, Ga. Sept. 8.
The event’s purpose is to “provide an opportunity for students, parents and guidance counselors to learn about education opportunities available from accredited colleges and universities,” according to www.srs.gov.
Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities attend as well to share about their schools.
The evening is concluded with scholarship drawings.

District 19 tees off for education

People of all ages teed off for a good cause Sept. 10 at the Blackville Country Club.
Blackville-Hilda Public Schools held their 4th annual Longest Drive golf contest to raise funds for renovations at the club and golf course, which they own. It was given to the district in 2005 and is used for students as an educational tool, including the First Tee program at Macedonia Elementary.

To find out who was recognized and who the winners were, see page 6B in the Sept. 14 print edition.  

Districts recognize students for scores

During their Aug. 16 meeting, the Williston District 29 School Board recognized students for earning perfect scores on the English language arts section of the PASS test.

During their Aug. 25 meeting, the District 45 School Board recognized four students who earned a perfect score on one part of the PASS test last year.

To find out what students were recognized and what other students have accomplished, see page 9A in the Sept. 7 print edition.

BPS hires new assistant principal

Though new to Barnwell District 45, the new assistant principal of Barnwell Primary School is no stranger to Barnwell County.
After six years with Williston District 29 as a curriculum and instructional coach, Crissie Stephens is the new BPS assistant principal.

To find out what Stephens says about her new position, see the Sept. 7 print edition.

Boys & Girls Club

Camp members of The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Carolina did multiple hands-on and multitasking activities for Art and Cultural week.
To read what the kids learned from local community members, see the August 1 print edition.

Teachers help students over summer

Some local teachers gave up part of their summer vacation to insure students succeed.
During the July 28 District 45 School Board meeting, several teachers shared how they used their summers to further learning for themselves and their students.
“Our students will definitely benefit,” said Ward.
To read how local teachers furthered learning over the summer, see the August 1 print edition.

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