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Chesterfield County
School District
401 West Blvd.
Chesterfield, S.C.

Five district schools recognized by state for achievement
By Ken Buck
Public Information Officer

Five Chesterfield County schools have been recognized by the South Carolina State Department of Education’s Palmetto awards program for high achievement.
Cheraw High School, Chesterfield High School, Jefferson Elementary School, McBee Elementary School, and Ruby Elementary School were the schools in the district recognized for either general performance and/or closing the achievement gap.
Cheraw High won gold awards in both categories, Chesterfield High won a gold award for general performance, Jefferson Elementary earned a gold award in general performance and a silver award for closing the achievement gap, McBee Elementary won silver awards in both categories, and Ruby Elementary earned a gold award for general performance.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was founded in 1998.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that he is especially proud of the work that is exemplified by the awards in general performance.
“An award (in that category) shows that the achievement in the school is very high,” he says.
He added that he is also encouraged by the awards earned for closing the achievement gap as well.
“It shows that some good things are going on in our schools as we work to improve instruction,” he says.
Changing Course program being held at Cheraw Intermediate
Project Changing Course (PCC) After-School Program has been in session for over a month at Cheraw Intermediate School.  Twelve students within the program had perfect attendance and were recognized last month.  This program emphasizes reading and math interventions, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities.  PCC provides students with additional instruction, academic support, evidence-based mentoring and counseling (if needed) to promote student engagement at school and with learning.  
The General Assembly has provided funding to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) for grants to help schools offer programs to address academic and career development for students.  Project Changing Course (PCC) After-School Program is a South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act of 2005 (EEDA) grant. Through this grant, CIS will be able to provide students with a healthy snack, transportation home, mentoring, counseling, and qualified teachers in the areas of Math and English Language Arts.
McBee Elementary inducts Jr. Beta Club members
Recently, McBee Elementary School held their annual Jr. Beta Club induction.  The event was coordinated by club sponsor and MES Teacher Laura Stasenko. 
Following the induction ceremony, students moved from the gym to the cafeteria where they were recognized at the monthly school board meeting by Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin and members of the Chesterfield County School District Board of Trustees.
Inductees included:
Sydney Amerson, Cameron Chaney, Jeremy Clark, Jacob Courville, Joseph Eufracio, Rebecca Jo Floyd, Madison Gainey, Lillian Gonzalez, Keion Hicks, Kennedy Hopkins, Noah Howle, Rachel Hunter, Austin McKenzie, Elliott McKenzie, Jackson Morris, Dylan Outlaw, Vance Poole, Mason Reid, Gage Ritter, Abigail Sims, Dylan Smith, Jenna Teal, Trevor Trull, Scott Wallace, Lawson Wright, Jenna Barfield, Kaylee Blair, Kristin Bordonie, Anthony Brigman, Chad Brown, Will Catoe, Hunter Gilbert, Kent Hunter, Allison Johnson, Jasmine Kelly, Maddox Mangum, Gage Nesbitt, Bill Porter, Cyrah Schueneman, Maddison Simmons, Allen Smith and Jakob Thompson
McBee NTHS donates for activity
McBee High School National Technical Honor Society recently donated healthy snack-filled Easter baskets and sponsored an egg hunt as part of their transitional activity for Chesterfield Marlboro Head-Start and McBee Elementary School 4K program. 
The students provided baskets, snacks, plastic and real eggs for the children to find and enjoy.  This activity has been an annual event for the past five years.  It is a great opportunity for the Head-Start children to visit the elementary school, eat lunch with the MES children, if possible and receive mentoring from the NTHS group. 
This year the NTHS provided baskets and eggs for 34 children and the MHS mascot was in attendance as well. 
Miss Central leads jeans, coat drives
Miss Central 2014 Brittany Cato, recently held a jean drive for the month of March. She has collected a total of 90 jeans for Jeans for Teens, a benefit drive for homeless teenagers.
Cato said that she would like to thank Nicely Grove Church Youth, Central High students and staff, and the people in the community for donating their gently used jeans. All of the donations are greatly appreciated.
Also she held a coat drive during the month of October and collected over 50 coats in which were donated to the Pageland Community Crisis Center. She has established The Annual Eagle Coat Drive.
Cato is pictured with Central Principal Dr. Judd Starling.
McBee Elementary's got talent
On the night of April 3, the students at McBee Elementary School participated in their annual PTA sponsored student talent show. 
The event featured 61 students who displayed their talents through song, dance, piano, and even standup comedy. 
Principal Dr. David Nutt declared the night to be a huge success and gave thanks to Music Teacher Stephanie Tiller and Media Specialist Bonnie Middleton for spending countless hours organizing the event.
Edwards donates to cancer research
Edwards Elementary School students dedicated two weeks recently to contribute their spare change to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign. 
The children raised an amazing $4373.40 to help fund blood cancer research and patient services.  This is a meaningful way for the students to help other kids who have been diagnosed with cancer and to know that their efforts are making a difference. 
This is the fifth consecutive year the school has participated. 
Their five-year total of contributions comes to $20,104.71.  
Mrs. Dayna Stevens is the school coordinator for the campaign and her son Finley, a second grade student at Edwards Elementary, is a cancer survivor and an Honored Hero.
Fourth graders gear up for PASS tests
Students in Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Autry’s fourth grade classes at Cheraw Intermediate School are gearing up for success on the SC PASS Writing test. 
Students were taught test taking strategies all year on how to “hunt out the answer” and to “read every line” on the SC PASS test.  Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Autry encourage every student to use these strategies each day and on SC PASS.  Students wore “camo” and “stripes” as a reminder of these test taking strategies. 
Cheraw Intermediate School believes in providing laser-like focus, resources and interventions that can help students to move forward.  These strategies are vital to student success and ensures that every student at CIS is provided with knowledge and skills needed to be successful. 
Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Autry also held a small celebration in honor of the hard work and great effort put forth by all students.
Petersburg Primary holds “Real Men Read” event
Petersburg Primary School in Pageland held a “Real Men Read” day at the school earlier this month.
Men from the Pageland area and other parts of the county, from all walks of life, came to the school to read to various groups of students. The concept of the day is to expose the children to positive male role models.
This was the second year that the school held the event.