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|Leaird named interim athletic director at Central
By Ken Buck
Public Information Officer
Veteran coach Mitch Leaird has been named the interim athletic director at Central High School, replacing Kevin Hubbard, who has resigned to return to Florida with his family.
Leaird, who is the head baseball coach and head junior varsity football coach at Central, has 22 years experience as a coach and math teacher.
“This is without a doubt a dream come true for me,” says Leaird. “I have and always will bleed red, white and Columbia blue.”
Central High Principal Dr. Judd Starling said that Leaird is well suited for the position.
“His experience and his ties to the community will help him serve the school well,” says Starling.
Starling was also complimentary of the job that Hubbard did as the Eagles’ athletic director, a position he held for two years.
“He brought a unique approach to all of the athletic teams at Central,” says Starling. “He was very dedicated to the school and the community.”
Wal-Mart gives grant to Jefferson Elementary
Toni Allison, Libby Baker, and Stephanie Ramirez, a 2nd/3rdgrade looping team at Jefferson Elementary School, accepted a grant from Wal-Mart Distribution #6073 in the amount of $2500.00.
This money will be used for an overnight field trip to Charleston that the students will take next year as third graders. The students will enter into a new learning environment that makes third grade Science and Social Studies standards real for them. Students will visit the South Carolina Aquarium, Boone Hall Plantation, and Fort Moultrie.
Also, they will take a boat ride out to an island with Sandlapper Tours and take a walking tour of Historic Charleston. This grant money will allow students the opportunity to experience parts of South Carolina History that they may not otherwise be able to experience.
Cheraw Intermediate awarded math grant
Cheraw Intermediate School has received the 2014-2015 School In-Service Training Grant for PreK-5 schools, granted by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) through the Mathematics Education Trust (MET). CIS teachers worked with Jessica Griffin, the math coach at CIS, to develop the winning proposal. This grant is awarded to only one elementary school in the nation each year. Titled, "Weaving Through The Standards," the proposal was based on multiple years of student performance data and collaboration among the teachers to identify an area of needed improvement in mathematics.
For this project, CIS math teachers will engage in in-service trainings which focus on the interconnectedness of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) measurement standards among other domain standards within each grade level. Teachers will begin connecting and bringing coherence to multiple concepts and processes taught within each grade level's CCSSM. Following these trainings, teachers will develop engaging, measurement embedded, performance tasks which require students to use learned content effectively.
The Mathematics Education Trust channels contributions through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. The MET School In-Service Training Grant is supported by the Clarence Olander Fund and NCTM.
PLC students learn science through projects
Middle school science students at Palmetto Learning Center participated in a Science Fair on May 26. Students from each grade level entered projects they had worked on in class.
Each project included a question, hypothesis, data from the experiment, research, and a conclusion. Third place winners, with the project The Solar System, were Caitlyn Parker, Taylor Curtis, and Raekwon Knotts. Second place winners, with the project Acid Rain, were India Isaac, Tyquaydrick Welch, Ja’Quan Melton, and Shaiheim Hamilton. The first place winners were Da’Shawnana Baldwin, Iyanla Tillman, Tremel Hooks, Cortez Robinson, and Amado Burch. Their project, Long Lasting Soil, proved that plants prevent erosion better than ground cover or no cover.
Winners were awarded a certificate and a ribbon. They also enjoyed a pizza party during lunch.