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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
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.
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.
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.
Central JROTC receives grant
Central High School’s Marine Corps JROTC received a National Rifle Association Grant for two compressed air rifles, over 30,000 pellets and 3100 10 meter air rifle targets; all worth just under $2000.  Pictured in the photo from right to left are Cadets Kevin McCammon, Leander Byars, Jaylen Wilson and Darrius Sellers.  
Leander Byars (second from the right) is using one of the new compressed air rifles as opposed to the other students  using the older models.  The new models are more reliable and required less work to operate.   These newer air rifles are available for all  70 students within the MCJROTC program for use.  This Grant from the NRA is not only given to aid financially challenged programs, but also to promote gun safety and individual citizen second amendment rights.  All students in the MCJROTC program receive classes on gun safety, handling and marksmanship, and then conduct actual live fire of these air rifles for practice, and then qualification.   The Marksmanship Course lasts approximately two weeks for MCJROTC students.
The  Central  High School MCJROTC Air Rifle Team will also use the new compressed air rifles.  They compete for most of the school  year in various tournaments and head to head matches against schools in the local area to as far away as Charlotte and East Gaston.
Pageland Chamber recognizes New Heights staff members
Pageland Chamber of Commerce recognized two New Heights Middle School faculty members at their annual banquet on February 25.
Mrs. Michelle Medlin was recognized as 2013 Citizen of the Year for her genuine representation of someone who understands the concept of “paying forward” and giving back to the community. When recognizing a need, Mrs. Medlin takes the initiative to use her leadership qualities to bring people together to help their fellow man. She exhibits integrity and serves as a role model for colleagues, friends and students.
Ms. Janet Mangum received the 2013 Chamber Service Award in recognition of the many hours of service donated by her to Chamber sponsored events. Her volunteer time is ongoing throughout each year, and she is always willing to offer her assistance with event planning and organization.
McBee FFA attends legislators ceremony
McBee High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia last month.
The students, accompanied by Pat Earle, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at McBee High School, began the day by visiting their State Senators and Representatives, thanking them for their support of Agricultural Education. They were introduced to the members of the House of Representatives while in session by Representative Jay Lucas.
Following the visits, the group joined the hundreds of FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony. The event got under way with the Presentation of Colors by the Manning FFA Color Guard. The group was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Cameron Padgett, State FFA Vice President.
McBee FFA Board of Directors members attending were Kolby Atkinson, Sarah McDaniel, Dristian Byrd, Zach Middleton, Bridget Gainey, Cassie Nettles, Cole Garrison, Maggie Page, Tori Grant, Riley Price, Erin Hawksworth, Zach Roary, Austin Hoffman, Gracen Shoffner, Victoria Hicks, Bailey Talbert, Chase Holley, Chloe Tiller, Blair Horton, Anna Catherine Wayne, Ryne Mangum, and Savannah McAlister. 
Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture, presented the Governor’s Proclamation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of Governor Haley. This was in recognition of National FFA Week, February 12-22, 2014.
State Senator, Daniel B. Verdin, of Laurens, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and State Representative, Nelson L. Hardwick, of Horry County, Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee, both gave remarks to the FFA members in attendance and presented a Concurrent Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to the State Officers on behalf of all the members of the SC General Assembly.
The 2013-14 State FFA Officers conducted the ceremony at the South Carolina State House. They are: Anna Mink, State President from the Aiken chapter, Shelby Wayne, State Secretary from the McBee chapter, Savannah Vickery, State Vice President from the Pendleton chapter, Karley Young, State Vice President from the Clinton chapter, Randi Sims, State Vice President from the Lakewood chapter, and Cameron Padgett, State Vice President from the Pelion chapter.
The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Washington’s Birthday.
The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber, and resources industries of agriculture. With more than 579,500 members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle media specialist wins state award
By Ken Buck
Public Information Officer

Kitt Lisenby, the media specialist at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, has been named the South Carolina Media Specialist of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians at their awards luncheon March 13.
Lisenby has been the media specialist at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle for four years, a media specialist for 14 years, and an educator for 34 years.
“I am very humbled by this award and appreciate the support from SCASL, my district and school administration, my teachers, and especially my students,” says Lisenby.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton described Lisenby as passionate, energetic, knowledgeable, and committed.
“Mrs. Lisenby plays an integral part of the reading culture we have established at our school,” she says.  “She has transformed our media center and made it the pulse of our school.”
Pictured: Lisenby (right) and Hampton
Academic Bowl teams honored
Chesterfield County School District held the High School Academic Bowl Banquet on March 6 at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw.
It was hosted by Jane Pigg, owner of The Link and WCRE,
All teams, coaches, and principals from the four high schools were invited to enjoy a spaghetti supper, receive certificates/trophies (donated by Seth Shore from Shores and Associates) and engage in a Fun Bowl between students and coaches.
For 2013-14, the Academic Bowl Champions was Chesterfield High School and the Runner-up was Cheraw High School.
Pageland students visit Columbia
Feb. 27, Pageland Elementary School third graders took a special trip to Columbia.
They began their exciting day with a guided tour of the South Carolina State Museum that included transportation that has been used in the state, from dugout canoes to the first Model T, threading machines found in the infamous cotton mills and a chemistry lab complete with experiments from everyday chemicals.
The real excitement came on their visit to the South Carolina State House. After a brief walk-through of the beautiful building and grounds, students got to meet Senator Vincent Sheheen, who will be running for governor in 2014. Senator Sheheen took the students into the House of Representatives meeting area and explained a little about how the lawmaking process works. Then, he ushered the students, over 100 of them, into the Senate meeting room where senators were still in session.
Students and teachers were utterly delighted when he paused the meeting to welcome the students from Pageland Elementary School. Because he took valuable time from his day, students were profoundly impacted from this experience.
McBee High hosts financial aid workshop
At McBee High School on Tuesday February 25th  parents and students gathered in the media center to learn about scholarships, grants, financial aid and the FASFA form. 
Parents took advantage of this opportunity to get a jump start on college for their children.  Mr. Mike Fox, a representative of the SC Student Loan Association, presented this information in a light-hearted and entertaining manner. 
This is an annual event at McBee High and is open to other area schools as well. 
Mr. Fox also remained after the workshop to assist parents with filing the FASFA and or setting up their PIN number.   Several parents personally thanked Mr. Fox and the Guidance staff for setting up this informative event. 

Cheraw Intermediate awarded grant
Cheraw Intermediate School has been awarded the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) At-Risk Student Innovative Competitive Grant in the amount of $292,500, to be distributed over the next three years.
The General Assembly has provided funding for the South Carolina State Department of Education to be set aside for the Office of Student Intervention Services to support the efforts of this grant.  Cheraw Intermediate School was one of twenty-one schools to be awarded funding for a grant to provide afterschool and summer programming.  Cheraw Intermediate School was awarded the largest funding level in the state. 
The focus and overall goal of the “At-Risk Student Innovative Grant” proposal is to raise student achievement, address disparities of students from different socio-economic backgrounds, close racial and ethnic achievement gaps, increase the level of expectations of all students and ultimately reduce dropout rates in school through a well-developed comprehensive, multidimensional and reliable system of learning supports.  The title of the “At-Risk Student Innovative Grant” is Project Changing Course. 
Project Changing Course will center on increasing student engagement through improving systematic renewal, school-community collaboration and safe learning environment. Project Changing Course will utilize early intervention strategies, literacy development, mentoring, tutoring and coordination of mental health counseling services that target students who are at greater risk of disengaging from school by providing a “wrap around” program. 
Project Changing Course will start March 5 and continue until the end of the school year.  Students will also be invited to attend the summer sessions in June and July.

McBee Elementary celebrates milestone
McBee Elementary School recently held their annual 100th day of school celebration. 
On this day, kindergarten and 1st grade students gathered outside to sing songs and celebrate their 100th day of school.  Students also released balloons with each student’s name and the school’s contact information.  People who find balloons are encouraged through the attachment to contact the school to show where their balloon was found.  Teachers keep a map that charts where the balloons were found. 
In most years past, the school has received calls from all over the Pee Dee as well as from areas of North Carolina.
Students inducted into honor society
The Chesterfield County chapter of the National Technical Honor Society recently induced a large number of students from the county’s four high schools.
Students Cheraw High, Chesterfield High, McBee High, and Central High during a ceremony held at Northeastern Technical College on Feb. 18.
The mission of the National Technical Honor Society is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.
Those inducted include (click to view list)
McBee FBLA competes at conference
The McBee High Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended their annual District Leadership Conference in Murrell’s Inlet recently. Members competed against other students from around one fourth of South Carolina in a wide variety of business-related events. They also participated in workshops regarding the importance of dressing for success, preparing for future careers, and managing their health and wellness.
Sixteen of these students placed in the top five, which now qualifies them to advance to the State competition in Charleston, March 27-30. Their names and the event they placed in are listed below:





AnnaCarlin Phelps &

Katelynn Blackwell

Middle Level Computer Slideshow (Team event)


Beth West

Job Interview


Eimari Bradley

Business Law


Frankie Cuellar

Business Law


Dalen Anderson

Business Law


Jacob Shuler

Introduction to Information Technology


Austin Hoffman

Insurance and Risk Management


Erin Hawksworth



Madison Johnson

Introduction to Business


Lexi Johnson

Middle Level FBLA Facts


Ciearria Johnson

Middle Level FBLA Facts


Taylor Barefoot

Accounting I


Joy McCormick

Accounting I


Ashley Blackwell &

Jessica Williamson

Business Presentation

(Team event)

If you would like to offer assistance financially or in preparing these students for their upcoming State and National competitions, please contact Regina Johnson, McBee High School FBLA Adviser at 843-335-5296 or rwjohnson@chesterfieldschools.org These young leaders are putting this year’s state motto into practice: “Rise Up – Excellence in Action”!
Pictured: Bottom Row: Regina Johnson (Adviser), CC Johnson, AnnaCarlin Phelps, Katelynn Blackwell, Madison Johnson, Beth West, Ashley Blackwell, Eimari Bradley, Dalen Anderson, Jessica Williamson, Courtney Elmore, Katie Dixon, Joy McCormick, Darcy Johnson
Top Row: Frankie Cuellar, Austin Hoffman, Jacob Shuler, Taylor Blackwell, Lexi Johnson, Erin Hawksworth (not pictured)
Petersburg wins Lowe's grant
Petersburg Primary has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for their project, “Growing Inside and Out at Petersburg.” 
The grant, written by Grace Baker, with the help of Jennifer Tucker and Monica Tomberlin of the school’s PTO, including plans created by local landscaper Mitchell Jordan, was based on the goal of enhancing the entrance of our school to help the outside of the school to match the welcoming atmosphere found when you enter. The school looks forward to sharing the finished product with the entire Pageland community, especially our students and their families.
The project team hopes to complete and dedicate the final product by the end of May.
Principal Janice Kiser states, “We are so thankful to Lowe’s for this grant. Our staff, the families of our students, and this entire community take a well-deserved sense of pride in this school. We want that pride to show as soon as anyone drives up to the building. Thank you, Lowe’s for helping us achieve this goal.”
All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program.  More information is available at www.ToolboxforEducation.com.
District recognizes junior scholars
The Chesterfield County School District recently honored the Junior Scholars with a reception in Chesterfield. 
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Little opened the program with a welcome, Joshuah Campbell, a sophomore at Harvard and a former Junior Scholar, was the guest speaker, and Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin closed the program. 
The district had 28 junior scholars this year.  (Click for a list of the junior scholars)
New Heights students make donation
On December 16, the 8th grade social studies classes of Shemeika Massey at New Heights Middle School donated over a hundred items to Chesterfield County First Steps, as part of their recent study of philanthropy.
The food items, bottled water and juices helped provide nutritious meals for students at Petersburg Elementary and the parents who are served through the Blessings in a Backpack program. 
Other items donated were paper products, baby wipes and clothing, small blankets, pencils, markers, educational flash cards, books and small hand-held toys for babies.
First Steps Program Director Karen Odom had an opportunity to talk with Massey’s students and explain the impact made by their generous donations.
First Steps currently serves nearly 1,000 families in Chesterfield County and provides other programs such as BabyNet, Imagination Library and Incredible Years. If you would like to make donations or serve as a volunteer for First Steps, please call 843-623-5904.
Central High Spanish students go global
Recently the Central High School Spanish II classes, led by Robert Muñoz, attained a "Global Status" by participating in an international assessment of his students' Spanish Reading Skills.
After working on developing reading and pronunciation skills during the fall semester, his students had a "Reality Check" when they were assessed by Spanish speakers from Colombia, South America. 
The international participants were a mixture of high school and college students, both fluent in Spanish and English.
During this event, Mr. Muñoz's students received feedback on their reading and pronunciation; rating numbers ranged from 60 to 100, were many obtained top numbers, and  excellent feedback from our south American evaluators.
The experience really enriched Mr. Muñoz's students and provided strong motivation to continue improving in acquiring skills that will make them stand out in a global market.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle charters music honor society
In December 2013, Chesterfield-Ruby Middle chartered Chesterfield’s first Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society and inducted twenty-eight 7th and 8th grade students.
The goal of the group is to promote creativity, leadership, advocacy, and service in the school and community through music, while recognizing academic and musical achievement. Creating a chapter at CRMS also represents the belief that the arts are important in education. As part of the Tri-M initiative, the first jazz band was created and students have provided performances during lunch and at local elementary schools.
Future events and activities include fundraisers such as “Relay for Life” and the “Give-a-Note” music foundation while creating community and school service projects.
The CRMS Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society is advised by the Director of Bands, Brandon Sanders.
Pageland student wins district spelling bee
Courtney Vaughn, 5th grader at Pageland Elementary School, was the winner of the recent Chesterfield County School District’s District Spelling Bee.  Her winning word was temporal.  She will travel to Charlotte, NC to represent Chesterfield County School District in The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on Monday, February 24. 
The runner-up was Emily McDaniel, 7th grader at McBee High School.  In the case that Vaughn is unable to attend, McDaniel will compete in the Regional Bee in her place.
Both young ladies are currently preparing for the Regional competition.
Art students painting walls at Cheraw High
Jennifer Rayfield's Art 2 students at Cheraw High have been painting murals around the school. 
Seniors Karina Esqueval (left) and Haley Pierce (right) stand in the English hall in front of their Scrabble themed artwork about literary terms. 
Not pictured are Robert Pitts and Scott Ellison.
Wal-Mart contributes to Edwards Elementary School
Edwards Elementary was the recipient of $1,000 from The Wal-Mart Foundation recently. 
Each year local schools are selected to receive a monetary donation based on the number of safe miles driven by Wal-Mart truck drivers.
Principal Kim Gaskins is seen accepting a check from Mr. Richard Goodwin of Wal-Mart. 
This is just one additional way Wal-Mart continuously supports local students and schools.    
Teacher of the year featured on TV
Today, WBTW-TV News recently visited Cheraw Intermediate School to interview Marcia Bullis, a third grade teacher, as well as video her classroom.
The station is doing a special series on the State Teacher of Year. Bullis is Chesterfield County's Teacher of the Year and teacher representative.

"Mrs. Bullis is an excellent teacher, and I know she will represent Chesterfield County Schools very well," says Principal Scott Eddins. "Congratulations, and we wish you the best."
McBee FFA attends nationals
Twenty one members of the McBee High School FFA Chapter attended National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in October.
In all, there were 58,000 members attending National Convention. While attending the National Convention Blair Horton competed in Public speaking and McBee received a 2013 National Chapter award from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that successfully encouraged member to grow as individuals, work as teams, and serve other in their communities.
The chapters who won the National Chapter award were honored thanks to the corporate sponsor John Deere. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through twelve who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
While in Louisville, Kentucky we toured Churchill Downs, attended the general sessions, and watched the FFA talent show. The students enjoyed hearing the inspirational speakers, an artist painting, and the FFA talent. The Convention provided the members a chance to grow through “Ignite.”
Pictured: (Left to right back row: Cody McElveen, Andrew Vandenover, Dristian Bryd, Austin Allison, Cole Hudson, Ryne Mangum, Gracen Shoffner   Left to right middle row: Erin Hawksworth, Victoria Hicks, Katie Kissiah, Austin Bess, Brian Springs, Cody McMillan   Left to right front row: Blair Horton, Chloe Tiller, Kaitlyn Donahue, Austin Hoffman, Catherine Wayne, Joey McCormick, Bridget Gainey)
Ruby celebrates Arbor Day
The state of South Carolina celebrates Arbor Day with the planting of trees all across the state on the first Friday of December. 
The town of Ruby and the Chesterfield High School Alumni Association recently helped to purchase tree seedlings from the SC Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth graders at Ruby Elementary School. 
Both Keith Bailey, Mayor of Ruby, and John Douglas, Mayor of Chesterfield, came to  RES on Friday, December 6th  to give each student a tree seedling to take home and plant in their yard to show the importance of community awareness and the beautification of our community.
Tree seedlings will also be planted at the school in honor of the fourth grade students.  
Cheraw Primary hosts families
On November 14, the families of Cheraw Primary students were invited to attend an evening full of learning, laughter and delicious food.
The event began as families visited various classrooms to explore literacy strategies.  After the classroom visits, guests were invited to choose from several spectacular options including; face painting, Storytelling, Fit for Life (Physical fitness demonstration) and a Dance Party. T
he dancers from “The Dance Studio” provided the entertainment for the attendees.
To make the night more memorable for families, the Cheraw Primary Book Fair was open for business and many families left with a bag of new books to take home and enjoy together. 
To conclude the evening, a delicious spaghetti dinner was served to the nearly 600 guests in attendance. 
McBee Elementary moves 5K indoors
On Nov. 26, McBee Elementary School had planned for all of their students to run their second annual 5K (kilometer) run.  Though the cold and rainy weather outside were dreary, McBee Elementary School did not let the weather spoil the event students had for so long been looking forward to. 
Instead of canceling the event, the race was moved indoors.  First thing that morning, the entire school met in the gym for an assembly that taught them about Diabetes.  During the assembly, student heard from diabetic McBee High student Chloe Tiller, McBee Elementary student Rebecca Horton, and McBee Elementary Teachers Nadine Crook and Rita Huggins.
 Following the assembly, the 5th and 6th graders ran a one hour route through the school that took them down and around each hallway and through the gym.  After the 5th and 6th graders were done, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students had their opportunity.  The last group was made up of 3rd and 4th grade students. 
As students ran the halls with determined efforts and smiling faces, motivational music played through the hallway and gym speakers.  Through preparation for and participation in this event, students learned about diabetes and how they could make a difference as researchers work towards finding a cure. 
MES 5K raised almost $2,000 that was donated to The American Diabetes Association.  In addition, students learned the importance of incorporating physical fitness into their everyday lives.  
Principal Dr. David Nutt remarked, “The event was a terrific success, but one that could not have been pulled off without the vision of Physical Education teacher Donna McCaskill and the many businesses and volunteers she was able to coordinate for us.”  
Central High receives Bi-Lo grant
by Laura Caskey
Progressive Journal reporter

Two Chesterfield County schools will be able to do more to reach their students in the upcoming year, thanks to grants from a well-known supermarket chain.
Central High School and Ruby Elementary School both received grants from Bi-Lo on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Hartsville.
"It's always a surprise and treat to get money from grants you applied for," CHS principal Dr. Judd Starling said.
Central received a $5,000 check from the Bi-Lo Foundation. Starling said the money will go towards helping the school's at-risk students and funding programs like the "8-1/2 Grade" summer program.
"Our current grant we use loses $7,000 each year. We're always looking for sources to provide for our at-risk students," Starling said.
Ruby Elementary School principal Beth Suggs also accepted a check for $2,683 through Bi-Lo's "SCAN" program.
Suggs said the money will help fund the school's ongoing literacy program by building classroom libraries with new books.
"We want to put more books in the hands of our children. Literacy is an important component in our school curriculum," Suggs said. "Each child needs access to updated and multiple texts and exposure to good literature."
Central High MJROTC helps with Toys for Tots
Central High School MCJROTC supported the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots drive at Big Lots and Walmart in both Chester and Lancaster, on November 24 and 29. 
The Marine Corps League Toys for Tots drive gives financially disadvantaged children under the age of 14 the chance to receive a Christmas gift. 
Central High School MCJROTC, along with the Marine Corps League, was able to gather $625 in toys and over $1700 in donations for the purchase of toys during these two days.  
Editor visits Ruby Elementary
Leighton Bell, editor of THE LINK newspaper, made a special visit to the fourth grade at Ruby Elementary.
Mr. Bell talked to students about newspapers, reporting, and some of his own personal experiences. Each student in the fourth grade was given his or her own copy of THE LINK to read and take home. Mrs. Rhonda Stokes’s ELA classes have been learning about nonfiction, third person point of view, titles, headings, photographs, captions, and much more.
Students have also been learning about newspapers, reporting, and business.
The fourth grade will be writing articles and publishing the first newspaper for students at Ruby Elementary.
McBee Elementary student make inferences, solve mystery
The morning of November 26 started out just as normal as any other morning. Students and teachers began filing into the building ready for another exciting day at McBee Elementary. It was the morning of the 3K/5K Race to raise awareness for Diabetes. This year’s race was going to be a bit different, due to the poor weather conditions. But that wasn’t the only thing that would be different about that day.
Upon arriving to Mrs. Laura Katherine Folger’s classroom, students were greeted with a disastrous crime scene. Chairs and furniture were strewn around the room, and everything was a mess. Pictures were taken to have evidence of the crime.
“When you find out what took place, let me know,” said Principal Dr. Nutt upon hearing news of the scene.  
Luckily, the students worked together to solve this mystery.
Students began putting all the clues together to solve and figure out just who this uninvited mystery intruder could have been. The class made a list of all the things that were out of place in the room; there were candy canes all over the floor, a bag of bows had been left behind and scattered around the class, desks were covered in some sort of mysterious white garland, there was silver garland with red and green ornaments draped over the table.
One student noted strange prints that were left on the Promethean Board. Upon further investigation, students were able to use deductive reasoning and learned that they weren’t just ordinary foot prints! The prints appeared similar to that of deer prints, but they were shiny, sparkly and silver. They must be reindeer prints,” said one student.
Once students discovered the reindeer prints, they knew in an instant who the intruder must have been.
As the students cleaned up the mess that was left behind, they were still left with the question of why this mystery guest visited the classroom. It wasn’t until an unexplained package was found among the debris that their suspicions were confirmed, and they were given a reason as to why this visit took place. Underneath a stack of papers and a misplaced chair, there was a single package. It was wrapped in red and white striped paper, and covered with glitter. There were no bows or ribbons on the package. Only a small gift tag that stated “To: Mrs. Folger’s Class, From: S.C.”  
As students furiously ripped open the package, they found The Elf on the Shelf.  Their predictions were correct!  They had correctly guessed the mystery visitor!
Mrs. Folger’s class was able to make inferences, and put all the clues together to make a good guess as to who the visitor was, similar to what good readers do when they are reading a story.
Plainview teachers work together on standards
The 1st grade teachers and 3rd grade teachers at Plainview Elementary know all about teamwork.
During the months of October and November, 1st grade teachers Kerri Hagwood and Myra Powell teamed up to provide some culture to their students. These 1st graders learned about the African culture by reading about boys and girls their age and making rain sticks. Then, Alec Powell, Mrs. Powell’s son, provided some musical background for the students to use their rain sticks in traditional African music.
Later, 1st grade learned about the Hispanic culture and ended on a festive note by holding a fiesta for the students.
The 3rd grade teachers, Ann Beasley and Sharon Griggs, were also busy using hands-on activities to engage their students in learning about Columbus Day. The students read about Christopher Columbus and a sailor’s life at sea and wrapped up that unit by making hard tack. This was a first time experience for the students and the teachers and ended in smiles with no chipped teeth. Switching to the Science standards, 3rd grade studied soil composition and incorporated units of math and reading by making “soil” to eat. It was a Science lesson that the students could really sink their teeth into.
Ruby food drive a success
Both Clemson and USC fans were winners at the recent food drive sponsored by Ruby Elementary School 
RES students brought in a total of 812 food items to be donated to local food pantries.  USC won the contest bringing in a total of 486 items, while Clemson fans contributed 326.
Principal Beth Suggs said, “It is important to teach students the important life lesson of helping those in need. 
The Clemson/USC food drive shows that no matter which university receives your support on the field, everyone is a winner when we can help those in need.” 
Jefferson helps feed the community
Jefferson Elementary School recently hosted the seventh Jefferson Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The community dinner was started by Love Ellis (Custodial staff), Tammy Wright (Cafeteria Manager), Addie Simpson (Cafeteria staff) and Darlene Dunlap (Substitute employee).
The event is all funded by donations.  Jefferson student collect drink cans, which are then carried to the scrape yard to get money.  Local churches also assist. 
In the days leading up to the dinner, volunteers were working late into the evening, after working all day, prepping the food to be cooked. Community members came in to help pull turkey of the bone, bake cakes and make dressing.   
Preparations and donations were made for several weeks leading up to the dinner.     The day of the dinner preparations began at 5 am and went through 4 pm. 
It is estimated that 1100 people were fed this year, including those from the Checso Center, Hospice, Pageland Care, Springhill Assisting Living, Chesterfield County Jail, and The Good Samaritan Colony.  After these orders were filled first then the doors were opened to the public to come pick-up for the elderly, sick and shut-ins.
New Heights host parents for Thanksgiving lunch
A group of 100 parents joined New Heights Middle School students for Thanksgiving Lunch on November 21.
Everyone enjoyed the delicious turkey & dressing with the works.
Cafeteria Director, Ms. Vivian McBride noted, “This was a big success.”
The school appreciate all the efforts by McBride and the cafeteria staff members to make sure everything ran smoothly for our special guests.
Pictured, 6th grade student Jimmy Horton enjoys sharing a meal with his family.
Central High math team places in regional tournament
Six members of the Central High Math Team competed in The 37th Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament on Dec. 3.  The Tournament was sponsored by Francis Marion University, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Pee Dee Education Center.
Two hundred ninety students from twenty high schools competed in three divisions based on school size. The Central High team was one of four whose individual scores on a common written test qualified them for the final round among Division I’s ten schools.
Central was represented in the final round by Troy Hatcher (school winner), Parker Eubanks, Kassie Mann, and Lance Bennett.  Heather McRorie and Mustapha Elgazar also competed for Central.
The group was accompanied by their sponsor, Gayle Mills who said, “I was very pleased with the performance of our kids.  This was their first major contest experience, so we were happy to have made it into the final round.”
Pictured: front row, from left: Elgazar, Eubanks, Mann. Back Row: Bennett, Hatcher, McRorie
Long honors vets
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the social studies department and administration at Long Middle School hosted a breakfast for veterans and students.
 Thirty veterans and 28 students were treated to a breakfast of bacon, eggs, and grits in the Media Center on November 11. 
The veterans served in wars from World War II, through Vietnam, to the current conflicts in the Middle East as well as serving during peace time overseas or here in the United States. 
The Media Center and halls were decorated with acrostic poems, thank you notes, and illustrations by the LMS students.  Mrs. Janice Sanders’ students brought in photographs to recognize the veterans in their families. 
The members of Rachel’s Club made cards for the veterans to take with them.  This marks the third year for the breakfast and the best turnout so far.
McBee High FFA student competes nationally
Blair Horton, a member of the McBee High FFA Chapter, competed in the National Prepared Public Speaking Finals as one of the final 50 and earned a Bronze rating during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky recently.  
Her trip was sponsored by the South Carolina FFA Association as the state winner.  The National FFA Convention had an attendance of more than 58,000 members this year. 
Blair is the daughter of Earl Horton and Renette Horton. Her FFA advisor is Pat Earle, Agricultural Education Instructor at McBee High School.
The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Petersburg hosts family night
Petersburg Primary School hosted a Family Night celebration Tuesday, Nov. 12 which included a free spaghetti dinner, the Book Fair, and a clothing give-away.
The cold weather and a forecast for snow did not keep the 550 participants from joining in the fun.
The entire Petersburg family enjoyed a very nice evening together thanks to funding and donations from our Title I program, the school’s PTO, Mueller’s Pasta, as well as Bi-Lo, Food Lion, and Pepsi.                                                                                                               
Chesterfield band finishes in top 10
The Pride of Chesterfield High, under the direction of Cameron Watkins and Brandon Sanders, finished its 2013 Marching Season by placing 8th at State Finals.
Chesterfield Marching Pride had a phenomenal season with Superior ratings at all but one competition, where they received an Excellent rating. Placing 3rd at Lower State with a Superior rating, the band then traveled to Spring Valley to compete against the top marching bands in South Carolina.
The show’s title this year was “Vision Quest” which told the story of a young Native American. Soloists included Alex Kirby on trumpet, Maren Demby on flute, and JaQuaja McClinton on flute.
The Marching Pride is the second smallest 2A band in South Carolina.
Honoring of vets among recent events at New Heights
Students and faculty honored Veterans on November 8 with a special assembly in the gym.
A group of twenty six individuals attended, representing all branches of the military.  The oldest veteran in attendance was WWII Veteran, Mr. James Hough (pictured on the front row, third from right). Jr. Beta Club Officers, Taia Blount, Kourtni Blount, Priya Patel, BR Hatcher and Jake Savage escorted the veterans into the gym. The Central High School JROTC color guard presented the flags. Jr. Beta Vice President, BR Hatcher led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. The NHMS band, led by Geoff Mack, performed “The Star Spangled Banner.” The NHMS Chorus, led by Chad Johnson, performed “America the Beautiful” and “You Raise Me Up.” 
Jr. Beta Officer, Priya Patel introduced the guest speaker as US Army Veteran, Commander Terry Timney who served over 24 years. Timney toured many countries around the world and spent time in all 50 of the great United States.
A special poem was shared by Jr. Beta President, Jake Savage.  Following the program, 8th grade student Brooke Mills performed “Taps” on her trumpet. New Heights appreciates having the privilege of honoring our local Protectors of Freedom.
Following the program, a reception was held for the honored guests in the Media Center. Program Coordinator was Ms. Nicole Hall, assisted by members of the Social Studies Department.

Miss New Heights 2013

The Miss New Heights pageant was held on November 9.
A group of 15 girls competed in casual wear, evening gown and interview. Miss Central High School, Brittany Cato worked with the girls during each practice. Brittany developed the choreography for the opening number and coached the girls in stage presence and individual introductions.
The special music was provided by Genna Rivers, 7th grade student, on her violin. Other music provided was by Geoff Mack. Pageant directors were Janet Mangum and Stephanie Terry; Linda Estridge served as videographer and Virginia Mills as photographer. Pictured are L-R: Doria Cole, 1st runner up; McKensie Arant, Miss New Heights 2013; and Taia Blount, 2nd runner up. Desta’Nee Chambers received the Spirit Award. Jayla Moore was selected as Fan Favorite. Keiamara Horton was selected as Miss Congeniality. NHMS extends a “Thank You” to everyone who made the event a success. Pageant DVDs are available in the Media Center $5 each.

Jr. Beta Club Induction at New Heights

A total of 43 students were inducted into the Jr. Beta Club at New Heights on October 29. Following the special ceremony, all inductees were presented with their certificates of recognition by Principal Matthew Scandrol.  
The Jr. Beta Officers for this year are Jake Savage, President; BR Hatcher, Vice President; Taia Blount; Kourtni Blount and Priya Patel.  Club Sponsors are Michelle Hatcher, Laura Miller, Barbara Burch and Karen Brock.

Long students research mathematicians
Long Middle School seventh graders recently participated in the annual mathematician pumpkin contest.
Students were required to research a mathematician and write an essay. They were also required to design a pumpkin to resemble their mathematician.
First Citizen’s Bank sponsored the winners this year with Wal-Mart gift cards. Winners were chosen by LMS staff members.
Best in Show was awarded to Tanija Brown (Albert Einstein). First Place was awarded to Lindsay Carver (John Venn). Second Place was awarded to Alysa Kulesza (Mary Frances Winston Newsom), and third Place was awarded to Sabrina Brown and Ashlyn Jacobs (Archimedes).
Plainview hosts community opportunities
October was a busy month for the people of Plainview Elementary. In keeping with their vision of promoting positive relationships within the community, the staff and parents at Plainview hosted several opportunities for the community and the school to come together. Since October is Fire Prevention Month, the firefighters from Alligator Fire Station visited and enlightened the students on different ways of being safe around fire, including the need to change the batteries in the smoke detectors. They also modeled how to Stop-Drop-and Roll with the students, and showed them various rescue equipment on the trucks.
October also brought about the March of Dimes. Plainview jumped on board by hosting a Walk for Babies as well as several fund raising events to support this worthy cause. There were also representatives from the school present at the county wide March for Babies at Arrowhead Park.
There were also two weeks of strangely dressed students and staff at Plainview this month. Because Plainview is a feeder school for McBee High, we also celebrated Spirit Week, ending with a pep rally which included the senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members from McBee High. The following week was Red Ribbon Week when students showed support for remaining drug free.
Finally, in keep with a long standing tradition, Plainview hosted its annual Halloween Carnival for the students and the community. Parents and staff volunteered long hours to make this a success. One of the highlights of the carnival is the crowning of a King and Queen for the school. This year’s Queen is McKenna Byrd and King is Bryson Davis. They will represent Plainview in the Christmas Parade.
Cheraw Intermediate honors veterans
The Cheraw Intermediate School 5th grade students, under the direction of Mrs. Emily Privette, performed a tribute of songs and inspirational quotes to honor and thank veterans recently. 
After the program, the veterans were invited to a reception in the CIS art gallery.  The art club, sponsored by Kris Houser, created patriotic works of art to display and adorned the room.
District shows growth on state report card
by Ken Buck
Public Information Officer

“We are proud of this accomplishment and will use it as a springboard for further academic improvement for the students of Chesterfield County.”

-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
The Chesterfield County School District showed growth during the 2012-13 school year, as indicated by the South Carolina Department of Education’s recent School Report Card release.
The district earned a “Good” overall rating for the first time since 2004 and an “Excellent” growth rating. The district’s overall rating was .04 from being rated “Excellent.” Also, the district’s index of 3.36 is the highest ever for Chesterfield County.
Dr. Harrison Goodwin, Superintendent of Chesterfield County schools, said that the improvements reflect the hard work of the teachers and staffs of the county schools.
“The hard work and dedication of all employees are apparent in the ratings of the district report card,” he says. “I would also like to point out that only three districts in the state with a higher poverty rating than Chesterfield County had a higher index than our district.  This reinforces the idea that we do not accept poverty as an excuse for low achievement.”
Despite the encouraging news on the report cards, Goodwin said that there is always room for additional growth.
“The report card does present a mixed picture,” he says. “We know we need focus on improvement in all of our middle schools. “Still, I am proud of how committed all of our schools are to constantly improving.”
One bright spot in particular for the district was the increase in the high school graduation rate, which at 82.5%, is an improvement over last year’s 78.4%.
Last year, the district’s rating was 45th in the state; this year that rating rose to 32nd.
“We are proud of this accomplishment and will use it as a springboard for further academic improvement for the students of Chesterfield County,” says Goodwin.
District office staff gathers items for food drive
The Chesterfield County School District Office recently sponsored a can food drive for the Chesterfield Food Pantry.
The district office administration and staff, along with Ruby Operations and Palmetto Learning Center, participated in this project.
"This was our way in helping with the Thanksgiving season," says Debbie Poole, a member of the district office staff.
Stories come to life for Edwards' students
On October 25, Edwards Elementary celebrated with 293 students who had exceptional behavior for the first nine weeks. 
A storytelling was held where students were treated to three stories by very talented storytellers.  The presenters came dressed for the occasion. 
The visitors included a farmer, a clown, a pirate, a witch, a girl with lots of stripes, a bully, Mother Goose, a princess, a “tacky” penguin, and others. 
After enjoying the stories the students were treated to a snack of cookies and lemonade.
Long Middle hosts families
Long Middle School students and their families attended Long Middle School’s Annual Family Fun Night held last month.
This is an event designed to form a community bond between the students, their families and the faculty of Long Middle School. The evening included Title 1 Resource packets, face painting, hay rides, games, Jump Castle, BINGO, Hot dogs, and more. For a small charge, there was a chance to DUNK THE PRICIPAL in the Dunking Booth, and BASH YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER’S Name. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.
Long Middle had a record attendance of 478 people.
Long Middle would like to thank Sonic, IGA, Pepsi, First Citizens Bank, The Dyson Family, Agape Hospice, Kiser Funeral Home, Redid Funeral Home, CMC Building Supply, Waste Connections, Garris Landscaping, Fat Man Towing and Cheraw High Interact Club for all of their donations and service to LMS’s Family Fun Night.
The event was sponsored by the Long Middle School PTO and School Improvement Council.
McBee High students share safety tips
The McBee High School National Technical Honor Society joined forces with the local Police Dept. in McBee to share Halloween Safety Tips with McBee Elementary 6th grade students. 
The NTHS members dressed up and completed skits pertaining to the importance of  walking with partners, staying on well-lit paths, proper fitting costumes, wait to eat the candy, etc.  Officer Macy Stevens was on hand to reiterate the  messages to the students as well as remind them of times for trick or treating and other specifics.
This is the third year the students have participated in this service learning project and it just gets more involved and better each year.  Other projects the students complete are: Easter Basket Delivery Integration for the Headstart and 5-K classes of McBee, Orphanage Christmas Gifts, and a fundraising Walk.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle raises money for cancer
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School paid tribute to those who have fought cancer at their annual “Pink-Out” game on October 17. 
The Student Government Association and Athletic Department raised over $900 for Relay for Life in one week by selling cupcakes, pink Ram t-shirts, and memorials/honorariums.  At halftime, over 100 names were called out in memory of or to honor someone for tackling cancer.
SGA representatives released balloons after the cheerleaders spelled out “Cure”.
Students perform at Jefferson festival
Downtown Jefferson was flooded with music as local talent took to the stage to celebrate Jefferson’s 3rd Annual Blue Jay Festival last month.
Among these artists were students from the district. Central’s Concert and Mixed Chorus performed several selections from their fall concert themed “Songs of Travel” with solos from John Lynn and Jefferson’s Got Talent Winner, Dayna Linder.
Central High School’s Marching Band also performed selections from their half-time show in the parade and at the stage as well.
Edwards teachers benefit from teacher rewards program
Walmart has announced that it will award 20 teachers from Edwards Elementary School with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right as part of the company's Teacher Rewards program. For the fifth year, Walmart will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year. These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers will spend an estimated $500 of their own money to purchase supplies.
“The staff at Edwards would like to thank Wal-Mart for their generous gifts and continued support of Chesterfield County School District and especially Edwards Elementary,” says Principal Kim Gaskins.
More than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam's Club locations are eligible to select one local public school, grades K-8, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
“We are very proud to honor our community’s teachers, who give time and often their own money to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful throughout the school year,” says Wal-Mart General Transportation Manager Richard Goodwin.
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart's ongoing support of local education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future. In 2012, Walmart and its Foundation donated more than $59 million to fund education programs across the country.
Pictured: Kevin Morgan, Transportation Operations Manager for Wal-Mart, Gaskins, and Goodwin
Wal-Mart volunteers at Long Middle
We all know that Walmart is the world's largest retailer and that their stores in Chesterfield County are one of the biggest employers in the surrounding areas, but did you know that Walmart and its employees provide financial and elbow grease support to our schools and other municipal and commercial organizations? 
Jessica Mason, athletic director for Long Middle School, was notified by Walmart that they had a program that provided grants and employee volunteers to spruce up and clean up facilities in the area.  Recently, several Walmart employees rolled up their sleeves and grabbed their paint brushes to paint and clean the gymnasium and Canteen areas at Long. 
The volunteers cleaned bathrooms, the stage area, the Canteen and the gym itself.  Then came coats of paint to spruce up these extensive areas to provide a better atmosphere for the children and their sports teams.  By having, Walmart volunteers perform these tasks it allows other instructional and athletic activities to benefit the children.  The grant will also improve the educational experience of Long students by providing the funds to purchase school and athletic equipment, uniforms, and tools. 
Wal-Mart honors New Heights teachers
Steve Austin, Director of Human Resources at the Walmart Distribution Center in Pageland, was in attendance at the New Heights Middle School Faculty meeting on Oct 15.  His purpose was to tell teachers that Walmart has a Teacher Reward Program and to have a drawing for teachers at NHMS to receive $50.00 gift cards to purchase things for their classrooms.  Twenty lucky teachers were delighted to receive the cards when their names were pulled out during the drawing
Austin thanked all the teachers for their contribution to the students of our community and let them know how important they are in the lives of the students.  Walmart has been very supportive of many activities at NHMS and Mr. Austin assured the school that they will continue to help us support the children of our community by volunteering time and/or money to help us meet the needs of the students.  
District, schools active at March of Dimes event
Chesterfield County School District recently participated in the Chesterfield-Marlboro March for Babies 2013.  The District Goal was $17,750.  With participation from thirteen schools and the district office, this goal was reached and exceeded. 
This March of Dimes event was held on October 12, at Cheraw State Park. Plainview Elementary, Petersburg Primary, Cheraw Primary, Jefferson Elementary and District Office teams were present for the three mile walk.
CCSD received the following recognitions at the event for this year's fundraising efforts:
Jefferson Elementary placed first in the district (over $3600).
Petersburg Primary placed second in the district (nearly $1800).
Petersburg Primary also received the Best New Participant Award.
Ruby Elementary received the Most Improved Team.
Chesterfield County School District received the 2013 Spirit Award.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School raised $1400.
The money raised funds to support important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.
Pictured: the Petersburg Primary team.
Plainview engaging learning through creative lessons
The students at Plainview are engaged in learning thanks to the creativity of their teachers. Every day there are lessons going on inside the classrooms at Plainview. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, teachers are more aware of ways to teach across the curriculum and combine standards. The big push in Chesterfield County right now is to improve literacy. This month, 2nd and 5th graders learned about fossils, cells, and following directions as they combined English and Language standards with their Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Teacher Shannon Outlaw brought a treat to the 5th grade by having them make tea biscuits. The students read the book, Saturdays and Tea Cakes by Lester L. Laminack as a part of their ELA lesson. Afterwards, Outlaw copied the recipe from the book for making tea cakes, and students answered comprehension questions involving how to read a recipe and follow directions. Outlaw brought out standards in math and science to merge with the ELA standards as she discussed how to alter the recipe for smaller and larger amounts. The students were then able to read the recipe, follow the directions, and actually bake the tea cakes.
Another treat for the 5th grade was when Laura Robbins added color and style to her lesson on cells by having the 5th grade students create projects to show the characteristics and organizations of plant and animal cells. Some students created models. Some drew bright posters. Some students even created edible projects that were a great hit to their classmates. Everyone presented their projects, combining ELA standards with Science standards. All the while, students were engaged in learning the parts of the cells.
Not to be outdone, Kristi Boob’s second grade class dove right in with combining Science standards on fossils and Scientific Inquiry skills, Social Studies standards on Paleontology, and ELA standards on following directions and comprehension skills. The students practiced read about paleontologists and answered comprehension questions about the reading. Boob explained, “They [the students] are digging fossils. The cookie is the rock and the chips were the fossils. They had to decide what tool and method they were using. In reading, we asked questions before, during, and after as they read about paleontologists and the tools they use. To follow up, they used the scientific inquiry standards to do the experiment and then wrote in our paleontologists notebooks about what we discovered.”
She followed this lesson with another engaging hands-on lesson as students modeled an archeological dig for “dinosaur bones.”
Chesterfield band competes
The Marching Pride of Chesterfield High School competed at the 2nd Annual Carolina Classic at McBee High School on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and then at the Hartsville Tournament of Bands on October 5.
The Pride marched away with first place in every category at both competitions. They won best drum major, best colorguard, best drum line, best horn line, best music, best visual, and first place in 1A at McBee with a rating of Superior. Then, they did it all again the next week with best colorguard, best drum line, best horn line, best visual and first place in 2A with a rating of Superior at Hartsville.
The band travels to Blythewood this Saturday to compete in another tournament of bands. The class size is determined by the number of students in the band at these competitions, and a band director may ask for the band to be placed in a larger class size for competition. However, when the band travels to Charleston on October 18 to compete in Lower State, they will be competing in 2A, as determined by school size.
The performance this year is titled, “Vision Quest”, and follows the coming of age of a Native American boy.
McBee Elementary celebrates grandparents
McBee Elementary hosted its yearly Grandparent’s Day celebration On October 4.
About 300 grandparents and grandfriends came out to spend the morning with their grandchildren. Grandparents were invited to have some muffins, juice, and coffee in their grandchild’s classroom. They were also invited to watch a special video the students made in honor of their grandparents.
Following the video, students escorted grandparents on a tour of the school. Grandparents also wrote messages to their favorite students on a bulletin board for students to enjoy reading after the special day was over.
Plainview hosts grandparents
Plainview Elementary opened its doors and welcomed grandparents to breakfast on Friday, September 13. There were over 50 visitors on campus that day to enjoy the blueberry muffins, yogurt, juice, and milk and to show support.
Part of Plainview’s mission is to build a strong community with our families and business leaders. Celebrating Grandparent’s Day is just one way the school hopes to accomplish this goal.
Sixty-two Central students earn certification
The Business Education division of the Career and Technology Education Department at Central High School is proud to announce that 62 students achieved Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Word during the 2012-2013 school year.  MOS certification testing is administered online through Certiport, the leading provider of value-added test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets.  This is a universally recognized certification accepted by both colleges and employers as verification of mastery of word processing skills. MORE>>
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle hosts Family Fun Night
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, in partnership with local businesses and community organizations, hosted its 10th Annual Back to School Family Fun Night on Aug. 30.
The purpose of this event is to have an evening in which the entire community can come together to celebrate learning and make a commitment to work together to have a successful school year. Parents are also given information about what they child will learn throughout the year.  Over 350 people came out to be a part of this annual event.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this fun filled evening, activities such as entertainment by Fisher and Mattie, from the radio station 103X, Jumpin’ Castles, snow cones and popcorn sponsored by the Chesterfield Baptist Association (Hopewell Baptist Church), food, chances to soak Dr. Hampton, the principal, and other members of the CRMS staff in a Dunking Booth, free-throw and jump rope contests, and other games for all ages. 
Other businesses and agencies that participated in the fair included, Chesterfield Community Church, Tri-County Mental Health, Piggly Wiggly,  Wendys of Chesterfield, SubWay, Sub Station II, Sonic of Hartsville, Fit for A King and the Bank.
Assistant superintendent discusses PASS scores
Dr. Susan Little, Chesterfield County School District's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, recently addressed the PASS scores for the 2012-2013 school year, which will be released to parents the week of September 23, 2013.

"The test information is extremely important for parents to understand and discuss with their children," says Little. "This information (below) gives a general overview of important facts about the PASS test as well as helpful hints for parents to use to help their children prepare for standardized testing."

What is the PASS?

As mandated in Chapter 18, Title 59 of the 1978 Code, The Education Accountability Act was amended (May 2008) to provide for the development of a new statewide assessment program.  The program, known as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), was first administered in the Spring of 2009. The PASS is administered to South Carolina public school students, including charter school students in grades three through eight in the Spring of each year. Results are released during the Summer to the school district and the districts send the information home to parents in the Fall.

What is the Purpose of the PASS Tests?

PASS test items measure student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards.  PASS test results are used for school, district, and federal (No Child Left Behind) accountability purposes.

When are the PASS Tests Administered?

The writing test is administered over two days in March, and the remainder of the PASS tests are administered in May.

Which Subjects and Grade Levels are Tested?

PASS includes tests in five subject areas: writing, English language arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies.  For Spring 2013, all students in grades 3 through 8 will take the writing test, English language arts (ELA), and mathematics tests.

All students in grades 4 and 7 take both the science and social studies tests.  Students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 take either the science or social studies test.  Approximately half of the students in each of these grades are randomly assigned to take the PASS science test, the other half are assigned to take the social studies test in each of these grades (per school).

What Type of Items are on the PASS Tests?

The PASS writing test includes an extended-response item (Day 1) and multiple-choice items (Day 2).  The extended-response item requires the student to write a composition on a given topic.  Most of the multiple-choice items on the writing test are linked to editing passages.

All other PASS tests (ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies) contain multiple-choice items only.  The multiple-choice items on the ELA test are linked to reading passages.

Tips on How to Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Tests

1. Assist your child with homework and ensuring that your child is completing all homework assignments.

2. Help your child to develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude toward education.

3. Ensure that your child has good attendance in school.

4. Keep the communications lines open between you and your child.

5. Encourage your child to read as much as possible, and to increase his/her vocabulary – even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly to improve his/her reading skills.

6. Encourage your child to learn how to follow directions carefully.

7. Help your child in areas that are difficult for them.  (If your child has struggled with a particular area or subject in the past, you may be able to help them overcome some of that difficulty by providing some extra practice.)

8. Give your child a chance to practice.  (If your child has trouble taking tests, try practicing test questions and studying new words.)                    

9. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

10. Staying calm will help your child stay calm.  If he/she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help him/her practice some relaxation techniques that he/she can try once he/she’s taking the test.

Board honors perfect PASS scores
The Chesterfield County School Board recognized district students who earned perfect PASS scores. Those honored include,Cheraw Intermediate: John Henderson, Carol Linton, Narrie McCall, Kathyrn Midgley; Chesterfield-Ruby Middle: William Anderson, William Douglas, David Trexler, Jakob Vicars; Jefferson Elementary: Landon Deese, Walker Kirkley, Kaylee Mills, Savannah Phillips, Matthews Rollins; Long Middle School: Parker Green, Hannah Leach; McBee Elementary: Bruchawn Mcphail, Emily McDaniel; New Heights Middle: Genna Rivers; Pageland Elementary: Aidan Cagle; Plainview Elementary: Sonny Smothers; Ruby Elementary: Leah Gardner, Autumn Kaltwang.
The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) is administered to South Carolina public school students, including charter school students in grades three through eight.

Board recognizes Duke TIP Scholars
The Chesterfield County School Board recognized district students who have been named Duke TIP Scholars. Those honored include, from Long Middle School: Franklin Lofton and Victor Ruan; Chesterfield-Ruby Middle: William Douglas, Ashlyn Evans, Krislynne Stowe, and Juli Tucker; and from New Heights Middle: Cody Haigler.
The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a gifted education program based at Duke University. Its purpose is to identify gifted children and provide them and their parents the resources for them to reach their full educational potential.

Long Middle teacher wins cruise
Bojangles’ presented Sandy Perkins of Long Middle School with a free five-night Caribbean cruise as part of the company’s Teacher Appreciation Month giveaway through its partnership with South Carolina Future Minds, an organization dedicated to supporting teachers and public education. To celebrate, Bojangles’ also served breakfast to Perkins and 65 of her colleagues at Long Middle School on Aug. 19.
As the founding sponsor of Teacher Appreciation month in South Carolina, Bojangles’ teamed up with S.C. Future Minds to hold the cruise giveaway on scfutureminds.org  where students, parents and colleagues entered their favorite teachers from across the state for the chance to win. Perkins was randomly selected to win the cruise after being nominated by former student Talayjah Marshall.
This year Bojangles’ and its generous customers raised more than $42,000 for S.C. Future Minds and donated nearly 3,000 books to public schools. This is the fourth consecutive year Bojangles’ has partnered with S.C. Future Minds to support Teacher Appreciation Month and the Teacher of the Year program.
Central High seniors getting a jump on college credit
Central High School seniors are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to get a head start on college by taking distance learning college courses with Northeastern Technical College.
Central High School and the Chesterfield County School District, in conjunction with Northeastern Technical College, have set up a distance learning lab where students interact with a college instructor via closed circuit television. Students from Marlboro County and Dillon are also participating in the course.
Courses offered for college credit include English 101, Math 110, as well as psychology and sociology.
District kicks off 2013-14 school year with county meeting
The Chesterfield County School District welcomed back all employees at a county wide meeting, held Aug. 19 at Cheraw High School.
Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin opened the meeting by addressing all of the district’s faculty, staff, and administrators, challenging the near 1200 employees to be ready to help students who will be “ready to go on an adventure.”
He added,
“It’s your job to make them feel like you know everything about the ‘adventure’, and you have to make them feel like it’s all about them.”
School Board Chairman James Sweeney followed up by welcoming back everyone in attendance, on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Cheraw High School student Brian Hardison sang “America the Beautiful” while Jefferson area art teacher Karla Broome completed a pastel artwork.
The McBee High band also performed.
Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year Marcia Bullis also addressed the crowd, reminding them that adults can learn lessons from their students on a daily basis.
Motivational Speaker Brooks Harper was the event’s keynote speaker, relaying a number of life lessons and anecdotes.
The general session meeting ended with a number of door prizes given away by Dr. Susan Little and Tammy Haile, who drew random names for gifts given by local businesses and merchants.
Breakfast and lunch were provided by many of those same local businesses (see vendors)

District welcomes new teachers to the county
The Chesterfield County School District welcoming 59 new teachers to the district in a county-wide meeting held on Aug. 13.
During the day long meeting, the new teachers heard from various district office personnel on a wide range of topics in preparation for the new school year.
A video entitled “Make a Difference” was shown to the new teachers about a teacher who made a tremendous impact in a student’s life by offering support and developing a relationship with the student.  The new teachers were encouraged to remember that they teach students and not subjects and that you have to build a relationship with the student before you can begin teaching the student.

Central MJROTC earns 'distinction' award
The Central High School Marine JROTC was recently honored with a Commandant of the Marine Corps School of Distinction Award. Central’s JROTC finished 17th out of 43 schools.
McBee FFA takes top state honors
The McBee FFA Chapter took top state honors during a recognition program at the recent State FFA Convention held at Clemson University. Recognized as one of nine Gold Emblem chapters in South Carolina for 2013 from the over 100 chapters, the group was selected to receive the prestigious Governor's Citation as the State Champions in the FFA Chapter Development category.
The Governor's Citation was presented by Larry Rogers, an official representing the USDA Farm Service Agency, sponsors of the state and National FFA Chapter awards and recognition program. Additionally, William Stanley, chairman of the South Carolina Rural Rehabilitation Corporation and Wesley Harris, secretary of the organization, presented Chapter Officer Shelby Wayne and chapter advisor Pat Earle a check for $1000 to help defray their expenses to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. in October. "The McBee group is now in competition for the National Chapter Development award to be announced later this year," Harris added.
This is the fifth year in the row for the McBee FFA Chapter to be recognized with the Governor's Citation Award and nine out of the last ten years, a SC FFA record.
The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education.
Pictured - McBee FFA Advisor Pat Earle with McBee FFA Chapter Officer Shelby Wayne accepts the Governor's Citation with USDA Officials (L to R) William Stanley, Wesley Harris, and Larry Rogers, SC Rural Rehabilitation Corporation.
Cheraw High teacher wins state Teacher of the Year award
Robert Bollier, agriscience educator at Cheraw High School in Cheraw, S.C. has been selected as the 2013 South Carolina winner of the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.     
Agriscience Teacher of the Year award winners are agricultural educators who emphasize the application of science in the classroom.  The award recognizes leadership in agriscience, civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities.  Award winners are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
Bollier competed against state Agriscience Teacher of the Year award winners from surrounding states for the opportunity to be named the 2013 Region V NAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year.  Regional winners will receive a $1500 grant to purchase agriscience supplies and equipment, an expense paid trip to attend the 2013 NAAE convention, and recognition during a general session at the 2013 National FFA Convention.
The NAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year award program is sponsored by the PotashCorp as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators.  It provides its’ nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”  The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.  
McBee High student elected to state FFA office
Shelby Wayne, a rising senior at McBee High School where she has been serving as an officer in the local FFA Chapter, was elected as Secretary of the South Carolina FFA Association for 2013-2014 during the State FFA Convention held at Clemson University. 
Shelby is the daughter of Jamie and Michele Wayne of McBee, SC.  Her FFA Advisor is Pat Earle, Agriculture Education Instructor at McBee High School.  Shelby has been an active FFA member since entering high school serving in various leadership positions and competing in Career Development events such as Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Tool Identification, Soil Identification, and was the State winner in Creed Speaking where she competed in the National Finals during the National FFA Convention.  This summer she has represented the SC FFA Association at the SC FFA Officers Blast-off Week, the National Leadership Workshop for State Officers at Myrtle Beach, a week in Washington, DC with the top two State Officers from every state, and conducting workshops at the SC Leadership Center at Cherry Grove during Leadership Week. 
Shelby is the 13th State FFA Officer from McBee High School in the last 20 years, a South Carolina record.
The FFA, originally know as the Future Farmers of America, is a national organization of more than 500,000 members in more than 7000 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  They are enrolled in agricultural education courses in secondary schools.  Many of these students are preparing for one of the more than 300 career opportunities in the science, business, or technology of agriculture.  American agriculture is the largest industry in the nation employing twenty percent of the total work force. 
The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their  potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education. 
Chesterfield coach retires from baseball

After recording 511 wins in 28 years as a head coach, Jimmy Weatherford has announced he’ll be handing over the reins of the Chesterfield baseball team to his assistant, Chris Lloyd, next spring.
“I’ve been thinking about the decision a lot knowing that I wanted to have more time to spend with my family, especially now that I have grandkids,” said Weatherford, who will remain athletic director at Chesterfield High School.
“With the group of seniors we just had graduate and a great group of young players coming up, I thought this would be the perfect time to step aside and let (the new players) come through the system with a new coach.”
A native of Lake City, Weatherford came to Chesterfield County in 1981 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. His first assignments were junior varsity football and basketball coach, as well as head softball coach, before getting a chance as head coach of the baseball team for the 1984-85 season.
In 1988, Weatherford accepted a position at South Florence High School where he led the Bruins baseball team to six region championships, while compiling a  win-loss record of 221-61. Weatherford’s South Florence teams were ranked nationally twice, including a climb to the No. 7 position in the USA Today poll in 1994.
After 10 years at South Florence, Weatherford returned to Chesterfield in 1998 when he was hired to be athletic director and head baseball coach.
During Weatherford’s time as AD, the Rams’ sports program flourished, winning 53 region titles and 11 state championships in baseball, football, wrestling and softball. Prior to that, Chesterfield had won just one state title in baseball in 1963.
“There have certainly been a lot of highlights of coaching along the way,” Weatherford said. “But being able to take part in Chesterfield’s first baseball state championship since 1963 is definitely near the top of the list. Especially getting to share it with some members of that 1963 team.”
Weatherford said other major highlights include time spent with his players and getting to help kids maximize their potential both on the field and off.
“The most important part of coaching is teaching kids to know the difference and understand what’s right and what’s wrong. It can start in athletics, but it carries over into life,” Weatherford said.
Weatherford said it’s also been special to have had players who used athletics as a means of furthering their education in college. Throughout his coaching career, 72 of Weatherford’s players have earned college scholarships, while 22 have signed professional contracts.
Weatherford quickly shuns taking all the credit for his players’ and teams’ successes, however.
“I’ve been very fortunate at both Chesterfield and South Florence to have very good assistant coaches and talented players,” Weatherford said. “That’s the main reason we were able to have so much success.” 

Chris Lloyd
Weatherford added he has confidence in his successor, Chris Lloyd, who served as Weatherford’s assistance coach for the past five years after spending one year as head coach of McBee High School’s baseball team.
“Chris knows the kids, and they know him, so it won’t be that much of a transition that has to take place as far as the players are concerned,” Weatherford said. “(Lloyd) did a good job as coach of McBee, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job here in Chesterfield, as well.”
Lloyd said he’s excited about the opportunity but realizes there’s a lot of work that must be done before next season’s first pitch.
“There’s a lot that has to be done before next season, including securing an assistant coaching staff,” said Lloyd, who is also head coach of the Chesterfield junior varsity football team, an assistant varsity football coach, Student Government Association advisor, Chesterfield Academic Bowl coordinator and social studies coach for the Academic Bowl team.
Nevertheless, Lloyd is confident his team will be ready to play when it’s time.
“Chesterfield has a solid tradition of winning in baseball, and we’ve got a good group of young players coming up that I look forward to working with. I’m just ready to get started,” Lloyd said.

Chesterfield County School District announces key dates for new school year

All students in Chesterfield County School District will return to classes on Aug. 21, but many of the district’s sixteen schools will be holding various events for the beginning of school prior to that date.

Cheraw Primary - The regular school day will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. daily.  Drop off for car riders begins at 7:20 a.m. and car rider pick up is from 2:40-3:00 p.m. each day. Car rider drop off and pick up will be on High Street. The parking area at the main entrance is not a drop off area for students. Bus students will arrive on Christian Street. Students will report to their classrooms upon arrival. Breakfast, which is free to all students, will be served in the classrooms. CDEPP (Child Development Education Pilot Program) orientation will be on Monday, Aug. 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Cheraw Primary School “Parent Orientation” will be on Monday, August 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parents may pay fees; purchase lunch tickets, as well as pick up forms and information packets.

Cheraw Intermediate – Cheraw Intermediate is eager to start the 2013/2014 school year and has many interesting and exciting activities planned for our students.  The first day for students is Wednesday, Aug. 23rd.  Students may be dropped off in front of the school beginning at 7: 20 am each morning.  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am with classes starting at 8:00 am. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 am.  Dismissal from school is 2:50 pm. CIS will have an orientation and meet-your-teacher session for all students on Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:00 pm.  Third grade students and parents should report to the multi-purpose room; and fourth and fifth grade students and parents will report directly to their classrooms. During the orientation, the students and parents will meet with their teachers to share routines and expectations, disseminate information, and collect fees.

Long Middle - Sixth grade Jump Start will be held on Aug. 6 from 9 AM to 1 PM in the cafeteria. Registration for 7th and 8th graders will be Aug. 8 from 9 AM to noon in the Atrium. “Meet Your Teacher” will be 3 to 4 PM on Aug. 19, and Family Fun Night will be Oct. 1.

Cheraw High – Dates for schedule changes, registration, the picking up of books, and paying of fees are as follows: (9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.); 12th Graders– August 6; 11th Graders– August 7; and 10th Graders – August 8. Bring your schedule when you come. The Freshmen First Day will be August 13, 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Please make plans to be on time and remain for the entire time.  Bring your schedule with you when you come. Cheraw High fees are Instructional Fee - $35.00, Vehicle Registration - $10.00, Locker Fee - $5.00, Yearbook Deposit - $30.00. Open House and PTO Meeting will be September 5, from 6:00 p.m. until 8 p.m. (PTO Meeting begins @ 6:00 p.m.).

Edwards Elementary – Registration and Open House will be Aug. 19 from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM. The annual Fundraiser Kickoff will begin Aug. 22.

Ruby Elementary - Open House will be held Monday, Aug. 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  At this time parents and students can come and pick up their teacher assignments, meet their teacher and pay for lunch. On the first day of school students will report to their homerooms. The school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.  Universal free breakfast will be available for all students at 7:40 a.m. each morning.
To help traffic flow and provide a safer delivery and pick up of students, Thurman Avenue in front of the school is one way on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All traffic will flow from west to east during these hours.

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle - The registration date is August 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  At this time parents and students can come and pick up their schedules, pay fees, and find classrooms. Sixth graders’ “Moving to the Middle” event will be Aug. 13 from 8:45 AM to noon.

Chesterfield High – Open House will be Aug. 16 from 1 to 3 PM. On the first day of school students are to report to the gym at 8 AM.

Plainview Elementary - Plainview Elementary will hold its Open House on Monday, August 19 from 4 – 6 pm. Parents and students may come during this time to meet their teachers and see the classrooms. Supply lists for each grade are at Wal-Mart in Hartsville and Cheraw, or you may get one at Open House.

The school is open each morning beginning at 7:30. Students will go to the gym where they will be dismissed to their classrooms for breakfast at 7:40. All students will be served breakfast each morning. Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 after the morning announcements. Students are considered tardy after 8:00.

Child development and kindergarten car riders are being dismissed at 2:35 so we are asking all of these cars to be in line at 2:30. If a CD or a 5K student has an older sibling, they will be dismissed with the older sibling at 2:50. If you are picking up a student in 1st through 6th grade, please do not get into the car line until after 2:40. That way all the cars for CD and 5K will be gone and there will be room for more cars. If you park on the grass, your child will be dismissed when all cars are gone from the car line. The students’ safety is our first concern. The buses load at 2:50 for afternoon dismissal.

McBee Elementary – Open House will be 5 to 7 PM on Aug. 19. The first PTA meeting will be on Sept. 5 at 6 PM. School hours will be 8 AM to 3 PM.

McBee High – McBee High will hold registration in conjunction with schedule change days, prior to the beginning of school, using the following schedule:
Tuesday, August 6

8:15 - 10:45 (12th grade only)
11:00 - 1:00 (11th grade only)
2:00 – 4:00 (10th grade only)

Thursday, August 8
8:15 - 10:15 (9th grade only)
10:30 - 12:30 (8th grade only)
1:30 – 3:30 (7th grade only)

Tuesday, August 13
8:30 – 11:00 (Make-up time for all grades)

Petersburg Primary - Students are allowed in the building at 7:15 a.m. Universal free breakfast is served in the classroom from 7:30-7:45. The school day begins at 7:45; students are considered tardy after 7:45 and so must be signed in by an adult after that time. The school day ends at 2:20 when car-riders are dismissed.
Open House and Orientation for CDEPP (Four-year-old Child Development) students will be held in a drop-in format on Thursday, August 8 from 2-6 p.m.
Open House for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades will be Tuesday, August 20 from 1-4 p.m. Class rosters will be posted on the entrance doors of the school Friday afternoon, August 16, at 4 p.m. Parents will receive supply lists in the mail, but copies are also available in the school office.

Jefferson Elementary – Open House for Jefferson Elementary School will be held on Aug. 20, from noon to 6 PM.

Pageland Elementary - Open House is scheduled for August 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Parents and children will have the opportunity to meet the teachers during this time. Supply lists are available in the front office. The first day of school is August 21. Students may be dropped off at the back of the school no earlier than 7:00 AM. Every day, students will go to the cafeteria as soon as they arrive. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria. Students are tardy if they arrive after 7:30 AM; car riders arriving after 7:30 must be accompanied by their parent and signed in at the front desk. Car riders will be dismissed at 2:25. Parents will pick up their children at the back of the school. Please be patient as everyone becomes accustomed to picking up their child at the new covered walkway.

Listed are several important events taking:

·         The cookie dough kick off is August 29th.

·         Book fair will be held the week of September 23 through September 30.

·         The first PTO will be September 24 at 6:00 PM. Parents will have the opportunity to visit the library and purchase books before and after the PTO meeting.

 If you have any questions please call 843 672-2400.

New Heights Middle - Open House for New Heights Middle School will be held on Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 PM. Instructional fees for this school year will be $10.00 to cover the cost of the student agenda, locker, and supplies.  In addition, there will be a $5.00 fee to cover the cost of the New Heights draw string book bag. New Heights begins its seventh year with our Uniform Dress Code.  Please call the school if there are questions as to styles, colors etc. Students may be dropped off starting at 7:30 AM in the front of the building.  The tardy bell will ring at 8:10 AM. Car rider pickup in the afternoon will be in the back of the building as usual.  Dismissal time will be 3:15 PM.

Central High - Junior Registration is August 7 (8-3PM) and August 8 (10-6PM).  During these registrations counselors sit with each senior and junior individually and their parent to discuss their progress and to make sure they are on track for graduation.  They also make any needed adjustments to their schedule.
Central will have New Enrollee Registration on August 5-6 (8AM-3:30 PM).
Fee Night for sophomores and any upperclassman that were unable to attend the above registration dates is on August 19, 4 -7 PM.  They, along with their parents, will be able to pay fees, get a copy of their schedule, buy lockers, parking passes, etc., and meet their teachers for the 2013-2014 school year.
Freshman Orientation will be August 16 for all first-time ninth graders.  The purposes of Freshman Orientation are for students to become familiar with the school and to meet their teachers.  Students will have the opportunity to meet members of various clubs and tour the Career and Technology Education Department.  Students will also be able to pay fees on this day.
The first Open House will be September 9 and a second Open House will be on February 10, 2014, each from 4—7PM. 

Central High students chosen for Duke Energy program
Duke Energy’s Power Careers Program is designed to attract the most promising high school and community college talent for a career opportunity with Duke Energy.  In order to qualify, students must be nominated by a member of the school faculty, have a 3.2 or higher GPA, enroll in a 2 year AAS degree curriculum at a community college, and have an interest in pursuing a career in power plant operations.  This year two of Mr. Perry Miller’s completers in the Career and Technology Education Electricity major from Central High School in Pageland were selected as participants in this prestigious program.  In order to be completers in the Electricity major within the Architecture and Construction Cluster, students must complete all four units of Electricity.
Sydney Steen, a 2012 graduate of Central High School, is the daughter of Scott Steen and Lorraine Rollins of Pageland.  Through Central’s Career and Technology Education program, Sydney became a nontraditional completer in Electricity, a field largely dominated by males.  She maintained an A average in her Electricity courses and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in her senior year.  Sydney is currently a student at Northeastern Technical College majoring in Electronics.
Jamison Miles, an upcoming 2013 graduate of Central High School, is the son of Wesley and Rhonda Miles of Jefferson.  Jamison is a completer in the Architecture and Construction cluster, Electricity major and maintained an A average in these courses.  He was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society this spring.  In addition, Jamison is an Honor Graduate, a member of the Beta Club, and was selected by faculty and staff members as an elite group of twelve seniors representing Central High School on the 2012-2013 Wall of Fame. 
Mr. Perry Miller, Central High School’s CATE Electricity teacher feels honored to have taught these two outstanding students.  He says, “I always knew that Jamison and Sydney would go beyond mere classroom exposure to Electricity. They always displayed a high interest through their inquisitive natures while working through projects. Both will be an asset to any higher education program and to reputable companies in the Electrical field. Maybe one day in the future, they will not only have successful careers but will also be able to come back and share their experiences with students.”
Cheraw High honors top of class
The top ten members of the Cheraw High School Class of 2013 were honored at the 2nd Annual Tenacious Ten Banquet on May 14, 2013. 
Each honoree and two guests dined on a four course meal catered by Cheraw High School faculty member Charity Redfearn
Pictured are ten of the honorees (l to r) Christopher Parnell, Kyle Smith, Daniel Crawley, An Kha Dang, Erin Rayfield, Hannah Watkins, Elizabeth Robertson, Ambriana Hubbard, Raven Waymyers, and Elisha Brown.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle hosts community outreach
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School recently hosted a community outreach ice cream party at Indian Creek Apartment Complex in Chesterfield.  
The community was invited to enjoy ice cream, participate in a PASS pep rally and preview books for the summer reading.  
Pictured is Dr. Andrea Hampton, principal and Mr. Lee, Title I Facilitator, sharing summer reading books with students and parents.
ESOL parents meet at Pageland Elementary
Pageland Elementary recently hosted an ESOL Parent Night at the school.  The focus of the meeting was to inform ESOL parents about ways they can help their students continue learning during the summer. 
Parents were invited to participate in an activity with their children in which they were asked to describe their family, and then they introduced themselves to the group. 
Parents and students were treated to pizza, and everyone walked away from the meeting with at least one book to take home. 
Overall 25 families attended the meeting from Pageland Elementary, New Heights Middle School, Petersburg Primary School and Central High School
Title III director Candace Hoffman and Pageland Elementary principal Jean Page Watson said that were thrilled with the turn out and excited about the growing partnership between ESOL parents and our schools.

'Camp Create' scheduled for middle school students
CAMP CREATE is a 4-Day technology camp sponsored by the Career and Technology Education Department of Chesterfield County School District. All rising 6th - 8th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to attend. Students will use a variety of technology including Apple iMac computers and iLife software, as well as digital cameras and Apple iPads.

Day 1 - Photography
On the first day of camp, students will get an opportunity to learn about the Mac computer and some of the cool applications included to capture digital images and media. We will spend time exploring the campus with digital cameras on a Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Day 2 - Audio
On the second day of camp, students will get an opportunity to make some NOISE! We will explore iTunes and learn how to organize our digital library of music, podcasts, and videos. We will also create some original music and voice recordings in Apple’s GarageBand.

Day 3 - Video
On the third day of camp, students will get an opportunity to create the next big blockbuster movie! We will spend time shooting some video footage and then editing the footage into a short video with iMovie. We will take our movies and share them over the web. Cameras ready...ACTION!

Day 4 - iPad
On the final day of camp, students will get an opportunity to use the iPad 2, Apple’s popular tablet computer. We will explore a variety of educational and production apps...as well as have a little fun playing multi-touch games. Be careful because Temple Run can be ADDICTIVE!!

Dates / Location / Cost
CAMP CREATE will be offered at Cheraw High School from June 17 - 20, 2013 (Monday - Thursday) and at Central High School July 15 - 18, 2013 (Monday - Thursday). Each day of camp will run from 8:30AM until 3:30PM. Snacks will be provided during the day, however students should bring their own lunch. Cost of the 4-Day technology camp is $75.

For more information, please visit: http://www.digitaldavo.com/campcreate.html

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Chesterfield-Ruby Middle band earns honors
The Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School Band Program achieved a great deal of success this year. First, 21 students auditioned with schools in the Pee Dee area and all 21 earned a seat in “Eastern District Honor Band”. Then, 23 students auditioned with schools in the Eastern half of S.C and all 23 earned a seat in “Region 5 Honor Band”. CRMS had the most students in honor band than any other school in the Region. Finally, 15 students scored high enough to audition with all schools in S.C and 1 student earned a seat as an “Allstate Honor Band” alternate.
CRMS band set three school records: 1) the highest number of students in Region 5 honor band, 2) the highest number of students who auditioned for Allstate and, 3) a 100% success rate for students auditioning for E. District and Region 5 Honor Band.
Through hard work and dedication, the students also earned the highest rating of “Superior” from all 5 judges at “Junior Concert Festival”. Additionally, 34 students received “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings from judges at “Solo & Ensemble Festival” where a total of 36 individual students and groups performed.
As a result of the bands’ overall success, the students earned a consecutive “Outstanding Performance Award”- the highest recognition from the state Band Director’s Association. The Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School band is under the direction of Brandon Sanders, who was selected as a clinician for the 2012-13 Region 5 Junior Alternate Band.
Seventeen Pageland Elementary students chosen for ALPHA Art
Seventeen Pageland Elementary School students have qualified for Alpha Art 2013.
Alpha Art is a summer program held in the Chesterfield County School District each year.
These students soared through several rigorous stages to make it to this point. This includes professional judging of each student's artwork and a test of their drawing skills.
McBee FFA team runners up in state finals
The McBee High School FFA Chapter’s Ag Mechanics Team recently traveled to Clemson University to compete in the 2013 State Ag Mechanics Career Development Event.
The team, composed of Noel Raley, Kory Middleton, Cash Jowers, and Nicholas Griffin, competed in three different events: a written examination, individual problem solving, and individual skills. The individual skills were comprised of Electric Arc Welding, Basic Electric Wiring, Leveling, and Machinery/Equipment Systems. The team from McBee placed second in the state, letting a victory slip out of their grasp by less than 2 points.
All of McBee’s members finished in the top 10 individuals in the entire competition. Member Noel Raley finished in 3rd place individually.
The students left school and traveled  to Clemson the day prior to the competition, so that they could prepare. The competition was followed by lunch, provided by the SC State FFA  Organization.
The State FFA Organization sponsors many  other Career Development Events (CDEs) which challenge students by providing a competitive environment which encourages them to apply what they learn in the Agriculture classroom. McBee students who choose to complete the Agriculture Program have the opportunity to compete in over 15 CDEs ranging from Tool Identification to Agronomy.
McBee High School Ag Mech Team pictured with SC FFA VP Hunter Holland. Pictured right to left are Noel Raley (3rd place individual overall), Kory Middleton, Cash Jowers, Nicholas Griffin, and Hunter Holland.
McBee band wins outstanding performance award
The McBee High School band program has been awarded the coveted SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award.  Similar to a school winning a Palmetto Gold award, the OPA is the highest award conferred upon band programs in South Carolina.  Criteria for this award is based upon the music students excelling in Marching Band, Concert Band, Region and All-State (individual competition), and Solo and Small Ensemble.  This is the first time McBee High has ever won the award.
Several key achievements were made this year that led to the schools award.  In October, The Spirit of McBee High marching band won the 1A Lower State Championship.  In January, seven students were accepted (through competitive audition) to the SC Region 5 Honor bands.  In March the MHS Wind Ensemble, McBee High School’s top performing musical group, traveled to the SCBDA Concert Festival in Charleston.  The group brought home a superior rating (the highest possible).  McBee was one of only three 1A schools in South Carolina to receive such an honor.  The final task for the school year was Solo and Small Ensemble festival in which McBee students received 17 superior ratings.
The MHS Music department has seen tremendous growth over the last five years. 
According to McBee High Band Director Matt Crawley, “When we started this project several years ago, we set a 5-year plan for where we wanted the band to be.  We even included the line ‘the McBee High Music Program will be recognized as a high quality musical organization in South Carolina by the year 2013’ in the mission statement of our handbook.  It’s so fulfilling to be able to look at the band students and parents and proudly announce that we’ve absolutely exceeded every goal we set back in 2008.”
The undertaking of such an award takes the help of all the students in the band program.  A special award ceremony will be held in May at which time all band students in grades 7-12 will receive a medal commemorating their historic achievement.
To cap off such an amazing year, the band has been invited to perform a concert at the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii this summer.  They will be traveling to ‘The Aloha State’ June 11-18.
The McBee High Band program is led by Director Matt Crawley, Associate Director Stephanie Tiller, Guard instructor Travis Chiles, woodwind instructor Savannah Wilkerson, and percussion instructor Matthew Lorick.  For more information about the McBee High Band Program, visit www.mcbeeband.org.


Board approves two new administrators

The Chesterfield County School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Chris Price as the Executive Director of Student Services and Chandar Anderson as the Executive Director of Personnel at the meeting on May 13.
Price currently is the principal at Marion Intermediate School in Marion, a position he assumed in 2012. Prior to that, Price was the principal at New Prospect Elementary School in Inman from 2006 to 2012. Price holds a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education from Lander University.
“I am very excited to join the CCSD team,” says Price. “Together, we look to accomplish great things for the students of Chesterfield County.” 
Anderson is currently the principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School in Florence, a position that he has held since 2007. He has also had experience as an elementary school principal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Anderson holds a Master of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Claflin University.
“I’m looking forward to joining the CCSD Family in this new capacity as we continue to provide our children and community with what they so greatly deserve: quality service, quality educators, quality learning environments and daily opportunities for optimal learning," says Anderson.
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that both Price and Anderson are proven education administrators who have a bright future as district level administrators.
“We look forward to having them as a vital part of our leadership team,” says Goodwin.
Four students were honored at the School Board meeting on May 13 as Superintendent's Art Award winners.
Overall winner – Meagan Arant – 12th grader at Central High (art teacher - Charlie Sawyer)
Elementary School Winner – Brishana Jackson – 4th grader at Cheraw Intermediate (art teacher - Kris Houser)
Middle School Winner – London Scott – 8th grader at Long Middle (art teacher - Kelly Bollman)
Not pictured: High School Winner – Zachary Boswell – 12th grade at Chesterfield High School (art teacher is Ms. Nicole Gulledge)
Ruby students visit state house
The third grade students from Ruby Elementary School went on a field trip to the State House and State Museum in Columbia on Wednesday, April 17th
The students enjoyed a tour of the State House as well as an informative video about the history of South Carolina’s government system.  Senator Vincent Sheheen met with the students and talked to them about his role as a Senator.  He quizzed them on facts about South Carolina.  He was very impressed with their knowledge as well as their good behavior! 
After leaving the State House the students went to the State Museum to have lunch and view the exhibits. 
Two area students selected for Washington youth tour
Shelby Wayne, McBee High School, and Matthew Nicholson, Central High School, were chosen to represent Sandhill Telephone Cooperative at  the 2013 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour June 1 – June 5, hosted and conducted by the Foundation for Rural Service.
The tour provides students with a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry, educates students about the legislative and governmental processes and gives students a unique opportunity to visit famous historical sites in the nation’s capital. 
While in Washington, the group visits such sites as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials; the Korean, Vietnam and new World War II Memorials; Mount Vernon, home of George Washington; the Smithsonian Museums; and much more.
McBee High students participate in health symposium
Nineteen students at McBee High School identified with interest in the Health Science Cluster were able to participate in the 2013 Pee Dee Health Sciences Career Symposium. 
Fourteen schools in total participated in this event.  The event was held at Florence Darlington Technical College’s SIMT Conference area. Students were able to obtain information from over 75 individuals employed within the healthcare field, as well as, participate in seven concurrent sessions throughout the day. 
Sponsors for the event included McLeod Health, FDTC, Pepsi, FATZ, Pee Dee Regional Education Center and the SC Commission on Higher Education. 
The day wrapped up with Dr. Focell Jackson-Dozier, the featured speaker, telling her personal story of overcoming the many obstacles she experienced in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a physician.
Petersburg plants for Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, the Pageland Garden Club purchased a dogwood tree for Petersburg Primary School to plant in front of the school, which was planted April 22. 
Sand Hills State Forest (which is managed by the South Carolina Forestry Commission) donated a pine seedling for each child as well to take home. 
That afternoon, Rose Gainey, the Chesterfield County Recycling Coordinator, visited our classroom.  She discussed the types of items which can be recycled and also read a book about recycling.  Gainey provided educational pamphlets for the students’ parents as well as reusable bags filled with goodies for the students.
McBee Elementary chorus performs at Disney
Members of the McBee Elementary School Chorus performed on The Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney on March 1. 
This is the fourth time that the MES chorus has been chosen to perform in the Disney Performing Arts program.  Music teacher Stephanie Tiller submitted a DVD audition of the group performing two songs from their May 2012 Dinner Theatre.  The group received notification of their acceptance to perform in July.
The chorus along with 55 parents, family members, and well wishing supporters departed MES on Thursday morning, Feb. 28th.  Upon arriving in Florida, they checked into the All-Star Movies Resort before heading to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Students enjoyed the many rides and shows offered by the park.
Friday was performance day.  The group had a couple of hours to spend enjoying Epcot before meeting their Disney’s Performing Arts host.  Upon meeting the host, chorus members, Mrs. Tiller and McBee High Band Director Matthew Crawley went “back stage” to the Performing Arts Pre-Performance Area to prepare for the performance.  The group changed clothes and rehearsed in Disney Cast dressing rooms.  They then rode a bus over to Downtown Disney.  During the ride, the Disney Performing Arts host gave a behind the scenes tour of how Disney works.  She swore the group to secrecy telling them that to know of these things, one must become a Disney Cast Member. 
Once on stage, the group opened with a booming announcement welcoming them to their Disney performance.  The performance was as magical as the entire Disney experience.  The attentiveness of the stage hands and sound crew, the view of the crowd and Downtown Disney beyond, and the excitement of performing made for a very unforgettable event. 
After returning to the dressing rooms, the group was presented with a Disney Magic Music Days trophy to display at their school.  Each performer received a Disney Performing Arts back pack to keep as a souvenir.  The group’s host also thanked Mrs. Tiller and the children for being such wonderful group to work with.  They commended the group on their behavior and performance.  The group then returned to Epcot for a few more hours in the park.  They visited kiosks representing countries from all over the world, were mesmerized by the beautiful horticulture displayed in the many topiaries depicting Disney characters, and rode rides such as “Soarin’” where they felt as if they were on a hang glider flying above beautiful landscapes, “Finding Nemo” where they became part of a amazing aquarium, a test track that gave them a first hand glance at the life of a car designer, and many more.  The evening ended with “Illuminations - Reflections of Earth” - a fabulous laser light and fireworks show over the lake in the middle of the park.
With the pressure of the performance behind them, the group spent Saturday morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the afternoon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme parks.  Many members of the groups enjoyed the Kilimanjaro Safari.  They saw giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, hippopotamus, crocodiles, flamingo, and many more animals up close.  It was like a mini trip to the zoo.  There were groups playing African Congo drums and many more world instruments, and many people in the group enjoyed shows such as The Lion King.  The entire group enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the Rainforest Café.  Over at Hollywood Studios, favorite rides included the Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, the Backstage Studio Tour and many more.
McBee student shadows engineers
Recently, ATI Allvac’s Engineering Department participated in a shadowing program sponsored by the Office of Career and Technology Education at the South Carolina State Department of Education. This program is part of a nationwide effort which brings together organizations with the purpose of helping young people explore firsthand the skills and education needed to be successful in the job market today as well as in the future.
Nicholas Griffin is a senior at McBee High School in McBee, SC. He spent a day at ATI Allvac learning about various engineering roles. He is the son of ATI Allvac employee, Jamie Griffin, a Cut-Off Saw-Finisher in the Conditioning Department at the Monroe facility.
Pictured with Nicholas are Don Bailey, General Manager, Engineering; Frank Patterson, Principal Manufacturing Engineer; Tim Jenkins, Senior Project Engineer and Lee Ross, Manager, Plant Engineering.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle students participate in state read-in
Fourty-eight students from Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School joined over 2000 other students from around the state and assembled on the State House grounds April 11th to celebrate the importance of reading and libraries. 
Sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians and the SC State Library, the festivities began with a parade down Senate Street from the State Library to the State House.  A school roll call was conducted once the students were on the State House steps. 
After a program of entertainment, the students read together. “Kids who read succeed” was the theme for Read-In 2013. 
The Read-In emphasizes the impact libraries and reading have on students. 
Cheraw students compete at SC Skills USA
The SC Skills USA Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Greenville, SC on April 11-13, 2013.  SC Skills USA, one of the Career and Technology Student Organizations, promotes skill development and competency mastery by hosting skill and leadership events that underscore what is learned in the classroom.  SkillsUSA students from across the State compete for South Carolina's top spot in their field of study.
The winners then move on to Nationals at Kansas City in June, 2013.  Mr. Jeff Spencer, Mechatronics instructor at Cheraw High School, had the opportunity to take six students (three teams of two) to this event. Five of these students are dual enrollment students with Northeastern Technical College. The results of the competition found Cheraw High’s Trey Cannon and Stephen Johnson in second place, Luke Hammonds and Octavius Bowman in third and Bryce Shipley and Benson Stubbs in fifth. These gentlemen performed exceptionally well in their event and proudly represented Cheraw High School and Chesterfield County School District.
Career and Technology Education Director Tammy Haile explained that Mechatronics integrates the classical fields of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering and information technology and focuses on the interfaces between the different technologies.  There is an urgent demand for the very best quality products and services that can only be supplied by a high level of productivity which requires automated manufacturing and process engineering systems. Haile said, “Students need to have all these skills – this is what the industry wants.”
Left to right--Stephen Johnson, Benson Stubbs, Bryce Shipley, Trey Cannon, Luke Hammonds, Octavius Bowman
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle Jr Beta visits Washington
On the evening of March 27, 34 Junior Beta Club students and eight chaperones gathered at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School to leave for the trip of a lifetime to visit Washington, DC. 
Upon arriving on Thursday morning, the group began a tour of amazing sights and locations.  According to CRMS Beta Club President, Craigshon Harrington, “The Washington trip was very exciting!  It was very educational, also.  The Holocaust Museum, the memorials, and all of the other unforgettable sights in Washington were awesome.  The most exciting part of the trip was when we saw President Obama in the Presidential Motorcade.” 
Just a few of the other places that the group visited were the National Zoo’s Panda Exhibit, the National Archives, the Pentagon Memorial, the National Cathedral, the Capitol Building, Ford’s Theatre, the house where President Lincoln died, and the home of George Washington—Mt. Vernon. 
The Junior Beta Club would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip a success. 
McBee High students learn of dangers during prom week
McBee High School began prom week recently with an inspiring message from Linda Dutil (an emergency room RN) who traveled from Maine to give the message about poor choices and the effects they have on lives. 
Mrs. Dutil shared this message through stories of events that occur in a hospital ER when students or others make poor decisions, a PowerPoint presentation showing the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as, acting out an ER scenario. 
Participants from the audience took part in the ER scenario to show what happened when too much alcohol is consumed or drugs are taken.   Mrs. Dutil’s presentation was followed by Highway Patrolman Lance Corporal Elder.  He presented statistics concerning texting while driving, seatbelt usage and DUI.  His presentation included a demonstration using the “drunk goggles” volunteers from the audience were again able to participate and experience the coordination of a person who is legally intoxicated by wearing the goggles. 
He also showed a video of a driver not using his seatbelt and the results of that crash. 
 Mrs. Dutil was able to travel to South Carolina to share her message through Mike Singletary at Crown Beverages and LCpl. Elder participates as part of the SC Highway Patrol Prom Promise campaign.
Central High MCJROTC wins grant
Central High School’s MCJROTC received a National Rifle Association Grant for two compressed air rifles, a compressed  air tank with attachment for the refilling of the air rifles, all worth almost $1650. 
The new models are more reliable and required less work to operate.  These newer air rifles were be available for all  75 students within the MCJROTC program for use.  This Grant from the NRA is not only given to aid financially challenged programs, but also to promote gun safety and individual citizen second amendment rights.  All students in the MCJROTC program received classes on gun safety, handling and marksmanship, and then conduct actual live fire of these air rifles for practice, and then qualification.   The Marksmanship Course lasts approximately one month for MCJROTC students.
The  Central MCJROTC Air Rifle Team will also use these air rifles.  They compete for approximately six months of the school year in various tournaments and head to head matches against schools in the local area to as far away as Charlotte.
Pictured in the photo are Cadets Dieon Mason and Darrius Sellers are two students that are using the new compressed air rifles as opposed to the students using the older models (far).
Bullis chosen new Teacher of the Year

Marcia Bullis of Cheraw Intermediate School was named the Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year for 2013 at an annual banquet held April 16 in Chesterfield.
Bullis was chosen from 16 teachers, each representing their respective Chesterfield County schools.
She is currently a third grade language arts teacher.
A former teacher at Pageland Elementary, Bullis first joined the district in 2007. Prior to that, she taught in New York.
Bullis lists among her greatest accomplishments her ability to motivate students to push themselves to read at a higher level.
“I call myself a cheerleader because children need to know that someone is in their corner rooting for them,” she says.
She added that she firmly believes that each person can make a difference.
“I strive for each day to start on a positive note,” she says. “You never know what has happened to a child before he or she came to school. I may be the first and only kind person that child will experience that day.” (Click here to view the Teacher of the Year Banquet video)
Chesterfield coach earns 500th win

Chesterfield head baseball coach Jimmy Weatherford recorded his 500th career win last week as the Rams went a perfect 3-0 against teams from New York at the Ripken Experience, held in Myrtle Beach.
Win 499 for Weatherford came last Monday when the Rams defeated Liverpool High School, 5-1.
Dylan Woodward pitched four innings to pick up the win, while Kolby Croxton struck out six over the final three innings for the save. Taylor King was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs to lead Chesterfield at the plate.
The victory set the stage for Weatherford to get his milestone 500th win Tuesday against Fairport High School, which Chesterfield defeated 4-3.
Zach Boswell pitched a complete game, holding the Raiders to only four hits while striking out seven in the one-run win. King was 2-for-4 at bat, while Zack Sellers finished the game 2-for-3.
“As a coach, there are certain numbers you look at, and certainly getting to 500 wins feels great,” Weatherford said. “But more than me, it says a lot about the players I’ve had and the assistant coaches who’ve helped me along the way. I’ve been very fortunate to have had good situations at both Chesterfield and South Florence (where Weatherford previously coached).”
Cheraw Intermediate inducts new honor society members
Cheraw Intermediate School recognized their most outstanding students in the 4th and 5th grades in their National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony held on March 26th 2013.  Forty-eight students were inducted and more than 150 people attended the ceremony.   Leighton Becker, a fifth grader and NEHS President, led the ceremony.  Other student speakers for the evening included Belle Bollman, Luke Dixon, and James Dockery. Closing remarks were made by Principal Scott Eddins.  Organizers for the event were chapter advisers, Mrs. Kaye Marsh, Mrs. Sandy Penegar, and Mrs. Charlene Tillman.
As a founding chapter of National Elementary Honor Society, Cheraw Intermediate has joined elementary schools around the nation in establishing a program to promote excellence in academic achievement and involvement in leadership and service for our 4th and 5th grade students.  More than just an honor roll, NEHS engages its members in service activities and leadership development that help strengthen the programs for all students at the school and improve life in the community.  Each year, the NEHS students have collected food for the McArn Food Bank, held fundraisers for the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society and have provided volunteer appreciation gifts to school volunteers.
The 2013 New NEHS members :
Zion Baylor, Kasey Bowen, Nazia Bridges, Joshuia Brock, Jacob Brooks, Logan Byrd, Carson Castor, Marlee Coates, Bradford Dyson, Brishana Jackson, David Johnson, Temple Jones,  Peyson Jordan, Tashonna Joyner, Makayla Kohrell, Kate Ledbetter, Shea Linton, Emma Lofton, Kinzey Mabry, Narrie McCall, Saajada McManus, Marshall Myers, Alex O’Neal, Celeste Rainwater, Princess Rorie, Garrett Smith, Haylie Teal, Tiana Veal, Alan Wallace, Jimirah Wilkins, Maddison Booth, Acacia Bowen, Tyler Byrd, Lexi Grant, Katlyn Holland, Charlotte Hurst, Ciara Jacobs, Brandon Jeffords, Timothy Johnston, Tianna Marshall, Bailey McCune, Jalen Myers, Quinn Parker, Ivy Payne, Rodney Ratliff, Melody Redfearn, Joshua Sellers
Edwards Elementary students raise money
Edwards Elementary School students dedicated two weeks recently to contribute their spare change to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Pennies for Patients" campaign.
The children raised an amazing $4241.23 to help fund blood cancer research and patient services.  This is a meaningful way for kids to help other kids who are fighting cancer and to know that their efforts are making a difference.  
Mrs. Dayna Stevens is the school coordinator for the campaign and her son Finley, a first grade student at Edwards Elementary, is a cancer survivor and an honored hero.
McBee Elementary students write for books
Over the past several weeks, newly elected McBee Elementary School Teacher of the Year Angie Smith has had her class studying a book of poems called Honey I Love by Eloise Greenfield. 
Students were quite moved by the poems and used much of the poet’s style and voice to create poetry of their own.  Near the end of their book study, one of the students said to her teacher, “Wouldn’t it be nice if each of us had a copy of this book to keep forever?”  That question got Mrs. Smith to thinking of a way to get her class something they were all so passionate about.  Mrs. Smith had each of her students write persuasive letters to the school’s Literacy Coach Meredith Askins and principal Dr. David Nutt explaining why they thought the school should buy each student a copy of the book.  Reasons outlined in their writing included things like: “We can have this to remember 1st grade and Mrs. Smith forever”, “This book can help us in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade as we work on our writing”, “We can use this to teach our little brothers and sisters to write poems”, and “If the school bought this, we would have something good to read over the summer”.
After receiving the persuasive letters, Askins and Dr. Nutt were invited to the class for the purpose of being talked into buying a copy of the book for each student.  Many of the students dressed up in order to make the best impression for their presentation.  First grade student Landon Rhodes even wore a seer sucker suit and bow tie to pull off a look that is similar to the way his principal dresses for work.  In class, Mrs. Askins and Dr. Nutt listened to the class recite Eloise Greenfield poems and student poems influenced by Ms. Greenfield.  In addition, students took turns making points as to why they needed an individual copy of the book.  After hearing the arguments, Dr. Nutt pulled out his phone, turned it on speaker phone, and ordered each student a copy of the book.  The class cheered.  Dr. Nutt was quoted as saying, “Mrs. Smith is an excellent teacher who inspires her students to do great things.  It is obvious she has a class of outstanding writers and Mrs. Smith helps those students maximize their talents.”
Attached is a picture of Principal David Nutt, 1st grade teacher Angie Smith, and Mrs. Smith’s 1st grade class who were holding up some of their Eloise Greenfield inspired writing.

Kiser chosen as Petersburg Primary Principal

Janice Kiser, a Chesterfield County School District educator for over 25 years, will be the principal at Petersburg Primary School, beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
Kiser is currently the assistant principal and curriculum coordinator at Cheraw Intermediate School, a position that she has held since 2009.
She began her career as a teacher at Plainview Elementary School, where she taught child development, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and reading recovery.
She also served as a literacy coach at McBee Elementary School.
Kiser earned Bachelors degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston in 1986. She also holds a Masters degree from Francis Marion University in early childhood education, as well as a Masters degree from Winthrop University in educational leadership.
Kiser also earned an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Carolina.
“I operate from the keen understanding that teachers and the quality of their instruction are the most precious and important resources in a school,” says Kiser. “I know that I am ready to lead Petersburg Primary School to new heights of student achievement.”
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that he is confident that Kiser is ready for the challenge of a principalship.
"She's proven herself in the district in many roles and she has a passion to see all children succeed," says Goodwin. "Petersburg Primary School will continue to grow under her leadership."

PLC students explore careers
March 20, 2013 was a day not soon to be forgotten, especially by the students at the Palmetto Learning Center and individuals from a number of professions.  This was the day that most of the sixteen career and industry-related clusters were represented for a time of presentation and interaction with the students.
During this time, students learned about job specifics, to include education/training needed, a typical workday, opportunities for advancement, and likes and dislikes of their jobs.  Some of the representatives even volunteered their salaries.  It was obvious that the presenters are passionate about their careers and see their professions as a permanent calling, not just a JOB.
According to counselor/coordinator Carolyn Addison, “I saw a bond develop between our students and the presenters that transcends the classroom.  When the time was called more than once to end the event, many of the presenters stated they weren’t ready to leave.” 
According to one of the students, “They were very informational, and they didn’t care that we are here (Alternative School).  They still really cared about us and gave us a chance to learn about their careers.” 
Among the career clusters represented were Education and Training; Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security; Business Management and Administration; Health Science; City Government and Public Administration; Human Services;  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.

From left to right are:  Chief Eric Hewett, SFC Norris McCall, Attorney Larry Knox, Professional Trainer Melvin Coston, Councilwoman Amy Brown, Deputy Officer Mark Davis, Sr., Dr. Jerry Corbett, Officer Winn McCaskill, Dr. Mary Moore, Carolyn Addison, PLC Counselor, Moses King, Thomas Brewer, PLC Director...  Not shown:  Wesley Miles, LTC David Lisenby, Dr. Randolph Addison, Sr.

Workshops preparing teachers for Common Core
To help with the transition to the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, third to sixth grade teachers in Chesterfield County were invited to an afterschool workshop on February 12 and 14.
During the two hour workshop, teachers learned different strategies for teaching fractions in their classrooms that align with our new standards. They were given instruction on how to build and compare fractions using manipulatives (like number lines) and how to draw a model that would represent the fractions as the student is adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing fractions throughout those grade levels. 
The visual and hands-on representations are very important in this development. Our goal is for the students of Chesterfield County School District to have a deep conceptual understanding so that they truly understand mathematics and have good number sense to carry them into their future careers.
Throughout the past two years, Chesterfield County teachers (and others across the country) have been involved in trainings on the Common Core State Standards in Math and ELA. Both sets of standards focus on more real world learning and problem solving. Many teachers have spent hours during the work day and after school studying and preparing to bring the best instruction to our students.
Central hosts career day
Central High School held their Career Fair to allow students to talk with representatives from a variety of careers on March 29. 
Twenty-nine businesses representing Agriculture & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Business Management, Education & Training, Finance, Government, Health Science, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety & Security, Marketing, and Transportation filled tables with displays of products and information.
Students were able to learn about the representative’s position, salary range, and the education and skills required for the job.  Students moved through the displays in groups and had sufficient time to learn significant details about their favorite career choices. 
“We would like to express our appreciation to all the businesses that took time from their busy schedules to come by and talk with our students,” says Kaye Rollins, Central High’s Career Specialist. “It was both an enjoyable and informative experience for our students.”
“We strive for all of our schools to earn this distinction.”

-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Area schools win Palmetto awards

Nine Palmetto awards for Chesterfield County School District highlight the latest announcement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
Central High School, Chesterfield High School, Jefferson Elementary School, McBee High School, and New Heights Middle School all won Palmetto Gold Awards for General Performance. Long Middle School and Ruby Elementary School earned Palmetto Silver Awards for General Performance.
Long Middle also earned a Palmetto Gold Award for Closing the Achievement Gap, while Ruby Elementary School earned a Silver Award in that category as well.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program (PGS) began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.  The PGS recognizes schools based on the criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) for both general performance and working towards closing the achievement gap.  Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.  The EOC revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that he is proud of those schools that earned Palmetto awards.
“We strive for all of our schools to earn this distinction,” says Goodwin. “While we are proud of these awards we also recognize that we still have work to be done in our academic achievement.”
119 inducted into NTHS
Chesterfield County’s four high schools and Northeastern Technical College recently inducted 119 new members into the National Technical Honor Society. 
In order to become a member of the NTHS, students must maintain an A average in Career and Technology Education Coursework.  McBee High School had the largest showing with 29 new members.
The ceremony was held in NETC’s auditorium at 6pm.  Cheraw High MCJROTC presented the colors along with Sophomore Brian Hardison, who sang the Star Spangled Banner.  Heath Milligan, Dean of Instruction at NETC provided special recognition and Mrs. Tammy Haile, Director of Career & Technology Education introduced the speaker.  The featured speaker of the event was Dr. Annie Lois Hough-Everage, Professor of Education at Brandman University-Chapman University System. 
Dr. Hough is the sister of the late Mr. Jerry Hough, former principal of Edwards Elementary School.  Dr. Hough was also a graduate of Northeastern Technical College, and she was excited to return to where it all began.  She went on to earn her BS degree in Liberal Studies with minors in Business and English.  She earned her Masters from Chapman University in California, and her Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
The presentation was one of an inspirational and uplifting message of “it is never too late.” 
Pictured: McBee High had the largest number of students inducted.
Ruby Elementary celebrates reading
Last month, all students at Ruby Elementary received a special treat.  A few of the town of Ruby's finest came to the school and shared some of their favorite stories with the students. 
Each grade level had a guest reader that read aloud several books and visited with the students. 
"RES appreciates all the continued support we receive from our community members," says Principal Beth Suggs. "It is important for students to see adults value education and literacy; so this opportunity was very beneficial for the students.  It has been said that 'it takes a village to raise a child', and that philosophy is certainly true at Ruby Elementary." 
Suggs also extended her thanks to Keith Bailey, Mike and Marilyn Burns, as well as Ann Huntley, Jimmy Nivens, and Susie Odom .
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle student places at state competition
Craigshon Harrington, an eighth Grade student at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, recently traveled with over 70 other Beta Club Members for the South Carolina Beta Convention. 
Harrington competed against 30 other schools across the state in the speech competition and placed second place overall.
Chesterfield County School System Begins Countywide United Way Campaign
Chesterfield County United Way Director Margaret Mitchell, and Dr. Harrison Goodwin, Superintendent of the Chesterfield County School System, kicked off the 2013 United Way Campaign at the Principals’ Meeting on Feb. 19.
Dr. Goodwin opened by offering a challenge to all schools to reach a 100% participation level. He stated he is not asking for lots and lots of dollars but would like to see the School System attain a 100% giving rate.  He pointed out that Plainview Elementary School has been recognized for 100% giving for the past five to six years.  Plainview is one of the smallest schools but Dr. Goodwin challenged each school to reach 100% participation. Individual schools will be recognized based on percentage of participation and per capita giving (amount of donations divided by number of employees).  Contributions can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction as designated on pledge cards.
As Mitchell said at the Principals’ Meeting, school district employees do a lot for the  youth of Chesterfield County. Participating in United Way is how they can help the community ensure that families in need have resources so that students are ready to learn even during these tough economic times.
The United Way campaign started on February 19, 2013; deadline for completion of the campaign is March 15, 2013. However, some schools may opt to end the campaigns earlier. A campaign coordinator has been chosen in each school and office. For more information about your individual school and to make sure that you don’t miss out on this opportunity, contact your principal or designated campaign coordinator
What is United Way?  United Way of Chesterfield County is a nonprofit organization supporting health and human service programs in our community.  United Way strives to improve the lives of local residents by raising funds through an annual community wide campaign.  United Way of Chesterfield County is governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors which ensures the organization is run efficiently and effectively.  
How are services accessed from United Way?  
Each agency receiving help through United Way must submit an application for services. The application is reviewed by the United Way Board of Directors for approval.  Agencies must meet appropriate guidelines set by the board of directors in order to be approved for services.
Pictured: Dr. Goodwin signs his United Way pledge card.
McBee High FBLA competes at conference
The McBee High Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America had a successful weekend at the annual District Leadership Conference in Sumter. Members competed against 31 other schools from 12 different counties in a variety of business-related events.
Some of the events included Business Presentation, Sports Management, Personal Finance, Accounting, Web Site Development, and many more. They also enjoyed workshops about careers in the military and employability skills.
Sixteen of our talented young men and women placed in the top five, qualifying them to continue to the State Leadership Conference in Charleston this April.
The national competition will be held in Anaheim, California in June.
Any business or individual who would like to sponsor one or more of these talented young men and women may contact Regina Johnson at 335-5296. CLICK TO SEE THE RESULTS
Cheraw Intermediate presents musical
The Cheraw Intermediate School Chorus presented the musical “Practically Peter Pan” last month at the school. 
The program was directed by Buren Martin of “The Baillie Players,” with music directed by music teacher Patrick Davis.  The theater company conducted a one-week residency at CIS, where the students were instructed in the South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts theater standards.
Monetary assistance for the program was provided through the school’s receiving the “Distinguished Arts Program” (DAP) and “Arts in Basic Curriculum” (ABC) grants from the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Arts Commission.
 The grants were applied for by Davis.
McBee High talks college aid
McBee High School parents and students gathered in the media center to learn about scholarships, grants, financial aid and the FASFA form at a recent meeting. 
Over thirty parents took advantage of this opportunity to get a jump start on college for their children.  Mike Fox, a representative of the S.C. Student Loan Association, presented this information in a light-hearted and entertaining manner. 
This is an annual event at McBee High and is open to other area schools as well. 
Next year’s Financial Aid Workshop has already been scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5p.m. – 7p.m.  Fox also remains after the workshop is completed to assist parents with filing the FASFA and or setting up their PIN number. 
McBee Junior Betas attend convention
The McBee Elementary Junior Beta Club traveled to Myrtle Beach to attend the South Carolina Junior Beta Convention on January 24-25.
Eighteen of the thirty members attended the convention. These students competed in many competitions.
The Quiz Bowl Team of Katelyn Blackwell, Connor Kirkley, Emily McDaniel, and Anna-Carlin Phelps, placed second in the state. Also, Emily McDaniel placed second in the state in the "Poetry Competition." She had written an excellent poem about her mother. 
Principal Dr. David Nutt that he was very proud of the entire Junior Beta Club. 
He also mentioned that he was proud of club sponsors Rita Huggins, Vickie Lucas, and Laura Stasenko.
New Heights students attend state conference
Jr. Beta members represented New Heights Middle School very well at the 2013 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach on January 24 and 25.
Over 3,800 Jr. Beta members and sponsors from across the state attended the event. Seventh grade student Tommy Eubanks won second place in the State Essay Contest. Seventh grade student BR Hatcher was elected S.C. Jr. Beta State Reporter.
Sponsors for New Heights are Michelle Hatcher, Laura Miller, Betsy Stanton and Karen Brock
Chesterfield High Spanish students visit Mayan exhibit
Last month, 79 Spanish 2, 3 and 4 students from Chesterfield High School traveled to Columbia,. 
After completing a unit of study on Classic Mayan Civilization, students viewed the Secrets of the Maya exhibit at the SC State Museum.  In the exhibit, students were able view artifacts of the information previously studied as well as acquire new knowledge about Pre-Columbian Maya Culture to Present Day Maya Culture.  
Students viewed artifacts that explained the Mayan calendar, numbering system, hieroglyphics, religious beliefs and agriculture.  Students were able to try their hands at writing hieroglyphics and recreating Mayan pottery out of clay.

Pageland students learn of Colonial times
Third and Fourth Grade students at Pageland Elementary School experienced what life was like during Colonial American times when they participated recently in on-site Colonial activities presented by Camp Flintlock Inc.
Camp Flintlock, Inc. conducts Colonial American school field trips on school campuses.   They camped overnight on Pageland Elementary School grounds and set up their field experience on the school grounds.  
Students, along with teachers and parent volunteers, traveled back in time by participating in hands-on activities and listened to historical information provided by one of the Camp Flintlock employees.  All students made an authentic Indian necklace, played Colonial American games, and tried on reproductions of period clothing. Other activities the students participated in included beeswax candle making and quill & ink writing.  
In addition, Camp Flintlock provided live fife & drum music as well as the atmosphere that comes with having a period encampment. 

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle student wins spelling bee
The Chesterfield County School District Spelling Bee winner for 2012-2013 school year is Jeffshan John, an 8th Grade at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School. 
The district spelling bee was held on Jan. 17 at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School. 
Jeffshan will represent the district at the 59th Charlotte Observer Regional Bee on Feb. 11 in Charlotte, NC. 
There were two honorable mentions who advanced into the final round, Kamryn Liedig, 5th Grade at Edwards Elementary School and Reginald Brown, 7thGrade, Long Middle. 
Other school winners who participated in the contest are as follows: Matthew Urbaniak, 6th Grade, Plainview Elementary; Lucas Deese, 5th Grade, Jefferson Elementary;  Mikyra Joines, 5th grade, Pageland Elementary; Ali Raza, 5th Grade, Cheraw Intermediate; Anna Carlin Phelps, 6th Grade, McBee Elementary; Genna Rivers, 6th Grade, New Heights Middle; Hannah Horton, 7thGrade, McBee High and Kiara Deason, 5th Grade, Ruby Elementary. 
Strong school leadership from the school board is the foundation of strong schools.

-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Board members honored

Chesterfield County School District joins others around the state in celebration of School Board Recognition Month in January.
More than 630 elected and appointed school board members throughout South Carolina will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education. Chesterfield County’s nine school board members are James Sweeney (chairman), Jamie Wayne (vice-chair), Eric Dusa (secretary), Kim Burch, Dr. Wayne Chapman, Darin Coleman, Wesley Miles, Chad Vick, and William Watson.
The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards: Locally Owned and Operated Since Forever,” reinforces the roles and responsibilities of school boards and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools. They are elected by the people in their local communities to represent their voice and vision for their public schools.
“Strong school leadership from the school board is the foundation of strong schools,” says Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin. “We are proud of the work that our board does, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected trustees.”
In Chesterfield County, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for the annual budget that leads to the education of all public school students in the county.
“School board members make decisions that affect our children and nearly $50 million in educational expenditures,” adds Goodwin. “They are to be commended for their excellent work as stewards of the public funds.”
In addition to recognition from the district as a whole, board members are also being honored by the 16 individual schools throughout the county.
Reading a 'hit' at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle
To celebrate reading and the school’s literacy program, RAM (Reading and More), students, faculty, and administration of Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School chose a decade to dress up in as part of several activities that took place on Dec. 14.   
Students completed research on various fashion styles, and one could look around and see representation of the 1800’s, the 20’s, and the 50’s through 80’s. 
Prizes from the media center were awarded to twelve students and three teachers who best represented their decade in dress. 
Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton dressed as a 70’s rock star and Assistant Principal Travis Rivers dressed as Elvis. 
Ruby Elementary student win 4-H contest
Camryn Miller, a second grader at Ruby Elementary School, was the  first place winner for Chesterfield County in the 4-H  Fire Safety Poster and Creative Writing Contest  for K-2nd grade.  
Camryn is in Ms. Amy Wallace’s classroom. She is pictured with Wallace (left) and Ruby Elementary Principal Beth Suggs.
Miller is the daughter of Rod Miller and Kristin Conrad.
McBee students tour bank
Students in Mrs. Regina Johnson’s Accounting I class at McBee High recently had the opportunity to visit Heritage Community Bank in McBee.
Ms. Beverly Railey, bank manager, discussed various career opportunities in the banking industry, demonstrated how on-line banking works, and many other topics the students had learned in class.  Students were given a tour and were trained in the use of an ATM machine.
According to Johnson, this was a great privilege for the students involved.
Pictured from left to right: Ashley Blackwell, Kitani Dunlap, Cole Garrison, Alexie Horton, Akilah James, Janet Harrelson, and Cassidy Morris.
Ruby Alpha students visit museum
The Alpha classes of Ruby Elementary School went to the Hamlet Depot and Museums in Hamlet, NC on December 4.
The students toured the Visitor's Center, The Tornado Building (named after a train), and the Depot Museum. This depot still serves as an active passenger train depot and usually averages around 60 trains passing through each day.
The students had a great time exploring the history of the area's railroads through artifacts, music, games, and models.
Pageland Elementary hosts electricity expert
Christine Allen, a fourth grade teacher at Pageland Elementary School, teaches math and science and had the privilege of inviting her father, Charlie Allen, to come to Pageland to speak with her students about a subject he knows very well: electricity.
She began a unit on electricity and thought that it would be very beneficial for her students to learn about electricity from a real electrical engineer. Her father, who is the Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Black River Electric Cooperative in Sumter, drove to Pageland and gave a 45-minute presentation to both of her classes on electricity. Before the visit, she showed her dad the electricity standards that she was required to teach. He chose two of the standards to include in his presentation. The first standard covered parallel and series circuits, while the second standard covered conductors and insulators.
Her dad provided her students with experiences that she could never have given them. He created a parallel and series circuit display that he let the students keep, brought real insulators for the students to pass around, gave a lesson on electrical safety, and much more. Her students were engaged, amazed, and learned so much. What more could a teacher ask for? Her students were very thankful for her dad's special visit to her classroom.
Central High chorus performs
On Nov. 15 Central High School’s Mixed Chorus and Honors Chorus traveled to Charlotte to perform at The Park for the Southern Christmas Show. They sang several holiday favorites from “Carol of the Bells” to “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and new favorites like “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber.
Crowds gathered to hear these choirs bring Christmas cheer through music, with over 100 people in attendance.
The choir, which is led by Mrs. Hannah McGuire, were also featured at the Jefferson Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7.
McBee students win contest
McBee High School would like to congratulate the following students for placing in the National Career Development Association 47th Annual Poetry and Poster Contest.  These students have placed at the high school level and will receive a certificate.  Their work has been sent to be judged at the District Level. 
Winners of the District level will be sent on to be judged at the regional, state, then national level,s with the final winners announced April 17, 2013. 
Alexis Green = 1st place Poetry
Grace Todd = 2nd place Poetry
Brianna Ludlum = 3rd place Poetry
Deanna Faile = 1st place Poster Category 1
Austin Davis = 2nd place Poster Category 1
Sierra Bradley = 3rd place Poster Category 1
Savannah Herrington = 1st place Poster Category 2
Lauren Kirkley = 2nd place Poster Category 2
Dani-Reed McKenzie = 3rd place Poster Category 2
School Board adopts 2013-14 school calendar

The Chesterfield County School Board unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year during the Dec. 10 meeting.
The approved calendar was recommended to the board by the teacher forum from between two proposed calendars. The two calendars were voted on by the district's faculty and staff, and the adopted calendar was selected by 55.6% of the district’s employees.
In 2013, teachers are scheduled to officially return to school on Aug. 15, and the first day for students will be Wednesday, August 21.
Graduation for the Class of 2014 is scheduled for May 31. The last day of school for all other students is scheduled for June 5, 2014.
The view the newly adopted calendar,
click here.
Central High hosts senior citizens

The band room at Central High School was transformed into an elegant bistro on Dec. 6 as the school hosted over 130 area senior citizens for the annual Senior Citizens Day.
Visiting senior citizens of the community was entertained by the Central High Chorus and by the children of the Eagles’ Nest child development center, both of whom performed Christmas songs.
Other activities included games and a luncheon.
Upon arriving at the school, the visiting seniors were escorted inside by the student council and by Junior ROTC cadets. Members of the student council also helped serve the meal.
The Central High FFA presented a gift of collard greens to each of the visitors as they left, and the seniors also had the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa in a photo booth. Santa and his elf were played by two Central High students.
Central High Principal Dr. Judd Starling said that this day is his second favorite day of the school year, exceeded only by graduation.
“It is always great to see our students give back to the community that gives so much to our school,” says Starling.
This year’s event marked the seventh such Senior Citizens Day at Central.
Starling added his thanks to Nelda Richardson, Rhonda Miles, Karen Aldridge, Nikki Miller, Katie Cooper, and Barbara Barrett for organizing and setting up the day’s events.
“This was a salute to our senior citizens to show our appreciation for all they have done in our communities,” says Miller. “I am looking forward to what is in store next year.”
Long Alpha students visit Atlanta
Fifty-six seventh and eighth grade students in Mrs. Ballard’s classes at Long Middle School traveled to Atlanta, Georgia on November 16 & 17.  On Friday, students visited the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  There students ate a picnic lunch in the shadow of the dinosaurs and saw an exhibit about Genghis Khan, which included many original artifacts that were over 500 years old.  The next stop was the traveling exhibit on the Titanic. 
Each student was given a boarding pass with information about an actual passenger on the Titanic.  After visiting the various exhibits, including some spectacular jewels, the students were able to discover if their passenger was a victim or survivor.  After an early start on Saturday, students visited CNN studios for a tour.  This was especially interesting to the students who are on the morning news show broadcast at LMS. 
Then it was on to the World of Coca-Cola.  A highlight of this experience was the tasting room.  Some students tasted every drink (over 60 were available).  They enjoyed Inca Kola, but decided that Beverly was not very delicious.  The final stop was the Georgia Aquarium. 
Students watched the dolphin show and visited numerous exhibits.  They learned a great deal about the importance of the ocean and its creatures.  This “big city” experience gave students an idea of what it is like to live and work in a metropolitan area.
Ruby Elementary learns fire safety
Ruby Elementary School received a special treat recently when members of the Ruby-Mt. Croghan Volunteer Fire Department rolled in with their trucks to demonstrate techniques used during a fire.
They also showed the students several pieces of equipment needed in the event of a fire and discussed fire safety with the students like “Stop-Drop-and Roll” 
Rochelle Gaddy, a 5th grader, was the winner of this year’s t-shirt design contest, and Trey Oakley, also a 5th grader, was the runner-up.  Both students received a gift card from the fire department and a certificate.
Each child in the school was given a t-shirt also.  Ruby Elementary appreciates the Ruby-Mt. Croghan Volunteer Fire Department visit each year.
Edwards honors perfect attendance
Students at Edwards Elementary School with Perfect Attendance for the first nine weeks celebrated their accomplishment on Nov. 15 with “Pizza with the Principal.”  
Nearly 200 students enjoyed pizza, cookies, drinks, and loud music with the principal and their friends.  It was a tremendous amount of fun, and a great way to remind students of the importance of coming to school each day.
New Heights inducts new Jr. Beta Club members
New Heights Middle School held their Junior Beta Club “Harvest” induction ceremony last month in the school cafeteria.
Fifty-five students were extended an invitation to join. Thirty-one seventh graders accepted this honor. In order to be eligible, a student must have a 90 overall average in all subject areas and no discipline referrals.
The 2012-2013 Junior Beta Officers are: President, Jimmy Patel; Vice President, Jake Savage; Secretary, Kourtni Blount; Chaplain, B.R. Hatcher and Reporter, Taia Blount.  Sponsors are Michelle Hatcher, Laura Miller, Betsy Stanton and Karen Brock.
McBee FFA attends nationals
The McBee High FFA chapter was well represented at this year’s 85th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 23-27, 2012.  Twenty-three  members attended this year’s convention where more than 55,000 student leaders gathered to celebrate the message of agriculture.  These members were able to engage in National Days of Service, participate in interactive workshops, take part in rigorous Career Development Events, and meet fellow FFA members from across the Nation, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  As part of the convention, students were able experience one of the largest career shows to explore agriculture related careers, hear from dynamic speakers and were inspired by energetic and motivation general sessions.  This year’s convention theme was, “Grow”.  The McBee FFA Chapter was recognized through the National Chapter Award program with the Three Star Emblem, the highest award available.  This is reserved for the 8% of the 7,469 chapters throughout the United States.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523, 309 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.   The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through Agricultural Education.  Visit www.ffa.org for more information. 
Cheraw Intermediate awarded grant
Cheraw Intermediate School has been awarded a 3,863.00 Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission and a $17,995.00 Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grant from the South Carolina Department of Education for the 2012-2013 school year.  These grants may be renewed for three years.  The grants were applied for during the 2011-2012 school year with notification of the awards coming in October.   The support, will allow Cheraw Intermediate School to enrich it’s curriculum by offering dance to all students and by hosting a theater artist residency that will culminate in a student musical production of “Peter Pan”.  Also, scholarships to the South Carolina Department of Education’s “Arts Summer Institutes will be available to classroom teachers that will help equip them to utilize the arts in their classroom instruction.  Professional development in the arts will also be available to the school’s arts teachers.  The goals of the ABC and DAP grant programs are to increase the overall achievement of students in and through the arts.
Principal Scott Eddins said, “I believe that an arts infused curriculum accelerates student achievement and improves the climate of the school.  Research links arts integration programs to increased attendance rates, reduction in discipline referrals, better grades, and higher promotion rates.  All these factors are instrumental to the success of the students and the school.
Shown with the notification letter is music teacher Patrick Davis, author of the grants, along with Superintendent Goodwin and Principal Eddins.
The ABC grant is funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
McBee FBLA attends national conference
Members of McBee High School’s Future Business Leaders of America recently returned from the National Fall Leadership Conference held in Charlotte.
 This conference provided a wealth of information for these students as well as numerous networking opportunities from people all over the southeast. They attended workshops ranging in topics from SAT prep, using social media for business, Dressing for Success, and many more.
Members also enjoyed some down time to tour downtown Charlotte, visit Concord Mills mall to watch the latest Twilight movie, and cheer on participants in a 5K run that ended right outside the hotel. While at the mall, FBLA members designed some stuffed animals at the Build-A-Bear workshop which will be donated to kids at the Shriner’s Hospital later this year.
 The service-learning concluded by members donating to attend the Blue-Jeans for Babies Dance in support of our national partner, the March of Dimes.
FBLA provides opportunities to network, travel, compete, and give back to the community through service. If you would like information on how to become a Professional Member of this organization, please contact Mrs. Regina  Johnson at 843-335-5296.
Pictured: Latasia Jenkins, Kitani Dunlap, Madison Johnson, Jorge Fuentes-Hernandez, Minnie Horton, Kayla Johnson, Austin Hoffman, Kasey Tyner, and Regina Johnson (Adviser)
“Those schools' performance is a reflection of some very hard work.”

-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Area schools in top 18% in graduation rate

Graduation ratings in the top 18% of the state at McBee High School and Chesterfield High School were the highlights for Chesterfield County School District on recently released school report cards.
McBee High’s graduation rate of 85.14% earned the school a ranking of 37st out of 227 high schools in the state. Chesterfield High’s 84.67% gave them a ranking of 39th.
As a whole, the Chesterfield County School District received an absolute rate of Average and a “Closing the Achievement Gap” rating of Good.
When compared to other districts deemed similar to Chesterfield County, the district out performed on the PASS reading and math tests on percentage of students who met or exceeded a passing score.
The district also bettered similar districts on students passing both parts of the HSAP test on their first attempt.
Chesterfield County’s graduation rate as a district was also 2.2% better than similar districts.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that McBee High and Chesterfield High especially are to be commended.
“Those on time graduation rates are outstanding,” says Goodwin. “Those schools’ performance is a reflection of some very hard work.”
Goodwin added that the district report, as a whole, is about what he was expecting.
“But I am disappointed that we don’t measure up to the level of some of the districts in our geographic area,” says. “We have some challenges we need to meet.” CLICK HERE TO SEE SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
District staff collect cans for food drive
The Chesterfield County School District Office recently sponsored a can food drive for the Lois McArn food bank in Cheraw.
The district office administration and staff, along with Ruby Operations and Palmetto Learning Center, participated in this project.
"This was our way in helping with the Thanksgiving season and helping others at this time," says Debbie Poole, a member of the district office staff.
McBee Elementary students run for autism awareness
One in 88 children is born with Autism.  Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.  Autism is a “wide-spectrum” disorder meaning that no two people affected will have the exact symptoms. 
Some will have a “high-functioning” type of autism called Aspergers where they can communicate and function in normal settings while others will have a more severe type of autism and need extensive therapy and more controlled environments.  McBee Elementary child development teacher Shauna Newell’s 18 year old son, Vince, has autism.  Vince’s symptoms escalated in severity and he had to be placed in residential care on Sept. 30.  The entire faculty at McBee Elementary is a very close knit group and the heartbreak that Mrs. Newell’s family was suffering was felt by all.  
Physical education teacher Donna McCaskill decided to take action in the fight against autism and organized a 3k/5k event to raise money to be donated to the National Autism Society.  The entire student body trained for the event during PE classes, and they were encouraged to walk/run at home.  They were also given pledge sheets to ask family and friends to sponsor them in their efforts.  On October, 19 a brief assembly was held at 8:30 am and the run began at 9:00.  The whole school participated.  Local law enforcement, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Deputies, and many adults from the town of McBee stood at street corners to direct traffic and cheer the students on. 
The entire student body of McBee High School lined the street between the football and baseball fields and the Spirit of McBee High Marching Band played as the students ran past McBee High.  After crossing the finish line, students were given water, Gatorade and fresh fruit. They then danced to their favorite dance tunes to celebrate completion of the event.  At the end of the day, the MES student body had raised $2387.00 for the fight against Autism and the money is still coming in.
McBee Biology students volunteer
McBee High School's Honors Biology 2 class members: Hunter Jackson, Elsa Parades, Jorge Hernandez, Brittani Sullivan, Kelsey Melton, Hanna Caddell, Kasey Tyner, Heather Winburn, Kayla Johnson and Tara Jones (not pictured here) volunteered to work at the Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, October 13 from 8 to 11:30. 
They helped to clean Tate's Trail for the public to enjoy.  While there, they were given a lesson on the wire grass-pine ecosystem and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. 
Their instructor is Vicky Earle.
Author visits Cheraw Intermediate
On October 17, students at Cheraw Intermediate School enjoyed a visit from author, poet, and photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Students and teachers had been preparing for his visit since the beginning of school, and were very excited to finally meet Mr. Smith. His presentation covered information about his life, his books, how he became an author and photographer, and some key thoughts about being a writer. He shared how he infused his interests of sports, photography and writing and created a career with them.
A definite highlight of his visit was the way he concluded his presentations with a boxing demonstration (one of his new interests). Mr. Smith says, “I want to show students, particularly boys, that there are many ways to pursue their interests, no matter what they may be."
Students and teachers who had purchased copies of Mr. Smith’s books were able to get them autographed. In addition, fifteen students were chosen based on letters they had written to Assistant Principal Janice Kiser and invited to a special luncheon with Mr. Smith.
Long Middle students work on art project
Long Middle School Eighth grade artists had the incredible opportunity to work with Artist Bob Doster on their own stainless steel creation recently. 
Students were able to design and cut the steel, while observing the welding process.  This 14-foot sculpture will be installed in the Dizzy Gillespie home site park on Huger St. in Cheraw. 
Funded by Cheraw’s Jazz Festival Committee, the steel sculpture was officially revealed on Oct. 21 during a special picnic in the park.
Kelly Bollman is the art teacher at Long Middle.
County bands hosted in McBee competition
The Spirit of McBee High marching band hosted Chesterfield County’s first ever marching band competition - The Sandhills Classic Band Invitational – last month at McBee High School
Over 200 band students, band parents, McBee High faculty and staff, as well community members helped to make the day a huge success.  Several band students from Chesterfield High as well as their director, Cameron Watkins, also volunteered their time to help.  Awards were presented by McBee High Principal Dennis McDaniel and Chesterfield County Schools Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin.  The competition, a logistical success, involved over 1,500 students, staff members, and specators.
Both Central and Cheraw High Schools competed while, as the host band, McBee presented an exhibition performance at the end of the day.
The Central Marching Eagles won 2nd place in class III as well as an excellent rating.  The Cheraw Tribe won best drum major, best percussion, best color guard, and overall first place in Class II.  The Tribe also earned a superior rating and the Division 1 championship.  Additionally, Chris Hathcock won the students’ choice award for best band director.
Other schools competing included Buford, Lake City, South Florence, Latta, West Florence, and Hartsville.
The Chesterfield County Band programs are led by:
The Spirit of McBee – Matt Crawley
The Central Marching Eagles – Geoff Mack
The Chesterfield Marching Rams – Cameron Watkins
The Cheraw Tribe – Chris Hathcock
Local artist visits McBee school
Recently, local artist Aundra Mack visited the classrooms of 3rd grade teachers, Shannon Outlaw and Nadine Crook at McBee Elementary. Mack spoke to the students about the importance of thinking critically in and out of school.
Mack demonstrated his artistic talents by showing students how a simple circle can become a 3-dimensional basketball on a piece of paper. He shared several paintings and pictures of murals he has created in schools and other places.  He led students in drawing their own circles which eventually became the face of Spiderman.  Students then used the pictures as inspiration for individual writing projects in their writer’s notebooks.
Throughout the entire visit, Mack emphasized important, life long skills in which he linked to the art work he shared.  Using detailed paintings, he stressed to students how important it is to elaborate with details when they speak and write.  He used artwork to help students make complex observations and draw conclusions based on their observations.  He then linked this point to doing the same when reading, meeting new people, etc. 
Students learned that nothing starts out easy, but the finished product can be a treasure that is certainly worth it.
Long Middle hosts annual fun night
Long Middle School has its annual PTO Family Fun Night on Sept. 25 with 472 persons in attendance
Students, along with their families and friends enjoyed a variety of activities such as Bingo, Dunking Booth, Hay Rides, Smashing the Car, and Face-Painting.  The DJ entertained the crowd after the LMS band began the night with “The Star Spangled Banner” and members of the MCJROTC from Cheraw High School presented the colors. 
Thanks goes to the LMS Faculty and Staff, the Cheraw Fire Department, CMC Supply, Chesterfield County Sheriff Department for the Police Dog Demonstration, Cheraw High Interact Club, LMS Beta Club, LMS Football Team, Chesterfield General Hospital, Kiser Funeral Home, Reid Funeral Home, Waste Management System, Sonic, Pepsi, IGA, Founders Federal Credit Union and Bi-Lo.
Pictured: Principal Matt Brantley in the dunking booth.
McBee Elementary hosts grandparents
McBee Elementary School hosted their annual Grandparents Day celebration on Sept. 28. 
Grandparents arrived and headed down to their grandchildren’s classroom around 8:00.  After eating breakfast with the grandchildren, grandparents tuned in for the WMES morning news show. 
During the news, several students read heartwarming stories they had written about their grandparents.  A video was shown where several teachers shared stories about their memories of their own grandparents.  To wrap up the news show, former Chesterfield County School District Board Chairman Jerry Holley spoke to grandparents and grandchildren about respect, manners, and listening to the advice of elders.  In classic Jerry Holly style, Mr. Holly told a joke / “true story” that had the entire school laughing. 
Following the news, grandchildren had the opportunity to give school tours to their grandparents. 
Following the program, Principal Dr. David Nutt said the strong turnout (343 grandparents) says a lot about the strong family values here in the McBee community.  He also gave credit for the successful program to guidance counselor Susan Sullivan.  Nutt said, “Any time something involving that many people as smoothly as it did, there is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes.  Mrs. Sullivan directed that hard work behind the scenes.  In doing so, she helped make this special day, one grandchildren and grandparents alike will remember for a lifetime.”
Chesterfield band competes
The Chesterfield Marching Pride competed in the band competition at Irmo High School in Columbia on Sept. 22.
The students met at Chesterfield High about 6:30 am to load equipment and prepare for the day. Ms. Lori Pagoota drove the band to Irmo High School where they competed in two separate events.
The first event was held at about 11:00 am and was considered a Festival where the students competed for a rating only and to receive comments from the judges on their performance. The band earned an Excellent rating at this event and several praises by the judges for a great performance.
Taking the constructive suggestions that were offered by the judges, band director, Mr. Cameron Watkins, and assistant director, Mr. Brandon Sanders sat down with the students after lunch under the tent, both supplied by the Band Boosters, to discuss minor changes to the show.
Later that day, the Marching Pride competed in the 1A division band competition. The band received a rating of Excellent and best scores in the categories of Music and Visual Effects. The band also received 2nd place Colorguard and Percussion and 1st place overall in 1A.
Plainview Elementary hosts family breakfast
On Sept. 12, Plainview Elementary School opened its doors and welcomed family members, especially grandparents, to eat breakfast with the students.
Around 60 visitors joined Plainview that morning as the line went half way down the upper hallway and into the cafeteria.
The cafeteria staff did a wonderful job of providing healthy and nutritious food.
Plainview’s mission is to promote the building of good character within the school and the community, and the school hopes to foster positive relationships with extended family members by hosting events, such as this Breakfast with the Grandparents.
Cheraw Primary honors volunteers
Through the years, Cheraw Primary School has been honored by the presence of so many wonderful volunteers.  Both the faculty and students have benefited from their willingness to share their compassion, time, and abilities.  On Sept. 26, Cheraw Primary held a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to honor Mr. Raymond Cassidy, Mr. Jimmy Duffy, Mrs. Sue Lee, Mr. Pete Owens, and Mrs. Kay Van Deman for their faithful dedication and service to the school. 
The program was dedicated in memory of former volunteer Robert “Bob” Lockey.  Melisa Little, current Cheraw Primary principal, along with former principals, Sandra Redfearn and Gracyn Jackson, shared thoughts concerning the importance of the volunteer program at Cheraw Primary and the impact it has on student learning. 
Students and teachers presented poems, songs, and other inspiring remarks on behalf of the volunteers.  The honorees were given a book filled with snapshots of students and volunteers working side by side at the school.  Afterwards, a reception was held for the volunteers and their guests.  In addition, faculty, parents, and students dedicated library books in honor of these men and women for their commitment to the students and school.  The Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony was just one small way for the students and faculty of Cheraw Primary to show gratitude for all the lives touched by these devoted volunteers.
McBee students tackle fitness test
McBee High School Physical Education Teacher Chuck Hawkins invited the S.C. National Guard Representatives to come into the classroom and take his students through the circuit training used by S.C. National Guard uses for physical fitness. 
Sgt. Rodney Crew, Sgt. Garrett Lee and Specialist Williams set up and supervised five stations within the gymnasium. The exercise stations were pushups, sit-ups, running in place, jumping jacks and leg scissors.  The students were separated into groups and were given two minutes to do as many of the exercises possible within the time frame and then jog to the next station and begin the next exercise. 
Approximately  180 students went through the program.  After completion of the circuit training there were a lot of breathless teenagers ready for more.  The students enjoyed this change of pace and Coach Hawkins stated that both the S.C. National Guard and his students did well. 
Afterward, Sgt. Crew discussed the importance of warming up,  exercise and healthy habits.  He advised all the students to take the exercises they did in the classroom home with them and continue doing them.
“We need to see greater growth across all of End of Course tests.”

-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Chesterfield County Schools show gains on End of Course Testing

Chesterfield County School District showed gains on 2012 End of Course Testing when compared to the 2011 results.
In Algebra I testing, the mean score for 2012 improved to 80.8 from 79.8. Biology I improved to 78.7 from 76.7, English I went up to 75.3 from 74.6, and U.S. History climbed to 69.5 from 68.6.
The percentage of students who made an A on the Biology I test jumped 4.2% and the percentage of students not passing the U.S. History test declined nearly 7%. The failure rate on Biology I also declined nearly 8%.
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that while the district sees encouraging signs of improvement, he also sees areas where greater improvement is needed.
“I’m happy to see improvement but we need to see greater growth across all of End of Course tests,” he says.
He added that he is especially concerned about the U.S. History scores, which is also a problem statewide, where the mean score is 71.2.
“It is an area that we definitely need to address,” he says.
The End-of-Course Examination Program in South Carolina provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The results are used in the calculation of middle school and high school Absolute Ratings and Growth Ratings.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle works to build relationships
In partnership with local businesses and community organizations, Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School hosted its 9th Annual Back to School Family Fun Night on Aug. 20 and on Sept. 13, Chesterfield-Ruby welcomed over 120 grandparents to its Ninth Annual Grandparents’ Day Luncheon.
“Chesterfield-Ruby Middle embraces the fact that a strong relationship between the school, home and community is a vital key to the success of its students,” says Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton.
Businesses and agencies that partnered with CRMS to sponsor the events included Fisher and Mattie (from the radio station 103X), Chesterfield Baptist Association (Hopewell Baptist Church), Pageland Lions Club, Chesterfield Community Church, Tri-County Mental Health, YMCA of Chesterfield, Piggly Wiggly, Wendy’s of Chesterfield,  Subway, Sub Station II and Sonic of Hartsville.
“We truly believe that keeping a positive connection with our students, their families and our community is a vital key to the successes we celebrate, adds Hampton. “We believe that support makes a difference.”
Cheraw FFA members selected as finalists
Six members of the Cheraw FFA Chapter have been selected as National Finalists in the National FFA Agriscience Fair to be held during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis October 24-27.  The students are Megan Bartell, Beth Coates, Rita Crowley, Sierra Hall, Betsy Norris, and Kristina Schultz. These students will represent the Cheraw FFA Chapter as well as the South Carolina FFA Association.
To be selected as National Finalists, these students participated in the local Agriscience Fair and were selected as State winners at the South Carolina FFA Agriscience Fair in June.  In July, the students submitted their written project to the National FFA which was graded along with all the projects from across the United States.  To be selected as a National Finalist, the project had to be selected in the top 15 in the division and category.  The top 15 in each category and division are then selected to attend the National FFA Agriscience Fair to compete for top honors.
The Agriscience Fair projects presented by the Cheraw FFA members are as follows:  Megan Bartell-“The Oxygenation of Myoglobin and the Effect of pH on Beef Products”, Beth Coates & Sierra Hall-“The Effect of Crude Protein on the Growth of Cornish Chicks”, Rita Crowley & Betsy Norris-“The Healthier Choice: Ground Beef, Chicken, Pork, Or Turkey”, and Kristina Schultz-“The Effect of Electromagnetic Waves on the Growth of Pelargonium hortorum.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture.  It also allows students the opportunity to tie together all of their education in English, science, math, and technology into an agriculture classroom project.
The Cheraw FFA Advisor is Robert Bollier.
Cheraw Primary celebrates reading
Last month, students at Cheraw Primary School celebrated the end of the Summer Reading Project sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education.
The purpose of the Summer Reading Project was to prevent summer reading loss and to encourage the joy of reading. In May, all students "shopped" for twelve books to read over the summer and to add to their home libraries. During the summer months, students completed reading logs showing the amount of time each day spent reading.
The students returning the reading logs participated in the celebration with an ice cream social in the school's courtyard.
A display in the school's lobby showcases the excitement from the Summer Reading Project.
Cheraw High School’s James Otis Scholars
In observance of National Constitution Day, Cheraw High School juniors Kim Hill (l) and Anna Norris (r) were selected by the social studies department to represent their school at the Fourth Annual James Otis Lecture Series. The program took place on Sept. 14 at the South Carolina State House in Columbia.
This year’s program, sponsored by the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, focused on privacy and First Amendment rights in the age of social media.
“We are glad to see improvement but we still are not where we need to be.”
-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Chesterfield County schools show improvement on SAT results

Chesterfield County School District saw a 17-point increase on 2012 SAT test scores, compared to 2011, according to recently released data.
The composite SAT score for Chesterfield County schools was 1373 in 2012.
Among the county’s four high schools, Chesterfield High School had the highest SAT composite score at 1419, followed by Cheraw High School at 1378, Central High School at 1336, and McBee High School at 1331.
Cheraw High showed the greatest gains compared to the 2011 scores, improving by 30 points. Chesterfield High School improved by 29 points.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that the results show some reasons for optimism, but added that improvement and greater growth is a goal for the future.
“We are glad to see improvement but we still are not where we need to be,” says Goodwin. “We are in the early stages of some improvement efforts on the SAT, as well as the ACT, but it will take two or three years before we see any real impact from those initiatives.”
Dr. Susan Little, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Chesterfield County, said that the district’s guidance counselors will begin working with parents to help them determine whether their child is better suited taking the SAT or the ACT.
“This year, all tenth grade students will take the PSAT and PLAN to establish a baseline data point as an evaluation tool for counselors and parents,” says Little. “The tests are very different and as a result, students perform very differently.”
Little explained that the difference between SAT and ACT can be understood in these general terms: the ACT is a content-based test, whereas the SAT tests critical thinking and problem solving. The SAT and ACT reward different attributes; therefore, performing well on each test can boil down to what kind of test taker the student is.
Both the SAT and ACT are tests used by colleges as one factor in admission standards.
McBee Elementary focuses on careers
To teach Social Studies standards on careers, McBee Elementary School first grade teacher Angie Smith invited parents in to talk with the students about their jobs and careers.  Students had the opportunity to participate and ask questions. 
Pictured is parent Darrick Rhodes (father of first grade student Landon Rhodes) posing with the class. 
Cheraw Intermediate celebrates summer reading
Cheraw Intermediate School held its first ever Summer Reading Celebration Saturday, September 15. Students who read over the summer, completed their reading logs, and returned them to school in August were rewarded with an invitation to attend. The celebration began with a welcome and time of recognition and information provided by Scott Eddins, Principal, and Janice Kiser, Curriculum Coordinator. Everyone then enjoyed a hotdog lunch, followed by free time to take advantage of karaoke, line dancing, face painting, a dunking booth, and the book fair.
Cheraw Intermediate School participated in the High Progress Literacy Classrooms research project through the State Department of Education this past year. As a part of that initiative, the department decided to study what is known as “summer reading loss.” Research shows that when students do not read over the summer, they often lose reading skills gained throughout the school year, and then have to work to regain what was lost when they return to school in the fall. As a part of this research, each student at Cheraw Intermediate School (and Cheraw Primary School) was given twelve books of his/her choice from a free “book fair” to take home over the summer.  The students were also provided a listing of their books and calendars on which to record their daily reading. The State Department has collected the reading logs and will compare the summer reading data to the achievement levels of the students to see if the project helped to lessen the effects of summer reading loss.
To encourage their students to continue reading throughout the summer, Eddins and Kiser also organized and led summer reading programs at four locations throughout Cheraw in June and July.
Central High wins grant for At-Risk students

Central High School has been awarded the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) At-Risk Student Innovative Competitive Grant in the amount of over $105,000, to be spread over the next three years.
The grant comes from the South Carolina State Department of Education, and is one of twelve awarded state wide.
The grant was applied for in June and the school was notified of the award in September.  This grant will be used to implement the new 8 ½ Grade Enrichment Program in conjunction with the after school homework center already in use. 
These programs are designed to take the at-risk students that were identified as below grade level on the PASS test and provide them with a bridge between the middle and high school.  Upon entering high school, the after school homework center will function as an instrument to help facilitate those students’ achievement during the school year.
The goals and anticipated outcomes of the 8 ½ Grade Enrichment Program and the after school homework center are to close the gap in academic readiness for high school, improve academic performance and reduce the number of students that are unsuccessful in courses, reduce retentions, improve graduation rate, and lower drop-out rate for all students.
Central Principal Dr. Judd Starling said that the grant will especially benefit ninth graders.
“We really focus on our ninth graders at Central and this will help them enhance their learning,” says Starling. “This grant should really help out our young people and we are fortunate to receive this money in such tough economic times.”
Nikki Miller, one of the assistant principals at Central, helped Starling author the grant.
“I am excited about the wonderful opportunities that this grant will help us offer our students,” says Miller.  “Working together to acquire this grant is another reminder that there is excellence through teamwork.”
Cheraw school honors custodians
Cheraw Intermediate School surprised their custodial staff Friday, August 31 by declaring the day "Custodian Appreciation Day."
The custodians’ day began as they were treated to a special breakfast prepared and served by the cafeteria and office staff. Throughout the morning many signs and banners appeared in the hallways and little gifts were given as demonstrations of students’ and teachers’ appreciation.
After the men were treated out to lunch at a restaurant of their choosing, a school assembly was held during which they were recognized, roasted, and celebrated individually and as a team.
Janice Kiser, Assistant Principal, presented each with a framed certificate from the school and Principal Scott Eddins gifted them with new tools.
Pictured left to right: Larry Myers, Thomas Burns, Wilbert Miller, Everett Evans
Assistant superintendent discusses PASS scores
Dr. Susan Little, Chesterfield County School District's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, recently addressed the PASS scores for the 2011-2012 school year, which will be released to parents the week of September 10, 2012.
"The test information is extremely important for parents to understand and discuss with their children," says Little. "This information (below) gives a general overview of important facts about the PASS test as well as helpful hints for parents to use to help their children prepare for standardized testing."

What is the PASS?

As mandated in Chapter 18, Title 59 of the 1978 Code, The Education Accountability Act was amended (May 2008) to provide for the development of a new statewide assessment program.  The program, known as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), was first administered in the Spring of 2009. The PASS is administered to South Carolina public school students, including charter school students in grades three through eight in the Spring of each year. Results are released during the Summer to the school district and the districts send the information home to parents in the Fall.

What is the Purpose of the PASS Tests?

PASS test items measure student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards.  PASS test results are used for school, district, and federal (No Child Left Behind) accountability purposes.

When are the PASS Tests Administered?

The writing test is administered over two days in March, and the remainder of the PASS tests are administered in May.

Which Subjects and Grade Levels are Tested?

PASS includes tests in five subject areas: writing, English language arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies.  For Spring 2013, all students in grades 3 through 8 will take the writing test, English language arts (ELA), and mathematics tests.

All students in grades 4 and 7 take both the science and social studies tests.  Students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 take either the science or social studies test.  Approximately half of the students in each of these grades are randomly assigned to take the PASS science test, the other half are assigned to take the social studies test in each of these grades (per school).

What Type of Items are on the PASS Tests?

The PASS writing test includes an extended-response item (Day 1) and multiple-choice items (Day 2).  The extended-response item requires the student to write a composition on a given topic.  Most of the multiple-choice items on the writing test are linked to editing passages.

All other PASS tests (ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies) contain multiple-choice items only.  The multiple-choice items on the ELA test are linked to reading passages.

Tips on How to Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Tests

1. Assist your child with homework and ensuring that your child is completing all homework assignments.

2. Help your child to develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude toward education.

3. Ensure that your child has good attendance in school.

4. Keep the communications lines open between you and your child.

5. Encourage your child to read as much as possible, and to increase his/her vocabulary – even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly to improve his/her reading skills.

6. Encourage your child to learn how to follow directions carefully.

7. Help your child in areas that are difficult for them.  (If your child has struggled with a particular area or subject in the past, you may be able to help them overcome some of that difficulty by providing some extra practice.)

8. Give your child a chance to practice.  (If your child has trouble taking tests, try practicing test questions and studying new words.)                    

9. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

10. Staying calm will help your child stay calm.  If he/she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help him/her practice some relaxation techniques that he/she can try once he/she’s taking the test.

Chesterfield High receives national recognition
Chesterfield High School received a bronze medal in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools Rankings released in May.
USN&WR surveyed all 21,776 public high schools in the country in 2010-11, including the 224 public high schools in South Carolina, with two high schools in the Palmetto State earning gold, 14 schools meriting silver and 28 schools taking home the bronze. Nationwide, 500 schools received gold medals or about 2.4 percent of all schools.
Leading the rankings statewide were Academic Magnet in Charleston and Charleston County School of the Arts, which received gold medals. The remaining top 10 that earned silver medals, listed in order, were Daniel, Chapin, Dutch Fork, Lexington, South Aiken, Aynor, Fort Mill and Greenville. Bronze medal recipients were not numerically ranked.
In neighboring Darlington County, Lamar received a bronze medal, while Andrew Jackson in Lancaster County also took home the bronze.
“I was very excited to hear about the bronze medal award. The criteria for the award included student-to-teacher ratio, which showed that Chesterfield High School had one of the largest (21:1) compared to all of the schools that received an award,” said Chesterfield High School principal Scott Radkin. “It makes me extremely proud that our teachers are getting these great results even though they are teaching more students per class period. I would like to especially thank our students and staff for continuing to work hard and always striving for success.”
In the survey, USN&WR assessed academic indicators including college readiness and math and English proficiency that was based on college level work (AP classes) and exit exams. Student-teacher ratio and performance by minority and economically disadvantaged students were also taken into account.
Chesterfield County Schools studying results of ACT testing
Chesterfield County’s four high schools had an average composite score of 18.8 on national ACT testing last year, according to test results released by the South Carolina State Department of Education.
The ACT is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. Students who decide to take the ACT are tested in English, math, reading, and science.
McBee High School and Cheraw High School both composite scores of 19.6, highest in the district. Chesterfield High’s composite score was 18.9 and Central High’s was 17.4.
McBee High School exceeded the state’s public student average composite score in reading at 20.3.
Chesterfield County had 181 students to take the ACT last school year.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that the district will be dissecting the ACT results, as well as other testing data, to chart a course for future improvement.
“We are disappointed that at a time when the state ACT rate is showing growth that our scores are not showing the same growth pattern,” says Goodwin.
Goodwin added that ACT results may not be a true reflection of the successes of the academic program of the school district because students choose whether or not to take the test. 
“While we cannot use this as an excuse for the test results, we do have to take into account the students who took the test and if they had taken the appropriate prerequisite courses to prepare them to be successful on the test,” says Goodwin.
Career and Technology Education teachers kick off new year
The Career and Technology teachers of Chesterfield County began the new school year Aug. 16 with an annual meeting, held in Chesterfield.
The CATE teachers heard from Rod Miller from the State Department of Education, who brought greetings to them from Dr. Mick Zais, the state Superintendent of Education.
Chesterfield County School Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Little both addressed the teachers, expressing well wishes for a successful school year.
Tammy Haile, Chesterfield County School District’s Director of Career and Technology Education, said that the group discussed performance data from last school year, in addition to accountability and assessments.
“We are fortunate in Chesterfield County to have instructors who have a passion for career and technology education,” says Haile.
Teacher, Student Published in the OAH’s Magazine of History
Cheraw High School history teacher Gail Ingram and her former student, Joshuah Campbell, a freshman at Harvard University, have articles published in the July 2012 issue of the Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History. The entire issue focuses on National History Day.
Ingram’s article, in the magazine’s Dialogue section, is titled “Doing National History Day With Your Students.” Ingram has been recognized twice at the national level for her work with National History Day. In 2001, she received the Richard Farrell Teacher of the Year Award (and a $1,000 cash prize) and in 2010, she was the first recipient of the Patricia Behring NHD Teacher of the Year Award for the senior division (and a $10,000 cash prize). The Chesterfield County School District was one of four sites that participated in a national evaluation of National History Day during the 2009-2010 school year. Ingram’s entire article can be found at the following link on the website for the Organization of American Historians: http://maghis.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/3/33.full
Campbell’s article, in the magazine’s Bringing History Alive section, is titled “Becoming Emmett Till: A Student History Day Perspective.”As a high school freshman in Ingram’s honors world history class, he created a ten-minute dramatic performance portraying Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Mississippi teenager who was murdered in the summer of 1955. Campbell’s performance garnered a variety of state and national awards, including the African American History Prize at the national contest. Campbell’s performance also garnered a variety of state and national awards, including the African American History Prize (and a $1,000 cash prize) at the national contest.
Ingram has been teaching with the National History Day program since 1997 and Campbell participated in the program for three years. Both were selected in 2011 to be part of the first group of scholars in the NHD-sponsored Albert H. Small Student/Teacher Institute, ‘Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom.”
McBee FFA Chapter takes top state honors
The McBee FFA Chapter took top state honors during a recognition program at the recent State FFA Convention held at Clemson University.  Recognized as one of nine Gold Emblem chapters in South Carolina for 2012, the group also received the prestigious Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Service in Chapter Development category.  They have received this award twelve times in the last fourteen years. 
The Governor’s Citation was presented by Larry Rogers, an official representing the USDA Farm Service Agency, sponsors of the state and national FFA chapter awards program.
Wesley Harris, executive director of the S. C. Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, presented the chapter a check for $1,000.00 to defray expenses for representatives to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana later this year.  The citation and check were received by the McBee FFA Advisor Pat Earle and the FFA President, Alicia Hawksworth. 
Along with this recognition, seven members were awarded the South Carolina FFA State Degree, which is the highest degree recognized by the SC FFA Association.  They were: Cory Clark, Clay Garrison, Kelsey Melton, Kory Middleton, Noel Raley, and Brittani Sullivan.  Savannah McAlister captured second place in the SC FFA Prepared Public Speaking competition in addition to Anna Catherine Wayne placing third in the SC FFA Creed Speaking event.  Kory Middleton was the chapter’s State Officer Candidate Cory Clark was the Pee Dee Region’s Star in Agri-business. 
PHOTO Caption:  From Left to Right;  Wesley Harris, SC Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, McBee FFA Advisor Pat Earle with FFA President Alicia Hawksworth, USDA Official Larry Rogers, and William Stanley, President of Rural Rehabilitation Corporation.
Four Cheraw students named AP Scholars

Four students at Cheraw High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
Four students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Joshuah Campbell, Matthew Lide, Anna MacGregor, and  Jacob Pierce.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
“We are very proud of our schools that have excelled.  At the same time we all have room for growth and we will be setting goals to reflect that desire to grow.”
-Dr. Harrison Goodwin
Chesterfield County School District receives “B” rating in new accountability system

A “B” rating for Chesterfield County School District in South Carolina’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Federal Accountability System was among the highlights of testing data released by the state Aug. 2.
New Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin said that he and his staff have been working to identify trends and areas of focus.
“The information that is being released gives a mixed bag of results for the district,” says Goodwin. “We are very proud of our schools that have excelled.  At the same time we all have room for growth and we will be setting goals to reflect that desire to grow.”
Chesterfield County School District earned an overall score of 85.4, which means that the district’s performance exceeded the state’s expectations. The score is determined by the state using a weighted system. That weighted system looks at factors such as student performance on End of Course (EOC) testing in U.S. History and Biology I, and English/language arts and mathematics scores on the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) test. Graduation rates among the district’s high schools were also factored into the scoring.
ESEA is a new method of reporting information that was previously referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind, and is a result of the waiver that was recently granted to the state of South Carolina.  At the elementary and middle school level the “grade” is calculated using a matrix that takes into account the performance of the school on PASS and how the individual schools performed overall as well as through a number of subgroups of students.  Common subgroups to our schools include gender, free and reduced meal status, ethnicity, students with disabilities, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 
“For the elementary and middle schools the information released appears to be somewhat accurate in its reflection of the previous year’s data although there are some discrepancies,” says Goodwin. “As with previous years, the statewide data does point out our need to address the achievement gap among the subgroups and this is reflected in the data for Chesterfield County Schools.”
Goodwin added that the high school data is a bit more complicated.
“Many people do not realize that the data being used to calculate the grade for high schools is not all from the same academic year,” he says.  “The HSAP results are the current year’s data while the EOC and graduation rate data are from previous years.  This makes using the ‘grade’ as a reflection of the previous year’s performance much more difficult. 
“I have reviewed our high schools’ data as well as a number of high schools that I am familiar with from across the state and after this review, it is difficult for me to use these ‘grades’ to reflect on the results.”
Chesterfield County schools also exceeded the state percentage of students meeting the mathematics standards on the HSAP test. Chesterfield County schools had 83.3% of students to meet the standard, while the state’s rate was 82.2%. In English/language arts the district’s schools had 88.2% to meet the standards.
The district’s mathematics results were also an improvement over last year’s 81.8%, and the district has shown a continuous improvement in math HSAP results since 2009.
The district’s encouraging math test results were also seen on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test, a standardized test given in grades 3-8. On the PASS test, the district’s schools exceeded the state in percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard for math in both the third and fourth grades.
Fifth graders in the district exceeded the state in English/language arts, while eighth graders exceeded the state in science.
“Some of our schools are among the best in the state, and we will continue to work to achieve great results in those schools,” says Goodwin. “We also know that we have work to do in some of our schools to continue to improve.”

Chesterfield County School District students return Aug. 22

August 22 will be the first official day of the 2012-2013 school year for all K-12 students in Chesterfield County in all four attendance areas. In addition, many of the district's 16 schools will be having "Meet Your Teacher" days prior to the first day of school.


Cheraw Primary - The regular school day will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. daily.  Drop off for car riders begins at 7:20 a.m. and car rider pick up is from 2:40-3:00 p.m. each day. Car rider drop off and pick up will be on High Street. The parking area at the main entrance is not a drop off area for students. Bus students will arrive on Christian Street. Students will report to their classrooms upon arrival. Breakfast, which is free to all students, will be served in the classrooms. CDEPP (Child Development Education Pilot Program) orientation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Cheraw Primary School “Meet Your Teacher” day will be Tuesday, August 21 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. On that day parents may pay fees, buy lunch tickets, as well as pick up school forms and information packets.

Cheraw Intermediate - Drop off for car riders is in front of the school and begins daily at 7: 20 am.  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with classes beginning at 8 am. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m.  Dismissal from school is 2:50 p.m. daily. Cheraw Intermediate School will have an orientation session for all students on Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:00 p.m.  Third grade students and parents should report to the multi-purpose room and fourth and fifth grade students and parents will report directly to their classrooms. During the orientation, the students and parents will meet with their teachers to share routines and expectations, disseminate information, and collect fees.

Long Middle – Long Middle School is proud to welcome its Warriors back for 2012-2013.  Students may enter the building at 7:25 a.m.  Car riders should be dropped off at the front of the building (Greene St.).  Buses will unload at the back of the building.  All bus riders plus car riders and walkers eating breakfast will report to the cafeteria.  Those not eating breakfast may report to homeroom at 7:35 a.m.  "Jump Start" for 6th Grade will be held on August 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. beginning in the LMS Cafeteria.  Seventh and 8th graders may pick up their schedules and pay fees on August 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the media center and atrium.  All students may meet their teachers Tuesday, August 21from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  During this time students may also pick up schedules and pay fees.

Cheraw High – Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!  Cheraw High School’s Open House will be held on Monday, August 20 for 10, 11, and 12 graders.  Parents and students are to report to the commons area to pay fees, get textbooks, and visit classrooms during the following hours:   11th, 12th graders: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 10th graders:  2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

9th graders should report for “Freshmen First Day” activities on Tuesday, August 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Parents and students should report to the commons area for instructions.  Activities will conclude with a hot dog lunch sponsored by the Cheraw High PTO and Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Dept.

The regular school day will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7:53 a.m. and end at 2: 55 p.m.

Fees for the 2012-2013 school year are:  Instructional - $35, locker - $5, lunch - $l.85 ($.40 reduced), parking - $10 (required if driving to school), yearbook - $60 (optional). Breakfast is free for all students. Agendas, ID’s, and lanyards are provided for all students (a fee is charged for replacements).

Schedules will be mailed prior to the beginning of school and given out during homeroom on Thursday, Aug. 22.   Homeroom assignments will be posted at the gym foyer and the student entrance between the old and new buildings. 


Ruby Elementary - Open House will be held Monday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On that day, parents may meet their child’s teacher, pay for lunch, as well as pick up school forms and information packets.   On the first day of school students will report to their homerooms. The regular school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.  Universal free breakfast will be available for all students at 7:40 a.m. each morning.  To help traffic flow and provide a safer delivery and pick up of students, Thurman Avenue in front of the school will be one way on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All traffic will flow from west to east during these hours.

Edwards Elementary - The regular school day will begin at 8 a.m. daily and end at 2:40 p.m. Drop-off for car riders begins at 7:20 a.m. and car rider pick-up is from 2:40 - 3:00 p.m. each day. Car rider drop-off and pick-up will be at the back of the building. Students entering the front of the building MUST be escorted by an adult. Students will report to their homerooms on the first day of school. Universal free breakfast will be available for all students at 7:40 a.m. each morning. "Meet your Teacher" will be Monday, Aug. 20 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle – The activities for the 2012-2013 school year will begin Aug. 14 with our 6th Grade “MOVIN’ TO THE MIDDLE!” from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. All 6th grade students and their family are encouraged to attend and must stay the entire time. Seventh and Eighth grade students and parents are invited to attend the annual Open House on Aug. 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the annual Back to School Bash will be held Aug. 30, beginning at 5 p.m.; the entire community is invited to attend. On the first day of school, students should arrive no earlier than 7:15 a.m. and school will take in at 7:40 a.m. Car riders should be dropped off in the front of the school.  Universal free breakfast will be available for all students.

Chesterfield High - On the first day of school students will report to the gym at 8 a.m. Students and their parents can report to the school on Aug. 21 to pay fees during Open House, which will be held at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Plainview Elementary – Open House will be held on Aug. 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily, students will not be allowed into their classrooms until 7:40 a.m. Drop off begins at 7:30 and students wait in the gym until 7:40 when they go to their classrooms for breakfast. Breakfast is free to all students. The homeroom bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal is 2:35 p.m. for Child Development and Kindergarten.  Dismissal for grades 1st -6th is 2:50 p.m.  Parents of students in 1st-6th grade please do not get in car line until 2:40 since the CD and 5K students are dismissed first. Parents are asked to keep all morning traffic in the drop-off line to one lane. In addition, parents/guardians who pick up their children or others in the afternoon are asked to come through the car line (double line). No students will be dismissed to cars parked on the grass because of the safety hazard.

McBee Elementary - Daily drop off for students is from 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. Open House will be held Monday, August 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  You may pay student fees and prior obligations at that time.  At that time, parents will also find out who their child's teacher is.

McBee High - Registration will be August 7 and 9, at McBee High School by grade assignment (see below).  You may pay student fees and prior obligations at this time. The district has established one instructional fee for registration for students in grades 9-12 ($35.00), and another for grades 7-8 ($10.00).  There are additional optional fees for lockers ($5.00) and parking permits ($5.00) that may be paid at this time, as well.  The times for registration are as follows:

Tuesday, August 7

8:15 - 10:45 (12th grade only)

11:00 - 1:00 (11th grade only)

2:00 – 4:00 (10th grade only) 

Thursday, August 9

8:15 - 10:15 (9th grade only)

10:30 - 12:30 (8th grade only)

1:30 – 3:30 (7th grade only) 

Tuesday, August 14

8:30 – 11:00 (Make-up time for all grades)

No classroom visitations will be allowed during the registration times.  Open House will be held on Monday, August 20, 5:30 -7:00.


Jefferson Elementary - Car riders can be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and classes begin at 8:00 a.m.  Students are tardy if they arrive after 8:15.  Car riders will be dropped off at the front entrance under the covered area.  Universal free breakfast will be available for all students from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  The regular school day will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. On that day, parents may pay fees, pay lunch money, as well as pick up school forms and information packets.  

Petersburg Primary - The regular school day will run from 7:45 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. Students are tardy after 7:45 a.m. Car and bus riders can be dropped off beginning at 7:15 a.m. Universal free breakfast will be available for all students in their classrooms beginning at 7:30 a.m. Open house for kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade will be Monday, August 20 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open house for four year old Child Development will be Thursday, August 9 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pageland Elementary - The regular school day will operate from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Car riders may begin arriving at 7:00 a.m. Car rider drop off and pick up is located at the back of the school. Any student arriving after 7:30 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent and report to the front office. Breakfast will be available for all students from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Our dress code policy will continue and details are explained in the Parent/Student Handbook which will be available during our Open House.

Open House is scheduled for Aug. 20 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Parents and students will meet their child’s homeroom teacher and receive information about the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing our students and parents.

Here is the DRESS CODE for Pageland Elementary:

- Students may wear khaki pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, skorts, or capri pants made from      cotton twill fabric.  Denim material is not allowed.

- Pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, skorts, and capris must be solid khaki with no stripes.

- Items with belt loops must be accompanied by a belt at ALL times.

- Belt buckles must be no larger than a standard business card.  Belts cannot be oversized in length.  100% of the belt must be inside of the belt loops.

- All clothing must fit appropriately with pants, shorts, capri’s and skorts worn at the natural waist line.  Pant cuffs must not touch the floor.  Inseams must not sag.  No sagging pants, shorts, or capri’s are allowed.

- Shirts must be navy blue in a polo style (collars and sleeves), sweatshirt, or turtleneck.  Female students may wear rounded or v-neck style tops with sleeves.

- All shirts must be tucked in at ALL times. 

- Shirts/tops cannot have visible labels (i.e. Nike, Hilfiger, Polo, etc.)  They must be plain navy blue.

- T-shirts are not allowed, but may be worn as an undergarment.  T-shirts must be solid white in color. 

- No hats, bandanas, or sunglasses may be worn on school property.

- Students may wear coats and jackets of their choice.  - All hoodies, sweaters, and sweatshirts MUST be plain navy blue.

-  Apparel (navy blue or light blue t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts) with the school logo can be worn as long as it meets the dress requirements.

New Heights Middle - Orientation schedule for this year will be:
7th grade & 8th Grade: 6:30-8:00---Monday Aug. 20
6th Grade---5:00-7:00---Tuesday Aug. 21
Instructional fees for this school year will be $10.00 to cover the cost of the student agenda, locker, and supplies.  In addition, there will be a $5.00 fee to cover the cost of the New Heights draw string book bag.
Volleyball tryouts will be Aug. 6-7, and 13-14 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the gym. Football practice will be Aug. 6-9 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the practice field in the rear of the building.
New Heights begins its sixth year with our Uniform Dress Code.  Please call the school if there are questions as to styles, colors etc.
Students may be dropped off starting at 7:15 a.m. in the front of the building.  The tardy bell will ring at 8:10 a.m. Car rider pickup in the afternoon will be in the back of the building as usual.  Dismissal time will be 3:15 p.m.

Central High - Registration for Seniors will be on Aug. 6 and 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Registration for Juniors will be on Aug. 8 and 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Freshman Orientation will be on Monday, Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Freshmen may pay fees at Orientation.  Fee Night for Central High School students, except freshmen, will be on Monday, Aug. 20, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  A $35.00 instructional fee is required of all students.  Students who pay all required fees may receive schedules, purchase parking permits for $5.00, and lockers for $2.00.  In addition, students may purchase an annual for full price or reserve one with a deposit of $25.00.  All students should arrive at school daily by 8:20 a.m. and first period will begin at 8:25 a.m.  Dismissal for Central High is 3:20 p.m. daily.