McBee High FBLA attends conference, wins national award

The slogan “Simply the Best” described this year’s Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference perfectly. McBee High School’s FBLA members have proven once again, they are truly the best. During their trip to Nationals last week in Nashville, Tennessee, these students attended leadership training, networked with people from all over the United States, and competed in a wide variety of business-related competitions. This year, they were afforded an extra bonus to attend the Institute for Leaders. This is an intense 2-day training which focuses on particular tracks. For example, Caleb Shuler and Katie Tyner focused on Technology. Jordan Craven and Taylor Smith followed the Finance track. Kayla Johnson, Josh Kirven, and Kolleen Stuhltrager gained knowledge and ideas in their Principles of Officership to help them as they continue in their leadership roles. Dalen Anderson, Madison Johnson, and Mae Conklin enjoyed a Middle Level Academy which used fun, hands-on activities to learn about teamwork, financial literacy, business etiquette, among many business-related topics.
Dalen Anderson placed first in the Nation in an event called Financial Literacy. This is McBee’s first National winner in FBLA. South Carolina took home the award for the largest increase in membership. One South Carolina member - Donnie Iorio - won his campaign to be Southern Region Vice President.
McBee High FBLA members look forward to another exciting year of leadership conferences, community service projects, business competitions, scholarship opportunities, and much, much more. Future Business Leaders of America is one of the student organizations available for students in Career & Technology Education in Chesterfield County.
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Cheraw Primary selected for statewide initiative

Cheraw Primary School is among eight S.C. schools selected as sites for an initiative designed to quickly identify youngsters with reading difficulties and get them on track.
The “Response to Intervention” schools will receive on-site assistance from South Carolina Department of Education staffers who will help with intensively monitoring data on students’ reading progress and with developing customized instructional help for students who are struggling.
The schools are Alma Elementary (Cherokee); Bells Elementary (Colleton); Ben Hazel Primary (Hampton District 1); Boundary Street Elementary (Newberry); Cheraw Primary (Chesterfield); North Vista Elementary (Florence 1); Riverview Elementary (York 4); and St. Paul Elementary (Clarendon 1).  They were selected after submitting written applications.
Four of the schools – Alma, Ben Hazel, Cheraw and Riverview – will serve as demonstration sites because they are in more advanced stages of implementing RTI.
“RTI centers on a rapid, tightly focused response,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “It’s about addressing children’s reading problems early on, before kids get so far behind that they become frustrated, or they get referred for special education services.
“Some youngsters need special education services because they’re battling specific learning disabilities.  But for others, reading problems have more to do with instructional issues.  We should be able to help those kids without referring them to special education – and we shouldn’t wait until they’re failing reading to start helping them.”
Pam Huxford, who coordinates the Education Department’s RTI efforts, said the strategy’s strength is adjusting instruction to fit a student’s needs at the earliest signs of difficulty.
“Close monitoring of student progress and intervention effectiveness is crucial,” Huxford said.  “That kind of close monitoring allows us to ramp up our intensity level for kids who continue to have difficulties.  When students still don’t respond, it’s possible that we might be dealing with learning disabilities that do require special education services.
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Cheraw High teacher wins national award

A Chesterfield County teacher and two students from the county earned high honors in the National History Day program for 2010.
Gail Ingram – a history teacher at Cheraw High School for 31 years – received the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, a national honor that comes with a $10,000 prize.
Often called the “academic Olympics,” National History Day is a yearlong intensive program culminating in an annual competition in College Park. Both the competition and the program have been part of the course requirements for Cheraw’s ninth-grade world history students since 1996.
Two of Ingram’s students – Erin Rayfield and Raven Waymyers – were in this year’s competition and placed 14th nationally in the senior division (grades 9-12) group exhibit category. Their entry, ""Hair Works"": An Innovation That Put Black Women to Work, also was named one of the state’s two outstanding entries.
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School Board approves 2010-11 budget

The Chesterfield County School Board during the June 14 meeting approved the 2010-11 budget totaling just over $47.8 million, a decrease of $2,231,671 from the 2009-10 budget.
General funds deletions and decreases in the budget totaled $2,415,184.34, and include reductions in areas such as legal fees, superintendent’s account, athletic program reductions, and teacher supplies. Teachers will, however, still receive their $275 supply money from the state in the fall.
Other tentative cuts in the budget to help balance the budget include salary reduction of 19% for working retirees and reduction in administrative, certified, and classified salaries.
The Board also voted to freeze all teacher salary step increases for 2010-11.
This action is part of the South Carolina General Assembly’s funding flexibility, allowing districts more options to save positions. As a part of the action, administrators’ salaries are frozen as well. The district will continue to pay certified employees for changes in educational level and years of experience are not affected.
Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams says that he is sure that most everyone is glad the process of passing the budget is over but there certainly is no cause for celebration. “We lost a lot of very good people this year because of positions that were cut to save money,” says Williams. 
Williams also says that the board is already beginning to think about the 2011-12 budget.  With the expected loss of one Billion dollars from the Legislature and the loss of 17 jobs funded with Stimulus money, the board will be looking at options that do not involve personnel.  Once those options have been explored, the board will look to personnel cuts that will affect students the least.
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Vick re-elected school board chair

Chad Vick was unanimously re-elected as the chairman of the Chesterfield County School Board at the June 21 meeting.
Kim Burch was also re-elected as vice-chair and Shannon Polson was re-elected as secretary.
"This has been a very difficult budget year, but I've got 100% confidence in this board to continue to move forward,” says Vick. “I am very grateful and humbled to be ask to continue to lead as chairman. Together we pledge to provide the best education to the children of Chesterfield County."
Also during Monday evening’s meeting, Darin Coleman was sworn in as the new board representative for District 2. Current board members Burch, Council Porter, and Wesley Miles were re-elected in the recent general election and were sworn in as well. Judge Jackie Burch was on hand to swear in the newly elected board members.
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McBee student elected FFA state vice president

Courtney Threatt, a rising senior at McBee High School where she is an active member of the FFA chapter, was elected state vice president of the SC FFA Association at Clemson University on Friday, June 11.
Courtney is the daughter of Scott and Robin Threatt of Jefferson. Her FFA advisor is Pat Earle, Agricultural Education instructor at McBee High School.
The SC FFA Association is affiliated with the 520,000 member National FFA Organization made up of more than 7200 chapters located in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The mission of the organization 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.
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Chesterfield County School District announces administrative changes

Chesterfield County schools will have a number of administrative changes for the 2010-2011 school year as the district looks to offset budget deficits.
Eight administrative changes were approved by the school board at the May 17 meeting. The changes come as the district replaces working retirees with inner-district candidates in order to reduce the budget deficit. The administrative changes listed below include principals and district office staff.  Assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, and other administrative changes will be announced in the near future. 
In the Cheraw area, Melisa Little will take over as principal of Cheraw Primary. At Long Middle, Matthew Brantley will be the new principal.
In the Chesterfield area, Kim Gaskins will be the principal at Edwards Elementary School. Beth Suggs will take over as the principal of Ruby Elementary.
In the McBee area, Beth Melton will be the principal at Plainview Elementary School.
New district administrators include Connie Townsend as the Director of Adult Education, Janice Rivers as the new Coordinator of Teacher Quality, and Candace Hoffman as the Director of Federal Programs.
Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams said that the new administrators in the district come with great credentials and experience in the county.
“These folks are going to do a great job in their new roles,” says Williams. “I have full confidence that they will continue to provide the quality education and leadership that we’ve seen from the people they are stepping in for.”
Budget cuts from the state level have forced the district to absorb a 12% cut from last year’s budget. In order to help offset the cuts, the school board and district are taking a number of cost-saving measures, including reducing the number of working retirees.
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Two graduating with perfect attendance

Cheraw High School's La'Quisha Di'Jon Bell and Taylor Leigh Anne Haynes have been recognized this year for 12 years of perfect attendance, according to district Attendance Coordinator Laurie Tarleton.
Both will receive a plaque and a $100 savings bond to commemorate their achievement. They will also receive a certificate of commendation from the state department of education.
Bell (pictured left) is the daughter of Mrs. Lisa McQueen. Haynes is the daughter of Lanny and Cindy Haynes.  
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Chesterfield area schools volunteer

Minister James Ashe, beloved choir director for the Voices of CRMS, a community gospel choir for grades sixth through 12 in the Chesterfield area, passed away on recently.
Minister Ashe began his work with Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School five years ago when the choir began for middle school students only.  Over the years, the choir has grown to an over fifty voice choir primarily because of the love and enthusiasm Minister Ashe brought to each and every practice and performance.
Just a week before his passing,  he led the choir in electrifying songs of praise at Chesterfield County’s Relay for Life.  Minister Ashe devoted a countless amount of time and energy to the Voices and did it all on a strictly voluntary basis.
“Minister Ashe truly allowed his light to shine and had a genuine love for music and our children. Our hearts are broken but we will be eternally grateful that James was a part of our lives,” says principal  Dr. Andrea L. Hampton.
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Cheraw High teacher wins state award

Gail Ingram, a Cheraw High School teacher, has won one of the two Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year state awards for National History Day teachers.  She will receive  $500 and has a chance to win a national award of $10,000.
These awards are given to history teachers who work with "at risk" students for a minimum of five years; display creativity in the classroom that exceeds the average; and  have a documented commitment to student-led historical research.  
Nine of Ingram's students, out of the fourteen who competed at the National History Day state level,  will advance to the national contest this June at the University of Maryland.  
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Earle honored by district

E. B. Earle, a legendary agricultural educator of McBee, was recently honored by the Chesterfield County School Board who by unanimous vote named the Agricultural Education complex at McBee High School the “ E.B. Earle Agriculture Center”. The announcement was made by School District Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams at the annual McBee FFA Member Recognition Reception held at the high school.
Upon graduation from Clemson University, Mr. Earle, a native of Pickens County, came to McBee to teach Agricultural Education and serve as advisor to the FFA chapter.
He immediately began to inspire his students to achieve excellence in their Agricultural Education pursuits. Mr. Earle and his students soon became known and respected throughout the state and nation for their success in career development events such as Soil Identification and Land Treatment, Livestock Evaluation, Public Speaking, Agricultural Mechanics and more.
Mr. Earle received numerous awards over the years including Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding Agricultural Educator in South Carolina, the Outstanding Conservation Educator in the state, named one of sixteen Outstanding Agricultural Educators in South Carolina in the twentieth century by the AGRI BIZ magazine and recognized as one of Clemson University’s top one hundred Centennial Agricultural Alumni.
“Throughout his fifty years of service to the Chesterfield County School District, Mr. Earle has participated in a host of projects that directly impact the quality of our students’ education,” Dr. Williams said. “Among the most remembered one was Mr. Earle’s role in securing approval by the SC General Assembly to require that twenty-five percent of the proceeds from government-owned land in the county be made available to the school district for general operations,” he added.
Since Mr. Earle’s retirement some years ago, the Agricultural Education program at McBee High School has been under the direction of his son, Pat Earle, who continues the impressive tradition of leading an FFA chapter that is recognized at the state and national level on a regular basis.
Pictured: E. B. Earle (left) with his wife, Sara, and son, Pat,observing the ‘ E.B. Earle Agriculture Center” sign
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McBee High faculty member named district Teacher of the Year

McBee High School Teacher Frances McCluney was named the 2010 Chesterfield County School District Teacher of the Year during the annual banquet held May 20 in Chesterfield.
McCluney was selected from 16 potential candidates, one from each of the district's schools.
"(She) is a veteran teacher who excels in the classroom and serves as a role model for other teachers and students at our school," says McBee High Principal Dennis McDaniel of McCluney. "She well represents the ideal of a Teacher of the Year in every way."
McDaniel adds that McCluney is a wonderful lady. “She exudes class and refinement in every way as she works at school.”
Chesterfield County School District's 2009 Teacher of the Year Juli Powers of Cheraw Intermediate School closed out the banquet by imploring educators to "Shine On!" during these especially difficult budget times.
"We continue to toil mightily even though resources shrink daily," says Powers. "We are not afraid to bestow a sense of power to others rather than hoard it for ourselves, and we are willing to accept change with grace." (click here to view the text of Powers' remarks)
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Chesterfield Ruby Middle Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle wins award for family-friendly atmosphere, customer-focused service

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School was among schools from across South Carolina that were honored May 17 with Red Carpet awards to recognize their success at creating family-friendly school environments and providing excellent customer service.
State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex announced the 124 winners of this year’s awards, which have become highly prized by South Carolina schools.  Winning schools will receive actual red carpets to display in their lobbies.
“When you see a family-friendly school that emphasizes customer service, that school is much more likely to enjoy strong community support,” Rex said.  “That’s important because community involvement can play a big role in a school’s academic success.”
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School in Chesterfield strives to be a vital part of the community.  The school family works hard to support the Relay for Life program and last year raised more than $11,000, gaining recognition as the county’s top school fundraiser.  Following the town’s Veterans Day parade, veterans are invited to the school for a special lunch. This year 52 veterans ate at the school.
A total of 262 schools began the Red Carpet award application process last fall.  Applicants provided written details about their family-friendly philosophies and environments, along with the methods used to promote and self-evaluate those efforts.  They also were required to include copies of their school’s communication plan.
Schools that passed the written application phase were then screened by independent judges who rated how telephone callers and visitors were treated.  Judges did not identify themselves during telephone calls or site visits, and site visits were not announced in advance.
Winning schools receive red carpets with the state seal to display in their lobbies, and they maintain their recognition status for a three-year period. 
This year’s recipients, the largest number since the program began in 2001, included four child development centers, six primary schools, 74 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 14 high schools, one technical school, and three special schools.
Red Carpet coordinator Frank White said Greenville County schools led the awards parade with 15 winners.  Richland District 2 and Spartanburg District 7 had six winners each, while Berkeley, Kershaw, Lexington District 1, Oconee and Richland District 1 had five each.
“The record number of applicants this year shows pretty clearly that schools understand the importance of customer service,” White said.  “As local districts struggle to absorb dramatic budget cuts, schools realize that the support of their families and communities will be more important than ever.  And the first step to building that support is creating a school environment that’s welcoming and inviting.”
Staff members from the Department of Education and school district personnel from across the state volunteered to take part in the judging process.
Schools are judged on a variety of factors, including the exterior and interior appearance of the campus, the way people were treated in person and over the telephone, and the information and programs available for families and visitors.  Specific items that judges evaluated on their site visits included:  

·        Clearly marked visitor parking spaces near the front door.
·        Well-kept grounds that are free of debris and trash.
·        Plainly marked entrances, particularly the main entrance door.

Front entrance/lobby
·        Clean and appealing lobby/front entrance.
·        “Welcome to our school” signs that clearly direct visitors to the main office.
·        Attractive, colorful displays of student achievement and school events.

·        Clean and tidy front office.
·        Reading material about the school available for visitors.
·        Welcoming and professionally dressed staff who greet visitors promptly and quickly ask to offer assistance.
·        Visitor badges available.

·        Telephones that are answered promptly (within three rings) and professionally.
·        Person answering the phone has basic, up-to-date information readily accessible.
·        Callers are put through to appropriate parties promptly.
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Six Cheraw High seniors named Palmetto Fellows

Six Cheraw High School seniors have been named early award recipients of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
Cheraw High seniors Dylan Alford, Matthew Freeman, Ross Hill, Amber Jordan, Aakash Patel, and Divyesh Patel were recently notified of their awards.  
The South Carolina General Assembly established the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program in 1988 to retain academically talented high school graduates in the state through awards based on merit.  These recipients may receive a scholarship of up to $6,700 annually for a maximum of eight terms.
For those seniors who did not qualify for early awards, the final awards for Palmetto Fellows Scholarship have not yet been determined. Eligible seniors must submit applications by June.  High school seniors may apply if they meet all of the following academic requirements: score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on ACT) by June, earn a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA and rank in the top six percent of their graduating class; or score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) by June and earn a minimum of 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Pictured from left: Freeman, Hill, Divyesh Patel, Alford, Aakash Patel, Jordan.
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Chesterfield-Ruby Middle hosts community outreach block party

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School held a Community Outreach Block Party at Indian Creek Apartments in Chesterfield on May 6.
"This was our way of reaching out and hopefully motivating the community to work hard on the PASS test," says Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton.
Attendance was not limited to residents of Indian Creek alone. Members of the community at large were also invited.
There was food, music, games, and prizes, in addition to test preparation.
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District's Director of Finance to retire
Chesterfield County School District’s Director of Finance Judy Waddell will retire on this week after nearly six years in the position.
Prior to her current position, Waddell also served as a member of the Chesterfield County School Board.
“I presently find myself unable to express the words to adequately reflect what Judy has meant to Chesterfield County School District,” says Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams. “Not only have we lost a Director of Finance but we have lost a friend.  It is a sad day.”
Waddell had served Chesterfield County School District for nearly 40 years. She worked in the business office for 24 years, left for ten - nine of those on the board - then came back in July of 2004.
“I am retiring with mixed emotions,” says Waddell. “I will continue to wish the best for our school district and our children.”
Williams says that he wishes Waddell the best.
“I know she is looking forward to a new and exciting future,” he says. “We will miss her.”
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McBee students learn about Camp Woodie

A representative from Camp Woodie Instructional Youth Waterfowl Education Center came to talk with all McBee Elementary School 2nd-6th grade students last month.  Included in the discussion were Camp Woodie summer activities that among other things included: Skeet shooting, rifle range, wildlife & nature activities, duck calling, sports, campfires, swimming, canoeing, duck identification, archery, fishing, survival, and hunters education.
A high interest level was obvious during the question and answer session as student after student asked questions that everyone wanted to know the answers to. 
Those interested in contacting Camp Woodie may call 803-452-6001.
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Plainview students plant in honor of Earth Day

The Kindergarten students from Plainview Elementary School recently planted their sunflower seedlings for Earth Day.
Each student dug in the soil and planted their seedlings. 
Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Howle with the help from Mrs. Gaskins planted more flowers and talked to the students about keeping our earth clean and beautiful.
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Cheraw High students advance to History Day nationals

Nine Cheraw High High School students will be advancing to the National History Day finals, to be held in June at the University of Maryland in College Park.
At the National History Day in South Carolina 2010 state contest, held in Columbia on April 24 at the South Carolina Archives & History Center, thirteen of Gail Ingram's students competed for the chance to represent South Carolina at the national contest. Nine of the students (and one is an alternate) will advance to the national contest.
The state winners are:
  • McKenna Buck-1st Place Senior Historical Paper-The Kodak Camera: The Innovative "Snap" That Impacted and Changed History
  • Ambriana Hubbard-1st Place Senior Individual Documentary-The Innovation of Frozen Foods:Changing the Way We Eat
  • Joshuah Campbell-1st Place Senior Individual Performance-Chords of Change: The Innovation of Bebop
  • Michael Ballard-1st Place Senior Individual Exhibit-MASH: An Innovation in Battlefield Medicine
  • Michael Wagnon, Austin Truett, and Bradley Moore- 2nd Place Senior Group Documentary- Gunpowder: The Innovation That Ended the Middle Ages
  • Erin Rayfield and Raven Waymyers-2nd Place Senior Group Exhibit-"Hair Works": An Innovation That Put Black Women to Work
  • Chris Dixon-3rd Place Senior Website-ENIAC: Innovating, Impacting, and Changing the World
 Jacob Evans (Senior Individual Documentary), Daniel Crawley and Chris Parnell-Senior Group Exhibit), and Meagan Hunter (Senior Historical Paper) are district winners who also competed in the state contest.
Joshuah Campbell was also the recipient of two special awards: The University of South Caroliniana Society Award for Outstanding Entry on a South Carolina Topic ($250 award) and The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Award for Best African American History Project.
Pictured from left: Austin Truett, Raven Waywyers, Ambriana Hubbard, Michael Ballard, Erin Rayfield, Michael Wagnon, McKenna Buck, Joshuah Campbell, and Bradley Moore
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Area CATE students compete in skills competition

The Leadership and SC Skills USA Conference and Competitions were held April 15-17 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.  Charles Gainey and Lee Keiser, Career and Technology Education (CATE) students from Cheraw High, formed one of twelve Mechatronics teams from the State of SC and the first Mechatronics team from Chesterfield County School District to compete.  The team of Gainey and Keiser placed fifth in the State.
Gainey had the second highest score on the written test, and the team tied for second in troubleshooting systems. 
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.  In South Carolina, Skills USA coordinates state competitions that support the curriculum of Engineering and Industrial Technology.
Both Jeff Spencer, Mechatronics Instructor, and Tammy Haile, Director of Career and Technology Education were on hand to congratulate our team after a full day of competition.  According to Haile, "CATE student organizations are an integral part of the curriculum and promote skill development and standards mastery by hosting skill and leadership events that underscore what is learned in the classroom.  I know Mr. Spencer is extremely proud of this first year Mechatronics team and is already looking forward to next year." 
Under the direct supervision of a CATE instructor, students are given the opportunity to participate in leadership activities, competitions, and conferences at the local, regional, state and national levels.
Pictured from left: Gainey, Keiser, Spencer, Haile
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Financial support helping McBee music program

The McBee High School music program received $9000 in grants for the 2009/2010 school year. The grants include $5000 from the Sonoco Foundation of Hartsville, $3500 from the State Dept. of Education, and $500 from Hilex Poly of Hartsville.
The SDE grant was applied for by Chesterfield County School District Fine Arts coordinator Gina Wilkerson.
According to McBee High School Band & Chorus Director Matthew Crawley, these grants have had a huge impact on their ability to build a quality program.
"When we started this project in 2008, we laid out a five year plan to become 'regionally recognized as a high quality musical organization in South Carolina by the year 2013,' setting specific goals to indicate our success," says Crawley. "Thanks to the support provided by these grants and our fine arts coordinator, I'm pleased to report that we are actually a year or two ahead of schedule.
"Given this tough economic climate, this support has allowed us to purchase and repair instruments as well as many other items a music program needs to operate. I really don't know what we would have done with out it."
The MHS music program is currently investigating more grant opportunities for the 2010/2011 school year.
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Chesterfield High C-bay competes at state level

Chesterfield High School's Virtual Enterprise Class traveled down to Columbia to partake in the annual Trade Fair held by the South Carolina Virtual Enterprise Network on April 12-13.
Virtual Enterprise is a class offered at Chesterfield High where students are presented the opportunity to spend a school-years-worth in the daily life of an employee of a corporate business firm. Each year the participating students gather to decide on what they intend on selling, virtually of course. Before they begin buying, they must make a website, catalog, along with other key components of the virtual business.This year, with two classes held, Chesterfield was represented at the Trade Fair as C-Bay Cellular and C-Bay Automotive. At the head of the course is a Cheraw High Graduate, Dawn Coker-Rayfield, who is teaching the class for her fourth year.
"This is by far the most enjoyable class I teach," says Coker-Rayfield. "It truly alllows the students to experience the running of a business. It (also) gives each student the chance to sell as well as purchase products through other firms across the state, along with a couple of others throughout the country."The Trade Fair was held at the Radisson Hotel, where there were several competitions C-Bay competed in. Amongst the competitions were: Catalog Design, Catalog Sales Presentation, Human Resource Manual, and Web Site Design (Template). C-Bay managed to rake in one award - third place in Website Design - which was Chesterfield's fourth award at the Trade Fair and also worth mentioning, the highest award they have received. Representing C-Bay were the following students: Sherri Bracy (CEO-Cellular), Erik Hunter (CEO-Automotive), Jeffrey Davis, Kristen Gilmore, Tripp Jacobs, Zach Hartwick, and Richard Jones.
You can check out the award-winning website by logging onto the web at
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Teachers learning to use video to enhance instruction

Thanks to the $220,000 grant received by district technology coaches Pat Hendrickson and Brenda Lyles, Chesterfield County School District teachers like Cheraw High School teacher Gail Ingram are learning to use video cameras and software to enhance their classroom instruction using new and existing technologies.
Ingram is one of four teachers at Cheraw High School who is learning to develop teacher-created and student-created videos. Her first assignment for Hendrickson was to create a short video using a Pure Digital Flip Video Camera and Windows Movie Maker. The subject of her video is a signature quilt made by Ingram's daughter for her student teacher, Becky Sullivan.
"Becky has done such an outstanding job this semester," says Ingram. "I wanted to give her a token of my thanks and appreciation."
The short video, called "A Special Signature Quilt for a Special Student Teacher," represents the first of many videos to be created by Ingram and her students. The video can by viewed here.
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Two area schools earn Palmetto awards
Central High School and McBee Elementary School have earned recognition for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2009.
Central High School won a Palmetto Gold award for closing the achievement gap and also earned a silver award for academic achievement. McBee Elementary School picked up a Palmetto Silver award for academic achievement.
In its ninth year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards program was created for schools attaining high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.
Schools received general awards for overall performance based on both the absolute and growth ratings and the growth index found on school report cards.   These ratings are determined by PASS scores for elementary and middle schools.  For high schools, the ratings are based on Exit Exam results, graduation rate and percentage of students passing end-of-course tests.
Central High School Principal Dr. Juddson Starling said that he is proud of the students and faculty at his school.
“Any time that you get an award like this it really shows the dedication of all those involved,” says Starling. “I am also extremely proud of the recognition for our work with closing the (achievement) gap.”
McBee Elementary Principal Dr. David Nutt said that he too is proud of his school, which has now won a Palmetto Silver award three years in a row.
“Earning this award is a result of hard work by everyone,” explains Nutt. “Hard work includes staff development, teacher lesson planning, parental support, motivated students, and a support staff who help create and maintain a positive academic and social environment for our students.”
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. John Williams says that the schools’ awards recognize years of hard work.
“Central High and McBee Elementary are to be congratulated for their Palmetto awards,” says Williams. “Both schools are led by faculties and staffs that set high standards and we are proud of their results.”
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High school students raise money to help a classmate

The student body of McBee High School worked together earlier this semester to raise over $700 for the family of a fellow student.
The National Technical Honor Society usually sponsor a Diabetes or Heart Walk during this time of year, but this year the group voted to support one of their own, a seventh grader at McBee High School and who has undergone several surguries.  The NTHS felt it an honor to support him and his family during this difficult time by sponsoring a walk in his name. 
The student was able to attend the walk with his sister and was well recieved by all in attendance.  He completed two laps around the football field walking with his friends. 
As the finale of the event, all student and adult participants linked arms and walked across the football field.
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McBee FBLA competes at the state level

Twenty-six members of McBee High School’s Future Business Leaders of America attended the State Leadership Conference in Charleston last month, with nine students placed in the top five, qualifying them to compete at Nationals in Nashville this July.
Those qualifying for the nationals include Marquesia Stephens, Taylor Smith, Jordan Craven, Kolleen Stuhltrager, Katie Tyner, Madison Johnson, Dalen Anderson, Mae Conklin, and Andrew VandenOever.
McBee High student Courtney Cullen was elected to serve as State Parliamentarian for 2010-2011 and McBee High School also received an award for being the largest 1A chapter in the State.
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Broome named Classified Employee of the Month for March
Central High School Teacher's Assistant Winnie Broome has been named the March Classified Employee of the Month for the Chesterfield County School District.
Broome was nominated by Principal Dr. Judd Starling.
"She is one of the most positive people I have ever been around," says Starling. "The students love and respect her and the faculty is always commenting on how much she does for them. She is a blessing to work with."
Broome, in addition to assisting in the classroom, also has been a bus driver, worked in the cafeteria, and worked with the custodial staff, among other responsibilities.
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition program is led by the district's Office of Public Information and includes a gift to the winner from the district's Administrator's Association.
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Jr. Beta Club raises funds for Haiti victims

New Heights Middle School's Jr. Beta Club recently sponsored a fundraiser to help earthquake victims in Haiti.
They also sponsored “Teens for Jeans” to help provide clothing.  
The students collected a total of $2,500 and 318 pairs of jeans.  Each individual who donated a pair of jeans received a 25% discount coupon from Aeropostle. The homeroom on each grade-level hallway collecting the most money received a pizza party, compliments of the Jr. Beta Club.
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Pageland Elementary teachers visit Ron Clark Academy

Pageland Elementary teachers visited the prestigious Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta on March 11.
The Academy specializes in teaching African-American students from Atlanta’s inner-city.  Clark and his students have been recognized by President Clinton, President Obama, and they have been featured several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
“It was the most rewarding and informative professional development of my career,” says Pageland Elementary Principal Jim Heffner.  “All of us left with many strategies to engage and challenge our students with a passion for learning and self-imposed high expectations.”
Staff members read Clark’s book, The Essential 55 before the visit.  Several of his methods have been implemented at Pageland Elementary and there are plans to incorporate many others for 2010-2011. 
You can visit The Ron Clark Website at:
The trip was funded through a Federal Grant for instructional development.
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CRMS hosts instructional fair

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School hosted a Spaghetti Dinner and Instructional Fair on March 18.
The purpose of the event was to provide parents, students, and the community an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled evening highlighting all of the instruction that occurs at CRMS, as well as provide tools families can use to ensure students are ready for the second stage of PASS testing scheduled in May. 
Parents and students had an opportunity to attend four sessions that ranged from Bingo games, science experiments, desktop publishing, career enhancement and high-tech Jeopardy games. 
Dinner was sponsored by Bojangles, Frank and Carol’s, Old Towne Restaurant and Piggly Wiggly.
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United Way honors local schools

The United Way of Chesterfield County recently recognized the commitment of school staff to the quality of life in Chesterfield County through their participation in the United Way campaign.  Accepting a plaque honoring 100% participation at Cheraw Primary School (top photo) is Gracyn Jackson and Suzie Pace. Mike Knight, UWCC Board member, thanked them for their support.
Mike Knight, UWCC Board member, also presented a plaque to Dannie Blair, principal, recognizing donations made on behalf of all staff at Long Middle School (bottom photo).
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“The school board and the district administration are to be commended for their wise financial decisions that have led to this upgrade.”
- Dr. John Williams
Moody’s upgrades district credit rating

Moody's Investors Service recently upgraded the Chesterfield County School District’s credit rating, a move that will lead to a savings for the district in repaying revenue bonds.
Chesterfield County Schools' Superintendent Dr. John Williams said that the improvement in the credit rating shows that district is a good steward of tax dollars.
“That’s important, especially in these difficult economic times when every penny saved helps the classroom,” says Williams.
Moody’s stated that the upgrade reflects the school district's improved financial position that is expected to remain stable, and solid management reflected in conservative budgeting practices and satisfactory reserve levels.
“We are quite pleased with this news,” adds Williams. “The school board and the district administration are to be commended for their wise financial decisions that have led to this upgrade.”  
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Cheraw Intermediate hosts 'Struggle for Freedom' play

Students at Cheraw Intermediate School were entertained by Bright Star Theatre’s production of a “Struggle for Freedom” last month.
One of the most celebrated leaders of the last century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is brought to life in this powerful production. Beginning with an overview of the Civil Rights Movement in America, the play soon shifts to explore the work, trials, and tribulations of this heroic and empowering figure.  
This production was honored with a performance at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in early 2009.
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Plainview students raise money for 'patients'

Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Howle's kindergarten class from Plainview Elementary School recently won the school-wide fund raiser for "Pennies for Patients." 
They brought in $850 by having several bake sales, and special events!! The kindergarten class was treated on Friday with trip to Chuck E. Cheese in Florence.
Plainview Elementary raised over $4,000 this year and every student will receive a candy bar and drink for their display of giving for a great cause.
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Board announces elimination of positions in midst of budget crisis

The Chesterfield County School District School Board voted Monday night to eliminate 55 teaching and administrative positions currently filled by working retirees for the 2010-2011 school year as the board works to meet a budget reduction from the state that has left the district in a financial crisis.
The budget reduction from the state will see the per-student cost returned to levels roughly equivalent to the amounts seen in the mid 1990’s.
“Sadly, we are going to have to tell some really good people that they no longer have jobs in Chesterfield County School District,” says Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams. “Our budget crisis is a serious situation and it’s unprecedented.”
Williams also added that the district is making other cuts across the board to help offset the budget deficit to reduce the number of lost teachers as much as possible.
During Monday evening’s meeting, Williams recommended to the board that all certified working retiree teachers and administrators, with the exception of those certified and teaching in special education, be notified in writing that due to the budget emergency, they should have no expectation of employment for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
Williams also recommended that, where practical and necessary, all positions that become vacant for any reason should be eliminated from the budget, adding that all administrative and teaching positions that cannot be eliminated and are presently held by working retirees, must be posted according to district policy.
The school board voted to support Williams’ recommendation.
Currently there are 23 administrative positions in the district that are filled by working retirees, which include district and school-level administrators, district and school support personnel, and district and school-level academic coaches. These positions will be treated the same as classroom working retirees.
Furthermore, the school board reserves the right to negotiate salaries up or down for any rehired working retiree depending on certification, critical need, or other special circumstances.
School Board Chairman Chad Vick said that all areas of the district will be affected by the reduction in employees, including district office, teachers, administrators, and classified staff.
"This is most definitely the toughest year I've seen in my six years on the board,” says Vick. “This board was faced with making decisions that are beyond our control. We do not take lightly the responsibility given to us as we try to make choices that are best for everyone. I commend Dr. Williams and my board for their leadership during this budget crisis."
Williams added that the budget situation is bleak.
“All we can do is make the best of a bad situation,” he says.
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New Heights hosts family math event

The Title I PTO Family Night - Math Night, “Tools Parents Can Use”, was held at New Heights Middle on March 4 with over 500 students and parents filling the gym with excitement as they engaged in Math activities.
Parents gained first-hand experience completing math problems similar to content taught in the classroom on each grade level.  Some activities offered opportunities for students to compete with parents in testing their math and critical thinking skills, while others afforded parents the opportunity to relax and have fun learning with their children.
Participants received prizes at each game table and collected door prizes throughout the evening. When asked how the PTO Family Night session could help parents become more involved in their child’s education and career planning, one parent responded, “(It) shows us fun ways to study math. Discussions on this led my child to consider majoring in math in college.”
Providing parents with tools they can use at home is vital to reaching the goal of improving communication between parents, students and teachers. Engaging families is a vital component of enhancing the educational and career planning process to insure a smooth transition for students from middle school to high school and beyond.
The dynamic event was sponsored by the Math Departments and coordinated by Betsy Stanton. Students with a parent in attendance received incentives through their grade-level Math Department.
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McBee Elementary celebrates African Americans in history

McBee Elementary School recently celebrated February’s month long celebration of African Americans in American History.  Community members from around the area, as well as Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. John Williams, came to enjoy and celebrate African American history with a student-led program that emphasized that African American athletes are great in their respective profession, but they are also great outside of the sport.
The near hour-long commemoration celebrated such notable athletes as Vince Carter, Orlando Hudson, Michael Oher, and many more athletes who offer services outside of sports.  The outstanding story of Michael Oher and his incredible journey through life’s struggles to stardom stands as a beacon of light for many students in the area as well as the country.  Other stories such as Vince Carter’s renowned involvement in The Embassy of Hope, a non-profit foundation to provide aide for children and their parents, help to inspire students to think of others and not only themselves.  Other star athletes who were the first to graduate college in their family also show students the value of education. 
Students and community members were also treated to an inspirational speech by McBee native and WIS-TV Sports' Anchor Rick Henry.  Henry spoke of the challenges that young people face, especially in the community in which Henry grew up in.  He spoke of the power that it takes to overcome life’s challenges and become successful in life. 
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County FFA members attend Legislative Day

FFA Members from Central High School, Chesterfield High School, Cheraw High School, and McBee High School attend the Legislative Day Ceremony in Columbia.
Hundreds of FFA members from high school agricultural education departments throughout South Carolina arrived in Columbia on Wednesday morning, February 24. The students had come to visit their legislators, participate in the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony at the State Capitol and enjoy the FFA Celebration Luncheon at the State Fair Grounds.
They were accompanied by FFA advisors, school administrators, parents and other supporters.
Students from the McBee FFA Chapter were recognized for attending the NYFEA Institute in Moblie, Alabama. Among those recognized were Calin Jowers, Zach Earle, Joseph McKenzie, Rebecca O’Neal, Christy McCormick, Haylee Melton, and Amber Lewis.
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Central High hosts Career Fair

Over 50 business people attended from the Pageland, Jefferson and Monroe areas attended last month's Career Fair at Central High School.
The fair was organized and sponsored by the Central High School. Transition Team and Career Specialist Sanna Carrico. 
 The entire student body had the opportunity to explore career choices of interest.  All 16 career clusters were represented at the fair. The business people offered information and insights concerning their chosen career. Students had the opportunity to hear their perspectives and ask questions concerning their occupations. 
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McBee High FBLA donates

The McBee High School chapter of FBLA conducted a Mini-Walk last month during National FBLA Week.
Members also sold pacifier candy and received other donations. Through these efforts McBee High's FBLA raised $651.25 this year. During our Mini-Walk 115 students donated $5 to be excused from their last period class. Students met in the cafeteria and watched a multimedia presentation about twins who were born 14 weeks prematurely about four years ago. Then they were introduced to the twins and they served as mascots. Students got to see first hand how their contributions will assist families in the future.  
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Chesterfield County School District receives favorable audit on IDEA

Chesterfield County School District received a "meets all data requirements" for the 2008-2009 school year for its timely and accurate reporting in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The South Carolina Department of Education is charged with the responsibility of reporting annually to the public on the progress of the state regarding performance of children with disabilities on various goals established in the State Performance Plan. Local Education Agencies are required by the Act to provide the SCDE with information necessary to enable the SCDE to carry out this duty. This information is gathered from a variety of sources within the l ocal district and must be reported in a timely, valid, reliable, and accurate manner in order for the SCDE to meet its obligations at the federal level.
"This accomplishment comes from the hard work and dedication of the Exceptional Children's staff, teachers, and administration. It is not an obligation that can be fulfilled by just one person or department. It takes all working together," says Karen Rogers, Director of the Exceptional Children's Program.
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Edwards raises 'Pennies for Patients'

Edwards Elementary School in Chesterfield recently raised $3149.29 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the school's "Pennies for Patients" drive.
The drive was led by faculty member Dayna Stevens.
The school will get a $150 gift card to Wal Mart for bringing in over $2000. 
Edwards had 24 classes who raised $50 or more and won an extra recess.  They also had 13 classes who raised at least $100 and they will be receiving a Bronze Pennant for their room.  Two classes raised at least $200 and they will receive a Silver Pennant for their room and one class raised at least $300 and they will receive a Gold Pennant.
The top three classes will receive an ice cream party.
Pictured: Keith Ringer SC State Department, Meriel Gordon, Food Service Director, Todd Benenbaugh, Health and Nutrition Director SC State Department, Wanda Townsend, Goleva Pate, Gloria Clyburn, Dorry Wall, Renee Wilson Petersburg Primary Food Service staff, Don Arnett, USDA Regional Administrator, Steve Hortin, USDA  Section Chief, Atlanta, GA, Gregg Fergurson,  SC State Department.
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District schools join in National School Breakfast Week

Chesterfield County School District joined schools and districts nationwide on March 8-12 to observe National School Breakfast Week at Petersburg Primary School and McBee Elementary School. Students and food service staff demonstrated the importance of a healthful breakfast to parents and community members on March 9 as they celebrated this special week. 
Special guests at McBee Elementary included SirPurr, mascot for the Carolina Panthers. He mingled with the students and encouraged them to eat healthy.  Also on hand for the celebration were USDA, Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator Don Arnette and other federal officials who helped serve breakfast.
“These two South Carolina elementary schools and other schools across the nation provide their students with the opportunity to have a healthy breakfast at school that promotes learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors,” Arnette said.   “Studies continue to show the connection between good nutrition, especially a nutritious breakfast, and improved academic performance.  Choosing the right balance of foods helps you get the right combination of nutrients.  Making wise food choices and getting plenty of exercise are not only important during School Breakfast Week but throughout the school year.  Our goal is to help the students here and throughout the nation form good eating habits that will last a lifetime.”
Federal, state and local officials focused on the week by having breakfast with the students at Petersburg Primary School from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. They also went to McBee Elementary to observe the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables under USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to the students during recess.  Both schools have met USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and have received Gold Awards from USDA for their outstanding nutrition program. The visit to the school recognized the outstanding food service provided at this location and was an event that highlighted the partnership between USDA, the States and schools in South Carolina and throughout the nation.
The School Breakfast Program began in 1966 as a pilot program to provide funding for school breakfasts in low income areas and areas that required children to travel a great distance to school.  It was made permanent in 1975.  The program is designed to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that school foodservice and nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children today and in the health and strength of America in the future.
“A school breakfast can help to keep students’ minds active and alert and give them the ability to stretch their imaginations,”  said Meriel Gordon, Chesterfield County School District Food Service Director.  “Everyone benefits from this program, and students who participate will grow up to become more productive citizens as a result of it.”
This year during School Breakfast Week students, foodservice employees, school faculty and others across the nation have planned a variety of activities to commemorate school breakfast.  To obtain information about planned menus and events, contact your local school.
For more information about the School Breakfast Program, call FNS’ Regional Public Affairs office at (404) 562-1812 or visit USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Web Site at
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Chesterfield County School Board adopts resolution regarding state budget

The Chesterfield County School Board unanimously adopted a resolution addressing the state's budget crisis during their regular meeting on March 8. The resolution urges the S.C. General Assembly to support public schools during this economic crisis and prevent the loss of more teacher jobs by providing new revenue streams.
The resolution addresses the fact that the General Fund budget cuts for public schools in South Carolina have been cut $484 million over the past two fiscal years. It also points out that cuts have reduced the base student cost to $1,764 per student, reflecting 1996-1997 funding levels.
During this same period Education Improvement Act funds have been reduced $112 million. Furthermore, the proposed 2010-2011 state budget includes more cuts that will reduce the base student cost to $1,630, a return to 1995 levels.
“It is apparent to this Board that the K-12 educational system is at risk of significant damage due to the failure to take any action, either immediate or long-term, to address our State’s fiscal crisis,” the resolution reads.
The resolution was presented during the meeting by Board Chairman Chad Vick.
Copies of the signed resolution will be furnished to members of the district’s legislative delegation. Click here to see the resolution.
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School Board approves 2010-11 school calendar

The Chesterfield County School Board unanimously approved the 2010-2011 school calendar during their regular meeting on March 8.
The new calendar has teachers returning to school on Aug. 16 and students returning on Aug. 19. The last day of school for students is scheduled to be June 3 with graduation on June 4.
The calendar was recommended for approval by the Chesterfield County Teacher Forum, which had presented two possible calendar options to district employees. The calendar that was approved by the board received the most votes from faculty and staff in the district.
Also during the March school board meeting, members recognized the county's S.C. Young Writer's Award winners, the State Superintendent's Writing Award winners, and the Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School Academic All Star Team (click to see photo gallery).
In other board presentations, Director of Finance Judy Watson reported to members that the state-proposed "per student" cost for next year's budget could be around $1630, a reduction to mid-1990's levels. Watson also said that the figure could be as low as $1610, according to what she is hearing from the state at this time.
Other items heard by the school board included a recommendation to adjust middle school schedules for next year to give equal instructional time to all classes. Currently some of the district's middle schools have longer blocks of instructional time for language arts and math.
Another recommendation from district administration will implement a seven-period day next year at county high schools which currently use a "4x4" block schedule.
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McBee High students place in contest

Six McBee High School students recently received Regional Level Awards for The National Career Development Association (NCDA) Poetry and Poster contest. 
The NCDA promotes career development through its celebration of National Career Development Month every November with a poetry and poster contest.  The theme for this year's Contest was "Bridges to a Brighter Future: Inspire Your Career-Empower Your Lives."   
First, Second and Third place winners are identified at the school/district level and submitted for regional competition.  Regional winners are judged at the state level and state winners are then submitted for judging at the national level.  National results will be posted on the NCDA website by April 15, 2010.The winners at McBee High School for the Poster portion are: 1st Place - Amber O'Neil, 2nd Place - Bridget Gainey, 3rd Place - Kacey Tyner. The winners for the Poetry portion are:1st Place - Shelby Wayne, 2nd Place - Sarah McDaniel, 3rd Place - Dustin Huether
Sarah McDaniel also won 2nd Place at the State Level and will move on to the Nationals.
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Cheraw Intermediate challenges parents' 'smarts'

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Students and parents of Cheraw Intermediate School enjoyed finding out how “smart” they were as they participated in the school’s version of the popular game show, complete with CIS’s very own “Jeff Foxworthy,” (fifth grade teacher Eric Forman), on Jan. 21.
The evening began with an overview of the PASS writing tests and a walk-through of the Extended Writing rubric, presented by Janice Kiser, Curriculum Coordinator. The game featured PASS-like passages and questions modeled after the editing portion of the writing test.
 Three parents were selected at random to participate as contestants in the game show, and were allowed to choose students to assist them. The parents answered many questions correctly.
However, inevitably, each one had to admit that he or she was NOT smarter than a fifth grader.
Pictured: Contestant Vickie Goodin, and her son, fifth grader Spencer Goodin.

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McBee Elementary raises money for Haiti

After seeing the devastation in Haiti following the earthquake students, faculty and staff of McBee Elementary School decided to raise money to aid the victims. 
For a $1.00 donation, the donor’s name was written on an earth card and displayed on a “We Care” Wall.  The school collected a total of $400 and presented a check to Mr. Willard Hill of the American Red Cross. 
Students learned the importance of global citizenship and helping others in need has no boundaries.
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Ashe named Classified Employee of the Month for February
Cheraw Primary School Instructional aide Elizabeth Ashe has been named the February Classified Employee of the Month for the Chesterfield County School District.
Ashe was nominated by Principal Gracyn Jackson.
"She has worked in many areas in our school for 29 years," says Jackson. "She handles all tasks with great responsibility and effectiveness. She is excellent with young children and 'wins over' the most reluctant learner."
Jackson adds Ashe graciously accepts any requests and jobs asked of her.
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition program is led by the district's Office of Public Information and includes a gift to the winner from the district's Administrator's Association.
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Kindergarteners place in poster contest

Six students from Petersburg Primary School placed in the 4H Fire Safety Poster Contest at the school level (K-2).
All of the winning students are in Nancy Plyler's kindergarten class.
The contest was sponsored by the Clemson Extension Office. They are students at Petersburg Primary. The winners include Aidan Cagle - 1st place school winner and 3rd Place County Winner; Sebrena Webber - 2nd Place school winner; Kylie Devine - Honorable Mention; Christian Nicholson - Honorable Mention; and Brianna Blackmon - Honorable Mention.
Pictured from left: Cagle, Webber, Devine, Nicholson, and Blackmon.
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Eight district teachers become nationally certified

Eight Chesterfield County School District teachers recently earned National Board Certification and were honored at the February School Board meeting.
Director of Teacher Quality Frances Patterson presented each of the newly certified teachers with a plaque honoring their accomplishment.
New National Board certified teachers include Donna Barefoot and Leigh Chewning (Chesterfield High), Angie Tucker (Edwards Elementary), Patricia Banasiewicz (Cheraw High), Lauren Griggs (Long Middle), Regina Johnson (McBee High), Nadine Cook (McBee Elementary), and Tiffany Aldrich (New Heights Middle).
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Cheraw High FBLA drives donations for Haiti

Dylan Alford, president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Cheraw High School, recently presented a check designated for Haiti Earthquake Relief in the amount of $1,300 to Lydia Coachman, Red Cross volunteer disaster action team member. 
Cheraw High School students, faculty, and staff contributed to this effort.  Family members of faculty members also made generous donations.  While FBLA spearheaded donation collection, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, French Club, and National Technical Honor Society also helped and donated to this worthwhile cause.
FBLA is the premier organization for students preparing for careers in business and the largest student business organization in the world with a quarter of a million members. FBLA prepares students for "real-world" professional experiences. Members gain the competitive edge for college and career success.
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McBee FBLA participates in annual conference

The McBee High chapter of Future Business Leaders of America experienced much success at the annual District Leadership Conference held recently.
Thirty-seven students competed against other schools from 12 different counties in a variety of business-related events. Some of the events included Sports Management, Spreadsheet Applications, Business Presentation, Impromptu Speaking, Business Law, Accounting, Web Site Development, and many more.
Thirty-one of these talented young men and women placed in the top five, qualifying them to continue to the state leadership conference in Charleston this March. The national competition will be held in Nashville this July. Any business or individual who would like to sponsor one of these talented young men and women may contact Regina Johnson at 843-335-5296.
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Name of Event

Participant Name


Accounting II

Briontae Black


Marquesia Stephens


Business Calculations

Amber Gainey


Business Procedures

Kolleen Stuhltrager


Computer Applications

Zhana Roary


Desktop Publishing

Taylor Smith

Jordan Craven


Desktop Publishing

Caleb Shuler

Kayla Johnson


Intro to Business Communication

Elsa Paredes


Jade Sowell


Spreadsheet Applications

Kaitlin Davis


Word Processing II

Katie Tyner


Web Site Development

Noel Raley


Business Law

Rosaura Paredes



Kaylyn Morris



Courtney Cullen


Impromptu Speaking I

Josh Kirven


Spreadsheet Applications

Kaitlin Davis


Business Presentation

Becky Centeno

Haley Allison

Anna Spencer Kelly

Alvaro Giraldo

Jarrett Smith

Ben Youngblood

Top 5 Teams

Middle Level Events

Career Exploration

Dristian Byrd


Desktop Publishing Applications

Farrah Byrd

Mae Conklin

Andrew VandenOever


Computer Slideshow

Madison Johnson

Dalen Anderson


Central band member chosen to all-state band

Ezekiel Webber, a sophomore student at Central High School, has been selected to perform in the Allstate Band March 12 through 14 in Greenville at Furman University.  
Webber is a trombonist in the Central Concert Band and the Central Marching Eagles. His studies as a band student started in sixth grade at New Heights Middle School.
Larry Farr, the band director at Central High says,  "I am extremely proud of Zeke's accomplishments as an outstanding student musician and I know that he has a very bright future in his chosen musical pursuits."
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Cheraw High senior wins county DAR award

Cheraw High Senior Georgia Harpe has been selected as the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Good Citizen by the faculty of Cheraw High School.  
This award is given to a senior who exemplifies, in an outstanding way, the qualities of good citizenship: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.  Harpe was also named the DAR Good Citizen of Chesterfield County after submission of an essay and examples of how she has demonstrated the qualities of a good citizen in her daily life.  
Harpe competed against other seniors from  Chesterfield County high schools to be given the distinction as the DAR Good Citizen of Chesterfield County.  Her transcripts and letters of reommendation from community leaders were also considered in the judging process.  She is now a participant in the state contest for an educational scholarship.
The DAR Good Citizen is sponosred by the Old Cheraws Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Pictured: Harpe (left) with Kay Spears of the Cheraw DAR.
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Students prescreen with Progress Energy

Six students from McBee and Central High Schools participated in the prescreening process for the Powers Career Program with Progress Energy early in 2010.
Tiffany Jones, Employment Testing Coordinator for the Carolinas, traveled from Raleigh to administer the CADi test to these students.  The students have applied for the Power Careers Program and are taking the CADI test to evaluate their skills and abilities prior to MASS testing.
Students will be provided a feedback session and in-depth profiles of their abilities later in early February.
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District honors junior scholars

The Chesterfield County School District recently recognized the area's junior scholars at a ceremony at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School.

The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed the State Department of Education during the 1985-85 school year to identify eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs.
The program includes a process for screening a potential talent pool of students by identifying and recognizing those students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability.  The program also includes summer opportunities in collaboration with participating South Carolina colleges and universities.
Eligible students who score 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math or writing, will be identified as South Carolina Junior Scholars.  Students who participate in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) during their seventh grade year, and who met the eligibility requirements as outlined by that program, and were identified and recognized by Duke TIP will automatically be identified as South Carolina Junior Scholars.
Those honored as junior scholars included Alayna Anderson, Campbell Douglas, Alexander Kirby, Amber Roberts, and Quantavious Watson, all of Chesterfield-Ruby Middle; Taylor Barefood, Bridget Gainey, Victoria Grant, Alexie Horton, Savannah McAlister, Sara McDaniel, Thomas Middleton, Alex Talbert, Kacy Tyner, and Shelby Wayne, all of McBee High; Aaron Dunn, Jensen Tomberlin, Andrew Truett, Michelle Grant, and Evelyn Nobles, all of Long Middle; Devin Coleman, Michael Hatcher, Aubree Houston, Jonathan Lowe, Heather McRorie, and Matthew Nicholson, all of New Heights Middle.
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Board member honored for 25 years of service
James Sweeney of the Chesterfield County School Board has been honored by the South Carolina School Boards Association for 25 years of service on the board.
“On behalf of the officers and the staff of SCSBA, thank you,” Executive Director Dr. Paul Krohne said in a letter to Sweeney last month. “You have played a critical role in guiding your district and have invested countless hours to improve public education.”
Sweeney was also recognized at the February Chesterfield County School Board for his years of service. SCSBA will officially recognize him at their annual convention later this year.
Sweeney said that it has been a pleasure to work with the school board for 25 years.
“I am gratified to be elected to serve my constituents and the people of Chesterfield County as a member of the school board,” says Sweeney.
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ScienceSouth coming to Cheraw Intermediate

ScienceSouth is coming to Cheraw Intermediate School
Chesterfield General Hospital has donated $4,200.00 to CIS to augment its science program.  This money has been designated to fund 12 days of highly engaging, hands-on standard based science workshops.
Students in each grade level will participate in two of the learning activities.  “I am so excited that Chesterfield General Hospital has afforded my students the opportunity to experience science instruction and discovery in a science lab environment,” Principal Scott Eddins says. “The students will be learning about topics ranging from animals and soil to the properties of light and the effects of pollution.”
ScienceSouth is a non-profit educational organization located in Florence.
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Chesterfield County School District shows gains on AYP

The Chesterfield County School District met 86.2 percent of the objectives in 2009 on the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), an improvement over the 2008 results, when the district met 69 percent of the objectives.
Chesterfield County Schools also reported a 78.9 percent graduation rate, better than the 73.7 percent state average. Chesterfield County was also higher than all surrounding counties, except for Darlington County’s 79.6 percent.
Central High School had the best graduation rate in the county at 83.1 percent.
AYP, a part of the No Child Left Behind Act, mandates that a district and school meet all objectives. No school district in South Carolina met all objectives and the state made 34 of its 37 goals, falling short of making AYP.
On the individual school level, Cheraw Intermediate School, Edwards Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, McBee Elementary School, Plainview Elementary School, and Ruby Elementary School met 100 percent of the objectives as required by law.
Pageland Elementary School also showed significant growth, meeting 88.9 percent of the objectives in 2009 after meeting 52 percent in 2008.
Four schools in Chesterfield County met all AYP objectives in 2008.
Primary school results have not been released by the state yet and aren’t expected until later in the year.
It is important to note that the percentage of proficient scores needed to meet an objective jumped dramatically for 2009 for high school students. In 2008, the percentage needed in English/Language Arts was 52.3 percent. Those rose to 71.3 percent in 2009. For math the percentage increased from 50 percent to 70 percent.
In 2009, fourteen out of 202 high schools in South Carolina met AYP goals, down from 63 last year.
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams said that he’s glad to see the improvements, adding that the district is pushing for even greater growth.
“As the level of what qualifies as ‘proficient’ increases in the coming years, we must also continue to make great strides to meet those standards,” says Williams.
Williams added that the gains seen in the county were especially encouraging in light of the tougher economic situation.
“Our schools, administrators, and teachers are making gains while also working with increasingly tighter budget constraints,” says Williams. “It’s a credit to their hard work and professionalism that our gains in educating our children continue as we see more and more budget cuts from the state.”
The No Child Left Behind Act raises the level necessary to meet an objective annually, with 100 percent proficiency scheduled by 2014, something State Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex recently addressed.
“No Child Left Behind’s basic goal is right on target – that schools should educate all children,” says Rex. “But more and more people are starting to realize how irrational the federal system is, and there’s a danger that the law will lose all credibility with the public.”
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McBee High recognized for 'rapid improvement' on ACT

McBee High School has been recognized by the State Department of Education for “rapid improvement” on the ACT for 2009.
McBee High was among fourteen high schools statewide to win a performance award for significant improvement on the ACT tests.
In their first year, the ACT/SAT Performance Improvement Awards (ASPI) were created to showcase schools that showed high performance on the ACT or SAT and those that have had rapid or continuous improvement in their scores.
According to Valerie Harrison, Deputy Superintendent of the Division of Standards and Learning at the SDE, the ASPI program has three types of awards for high performance and three types of awards for high improvement.
The award banners for the schools indicate Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude for the level of award given. McBee High School has been designated as Magna Cum Laude.
Improvement awards go to schools whose score exceeds the state average and level of significant improvement, and who show improvement over a three-year period.
McBee High Principal Dennis McDaniel said that the award confirms what he has seen at the school since he became principal.
“Our students are working hard to learn and achieve success, and our teachers are working hard to facilitate it,” says McDaniel. “More importantly, parents are being supportive of both students and teachers, which is the key to any sustained and measurable achievement.
“I am excited to see that the hard work for all of these groups is now being acknowledged. I believe that our school is among the best in the state, and now we have the numbers to prove it.”
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams said that the award is indicative of the performance of the faculty and students at McBee High.
“The faculty and staff at McBee High are doing a great job at preparing our students,” says Williams. “When you combine that with the hard work of the students, you are going to see positive results.”
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New Heights student wins state Jr. Beta Club award

Troy Hatcher, an eighth grade Jr. Beta Club member at New Heights Middle School, received the John W. Harris Leadership Award at the state Jr. Beta Club Convention held in Myrtle Beach in December.
Groups of students from New Heights Middle participated in the following competitions: Living Literature, Beta Club Banner, Group Talent (Step Team), Tower of Power, Quiz Bowl, Math Bowl, Science Bowl and Poster.  NHMS won first place in the Jr. Beta Club Banner Contest.  Eighth grade student Katherine Miller, sang the National Anthem during the Opening Session, with approximately 3,000 in attendance.
Each year, The National Beta Club recognizes deserving students in Junior and Senior Beta Clubs throughout the country with the John W. Harris Leadership Award. The success of these Beta members is an inspiration to all and serves as motivation to improve the school and community. The central theme for this year was "Leadership Through Service Builds Character." As a result, the criteria focused on proven leadership skills, services to school and community and character traits in the Beta Club Creed. Nominees must be a Beta in good standing.
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Area students attend SAT/ACT workshop

Forty-three students from Cheraw and McBee High Schools attended an ACT/ SAT Workshop at Cheraw High School on Jan. 21.  
The workshop was presented by Larry Mills, an expert in testing from Columbia.  
The workshop was funded by the Malloy Foundation.  Juniors and seniors who participated were looking to improve their scores for college entrance or scholarship purposes.
Pictured: Instructor Larry Mills, along with students Mary Haupert, Amber Jordan, and Linda Stallings.
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Cheraw High School Featured on Video Produced by the History Channel for National History Day

Cheraw High School sophomore Joshuah Campbell and Cheraw High School teacher Gail Ingram recently appeared on a video produced by the History Channel for National History Day. 
They were interviewed at the 2009 national contest held in June at the University of Maryland. At the awards ceremony, Joshuah Campbell received the senior award in African American History and came in
eighth place in the nation for his individual performance as Emmett Till.
The video is featured on the website for National History Day
and can also be seen by clicking here. (video may take several minutes to load)
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McBee Elementary hosts Science Night

On Jan. 7, McBee Elementary hosted a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Science night.  Following news from PTA President Barbara Kirkley and school Principal Dr. David Nutt, parents went down to classrooms, where teachers Nadine Crook and Terri Byrd walked third-sixth grade parents through how to help their child successfully complete their science project.
Pictured is of fifth grade teacher Terri Byrd.
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Chesterfield students get visit from Peace Corps

To supplement a research unit on African countries, Chesterfield High Media Specialist Melissa Mixon coordinated a visit from Peace Corps member Emily Paige Pusser and Peter DeMarco, a graduate student who received his Master’s degree from the University of Ghana
Pusser is a graduate of Chesterfield High School and Furman University.  She has served one year of a two-year commitment in Cameroon Africa with the Peace Corp.  Pusser and DeMarco presented a program in the media center to the history classes of Valerie Pusser, Emily’s mother, and Donna Barefoot.  They shared personal experiences about the culture of each country, showed traditional clothing and pictures from their travels. 
Of particular interest to the students were music videos of African groups. Not only did this activity enhance student learning, this experience showed students how they can make a difference in the world.
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Central band member chosen to region, state bands

Zeke Webber, a sophomore at Central High School, was selected for the South Carolina Region five Band as well as for the All State Band.  
Webber, a trombonist in the Central Marching and Concert Bands at Central High, auditioned this recently at West Florence High School. He was selected to perform with the Allstate Clinic band in March at Furman University in Greenville.
Webber has been in band since the sixth grade.
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District recognized by technology association

Chesterfield County School District was recognized by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET) at the annual SC Educational Technology Conference (SC EdTech 2009) held in Myrtle Beach, October 14-16, 2009.  
SCAET recognizes that there are many outstanding programs and activities in the state that showcase innovative uses of technology in education.  The SCAET Innovative Programs Award was established in an effort to honor those best practices. 
This program acknowledges South Carolina schools or districts as having exhibited excellence in the integration of technology in education. South Carolina schools continue to lead the way in educational technology and high quality work, both of which are exhibited by this year’s winning programs.  

The following is a short summary of Chesterfield County School District’s innovative technology program:

Program Title:  “The World in Our Lap”

Description: The program provides laptop computers to all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders along with two instructional technology coaches to assist teachers and students in adapting classroom instruction and student activities to make full and effective use of this equipment. The district plan provides a wide range of resources to teachers and students, including dedicated technology support staff, high-quality professional development, and curriculum-based digital content.  
EdTech, South Carolina’s premier educational technology conference, is designed to promote the use of educational technology to enhance student learning.  The mission of EdTech is to bring educators, administrators, technology professionals, college faculty and staff, public and academic librarians, business and industry trainers, industry representatives and policy makers together to think, discuss, listen and learn the best strategies to plan for, implement, and use educational technology in our schools. 
The South Carolina EdTech conference is planned and delivered by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET), represented by multiple South Carolina partners that include K-12, higher education, state government agencies, and telecommunications business partners.  Partner members of SCAET this year include:  The South Carolina State Department of Education, South Carolina Educational Television, South Carolina Association of School Librarians, South Carolina K-12 public schools, AT&T, Relational Technology Solutions, South Carolina Budget and Control Board – Division of State Information Technology, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and College of Charleston School of Education and Charleston Southern University.
Contributing to the program includes John Wagnon, former Technology Director; Brenda Lyles, Tech Coach; Plainview Elementary Teachers Laura Robbins, Beth Melton, Sandy Traylor, Sharon Griggs; McBee Elementary's Rita Huggins, Vicky Lucas; McBee High's Susan Farmer, Tonda McAllister, Melissa Hicks, Brandon Tedder, Tina Burke, Tonda Gainey, Donna Howle, Laura Lovelace, Frances McCluney; Principals Paul Anderson, Dennis McDaniel, David Nutt, and Assistant Principal Connie Townsend.
PHOTO: Chesterfield County Receives State Award for Implementing Research-based Strategies. Pictured from left are Don Cantrell of the state department of education, Pat Hendrickson, and Brenda Lyles, both Technology Coaches for Chesterfield County Schools.
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Drama Club enjoys the Off Broadway production of 'Grease'

New Heights Drama Club members traveled to Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte to see the off broadway production of "Grease" in early December.
The cast members gave exceptional performances, bringing back to life the characters from the original movie.  The 2006 American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, performed the part of Teen Angel. Following the production,  Hicks performed the hit single from his lastest CD.   
At the conclusion of the evening, the students had a chance to meet Taylor Hicks, get his autograph and pose for a photo. While signing autographs, Hicks talked with the students and encouraged them to continue pursuing their interests in the performing arts.
Observing the performers, their stage presence and choreography was a learning experience to help prepare for the upcoming school production on February 22 of "Beauty and the Beast."
Faculty sponsors for the Drama Club are Mary Beth Rollings and Susan Steele.
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Plainview Elementary student wins spelling bee title

Sixth Grader Kelcie Wilson of Plainview Elementary School took home the title of Chesterfield County's Spelling Bee winner in a competition held Jan. 12 at Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School.
Eleven contestants in grades fifth through eighth grade, who were designated as their school winner, competed for the title of the District Spelling Bee winner. Other winners include second place winner Saagar Patel, an eighth grader at Long Middle, and third place winne, My'Tiffany Jones, a sixth grader at New Heights Middle.
Wilson will represent the district at The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee in Charlotte on March 15.
Pictured: Wilson (right) with Assistant Superintendent J.R. Green.
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Cheraw Intermediate students raise money for PTO

Cheraw Intermediate School students recently sold cookie dough for a PTO fundraiser this year, with the top sellers earned a lunch out.
The students sold over $50,000. Jacob Lindsey was the top seller in the school, selling $900.  The top sellers earned a ride in a Hummer limo to lunch at Fatz restaurant and dessert at Kreme Kastle.
Pictured:From left to right, Tatyanna Bloomfield, Jacob Lindsey, Bailey Pace, Alex Baylor, Sincere Dixon, Logan Morris, Travis Rogers, Tre Tart, Noah Helms, Taylor Quick, and Qu'Shariya Decessard.
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CRMS parents return to school

As a part of its American Education Week Celebration, Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School hosted a Parent/Community Shadow day.
Over 120 parents and community members spent part or all of the day participating in classes with the students.
Pictured: Crystal Stowe completes a science lab with her seventh grade son, Chance.
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McBee FBLA attends fall conference

The McBee High School Future Business Leaders of America recently returned from the National Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Eighteen students gained valuable information from informative workshops, guest speakers, as well as networked with other students from around the north and south eastern United States. Workshops included topics such as personal finance, leadership skills, and nonverbal communication.
The students were all able to get together to discuss what they learned in each workshop and combine new ideas to make our chapter the best it can be. Guest speakers shared the importance of choosing the right friends and making wise decisions, as well as information about the March of Dimes.  
In addition to all of the FBLA conference activities, these students had the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World, some of them, for the first time. They visited the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. The students enjoyed all of the holiday decorations and music being played all around the Disney parks. Students also attended a fundraiser dance that collected money for the March of Dimes. 
The next activity this organization looks forward to is a competition in Sumter on January 30. Students will compete on the regional level in the hopes of moving on to state and national competitions in a variety of business-related events.
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McBee NTHS gives to community Angel Tree

The McBee High School National Technical Honor Society spent the morning of Dec. 11 wrapping, sorting and bagging up gifts for the Community Angel Tree.  The children received their gifts at a special Christmas Dinner prior to Christmas. 
The NTHS completes several service learning projects throughout the year; this is just one of many events they have planned.  The project began on Nov. 24 with a walk to the Town Hall and selection of the child each student wanted to sponsor.  Some students chose to share a child and others sponsored them independently. 
The NTHS bought gifts, clothing, toys and candy for children ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years.  A total of 15 children were sponsored. 
The next service project planned for the McBee NTHS is a Diabetes Awareness Walk. It will be open to the community.
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Chesterfield student receives recognition from USC

Christopher King, a junior at Chesterfield High School, was among the thirty-three recipients of a University of South Carolina designation of Carolina Master Scholar, awarded to middle and high school students on Dec. 4.  They earned a special certificate from the University.
These students constitute the sixth graduating class earning the designation of Carolina Master Scholar for their successful completion of at least three Adventure Series courses.  Adventure Series is a summer academic program for academically talented rising 6th-12th graders.  Adventure Series was chosen as “best program” by the nationally known University Continuing Education Association.
King attended the summer programs in 2004, 2005, and 2009.  The courses covered by King during these years were Adventures in America:  Patriotic Trips, Vex Robotics, and Bionanotechnology.   King also attended the Duke TIP scholars program during the summers of 2006-2008.
Pictured: King receives his certificate from Dr. Michael Amiridis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
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McBee High FFA Students represent S.C. at NYFEA Institute

A group of  McBee High School Seniors from the Agriculture Department were selected to represent South Carolina at the recent 2009 National Young Farmer’s Educational Association’s convention.  The purpose of this group is educating our Agricultural Leaders.  They were one of only two high schools selected to participate as over 60 students gathered for the Ag Communication Award program for young agriculture leaders.
This group was also provided the opportunity to learn the “ins and outs’ of agriculture leadership in the YALE (Young Agriculture Leadership Event) program sponsored by John Deere.  It allowed for extensive research in the careers available in the agriculture industry.
McBee High FFA members were invited to attend this leadership training session in Mobile, Al. in December.  Nine FFA members traveled to Mobile to participate and compete with NYFEA members from around the country in their Ag Communication Award Program. 
This was the third year in a row for the McBee FFA members to participate.  Along with the Ag Communication training, members participated in tours of Alabama agriculture that included such stops as the Mobile agriculture sea ports, the Auburn University Research Center, peanut farms, and many other areas of interest. 
The Institute concluded with a “Salute to Alabama Agriculture Recognition” banquet that featured the Ag Communication winners.  Pat Earle is the FFA Advisor at McBee High School.  Sponsors for this trip were The NYFEA,  Arbor One in Florence, SC, Chesterfield County School District, and the McBee FFA Chapter.
Members attending:  Front Row, L to R:   Amber Lewis, Stephanie Sarkany, Christy McCormick, Halee Melton, Rebecca O’Neal, Back Row, L to R:  Calin Jowers, Zach Earle, Jordan Tiller, Joseph McKenzie, and NYFEA President Jo Ann Williams.
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Wallace earns state accreditation
Wayne Wallace of Chesterfield County School District recently earned accreditation as a South Carolina Commercial Energy Manager.
Wallace, the district’s Procurement Director& Building Projects/Energy Manager, is one of 21 individuals in South Carolina to currently hold the title of Accredited Commercial Energy Manager. Wallace was among the first to attain the accreditation.
In order to earn accreditation, prospects have to meet standards on an exam on topics such as basic energy units, lighting, heating and air, and energy savings.
The S.C. Certified Energy Manager Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession.
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Ward named Classified Employee of the Month for November
McBee Elementary School Head Custodian Gail Ward has been named the November Classified Employee of the Month for the Chesterfield County School District.
Ward was nominated by Principal Dr. David Nutt.
"(Ward) sets high expectations for herself and her custodial crew," says Nutt. "We have the kind of clean school students deserve, and we have an excellent custodial staff leader in Gail Ward."
Nutt adds that a good school employee is hard working, trustworthy, takes pride in what they do, lends a hand to anyone in need, and leads by example.
"Ms. Ward displays all of those qualities," he adds.
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition program is led by the district's Office of Public Information and includes a gift to the winner from the district's Administrator's Association.
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Agrium Presents McBee FFA with Award

The McBee High FFA Chapter is this year’s recipient for Agrium’s Community Investment Fund Program because of their involvement within the community.  This program, funded by the Agrium Company, recognizes organizations that promote community involvement and encourage student participation in improving the community.  McBee High FFA Chapter’s mission statement is to promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success while being immersed in community development.
Agrium, in cooperation with the Hartsville Rainbow Operations, is a leading producer and marketer of fertilizer and a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services throughout North America and Argentina.  As one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of agricultural products and services, Agrium is as committed to nurturing communities as Hartsville Rainbow Operations is to growing safe, nutritious food.  Hartsville Rainbow Operations works in partnership with Agrium to maximize the potential of existing assets that contribute to the civic, health, development, cultural, youth, and environmental well-being of the community.  Agrium believes that the future is filled with growth opportunities and that by working together, we can grow the next generation in mind, body, spirit, and community.
Pictured: From L to R:Wendell Warr, Corey Luther, Kelley Lloyd, James Ownley, McBee FFA President Calin Jowers, Johnny Helms, McBee FFA Vice President Haylee Melton
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Cheraw Intermediate holds writing workshop

Cheraw Intermediate School recently held a collaborative writing workshop for parents and students, entitled “Creating a Memory Together.”
Participants worked together as parent/child teams to compose original poems. The evening concluded with multiple door prizes, and there were free gifts for everyone in attendance.
The poems are on display in the main hall of the school with accompanying photographs of the students and their parents.
The leadership of CIS has received wonderful feedback from the experience and looks forward to future collaborative parent workshops.
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Chesterfield High takes 2009-10 Academic Bowl title
Chesterfield High School took the title of Academic Bowl Champions of Chesterfield County after the season concluded on Dec. 8.
Chesterfield High was the winner in every subject area, which includes mathematics, social studies, science, language arts, and general knowledge.
The runner-up was Cheraw High School.
A banquet in honor of all district Academic Bowl participants, sponsored by WCRE and The Link, will be held in January.
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McBee students learn of Catawba culture

The third grade of McBee Elementary School traveled to Rock Hill on Nov. 23 to the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project to learn more about the Catawba people.
The third graders were also joined by students in Mrs. April Wright's class.
The students were told about the Catawba heritage and culture, and they also saw a demonstration of pottery making, which has been passed down for generations.  The Catawba used the clay available in their environment along the Catawba River to make beautiful pottery. 
The teachers got to play a game with rings that the early Native Americans played. The students also got to experience the music and dance of the Catawba people.  Everyone really enjoyed the “hoop dance” that was performed for them. 
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Cheraw Intermediate honors vets

Cheraw Intermediate School honored the veterans on Veteran's Day last month.
The fifth graders performed a touching ceremony that opened with the presentation of the colors by the Cheraw High MJROTC and included patriotic songs, "Taps", the "Table of Rememberance", and concluded with a slide show of picture of our local current soldiers and veterans.  
After the program, the veterans were invited to a reception with light refreshments.
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Links for e-transcript can be found on the right of each high school's home page.
New online transcript service goes live
Students can now receive a transcipt from any of the four high schools in Chesterfield County via e-transcript, a service that went live in early December.
Transcripts processed via e-Transcript are accurate and the service will help save time and money while providing convenient online ordering of transcripts for students. 
Links for the e-transcript service can be found under the "Quick Links" section of any Chesterfield County High School. The links are specific to each particular high school.
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McBee Elementary chorus spreading Christmas cheer

The McBee Elementary School Chorus has been bringing Christmas cheer this holiday season to various events in the region. 
They performed with The Twelve Irish Tenors at the Palace Theatre during the Palace’s “Christmastime” holiday presentation on Nov. 12.  A live manger scene accompanied them onstage while the children sang “Do You Hear What I Hear?/When a Child is Born” with the Tenors.  Adding to this excitement, artificial snow fell during the group’s final appearance onstage while they joined the Tenors in singing the classic “I Believe”. 
Filled with Christmas cheer, the group traveled to the Southern Christmas Show at The Mart (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart) in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 16.  The group presented their Christmas concert – “The Sounds of Christmas” – and then enjoyed the Christmas show before returning home.
The chorus also will be performed for the McBee Methodist Tree Lighting Service on Dec. 6 and presented “The Sound of Christmas” for the community on Dec. 7.  They will end the Christmas Season with their annual caroling trip to Morningside Assisted Living Center, Morrell Convalescent Center, and the Carriage House Convalescent Center in Hartsville on Dec. 14. 
The group has received many compliments on their performances and behavior during the entire season.  Working on difficult music and learning to perform in different facilities under varying conditions helps the young singers to develop performance skills that will build a foundation for many successes to come.  The McBee Elementary Chorus is under the direction of music teacher Stephanie Tiller
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McBee band wraps up successful first season

The Spirit of McBee High School marching band has just finished out its first season complete with excitement and honor.
The band began the process of learning the movement and music to their show “The Phantom of the Opera” with weekly rehearsals in June and Band Camp in July. 
“One of the neatest parts of McBee’s renewed music program has been the support of the other three High Schools,” says director Matthew Crawley. “Chesterfield, Central and Cheraw have all loaned supplies, advice, and instruments to help.  Even the more advanced kids at the other schools have stopped by during rehearsals to offer their talents to our younger students.  It truly is a testament, the sense of community that exists in our district!”
Once school started, rehearsals were held three to four days a week, and as the show progressed, the directors, students and parent volunteers worked to add props and other special touches to the production.  Throughout the semester, The Spirit has performed at football games, parades, community events, and has participated in two competitions (Hartsville and Loris) earning the rating of excellent at both.
The MHS music program is now changing gears as the students prepare for concert chorus, concert band, Region Band auditions, Winter Guard, Solo & Ensemble Festival, and finally a joint trip to the Disney Magic music days festival in April with the McBee Elementary Chorus.
“I’m very proud of the accomplishments the kids have made this year,” Crawley said. “I fully expected it to take about five years to accomplish what we’ve done in two.  I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes us”
The McBee High School music program is under the direction of Crawley with assistance by eighth grade ELA teacher Donna Howle.
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Students learn about fire safety, prevention

In recognition of Fire Safety & Prevention Week, the Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department spent the day at New Heights Middle School conducting fire safety and prevention sessions for students in grades 6-8 on earlier this fall. Students had a chance to meet and talk with our local volunteer firefighters, learn safety tips, prevention strategies, how to design a family escape plan and the proper procedures for using a fire extinguisher.
Chief Tommy Catoe and other volunteer firefighters collaborated with the Chesterfield County School District (CCSD) Transportation Department to set up an accident simulation scene. Once the students loaded the school bus, they were provided with the following scenario: "This is an accident simulation activity to help you learn proper bus evacuation techniques. Your bus has been involved in an accident with a tractor/trailer. The collision occurred on the right side of the bus. The main entrance is blocked and a fire has ignited. The bus is filling with smoke and you must use the other two exits to evacuate the bus and get to safety." Bus drivers had the opportunity to participate in the safety drill with the students. "This is an excellent teaching tool for students and a good opportunity for bus drivers to gain additional insight as to how the students may respond in this type of incident" remarked Gerald Sellers, Certified District Trainer for the CCSD Transportation Department. Following the simulation, Chief Tommy Catoe talked with students about the importance of learning the safety techniques. He remarked, "We hope you are never in this kind of situation. But if you are, you need to know what to do. Knowing how to respond can save your life, and possibly the lives of others."
At the end of the school day, the Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department led a simulation activity in the school. Students learned additional evacuation techniques, in case a fire occurs inside the school building and hallways are blocked. New Heights would like to thank Chief Tommy Catoe and all the volunteers who spent their time at the school on October 8. We would also like to thank the CCSD Transportation Department for allowing Sandhill to use one of the buses in creating the mock accident. To learn more about home safety precautions, contact the Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department at 843-658-3220.
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School Board member passes
School Board member Linda Blackwell-Frasier, a representative of district two who served the Pageland area, died last Nov. 27 after a bout with cancer.
Chesterfield County School Superintendent Dr. John Williams said he was saddened by Frasier’s death and sent his condolences to the Frasier family.
“Sitting on the school board is a selfless task, especially if you run (for the board) for the right reason. And I feel Linda did that,” Williams said. "She was a calming voice on the school board, and the decisions she made were always based on what she felt was in the best interest of the children. She will greatly be missed.”
Frasier was in her third year on the board. Williams said he was unsure if a special election would be held to fill Frasier’s seat, adding a meeting would be held to discuss how it should be handled.
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Chesterfield-Ruby Middle honors vets

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School honored veterans in a big way on Nov. 11.  Following the town of Chesterfield’s Veterans’ Day program, over 60 veterans, which included family members and friends of students and staff members, as well as community members without direct ties to CRMS, were treated to a complimentary lunch and program.
Will King, Alex Kirby, Dakota Rivers, Keyshawn Melton and David McClaurin, members of the CRMS brass ensemble played a musical tribute, Adam Caskey, a student, and Dr. Andrea Hampton, principal, also presented a tribute to the veterans. Howard Rogers and Forrest White also expressed their appreciation to the student body and encouraged students to take their school work seriously.  The Leonard family in partnership with Dizzy Lizard gave veterans a gift certificate for a free meal. 
The hallways of CRMS were transformed into a Veteran Museum that used as its theme “CRMS Honors All Who Served!”   The “museum” included poems, essays, photos and other memorabilia focused on emphasizing the importance of patriotism and showing the veterans how much they are appreciated. 
“It is important for us to recognize veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country and to teach our students the value of patriotism and being committed to a cause,” remarked Hampton.
Pictured is Madyson Scott (eighth grader) and Grandfather, Frederick Gaskins (Air Force)
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Chesterfield-Ruby Middle raises money for cancer

As a part of the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School hosted its first Powder Puff football game last month.
Over 300 members of the school family and community came out to support this event. The final score was 14-6 with the eighth graders taking the win on the score board and everyone taking the win by taking one step closer to finding a cure.
Student Government members used the event as an opportunity to share information from the American Cancer Society regarding prevention of the disease.
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Cheraw NTHS collects food for the needy

The National Technical Honor Society of Cheraw High School recently sponsored the annual food drive and collected over 1600 items. 
The non-perishable items were donated to the Lions Club food bank, which is planning to service the needs of forty families over the holiday season in the Cheraw area.  
Mrs. Lyall White's AP calculus class won the competition and will receive a Bojangles breakfast as a reward from the NTHS. 
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Cheraw Intermediate students win contest

All three winners of the Jazz Festival’s “Toot Your Horn” coloring contest – sponsored by Hospice of Chesterfield County - were from Laura Harris’ fifth grade class at Cheraw Intermediate School.
There were three winners from grades K – 2 and three from grades 3 – 5.
The winners from Mrs. Harris’ class were:  Ka’Lecia Ratliff (1st place), Mylene Gonzales (2nd place) and Amber Griggs (3rd place).  These girls won a bike horn and gift certificates to Wal-mart.
The first place winner received a brand new bike.
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Central High Concert Choir presents fall concert

The Central High School Concert Choir performed their fall concert on Oct. 15, entitled "Broadway Ladies" featuring "Fever," "Hey Big Spender," "We're in the Money," and "Whatever Lola Wants."
There were nearly a hundred parents and students in attendance. The chorus sang, danced and even provided a little comedy.  
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Cheraw Primary learns about fire safety

Cheraw Primary School students celebrated Fire Safety Month in October.  In conjunction with the celebration, Cheraw Fire Department led in a program for the students.  
The students were able to meet Sparky and Pluggy along with many of the local firefighters.  Students were then introduced to a fireman dressed in full gear and then shown the water canon.  
At the end of the program, students were able to get a closer look at the firetrucks and speak with the firemen individually.
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McBee FFA wins national recognition

The National FFA Organization recently selected from a pool of more than 600 candidates nationwide the McBee High School FFA Chapter as a 3-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program. The chapter members were invited to attend the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24, where they were recognized for this honor.
The award program is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Chapter Award recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). Each activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: student, chapter, or community development.  Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two- or three-star rating on their application. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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 for more information.
Pictured: Front row: Jordan Caddell, Caitlin Isgett, Courtney Cullen. Second row: Becky Centeno, Haylee Melton, Christy McCormic, Courtney Threatt, Amber Lewis. Third Row: Stephanie Sarkany, Jordan Tiller, Lauren Hobgood, Rebecca O’Neal, Tanner Gardner, Calin Jowers. Back row: Joseph McKenzie, Josh Kirven, Zach Earle, Greg McDonald, Clay Garrison.
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Noted author visits Cheraw Primary

Jerry Pallotta, popular children's author, recently visited Cheraw Primary School.  
Pallotta has written many alphabet and number books as well as other children's books.  Pallotta shared with the students some of his books.  He also encouraged the students to write their own books by providing for them insight into how he created his books.  
Concluding his visit, Pallotta took time to sign many of his books for the students of Cheraw Primary.
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Chesterfield High C-Bay students attend seminar

Seven C-Bay employees from Chesterfield High School attended the Virtual Enterprise Fall Business Plan Seminar this past October.
The event was held at the Journalism school at the University of South Carolina.   Students attending the seminar were: Sherri Bracy, Jeffrey Davis, Robert Ratliff, Anna Lindsey, Kristen Gilmore, Erik Hunter and Richard Jones, all are currently taking the Virtual Enterprise class. 
Topics included the marketing plan, developing a web site, responsibilities of the Human Resources Department, professional dress and oral and written business plan. 
The students will use this information to begin operation of C-Bay for the 2009-10 school year.  They will also submit a business plan to the VE bank to receive a virtual loan to help with set up cost.  They plan to enter their Business Plan in the VE Business Plan competition in December in hopes of capturing a winning presentation.
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McBee Elementary holds annual Fall Carnival

McBee Elementary School held their annual Fall Carnival on Oct. 22.  At the carnival, students enjoyed, inflatables, a disco room, Twister, Bingo, cake walks, and numerous booths run by the teachers.
Pictured are two students at one of the most popular booths.  This booth, run by third grade teachers Shannon Outlaw and Nadine Crook, required students to race to be the first one to eat a chocolate donut that was suspended from a string while having their hands tied behind their back.
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Wallace (top); Grantham and Tipton
District awarded energy grant
The Chesterfield County School District has been awarded a $263,669 energy grant by the South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO).
The grant, written by Procurement Director& Building Projects/Energy Manager Wayne Wallace, will help the district meet the guidelines set by House Bill H*4766, which states that public school districts will have to reduce energy consumption by at least 1% annually for five consecutive years and by 20% by the year 2020.
The project is estimated to save the District $67,142 per year in energy savings. This will result in a simple payback period of 3.93 years.  The projected life cycle cost savings to the district is $1,342,848.  Also the project will save 513.1 metric tons of CO2 that would have been released into the environment.

Chesterfield County School District’s project includes:
- Expand the existing Energy Management system (Direct Digital Control System) that was installed during the building program.  By expanding the current system the district can further control/reduce energy usage as well as allow district personnel to operate more efficiently.
- Install direct digital controls on 120 HVAC units in the original buildings at Cheraw High and Central High and network to existing energy management system.
- Install direct digital controls on HVAC units in Cheraw Intermediate School and Pageland Elementary School and network to existing energy management system.
- Re-commission the existing direct digital control systems in McBee Elementary and Ruby Elementary.
- Install DEMS (Digital Energy Monitors) in Cheraw Primary, McBee Elementary, Plainview Elementary and Ruby Elementary to monitor power usage.

The Energy Management System allows the district’s maintenance staff of Bryan Tipton and Synklyer Grantham to monitor the HVAC systems at each school that has the Energy Management system. In many cases they can fix or trouble shoot the unit before going to the actual school.
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Barfield named Classified Employee of the Month for October
Edwards Elementary School Secretary Cecelia Barfield has been named the October Classified Employee of the Month for the Chesterfield County School District.
Barfield was nominated by Principal Vickie Buckner.
"Mrs. Barfield always has a warm smile and a hello for anyone who enters the office," says Buckner. "She is the only person I know that handles paperwork, answers the phone, and helps a visitor, all at the same time, without skipping a beat."
"She plays a very large part in keeping Edwards running as smoothly as it does."
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition program is led by the district's Office of Public Information and includes a gift to the winner from the district's Administrator's Association.
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Edwards Elementary participates in Red Ribbon Week

Edwards Elementary School kicked off Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 – 30 with crazy hair day. Each day of the week will have a theme to reinforce to students to be drug free. Monday’s theme was “Being drug free comes in cans – I can. You can. We can.”  Students were encouraged to bring in canned foods to assist with a canned food drive. Students can wear crazy hair to school.
During the week classes at Edwards Elementary also collected 1039 cans to be donated to Chesterfield Baptist’s Food Pantry.   Tina Anderson’s afternoon child development class collected the most cans.  They collected 93 cans.
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Lead nurse Mary Alice Matthews discusses H1N1 with other school nurses.
Chesterfield County schools to offer vaccines for H1N1
Chesterfield County schools will soon begin vaccinating for the H1N1 virus, beginning in mid-November, given only to those with written parental permission.
This vaccination will be free of charge.
The vaccinations will begin with primary, elementary, and middle school aged children, who will be among the first to get the vaccination. All students are eligible for the vaccination, provided that parents provide written permission on the consent form. Parents received information about the vaccine last week. Consent forms were also sent home and should be returned to the school within 7 to 10 days.
Mary Alice Matthews, the lead school nurse for the Chesterfield County School District, says that nurses in all schools have experienced a significant increase in the number of students with flu-like illnesses. She strongly recommends that parents read the information about the vaccine carefully and decide whether they would like their child to receive the vaccine.
“Vaccines will also be available at the health department and at their physician's office, should parents prefer," says Matthews. 
She also encourages parents to contact the school nurse if they have questions about the H1N1 vaccine or need further information regarding the clinics at school.
Once all formed are returned by the deadline, schools will notify the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), who then will come to the individual schools on a scheduled date to give the vaccines. According to DHEC the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing the flu and has been proven to be as safe as the vaccine given for the seasonal flu.
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. John Williams says that this is a wonderful service that DHEC, the schools, and the school nurses are providing for the community.
“The children's safety is always foremost in our minds,” adds Williams.
It also important to note that children aged ten and under must receive two vaccinations and those vaccinations must be exactly 21 days apart. DHEC will return to individual schools to administer the second round of vaccinations as well.

DHEC also suggests the following to slow the spread of flu germs:

- Talk with your child about hand washing. Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water helps to remove germs and viruses. Children should wash their hands for about 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Teach your child to cover his or her mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then to throw the tissue away. Your child can cough or sneeze into his or her upper sleeve if no tissue is handy. Wash hands afterwards.
- Encourage your child to eat healthy foods, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
- Keep your child home if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees of higher and a cough or sore throat for which there is no known cause. Call your child’s school and tell them your child’s symptoms. In most cases, your child can return to school after he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
- Make sure the school has a way to reach you during the school day. Students who become ill at school with flu-like symptoms may have to be sent home.
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McBee Elementary hosts parents for lunch

The McBee Elementary School Food Service Staff Celebrated National School Lunch Week Oct.12 and15.
McBee Elementary had 126 adults eating with their children and seemed to enjoy the lunch menu a lot.
"We look forward to having them again next year or sooner," says Principal Dr. David Nutt. "We invite parents and guest to come eat with their children anytime during the school."
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Cheraw Intermediate learns about fire safety

In recognition of October as Fire Safety Month, Cheraw Intermediate School recently held a number of activities and experiences for the students to learn about fire safety. 
The third grade students were treated to a fire safety program by the Cheraw Fire Department which included firemen, Pluggy, Sparky, and the fire truck.  The sirens and water cannon excited the children, but not as much as the afternoon fire drill. 
The Fire Department brought their theater smoke machines and "smoked up" the halls; therefore, the students had to exit the building through the windows.  This was "fun" for the children but more importantly, a valuable preparation and practice in case of a real fire.
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Brown signs an autograph.
New Heights highlights women in arts, sports

An assembly highlighting women in arts and professional sports took place in September at New Heights Middle School.
Sheila Medlin’s sixth grade Music Appreciation Classes and all their sixth rade classmates enjoyed the musical performance of rising professional singer/song writer and guitarist, Karla Davis. Gabrielle “Gabby” DiMora joined Karla, serving as her manager and sound technician.  DiMora also maintains a webpage to highlight Davis’ musical career. The trio of special guests was completed by the appearance of Tiffany Brown, a professional basketball player. The young ladies had the privilege of attending a middle school under the leadership of Principal Larry Stinson where they were involved in athletics.
At the beginning of the assembly Stinson announced that one student would be selected to receive an autographed copy of Karla’s most recent CD. The student would be selected based on his or her attentiveness and appreciation for Karla’s music style.  During the performance, Davis talked with the students about dedication, determination and learning how to be resilient. “Failures are not a sign of defeat”, remarked Davis, “but a reflection of attempts to succeed. Did you know that Michael Jordan did not make the varsity basketball team at his high school, the first time he tried?” 
Davis encouraged the students to avoid focusing on the negative remarks from others when trying something new.  She explained that with determination, dedication and resiliency, any student can become a professional that leaves a lasting impression on the minds of everyone.  Following Davis’ musical performance, sixth grade student Paige Costello received the autographed CD.
Assistant Principal Matt Brantley had the opportunity to play one-on-one with Tiffany Brown. Then, eighth grade student Jamyia Tyson, took her turn playing H-O-R-S-E with Brown.  “Jamyia is becoming an excellent athlete”, remarked Stinson, as he introduced Tyson to Brown.
Both young ladies exhibited their competitive nature. Following the activities, the special guests took time to talk, one-on-one, with the sixth graders and sign autographs.
Brown will soon begin an overseas tour in Turkey, living her dream to play on a professional basketball team. When asked about plans for the future, Davis responded, “I am moving to Nashville and will be working with songwriters and producers to try and further my music career.”
DiMora responded, “I’ve been an athlete my whole life and would love to coach, but my heart is with music and having the opportunity to manage Karla and be a part of this awesome adventure is a dream come true. I will do that as long as I can.”
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McBee AR Club donates to local charity

McBee High School's 100 Point Club recently completed a service learning project in collaboration with Carolina Pines in Hartsville.
Students sold hearts to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Lori Rivers, Director of Education at Carolina Pines, came on Oct. 9 to accept a check for $158 from the students. Students who sold at least five hearts were treated to a cupcake party in the Media Center.
This club has another service learning project planned beginning Oct. 12 - Dec.11 for the Paws and Claws Animal Shelter. Anyone wishing to contribute items for the animals may call Debbie Johnson, Media Specialist, at 843-335-8535. The shelter can use dog food, canned or dry; cat food, canned or dry; clean used towels and blankets; kitty litter; toys; leashes and collars; disinfectants; laundry items; and cash.
Students earn 100 AR points each year to become  members of the 100 Point Club.
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Cheraw High students take citizenship test

To honor National Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the Cheraw High School Social Studies Department (Department Head Gail Ingram, Carrie Allen, Quinn Alford, Celia English, Shannon Johnson, Carla Reid, and Tom Veasey) gave all of their students a 30-item version of the new Citizenship Test. This new civics test, which all immigrants going through the naturalization process must pass, went into effect on Oct. 1.  In addition to passing a reading and writing test of English proficiency, immigrants must pass an exam that some say is much harder than the one it replaced. Immigrants must answer six out of ten questions correctly. The questions are selected from a list of 100 and the test is given orally. Immigrants have two chances to pass. The 100 questions attempt to summarize the basic concepts of American democracy.
Cheraw High School had 567 students to take the Citizenship Test. The top-scoring students were:
Eleventh Grade: John Gathings (who made a perfect score of 30), Trey Dordal  and Nikki Walters ( who made 26); 10th Grade: Joshuah Campbell, Jacob Crouse, and Graham Kiser (who all scored 27); 9th Grade: Jonathan Chavis, Chris Dixon, Billy Dang, and Donovan Rouseau (who all scored 25). No seniors took the test.
The questions on the Cheraw High School version of the test included:
What is the supreme law of the land?
Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators?
How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
Where is the Statue of Liberty?
Why does the flag have 50 stars?
A daily question from the new Citizenship Test now appears on the announcements sheet for Cheraw High School. Teachers are asked to read aloud the question to see if their students know the answer. If the students and the teachers do not know the answers, they are asked to consult a member of the Social Studies Department. After all 100 questions appear in the daily announcements, another version of the Citizenship Test will be administered in mid-March in the social studies classes.
Photo: (left to right) Donavan Rouseau, Jonathan Chavis, John Gathings (perfect scorer), Billy Dang, Graham Kiser, Jacob Crouse, Joshuah Campbell, and Niki Walters (Not pictured: Trey Dordal, and Chris Dixon)
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Principal honored at New Heights Middle

The students and faculty/staff members at New Heights Middle School surprised Principal Larry Stinson with special birthday wishes and gestures of appreciation throughout the day on Sept. 29.
During morning announcements televised throughout the school, Stinson enjoyed special music provided by Ben Kendall of First Baptist Church in Pageland. Ben helped start the day by singing “We’ll Follow the Old Man”, a song from the classic musical White Christmas starring Bing Crosby. Then, Ben asked the entire school to join him in singing “Happy Birthday”, filling the hallways with voices of hundreds of children and the NHMS faculty/staff. The huge cake and refreshments were coordinated by Laura Miller.  Crystal Oliver, Virginia Mills and several other members of the New Heights Middle team prepared items for the delicious feast.
At the end of the day, everyone in the building gathered around the Hawk to present Stinson with gifts, cards and a memory album. The statue shown in the photo was a true representation of Mr. Stinson. As Barbara Leaird explained during the presentation, “Mr. Stinson, the statue represents the story you shared with us about the fatherless son, the spiritual father that you represent daily, and the father-figure you are to so many in this building. We can never repay you for what you have done for us.  We can only remember to pay it forward.”
The memory album contained the signatures and birthday wishes of students in every homeroom, every faculty/staff member and photos to help him remember all the great things that have happened at New Heights over the past two years.
“Trying to keep everything from him was a challenge, but we braved the task with persistence,” said faculty member Karen Brock. NHMS Teacher of the Year Angie Bush added, “Mr. Stinson has given so much to everyone in this building, we wanted to be able to give something back to him and let him know how much we appreciate everything he has done for our students and for us.”
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District awarded $220,000 technology grant

Chesterfield County School District has been notified by the S.C. State Department of Education that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $220,000 for the current school year.
The funding is available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Federal Stimulus Program) and will be directed toward the program goals of integrating technology into students’ daily instruction to enhance their interest and mastery. Each school in the district will benefit from this funding, which will help create 21st Century classrooms throughout Chesterfield County.
Technology coaches Pat Hendrickson and Brenda Lyles developed the proposal and were assisted by John Wagnon, former Director of Technology and Incentives. The award was scored one of the highest in the competition among 52 other districts, allowing Chesterfield County to receive one of the greatest levels of funding in the state.
"I look forward to the opportunity to make meaningful connections for the students, using strategies that meet the needs of our teachers and support curriculum and technology standards," says Hendrickson.
Lyles said that she is thrilled to have won the funding.
“Burning the midnight oil and working over the weekends really paid off this time,” adds Lyles. “We technology coaches are endeavoring to embed technology rich lessons into classrooms for teachers and students and institute the new ISTE standards, which are pretty stringent. These funds will help us make great strides in accomplishing our goals this year."
Current Director of Technology and Incentives Deborah Wimberly said that she is excited that the district will be able to provide these new projects to students in Chesterfield County.
“I commend the work of Pat Hendrickson, Brenda Lyles and John Wagnon in securing funding that enhances student education,” says Wimberly. “The students and staff of Chesterfield should be very proud of their work.”
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New button allows website users to share, bookmark articles

A new feature of the Chesterfield County School District website will allow users to share articles via Facebook, Twitter, email, and over 100 other internet services.
Some of the available services are for sharing and bookmarking, others are "utilities" like printing and translation.
Available at the end of most articles, the button allows teachers and students to share articles on most services when not on campus. Anyone off of campus can use the button to access the services.
Long Middle holds annual Family Fun Day

Car bashing, rock climbing, face painting, bingo, tricycle riding, air jumping, hay rides, basket ball, dunking the principal, sidewalk chalk drawing, a health fair, a petting zoo, food and drink galore were all a part of the Long Middle School’s tenth annual Family Fun Day held Saturday, Oct. 3.
The annual event began ten years ago as a part of the school’s School Improvement Plan. It was so successful that the school has continued the day.
At Long, the concept is to promote good relations with parents, students, and community by setting aside a day where “the school” environment is almost eliminated. It is a day that all can mingle and relax, dance a few steps at music provided by a DJ, dunk Principal Dannie Blair for a good cause (Relay for Life), and to let the community know that they can come to Long Middle anytime.
All items such as water, drinks, and food, tents, dunking booth, and air jump are donated by the organizations and local business partners. To make the day successful, several community organizations and volunteers gave their support.
The event is co-sponsored by the Long Middle Improvement Council and PTO.
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McBee Elementary students earn limo ride

The top twelve students from the McBee Elementary School PTA fundraiser were rewarded by getting to ride from the school to Chucky Cheese in Florence in a limousine on Oct. 16.  
The students who got to go were included  Landon McAteer, Cole Brigman, Hannah Horton, Ace Tolson, Chad Brown, Madison Gainey, Noah McKenzie, Zack Middleton, Abby Childers, Jacob Horton, Blazlee Dixon, and Blade Dixon.
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"We commend Dr. Williams for a job well done."
-Board Chairman Chad Vick

School Board extends contract of superintendent

The Chesterfield County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to extend the contract of Superintendent
Dr. John E. Williams through June 30, 2012.
The extension comes after the board’s annual evaluation process, where each board member reviewed Williams’ job performance in seven areas. After the evaluation, Williams’ rating fell between “Very Competent” and “Outstanding.”
"I'm pleased to announce Dr. Williams scored the highest rating of his tenure as superintendent this year,” says Board Chairman Chad Vick.  This evaluation is a reflection of Dr Williams' progress as superintendent, as well as the direction of our school district as a whole.  Our district continues to show positive educational advancements despite the negative financial economy.  
“We commend Dr. Williams for a job well done."
The board voted 8-0 to extend Williams’ contract with Board Member Linda Frasier absent from the meeting.
Based on the board’s positive evaluation, the school board also voted 8-0 to maintain Williams’ current salary of $132,500.
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Edwards celebrates fundraiser program

On October 5, Edwards Elementary School celebrated with an ice cream party, money wheel and money machine for those students that reached a particular goal in the school's PTO fundraiser program. The parents of Edwards' students were able to raise approximately $10,000 for the school. The PTO goal this year was to raise enough money to put tinting on all the classroom windows.
Japanese Club formed at Cheraw High

A new club has been formed at Cheraw High School this year. Sponsored by Gail Ingram, who is half-Japanese, the Japanese Culture Club is open to all students.
The club meets once a month and students are encouraged to make presentations about their own interests in Japanese culture. The August meeting featured a slide show of photographs taken by Ingram's son, who taught English in Japan last year.  The September meeting featured student presentations about origami (the art of paper folding) and manga (Japanese comics). The October meeting will include a presentation about anime, the popular Japanese animated cartoons.
Ingram hopes to teach the students about the history of Japan and some basic Japanese language phrases during the year. A group meal at a local Japanese restaurant is scheduled after she teaches students to use chopsticks.
Some of the club members and their parents are going to Japan with Mrs. Ingram during the 2011 spring break.  It will be Ingram's 20th group tour and second tour to Japan with students and parents.
The Japanese Culture Club offers an opportunity for these students to prepare for their upcoming tour and to share their travel experiences with other students. The 2009-2010 club officers are: President Laura Brabham, Vice-President Rachel Marsh, Secretary Graham Kiser, and Treasurer Teeshia Wilson.
Photo Caption: Members of the Japanese Club pose with their origami samurai helmets (called kabuto in Japanese).
Edwards honors grandparents

Edwards Elementary School celebrated Grandparents Day on Sept. 11 with a special breakfast for all grandparents.
Students were able to enjoy an early meal with their grandparents in the school cafeteria. Grandparents were then invited to join their grandchild in the classroom if they wished.
A special token for all attendees was given out at the door as a momento for the occasion.
Zach Keefe, Garret Pickrel, and Joel Keefe in front of their award-winning NHD exhibit
Cheraw students' project presented in Gallery

During the month of September, a collection of paintings and ceramics, created by Katheren Grishas Clark, was on display at the Burr Gallery in the Cheraw Community Center. Mrs. Clark was the subject of a National History Day (NHD) project created by Mrs. Clark’s great-grandson, Garrett Pickrel, and his two partners, Joel and Zach Keefe, now sophomores at Cheraw High School
For the 2009 NHD contest, a requirement in Gail Ingram’s 9th grade world history classes, Garrett, Joel, and Zach created a senior group exhibit about Mrs. Clark. The 2009 NHD theme was “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” Their project went on to win a gold medal at the state NHD contest, along with the South Caroliniana Award for the best research using SC primary sources. Their teacher proposed the idea of an art exhibit to the students and to Mrs. Dee Dee Pickrel, one of Mrs. Clark’s granddaughters and Garrett’s mother.  
Katheren Grishas Clark was a well-known South Carolina portrait painter and ceramics artist who was born in Riga, Latvia in 1908, and died in West Columbia, SC, in 1991, at the age of 83. Mrs. Clark lived in Riga until 1944, where she studied art and was the head of the art department in a famous ceramics and porcelain factory. In 1944, Mrs. Clark, and her young daughter Violette, moved to Berlin as they tried to flee from Soviet troops. They ended up huddled in a cellar with little food for two weeks during the siege and fall of Berlin in 1945. After the war, they spent four years in a displaced persons camp. They were finally able to make their “Journey to the America” (the name of a watercolor she painted while on the boat that took her here) in 1950.
Mrs. Clark was able to come to America, thanks to the Lutheran Resettlement Service, organized to bring outstanding artists and scientists to this country from among the refugees who fled either Nazi or Soviet troops during World War II and who became displaced persons as a result of the war. Mrs. Clark found work as an art teacher at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School in West Columbia, SC. She was also an artist with a private studio who soon became a well-known portrait painter. Her portrait of Governor James F. Byrnes now hangs in the South Carolina State House in Columbia. Mrs. Clark became a U.S. citizen in 1957.
The students’ research, using an extensive number of primary and secondary sources, included interviews with Mrs.Clark’s granddaughters and friends of the artist. They also used family scrapbooks, containing artworks, personal documents, and photographs, to help bring to life the legacy of this talented woman who lived an extraordinary life. Thanks to the art exhibit, many people  were able to enjoy Mrs. Clark’s paintings and ceramics.
See You at the Pole Day observed at New Heights Middle

Individuals joined together outside New Heights Middle School at 7:30 a.m. in recognition of the “National See You at the Pole Rally” on Sept. 23.
The national event began several years ago as a student-led activity to embrace the opportunity to join in praise, song and prayer, and seek guidance and protection over everyone who enters the halls of learning. Each year, students and faculty across the Nation are invited to participate in a rally at their local school. Participation is voluntary.
The “See you at the Pole Rally" was led by Principal Larry Stinson and supported by students, parents, and faculty.
New IT Director begins duties in Chesterfield County School District

Deborah Wimberly officially began her duties as Director of Information Technology for Chesterfield County School District on Oct. 1, and she says that she is already very impressed with the IT staff that she has inherited.
“ It is obvious that the team in the technology department is top notch and I am really looking forward to working with them to serve the students and staff in the district,” Wimberly said during her first day on the job. “I am very excited to be a part of Chesterfield County School District. Educational technology has always been a passion for me.”
Wimberly spent the last eleven years in the Marlboro County School District, where she held the title of Executive Director of Technology and Communications for eight years. She also served as a media specialist, a principal, and as the Director of Federal Programs during her time in Marlboro County.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams says that Wimberly’s experience is going to benefit the district.
“She’s got a proven track record in administration and information technology that makes her a valuable new asset to our team in Chesterfield County,” says Williams. “Our IT Department has a stellar reputation around the state and we know that Deborah is going to continue to build upon that reputation.”
Wimberly replaces John Wagnon, who retired from the position during the summer.
“John was an outstanding leader for this district,” says Wimberly. “He leaves very big shoes to fill but I'm thrilled with the opportunity and look forward to working in Chesterfield County.”
Wimberly earned a Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Florida. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education from the University of Florida.
Wilkerson leads a music class.
Cheraw Primary teachers awarded grants

Two Cheraw Primary School teachers have recently been awarded grant to assist in classroom instruction.
Gina Wilkerson, music teacher, applied for a special project grant entitled, “Instruments for Improving Education.”  This grant provides $3500 for purchase of instruments.  Half size guitars will be purchased for 2nd grade and orff instruments (xylophones) for Kindergarten and 1st grade.  Students, through exposure to instrumental music, will benefit not only in music class but all subjects and will hopefully increase attendance because of the excitement of coming to music and playing those instruments.  
Wendy McIntyre, Kindergarten teacher, also applied for a grant that supplied her classroom with three tape recorders and fifty blank cassettes.  The students will use these materials to record books.  The books they record will be taken home with a tape recorder so that they can play it for their family.  A blank cassette will also be sent so that the parent can share their favorite book on tape with the class.  The student will bring back their book and cassette and their parent's book and cassette and put them in our library so that they can be shared with the class.  This grant is designed to encourage students to want to read more, and for parent's to actively participate in promoting their child's reading.
Local food service staff, manager win state awards

Gloria Clyburn, Food Service Manager at Petersburg Primary, and the food service staff at McBee Elementary have been selected as state award winners for 2008-2009 school year.
Clyburn has been selected by the School Nutrition Association of South Carolina as the State "School Nutrition Star of the Year." To be recognized for this award, a food service employee must have exemplified exceptional behavior in their area of expertise, must be a certified member of the association, have a 97% attendance record during the past school year, and receive certification credits for attending professional development classes. The state winner will be recognized at the annual conference in Greenville on Oct. 23 and will receive an engraved plaque and a cash award of $300.
The McBee Elementary food service staff of Judy Leidig, Mary Melton, Margaret Oliver, Lisa McKenzie and Jan Horton has been selected as the “Cafeteria Team of the Year” by the School Nutrition Association of South Carolina. This award is based on achieving the highest performance standards. The Team of the Year award goes to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in management, service and accountability. The purpose of this award is to recognize within the food service profession those individuals who, through their management and service, have demonstrated superior performance on a continuing basis. To qualify for this award, an elementary school must have at least 65% lunch participation, must have averaged a score of 95 or higher on its DHEC inspections, and at least one-third of the staff must be SNA certified. The State winner will also be recognized at the annual conference in Greenville and each will receive an engraved plaque and a gift for each team member.
New students inducted into Cheraw High NHS

Twenty-eight Cheraw High School students were inducted into the Cheraw High School National Honor Society in ceremonies held on Sept. 29.
The speaker Chad Vick, CCSD Board Chairman and Senior Pastor at Westside Baptist Church, spoke to the inductees about defining and obtaining success.
Inductees were: Alyssa Phillips, Jacqueline Pierce, Camella Scott, Estafany Silva, Taiwonna Adams, Dylan Bartell, Paris Bloomfield, Laura Brabham, Joshuah Campbell, Carley Chapman, Mark Holloway, Malcolm Hunter, Joel Keefe, Zachary Keefe, R.Graham Kiser, Alex Lanter, Matthew Lide, Anna MacGregor, Rachel Marsh, Rebecca Marsh, J. Hayes McLendon, Cody Newsome, Garrett Pickrel, Jacob Pierce, E. Choles Roddy, Sally Ruan, Briana Schoen, & Elizabeth Wallace.
McBee seniors network with local leaders

McBee High School was buzzing with activity in the early hours of Sept. 23 for the second annual Business Before Hours, hosted by the schools Transition Focus Team. 
In all thirty area business, industry, higher education systems and community leaders were represented.  The group came to meet and mingle with the graduating class of 2010.  A full breakfast was offered while the students networked with potential shadow site representatives, employers and community members.
This idea was originally headed up by the High Schools That Work - Transition Team.  During a meeting to discuss ways a student could develop valuable soft skills like networking, communicating, interacting and introducing themselves to and with professionals in a setting that is not the norm for 17 and 18 year-olds.
"This is good," says Senior Shiheem Ponds. "It gave me an idea of what and how to introduce myself, and what I need to say when meeting someone for the first time."
Senior Jennie Beasley added,  "This was a privlege to meet all the business leaders and find out what they expected of individuals."
A brochure highlighting the seniors photos and what their plans for after graduation was distributed to all who attended. 
Smith September named Classified Employee of the Month
Cheraw High School Custodian Olan Smith has been named the September Classified Employee for the Chesterfield County School District.
Smith was nominated by Principal Dr. Henry Cobb.
"Olan is one of the hardest working people on the campus," says Cobb. "He takes pride in fulfilling his responsibilities as well as completing any tasks asked of him.
"He goes about his work without grumbling and is readily available when needed."
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition program is led by the district's Office of Public Information and includes a gift to the winner from the district's Administrator's Association.
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle celebrates grandparents

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School recently celebrated grandparents for the unconditional love that they share with a lunch at the school in their honor.
Over 100 grandparents and other guests were treated to lunch and a tour of the school. Pictures were also taken and given as a gift to participants.
Cheraw High shines on recent AP testing
Cheraw High School saw stellar results on last spring’s Advanced Placement tests, with an average of nearly 80% of students passing.
In Calculus AB, 75% of students passed, while 83% passed in English Literature/Composition. In Studio Art, 67% of Cheraw High students passed while 94% passed in U.S. History.
Teachers for the AP subjects include Lyall White, Carolyn Pierce, Jennifer Rayfield, and Carla Reid.
Cheraw High School Principal Dr. Henry Cobb said that the advanced placement teachers at the school are extremely conscientious in preparing their students to be successful on the AP Exam every year.
"The success of those students is a fitting compliment to all of the hard work that the teachers put in,” says Cobb. “For each of those teachers, the success of their students is what it is all about and that is why they expend so much time and energy to enable them to pass the AP Exam.”
Long Middle hosts business, community partners

Long Middle School hosted a luncheon for its Business and Community Partners on Sept. 16.
The purpose of the luncheon was to invite the school’s life long supporters to participate in new and exciting strategies that are taking place at Long. This year, Long Middle will be implementing Making Middle Grades Work strategies.
The goal and purpose at Long Middle, according to Principal Dannie Blair, is to increase the rigor of the students’ educational process.
“We want our students to be challenged rather than just taught,” says Blair.
As a part of the inspirational at the luncheon, Braber Spell, Long Middle’s Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010, told the audience that each and every one of them is an intricate piece of the bridge that makes Long Middle School work. They are the “bridge builders” in our "Educating Everyone One, Takes Everyone."
Parental involvement growing at NHMS

The New Heights Middle School  PTO Family Night Program, known as “Tools Parents Can Use,” was highlighted by the Northeastern Education and Business Alliance as a Best Practice in Parental Involvement in the Pee Dee Region, during the Carolina Careers Career Guidance Workshop aired via ETV StreamlineSC on Sept. 8.
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and SCETV sponsor a series of Career Guidance Workshops to provide professional development opportunities and valuable information for guidance counselors, career specialists and other educators. Under the direction of Dr. Ray Davis, SCDE Education Associate for Career Guidance, the Carolina Careers series represents an innovative approach to the delivery of career guidance resources in South Carolina.
“Tools Parents Can Use” was introduced to NHMS parents and students during the 2008-2009 school year. In September 2008, attendance reached 200. By March 2009, the attendance had increased to 350. The first PTO Family Night for the 2009-2010 school year was held on Tuesday, September 15, with attendance exceeding 350. 
The PTO program begins with a brief general session, including the PTO report, notice of upcoming events and/or student presentations or performances. Next, parents attend three breakout sessions to collect information about school programs, opportunities for parental involvement, community issues and needs within the competitive workforce. NHMS faculty members participate by conducting breakout sessions or transitioning through the sessions with parents. Middle school students are required to attend sessions with parents.
Since NHMS is a uniform school, students value a “dress down” privilege. Students actively participating in the program or those who have a parent in attendance qualify to receive a dress-down privilege or another type of incentive as designated by Principal Larry Stinson. To help accommodate parents with younger children, the Early Childhood Education students from Central High School and other high school student volunteers assist NHMS faculty with providing supervision and leading activities. This partnership allows the high school students to gain skills working with younger children that will help them in their careers as teachers or day care workers. High school students may earn community service credits for their program and collect service learning hours.
New Heights faculty member finishes third in charity event

New Heights Middle School Career Specialist Karen Brock finished third in the Annual Shrine Dirt Track Race on Sept. 12.
The annual event raises money for the Shriners Hospital Burn Center in Greenville.
Brock took third place in the Powderpuff Division at the Speedway in Chester.
"This was the first time I have ever driven the race car on the track," Brock said afterwards. "The only practice time I had was (the day before) at my house."
New Heights gym gets a new look

The New Heights Middle School gym has a new face.
Pictured New Heights Middle School cheerleaders and Nikki Dennis, a dance choreographer of Freed's School of Dance in Sumter, present the school mascot portraying his fierce "attitude."
The art work was designed and painted by Robbie Jenkins and the funds were provided by New Heights Middle School PTO.  
Area bus supervisor wins state award

Chesterfield County School District Area Bus Supervisior Yolanda McDonald has been named this year's Humanitarian Award winner by the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation.
Each year the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation (SCAPT) accepts nominations for various awards pertaining to transportation of the students throughout the state of South Carolina.  
One of those awards, the Humanitarian Award, is given to anyone who has performed in a manner as to have a positive and dramatic impact on the pupil transportation system and their community.  

Eighth grader Ryan Taylor, winner of the laptop, presented by Pastor Scott Wallace, Chesterfield County Community Church.

CRMS hosts annual Family Fun Night

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, in partnership with local businesses and community organizations, hosted its 6th Annual Back to School Family Fun Night on Aug. 27.
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 their child will learn throughout the year. 
Over 400 people came out to be a part of this annual event.
To celebrate the sixth anniversary of this fun-filled evening, Fisher from 103X broadcasted his show live.  There was also a Jumpin’ Castle, snow cones and popcorn sponsored by the Chesterfield Baptist Association (Hopewell Baptist Church), a laptop give away sponsored by Chesterfield County Community Church, chances to soak Principal Dr. Andrea Hampton and other members of the CRMS staff in a Dunkin’ Booth, and other games for all ages. 
Through donations from local businesses such as Dizzy Lizard, Frank and Carol’s Grocery Store, and Piggly Wiggly, participants were  treated to a complimentary hot dog supper prepared by the CRMS cafeteria staff. 
Other businesses and agencies that participated in the fair included, Chesterfield Coordinating Council, Tri-County Mental Health, Sam’s Club, Sonic of Hartsville and SubWay.
Long Middle hosts first annual celebration

Long Middle School recently held its first annual Back to School Celebration.
The celebration included general information about all programs offered, a skit on what is not acceptable behavior, and entertainment from the LMS chorus and band. All guests were invited to stay for breakfast after the program, along with being able to stay and follow a typical day at LMS if they desired. When the final totals were tallied, LMS had well over 200 parents and invited guests in attendance.
“In keeping with our school motto, ‘Educating Everyone Takes Everyone,’ Long Middle School wanted parents, students, business partners, mentors, District Staff and Board Members, their local Advisory Council, PTO, and Education Task Force to know that we appreciated all of their efforts and support in living up to our motto,” says Principal Dannie Blair.
Three CCSD schools participate in Palmetto Gold/Silver Showcase

Three Chesterfield County schools are among 103 award-winning Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver schools are sharing their success stories with others through the South Carolina Department of Education’s 2008-09 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Showcase.
Cheraw High, Chesterfield High and Ruby Elementary are Chesterfield County’s representatives.
These schools received their awards earlier.  Initiated five years ago, the showcase is part of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Program created by the Education Accountability Act to recognize and reward academic achievement.
About one-fourth of the state’s 1,100 schools receive either a Gold or Silver award each year.  Awards criteria are set by the Education Oversight Committee and are based on absolute and improvement ratings on the school report card.
Schools featured in the showcase provide one-page summaries describing programs or topics that they believe directly impact student achievement. Their summaries offer good tips and practical ideas on various issues ranging from instructional practices that increase student learning to innovative community involvement strategies.
“The showcase provides an excellent way for educators to learn about best practices in neighboring schools, creating learning communities among all schools across the state,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “There are thousands of success stories that are worth sharing.”
Showcase summaries, along with other school information including poverty levels, enrollment and demographic characteristics, are posted on the Department of Education’s Web site.
Chesterfield County's CATE instructors.
CATE ready to Soar in 2009-10

Career and technology education instructors from all over Chesterfield County School District gathered together on Tuesday, August 18, for their annual kick off inservice meeting prior to the arrival of students on Thursday.
They enjoyed lunch together and listened to a host of guest speakers, including Superintendent Dr. John Williams, special guest Ray Boland, Executive Director of the S.C. Association of Career and Technical Educators, Valerie Gargiulo and Bob Smith from Northeastern Technical College, Cynthia Hulon, Regional Career Specialist and Director of the Northeastern Education and Business Alliance, and Cheryl Lewis of the PeeDee Regional Education Center.  
Tammy Haile, Director of Career and Technology Education, believes that the instructors look forward to this day so that they can come together as a group and share in each other's successes in the classroom over the past year.  
"It's not about them; it's about the students," says Haile.  
Students can enroll in Career and Technology Programs in the areas of Agriculture, Architecture and Construction, Business Administration, Information Technology, Education and Training, Health Science, and Manufacturing.
Lead nurse Mary Alice Matthews discusses H1N1 with other school nurses.
Chesterfield County schools prepared for H1N1
Chesterfield County School District has devised a four-step action plan to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, also known as the “Swine Flu.”
Mary Alice Matthews, the lead nurse for the district, says that the plan was developed and implemented by the district’s school nurses.
“Chesterfield County Schools is working closely with the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Environmental Control to help prevent the spreading of this flu among our students,” says Matthews.
Matthews adds that knowledge about prevention of the flu is important.
“It is vital that school staff and parents understand that there is no need to be alarmed about the H1N1 flu,” she says. “It is important, however, to that we stay informed about the virus.”
Chesterfield County School District Superintendent Dr. John Williams agrees.
“There is certainly no reason for panic over this flu,” says Williams. “If your child exhibits flu-like symptoms, it is best to keep him or her home and parents should make plans for what they will do if their child becomes sick.”
The Chesterfield County plan includes increasing public awareness about the H1N1 flu and advising parents/guardians on their roles, should their family come in contact with the virus. It also calls for school nurses to case manage every student who exhibits flu-like symptoms.  This involves contacting students who are out of school to offer health counseling and to also advise them about when they should return to school.
For those students who get sick at school, the plan includes isolation procedures to be used to protect those who are sick, as well as others.
DHEC advises that the best prevention for the flu is by getting a flu shot annually. A vaccine for N1N1 is expected to be available later this year.
DHEC also suggests the following to slow the spread of flu germs:

- Talk with your child about hand washing. Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water helps to remove germs and viruses. Children should wash their hands for about 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

- Teach your child to cover his or her mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then to throw the tissue away. Your child can cough or sneeze into his or her upper sleeve if no tissue is handy. Wash hands afterwards.

- Encourage your child to eat healthy foods, exercise, and get plenty of rest.

- Keep your child home if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees of higher and a cough or sore throat for which there is no known cause. Call your child’s school and tell them your child’s symptoms. In most cases, your child can return to school after he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.

- Make sure the school has a way to reach you during the school day. Students who become ill at school with flu-like symptoms may have to be sent home.

Chesterfield County schools selected for fresh foods program

McBee Elementary, Pageland Elementary, and Petersburg Primary School are among 51 South Carolina public elementary schools that will be encouraged to boost their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a federal grant making healthier eating easier during the upcoming school year.
The schools are taking part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  They’ll be sharing a $1,172,650 grant from the USDA in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Funds will go to purchase and serve a wide variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables, providing fruit baskets inside classrooms, kiosks in hallways and other innovative approaches to give youngsters a chance to grab a healthy snack throughout the school day.  The aim is to create a healthier school environment.
Schools also will make nutrition education a priority, emphasizing the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. The program engages all of the students’ senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and, most important, taste.
“There are actually two goals here,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “First, we want kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  Second – and perhaps even more important in the long run – we want to give them a head start on developing healthier eating habits that can last their whole lives.” 
The SDE’s Office of School Food Services and Nutrition is partnering with the state Department of Agriculture to work with local farmers to purchase home-grown fruits and produce for the program.
Central High's Tim Maye
Central agricultural education honored

The Central High School Agricultural Education Department has been recognized as the outstanding program in the Pee Dee area for 2009 by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs for the organization.
Tim Maye, Agricultural Education instructor at Central High School, received the prestigious award during a recognition ceremony at Clemson University recently.
“In addition to an outstanding high school FFA chapter, the department is widely known for its successful Continuing Adult Agricultural Education program designed to spotlight modern advancements in the science, business and technology of 21st century agriculture applicable to the Pageland area,” Parris said.
The SC Association of Agricultural Educators is a professional organization dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities for students and adults interested in or involved in agribusiness.
Jesse McGee (left) with Tim Maye, FFA Advisor at Central High.
Central FFA Member in national finals

Central High School FFA member Jesse McGee took first place honors in the Environmental Division of the FFA AgriScience Fair held in conjunction with the recent State FFA Convention at Clemson University, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
“Jesse’s state winning project entitled, The Effect of Acid Rain on Seed Germination, qualifies him to compete in the national AgriScience Finals held during the National FFA Convention set for Indianapolis, Indiana in October,” Parris said.
A rising junior at Central High School, Jesse is a Student Council officer and serves as reporter of the Central FFA Chapter. He is the son of David and Jennifer McGee of Pageland. His FFA advisor is Tim Maye, Agricultural Education instructor at Central 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.
Larry Rogers (left) with Megan Wayne, Pat Earle, FFA Advisor, and William Stanley.
Local FFA Chapter Receives National Ranking

The National FFA Organization recently selected from a pool of more that 600 candidates nationwide the McBee HS FFA Chapter of McBee, South Carolina, as a 3-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program.  Only two chapters in South Carolina received this ranking. The chapter members will attend the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24, 2009, where they will be recognized for this honor.
The award program is sponsored by Toyota as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.  The National FFA Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  Each activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: student, chapter, or community development.  Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their application.  The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 500,823 student members- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture- as part of 7,358 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.  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 for more information.
Chesterfield County School District students return Aug. 20

August 20 will be the first official day of the 2009-2010 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 run from 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Car riders will be dropped off 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 Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Cheraw Primary School "Meet Your Teacher" day will be Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 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 a.m. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with classes beginning at 8 a.m. 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 students on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 6:00 pm. During the orientation, the students and parents will meet with their teachers to share routines and expectations, disseminate information, and collect fees.

Long Middle – Parents, families, and community members are invited to our "First Day Celebration" at 8:00 A.M.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 20.  Students should arrive no earlier than 7:15 A.M. and school will take in at 7:45 A.M.  Car riders should be dropped off at the front of the building on Greene Street.  Sixth graders should report to the cafeteria, seventh graders should report to the gym, and eighth graders should report to the patio by the bus drop off area.  "Jump Start" for sixth graders is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 from 9:00 - 2:00 P.M.  Seventh and eighth grade students may pick up schedules and pay fees on Thursday, August 6 from 11:00 - 1:00 P.M. in the media center.  All students may meet their teachers on Wednesday, August 19 from noon until 2:00 P.M.  During this time, students may also pick schedules and pay fees.

Cheraw High - The regular school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. daily. Open House will be Monday, Aug. 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Schedule pick up and fee paying for 11th and 12th graders is Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ninth graders will do the same during Freshman Orientation, which will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the commons area.  Tenth graders will pick up their schedules and pay fees on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fees are as following: instructional - $35; locker - $3; parking - $5; lunch - $1.75 ($.40 for reduced).

Ruby Elementary - Open House will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the first day of school students will report to their homerooms. The regular school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:43 p.m. 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 2:50 p.m. Drop-off for car riders begins at 7:20 a.m. and car rider pick-up is from 2:45 - 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 Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle – The activities for the 2009-2010 school year will begin Aug. 11 with our 6th Grade “MOVIN’ TO THE MIDDLE!” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All 6th grade students and their family are encouraged to attend. Seventh and Eighth grade students and parents are invited to attend the annual Open House on Aug. 18 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. In addition, the annual Family Fun Night will be held Aug. 27, 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. 17 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. 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Daily, students will not be allowed into their classrooms until 7:40 a.m. The homeroom bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal begins at 2:50 p.m. 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). The school will not release children to those cars that park on the grass until the car line/road is clear or until someone comes to the teacher on duty and requests their child.

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 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 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(s) is.

McBee High - Registration will be August 17, 18, and 19 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 ($3.00) and parking permits ($5.00) that may be paid at this time, as well.  The times for registration are as follows:

Monday, August 17
8:45 - 10:15 (12th grade)
10:30 - 12:00 (11th grade)
1:15 - 2:45 (10th grade)

Tuesday, August 18
8:45 - 10:15 (9th grade)
10:30 - 12:00 (8th grade)
1:15 - 2:45 (7th grade)

Wednesday, August 19
1:15 - 2:45 (Make-up for all grades)

No classroom visitations will be allowed during the registration times.  Open House will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 -7:30.

Jefferson Elementary - Car riders can be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and classes begin at 8:15 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. The parking area at the main entrance is not a drop off area for students. Bus students will arrive in the parking lot beside the cafeteria.  The regular school day will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kindergarten “meet the teacher” times will be held by appointment. Kindergarten teachers will get in touch with parents to schedule a time.    Open House is scheduled for Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. On that day, parents may pay fees, buy lunch tickets, as well as pick up school forms and information packets.  

Petersburg Primary - The regular school day will run from 8:00 - 2:30. Students are tardy after 8:00 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 classroom from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Open House will be Wednesday, August 19 from noon - 3:00 p.m.

Pageland Elementary - The school day for students begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving late must be signed in at the main office by a parent. Breakfast is free for all students and it will be served in the classroom at 7:30 a.m. Car riders and walkers may enter the building after 7:20 a.m. Car riders should be dropped off and picked up at the back of the building. Use the entrance beside the Pageland Gym. Walkers may enter the building through the main entrance at the front of the building.
Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. and must be picked up by 2:45 p.m. If they cannot be picked up on time daily, please arrange bus transportation as their daily routine. Also, please avoid signing your child out between 2:00 and 2:25 p.m. Open House will be Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m.

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 colors with no stripes.

- Pants and shorts must not have multiple pockets down the leg (i.e. cargo shorts/pants).

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

- Belts must be plain black, navy blue, khaki or brown.  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.

- No flip-flop/shower shoes may be worn.  Shoes must be worn as the manufacturer intended.  Socks must be plain white, navy blue, black, or brown.

- Students may wear coats and jackets of their choice.  They will be removed upon entering the classroom and stored in the appropriate area.  Exceptions will be made during extremely cold conditions.  Students can wear the coats/jackets during recess or other outside activities.

- 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 for 6th graders will be on August 10&11 from 6PM-9PM.  Students who have Ms Bagley, Mr. Carter, Ms. N. Hall, and Mrs. Hatcher will report on August 10.  Students who have Mr. Gardner, Ms. Gusler, Mrs. Isaacs, and Ms. Lipsey will report on August 11.  The sessions will last approximately 3 hours and will include a meal to be served at approximately 8:30.  Teachers and administration will go over all expectations at this time and go through a simulated day.  Orientation for 7th and 8th graders will be held on August 13th.  There will be 2 sessions on that day at 10 AM and 6 PM.  These sessions will last for approximately 2 hours.  It will only be necessary to attend one of these sessions.  7th graders will meet in the gym and 8th graders will meet in the cafeteria.  Breakout sessions will follow in the respective halls.  Teachers and administration will be on hand to go over expectations. 

Schedules and supply lists have been mailed but can be picked up at orientation as well. 

Football practice begins at 10 AM on August 10th on the field in back of the school.

The tardy bell will ring at 8:10 and the bell to dismiss will be at 3:15.

The uniform dress code will be in place for the third year and will be enforced from day one.  Parents who have needs in this area should contact the school. 

Fees include a $10.00 instructional fee and $10 for participation in Band or Chorus.

Central High - Registration for students new to the attendance area will be on Aug. 5 and 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Registration for seniors will be on Aug. 10 and 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Freshman Orientation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Freshmen may pay fees on that day from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Fee Night for all Central High School students except freshmen will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  A $35.00 instructional fee is required of all students. Students who pay all required fees may receive schedules and may 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 $20.00.  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.

Local phonebook error creates school calendar confusion

A local Chesterfield County phonebook, which contains incorrect school calendar information, has led to confusion among some residents about several key school dates for this upcoming year.
The phonebook, published by Phone Directories Company of Utah, contains an incorrect school calendar.
According to Ken Buck, the Public Information Officer for Chesterfield County School District, the phone book contains the school calendar for the district of Chesterfield County, Virginia, instead of the local Chesterfield County schools.
“Perhaps someone in their office downloaded a school calendar from the Internet and inadvertently got the wrong Chesterfield County,” says Buck. “To my knowledge, they did not contact us locally for a school calendar.”
Perhaps the biggest glaring error is the beginning date of school. All local Chesterfield County schools will begin for students on Aug. 20.
“The calendar in the PDC phonebook in no way really mirrors our own calendar,” adds Buck. “I suggest that residents instead go to the district website to see 2009-2010 school calendar for our schools.”
The correct calendar can be found here.
Pat Earle (left) with Jeremy Raley and parents, Dennis and Beverly Raley.
McBee student state star

Jeremy Raley, a 2009 graduate of McBee High School, was recently named the State Star in Agricultural Placement by the SC FFA Association during a special ceremony at Clemson University, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
“Jeremy received an engraved plaque and a check for $1200 from the SC FFA Foundation to defray expenses for him and McBee FFA advisor, Pat Earle, to attend the National FFA Convention later this year,” Parris said.
An employee of the McLeod Farms in McBee, Jeremy is an agricultural technician responsible for major farm equipment maintenance including the combine and sprayers. He also plays a major role in the installation of the drip irrigation system used in the production of strawberries. In addition to these significant responsibilities, Jeremy assists at the McLeod Farmers Market as a salesman when his schedule permits.
Jeremy, an active member of the McBee FFA Chapter, has attended the state and national FFA conventions. His FFA advisor is Pat Earle, Agricultural Education instructor at McBee High School.
The son of Dennis and Beverly Raley, Jeremy will attend the Darlington-Florence Technical College this fall while continuing his employment at McLeod Farms.
Kim Gaskins
Gaskins named new Plainview principal

Kim Gaskins has been named the principal of Plainview Elementary School, effective for the 2009-2010 school year.
Gaskins, currently the director of the Palmetto Learning Center, was approved for the new position by the Chesterfield County School Board during a regular meeting July 13.
Gaskins has been the director of the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield for four years and has been in the district for 19 years.
Gaskins said that she is grateful for the administrative opportunity that she had at Palmetto Learning Center.
“Palmetto Learning Center has been a great place to work because of the dedicated faculty and staff,” she says. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, parents, and community at Plainview Elementary. The leadership experiences and knowledge I gained while at PLC will be very beneficial in continuing the success of Plainview Elementary.”
Superintendent Dr. John Williams says that he is confident that Gaskins will continue with the level of excellence already seen at Plainview.
"She's done a great job at Palmetto Learning Center during her tenure there," says Williams. "I believe her to be a great fit for Plainview and I know she'll do a great job there as well."