Community information sessions are scheduled in Lake Wylie and Fort Mill to counsel career-changers on how to become certified teachers in South Carolina.
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, The American Board provides an opportunity to become a qualified teacher through a state-sanctioned, alternative route to educator certification.
Katelyn Price, a teacher certification specialist, will advise aspiring teachers on how to become certified. Paraprofessional educators and substitute teachers also are highly encouraged to attend.
Hour-long sessions will be held:
• Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Lake Wylie Public Library.
• Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Fort Mill Public Library.
According to the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, the state of South Carolina experienced a 60 percent increase in teaching job vacancies in the 2012-2013 school year, entering September with 272 vacant full-time positions. South Carolina has the greatest number of teaching vacancies in the nation.
Visit http://www.abcte.org/drupal/teach/events to register in advance.
Olympic student charged with making threat
STEELE CREEK An Olympic High School teacher discovered a threat directed at the school on a students calculator Thursday afternoon.
The teacher discovered the threat on a calculator in a classroom after class on Thursday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police took the student who made the threat into custody and have charged him with communicating threats.
CMPD and school officials searched the campus overnight and did not find any direct threat toward students, faculty or the school.
Olympic High School is operating on a regular schedule and have extra CMPD officers on campus Friday.
Applications accepted for Clover scholarship
CLOVER Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the first LANDIS Scholarship to a Clover High School senior.
Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father, Landis Jackson, who worked in Clover School District for several years.
Students applying for the LANDIS (Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students) Scholarship must demonstrate a financial need, a 3.0-grade point average and community service.
Students can see a Clover High School guidance department for more information or email Laajacks@aol.com.
Applications are due to the Clover High School guidance department by April 1.
Parenting class offered in Clover
CLOVER A six-week session of the Love & Logic parenting class will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays Feb. 20-March 25 at the Clover Resource Center.
Cost is $12 per person for materials. Child care will be provided for school-aged children.
Deadline to register is Feb. 15. Completed registration forms, available online at clover.k12.sc.us, should be turned in to parents’ school guidance counselor or mailed to Kinard Elementary, 201 Pressley St., Clover, SC 29710.
Applications accepted for governor’s school
The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Feb. 15 at http://scgssm.org/apply.
GSSM is a public, residential high school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math.
GSSM offers other smart opportunities including the Summer Program for Research Interns, the Research Exchange Scholars Program and January Interim.
These programs provide students with scientific, graduate-level internships, study abroad experiences and options to participate in non-traditional courses. The school also offers classes and experiences in business and entrepreneurship.
GSSM is highly selective, taking into consideration courses taken, grades, class rank, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities.
The school considers not only aptitude, but also proven performance and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics.
For more information, call 803-201-9168.