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October 26, 2013 

OMS names Kingswood staff of month

Alison Kingswood, a teaching assistant at Oakridge Middle School, has been named September Staff Member of the Month.

Kingswood, who has been employed at OMS for two years, was nominated by her peers for her work in helping the MAP testing procedure run smoothly. She volunteered and was on the PTSO for Crowders Creek Elementary and was a substitute teacher for four years before coming to OMS. She helps with the Robotics Club, along with Magaly Thalacker.

She has been married to Nigel for 20 years and has three children. Her family moved from England nine years ago. She likes to spend time with her family and friends, read and cook.

The Staff Member of the Month is sponsored by Family Trust Credit Union.

Clover School District seeks feedback

Clover School District is asking Clover and Lake Wylie communities to provide feedback on facilities issues through an online survey launched last week.

The survey – designed and conducted by independent technology and communication firm K12 Insight – will help district leaders determine support for components of the planned construction program.

The survey is accessible via the district’s website at clover.k12.sc.us. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. The survey will continue through Friday, Nov. 1.

District leaders are asking to borrow about $65 million through a proposed bond referendum to replace, renovate and build new facilities to serve its nearly 6,900 students. The school board has discussed paying $20 million to $25 million up front toward the construction costs, for about $85 million in construction.

Preliminary plans include:

A new middle school, at $40 million, to replace Clover Middle. School officials have discussed building the school on a 125-acre parcel the district owns on Barrett Road north of Clover.

A new elementary school, at $30 million, in the Lake Wylie area, to reduce enrollment at Crowders Creek Elementary. The school is proposed on about 35 acres across from existing Oakridge Middle. Plans call for it to include a track. The new elementary school would make room for special education programs and school social workers and psychologists at Crowders Creek school.

A $10 million renovation of existing Clover Middle School to become a ninth-grade academy for Clover High School. This would expand the high school capacity to about 3,400 students, and allow Clover to maintain its position as a community unified by a single high school.

A facelift of 8,000-seat Memorial Stadium, including restroom renovations and artificial turf for the athletic field. This project, budgeted at about $5 million, would include artificial turf for two other athletic fields, at Clover High and existing Clover Middle School.

CHS band fish fry Nov. 9-10

The Clover High School Band Boosters will hold their annual fall fish fry 3-8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the cafeteria.

Advance tickets cost $9 from band students, and tickets will be sold at the door.

Academy hosting event Nov. 11

Ivybrook Academy, 873 Dave Gibson Blvd., invites the community to an evening of presentations and classroom visits from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

The fee for the evening is $20. College students with ID are admitted free. Call 803-802-2390 for information.

Sophomores can apply for GSSM

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Feb. 15. Online applications are available at scgssm.org/apply-now.

GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math.

GSSM applicants should be current high school sophomores and state residents, have a PSAT score of 110 or higher (math and verbal only), have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year.

Belmont Abbey makes college listing

Belmont Abbey College is recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in the latest edition of “The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.”

The Newman Guide is available for free online at TheNewmanGuide.com.

Published since 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 28 colleges, universities and online programs for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Primary sections include in-depth information on academics, spiritual life, residence life and student activities. Twenty-two of the recommended colleges are in the United States, while four are English-language instruction programs in other countries, and two programs are online.

CERRA program finalist for award

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds have named the Teacher Cadet Program a finalist for the 2013 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence.

The Teacher Cadet Program, operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement at Winthrop University, is a secondary recruitment program that aims to attract the best and brightest in South Carolina to the teaching profession.

Piloted in four high schools in South Carolina in 1985-86, the Teacher Cadet Program has grown to include 165 South Carolina high schools serving 2,500 academically able high school junior and seniors annually. The program has expanded into 30 states nationwide with more than 55,000 South Carolina students participating in the program in 27 years.

The award, first given in 2011, highlights outstanding educational initiatives throughout South Carolina. Candidates were selected from more than 80 entries in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC clearinghouse. The winner and top two finalists will each receive a grant from the Riley Institute for enhancement of the program or consulting with other schools, districts and organizations interested in its replication.

The semifinalists and winners of the 2013 awards will be recognized at the luncheon of the 2013 Conference of S. C. Public Education Partners, where Secretary Richard W. Riley will present the award. For more information, visit riley.furman.edu/education or email scott.mcpherson@furman.edu.

CHS plans Christmas craft show

The Clover High School’s Student Council will present its 19th annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23.

Concessions will be available throughout the day.

Interested vendors can visit the school website for an application form.

Family Trust offering teacher grants

York County educators have until 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to apply for a $250 or $500 collaborative grant from Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

The credit union will give out 30 grants of $250 each for projects that encourage creative learning opportunities or enrich existing classroom activities. Five $500 collaborative grants will be awarded for grants involving more than one class or group of students. Bonus points will be given to grants that include a financial literacy lesson.

Applicants must be a member of Family Trust, open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in York County.

Only online applications will be accepted. Applications can be found by clicking on Scholarship and Grants under the Financial Education tab at familytrust.org.

Entries will be judged by the Family Trust School Advisory Committee, which is made up of volunteer educators. Grant winners will be invited to a banquet in early 2014.

Family Trust has given more than $70,000 to over 200 educators in York County since the Teacher Grant Program was created in 2000.

Allen Tate, Carolina Panthers sponsor Spirit Rock art contest

The fifth Annual Spirit Rock Contest, sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and Allen Tate Co., invites North and South Carolina schools to show their Panthers pride and artistic talents at the same time.

To enter, schools should create a Panthers-themed design on their school rock and submit photos by Dec. 6. The contest is open to all public and private elementary, middle and high schools in North and South Carolina.

Ten winning schools, selected by a community panel of judges, will receive grants to support school art projects, ranging from $400 to $1,000 for the top rock.

Top finishers will also be featured on a slide show on panthers.com and in an upcoming issue of the Panthers fan magazine, Roar.

“The Spirit Rock Art Contest combines three things that Allen Tate Company is passionate about: education, arts and culture and of course, the Carolina Panthers. We are thrilled to be the official sponsor of this event and provide $5,000 in arts grants to deserving students throughout the Carolinas,” said Pat Riley, Allen Tate president and chief operating officer.

School art teachers or administrators should submit two unique photos of their school rock featuring a Panthers design. Photos should be a minimum file size of 1 megabite per image and should be emailed to Brad.Wornick@Panthers.NFL.com no later than Dec. 6.

For details, contact Brad Wornick at 704-358-7807.

S.C. Teaching Fellows applications available

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications until 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31 for state high school seniors interested in becoming a teacher.

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.

The fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 175 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.

Fellows attend one of 10 Teaching Fellows Institutions across the state. These schools include: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate and Winthrop University.

Fellows are identified through a selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation, and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early spring. Applications are available online at teachingfellowsc.com.

Governor’s School seeks students in the arts

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2014 summer programs and the 2014/2015 academic high school year until Jan. 8.

The public residential high school serves students statewide and is located in downtown Greenville. SCGSAH offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in five arts areas: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Summer programs are offered in each of the art areas.

Online application are available at scgsah.org under Admissions.

For more information, call 864-282-3713.

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