Oakridge Middle School names staff member of month

January 10, 2014 

Dover named OMS staff of month

Cory Dover was selected as Oakridge Middle School’s Staff Member of the Month for December.

Dover’s gifted Talon group once again welcomed home our troops at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport with songs and hand-delivered notes of thanks. They also entertained at a local business luncheon.

Dover assists the high school Choraliers’ performances each year, but he’s best loved for the top notch OMS Christmas Concert with almost half of the OMS student body performing.

A student’s nomination says it all: “Mr. Dover is the best chorus teacher ever! He makes learning about music fun and he is good at making people laugh. He pushes us to do our best but at the end of the day, we sound fantastic!”

The award is sponsored by Family trust Credit Union.

Hughes wins PES spelling bee

Nathan Hughes of Lake Wylie and a sixth grade student at Palisades Episcopal School won the schoolwide Scripps spelling bee.

He will represent PES at the regional independent school Scripps spelling bee finals in February.

CHS among ‘Palmetto’s Finest’

Clover High School is one of nine South Carolina schools in the running to receive a “Palmetto’s Finest Award.”

The finalists were announced Wednesday by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

They were named “after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners.”

In the fall, 17 schools applied for the award. The application included elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture, according to the press release.

Each finalist will have a second on-site evaluation.

Either four or five winners will be named on March 26. The last time a York County school won the award was 2005.

Clover High School, the only high school in Clover School District, has around 2,000 students and was given a rating of “Excellent” on its last state report card.

Choraliers benefit concert Thursday

St. Jude Benefit Concert with the Clover Choraliers is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 Hwy. 55 E.

Choraliers are teaming up with River Hills Lions Club and Mopen to Memphis with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Email choraliers@gmail.com for ticket information.

3 named to Charleston Southern dean’s list

Charleston Southern University has named the following Clover students to the dean’s list for fall 2013 semester:

• Brian Charles Allen, senior

•  Amanda Nicole Blom, sophomore

• Alisha Nicole Jefferies, freshman

To be named to list, students must have earned a 3.5 or higher GPA and earned at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Education tour in Charlotte Jan. 23

A cross-country, whistle-stop train and motor coach tour in support of school choice will make a stop in Charlotte.

Hosted by National School Choice Week, the tour – which features 14 whistle-stop events from Newark to San Francisco – provides students, parents, educators and community leaders with the opportunity to celebrate effective education options, while calling for even greater school choice in North Carolina and across the country.

The Charlotte event, the fourth event on the tour, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at Carolinas Aviation Museum. Attendance is free, but reservation is requested by visiting schoolchoicetrain.com.

In its fourth year, National School Choice Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1) shines a spotlight on the need for all types of education options – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling.

Sophomores can apply for GSSM

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is accepting applications from 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 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.

Time for college-bound seniors to fill out the FAFSA

High school seniors planning to attend college or technical school in the fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA, as soon as possible, according to KHEAA.

The information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal grants and student loans. It is often required to apply for state grants and scholarships. Also, many colleges use the information to award grants and scholarships administered by the school. Therefore, students should submit the FAFSA even if they feel it is unlikely they will qualify for aid.

The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. A formula set by Congress determines eligibility for federal and state aid. If the student is considered a dependent under federal guidelines, both the student and parents must provide financial information. Nearly all students going directly to college from high school are considered dependent.

Some student aid programs have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students, so it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Submit the FAFSA online at wfafsa.gov.

Student tip: Play your cards right

As students become more responsible for paying their own bills, they need to be aware of the types of cards available, according to KHEAA.

Debit cards are tied to a bank account. When someone uses a debit card, the money is automatically deducted from the account. Most colleges issue a type of debit card to students that can be used to buy books, supplies and meals. In that case, the card is not tied to a bank account but is preloaded with funds deposited each semester or quarter.

When a debit card has been lost or stolen, report it to the bank or credit union immediately to limit losses from unauthorized use.

Credit cards offer what is essentially an interest-free loan if the balance is paid in full each month. Students who use credit cards should pay them off at the end of each pay period when possible to avoid paying interest fees. Most credit cards also offer cash advance services at a higher interest rate.

Lost or stolen credit cards should also be reported immediately. However, there is a $50 limit to the consumer’s liability on fraudulent charges with stolen credit cards.

ATM cards allow users to withdraw cash from their accounts when the bank or credit union is closed. Most banks and credit unions charge a fee when ATM cards are used at a machine not owned by that institution’s network, and those fees can add up. Students should not use an ATM card outside their network unless absolutely necessary.

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