Clover School District launches mobile app
CLOVER Clover School District last week launched its CSD Mobile App, an all-in-one information source for parents, students, staff and community. Created by ParentLink, the app was developed to provide direct access to district information on a mobile device.
CSD is one of only a few districts in South Carolina and the first in the Charlotte metro region to offer a mobile app to its students, parents and community.
“Our choice to go mobile goes directly back to our mission to improve student performance,” said CSD superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne. “Enabling our parents and students to connect with the district in real-time, at their own convenience magnifies engagement. We believe this resource will help in terms of transparency and parent interaction.”
The CSD Mobile App provides password-protected access for student and parents to see live grade and attendance information. From the app, users can also set their own grade and assignment requirements, a feature which allows the parent or student to be immediately alerted through a push notification if a student’s score or grade drops below that self-selected threshold.
Other app features include: district and school news, district alerts, sports scores and schedules, calendar information, a tipline for users, school directories and staff contact information, links to social media sites and more.
The CSD Mobile App is free for users and available for download on iPhone or iPad and Android devices.
Pre-K, kindergarten registration to begin
CLOVER Clover School District pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration is scheduled for the week of March 3. Parents should register their children at their current elementary school assignment based on the 2013-14 attendance lines.
Registration hours vary by school.
• Bethel Elementary: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
• Bethany Elementary: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
• Crowders Creek Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday -Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
• Griggs Road Elementary: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
• Kinard Elementary: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
• Larne Elementary: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
To be eligible for pre-K, children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.
Parents should bring the child’s legal birth certificate copy with the state seal, two proofs of residency with the name and address of the parent registering the child, and up-to-date immunization records when registering.
Parents not sure where to register their child can use the district’s address locator at clover.k12.sc.us to identify their correct school assignment.
For more information, call 803-810-8013.
Scholarship offered for CHS student
CLOVER Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the second annual LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior.
Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father, Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for many years.
Students applying for the Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students Scholarship must demonstrate volunteer community service, exhibit leadership skills and have a financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Students should see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details. Applications are due to the CHS guidance department by April 9.
Tractor Supply announces scholarship
Tractor Supply Co. has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.
The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply and Del’s Feed & Farm Supply stores Feb. 14-23, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations.
To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.
In addition to the Growing Scholars program, Tractor Supply and the National FFA Foundation have many other joint initiatives, including the FFA horse evaluation career development event, National FFA Week and the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. At an individual store level, Tractor Supply continually hosts fund-raising events and works closely with local FFA chapters and high school agriculture advisers to provide resources and leverage synergies.
Online security can help protect you from cyber thieves
The recent hacking theft of a large retailer’s database of millions of credit and debit card numbers should make everyone, even students, more careful about safeguarding their hard-earned money from cyber thieves. The following measures can help, according to KHEAA.
Never provide personal information such as Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers in response to a phone call, fax, letter or email. If you get an email from a bank or company with which you do business, don’t click on any links in the email. The link may lead you to a fake Web page run by thieves hoping you’ll enter personal information, or it may install spyware or malware on your computer. Instead, sign in through the website you normally use when you do business with that firm.
Never provide bank, credit card or other sensitive data when visiting a website that doesn’t explain how your personal information will be protected, including the use of encryption to safely transmit and store data.
If you’re using an ATM card or debit card, ensure no one standing nearby can see your personal identification number (PIN).
On your personal computer, install a free or low-cost firewall to stop intruders from gaining remote access to your PC. Download and frequently update security patches offered by your operating system and software vendors to correct weaknesses that a hacker could exploit.
KHEAA is a public, nonprofit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents.