Oakridge Middle School Giving Back Club visits McDonald House

May 24, 2014 

Students honored for perfect attendance

Five local students were among 63 high school seniors in South Carolina recognized last week for perfect attendance for their entire academic careers.

Three of the students are from South Pointe High School: Franquia Byers, Raven Byers and Hannah Jackson. Also honored were Amanda Yarborough from Clover High School and Alexus Young of Chester High School.

“These extraordinary students are to be commended for their dedication,” said State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais in a statement. “Going to school for over 2,000 days consecutively is an incredible achievement, and I’d like to recognize the tireless dedication these students and their families showed to their education.”

Bethany Elementary principal named

Alison Churm has been named new principal of Bethany Elementary School, following approval May 19 by the Clover school board.

A reception welcoming Churm to Bethany will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday, May 23.

With more than 30 years of experience, including 24 years in South Carolina, Churm comes to Clover from Belvedere Elementary School in the Aiken County School District, where she has served as principal since 2009.

She holds an educational leadership degree from Augusta State University, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina, and an undergraduate degree in special education from Presbyterian College.

In addition to her 14 years as an administrator in Aiken County, Churm has taught at various levels of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She is a past recipient of the Robert E. Alexander Administrator of the Year award, given by the Ruth Patrick Science Center at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Bill Jenkins, a local school administrator, has served as interim principal at the school since March 20.

CHS senior honored with award

Clover High School senior Logan Cogdill was recently presented with the highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by the Monsanto Co.

Logan, daughter of Wendell and Tammy Cogdill of Lake Wylie, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Her most significant experiences and accomplishments have included obtaining her State FFA (Future Farmers of America) degree, attending the Commissioner's School for Agricultural and being named outstanding senior for her FFA chapter.

Kelsey Anderson is her agricultural instructor at Clover High School. As the winner of the 2014 award, Logan’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at CHS.

Chambers recognize top 50 CHS seniors

The Greater Clover and Lake Wylie chambers of commerce hosted a luncheon, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders, May 15 at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly to recognize students’ work and provide a networking opportunity where top-graduating seniors of Clover High School could interact with business and community leaders.

The guest speaker was Joe Wright, a Clover native who entered the school district through the halls of Clover Junior High in 2002. In high school, he was chosen as a drum major in the marching band and was elected student body president, leading both groups to a state title his senior year. After he graduated in 2008, he enrolled at the University of South Carolina to major in finance and marketing. His sophomore year, he was elected president of University Ambassadors and then continued on to being elected as student body president of the University of South Carolina his senior year. While in college, he interned at the South Carolina State House, Pure Fishing and Vanguard Investments. Upon graduation in spring 2012, Wright was offered a position at Huron Consulting Group within their Higher Education Practice in Chicago, Ill. He has returned to South Carolina to live in Charleston, where he currently resides, and continues to work for Huron Consulting Group.

Chamber members and Clover Optimist Club, Clover Rotary and the Lake Wylie Rotary members attended.

Nina Feemster, president of the GCCC welcomed everyone. The Rev. Billy Ginn of Lake Wylie Christian Assembly gave the invocation.

Lunch was catered by Jackson’s Kitchen located in Clover.

ROTC awards cadets

The Clover High School Air Force Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) held its annual Awards Ceremony on May 14 with cadets and their families celebrating a successful year as a Distinguished Unit of Merit under the wings of instructors Maj. Brian Batson and Chief Louis Csencsits.

Csencsits also was honored for his years of service in the Air Force and teaching. He will be retiring in June.

The awards were given in two categories, local award and national awards.

Giving Back Club visit McDonald House

Oakridge Middle School Giving Back Club visited the Ronald McDonald House on May 15 in Charlotte.

After taking a tour of the house, the students helped bake cookies for the residents to have when they returned from visiting their children in the hospital. The club is sponsored by Charles Greene, Emily Elizabeth Talarico and Pat Reid.

Teacher job expo Friday

Public school districts from across South Carolina will converge upon the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 30, to fill current and anticipated teaching vacancies.

The one-day job fair attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation, and offers them an opportunity to network with representatives from public school districts.

This year’s expo, sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, is designed to help districts find top-notch candidates to fill shortages in critical need subject areas such as math, science, special education and foreign language.

Participation is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative licensure program in South Carolina, who are certified or will be eligible for certification in one of the identified critical subject areas.

For more details, including a list of critical subject areas and registration information, visit cerra.org/expo.aspx.

Discovery Place expands offering for teachers

Discovery Place Education Studio will offer expanded professional development offerings for kindergarten to eighth grade science teachers through its affiliate partnership with the national education research and development nonprofit WestEd. The Education Studio will become a host site for WestEd Making Sense of SCIENCE professional development courses.

MSS offers a comprehensive series of professional development courses for teachers that focus on core topics of earth, life and physical science. Each course explores the intersection of science knowledge, teaching and literacy so that teachers are better able to support students in making sense of essential science content.

Evidence from a series of randomized controlled studies have shown that the MSS approach to professional development strengthens teachers’ content knowledge, transforms classroom practices, and boosts student achievement – especially for low-achieving students, English learners, and students with poor literacy skills. The materials were developed at WestEd and published in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association.

All Discovery Place Education Studio program managers will be certified WestEd course facilitators this summer. The first Discovery Place Education Studio facilitation academy for Making Sense of SCIENCE runs June 2-6 on the topic of Energy and the first teacher workshop runs June 23-27 on the topic of Force & Motion. Registration is open to educators. Visit educationstudio.org or call 704-372-6261, ext. 505, to register.

Blood center offers scholarship program

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting students to help kick off its sixth annual Students Saving Summer Scholarship program on June 1.

High school and college students who host a successful blood drive with CBCC between June and September have the chance to earn scholarship money. The students with the top five producing blood drives will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from CBCC. Since 2009, CBCC has awarded more than $129,500 in scholarships and grants.

To be eligible for the scholarship, participating students must hold their blood drive between June 1 and Sept. 30, choose a location, recruit donors and collect a minimum of 25 units of blood. Each student will be paired with a CBCC representative who will provide assistance with planning the blood drive. The CBCC scholarship donation must be directly transferred to the college, university or other learning establishment of each winner’s choice.

For more information or to register, call 704-972-4727.

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