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home : news : school April 16, 2014 



Lander University sets spring commencement for May 3

Lander University will award degrees to 364 graduates when it conducts its spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 3, in Finis Horne Arena on the university campus. It will be one of the largest graduating classes in Lander’s history.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JDLH begins search for next president

McCormick, S.C. - The search process for the next president of John de la Howe School was approved by the school’s Board of Trustees in their regular meeting held last Thursday.

Trustees voted unanimously to advertise the vacant position on the South Carolina state jobs portal, with the Palmetto Association of Children and Families, in the South Carolina School Board Association’s “Focus” publication, and on Cerra, the homepage of a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the state meet its teacher recruitment and retention needs.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

At Piedmont Technical College’s 40th annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 75 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

Andy Omundson, dean of students, welcomed students and guests, and Lisa Martin, dean of college preparatory and transitional studies, was principal speaker.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ninety Six High School third quarter honor roll

Ninety Six High School announces the students who achieved their Honor Roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.  (click on the title to see the full list of students)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Lander University graduates 165 at fall commencement ceremonies

Lander University conferred degrees upon 165 graduates at the university’s fall commencement ceremony in December. Bettie Rose Horne, a member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, representing the 3rd Congressional District, delivered the keynote address to a full house at Lander’s Horne Arena.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dr. Zais announces 2013-14 Palmetto Gold and Silver Award Winners

COLUMBIA – Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, announced the Palmetto Gold and Silver Award recipients for the 2013-14 school year.  The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 592 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Piedmont Tech to dedicate new county campus in Abbeville

Piedmont Technical College will be celebrating the opening of its new facility in Abbeville with a dedication ceremony Monday, April 21. The public is invited to attend beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“The faculty and staff at the Abbeville campus are very excited to have this new facility,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, interim vice president for academic affairs. “I think this will be something the citizens of Abbeville will be proud of.”


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Students present Medieval Characters

Classical Conversations of Greenwood held their annual Faces of History biographical presentations at Greenwood Presbyterian Church.  Home schooled students in the Essentials of the English Language program wrote research papers on a medieval character and then presented a "Who am I?" speech to an audience of peers and family members. 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Katrina Gonzalez of Greenwood named to Dean's List

Wallingford, CT (readMedia)-- Katrina Gonzalez, daughter of Dr. Todd M. Gonzalez and Dr. Evangeline G. Gonzalez of Greenwood, was named to the Winter Term 2014 Dean's List at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lander to conduct disaster drill test its response capabilities

Lander University is gearing up for another annual exercise to test its ability to respond to disasters or health emergencies on campus.

The event on Thursday, April 17, will be under the direction of Lander’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Activity Group, the only university-based MRC in South Carolina.

Dr. Robbie South, director of Lander’s William Preston Turner School of Nursing, said nursing students, nursing faculty and clinical instructors will take a leading role in the exercise. Participants will also include MRC volunteers, members of the university’s safety office, Wellness Center, the Lander Police Department and the Campus Emergency Response Team, and resident assistants.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Lander to host state social science symposium

Students from colleges and universities across South Carolina will gather at Lander University on Thursday and Friday, April 24-25 for the annual Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium, sponsored by the South Carolina Sociological Association.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

PTC Hosts Workshop for Educational Professionals

Piedmont Technical College recently hosted area guidance counselors and career development specialists for an in-service workshop. The event drew professionals from across the seven counties. 

The event was begun to allow schools, colleges and communities to collaborate on improving the implementation of the S.C. Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005. 


Saturday, April 5, 2014

New faces, new places for District 50

Two principals in Greenwood School District 50 will have new roles after the school year ends and Hodges Elementary School will have a new principal.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Signs pop up at Lander sharing a message of beauty

Messages declaring “You Are Beautiful” have appeared at more than a dozen locations on the Lander University campus in recent weeks, but it is not the work of some unknown graffiti artist.

The messaging, also known as YAB, is an endeavor by seven senior graphic design students taught by Jim Slagle, associate professor of Art and Lander’s Art Department chair.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Piedmont Tech Partners with Scotts for Apprenticeship

Piedmont Technical College has partnered with Scotts Miracle Gro to offer apprenticeship opportunities for students in the horticulture technology and diversified agriculture programs.

“This is a great arrangement for Scotts and our students,” said Hugh Bland, diversified agriculture program coordinator. “The company will have representatives who not only can work just part of the year, but who will have the knowledge to answer customer questions.”


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Peace conference at Lander underscores various aspects of violence and conflict resolution

Lander University recently hosted the Sixth Annual Peace Studies Conference co-sponsored by the university and the Greenwood Chapter of People to People International (PTPI). The theme of the two-day conference was “Peace of Mind.”


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Another Lander student picked for the prestigious Washington Semester program

Jamison Nicklaus, of Simpsonville, a junior political science major at Lander University, is scheduled to spend the fall semester of his senior year working and studying in the nation’s capital, as an intern in the Washington Semester program sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Piedmont Tech Hosts 32nd Annual Employers Day

More than 350 Piedmont Technical College students and alumni recently took advantage of the college’s 32nd annual Employers Day. Representatives from more than 50 businesses, industries and service agencies were on hand to offer information about current and future job opportunities.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Greenwood Christian School Honor Roll

Greenwood Christian School is proud to present the students how achieved their Honor Roll for the third 9 weeks of the 2013/2014 school year.  (Click on the title to see the complete list of students).


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Students visit Barrier Island

Mrs. Murray's Third Grade Class, along with other third graders from Springfield Elementary enjoyed a one day excursion to a Barrier Island in Charleston on March 24th.  All of Springfield's 3rd graders enjoyed the trip that included a boat ride to a Barrier Island, science lessons on the boat and island, dolphin sittings, a walk on the beach, and a cookout on the beach all planned by Barrier Island Eco Tours.  The trip was a great experience for all.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

State Superintendent addresses districts spending more money on operations than teacher salaries

COLUMBIA – Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, issued the following statement after releasing a chart showing nine districts spent more money on district operations than on teacher salaries.  Within the Greenwood and Lakelands area the only school listed as one of the eight is McCormick School District.

“I am very disappointed to see that nearly 11 percent of districts in our state spent more money on district operations than on teacher salaries,” said Zais. “These data give taxpayers insight into where their money goes.  I hope parents and the press in these districts start asking some tough questions,” stated Zais.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PTC College Fair Highlights Bridge and Transfer Partnerships
More than 30 colleges and universities were in attendance recently at a College Transfer Fair sponsored by Piedmont Technical College. The fair was provided to give students information on special bridge programs and transfer pathways.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lander commits to expand its study abroad program for students

Lander University has added its name to a list of colleges and universities that have made a commitment to double the number of their students who choose to study abroad by the end of the decade.

It is a campaign called Generation Study Abroad, sponsored by the Institute of International Education, which said, “Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad.” The organization points out, however, that less than 10 percent of college undergraduates take advantage of international academic programs before graduating, and it is looking for 500 institutions that pledge to significantly expand their study abroad programs.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Rose named Principal at John de la Howe

Jonathan Rose, currently the assistant principal at North Charleston High School, has accepted the position of principal of John de la Howe’s L.S. Brice School.

The Goose Creek resident has been an educator for 16 years, including eight years as a special education LD resource teacher and the past five as an assistant principal. He also has eight years of experience as a high school football coach, having been both head coach and assistant coach at schools in the Charleston area.  “I am very excited about the opportunity to help students at John de la Howe School achieve their dreams,” Rose said.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cambridge Academy Science Fair

On March 17, 2014 all students in grades 3rd through 12th at Cambridge Academy participated in a Science Fair. Seven students from grades 5th through 12th were selected as the overall school winners and will participate in the upcoming SCISA State Science Fair. Additional students were awarded Honorable Mention.  


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Welcome to Hooverville
The media center at Emerald High School took on a different look Tuesday morning as ninth grade World History students piled into shanty towns for an experiential lesson on the Great Depression.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

John de la Howe students enjoy Night at the Opera

McCormick - Seven students from John de la Howe School in McCormick were recently treated to a performance at the Palmetto Opera.

The students, all middle school and high school girls, saw an international cast and full orchestra representing the Teatro Lirico D’Europa present the classic “Carmen” at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Greenwood Woman's Club presents its annual scholarship

The Greenwood Woman’s Club recently held its annual scholarship luncheon at Lander University and presented its yearly scholarship to Lander sophomore theatre major Mary Evans Giles, of Greenwood. Pictured left to right are: Club President Sally Lomax; Giles; and event co-chairs Lynn Johnston and Jacque Woodward.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NSHS students place 3rd in State Librarian's Banner Contest

Students of Mr. Childress’ Pre-AP English class recently had to read one of the 20 South Carolina Young Adult Nominee books.  After reading, the class was divided into groups of two and challenged to create a banner for a class project which were entered into the SC State Librarian’s Banner Contest.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cambridge Academy sponsors drive for Tamassee School

Cambridge Academy students recently sponsored a donation drive for the Greenwood Mount Ariel DAR Chapter. Over 800 items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, and other toiletries were collected and delivered to the Tamassee DAR School in Walahalla, SC.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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