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home : education : education December 17, 2014 

Eighty Florence One students make perfect PASS scores
Eighty students in Florence One made a perfect score on the 2014 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Test. The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) is a standards-aligned test designed to meet No Child Left Behind requirements. It is administered in grades 3-8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and is one of the tests used in calculating ratings of schools in South Carolina. Each of the students received a congratulatory letter from the Superintendent’s Office. “We are very proud of these students’ accomplishments,” said Dr. Cleo F. Richardson Jr., Interim Superintendent. “In addition to their academic performance, we appreciate the contribution of parents, teachers, and all other persons who have encouraged the students to do their best.”
Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Bobby Houck joins Trinity- Byrnes as development director

DARLINGTON – Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, located at 5001 Hoffmeyer Road in Darlington County, has hired Bobby Houck as its new director of development as of Oct. 27. He previously worked in fundraising and development at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where he served as Alumni-Parent Director. At Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C., Houck was the 7th grade English teacher and also a basketball and baseball coach. Houck is also known as the lead singer and songwriter for the Charleston-based band Blue Dogs, with whom he continues to perform after 26 years. Houck grew up in Florence and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. William S. Houck Jr., who still reside in Florence. His three siblings all graduated from James F. Byrnes Academy, and he attended the school from 1971 to 1980, before graduating at Woodberry Forest in 1983. He received a B.A. in English from Davidson College in 1987 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia in 1996. “Bobby will make a great addition to the TBCS team,” said Ed Hoffman, Head of school at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate. “He brings professionalism and a keen knowledge of the community. His winning personality and demeanor make him an ideal advocate for our program and our continued growth.”


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FDS1 begins paperless flyer distribution with PeachJar
PeachJar, a San Diego based technology company, is on a mission to help schools get out of the flyer delivery business. Florence School District One recently implemented PeachJar’s innovative system for distributing school flyers electronically. According to Pam Little-McDaniel, Florence One’s Director of Public Information, “PeachJar is very easy to use. It will help our district accomplish our goal of becoming greener. We are very enthusiastic about this initiative because this announcement coincides with Arbor Day in South Carolina, a day to plant trees. We consider this announcement appropriate today, because with this program it will assist Florence School District One in saving trees. On Dec. 5, Florence School District One announced that it has eliminated the need to print paper flyers which will help to save trees.Angela Montez, (foreground) a Wilson High School student, explains how Florence One has made the switch from paper fliers to e-fliers.  She is accompanied by student representatives from Florence One schools. 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pee Dee Research, Education Center hosts Winter Ag Day
Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC) hosted Winter Ag Day, a free public education event for adults and teens, on Dec. 4. The mission of the PDREC is to foster economic stability and development by conducting research and education programs focused on traditional and new plant-based systems appropriate to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Dr. Matt C. Smith, PDREC director, opened the event with an introduction to the PDREC and a description of the land use, innovative crop experimentation and the new plant technology program conducted at the REC in an effort to improve the economy and quality of life in South Carolina. The event drew visitors from the Pee Dee and Midlands areas of South Carolina. 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top science students set to converge on FMU
Generous helpings of physics, engineering and astronomy, topped with a serving of ice cream frozen by liquid nitrogen, will be on the menu when Francis Marion University hosts 40 top high school science students from around the region at the 12th annual South Carolina Engineering and Physics Scholars Institute (SCEPSI), Nov. 20-22. 
Students at the three-day event will see demonstrations and participate in experiments related to physics, astronomy and industrial engineering. The event is hosted by FMU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The experiments and presentations will be led by FMU faculty members, utilizing the university’s state-of-the-art laboratories. During their stay, students will sample work from the fields of health physics, computational physics, general physics, astronomy and engineering. And, they will visit FMU’s observatory and peer through its four powerful telescopes to view the heavens. The weekend is not all academics. A “pizza and liquid nitrogen ice cream party” is on the schedule for Friday night. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mr. West Florence contest to be held on Thursday

Mr. West Florence School District 1 Contest will be Thursday, Nov. 20 in the West Florence Auditorium at 7 p.m. There are 35 contestants this year and some great entertainment by members of the Knight Edition. Admission is only $5. For additional information contact Charles Nelson at 843-664-8472.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

South Florence High students selected for USC Honor Choir

Seventeen South Florence students have been selected as members of the University of South Carolina Honor Choir. Members are Emilee Reeder, Jordan Taylor, Anna Muldrow, Kathleen Covington, Maggie McNeil, Evanne Rogers, Zoe Rogers, Amanda Jimenez, Logan Hanna, Kaylee Worthington, Taylor Outler, Alexis Taylor, Tiffany McConnell, Makayla Bunch, James Myers, Kashawn Camp, and Ashton Lowery. Dr. Erick Figueras is the South Florence High School Choral Director.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Darlington HS pageant

DARLINGTON – The Miss Darlington High School pageant will be held on Nov.15 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Elementary School. The theme is “On Top of the World” and will feature contestants from 9-12 grades, emcee Cole Davis and the entertainment by reigning Miss DHS Murphy Lee and the Brenda Cranford School of Dance. Tickets available at the door.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Florence Career Center student, instructor honored at a state technology conference
Florence Career Center student Matthew Townsend and E. Dale Cook, Florence Career Center instructor, were recognized as one of South Carolina’s top-ranked student honorees and their mentors at the SC EDTech conference. High school students nationwide competed in the 2013 Fall Cyber Aces competition. This entry-level competition consisted of series of increasingly challenging contests sponsored by the US Cyber Foundation. Chartered to identify and nurture talented Americans who can become the future cyber guardians and cyber warriors of the United States, the competition was also held on a state and local level. 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FMU Center of Excellence receives Riley WhatWorks SC Award
Francis Marion University’s Center of Excellence (COE) to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty is the 2014 winner of the WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence, awarded by the Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds. The award recognizes education initiatives grounded in national research that have made a sustainable impact on, and enhanced, education in the state. The award and a cash prize was presented at the fourth annual WhatWorksSC awards luncheon by the education policy group Thursday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Local teacher receives state EDTech Award
Faith Hardison, a teacher in Florence One’s REACH Gifted and Talented Program which is located on the campus of North Vista Elementary, received the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology’s (SCAET) Innovative Program Award at the recently held South Carolina EDTech conference. At the SC EDTech conference, SCAET presented awards in the elementary, middle, high and district category. Hardison’s newsletter publication, REACHOUT! received the SCAET Technology Innovative Program Award in the Middle School category. Hardison said she developed a newsletter class for 6th graders. “Students came to class excited and eager to produce writing in a simulated newsroom knowing that their work would be read by over 700 students and their families in our gifted program.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wilson senior awarded science study trip to Germany
Robert LaFrance, an IB student at Wilson High School in Florence, is soon to be on his way to Germany. He was selected from nearly 300 applicants from all over the United States vying to win the “Discover a New Path – Explore Germany!” contest sponsored by the German government. The selection and announcement of the winners were made by the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. “We had expected to receive 100 to maybe 130 applications, and we received almost 300. This surpassed all of our expectations!” said Dr. Katja Fullard, director of the language department at the Goethe-Institut Chicago.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pamplico School District to host community meetings
The search for a new superintendent to lead Florence School District 2 has begun and the Florence 2 Board of Trustees wants input from employees and the community to assist with the process. Special meetings and group forums have been panned for Nov. 10 and 11 for employees and the community. Participants will be able to share feedback with a team from BWP & Associates, the search firm selected by the Florence Two School Board to assist with the search process.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Student leaders hold conference in State House
COLUMBIA – Elected student leaders from members of the South Carolina Independent School Student Association held their Fall Conference in the House of Representatives Chambers at the State House. The students attend 35 different SCISA schools including Florence Christian School, The King’s Academy, Florence, and The Carolina Academy, Lake City. While in session at the State House, the students held their general meeting, which included discussions on the Student Exchange program, the Student Council of the Year, the Honor Society of the Year and the 2015 Spring Convention. Additionally, during a development session, resolutions, which will be debated during the 2015 Spring Convention, were introduced.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wilson freshmen to host yard sale on Saturday

The Freshman Academy at Wilson High School will sponsor a community yard sale on Nov. 8 in order to help raise funds for the students’ trip to New York in the spring. If interested in selling items at the yard sale you buy a table for $15. Light refreshments will also be sold. For more information or to reserve a table, call Wilson High at 843-664-8440, ext. 39 and speak to Janet Harker or e-mail jharker@fsd1.org, or Fraronda Green at fraronda.green@fsd1.org. “Our goal is to make the trip as affordable as possible so every freshman has the opportunity to go,” said Green, “and we encourage community members to support this worthwhile cause.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Students selected for ACDA Honor

Florence One announces that students Judah Gray (8th grade Southside Middle School), Jordan Taylor (9th grade South Florence High School), and Cavender Holt (9th grade homeschooler, former Southside student) sang in the American Choral Directors (ACDA) Middle School Honor Choir which serves as All-State Chorus for grades 7-9. Gray, Taylor, and Holt recently traveled to Anderson University and participated in the SCACDA fall conference. Jordan Taylor was selected as a member of the Treble Honor Choir. Judah Gray and Cavender Holt were selected for the Mixed SATB Choir. Lynn Perkins is the Southside Middle School choral director, and Dr. Erick Figueras is the South Florence High School choral director.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Florence Christian students to honor veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, students at Florence Christian School will present the eighth annual “A Salute to Veterans,” Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. in the Florence Baptist Temple Worship Center. Elementary and high school students will present patriotic musical selections that reflect the heritage of our country’s freedom and foundation of its faith in God. The students will honor local veterans and the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. This event has become a primary service project for the students and has grown each year with the number of veterans, active military and their families who attend as the honored guests. 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art teachers participate in workshop at new Florence County Museum

The Florence One Art staff met at the new Florence County Museum during Florence One’s Professional Development Day on Oct. 17. Curator of Education for the museum Kimberly Groom, hosted a workshop for the teachers who received a comprehensive introduction to “what to expect on student field trips to the museum and how to incorporate the visit into studio lessons.” Joe Thompson, head of the visual arts department for the Governor’s School, led the art teachers through the galleries to discuss the art work and how to introduce students to “art in the real.” The art teachers returned to the museum education wing to create line drawings based on the information discussed on the gallery tour. Thompson shared different approaches to drawing with students and linking ideas to art work in the museum. Carol Baker of the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities also shared information about the programs there and their outreach programs for schools across the state.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wilson High gym renamed in honor of former coaches

Just prior to the recent homecoming festivities, the Wilson High School faculty, staff and alumni began by paying homage to two former coaches – the late Jeffery Scott and the late Charlie “Pete” McCants. Florence School District One held an official dedication and naming of the Wilson High School Gymnasium in honor of both Scott and McCants. Jeffery Scott went to work as head coach at Wilson High School in 1972 and served as head coach for 13 years. Coach Pete McCants worked for Florence One for over 30 years where he coached football, basketball and softball. Earlier this year, the Florence One Board of Trustees approved the request by Wilson High School students Alexis D. Pipkins Jr., and Caroline Clark for the recognition of the two former coaches.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Randy Bridges is new FSD1 superintendent

At its regular October board meeting, the Florence One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. Randy L. Bridges as Superintendent of Florence School District One, effective January, 2015. Dr. Bridges brings leadership capacity as an experienced superintendent. From 1997 to 2002, he served as superintendent in Orange County Schools, Hillsborough, N.C.; from 2002- 2006 he served as superintendent in York School District 3 (Rock Hill); from 2006-2010 he served as superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System in Burlington, N.C.; from 2010 to 2013 Dr. Bridges was superintendent in the Stafford County School System in Stafford, Va.; from August until December 2013 he served as interim superintendent in the Franklin County Schools, Louisburg, N.C. and most recently, March-May 2014 as interim superintendent of Scotland County Schools in Laurinburg, N.C. Dr. Bridges prepared himself academically in the field of education with an Associate in Arts, Louisburg, College, bachelor of science, health and physical education, and a master of education, in education administration, University of North Carolina at Pembroke; an educational specialist in education administration from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FMU Theatre presents Angie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation
Thursday, October 16, 2014

School Foundation honors Hubbard, Bibler
William Hubbard, a 1970 McClenaghan High graduate and South Florence High teacher Lindsey Bibler were honored at the 13th Annual School Foundation Gala on Oct. 7 at the SiMT. Hubbard was honored as Florence School District One’s 2014-15 Distinguished Graduate. He is the first attorney in South Carolina to be named president of the American Bar Association. Bibler was announced as Florence School District One’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. She was selected from over 20 applications submitted by teachers of the year at each school. A selection panel reviewed the applications and the four teachers emerged as Honor Roll Teachers.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paradim Partners free webinars

Paradim Partners free webinars are back. They are worth one CPE credit each. The webinars are back just in time to meet CPE requirements before the year's end. Browse our current list of webinar offerings:
• Introduction to the Research & Development Tax Credit Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10 am CDT. Learn the basics of the R&D Tax Credit including the history, IRS definition of R&D, qualifying activities, and study process.
• Research & Development Tax Credit - Advanced Items Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2 pm CDT, Learn about the R&D Tax Credit including a more detailed look at the 4 part test for qualifying activities, review of pertinent forms, calculation methods, and key concepts.
• Introduction to IRS Audit and Dispute Resolution Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2 pm CST. Learn the basics of IRS audit and dispute resolution, including how a return is selected for audit and what to expect from the IRS when a case goes into audit, including the audit process from start to finish.
• Understanding the Domestic Production Activities Deduction Thursday, Nov. 13, at 10 am CST. Understand the basics of the DPAD including the history, IRS definition, and study process.
• Understanding the IC-DISC Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm CST. Understand the basics of the IC-DISC including the history, IRS definition, and calculation methods. Call us 866-927-5993 to register or for more information.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lights on Afterschool Program

Join the City of Florence Recreation Department and the Afterschool Alliance to celebrate the importance of afterschool programs at Lights on Afterschool Program Rally on Oct. 23 at the Barnes Street Activity Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m. In communities today, 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. Join us, along with 7,500+ afterschool programs nationwide, in celebrating our afterschool programs. The rally will consist of a brief program, skits performed by community center youth participants. Also, we will share brief parent testimonies regarding what our afterschool programs have meant to them. Come and experience first hand what fantastic activities the City of Florence Recreation Department is providing for youth, ages 6-18 years old. The Barnes Street Activity Center is located at 513 Barnes Street. Call Kimberly Mitchell or David Caldwell at (843) 665-3253 by Friday, Oct. 17 to RSVP.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FMU Alumni Association new board
The Alumni Association at Francis Marion University met Oct. 3 for its first meeting of the academic year 2014-15. Newly elected President Kathy Heustess, Class of ’81, welcomed newly elected members for the Class of 2017 and current members. 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hannah-Pamplico High hosts College Application Month
PAMPLICO – In an effort to promote college awareness and access, Hannah-Pamplico High School will participate in College Application Month, a statewide initiative sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Department of Education during the month of October. Hannah-Pamplico High School will host an event, College Application Day, to work with their senior class on Oct. 1, to complete and submit online at least one college application as a part of this college access initiative. The goal of College Application Month is to provide a forum for all South Carolina seniors to complete and file college applications. While much of the focus of College Application Month is geared toward first-generation college students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, we encourage participating high schools to include activities for all students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have already applied to college. Sophia L. Mack, College Application Day event site coordinator for Hannah-Pamplico High School, is expecting 90 seniors to participate with the help of volunteers from school faculty, administration, Coker College, College of Charleston, Florence-Darlington Technical College, and Kenneth Shuler admission counselors. For more information about Hannah-Pamplico High School College Application Day event, contact Sophia L. Mack at (843) 493-5781.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014









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