SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt and Amber Nesbit.
CS Kindergarten teacher Amber Nesbit was awarded the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) 2015 Lower School Teacher of the Year on Thursday, April 21, at the annual SCISA Teacher of the Year banquet. According to Principal Jim Berry, Mrs. Nesbit was selected among 3,000 teachers who in compass the 120 SCISA schools. She has taught 5K at FCS for seven years. The administration, faculty and staff are very proud of Mrs. Nesbit in receiving this high honor! Thursday, April 23, 2015
DARLINGTON – This week, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School is celebrating a growing Fine Arts program with three very special events called the First Annual Spring Festival of the Arts.
The first event will be held on Thursday, April 16, at the school’s Library, from 6-8 pm. The visual art program, led by Fine Arts Department chairperson Shawn Thompson, will be on display in an exhibition of “process and product” during a reception and showing for students, faculty, families and guests. The show features a variety of works (of students as well as faculty) that will explore the question of what can be considered art.
On Friday, April 17, at 7 pm in the school’s Sonoco Gym, there will be a dance performance presented by Dance instruction Susan Rowe and her students entitled “Dancing Through the Decades.” A music concert will be held at the gymnasium on Saturday, April 18, from 7-pm.
The Florence One Discipline Code Revision committee will meet to receive input from parents and members of the public on April 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the John T. Sullivan Board Meeting Room of the Florence One Administration Building, 319 South Dargan Street. For more information, call Randy Koon at 843.673.1125.
Students from seven Florence One schools, Briggs Elementary, Delmae Elementary, Dewey Carter Elementary, Moore Intermediate, North Vista Elementary, Royall Elementary and Timrod Elementary, competed in the Florence School District One Battle of the Books Competition held at North Vista Elementary School. Royall Elementary won first place. Members of the team from Royall are: Kate Sansbury (captain), Elka Hartley, Emily Llewellyn, Harris Naqvi, Carsyn Ridgeway, Caroline Shealy, and Faith Ward. Media Specialist Susan Jenkins coaches the team. Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In recognition of Volunteer Appreciation Week, over 300 Florence One school volunteers will gather at North Vista Elementary School on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The group is expected to be serenaded by District One’s Best Vocalists*, encouraged by four special representatives who have been dubbed Outstanding School Volunteers, and personally thanked by the individual school principals. This year, the local Olive Garden Restaurant has agreed to supply much of the food served at the evening’s spaghetti supper meal.
Five Pee Dee area students were honored for their award-winning essays for the annual Samuel Bacot Chapter NSDAR “American History” and “Good Citizen’s” Essay Writing Contests. The students read their winning essays before members, parents and school officials during the recent monthly meeting of the Samuel Bacot Chapter NSDAR at the Florence Public Library. The winner of the American History Essay Contest is Kaitlyn Cimney. Runner-up winners are Elizabeth Braswell and Jeffrey Jiang. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity hosted 14 students from the University of Virginia as volunteers for Collegiate Challenge 2015 during their spring break, March 8-14. The students helped with repairs to a Habitat house, as well as multiple projects at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. First Presbyterian Church allowed the students to stay at their church during their week here. Florence businesses donated food, tickets for entertainment, gift cards and supported the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity during the Collegiate Challenge 2015 week. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 hosted the second phase of their annual oratorical competition. This phase was for this “quadrant” of South Carolina in which contestants must deliver a 10-minute oration on the U.S. Constitution. Victoria Nwankudu, a Wilson High senior, delivered a finely-crafted speech comparing the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Florence County School District Two Board of Trustees has selected Neal Vincent as its new superintendent of schools. The vote to hire Vincent was unanimous at the Board’s March 23 meeting. Vincent is currently Director of Secondary Education in Florence School District One. Prior to this post, he was principal of South Florence High School for six years. He came to Florence from Dorman High School in Spartanburg where he served as an assistant principal. At Dorman he also served as Testing Coordinator, Business Education teacher, and service learning instructor. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In celebration of Music In Our Schools Month®, the West Florence High School Knight Edition Show Choir will perform a special pop music concert at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. West Florence High School’s Knight Edition, directed by Alonzo Davis, has won numerous awards including the Disney Performing Arts performance award for the past seven years for participating in the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional and for Disney stage productions. They have also received superior ratings and top place finishes at the Music Showcase Festivals. Tuesday, March 24, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) honored the School Foundation as a Champion for Public Education on March 12 during the Florence County District One School Board meeting. Robert Gantt, SCSBA president and member of the District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties School Board, presented the association’s award to representatives from the foundation. Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Florence One Board of Trustees Pupil Discipline Code Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 17th at 8:30 a.m. in the John T. Sullivan Board Meeting Room of the School Administration Building which is located at 319 South Dargan Street, Florence.
The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Johnsonville High School will join 10 other schools to compete in the SC Bar State High School Mock Trial Competition on March 13-14 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia. Participating students from the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics include Chanon Amphan, Elizabeth Carpenter, Joel Fonseca, Lotta Keller, Rhea Mathew, Kayla Owens, Shawn Patel, Madelinne Pope, Shreya Shankar and Sydney White. The teacher coach is Dr. Gary Salazar and the attorney coach is Martin S. Driggers Jr.
The Florence-Darlington Technical College hosts a dozen of the top high school math teams for the 19th annual Technical Mathematics Competition at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) Friday, March 20. The contest starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends after a lunch for the teams with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. FDTC’s Educational Foundation is sponsoring the competition and will award the first place team $1,500. The problems featured real world math questions submitted by local industries and businesses. Students will be allowed to use a scientific calculator to work on the more sophisticated problems. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School Book Club conducted a book drive for new and gently used children’s books during the month of February. More than 1,100 children’s books were collected and then donated to the East Florence Mission’s childrens library. TBCS book club president Cates Saleeby said the club held book drives in the past, but this one was the most successful. “I was surprised that we doubled previous collections and amazed by the generosity of everyone.” Cates said. The East Florence Mission conducts an afternoon homework center. Its small library was in need of books.
TKA Alumnus Ben Clements, Class of 2014, has been awarded a four year National NROTC Scholarship. Ben’s scholarship has been placed for the University of South Carolina. This scholarship will pay for his full tuition as a Chemical Engineering Major and all additional fees. Ben will receive a monthly stipend of $300 and will be sent on three summer cruises in between each year of college. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Florence Two hosts drop-ins to introduce superintendent finalists The Florence School District Two Board of Trustees is hosting "Meet and Greet" drop-ins March 10, 11, and 12 so that employees, parents, and other community members can interact with the three candidates who are finalists in the district's search for its next superintendent. The district's three finalists will be in the district on separate days Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a second round of interviews with the Board. Each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and meeting school staffs and community members. A "Meet and Greet" drop-in for employees will be held in the Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria from 3:15 to 4 p.m. each day with one of the finalists. Drop-ins for parents and other community members who would like to meet the candidates will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. also on March 10, 11, and 12 in the Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria. The public is invited to attend. The three finalists are Dr. Robbie Adell, Assistant Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, NC; Dr. David Nutt, principal of McBee Elementary School in Chesterfield County; and Neal Vincent, Director of Secondary Education in Florence School District One. Adell will be in the district March 10, Nutt on March 11, and Vincent on March 12. "We really hope that employees and members of the community will drop-in and meet each candidate," said Board chairman Elleveen Poston. "We know it is a lot to come out three days in a row, but we want our community members and school staffs to have an opportunity to interact with each finalist." The school board hopes to name the new superintendent by mid-March.
The Florence One Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of the School Administration Building 319 South Dargan Street. Regional Spelling Bee Winner, Rebecca Liu of Williams Middle School who will represent the region in May at the National Spelling Bee, will be recognized by the board. The School Foundation, named Champion for Public Education by the South Carolina School Boards Association, will also receive recognition. Following the recognition on the agenda are public participation, consent agenda items, and the superintendent’s update by Dr. Randy Bridges. Items requiring action are certified contract reappointments and discussion of the date of the April 2015 Board Meeting. Reports and items for discussion include the budget, booster club guidelines, bond sale resolution, and middle school course electives. There will be an executive session to discuss a student matter with receipt of legal advice. For more information, call 843.669.4141.
Florence School District One will have a make-up day for students on Friday, March 20. Students will attend school on March 20 in order to make up for a day lost last month due to icy weather. March 20 was originally scheduled as a staff development day. March 20th will also be a full work day for all district employees. For more information call 843.669.4141.
District One’s Vocal Star Event Florence One has announced the final competition date for District One’s Vocal Star. The event will be held on Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. Reserved ticket seating is available for the event. Tickets are on sale now at the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office, 210 South Dargan Street which is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 661-4444. Adult Admission is $10; student tickets are $5. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Students from seven Florence One schools (Briggs Elementary, Delmae Elementary, Dewey Carter Elementary, Moore Intermediate, North Vista Elementary, Royall Elementary and Timrod Elementary) will compete for the championship in the Florence School District One Battle of the Books Contest. The competition will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. After having read from the books on the Battle of the Books Award list, students will answer questions relative to their readings in a quiz-bowl type setting. This year’s Battle of the Books will be held at North Vista Elementary School, located at 1100 North Irby Street. The admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call Susan Lane at John W. Moore School, at 843.664.8171.
Francis Marion University has named three new students as McNair Scholars for the 2015-2016 school year. Elizabeth Goodman of Darlington’s Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology; Aiden Humphrey of Mullins High School; and Corbin Witt of South Florence High School are the new scholars. The McNair Scholarship is FMU’s highest academic scholarship award. FMU covers the tuition, fees, and room and board for the scholars. A book allowance is also provided.
Francis Marion University honored Deborah W. Hyler (’82) as its 2015 Outstanding Alumnus at the university’s annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner. Hyler was one of four FMU alums honored at the Feb. 26 event held at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence. Emily Brandenburg McMillan (’10) received the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award; Stacey Y. Brayboy (’94) received the Professional Industry Award in Public Service and Law; and Bradley A. Sponic (’04) received the Professional Industry Award in Education and Arts. Hyler received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from FMU in 1982. Hyler has been executive director of The School Foundation in Florence since 2006. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The SC GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) graduation coaches at Wilson High School held the school’s first College Goal event on the evening of Feb. 19. The coaches are Andy Bostick and Daphne Davis. College Goal South Carolina is a parent workshop that is designed to assist all seniors and their parents while they complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Seniors receive information on scholarship and grant programs, along with information about South Carolina’s two year and four year colleges and universities. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Air Rifle and Academic Teams from the South Florence NJROTC unit competed in the 5th Annual West Lincoln Brain Brawl match in Lincolnton, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 31. The team finished a respectable fourth place out of 24 teams competing. The Academic Team made it to the quarter finals before losing a heartbreaking one question playoff to the NJROTC team from Cary, NC.