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home : education August 29, 2014 

Florence Christian students attend SCISA Summer Leadership Conference
ORANGEBURG – Students from a local school recently attended the South Carolina Independent School Association Junior High Summer Leadership Conference, held in Orangeburg according to Larry Watt, SCISA executive director. Florence Christian School students David Coker, Graham Berry, Cole Procik, Chandler Lawson, Zoe Cauthen, Morgan Warner and Janalyn Berry participated in the event for junior high school leaders, Junior Honor Society members and Junior Beta Club members in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Advisors from the schools also participated in the program. Participants learned how to conduct an effective meeting, learned correct parliamentary procedures, honed leadership skills and took part in leadership and team building exercises. 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FMU President's annual address to the faculty gives shape to the new academic year

Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter told a group of some 225 FMU faculty assembled for the school’s annual faculty breakfast that he brags about the school’s faculty too much, but he says he just can’t help himself. “I boast about your (the faculty’s) accomplishments all over the state,” says Carter during his remarks in FMU’s Ervin Dining Hall. “I know that’s led to some grumbling, ‘here comes Carter again, bet he’s going to brag on his faculty,’ which is probably marginally better than ‘here comes Carter again begging for money.’ Of course, our most generous donors have discovered that these two messages are related. That’s why they’re our most generous donors.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Golden Bears Homecoming Celebration set for the weekend
DARLINGTON – The Mayo High School Golden Bears Homecoming Celebration returns to Darlington on Labor Day weekend for four days of fun and reminiscing. The party gets started Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mayo cafeteria for an Alumni Meet & Greet hosted by the Mayo High School reunion classes. There will be Golden Bears paraphernalia for sale in the chorus room, as well as refreshments. Later that night, at 9 p.m. head to American Legion Post 210 for a line dancing class. On Friday, Aug. 29, enjoy a gospel extravaganza at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at 7 p.m. featuring the Mayo Alumni Gospel Choir, reuniting the 1990 to 1995 MHS Gospel Choirs, as well as other local choirs and musicians. 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FSD2 recognizes Mrs. Poston as Classified Employee of Year

Mrs. Mary Cornelia T. Poston has been named the 2014-2015 Florence County School District Two Classified Employee of the Year. Mrs. Poston is currently a teacher assistant in the Media Center at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School with 35 years experience. She was a district bus driver for many years and still helps with transportation on a daily basis. She has been in Florence Two as a teacher assistant and bus driver since 1979. Mrs. Poston will be representing Florence School District Two during the 2014-2015 school year as its Classified Employee of the Year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teacher of the Year

PAMPLICO – Amy M. Poston has been named the 2014-2015 Florence County School District Two Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Poston is a 6th grade teacher at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School. She is a graduate of Francis Marion University. Mrs. Poston started her career at Kensington Elementary in Georgetown as a kindergarten teacher. She taught at Lake City Primary from 1995-1999 and worked at Brockington Elementary from 1999-2002. She served as curriculum coordinator at Dewey Carter from 2002-04 and was principal at the school from 2004-10. She has been at Florence Two since 2011. Mrs. Poston will represent District Two in the state competition in December. She is married to Kevin Poston and has one child, Hailey.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wilson High IB students graduate, headed to college
Twenty three Wilson High School students have been awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma. An International Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded to students who complete a rigorous course of study by taking six courses in a minimum of five different subject groups. In addition to taking the six exams, these students also complete a Theory of Knowledge course, an extended essay, which is an independently researched 4000 word paper, and 150 hours of community service. The following Wilson High School students were awarded the International Baccalaureate diploma this year. The percentage of diploma candidates receiving a diploma for the class of 2014 was 56%. 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Darlington Adult Ed to host registration next week

DARLINGTON – Darlington County Adult Education will hold registration at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Darlington site, 100 Magnolia St., for GED, high school diploma, and Work Keys assessments. A mandatory three-day registration and orientation is required (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Childcare will be provided for children, age 6 and younger, for morning and evening classes. New this year, PDRTA buses will be available to and from adult education classes to the Darlington site for morning classes Monday through Thursday. For more information on the DART and Darlington-Florence commuter services, call 843-665-2227 opt. 1 or visit For information on the adult education services, call 843-398-2856 or visit www.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FMU begins 45th year

Francis Marion University’s 45th year officially begins with the start of regular fall classes on Aug. 19. But the university will be abuzz with activity for the next several weeks as campus life begins anew. University officials note that it’s still not too late to register for fall classes. Anyone interested in enrolling for the fall semester should contact the FMU Admissions at 843-661-1231 as soon as possible. Admission to the fall semester ends on Monday, Aug. 18.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FMU Nursing Program reports nearly perfect NCLEX pass rate

Graduates from Francis Marion University’s Department of Nursing excelled on their recent nursing licensing exams. FMU’s first-time pass rate on the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) was 97.8 percent. Forty-four of 45 FMU graduates who took the NCLEX-RN this spring passed. The FMU marks were among the best in South Carolina. “It was a terrific performance by our graduates,” says Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, chair of FMU’s Department of Nursing. “But it’s no surprise. We have a strong tradition of excellence across our program.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Christian pop legend Amy Grant coming to the PAC, Sept. 26

Five-time Grammy winner Amy Grant, the only Christian pop star to take an album Platinum, will be in concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Tickets for Grant’s Florence performance will go on sale Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. online and at the PAC box office. Ticket prices start at $59. Top seats are $99. Grant’s storied career includes an astonishing 13 albums that reached Gold status or higher. Included in that number are four Platinum or multi-Platinum albums. She has sold more than 30 million units worldwide.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

School meetings for parents

Elementary parent orientation and open house meetings are as follows: 
Carver on Aug. 12 for K thru first grade at 5 p.m., others at 6 p.m. 
Davis on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Delmae on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. 
Greenwood on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Briggs on Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.; 
Dewey Carter on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. 
Savannah Grove on Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. 
Moore Middle on Aug. 14 at 5:30 for fifth grade and 6:30 for sixth grade 
North Vista on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. 
Timrod on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. 
Wallace-Gregg on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. 
Lester on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. 
McLaurin on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. 
Royall on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. 
Palmetto Youth Academy on Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. 
Middle Schools 
Parent orientation/open house meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13: 
Sneed (6-8 p.m.) 
Southside (6-8 p.m.) and Williams Middle (5-7 p.m.) High Schools Parent orientation meetings and open houses: South Florence High, Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. West Florence High, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Wilson High, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Library, Kaplan Testing, to offer SAT practice test

The Teen Services Department of the Florence County Library System, along with the Kaplan Testing Center, are offering a free practice SAT test on Aug. 23. The test is open to all ninth through twelfth graders only. Participants will learn the format of the test and take the test in a situation similar to a real test day. This is a practice test, not a skills course. Check in will start at 8:45 a.m. and the test will begin at 9 a.m. It will last until approximately 1:30 p.m. on that Saturday. The test is around four and a half hours long and will be given in the main meeting room of the Florence County Library. Registration is open thru Aug. 20. To register, or if you need more information, please call Julie Vaught at 413-7083.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Regional Arts Alliance bestows Betty Ann Darby scholarships
Since 1997, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance has awarded 27 Florence County students with the prestigious Betty Ann Darby Scholarship. This week, two more students have been added to the list of deserving recipients.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FSD1 schools registering to start back on Aug. 18
Florence School District 1 has begun registration for high school students this week, Aug. 4-8. Registration for elementary/middle schools will be held Aug. 6 and 7. The first day of school for students is Monday, Aug.18. All elementary schools and John W. Moore Middle start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m. Sneed Middle, Southside Middle, and Williams Middle schools start at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. 

High schools begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Rush Academy begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m. Motorists are asked to be aware that Monday, Aug. 18 begins the new school year and to be mindful that over 80 school buses will be transporting over 12,000 students to and from school each day. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to School Bash set for Aug. 16
Levy Park will be the site for a Back to School Bash, honoring the late Coach Michael Hawkins, on Aug. 16. It will take place from 2:30-8:30 p.m. There will be games, music, food, and most importantly, school supplies distributed to students. Coach Mike was a community activist in Florence County. Since his passing, his family has tried to keep his legacy alive. His daughter Ashley Hawkins seeks community assistance for this events with school supplies and funds. She is preparing 200 goody bags, and invites businesses to get their name in for a $20 fee. The deadline is Aug. 10. School supplies are needed for all ages.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Timmonsville Resident Earns Degree from Western Governors University
SALT LAKE CITY (Grassroots Newswire) July 31, 2014 - Pamela Christmas of
Timmonsville (29161) has received his/her M.S. Educational Leadership from
Western Governors University ( The university held its 27th
semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 12 and
celebrated the graduation of more than 5,500 graduates. The university
awarded 3,085 undergraduate and 2,456 graduate degrees in business,
information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare
professions, including nursing. Graduates reside in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, as well as Armed Forces personnel stationed

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FMU will be home to new Center for Excellence for College, Career Readiness
Francis Marion University is the recipient of a new grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education that will fund the establishment of the Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness at FMU. The Center will provide professional development to teachers throughout the state, will leverage and expand the work of the S.C. Course Alignment Project and will serve to coordinate and facilitate relationships among P-20 initiatives throughout the state. P-20 programs are those that support an integrated educational system from preschool into college. Initially, the center will work in depth with two local school districts, Florence School District 1 and Florence District 4.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Local Students Receive Degrees at Miami University Spring Commencement
OXFORD, OH (07/21/2014)(readMedia)-- Miami University awarded degrees to students during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Yager Stadiium. Students with more than one listing have earned additional degrees or honors.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

FMU recognized as '2014 Great College to Work For'
For the second straight year, Francis Marion University has been recognized as a Great Colleges to Work For® Honor Roll school by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the academic workplace, are based in large part on a third party survey of FMU faculty and staff. FMU was one of just 71 four-year colleges recognized by The Chronicle, and one of only 30 four-year schools recognized as an Honor Roll college. Schools are recognized if they receive satisfaction ratings of 70 percent or higher in any of the 12 rating categories covered by the survey. Honor Roll schools must receive high satisfaction ratings in at least seven of 12 categories.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jones, Owens named FMU's Outstanding Staff Employees
Verneeda Jones and Sherry Owens have been named the Outstanding Staff Employees of the year at Francis Marion University. Two other FMU employees, Angie Bessenger and Rannie Gamble, were the recipients of two newly established awards. The awards were presented July 17 during the annual staff awards luncheon, which also honored FMU employees for length of state service. Jones is a custodian for facilities maintenance and Owens is an administrative assistant for the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Jones has been employed at FMU for two years and Owens for 12 years.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Navy JROTC cadets help out at their school

Several cadets from the South Florence NJROTC unit took time out of their summer schedule to lend a hand at their high school repairing desks in the math and chemistry labs, painting bike racks, and moving furniture. The cadets were happy to be involved in the activities at their school and provided many man-hours of labor to enhance the school’s mission of “Preparing students to become responsible, world-class citizens and high-achieving, life-long learners.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McLeod Health partners in nursing education, makes contribution to FDTC nursing program
As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made continuing contributions to area nursing schools. Support of these valuable educational offerings is again reflected in this year’s $75,000 gift to Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) to help maintain its nursing program. Over the last 10 years, McLeod has provided the nursing program at FDTC with a total contribution of $950,000, nearing $1 million in support. Nursing represents the nation's largest health care profession and the largest single component of hospital staff. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates that by 2018 the country will need nurses to fill 581,500 new positions and will have to replace the hundreds of thousands of positions that will open as experienced nurses leave the profession.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Local student participates in leadership program at Princeton University
A Florence School District One student was selected to participate in a national leadership program for high school students. Kandace Rosser, a rising senior at South Florence High, is currently participating in LEDA, (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) which is being held this summer at Princeton University. LEDA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Card Day
DARLINGTON – The Kalmia Garden Study Club will hold its annual Fun Day Card Day Fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Darlington Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10. Event includes silent auction, door prizes, drawings, and card games. Salad lunch and snacks included. Info: 843-944-5072.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FMU secures $492,221 HRSA grant to help veterans earn BSN degree
New program will offer course credit for military experience, allow vets fast track to advanced degree Francis Marion University will offer a revolutionary new registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program specifically for veterans of the military through a $492,221 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). FMU officials learned they had been awarded the grant last week. The grant will offer ex-military RNs with two-year degrees a fast and convenient path to a BSN degree through FMU’s acclaimed nursing department. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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