From left, Alana Tyler, volunteer at East Florence Mission, Cates Saleeby, TBCS book club president and Carrigan Spearman, volunteer at East Florence Mission.
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.
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
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.
The Pee Dee Education Center sponsored its annual Pee Dee Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium at FMU. Representatives from 39 Pee Dee area schools sent their school champion speller (grades 5-8) to this event. Schools from the following school districts participated: Clarendon 1, 2, 3; Darlington County Schools; Dillon Three, Florence 1, 2, and 3; Lee County Schools; Marion County Schools; Marlboro County Schools; and Williamsburg County Schools. After 16 rounds of spelling words, Rebecca Liu, seventh grader from Williams Middle School won the event by correctly spelling the word “Olio”, which means a miscellaneous collection (of music for example). Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held its annual oratorical competition on Saturday, Feb. 7. This program allows area high school-aged youngsters to compete for scholarships by delivering speeches on the U.S. Constitution. This year’s event was won by Victoria Nwankudu of Wilson High School, Victoria is enrolled in the National Baccataureate Program, the National Honor Society/the Spanish Honor Society and participated in Girls State. The runner-up was Matthew Campbell, also from Wilson High School. He is enrolled in the National Baccalaureate Program Jr. ROTC and attended Boy's State. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The South Florence Association of Parents, Teachers, & Students, APTS, is sponsoring its annual fundraiser barbecue on Thursday, March 5. The plates, catered by Schoolhouse BBQ, are $7.50 each and include barbecue, rice and gravy, cole slaw, sweet potatoes, and bread. Lunch delivery to businesses, offices, schools, and plants is available from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drive-thru/pick-up in the gym lobby area will be from 4 until 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or arrange a lunch delivery please call Karen Romanyzyn (843) 687-2920 or Marilynn Belk (843)669-5514 or (843)229-3124 or e-mail mmbelk@aol. com.
DARLINGTON –Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, 5001 Hoffmeyer Road in Darlington County, has received a donation of $11,225.00 from Learning Tree International Inc. The gift is to be used for an academic scholarship in the current semester and in the 2015-16 school year. Learning Tree International, through its chairman and CEO Dr. David C. Collins and his wife Mary, has provided Trinity-Byrnes with support that has helped bolster the school’s tuition assistance and scholarship program, which is available to current and prospective students who qualify based on need. Learning Tree International, Inc. is a Reston, VA-based training company that provides instructor-led, classroom-based training courses to information technology and business professionals.
FMU Theatre presents The Fantasticks The Francis Marion University Theatre’s winter production of The Fantasticks will showcase an unusual intradepartmental collaboration by two areas of the university’s Fine Arts Department. FMU’s Keith Best, Fine Arts faculty member and associate provost, is the overall director of the musical production. Professor Dr. Terry Roberts, coordinator of FMU’s music industry program, is the show’s music director and conductor. Fantasticks will run Feb. 18-22 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s performances will take place at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s showing is at 3 p.m. Tickets for The Fantasticks are $5. The first 100 FMU students reserving tickets get in free (ID required at the door). Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The West Florence High School (WFHS) Student Council has partnered with McLeod Health to raise money for the McLeod Health Foundation, H.O.P.E (Helping Oncology People Every day) fund. H.O.P.E. helps to provide cancer treatments for those who may not be able to afford to them. The students have set a goal of raising $5,000 for H.O.P.E. Persons interested in assisting the WFHS Student Council with this project should make checks payable to West Florence High. For more information, contact Janice Howard, Student Council Advisor at 843-679-6757 or e-mail her at JHoward@ fsd1.org.
The King’s Academy tied for first place Best Overall High School at the 2015 SCISA State Literary Meet. Upper School participants included Harold Boatwright, Margaret Lee (1st place HS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Eleanor Lee (1st place Oral Interpretation HS Girls Humorous), Ryan McDaniel (2nd place Oral Interpretation HS Boys Humorous), Lizzie Dean and Parker Brown. Middle School participants included Sam Smith (1st place Oral Interpretation MS Boys Humorous), Abbie Norton (1st place MS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Emily Brock, Katy Brock and Hughes Milling. Lower School participants included Tripp Creveling, Jayden Brunetti (1st Place 4th grade Poetry Recitation), Kaylee Hewitt and Josh Grosick. TKA currently holds 24 Best Overall, 11 Second Best Overall and approximately 116 individual awards from the SCISA State Literary Meet.
The first graders at The King’s Academy in Florence visited the Kid’s Closet on the Public Square in Darlington on Friday, Jan. 30. Each grade at The King’s Academy has a classroom ministry project. The first graders chose to donate clothes to the Kid’s Closet for their ministry this school year. They donated hundreds of items including shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, sweaters and shoes. Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Schools in Florence One are rolling out the welcome mats for all local citizens of the community during the next two months. The open invitation is to the Annual Showcase of Schools in February and March. Each school in Florence One will offer programs, tours, and displays, and everyone in the community is invited to each of the showcases. “We are excited about the opportunity showcasing will provide,” said Florence One Superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges. Wednesday, February 4, 2015