• School Notes 10-18-17

     HES students learn fire prevention

  • More metal detectors at high schools

    After two recent high-profile safety incidents on campuses, Lancaster County School District is ramping up security in schools, implementing more aggressive metal-detector screenings at all four county high schools.
    The district is tripling its number of walk-through detectors.
    In the past week, an Andrew Jackson High School student was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to school, and a shooting threat was written on an Indian Land High School bathroom wall.

  • Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-27

    Indian Land schools are celebrating National Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-27) with a variety of activities.
    Red Ribbon Week, which teaches school children and youth to avoid alcohol, tobacco and drug use, was established in 1985 in remembrance of Special Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena, 38, who was murdered while working undercover in Mexico.
    During the week, students make pledges to present a unified and visible commitment toward a Drug-Free America.
    Here’s what local schools have planned:
    Harrisburg Elementary

  • School Notes 10-11-17

    Teen Reading Week at ILHS

    Indian Land High School will celebrate Teen Reading Week this week, Oct. 9-13, by playing library bingo, library jeopardy, black-out poetry and a library scavenger hunt.

  • Pumpkin patch lessons

    Indian Land Elementary School students filed off the bus Thursday, Oct. 5, into a field with hundreds of pumpkins at Antioch Baptist Church’s seventh annual Great Pumpkin Patch.
    LeighAnn Edmondson and Tiffany Evans’ special-needs classes ran straight to the hundreds of pumpkins sitting on pallets, tables and bleachers.
    Edmondson said her class has learned about the lifecycle and different sizes and colors of pumpkins.
    “It’s been very exciting for all of them,” Edmondson said.

  • Timeline for opening new IL school

    A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
    The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
    Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.

  • School district plans for future

    The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
    On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.

  • School Notes 10-4-17

    ILES students visit pumpkin patch 

    Indian Land Elementary School students in Leigh Ann Edmondson’s class will visit a pumpkin patch from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Local schools lead growth

    The number of students attending Indian Land schools has increased more than 10 percent since this time last year, driven mostly by growth at the two elementary schools.  
    Indian Land Elementary had 1,101 students in its official count 15 days into the school year, up 143 from a year ago, according to Lancaster County School District.
    ILES had 1,526 students in 2013-14, the year before Harrisburg Elementary opened with 851 students.
    This year, Harrisburg has 1,262 students, up 141 from 2016-17.

  • Golden Door Scholars supports Dreamers

    from Golden Door Scholars
    For the sixth consecutive year, undocumented Dreamers will be awarded Golden Door scholarships, giving them the opportunity to join 133 current scholarship recipients and 25 recent graduates.
    Golden Door Scholars, a nonprofit focused on promoting economic mobility for high-performing undocumented students in states where they are not eligible for in-state college tuition, has opened its application for students starting college in fall 2018.