School Notes 10-4-17

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A weekly listing of local school news and events

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.

LCSD report cards issued Oct. 5

Report cards will be available Oct. 5 for all students in Lancaster County School District. 

Harrisburg family movie night Oct. 6

Harrisburg Elementary School will host an outdoor family movie night showing the movie “Sing” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the rear field. Families are asked to bring blankets and stadium chairs and cash-only concessions will be sold. The movie night is sponsored by Murdock Orthodontics.

Fourth-graders take swim lessons 

Indian Land Elementary School fourth-graders in Cole, Yasinski, Evans and Vecchio’s classes are taking swim lessons at USC Lancaster through Oct. 17.

Free FAFSA Day at USCL Oct. 7

USC Lancaster will hold a FAFSA Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Medford Library’s TRiO Lab, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.

Students and parents can get free professional help filing the application for federal student aid. 

Students attending college in fall 2018 can start applying for financial aid as of Oct. 1.

For details, call (803) 313-7068 or visit www.sc.edu/lancaster.

Let Me Run meets at ILES

Let Me Run, an elementary boys running program, meets 2:15-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Indian Land Elementary School, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road. 

Coaches combine exercise with fun activities and lessons to help boys learn teamwork, build relationship skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, empower themselves and others, and live an active lifestyle. 

Coaches nurture and celebrate every aspect of what it really means to be a boy, and let them run.

Gomes joins Citadel class of 2021

Thomas Gomes of Indian Land has joined The Citadel. Gomes plans to graduate from the school with the class of 2021. The class is made up of over 800 new cadets, with students from 42 states and six foreign countries.

McMillan establishes Winthrop scholarship

Winthrop University alumna Susan Hoffer McMillan has established a new scholarship of $100,000 for students who serve on the staff of The Johnsonian, Winthrop’s student newspaper. The scholarship is only available to those who are South Carolina residents, with first preference given to English majors. The funding begins in fall 2019.

Zombie Walk on Halloween

Lancaster County School District is sponsoring a Zombie Walk through historic downtown Lancaster at 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Registration begins at 4 p.m. in the Discovery School parking lot, 302 W. Dunlap St., Lancaster.  Penelope Karagounis will lead the one-mile guided tour, telling some local spooky stories along the way. Come in costume – there will be  prizes for most creative, funniest and most realistic. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Students and teachers can preregister through their own school offices or PE departments. The event is also open to the general public. Funds raised will be used to buy timing equipment for school and local running events. For details, call Lisa Hallman at (803) 285-8473.

PalmettoPride holds kids’ book contest

PalmettoPride is accepting “anti-litter” themed stories for its children’s book contest. The contest is open to all adults and children who live in South Carolina.

The original story about littering must feature Louie the Lion, PalmettoPride’s mascot and must not exceed 30 pages. Illustrations are not required for the book, but they are encouraged.

To submit an “anti-litter” book idea, email Jalbert@palmettopride.org. For details, email Sarah Lyles at slyles@palmettopride.org or call (803) 758-6034.

See school building projects updates

Aerial videos and information on Lancaster County School District’s most recent building projects and school construction are available on the district’s website at lancastercsd.com.

Irma make-up day Oct. 9 at local schools

Lancaster County School District has scheduled Oct. 9 as a make-up day for the day missed because of Hurricane Irma.

School was canceled Sept. 11 as winds and rain from Irma passed through the Palmetto State.

Oct. 9 was the next day students were not scheduled to be in school. It had been had been planned as a teacher workday. 

“We believe it’s important to use it as a make-up day,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We still face the possibility of winter weather and more missed days.”



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