School Notes 12-31-14

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A weekly listing of local education news and events

Schools closed through Jan. 2
Lancaster County School District schools will be closed through Friday, Jan. 2, for the winter holidays. Classes will resume Monday. Jan. 5.
Price makes dean’s list at Belmont
Emma Price qualified for the fall 2014 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a grade-point average of 3.5, with no grade below a C.
Deadline Jan. 7 for YES scholarships
The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is Jan. 7.
The cultural immersion program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change and global health.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study for one academic year in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Thailand or Turkey.
The merit-based scholarship covers domestic and international travel, visa fees, medical benefits, room and board, tuition at the local high school, orientations and fees for educational and cultural activities.
Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more about the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at yesabroad@afsusa.org or (800) 237-4636, ext. 2151, for details.
Discovery School taking applications
Discovery School, Lancaster County’s charter elementary school, is taking applications for kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2015-16 school year.  
Applications are available on the school’s website or at the school, 302 W. Dunlap St., Lancaster.
Parent orientation and information dates are 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 at the school.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. A lottery will take place at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11.
District seeking Hall of Fame nominees

Nominations for the Lancaster County School District Education Hall of Fame will be accepted through Feb. 6.
To make a nomination, submit a nomination form, available at www.lancastercsd.com or the district office, 300 Catawba St., Lancaster.
Nomination guidelines include:
• Nominees may be former teachers, administrators or board members. Community members who have made significant contributions through their work as a civic leader, politician or friend of education may also be nominated.
• A deceased person can be nominated.
• Nominees from the teacher, administrator or board member categories must have completed their educational careers.
• Nominations are accepted from students, educators and the community.
Nominations may be mailed to Hall of Fame, Lancaster County School District, 300 Catawba St., Lancaster, SC 29720; or delivered to the district office.
Host families sought for exchange students
Imagine being a representative of the American family by hosting a foreign student. You and your family could be the introduction to American living and culture for a young foreign student, ages 15-18. What better way to learn a new language, learn about another country, make new friends and be a positive international influence?
The Academic Year in America (AYA) program is looking for host families for foreign exchange students. AYA is a nonprofit, quality foreign exchange program under the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation. The program has been promoting worldwide understanding through cross-cultural exchange for 33 years.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer host family for a foreign exchange student in the Fort Mill area may contact Trenette Tucker at trenettetucker.aya@gmail.com or (843) 465-2559.
Background checks for everyone in the household age 18 and up will be conducted.
Apply now for Senate internships
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for spring 2015.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have a strong interest in public service, government and press.
Internships are unpaid, but provide students valuable work experience and an opportunity to work with professionals in legislative, constituent services and press roles.
Internship hours are flexible to accommodate students’ course schedules, but can generally run 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Interested South Carolina students should email internships @scott.senate.gov or call (202) 224-6121.

School menus available online
The Lancaster County School District’s website features breakfast and lunch menus for the district’s elementary, middle and high schools. To see the menus, visit www.lancastercsd.com/mealsbuses/.

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