School Notes 2-6-19

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A weekly listing of area education news and events

First Steps hosts ‘Mister B’ Feb. 9
Lancaster County First Steps will host “Mister B” at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 in the Stevens Auditorium at Hubbard Hall, USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive. “Mister B” (Dr. Anthony Broughton) is a children’s author, artist, public speaker, professor and early childhood specialist. The event is free.
Doko Film Fest extends deadline
Doko Film Fest, a competitive showcase event featuring the work of student filmmakers ages 15 to 18, has extended its deadline to submit entries to Feb. 7.
The festival gives young filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films to a live audience, have their work judged by industry professionals and attend master classes by professional filmmakers.
Categories include short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation and pocket studio (made entirely on smart phone).
There is no fee to enter submissions online at DokoFilmFest.com.
Winners will be recognized April 26-28 at the Doko Film Fest at Westwood High School in Blythewood.
Apply now for GSSM programs
The S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville, the state’s only two-year, public, residential high school dedicated to the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is accepting applications for its residential and virtual programs.
Applicants should be current South Carolina residents, high school sophomores (inquire about exceptions), with at least 10.5 high school credits before the end of the 2018-19 school year, including geometry, algebra I and II, English I and II, a social studies course and a lab science course.
There is no tuition or housing cost to attend GSSM’s residential program. Parents pay for meals and other fees.
GSSM also offers two virtual engineering programs in partnership with school districts – Accelerate and TEAM UP.
Accelerate provides students with intensive coursework, innovative learning experiences and team-building activities that expose them to areas of study in various engineering fields. Most classes allow students to earn college credit through dual enrollment.
TEAM UP introduces various fields of engineering and enables students to understand the engineering design process and acquire STEM content knowledge.
Classes for both are presented live through computer and audiovisual equipment, allowing students to remain in their home high schools.
Accelerate and TEAM UP applicants should be current South Carolina residents, enrolled in ninth grade, and attend high school in one of GSSM’s participating partner districts. Applicants should anticipate successfully completing algebra II honors by the end of ninth grade.  There is no tuition cost for Accelerate or TEAM UP.
The application deadline for GSSM residential and virtual programs is 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Applications and more information are available at www.scgssm.org, or contact the admissions office at admissions@gssm.k12.sc.us or (843) 383-3944.
For details, visit DokoFilmFest.com.
LCSD offers special education services
Lancaster County School District is offering special education services for children, youth and adults with disabilities, ages 3-21. For details, call (803) 285-8439 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or email Kathy.Durbin@lcsdmail.net.
Apply now to Legion Collegiate Academy
Legion Collegiate Academy, a dual enrollment public high school scheduled to open for the 2019-20 school year in Rock Hill, is accepting applications from students in any school district in South Carolina.
Parents can apply online at www.LegionCollegiate Academy.org or in person at one of the parent forums held the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Legion Collegiate Academy Enrollment Center, 1348 Ebenezer Road, Suite 101, Rock Hill.
LSWCD offers forestry scholarship
The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District has established the Bill Ardrey Forestry Scholarship in recognition of Bill Ardrey’s 42 years of service with LSWCD.
LSWCD is accepting applications for the $750 scholarship from Lancaster County college students. The student must be majoring in a forestry-related major at a fully accredited college, university or technical college.
Applications are available at www.lancasterswcd.com or call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for a copy. The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. March 26.
Apply now for GSAH dance program
The S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Summer Dance Program for rising seventh through 12th-grade students provides intensive, pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary component. Students must be 12 by June 1, 2019. Out-of-state students are welcome to apply. The five-week program runs June 16-July 20. For details, visit www.SCGSAH.org.
LSWCD conservation scholarship available
The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750 to go to a high school senior residing in Lancaster County.
The student must be attending a fully accredited college, university or technical college.
The Conservation District prefers that the recipient is majoring in an agricultural or environmental related field such as agricultural education, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, horticulture, soils or wildlife management, but it is not a requirement.
The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. March 26. Those interested in applying for this scholarship must fill out an application, which can be found on the website at www.lancasterswcd.com on the education program page, or you may call the office at (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for a copy.

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