• School Notes 8-29-18

    Goggins graduates from UW-Whitewater
    Zachary Goggins of Lancaster graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at spring commencement May 19.

    ILES holds Spirit Day Aug. 29
    Indian Land Elementary School will hold Spirit Day on Aug. 29. Students may wear Spirit Day shirts with bottoms of their choice. They may also pay 50 cents to wear a hat. Teachers may wear jeans and Spirit Day shirts for $1. Proceeds go to charity.

  • Donate school supplies to Stuff the Bus campaign

    Lancaster County is ramping up for its annual Stuff the Bus school-supply event Saturday, Aug. 25.
    The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West in Lancaster, is hosted by United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools and the U.S. Postal Service.
    In partnership with WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools campaign, Communities in Schools of Lancaster County asks the community to donate school supplies for local students in need.

  • No hiccups on first day of school

    The starting gun sounded Monday morning and 13,000 Lancaster County students filled the halls of 23 schools, as the district hit its mark for wrapping up construction projects just in time, and the first days of classes had no major hitches.

  • IL teachers win district awards

    More than 1,300 teachers packed Lancaster High School’s gym Tuesday to celebrate the previous year’s hard work, recognize four outstanding teachers and kick off the new year with the district’s largest teacher pep rally.
    Lauren Watts from Harrisburg Elementary, Leslie Parker from Kershaw Elementary, Kimberly Sowell from South Middle and Lisa Knox from Indian Land High were picked from 200 nominees to receive this year’s Celebrate Great Teaching Awards.
    Knox, the high school and district-wide award recipient, was humbled by the experience.

  • School Notes 8-22-18

    Stuff the Bus event Aug. 25 in Lancaster
    United Way of Lancaster County and Communities in Schools of Lancaster County will host the annual Stuff the Bus event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster. School supplies can also be donated at United Way of Lancaster County, 109 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Mix-up over new school’s speed-zone signs remedied

    In the deadline crunch to get the much-delayed Van Wyck Elementary School finished for the new school year, a crucial safety detail fell through the cracks.

  • Kickoff event: Scholarships will reward service to our communities

    Get ready for some sun, fun, barbeque and volleyball this Sunday, Aug. 19m as the new Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation hosts its first Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Foundation President Debra Gardner is asking the community to get behind the innovative scholarship fund, which will reward community service, rather than focusing on academics or athletics.

  • VWES move-in day

    Cars and pickups, their doors open and tailgates down, lined the driveway of the new Van Wyck Elementary School on Monday as teachers unloaded classroom contents on their first day in the new building.
    “It’s everything from moving into the room, decorating and organizing the room, and then curriculum comes next. We’re just trying to get the room ready for kids,” said fourth-grade teacher Shannon Wilson. “It’s exciting, very exciting. The building is beautiful, and it’s a nice new space.”

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths. 

  • New school filling up with furnishings

    Furniture lined the lobby, halls and classrooms of the new Van Wyck Elementary School as it entered the final steps before opening to teachers Monday, Aug. 13.
    “We’ve taken care of the deficiencies from the inspection, so we’re clear on that,” said David Small, facilities director for Lancaster County School District. “Furniture will be 100 percent complete by tomorrow (Friday), and we’re going to clean and wax the hallways and classrooms on Saturday.”