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Education

  • ILMS team wins state brain games

    With its consistent ranking at the top of Lancaster County schools for overall performance, it’s a pretty well established fact that Indian Land Middle School is full of smart kids.
    But now ILMS is gaining a reputation for academic excellence of another sort, thanks to its Academic Challenge team’s performance this year: It’s now THE school to beat.
    The ILMS eighth-grade Academic Challenge team went undefeated for the year and earned the Division I Academic Challenge state championship title for the second year in a row.

  • ILHS Military Ball

    This year's award winners are:

  • School board considers new drug policy

    The Lancaster County school board approved first reading of a new Drug Free Workplace policy during its March 17 meeting.
    Board members approved the policy at the request of Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, making it possible for board members to potentially approve new controlled substance and alcohol testing regulations as early as next month.

  • School Notes: April 8, 2015

    ILHS students take part in Art N Ag Expo
    All area high schools will display and sell student projects from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at the Lancaster Farmer’s/Artisan’s Market, 1920 Pageland Highway, Lancaster.
    Vegetable plants, hanging baskets, annuals and perennials, painted furniture, ceramic vases and pots, wooden furniture and metal yard ornaments from the welding shop will be for sale.
    Home Depot will offer kid’s clinics beginning at 10 a.m. and will raffle a kids picnic table to be assembled on-site.

  • School Notes: April 1, 2015

    LSWCD offers $500 scholarship
    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship, a $500 amount awarded to a high school senior.
    The student must attend a fully accredited college, university or technical college. A major in an agricultural or environmental-related field is preferred.
    Deadline to apply is 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Online applications can be found at www.lancasterswcd.com or call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for a copy.

  • IL principals pick their best 'good kids'

    Lancaster County principals honored their best students March 19, during this year’s Principal’s Choice Awards at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Now in its 10th year, the awards are a chance for principals to praise the kind of students they wish they had more of: well-mannered, kindhearted, polite, hardworking, helpful, determined and dependable, just plain good kids.

  • Earn college credit in high school?

    The Lancaster County School District and University of South Carolina Lancaster are working on a possible expansion of their existing dual enrollment program that allows high school students to earn college credit.
    The new dual/concurrent enrollment program, should school board members approve after the details are worked out, would allow motivated upperclassmen to earn most – or even all – the credits for a two-year associate degree with little or no tuition.
    School board members learned of the proposed expansion at its March 17 meeting.

  • Youth Art Month

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts is celebrating young artists during Youth Art Month.
    Each year during March, the Springs House galleries, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, displays the artwork of students from grades K-12 in Lancaster County.
    An opening reception was held March 5 and the work will stay on display through the end of the month.

  • School Notes: March 25, 2015

    Community IEP workshop Thursday
    The Delegation for Minority Affairs will host a Community Empowerment Workshop on Individualized Education Plans. The workshop, featuring Columbia attorney and advocate Kathleen Martin, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church, 202 S. Gregory St., Lancaster. For details, call Novella Kirkland at (803) 288-3123 or the Rev. AnThony Pelham at (803) 285-1075, or email delegationforminority affairs@gmail.com.

  • Motivational speaker series inspires middle schoolers to 'Finish the school year strong'

    The middle of spring semester is often the most cumbersome time of year for students and teachers, a relentless grind of classes bogged down somewhere between the distant holidays and spring break still a week away.
    Getting over the spring slump is the idea behind Indian Land Middle School’s annual Finishing Strong series featuring speakers who help motivate students with an “extra boost to finish the year in an extraordinary way.”