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Education

  • ILMS 6th-grader wins county spelling bee

    Allison Basik of Indian Land Middle School took the top prize at the Jan. 29 Lancaster County spelling bee, competing against 16 other elementary and middle-school students.
    Her winning word – vibrato.
    Indian Land students dominated the Lancaster County School District Spelling Bee, with Allison winning and Nicole De Oliveira from Harrisburg Elementary taking second place.
    “Last year I was really sad because I came in fourth, and it feels really good to win with all the practice that went into it,” Allison said after her victory.

  • The Citadel honors local cadets

    The Citadel in Charleston, the state’s military college, recently honored several local cadets for their achievements during the fall 2018 semester.
    Matthew Evdemon of Indian Land was named to the president’s list, a combination of the dean’s list and the commandant’s distinguished list, which includes cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

  • School Notes 2-6-19

    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

  • Work continues at new high school

    The Lancaster County School District’s bond-referendum construction projects are trudging along, despite the heavy rains of the past two months.
    The latest one to be completed is the Lancaster High School Multipurpose Building, with the final item – the audio and video system – installed Jan. 21.
    The school is using the building now, and there will be an open house sometime in March.

  • House speaker rolls out state education reform

    Jan. 24 was a big day for South Carolina schools as S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, along with 18 other lawmakers, introduced the bipartisan South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act – a massive overhaul of the state’s education system.
    “It is time for transformative change in South Carolina’s education system. These bills take a holistic approach to fixing the system that has left us behind,” Lucas said in a statement issued by his office.

  • Newton bill would strike school fees for Catawbas

    S.C. District 45 House Rep. Brandon Newton has filed a bill to revoke a defunct state law regarding access to public education by Catawba Indians.
    Starting in 1993, the tribe was required to pay a fee for sending students to Lancaster County schools, similar to the fees paid by out-of-county students who want to attend LCSD campuses.

  • School Notes 1-30-19

    Career Center open house Jan. 31
    Lancaster County Career Center, 625 Normandy Road, Lancaster, will host an open house/parent and student night 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Lancaster County eighth- and ninth-graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.
    The career center’s CATE (Career and Technology Education) programs will be showcased. Students will learn about the skill sets they can build at the career center in high school and take a tour of the center.
    Hot dogs, chips/raw fries and a drink will be served.

  • 150 staffers train on STEAM system

    Earth Wind and Fire’s upbeat “September” echoed through the new Lancaster High School multipurpose room Jan. 8 as 150 teachers and administrators got their groove on for the district’s STEAM training launch.
    “It was a fantastic event. Absolutely fantastic,” said LHS Principal Rosalyn Mood, who was one of 150 selected for the evening session. “There was just a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the profession.”
    David Shamble, principal of Indian Land High School, agreed.

  • ILHS teams win VEX robotics tourney

    by David Bender/Special to Carolina Gateway
    An alliance of Indian Land High School’s two robotics teams won the Dec. 1 VEX robotics tournament at Clover Middle School.
    The Indian Land teams competed against 16 teams from schools across the state.
    After each team played five qualifying rounds, Indian Land’s Team B was ranked first with a 4-1 record. IL’s Team A ranked fourth with a 2-1-2 record.
    The Indian Land teams formed an alliance to compete against nine other alliances in the elimination tournament rounds.

  • School Notes 1-23-19

    ILES dine-out night at Moe’s Jan. 23
    The Indian Land Elementary School PTO will hold a dine-out night beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at Moe’s Southwest Grill, 9623 Redstone Drive, Suite 100, Indian Land. A portion of proceeds from sales that evening go back to the school.
    LCSD report cards come out Jan. 24
    Report cards will be issued Jan. 24 for students in all grade levels in Lancaster County School District.
    ILMS holds meeting for rising freshmen