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Education

  • The "State Fair of Knowledge"

    There weren’t any corndogs or deep fried Twinkies, but it was a fair nonetheless.

    The South Carolina State Fair isn’t the only fair that takes place in October – the faculty of Chester County Schools got a chance to go to their own fair and catch up on the latest in teaching techniques.

    Call it the “State Fair of Knowledge.”

    While students enjoyed Columbus Day off, Chester County teachers were attending the Chester County School District 2017 Instructional Fair.

  • Regional fine arts teachers come together for OEC conference

    Teachers from the school districts that are part of the Olde English Consortium took advantage of the day off from school on Monday to gather at Chester Park Elementary for the OEC’s annual Fine Arts Professional Development Conference. The theme this year was “Arts Transform the Future,” said Miriam Boyd, one of the organizers of the conference for the Chester County School District.

  • CMS students send a flood (bucket) of support to hurricane victims

    The students at Chester Middle School recently sent a literal flood of support to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.

    Under the guidance of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church pastor Dan Sullivan and his wife Kelly, who works as a media specialist at CMS, the students collected the items for hygiene kits and flood buckets. A hygiene kit is full of United Methodist Conference recommended personal items like washcloths, hand towels, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene needs.

  • County students get to discover careers at Expo

    The theme of a career exploration video series by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce is “What’s in your back yard?” and the latest session of the Chester County School District’s Career Expo event is embracing that theme, said Abby Brunson, a global career development facilitator with the school district. The Expo is collaboration between the school district, the chamber and the Chester Healthcare Foundation.

  • Questions to be answered: School district referendum FAQs go live

    The Chester County School District began stepping up their referendum efforts by working on a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document to answer a lot of questions about the process. That document went live this week on the district website. (See sidebar).

  • Simpson is district's first "Rock Star Teacher" of the school year

    Chester Middle School social studies teacher Kimberly Simpson is the school year’s first Rock Star Teacher of the Month. CMS Principal Sheka Houston, Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain and district senior staff members surprised her Tuesday morning with a bouquet of flowers, balloons, a certificate and a trophy proclaiming her Rock Star status. Simpson’s class applauded the announcement of her selection.

  • College reps: Dual enrollment proving successful

    Representatives from three higher learning institutions told the Chester County School Board their partnerships in the dual enrollment program are proving to be successful.

    John McGill, associate dean at York Tech, Dr. Ron Cox, associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs at USC-Lancaster and Dr. Andrew Vorder Brugge, assistant dean at Winthrop University, each made a presentation to school board members, providing a quick snapshot of how the dual enrollment program is working at their institution.

  • SCDE tells school districts to park activity buses for now

    School field trips across the state are going to be a little more difficult in the near future as school districts across the state have been informed by the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) they won’t supply any fuel for activity buses.

  • What it's like in the hot seat

    Chester Middle School students learned some STEAM-powered interview skills recently from the professionals who use those skills every day.

    As part of their STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) initiative, Chester Middle School students read the book “Dar and the Spear Thrower,” explained CMS STEAM Coach Thomasina Curenton.

  • School district seeks this year's galaxy of Rock Star teachers

    The Chester County School District has started their “Rock Star Teacher of the Month” program once again and is currently accepting nominations.

    According to as CCSD Facebook post, the Rock Star Teacher program has been designed to recognize educators who are making a profound and positive difference in the lives of children.

    Each month during the school year (September-May), CCSD leaders will surprise the district's newest “Rock Star Teacher of the Month” with a framed award and a gift.