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Education

  • $2.2 Million mentoring program will help Chester County students with college decisions

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation, Furman University and The Duke Endowment on Monday launched a $2.2 million mentoring program for prospective college students in Chester and Lancaster counties.

    The five-year program will be the Palmetto State’s first participation in the College Advising Corps (CAC), a one-on-one mentoring program in 15 states, and will start in August.

    The Sims Foundation and The Duke Endowment will fund the initiative.

  • First-ever Giti math and science awards presented

    Chester County students who have been working on environmental and science problems and solutions were honored Thursday at the inaugural Giti Math and Science Awards held at the Gateway.

  • March Rock Star Teacher is Stacy Smith

    Stacy Smith, a special education teacher at Great Falls Elementary, was selected as the Chester County School District’s Rock Star teacher for March.

    She was nominated by a parent. In the nomination, the parent calls Smith, “caring, motherly and patient.”

  • Chester County School District honors retirees

    The recent luncheon at the Chester County School District was an event full of firsts; is was the first time retired educators had been honored by the school district with just such a luncheon and it was the first debut of a combined JROTC Color Guard composed of cadets from each of the three high schools.

    The idea to honor the retired educators en masse came from Chester County Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain and honorary chair Mozelle Robinson. Robinson is a retired Chester County educator with over 30 years of service in the district.

  • It's not rocket science...actually it is

    You couldn’t call what science educator “Dr. Doug” was teaching the fifth grade students at COLT rocket science – wait a minute, yes you could, because it was rocket science.

    “Dr. Doug” is science educator Dr. Doug Williams, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at USC who now runs Blue Marble Science, a non-profit organization that brings hands-on science programs to schools. In the last nine years, Dr. Doug has taught almost 120,000 students.

  • Turtles, snakes and gators...oh my

    Fifth grade classes at Chester Park are getting some literal hands-on knowledge about some creatures as they study adaptation and food chains by touching and seeing the animals who make them up.

    Thanks to a grant from the Springs Close Foundation, environmental educators from the South Carolina Aquarium were able to bring their lessons, including live animals, to all of the fifth grade classes at Chester Park this week.

  • School Board approves 2017-'18 calendar

    The Chester County School Board approved at their February meeting an academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year that checks off a lot of boxes on some teacher (and parent) wish lists.

    The draft calendar presented by district Chief Instructional Officer Dena Dunlap is the product of several other draft calendars, two with a start date of Aug. 21 (which was then the earliest start date allowed by the S.C. Department of Education) and two with an earlier start date of Aug. 17.

  • CMS catapults are STEAM-powered

    The mini marshmallows flew in defense of Syracuse and many Roman soldiers in Dixie cup boats were sunk this week as Chester Middle School 6th grade students took part in the STEAM-powered activity.

    STEAM stands for Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math and is the educational focus adopted by Chester Middle School.

  • CHS parents briefed on dual enrollment

    Chester High School parents and students got a briefing last week on the dual enrollment/early college program from the school district’s educational partners, representatives from York Tech, USC-Lancaster and Winthrop University.

  • School board briefed on facility study findings

    Chester County has wonderful communities, but the Career Center and the three high schools that serve the communities might not be adequate for future needs. That was the conclusion reached by the principal architect hired by the Chester County School District to conduct a study on the facilities needs for the district.