• 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.

  • A change of mindset

    Discussion of the Chester County School District’s recent facilities needs assessment centered on the Chester County Career Center is leading to talk of what a new facility might be like. But more than that, it is leading to talk of what the future of education in Chester County should be like. Call it a change of mindset.

  • District teacher recruitment fair draws more than 100 hopefuls

    More than 100 potential teachers for the Chester County School District walked through the doors of the Gateway Center on Saturday as part of the CCSD Teacher Recruitment Fair.

    They started out the morning with a meet and greet portion of the event, visiting the different school displays and talking to school principals, assistant principals and selected teachers. The candidates then had a chance for more specialized one-on-one interviews with the representatives of the schools they were interested in.

  • Personnel changes coming to school district

    Some educators are taking new positions in the Chester County School District, it was announced on Friday.

    As previously reported in The N&R, Lewisville High School Principal Dr. James Knox recently told faculty, students and staff at the school he would be leaving the school as of July 1. The Chester County School District announced on Friday that Dr. Knox will be taking over the administration of the Chester County Adult Education program.

  • Vogel is January's "Rock Star Teacher"

    The Chester County School District’s Rock Star Teacher for January might actually be a rock star, or he would have been if he had chosen the life of a rock band musician instead of a music teacher.

    The announcement that he had been chosen for this award sounded some sweet notes to Lewisville Elementary School music teacher William Vogel – almost as sweet as the sounds coming from his class of recorder-playing students.