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Education

  • The asphalt classroom

    A group of Winthrop University Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students recently took to the streets to bring a lesson about moving, walking and energy to the students of The Academy of Teaching and Learning (ATL) in Chester.

  • CHS Resource teacher is October's "Rock Star Teacher"

    The person nominating the Chester County School District’s October Rock Star Teacher said of Emily Sirico, “I have taught Special Education for many years, and yet, this young teacher is an inspiration to me.”
    Sirico, a Chester High School Resources teacher was presented the Rock Star Teacher Award last Friday while her Special Education students and the members of Club Unify, a school club that pairs special ed students with their Chester High student counterparts, applauded her.

  • 4-H delves into "Drone Discovery"

    At their recent Block Party held at the Chester Fire Department, the members of the Midlands 4-H Youth Science Team were demonstrating the latest 4-H project, drones of all types in a project called “Drone Discovery.” The Youth Science Team members had a foam drone to practice flying with and they were handing out hand-powered helicopter “drones” to the kids who visited the 4-H Booth.

  • First class of ENERGY Kids mentors at School of Arts aims to change lives

    It takes a special kind of person to say, yes, I’ll give up my time, use my talents and mentor a student at one of our schools. It takes a special kind of person to say, ‘Yes. I’ll help change a kids’ life.’ School of the Arts music teacher Vickie McCorkle has a whole room of those kinds of people.
    She met recently with the volunteers who form the core of a mentoring program at CPESA.
    A mentoring program has been a dream of McCorkle’s for several years.

  • School board transfers $1 million to capital projects fund

    The Chester County School Board approved a $1 million transfer from the general fund to the capital projects fund at their October meeting Monday night. For some of the board members, you might call this an historic action.
    The vote to transfer the money came after a recommendation from Larry Finney of the accounting firm of Greene, Finney and Horton, who completed the district’s 2016 audit.

  • Students sample job options at career expo

    More than 300 Chester County students went through the doors of the Gateway Conference Center Friday as they attended the Career Expo, organized by the Chester County School District. The students, conversational prompts in hand, visited the exhibits of about 48 businesses, industries and educational institutions to discover what sorts of jobs could be waiting for them when they graduated. Never one to miss a trick, representatives from the military branches – including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps were also present at the Expo.

  • OEC office move because of election, not allegations board chair says

    Due to the issues surrounding his bid for State Senate District 17, Dr. Mike Fanning, who is the Executive Director of the Olde English Consortium, has been temporarily relocated to an office in the Clover School District. Dr. Fanning's previous OEC office was located at Chester Middle School.

  • Music to their ears

    In music, a small group of musicians who perform together is called an ensemble. This is no doubt a term that is well known by the Chester County School District’s music teachers and by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, since both of those groups are now themselves just such an ensemble. But instead of playing music, they’re enhancing music education for students.

  • CPESA students experience a day at the opera

    There were no fat ladies in helmets singing. The recent performance by Opera Carolina Xpress was designed to introduce the Chester Park School of the Arts students to the world of opera. The performance, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” was more like Looney Tunes and less like a blood-and-thunder Wagnerian piece or a hard-to-follow Italian opera.

  • ATL flagpole observance sends prayers for school, students, nation

    It was a bit of a makeshift flagpole that ATL students, teachers, parents and clergy gathered around for the annual See You at the Pole observance, but there was nothing makeshift about the prayers they sent up for healing and peace in the state and nation.