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Education

  • Signing on the dotted line...

    A total of 50 Chester High School students inked their names on the dotted line this week in a mass signing ceremony with colleges across the nation, but not one of them is what you could call an MVP in any sport. Their playing field is the classroom, and instead of two-pointers or goals, they make 4.0s and reach their goals.

  • The life of Dr. Laurens Fort honored

    The Chester County School Board honored the life of a colleague and community leader, the late Dr. Laurens Fort Jr. with a Resolution of Remembrance. Dr. Fort served 10 years on the Chester County School Board from Sept. 17, 2007 until his death on March 23, 2017.

    The Resolution of Remembrance credits Dr. Fort for being at the front of the leadership that caused the Chester County School District to experience growth on many fronts, including upgrades and a new district office building, technology updates and infrastructure improvements.

  • Parent Portal back up and running

    The PowerSchool Parent Portal, the secure web portal offered by the Chester County School District that allows parents and guardians to check on student grades, performance and meal account balances, is back up and running.

    The CCSD had issued a warning to parents earlier this month to say due to a notification from the vendor that supplies PowerSchool software, “for security reasons” they were shutting down access to Parent Portal for the remainder of the school year.

  • CCSD board begins budget discussions

    Chester County School Board held their first deliberations on the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget recently. At a budget work session, school district senior staff provided various updates of their departments and talked about the factors and options that might affect this upcoming budget.

  • Filing closes for school board seat

    Two names, including one of the county’s most recognizable, will appear on the ballot for a special election to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Laurens Fort, who passed away last month.

    Kena Funderburk, a senior compliance officer, filed the necessary paperwork to seek the District II opening. Also filing to run was long-time Great Falls resident John Smith. From 1969 until 2016, Smith was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Great Falls High School, where he set the state record for wins (943) and his teams won eight state championships.

  • $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.