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Sumter students remember Dr. Carl Whetsell with tree in his honor

The fifth-grade art students in Tonya Durant's class were excited about decorating Christmas ornaments in memory of Dr. Carl G. Whetsell. Lemira Elementary School partnered with the Tuomey Foundation to decorate a Christmas tree for the 17th-annual … more

Morris College becomes Purple Heart college

Sumter's Purple Heart Chapter 817 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart designated Morris College as a Purple Heart College during a ceremony Dec. 3 at the college's O.R. Reuben Chapel. Chapter Commander Harry Thompson presented Morris … more

State releases school report cards amid criticism, skepticism

Well, they are finally out, at least. Amid varying levels of criticism and skepticism, which can be common with a new state-wide school rating system, the state Department of Education released Thursday school report cards including scores for … more

Students learn about colonial life

SHELLY GALLOWAY / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM Fourth-graders at Willow Drive Elementary School took a step back in time at their annual Colonial Day celebration. Students ventured through a variety of stations where they learned about making … more

Morris College to be designated a Purple Heart College Dec. 3

SUBMITTED Morris College has several notable events happening next week on the school's campus. First will be a commissioning ceremony for Cadet Justin Jermaine Walker, who will become the 54th officer commissioned at Morris. At 10 a.m. on … more

3 alumni elected to Morris College Board of Trustees

SUBMITTED The Morris College Board of Trustees elected three alumni and longtime benefactors to its executive board at its 2018 fall board meeting in October: state Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter, chairman; Dr. Audrey P. Neal, vice chairman; and … more

TSA teacher awarded SCISA designation as Master Teacher

Paige Crowe, TSA's STEAM coordinator/teacher and art teacher, was recently awarded the South Carolina Independent School Association's designation as Master Teacher. Crowe and Paul Sorrells were on hand at a recent celebration at SCISA as Crowe was … more

STEAM at Wilson Hall

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall freshmen Evan Bell and Ellie Spencer build a VEX robot in the mechatronics class, part of the school's STEAM curriculum, taught by Lee Gandy and held in the new innovation lab. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field … more

Sumter chamber recognizes 12 students

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce celebrated 12 outstanding students at Ebenezer Middle School on Nov. 15 with the presentation of the Golden Apple Awards. Each student was recognized for having integrity and strong moral character, states a … more

Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … more

Clarendon Hall competes at SCISA chess tournament

On Nov. 13, six high school students represented Clarendon Hall at the South Carolina Independent School Association High School Chess Tournament held at Sumter County Civic Center: from left, seated, are Logan Hinman and Gabriel Collier; standing, … more

Revamped Sumter school board to select officers

After the election news has cleared the air and candidate signs have been removed from seemingly every street corner, Sumter School District's revamped Board of Trustees will have its first meeting Monday. The five newly elected trustees on the … more

Teenage drama at Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall students Maddie Crawshaw, Caitlyn Schumacher, Wilson Frerichs and Ann Weathers Blankenship, members of the middle school theater troupe advised by Emily Robinson and Tara Schumacher, perform a scene from "Big Red" recently on the … more

Wilson Hall chess team wins state title

Wilson Hall's high school chess team, advised by Carmen McCaffrey, won the S.C. Independent School Association State Chess Tournament held at Sumter County Civic Center on Nov. 13. The following members of the team are seen with the championship … more

Bates Middle School teachers win Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Bates Middle School teachers Cindy Seckel, Jermaine White, James Crawley, Iasha Lee and Donald Amis were recently named winners of a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition. Through the Voya Unsung Heroes … more

TSA senior is named Wendy's Heisman winner

SUBMITTED Thomas Sumter Academy senior Sydney Daniel was named a state winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship for South Carolina. According to the scholarship website, the program is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman … more

Thomas Sumter students exhibit STEM learning

Thomas Sumter Academy, the only SCISA STEM certified private school in the area, exhibits the strengths of a STEM Problem Based Learning opportunity. Seen are students in Sarah Maloney's geometry class who were asked to design a city using parallel … more

Wilson Hall experiences Colonial Day

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall fourth-grade student Lillyanna Reynolds samples some johnnycake she and her classmates helped bake over an open fire during the school's annual Colonial Day held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more

School report card release delayed by S.C.

Those chomping at the bit to get the new school report card ratings for all public schools in the state will have to wait a little longer. It's been four years since the state Department of Education provided actual ratings for schools when … more
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