Education News: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018


University of South Carolina Upstate, Sumter campus

Earn an Elementary or Early Childhood Education degree

Did you know you can earn your degree in Elementary or Early Childhood Education in Sumter? USC Upstate provides the opportunity for local students to earn their degrees at the USC Sumter Campus. Students enroll for two years with USC Sumter (or other qualifying programs) and transfer to the USC Upstate Program on the Sumter Campus to complete their professional program of study.

Students qualifying for the Life Scholarship practically earn a "free" college degree. The USC Upstate Program currently has nine student teachers in Sumter and Kershaw County school districts completing its professional program.

USC Upstate offices are located in the Schwartz Building on the USC Sumter Campus. For more information, call (803) 938-3702. - Betty Harrington

Morris College

Honors Day Convocation

Morris College will hold its Honors Day Convocation on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Neal-Jones Auditorium. The speaker for the hour will be NASA Engineer Dr. Howard Conyers. - Anika V. Cobb

Sumter School District

Lakewood students recognized for outstanding citizenship

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce held the Golden Apple Awards program at Lakewood High School. Nominated by their teachers, guidance counselors or administrators, 12 students were recognized for displaying exceptional citizenship and character. Each student received a certificate and a proclamation signed by Mayor Joseph T. McElveen and County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr.

Congratulations to the following students: Shelby Brown, Erin Cannon, Seth Conover, Ja'liyah Fuller, Faith Harris, Kimouri Massey, Zachary Nash, Chris Newton, Wyman Pack, Jaden Richburg, Zaria Stephens and Darby Watford.

The Golden Apple Awards program is presented by Caterpillar Inc. Gold sponsors are Kaydon Corp. and Dr. James Privett. NHC Healthcare Sumter is the Silver sponsor.

Teacher Recruitment Fair, Feb. 10

Join the Sumter School District team. Our district will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sumter High School. Participants will have the opportunity to meet school administrators and set up personal interviews with schools during the event from 9 to 10 a.m.

Interviews will be conducted on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Employees who are completing a teacher education program or who are eligible for PACE in the spring of 2018 are encouraged to participate.

Register in advance by visiting, and click on the 2018-2019 District Recruitment Fair Application Link.

For more information, contact Sheree Boozer at (803) 469-6900, extension 201.

Willow Drive Receives $5,000 Grant

Willow Drive Elementary School is one of 50 schools across the nation to receive a $5,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant. "Beautifying our Campus to SOAR High with Purpose and Pride" is a school improvement project scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

Through the grant, the school will take on several small-scale school improvement projects that include planting a flowerbed at their marquee sign, providing new fence postings in the outside reading garden, new plants for the reading garden, a playground equipment storage shed with new equipment and new furniture in the office foyer.

Board members honored for years of service

Sumter School District Board Chairman The Rev. Daryl F. McGhaney and Trustee Ralph W. Canty Sr. were recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association for 10 years of school board service. McGhaney and Canty received a certificate and 10-year service lapel pin during the regular board of trustees meeting on Jan. 8 at the Sumter Career and Technology Center.

Veteran school board members provide vision and valuable leadership for school districts. SCSBA and the local boards are happy to honor these board members for their long-term dedication to improving student achievement in their communities.

SCSBA is a nonprofit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 school districts.

Board meeting scheduled

Sumter School District Board of Trustees will have a workshop meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at the district office. There is no public participation at workshop meetings, but the public may attend.

Kindergarten, prekindergarten registration underway

Prekindergarten and kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is underway. Both are full-day programs. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to qualify for kindergarten and 4 years old by Sept. 1 to qualify for prekindergarten.

The prekindergarten program is not state mandated, and there are a limited number of slots available at each school. Potential prekindergarten students will be pre-screened using a state-approved instrument. Students must meet the family income eligibility table or be Medicaid eligible.

Students must attend the school within their attendance zone. To register for these programs, parents should visit the school and bring the child's birth certificate, South Carolina Immunization Form 2740, proof of residence, a physical examination form (kindergarten only) and Medicaid card or other proof of income.

For more information, call the appropriate school or the director of early childhood education at (803) 774-5900. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children no later than April 30. - Shelly Galloway

Central Carolina Technical College

Health Sciences Center Career Fair scheduled for Feb. 12

On Monday, Feb. 12, Central Carolina Technical College will host its sixth-annual career fair at the Health Sciences Center in downtown Sumter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event offers Nursing, Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, Medical Record Coding, Massage Therapy and Pharmacy Technology students, graduates and faculty a chance to meet representatives from hospitals and health care facilities to discuss career and employment opportunities.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with prospective employers as well as higher education institutions.

For more information about the sixth-Annual Health Sciences Career Fair, contact CCTC's Career Services at (803) 773-6673 or email


On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Central Carolina Technical College will hold its annual University Transfer Day. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building M500's atrium on the Main Campus in Sumter. This is a great opportunity for students to meet representatives from four-year public and private colleges and universities, as well as representatives from all military branches.

For more information about University Transfer Day, call (803) 778-6600.

CCTC Foundation is accepting applications for Scholarships

CCTC Foundation Scholarship applications for the 2018-19 academic year are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is March 15. Consider applying if you are enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester and if you have a 2.0 grade-point average. Apply online at - Catherine M. Wood

University of South Carolina Sumter

French Film Festival Returns

The USC Sumter Division of Arts and Letters announces the return of the annual Tourn es Festival Film Series to the USC Sumter campus Monday nights through Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the USC Sumter Nettles Auditorium.

USC Sumter has once again received a generous grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Council to show recent French-language films on campus through the Tourn es Festival Film Series. All films are free and open to the public. Each screening will begin with a short introduction and will be followed by audience discussion.

Below is the schedule for the series. Visit for a brief synopsis of the films:

- Jan. 29: April and the Extraordinary World (2015);

- Feb. 5: The Missing Picture (2013);

- Feb. 12: The French Minister (2013);

- Feb. 19: Panique (1947); and

- Feb. 26: Elle (2016)

The Tourn es Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cin ma et de l'Image Anim e, the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

USC Sumter's Dr. Damien Picariello and Dr. Andrew Kunka will serve as directors of the film series for 2018. For more information, contact Picariello at (803) 938-3812 or or Kunka at (803) 938-3718 or - Misty Hatfield

Thomas Sumter Academy

Giving back to the community

Recently, TSA partnered with the American Red Cross and held a blood drive in which students, parents, faculty and staff contributed blood. Giving blood is a great way to "give back to your community." Whether you know someone who needs blood, or the community is in short supply, giving blood is just the right thing to do. Our TSA family believes in the benefits and were excited to "give back to our community."

Another way TSA gives back is through our Saturday youth basketball program coordinated by Coach BJ Reed and supplemented with parent volunteers. Whether you are a basketball "follower" or not is immaterial because the skills taught on the court are those that each person can use off the court just as much as on the court. Tenacity, grit, perseverance, and practice, practice, practice are all things our youth are learning.


Interested in a tour of our campus? Feel free to contact us or visit our website at We are accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. - Dr F.L. Martin III

Sumter Christian School

Transfers, spelling bees and more

SCS faculty and staff are happy to welcome 10 new students transferring for the spring semester.

The elementary spelling bee was held on Jan. 16. After much preparation and study, students competed in their final rounds of the spelling bee with the winners of the Jan. 23 and 24 run-offs going on to represent SCS at the SCACS Fine Arts Festivals.

Olivia Denmark from first grade, Olivia Ziegler from second grade, Landon Gant from third grade, Aaron Nivens from fourth grade, Trinity Jones from fifth grade and Quayshawn White from sixth grade all won first place in his or her respective classes. Second-place winners were Skylar Marshall (first grade), Saydee Force (second grade), Cecilia Deter (third grade), Billy Adams (fourth grade), Micah Wierschem (fifth grade) and Mason Nivens (sixth grade). Brystol Dotson (first grade), Madison Pida (second grade), Jordan Farrell (third grade), Nicholas Robinson (fourth grade), Jonathan Kannon (fifth grade) and Rocco Owens (sixth grade) were the third-place winners. Congratulations to all the winners for their hard work.

The senior class is working hard to finish their last semester strong along with working with the student body and the community through fundraising for their senior trip to Orlando, Florida, in May. They had a fun and successful soup-and-grilled cheese lunch for the student body on Jan. 18.

They are also busy organizing donations and planning for their upcoming Feb. 24 yard sale, which will be open to the community in the SCS gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Miriam Marritt

Wilson Hall

Fifth-Grade STEM Program

To participate in a science, technology, engineering and math program, the fifth-grade students traveled to Eastover during the school day for the week of Jan. 8. The students participated in the Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration Swamp Fox program which is a Department of Defense-sponsored activity hosted by the Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Students took part in an inquiry-based curriculum with "hands-on/minds-on" experiential activities in the STEM fields. They had the opportunity to see how these academic areas are important as they interacted through on-base excursions to various work centers on McEntire JNGB. Teamwork and goal setting were constant themes as students worked together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts. The fifth-grade teachers, who accompanied the students, are Susie Herlong, Frances James and Lynn Smith.

Feed My Starving Children Project

The school raised $7,287, an amount that will provide 33,125 meals for hungry children, during the fall fundraiser to benefit Sumter Feeds My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian, nonprofit organization that feeds hungry children in 70 countries by providing meals made up of a protein, vegetables, vitamins and rice all in one meal pack. FMSC has held a Sumter packing event in August for the past four years, and it has grown to almost 2,000 volunteers packing meals to feed 1,000 children for a year.

The goal is for Wilson Hall to sponsor a shift at the Mobile Packing Event in August, which will be an opportunity for students, faculty, families and alumni to pack meals for hungry children. In a two-hour shift, it will be possible to pack enough meals to feed more than 200 children for one year. School counselor Elizabeth Hyatt is the coordinator of the project.

Dance Mini-Marathon

Wilson Hall is hosting a mini-dance marathon in partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon which raises more than half a million dollars every year for the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital through the Miracle Network. The money raised will be added to the total amount raised by USCDM and will go to support bettering the lives of children at the hospital.

The event will be held in the Nash Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. It is not required to be at the event for the full time, but it is encouraged. There will be food, music and games for all ages.

To donate, visit The event raised $10,110 last year, and the goal this year is to raise at least $13,000. A pie-a-teacher assembly that generated more than $600 for the event was held in early January. - Sean Hoskins

Wofford College

SPARTANBURG - Wofford College's Interim is a time for exploration and experiential learning away from the rigors of traditional academic courses for students and faculty alike. Students may choose from a variety of on-campus courses, professional internships and research projects, study abroad opportunities or their own independent study project, approved and guided by a faculty adviser. More than 200 students chose to study abroad during Interim 2018.

Margaret Osteen of Sumter is studying abroad in Vietnam and Cambodia while participating in the Interim course: Old Asia, New Asia. This course will focus on the economic and social challenges that Vietnam and Cambodia face. Students will experience and document changes in food, culture and religion in the rural and urban regions of each country and learn how historical events have shaped Southeast Asia as we know it today.

Anna Lyles of Sumter is studying abroad in Bonair as part of the Interim course: Scuba dive Bonaire, the fish capital of the Caribbean. This course uses the coral reef as a classroom. Both biology and non-biology students learn how complex coral reef ecosystems are and they will see how vital the reefs are to the world ocean.

Dr. Michael J. Sosulski, provost of Wofford College, has announced Dean's List students from Sumter for the Fall 2017 semester. Essence Unique Buckman, Anna Christian Lyles, Edward Brode McMillan and James Patrick Muldrow.

Furman University

GREENVILLE - The following Furman University students who live in your area are included on the dean's list for the 2017 fall semester. Furman's dean's list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system. Sumter students named to the list are: Coleman Belk, son of Leslie Belk and Gene Belk; Emily Demonte, daughter of Katie Knights-Demonte and Louis Demonte; and Tyler King, son of Pamela King and Brent King.

Lander University

GREENWOOD - Lander University announces the names of those outstanding undergraduates who have been named to the Dean's List for earning top academic achievements during the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.

To quality for the Dean's List, a student must earn a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.9. Area students named to the Dean's List are: Chelsea Miller of Manning; Madison Copeland of Bishopville; Diamonte Commander of Mayesville; and Laiana Brimmer, Jessica Harris, Tara Muldrow, Andrew Reardon and Cecilia Rolow, all of Sumter.