Education

AROUND THE SCHOOLS

Above, Indian Land High School English honors teacher Robin Champion, right, talks with ninth-grader Hannah Harris and her family Sunday at the celebration and dedication of the newly built school. The new high school, which opens today, is located on River Road adjacent to the old high school. The new 145,000 square-foot high school has room for 800 students and will accommodate 1,200 when all phases are done. The $24 million school features a 1,300-seat gymnasium, more than 35 classrooms and 60 security cameras throughout the building. At left, The front entrance of the new Indian Land High School is shown.
Above, Indian Land High School English honors teacher Robin Champion, right, talks with ninth-grader Hannah Harris and her family Sunday at the celebration and dedication of the newly built school. The new high school, which opens today, is located on River Road adjacent to the old high school. The new 145,000 square-foot high school has room for 800 students and will accommodate 1,200 when all phases are done. The $24 million school features a 1,300-seat gymnasium, more than 35 classrooms and 60 security cameras throughout the building. At left, The front entrance of the new Indian Land High School is shown.

SCHOOL START DATES

Today: Chester; all Lancaster grades except sixth and ninth grades that started Friday; Westminster Catawba Christian School; Blessed Hope Baptist School; Trinity Christian School

Tuesday: Clover; Rock Hill sixth and ninth grades

Wednesday: York; Fort Mill; all Rock Hill grades except sixth and ninth grades; St. Anne Catholic School; Shield of Faith

Rock Hill

Superintendent: Lynn Moody

Projected enrollment: 17,400

Number of schools: 29

Bus route information: (803) 980-2022 or (803) 980-2023

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.50

Middle/High: $1.75

Breakfast: $1

What's new?

The new India Hook Elementary will be dedicated at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9. The school features a full playground and mini gym and expects to see 440 students this year students in 5-year-old kindergarten through grade 5.

South Pointe High School will see its first group of seniors this year. The school has added grade levels each year after its opening and looks forward to its first homecoming, graduation and senior privileges, Principal Al Leonard said.

York

Superintendent: Dr. Russell Booker

Projected enrollment: 5,103

Number of schools: 9

Bus route information: Contact individual schools or visit the district's Web site for copies of bus route information

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.45

Middle/High: $1.55

Breakfast: $0.75

What's new?

School Messenger, a new notification system, was purchased this school year to send automated telephone and e-mail messages to parents about student records, schedule changes, emergencies and other updates. The new system can contact hundreds of parents in just minutes. Home telephone numbers and e-mail addresses can be updated with the student information clerk throughout the school year.

The district also will comply with federal law and guidelines for portion sizes, fat content and sugar content in their vending machines. The board has adopted a wellness policy for the coming year.

The York One Academy has expanded to include grades nine through 12.

Fort Mill

Superintendent: Keith Callicutt

Projected enrollment: 8,622

Number of schools: 10

Bus route information: (803) 802-1998

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.60

Middle/High: $1.85, $2.50

Breakfast: $1

What's new?

Fort Mill High School will no longer use mobile units as classrooms. Workers began preparing the 27 mobile units in late June for their removal. Five were relocated to elementary schools this summer, and the other 22 were returned to owners who were leasing them to the school.

The new Nation Ford High School with 259,000 square feet will offer programs such as trust management and hospitality and tourism. Students at both high schools in Fort Mill will have access to the same courses by taking a shuttle between schools.

Clover

Superintendent: Dr. Marc Sosne

Projected enrollment: 6,100

Number of schools: 10

Bus route information: (803) 222-8022

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.50

Middle/High: $1.75

Breakfast: $0.70

What's new?

Clover High School will offer classes through the South Carolina Viral High School, a 25-station computer lab that will offer a variety of online learning opportunities.

Knox Street School will implement a Youth Court system, a program sponsored by the York County Solicitor's Office that tries students by a jury of their peers.

Mark Hopkins will begin the school year as Clover Junior High School's new principal. Hopkins has served as the school's assistant principal since 2000.

Chester

Superintendent: Larry Heath

Projected enrollment: 5,900

Number of schools: 11

Bus route information: Contact individual schools or visit the district's Web site for copies of bus route information

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.25

Middle/High: $1.50

Breakfast: $0.75

What's new?

Students at Great Falls Elementary School will be required to wear tennis shoes this year to promote physical activity every day. Grades K-5 will participate in a physical education class twice every week and will be encouraged to exercise daily at school.

Lancaster

Superintendent: Gene Moore

Projected enrollment: 11,350

Number of schools: 20

Bus route information: (803) 285-6009

Lunch prices:

Elementary: $1.10

Middle/High: $1.25

Breakfast: $0.75

What's new?

Indian Land High School has moved to a brand new building on River Road. A dedication was held Sunday. The school's old building is being renovated and will be reopened later as a middle school.

Two new principals are also joining the Lancaster School District: Jonathan Phipps at Buford High School and Phillip Mickles at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

ELEMENTARY

Ebenezer Avenue

Parents are invited to attend an open house tonight at the school where teachers will share classroom information with parents. Teachers will hold three 25-minute sessions. Times are: 5:30 to 5:55 p.m.; 6 to 6:25 p.m.; and 6:30 to 6:55 p.m. If a parent only has one child in the school, the remaining session times can be used to visit the special-area teachers. The gifted and talented teacher, ESOL teacher, reading recovery teachers, special education teacher and guidance counselor will also be available.

Oakdale

Parent/student orientation sessions for grades 1-5 will be held at 5 and 6 p.m. today. Parents are asked to arrive at the school in time to be in their child's classroom on the hour for the teacher presentation. If more time is needed for questions or concerns, parents will be asked to schedule a conference later.

Kindergarten students will begin the year on a staggered schedule. Students whose last names begin with A through J will attend all day Wednesday. Students whose last names begin with K through Z will attend all day Thursday. All kindergarten students will attend Friday. Grades 1-5 will attend at the regular time Wednesday through Friday.

Car riders should expect and plan for traffic delays the first several days of school. Car pooling is recommended.

Sunset Park

PTO is sponsoring a silent auction at an open house to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Each class will provide a themed basket for auction. Proceeds will help the PTO provide for school needs.

Signup sheets for PTO volunteers have been distributed in student communication folders. Parents are asked to sign up for committees and return the sheet to the teacher.

As a service project, the fifth grade is sponsoring the Trojan School Store. Proceeds will go toward the spring trip to Charleston.

The following fifth graders are serving on Safety Patrol the first nine weeks: Kelci Roach, LaShard Thomas, Malcome Anthony, Ja'Marri Boger, Macie Boyd, Matthew Hale, Evan Van Pelt, Joshua Amerson, Jade Eason, Jasmine Williams.

The Trojan News Network (TNN) is staffed by the following students: directors, Sarah Beth Davis and Bria McCullough; anchors, Joshua Amerson and Jasmin Ayers; cameras, Phillip Parker and Paige Bacho; teleprompter, Rebeckah Davis; video controller, Rachael Brechbiel; audio controller, Amanda Watson.

York Road

A meet and greet will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Parents and students are invited to visit their homeroom and meet their teacher. The PTA will hold a reception in the cafeteria with Patrick Robinson, principal, Nakia Barnes, assistant principal and Susan Hosea, guidance counselor. Refreshments will be served.

A "sip and sob" will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. Kindergarten parents can have refreshments after dropping off their child the first day of school.

MIDDLE

Saluda Trail

Seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball tryouts for the school will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today. Physical forms need to be turned in at tryouts.

For questions or further information, call Clayton Moton, athletic director, at 981-1843.

PRIVATE

St. Anne Catholic

Back-to-school informational meetings will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for 4- and 5-year old kindergartners; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 for grades six through eight; and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 for grades 1-5.

NEW DAY, NEW DEADLINE

Beginning next week, our Around the Schools column will run on Sundays. As a result, the deadline to submit information will be 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Please send information to Annette Cherry at P.O. Box 11707, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731, fax 329-4021 or e-mail acherry@heraldonline.com.

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