Monday, May 20, 2013
Junior Daniel Ott will intern at Harvard University's cancer research center for the summer.
A Lexington-Richland School District Five Biomedical Science student has received a highly competitive internship at Harvard University for the summer in the school’s cancer research center. Daniel Ott will participate in the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He is a junior at Dutch Fork High School and studies Biomedical Science at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center). “Daniel’s internship epitomizes the result of the collaboration between Dutch Fork and the Center’s Biomedical Science program,” said Julie Krusen, a Biomedical Science teacher at The Center. “We’re excited about this opportunity for Daniel and look forward to his work in the future.” …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Natalia Gonzalez-Guzman received an honorable mention for her First Amendment cartoon.
A Lexington-Richland School District Five second grader has earned honors in a nationwide First Amendment cartoon competition. Natalia Gonzalez-Guzman received an honorable mention in the elementary school comic strip division of the contest, which was sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the California Administrative Office of the Courts and other groups. Gonzalez-Guzman was awarded a certificate, and her cartoon is featured on the website courtsed.org. The winning cartoons were selected from among hundreds of submissions, and judging was based on creativity and understanding of the First Amendment expressed in the drawing. California Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Justice Judith D. McConnell said the selection …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Five teams of cafeteria workers from schools across the district will prepare meals Tuesday at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in the competition.
Five mystery ingredients. Two courses. One title. Lexington-Richland School District Five cafeteria workers plan to prove they have what it takes to earn the title of District Five’s "Chopped" Champion. The cook-off will be held Tuesday at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies. “The goal was to have fun and showcase the talent that we have in our cafeterias," said District Five Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh. "These individuals work hard everyday to provide healthy and delicious food for our students, many of whom have pretty discerning palettes. It’s not easy, but they do a great job. This contest helps put their talents and skills on display.” The five teams of three will prepare breakfast and lunch using five mandatory …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The artwork of three students will be published in SC Economics’ upcoming Economics Concepts Calendar.
Three elementary students from Lexington-Richland Five have won a statewide economics poster contest. The artwork of Leaphart Elementary third grader Jacob Bryne, Ballentine Elementary third grader Carmela Johnson and Harbison West Elementary fifth grader Kyla Osborn will be published in SC Economics’ upcoming Economics Concepts Calendar. Elementary and middle school students are asked to illustrate one of six economic concepts,including: scarcity, opportunity cost, and goods and services. A total of 16 posters were selected for the calendar for the months August 2013 through December 2014. Winners receive a $50 check and have their birthday printed in the calendar. District Five Gifted and Talented Program Supervisor Tami Richardson said…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Cheryl Cooley has been named Social Worker of The Year by the South Carolina Association of School Social Workers.
Lexington-Richland School District Five social worker Cheryl Cooley has been named Social Worker of The Year by the South Carolina Association of School Social Workers. Cooley currently serves three District Five schools: Leaphart Elementary, Nursery Road Elementary and Irmo Middle School. “Being named Social Worker of the Year has been a humbling experience because there are so many great social workers,” Cooley said. “There’s a popular saying that you’re only as great as the people you surround yourself with. And I can definitely say that about the social workers and staff I work with at District Five. There’s really none better.” Cooley began her career as a social worker for the Department of Health and Environmental Control in the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Chapin High School student Michael Caleb Bagley and Dutch Fork High School student Lauren Blanchette are among the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees nationwide receiving this year’s awards.
Two students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named winners of the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Chapin High School student Michael Caleb Bagley and Dutch Fork High School student Lauren Blanchette are among the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees nationwide receiving this year’s awards. The winners receive a $2,500 scholarship. Chapin High School Principal Dr. Akil Ross said, “We are very proud of Caleb and his academic accomplishments. He is a model student and a great representative of the ideals of Chapin High School.” Dutch Fork High School Principal Dr. Gregory Owings added, “Lauren is gifted, energetic, dependable, motivated and an all-around outstanding young lady. She represents the best of what we …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Harbison West and Leaphart elementary schools will be led by two new principals beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
Lexington-Richland School District Five has named new principals for two of its elementary schools. Veteran administrator Arthur Newton, Jr. has been selected as the new principal of Harbison West Elementary. He is currently a principal at Bridge Creek Elementary and will replace Dr. Barbara Brockhard, who is retiring. Leaphart Assistant Principal Kelly Brown will take over as principal of the school. She replaces Dr. Gerald Gary, who will become the new principal at Dutch Fork Middle. District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “We are looking forward to having Mr. Newton and Ms. Brown in these important roles. Both bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to help their respective schools as District Five continues to push for …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Scott Compton and Lexington-Richland 5 reached a settlement agreement.
Lexington-Richland 5 paid a former Chapin High teacher who stomped on a U.S. flag in his classroom an $85,000 settlement to avoid a legal challenge, according to a report in The State. Scott Compton, who resigned in March, will receive the payment on top of his salary, which will be paid through June 7, even though he has not taught since December, according to The State. Before he resigned, Compton told the district that he was planning to file a complaint in federal court, according to The State. The district offered him the $85,000 as long as he would agree not to pursue a legal challenge. Read more from The State.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Irmo soccer stadium prior to the start of the first playoff game.
The Irmo community will gather before the start of the boys soccer game Tuesday to celebrate Coach Phil Savitz' 33-year career. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Irmo soccer stadium prior to the start of the first playoff game. The team will compete against South Pointe High School at 7 p.m. This is the last season Savitz will coach the Yellow Jackets. Savitz will coach at Lexington School District 1's new River Bluff High School next school year. Savitz has won 13 state championships and became the 17th coach in the nation to get more than 600 wins. He was also inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named the Region Coach of the Year 17 times.
Chapin ranked 751 out of 2,000 public high schools in the nation. Dutch Fork is ranked No. 979.
Chapin and Dutch Fork high schools in Lexington-Richland 5 are among America's Best High Schools, according to a rankings released Monday by Newsweek. Chapin ranked 751 out of 2,000 public high schools in the nation. Dutch Fork is ranked No. 979. South Carolina schools ranking higher than District 5 schools include Academic Magnet in North Charleston (No. 20), Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville (No. 59) and Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston (No. 588). Other schools in the Midlands include Spring Valley High (No. 1185), A.C. Flora High (No. 1608) and Dreher High (No. 1792). The ranking highlights the best public high schools that have "proven to be the most effective in turning out college-…