GREENVILLE, S.C. – Following last year’s successful pilot program, Duke Energy and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, are partnering for a second consecutive year to minimize the summer slide and improve the reading proficiency of more than 3,000 current second graders in South Carolina.
During the summer months, all children are at risk of losing some of the learning and skills they’ve acquired over the school year. If the summer learning slide is not addressed at an early age, some children might fall behind as much as three years in reading comprehension by the end of fifth grade. In addition, existing research shows that 75 percent of students who read poorly in third grade, a benchmark for literacy skill building, remain poor readers in high school.
Central High School senior Sam Mungo received his acceptance letter to the ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University recently. Sam is the first Chesterfield County School District student to be accepted into the ClemsonLife program.
To gain this honor, Sam had to undergo not only an application process through Clemson University, he also had to go through a rigorous interview process. Sam was one of 75 applicants throughout the country for one of the 12 coveted spots in this year’s ClemsonLIFE program.
The SC READY/PASS testing window is April 20 – June 1. The End of Course testing window is May 16 – May 31.
Karen E. Sharper Ellerbe has been named the new principal of Long Middle School.
Ellerbe is a native of Cheraw and a graduate of Cheraw High School.
In 1998, after working in the business community, she pursued her first love of education and began her teaching career at Cheraw High School as a career and technology teacher. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Ellerbe was advisor of the National Technical Honor Society, coordinator of InteGrade Pro, coordinator of School and Community Team, a member of the High Schools that Work Leadership Team, the 2005 Cheraw High School Teacher of the Year and the Region 8-2A Track & Field Coach of the Year multiple times.
A change in the Chesterfield County School District school calendar for 2017-18 was approved by the school board during their recent monthly meeting.
The calendar reflects a modification, recommended by the Chesterfield County Teacher Forum and the district administration, and is based on recent S.C. legislation.
The S.C. Legislature recently passed, and the Governor signed, legislation allowing school districts to begin classes on Thursday August 17, 2017. This change in start date was passed due to safety concerns related to the solar eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017.