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6 - MARCH 27. 2009 Educ~on The Col, umbia Star - SC Winning students from left: Jamie Crocker, Crayton; Ben Herring, Hand; Joshua Bowman, Crayton; DonieUe Golden, Sanders; and Madeline Moorer, Crayton. Contributed by Richland Sertoma Club Five Richland School District One middle school students have been award- ed U.S. savings bonds by the Richland Sertoma Club of Columbia for writing essays on What Freedom Means to Me. The 2009 winners are Ben Herring, Hand Middle School, first prize; Joshua Bowman and Madeline Moorer, Crayton Middle School, tie for second prize; Jamie Crocker, Cray- ton, third prize; and Donielle Golden, Sanders Middle School, fourth prize. The Richland Sertoma Club honored the stu- dents, their parents, and teachers February 19 at a luncheon at the club's reg- ular luncheon meeting. In addition, the students, parents, and teachers were recognized at a district wide Sertoma dinner. The Richland Sertoma Club, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a civic and service club affiliated with Sertoma International. Club mem- bets hold several major fundraisers each year to raise money for speech and hearing impaired chil- dren. The annual Freedom and Democracy essay con- test is open each year to middle school students in Richland School District One, and the students with the winning essays are awarded US Savings Bonds by the club. Crayton teacher Beth Thrailkill and Sanders teacher Kathy Hope are instrumental in coordinat- ing the essay contest with the Richland Sertoma Club. Eleven Richland One Schools earn awards for outstanding academic performance Contributed by S.C. Department of Education Eleven Richland One schools have earned cash awards for student academ- ic achievement, academic improvement, and closing achievement gaps in 2008. The Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards pro- gram was created by the Education Accountability Act of 1998. The program now includes two parts - recognition for general school performance as well as recognition for progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students. Schools received gener- al awards for overall per- formance based on their 2008 state report cards' absolute and improvement ratings. These ratings are determined by PACT (Pal- metto Achievement Chal- lenge Test) scores for ele- mentary and middle schools. For high schools, the ratings are based on Exit Exam results, graduation rate, and percentage of stu- dents passing end-of- course tests. Ten Richland One schools- Columbia High, A.C. Flora High, C.A. John- son Preparat.ory Academy, Keenan High, Lower Rich- land High, Gadsden Ele- mentary, Hand Middle, Southeast Middle, Watkins- Nance Elementary, and Heyward Career and Tech- nology Center - were among the 311 schools statewide that received awards for general performance. Schools recognized for general performance receive an award flag, a certificate, a congratulatory letter from Dr. Rex, and a portion of state funds earmarked for the program. The financial award is determined by fac- tors including the type of award received, student enrollment, student atten- dance, and teacher atten- dance. This year's awards are being reduced because of Richland One's 1t Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver award winners are ~ool General Closing the - Performance Achievement Columbia High Gold . Dreher High Silver A.C. Hora High Gold Silver CA. Johnson Preparatory Academy Silver Silver W.I. Keenan High Gold Lower Richland High Silver Silver Gadsden Elementary Silver Hand Middle Silver Silver Southeast Middle Silver Watldns-Nance Elementary Silver Heyward Career & Technology Center Gold state budget cuts. Schools will receive notice of awards totals in the near future. Schools received clos- ing the achievement gap awards based on academic gains made by students who fall into four subgroups - African-American stu- dents Hispanic students, students participating in federal free- or re- duced-price lunch pro- grams, and students with non-speech disabilities. The state's Education Over- sight Committee set the awards criteria. Elementary or middle schools qualify for a Gold award if at least one of these subgroups meets or exceeds high-achieving student scores in both English lan- guage arts (ELA) and math- ematics. A Silver award is given if at least one sub- group meets end-of-year high performance in ELA or mathematics or shows exceptional achievement growth. High schools may receive a Gold closing the gap award if the graduation rate of at least one subgroup meets or exceeds the statewide graduation rate of historically high-achieving students.-A Silver award means at least one sub- group's graduation rate meets or exceeds the rate needed to meet the state's graduation goal of 88.3 per cent by 2014. Five Richland One schools - Dreher, A.C. Flora, C.A. Johnson, Lower Rich- land, and Gadsden - were among the 242 schools statewide that received closing the achievement gap awards. Schools recog- nized for closing achieve- ment gaps receive an award certificate, a congratulatory letter from Dr. Rex, and $1,200 for the Gold award and $1,000 for a Silver. Four Richland One schools -A.C. Flora, C.A. lohnson, Lower Richland and Gadsden - were among the 150 schools statewide that received awards in both categories. Contributed by KiUian Elementary School Deshawn Woodall, a student in Mary Waters' Kindergarten class at Kil- lian Elementary School, was winner in a drawing contest sponsored by Waf- fle House. As a winner of the con- test Deshawn and his class- mates each received a Waf- fle House T-shirt. In addi- tion, as part of his prize Mrs. Bradley, manager of the Hardscrabble Road Waffle House, and compa- ny came to the school and cooked a variety of waffles for the entire kindergarten classes. His drawing is dis- played at the Waffle House on Hardscrabble. Kindergartener Deshawn Woodall with Mrs. Bradley, manager of Waffle House on Hard- scrabble Road. and celebrate 35-year anniversary Contributed by Richland One Schools Richland One's Hey- ward Career and TechnOlo- gy Center is 35 years old, and everyone is invited to attend its blowout birthday celebration on Saturday, March 28, from 10 am to 3 pm at 3560 Lynhaven Drive. Families can enjoy a day of fun and entertain- ment that includes a car show, games for the kids, a step show and dance com- petition. Barbering students can give you a trim for $5. A dance competition will be held for students and staff. A variety of free health screenings will be available including dental, spinal, and sickle cell checkups. For 35 years Heyward has educated tens of thou- sands of Richiand One stu- dents in cosmetology, nursing, automotive tech- nology, computer technol- ogy, construction, culinary arts and numerous other professions. Heyward's rep- utation for excellence has impressed businesses and pushed it into the national spotlight, including an arti- cle in Time magazine. BMW, Chrysler, and Honda have donated cars to the auto technology classes. Heyward offers stu- dents job skills, intern- ships, and technology classes that prepare them for the job market and/or college. Its real-world approach to learning uses state-of-the-art technolo- gy, certified staff, and hands-on experience that businesses and colleges demand. Its students have become doctors, entrepre- neurs, architects, engi- neers, chefs, and many other profesSionals. For more information please contact the Rich- land One Office of Com- munications at 231-7504 or 231-7510. Hope Hall, Midlands Technical College Workforce Investment Act program coordinator, gives helpful information to prospective students at last year's MTC Spring Open House. Contributed by Midlands Technical College In today's tight economy, career training for in-demand fields is more important than ever. Displaced workers and high school gradu- ates alike must prepare for the jobs of the future, and Midlands Technical College is uniquely equipped for that task. To help students learn more about these opportunities, Midlands Technical College is host- ing Spring Open House on Saturday, April 4, on the Beltline Campus from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will allow students, par- ents and community members to explore col- lege programs; tour the Beltline Campus; and interact with faculty, staff and current students. Featured programs at Open House will include Automotive Tech- nology, Engineering Technologies, Machine Tool Technology, and Information Systems Technology programs such as Computer Pro- gramming and Adminis- trative Office Technology. At Open House, prospective students will be able to complete free college applications and placement tests and the Free Application for Fed- era/Student Aid (FAFSA). Information sessions will be held for middle and high school students, parents, educators and community members. Personnel from MTC's Veterans Affairs office will also be there to discuss educational benefits available to veterans, active-duty military and their qualified family members. Open House will also feature special activ- ities for elementary school children. The Richland County Sheriff's Department will be pro- viding free Kid Print IDs, which provide parents with a copy of their child's fingerprints, an identification picture, and statistical informa- tion about their child for use in emergency situa- tions. Special tours for elementary school chil- dren and their parents are also scheduled. For more informa- tion or to register, call (803) 738-8324 or visit / openhouse.