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Easterling Primary receives donation from church group


The Morning Study Circle from The First United Methodist Church donated money to Easterling Primary School to help support a field trip to The Young Chef Academy in Florence.


Group donates books to two libraries in county


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The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations.

The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers, a press release about the program says.

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have announced that 173 libraries were selected to receive Great Stories CLUB grants, which will support book discussion programs targeting teens.

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) was launched in 2005. Participating libraries will receive 11 sets of three theme-related books to provide to members of a book club. They will also have access to a variety of online resources, designed to help plan and implement programming. All types of libraries located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens (such as juvenile detention centers or alternative high schools) in the United States and its territories were eligible to apply.

Creek Bridge High School Media Center and the S.C. Department of Mental Health, Marion, received the books. For more information, or to view the full list of selected libraries and partner organizations, visit www.ala.org/greatstories. ALA will begin accepting applications for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants in September.

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has an exemplary track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series “Let’s Talk About It,” film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs, a press release said.


Honor Rolls


Johnakin Middle 

1st semester


6th grade A: Adaya Sturkey and Andrew Williams

6th grade A-B: Xakarey Baylor, Sarah Dellinger, Shatora Dunkin, Myranda Elvis, Geoffrey Fravor, Jessica Graham, Alysha Harrell, Johnny Humphrey, Kristin Ingram, Kendrick Johnson, Shania Lane, Nicarri Legette, Arbreya Lewis, Tamera McGill, Tre Mitchell, Courtney Perkins, Lucas Reynolds, Walker Richardson, Caitlin Seitz, Tamara White, Alasha Wiggins, LaQuasha Williams, Matthew Williams, MaKayla Williamson, Chaz Young

7th grade A: Ashleigh Evans, Morgan Honaker

7th grade A-B: Brandon Alford, Michala Blue, Brenna Bullard, Stacy Coleman, Jaquan Davis, Sarah Edwards, Michayla Hamilton, Astayja Lemon, Kellie Marion, Heather Moore, Anunay Pulukuri, Tillman Sanders

8th grade A: Kayla Drose and Taylor Skipper

8th grade A-B: Tiffany Bartell, Jane Bethea, Silhouette Blackwell, China Brothers, Weslyn Burroughs, Caleb Capps, Alexa Carfley, Jessica Coleman, Brian Cox, Jonathan Crouse, Joshua Davis, Addison Faulk, Deanny Felix, Gabrielle Foster, Jamiesha Foxworth, Kenyal Gilbert, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Nyesha Grant, Chaule Hamilton, Khalid Herbert, William Humphrey, Katelyn Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Haley Lewis, Qunisha Lytch, Chad McCorkle, Tyler McKenzie, Sandieep Nagra, Anjelica Palmer, Lakeena Reed, Michalia Rozier, Robert Sarvis, Leonte Sellers, Tanisha Tart, Devon Williams, Shatiera Wilson, Tanancia Woods


Johnakin Middle

2nd nine weeks


6th grade A: Myranda Elvis, Geoffrey Fravor, Adaya Sturkey

6th grade A-B: Rayquan Adams, Sarah Dellinger, Shatora Dunkin, Jessica Graham, Kendrick Johnson, Shania Lane, Nicarri Legette, Tyshanna Lester, Arbreya Lewis, Taylor Martin, Courtney Perkins, Matt Pridgen, Lucas Reynolds, Walker Richardson, Caitlin Seitz, Andrew Williams, Matthew Williams, Chaz Young

7th grade A: Ashleigh Evans, Morgan Honaker, Tillman Sanders

7th grade A-B: Brandon Alford, Kenya Avant, Idalis Blackwell, Michala Blue, Stacy Coleman, Jaquan Davis, Sarah Edwards, Michayla Hamilton, DJ Kelly, Kellie Marion, Joey McGrath, Heather Moore, Anunay Pulukuri

8th grade A: Kayla Drose and Taylor Skipper

8th grade A-B: Tiffany Bartell, Jane Bethea, China Brothers, Alexa Carfley, Jessica Coleman, Brian Cox, Jonathan Crouse, Lindsey Dix, Deanny Felix, Jamiesha Foxworth, Kenyal Gilbert, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Nyesha Grant, Zi Huang, Katelyn Johnson, Angel Kelley, Haley Lewis, Randon Lawrimore, Samuel Manning, Chad McCorkle, Tyler McKenzie, Sandieep Nagra, Anjelica Palmer, Lakeena Reed, Michalia Rozier, Robert Sarvis, Leonte Sellers, Tanisha Tart, Twanae Tyler, Taylor Welch, Devon Williams, Shatiera Wilson, Tanancia Woods


Pee Dee Academy

3rd nine weeks

* Headmasters Honor Roll - 2007-2008


Grade 1: Grace Atkinson, Madison Baxley, Anna Brashear *, Ryan Brewer *, Sally Brown *, Spencer Butler, Cadence Cagle *, Lilly Caudler *, Christopher Duncan *, Lauren Eskridge *, Brianna Hamilton, Sophia Kirley, Jake Lane *, Jett Lewis, Michael Martin *, Grayson McQueen, Benjamin Owens *, Kayla Rogers *, Trever Rogers *, Somer Scott, Ryan Singletary *, Briar Spivey *, Johnna Grace Spivey *, Christian Tisdale *, Lexie Turner *, Stormy Vangorder, McKenzie Waters *, Kahle Waston , Harrison Watts *, Rachel Webster *, Resse Webster *

Grade 2: Bree Ammons *, Dalton Buffkin *, Kelsea Butler *, Summer Calhoun *, Brandon Carter, Mallory Carter *, Matthew Dangerfield *, Frank Drew *, Madison Elvington *, Lauren Garris *, Cami Godbold, Josh Hardee *, Taylor Hardwick, Daniel Hewitt, Brandon Hooks, Dawson Hunsucker, Chloe Jackson *, Tana Jackson *, Jesse Lane, April Lewis *, Corbin Lloyd *, Meg Martin, Garrett McDaniels *, Greyson McIntyre *, Sarisha Menon *, Brittney Moore *, Haley Oxendine *, Wilson Sarvis *, Layne Smith, McKinley Smith, Matthew Stordy *, Ian Spivey, Justin White

Grade 3: Bailey Clark*, Dylan Coleman *, Luke Coleman, Madison Collins *, Ariel Dutton *, Paige Eskridge *, Lydia Floyd *, Matthew Hayes *, Nic Hayes *, Austin Jeffords, Nicholas Jenkins, Hayden Panos, Jason Person, Tyler Rogers, Haley Scott, James Shelley, Zach Weaver, Austin White, Carson White *, Katilyn White, Kathryn White, Rylee White *

Grade 4: Oliva Brady, Kaitlin Brown, Zachary Butler *, Katelynn Caulder *, Olivia Dangerfield, Jacob Erwin *, Will Fowler, Holden Gasque *, Emme Godbold, Madison Hardee, Courtney Hayes, Katie Heitzenrater *, Kathryn Huffman *, Tanner Jordan *, Caroline Klauber *, Macy Larrimore *, Macy Mc Intyre *, Molly Miller *, Kristyn Moore, Paul Moore *, Shayni Owens, Trent Rogers *, Sierra Russ, Skylar Sanders, Virginia Sarvis *, Josh Shelley, Chandler Tisdale *, Madison Wilson *, Matthew Vinson

Grade 5: Chase Ankarstran *, Ashlyn Arnette, Savannah Brooks, Austin Browne, Karlee Dozier *, Gib Fenters *, Dylan Forney, Logan Hennecy *, Catherine King, Hannah Martin, Chelsea McMillan *, Anna Owens *, Drakes Page, Tyler Page, Nicholas Palmer *, Emily Stackhouse, Timothy Stordy *, Savannah Tiller, Brianna Vangorder *, Casey Weaver *, Meagan Webster *, Savanna Williamson *, Caroline Wilson, Brooke Zeman *

Grade 6: Brandon Cartee *, Spencer Coker, Fran Gasque, Taylor Herrington, Hannah Hooks *, Kelby Huggins, McKenna Johnson *, Tori Johnson *, Ryan Lewis, Clay Martin, Amber Mincey, Jenna Owens, Madison Page *, Janki Patel, Kali Potes *, Cole Richardson *, Lindsey Richardson, Dalton Rowe, Polly Scott, William Seals, Mary Margaret Shelley *, Jennifer Smith, Korey Thomas*, Nikki Ward *, Chase Webb, Katie Wolfe

Grade 7: Thomas Brown, Robin Bucy, Danielle Cayouette *, Carson Lee Crosby *, Justin Draper, Hannah Gleason, Carmen Grice *, Haley Jordan, Mary Klauber, Jacob Martin, Hampton Tiller *, William Webster, Bryant Wilson, Alexis Young *

Grade 8: Nickolas Ammons *, Morgan Bass, Ethan Brown, Will Daniels *, Brian Davis, Jessica Hardy, Beraj Hira, Elizabeth Holley *, Savanna Martin *, Sarah Sarvis, Anna Scruggs, Taylor Shaw, Jessica Webb, Sherridan Williams

Grade 9: Jessica Black, Summer Clark, Kelsey Coleman *, Haley Cribb *, Lan Cribb, Kevin Driggers *, Meagan Hooks, Daleigh Huggins, Kali Jacobs, Ryan King, Cole McClam, Rebekah Norman *, Ed Pittman, Jordan Richardson, Renee Richardson, Jeffre Rogers *, Anna Shelley, Taylor Williams *

Grade 10: Satcher Bell *, Katelyn Browne, C. C. Causey, Mary Frances Sarvis, Haley Smith, Lauren Grice

Grade 11: TJ Bass, Brittany Ellis, Jamie Estes, Charlie Fincannon, Ashley Foxworth *, Matthew Gleason, Brett Hester *, Jason Hewett, Samantha McKenzie, Ginni Reaves McMillan, Katherine Rogers, Cole Thomas, Kevin Thomas, Jordan White *, Austin Williams *

Grade 12: Madison Barrett, Jacqueline Gibbs, TJ Jordan, Holly Kinnett, Christine McKenzie


Students rock in Mother Goose play
 
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Students and staff of Mullins Early Childhood Center were treated to a musical extravaganza in late February. Students in several classes performed Mother Goose Rocks!, an original play written by Faye Collins.

In a tizzy, Mother Goose, convincingly played by Mrs. Risinger, enlists the help of nursery rhyme folk to help her find her missing Mother Goose book. It turns out that Humpty Dumpty borrowed the book to give it a little “update.” All ends well when Mother Goose realizes she likes Humpty’s rockin’ versions of the rhymes!

Each month, classes take turns performing for the rest of the school and family members. After the performances, family members are invited to stay and have lunch with the program’s “stars.” One person from each family is provided with a free lunch, paid by the school.

“We feel this is a very special way to involve families in their children’s educational careers. It also gives the children opportunities to both demonstrate learning to others and practice “audience skills.” Being a part of an audience is not a passive activity, explained Judy Pace, principal of the school.

“Children have to be taught expectations for behavior in different contexts. Many adults assume that watching a live performance is a one-way street. The performers perform and the audience just sits there. A performance can only be as good as the audience allows it to be.

We remind students each time to listen and actively engage with the performers by watching, smiling, clapping and even laughing at appropriate times. Most visitors are astonished that such young students can get so much out of a program and behave sophisticatedly as consumers of art.”

The three multi-aged classes were able to perform a polished rendition of the play due to clever planning. Faye Collins, author and costume mistress, reported that students learned the nursery rhymes as a part of a unit of study.

They were then able to recite and act out the verses with very little time spent off task. It was noted that many students in the audience chimed in as familiar poems were incorporated into the script. All students were given the opportunity to wave to family and friends as they entered and exited as a part of the structure of the musical.
 
Johnakin Middle names students of the month
 
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At Johnakin Middle School, each teacher selected a student from any of their classes who had shown significant improvement in behavior, attitude, academics, and work habits. These students were awarded a certificate and a Zaxby’s coupon. This will be a monthly event. Sixth grade students honored were: Daniel Ammons, Juan Brown, Javon Brunson, Janessa Davis, Laurissa Gagum, Shqawann Garner, Temesha Legette, Abre’ya Lewis, Moria Person, Taylor Stevens, Tamara White, Alasha Wiggins, and Amy Williams. Seventh grade honorees were: Timothy Allen, Donnie Davis, Janelle Davis, Makeel Davis, Charles Gibson, Erin Horne, Keon Johnson, Mercedes Johnson, Thurman Legette, Jaquel McRae, Tyrelle Montgomery, Kevin Rowell, Yamod Rowell, Kalvin Wilkerson, and Tierra Wise. Eighth grade honorees were: Benton Coleman, Michael Gause, Xi Huang, Alexius Johnson, Keyonia Legette, Shaniqua Maxwell, Josh Sarvis, Steven Scott, Mary Smith, and Jonathan Woodberry.
 
Easterling Primary students complete Math-A-Thon
 
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced today the successful completion of Math-A-Thon at Easterling Primary School in Marion. Math-A-Thon, now in its 29th year, is an educationally based fund-raising program in which students obtain sponsors for the number of math problems completed in special workbooks provided for students in grades K-9. The program is sponsored nationally by Six Flags Theme Parks, who provide free passes to their parks for every student raising $40 or more. The total collected by students was over $1000 dollars.

“We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-A-Thon,” said Rayeanne Gretz, volunteer coordinator.

For information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org.
 
Marion Chamber awards CAR recipients
The Marion Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Awareness Recognition (CAR) award recipients for Marion School District One’s third grading period have been named. A savings bond, sponsored by the Pilot Club Foundation, was presented to the students in recognition of this award. These students were recognized at the monthly school board meeting on March 10.
 
Collins is 2008 vocational rehabilitation ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’
 
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Cody Collins, a senior at Marion High School, has been named the 2008 South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Outstanding Student of the Year.
Each year, this award goes to a student with a disability who has demonstrated self-determination skills used to overcome barriers in working toward transition and career goals. Collins traveled to Spartanburg on Feb. 28 to receive the award at the South Carolina Exceptional Children’s Conference, where Shannon Lindsay, Program Development Specialist with the S.C. Department of Rehabilitation, presented him with a plaque to commemorate his achievement.
The goal of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department is to enable eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to prepare for, achieve, and maintain competitive employment. 
Collins has written a song, “Givin’ In,” which became a class project.
Morris Ward, Audio Technology Instructor at Marion County Technical Center, worked with his class to produce a DVD with photos, music, and audio-visual effects to accompany Cody’s song.
Cody was nominated by one of his teachers, Arla Cox.
 
Tip sheet available for child’s career exploration
 
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Personal Pathways to Success has created a tip sheet to help parents discuss career education with their children. Personal Pathways to Success is implementing changes in career education in the public schools in grades K-12 and for adult learners statewide.
While career education is emphasized as a student prepares to graduate, career development education begins far before a student enters high school. Since all South Carolina students will choose a major in a particular career cluster when they enter high school, career awareness in the middle and elementary grades is essential. Many students, by the time they are ready for middle school, will have some information from which they will base choices about future education and career plans. As key influencers of their child’s choices, parents play an important role in assisting in their child’s career awareness education.
The tip sheet can be requested by sending an e-mail to info@scpathways.org.
Parents can also contact their Personal Pathways Regional Education Center (REC) to discuss other options about career education for their children. Contact information for each REC and the area that it serves is located on the Personal Pathway Web site, www.scpathways.org.
 
MSD1 is participating in Relay for Life
 
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Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society.
During this event teams of people gather at schools, parks, or fairgrounds and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one member on the track at all times. Marion’s celebration will be May 2-3 at the Carolina Entertainment Complex.
All Marion School District 1 schools are participating with various activities.
JMS is selling Relay for Life Cups ($1), Relay for Life Pencils (25 cents), and Relay for Life “feet” ($1) to be posted around the school. Ms. Loadholt has these items available for purchase before 8:15 a.m., between 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., and between 3:15-3:30 p.m.
 
National reading consultant conducts staff development
 
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Linda Kirszenbaum, a national reading consultant, conducted a staff development session with Johnakin Middle School’s teachers in February. To explain the importance of our Focus reading class, Kirszenbaum discussed the four levels of comprehension and how imperative it is for our students to read independently during Focus.
She also stressed the value of reading aloud, conferencing with our students about the text they are reading and modeled a conference session with another teacher.
After “refocusing” Focus, Kirszenbaum explained the difference between language arts reading and other content area reading. She emphasized that all teachers are teachers of reading, then demonstrated a number of content area reading strategies the teachers can use in their classrooms to help our students comprehend their social studies, science and math texts.

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