Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Bob Norwood announced on Tuesday's WRHI Straight Talk that he probably will not run again for the Rock Hill School Board. Hear those comments and get an update on the current financial situation by clicking here.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.
2. Language Labs
Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.
Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: 'Our concept of what a computer is'. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we're going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can't wait.
The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don't need kids to 'go to school' more; we need them to 'learn' more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).
5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions
The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn't far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.
6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher
The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn't yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won't make you 'distinguished'; it'll just be a natural part of your work.
7. Fear of Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it's time you get over yourself.
Books were nice. In ten years' time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the 'feel' of paper. Well, in ten years' time you'll hardly tell the difference as 'paper' itself becomes digitized.
9. Attendance Offices
Bio scans. 'Nuff said.
A coat-check, maybe.
11. IT Departments
Ok, so this is another trick answer. More subtly put: IT Departments as we currently know them. Cloud computing and a decade's worth of increased wifi and satellite access will make some of the traditional roles of IT -- software, security, and connectivity -- a thing of the past. What will IT professionals do with all their free time? Innovate. Look to tech departments to instigate real change in the function of schools over the next twenty years.
12. Centralized Institutions
School buildings are going to become 'homebases' of learning, not the institutions where all learning happens. Buildings will get smaller and greener, student and teacher schedules will change to allow less people on campus at any one time, and more teachers and students will be going out into their communities to engage in experiential learning.
13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade
Education over the next ten years will become more individualized, leaving the bulk of grade-based learning in the past. Students will form peer groups by interest and these interest groups will petition for specialized learning. The structure of K-12 will be fundamentally altered.
14. Education School Classes that Fail to Integrate Social Technology
This is actually one that could occur over the next five years. Education Schools have to realize that if they are to remain relevant, they are going to have to demand that 21st century tech integration be modelled by the very professors who are supposed to be preparing our teachers.
15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development
No one knows your school as well as you. With the power of a PLN in their backpockets, teachers will rise up to replace peripatetic professional development gurus as the source of schoolwide prof dev programs. This is already happening.
16. Current Curricular Norms
There is no reason why every student needs to take however many credits in the same course of study as every other student. The root of curricular change will be the shift in middle schools to a role as foundational content providers and high schools as places for specialized learning.
17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night
Ongoing parent-teacher relations in virtual reality will make parent-teacher conference nights seem quaint. Over the next ten years, parents and teachers will become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents will drive schools to become ever more tech integrated.
18. Typical Cafeteria Food
Nutrition information + handhelds + cost comparison = the end of $3.00 bowls of microwaved mac and cheese. At least, I so hope so.
19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Webmastering
You need a website/brochure/promo/etc.? Well, for goodness sake just let your kids do it. By the end of the decade -- in the best of schools -- they will be.
20. High School Algebra I
Within the decade, it will either become the norm to teach this course in middle school or we'll have finally woken up to the fact that there's no reason to give algebra weight over statistics and IT in high school for non-math majors (and they will have all taken it in middle school anyway).
In ten years' time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The following teachers are our latest National Board Certifiers:
Kenneth Ball, Old Pointe Elementary
Dan Blackburn, Phoenix Academy
Lorne Brandt, Rock Hill High
Eileen Colonna, Saluda Trail Middle
Angela Creagh, Saluda Trail Middle
Brittany Davis, Dutchman Creek Middle
Jessica Davis, Castle Heights Middle
Diane English, Lesslie Elementary
Lorenzo Johnson, Sunset Park Elementary
Lia McKay, Sullivan Middle
Rebecca Nivens, India Hook Elementary
Antoinette Owens, Rock Hill High
Sandra Queen, Northwestern High
Jeremy Shaw, Rock Hill High
Robert Shellenberger, Rock Hill High
Susan Snyder, Northwestern High
Jean Stillman, Saluda Trail Middle
Sue Whitney, Sullivan Middle
Brian Worrill, Phoenix Academy
Brenda K. Graham, Exceptional Student Education
Sullivan Middle School's Junior Civitans had a canned food drive for the local Salvation Army and collected over 3,600 cans for families in need this Christmas.
Sheila Huckabee (district office) earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University on December 15.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Even though this is a little political, I believe it is good to share when one of Rock Hill's citizens makes the national news. Click here to hear the story.
S.C. Republican Pins Hopes On Urban Blacks
There are some things about Marvin Rogers' political profile that may sound a bit familiar. He's an energetic African-American leader, a charismatic speaker — and he talks about returning civility to politics.
Ask Rogers what he does in the urban neighborhood where he lives, and he describes himself as a community organizer.
"I don't mind being called that," said Rogers, 33.
"A community organizer is this: When you don't have groceries and you can't feed your kid, when your house burns down and you don't have any place to go, the person that you call is a community organizer."
But unlike the former community organizer now in the White House, Rogers is a staunch conservative who's trying to spread Republican orthodoxy where it's rarely heard: among minority groups in the inner city.
"I am a Spanish-speaking African-American conservative who is trying to grow the party," he said.
On the day NPR visited Rogers, he was helping lead a boxing class for teenage boys in Rock Hill, S.C., a one-time mill town not far from Charlotte, N.C. In a dingy public gym, he both boxed with the boys and talked with them about their lives.
"You can apply the discipline that you learn from fighting in the ring to fighting to make good grades, fighting to make a living for yourself," he told them in his pep talk.
Rogers says he spends time at busy community centers like this one as part of his commitment to humanitarian work. He also served several years with an evangelical charity in Latin America.
But his community service dovetails with his political aspirations, as well. He's been a liaison to a Republican congressman, and now, as Rogers works to get elected to public office himself, he's trying to come over as a new kind of conservative.
"Especially as a Republican, we just seem so out of touch," Rogers said. "And I am not that type of Republican. I'm a Republican because I don't believe in abortion, and I like my taxes low.
"But I also like to box, listen to rap music, and I've changed the perception of the Republican Party in this urban community."
Rogers says there's a lot in the GOP platform that can appeal to African-Americans — even in this neighborhood, where President Obama last year won 80 percent of the vote.
Rogers advocates Christian values and says entrepreneurship, rather than welfare programs, will lift people out of poverty. And his presence in the community has persuaded some Democrats to at least listen to his message.
Latoya Mayes, who heads the nonprofit group that runs the boxing program, said, "Marvin is the only Republican who I've ever seen interacting with the youth here.
"He's actually gained a positive relationship with their parents. You know, they're wondering who this Marvin guy is."
Still, that hasn't translated to political success. In Rogers' only run for public office — a state legislative race last year — he lost overwhelmingly to an African-American Democrat.
His opponent, State Rep. John King, calls Rogers pretentious, and more interested in getting his name in the paper than serving the people of Rock Hill.
"The perception that people in District 49 and York County have is that he is out for self-gain," King said. "The difference between Mr. Rogers and me is that I don't brag about the things that I do."
Undeterred, Rogers plans to run again next year; in the meantime, he has self-published a book and gone on the lecture circuit throughout South Carolina.
At a luncheon last week, Rogers faced a different audience from what he typically encounters in the inner city. He talked to a mostly white crowd of Republicans in one of South Carolina's wealthiest areas: the resort town of Hilton Head.
"A lot of African-Americans and Hispanics, they turn on conservative talk radio and conservative TV and say y'all sound mad," Rogers told the crowd.
"We must be civil in the way we communicate, because at the end of the day, the American people won't follow fussers."
South Carolina is a state where Republicans are especially eager to find new faces, to help get past the embarrassment of Gov. Mark Sanford's personal indiscretions.
Still, Rogers faces a daunting task as he tries to make a name for himself in the GOP.
Not only must he persuade minorities to consider voting Republican, but he also needs to win support among Southern white conservatives in a place where no African-American has been elected to statewide office in more than a century.
The Board also voted 6-0 to approve an overnight field trip request for the South Pointe High School band so they could begin fund raising. There was some discussion concerning how the administration determined which trips would be recommended for approval. Details are on the district's web site (and at the end of this document). It was mentioned that a lot of trips that had been approved in the past would not be approved today (such as band trips to Hawaii and London). A committee will be formed to evaluate the process for student trips. Most likely overnight trips for elementary school students will be banned and middle school overnight trips limited to one overnight (wonder what the committee will do?).
The district recommended no changes to the employee benefit package. Several vendors have contacted board members about ways to save money (employees and district). Board policy states that only vendors approved by the board can be used and the administration is not interested in recommending any changes. Arguments were; employees were happy with what they already have; changes would require more district resources to implement (when resources are being reduced); third party's abuse teacher and staff time during the school day and; forming a team of district employees to review options available would be a waste of resources. The board was split on this issue - no changes will be made.
A presentation was made on a recent energy grant that was won by the district. Seems that in collecting data for the grant, the billing error with the city was discovered, resulting in an automatic savings for the district.
A presentation was made on South Carolina's application for the "Race to the Top" stimulus money.
Next years school calendar is going back to drawing board after receiving next year's testing dates. The only change will probably be when spring break is taken.
The timeline for reassignment was discussed. The public hearing will be at 6:00 PM on January 11, 2010 at Oakdale Elementary School (right before the January work session).
The January 25, 2010 business meeting will begin one hour later at 7:00 pm to accommodate Jim Vining's work schedule that week.
Mildred Douglas and Ann Reid gave a report on the South Carolina School Board Association delegate meeting last weekend.
Student Field Trips
- Student trips are to be aligned with the curriculum and state standards.
- Whenever possible, student trips should utilize local resources, i.e., Carrowinds, Charlotte, Columbia, City of Rock Hill, Winthrop, York Technical College, Clinton Jr. College
- Fundraising for student out of state or overnight trips should not occur unless the trip has been approved in advance.
- Overnight field trips must be approved by the Superintendent prior to fundraising or booking the trip.
- Out of state field trips must be approved by the School Board prior to fundraising or booking the trip.
Field Trip Guidelines
Prior to arranging for a field trip, review the trip planning guidelines.
- Secure approval and submit rationale prior to organizing the field trip
- The teacher can identify rationale for the trip, objectives and plan of evaluation for the field trip
- Identify how trip relates to curriculum and timing on curriculum map
- Prepare follow-up activities
- Link trip to multiple curricular areas
Travel will be limited to regional and state competitions, SCMEA events, and
SCMEA state conference
Fundraising for invitational events or festivals should not take place unless the
trip has been approved
Band and choral departments are encouraged to host competitions in Rock Hill
Travel for High School League sponsored competitions, rules meetings,
alignment voting workshops
Participation for Invitational/Tournament events only when a student(s) have
qualified for the event
Fundraising for Invitational/Tournaments (overnight or out of state) should not
occur unless the trip has been approved
Athletic departments are encouraged to host competitions in Rock Hill
Every effort should be made to host clinics, camps, and trainings on campus
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- Public Forum the first week in January
- Provide summary to Board. January 6 - 15
- Prepare final draft of reassignment map. January 18 - 20
- Board approval. January 25
- Parent notification. February 1-5
- 5th Grade parent response due back. February 26
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Goal machine Martinez is decade's best
By Sheldon Shealer
Updated: December 7, 2009, 4:19 PM ET
The ESPN RISE High School Soccer All-Decade Team is full of national and international professional players and most have a link to the U.S. Soccer men's national team.
So it might be surprising to learn that the ESPN RISE High School Boys' Soccer Player of the Decade is not one of them -- at least, not yet.
Enzo Martinez, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), gets the nod as the Player of the Decade for his jaw-dropping high school career and fast start in the NCAA Division I ranks. In four years at Northwestern, Martinez guided the team to three state titles, one FAB 50 national title and finished with 182 goals, the sixth-highest in high school history.
Martinez's list of accomplishments includes being named the South Carolina player of the year all four years of high school and three times as the Gatorade State Player of the Year. He topped 50 goals in a season twice during his high school career while playing in the state's large school bracket against the best competition.
Known as a goalscorer his first three years, Martinez took on the added role of setup man his senior year. His goal total dropped from 50 as a junior to 39 as a senior, but the assists totals went up as he fed a pair of NCAA Division I-bound teammates and his team went on to post a 24-0-0 season.
Northwestern won the final 33 matches it played with Martinez on the roster, and the final went down as the greatest matchup in South Carolina history. Last year's Class 4A title pitted FAB 50 No. 1 Northwestern against No. 2 Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) in a match played before 8,000 people in Columbia. Martinez's final high school goal capped a 3-1 state final victory.
Even when the high school season ended, Martinez continued to win games in club soccer. His Discoveries SC club team went undefeated through state, region and national competition, ending with a US Youth Soccer under-18 national title in July. In total, Martinez played a significant role on teams that won 36 straight matches (high school and club) between February and July of 2009.
Following the club season, Martinez reported to the University of North Carolina and promptly helped the team to a 15-2-3 season, and the Tar Heels are still alive for an NCAA title. Martinez is the team's sixth-leading scorer and has played in every match as a true freshman. If North Carolina wins this year's College Cup, it will give Martinez a high school national title, a club national title and a college national title -- all in the window of six months.
One reason why Martinez is not more of a household name in the world of U.S. soccer is because he cannot wear the red, white and blue. Martinez is a native of Uruguay, and thus cannot compete as a member of the US Soccer program.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
, directed by jeremy Shaw, will have their winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 p.m in the school auditorium. Featured will be Five Ukrainians in a Bell Tower as well as seasonal favorites. This is the second concert of the year. The 9th Grade Concert Orchestra will open the evening, followed by the Concert Orchestra. The two groups will combine for the finale.
On Thursday Dec. 17, the , directed by Marsha Gross, will present its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. The Concert Orchestra will perform seasonal songs, the masterpiece Chamber Orchestra will play a Corelli Concerto Grosso including 2 student soloists, and the Elite Chamber Octet will play, "For unto us" from Handel's Messiah, and the perennial favorite, Ukrainian Bell Song. Admission is free.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The of Trustees changed policy in October to require the administration to review student enrollment each year for balance and racial isolation. The administration is recommending changes to Mt. Holly Elementary, Oakdale Elementary, and Belleview Elementary after a review of the 2009-2010 data.
A map of proposed changes has been generated and is on display at Belleview, Oakdale and Mt. Holly
Parents of potentially affected students should have received a phone call alerting them to these changes.
Public comment forms are available at the elementary schools and are also available on our website by clicking here.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
special education class at Saluda Trail Middle School are now available. Family Trust Federal Credit Union had the cards professionally printed in sets of 10 different cards, and orders are now being accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Backthe-Pack food program for students in need.designed by students in Saundra Booker's
A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 4:00-8:00 on Dec. 3 in the lobby at the Applied Technology
Center. Baked goods, a gift table, gift baskets, wreaths, bows and ribbons, etc., will be
available, as well as a hot dog supper. Students will also wrap presents brought in for a small fee.
Fifth-graders atwill be leading holiday carols at the kick-off of ChristmasVille at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Rock Hill City Hall amphitheater. Also performing will be Oakdale Elementary School's SPICE Club and Dutchman Creek Middle School's band.
The, directed by Eugene Bumgardner, will present its Annual Christmas Concert at 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, and 4. Admission will be $5/adults and $3/students.
Northwestern High School's bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the school auditorium. Guests can anticipate the traditional audience sing-a-long and the much awaited appearance of Santa. In addition, the Purple Regiment will present a performance of the award-winning show “Allure”. Admission will be free, but a monetary donation to the Rock Hill Empty Stocking Fund will be requested.
The South Pointe High School Music Department (directors Beverly Laney, chorus; Heather Turner, orchestra; andJames Turner, band) will present its Third Annual Concert of Hope at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 8. The concert will feature seasonal songs, as well as a wonderful grand finale by all three programs. Admission will be free, but those who plan to attend are asked to bring a can of food to donate.
The Rock Hill Adult Education Program will have commencement exercises at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the Cyber Cafe.
Northwestern High School's football team will playin the state championship on Dec. 4.
Northwestern High School's Air Force JROTC Color Guard will present colors and the band will be featured at halftime during the state championship game. The game will be held in the Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate.
Belleview Elementary School students collected over 600 cans of food during their three–week Clemson vs. Carolina.
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