Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The website for the Sherry K. Stone Foundation for a Cure is now up and operational. For my media friends, I will be producing a public service announcement about the foundation later this week that I hope you will be able to use. The foundation has been established in the name of my late wife Sherry K. Stone who died from complications of lung cancer on June 20, 2009.
The Sherry K. Stone Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit that has been created to raise money with the express purpose of funding research and other programs directly related to women's cancer issues. The are no administrative cost or salaries nor anything else deducted from these
contributions to the Sherry K. Stone Foundation for a Cure.
All monies go directly to the purpose of which they are intended. In advance, I thank my media friend and partners for any air time that they can give the PSA. I also hope that you will take a moment to visit the website at http://www.sherrykstonefoundation.org and please contribute whatever you can. There is no amount too small for a cause so great. I'd also appreciate any feedback you might have regarding the website and the foundation that you might have.
It is my wish to make this endeavor the best it can be and therefore I need all the help and advice I can get. Thank you and God bless all of you.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Rock Hill High School Class of 1965 is planning a reunion. They have a web site which you can see by clicking here. There are a lot of old pictures of Rock Hill on the site - even if you are not in the class of 65, you'll enjoy seeing those pictures.
One of the pictures is at left, from 1953. Do you see anyone in the picture that looks familiar?
Fellow Rock Hill School Board Member Walter Brown claims to be in the picture. Can you find him?
See below for which one is Walter.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Effectiveness of IBEach year, we see the high school "rankings," finding that those schools with a high preponderance of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB ) programs tend to do the best. The greater the penetration of such programs and priorities, the higher a high school ranks. Over the years, though, the education community has begun to ask the question about true results or the true impact of these programs.
Representative Carl Gullick speaks out about what Mark Sanford should do in this post in the SC Hotline. What the governor should do is walk the talk - that's the only way he can begin the healing process.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
A SENATE RESOLUTION
TO CONGRATULATE BRYAN COBURN OF ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA, ON BEING NAMED THE 2009-2010 SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND TO WISH HIM MUCH SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE.
Whereas, Mr. Bryan Coburn, a pre-engineering, computer programming, and business teacher at Northwestern High School in York School District 3, was named South Carolina Teacher of the Year on Friday, May 1, 2009; and
Whereas, Mr. Coburn earned a bachelor's degree from Milligan College, a master's degree from Winthrop University, has been teaching for over nineteen years, and has touched the lives of many students; and
Whereas, he strives to help his students discover and master the most difficult topics and stretches the walls of his classroom into their world; and
Whereas, he is zealous in his efforts to find the most effective ways to stimulate, maintain, and grow his students' understanding; and
Whereas, his innovative teaching style makes it possible for his students to use analytical reasoning in problem solving; and
Whereas, Mr. Coburn measures his success by the success of his students who often give him credit for sparking their interest and motivation in the pursuit of knowledge; and
Whereas, he is heavily involved in his community, organizing charitable events with his students and with his church; and
Whereas, Mr. Coburn is National Board certified, mentors new teachers, is a member of the School Improvement Council, and has been recognized as a master teacher by Project Lead the Way; and
Whereas, South Carolina is fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring teacher working with South Carolina's young people. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate of South Carolina congratulates Bryan Coburn of Rock Hill on being named the 2009-2010 South Carolina Teacher of the Year and wishes him much success in the future.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Bryan Coburn.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Rex Perry, an editor for Southern Living Magazine spent some time in April at Rock Hill's Carroll School. Rumor has it the magazine will be publishing an article on Rosenwald Schools in their August Issue.
Rosenwald Schools are in the top 10 most endangered historic buildings. The only one that is still being used to educate children is Rock Hill's Carroll School.
Melanie Hornsby, Bill Cathcart, and James Hart do a wonderful job recreating what it was like to be a student during the time of the Rosenwald School. All Rock Hill 5th graders speed a day there after completing some preliminary assignments to be prepared for the experience.
Another example of some of the things that make Rock Hill Schools Different.
Adam Heafner, a junior at Northwestern High School, won 2nd place in the Extemporaneous Writing Competition at the Students of America State Leadership Conference held in Charleston for HOSA.
Ashley Leazer and Tyler Hutson, seniors at Northwestern High School, took 2nd place in the state for a 60-second commercial during the recent Skills USA TV Production competition.
Trevor Ferrell, a senior at South Pointe High School, competed in the Skills USA Automotive Service Competion and placed 2nd overall.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
In other action, the board voted 6-0 on a resolution to join with the state tax anticipation note (so we can borrow money while awaiting revenue collection) and 4-2 to approve roofing contracts for Ebinport Elementary, Lesslie Elementary, and Sunset Park Elementary in the amount of $368,823 (Vining and Brown voted against because there was an option which was $17,000 cheaper).
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The meeting will begin with a public presentation of the budget at 6 pm. The agenda is as follows (click here for a PDF version)
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Monday, June 22, 2009
6:00 p.m. – District Office Board Room
A G E N D A
I. Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
(Under consent agenda, all action items will be voted on after one motion and second to approve them without
discussion. If a board member wants any action item discussed or voted on separately, the board member, before the
agenda is approved, must ask that the action item be moved to the discussion item section.)
II. Public Budget Hearing
III. Citizen Participation
IV. Special Business
V. Consent Action Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
1. May 18, 2009 business meeting
2. June 8, 2009 work session
B. Approval of Personnel Recommendations
VII. Report of the Superintendent
B. Report on Principals’ Retreat
C. Report on Student Engagement Conference
VIII. Review of Work Session
IX. Action Agenda
A. Tax Anticipation Note Resolution
B. Roofing Bid
C. Eight Percent (8%) Bond for Technology/Operations
D. 2009-2010 Budget
X. Other Business
XI. Executive Session - Personnel
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
McQueen picked up his first official offer from Gardner-Webb while visiting the Bulldogs’ summer camp on Tuesday.
He is hopeful the initial offer will open doors for others to follow — including the Tigers.
“I’ve wanted to play for Clemson all my life,” he said. “It feels wonderful to hear what coach Scott said during camp and makes your heart skip a beat.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
North Carolina is apparently making an early push for Rock Hill Northwestern rising junior QB Justin Worley, who camped in Chapel Hill over the weekend. We’ve heard that the Tar Heels made Worley a verbal offer, and that a number of other schools have done the same thing.
Worley (left) is already 6-foot-5, giving him great quarterback size. But Northwestern coach Jimmy Wallace is even more impressed with the mental side of his young QB.
“He’s the most mature tenth grade player I've had in 37 years of coaching,” Wallace said. “He has tremendous potential.”
Worley is a natural athlete, also a standout in baseball (pitcher) and basketball (forward).
Next season, he could blossom into a national recruiting target, and obviously UNC wants in on the ground floor.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The ESPNRise web site has the following comments about Northwestern High Schools Enzo Martinez:
From high-scoring Enzo Martinez to shutout specialist Scott Goodwin, this year's EA SPORTS All-America Boys Soccer team is loaded with stars.
The offensive star of this year's team is Martinez from Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.). His 182 career goals ranks sixth all-time in U.S. high school soccer history
Enzo Martinez will play at
You can read the full article by clicking here.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The picture on the left shows South Pointe students Meagan Hill and AZ Williams who placed 1st in the Forensic Medicine category of the HOSA competition. They will represent South Carolina in the National Competition this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. On the right is Northwestern High School student Matt Prater who won the local "Best Teen Chef" competition and came in 7th in National competition.
On the right are students from the ATC Chapter of FCCLA which took first place with their project, A Chance for Hope: Autism Awareness. They will travel to Nashville to represent the state at the National FCCLA competition.
On the left is Northwestern High School student Kenneth Reynolds who finished first in the SkillsUSA Carpentry competition. Kenneth will compete in the National Competition in Kansas City, Kansas this summer.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
A recent survey by Clemson University on the state of public education in South Carolina shows a disconnect between what educators and parents think compared to what business and taxpayers think. However, there is agreement on:
• They all have high expectations for their public schools. But they differ on how to achieve the expectations.
• Control over student behavior is seen as key to determining if a school is doing well. A majority of parents, educators and taxpayers ranked control of student behavior ahead of graduation rates, SAT scores and promotion to the next grade in determining if a school is doing well. (Business professionals were not asked this question.) • Nearly everyone believed students’ living in poverty is a problem that schools cannot overcome on their own.
The State Newspaper has an article on the report in Sunday's paper. You can download a copy of the presentation made to the State Education Oversight Committee by clicking here, or you can get an summary of the report here. You can also read the press release from the State EOC about the report here.
Overwhelmingly, business stakeholders agreed that to be successful in the work world, students need:
• The ability to communicate effectively
• Commitment and motivation to do a job well
• Reading and writing skills
Computer skills and industry-specific skills were not rated as important.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The administration will make a public presentation of the budget before the June business meeting (4th Monday of month) and is requesting approval from the board afterwards.
The board heard that the county and state would have road improvements in place at Saluda Trail Middle School before school starts next year. The irony was that most of these had been talked about in 2003 and were waiting on funds. The administration reported there were concerns around Sullivan Middle School and to date, the city has not been able to help.
The board recognized the National Champion Northwestern Boys Soccer team. This very talented soccer team (4 have Division 1 scholarships and one more is expected) includes a Parade Magazine all american in Enzo Martinez, the valedictorian of Northwestern High School in Ty Youngblood, and the Charlotte Art Institutes BEST TEEN Chef in Matt Prater. The team was sharply dressed (in contrast, the board is casual for work sessions) and just great embasidors for their school, town, and state.
The board will devote the July work session to developing a school balance policy. The work session will be on the second Monday. The Board does dress up on occasion. Here is a picture of the board before Northwestern High School's graduation on Saturday.
Here is a YouTube video of Dennis Moore clowning around with a soccer ball. Dennis will be returning for next years Northwestern High School Soccer Team.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Which brings up an interesting discussion. Should we open up our graduation to our local legislature members. With the passage of Act 388 - we are much more dependent on them for finances. What should we do if one of them refuses to support education if we don't? What do you recommend? I'd love to get some feedback.
Having three graduations in one day, gives you an opportunity to decide what you like and don't like. I like that each school does things a little differently. Here is what I thought worked well and what I'd like to ad:
- Slide show of the seniors on the scoreboard before graduation was great. I'd include the school jazz band and/or orchestra to provide entertainment as well. A lot of folks there just don't know how good those groups are.
- Have the ROTC flag bearings bring up the end of the Pomp and Circumstance march and stop in front of podium until after the Star-Spangled Banner, then take the flags up on the stage.
- I'd create a District Sceptre, and have the school's Teacher of the Year (or teacher selected by the graduating class) lead the procession down and place it on the platform. They would then lead the recession at the end of the program.
- I'd have the principals speak less and let the student leaders communicate what they (the principals) are now doing.
- Having all students together on the floor and announcing their accomplishments when their name is called works great. I'd have the student speakers return to seats with their classmates after speaking (none of the schools do this now).
- One speaker to announce all the names works great - 3 to 5 seconds per name.
- Only have two people on stage to greet the graduates - one to give them the diploma and one to shake hands - we have way too many doing this now.
- I would start the recession shortly after greeting the new graduates - each school tries to do something afterward - but for the most part it gets drowned out by noise.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
2008 - 09 has been a remarkable year for our High Schools. Some of those accomplishments are:
- South Carolina Teacher of the Year - Bryan Coburn, Northwestern High School
- South Carolina Administrator of The Year - Judy Mobley, Rock Hill High School
- South Carolina 4A, Division II football champions - Undefeated and Nationally ranked South Pointe High School
- National and South Carolina Boys Soccer Champions - Undefeated Northwestern High School
- South Carolina 4A Wrestling Champions - Rock Hill High School
- South Carolina 4A Band Champions - Northwestern High School
- South Carolina Mr. Football - South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore
- South Carolina Soccer Player of the Year - Northwestern's Enzo Martinez
- South Carolina Cross Country Champion - Rock Hill's Hannah Robinson
- Business Week "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" - Rock Hill
- South Carolina 4A, Division II football runner up - Northwestern High School
- South Carolina 4A, Girls track runner up - Northwestern High School
- South Carolina 5A Band Upper State Champions and State runners up - Rock Hill High School
- South Carolina Choral runners up - Northwestern High School
Thanks to all for making this year - one for the books.
Start time 5:30 pm at the Rock Hill School District Office
|Recognition of NHS Soccer Team & Coaches||Lynn Moody||5 minutes|
|Rock Hill Climb||Luanne Kokolis||15 minutes|
|Prioritized List of Capital Needs w/Project Descriptions||Bill Mabry||30 minutes|
|Continuing Budget Resolution / Public Hearing||Bill Mabry||15 minutes|
|Tax Anticipation Note Resolution||Bill Mabry||5 minutes|
|List of Additional Funds Possibly Cut 5%||Elaine Bilton||15 minutes|
|Safety Update||L. Kokolis / B. Mabry||15 minutes|
|June and July Board Meetings||Lynn Moody||5 minutes|
|Executive Session - Personnel Matter|
Rock Hill School District Timeline for Reassignment For Balance
Summer: The Rock Hill School Board will work toward developing a reassignment policy.
Fall: Balance in all Rock Hill schools will be reviewed by district office team. As needed, a reassignment committee will be assembled to review possible school scenarios and maps. When necessary, based on new policy, planning segments may be adjusted or moved to achieve improved balance for the start of the 2010 school year.
Tentative Timeline – Based on direction from new Board policy
January: Maps in schools Public Hearing
February: Notification to parents by February of 2010 on reassignment changes for the 2010-2011 school year.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Rock Hill Schools will host a blood drive from in the district office Board Room on Friday, June 5, for the
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