GREER EDUCATION From November 2011


G-Fab Step Team fundraiser Saturday at Fatz
NOV 28, 2011

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Job fair scheduled to fill Greenville County Schools positions
NOV 28, 2011

Greenville County Schools is hosting a job fair Wednesday at MT Anderson Support Center, formerly Southside High School at 100 Blassingame Road in Greenville from 8 a.m. – noon.

About 25-30 full-time and part-time jobs for bus drivers, food service operators and custodians are scheduled to be filled in the next two months. Bus driving applicants aren’t required to have a commercial driver’s license. Classroom and driver training will be provided by the school district.

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Students write, illustrate book on bullying
NOV 16, 2011

Author Angel McGowan and illustrator Matthew Linn have created a book for young readers, “Stomp Out! the Bullying!”  which not only shows empathy for the daily torment and sadness of bullying, but also provides hope and a key to stomping it out.  

With rhymed monologues and perky illustrations, Angel, and Matthew, both 15 and students at J.L. Mann High School, present the story of Mikey, a boy reduced to sadness and frustration from the daily harassment by a crew of young bullies at school and on the bus.

They call him names, they steal his lunch money from him in line at the cafeteria, and they make fun of the clothes he is wearing.

One day, after he encourages his friends to stand up to them, they even beat him up in the boy’s room and leave him lying scratched and bruised on the tile floor.  His friends – too scared to face the bullies themselves – have abandoned Mikey and have hidden in the stalls.

With the help of a sympathetic teacher, Mikey finally finds a solution to the problem.  He and his friends are freed from the abuse and they can sleep comfortably in their beds at night, no longer afraid to go to school the next day.

McGowan and Linn recognize that bullying is a sad part of school children’s everyday life, and their story will appeal to every elementary or middle school children who has ever been faced with bullying and who needs the hope that it can end.

“Stomp Out the Bullying!” is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. Orders of 10 and more are available for discounts.

About the authors
Angel McGowan, 15, is a junior at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and the basketball team.  She is also a two time USAIGC National Gymnastic Champion.  She enjoys writing, playing basketball and spending time with her family and friends.  Angel plans on becoming a pediatrician.
Matthew Linn, 15, is a sophomore at J.L. Mann.  He is an avid soccer player and plans a career in art after he finishes college.

Book information
• Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback
• ISBN: 978-1-4327-7994-8 
• Suggest price: $14.95
• Genre: Juvenile fiction/social issues/bullying• Publishers:  Outskirts Press

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Change in school assignment requests begin Thursday,
NOV 4, 2011

Greenville County Schools is accepting requests for Change in School Assignment from Thursday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Jan. 6. Space is limited and requests are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis if space is available at the requested school. 

Parents wishing to enroll their child in a school other than their assigned school should go to the requested school to complete a Change in School Assignment Request form.

During the first acceptance window, forms are available only at the schools. Guidelines used when reviewing requests for Change in School Assignment include individual grade and school facility capacity, student enrollment projections, and residential growth potential in the attendance area. 

Sterling School is a total choice school. For the elementary component of the school, students in close proximity to the school (defined by specific geocodes) have first choice to attend the school.

Other requests are honored on a first-come, first-serve basis and space availability. The Charles Townes Center at Sterling School is a choice program for gifted students in grades three through eight who qualify for the program. 

A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering has a small attendance area and will serve students 4K through fourth grade for the 2012-13 school year. Change in Assignment requests from other areas of the district can be submitted beginning Dec. 1, and will be accepted based on first-come, first-serve as long as space is available. 

The school system’s newest elementary school, Monarch Elementary (224 Five Forks Road, Simpsonville) is under construction and will open in August 2012.

Currently, the principal, Mrs. Vaughan Overman, is housed at Rudolph Gordon Elementary School. Change in School Assignment requests to attend Monarch Elementary will be accepted at Rudolph Gordon Elementary, located at 1507 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681. 

A second request for change in school assignment will begin Wednesday, Jan. 11. 

Student assignment letters for the 2012-13 school year will be distributed to students in late March. If the request is approved, the assignment letter will reflect the student’s new school. If the request is not approved, the letter will indicate the child’s home-based school. 

Parents with children attending school through a change in school assignment must provide transportation. School choice re-assignment may also affect athletic eligibility. 

For students already attending a school by choice, renewal requests must be submitted each year. Parents who wish to RENEW their child’s assignment exception will receive a renewal form that will be sent home with eligible students by Thursday, Dec. 1.

The renewal request should be returned to the principal of the child’s current school by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Acceptance or denial of renewal requests will be reflected in the student assignment letters distributed to students in March. 

Parents wishing to enroll their child in a Magnet Academy must download and complete the application at www.gcsmagnetacademies.org. Magnet Academy programs are available for students who qualify and are accepted for the seats available.

All first round applications must be received by noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at the desired Magnet Academy. 

Questions should be referred to Ed Coles, Coordinator of Student Assignment, at (864) 355-7266 or e-mail at [email protected]. For further information regarding the school district’s school choice program, call INFOLine at 355-3100. 

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Zais is looking to transform education system
NOV 4, 2011

A line forms for an opportunity to speak with S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.

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Fine Arts Center accepting applications
NOV 2, 2011

Fine Arts Center accepting applications

The Fine Arts Center, located at Wade Hampton School, is accepting applications for enrollment next school year. The application is available on the Fine Arts website. 
As part of the application process, students must ask an arts teacher or someone who has worked closely with them to complete the online recommendation form. Grades are also considered as part of the application process. Each applicant must attend an audition/interview at the Fine Arts Center to complete the evaluation process. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
The Fine Arts Center is at Wade Hampton High School at 102 Pine Knoll Dr. Call 864-355-2551 for more information.

Middle school visitation day: is Thursday, Nov. 17. Interested eighth grade students are invited to visit the school from 9:15 – 11:05 a.m. Greenville County students with an interest in studying the arts may spend the day at the Center to view the programs and meet the faculty and students.

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Greer Middle Students to participate in Twitter virtual job shadowing
NOV 2, 2011

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