GREER EDUCATION From August 2012


Olympic medalist tells Riverside Middle students to pursue their dreams
AUG 31, 2012

Adrienne Johnston, right, a Spanish teacher at Riverside Middle School, introduced the students to her sister, Abby, an Olympic silver medalist in 3-meter synchronized diving. Adrienne was recently honored as the Emerging Teach of the Year for secondary schools in Greenville County.

It was hardest to tell what Johnston sister was the most proudest standing side-by-side posing for photos this morning at Riverside Middle School.

Students waited in line to get a photo taken with Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston. She and teammate Kelci Bryant were the first Americans to medal in synchronized diving at the London Games after three Olympics of futility in the event.

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Seniors pay the price for their final year in high school
AUG 30, 2012

The end of one road that leads to the next journey is high school graduation. Students who graduated in June from Riverside High School are, left to right, Gracie Studart, Cory Morrell, Cara Sizemore, Charlotte How and Divya Khandke.

Plan on spending an additional $1,600 if you have a senior in high school.

The beginning of the school year brings to mind the typical supply list and clothes shopping, but for many seniors in high school, it also brings extraordinary expenses.

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SCC, The Citadel partner to offer Business Administration degree
AUG 30, 2012

Students in Spartanburg Community College’s Associate in Arts with Business Electives Program can now continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel. This articulation agreement, the first SCC has formed with The Citadel, provides students another opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree through SCC’s University Transfer Program.

 "The Citadel is very excited to partner with SCC. This transfer program, called a 2 Plus 2 program, allows students from SCC to complete a degree from The Citadel, without necessarily having to move to Charleston,” said Dr. Bob McNamara, associate dean of Evening Undergraduate Studies at The Citadel. “We are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals and these types of partnerships serve to fulfill that objective. While not every student will select The Citadel as their educational provider, we think this new relationship with SCC and other similar schools give students greater flexibility and choice in deciding which institution best suits their needs."

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Skyland Elementary's Lewis honored as Emerging Teacher of Year
AUG 30, 2012

Angie Lewis, a third grade teacher at Skyland Elementary School, was selected the Emerging Teacher of the Year by Greenville County Schools.

Angie Lewis, third grade teacher at Skyland Elementary School, has been selected the Emerging Elementary Teacher of the Year in Greenville County.

She felt the calling to return to school to earn a teaching degree while working as a kindergarten assistant. Two years ago Lewis began teaching in the second grade and moved to the third grade when the school needed to fill a vacancy.

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Riverside Middle School open house is Sept. 13
AUG 30, 2012

Riverside Middle School shared its list of upcoming activities with GreerToday.com. 

• Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.  Maxim Williams, Director, Community Relationship Building with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, will be the featured speaker. A PTSA meeting will follow the speaker and then parents will visit students’ classrooms.  

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Riverside's Johnston selected secondary school 'Emerging Teacher of Year'
AUG 30, 2012

Adrienne Johnston, a Spanish teacher at Riverside Middle School, was recognized as

Adrienne Johnston, a Spanish teacher at Riverside Middle School, was honored as Emerging Teacher of the Year for secondary schools in Greenville County.

Described as a “natural teacher,” Johnston’s teaching Spanish creates a fun, supportive, and interesting learning environment for her students.  By using cultural items from her studies in Spain, she maintains an authentic environment where subject matter becomes more relevant and helps bring the language to life. The requests to take Spanish have increased significantly since she began teaching, the middle school reported.

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Kroc Center to host performing arts conservatory
AUG 30, 2012

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will host the Ilene Knowlton Performing Arts Conservatory.

The Conservatory, set to begin Sept. 11, is named in honor of former music leader of The Salvation Army’s Greenville Youth Band. 

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Riverside teacher to head state track and cross country association
AUG 30, 2012

Erric Cummings, a teacher at Riverside High School, will serve a two-year term as president of the S.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association for 2012-2013.

Erric Cummings, teacher at Riverside High school will serve a two year term as president of the S.C. Track & Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2012-13 school year. 

This organization includes every high school in South Carolina that is a member of the S.C. High School League. 

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Decker teaches skills techniques and to let go of fear of art
AUG 27, 2012

Robert Decker explains art techniques with Kathy Shepherd during an class at the Stomping Grounds. Robert teaches class on Monday nights at the coffee and wine shop at 208 Trade Street.

Robert Decker, a local artist, has a passion for art and for sharing it with others. That passion comes through when you see him teaching art classes.

He’s teaching a colored pencil class at Stomping Grounds on Monday evenings (7-9 p.m.), and I sat down with him there to find out where his passion comes from and what inspires him to teach others. He almost always carries a sketchbook with him. If you ask, he’ll show you his sketches of people in restaurants and coffee shops, drawings of buildings and landscapes, and fanciful pictures of dragons and other mythical creatures. I felt inspired just looking through the pages.

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Free: Internet 101 seminar for parents
AUG 27, 2012

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Beck Academy - There?s an app for that!
AUG 24, 2012

Beck Academy has announced a partnership with SchoolInfo App for the 2012-2013 school year to bring families and fans the Beck Academy SchoolInfoApp for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. See the Beck Academy’s School website for more information and downloading instructions. 

The app is free and can be found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.  It allows users to:
• Get calendars for school events, sports schedules, student/parent groups & more

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Washington Center PTA funds learning projects
AUG 24, 2012

Washington Center student Sarah Beeks (seated) and her mother (Bessie Beeks - center back) are welcomed to a new school year by new teachers and staff: (left to right) Lorelei Crutchfield, Lisa Sizer and Cala Cater.

Washington Center teachers began this school year with the anticipation of new learning projects, thanks to the PTA.  

Twelve teacher grants were financed affording the students creative educational activities.

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Riverside Middle School orientation schedule
AUG 17, 2012

Riverside Middle’s Orientation schedule for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year:

Monday, August 20

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Greer Marching Band schedules Parents Demo
AUG 7, 2012

Amy Young practices on the xylophone Tuesday at the Greer High School band room. 

The Greer Marching Band has scheduled its Parents Demo for Friday, Aug. 17 from 6-8 p.m. It’s the first time the 2012 Marching Band will perform publicly.

The parents demo will showcase Greer’s competition program “Hope Springs Eternal” in three movements. The public is invited and admission is free.

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World of Wines course offered at Greenville Tech
AUG 3, 2012

Learn which wines you prefer and why you like them with a new course offered at Greenville Tech. "The World of Wine for Consumers and Hospitality Professionals" will be taught by Richard Peck, wine and beverage director for Table 301 Restaurants in Greenville.

Offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 through Nov. 8, at Greenville Tech’s Buck Mickel Center, the class costs $159 per person plus a $75 materials fee, which covers three wine tastings at area restaurants.

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