2011-09-23 / Education

What’s News in Two, news and events in Richland School District Two

Contributed by Richland Two Schools

 Dr. Katie Brochu will host Coffee Hour meetings with the community beginning September 26 at 10 a.m. at the District Office, 6831 Brookfield Road. The meetings will be held regularly. They are designed for small group discussions about education. Sign up for the sessions by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 738-3236.

 Any active district volunteer over 60 years of age now qualifies to receive a Gold Card, the district’s perks card for senior citizens. The card, traditionally offered to seniors living within the district and Richland Two retirees, offers free admission to district arts performances and regular season sporting events. Volunteers wishing to receive the card are required to show proof of age and a letter from a school principal stating the active status of the volunteer. Cards are issued the last Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at the district’s administrative offices, 6831 Brookfield Road.

 Bus driver Velma Jenkins was named the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation Driver of the Year at the association’s annual conference in July. Jenkins transports students at Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School, Dent Middle, and Richland Northeast High schools.

 The school board will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, at Ridge View High School, 4801 Hardscrabble Road, and will immediately move into executive session. The public session begins at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted on the district’s website at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

 Ridge View High School junior volleyball standout Victoria Simpson and her younger brother Taylor, a sophomore student athlete, received a homecoming surprise Thursday, September 15, prior to the Ridge View High varsity volleyball game. Their father, Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Simpson, returned from a year-long tour in Iraq. The homecoming coincidentally coincides with team’s “coming home” game.

 What is 21st century learning? Will students have books? Will they still need bookbags and lockers? Who will be getting iPads? What else is new in our schools? Area realtors and apartment managers are invited to find out the answers to these questions and more by attending the district’s annual Realtors’ Seminar. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 29, at the district’s newest middle school, Muller Road Middle, 1031 Muller Road, Blythewood. For more information about attending this event, please call 738- 3210 or email, aford@richland2.org

 The management team of Sodexo, Richland Two’s food service partner, recently received the Spirit of Progress award from the North American Region of the Sodexo Corporation. The award, considered the most prestigious within the Sodexo organization, was in recognition of progress made during the past school year.

 Jodi Thompson’s Quest students were the envy of Catawba Trail Elementary recently. During a two-and-ahalf week long unit called In Quest of Knowing Our Who, students learned about themselves, each other and their school. The unit culminated with a costume and activities day.

Some students read Dr. Seuss books to first graders. Fourth graders were dispatched to classes throughout the school to gather information from the different grade levels. They asked students what they liked best about their new school. In an experiment, fifth graders learned how much salt it took to make an egg float and what that meant. In the hallway, teams worked on graphs charting out the information gathered by the fourth graders. Students also interviewed each other about their experiences using flip video cameras.

 KidGopher, a new software adopted by the district, will help make the afternoon carpool line move a little more efficiently at two Richland Two schools. Parents at Catawba Trail and North Springs elementary schools have been issued identification cards with their child’s name and names of students riding with that child. Here’s how it works: at the end of the day, a teacher at the entrance to the school’s parking lot scans the card. The data from the card announces the arrival of that parent to the staff inside via iPads and monitors located in the pickup area. Students registered to that card will be escorted to the assigned pick-up station.

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