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    Here's What's Happening . . . January 19, 2017
    Focus on Technology: Students Receive Chromebooks

    As a part of Florence One's Focus on Technology, Southside Middle School and South Florence High School students will receive a Chromebook, which is a lightweight, fast computer device. Students will have access to the device at school and at home. Roll out dates for receipt of the devices are January 19th at Southside and January 26 at South Florence. Parents should contact the school for more information.

    Chromebook Rollout Day is Today at Southside Middle School. Principal Craig Washington, pictured below, is so excited because his school is #GoingBigGoingChrome!

    Kelly Services Finances Student's Trip

    Southside Middle's Choral Music Instructor, Lynn Perkins (left) and student Tripp Taylor (center) received a gift of $1,000 from Kelly Educational Staffing represented by Rebekkah Chilton, Operations Manager. The money will be used to fund the travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Tripp will sing as a member of the National Honor Choir.

    Additional Staff Members Participate in Conference

    Kudos to the South Carolina Association of Black School Educators (SCABSE) President and Lester Elementary Principal, Janette Williams, for having completed the convening of the 22nd Annual SCABSE Conference, held this past weekend in Myrtle Beach. Presenters at this year's conference not mentioned in the previous issue of This Week include Savannah Grove Elementary Principal David Copeland and Alfred Rush Academy Director Cedrick Kennedy.

    IB Program Information

    Reminder: Florence One Make-up Days

    Florence District One Schools were closed for eight days due to Hurricane Matthew. Florence One has announced the reminder that make-up days missed due to the hurricane are: Monday, February 20th; Friday, March 31st; and Monday, April 17th. These three make-up days were built into the school year calendar as required by law.

    Also, according to the Code of Laws set by the General Assembly, if more than three days are missed due to extreme weather, the local board of trustees has the authority to mandate at least 3 additional make-up days or waive them. The Florence One Board of Trustees made a decision to waive three additional days of the eight days missed.

    Upon request, the State Board of Education has the authority to waive two of the additional make-up days beyond the three forgiven by the Florence One Board of Trustees. Florence One has not yet made a request to the State Board for a waiver of these two days. In a special case, Briggs Elementary missed an additional day due to a power outage and the State Board would also need to make a ruling for a waiver of that school's missed day. School officials say that because of the uncertainty of the weather conditions during the upcoming winter months, no waivers will be requested from the State Board of Education until the weather conditions have been revealed.

    McLaurin Montessori Informational Meeting

    The McLaurin Montessori Informational Meeting for parents is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will begin with a brief informational session in the school cafeteria. Parents will then visit classrooms for additional information and a question/answer session. Montessori applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available at this meeting, and after that, in the school office. Completed applications for the 2017-18 school year must be received at the school before 3:00 p.m. on February 28th. For more information, call Principal Debbie Cribb at McLaurin at 843.664.8457.

    Florence One Board of Trustees

    Florence One Board of Trustees will hold a called meeting on Thursday, January 19th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the John T. Sullivan Board Meeting Room of the School Administration Building, located at 319 South Dargan Street. Items for discussion are Grade Reconfiguration* and Facility Needs Assessment.

    *Grade Reconfiguration - According to research, the dominant structure for schools in the United States is Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In recent years, middle school content is being taught by teams which attempt to integrate content. Research also indicates that it is logical that any single school district would attempt to have one structure throughout the system.

    January is School Board Recognition Month

    Get to know your Board Members by clicking on the icon shown above on the Florence One website during the month of January. This week our website features Rev. E. J. McIver, M. Glenn Odom, and Elder Alexis D. Pipkins, Sr.


    Florence One Needs Volunteers

    Florence One needs volunteers who are interested in tutoring or mentoring children. The next training date for the volunteer program has been set for Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m. at the Florence One Administration Building, located at 319 South Dargan Street. Applications and SLED background check forms should be completed prior to the training date, and are available online at www.fsd1.org or at the Florence One office.

    Focus on Teaching and Learning: Did You Know?

    Florence One will work to improve Instruction through an emphasis on Early Childhood, Literacy, Mathematics, and Technology.

    And that's just some of what's happening in Florence One!

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