School notes for Jan. 10

January 11, 2013 

Andy Irwin to perform at Clover Family Night

Storyteller, singer, song-writer and personality extraordinaire Andy Offutt Irwin performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Clover School District Auditorium’s Family Night.

Individual tickets are $5. For families with three or more members, tickets are $10 for the entire family.

A native of Covington, Ga., Irwin is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler and a walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects. In storytelling circles, he is known for relating the adventures of his 85-year-old- widowed-physician-aunt Marguerite Van Camp.

This is the auditorium’s 14th annual Family Night. Call the auditorium at 803-222-8018 for tickets and more information.

York Intermediate names Cool Cougars

York Intermediate School has named Cool Cougars for January. They are, Team 6-2, Keaton Chambers, Jacob Lingerfeldt, Cyan Mayfield and Grayson Correll.

Clover school board honored with library donations

The Clover School District will join districts throughout the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.

The district will honor the members that serve on the school board by donating library books at each of the schools’ media center in their names. Each school’s donation is valued at $300.

The Clover board members are: Mack McCarter, chairman; Melanie Wilson, vice-chair; Franklin Pendleton, Sherri Ciurlik, Joe Gordon, Barbara Parrish, and Liz Johnson.

The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards: Locally Owned and Operated Since Forever,” reinforces the roles and responsibilities of school boards and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools.

“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students,” says Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne. “We’re proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected trustees.”

In the Clover district, school board members must develop policies and make decisions on complex issues. Board members work without compensation. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of more than $60 million, more than 6,600 students, nearly 1,000 employees and 10 school buildings.

Tax tips for students

Income tax season is here, and students may want to consider these tips from KHEAA.

Students and parents may be able to take advantage of these programs on their federal taxes:

American Opportunity Credit, available for the first four years of college.

Lifetime Learning Credit, available if a taxpayer or a dependent is taking college courses to acquire or improve job skills.

Tuition and fees deduction, which lets taxpayers deduct qualified education expenses paid during the year for themselves or a dependent. The expenses must be for college.

Student loan interest deduction, which lets people deduct up to $2,500 per year on federal taxes for interest paid on federal student loans.

For more detailed information about federal programs, go to irs.gov to download the free Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.

College-bound seniors need to fill out FAFSA

High school seniors planning to attend college or technical school this fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA, as soon as possible, according to KHEAA.

The information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal and state grants and for federal student loans. Also, many colleges use the information to award grants and scholarships administered by the school. Therefore, students should submit the FAFSA even if they feel it is unlikely they will qualify for aid.

The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. A formula set by Congress determines eligibility for federal and state aid. If the student is considered a dependent under federal guidelines, both the student and parents must provide financial information. Nearly all students going directly to college from high school are considered dependent.

Some student aid programs have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students, so it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

For faster results, KHEAA recommends students submit the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov, although they may also be mailed to the FAFSA processor.

Applications accepted for Clover scholarship

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the first LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior. Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, affectionately named the scholarship after her father Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for a number of years.

Students applying for the LANDIS “Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students” Scholarship must demonstrate a financial need, a 3.0 grade point average and community service.

Students can see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details or they may also contact Jackson via email at Laajacks@aol.com. Applications are due to the Clover High School guidance department by April 1.

Culinary contests under way

Culinary arts students can compete to earn a tuition scholarship to one of The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, including the Charlotte campus. The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition is for high school seniors. The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition is for high school graduates.

The first-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $4,000 tuition scholarship. The second-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,000 scholarship.

The first-place winner in the high school graduate competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,500 scholarship.

The deadline for entry is Jan. 24

Help choose Employee of Month

The Clover School District’s Teacher Forum, a group made up of each school’s teacher of the year, seeks community input as it expands the district’s Employee of the Month recognition program, sponsored by Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

The program, which runs through May, is a way for school employees to be shown appreciation and gratitude from co-workers, parents, students and the community. The program has been operated for several years through paper ballots in each school.

Anyone may nominate an employee for recognition on each school’s website.

To nominate a school-based employee in the district, visit the employee’s school website and click the “vote now for Employee of the Month” button on the homepage.

Each school’s recipient is presented with a $25 Visa gift card from Family Trust, and his or her picture is displayed in the school’s lobby.

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