School notes for Jan. 17

January 24, 2013 

The Water Coolers to perform in Clover

The Water Coolers — a New York-based music and comedy group that satirically celebrates the things we share around the water cooler — will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets are $15 each.

The Water Coolers, conceived by consultant and former conference planner Sally Allen, with actor/comedy writer Thomas Michael Allen, leaped to the Off-Broadway stage in 2002.

The group aims to make its audience laugh out loud at the things we face just making it through the week, from pretending you understand what the IT guy is saying — The IT Cowboy — to the perils of air travel — Delay and What Are They Doing In First Class?

“The Water Coolers’ take on work and life is needed now more than ever,” said David Handle, program director for the Clover School District Auditorium. “The performances are top notch and their observations are on the money. We’re excited about bringing them to Clover.”

The show and the team are led by actor / comedy writer Thomas Michael Allen, a creator of the hit “Tony n' Tina's Wedding.” Performers’ professional credits include “Les Miserables,” “Grease,” “Nine,” “Rent,” “Mamma Mia,” “Wicked” and more.

For details, call 803-222-8018 or visit www.clover.k12.sc.us/csda.

York has Montessori registration

The York school district and Hunter Street Elementary School are having open enrollment for the Montessori program. An orientation will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Hunter Street cafeteria.

Montessori offers a half-day program for children who will be 3 by Sept. 1, 2013 and a full-day program for those who will be 4 by Sept. 1, 2013.

Proper documentation for enrollment includes a state-issued birth certificate, not a hospital copy; an updated immunization form; proof of residency, such as a copy of property taxes or a cable, power or water bill; and a picture ID for the parent or legal guardian.

Four York students have perfect HSAP math score

Four York Comprehensive High School students scored a perfect score of 320 on their math High School Assessment Program test, or HSAP, when they took the test last year as sophomores.

The students are Jeremy Dale Falls, Ashley Nicole Jensen, Casey Amber Wells and Keith Alan Schult.

York FFA team places third in state

The York Comprehensive High School FFA team members placed third in the state equine evaluation career development event at the Clemson University Equine Center.

There were 13 teams; the York team was the only team with three participants, while all the other teams had four students. Team members are Ashley McCarter, Kelsey Shillinglaw and Carlye Littlejohn.

York student named to honors choir

Bren-Leigh Southard, a student at Jefferson Elementary School, was recently selected to participate in the South Carolina Elementary Honors Choir — which is comparable to high school All-State Choir.

To be chosen, students submit a recorded audition and are judged on singing acapella, echo singing and singing in harmony. She was one of only two students chosen from York.

Larne student wins poster contest

Larne Elementary School fourth-grade student Shannon Quinn has won the “125 Christmases in Clover” poster contest for Larne and for the Clover School District.

Shannon is is in Angel Kettles’ art class. She was awarded a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and a framed version of her poster. The contest is sponsored by the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by the district.

Oakridge students to honor novels

The Mock Newbery Club at Oakridge Middle School is preparing to award medals Jan. 25 to its favorite children's novels published in 2012. A group of 28 students have met each Friday to read, discuss and rate 24 titles touted as the best of 2012.

Current front runners are: “Son” by Lois Lowry, “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz, “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnace, “The Unfortunate Son” by Constance Leeds and “The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis. Results will be posted on the OMS Mock Newberry web page at 10 a.m. Jan. 25.

York board members honored

York school board members will visit schools during January in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.

During the Jan. 8 board meeting, York board members also the gift of a received a framed artwork, produced by a 2012 York Comprehensive High School graduate, in honor of their service.

The schedule for school visits by the board is: Cotton Belt Elementary and York Intermediate, Melissa Ramsey; Hickory Grove/Sharon Elementary and York One Academy, Mike Smith; Hunter Street Elementary, Chris Revels; Jefferson Elementary, Shirley Harris; Harold C. Johnson Middle, Al Johnson; York Middle, Betty Johnson; York Comprehensive High and the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center, Chris Stephenson.

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.

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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