School news for Feb. 7

February 6, 2013 

YCHS choir places first in Lander event

The 40-member Concert Choir of York Comprehensive High School placed first for the third consecutive year in the Lander University Choral Festival Feb. 1 in the college's performing arts center auditorium.

Choral Phil Suggs, now in his 19th year at the school, said Lander's stage is one of the best in the state.

“Acoustically, it brings out the best in a choir. Our kids have enjoyed performing on that stage for many years. We have participated in this festival off and on over the past 15 years having earned two second places and one third place until our recent run of three in a row.”

College choral professors adjudicate each choir on its tone, diction, accuracy, musicality and others factors. “Its great to have a festival this early and to get feedback from judges to prepare us for the state festival in March,” he said.

York moves back into the 4A division at the March 22 state choral festival after the past two years in 3A. The state event will be at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia. In the state festival, singers are evaluated on sight reading as well as performance. York earned a third-place award in sight reading at last year's 3A festival.

The year began for York with 31 singers earning positions in the fall ACDA Honor Choir at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. York's representatives included members of Suggs' mostly freshmen Women's Ensemble.

In November a school record 18 singers were selected by audition for All-State Chorus to be at Winthrop in March. In January 14 singers participated in the Central Region Choir held in Clinton.

The Concert Choir will do a performance tour of Washington, D.C., in April with plans to sing at the Capitol and at the National Cathedral.

Clover schools plan pre-K, kindergarten signup

Clover School District pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration is scheduled for the week of March 4. Parents should register children at their current elementary school assignment based on the 2012-13 attendance lines.

Parents may register children at Bethany, Bethel, Griggs Road, Kinard, and Larne from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4 to 8. Registration hours at Crowders Creek are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4to 8.

All six elementary schools will have an evening registration period from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

To be eligible for Pre-K, children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents should bring the child’s legal birth certificate copy with the state seal, two proofs of residency with the name and address of the parent registering the child and up-to-date immunization records when registering.

For more information, contact Pam Cato at 803-810-8013.

York schools plan registration for 4K, 5K

The York school district will have 4-year-old preschool registration and 5-year-old kindergarten registration on Feb, 7 and 8 for students who will be 4 or 5 on or before Sept 1.

Registration will be at Cotton Belt, Harold C. Johnson, Hickory Grove/Sharon, Hunter Street and Jefferson elementary schools in York.

Wednesday, Feb. 6 will be a “late registration day”. Parents may visit the school office to register children between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on that day. On Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, parents may register students between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at any elementary school office.

In order to register, parents must bring a copy of the child’s S.C. Immunization Form and state-issued birth certificate, proof of residency such as a property tax notice or a utility bill and a picture ID for the parent or legal guardian. A Social Security card is optional.

Clover teachers win Family Trust grants

Five Clover teachers were among 32 educators in York County who were awarded grants from Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

For the second year in a row, a Clover school will be awarded an additional grant after April Stiles Clinton of Bethany Elementary had her grant selected as the Phyllis Paden-Adams prize.

Her grant, “Invention Intentions,” will enable students to invent and promote something that makes life easier. The award honors Paden-Adams, a member of the Family Trust School Advisory Committee and a first-grade teacher who retired after 32 years.

Other Clover grant recipients were: Rebecca Hester, Crowders Creek Elementary; Lesli Ann Howell, Larne Elementary; Patti Myers, Griggs Road Elementary; and Kay Wessinger, Bethel Elementary.

Tarradiddle Players to perform in Clover

The Tarradiddle Players will present “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb at the Clover School District Auditorium. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs begins where the book leaves off, with the trial of a much-maligned citizen of the piggy public. Alexander T. Wolf is on trial for his deeds.

Three pigs build houses; the one who builds his house out of brick doesn’t get eaten by the Big Bad Wolf and lives to tell the tale. But is it the whole truth or porcine propaganda? That’s the question raised in this brilliant parody of The Three Little Pigs.

After Al defends himself with his own version of the story, and all the witness statements are in, the audience becomes the jury and decides Al ‘s fate -Guilty or Not Guilty! Are YOU afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? What really happened? YOU decide. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players perform in the rock musical based on John Scieska’s wildly popular book.

Love, logic parenting class offered in Clover

A six-week session of the Love & Logic parenting class will be offered to Clover parents beginning Feb. 20.

Classes will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings Feb. 20 through March 25 at the Clover Resource Center. Child care will be provided for school-aged children. There is a $12 per person cost for materials.

Deadline to register is Feb. 15. Completed registration forms, which are available on the Clover school district web site at, should be turned in to parents’ school guidance counselor. Registration forms may also be mailed to Kinard Elementary: 201 Pressley St., Clover SC 29710.

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 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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