School notes for March 7

March 6, 2013 

YCHS jazz band earns superior rating

Members of the York Comprehensive High School Jazz Band made history on Saturday when they attended the South Carolina Band Director’s Association state Jazz Festival at Newberry College for the very first time.

Under the direction of Laura Brooks and Douglas Brooks, the YCHS Jazz Band brought home a superior rating — the highest award given to a jazz band.

The students arrived at Newberry College in the morning and attended an improvisation clinic, festival concerts and the all-state jazz band concert. They gave their performance in the Newberry College Recital Hall.

YCHS was one of 33 jazz bands from across state to perform at the 2013 State Jazz Festival. Their next performances will include their York school tour, a band reunion performance at Spring Lake Country Club in York and the spring concert production, Band Revue III, in May.

LaFave to participate in climate change inquiry

Nick LaFave, a Clover High School science teacher who is Clover school district’s Teacher of the Year,is one of eight U.S. teachers who will participate in an international inquiry program on climate change in April.

The Inquiry to Insight project, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, promotes an international collaboration among high school and secondary students as they seek solutions to shared environmental challenges.

The I2I project is a collaboration of scientists, educators and media designers at Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden who are dedicated to bringing high quality, interactive, free online resources on climate change and ocean acidification into the classroom.

The most recent Inquiry to Insigh program is the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge, where classes around the world use a student “footprint calculator” to calculate their footprints.

The students then compare them to other classes and participate in an online, international peer to peer discussion about their footprint and envisioning solutions to the broader climate change problem.

LaFave will be joining seven other U.S. teachers, the I2I project staff and partner teachers from Sweden during an April 14 summit after the National Science Teachers Association conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The goals will be for teachers and staff to exchange ideas and practices about environmental education and for the I2I team to get feedback on how to expand free, interactive classroom resources.

York Intermediate names Cool Cougars

York Intermediate School has named Cool Cougars for Team 6-2. They are, Allison Ashe, Holley Mitchell, Lindsey Johnston and Ryan Ashe.

Clover High booster club plans pine needle sale

The Clover High School Athletic Booster Club’s annual pine needle sale will be March 22 and 23. Long-leaf pine needles will be sold for $4.50 per bale to benefit Blue Eagle athletes.

Orders are being accepted in advance; for details, call 704-913-3233.

Bales of pine needles may be picked up at Clover Memorial Stadium, on the home side, or at Golf Masters in Lake Wylie. Hours for pickup are 4 to 7 p.m. March 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23.

Free delivery is available with the purchase of 25 bales or more in the Clover school district. Checks should be payable to the CABS and mailed to P.O. Box 915, Clover SC 29710.

The money raised in the benefit is used to pay for travel costs, meals and other expenses for Blue Eagle athletes.

Family Trust offers scholarship

Applications are being accepted by Family Trust Federal Credit Union for its Eddie Reeves Volunteerism Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is given to a Family Trust member of any age who is an exemplary volunteer. The award will be announced at the credit union’s annual meeting April 9.

The scholarship is named for Eddie Reeves, a credit union volunteer for more than 30 years who served as board chairman for 25 years. The deadline to apply is March 9. The application can be found online at Click on Scholarships, grants and donations.

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