Washington Cetner Nature Trail Washington Center’s new school year opens with the theme “Go Explore the Outdoors.”  The long awaited outdoor Nature Trail will be ready for exploring.  The twisting ADA accessible pathways provide sensory activities with plants, animal habitats and instructional environments for both Washington Center and Sara Collins students.  The initiative is now a reality thanks to joined support from staff, community donors and friends.

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A memo was filed August 9th, 2018 by the American Humanist Association asking the court to enjoin Greenville County Schools from using prayers in graduation ceremonies.
Greenville County Schools is committed to affording all students the rights of religious freedom guaranteed in the Constitution. The Court previously upheld our position on the handling of religious matters and we are confident that our district’s policies and practices do not promote religion, but continue to be inclusive of all our families’ religious beliefs, or lack of beliefs. Despite the plaintiff’s most recent filing, we believe the complete record and body of evidence before the court will justify our confidence in this matter.
Click HERE to read our memo that was filed August 10th, 2018 at noon.

 

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Affordable Instruction in Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass

NGU String Instrument Lessons
Tigerville, SC (August 7, 2018)
–­ The NGU/Kroc String Project begins September 4, offering beginning stringed instrument classes for children in third through fifth grade.  Teachers are NGU string music education majors under the supervision of Master Teacher, Dr. Anne Matthews, and String Project Director, Dr. Michael Weaver.  The project consists of large group beginner classes, small second year classes, three orchestras and private lessons. Beginning classes consist of 25-30 students with a minimum of three teachers in each class.

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Monday, August 13

  • First Day of School for Teachers!  Many schools will host breakfast events with a welcome from the principal at approximately 7:45am.  Teachers will participate in activities, continue classroom set up and prepare student technology.  We have more than 250 “first year” teachers.  I’m able to connect you with some of them if that is an angle you’d like to pursue.

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If you’re a parent of a student attending a South Carolina public college or university, you probably haven’t been told how a good chunk of rising tuition and fees is being spent.

Under state law, tuition and other student fees can be used by schools to pay off certain bonds that typically are issued for construction projects. Over the past 10 years at four-year schools, tuition and required fees for undergraduates jumped by about 40 percent on average, state records show.

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Beginning with the opening of the 2018-19 athletic season, Greenville County Schools is instituting a clear bag policy for all athletic venues.  This means spectators are prohibited from entering athletic venues with camera cases, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, large purses, and similar items.  Approved bags include clear, gallon-sized zip storage bags, clear totes (12”x6”x12”) and small purses.  Folding chairs and blankets will be allowed, but are subject to search.

The policy is similar to those already in place at university stadiums and local arenas.  The policy is not a response to any specific event or concern.  We are continually evaluating security measures in our school buildings and taking steps to ensure public safety at our after school events.

Our athletic fields will have signage to announce the new policy.  We have posted responses to frequently asked questions on our website.  I have copied and pasted below.

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Students fabricate lighting fixtures in CarolinaPower's warehouse.
Students fabricate lighting fixtures in CarolinaPower's warehouse.

Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE) is a non-profit summer program through which teens have day-in-the-life experiences in inspirational careers, including science, engineering, music, journalism, medicine, and construction.

Regional electrical contractor, CarolinaPower, together with Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately held construction firms in the nation, are co-hosting and sponsoring a day-long construction experience to show highly-motivated teens the dynamism of the industry and the opportunities that await them—including those for young women.

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