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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Leap Into Literacy in #Rockhill

Please join us as we “Leap into Literacy” and kick-off the Week of the Young Child, Monday, April 7th at 10:30 am at the Rock Hill Old Town Amphitheater.  Our second event during Come See Me Week, “Come See our Pad”,  will be Friday, April 11th beginning at 10:00 am at the Resource Center.  

The Week of the Young Child™ in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is held each year to celebrate young children and their families and to thank all those who make a difference in the life of a child. ParentSmart, in partnership with York County First Steps and the Early Learning Partnership of YC invite parents with preschool children to join us as we “Leap into Literacy”. Representative Ralph Norman will share a proclamation provided by Mayor Echols followed by some fun, interactive, educational activities led by the Reading Giraffe and Rock Hill Schools Title I, Parent Teacher Specialists. All children will receive a free book compliments of Dr. Winslow and the “Cheer for Children” library.

For more information on the Week of the Young Child, please visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children website at Please share this flyer with other Early Childhood advocates, educators, friends and families. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Northwestern High School Jazz Bands Rate Superior #rockhill

The Northwestern High School Bands have completed the state 2014 Large Ensemble Music Assessments and earned the highest possible rating of superior in every performance.  The events included performances by the Senior Jazz Ensemble, the 9th Grade Band, the Concert Band, and the Symphonic Band.  

The ensembles were evaluated by 5 different adjudicators who evaluated the ensembles’ performances on three prepared selections as well as the students’ sight-reading ability.  In addition, senior, french hornist Kyle Thompson was recognized at the SCBDA All-State Band Concert as the winner of the Phi Beta Mu Music Scholarship Audition.  Phi Beta Mu is a national music fraternity. The scholarship was established to recognize high school music accomplishment of the highest level and to encourage outstanding instrumentalists to study music beyond high school.  Members of Phi Beta Mu from across the state nominated students to audition for the scholarship and the students auditioned for members of the Furman University School of Music faculty.  

Kyle plans to study music at either the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore or Northwestern University in Chicago.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rock Hill Schools Announce Superintendent Finalist #rockhill #rockhillschools #rhsd3 #rhschoolboard

Rock Hill Schools Superintendent Finalists:
Dr. Richard J. O'Malley

Dr. Richard J. O’Malley currently serves as Superintendent of Schools for Edison Public Schools in Edison, NJ, where he has served since 2011.  Edison Public Schools is the fifth largest school district in New Jersey. He began his career in teaching and prior to his current appointment served as Superintendent for MatawanAberdeen Regional School District in Aberdeen, NJ. Dr. O’Malley received his Ed.D. from Seton Hall University and an Master of Education from Monmouth University.
Dr. Kelly U. Pew

Dr. Kelly U. Pew currently serves as Superintendent for The School District of Pickens County where she has served since 2008.  She began there as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Instructional Services and was promoted to the role of Superintendent in 2012.  She began her career in teaching and prior to Pickens County, served as a school principal in Oconee County.  Dr. Pew holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Leadership from Clemson University and a Master of Education from Furman University.
Dr. Thomas G. Schmolze

Dr. Thomas G. Schmolze currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Student Services for the Fort Mill School District. In addition to previous positions in Fort Mill, he has also served as a teacher and high school principal in the Clover School District. Dr. Schmolze’s degrees include a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Education from Winthrop University. He  began his teaching career in the Rock Hill School District.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rock Hill Schools to Announce Superintendent Finalists on Friday #rhschoolboard #rockhill #rockhillschools #rhsd3

A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the Board Conference Room in the district office (660 N. Anderson Road in Rock Hill). An announcement will be made regarding the finalists for the superintendent's position in Rock Hill Schools.
Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rock Hill's Hudak a Finalist for State Teacher of the Year #rhsd3 #rockhill #rockhillschools

The administration of Rock Hill Schools is pleased to announce that Rhonda Hudak, the District's Teacher of the Year, has just been named a finalist for the state honor. She will soon be visited by a crew from the South Carolina Dept. of Education and will later participate in an interview with the State TY Selection Committee. The announcement of the S. C. Teacher of the Year will be announced on April 23 at a banquet in Columbia.
The five finalists listed alphabetically by last name are:
• Jennifer Ainsworth, a high school moderate special needs teacher at Socastee High School, Horry County School District.
• John “Jed” Dearybury, a 2nd grade teacher at Woodland Heights Elementary School, Spartanburg School District 6.
• Rhonda Hudak, a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School, Rock Hill School District 3.
• Patrick Kelly, a 12th grade Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics teacher at Blythewood High School, Richland School District 2.
• Vivian “Beth” Tuten, a high school special education teacher at Swansea High School, Lexington School District 4.

Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Northwestern High School Jazz Festival on March 1st #Jazz #rockhill #winthrop

Saxophonist Dave Pietro and the Dave Pietro Group will perform at the 12th Annual Jazz Discovery Music Festival on Saturday, March 1st, at 7:30 pm in the Northwestern High School Auditorium in Rock Hill.  His talents as a gifted saxophonist, composer, and educator have made him an in-demand musician who has performed at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, schools and concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. From 1994-2003 Dave played lead alto saxophone and recorded six CD’s with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has toured and/or recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Jim Widner and Arturo O’Farrill.  Pietro has also performed with many other well-known musicians such as Paul Anka, Louis Bellson, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Chaka Khan, Liza Minnelli, James Naughton and John Pizzarelli. Dave also studies East Indian music and has performed with various groups led by Indian tablist Sandip Burman.  Also appearing on the concert will be the Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble with guest soloist Will Campbell from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. 

Mr. Pietro will also perform with the Northwestern High School Senior Jazz Ensemble at 3:00 and along with the members of the Dave Pietro Group will present free instrument clinics starting at 3:45.  The festival includes performances by high school and middle school bands from across the North and South Carolina throughout the day as well as a performance by the All-Star Special and a student jam session at noon.  All the school performances and clinics are free and open to the public. Contact Mark Yost if you are interested in attending the evening performance.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kicking for Cancer #rockhill

Local High School Soccer Tournament to benefit Brain Cancer research
Rock Hill, SC. February 20, 2014. The Northwestern Trojans Soccer program will be hosting the inaugural Bryan Ostrower High School Soccer Showcase sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, at the beautiful Manchester Meadows soccer complex. The tournament will run from Friday, February 28th to Sunday, March 2nd on the Brannan and Carlisle Stadium turf fields.
The Trojans will play the Dorman Cavaliers in the big Friday night game at 7:45pm with exciting prep soccer continuing throughout the weekend culminating in the final match on Sunday at 2:15pm. Ticket prices are $5 per session for adults, $3 per session for students, with an all tournament pass $15.
Manchester Meadows on Saturday will be hosting a “Walk for Brain Cancer” at 1:30pm. All members of the public are invited to show support for the fight against cancer.
The tournament is being played in memory of for former Trojan soccer player and York County referee Bryan Ostrower. In addition to his officiating duties, Bryan worked for Rock Hill School District. Bryan was diagnosed with cancer in February 2010 and after a long and dignified fight, Bryan passed away on March 7th 2011 Bryan was a loving husband to Alison and a father to three beautiful children Evan (8), Collin (6), Hopelyn (3). Northwestern High School will be donating $500 in honor of Bryan to the Duke University brain tumor center
For Tournament updates please follow @TroajnTourney on Twitter  

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