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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rock Hill School District News For Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From Elaine T. Baker, Director of Information Services, Rock Hill Schools

Congratulations to . . .
Julie Marshall, recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Marshall, a teacher interventionist and literacy coach at Rosewood Elementary, will be honored along with 37 other national awardees at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, DC, on February 8. At the conclusion of the gala, one finalist will be honored as the nation's top educator and receive $25,000. Good luck to Julie, who by the way, was the District Teacher of the Year in 2010-11 and a state teacher of the year finalist.
Saturn Educational Leadership Academy
Beginning in October, Winthrop University will offer the "Saturn" Educational Leadership Academy for teachers in York County to participate in a cohort of prospective education leaders. 

District Passes
  • Club 65 - This is the new pass for seniors age 65 and older. It is now available in Information Services in the district office. However, old "Gold Club" cards can be exchanged for the new Club 65 card at high school football games.
  • VIP - These passes are issued to retirees, Teachers of the Year, and to a few others who do something really special for the district and who are not paid for their services. These cards are to be accepted at all district-sponsored performances and athletic events. 
BBQ Fundraiser
Parent boosters for the Rock Hill High Band of Distinction will host a BBQ fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, at Hopewell Presbyterian Church on S. Anderson Road.

American Presidential Experience
The American Presidential Experience, the largest traveling exhibit of presidential icons in the nation, will be in Charlotte August 31-Sept. 8.  The exhibit is made up of more than 35 non-partisan exhibits, including a replica of Air Force One, the Oval Office, the Presidential Limousine, and First Ladies' gowns. This exhibit is being promoted as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for educators to attend with their families or take their students on a field trip. For more information, go to or call 202.841-2344.
Lecture Series
The district will, again this year, offer a Lecture Series. The first presentation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at South Pointe High. The topic will be on Teaching in China, and the presenters will be many of the 40 teachers and 4 administrators who taught in China this summer.  
Staying Informed
District employees need to be informed about what's happening in the district, so please check out the district's website ( and Facebook page often and notice the special tabs on our website. The iRock tab, for example, has information added as questions arise about this new initiative. In addition, employees are welcome to attend school board work sessions and meetings. The next business meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m. Monday, August 27, in the district office.

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