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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rock Hill School District News For Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From Elaine T. Baker, Director of Information Services, Rock Hill Schools
Summary of Oct. 22 School Board Meeting
Board Chairman, Bob Norwood, was recognized for his 16 years of service. Throughout his tenure, Bob was well known for saying:  "What we want for all children is what we want for our own children."
Seventh-graders from Sullivan made an impressive presentation following their research on water.
Joan Smith, the district's energy manager who will be leaving the district at the end of the month, reported on the success of the district's energy management program. Savings over the past 18 months now total $1.4 million.
Reports on (1) improving school safety and (2) student mobility from Keith Wilks and Dr. Luanne Kokolis were received as information.
A number of policies were approved for first reading, and the board is now seeking input from employees and the community. To review the policies, go to
Mt. Gallant Celebrates Birthday
Mt. Gallant Elementary School will have a 35th birthday celebration on Friday, Nov. 16. Judy Williams, the only remaining staff member who was teaching at Mt. Gallant when the school opened in 1977, will be crowned "Queen of the Day." There will also be many exciting events, including the return of  past staff members; and, of course, there will be free ice cream for students at lunchtime.
Mock Emergency at Applied Technology Center Set for Oct. 25
The Applied Technology Center will have a mock car accident in its student parking lot  Thursday, October 25 at 1 pm  to allow students in health science classes to observe local emergency responders, such as the Rock Hill Fire Dept., Rock Hill Rescue Squad, Piedmont EMS and the York County Coroner's Office, in action. Students will also get to see a helicopter land on site from Med Center Air.
Important Fundraiser for the Children's Attention Home
The Palmetto School at the Children's Attention Home in Rock Hill will host its Fifth Annual Circle of Caring Breakfast on Saturday, November 3, at Oakland Baptist Church. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast, and tickets will be $8 and free for children age 6 and under.

American Education Week Set for Nov. 11-17
American Education Week, with the theme of "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration will feature a special observance each day of the week. They include:
Monday, Nov. 12: Veterans Day
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Parents Day
Wednesday, Nov. 14: Support Staff Day
Thursday, Nov. 15: Educator for a Day
Friday, Nov. 16: Substitute Educators Day
Family Trust Grant Deadline
The deadline for Family Trust Federal Credit Union's Teacher Grant Program will be 5 pm Friday, Nov. 9. This year Family Trust will provide 30 $250 grants to individuals and five $500 grants for group projects. When evaluating applications, extra points will be given to projects that incorporate financial literacy. The grant application can be found at Individuals who apply must be a member of Family Trust Federal Credit Union (or 1 member of group submitting an application).

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