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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rock Hill School News For March 19 #rockhill #rockhillschools

School Awards
}Congratulations to Old Pointe Elementary on being designated as a “Gallup High Hope School” for its score on the Nov. 2012 Gallup Student Engagement Survey. Only 192 schools of the 1700 schools that participated nationwide had a mean hope score of 4.53 or higher out of a possible 5, and Old Pointe and Sunset Park were two of them. Kudos go to Principal Tanya Campbell, her students and staff.
}Hats off to Sullivan Middle School on its selection by Constant Contact, a national authority on engagement marketing, for a 2012 All-Star Award. A March 13 news release from Constant Contact states: “Sullivan is an industry leader when it comes to engaging its stakeholders. They know how important it is to connect with their families to make sure they are informed of news and events from their school."
}Congratulations to Mount Gallant Elementary on being one of three schools selected  by the Palmetto Character Council as a School of Character. It was chosen for its efforts to create a safe, caring and respectful school where students flourish academically and do the right thing.  Principal Latoya Dixon will proudly accept the award at a reception in Columbia on March 22. 
Individual Recognitions
}Casey Lefler, a  3rd grade teacher at Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies, is a nominee for the Most Hopeful Teacher in America Award sponsored by Gallup. On nominating her, Principal Tammy Whitestated: “Casey’s diligence and lack of accepting failure on the part of students is inspiring! She encourages them to find hope in their lives…hope for a better future through the gift of education.”
}Richard Ball, an assistant principal at Castle Heights Middle School, is the author of an article in the AP Insight E-Newsletter, published by the National Assn. of Secondary School Principals. The article is on the S.C. Teacher Evaluation System and is located at
}LaChanda Hare, an 8th grade science teacher at Saluda Trail Middle School, was one of 10 educators who participated recently in the Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal (STAR) program held at Seabrook Island March 4-8.
Plants Available for Sale

March 20 is the first day of Spring, and Gayle Posipanko and her students want you to visit the greenhouse at the ATC  on Mar. 20 and Mar. 21 to get ready for spring planting. See list of plants on left.
Foundation Grants Now Accepted
The Rock Hill School District Foundation will accept Spring grant applications through Monday, March 25. Applications can be found at Awards will be granted in late April.
Noteworthy Dates
tMarch 20 – Ribbon Cutting for Pearson VUE-Authorized Testing Center, 12 noon, RH Flexible Learning Center
tMarch 21 – “Future Chefs” competition sponsored by Sodexo, 3:30 pm at Dutchman Creek
tMarch 21 – Called meeting of the Board of Trustees on iRock, 6 pm at Dutchman Creek
tMarch 25 – Monthly Business Meeting of Board of Trustees, 6 pm in District Office
tApril 16-17 – Facilitator Training for Project Learning Tree 

Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools

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