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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rock Hill Schools Update #rockhill #rockhillschools

Congratulations to . . 

  • Tonya Jones, school resource officer  at Castle Heights, on her selection by the S.C. Assn. of School Resource Officers as the Upper State Region SRO of the Year.
  • Castle Heights Middle School on its health and wellness efforts. Because of its high level of activity and involvement with its community/grant program, Castle Heights has been asked to be one of only two schools to attend the S.C. “Fuel Up to Play 60” Leadership Training Forum on July 11. Becky Strickland, instructional coach, and Sharon Templeton, PE teacher, will attend with selected students.

Teaching in China
Rock Hill Schools now has 15 teachers and 3 administrators teaching in China this month: Roma Stutts, Keisha Gaskin, Rebecca Chevere, Corey Washington and Michael Waiksnis, Sullivan; Anita Wilson, The Children’s School; Mary O’Grady Jones, Sunset Park; Shemia Thompson, York Road; Martha Menchinger, ATC; Cassie Cagle, Exceptional Student Ed.; Sarah Zion, Northwestern; Wally Blankenship, Rock Hill High; Elizabeth Hood and Emily Warner, Saluda Trail; Stephanie DiStasio, Rosewood; Jermaine Evans, Castle Heights; Kelli Ferment, Lesslie; and Jacob Moree, Old Pointe.

Sam’s Club Offers Free Membership
Rock Hill Schools is pleased to announce that Sam’s Club is now an official partner and will be investing into several district programs, which will be announced later. However, Sam’s Club is now offering all employees a year-long FREE membership to those who sign up by Sept. 25. To take advantage of the free membership offer, employees must visit the Rock Hill Sam's Membership Center on Cherry Road in the shopping center where Office Depot and Honey Baked Ham are located.

Free Books
The Friends of the York County Library organization has received another grant from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation which will provide vouchers to 20 teachers in each York County School District. With the voucher, teachers can purchase $25 worth of books or media for classrooms at the book sale July 25-27. Vouchers will go fast, so interested teachers should complete the  application pronto.

Countdown to Kindergarten
Main Street Children’s Museum (133 E. Main) will present “Countdown to Kindergarten” from 5-8 pm on Friday, August 9, for rising kindergarten students and their families. Parents will receive a helpful school readiness checklist of things children need to know before starting kindergarten, and they’ll be able to connect with reps. from school districts, state agencies and community organizations to learn about community resources. In addition, health personnel will be on hand to provide free dental screenings to children.  The event also needs volunteers, especially kindergarten teachers, so anyone interested should contact Cate at

Health Issues
District employees should be aware of an important change involving the distribution of over-the-counter medication to students.

South Carolina’s first “unconference” will be held from 9:00-3:00 at Sullivan Middle School on Sat., Sept. 7. There is no agenda at an “unconference;” participants simply mention K-12 issues and ideas in which they’re interested and groups form and collaborate. Principals Michael Waiksnis (Sullivan) and Latoya Dixon (Mount Gallant) are the organizers of the camp, so to attend, let Michael or Latoya know. To see short videos that explain an unconference, go to

Points of Pride
The district’s newest publication, Points of Pride, with lots of honors and photos from this past year, can be found on the district’s website listed as “Achievements.” The Community Report, with an overview of school year 2012-13, will be published later this month.

Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools

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