A South Carolina school district is holding a "content recovery" summer program for about 90 middle-schoolers at risk of retention. Under supervision of classroom teachers, students use the online program "Plato," which assesses them for missing skills and helps them master those concepts to complete and pass classes.
South Carolina Electric and Gas' proposal to slightly raise its power rates to help pay for the costs associated with the V.C. Summer expansion project in South Carolina secured approval from the state's Public Service Commission. SCE&G is shouldering 55% of the project, which is expected to cost about $10 billion.
Officials in a South Carolina school district are considering whether offering magnet programs in science, technology, engineering and math will help draw students back to two middle schools that have had decreased enrollment. Supporters point to the success of a school for the arts, which increased its enrollment after transitioning to a magnet school.
Using a $30,000 grant from the National Writing Project, the University of South Carolina Aiken is hosting the Aiken Writing Project's Summer Institute for teachers -- training them to help students develop into better writers and to work on their own writing. "We have to incorporate so much writing in our science content," middle-school science teacher Christine Walcott said. "I increased my journal writing and also did argumentative papers, which can engage students in science. We need to make sure that everything connects -- English, math, all the content areas," she added.
A National Board Certified Teacher in the school district of Charleston County, S.C., has been named one of five finalists for the district's teacher of the year award. Sadie Fox, a middle-school science teacher, co-founded a club to help at-risk girls boost their self-image and also sponsors a student robotics club that has competed internationally.