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Fort Mill Times

AUG 12, 2009






New teachers, staff, 2C Meet the principals at Pleasant Knoll and Sugar Creek, 3C Messages from your superintendents, 3C

Booster clubs, 2C New elementaries, 3C List of school supplies, 4-5C Falcons’ new stadium, 7C New courses, 11C Rules and policies, 12C Lunchroom prices, 12C Marching bands, 13C Career tracks, 14C

Getting back in the routine, 16C

School hours, 2C Bus schedules, 8-9C Important dates, 3C School histories, 6C

Where School address, numbers, Web sites, 2C Boys & Girls Club after-school program, 16C



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AUG 12, 2009

New faces


Fort Mill School District Fort Mill High

Due to budget cuts, some positions were eliminated at local schools. However, new teachers and staff were hired to fill vacancies caused by retirement, promotion and other reasons. Also note that in the Fort Mill School District, two new elementary schools had to be staffed.

Sarah Adams

Holly Cavanaugh

John Cutrone

Sarah Field

Fort Mill High Amy Coccia, English Ellen Haack, family and consumer science Susan Hammond, social studies Donald Holland, biology Raymond Linkous, band Brett Mannon, social studies Lee Petitgout, agriculture/science Michael Ramsey, chorus Frank Snider, English

Fort Mill Middle Ashley Biscotte, math specialist

Gold Hill Middle School Anne Brashears, seventh grade math

Springfield Middle Elizabeth Denny, seventh grade math/science

Gold Hill Elementary Amber Adgerson, fourth grade teacher Ashley Crawford, kindergarten teacher Carrie Amber Misenheimer, fourth grade teacher Stephanie Haecherl, kindergarten teacher Andrew Morton, fourth grade teacher Rebecca New, art teacher

Pleasant Knoll Elementary Freda Ballard, media specialist Grenda Dountz, school nurse Maegan Sherratt, art teacher

Springfield Elementary Krista Thomas, fifth grade teacher

Sugar Creek Elementary Rebecca Bridges, media specialist Nicole Simcox, art teacher Lorraine Watkins, school nurse

Special Services Patricia Davis, school psychologist Kimberly Long, teacher

Indian Land Elementary Jessica Rigler, first grade Teryn Dalton, second grade Leslie Jacobs, second grade Kimberly Malone, second grade Linda Wooley, second grade Sarah Trapp, third grade Joy Duncan, fourth grade Amy Sizemore, fourth grade Stan Rhodes, resource Pam Waldenmayer, pre-school disabilities

Indian Land High Kathleen Berlin, math Greg Boney, special education Scott Ginn, math Brenda Ishmael, guidance Heather Morton, English Beverly Schroth, science Derek Street, chorus Hannah Watts, agriculture

Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: 548-1900

Phone: 835-0095

Fax: 548-1911

Fax: 835-0096

Principal: Dee Christopher

Principal: Travis Howard

School Colors: Royal Blue

School Colors: Blue and Black

and Gold

Mascot: Panthers

Mascot: Yellow Jackets

Enrollment: 671***

Enrollment: 1,338*

Nation Ford High

Rae Lynch

Jenn Sine

Jenna Stewart

Liz Wheeler

Looking forward to an exciting year Approximately two weeks before the start a new school year, we asked several local high school students what they were looking forward to. This is what they had to say: “I’m looking forward to trying to go to State this year in all my sports – cross country and track.” John Cutrone, 16, junior, ILHS “I think this year will be more fun. We’re seniors now, so we rule the school.” Sarah Adams, 16, senior, ILHS “I’m looking forward to my math classes. I know it’s kind of dorky, but I love math. It’s my favorite subject.” Liz Wheeler, 17, senior, ILHS “I’m excited about seeing the freshmen and learning new material this year.” Sarah Field, 15, sophomore at FMHS “I am excited about going into high

school. There’s new opportunities to excel in.” Rae Lynch, 13, freshman at FMHS “I’m excited about this school year because we’re doing the play ‘Grease.’ It’s a really fun and upbeat musical, and I can relate to it because it’s about high school.” Jenna Stewart, sophomore at FMHS “I’m excited because I won’t be a freshman anymore and because I get to come back and see all my friends.” Holly Cavanaugh, 15, sophomore at FMHS “I’m really excited about volleyball season starting. It’s my favorite part of the year. I’m excited about seeing my friends, too.” Jenn Sine, 15, sophomore at FMHS — Compiled by Jenny Overman and Toya Graham

Be a booster, support your team Booster club members are needed every year to lend support and help local high school teams raise money for equipment and other needs.

1434 Harris Road Fort Mill, SC 29715

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Phone: 548-4677

Phone: 835-0000

Fax: 548-4747

Fax: 835-0010

Principal: Annette Chinchilla

Principal: Beverley Bowman

School Colors: Gold and Blue

School Colors: Red and Black

Mascot: Rockets

Mascot: Falcons

Enrollment: 440*

Enrollment: 1,275*

Fort Mill Middle

Springfield Elementary 1691 Springfield Parkway

200 Springfield Parkway

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Phone: 548-8150

Phone: 547-5553

Fax- 548-8154

Fax: 548-2911

Principal: Barbara Hartsoe

Principal: Greg Norton

School Colors: Blue and Silver

School Colors: Royal Blue

Mascot – Colts

and Canary Yellow

Enrollment: 475*

Mascot: Yellow Jackets

Enrollment: 633*

Gold Hill Middle

Sugar Creek Elementary 1599 Farm House Drive Fort Mill, SC 29715

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Phone: 835-0150

Tega Cay, SC 29708

Fax: 835-0151

Phone: 548-8300

Principal: Scott Frattaroli

Fax: 548-8322

School Colors: Blue and White

Principal: Tommy Johnston

Mascot: Sharks

School Colors: Black and Blue

Enrollment: 654***

Mascot: Bulldogs

Springfield Middle

Fort Mill High

Riverview Elementary

1400 AO Jones Blvd.

Enrollment: 723*

Fort Mill Academy 513 Banks St. Fort Mill, SC 29715

1711 Springfield Parkway

Phone: 802-8521

Fort Mill, SC 29715


Phone: 548-8199

Principal: Marty Connor

Fax: 547-1013

Colors: Red and Black

Principal: Keith Griffin

No mascot

Nation Ford High

School Colors: Royal Blue

Enrollment: N/A**

The cost to join the Nation Ford High School athletic booster club is $25. By joining the booster club, you will be able to volunteer in many capacities, such as working concession stands at games, helping with merchandise sales as well as membership sign-ups during school registration. For more information, call Nation Ford Athletic Director Brian Turner at 835-0003.

and Silver

The cost to join the Fort Mill High School athletic booster club is $30. The booster club supports all the sports teams at the school financially and through volunteer work and annually offers college scholarships to four of the school’s athletes. Memberships can be mailed to our P.O. Box 2061, Fort Mill, SC 29716. For more information, e-mail Jeanne Gregory at

Indian Land High The Indian Land High athletic booster club supports a dozen sports at the school. E-mail David Helms at on becoming a member or call athletic director Michael Mayer at the school at 547-7571.

Parents, get involved at school Participation by parents is a major reason for the success of our schools. Parents can volunteer in their children’s classrooms from elementary school all the way through high school thanks to local parent-teacher organizations and parent-teacher-student associations. With some schools near or at capacity, teachers need every bit of help they can get. Parents who take part in Parent Teacher Organizations/ Associations know that. That’s why they spend so much time preparing fundraisers and organizing teacher and student functions.

There’s an active PTO/PTA at every school. They provide a variety of volunteer help, but most hold yearly fund-raisers to purchase school supplies or equipment that the district can’t find room in the budget for. Not only does the PTO/PTA help raise money for the schools, they are also there to support the teachers and students. PTO/PTAs typically meet once a month, although the meeting date is not always regularly set. PTO/PTA directors urge anyone interested in joining or attending a meeting to call their school for the next meeting date.

School hours Fort Mill School District

Mascot: Mustangs

Indian Land schools

4137 Doby’s Bridge Road

Indian Land, SC 29707 Phone: 548-2916

192 Springfield Parkway

Fax: 548-3011

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Principal: Beth Blum

Phone: 547-7546

Enrollment: Approx. 1,200

Fax: 547-7559

Colors: Blue and Gold

Principal: Karen Helms

Mascot: Warriors

School Colors: Royal Blue

and Yellow

Indian Land Middle

Mascot: Junior Jackets

8361 Charlotte Hwy.

Enrollment: 784*

Indian Land, SC 29707

Phone: 578-2500

Gold Hill Elementary

Fax: 578-2549

1000 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Principal: David McDonald

Tega Cay, SC 29708

Enrollment: Approx. 540.

Phone: 548-8250

Colors:Blue and Gold

Fax: 548-8373

Mascot: Warriors

Principal – Terry Brewer

School Colors – Teal and White

Indian Land High

Mascot – Hornets

8063 River Road

Enrollment: 902*

Fort Mill, SC 29707

Ph: (803) 547-7571

Orchard Park Elementary

Fax: (803) 547-7366

474 Third Baxter St.

Principal Kathy Faris

Fort Mill, SC 29708

School colors: Blue and gold

Phone: 548-8170

Mascot: Warriors

Fax: 548-8174

Lancaster County School District

Principal: Linda Locklier

■ Indian Land Elementary: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School Colors: Burgundy and Gold

■ Fort Mill Elementary, Gold Hill Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Pleasant Knoll Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Springfield Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

■ Indian Land Middle School: Classes begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m.

Mascot: Eagles

■ Fort Mill Middle, Gold Hill Middle and Springfield Middle: 8:20 to 3:30 a.m.

■ Indian Land High School: First bell is at 8:30 a.m. Final bell rings at 3:25 p.m.

■ Fort Mill High and Nation Ford High: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.****

Indian Land Elementary

Enrollment: 820*

Fort Mill Elementary

Indian Land Middle Aimee Freshour, sixth grade science Katie Grote, seventh grade science Sandra Phillips, seventh grade math Brandon Galbraith, seventh grade social studies Diana Smith, eighth grade math Cecilia Kelly, eighth grade science Virginia "Gin" Sorrow, assistant principal.

2346 Pleasant Road

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Nation Ford High

Pleasant Knoll Elementary

225 Munn Road

Enrollment: 694

Enrollment: Registration is still ongoing but right now enrollment is estimated at 650. * Based on end of year 2008-‘09 ** Students begin the year at other local schools *** New school **** Under construction ***** Current

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AUG 12, 2009


New schools for a new year Last year, voters in Fort Mill approved $95.9 million in bonds to build two elementary schools, a middle school and to improve athletic facilities at both high schools. Two new schools open next week – Sugar Creek and Pleasant Knoll elementary schools. Former Springfield Elementary School Principal Scott Frattaroli will be the principal at Sugar Creek, which is located near the Regent Park area. Pleasant Knoll, located off Pleasant Road between Hwy. 160 W. and Gold Hill Road, will be under the guidance of Travis Howard, who had been serving as assistant principal at Riverview Elementary School. The district is in talks to secure land for the other two as-yetunnamed elementary schools and another middle school. If all the proposed new schools are built, they will bring the total number of Fort Mill schools to 16 – nine elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools and an alternative school. The district does face some challenges in getting all of the

Pleasant Knoll Elementary Mascot: Panthers Principal: Travis Howard Construction Cost: $14.8 million Number of teachers and staff: 53 Number of classrooms: 32

Sugar Creek Elementary FILE/FORT MILL TIMES

Mascot: Sharks Principal: Scott Frattaroli Construction Cost: $14.7 million Number of teachers and staff: 47 Number of classrooms: 32

schools open. Two potential sites, one for a middle school and one for an elementary school, depend on York County completing the first leg of the planned Fort Mill

Pleasant Knoll Elementary

Southern Bypass. Because of S.C. Department of Transportation regulations, neither school can open without that first leg. Although county and school officials pledged to work together to have the first leg open by 2009, the bypass is still in the planning stage. If the district continues to grow, more construction could be in the not-too-distant future. A


Sugar Creek Elementary

long-range plan calls for at least one more elementary, middle and high school over the next few years. The plan, which was completed before Fort Mill’s rapid growth cooled with the economy, called for a third high school by 2011, although that does not appear necessary or feasible at this point. The district has been getting help from some area developers

and local governments. Three years ago, G.S. Carolina began development of more than 400 acres on Doby’s Bridge Road for a subdivision called Massey. From the beginning, the developer offered the district 20 acres for an elementary school, similar to the way Clear Springs Development gave the district a site for Orchard Park Elementary in Baxter. On Sutton Road, the

Museum of York County partnered with Cherokee Investment Partners to develop 340 acres around its planned museum. The group has also offered a 20-acre elementary school site to the district. However, the developers are holding their building plans in abeyance until the economy gets back on track and the housing market demands new construction.

Fort Mill Schools Superintendent

We are determined to meet all new challenges Dear Parents, Where has the summer gone? The start of a new school year is now very near and it seems like we honored the graduating classes of 2009 just a short time ago. Actually, a great deal has happened since early June, which probably explains why I feel that time has just flown by. I do ask that you now take a little time and review with me all that has been accomplished over the past two months. Our biggest accomplishment is the successful completion of six substantial construction projects, on time and within budget. Two of those projects, Pleasant

Knoll Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary, will make it possible to lift enrollment freezes at Orchard Park Elementary and Springfield Elementary. Gold Hill Elementary remains near or at capacity, so the Board of V. Keith Trustees has votCallicutt ed to freeze the school for the 2009-2010 school year (Note: we have plans to begin construction soon on a new elementary school in the Gold Hill attendance area). We also

successfully completed an ambitious renovation of the heating and cooling system at Riverview Elementary. The project has been on the district’s wish list for years and the school will be ready for the return of students on August 19. Students at Fort Mill High and Nation Ford High will a l s o n o t i c e c h a n g e s. B o t h schools now have additional gymnasium space and Nation Ford will welcome football fans to its new stadium this fall, after sharing Bob Jones Stadium with Fort Mill High for two years. You may also be aware that we have begun construction on a fourth middle school which is

scheduled to open next school year. That project is also on time and well within budget. All these changes are considered necessary for the district to catch up with previous growth and meet the expectation that growth will continue. However, falling state tax revenues and the reliance on a one cent sales tax to fund school operations means the district will have to work with less money per student than last year. Accordingly, we need your help in mandating total tax reform in our state. You can help by contacting members of our state legislature and asking that they move as quickly as possible in

this next legislative session to bring about a total restructuring of our state’s tax system. The future of our school district, community, and state depends upon our action now. We intend to wo r k w i t h o u r c o m m u n i t y throughout this upcoming year to bring about these necessary changes. Our budget for this year focuses on maintaining quality in core subject areas, which is where the state and federal governments will judge the effectiveness of the district in meeting accountability laws. Our students took a new state test last spring, PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Stan-

dards), and this test will be used to establish a new state report card which will be issued next February. I know how hard our students, parents and employees work, and I am confident this district will do well. Our mission statement, which was created by community members, demands that we educate all our students to their greatest potential. Growth, and our response to it, will ultimately determine our success. Sincerely, Dr. Keith Callicutt, Superintendent Fort Mill School District

Indian Land Superintendent

Looking forward to another year of working together Dear Parents, I ride by the old site of Indian Land schools, and I remember. I remember a smashed banana I forgot in my book satchel and the teacher who drove me to Wingate to show me college was a possibility.I remember how much I loved playing sports.I remember, and I’m tempted to call my school years “the good, old days” –- and they were good – but then I look to my left and see the new Indian Land schools. I look and think about the honors and advanced placement courses we offer in Indian Land schools and across the district, think about the support our teachers get from guidance counselors and nurses and

school resource officers, think about the range of sports and clubs we have – not just for boys, but also for girls. I think about the differences, and I know – our schools offer so much more than they did “back in the day.”Don’t get me wrong – Gene Moore we had great, dedicated teachers and administrators when I was in school.But we still have great, dedicated teachers and administrators. People who go out of their way to try every strategy possible to make sure children learn. People who spend count-

less hours each week tutoring, counseling, coaching our children. People who give their all to give our children hope. We still have great students, students who are excited and eager to learn, students who master calculus, AP English, chemistry, computer programming, economics. Students who spend hours after school on homework, on service projects and in practices. Students who go on to college honors programs, become leaders in the military, begin careers as gifted tradesmen. Students who push themselves to be the best.We have much smaller class sizes now than “back in the day,” state of the art labs and vocational areas, great

libraries, outstanding teaching materials, access to computers and technology, career counseling and planning, more advanced curriculums – from kindergarten to 12th grade. We have so many more opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom – service clubs, academic clubs, special interest clubs, publications, bands, choruses, art groups, JROTC – and many more sports.We have opportunities possible only because we have teachers willing to work overtime to get students involved – teachers who know that the more involved students are in school, the more likely they are to succeed academically, to

Former movie extra stars as new school’s leader

graduate, to go on to further their education. We take so many more steps to make sure students are safe – better alarm systems, cameras in halls and outside buildings, written emergency and safety plans with regular drills, school resource officers, school nurses, a health and wellness plan. And we still have great parents, parents who man concession stands, raise money for student trips, organize parent/ teacher groups, volunteer in classrooms, attend awards ceremonies and most of all, parents who have high expectations. Parents who work hard to make sure their children are prepared for school every day, I look at the

Little Sharks will be in familiar waters at SCES By Toya Graham

By Toya Graham

FORT MILL — Decades ago, Travis Howard made his movie debut. “I was in the movie “Separate but Equal” as an extra when I was in the fifth grade,” said Howard, a Fort Mill teacher turn principal. “It was a powerful experience.” The movie’s central character was a social ill called segregation, Howard. “The story was the school bus just went pass him every day,” Howard recalled. “The students would spit on him (as the bus rolled by), and he had to walk to school everyday.” Still, the young boy walked on to a school in a substandard building segregated by skin color. From that movie, Howard learned perseverance and the importance of an education. That’s the gift Howard, as a first time principal, plans to bestow to approximately 700 students when the doors open later this month at Pleasant Knoll Elementary School, one of two of Fort Mill’s newest schools. “It is what I was born to do,” Howard, 30, said of his principalship. “This is who I am. To be around students gives me energy. When I see students learning, I could be at school all day if that’s what it takes.” Students at the school with its signature blue and black colors and Panthers mascot will be exposed to a “purposeful learning project.” The initiative is geared to increasing student achievement, Howard said. “Kids are not learning the same

way we learned, sitting at a desk filling in a worksheet,” Howard said. “That’s why we’re incorporating movement.” Among other things. While learning to master their ABCs and 123s, first graders will focus on perfecting their writing skills under the purposeful learning project, he said. Class work that incorporates movement will be a primary component for second graders. Meanwhile, fifth graders will learn leadership skills. “Students will be taking some leadership roles within the school,” said Howard, who noted the training will essentially prepare fifth graders from a smooth transition into middle school.

A teacher in the making Howard had a basketball scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue an academic scholarship that cemented the foundation for his teaching career. “I just knew I wanted to be a teacher,” he said. “In high school, I worked in the parks and recreation department during the summer. I truly had a good time with the kids, seeing them enjoying movement and being active.” Teaching physical education incorporated both activity of the limbs and fun, so he worked to earn the right to teach physical education. In 2001, Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Winthrop University. He taught physical education while pursuing his master’s degree in Greenville. During the last year of

great things our teachers and students and schools are doing and know --our schools have come a long way since I sat in those classrooms across the street. And I’m proud of what our schools do for our children, our future. As we begin school, I appreciate all the hard work our students, our teachers and staff and our parents do to make our schools the best they’ve ever been. And I look forward to another great year of our working together to make our schools even better. Sincerely, Dr. Gene Moore Superintendent, Lancaster County School District


Principal Travis Howard takes a look at what’s on the shelf in the library at Sugar Creek Elementary School.

that pursuit, Howard and his family moved to Fort Mill, where in 2006 he taught physical education at Gold Hill Elementary. Later that year, Howard graduated with a master’s degree in educational leadership from Furman University and subsequently landed an assistant principal post with Riverview Elementary School. That position paved the way for his latest post at Pleasant Knoll, said Howard, the father of two sons, Jonas, 2, and 5-month-old Micah. But come Aug. 19, he’ll be a new daddy again – to more than 700 students. “I’m humbled to be in this position,” he said. “What a great opportunity to lead a school in the Fort Mill School District. We’re in the people business. It’s all about meeting the needs of the community. I’m all about that – meeting the needs of our students and the school community.”

FORT MILL — When Anthony Frattaroli starts school this month, he will have a brand new school. But the 7-year-old will keep his former principal. “But he calls me dad,” Scott Frattaroli quipped. That’s because Scott Frattaroli is the new principal at Sugar Creek Elementary School, one of two new Fort Mill schools opening next week. “I’m honored to be here,” Frattaroli, 35, said of the Sugar Creek post that comes with geese, soothing waters and an island. “This has been an Anthony amazing journey.” Frattaroli That journey – helping to piece together what will be the home of the Sharks anchored in the Regent Park community – has been a challenge, he said. But the father of two, including 2-year-old Dominic, has no regrets about helping unpack the new school while addressing its last minute tweaks. “I love challenges,” he said. “Opening a new school has been a challenge, but it’s been the highlight of my career. It’s exciting, knowing my personal stamp is an opportunity for me to make an impact on an entire school community.”

‘Just felt right’ Frattaroli, who is partial to popular child author Judy Blume’s “Super Fudge,” graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Post graduation, he was a Pittsburgh substitute teacher and basketball coach for

about a year before he scouted jobs and landed an interview at Fort Mill Primary School, now known as Riverview Elementary School. “I knew as soon as my interview was over that I was home,” he said of the school. “It just felt right.” Shortly thereafter, Frattaroli and his wife Beth moved to Fort Mill, where he would complete a four-year teaching stint at Fort Mill Primary. During that time, he earned his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2000 from Rock Hill’s Winthrop University. That paved the way for him to land a new post as assistant principal at Riverview Elementary School. Five years into that position, Frattaroli took the helm at Springfield Elementary School, where he served as the principal for two-and-a-half years before leaving mid-year to prepare for Sugar Creek’s August debut. “I’ve talked to many administrators who said one of their greatest professional experiences was opening a new school,” said Frattaroli, whose father was an elementary principal. “That appealed to me.” At his new school home, Frattaroli will not be among strangers. “It’s a X double win,” the avid Pittsburg Steelers fan said. “I have the experience of opening a brand new school coupled with the idea that almost all of the families coming to Sugar Creek are families that I worked with before. Later this month, a son and his father with hundreds of charges will cross through the doors of a new school. For a new start. “The faculty at Sugar Creek is excited about this new beginning,” Frattaroli said. “We can’t wait to share our excitement when the students step through our doors for the first time on Aug. 19.”


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What to have in those backpacks The following is a list of supplies students are expected to bring with them when school begins:

Indian Land Elementary School Kindergarten: One box 16-count Crayola crayons, One pack solid-color construction paper, One pack plain wooden pencils, One large towel for rest time (with student’s name on it), One three-ring binder (one-inch), One twostrap bookbag without wheels, Five glue sticks (minimum), One Primary composition notebook, with drawing paper at the top (available at Wal-Mart), One fivepack dry-erase markers (any size, no neon colors), One 100-page marble composition notebook for science wish list: Large bottles hand sanitizer, zip-lock bags (snack, sandwich and/or gallon size), Kleenex, washable markers First grade: One bookbag (no wheels), Two 70-page wide-rule spiral notebooks (one red, one blue), Two vinyl pocket folders (one red, one blue and no prongs), two packs 24-count Crayola crayons, two primary composition notebooks, with drawing paper at the top (available at Wal-Mart), one marble composition notebook (for science), two 12-count packs wooden pencils, one plastic supply box, one pair scissors, three glue sticks. Wish list: One box Kleenex, one bottle hand soap, one large bottle hand sanitizer, one pack antibacterial wipes, one pack multi-colored construction paper, girls: One pack gallonsize baggies, boys: One pack sandwichsize baggies. Second grade: Bookbag (no wheels), two single-subject notebooks, two composition notebooks (marble black and white) for science, five pocket folders – at least one blue, one green, two yellow) (one with prongs), two solid-color vinyl pocket folders, two packs notebook paper, two packs No. 2 pencils (sharpened), pencil sharpener (with compartment to hold shavings), construction paper (solid colors), four dry-erase markers, one pack cap erasers, one pair scissors, two packs 24-count crayons, two glue sticks, one ruler (inches and centimeters), one large sturdy zippered pouch, $4.50 for magazine subscriptions. Wish list: Two boxes antibacterial wipes, two boxes Kleenex, one box zip-lock bags (gallon), two bottles hand sanitizer. Third grade: One one-inch binder, One five-pack tabbed dividers, one box

24-count Crayola crayons, one pack 12-count colored pencils, scissors, one pack red ink pens, two glue sticks, two highlighters, two packs loose-leaf, widerule notebook paper, two packs pencils, two sturdy plastic pocket folders (solid color with prongs), one sturdy plastic pocket folder (solid color, no prongs), ruler (inches and centimeters), $6 for social studies newspaper subscription, One marble composition notebook, bookbag (no wheels). Wish list: Headphone, portable CD players, AA batteries, wipes – Lysol brand, subscription to children’s magazine (see teacher for suggestion), dry erase markers (fat or skinny ones), boxes of tissue, Hand sanitizer, Band-aids, CD-R computer discs. Fourth grade: Bookbag (no wheels), Scissors, One four-pack glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils, Wide-rule, looseleaf notebook paper (200-count) (minimum of two packs), Five one-subject, wide-rule notebooks (one each of red, green, blue, yellow and purple), Two packs pencils (20- or 24-count), Two packs 3 x5 index cards (100-count), Five pocket folders (one red with prongs for Spanish), One pack construction paper, One pack cap erasers, One pack dry-erase markers (for math), Two highlighters, One red ink pen, One marble composition book for science (Trufan). Wish list: Two large boxes Kleenex, One box antibacterial wet wipes, One box Band-Aids, Two bottles hand sanitizer.

Fifth grade: One bookbag (no wheels), One pack No. 2 pencils, red pens, markers, crayons or coloring pencils, scissors, three glue sticks, erasers, one pack highlighters, two pocket folders (with prongs), One three-subject spiral notebook (college-ruled), two three-ring, one-inch binders (each a different color), pocket dividers for binders, two packs loose-leaf notebook paper, pencil pouch (no boxes), $5 for ”Weekly Reader” and “Science Spin” subscriptions, $5 for “USA Studies Weekly” subscription, One ream of copier paper for classroom projects. Wish list: One regular-size box Kleenex, one bottle hand sanitizer (12-oz. or larger), bag of candy (no nuts or gum), antibacterial wipes, one pack multi-colored construction paper, paper towels, Zip-lock bags.

Additional list for ILES Ms. Matthews K-1: One bookbag (no wheels), one bottle Elmer’s glue, one box 10-count crayons, one box 10-count markers, one five-pack glue sticks, scissors, diapers/pull-ups if needed, seasonally-appropriate change of clothes, one beach towel and one pillowcase for rest time. Wish list: Clorox wipes, one bottle hand sanitizer, one bottle hand soap, one pack white copy paper, Freezer-size zip-lock bags, Sandwich-size zip-lock bags, one box Kleenex, one pack baby wipes. Ms. Tanczos grades two-five: One box 24-count Crayola crayons, one pack

12-count colored pencils, one bookbag (no wheels), one three-ring, one-inch binder, one box eight-count washable markers, one four-pack glue sticks, scissors, one five-pack dividers for binder, one pack color construction paper, one set six-count watercolors, one pack 200-count, wide-rule, looseleaf paper, one large sturdy zippered pouch (no boxes), four dry-erase markers, two 12-count packs wooden No. 2 pencils (not mechanical), four two-pocket folders with no prongs (one each of blue, yellow, red or green) two packs pencil-top erasers, two one-subject easy-tear, wide-rule notebooks (one green, one red), five packs 3 x 5 index cards (100 count), one plastic ruler (inches and centimeters), two highlighters, one clipboard Grades two to three: One primary marble journal composition notebook (plain drawing paper at top, writing lines on the bottom). Grades four to five: One 100-page marble composition notebook Grade five only: Calculator. Wish list: One large bottle hand sanitizer, one box Band-Aids, one box snack-size, Zip-lock bags, one box sandwich-size, Zip-lock bags, one box quart-size ziplock bags, one box gallon-size zip-lock bags, two boxes Kleenex, two boxes antibacterial wipes (unscented), prizes for treasure box (used for classroom rewards).

Indian Land Middle School Sixth grade: Four three-ring binders with loose leaf paper, pack of pencils, ink pens, four sets of dividers, Individual pencil sharpener, one pocket folder (no prongs), cap erasers for pencils, colored pencils or markers, highlighters, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, Scotch tape, three packs of index cards, 12-inch ruler (centimeters included), $15 for science and ELA magazines, one ream of copier paper (for science), One ream of colored copier paper (for math and ELA). Additional requested items: Large box of tissues, paper towels, bottle of hand sanitizer, Band-aids, Zip lock bags, removable USB flash drive. Seventh grade: Four three ring binders with loose leaf paper, graph paper, pencils, pens (blue or black), four packages of index cards, colored pencils, personal pencil sharpener, glue sticks, two composition notebooks (not spiral),

one spiral notebook, calculator for Pre Alg students (TI 83, TI 84, or TI-Nspire recommended), Highlighters. Additional Request Items: Large box of tissues, Paper Towels, Bottle of hand sanitizer, Band-aids, Removable USB flash drive. Eighth Grade: three, three-ring binders with loose leaf paper, one spiral notebook with 100 pages, pencils, pens, graph paper, 10 pocket folders with prongs, two-100 packs of index cards (3x5), two packages of dividers, highlighters, calculator (TI 84 or TI-Nspire recommended), colored pencils. Additional request items: Large box of tissues, bottle of hand sanitizer, Band-aids, removable USB flash drive, paper towels Exploratory classes: Art: One threeprong folder with pockets (no three-ring binders or spiral notebooks), notebook paper, one glue stick, one hand-held eraser, one hand-held pencil sharpener (very important), three regular pencils (no mechanical pencils and no ink pens), one package of colored pencils (any brand), one zipper pouch. Additional request Items: Large box of tissues, bottle of hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes (for tables). Band: Pencils, highlighters, one-inch, three-ring binder, notebook paper, staff paper. Music Appreciation: Pencils, highlighters, one Inch three-ring binder, notebook paper, staff paper, one pair of drumsticks. Chorus/Piano Keyboarding: One 70-sheet spiral notebook. Physical Education: One 70-sheet spiral notebook. Gifted/Talented Program: Index cards, one spiral bound notebook, one two-pocket, three-prong folder, loose leaf paper. Special Education: Two large packages of #2 pencils, two packages of notebook paper, two packages of 3X5 index cards, four spiral notebooks (about 100 pages each), two one-inch, three-ring binders, four pocket folders, one container of Clorox or Lysol wipes. Additional items: Large box of tissues, bottle of hand sanitizer, Bandaids, removable USB flash drive.

Indian Land High Algebra 1: One three-ring binder, TI-83 graphing calculator, pencils (no pens), graph paper, ruler. Art 1, 2 and 3: Colored pencils, glue,

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Supplies: from page 4C paper towels, 8 1⁄2 x 11 sketchbook of 100 pages, spiral bound, apron, two black Sharpies, masking tape, Broad-line markers. Auto Technology: Spiral notebook, safety glasses, coveralls. Biology, Chemistry and Physics: One three-ring binder, graph paper, loose-leaf paper, No. 2 pencils, rubber gloves, markers or colored pencils, pack of 3x5 index cards, Blue/black pens, TI-83 graphing calculator (Chemistry and Physics). Building construction: Spiral notebook, pencils. Calculus, Applied Math 2, Algebra 2, Math Tech IV and PreCalculus: One three-ring binder, TI-83 graphing calculator, pencils (no pens), graph paper, colored pencils, ruler. Chorus: One two-inch three-ring binder, pencils. Drama: One one-inch three-ring binder, pencils. English-10th: One two-inch, three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, blue or black pens, set of eight colored pens or pencils, pencils. English-11th: One two-inch, three-ring binder, Loose-leaf paper, blue or black ink pens, floppy disk (IBM). English-12th (Honors, AP and CP), World Literature and Journalism: One two-inch three-ring binder (or larger), loose-leaf paper, blue or black ink pens, bound, black and white marbled notebook for journal (Honors only), floppy disk, MLA handbook. Family and Consumer Sciences: One three-ring binder with side pockets, pencils, loose-leaf paper, markers/pens. Geometry and Math Tech 3: One three-ring binder, TI-83 graphing calculator, protractor, compass, ruler, scissors, pencils, colored pencils. JROTC: One three-ring binder, one pack 3x5 index cards, one can brasso, pencils, color markers, one bottle window cleaner, athletic shoes and white socks. Keyboarding, Accounting and Business Computer Applications: One two-inch, three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, blue or black ink pens, pencil, highlighters, antibacterial wipes. Physical Science: One three-ring binder, one pack 3x5 index cards, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens (blue/ black), scientific calculator. PLTW: Flash drive, one 1 1⁄2-inch three-ring binder, five dividers, pencils. Resource: Pencils, three packs loose-leaf paper, folders with pockets, three, three-ring binders, three sets dividers, dry erase markers, Kleenex, white board eraser, three packs 3x5 index cards. Spanish: One two-inch binder, one spiral notebook, one black Expo marker, dividers, one RW disk, headphones, Merriam-Webster Spanish-English dictionary. U.S. History, World History and World Geography: One three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, pencils and pens, colored markers, dividers, one pack 3x5 index cards, flash drive, Kleenex, “The Grapes of Wrath” (US History AP). Weight training/P.E./Health: Gym shorts, Tshirts, white socks, tennis shoes, three-ring binder with paper, pencils, one ream computer paper, personal towel. Freshmen Academy: Three, three-ring binders (1 1 ⁄2 to two-inches), loose-leaf paper, graph paper, pencils and ink pens, colored pencils, two packs 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 index cards, three report covers, composition book,

Fort Mill elementaries Child’s scissors 12-count crayons 24-count crayons Eight-count large crayons #2 pencils 3 x 5 lined index cards Glue sticks Dry erase markers Plastic school box for storage Zipper pencil pouches Highlighters Black marble wide rule composition notebooks Erasers Subject dividers Colored pencils Spiral composition notebooks Expo markers Folders with brads and pockets Pens (black and blue) Notebook paper (not college rule)

Fort Mill and Springfield middle schools One-inch binders Three-inch binders Subject dividers Spiral notebooks (one subject) Non- spiral composition notebooks #2 Pencils Pens (blue or black) Markers Colored pencils Loose leaf paper Index cards Dry erase markers Scientific Calculators Calculators (TI 30, TI 30X or TI 34) Graph paper Compass Ruler Highlighters Combination locks Three- prong folders Book covers Page protectors Glue sticks Flash drives

Fort Mill and Nation Ford high schools Three-ring binders (one, two and three-inch) Subject dividers Spiral notebooks Non-spiral composition notebooks TI 84 Calculators Loose-leaf paper Index cards Flash drives Pens #2 Pencils Highlighters

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It all started with a school for Catawbas By Jenny Overman


Students in a typing class at the old Fort Mill High School.

Fort Mill’s first school was built in 1854 By Mac Banks

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — Fort Mill Township has a rich history of educating children. Long before there was an official Fort Mill School District, the township had several schools located throughout the area. The first public school was built in 1854 with another school following three years later. That school was located on Tom Hall Street, where Comporium Communications now has its main Fort Mill office. Built in 1875, Fort Mill Academy was a prep school that educated boys from cities across the state bound for Davidson College and the University of South Carolina. The school was founded by Professor A.R. Banks and was located where the Fort Mill Family Resource Center can now be found. The school was destroyed by fire years later. According to school district

records, in 1900, York County had 38 school districts, including three in Fort Mill Township:{#x2008}Fort Mill, North Fort Mill and South Fort Mill. In 1910, Fort Mill Elementary was built to house grades one through 12 and was located off Confederate Street. The school cost $10,000 to build with additions being constructed in the 1920s. In the 1950s, the school was renamed Carothers Elementary after Lee Carothers, a longtime educator. The district used the building for more than 60 years. It was torn down in 1974, despite some community-led efforts to save it. There were also other schools throughout the township that served elementaryage children, including Gold Hill, Flint Hill and Massey elementary schools. Gold Hill School was built north of town off Whitley Road in May 1858 on one acre deeded from Charles Clawson, according to records.

Massey Elementary School was established in 1892 and served grades one through eight. It was founded on land off Doby’s Bridge Road donated by Frank Massey and the Ardrey family. The school was in existence until 1929. Records state the elementary schools consolidated between the late 1920s and mid-1930s. All of the schools on the outskirts of town closed except Riverview, which remained open until 1975. After consolidation, the former Gold Hill School served as a school for black students – this was during the days of segregation – until it was destroyed by fire. In 1924, George Fish School was built off Steele Street, where the Duke Power office stands today. The school, for grade 1-12, served the township’s black population. The district voluntarily desegregated in the late 1960s, with only four African-American girls voluntarily going to Fort Mill

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INDIAN LAND — In 1803, the educational history of Indian Land began with the opening of a small school for Catawba Indian children. This school, founded by John Rooker, was the first school to open in Indian Land. The schoolhouse stood on the eastern side of Sugar Creek and served doubleduty as both a schoolhouse and worship center. Though this first school closed soon after opening, more schools followed closely behind. By the early 1900s, the Belair, Barberville, Osceola and Pleasant Valley communities were each considered a district in the Indian Land school system and operated the four largest schools in the community. In the 1901-02 school year, the state legislature reported that Indian Land’s schools operated between 22 and 36 weeks for white children and between seven and 22 weeks for black children. Several students, it was reported, had to walk more than two miles to get to school. In 1927, the four districts combined their high school grades into one school – the first Indian Land High School. The first trustees of the Indian Land School District were also elected that year, and included J.D. Patterson, B.J. Richardson, W.C. McGinn and Jimmy Wilson. The trustees represent the four districts in Indian Land: Barberville, Pleasant Valley, Osceola and Belair. Students of the first Indian Land High School met in the Belair School building until construction on the high school was complete in 1928. The school, located on Hwy. 521 where the Indian Land Recreation Center now stands, had an auditorium that could seat 500 people. In 1936, Indian Land High School had 102 students and six teachers. The district operated


The front entrance of the new Indian Land High School in 2007. It was the panhandle’s first new school since the local district merged with Lancaster in the 1980s.

two Ford buses that cost $950 each. The unheated buses had a wooden frame and could not exceed 35 miles per hour. Just 13 years after opening, the first Indian Land High School burned to the ground. The cause was believed to be faulty wiring. Students were bused to Van Wyck High School. Because of World War II, construction of a replacement building was put on hold and a new Indian Land High School was not built until 1946. World War II affected more than just the construction of a new high school. Students watched as their teachers were drafted into war. The same year, newspaper reports say that the high school looked like a junk yard, because of ongoing scrap metal drives. The four districts consolidated elementary schools in 1946. Shortly after, Indian Land’s school system felt pressure to consolidate into the county’s schools in the 1950s. Indian Land residents were opposed to this merger because it would mean more than a 20-mile trip to school for some students. After much debate, the merger discussion was dropped. During

the 1969-70 school year, Indian Land’s schools desegregated. Superintendent Bennett Gunter says that much planning was done before the first black student integrated into Indian Land schools, but the process went smoothly. “It went as easy as it possibly could,” Gunter says. “We had no problems whatsoever.” In the 1980s, Indian Land’s school began to resemble what residents see now. The Indian Land Area School District merged into the Lancaster County School District, and the high school began construction at the Hwy. 521 site. The elementary school on Doby’s Bridge Road followed shortly behind. The former elementary school was torn down about eight years ago and the property was sold for $4.5 million in 2006. That sale helped pay for improvements to the old Indian Land High School that was transformed into a new middle school. The new high school on River Road, behind the former high school, opened in 2007. ■ Historian Louise Pettus contributed to this story.

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Falcons ready to call 5,000-seat stadium home By Mac Banks

FORT MILL — The Nation Ford Falcons football team will have a new nest to land in this season. The completion of a nearly $4 million, 5,000-seat stadium will give the team the home field advantage it had been looking for since the school took the field two seasons ago. Nearly 93,000 square feet of turf was put down in the stadium recently to finish off the playing surface. “I’m pleased with the way it turned out,” said Jim Britton, district construction consultant with Southern Management Group, the company overseeing the building of the stadium. “It looks great. We got a ton of bang for our buck.” Nation Ford head football coach Rusty Jester said in his 30plus years of coaching he had never seen a high school facility as nice as the Falcons’ new stadium. “We are all thankful to have our own stadium,” Jester said.

“Now we can start to build our tradition. Our new stadium is one of the nicest high school stadiums I have ever seen.” The stadium will feature two ticket booths, one for the visitor’s side and one for the home side. There will be two concession stands on the home side, as well as a concession stand on the visitor’s side. One of the concession stands on the home side does have the capacity to do some hot cooking, such as French fries, for the big game. The home side will also feature a merchandise stand where Falcons fans can buy souvenirs. The stadium also features visitor and home team locker rooms at field level with 47 lockers in the home team side. The lockers are big enough to be shared by two players to a locker, but Jester said he plans on just putting one varsity player per locker. Each locker has a compartment that locks where players can keep valuables such as their keys and wallets. The stadium, designed by McMillian, Smith and Partners of Spartanburg and built by Mon-

teith Construction of Monroe and Wilmington, N.C., is constructed mostly with a brick base around the stands that give it an extra pop to the eye. “It looks great,” Britton said. “It was important for the visitor side to have a nice appearance.” The one-level air conditioned press box has individual rooms for the officials, members of the media and radio broadcast. The stadium also features two platforms outside the press box for teams to film the game, instead of on top of the press box where many schools film the game. Despite the new stadium, Nation Ford will still have to travel over to Fort Mill High School to play its cross-town rival this season. The Falcons have played two games against the Yellow Jackets at Bob Jones Stadium on the campus of Fort Mill High, losing both. Nation Ford also played its home games at Bob Jones Stadium the past two years while funding for the new stadium was being approved by voters in a referendum, then planned and built.


Members of the Springfield Middle School archery team take aim at nationals last spring.

Prep sports for all seasons Our three local high schools and middle schools offer an array of varsity and junior varsity sports. Here’s a list of the sports by season (teams are fielded at all local high schools, unless noted otherwise).

High School

Middle school

Fall sports

Fall sports

Football Volleyball Girls Golf (Fort Mill and Nation Ford only) Cross Country Swimming (Fort Mill and Nation Ford only) Girls Tennis Cheerleading

Winter sports Wrestling Girls Basketball Boys Basketball

Spring sports Baseball Girls Soccer Boys Soccer Boys Golf Boys Tennis (Fort Mill and Nation Ford only) Track Softball

Football Volleyball Cheerleading

Winter sports Wrestling Girls Basketball Boys Basketball

Spring sports Baseball Softball Track (Indian Land Middle students plays with Indian Land High) Girls Soccer (Indian Land Middle students plays with Indian Land High) Boys Soccer (Indian Land Middle students plays with Indian Land High)


A long view of the new Nation Ford High School football field.


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Sign language, media course among new classes By Jenny Overman

INDIAN LAND — Local students have been treated to more innovation and more choices in the classroom lately. For example, middle school teachers created mock crime scenes last year as a fun way for students to learn about science. This year, more choices are coming as new classes will be offered this year at both Indian Land Middle and High School. Two new classes were added at the middle school. The media publications class will be new in the 2009-2010 school year, as well as an enrichment class for students needing extra instruction outside of the regular classroom. Both classes will be taught by

History: from page 6C High. The school district evoked mandatory desegregation with all African-American students blending in with white students. In 1969, George Fish was renamed Fort Mill Junior High and then renamed to Fort Mill Middle School in 1970. The George Fish School was torn down in the 1980s. Recently, ground was broken for a monument to George Fish, the man who advocated building a sturdy, brick schoolhouse for black students. The original Fort Mill High was renamed Central School in the 1950s and then A.O. Jones in the 1960s, when it served only as a middle school, records state. The building was demolished in the mid-1980s. In 1952, when a new Fort Mill High was built and opened at the corners of Banks and Academy streets, where the old Fort Mill Academy was originally, it served as the town’s high school. Over the years the school has also served as a middle school and

teachers already working at the middle school. Media publications will teach students about media. The students will produce a morning news show that the school hopes to get kicked off this year. Plans for the class also include working with newspapers to write articles and assist in newspaper production. For students who are struggling academically, a class has been added to provide them time and individual assistance. Also new this year will be a career specialist at each middle school in Lancaster County, including Indian Land Middle School, funded by the state. The specialist will work with students and the guidance counselor to develop Individual Graduation Plans for each stu-

dent. IGP’s are developed in eighth grade to help students focus on career goals by selecting a major and complimentary courses. At Indian Land High School, a new “foreign language” is being offered to students. The school may make history this fall, as one of the first high schools in South Carolina to offer sign language as a foreign language. Spanish was the only foreign language offered at Indian Land High School before the 2009-’10 school year. Sign language is currently seen as an elective by the state department of education but is in the process of being classified as a foreign language and will fill the high school requirements for foreign language credit.

an elementary school just for fifth-graders. The school now goes by its original name, Fort Mill Academy, and serves the district as an alternative school. In 1975, the Riverview Elementary School Complex was built off Munn Road with two buildings making up Fort Mill Primary, housing kindergarten through second grade, and Fort Mill Elementary, housing third grade through fifth grade. In 1985, Fort Mill High moved to its current Munn Road location and opened a new facility. After the move, the former high school on Banks and Academy streets was turned into Fort Mill Middle School to serve grades six to eight. Fort Mill Middle School would later change its name to Banks Street Elementary in 1998 and operate as a school until 2000, serving as a school for the district’s fifthgraders for three years. It now operates as the Fort Mill Family Resource Center. As the 1990s came, construction of new schools increases as the population of the area exploded. A new Gold Hill Elementary School opened in 1994, and was named after the former Gold Hill School, which was located nearby. That school was

followed by Gold Hill Middle School and a new Fort Mill Middle School, both opened in 1998. Since 1994, six new schools have been opened in the district. In 2001, Orchard Park, Springfield and a new Fort Mill Elementary School were built. The Riverview Elementary School Complex, which consisted of Fort Mill Primary and Fort Mill Elementary, was reconfigured. Fort Mill Primary was renovated into a full elementary school and the former Fort Mill Elementary was renovated into part of Fort Mill High. With the opening of three new elementary schools, the district turned its attention to expanding the two middle schools at that time and Gold Hill Elementary. The two middle schools were enlarged to hold 900 students, as was the elementary school. The expansion process finished by August 2002 for the middle schools and August 2003 for Gold Hill Elementary. In August 2006, the school district opened its third middle school, Springfield Middle, and follows that up this year with the opening of a second high school, Nation Ford High.

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Lunchroom prices Fort Mill Schools: Breakfast, $1 (all schools) Lunch: $1.60, elementary schools; $1.85, middle and high schools or $2.50 for a combo lunch (chicken fillet sandwich, chicken strips, large slice of pizza, wraps or large burgers). Both meals include a variety of fruits, vegetables and milk.

Indian Land Schools Breakfast, $1 (all schools) Lunch, $1.50, elementary school; $1.75, middle and high school ■ Parents who believe their child qualifies for free or reduced priced meals are encouraged to fill out the appropriate forms.


Know the rules The following are some policy guidelines for the Fort Mill School District: Cell Phone Policy A student may possess a cell phone in school so long as the device remains off and is not visible during the school day, including school bus rides to and from school. A student in possession of a cell phone in conflict with this policy will have the device confiscated and will be subject to discipline as provided under the district’s code of student conduct. The student’s parent/legal guardian may pick up the confiscated device from the school. Dress code Students are expected to dress in appropriate attire that is not destructive to school property, complies with requirements for health and safety, is not immodest or revealing and does not interfere with the educational process. The following general rules apply: Grades K-5: ■ Proper shoes must be worn at all times. ■ Students will not be allowed to exhibit obscene slogans or pictures on shirts or other clothing. ■ Hats are not to be worn in school buildings. ■ Walking/Bermuda shorts are acceptable when weather permits. Short shorts, bike shorts, athletic shorts, mini-skirts, form-fitting clothes and tattered or torn clothing are not considered appropriate. Grades six to eight: ■ Proper shoes must be worn at all times. ■ All shirts must have sleeves – no tank-tops, midriff tops, tube tops or low cut revealing tops are permitted. Abdomen, chest and back must be covered at all times. ■ No form fitting or excessively tight fitting clothing will be allowed. ■ No gang attire or symbols are allowed. ■ Pants are to be worn around the waist (No baggy, sagging pants will be allowed). Undergarments are not to be seen. Pants or jeans with holes, tears, tattered or torn above the knee are not allowed. ■ Skirts, dresses and shorts may not be more than four inches above the knee. Shorts must have at least a five-inch inseam and meet the fingertip rule (no short shorts).

■ No pajamas/bedroom shoes permitted. ■ Hats, sunglasses, bandanas, headscarves or hoods are not to be worn in school buildings. ■ No chains. No jewelry, which could be deemed to pose a safety hazard, is permitted. ■ Non-natural hair color or hair accessories that distract from learning are not allowed. ■ Facial piercing is not allowed. Grades nine to 12: ■ Proper shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes with cleats may not be worn. ■ No vulgar, revealing, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate symbols, language or wording will be permitted on clothing. Any endorsement of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances will not be permitted. ■ Students may wear shorts or skirts which are neat and whose length is no shorter than four inches above the top of the knee. Shorts must have at least a five-inch inseam and meet the fingertip rule. ■ The following items are not appropriate for school: short shorts, bike shorts, mini-skirts, tight-fitting clothes and tattered or worn clothing. ■ Tops must be long enough that they can be tucked into pants or shorts. Tank tops are prohibited. See-through garments are prohibited. Sleeveless garments must extend to the end of the shoulder. ■ No head wear (hats, caps, hoods, etc.) or sunglasses may be worn in the building by male or female students at any time. First offense: hats will be taken until the end of the year. ■ Undergarments should not be visible or worn outside of clothing. First offense: Change clothes/in-school suspension until clothes are brought. Second offense: Parent conference, ISS remainder of day, regardless Third offense: Out-of-School suspension. Indian Land schools For a full listing of the various Lancaster County School District policies, go to and click on the “Health/Disciplne/Safety” tab

State cuts means schools must scramble By Jenny Overman

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — Lancaster County School District’s $76 million budget, approved June 16, represents a more than $600,000 reduction in spending compared to last year’s budget and Indian Land schools are likely to feel the pinch. In the Fort Mill School District, officials had to cut more than twice that amount from its spending plan for the coming year. For both districts, a drastic decline in revenue from the state meant having to scramble for savings as the new school year approaches. That wasn’t easy for school systems in the fastest-

growing region of South Carolina. Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald expects staff members to be more aware of the drop in funding than students. Staff will have to be aware of every copy they make, every item they purchase, and saving money as much as possible, he said. “I think first and foremost we have to tighten our purse strings,” McDonald said. “It’s going to force us to wholeheartedly justify every penny we spend.” Students and parents may see a slight difference inside the classroom with increased classroom sizes, he said, but classes were already small and adding a

few students per class, to a maximum of 24 to 26, shouldn’t affect instruction, McDonald added. One major difference at Indian Land Middle School is the elimination of the Spanish program. The school district’s budget included the elimination of 24 teaching positions that were funded through the general fund through attrition or by the district not renewing retired teachers’ contracts. Retired teachers operate on a year-to-year contract if they return to teaching after official retirement. Eleven positions funded by special revenue sources, such as grants, will also be eliminated. In each case, the revenue sources funding the position ran out and

the district can’t afford to support the position via the general fund budget. One of the eliminated positions was the Spanish instructor, who will not be replaced. Another eliminated position was the school’s part-time health educator. That position will be taken over by the school’s physical education instructors. “When we look at the whole picture, making sure we offer kids a good program is our priority, making sure we keep the core classes in the four core academic areas is important,” McDonald said. — Toya Graham contributed to this story


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The Nation Ford High School band practices at Band Camp.

Ready to hit high notes By Jenny Overman

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — The Fort Mill, Nation Ford and Indian Land bands are preparing for a concert season rich in competitions and, hopefully, awards. The Fort Mill Marching Band has spent the last part of the summer preparing its show, called “Beyond the Great Wall.” The show includes both audio and visual pieces, with the band performing ancient Chinese music and displaying traditional Chinese art. The band will compete in several local competitions during the fall, including the Providence Cup at Providence High School in Charlotte, and will also compete in a regional Bands of America competition Oct. 17 in Massillon, Ohio. Last year, the Fort Mill’s Marching Band finished second in the State Championship and third in the Upper State Championship. Nation Ford’s Marching Band is also preparing for a fall full of competitions. The band’s show is titled “Fast Track,” and is an original work written by composer Frank

Want to help? ■ Fort Mill bands are all part of the Fort Mill District Band Booster Club. For information, e-mail ■ Indian Land Boosters: For more information, go to

Sullivan. The show depicts the building of train tracks as well as the sounds associated with trains. “With train tracks running right by Nation Ford High School this offers a glimpse of something that is a part of our American heritage,” Director Martin Dickey said. “The music is fast paced, emotional, and should be very inspiring as the train builds to a frantic pace near the end.” The band hopes to travel to at least two out-of-state marching competitions, including the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, but they are still waiting for their travel plans to be approved, Dickey said. Last year, the band finished

second in the State Championship and first in the Upper State Championship. In 2008, the Indian Land High School Marching Band had one of the best seasons in the school’s recent history. The band won four consecutive first-place wins before placing a devastating seventh at the State Championship. This year, the band’s theme is “Danse,” according to director Matthew Willis. The show will feature dance music including a Native American stomp dance, a tango, authentic West African drumming piece and an Old English dance. The band will travel to the same competitions it did last year, including the Old English Festival of Bands in Rock Hill and the South Carolina Upper State competition. Its biggest competition this year? “Ourselves,” Willis said. “Really, coming off last year and understanding that we need to continue working and not expect that because we did well last year, we will do well this year. Our goal every time we rehearse, every time we step on the field, we just try to be better than the last time.”

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“This is a recession-proof industry. Everybody always has to have their car fixed.” Instructor Gary Perkins, talking about the auto industry

Hands-on program gives students more career options By Toya Graham

Aaron “A-Rob” Robinson wrapped his oil stained hands around a wheel on a engine. But not just any engine. The hodgepodge of metal, nuts and bolts is the hub that makes his Mazda RX7 work. Except the Mazda sits idle. Has to, because its engine doesn’t work. “I’m rebuilding the engine because I blew it showing off,” said Robinson, a rising senior at Fort Mill High School. He isn’t an automotive technician – yet. But he started laying the foundation as an auto technology student at a program held at Nation Ford High School. The new class, which has students from both of the district’s high school enrolled, is demanding attention as the haven some students seek to gain skills that make them more marketable in the workforce. “This is a recession-proof industry,” instructor Gary Perkins said of the auto industry. “Everybody always has to have their car fixed.” As the U.S. workforce shifts

away from manufacturing into more service-oriented jobs, the demand for specialized job skills continues to rise. With that in mind, Fort Mill’s two high schools are on the cutting edge of preparing students with such skills. High school students in the Fort Mill School District were among the first in the state to have course work tailored to a specific career track. Called a “Career Cluster,” the program, launched five years ago, helps students focus their studies and choice of classes while learning in small group environments. Beginning on the day they enter high school, students develop a future career plan in one of the four career clusters: Arts and Humanities, Business and Computer Technology, Engineering and Industrial Technology or Health and Human Services. The clusters are offered at both high schools. Some classes are only offered at one campus or the other. In those instances, students are allowed to travel between schools to take courses they need at the other campus. Prior to declaring a major,


Construction instructor Chuck Stegall measures wood for a deck chair as Fort Mill High students Bobby Spires and Tracy Martinez look on.

students take High School 101, which familiarizes them with high school, study skills, test taking and critical thinking skills. Freshmen develop a four-year plan around one of the clusters, but don’t begin taking classes focusing on that major until their sophomore or junior year. Students unsure of what track to follow can take classes in each of the main cluster areas to explore their options. Among some of the newer courses added over the last couple of years are Spanish for the Workplace, Sports Medicine III, Engineering Design and Development, Virtual Enterprise and

International Finance and Business 101, which is a duel enrollment with York Technical College. New courses being added this year include Animation in the Information Technology major, Auto Technology offered at Nation Ford High, and Biomedical Sciences II, which is offered at both campuses. Other options for majors include accounting, computer programming, administrative support, protective services, agriscience, culinary arts and the Oracle Academy, a computer software training program. Completing a major in one of the clusters is designed to give

graduates three options for leaving high school: ready to join the workforce; prepared to attend a technical school; or ready to attend a college or university. Unlike true majors in a postsecondary educational setting, a career cluster or major does not lock a student into a specific concentration. However, students are encouraged to complete at least four courses in at least one major before leaving high school. Students who complete a major are honored at graduation with a tassel-like cord of distinction. In addition to preparing students for the next phase of their

lives, the cluster program has generated national attention from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and helped Fort Mill High to be named one of 30 “Model Schools” in the nation. It also helped the high school earn a federal Blue Ribbon Award. The program has also drawn visitors, nationally and internationally, from more than 30 schools hoping to replicate the success of Fort Mill High School. More information about the career cluster program is available on the Fort Mill High and Nation Ford High school Web sites: or


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How to get back in the routine Back-to-school season is here, and children are getting excited about shopping for new clothes and seeing their school friends. Waking up earlier in the morning, brushing teeth and packing a school lunch are important to your child’s education, as setting a routine helps develop an organized lifestyle and further a child’s growth. “It is so important for children to get into the routine of going to sleep at a reasonable time, knowing what daily morning chores they need to accomplish each day and other things of the like,” said Amy Strickland of The Goddard School in Fort Mill. “In addition, the school year is great because it allows children to be around their peers more often throughout the day, and this promotes social stability. We encourage parents to get the ball rolling and start implementing these routines – even before the school year begins.” Routine establishes many aspects of healthy living, good habits and good behavior that even the slightest structure can make a huge

difference in a child’s day-to-day life. Strickland suggests parents of young children ask themselves the following questions: ■ Do you post a list of nighttime and morning to-dos as daily guidelines for your child? ■ Do you read a bedtime story to your child each night? ■ Do you have a designated area in your child’s room or elsewhere in the home for your child to store his or her coat and school bookbag? ■ Does your child have a set bedtime on school nights and on weekends? ■ Do you wake your child in the morning? Or, does your child have an alarm clock in his or her room to wake up on time? If you have answered “no” to most of these questions, it might be time to implement a routine. Strickland suggests the following ideas to help parents save time and institute organizational skills for their children: ■ Discuss the day’s highlights and events with your child. ■ Help your child prepare for school the night before, including

assisting your child in selecting clothes to wear for school. After a while, he or she will be able to do this without your help. ■ Designate a time each night that your child must go to sleep. Children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night, depending on their age. ■ Choose an area in the home, such as by the front door, to store your child’s school bag and any supplies he or she may need for school (e.g., art projects, thankyou notes/gifts for teachers). ■ Have a daily to-do list posted in an area your child will see each day. “Just like we practice at The Goddard School, regular schedules create a day with structure. The repetition of routines encourages your child’s memory development, and the consistency helps him or her adjust to a regular schedule,” Strickland said. The Goddard School offers a year-round program for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. For more information, call Amy Strickland at 802-2112 or go to

Sign up for Boys & Girls Club The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County is enrolling students for the 2009-2010 After School Program. Parents can sign their students up for the Banks Street Club, 513 Banks St., Fort Mill. Boys & Girls Clubs focus on five program areas that help young people develop a positive identity, educational competencies and the values enabling them to develop positive relationships with others. The 2009-2010 program begins Wednesday, Aug. 19. Hours of operation are 2:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County, now in its 17th year, offers programs in arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, and sports and recreation. Everyone must pay a $15 annual membership fee, which is good until July 31. All after school programming rates are on a per-child basis. Parents only pay for the 180 day the club is open. Because fees are of-

Core programs ■ The Arts Core Program enables youth to develop creativity and visual awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual and tactile arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing. ■ The Character and Leadership Development Core Program empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. ■ The Education and Career Development Core Program enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines. ■ The Health and Life Skills Core Program develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, ■ The Sports, Fitness and Recreation Core Program promotes physical fitness, positive use of leisure time, stress management, appreciation for the environment and interpersonal skills.

fered at a reduced rate, no discounts are available for multiple children in the same family The weekly rates are $15 a week/$3 a day for those qualified to receive free school lunch; $30 a week/ $6 a day for those qualified to receive reduced school lunch; and $45 week/$9 a day for those qualified to receive regular school

lunch. All payments will be processed weekly through an automatic draft from either a savings or checking account. New this year, the club will be open to serve students on student holidays and teacher workdays. For more information and to register, go to



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Back to School Guide 2009  

Everything that Fort Mill, SC residents need to know about heading Back to School for the 2009-2010 school year