This Week November 20, 2020

News for and about People in Florence 1 Schools

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A Brand New Gymnasium for Greenwood Elementary

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Today, the Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees, Dr. Richard O'Malley and the faculty/staff of Greenwood Elementary celebrated the opening of a newly constructed gymnasium at Greenwood Elementary School. The gymnasium will serve kindergarten through sixth grade students.

The facility is finished in a wood gymnasium floor and equipped with suspended basketball goals with sufficient ceiling height to accommodate basketball, volleyball, and other physical sports as well as recreational activities traditionally found in elementary schools.

The gymnasium is provided with a stage and sound system to accommodate assemblies as well. The stage which has projection capabilities to provide multimedia presentations for over 400 students.

The structure is attached to the school by an enclosed vestibule which provides all-weather access to students throughout the existing building. It is a 5660 square feet addition of a multipurpose room, full restroom facilities (including a family restroom), storage and utility spaces.

Ruiz Foods Awards $7815.69 to Teachers in Florence 1 Schools

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Ruiz Foods has awarded a total of $7,815.69 to Florence 1 Teachers who submitted innovative classroom grant ideas in the Ruiz Program Mini-Grants for Teachers Program.

Funding priorities included:

  • Basic Needs – essential materials required to carry out curriculum work and meet the basic needs of all students in the classroom;
  • Impact – potential to improve student achievement, potential for continuation/replication, potential to enhance instructional skills;
  • Innovation – creativity of the project, innovative approach, academic objective with curriculum context;
  • Planning – clear plan for project implementation, teacher capability, cost effectiveness and a realistic budget.

The eleven award-winning teachers (named alphabetically) are Thomas Anderson, West Florence; Rebecca Bradley, Theodore Lester; Kathrine Chris, John W. Moore; Mallory Conner, McLaurin; Angela Haddle, Greenwood; Eljieyn Kohler, Theodore Lester; Patricia Nunnally, James F. Reames; Jill Russell, Delmae Heights; Sheresa Sawyer, Carver; Alician Timmons-Perdue, Florence Career Center; and Lisa Young, Delmae Heights.

Saluting Support Employees of the Year: American Education Week 2020

F1S 2020 2021 Employees of the Year

SC Transition Alliance Names Educator of the Year

Sneed Middle School's Maxzine Livingston-Edge has been named 2020 South Carolina Outstanding Regular Educator of the Year on behalf of SC Transition Alliance of South Carolina and the Council for Exceptional Children South Carolina Division of Career Development and Transition (SCDCDT).

Nominated by Kathy Goodale, Livingston-Edge received the highest number of votes from the state awards committee.

Karen Dieglemann, President of the SCDCT said, "We are so happy for Ms. Livingston-Edge and proud of the work she is doing to support youth with disabilities in South Carolina."

Livingston-Edge was formally recognized in a virtual awards ceremony this week during the TASC conference. She will also receive an award by mail.

Florence 1 Schools Sports Nation

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The fall signing period for high school student athletes has recently begun, and the West Florence Knights (above) donned the shirts which represent where they signed to play sports in the coming year.

(Left to right) Nyke Johnson, (football) Virginia Tech; Amaura Burgess, (softball) USC Union; and Emmy Rollins, (volleyball), USC.

Report Cards

Florence 1 Schools mailed report cards on November 16, and they should arrive at the homes within few days. The reports were also emailed to parents on November 17. Parents who do not find the reports in the inbox, should check spam folders. The link provided in the email will expire in 7 days.

Photo of the Week

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Ian Grant, a former Air Force JROTC cadet at West Florence High School, has shared his photogenic prowess with the Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. Grant appears on the home page of the institute's website.

The caption on the site reads: This Could Be You: Learn more about a Marion Made leadership education for civilian and military track students.

Southside & South Florence Outdoor Concert Saturday

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Enjoy musical performances by Southside Middle and South Florence High students at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center Outdoor Concert Series on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are free but required. Seventy tickets are available for seats in the paved area, and seventy tickets are available in the grassy area (where attendees must bring their own chair/blanket). For more info contact Southside Middle (843-664-8467) or South Florence High (843-664-8190).

Florence Career Center Offers Embroidered Items

The Florence Career Center's Digital Art & Design students will be embroidering for the remainder of the semester. For more information contact Kayla Iseman (

To support the Florence Career Center students in this endeavor, click on the link below.

Florence One Schools Provides Incentive to Fill Bus Driver Gap

Upcoming Events in and Around Florence

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Florence 1 Schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, November 27th. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30th.