This Week

American Education Week: November 19, 2019

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All-City Choral Concert Scheduled

Florence 1 Schools will present the Senior All-City Choral Concert on Monday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium on the campus of Francis Marion University.

The Senior All-City Chorus is the school district’s largest concert choir made up of student voices from South Florence, West Florence, and Wilson High schools.

Guest Conductor and Clinician for the All-City Choral Concert this year is Dr. Jerron Jorgenson, Director of Choral Activities and Music Education Coordinator at Coker University.

The All-City ensemble will sing a varied selection of music. Each individual high school choral group will also present a musical selection under the direction of Dr. Erick Figueras, South Florence; Nikki Raines, West Florence; and Megerlyn Davis, Wilson.

The All-City Choral concert is free and open to the public. It is expected to last for approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 843-673-1134.

Click below on last year's concert receive a sampling of music that will be rendered this year.

Florence 1 Schools All City Chorus Concert 2018

High School Students Make All-State Chorus

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West Florence High School Knight Edition members (from left to right) PJ Clark, Joshua Barrett, Hunter Daniels, and Caroline Smith were selected to be a part of the South Carolina All-State chorus at Winthrop University. Nikki Raines is the Knight Edition director.

The All-State Chorus program was organized to provide an opportunity for superior choral students in South Carolina to sing together and to represent the state in statewide events. The South Carolina All-State Chorus program provides an intensive and demanding vocal experience that fosters self-discipline and personal growth as well as musicianship.

SC Department of Education Unveils 2020 Calendar

The South Carolina Department of Education and statewide partners have unveiled the 2020 South Carolina African American History Calendar.

First created in 1989 to help bolster the state's K-12 African American history curriculum, the 12-month calendar profiles individuals from across the state who have had a positive, compelling impact on South Carolina and, often, across the country.

For a copy of this year's calendar visit

Dr. Roy Jones (right) is one of the individuals featured in the calendar. Jones currently serves as a faculty member in Clemson’s College of Education as well as director for both Call Me MISTER and the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Educators (CRe²DE), a South Carolina Center of Excellence Program.

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STEM Educator of the Year Nominations Accepted

South Carolina Future Minds is now accepting nomination for STEM Educator of the Year. Anyone, including oneself, can nominate a deserving teacher. Once nominated, the teacher is sent Phase 2 of the application process and must answer all questions. The South Carolina STEM Educator of the Year Committee will review all of the nomination applications and will select five finalists to be interviewed in late winter/early-spring. Once the interview process is complete, a winner is selected. The nomination period closes on November 30th.

Teacher at Sneed Middle Receives Champion of the Environment Grant

Lynn Howard, a teacher at Sneed Middle School, has been awarded a $2,500 Champion of the Environment Grant. Sneed is one of 10 schools in South Carolina which will benefit from the award. Champions of the Environment winners are recognized for pursuing actions that promote environmental stewardship in South Carolina youth and educating communities about the environment.

Champions of the Environment is sponsored by Dominion Energy, International Paper and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

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Employees in Florence 1 Schools Give Generously

The employees of Florence 1 Schools were generous during the 2018-19 Employee Giving Campaign with a contribution $39,430.02 to five organizations. This amount is an overall increase of 9% in giving over last year. Contributions to these organizations will be made through 14 equal payroll deductions which began in October and will be completed in April.
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100 Men Read

In recognition of American Education Week, North Vista Elementary School held its 3rd Annual 100 Men Read Program. The initiative is focused on bringing in men from the community to read to all classes at the school. After reading a book, the men share information about their jobs and careers with the students. In addition to having 100 men read, the goal of the program is to develop mentors for students at North Vista.

Student Spotlight - Sophie Watson

Wilson High School’s Sophie Watson is one of the top 14 students in the United States to prevail in the national final round of the International German Olympics which will be held in Chicago next month.

Watson has received an all-expenses paid trip where participants will prove their knowledge of the German language and culture in a competition with students from 50 different nations. From this competition, two students will be selected to represent the USA in Dresden, Germany next summer.

Watson is a student of Dr. Lucia Huang, German teacher at Wilson High, and she is also an International Baccalaureate Program student at the school.

Lester Elementary is Thankful for Generous Business Partners

How's the Weather?

Florence 1 Schools teacher Patricia Nunnally invited WPDE TV-15's Ed Piotrowski to talk to her students about meteorology this week. Piotrowski also provided a moment of fame for the students who appeared on the WPDE weather broadcast segment that evening.
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Holiday Schedule

Florence 1 Schools and offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays beginning Wednesday, November 27. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2.