This Week

Academic Team Spotlight (Part 1 of 2)

Friday, January 14, 2022

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Middle School Academic Team Spotlight

Tigers, Bruins, and Knights as well as Squires, Falcons and Bengal Tigers are ready to meet opponents this season. These teams are highly competitive; however, they do not garner as much attention as athletic teams. Nevertheless, the competition is real, and the schedule for the season has been set by the Pee Dee Education Center. The matches are free and open to the public.

You are encouraged to support your academic teams.

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The Sneed Middle School Academic Team

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From Left to Right: E. Parham (Coach), Yoleen Pierre , Luke Seney, Alex Cotran, Thomas Wells and Christopher Jones. (Photo submitted by Olanda Green)

The Southside Middle School Academic Team

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Members pictured above are: (front row, left to right): Coleman Denny, Bryson Thomas, Rocio Cansino-Jimenez, Sadie Patterson and Coach Kathryn Pickett.

(back Row, left to right): Kadryn Davis (Co-Captain), Jewel Gregg, Jayden Archie, Sarah Moon Miller, Ayden Rodgers (Captain), Anna Grace Morris, and Isabella McJunkin.

Robert Stone and Assistant Coach Gloria Turner are not pictured. (Photo submitted by Robin Voss)

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The Williams Middle School Academic Team

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Team members are: James Ardis, William Gaskins, Rufus Brown, Nathaniel Carey, Dylan Horne, Jaaleyah Burns, Tyra Benbow, Kaylee Braswell, Finley Hardee, Shree Patel and Ishan Gopal.

Katherine Hardee (not pictured) is the adviser. (Photo submitted by Lillian Dixon)

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Remaining Middle School Academic Team Competitions

January 20th - Latta @ Sneed; Southside @ Williams

January 27th - Sneed @ Southside; Williams @ Wallace Middle (Marlboro County)

February 3rd - Dillon @ Williams; Hartsville @ Sneed; Southside @ Hemingway

February 26th - Championship Tournament, Francis Marion University

Check with your academic team coaches (;; and for specific times.

Primary Years Meeting Scheduled

North Vista Elementary School will hold an informational night for the Primary Years IB Programme (PYP) January 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the school multipurpose room.

PYP is an International Baccalaureate program designed for elementary-aged students. All students at North Vista focus on the IB learner profile, the PYP attitudes, and work as grade levels to study specific countries around the world. PYP focuses on the social, academic and emotional well-being of all students and encourages them to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Applications will be available at the session for 5K-6th grade students interested in attending North Vista for the 2022-2023 school year. For more information, contact Holly Shirey 843-758-6310 or

STEM Magnet Informational Meeting Scheduled

There will be an informational meeting for parents about the STEAM Magnet Program on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the West Florence Auditorium. Parents of rising 9th graders who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Rahsaan Perry at

From Our Chartwells Kitchens

"We’re serving up yummy, nutritious meals your students need. Thanks to the flexibility provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program, students have the opportunity to enjoy meals at no cost!"

F1S Employees Reach Milestones

Florence 1 Schools recently paid tribute and bid fond farewells to three employees who reached milestones in their careers and decided to retire. Each of their departments recently held gatherings to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

Retirees include: Annette Davis, Risk Management Coordinator, Human Resources; Eyvette Haynesworth, Data Entry Operator, Finance; and Peggy Hendrick, Administrative Assistant, Student Services.

Together, these employees have given a total of over 81 years of service in the field of education.

Monday: January 17th - Remember! Celebrate! Act!

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Florence 1 Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. "

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spread the Word

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