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News for and about People in Florence 1 Schools

Friday, October 14, 2022

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Dr. Richard O'Malley Named Palmetto State Arts Education Arts Administrator of the Year

The Palmetto State Arts Education (PSAE) Award honors administrators who have demonstrated a commitment to arts programs, making a difference in the lives of South Carolina's school students, upholding the mission of the PSAE to advance learning in and through the arts for all students. Dr. O'Malley was nominated for the award by Florence 1 Schools Director of Arts and Innovative and Innovative Programs, Dr. Erick Figueras.

Click on the Arts Administrator of the Year title below and read the entire story.

October is National Principals Month

National Principals Month 2022
Special thanks to David Taylor for This Week's tribute F1S Principals, also known as Superheroes.

First in a Series of Three: Observing National Principals Month

A Day in the Life of an Elementary Principal: Elizabeth Jackson, Henry Timrod Elementary

Elizabeth Jackson, Principal of Timrod Elementary, has 30 years of educational experience, all of which with the exception of one year, have been at Timrod.

At the start of her career at Timrod, she taught child development. She has also taught kindergarten, second and third grade at Timrod. In addition to having served at Timrod as Assistant Principal at the school, Jackson also worked as Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator.

She received both the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education degree in Learning Disabilities from Francis Marion University. She also holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Coastal Carolina University.

Jackson is also recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher and as an Early Childhood Generalist.

She provides This Week with a sampling of "A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Principal." Click on the gold bar below to become enlightened.

Next week: A Day in the Life of a Middle School Principal.

Report Cards Issued, Parent Conference Day October 20th

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Students in Florence 1 Schools will receive report cards for Quarter 1 on Friday, October 14. Be sure to check the academic progress of your student(s).

Thursday, October 20th is Parent-Teacher Conference Day in Florence 1 Schools. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m.; middle and high school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to call the school guidance office prior to Parent-Teacher Conference Day in order to schedule conferences with teachers.

Visit the Florence 1 Schools website for Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences:

October Observances

Among the observances during the month of October are Crime Prevention Month, Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Principals Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Trick or Treat for UNICEF Month. Let the editor of This Week know how you are taking the opportunity to recognize and heighten awareness of these observances.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Marlowe and Dr. Hugh Pressley

Two Florence 1 staff members have recently received terminal degrees: Andrew Marlowe of South Florence High who received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia International University and Hugh Pressley of West Florence High who received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in English from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Marlowe's degree was conferred this past spring, and Dr. Pressley's degree was confirmed last Friday October 7th. Dr. Pressley plans to participate in commencement exercises at Texas Tech University on December 16th.

Dr. Andrew Marlowe, Ph. D. in Organizational Leadership

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Interscholastic Athletics on School Culture

Dr. Hugh Pressley, Ph.D. in English (Technical Communication and Rhetoric)

Dissertation Title: Google's Classroom: (Marginalization), Rhetoric, Technology, and a Pandemic at a Title I High School

Florence 1 Seniors Selected to 2022 Shine Bowl of the Carolinas

After a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas returns and two Florence 1 athletes have been selected to the roster.

South Florence's LaNorris Sellers made the team as quarterback, and Wilson wide-receiver Zandae Butler will also play in the bowl.

The 2022 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will be played at Spartanburg High School on December 17. For more information visit

Photo of the Week

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Photo of the Week

The RN Beck Child Development Center held a ribbon cutting for its new trike track. The Center received a $20,000 grant from The School Foundation to fund “Riding, Rhythm, and Recess-An inclusive Tricycle Path” which provides a tricycle track that will offer their students an opportunity to socialize while improving balance and eye-hand coordination required for academic work. (Grant writers are: Lacey Boswell, Mitzi Jones and Dr. Catherine Sanderson).

Pictured above are cyclists Sergio Mauricio-Moreno (left) and Savannah Rodriguez (right). See additional photos of this event and other events which took place in Florence 1 Schools this week by visiting Steve Camlin's Positive Reflections Facebook page.

National Life-Changer Nominee Seeks F1S Support

Patricia Nunnally has been nominated for the 2022-2023 National Life-Changer of the Year Program. Life-Changer of the Year is an annual program sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation that recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 teachers and school employees from around the country. Nunnally was nominated because she meets the criteria as an educator who is making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

Please take a moment to advance Patricia's nomination for this award. The committee considers positive feedback for each nominee to decide the winners. Here is the link:

Patti Nunnally

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

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October 17– 23 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Estate planning is for everyone, not just the wealthy or retired.

Estate planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management. It is estimated that over half of Americans are not prepared or do not have an estate plan.

Estate planning is for everyone, not just the wealthy or retired. By preparing an estate plan, you’re safeguarding more than just matters of finances and inheritance, you’re also guiding future health decisions, providing for loved ones, and creating your legacy. A few simple steps today will give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring you and your loved ones are well protected.

Your estate plan can also be used to support charitable causes that matter most to you. Your planning today will ensure your giving makes the impact you desire well into the future.

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