This Week

News for and about People in Florence 1 Schools

Friday, May 13, 2022

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Ten Wilson High School Seniors are Early College Graduates

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This year's cohort of early college students in Florence 1 Schools received their diplomas this week. The students are members of the seventh graduating class of Early College programs. These high school seniors received an Associate of Arts degree from Florence-Darlington Technical College on May 12th.


The Early College program was established in the summer of 2014, and it offers students the opportunity to take college classes leading to an Associate of Arts degree. In the high schools, a certified college instructor teaches the students in the program. High school students in the program will earn at least three hours of college credit for each class once they have successfully earned a "C" or higher. The Early College Program offers 71 college hours.


Students pictured above are: (first row, left to right): Makahla Briggs, Jaden Ocampo, Tynia Trapier, Amiya Alston and Alexis Barnes. Pictured second row, left to right are:

Samaria Ellerbe, Tyree Davis, Kylah Rainey, Morgan Davis and Amaya Lewis.


Photo by Steve Camlin

Honoring Florence 1 Schools Health Care Professionals: School Nurses

"Our Florence 1 Nurses have met the challenges created by the pandemic with calmness, dependability, competence and compassion. They have worked to keep our students safe, healthy and engaged in learning by providing daily care to the multitude of students who visit the health office for either urgent or routine visits. Florence 1 Schools truly has an amazing team of hard-working nurses and we thank them for their dedication to their profession and to Florence 1."

Elizabeth Holzbach, Florence 1 Schools Lead Nurse


Four Facts about School Nurses:

*School nurses are licensed and credentialed.

*School nursing is grounded in public and community health.

*School nurses are advocates for children and families.

*School nurses help keep children in school.

Source: Ian Hanigan


Click on the button below to review the listing of nurses in Florence 1 Schools. It's not too late to express gratitude to them.

Photo of the Week

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Southside Middle teacher Robin Voss and her photography students received a total of $450 cash along with three mini iPads for first, second and third place winners in the Atlanta Art Institutes photography division of the Atlanta Institutes' Art and Essay Contest.


Award-winning photographers kneeling are Hayden Byers, (3rd place); Alayna McClain (1st place); and Hayden Hasbrook. Standing are Jaden Archie, Ellexis Lee, Ella Lewis, Caroline McInville (3rd place); and Bella Prosser.


Photo by Robin Voss

Celebrate the Artists Among Us

South Florence High School will recognize students with written and art submissions accepted into the school’s literary and art magazine, Ursa Minor. Several student authors will present their original poems from the magazine. The event will take place on Friday, May 20th at 5:00 p.m. at Lula's Coffee Company on the Pamplico Highway in Florence.



Students with work accepted and guests who attend the debut will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine which is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission. "Please join us to celebrate our students’ creativity and their powerful voices," said Katherine Smolen-Morton.

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E-Sports Team Has Signees

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Florence 1 Schools eSports team members (left to right) Ayden Wiggins, Aiden Ivey, and Joseph Yarborough (all of West Florence High) have signed letters of intent to join Columbia International University's eSports team in the fall.

Lucy Pike is Headed to Germany (All Expenses Paid)

Wilson High School sophomore Lucy Pike became a national winner after scoring in the 95 percentile on the Level III 2022 National German Exam for High School Students, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Read the entire story above: Student Wins Trip to Germany.

Parent Leadership Partners Program

The University of South Carolina's Family Engagement Center is offering a leadership program for South Carolina families. Click here to learn more. The program seeks to be made known to local families and through local social media.


The Family Engagement Center aims to strengthen the abilities of families to take greater leadership roles in their children's education and build relationships with other parents through its Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program.


Parents are positioned to learn new strategies, build leadership skills, and be equipped to more effectively advocate for their children, families, and communities. A Train the Trainer program has been developed so that South Carolina administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so.

Heighten Your Awareness of these May Month Observances

Armstrong Recognized as Coach of the Year

South Florence High School's Shawn Armstrong was voted the 2022 South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association (SCHSSCA) IV-AAAA Strength Coach of the Year.

Get Ready for Top Notch Entertainment

You're invited to the Southside Middle School Musical Program, Mama Mia, on Monday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. View the 60-second advertisement link created by the students: https://bit.ly/3M1qc9e

Driver's Education Teacher Featured on WFXB's Acts of Kindness Segment

Florence Area Community Events