This Week

News for and about People in Florence 1 Schools

Friday, December 17, 2021

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Educators Earn, Renew NBCT Status

A Florence 1 educator, Victoria Phipps of Greenwood Elementary School, (pictured left) has achieved National Board Certification (NBC) status. She joins other educators in the state, representing various school districts, who recently earned National Board Certification (NBC).

Florence 1 educators Debbie Bryant, Robin Bessenger, Melanie Sprenger (Carver Elementary); Jennifer Szalwinski and Kimberly Williams (Greenwood Elementary); Jennifer Walter (Timrod Elementary); Sonja Shea (Williams Middle); Heather Gaston (South Florence High); Laura Anne Hofler and Kelly Clouse (Wilson High) have renewed their national certificates.

Teachers seeking NBC participate in a two-part process that takes from one to five years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation techniques.

In addition to preparing a portfolio with recordings of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises to prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

For more information on the National Board Certified Teaching Process go to

F1S Website to Take on a New Look

The Florence 1 Schools Technology Department has announced that the F1S website ( is taking on a new look! The F1S website will “flip the switch” to a new template Friday, December 17th at 12 noon.

After winter break, the Office of Technology will work with technology staff members on the migration of new school websites as well. It will be a hands-on, work-in-progress project, and all schools will not migrate at one time.

The goal is to make the migration an easy transition. F1S will rely on the Technology Department to guide everyone through this process. Content will not have to be moved.

For more information contact Kyle Jones (

Pepsi Carolina Classic is Back

The 35th Pepsi Carolina Classic is back. The basketball tournament annually held during the winter break is scheduled for December 28th through the December 30th at South Florence High School. The classic was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

For the first time, the event will also add a four-team girls’ bracket (Dillon, Lake View, North Augusta, West Florence) to go with its eight-team boys’ setup (Dillon, Hartsville, Lake City, Lower Richland, Marlboro County, North Augusta, South Florence, West Florence).

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Pee Dee Area Boys & Girls Clubs, which uses this basketball event as one of its annual fundraisers.

In the News...

F1S Educators to Share Professional Expertise

Dr. Carol Hill, Director of Adult Education for Florence County, will facilitate a professional development session for the Thinking Collaborative Symposium in Denver, Colorado, in January. The presentation is entitled Integrating Adaptive Schools, Cognitive Coaching, and Habits of Mind work to manage educational polarities at the systemic level.
Dr. Lucia Huang, German teacher at Wilson High School, was elected to a three-year term as the Southeast Regional Representative to the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) beginning in January 2022. The AATG Board of Directors is an elected, policy-making body. The members of the AATG board serve as ambassadors and advocate for the AATG to the association’s members and to external constituents.


School Board Connection for the month of December: and last week's IF1S in 60 Seconds (a video of the week in review) may be found by clicking on the links.

Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

South Florence's Claire Nance ( West Florence football tight end Avion McBride (; and West Florence outfielder Josh Williams (; all signed letters of intent to play on the collegiate level.
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Winter Break/Intecession Schedule

Friday, December 17th is a half day for students. Elementary students wil be dismissed at 11:10 middle and high school students will be dismissed at 12 noon.

Schools will be closed for students from December 20th through January 5th, 2022. Faculty and staff will return to work on Tuesday, January 4th which is a professional development day.

Classes will resume for students on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.