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A Tale of Two Monsters
What do high school students and kindergarten students have in common? Art’s the thing!
Art students at Wilson and South Florence, along with kindergarten students at Lucy T. Davis Elementary, will have an exhibit at the T. Thomas Art Studio on the weekend of April 7thand 8th (from Friday, April 7th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.and again on Saturday, April 8th from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m.).
This is the third year that schools have come together for an art collaboration. The public is invited to view this exhibit which is a part of the Arts International Festival.
Amber Harrar’s 5K art students at Lucy T. Davis have drawn their own creative and imaginative version of monsters based on the books, Where the Wild Things Are and Monsters Love Colors. The students also studied the primary and secondary colors and have learned how to use different lines, shapes, and colors to create their monster drawings.
Inspired by the 5K students' drawings, art students of Carolina Doughty at South Florence and art students of Murriel Calcutt at Wilson formulated three-dimensional monsters from clay based on the kindergarten students' art work. The high schoolers used acrylic paint to match the colors employed by the five-year old artists. The teens also wrote letters to the kindergarten students expressing their excitement about working from the drawings.
The culmination of this project will be the meeting between the kindergartners and high school artists at the exhibit on April 7th when the high school art students present their sculptures to the kindergartners to keep.
The public is invited to view the exhibits on April 7th and April 8th at the T. Thomas Arts (studio) which is located at 167 North Dargan Street, downtown Florence.
For more information contact Amber Harrar email@example.com
Local Students to Participate in Junior Citizens Police Academy
The Florence Police Department, in cooperation with Florence One Schools, will offer an opportunity for interested students to learn more about their local police department.
The Junior Police Academy will kick-off an eight-week course for seventh and eighth grade students at Williams Middle School. The Junior Citizens Academy will be held beginning Tuesday, March 21st from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the school and will continue for the next seven Tuesdays.
Officers from the Florence Police Department will present various topics for the students during the weekly sessions including police department organizational structure; police community services programs; a finger-printing demonstration; and proper incident reporting. At the final session, a Junior Citizens Police Academy Graduation Ceremony will be held
For more information, contact the Florence Police Department or Florence One SRO Gerald Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade K-8 Reconfiguration
The Florence School District One Board of Trustees and administration began discussions on the reconfiguration of grades for our elementary and middle schools last September. The current elementary and middle school grade configurations are:
Four grades K-4 Elementary Schools
Nine grades K-6 Elementary Schools
One grades 5 & 6 Intermediate School
Three grades 7-8 Middle Schools
The Board is discussing the following configurations:
Thirteen grades K-5 Elementary Schools
Four grades 6-8 Middle Schools
School Make-Up Days Announced
Florence One schools were closed for eight days due to Hurricane Matthew. Florence School District One has announced the reminder that make up days missed due to Hurricane Matthew are Monday, February 20th; Friday, March 31st; and Monday, April 17th. These three make-up days were built into the school year calendar as required by law.
Also, according to the Code of Laws set by the General Assembly, if more than three days are missed due to extreme weather, the local board of trustees has the authority to mandate at least 3 additional make-up days or waive them. The Florence One Board of Trustees approved waiving three additional 3 days. Therefore, we have two days for all schools except Briggs Elementary, which missed an additional day when the school had no power, to address. The Board of Trustees has the option of making up these days, or asking the State Board of Education to waive these days.
School officials say that because of the uncertainty of the weather conditions during the upcoming winter months, no waivers will be requested from the State Board of Education until later in the school year.
For more information, see the SC Code of Laws 59-1-425 (HB) 3890.
Days Missed Action to Be Taken Responsible Party
1-3 Feb. 20; Mar.31, Apr.17, make up days Florence One
4-6 Have Been Waived Local Board
7-9 District May Request a Waiver State Board