Oconee Adult Education received the following awards from the Department of Education at the Spring Institute:
"To date, 473 students have entered through the doors of the Adult Education Program. We offer many options for students, including WorkKeys, High School Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs), High School Diplomas, Family Literacy, ESL/ESOL, and Literacy. Over 160 students have already received some type of credential this school year. I am proud of the awards our program received. It is a testament to the quality staff and the motivated students we have here," said Mr. Williams.
Pictured above: Veronica Main, ESL Coordinator & Instructor, and Gene Williams, Program Director
Middle school students typically think of orchestra instruments only in the context of classical music. However, the students at Seneca Middle School recently learned how limited that view truly is. The school’s orchestra program was privileged to have renowned Cellist Sharon Gerber as an artist in residence in their classroom for a week. She and the school’s Orchestra Director, David Warlick, embarked upon a “grand experiment” as she introduced the basics of arranging and sound creation through the use of “live looping” – all as a way to, as Gerber put it, “spark their minds and see the possibilities” by using modern electronics to marry the old and the new of classical and contemporary music.
Gerber began the week by teaching the students about the art of live looping - a method of recording and performing music - sometimes by a single performer or sometimes by a small group - by recording and building layers of music in front of an audience to create a performance full of sound and with the illusion of additional musicians. This technique uses a piece of equipment, appropriately called a looper, which records and then plays back the recorded tracks while the musician then plays along with it live. She explained and then demonstrated to the students that a good loop needs four underlying tracks – a rhythm line, a bass line, harmony, and textures (typically a high pitched sound(s) which cuts through the overall arrangement). Once all were recorded, she then accompanied the loop with the melody line – all of which created a full-bodied arrangement of music as if she had an ensemble group playing along with her.
She began this instruction with the traditional classical music associated with the stringed orchestra instruments these students are studying – the violin, viola, cello and double bass. Even though the students were immediately enthralled with this new process, she truly got them hooked as she included the popular music of the band Coldplay into the equation. The class period seemed far too short as they all experimented with the various elements, combinations and creative sparks that looping allows. Although the week came to a close all too quickly, the students were thrilled to share their new-found knowledge and skills with their peers as they put on a mini concert during two lunch periods on the final day. Their peers were equally enthralled.
Gerber is a perfect example of that philosophy. She is a classically-trained musician who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cello Performance from Bob Jones University and the Berlin Conservatory of Music in Germany, respectively. In addition to working with students through the Artist in Residence program, she works as a freelance cellist who also does solo and studio work. As an example, she has recorded with the Chicago band Sleeping at Last whose music often appears on such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy and she has also composed the film scores for two recent documentaries – one about the holocaust and the other about an orphanage in Africa. In addition, she has also recorded four CDs of her own original compositions and arrangements for cello and piano. She has also studied, taught and performed music in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. With that resume and breadth of experience, she certainly has found a variety of ways to communicate through music and thankfully she has found the perfect way to pass that passion for musical creativity on to the students she touches.
Seneca High School’s own Jacory Benson signed his National Letter of Intent to play football on Wednesday. Jacory announced to the crowd of friends and family in the media center at Seneca High School he will be playing at South Carolina State University in the fall.
Jacory spoke to the crowd and thanked many individuals who have poured into his life and made him the man he is today. Jacory’s mother, father, step-mother, and brother all joined him at the table as he signed his letter today. Coach Capps told the crowd, “Jacory is an outstanding young man and is a fantastic athlete. He makes those around him a better player. He has a heart of a champion. South Carolina State is getting an outstanding individual that will be a great asset to their program.”
The following are highlights of the SDOC school choice policy:
NOW participants attend industry tours that provide hands-on experiences in a real work setting, and are often offered paid internships, co-ops and apprenticeships. These students meet every month with industry leaders in small groups and will receive preferential consideration for long-term employment after high school or post-secondary training/education.
To be eligible to participate in the program, students must attend Hamilton Career Center in one of the manufacturing related programs (Welding, Building Construction, PLTW Engineering, Mechatronics, Machine Technology, Automotive Technology or Mechanical/Architectural Design). Applicants must also be in good academic, attendance and discipline standing with the district.
To join this elite group, rising juniors should work with counselors at registration to select Hamilton Career Center courses and the NOW Program. For more information, ask a guidance counselor or call 864-886-4425.
Mr. Matt Morton demonstrated the car wrapping process on an ambulance for the Greenville Health System. During the demonstration, students learned about the properties of vinyl, the correct installation method, and the benefits of wrapping a vehicle. Students were also excited to learn that some of NASCAR’s biggest drivers and racing teams use T & R Graphics for their race cars.
With an aim to go beyond academics, industrial visits provide students a practical perspective on the world of work. It provides students with an opportunity to learn practically through interaction, working methods and employment practices. Many HCC students will be involved in paid internships during the second year of their program.
The Hamilton Career Center is thankful for local partnerships with business and industry, like T & R Graphics, that both strengthen the School District of Oconee County and business and industries throughout our county.
“To be a Palmetto's Finest Finalist for the second consecutive year is a testament to our outstanding students as well as our dedicated faculty, staff, and community. This award is not just about Seneca High, it is a reflection of the entire One Seneca family,” said Cliff Roberts, school principal.
After extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners, nine South Carolina schools were named finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards. The application process included elements on student achievement, instructional programs,
professional learning communities, and school culture.
Last fall, 21 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The nine finalists are now undergoing a second onsite evaluation. On March 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm, the final award will be presented remotely from SC ETV. Finalists will watch the announcement from their schools via live streaming. All finalists receive statewide recognition and a plaque.
The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools that offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 39th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
The project was a culmination of in-class lectures about the principles of air density. To further investigate the principles learned, groups of students built homemade air balloons out of panels of colorful tissue paper. They then gathered outside in the below freezing temperatures to launch the balloons.
Both the students and teachers were amazed with the results. Indeed, Belfower asks, “If you should find any of the balloons, we would really appreciate it if you contact the school so the kids can get an appreciation of just how well their air density lessons and attention to detail in the construction of the balloons paid off.” Contact the school at (864)886-4455 or email the teachers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
www.oconee.k12.sc.us or by calling 864-886-4503. The 4K program is for children who will be four on or before September 1, 2017. All screenings will be held at Oconee Academy, 177 Razorback Lane, Walhalla, SC 29691.
Please bring the following items with you to the assigned screening appointment:
Children who meet eligibility requirements can attend 4K free, as long as space is available. If openings are available after all eligible children have been placed, there may be an option for fee-based students to attend 4K.
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