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Parent/student Power School log in will be disabled on June 30, 2012. The Parents/student portal will reopen on Registration day at your child's school.

The newly formed STHS yearbook staff is excited to offer 3 Early Bird Specials for yearbooks, senior pages & business ads for the 2012-2013 Statesman. Through September 7th, prices are: Yearbooks $ 50.00 Senior Pages $200.00 = full page ~ $125.00 = 1/2 page ~ $ 60.00 = 1/4 page ~ $40.00= 1 /8 page Business Ads $200.00 full page $125.00 1/2 page $ 65.00 1/4 page $ 40.00 1/8 page All prices will increase after September 7th. Yearbook staff members will be accepting payments during Senior Portrait dates, July 30th & 31st, as well as, each day of registration, August 6th 9th. Payments may also be mailed to: Strom Thurmond High School Attn: Michelle Smith, Yearbook Advisor 1131 Columbia Road Johnston, SC 29832 For additional information, contact Michelle Smith @ 275-1767 ext. 508, or Libba Ingram @ 275-1768 ext. 313, ~


The athletic department at Strom Thurmond High School has a limited number of used helmets that have been cleaned and freshly striped and decaled. You can own your very own piece of history for $50.00 per helmet. If interested, please come to STHS and ask for Coach Scott or Coach Sawyer. Cash or money order only - these helmets are not equipped for recreational use.

The Foundation for Public Schools in Edgefield County is sponsoring the Sandra Reece Friar Scholarship Fund. The foundation is accepting donations at this time. Please send your contributions to Joel Jolly at P.O. Box 28 Edgefield, SC 29824 - please put the Sandra Reece Friar Scholarship Fund in the for line on your check or contribution

2012-2013 Calendar


Douglas Elementary School
August 15, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Johnston Elementary School
August 16, 2012
Registration/Open House
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Supply List

Merriwether Elementary School
July 31, 2012
9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
August 17, 2012
Kindergarten Parent Meeting ~ 8:30- 9:00 AM
Supply List

Open House
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

W.E. Parker Elementary School
August 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Supply Lists: CD, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

JET Middle School
July 31, 2012 – 6th Grade
August 2, 2012 – 7th & 8th Grade
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Supply Lists: 6, 7, 8

Attention 6th grade Eagle Academy students and parents! Eagle Academy Orientation

August 13th from 8:00 to 11:00.

Students will learn the expectations for successful participation in the Eagle Academy at J-E-T Middle School. Students will also be engaged in fun and challenging activities. Hope to see you there!!


Merriwether Middle School
July 31, 2012 – 6th Grade
August 2, 2012 – 7th & 8th Grade
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Supply List

The GATEway Program: Gifted and Talented Education
Serving Edgefield County’s Finest through Rigor and Innovation
Merriwether Middle School

6th Grade GT Orientation Meeting
Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 pm
Merriwether Middle School Cafeteria

Students and parents are invited to attend the orientation meeting for an overview of Merriwether Middle Schools new GT program called "GATEway".  Students will learn about this exciting program that sets the academic bar for excellence in rigorous and engaging instruction at the GT level through thematic units, integrated projects, and a year packed full of activities. This program will include all core subjects and include requirements that involve the performing and visual arts, service learning, character education, leadership, and distance learning.

This program will be unique to our area and serves the biggest GT population for the middle level in our county.  See you Thursday!


Strom Thurmond High School
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
August 6, 2012 -  Seniors
August 7, 2012 – Juniors
August 8, 2012 – Sophomores
August 9, 2012 – Freshmen
(Freshmen orientation 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

*STHS will be distributing text books on the following dates for any student who would like to pick them up early. July 17th, 18th and 19th  from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. each day

REMINDER: All pre-registration forms must be postmarked by July 26th.


FFA Members Bring Home
Numerous Awards
from the
85th State FFA Convention


Pictured is most of the group holding the Governor's Citation from the 1st General Session. Not pictured: Kinsley Reeves and Trent Miller. 

The Thurmond FFA Chapter participated in the 85th State FFA Convention this year at Clemson University June 6-8. Joining the students were advisors Dan Henderson and Darla Steele.

18 members of the Thurmond FFA Chapter attended the convention, including chapter officers, competitors, state degree recipients and other chapter delegates. 2 students competed on the state level during the convention in the areas of: Extemporaneous Public Speaking and Job Interview. Students in attendance were: Kinsley Reeves, Trent Miller, Allie Jhant, Logan Pollock, Lucky Bailey, Briana Drumming, Chelsea Taylor, Leigh Northrop, Diana Palma, Austin Fulmer, Colton Kirkland, Ryan Thurmond, Robbie Guess, Andrew Wilhelm, Morgan Spaulding, Emily Fletcher, Karson Barrett and Shawn Robinson. 

Allie Jhant, 2012-2012 FFA President and Trent Miller, 2012-2013 FFA Vice-President attended the Delegate Business Session to place their votes for the chapter and begin the convention. 

At the first business session, the Thurmond Chapter was named a National Gold Emblem Chapter and awarded the Governor’s Citation in the area of Community Development. The award provided the chapter with a nice plaque and $1,000 check to attend the National Convention in October. At the first session, 2 recent STHS graduates were awarded scholarships: Kinsley Reeves, $1,000 National FFA Ford Scholarship and $1,000 South Carolina Young Farmers & Agribusiness Association Scholarship. Andrew Wilhelm also received a $1,000 South Carolina Young Farmers & Agribusiness Association Scholarship. 

At the second business session, the Thurmond Chapter was recognized for winning the state Forestry competition. Kinsley Reeves and Allie Jhant were also recognized for being finalist in their public speaking contests. Andrew Wilhelm, Austin Fulmer, Kinsley Reeves, Kevin Smith and Kyle Smith of Strom Thurmond FFA, also received their State FFA Degrees during the second session. 

During the third general session Andrew Wilhelm was named SC Agribusinessman of the Year as part of the FFA Stars over South Carolina Ceremony and received a $1,200 scholarship. The Thurmond FFA also nominated Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr, owners of Titan Farms and Aaron Wood, Instructor at Piedmont Technical College for the Honorary State FFA Degree, in which they were awarded at the third session as well. 

During the final session, Kinsley Reeves was recognized for serving on the Nominating Committee to pick the State Officers for the 2012-2013 school year and for being in the top 3 in Job Interview Competition. Allie Jhant was named the State Winner in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Kinsley Reeves was also recognized for being the Region and state winner for the Individual FFA Award, which earned her a $500 scholarship. Andrew Wilhelm and Kinsley Reeves were also recognized during the Proficiency Award Presentations, earning each of them $250 scholarships. Lastly, the Strom Thurmond FFA was recognized for having 100+% Chapter Membership because of their attendance in the FFA, which was 190 kids for the 2011-2012 school year.

To say the Thurmond FFA Chapter and Strom Thurmond Career Center was well represented at the State FFA Convention would be an understatement as these kids and advisors were on stage the entire week for their hard work. Congrats to all participants and winners! 


Thurmond FFA Members Earn FFA Degree

Andrew Wilhelm, Austin Fulmer, Kinsley Reeves, Kevin Smith and Kyle Smith of Strom Thurmond FFA, received their State FFA Degree at the 85th annual South Carolina FFA State Convention. To earn this degree an FFA member must show commitment and dedication to their FFA chapter along with having and maintaining a Supervised Agricultural Experience. The State Degree is the highest degree the South Carolina FFA Association confers. FFA members who show continued dedication after graduation become eligible for the American FFA Degree. FFA Advisors for the Thurmond FFA are: Darla Steele and Dan Henderson. Pictured are Austin Fulmer, Kinsley Reeves and Andrew Wilhelm. Not pictured: Kevin and Kyle Smith. 

The South Carolina FFA association is affiliated with the National FFA Organization. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. 



Thurmond FFA Sports Turfgrass Team
Places 2nd in the State

Pictured L to R: Logan Layne (SC FFA State Officer), Trent Miller, Ryan Thurmond, Robbie Guess, Andrew Wilhelm, and Mr. Dan Henderson (FFA Advisor).

The 2012 State FFA Sports Turfgrass Career Development Event was held on Saturday May 19th, at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, S.C.

The Sports Turfgrass CDE is a competitive activity that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants' knowledge of Turfgrass science was tested through several levels of competition including developing solutions for problematic scenarios; identification of grasses, insects, disorders, weeds, equipment, weeds and other management practices.

The Thurmond FFA Chapter placed 2nd in the State Event. Team members include Andrew Wilhelm, Trent Miller, Robbie Guess and Ryan Thurmond. Robbie Guess, a rising senior at ST was also named the 3rd place high individual for the contest. Their Advisors are Darla Steele and Dan Henderson.

Edgefield County Law Officers Association Donates to the Local FFA Chapter

Pictured is Ms. Henrietta Shay presenting the check to Miss Allie Jhant, 2012-2013 Thurmond FFA President and State Winning Forestry Team member.

The Edgefield County Law Officers Association presented a $300 donation to the Strom Thurmond FFA Chapter at the Annual Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 12th to help support their trip to the National FFA Convention in Kentucky this coming fall. The Association, founded in 1989, is made up of present and retired Law Enforcement Officers from local police agencies, SLED, Department of Natural Resource, and Firefighters. Most people in the county know the Association for the Jimmy Shay Fishing Rodeo put on the second Saturday in May at Lick Fork Lake for area youths.

The FFA and Strom Thurmond Agricultural Education Program at Strom Thurmond Career Center is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through Agricultural Education

Thurmond FFA Members Excel in Region Public Speaking Contest

Pictured: Allie Jhant & Tori Perano

On Thursday, March 29th FFA public speakers from Strom Thurmond Career Center competed at Blythewood High School. Pictured is two Thurmond FFA Members who competed and placed in each event. Allie will be advancing to the state competition in Clemson, SC June 7th.

Prepared Public Speaking – 3rd in the Region - Tori Perano
Extemporaneous Public Speaking - 1st in the Region - Allie Jhant

The contests consisted of:
Extemporaneous Public speaking required Allie to randomly draw a topic from a hat, prepare a 4-6 minute speech in 30 minutes and answer questions following the speech. It is an intense competition that requires speaking, research, poise and many other skills.

Prepared Public speaking required Tori to write a speech of her choice on any current topic in Agriculture, recite the speech in 6-8 minutes and answer questions following the speech. It is an intense competition that requires speaking, research, poise and many other skills.

Advisors for these students are: Darla Steele & Dan Henderson

Fifty-One Plus Twenty-One Equals Exemplary Test Performance!

Strom Thurmond High School is pleased to announce that an additional twenty-one students have been named to its most recent Millennium Club roster!  To qualify for this club, a student must have a combined Math/Verbal SAT score of at least 1000 or a composite ACT score of at least 21.  To this date, seventy-two outstanding students have been recognized for their exemplary SAT or ACT scores.  Students at STHS receive intense test preparation through SAT/ACT seminars and an academic elective, SAT Preparation.
In a previous article, STHS eleventh grader Jake Goforth was hailed as having received a perfect score on the math portion of the PSAT, which was administered in October 2011. Jake has since been recognized as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.  This means that he is among the top 3% of the high-scoring students in the nation that took the PSAT in October.  Jake will be notified in September as to whether or not he is also among the top 1% in the nation that will advance to the final round of the competition for National Merit Scholarships.

2011-2012 Millennium Club Members

Jordan Ball
Ronald Barnes
Tiffany Bishop
Ashley Bodiford
Brandy Bonczek
Shannon Bonczek
Stephan Bowe
Kelly Brady
Lawrence Broom
Chermeka Butler
DeAndra Butler
Thomas Calliham
Ethan Cameron
Michael Cash
Cody Christie
Cody Clester
Lavon Coleman
Shelby Collier
Reed Covar
Miranda Deese
Jonathan Drew
Rucker Gibson
Jake Goforth
Zach Green
Kendall Hill
Nic Hoffmann
Will Hoffmann
Jamal Jackson
Lillie Jackson
Nikki Jackson
Sam Jebens
Allie Jhant
Ebony Johnson
Tucker Johnson
Baylor Jones
Lindsey Jones

Ashley Lawrence
Rachel Litke
Caroline Lorimer
Brandie Lowery
Luke McClure
Melanie McKinney
Jeremy May
Trent Miller
Derek Mims
Tykia Outzs
TJ Parkman
Jackie Polz
Alex Prescott
Kaitlyn Pugh
Tia Quiller
Kinsley Reeves
Breona Reynolds
Megan Rudd
Rachel Rudd
Jayson Santiago
Nicholas Scoggins
Hannah Smiley
Christian Speight
Kari Sprouse
Natalie Stevens
Dominick Stone
Sarah Szybura
McKenzie Talbert
Alec Terry
Brooke Thomas
Miller Thompson
Shanice Thornburg
A’Dreanna Truesdell
Gracie Turner
Marina Wettstone
Carlton Wren

1200’s Club

Tiffany Bishop
Brandy Bonczek
Stephan Bowe
Kelly Brady
Cody Clester
Jonathan Drew
Jake Goforth
Nic Hoffmann
Will Hoffmann
Lillie Jackson
Sam Jebens
Ebony Johnson
Tucker Johnson
TJ Parkman
Christian Speight
Alec Terry
Marina Wettstone

1300’s Club
Tiffany Bishop
Brandy Bonczek
Cody Clester
Jake Goforth
Nic Hoffmann
Will Hoffmann
Alec Terry

1400’s Club
Brandy Bonczek


Strom Thurmond High School receives Bronze Medal from U.S. News & World Report

Among high schools that performed well on state exit exams, u.s. News & World Reports rated them gold, silver, and bronze medals based on their student's mastery of college level material. Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School. Click here for a link to the website.

Strom Thurmond Licensed Cosmetologists

Four seniors traveled to Columbia, SC, on Monday, March 16, to take their Practical Exam for their Cosmetology License; they all passed.  They had to return to Columbia on April 16, to take their Theory Exam and again they were successful.  We are proud to announce the first class of Licensed Cosmetologists from Strom Thurmond Career Center.

From left to right, Stephanie Carroll, Brandi Jackson.
Back row Donnie Walker and Instructor Mrs. Kennion; not pictured Janette Upson

StromThurmond Cosmetology Class Competition Winners

The Cosmetology Class of Strom Thurmond Career Center competed against seven schools in Lower Charleston Exposure Hair and Nail competition on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Front left to right Alissa Gordon 3rd place in Bridal Hair style, Marie Williams 1st place in Fantasy Hair style, Sh’Quera Mckinney won 2nd place in realistic nails, and Montse Hernandez won 2nd place in fantasy nails. Back row left to right, Instructor Mrs. Kennion, model Akeiah Young, Courtney Serles, Angel Wertz and Jermeyer Brannon won 2nd place in the Glamour Team, while Nakela Anderson won 2nd place in Bridal Hair style.

Highest Bidders for STCC Welding Trailer Mounted Cooker

Pictured L to R: Cameron Thompson, Jimmy Foley, Charles Taylor, Nic Scoggins with Mr. and Mrs. Jones

The Welding II students of Strom Thurmond Career Center are proud to announce the highest bidders of their trailer mounted grill.  Will and Joyce Jones from Saluda, S.C. purchased the grill that was built and designed by the 11th and 12th grade welding students with approximately 74 hours of fabrication and welding time. 

The Grill featured a slide out rack for easy access, 2 extra racks for warming, thermometers, adjustable heat dampers, 4 rack smoker with chip tray to the rear of the grill with a removable heat door and thermometer and adjustable damper. It also had several special features like double sided propane burners with tank, 20"x 14" side grill, wormy maple cutting boards, mounted ice chest, storage box, rear jack stands for leveling, complete light kit, and heat treated paint. 

Congratulations to the Jones and for more information on purchasing a custom built grill from the Welding Department at Strom Thurmond Career Center, please contact Mr. Bill Cheatham: 803.275.1767 ext. 520. 

Mr. Greg Anderson chosen as new Superintendent

The School Board voted unanimously at their Tuesday night board meeting to appoint Mr. Greg Anderson as our new Superintendent. He will work with Dr. Tobin to ensure a smooth transition. We welcome Mr. Anderson and look forward to his leadership.

Strom Thurmond State Champions at Mock Trial Competition

The 2012 State High School Mock Trial Competition took place this past weekend at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse.  Twelve teams out of 40 teams advanced from the regional competitions to the state competition held on March 9 and 10, representing all corners of the state.  Most effective witnesses and most effective attorneys were recognized from every round at the state competition. The culmination of the closing assembly was the announcement of the top two teams to compete for the championship title, Strom Thurmond High School and Bob Jones Academy.

Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School on winning their fourth state mock trial competition(1984, 1985, 1987, and 2012). Participating students included Ashley Bodiford, John Gillespie, Jacob Harding, Jamarr McCain, Melanie McKinney, Arturo Pineda, Kaitlyn Pugh, Megan Rudd, Erin Sweeney,
 and Miller Thompson. The teacher coaches were Denise Jackson, Jeffrey Bryan, and Steven McKinney. The attorney coaches were Blair and Senator Shane Massey.

Their next stop will be the national competition May 3 - 6, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.


STCC Trailer Mounted Grill
For Sale

The welding II students of Strom Thurmond career center are offering for bid a trailer mounted grill. Built and designed by 11th and 12th grade students with approximately 74 hours of fabrication and welding time. Click HERE for more pictures.

Grill features - a slide out rack for easy access, 2 extra racks for warming, thermometers, adjustable heat dampers, 4 rack smoker with chip tray to the rear of the grill with a removable heat door and thermometer and adjustable damper.

Grill has several extras- double sided propane burners with tank, 20"x 14"
side grill, wormy maple cutting boards, mounted ice chest, storage box, rear jack stands for leveling, complete light kit, heat treated paint.

Students working on the grill are- Cody Smith, Nic Scoggins, Jimmy Foley, Charles Taylor, and Cameron Thompson

Having figured all material cost, the students will be starting the bidding at $1650.00. All bids are on or before April 15. The grill will be displayed at heritage hardware for two weeks and then back at the career center. If interested, please complete a bid sheet and return to heritage hardware or to STCC.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bill Cheatham at 275-1767 ext. 520.

Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team Advances to State Competition March 9-10

Front Row (Lt to Rt):  Denise Jackson (Mock Trial Coach); Melanie McKinney (Plantiff's Witness:  Chase Clarkson); Erin Sweeney (Plantiff's Attorney); Megan Rudd (Defense Attorney and Plantiff's Witness Pat Murphy); Kaitlyn Pugh (Plantiff's Attorney); Stephan Bowe(Journalist); Steve McKinney (Asst.
Mock Trial Coach)

Back row (Lt to Rt):  Jamarr McCain (Defense's Witness: Drew Bridges); Ashley Bodiford (Plantiff's Witness: Tony Morganelli); Keyson White (journalist); John Gillespie (Baliff and Defense's Witness: Peyton Willis); Arturo Pineda (Defense Witness: Alex Ross); Jacob Harding (Defense Attorney); Miller Thompson (Defense and Plantiff Attorney); Jeff Bryan (Asst. Mock Trial Coach)

Strom Thurmond FBLA

Seventeen FBLA members traveled to Lexington Technology Center on Saturday, February 4th, to attend the District II FBLA Leadership Conference and Competitive Events.  Over 300 students from the region participated in a variety of business related competitive events. Congratulations to the following students for placing in their competitive event, they will be traveling to Charleston to compete on the State Level on March 23-25, 2012.

1st Place Winner –
A’dreanna Truesdell – Public Speaking II

2nd Place Winner –
Hayley Jones – Intro to Business Communication

3rd Place Winners –
Amanda Biddlecome – Sports Management

4th Place Winners –
Trevor Morris – Business Law
Kaeli Wates – Public Speaking I

5th Place Winners -
Amanda Horton – Public Speaking I
Charlie Abney – Sports Management

6th Place Winners –
Miranda Bishop – Business Communication
Keith Dumais – Intro to Business Communication
Jeremy Pixley – Sports Management


Superintendent Search

UPDATED:Click here for information regarding the search
for our next superintendent.

Millennium Club

The newest members of the Strom Thurmond High School Millennium Club are pictured above. A combined score of at least 1000 on SAT or 21 on ACT is needed to qualify for this honor. 51 students are the newest members of this club.

Jordan Ball, Ronald Barnes, Ashley Bodiford, Shannon Bonczek, Lawrence Broom, Ethan Cameron, Thomas Calliham, Michael Cash, Cody Christie, Lavon Coleman, Reed Covar, Zach Green, Jamal Jackson, Nikki Jackson, Allie Jhant, Ebony Johnson, Ashley Lawrence, Rachel Litke, Brandie Lowery, Luke McClure, Melanie McKinney, Jeremy May, Trent Miller, Tykia Outzs, Alex Prescott, Kaitlyn Pugh, Kinsley Reeves, Megan Rudd, Rachel Rudd, Jayson Santiago, Nicholas Scoggins, Kari Sprouse, Sarah Szybura, McKenzie Talbert, Brooke Thomas, Shanice Thornburg, A’Dreanna Truesdell, Gracie Turner

These students are part of the 1200 club - they scored a 1200 or better on the SAT or a 27 or higher on the ACT.

Tiffany Bishop, Brandy Bonczek, Kelly Brady, Cody Clester, Jonathan Drew, Will Hoffmann, Lillie Jackson, Sam Jebens, Tucker Johnson, TJ Parkman, Christian Speight, Alec Terry, and Marina Wettstone

Strom Thurmond Band Students Earn State Honors

Senior Strom Thurmond band student Will Hoffmann has been named to the South Carolina Senior All-State Band. Will earned his placement in the top 16 high school trumpet players in South Carolina placing 12th chair at the final All-State Auditions Jan 21 at Lexington High School. Students that participate go through an intense audition process consisting of all major scales, a prepared solo, sightreading and musical terms. Approximately 8000 students statewide at all levels start the audition process that is done over a two week period.

Other Strom Thurmond students receiving top honors in the region were:

Nic Hoffmann - SCBDA Senior Region 9th Chair Trombone
Cale Hoffmann - SCBDA Clinic Region 1st Chair Trombone
Courtnie Coon - SCBDA Clinic Region 10th Chair Flute
McKenzie Wilson - SCBDA Clinic Region 15th Chair Clarinet
Madison South - SCBDA Clinic Region 23rd Chair Clarinet
Miguel Ortega - Senior Region 2nd Alternate
Stephan Bowe - Senior Region 4th Alternate
Amanda Biddlecome - Clinic Region 4th Alternate

“These students that go through this audition process take ownership of themselves, our school community and this band program. They are leaders at Strom Thurmond High School that set a fine example of what is good in education today.” Director of Bands, Van J. Clark

SCBDA Region Band Front Row L to R: Courtnie Coon, McKenzie Wilson, Amanda Bibblecome
Back Row L to R: Miguel Ortega, Madison South, Nic Hoffmann, Cale Hoffmann


Genetic Mobile Lab visits STCC

On January 11, 2012 two classes at the Strom Thurmond Career Center and Strom Thurmond High School had the privilege of participating in lab classes on the Greenwood Genetic Center mobile lab.  Through funding from grants, this mobile “Gene Machine” travels all over the state visiting schools. This past fall they have visited forty-four schools and this spring they expect to visit sixty-five schools.  Eighteen students from the Health Science Technology 2 honors class were able to learn about genetic traits and disorders and were taught several lab techniques. They participated in a teaching module called “The Mystery of the Crooked Cell” which allowed them to practice the lab skills they were taught. In this lab they checked hemoglobin samples looking for abnormal sickle cell hemoglobin. Twenty students from Coach Barnhart’s Biology class worked with gel electrophoresis with dyes. This experience allowed our students access to state of the art lab equipment.


The meeting scheduled for tonight, January 24, 2012 at 6 p.m., to be held at Merriwether Elementary School to discuss the relationship between the Edgefield County School District and Fox Creek Charter High School has been canceled. The representative from the South Carolina State Department of Education, Mr. Mark Bounds, Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness, called today at 11 a.m. to inform the Edgefield County School District office that he was unable to attend the meeting due to circumstances beyond his control.

District Spelling Bee Winner
Meg Hoffmann from MMS

Meg Hoffmann was the winner of her school spelling bee and then went on to win the district level contest held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Meg will represent the district at the local qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Morris Auditorium in The Augusta Chronicle News Building. Best of luck Meg!

These were the participants in the District Spelling Bee from left to right: Carter Kingery from MES, Bryston Butler from JET, Jasmine Elam from DES, Natiana Axen from WEP, Stephen Barwick from JES, and Meg Hoffmann from MMS.

Merriwether Middle School
PASS Scholars

The following students are recognized as MMS Pass Scholars. They scored Exemplary on all parts taken on the 2010-2011 Pass test!

6th Grade PASS Scholars: Left to Right Front Row: Marquez Langford, Cassidy Pfennig, Adam Weeks, Thomas McCain, David Bombard
Back Row: Elijah Knight, Tyra Thomas, Meg Hoffmann, Njasi Oji, Zachary Russ

7th Grade PASS Scholars: Left to Right Front Row: Misty Henderson, Wil Holmes, Andy Hoffmann
Back Row: Maria Bautista, Caroline Ball, Ethan Lowe, Gage Logan, Jacob Hodges

8th Grade PASS Scholars: Left to Right Front Row: Elizabeth Adams, Olivia Paradis, Pressley Wilson, Chloe Syms
Back Row: Dylan Grose, Clayton Bowen, Henry Cartrett, Austin Harper, Tannor Byrd, DeAndre' Ryan, Aaron Mathis (not pictured Morgan Swearingen)

Architect/Engineering Services for Construction and Maintenance of Stadium Bleachers/
Athletic Fieldhouse


The School District of Edgefield County is Seeking Statements of Qualifications from professional engineering and architectural firms to provide engineering and design services for various projects related to construction & maintenance of stadium bleachers and athletic fieldhouse during fiscal years 2012 -2013.  The engineering  and architectural services shall include, but not limited to, project assessment, design preparation of plans & specifications, contract administration and other services as may be required.

Delivery Point: 
The School District of Edgefield County

Deadline for Submitals: 
February 3, 2012 3:00 pm.

Purchasing Agent: 
The School District of Edgefield County
Office of  The Superintendent
P.O. Box 608, Edgefield, SC 29824
3 Par Drive, Johnston, SC 29832

A Pre-Proposal Conference will be  held Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Office of the Superintendent, 3 Par Drive, Edgefield SC.

Direct Inquiries To:
James Courtney,  Director of Facilities & Operations
P.O. Box 608
Edgefield SC 29824
(803)-275- 1767

Strom Thurmond High School Project Angel Tree

Strom Thurmond High School Rowdy Rebels, Student Council, FCA and Mock Trial team sponsored Project Angel Tree and it was a success. Angel Tree is a way for incarcerated parents to send gifts to their children. Some of these gifts will be all that they get. According to Jeffrey Bryan "With your generosity may God bless each and everyone of you for giving and helping with this community project for Strom Thurmond High School."


Friday, November 11, 2011 was a very special day at W.E. Parker Elementary School. The chorus presented a very moving and patriotic program in honor of Veteran's Day. There were many veterans in attendance and each one introduced themselves to rounds of gratefui applause from the audience. All of the students welcomed these special guests by wearing red, white, and blue. Pictured on the stage are many of the honored guests along with the W.E. Parker Elementary School Chorus.

District's Distinguished
Teachers of Reading

Edgefield Reading Council hosted a reception honoring the district's Distinguished Teacher of Reading on Tuesday, November 15.

Honored were from left to right: Kippy Kelly,  Administrator of Reading, Julie Jackson and Nancy Cowart, Distinguished Teachers of Reading for the entire district, Gloria Jackson, Angela Fallaw and Elaine Taylor, Distinguished Teachers of Reading representing their school. Not pictured are Melissa Melick and Mandy Lowe.

Julie Jackson and Nancy Cowart will go on to the state level SCIRA conference in Feburary and represent the Edgefield Reading Council.

You Are Invited

What:        Important meeting ~ Charter School Information

When:       January 24, 2012

Time:        6:00 p.m.

Where:     Merriwether Elementary School

Purpose:   As many of you know, Charter schools are relatively new in our public education system.  Many people have genuine basic questions about these schools and how they operate.  The Edgefield County School Board has arranged to have professionals from the state to answer these and other questions that may be of interest to you.  So that we can maximize our time at this meeting, we are asking everyone to submit their questions in advance to the following email address:

Alternatively, you may provide questions in written form to the District Office:

Attn:  Questions for the January meeting
P.O. Box 608
Edgefield, SC 29824

All questions must be submitted by November 29, 2011 at noon.  No questions will be allowed from the audience at the meeting.

It is our intention to get clarification on many of the day to day questions people have.  We hope that you will use this opportunity to get your questions answered.

United Way Contest Winner

Left to Right: Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Speight, Mr. Campbell, Dr. Lenderman

Mr. Dean Campbell, Chairman for the Edgefield County United Way Campaign presents a $500.00 check to Mrs. Holmes, principal of W.E. Parker Elementary School along with Mrs. Speight. W.E. Parker Elementary raised the most funds from all the schools in support of the United Way campaign this year.

1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll List

My Favorite Teacher Contest

The Foundation For Public Schools in Edgefield County announces a “My Favorite Teacher” contest to raise money for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduate pursuing a degree in education. This scholarship will be established in honor of Sandra Friar. Voting will take place during the month of November to coincide with American Education Week, November 13-19.

Votes will cost $1.00 each and you may vote as many times as you like. The winning teacher, if living, will win a $250 gift card, donated by Edgefield Fuel. If the winning teacher is deceased, the gift card will go to the living teacher with the next highest vote. Results will be announced December 12, 2011.

You may vote in the following ways:

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Community Breakfast

The annual Community Breakfast was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Strom Thurmond High School and sponsored by the Piedmont Education and Business Alliance and the Upper Savannah Region Educational Center. Over 72 participants from the business and education community were in attendance. This breakfast highlighted the positive relationships that businesses and schools have especially in Edgefield County.

AmeriCorps Students

Superintendent's Brief

Dedicated to Sandra Friar

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School Board Visits Schools

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, the Edgefield County School Board of Education visited all schools across the district. The tour began at Johnston Elementary School and concluded at Fox Creek High School.

AmeriCorps Students Take Oath

AmeriCorps students from Strom Thurmond High School take their Oath from State Senator Shane Massey and State Representative William Clyburn on September 13, 2011, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. These students will be responsible for completing over 19,000 hours of community service this year. We are proud of our AmeriCorps members.

Mrs. Sandra Friar

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mrs. Sandra Friar, Public Information Officer and AmeriCorps Director, after a brief battle with cancer. For 28 years Mrs. Friar was a passionate advocate for the students, teachers, and staff of the Edgefield County School District. She will be truly missed. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. The viewing will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Edgefield Mercantile on Monday, September 12, 2011, and the graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park. At the request of the family, donations may be made to the Edgefield County Relay for Life Chapter. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society and mail to Sharen Fay, 113 Hill Drive, Johnston, SC 29832. The Foundation for Public Schools in Edgefield County is sponsoring the Sandra Reece Friar Scholarship Fund. The foundation is accepting donations at this time. Please send your contributions to Joel Jolly at P.O. Box 28 Edgefield, SC 29824 - please put the Sandra Reece Friar Scholarship Fund in the for line on your check or contribution.



Left to right: Debbie Durham, Anna Timmerman, Mary Bouknight

2011 Edgefield County Teacher of the Year:

Mrs. Debbie Durham - JET Middle School

2011 Edgefield County Citizen of the Year

Mrs. Anna Timmerman

2011 Edgefield County Support Staff of the Year:

Mrs. Mary Bouknight - Johnston Elementary School