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  • The Talon

    North Middle/

    High School Jan./Feb. 2015

    Volume III

    Issue III



    March 5 Financial Aid Workshop 6:00 pm March 16-27 MAP Testing March 24 Clemson Tour Sophomores March 25 Coastal Carolina Junior Tour March 27 *Open House- Report Cards 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. *Parent Literacy Event –Title I 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm March Madness Registration Grades 6-12 April 15 ACT Practice Test 2 April 28-30 ACT Aspire April 28-29 ACT& ACT Workkeys-Juniors

    Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5

    On Friday, February 13,

    2015, North Middle/

    High School held its

    annual career fair. Rep-

    resentatives from area four-year universi-

    ties and community businesses lined the

    floor of the North Middle/High School

    gymnasium sharing their wealth of

    knowledge with students in grades

    six through twelve. Some of the ca-

    reer fair participants were Claflin

    University, Savannah River Site,

    Food Lion, SC Department of Pub-

    lic Safety, Orangeburg County Ani-

    mal Control, William McCord Ado-

    lescent Treatment Facility,

    Orangeburg County Chief Magis-

    trate, Derrick Dash, and Probate

    Judge, Pandora Glover.

    NMHS Hosts Annual Career Fair

  • speaker during our Black

    History Month program. For

    almost five minutes, Rebecca

    delivered an amazing recita-

    tion on the topic, “If Dr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. could

    speak today…” Her charis-

    matic delivery, voice inflec-

    tions, hand gestures, etc.,

    captivated and held the stu-

    dents’ attention, and earned

    her an arousing standing ova-

    tion upon completion.

    Rebecca is an A/B Honor

    Roll student who loves read-

    ing, writing, science, and Be-

    ginner’s Band. Her favorite

    color is purple, and she loves

    participating in the choir and

    in the book club at Jerusalem

    Baptist Church in North.

    Other program participants

    included: Re De Jah Clark

    (MC), Zhanae’ Nimmons,

    Robert Gordon, and Sion Du-

    rant. The audience was pleas-

    ured with musical selections

    from the NMHS Jazz Ensem-

    ble under the leadership of

    Ms. Deedra O. Wright. Last-

    ly, a student chorale sang the

    Black National anthem, “Lift

    Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.

    Standing at ap-


    4’5”, represent-

    ing Dover Ele-


    School, the

    daughter of

    Mrs. Trivia

    Oliver and Mr.

    Wesley Durant,

    stepped boldly

    before the

    crowd of mid-

    dle and high

    school students without any

    hesitation. Rebecca Joyce

    Durant, an amazing fifth

    grader, was the keynote

    MLK and / or his vision, and

    the artwork was displayed in

    the foyer area of the church.

    Three students from Mrs.

    Aiken's class, Qu'Essence

    Gillison, Tykia Palmer, and

    Kadeshia Livingston, created

    pencil sketch collages and a

    painting for this event.

    The OCSD5 second Annual

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Oratory Competition was

    held on January 29, at the

    New Mt. Zion Baptist

    Church in Orangeburg. The

    OCSD5 student-artists pro-

    vided artwork depicting a

    relevant subject to

    Dr. King “Speaks”

    Artists Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Page 2

  • Page 3

    Math Night Medley

    Basketball Player & Coach Receive Region Honors

    On February 10, 2015, North varsity basketball player Andre Blackwell was selected as the Region IV-A Player of the Year, and North coach, Bobby Rivers was selected as Region IV-A Coach of the Year.

    Times & Democrat Teen of the Week

    On January 11, 2015, Lonnie Bolen, sen- ior, was honored as The Times and Democrat Teen of the Week.

    The Math Department of

    North Middle/High School

    hosted math night Thursday,

    February 5, 2015. The pro-

    gram began at 6:00 P.M.,

    with an overview of the new

    state-mandated tests: ACT

    and WorkKeys (juniors) and

    ACT Aspire (grades 3-8) by

    Ms. Brenda D. Inabinette,

    Literacy Coach.

    Ms. Inabinette provided par-

    ents with nine mathematic

    strategies that work on ACT

    and WorkKeys tests.

    Parents and students also par-

    ticipated in teacher-led mini

    lessons on the Constructed

    Response, Plane Algebraic

    Geometry, Fractions, and

    Graphing Calculators: Trans-

    forming Parent Functions.

    Congratulations to Crystal

    Waymyers ( 3rd chair - 8th

    grade tuba player) for being

    selected to participate in the

    2015 Region 4 Junior Con-

    cert Band Clinic at Charles-

    ton Southern University

    in Charleston, S.C. The

    event was held February 20-

    21, 2015.

    Region 4 Junior Concert Band Participant

    National Honor Society Blood Drive

    The National

    Honor Socie-

    ty hosted a

    Blood Drive

    on February

    26, 2015.

  • Freshman students were introduced to the Ac-

    celerate program on February 9, 2015. The

    program provides advanced academic prepara-

    tion and exposure to the real-world of engi-

    neering during the high school years.

    Successful completion of the program results

    in college credit and emphasizes team-based

    projects and mastery of the basic tools of engi-

    neering, physics, calculus, chemistry and Eng-

    lish. The Accelerate program is a product of

    the SC governor’s School for Science and



    On Wednesday, February 18,

    2015, LaVal Anderson, Program

    Coordinator of TRIO, an educa-

    tional opportunity center funded

    by the U.S. Department of Educa-

    tion, visited with North High

    School seniors. Some of the ser-

    vices provide by TRIO are assis-

    tance in completing applications

    for college admission, testing and

    financial aid and academic and

    career counseling. The “SC State

    TRIO Program’s goal is to help

    students overcome class, social,

    academic and cultural barriers to

    higher education.”

    Seniors Invest in the Future!

    Page 4 Eighth Grade Visits Morris College

  • January Teacher &

    Students of the Month

    Coach Williams, Diontae Dash, and

    Selena Fogle are pictured with

    Principal Charles Gregory.

    February Teacher &

    Students of the Month

    Ms. Vaught, Teirra Felder, and Sara

    Carr are pictured with Principal

    Charles Gregory.


    Congratulations to Austin

    Gleaton, Robert Gordon,

    and Kayla Baker for being

    selected as delegates for

    the Orangeburg County

    Chamber of Commerce

    Junior Leadership Pro-

    gram. Throughout the pro-

    gram, they will learn a

    variety of valuable leader-

    ship skills and become

    more aware of community

    issues and business ethics.

    The program also focuses

    on team-building skills,

    volunteering opportunities,

    healthcare careers and a

    community project. The

    students will tour business-

    es and have the opportuni-

    ty to meet with community

    leaders. The overall goal is

    for students to become

    more involved in the com-

    munity and improve their

    leadership skills.




    of the


    Junior Leaders of Orangeburg County

    Senior Day at Morris College Page 5