On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Saluda High School hosted a session called "What It Takes to Take AP." Advanced Placement (AP) courses give students the opportunity to dig deeper into the subjects they're curious about and earn college credit for free while in high school. AP classes are meant to simulate college courses in their depth and volume of study. Homework and testing are rigorous, and AP students are given more autonomy than in traditional high school classes. AP courses are excellent at preparing students for what they will encounter in college. Current AP teachers and students were in attendance at the meeting to answer questions and to share their experiences.
For questions about AP, contact a school counselor or an administrator at 864-445-3011. It's not too late to sign up!
What it Takes to Take AP Presentation
Alex Aull's AP Interview
Lori Able's AP Interview
Sarah Williams-Shealy Interview
The 2017 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in! We are excited to share that there are four winners from Saluda High School: Gavin Wheeler, Grace Collins, Macy Crawford, and Ty Bell! Congratulations to these four students and to their teacher, Coach Wayne Bell! You can view their award-winning artwork by clicking the links below.
All students in grades 9-12 participated in a career fair on Friday, December 2, 2016. Students were able to visit with a number of representatives from various occupations. It was extra special to have Saluda High School alumni share their success stories and to discuss the career paths they took after graduation. This career fair is one of the many opportunities that Saluda District One provides to ensure that our students are College and Career Ready.
Forty students from Saluda High School were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the school on November 29th.
Students are reviewed by a faculty council consisting of five members of the faculty appointed by the principal. Students were selected for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character..
To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, candidates must meet high standards of service, leadership, and character. Members of the sophomore through senior classes were evaluated and selected by the faculty council of the chapter.
Leadership is based on the student’s participation in two or more community or school activities, or election to an office. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in three or more service projects in the school and community office. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty.
Students inducted were:
Araceli Lezama de Jesus
“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Principal Sarah Longshore.
This is the first year that Saluda High School has had an active chapter of the National Honor Society. Each year the chapter will sponsor several service projects for the school and community.
“The caliber and diversity of our chapter’s member’s background and experience brings me great joy as the adviser because I know these students are going to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said chapter adviser Heather Harmon.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) — We’re in the thick of Georgia state softball playoffs, but just because South Carolina high school softball doesn’t start up until spring, doesn’t mean we have to wait until then to honor one of the area’s best softball players.
And her talents extend well beyond softball. Saluda High School’s Samantha Nichols is this week’s WJBF Scholar Athlete. Nichols is a three-sport athlete who plays volleyball and basketball — in addition to softball — while also staying on top of her studies, which can get tricky to balance at times.
“It’s extremely hard,” Nichols said. “Like, for example, last night I was up till 2:30 [a.m.] studying for an AP biology test. But you just have to be smart. You just have to keep your priorities straight.”
Christy Nichols can attest to her daughter’s dedication to school.
“She puts forth every effort,” she said. “I walked into the gym at Ridge Spring-Monetta the other day when they were on an away game. I was looking around for her and I couldn’t find her and [her coach] pointed up at the top and she was sitting up at the top row with her biology book open.”
Nichols hopes to attend Clemson University to study biology before hopefully attending medical school.
Saluda, SC (October 19, 2016) – There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Wil Easler from Saluda High School and his dedication to never cutting corners by naming him a School Winner.
“Wil is known by his teachers and friends for his commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing his hard work,” said Sarah Longshore, Principal of Saluda High School.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
Both School Winners and State Finalists have been announced today. School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. From the group of State Finalists, one senior male and female will be selected from each state and announced as State Winners on October 20.
For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.
About Wendy's High School Heisman
The Wendy's High School Heisman was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.
Twenty-two years later, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy's values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.
The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.wendys.com.
We are excited to announce the newest members of our School Improvement Council!
They will join returning members (Jacquelyn Middleton, Carrie Forrest, Trey Shealy, Abbey Duggins, Sarah Lewis, Edgar Zamorano Morales, and Deborah Minick) to focus their attention and efforts on school improvement - providing feedback on the school's renewal plan, assisting in the implementation of school improvement activities and programs, and advising the principal on important issues.
SIC meetings are open to any interested member of the community. The 2016-2017 meeting dates are:
School might be out, but it’s just starting for some members of Congress.
Sarah Longshore, principal of Saluda High School in Saluda, SC, ventured to Washington, DC in late June to meet with federal elected officials about the most pressing issues facing schools in South Carolina, including the transition to the new federal education law, resources for student literacy, and greater support for the ongoing development of principals. The meetings were part of the annual Advocacy Conference for principals, conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), in cooperation with the SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
Longshore visited congressional offices on Capitol Hill to meet with Representative Jeff Duncan, Representative Joe Wilson, Senator Tim Scott, and Senator Lindsey Graham. The agenda was driven by the need for South Carolina to focus efforts on implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed in December and which takes full effect in August 2017. The law require states to use other factors in addition to standardized test scores to determine school success. The law also requires a renewed emphasis on reading and writing across the curriculum and includes language that encourages states to dedicate up to 3 percent of professional development dollars specifically for principals.
“The importance of educators visiting with and talking to their members of Congress cannot be overstated,” Longshore said. “So that they can hear real stories of actual practice and experience and to help them clearly see how their decisions and policies impact our children in real life and not in some imaginary land where everything follows a predictable script.”
Longshore plans to maintain communication with her elected officials and meet with them during the year in their local offices.
“Advocacy requires ongoing effort,” Longshore said. “It’s not a one-time thing. We need to build relationships with elected officials so they get to know us, and more important so they understand the needs of our schools.”
Mr. Robert Etheredge has been named the new Assistant Administrator at Saluda High School.
Etheredge has been a teacher and coach for the past 11 years. He is a proud member of the 1999 graduating class of Saluda High School. He earned his B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2004 and his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Cambridge College in 2010.
His teaching career began at Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield County, where he coached three sports and also served as the physical education department chair. He left Strom Thurmond to become the head boys basketball coach at Swansea High School, where he spent four years. Over the past two years, he has worked at Saluda High School as the head boys basketball coach and a physical education teacher.
Etheredge has had much success in the classroom as well as in coaching. He is a recipient of the Live Well Award from Lexington Medical Center in 2012 for promoting lifelong fitness. He has also been a part of several region championship teams and one football state championship in 2005.
He and his wife Robin Etheredge live in Lexington SC.
“I am very excited to continue working for an excellent school district like Saluda. It gives me great pride to serve the students and community I grew up in. We have a great faculty and awesome students, and it is truly a blessing to work with them,” said Etheredge.