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Schedule for today:

6-9 a.m.--Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

9-10 a.m.—Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Hour

10-10:45 a.m.—Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

10:45-11 a.m.--Swap N Shop

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

Noon-1 p.m.--Noon Report with Mike Stevens

1-5 p.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday

5-5:30 p.m.--Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Top 5 at 5

5:30-6 p.m.--5:30 News Report

6:05 p.m.--Atlanta Braves baseball--Washington Nationals at Atlanta

After the game-6 a.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday



Eva Henderson is our Thursday birthday winner!

Todd and Amy Davis are our Monday anniversary winners! Happy 19th anniversary!

Our anniversary prize is back! Call in your anniversary to 427-2411 and be entered to win dinner for two at Buffalo Seafood House. They will give you two chicken strip plates with drinks!






School News

July 10, 2019

USC Union has named 26 students to the President’s List and 66 students to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. Also, two Palmetto College students have been named to the President’s List and seven to the Dean’s List. To be named to the President’s List, a student must be full – time with a semester grade point average of 4.0. Those named to the Dean’s List are full-time students with a semester GPA above 3.5.


President’s List

Danielle Olean Nicole Bradley – Jacksonville, NC

Kyleigh Lynn Collins – Laurinburg, NC

Tania Paola Contreras – Joanna, SC

Amiayah Ziree Douglas – Columbia, SC

Bret Clinton Groves – Clinton, SC

Caden Anthony Jackson – Buffalo, SC

Lindsey Ann Jarvis – Pacolet, SC

Tiffany Canupp Kerr – Union, SC

Mary Brook Knox – Union, SC

Tomi Leitzsey Lachance – Union, SC

Ashley Leann Magda – Laurens, SC

Rylan S Marler – Simpsonville, SC

Elizabeth Brianna Medlin – Clinton, SC

Joshua David Nelson – Woodruff, SC

Alexis Odum - Rock Hill, SC

Claire Elizabeth Pridemore – Union, SC

William Dalton Sinclair – Union, SC

Katie Elizabeth Sligh – Union, SC

Kannon Scott Small – Union, SC

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith – Union, SC

Gregory Zayn Sutton – Lancaster, SC

Todd Franklin Taylor – Columbia, SC

John Steven Trammell – Newberry, SC

Makenzie Jordan Wall – Mount Pleasant, SC

Benjamin Weaver – McDonough, GA

Jerry Keith Williams – Union, SC

Brad Scott Jolly – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership

Payton Karen Moss – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership


Dean’s List

Samuel Tate Anders – Piedmont, SC

Raygan Jason Angel – Union, SC

Caylee Michelle Austin – Union, SC

Madison Beaty – Clinton, SC

Aaron Neal Blackmon - Great Falls, SC

Stefanie Teague Blanton – Jonesville, SC

Frank Carroll Bleasdale – Manning, SC

Vontavius Monquez Bluford – Clinton, SC

Temeka Twan Briggs – Union, SC

Phillip Michael Carter – Union, SC

Gaven Michael Causey – Simpsonville, SC

Isabel  Leigh Devore – Donalds, SC

Thomas Storm Edwards – Union, SC

Kayla Ellis – Union, SC

Caroline Jamison Rae England – Union, SC

Preston John Farmer – Prosperity, SC

Abigail D. Fennell – Yemassee, SC

Noah Trent Walker Flood – Union, SC

Triston Fowler – Spartanburg, SC

Kinsleigh Ann Fulgham – Pacolet, SC

Lisa Marina Garza – Spartanburg, SC

Taylor Lettie-Ann Gibson – Union, SC

Gabriel Reid Hall – Hartsville, SC

Charles Berkley Herrington – McBee, SC

Tomeshiona Ishay Jackson – Lancaster, SC

Unique James - Goose Creek, SC

Kiyanna Rashaun Jennings – Union, SC

Curtis Blake Johnson – Union, SC

Hannah Alexa Johnson – Greenville, SC

Justin Edward Kerosetz – Fort Mill, SC

Chandler Koerner – Canton, GA

Joseph Patrick Kurtz – Buffalo, SC

Kiara Lee – Augusta, GA

Carter Lott – Buford, GA

Austin Chase McCarley – Kinards, SC

J'Antony Katia McGowan – Clinton, SC

Brian A Means – Carlisle, SC

Hannah Morse – Laurens, SC

Idasha Adrianna O'Berry – Barnwell, SC

Grace L. Ohls – Union, SC

Brendan Scott Patterson – Clinton, SC

Ashley Phillips – Dillon, SC

Audrey Victoria Pope – Summerville, SC

Taylor Charlotte Powell – Laurens, SC

Emilee S. Price – Dillon, SC

Mackenzie Leigh Reel – Whitmire, SC

Grace Revels – Lancaster, SC

Hayley B. Roberts – Chester, SC

Haven Alivia Seigler – Laurens, SC

Christopher Ryan Shiflet – Clinton, SC

Hannah Belle Shipp – Clinton, SC

Shyquasia  Alexion Smith – Union, SC

Jack William Snelgrove – Clinton, SC

Elizabeth Suzette Spencer – Union, SC

Sarah Ann Taylor – Union, SC

Charles Joe Thompson – Mountville, SC

Dimia Dajiona Thompson – Union, SC

Payton Alyssa Townsend – Chester, SC

Morgan Denise Vaughan – Union, SC

Sha'Quilla Teneshia Walker – Union, SC

Travis Alan Wendel – Union, SC

Zakiya Sheta Wiggins – Williston, SC

Gentry Todd Wood – Union, SC

Creighton Thompson Wood-Carter – Columbia, SC

Sarah-Grace Ellen Wrennall – Duncan, SC

Annalee Paige Wyatt – Spartanburg, SC

Julie Patricia-Ann Dudley – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Liberal Studies

Shannikia Tecole Hill – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Liberal Studies

Paul Kendrick Means, Jr. – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership

Kizzetta Zakiyyah Rodgers – Union, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership

Noah Lee Stribling – Enoree, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership

Kayla Bryana Vaughan – Pacolet, SC, Palmetto College – Organizational Leadership

Christian Davis Wood-Weddle – Columbia, SC, Palmetto College – Liberal Studies

June 19, 2019

The UCHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations of individuals to be considered for the Athletic Hall of Fame.  Information and a link to the nomination form has been posted on the main Union County School District web page.

June 12, 2019

Da Wiz Visits Summer Reading Camp

On Wednesday, June 12th, L. Kobie Da Wiz visited the Union County Schools Summer Reading Camp at Buffalo Elementary School. L. Kobie Wilkerson a.k.a L. Kobie Da Wiz is an award-winning author, poet, speaker, presenter, storyteller, edutainer, master teacher, and powerful transformer of schools and organizations. He ingeniously converts resistance to change into receptiveness for growth. He is a leading authority on helping schools and organizations cultivate relationships that support a healthy culture and climate. Kobie works with schools and organizations where it is his goal to see them systematically operate at their best, so they can effectively impact those they serve. At BES, Kobie used music and literacy to motivate and educate the students. His presentation was music-filled, action-packed, and kept the students engaged and writing the entire time. Students had an interactive workbook where they took notes as he presented the information using music, movement, choral chants, and lots of action! The students definitely had a wonderful experience that they will never forget. More information about Kobie can be found at

June 5, 2019

May 24, 2019

The University of South Carolina Union held Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 4th in the First Baptist Church sanctuary. The commencement speaker was Dr. Harris Pastides, USC President for the past 11 years.

During President Pastides’ tenure, the university has seen its South Carolina Honors College named the best honors college in the nation and celebrated continual top national academic program rankings, including 47 current programs in undergraduate and graduate international business, public health, engineering, nursing and others. The university also has garnered record levels of research funding and surpassed a $1 billion capital campaign goal under his leadership. Today, President Pastides serves on many local, state, national and international boards, including the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the U.S. Fulbright Program (chair), the University Research Associates (chair), the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (chair), and the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (chair). He is a past chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and currently serves as president of the Southeastern Conference.

The Speaker’s Scholarship Award was presented to Travis Wendel by USC President Harris Pastides. The USC Union Scholarship Committee selects the student based on outstanding academic achievement. Travis is currently renewing his studies at USC Union. He reports that he considers himself to be honest, trustworthy, hardworking, and supportive of others. These qualities have certainly been confirmed in his time at USC Union as he has distinguished himself by receiving both Marine Science and Spanish academic awards as well as making the President’s Honor Roll. Travis is also very active on campus, serving on Student Government, working part-time on campus at the library and for security at campus events. Travis’s college goals are to earn his associate’s degree here at USC Union, then major in biology in preparation for a career in research. 

Bret Clint Groves was presented the Kennedy Academic Award by USC Union Academic Dean, Dr. Randy Lowell. The Kennedy Award was established by Mr. B.F Kennedy and his late wife, Myrna, to publicly recognize and reward the USC Union graduate with the highest GPA each year. The recipient exemplifies love of learning and commitment to excellence. Clint started at USC Union Laurens location, in Fall of 2016, bringing to the table a wealth of life experience as a non-traditional student. In addition to his full load of coursework each semester, Clint has managed to balance his responsibilities as a supervisor at the Walmart Distribution Center, his role as a family man with five children, and even finding time to keep up with his hobby as a banjo player. He is routinely acknowledged by many faculty as one of the strongest students they have had in their classes, and he has received a number of scholarships and accolades to reinforce that sentiment. As he prepares to graduate with an Associates in Science and an Associates in Arts, he has also set himself up to have a head start on many of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership in which he will officially enroll this Fall 2019 semester through Palmetto College. This will allow him to remain in the area as he completes that Bachelor’s degree.

Also recognized was Dr. Randy Lowell as USC Union Teacher of the Year. Dr. Lowell received his B.A. in Experimental Psychology in 2004, his M.A. in Experimental Psychology in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 2012, all from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His focus was within Cognitive Psychology, investigating the way that adult readers use context to infer meanings of new words while reading, largely based on eye movement recording and subsequent memory tests. Immediately after completing his doctoral studies in 2012, he joined the faculty at USC Union, and began his role as Academic Dean in January of 2016. During his time in Union, he has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented his research at local, regional, and national conferences, received a variety of internal research grant funding, and collaborated with many undergraduate student researchers and faculty. This year he was also the Union campus nominee for the Palmetto College research award that is named after the late Dr. Shaw. While maintaining a high level of research productivity and a substantial amount of service to the campus, community, and University system, including his administrative duties as Academic Dean, Dr. Lowell has also maintained a high standard of teaching and has been recognized for that, including being nominated for the Palmetto College Duffy teaching award in 2015. His teaching in the classroom is greatly informed by his scholarly activity outside of the classroom, and his close working relationships with students through his PALM Psychology Lab on various research studies provides an ideal format for integrating classroom concepts with new and creative ways to investigate the questions that those students demonstrate a natural curiosity about. In the process, he also greatly appreciates all of the new things that he is able to learn from his students.


List of Graduates

Associate In Arts

Tytiana Shonterria Beacham

Aaron Neal Blackmon

Frank Carroll Bleasdale III

Temeka Twan Briggs

Lisa Marina Garza, With High Honors

Devin Adam Gilkison

Hanna Carmella Goodfellow, With Honors

Bret Clinton Groves II, With Highest Honors

Ashley Marie Hall

Mary Elizabeth Grier Hanvey

William Eugene Holcombe Jr.

Courtland Darelle Howard

Lindsey Ann Jarvis, With Highest Honors

Hannah Alexa Johnson

Emily Catherine Kingsmore

Tomi Leitzsey Lachance*, With High Honors

Kiara Lee

Faith Ann Lemons

Austin Chase McCarleyElizabeth

Brianna Medlin, With High Honors

Mayko Abelino Mendoza Garcia

Austin James Tyler Parker

Hunter Patrick Plemmons

Claire Elizabeth Pridemore, With High Honors

Lindsey Rhea Ratliff, With High Honors

William Dalton Sinclair, With High Honors

Katie Elizabeth Sligh, With High Honors

Kannon Scott Small, With Honors

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, With Honors

Makenzie Reagan Stanford

Dimia Dajiona Thompson

Asia Shonice Tucker, With Honors

Sha’Quilla Teneshia Walker

Graham Tucker Whitesides, With Honors

Bailey Marie Willard

Kiara Renee Williamson

Madelynn Wood


Associate In Science

Martin Alejandro Arias, With Honors

Caylee Michelle Austin

Tytiana Shonterria Beacham

Bentley Jay Burr

Daytona LeAnn Caldwell

Gaven Michael Causey, With Honors

William Christopher Dawes

Caroline Jamison Rae England

Preston John Farmer, With High Honors

Lisa Marina Garza, With High Honors

Devin Adam Gilkison

Wa’Dezmond Bishari Good

Bret Clinton Groves II, With Highest Honors

Gabriel Reid Hall

Mary Elizabeth Grier Hanvey

Allison Marie Hart

Charles Berkley Herrington

William Eugene Holcombe Jr.

Dallas Christian Honeycutt, With Honors

Courtland Darelle Howard

Tomeshiona Ishay Jackson

Steve Dy’Sean Joyner Jr.

Emily Catherine Kingsmore

Joseph Patrick Kurtz, With High Honors

Tomi Leitzsey Lachance*, With High Honors

Faith Ann Lemons

Anthony Alexander Miller, With Honors

Cameron William Mitchell

Ashley Phillips

Claire Elizabeth Pridemore, With High Honors

Auston Eugene Shouse

Katie Elizabeth Sligh, With High Honors

Kannon Scott Small, With Honors

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, With Honors

Jack William Snelgrove

Dillon Chase Sumner

Payton Alyssa Townsend

John Steven Trammell, With Honors

Sha’Quilla Teneshia Walker

Theodore Walker

MaKenzie Jordan Wall, With High Honors

Keondra Patrice Watts

Bailey Marie Willard

Sarah Grace Ellen Wrennall

Graduate Group (L to R)

Row 1: Bryanna Honeycutt (Marshall), Lisa Garza, Bryanna Vaughan, Daytona Caldwell, Katie Sligh, Dimia Thompson, Dawn Schreiber, Celeste Cathcart, Abby McCarley (Marshall). Row 2: Caroline England, Kelsey Granger, Caylee Austin, Claire Pridemore, Madelynn Wood, Sha’Quilla Walker, Makenzie Stanford. Row 3: Tomi Lachance, Lindsey Jarvis, Theodore Walker, Jack Snelgrove, Hunter Plemmons, Donna Truelove. Row 4: Clint Groves, Asia Tucker, Makenzie Wall, Payton Townsend, Dillon Sumner. Row 5: Temeka Briggs, Ashley Hall, Faith Lemons, Paul Means, Cameron Mitchell. Row 6: Devin Gilkison, Allison Hart, Kathryn Smith, Elliot Trammell, Kiara Lee, Elizabeth Medlin. Row 7: Corey Easterling, Tomeshiona Jackson, Brad Jolly. (Not pictured but participated in the ceremony: Martin Arias, Mayko Mendoza Garcia, Hannah Johnson)

May 20, 2019

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Union County School District

Office of Food and Nutrition Services

120 Lakeside Drive · P.O. Box 907

Union, SC 29379



May 20, 2019                                                                                              

Summer Feeding Program in Union County

Union, South Carolina – Union County School District will be piloting a summer feeding program at Union County High School this summer.  Any child or teen ages 18 years old or younger will be able to eat lunch on site at no cost to them. 

The summer feeding program will begin on Monday, June 3, 2019 and will operate through Thursday, August 8, 2019, depending upon participation.  Days of operation will be Monday through Thursday, and closed on July 3rd and 4th.

Lunch service will be held in the high school cafeteria between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM, with ending times subject to change.

Summer lunches will meet federal nutrition standards and will include a daily choice of either an entrée or a vegetarian entree option, vegetable and fruit options, grain, and milk.  Summer menus and additional information will be posted on the UCSD Food and Nutrition Services website.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Smoak, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, at 864-429-1748, extension 717 or


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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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May 15, 2019

Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week

The week of May 6th-10th was National Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week. During this week, the faculty, staff, and school nurse of Foster Park Elementary School were treated like royalty. On Monday, everyone was treated to a Taco Bar at lunch, catered by Mama Sue’s Homemade Help in Spartanburg, SC. On Tuesday, Hardee’s biscuits were enjoyed by everyone for breakfast. On Wednesday, teachers were treated to ten-minute massages by Kathy Palmer of In Touch Massage in Union, SC during their planning period. On Thursday, everyone enjoyed Subway for lunch, provided by the FPES PTO. On Friday, everyone satisfied their munchies by enjoying a snack and soda from the Appreciation Station in the school office. Foster Park Elementary School truly appreciates its faculty, staff, and school nurse. Everyone goes above and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of their students each and every day.

May 15, 2019

Electricity Day at Foster Park

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 3rd Graders at Foster Park Elementary School held its Electricity Day. This was a fun, learning day where visitors came in and shared their area of expertise with the students. Classes rotated around to the different speakers.

Station one was led by Ms. Taylor Atkinson and Ms. Raven Miller of the Union Carnegie Library. They read aloud Magnets Push, Magnets Pull. After the read aloud, students worked in groups to see which group could make the longest paper clip chain using a magnet. Afterwards, two students at a time participated in a magnet car race where they used a magnet to push a magnetic car to see who made it to the finish line first.

Station two was led by Mrs. Jan Carter, Union County Schools Curriculum Coach. Students watched a movie about Thomas Edison. They learned how Edison, through perseverance, used math and science to invent the first light bulb. After the movie, students were placed in pairs and they read a nonfiction book about electricity and brainstormed a question they still had about electricity.

Station three was led by Mr. Greg Kirby and Mr. Matt Kendrick of the City of Union. They used a model and demonstrated the effects of touching power lines when playing in trees, flying kites, and digging in the ground. They stressed the importance of using safety when playing outside and paying attention to danger signs on fenced-in areas. They also showed some of the personal protective gear that they wear when working with power lines. In addition, they had a bucket truck for them to look at. After the City of Union presentation, students went back to a classroom to watch Magic School Bus Gets Charged (a short animated movie about electricity).

Station four was led by Mrs. Rhonda Hollingsworth, Union County Schools Curriculum Coach. In this rotation, students were placed into groups and rotated to five different hands-on activities. Rotations included: Static Electricity, Make a Human Circuit, Electrical Circuit, How Can We Use Electricity at Home, and Complete & Incomplete Circuits. Students were so engaged and buzzing with excitement to explore electricity at each rotation in this station.

Electricity Day at FPES was definitely a hit and will hopefully become an annual event for the FPES 3rd graders! Foster Park is always looking for volunteers and speakers to come in and share their areas of expertise with its students.

May 15, 2019

Accelerated Reader Celebration

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students pick out books on their own level and read them at their own pace. When finished, students take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the students understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help students set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Each year, Foster Park Elementary School rewards students for meeting their AR goal each semester. On May 13th, the students who met their 2nd semester AR goal got to attend the 2nd Semester AR Celebration. Students enjoyed getting up close and personal with the night sky. The Spartanburg Science Center Star Lab visited FPES. The Star Lab shows vivid demonstrations of the night sky. The rotating projector shows the paths of the planets, moon, stars, and the sky as the night goes on and seasons change.  Afterward, they were treated to a pizza lunch. FPES Accelerated Reader Celebrations serve as great motivators each year to encourage FPES students to read, read, read.

May 15, 2019

Truitt Named April Teacher of the Month


Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, presenting Mrs. Truitt with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s May Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Amy Truitt has been named as Foster Park Elementary School’s May Teacher of the Month. This month’s focus trait was dedication and commitment. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Truitt has proven time and time again that she is more than dedicated and committed to FPES. Not only is she a phenomenal art teacher, but she works tirelessly behind the scenes writing grants and securing artists in residence to provide many wonderful opportunities for our students. She is also willing to jump in whenever or wherever needed to help in any way possible. She is truly a dedicated TEAM player.

Mrs. Truitt is currently in her twenty-third year of teaching and has taught at FPES for fourteen years. She currently teaches art. She is a graduate of Converse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf and Elementary Education, Minor in Studio Art, and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (with Gifted & Talented Endorsement). She also completed her Art Education Certification and has obtained thirty hours above her Master’s Degree. In addition, Mrs. Truitt has attended many arts conferences and has served on many arts committees. It is evident that Mrs. Truitt is indeed a lifelong learner herself.

Mrs. Truitt has been awarded many grants which help her to provide authentic learning experiences for her students. She was named the 2012-2013 Foster Park Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was also nominated for the State Art Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013. Mrs. Truitt is an active member of the South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA), National Art Education Association (NAEA), and the Union County Arts Council (UCAC).

Her hobbies include spending time with her family, painting and creating collages, sign language, and watching movies. She lives in Jonesville with her husband, Mark. They have two daughters: Madyson (17) and Katelyn (12). Mrs. Truitt is a member of West Springs Baptist Church.

When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Truitt says, “I get to teach ALL of the kids at my school! I love watching the fresh and genuine approach my young students take to being creative and expressing themselves. I love seeing kids smile!”

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its May Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Amy Truitt.

May 3, 2019

BES Office Staff Appreciation

Buffalo Elementary School loves and appreciates our office staff! The BES office staff takes pride in all they do every day to help children, families, faculty, and staff. These ladies are one of a kind and are an AWESOME TEAM! They are the queens of multi-tasking! It is almost unbelievable to see them in action! Secretary Gloria Farr, Student Records Clerk Letitia Wages, Guidance Counselor Anne Peeler, and School Nurse Donna Cody strive to make every visitor in our school feel welcome and a part of the BES family!  These wonderful ladies were recently treated with breakfast, lunch, gifts, and a very special book personalized for each of them with notes of appreciation for all they do for the students, families, faculty, and staff of Buffalo Elementary. The impact they make in the lives of others every day is amazing.  The office staff along with Principal Stacy McAbee and Assistant Principal Jarette Pendergrass' desire is to make everyone feel like an important part of our school. We know we cannot do this alone. At Buffalo, we are not just coworkers... we are a TEAM... we are FAMILY.  WE ARE BUFFALO!

May 2, 2019

Future Farmers at Foster Park

Ms. Ashley Dill, Union County High School CATE Center Agricultural Education Instructor, recently visited Foster Park Elementary School. Several members of the UCHS Future Farmers of America Club joined her. Together, they set up several stations for the Kindergarten students to visit. The stations included: farm animal interactions (pigs, goats, chicks), farm games, ice cream making, and farm animal crafts. Each station was an engaging and hands-on activity that kept the students’ attention. The students learned a lot about various careers in agriculture, including: farmers, veterinarians, game wardens, scientists, etc. The students absolutely loved the visit and continued to talk about it several days after it was over. FPES is blessed to be a part of a community where people are willing to share their areas of expertise in order to help its students learn and grow beyond the classroom.

April 26, 2019

Winthrop University Student Interns at BES

Buffalo Elementary School has been fortunate to host many Winthrop University Student Interns over the last several weeks.  Interns, Ms. Liz and Ms. Barton, are reading aloud to students and conducting a lesson on adjectives to Mrs. Wicker's third grade students at Buffalo Elementary.

Lizzy Koehler (left) and Marissa Atkins (right), who are both Winthrop University interns in Donna Long's 2nd grade class at Buffalo Elementary, help student Ivey Palmer work on her Read Across America class project.

April 26, 2019

BES 5K Students Love Reading!

5K students at Buffalo Elementary love to read and are recognized regularly for their reading achievements. 100 Book Challenge is a reading program in students are provided with high interest books on their reading level. Students work hard in practicing reading strategies, mastering various decoding skills, and recognizing high frequency words. Reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension strategies are modeled by teachers and practiced daily. Teachers conference with students and provide one-on-one and small group reading instruction to help every student become a strong reader. Teachers track students' progress and recognize students for their achievements. Students are motivated, have a love for learning, and are always working hard to reach their next goal!

April 26, 2019

Hands-On Learning in 5K at BES

Students at BES love learning! Teachers create opportunities everyday for students to participate in hands-on learning. By providing students with opportunities to get involved and take ownership of what they are learning, students are more motivated and eager to learn!

April 25, 2019

BES 5K Students Visit the Zoo

After reading books about zoo animals, kindergarten students at BES enjoyed a field trip to the Riverbanks Zoo. Students loved seeing and learning about the animals they saw. After visiting the zoo, students did some incredible writing explaining what they experienced.

April 23, 2019

Foster Park March Students of the Month

Hughes--Tycen Ward

Inman--Ja'Tavion Bell

Owens--Rhiyan Jeter

Wells--Andria Anderson

Willard--Elijah Lindsey

Palmer--MaKayla Gregory

Candler--Ayden Painter

Robinson--Emma Thompson

Ivey--Destiny Hames

Roark--CJ Hall

Holcombe--Lucian Betterton

Hogan--Jacoby Chapman

Prince--Mariah Porter

Bishop--Shy'Asia Means 

Gibson--Xzavian Porter

Queen--Bella Austin

Styles--Bentley Weltman

Howell--Kaelyn Davidson

Kingsmore--Jake Gallman

Bailey--Jase Hughes 

Justice--Bryleigh Hart 

Walker--Poe Betterton

Silvey--AM and PM

AM - Amena Gist

PM - Jayden Norman

April 23, 2019

Union County High School Quarter 3 Honor Roll 2018-19

Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s)

12th Grade

Thomas Dale ‘DJ’ Anthony, Kayson Sabrie Bates, Baylie Amanda Black, Day'Vonn Malik Briggs, Miranda Leigh Bright, Tristian John Thomas Bright, Kaelyn Sydney Chavis, Andrew Thomas Clayton, Zykeria Denasia Dawkins-Willingham, Nigel Dos Santos, Latavia Cherae' Foster, Caroline Anne Fowler, Brittany Nicole Fullbright, Caroline Elizabeth Gallman, Rebekah Margaret Goodale, Makayla Hope Grady, Daniel Colvin Grant, David Tyler Haney, Dennezia Tamia Hardy, Decorius Terriq Harris, Tre'von Zamar Hill, Tyler Austin Jerdo, Brian Keith Jeter, Jalynn Harrison Jones, Jadyn Ashley Kimbrell, Jordan Blake Lawson, Anna-Katherine Bailey Long, Destiny Shy'Kerra Itiona Means, Najzha Isheia Mitchell, Bradley Vance Parris, Wesley Tyler Pruitt, Cassidy Page Rector, Kendy Linet Roman-De La Cruz, Kamorah Tamia Salter, Sha'Keem Zykwon Salter, Destiny Nicole Sanders, Kadijah Tyanna Scott, Emily Ann Mackenzie Smith, Ethan Seth Song, Kailee Hope Stepp, Jimmysha Tyana Stewart, Zyrien Ah'Mir Stewart, Benjamin Loftis Stone, Kayla Mackenzie Thompson, Noah Peyton Threadgill, Douglas James Warr, Brittany Leann Willis.

11th Grade

Terrance Jermaine Booker, Chaniah Reonna Brown, Leah Danielle Cody, Jerel Tyreek Dawkins, Madison Aliyah Haney, Mackenzie Payden Harris, Jessica Lasha Johnson, Shamareya Shantez McBride, Jonah Paul McCutcheon, Justin Lynn Pettit, Alexander Ramirez, Jasmine Sanchez, Joshua Greer Sanders, Keyshawn James Sanders, Robert Joseph Sanders, Courtney Alexis Seymore, Adeshwa Antonio Smith, Jasmine Marie Suggs, Robert Ryan Vinson, Layla Iyana Voiselle, Katherine Elizabeth Wagner, Timothy Sullivan Wood.

10th Grade

Brianna Paige Bailey, Julia McLarnon Bailey, Ethan Alexander Balkum, Huston Logan Betenbaugh, Jacob Carter Colson, Dixie Caroline Crocker, Caitlin Briana Davis, Katelyn Jillian Dos Santos, Chamir Arion Dunn, Jenna Grace Fleming, JeMeria Shaquese Foster, Abbigail Grace Freeman, Madeline Suzanne Gilstrap, Abigail Samantha Goodfellow, Anna Mason Gregory, Macie Cheyanne Gregory, Nicholas Aaron Hale, Haleigh Elizabeth Hendrix, Brianna Nicole Hughey, Haley Sierra Jackson, Laurin Amber Nikole Johnson, Lindsey Blaire Johnson, Abbie Jolie Kerr, Nyla My'Joy Land, Halen Carolann Lawing, Jada McKenzley Lott, Erin Nicole Miller, Antonette De'Aerica Moore, Kanijah Shaquez Norman, Mary Alexa Robbins, Ja O'Marion Ruth, La'Christian Ta'Liyah Salter, Ke'Avis Jay'Quan Savage, Dustin Dakota Scruggs, Hunter Lewis Senn, Shamya Tamir Smith, Shanya Amir Smith, Yariah Tione Stewart, Kendele Faith Sullivan, Laurel Ray Treadway, Julia E Whitney.

9th Grade

Brooke Lyn Adams, Jace Bradley Anderson, Rylee Makenna Austin, Lea Marie Baldwin, Caroline Elizabeth Baron, Maggie Elizabeth Berry, Thomas Joseph Betenbaugh, Dymia Lafayiasha Brannon, Caleb Mardis Bright, William Bailey Childers, Hannah Madison Copeland, Dalaney Jene Davis, Ruthie Alice Dean, Arielle Cheyanne Deputy, MacAuther Edmonds, Ansleigh Reign Erwin, Mu'khia Keshell Garrett-Carson, Marcelle Lee Gregory, Riley Dianne Gregory, Abby Alexis Inman, Julie Anna Latham, Elainie Diane Lee, Weirong Lin, Naykaia Briana Lindsey, Janiya Honesty Lucre Mcleod, Madalyn Josephine JoAnn Manibusan, Derrik J'Marion Martinez, Xiomara Ramirez-Bernal, Chloe Anna Rector, Zackary John Rogers, Amiah Mikayla Rufrano, James Scott Sherbert, Kayla Hope Sinclair, Briyana Shantice Smith, Nathan O'Neal Smith, Kenterrius Keesean Thompson, James Michael Tucker, Jada Danielle Turner, Sarah Elizabeth Walden, Jamaria Donta' via Walton, Kaigan Anna Wilson, Calista Hill Woodson.

Teacher’s Honor Roll (All A’s and B’s)

12th Grade

William Haskins Balkum, Brandon Scott Bates, Michael Andrew Benson, Grant Thomas Berry, Peighton Elisabeth Berry, Bailey Nicole Betenbaugh, Dea'Yaveon Raquis Demarr Booker, Lauren Nicole Brewington, Jenna Danielle Bright, Armani Tamaura Byrd, Zamarreah Quiniya Corbett, Caleb Hunter Enlow, Jesseca E'lise Farr, Zacoria Tyshiauna Favors, Jamya Monae Feaster, Bobby Ce Fowler, Destiny Chyenne Fowler, Aubrey Haley Alyse Garner, Preston Kyier Garrett, Cheyenne Sierra Gist, Larissa Janeth Horne, Layla Charline Howell, Breyonna ShaQuell Jeter, Robert Kendarris Johnson, Tykevues Tyrone Kershaw, Jakob Scott Lawson, Joseph O'Neil Lawson, Patrick Alman Long, William Tyler Lowe, Dayquan Richard Maxwell, Justyce Keyera McClintock, Anna Elizabeth Mitchell, Deidrick Tayshuan Montgomery, Cedrickus DeCarlos Neal, Chandler Lee Northern, Parker Reed Northern, Brindia Elizabeth Shaniq Nunn, John Keith Parks, Michael Jacob Parks, Tyanna Mona’ Porter, Kori Jamari Kitoria Rice, Tyree Devonte` Ruth, Aaliyah Javona Salter, Kyntrell D'Andre Sanders, Cory Wayne Scott, Bronson Alexander Shetley, Tierra Alexis Simmons, Carmen Delila Sliwa, Abby Danielle Smith, Madelyn Hope Sparks, Ly'Garien Da'Viyon Still, Brittney Brianna Thompson, Ta'nyjha Mariah Thompson, Jennifer Ruby Lee Turner, Garrett O'Neil Wages, Jamal Xavier Wallington, Destiny Aurianna Watts, Madison Alyse Yeargin.

11th Grade

Caitlyn Rose Adams, Anna Caroline Alexander, Trey Alan Best, JaQuan Kentrell Boyd, Ja'kiya Cleunna Brannon, Madisen Amanda Brewington, Jack Louis Cannon, Anthony DaShaun Carter, Charles Andrew Cash, Reagan Olivia Chapman, Brina Grace Childers, Sydney Elizabeth Childers, Lauren Makayla Daniels, Tykasia Chart'e Davis, Bailey Alexis Earls, Cailey Breann Edwards, Makayla Ann Edwards, Tyshond Cortez Eison, Destiny Mariah Floyd, Brennon Luke Cain Foster, Iriana Corael Foster, Alexis Janai Gaffney, Breanna Leigh Garner, Shamaria Briana Glenn, Talia Ashantay Glenn, Bre'shauna Kiara Gordon, Taylor Tiana Gregory, Garrison Nichols Hendrix, Bella Grace Howell, Christian Wilson Humphries, Hunter Dean Inman, Jamaye` Ke'Ora Jeter, Shanya Ashanti Jeter, Dustin Blake Johnson, Mariah Sade Johnson, Air'eyanna Shamone Jones, Jerimey Rey Kirby, Likeyvia Ashen Teshona Land, Jessica Delaney Lawson, Elice Nicole Lee, Jacob Alan McGee, Gemini Ti'ana Leigh Means, India Kiemya Means, Briana Madison Millwood, Connor Joseph Mitchell, Donasia Zaitraill Nash, Megan Rebecca Nelson, Olivia Faith Ouzts, Haleigh Cameron Palmer, Leigh Julianne Parris, Ralph Lewis Peake, Anna Rose Sawyer, Keonna Pierra Smith, Alexis Michelle Spears, George William Spencer, Malia Jimeka Thomas, Taliyah O'Drionna Thomas, Sydni Nicole Thompson, Conner Judson Tyler, Kaleb Alexander Varner, Jaylon Xayvion Wallington, Arianna Kele Whitmire, Jai'lyn Ailse Worthy, Taylor McKenzie Wright, Ashanti Kiasia Young.

10th Grade

Bailey Kendall Angel, Candace Aaliyah Armstrong, Madison Paige Blackwell, Jamarri Xzavion Booker, Halle Blythe Brannon, Caley Brianne Brown, Shyanne Marie Cannon, April Anita Case, Jabarius Terron Crosby, Jabori Rondarius Dawkins, Tanygha Shanice Dawkins, Bryson Alan Dowis, Daniel Blaine Farr, Kallee Grace Garner, Carmen Nicole Glenn, Erykah Yamaya Gray, Terry Arthur Greene, Cameron Dale Heatherly, Riley Cooper-VanSac Huggins, Myra Nicole Hullett, Haylee Mae Izzett, Za'Kyah Janae Jeter-Walton, Gabriel Payne Jordan, Ethan Joseph Lancaster, Charles Kerry McCluney, Tyler Wayne McFalls, John Caleb Pickens, Jania Ariell Prater, Karrah Bethany Rice, Bailey McKel Scott, Iysis Storm Smith, Karia T'ace Smith, Thomas Lee Smith, Bonnie Kay Steadman, Niasia Myana Stewart, Ryan DeQuon Thomas, Tony Todd, Chariah Monique Tucker, Alexis Ayana Tenee Wallington, Asharia Canelis Wood.

9th Grade

Kyleigh Elizabeth Allen, O'Jada Renee Bishop, Nazir Turkir Brandon-Savage, Rachel Elizabeth Brewington, Mackenzi Jade Cabaniss, Tommy Nathaniel Cudd, Luke Gregory Davis, Carter William Dodson, William Paul Edwards, Caitlin Janae Goode, Moriah Lee Goode, Gavyn Cade Gregory, Peyton Nathaniel Gregory, Zy'Bryia Maicyes Hall, Jacob Russell Harbst, Zakiyah Monae Hardy, Sarah Amelia Hart, Tyler Gage Henderson, Bryana Jade Horne, Autamn Michelle Humphries, Alejandro Benito Hunt, Mary Kathryn James, Ydel Ideh Jean-Louis, Alazia Zykoria Jeter, Ja'Marion Quatez Jeter, Kyn'Deria La'Bria Jeter, T'Quan Jermaine Jones, Ben'Naeyshyia Ly'Shaeye Kelly, Naqaua Malik Kershaw, Shykeema R Land, Thomazia My-Yonnah Littlejohn, Zahnya Adeline Lucre, Timothy Brandon Mohammed, Treasure Divine Morton, Ny'Qusia Moniqua Neal, Nina Olivia Newton, Irwing Alexander Ocampo, Brooklyn Paige Palmer, Bryson Tyler Perry, Annesley Peyton Phillips, Landyn Brooke Queen, Jonathan David Rector, Christian Neil Rochester, John Kevin Rochester, Emma Leigh Scott, William Elijah Scott, Caroline Elizabeth Shick, Demetrius Harley Smith, Garrison Chase Smith, Kameron Rodgers Taylor, Brandon Marvin Trammell, Kelton Patrick Weaver, Hayden Keiston Whitlock, Leah Mackinzie Whitmore, Abbigail Marie Williams, Jessie Lynn Williford, Olivia Michelle Yandel.

April 20, 2019

4K Gets New Playground Equipment


The students in Mrs. Silvey’s 4K Class at Foster Park Elementary School got a pleasant surprise last month. The FPES PTO recently purchased new playground equipment for the 4K playground. The students did not have many toys to choose from at recess and many of the ones that had were damaged. They were all smiles when their new toys arrived. The 4K students wish to thank the FPES PTO for their new toys!  Foster Park Elementary School is blessed to have such a wonderful, hard-working PTO to love and support their students.

April 19, 2019

Monarch 3rd-5th Grade Students of the Quarter

Monarch Elementary school is pleased to announce the following students have been selected by their teachers as Star Students of the Quarter for the fourth nine weeks.  These outstanding students come to school eager to learn each day.  Congratulations to Makayla Dawkins, London Beaty, Jayda Jeter, Justin Ward, Tra'Asia Walker, Jaila Davis, Ayda Lynn Hopper, Shirlissa Land, and Aliyah Smith.  

Monarch Elementary is pleased to announce the following students have been selected by their teachers as Star Students of the Quarter for the fourth nine weeks.  These students are eager to learn and help others. Congratulations to Abby Jenkins, Jermani Savage, Brady Greer, and Tre' Smith.  

Monarch 5K-2nd Grade Students of the Quarter

Monarch Elementary is pleased to announce the following students have earned the honor of being Star Students of the Quarter by their teachers for the fourth nine weeks.  These students are responsible, respectful, and productive. Congratulations to Isaac McAbee, Harmony Armstrong, Addison Ivey, Ava Millwood, Kyler Kennedy, Henry Vaughan, Kyle Tapley, Izzy Sumner, and Breanna Davis. 

April 19, 2019

FPES Gets New Basketball Court

Recess just got a little more fun at Foster Park Elementary School! After several months of fundraising, the school was able to purchase a new basketball court for students to enjoy at recess. The school held a Parent & Child Valentine’s Dance to raise money. In addition, part of the proceeds from the school’s weekly Eagle Zone (positive behavior canteen) was used to make the purchase. The FPES PTO also donated $1,000 to help make the students’ dream of having a basketball court to enjoy a reality. Foster Park Elementary School is blessed to have supportive families and PTO who work tirelessly to make improvements to their school.


1. Third Graders enjoying their new basketball court at recess.

2. Principal Mr. Koepke joining in on the fun during the 5K-2nd grade social.

April 15, 2019

Foster Park Second Graders Support Their Community

Do you think you need to be an adult to care about what happens in Union?  Second graders from Katie Prince’s class at Foster Park Elementary School learned that even 8-year-olds can make a big difference in their community.  During the month of March, these students have been learning about how goods and services are used by the citizens of Union to make it a better place.  After learning about how the Union County Animal Shelter helps stray animals find homes, they wanted to do something to help!

These students researched animal shelters, and wrote persuasive essays to their fellow students at Foster Park, encouraging them to bring in donations from home that could be sent to the animal shelter.   They worked with Mrs. Truitt, the art teacher at Foster Park, to create posters to hang around the school as well.  Then, they waited for their school to respond.

And what a response they received!  Prince began receiving donations the very next day.  The class collected dozens of blankets, many bags of pet food, bags of newspapers, pet beds, shampoo, toys, puppy pads, and treats!  There was so much, they had to move the donations from Prince’s room to the stage!  “It makes me feel happy that I was able to help the animals because I love helping animals,” said Easton Millwood, one of Prince’s students.  Another student, Amya Beacham, said, “It’s important to help the animal shelter so that they can keep helping the animals live long healthy lives in good homes.” 

All donations from this pet supply drive was given to the Union County Animal Shelter on Friday, March 29.  Students were so excited to learn that the animals would be benefiting from their project.  “If I could tell people something about this, I would tell them to please donate to the animal shelter,” said Jacoby Gist.  When asked about why this project is so important to her students, Prince said, “The students thought they were just helping the animals, but the lesson goes so much deeper than that.  They were learning to see a need in their community and respond!  Hopefully that lesson carries with them for a long time.”

April 11, 2019

April 8, 2019

Authors Visit BES

Former Gamecock football linemen Preston Thorne and Preston Moore are two of Buffalo Elementary School's favorite authors of #JustaChicken.  Preston Thorne and Langston Moore came back to BES to promote and share their LOVE and enthusiasm of writing, reading, and storytelling with our students.  All of our students were even given a preview of their new book, Just a Chicken Little.  Students met with the authors by grade level to learn new ways to improve their reading and writing abilities.  Finally, at the end of their visit, students were able to have their books signed by these AMAZING authors.

April 8, 2019

BES Students Collaborate and Learn!

Third grade students in Mrs. Stephanie Wicker's class at BES researched topics of their choice using SCDiscus and then created their own books.  The students then shared their books with students in Mrs. Allison Duckett's five year old kindergarten class.  Interns from Winthrop University joined the groups and helped kindergartners ask questions about the books.  The kindergartners wrote thank you letters to the third graders telling them how they inspired them to be awesome writers!

March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

BES Visits the USS Yorktown

Buffalo Elementary School's fifth graders were able to go back in time and be a part of history on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.  Our fifth graders experienced several hands-on social studies and science activities while on their last field trip of the year.

March 19, 2019

Teacher Goes Above and Beyond



Mrs. Willard sitting with Ben Balkum on his foyer rug figuring out division homework with coffee stirrers.


Foster Park Elementary School is blessed with many great teachers who are willing to do whatever it takes to help their students succeed. Recently, 4th grade teacher Mrs. Jeanne Willard went above and beyond for one of her students. According to Mrs. Kim Balkum, her son, Ben, was feeling defeated while doing his math homework. He just could not seem to figure out his homework for the day. She texted Mrs. Willard to ask if he could stay after school or arrive early the next day for some extra help. By the time she read Mrs. Willard’s response to the tutoring request, she was already at their house helping Ben. Mrs. Balkum is beyond thankful for teachers like Mrs. Willard who actually care and know how important that little moments like figuring out division with coffee stirrers on the foyer rug are just as important as high test scores. Foster Park is filled with teachers just like Mrs. Willard who go the extra mile each and every day for their students.

March 19, 2019

Rogers Named November Teacher of the Month



Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, presenting Mrs. Lindsay Rogers with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s November Teacher of the Month.


Mrs. Lindsay Rogers was named as Foster Park Elementary School’s November Teacher of the Month. November’s focus trait was showing compassion. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Rogers is a teacher who consistently shows compassion for her students each and every day. She goes above and beyond to support her students regardless of their physical or academic ability. She demonstrates kindness and empathy for the needs of her students.


Mrs. Rogers is currently in her fourth year of teaching and has been at Foster Park all four years. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She is also a graduate of Converse College with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Her hobbies are reading and spending time with her family. She is married to her husband, Alan, and they have two sons, Deacon and Calder.


When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Rogers says, “helping every child not only do their best, but to become their best.”


Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its November Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Lindsay Rogers.

March 15, 2019

Gibson Named March Teacher of the Month



Principal Mr. Jason Koepke presenting Mrs. Gibson with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s March Teacher of the Month.


Mrs. Shannon Gibson has been named as Foster Park Elementary School’s March Teacher of the Month. This month’s focus trait was being a team player. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Gibson is a teacher who goes above and beyond to help every child that she can. In addition, she helps any teacher than comes to her for help.

Mrs. Gibson has worked at FPES for eighteen years. She is currently in her twenty-fourth year of teaching and serves as 4K-2nd grade resource teacher. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Upstate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a graduate of Converse College with a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Her hobbies are spending time with family and traveling. She lives in Union with her husband, Howard. She has two sons, Chase and Lucas Austin and a stepdaughter, Carmen Gibson. She is a member of New Life Baptist Church in Union, SC.

When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Gibson says, “building relationships and seeing students achieve their best.”

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its March Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Shannon Gibson.

March 6, 2019

Bobbie Ann Mason Named Keynote Speaker at Upcountry Literary Festival


USC Union will be the host of the annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 22nd, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The two-day event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists.


The Upcountry Literary Festival is honored to announce the keynote speaker this year will be Bobbie Ann Mason. Mason was raised on her family’s farm in western Kentucky. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Kentucky in 1962, her M.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1966, and her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in 1972. Her first short stories were published in The New Yorker during the 1980s renaissance of short story. Mason’s first book of fiction won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is former writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky. Mason will also be awarded the William ‘Singing Billy’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters from the Upcountry Literary Festival.

The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union’s Main Building. A full schedule and participant list is posted on USC Union’s website under experience: For more information, please contact Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057 or email

March 6, 2019

USC Union Rotaract Club Donates to Animal Shelter

USC Union’s Rotaract Club hosted a fundraiser on Valentine’s Day to raise money for the Friends of The Union Animal Shelter.  The club sold “LoveGrams” that consisted of a carnation, Valentine card and candy. With the help of the Union Rotary Club and a generous donation of carnations from Gwinn’s Florist, the club was able to raise $300.00 for the animal shelter!

The Rotary Club of Union sponsors the Union High School Interact Club and is proud to sponsor the Rotaract Club now, as well. The Rotary club will offer support, opportunities, and project work. Rotary members are business and professional leaders that make up a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians that belong to more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries.

Rotaract clubs bring together college students to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Rotaract caters to college age students to help them evolve with their leadership and professional skills to use after they graduate. There are currently 250,792 Rotaractors in 10,904 Rotaract clubs in 184 countries in the world.

(Pictured: Annie Smith-USCU Marketing/Development Director & Rotaract Club Admin, Holly Wise- Union County Animal Shelter Director/Friends of Union Animal Shelter, Ashley Phillips-USCU Associate in Science Sophomore)

March 6, 2019

Storytime with Mr. Koepke


Foster Park Elementary School Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, has started Storytime with Mr. Koepke. Each day, he is videoed reading a story aloud and at 6:30pm, the video is posted to YouTube and the FPES Facebook page so that children can hear a bedtime story. It is his desire that every child hear a bedtime story each day. Listening to good reading is a vital component in helping children become better readers. It helps children with fluency and reading with expression. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel (Storytime with Mr. Koepke) and get notified when the next read aloud is posted. The YouTube channel address is and the FPES Facebook address is Be sure to tune in each day and enjoy Storytime with Mr. Koepke!

March 5, 2019

BES Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls, Perfect Attendance

2nd Quarter - Principal’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Kenlee Beaver, Gabriel Carroll, Cole Haney, Brayden Howell, Melaney Jones, Anna Grace Lee, Madison Maness, Marissa Millwood, Jasper Shropshire


4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Mykenzie Bevis, Raelyn Eller, Sam Murphy, Stella Phillips, Aydan Pridemore, William Reeves, Brooklyn Stevens, Alianna Twing, Alyssa Vinson


5th Grade – Reid Barnado, Madison Dunaway, Gabbie Grant, Kade Griffin, Carter Hackler, Aleta Jolly, Lillianna Kurtz, Carson Petrie, Daniella Ponce, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Malachi Rice, Joslynn Rufrano, Colleen Silvey, Khloie Sims, Nathan Weaver


2nd Quarter - Teacher’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Daquentin Beacham, Christian Booker, Kady Jean Cathcart, Mariah Edwards, Will Kaufman, Ailaina Parkins, Xavier Rufrano, Bryson Scarborough, Kamron Sims, Kingston Wade, Maliq Walker


4th Grade – Bella Bramlett, Chloe Burrell, Nikolas Garner, Jonathan Gossett, Charles Gowan, Lucas Haney, Dale Hillard, Peyton James, Nezhay Jeter, Cassie Karcanes, Z’Aire Littlejohn, Kaden Malpass, Izaiah McBride, Corey Millwood, Shyann Rakestraw, Zyra Rogers, Amari Route, Carl Sepheus, Isabella Smith, Jakobie Tucker, Taylor Wells


5th Grade – Xander Chapman, Anna Eller, Kennedy Ferguson, Shelby Gilbert, Aiden Hines, Chad Jeter, Landon Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Kiimora Jones, Kaitlyn Lawson, Lexi Merchant, Evan Millwood, Madi Paris, Dylan Peahuff, Jaelyn Porter, Deshon Smith, Tremell Walker, Kaiyson Young, Matthew Young


2nd Quarter - Perfect Attendance

4K – Emory Foster, Harmony Jeter, Lili Mendoza, Winter Miller, Brayden Wilson


5K – Kjhan Anaya, Cruz Crawford, Haylee Henderson, Bella Ramsey, Makiyan Renwick, Paisley Thomas, Landyn Tucker


1st Grade – Jaden Banks, Natalie Bramlett, Kaleb Broadus, Faith Dean, Ayanna Griffin Green, , Hunter Jennings,  Ariel Palmer, Alyssa Phillips, Marissa Rakestraw, Kaden Sims, Makenzie Wilkes


2nd Grade – Kolby Brown, Zy’Keem Dawkins, Melody Holmes, Kayson Kingsmore, Skylyn Lawson, Ivey Palmer, Lucy Pridemore, Braydon Riddle, Layla Steadings, Gia Still, Kindall Thomas, Lodon Veal, Amariaun Young


3rd Grade – Marquise Austin, Ja’Don Garrett, Tyre Hill, Ailaina Parkins, Aaron Phillips, ZyShaun Rogers, Kailyn Salter, Zeremih Thomas, Zy’Quez Tucker, Aiden Young, Arden Young, Alexis Zeigler


4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Chloe Burrell, Lila Colton, Kendrick Constant, Peyton James, Tamera Jones, Jaylen Kershaw, Lakeirra Kershaw, Emma Lawson, Terrian Lawson, Kayla Lee, Izaiah McBride, Michael Medford, Sam Murphy, Bryant Ochiltree, Aydan Pridemore, Shyann Rakestraw, Kelci Rochester, Zyra Rogers, Amari Route, Kingston Shippy, Isabelle Smith, Brooklyn Stevens, Tamia Vaughn, Alyssa Vinson, Taylor Wells, Elisha Wilson, Ryleigh Yarbrough


5th Grade – Ji’Zereon Barber, Reid Barnado, Charles Beard, Nathan Brown, Anna Eller, Lydarian Epps, TyKavion Harris, Noelle Head, Chad Jeter, Elijajuan Jeter, Kyle Johnson, Tamia Johnson, Aleta Jolly, Kii’Mora Jones, Christopher Knox, Keke Lyles, Dylan Peahuff, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Jaelyn Porter, Joslynn Rufrano, Deshon Smith, Kassidy Trammell, Tremell Walker, Austin Williams, Matthew Young

March 1, 2019

FPES Painted the Park Red


Fridays at Foster Park Elementary School have become known as “Foster Park Friday” where students, faculty, and staff wear blue and orange (FPES colors). However, on Friday, February 1st, FPES painted the Park red to show support of and raise awareness for heart disease. Melissa Youngblood, Go Red for Women Spokeswoman for the Upstate Chapter of the American Heart Association and Union native, issued a challenge for Union County to “Paint the Town Red.” FPES gladly accepted the challenge by decorating the school and wearing red.

March 1, 2019

Hogan Named January Teacher of the Month


Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, presenting Mrs. Hogan with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s January Teacher of the Month.


Mrs. Alena Hogan has been named as Foster Park Elementary School’s January Teacher of the Month. This month’s focus trait was being a risk taker. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Hogan is a teacher who is not afraid to take risks and try new things in her classroom. Mrs. Hogan goes above and beyond to find things that help her students be successful.


Mrs. Hogan has been teaching for twelve years, seven of those at Foster Park Elementary School. She currently teaches 2nd grade. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Upstate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Converse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Science. Mrs. Hogan currently serves on several committees at FPES and she was previously nominated for Teacher of the Year.


Her hobbies are reading, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Spartanburg with her husband Mike and children, Coleman and Hudson. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg.


When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Hogan says, “Every day is different, the love I feel for and from my students, being creative, and seeing the impact made on my students as they grow in their accomplishments throughout the school year.”


Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its January Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Alena Hogan.

March 1, 2019

BES Stringed Instruments


Buffalo Elementary students explored making and playing stringed instruments using tissue boxes, Pringles cans, and rubber bands in music.

February 28, 2019

Roper Music Visits 5th-Graders at BES

Roper Music Company visited fifth-graders at Buffalo Elementary School on Feb. 27 to help recruit for middle school band.  The company entertained the students by playing several different instruments to help spark an interest in band.  Mr. David Candler, band director at Sims, helped coordinate this event.

February 28, 2019

BES 5th-Graders and STEM

At Buffalo Elementary School, our fifth-graders are truly blessed to be able to experience STEM challenges every other week with our media specialist Tammy Fisher.  Every other week, our fifth-graders are presented with a new STEM challenge to conquer either with a partner or in small groups.  This challenge was to create a snow scoop and pick up as much snow (rice) as possible.  Our fifth-graders go Monday-Thursday and try to beat the previous classes with each challenge.

February 26, 2019

2019-2020 School Calendar Approved

February 22, 2019

Buffalo 5th Grade Oil Spills

At the end of our unit of study on Oceans and Landforms, fifth grade students watched the BP oil spill documentary.  Then students had to come up with a plan, actually several plans if the first one did not work, to resolve the oil spill problem.  Students truly enjoyed this hands-on experience and learned how hard it can be to clean up oil in our world's waters.

Amy Petty

5th Grade - Math & Science

Buffalo Elementary School

February 20, 2019

FPES Has Four LEAD Initiative Graduates



Assistant Principal, Dr. Adams; 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Roark; 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Allie Wells; and 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Kayla Bishop with their certificates.

For the second year, Union County Schools has offered the LEAD (Leadership Exploration And Development) Initiative led by Dr. William Roach, Superintendent. This leadership initiative provides Union County Schools teachers and administrators with opportunities to grow professionally and learn more about the inner workings of the school district. Participation in this initiative is by nomination from their Principal and based on exhibiting leadership qualities in their current positions. Foster Park Elementary is proud to have four faculty members to successfully complete the LEAD Initiative during the 2018-2019 school year. They are: Assistant Principal, Dr. Fran Adams; 3rd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Roark; 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Allie Wells; and 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Kayla Bishop.

FPES Collects Box Tops


During the month of January, the Foster Park Elementary School PTO issued a challenge to increase their Box Tops collection. A paper mug was placed outside each classroom door. For every ten Box Tops the class turned in, a marshmallow was added to their mug. The classes with the most marshmallows by the deadline (one per grade level) would win a Pajama Day and hot chocolate. It did not take long for the Box Tops to start rolling in as classes worked to win the challenge. At the end of the challenge, the winners were announced. They were: 5K – Mrs. Walker’s Class, 1st Grade – Mrs. Gibson’s Class, 2nd Grade – Mrs. Hogan’s Class, 3rd Grade – Mrs. Roark’s Class, 4th Grade – Mrs. Wells’ Class, and 5th Grade – Mrs. Hughes’ Class. Those classes’ hard work paid off when they were allowed to wear their pajamas to school and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate delivered to their classroom by Principal Jason Koepke. FPES collects Box Tops throughout the year. Please continue to clip your Box Tops and send them in. If you are not currently saving Box Tops for anyone, please consider saving them for FPES. You can give them to any faculty & staff member or student. You may also mail them to FPES or drop them off by the office anytime. To find a list of participating products, visit THANK YOU to everyone who already collects Box Tops to help our school. We appreciate you!!!!

Ivey Named October Teacher of the Month


Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, presenting Mrs. Ivey with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s October Teacher of the Month.


Mrs. Jan Ivey was named as Foster Park Elementary School’s October Teacher of the Month. This month’s focus trait was maintaining a healthy balance of work and life. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Ivey is a teacher who gives 100% at work to fulfill her duties while also devoting appropriate time for her family, church, and recreational activities.

Mrs. Ivey has been teaching for fourteen years, all of which have been in 3rd grade at Foster Park Elementary School. She is a graduate of Limestone College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Ivey currently serves on several committees at FPES and she was previously nominated for Teacher of the Year. She is also a member of the Palmetto State Teacher’s Association.

Her hobbies include reading and spending time with her grandbaby. She lives in Union with her husband Jamie. They have two daughters Jamie Beth and husband, Dustin; and Ashley and husband, Blake. They also have a grandson, Rhett. She is a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church.

When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Ivey says, “the look on a student’s face when they finally grasp what you’re teaching.”

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its October Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Jan Ivey.

February 18, 2019

Candler Named February Teacher of the Month


Principal, Mr. Jason Koepke, presenting Mrs. Candler with her Kindle Fire after being named Foster Park Elementary School’s February Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Perette Candler has been named as Foster Park Elementary School’s February Teacher of the Month. This month’s focus trait was trustworthiness. It was said by her colleagues that Mrs. Candler is a teacher who builds strong relationships with her students, their families, and her colleagues with her quiet and compassionate nature.

Mrs. Candler has worked at FPES for twenty-two years. (The first four years she was an assistant.) She is currently in her eighteenth year of teaching and teaches 3rd grade. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Upstate with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Candler currently serves on several committees at FPES and she was named FPES Teacher of the Year in 2009-2010.

Her hobbies are reading, gardening, and playing with her grandchildren. She lives in Union with her husband Joel. Her children are Becky and husband, Jason; David and wife, Marla; and Zachary. Her precious grandchildren are Elijah and Abigail. She is a member of The Vine Church in Spartanburg, SC.

When asked about her favorite thing about teaching, Mrs. Candler says, “Being able to make a positive difference in the life of a child.” It is certainly evident that she does that each and every day.

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to announce its February Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Perette Candler.


Love is in the Air at FPES


Tuesday, February 12th was a special day at Foster Park Elementary School. At 5:00pm, Mr. Jason Koepke, Principal, conducted a Title One Strategic Planning meeting in the cafeteria for parents, teachers, and stakeholders of FPES. Everyone in attendance was placed into groups and each group collaborated to share ideas for improvements that could be made to help FPES continue to ensure that all students are successful. At 5:30pm, the PTO meeting began with 2nd graders performing a musical entitled, “Love is in the Air,” under the direction of Mr. Kiser, Music Teacher. At 6:00pm, a delicious spaghetti dinner was served and families made their way to their beautifully decorated classrooms to eat dinner together with their grade levels. At 6:30pm, the Parent & Child Dance began in the cafeteria. Upon entering the cafeteria, families had their photo made in the Valentine’s Photo Booth. Once their photo was made, they hit the dance floor and enjoyed lots of great music and dancing. FPES 5K Teacher, Melissa Justice, was the DJ for the evening. The Parent & Child Dance was a fundraiser to purchase new basketball goals for the playground at FPES. The Kona Ice Truck was also parked outside and everyone was excited to purchase a Kona Ice after their spaghetti dinner. Love was certainly in the air at FPES and everyone had a great time.

February 8, 2019

Buffalo Elementary School Recognizes Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Ashley Eller for being named Buffalo Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Eller has been teaching at Buffalo Elementary for 11 years. She attended Columbia College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education in 2004. After five years of teaching, she earned her Master of Education Degree in 2010 from Southern Wesleyan University.

Mrs. Eller has been an educator for 14 years. She began teaching in Laurens District 56 from 2004 to 2006 and has taught in Union County Schools since 2006. She taught at Foster Park for one year and at Buffalo Elementary for eleven years. In those fourteen years, she has served as a classroom teacher in a special education self-contained classroom, an interventionist, and as a resource teacher/learning specialist.

Mrs. Eller has been married to Andy Eller for 12 years and together they have three children: Kayla (20), Anna (10), and Andrew (7).  Kayla is a student at Spartanburg Community College and Anna and Andrew both attend Buffalo Elementary.  Mrs. Eller is very active in her church, New Hope Baptist in Buffalo.  She is a choir member, vacation bible school teacher, and former Sunday school teacher.  She is also a member of the educational sorority Delta Kappa Gamma Sigma Chapter.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.  She is also a former dance instructor in Union County.

Mrs. Eller is described by her colleagues as kind, calm, considerate, compassionate, supportive, and hardworking. She is dedicated to her job and her students and gives 100% in all she does. It is evident that every decision she makes is made with her students in mind and what is best for them. Her colleagues see her as someone you can depend on and to go to for advice and solutions. Where ever you see her, she is always smiling and positive. She is a genuine soul who loves her students and her school. Mrs. Eller gives her all to her school whether it is through devoting her time, her talents, or her killer dance moves! She is willing to help out and lend an ear any time.

Anyone can tell that she loves her job, her students, and Buffalo Elementary School. She goes the extra mile to ensure the success of her students. She is a super teacher, often referred to as “Super E”. Mrs. Eller is a mentor and friend to everyone at BES and is an amazing role model to any educator. The love and passion for children and teaching she displays shines through and impacts the lives of her students every day.

USC Union Announces President's List, Dean's List Honorees

USC Union has named 25 students to the President’s List and 50 students to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To be named to the President’s List, a student must be full – time with a semester grade point average of 4.0. Those named to the Dean’s List are full-time students with a semester GPA above 3.5.



President’s List

Isabel Leigh Devore, Donalds SC

Amiayah Ziree Douglas, Columbia SC

Preston John Farmer, Prosperity SC

Kinsleigh Ann Fulgham,  Pacolet SC

Lisa Marina Garza, Spartanburg   SC

Devin Adam Gilkison, Buffalo SC

Bret Clinton Groves, Clinton SC

Bryanna A Honeycutt, York SC

Caden Anthony Jackson, Buffalo SC

Lindsey  Ann Jarvis, Pacolet SC

Tiffany Canupp   Kerr, Union SC

Carter Lott, Buford GA

Rylan S  Marler, Simpsonville SC

Elizabeth Brianna Medlin, Gray Court SC

Joshua David Nelson, Woodruff  SC

Laura Michaela  Parris, Jonesville SC

Claire Elizabeth Pridemore, Union SC

Christopher Ryan Shiflet, Clinton SC

William Dalton Sinclair, Union SC

Katie Elizabeth Sligh, Union SC

Kannon Scott Small, Union SC

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, Union SC

Makenzie Jordan Wall, Mount Pleasant SC

Travis Alan Wendel, Union SC

Creighton Thompson Wood-Carter, Columbia SC


Dean’s List

Ashlyn Nicole Abercrombie, Clinton SC

Samuel  Tate Anders, Piedmont SC

Patricia Francis Ashe, Union SC

Madison Beaty,                Clinton SC

Stefanie Teague Blanton, Jonesville SC

Danielle Olean Nicole Bradley, Jacksonville NC

Gaven Michael Causey, Simpsonville SC

Tania Paola Contreras, Joanna SC

Kayla Ellis, Union SC

Deasia Jha'Nay  Fisher, Lancaster SC

Courtlyn Andrea Foster, Chester SC

Triston Fowler, Spartanburg SC

Taylor Lettie-Ann Gibson, Union SC

Blaine Jordan Gossman, Lancaster SC

Lacey Marie Guerry, Cross SC

Sarah Naomi Hagen, Jonesville SC

Allison Marie Hart, Union SC

Jerome  C Henry , Union  SC

Courtland Darelle Howard, Sumter SC

Unique James, Goose Creek SC

Kiyanna Rashaun Jennings, Union SC

Anna Michele Johnson,  Buffalo  SC

Steve Dy'Sean Joyner, Hartsville SC

Mary Brook Knox, Union SC

Chandler Koerner, Canton GA

Joseph Patrick Kurtz, Buffalo SC

Tomi Leitzsey Lachance, Union   SC

Chad Lessing, Canton GA

Ashley Leann Magda, Laurens SC

J'Antony Katia McGowan, Clinton SC

Anthony Alexander Miller, Jefferson SC

Idasha Adrianna O'Berry, Barnwell SC

Grace L Ohls, Union SC

Adrevious Peake, Clinton SC

Nicole Brianna Perry, Summerville SC

Taylor Charlotte Powell, Laurens SC

Lindsey  Rhea Ratliff, Buffalo SC

Haven Alivia Seigler, Laurens SC

Sarah Ann Taylor, Union SC

Charles  Joe Thompson, Mountville SC

John Steven Trammell, Newberry SC

Morgan Denise Vaughan, Union SC

Theodore Walker, Union SC

Meredith L Ward, Union SC

Kevonya K'Ahsha Watson, Chesterfield SC

Benjamin Weaver, McDonough GA

Graham Tucker Whitesides, York SC

Diamond Shai'Kayah Nah'Shae Williams, Williston SC

Sarah Grace Ellen Wrennall, Duncan SC

Annalee Paige Wyatt, Spartanburg SC

February 8, 2019

Accelerated Reader Celebration


Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students pick out books on their own level and read them at their own pace. When finished, students take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the students understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help students set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Each year, Foster Park Elementary School rewards students for meeting their goal each semester. On January 31st, the students who met their first semester AR goal got to attend the 1st Semester AR Celebration. Students enjoyed getting up close and personal with some reptiles and amphibians from the Spartanburg Science Center. Afterward, they were treated to a catered lunch from the Dairi-O. The AR Celebrations serve as great motivators each year to encourage FPES students to read, read, read.

Class Super Bowl


In Mrs. Roark’s 3rd grade class at Foster Park Elementary School, the Super Bowl doesn’t just happen on Super Bowl Sunday. Students are carefully divided into two teams and for two weeks, students work extra hard to earn points for their teams. The teams are named after the teams playing in the real Super Bowl. They could earn points by taking (and making 100’s) on Accelerated Reader tests, completing homework, making A’s and B’s on their classwork, mastering multiplication facts, and turning in Box Tops. The Class Super Bowl lasted eight school days and the winning team earned a pizza party, two homework passes, and extra recess. The “New England Patriots” won their Class Super Bowl this year. Both teams did a great job and worked very hard. Mrs. Roark loves to use class competitions to motivate her students.

Multiplication Sundae Celebration


Third graders at Foster Park Elementary School had a little extra motivation to learn their multiplication facts. Students had the opportunity to earn the ingredients to build their own ice cream sundae. For every ten multiplication facts they completed on their 100-problem timed test, they earned an ingredient. In January their hard work paid off. They were able to enjoy building and eating their ice cream sundaes. What a tasty motivation to learn their multiplication facts!!!!

After School Program Representatives



(L/R Front Row) Ethan White, Ke'Arri Porter and KaNyla Salter

(L/R Back Row) Deondra Hill, Dakota Burnett, Zion Williams, Adrianna Johnson and Morgan Williams   

A person of character knows the difference between right and wrong, sets a good example, and makes the world a better place. People of character live according to the “Six Pillars of Character.”  The Six Pillars of Character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Representatives of the Save the Children after school program at Foster Park Elementary School were elected by their peers in each Enrichment rotation.  During the Enrichment rotation character education is covered throughout the year. The students are introduced to a new character education word each month.

Some of the representatives’ responsibilities are: modeling hall procedures, helping afterschool tutor with necessary materials, bathroom monitor, reading buddy during GIRP, participate in school programs, serve as special greeters at family events, help to coordinate cards for veterans and nursing home visits, and enjoy lunch with the dignitaries, School Board Members and parents on Friday, February 15, 2019.

February 8, 2019

Recognizing Great Character at BES

Students of the Month at Buffalo Elementary enjoyed an ice cream celebration on February 5 for demonstrating great character.  January's character trait focus was trustworthiness. Character education lessons are taught by the guidance counselor, Ms. Anne Peeler, and are reinforced throughout the month by faculty and staff. The amazing BES PTA helps each month with the celebration putting smiles on the faces of our students!

BES Students of the Month for January

At Buffalo Elementary, we believe character matters. Each month, we focus a different character trait to help students grow into well-rounded individuals who will be ready for all that is yet to come in their lives. The character trait focus for January was trustworthiness. The following Students of the Month were recently recognized for demonstrating great character:

5K:  Parker Faile, Tatyana Jeter, and Cruz Crawford

1st grade: Serenity Caldwell, Taylan Tucker, Lonnie Edwards, E'Coryan Young, and Ji'Nysia Sims (absent:  Ryleigh McJunkin)

2nd grade:  Quan Beacham, Adrianne Liles, Zykeem Dawkins, and James Lee

3rd grade:  Zyshaun Rogers, Xavier Rufrano, Antoine Smith, Brayden Howell, Aiden Albright, and Jasper Shropshire

4th grade:  Aryah Johnson, Stella Phillips, Amari Route, and Kaden Malpass

5th grade:  Reid Barnado, Aiden Watkins, Carson Petrie, Grant Harris, and Mykia Smith

It's a BLAST at Buffalo!

Each week at Buffalo Elementary, students and PTA volunteers look forward to the Buffalo Blast on Fridays! Students who have good behavior all week are able to buy snacks from the weekly canteen. Students work hard all week for this weekly good behavior incentive!

Having Fun While Learning at BES

Fifth grade students at Buffalo Elementary worked in groups to create board games about the Great Depression.  This was an in class project where students used materials they brought from home and knowledge learned about this time period to design board games.  These games were played in class to test one another.

February 6, 2019

Author Buddies


On Friday, February 1st, the 5K students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s Class visited the 3rd graders in Mrs. Roark’s Class at Foster Park Elementary School to share their writings with their buddies. Both classes had been working on opinion writing in their classrooms. To celebrate their published masterpieces, students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s class paired up with students in Mrs. Roark’s class to share their masterpieces with each other. All of the students were so excited to share their writing with older/younger students. They were so proud of their work and loved sharing it with their buddies.

3rd Graders Learn About Landform Changes


To conclude their landform changes study, the 3rd graders at Foster Park Elementary School participated in a hands-on science lab conducted by Union County Schools Curriculum Coach, Rhonda Hollingsworth. Her lab began with a short nature walk around the school to show some real-world examples of weathering on their campus. After the nature walk, students went inside for a short mini lesson to review what they had been learning in class. Mrs. Hollingsworth reviewed weathering, erosion, and deposition. After her review, students were eager to begin experimenting with the hands-on portion of the lab. Students took turns pouring water (rain) in the tray and watched a simulation of weathering, erosion, and deposition take place right before their eyes. Students were engaged and excited to see what they had been learning about in class. After the hands-on portion of the lab, Mrs. Hollingsworth taught the students a song with movements about weathering, erosion, and deposition. This science lab was such a fun experience for the students and helped them to remember what they had been learning about landform changes.

School Board Member Appreciation


On Thursday, January 31st, Foster Park Elementary School honored School Board Member, Mrs. Jane Wilkes for her service to Union County Schools and Foster Park. Prior to her visit, several classes made her cards and banners to show their appreciation. In addition, gifts were presented to Mrs. Wilkes upon her arrival. During her visit, the Foster Park Student Council had a private, catered lunch with Mrs. Wilkes. Lunch was catered by the Dairi-O. During this special time, students got to know Mrs. Wilkes and enjoyed spending time with her. Mrs. Wilkes was very appreciative to Foster Park for their outpouring love and appreciation during School Board Appreciation Month.

February 4, 2019


As part of School Board Appreciation Month, students in Jennifer Brown's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Kathy Arnold's 4th grade class at Jonesville Elementary Middle School  enjoyed a visit from two of our local School Board Members, Mr. Doc Lipsey and Mr. Mike Cohen.  During the visit, both Board Members shared with the students how they serve our schools.  The students had lots of questions for them too.  To show their appreciation, they wrote them Thank You letters and treated them to lunch with their class. The students enjoyed their visit and wanted  to let them know how much we appreciate all of their hard work.  We would like to say a big thanks to all of our School Board Members!

January 28, 2019

Union County High School has surveyed the students, parents and community about the plans for graduation for the Class of 2019. We received hundreds of responses and the results were clear.  Graduation will be held on May 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Union County Stadium. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 with you then. We will release more information about the event in the future. Thank you to everyone who participated in our graduation survey.

January 25, 2019

BES Students Participate in Spelling Bee

Buffalo Elementary held its annual Spelling Bee for 3rd-5th grades on January 9, 2019.  The class winners for third, fourth, and fifth grade competed in a school Spelling Bee. Class winners included the following students:
3rd Grade: Madison Maness, Zy'Quez Tucker, Alexis Zeigler, Kingston Wade, Kenlee Beaver
4th Grade: Raelyn Eller, Corey Millwood, Jason Lee, Jaylen Jeter
5th Grade: Madison Dunaway, Daniella Ponce, Xander Chapman, Tremell Walker

The spelling bee was conducted by Mrs. Rhonda Hollingsworth, a district instructional coach. Judges included Mrs. Ashley Eller, Mrs. Kathryn Sommer-Gough, and Mrs. Melissa Wagner.  Kingston Wade, a third grader in Ms. Andrea Mata's class was the school's first runner up.  The school's winner was Corey Millwood, a fourth grader in Mrs. Teri Lawson's class.  Corey will now advance on to the Regional Spelling Bee Competition held in Spartanburg, SC in February. Congratulations to all of these students!

January 25, 2019

Celebrating Student Authors at BES

Mrs. Simmons' fourth grade ELA classes at Buffalo Elementary recently spent time researching Colonial America. Then, students wrote and illustrated books about what they learned. The books were added to the BES library. Parents were invited to a reception honoring the student authors and illustrators.

January 24, 2019

Eight Union County Students Qualify as South Carolina Junior Scholars

Congratulations to the following 8th graders in Union County School District who have achieved the South Carolina Junior Scholar Award for the school year 2018-2019. 

Sims Middle School:

Timothy Garner, son of Tim and Kristy Garner

Cody Gaston, son of Cody and Audrey Gaston

Jasmine Humphries, daughter of Benji and Jacqueline Humphries

William Lee, son of Neal and Brooke Lee

Delani Rash, daughter of Tracy and Jeri Rash

Jonesville Elementary/Middle School

Jacob Robinson, son of Trad and Nikki Robinson

Jacob Gates, son of Angel Jacobs

Lillie Grace Williford, daughter of Regina Parker and Bobby Williford

The students were selected as South Carolina Junior Scholars by scoring 550 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the PSAT/NMSQT or by scoring 530 or higher on the Math section. Additionally, Duke Tip participants who were identified and recognized at either the Grand Recognition Ceremony or the State Recognition Ceremony during their 7th grade year automatically qualified to become a 2018-19        SC Junior Scholar.

As recipients of this honor, the students will be recognized in local award ceremonies and will receive an Award of Merit from the State Department of Education.

The South Carolina Junior Scholars Identification and Development Program, begun in the 1985-86 school year, reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities.  The purpose of the program is to identify students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability and to provide opportunities for these students that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement.  Such opportunities are provided during the academic school year or summer following identification in the eighth grade and continue throughout the high school years.

January 23, 2019

Buffalo Elementary School's Students of the Month

During the month of December at BES, our character trait of focus was kindness. Students were treated with ice cream sundaes in recognition of their great character! Congratulations to the following Students of the Month:

Kindergarten - Noah Boulware, Trinity Gory, Kayden Sprouse, and Raelyn Thompson

1st Grade: Zay'Veon Fleming, Samantha Hawkins, Trent Howell, Akyrie Jeter, Kaylee Lawson, and Layah Miller

2nd Grade: Zy'Keem Dawkins, Andrew Eller, Jamison Hicks, Korian Jeter, and Carleigh Sumner

3rd Grade: Joshua Betsill, Natalie Brown, Lauryn Conway, Elizabeth Jackson, and Kingston Wade

4th Grade: Hunter Brock, Corey Millwood, Colton Murphy, and Gayson Wicks

5th Grade: Araina Duncan, Lilliana Kurtz, Brianna Sherbert, and Khloie Sims

January 18, 2019

Bailey Named December Teacher of the Month


Mrs. Susan Bailey, Kindergarten Teacher, was selected by her colleagues as the December Teacher of the Month for Foster Park Elementary School. She was awarded a Kindle Fire. This award was established to recognize teachers for their dedication, professionalism, and work ethic. The trait for December was being reflective. Mrs. Bailey was recognized as being reflective of her own teaching in order to grow professionally and help her students to be successful. Mrs. Bailey said it has been a joy to be a part of the Foster Park TEAM and has enjoyed working with the students, faculty, and staff.

January 17, 2019

Foster Park Releases Honor Rolls for 2nd Nine Weeks

January 15, 2019

Steve Swinburne Visits Jonesville

Elementary students at Jonesville Elementary School enjoyed a day with visiting author, Stephen Swinburne, as part of a Title 1 Activity for inspiring young readers and writers!  The students enjoyed learning about being an author and how authors get ideas for stories.  Some of our 5th graders participated in a Writer's Workshop with Mr. Steve  where they focused on strong verbs, "cool" details, and hooking the reader.

January 14, 2019

Steve Swinburne Visits FPES

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, popular children’s author Steve Swinburne visited Foster Park Elementary School. The visit began with a special breakfast with the FPES Student Council. The Student Council enjoyed this special time with Mr. Swinburne. Following the breakfast, the entire school had the privilege of meeting Mr. Swinburne in an assembly. One assembly was for K-2nd, and another one was for 3rd-5th. Mr. Swinburne’s presentation was a very energetic presentation where he used his photos to share his travels and where the inspiration for his books came from. He encouraged all students to use their everyday experiences to spark story ideas. He also encouraged them to write different genres. He shared his passion for nature and animals. He loves to research and then use that research in his nonfiction books. He shared several stories about how his books didn’t always get published on the first try. He mentioned one book went 15 years and another book went 37 years before they were finally published. He really stressed the importance of never giving up. He also used music in his presentation by singing and playing the ukulele. The students were engaged and really seemed to enjoy meeting Mr. Swinburne. After the assemblies, the EMERGE students were treated to a writing workshop with Mr. Swinburne in the library. There, they learned about the importance of adding many details to their writing to make it more interesting. They practiced their writing skills as he helped them improve their writing craft. Finally, the visit ended with Mr. Swinburne autographing books that students purchased. Steve Swinburne’s Visit was definitely a day that Foster Park’s students (and staff) will remember for a long time. To learn more about Steve Swinburne, visit his website:

January 14, 2019

December Students of the Month

The following students have been recognized as Foster Park Elementary School Students of the Month for December. Each month, the classroom teachers select a student from their classes who represents the qualities the school strives to develop in their students.

Ben Saxon, Rosalie Justice, Tranya McCray, Rodney Brandon, Daniel Lee, Jaxon Revis, Justice Smith, Alainee Greene, Terrianna Spencer, Aiden Nance, Ka’Nyla Salter, Hunter Gill, Gabriel Tyler, Tylen Inman, Zorhiana Jeter, Destiny Hames, Mason Smith, Ta'Nyla Thompson-Smith, Isabella Smith, McKenna Smith, Maci Sprouse, and Liana Colson.

January 11, 2019

Author Steve Swinburne Visits Buffalo Elementary

On Thursday, December 13th, Buffalo Elementary had the honor of hosting children's book author, Steve Swinburne. Mr. Swinburne joined BES students in the cafeteria to share many laughs, inspirations for some of his books, his process for writing a story, and elements that make for great writing. He also read the students excerpts from a few of his books, like Alligators Make the BEST Moms and Safe in the Storm. Mr. Swinburne ended the presentation by singing his original song "One in a Thousand", while playing the ukulele. BES students and teachers enjoyed this special visit by Mr. Steve Swinburne!

January 11, 2019

Writing Session with Author Steve Swinburne at BES

While visiting Buffalo Elementary School to promote reading and writing school-wide and share his experiences being an author, Mr. Steve Swinburne led a special writing session with students. He provided students with strategies and tips for how to improve their writing. He demonstrated examples of how writing can be improved by adding lots of details. He gave students an opportunity to put the strategies to work, talked with students individually about their writing, and had students share their work with the group.

January 11, 2019

Author Melinda Long Visits BES

Buffalo Elementary had the honor of hosting children's book author Melinda Long in December. During Ms. Long's presentation to students and parents, she shared her experiences as an author. She also promoted reading and writing to all students in kindergarten-5th grades. She also led a parenting session later that evening at a Title I family night event to share the importance of reading and writing. She provided tips to parents on how to encourage and promote reading and writing at home.

January 11, 2019

Celebration at BES

Fortnite characters were recently brought to life at Buffalo Elementary School! Students were thrilled to see their favorite Fortnite video game characters dancing on stage before Christmas Break. Students joined in the fun with a sing-along and a special Buffalo Elementary version of the 12 Days of Christmas!

January 11, 2019

BES Elects Student Council

Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-2019 Student Council Members at Buffalo Elementary School!  Students in 3rd-5th grades who were interested in running for student council ran campaigns to persuade students to vote for them.  Fifth grade students who were running for student council officer positions were required to write speeches and meet with Mr. Pendergrass to prepare their presentations and speeches.  Finally, the day to deliver their speeches arrived! Fifth grade students presented their speeches over the morning announcements for the entire school to hear and the voting began!

Congratulations to the following members of Buffalo Elementary School's 2018-2019 Student Council:
Student Council Officers: Shelby Gilbert (President), Kaitlyn Lawson (Vice-President) and Daniella Ponce (Secretary)

3rd Grade Class Representatives:  Anna Grace Lee (Wicker), Cole Haney (Wicker), Jasper Shropshire (Austin), King Henderson (Mata), Maliq Walker (Mata), Madison Maness (Abee), Bryson Scarborough (Abee) and Matthew Judy (Earle)

4th Grade Class Representatives: Zyra Rogers (Simmons), Peyton James (Simmons), Taylor Wells (Lyles), Alianna Twing (Lyles), Kingston Shippy (Lawson), Corey Millwood (Lawson), Kaden Malpass (Lawson), Sam Murphy (Jackson), and Aryah Johnson (Jackson)

5th Grade Class Representatives: Araina Duncan (Petty), Anna Eller (Caviness), Kennedy Ferguson (Nix),  Jaelyn Porter (Wilbanks), Markevious Brock (Hines), and Brianna Gray (Hines)

January 11, 2019

Local Student Makes President’s List at Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College is proud to recognize Ms. Courtney Makayla Berry, a senior elementary education major from Union, for making the President’s List during the Fall 2018 semester. The President’s List is composed of students who earn a 4.0 grade point average.


January 11, 2019

Local Students Make Dean’s List at Presbyterian College

The Dean’s List at Presbyterian College is composed of students who have earned between a 3.3 and a 3.9 grade point average. PC is proud of the following students for making the Dean’s List during the Fall 2018 semester:


       Mr. Blake Jackson Berry, of Union

       Mr. Grayson Edward Fallaw, of Union

       Ms. Tamara Monae Gilliam, of Union

       Ms. Caitlin Nichole Grant, of Union

       Ms. Meagan Lorraine Hart, of Jonesville

       Ms. Payton Reilly Martin, of Union

       Ms. Hannah Nicole Morris, of Buffalo

       Ms. Katelyn Brianna Petty, of Union

       Ms. Sarah Evans Shetley, of Union

       Ms. Caitlin Ivey Smith, of Union


Presbyterian College is between Columbia and Greenville, S.C., in the college town of Clinton, S.C. At PC, we’re noted as much for our challenging academics as we are for our one-of-a-kind mascot: the Blue Hose. Our students are one-of-a-kind too: They bring their own interests and abilities to campus and pursue them with gusto. Students customize their education by choosing from 50-plus majors and pre-professional programs. They’re taught and mentored by a faculty whose #1 priority is their students’ success. Students research, intern, and study abroad. And they get involved on campus, a place defined by honor and ethics. PC prepares students to be fulfilled personally and professionally so they can contribute to today’s global society. For more information about Presbyterian College, visit

January 10, 2019

Foster Park Elementary School Spelling Bee

Each 3rd-5th grade class at Foster Park Elementary School held its class Spelling Bee before Christmas break. Class winners were:


3rd Grade

Damian Betterton – Mrs. Robinson’s Class

Destiny Hames – Mrs. Ivey’s Class

Ryder Fallen – Mrs. Roark’s Class

Dominic McMahon – Mrs. Candler’s Class


4th Grade

Ben Balkum – Mrs. Willard’s Class

Jordan Haydock – Mrs. Wells’ Class

Chloe Bailey – Mrs. Palmer’s Class


5th Grade

Caleb Willard – Mrs. Hughes’ Class

Trevor Davis – Mrs. Inman’s Class

Curtis Hames – Mrs. Owens’ Class


The class winners advanced to the school Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The Spelling Bee Champion was Ben Balkum. The first runner-up was Caleb Willard and the second runner-up was Ryder Fallen.

January 10, 2019

Learning to Save Lives

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Foster Park Elementary School were privileged to learn about CPR. Lorraine Calwile, MSN, RN, CCRN, American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator, with the help of five assistants, from Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, administered hands-on CPR Training. Students learned the meaning of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and watched a demonstration of how to administer CPR in an emergency situation. Afterward, students worked in pairs to put their new life-saving knowledge to practice by performing CPR on mannequins. In addition, students learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver if someone was choking. Their homework was to teach an adult at home what CPR stands for and how to perform CPR. This was such an informative and engaging presentation that could possibly help save a life one day.

January 10, 2019

Principal’s Read Aloud

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the students at Foster Park Elementary School were treated to a read aloud by their Principal, Mr. Koepke. He read aloud a Christmas favorite, the Polar Express. After the read aloud, they enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. This is always such a favorite holiday tradition at Foster Park!

January 10, 2019

Polar Express Day

The third graders at Foster Park Elementary School climbed aboard the “Polar Express” on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The day began with a Polar Express word search. Students were given five Polar Express themed writing choices during writing time. Next, they “traveled” to other third grade classrooms to participate in a Polar Express themed activity. At each stop, they got their Polar Express ticket punched. In Mrs. Ivey’s room, they enjoyed a read aloud of the Polar Express while enjoying hot chocolate. In Mrs. Candler’s room, they completed “hot chocolate math” to review their multiplication facts. In Mrs. Robinson’s room, students made an Edible Train “snazzy snack.” In Mrs. Roark’s room, they used their engineering skills to create a new sleigh for Santa. When they finally made it back “home,” they turned in their ticket and received their silver bell necklace and completed their Polar Express Day reflection. This was certainly a day of fun, but most importantly, it was a day of hands-on learning!

January 9, 2019

Elf Trap

During the holiday season, Mrs. Holcombe’s 2nd grade class at Foster Park Elementary School read the book How to Catch an Elf. After reading the book, her students were allowed to work in groups and use items around their classroom to build an elf trap of their own. This was a fun way to integrate literacy with science/STEM by practicing their engineering skills while celebrating the holidays!

January 9, 2019

BES Students Participate in "Book Tasting"

Mrs. Caviness' fifth grade class participated in a special treat recently. New books were purchased for her classroom library, and students were given time to preview or "taste" the books. The purpose of this special book tasting opportunity was to promote reading and encourage students to check out the new books available to them. Mrs. Caviness transformed the library into a dining area complete with tablecloths and candlelight to take this to the next level. She is seen here serving up books for her students.

January 9, 2019

Christmas at Foster Park

Christmas was definitely celebrated at Foster Park Elementary School this year. The Christmas spirit was evident everywhere you looked. The hallways were decorated with lots of Christmas trees that were decorated by grade level teachers. There was instrumental Christmas music playing in the hallways. There were lots of Christmas themed lessons and activities going on inside the classrooms.


On Tuesday, December 18th, FPES held its second annual Old Timey Christmas. This is such a special night where families come out and enjoy many Christmas festivities. There was Christmas cookie decorating, gingerbread house building, hot chocolate, popcorn, inflatable slide, musical entertainment, and of course, pictures with Santa. Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves while getting into the Christmas spirit.


On Thursday, December 20th, the faculty, staff, and students had a blast at the annual Christmas Sing-A-Long. During this event, Principal Mr. Koepke and Music Teacher, Mr. Kiser performed a unique version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and some laughed until they cried. Following that unforgettable performance, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year was announced. Next, the Save the Children & 21st Century After School Program students presented their program they’d been working so hard on. To conclude this special event, a special appearance was made by the FPES Dancing Grannies from the Foster Park Retirement Home. They participated in a dance off to some of the latest hits. The faculty, staff, and students all enjoyed this fun time so much.

Christmas 2018 was definitely a magical time at Foster Park Elementary School. One that the school’s faculty, staff, and students are sure to remember for many years to come. Plans are already being made to top this year’s Christmas in 2019. Stay tuned …..

January 9, 2019

Learning how to divide at BES


It's "Snow Secret....we're learning division!"  Ms. Lyles' 4th grade class is learning how to divide and ways to represent division. Students created visuals to help them understand the concept of what dividing really means.

January 9, 2019

BES Promotes Students' Writing

All around Buffalo Elementary School, you will find bulletin boards promoting and recognizing students' writing up and down each hallway. Reading and Writing Workshop are a daily part of each classroom. By practicing these skills every day, students become stronger, more proficient readers and writers.

January 9, 2019

BES Students Go Shopping at the Holiday Shop

Mrs. Sanders' second grade class visited the BES Holiday Shop getting ready for the holidays.  All students at Buffalo Elementary were able to buy presents for their family and friends.  Our PTA President, Ms. Cathey Parker and other parent volunteers helped students select and wrap gifts to take home for the holidays. The countless hours and effort put into the holiday shop by our PTA officers and parent volunteers helped to make this holiday season extra special for all students at Buffalo Elementary!

January 9, 2019

Celebrating Awesome Behavior at BES

Buffalo Elementary School students were awarded snow cones and five Buffalo Blast Bucks for earning all 5 good behavior points every day for the entire quarter. Great job boys and girls!

January 9, 2019

BES Teachers Make Special Deliveries!

Buffalo Elementary School teachers delivered hot cocoa and cookies to classes as students watched The Polar Express on December 20. BES students have been demonstrating generosity and experiencing the gift of giving to others by collecting items for the local nursing homes in their Polar Express train. Kindergarten teachers made a special delivery of the donated items to the local nursing homes before Christmas break.


January 9, 2019

BES Jingle Bell Lounge

Music students at Buffalo Elementary School cheered in the holidays with an open mic night activity. Students told holiday jokes and sang Christmas Karaoke at the “Jingle Bell Lounge” with their music teacher, Mrs. Heather Barnado. 


December 6, 2018

Building the Future

Starting in the fall semester of 2019 USC Union will be able to deliver the USC Aiken Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This new expansion will allow students to study all four years in Union and Laurens, including coursework and clinicals. A new science and nursing center will capitalize on the growing USC Union campus. The goal is to attract more nurses to our area in order to impact local healthcare workforce needs.

USC Union strives to make meaningful, top-quality education both accessible and affordable. Continued success and growth of USC Union depends on our ability to evolve with changes. In today’s world, technology is a critical component of any educational program and incorporating cutting-edge technology will ensure that our students have the resources necessary to succeed.

In order to successfully achieve this goal, the campus will need upgraded biology and chemistry laboratories, additional online classroom capacity, and additional nursing faculty. Union County has provided a building on Main Street in Union to accommodate this expansion but extensive renovations are necessary.

Students will use virtual reality to build familiarity with scenarios in a controlled environment by “doing,” rather than “seeing.” Virtual labs are used presently at Harvard and Stanford. Students will learn using unique state of the art virtual reality. They will be able to explore with life-like 3D models that cover the entire human body. This teaching style drives student engagement and will accelerate learning. It will also give instant feedback to the student during the simulation.

Renovations in the new science and nursing building are needed to accommodate the invaluable educational tool that will assist students on their path of receiving their nursing degree. Virtual labs are safer and preferable because there are no chemicals or vent hoods. The labs also increase access and reduce costs.  Research space will support student and faculty projects to drive learning by allowing hands-on experience. The additional space in the nursing building will enable USC Union to recruit top faculty and students.

USC Union’s Development and Marketing Director, Annie Smith said, “The growth at USC Union is significant for our county and especially our downtown. It is remarkable to see how our campus has developed in just a few years and my wish is that every single person in Union will stand behind USC Union to help us grow even more.”

For over 50 years, USC Union has housed a small library downstairs in the USC Union Central Building. It offered students the tools and resources they needed for research and any computer services. The library hosted workshops and maintained a comprehensive collection of resources that support the academic offerings of USC Union’s curriculums.

One block from USC Union is the Union Carnegie Library. It is housed in the oldest library building in South Carolina that was given by Andrew Carnegie. The library recently went through an extensive renovation and restoration of the original historic section. This added more space for children, teens, and additional space for meeting and workshops. During the renovation, USC Union campus was a satellite location and a strong partnership was formed between the two.

“The agreement between USC Union and the Carnegie Library is a positive for the University, the library, and the community. It enables the University to expand services and hours in a beautiful location. It frees up space on campus for much needed classrooms and faculty offices. It provides the Carnegie with working capital. It allows the community to see that two government agencies can combine efforts in order to provide better service for all while cutting overall expenses,” expressed Dr. John Catalano, USC Union’s dean.

With two libraries being situated within a block of each other, it made sense to move the USC Union library system to Carnegie. The partnership benefits faculty, staff, students, and the community as a whole. Carnegie offers more resources, technology, computer usage, and much more. Their extended evening and Saturday hours will greatly benefit the students, especially during exam times.

Rieta Drinkwine, Director of Union Carnegie Library, stated, “We are incredibly excited about this collaboration and the new ways we will be able to serve the community together, and we hope that this collaboration will serve as template for other similar partnerships across the state. USC Union is doing wonderful things for Union and we are glad to be a part of their efforts.”

Once emptied, the USC Union library will free up over 6,000 square feet. Future plans for the area consist of a foreign language active learning lab, four large classrooms, three office spaces, and additional storage. The area will be designated for humanities faculty, including foreign language, literature and philosophy. The move and renovations will support USC Union’s growth without having to build a new building.

USC Union has also acquired an older post office building across from campus on Main Street. Once the Science and Nursing building renovations are complete, the post office building will become the USC Union Fine Arts building. It will house a printing press room, gallery area, a kiln room, office space for two artists, studio space, and a large lecture room. Thanks to Lockhart Power, the parking lot at the Fine Arts building also has two car charging stations. City of Union and the Union County were the first local governments to participate in the state’s Plug In South Carolina campaign and USC Union is proud to be a location. The initiative is a push to bring attention to the charging stations installed throughout the state.

If you are interested in learning more about USC Union or to donate to campus, please contact Annie Smith, Development & Marketing Director at or (864) 424-8055.

December 6, 2018

Edible Rock Cafe

The 3rd graders at Foster Park Elementary School recently finished up their study of rocks in science. The students learned how igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks are formed and the properties of each. After reading and learning about each type of rock, students got to make “edible rocks.” What a tasty way to end their study of rocks!

December 6, 2018

Rock Your School

Get Your Teach On encourages all educators to join the movement and to create an outside-the-box educational experience for their students. This doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, or even rock themed, but it does have to be captivating! How do teachers capture students’ attention? Do something different! Stretch themselves! Challenge their instructional practices! Find a way to deliver their ordinary content in an extraordinary way.

Foster Park Elementary School stepped up to the challenge on Friday, November 16, 2018! Many teachers tried something new in their classrooms that they’ve never tried before to bring learning to life for their students. Teachers were excited to try new things and students were engaged and eager to learn.

Foster Park Elementary School plans to participate in the National Rock Your School Day on September 19, 2019. For more information about Get Your Teach On’s Rock Your School movement, visit

December 6, 2018

Thanksgiving Arts Integration

Foster Park Elementary School’s second grade teacher, Mrs. Hogan and art teacher, Mrs. Truitt, worked together to integrate art and social studies in an effort to help students better understand what the South Carolina Native Americans would have worn before and after when the New World was being discovered by the Pilgrims that traveled from England. Students also learned other things as they were working on this project about Native Americans as well as other things about the different types Native Americans that lived in America, their culture and how the first Thanksgiving came to be because of the friendship that developed between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans that lived in America through research, with the help of Media Specialist, Mrs. Earl. This combined effort not only incorporated social studies concepts being learned but also math and science concepts learned in 2nd grade as well.

December 6, 2018

Diamond Del Visits Foster Park

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the third graders of Foster Park Elementary School became “miners” for a day to conclude their rocks and minerals study. Diamond Del’s Mining Van visited FPES. Prior to their mining experience, students watched a video explaining the procedures for mining and previewing some of the rocks and minerals they should look for. Students were then allowed to mine for rocks and minerals. They were so excited and eager to find the rocks and minerals. After their mining experience, they watched another video wrapping up their mining experience. Finally, students used a rocks and minerals identification guide to identify their rocks and minerals. The best part is that they got to take their collection of rocks and minerals home to remember this awesome experience. This activity was made possible by Title One.

December 3, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast


Each 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School did an inquiry unit about the First Thanksgiving. After learning all about the First Thanksgiving, they decided that they should all get together for a Thanksgiving Feast of their own. They researched the foods of the First Thanksgiving and tried to replicate that feast as closely as possible. Students wore their handmade costumes and were dressed as turkeys, Pilgrims, and Native Americans. Everyone learned so much about the First Thanksgiving and had a great time at their Thanksgiving Feast! What a great way to learn and make memories at the same time!


Wacky Wednesdays


The last Wednesday of each month has quickly become one of Foster Park Elementary School students’ favorite days. These days have become known as Wacky Wednesdays. On Wacky Wednesday, the Kona Ice Truck visits FPES. Students are allowed to purchase Kona Ice and/or Kona Kocoa during their recess times. This is an ongoing FUNdraiser for FPES. Kona Ice graciously gives back a portion of the sales to the school. Wacky Wednesdays have certainly been a great addition to FPES this year. To find out more, visit

Golden Apple Award


On November 5, 2018, Foster Park Elementary School had very special visitors. News Channel 4 visited to interview and film a news segment highlighting their 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Amy Hughes. Mrs. Hughes was the winner of the Golden Apple Award. What a prestigious accomplishment for Mrs. Hughes. Foster Park Elementary School is very proud to have Mrs. Hughes as a part of their faculty. The news segment aired on November 15, 2018 and can be found at (All photos borrowed from this website.)

November 29, 2018

Museum on the Move


On Friday, November 16, 2018, Museum on the Move from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, visited the 3rd-graders at Foster Park Elementary School. Angie Snow, Museum Educator, visited each 3rd-grade classroom. She did an engaging presentation on how math can help you to be a better artist. She brought her presentation to life by using props and relevant topics to capture the students’ attention. During her presentation, she addressed the topics of geometry, proportion, and perspective. She introduced the students to famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. To conclude her presentation, she guided the students to use measurement and geometrical shapes to create their own drawing of a road leading to a sunset. Each student thoroughly enjoyed this visit and was so proud of their illustration.

November 29, 2018

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

In celebration of Thanksgiving, students in Mrs. Rogers’ class at Foster Park Elementary School, watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. They discussed the menu and had their own Thanksgiving meal as a class – Charlie Brown style! Students had so much fun celebrating Thanksgiving as a class.

November 29, 2018

A Thanksgiving Celebration

On Monday, November 19, 2018, the 5K classes at Foster Park Elementary School performed A Thanksgiving Celebration to a packed, standing-room-only cafeteria. Each class wore hand-made costumes. They were turkeys, Pilgrims, and Native Americans. Prior to the evening’s performance, each class practiced diligently to prepare. Mr. Kiser, music teacher, directed the performance. All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the show and left the performance ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.

November 29, 2018

Morning Greeting

Greeting students every morning is actually one of the best classroom management techniques, and what a great way Mrs. Bishop, second grade teacher at Foster Park Elementary School, does it! Each morning, you can find Mrs. Bishop standing at her door beside a poster with six greeting choices. Her students are lined up eagerly waiting for their morning greeting of choice. As each student approaches Mrs. Bishop, they point to their desired greeting and she happily greets them in that way. Upon receiving their greeting, each student enters her classroom with a smile on their face. What a fun way to start the day!

November 28, 2018

Union County High School Quarter 1 Honor Roll 2018-19:

12th Grade A Honor Roll

Thomas Dale 'DJ' Anthony, Brandon Scott Bates, Michael Andrew Benson, Peighton Elisabeth Berry, Bailey Nicole Betenbaugh, Baylie Amanda Black, Lauren Nicole Brewington, Jenna Danielle Bright, Miranda Leigh Bright, Andrew Thomas Clayton, Zykeria Denasia Dawkins-Willingham, Nigel Dos Santos, William Kyle Edwards, Caleb Hunter Enlow, Jamya Monae Feaster, Latavia Cherae Foster, Destiny Chyenne Fowler, Caroline Elizabeth Gallman, Makayla Hope Grady, Daniel Colvin Grant, Cayla Paige Gregory, Dennezia Tamia Hardy, Dayteria Lashawn Harris, Decorius Terriq Harris, Layla Charline Howell, Christopher Juan Tariq Johnson, Tykevues Tyrone Kershaw, Jakob Scott Lawson, Jordan Blake Lawson, Austin Garrett Lollis, Anna Katherine Bailey Long, William Gossett Long, William Tyler Lowe, Cedrickus DeCarlos Neal, Chandler Lee Northern, Bradley Vance Parris, Cassidy Page Rector, Destiny Nicole Sanders, Cory Wayne Scott, Bronson Alexander Shetley, Abby Danielle Smith, Cassandra Celeste Smith, Kailee Hope Stepp, Ly'Garien Da'Viyon Still, Benjamin Loftis Stone, Shyann Nichole Tennant, Brittney Brianna Thompson, Jennifer Ruby L Turner, Garrett O'Neil Wages, Jamal Xavier Wallington, Douglas James Warr, Derek Malik Young.

11th Grade A Honor Roll

Kayley Jayne Addis, Trey Alan Best, Sadie Kathleen Blackmon, JaQuan Kentrell Boyd, Chaniah Reonna Brown, Shelly Ann-Marie Burgess, Charles Andrew Cash, Kristian Adam Davis, Jerel Tyreek Dawkins, Jalaya Alyce Dawkins-Willingham, Ryleigh Elizabeth Earls, Destiny Mariah Floyd, Shamaria Briana Glenn, Mackenzie Payden Harris, Jessica Lasha Johnson, Elice Nicole Lee, Gabrielle Juliaette Manus, Shamareya Shantez McBride, Jonah Paul McCutcheon, Jacob Alan McGee, Haleigh Cameron Palmer, Emily Victoria Reeves, Joshua Greer Sanders, Keyshawn James Sanders, Robert Joseph Sanders, Anna Rose Sawyer, Jasmine Marie Suggs.

10th Grade A Honor Roll

Bailey Kendall Angel, Julia McLarnon Bailey, Ethan Alexander Balkum, Alexandria Jade Belue, Huston Logan Betenbaugh, Halle Blythe Brannon, April Anita Case, Cheyenne Clarence Champion, Elizabeth Ann Childers, Jacob Carter Colson, Dixie Caroline Crocker, Caitlin Briana Davis, Katelyn Jillian Dos Santos, Bryson Alan Dowis, Chamir Arion Dunn, Mary Elizabeth Fisher, Jenna Grace Fleming, JeMeria Shaquese Foster, Lateasha Jasilyn Foster, Kallee Grace Garner, Madeline Suzanne Gilstrap, Abigail Samantha Goodfellow, Anna Mason Gregory, Macie Cheyanne Gregory, Nicholas Aaron Hale, Haleigh Elizabeth Hendrix, Brianna Nicole Hughey, Haylee Mae Izzett, Za'Kyah Janae Jeter-Walton, Laurin Amber Nikole Johnson, Lindsey Blaire Johnson, Nyla My'Joy Land, Halen Carolann Lawing, Jada McKenzley Lott, Erin Nicole Miller, John Caleb Pickens, Mary Alexa Robbins, Ja O'Marion Ruth, Dustin Dakota Scruggs, Hunter Lewis Senn, Iysis Storm Smith, Karia T'ace Smith, Shamya Tamir Smith, Shanya Amir Smith, Corenza Zykiria Stewart, Yariah Tione Stewart, Kendele Faith Sullivan, Ryan DeQuon Thomas, Laurel Ray Treadway, Julia E Whitney.

9th Grade A Honor Roll

Rylee Makenna Austin, Maggie Elizabeth Berry, Thomas Joseph Betenbaugh, Rachel Elizabeth Brewington, Caleb Mardis Bright, Bryan Bryant, William Bailey Childers, Lanie Crocker, Ruthie Alice Dean, Arielle Cheyanne Deputy, Carter William Dodson, MacAuther Edmonds, Moriah Lee Goode, Jacob Ryan Green, Marcelle Lee Gregory, Peyton Nathaniel Gregory, Riley Dianne Gregory, Tyler Gage Henderson, Abby Alexis Inman, Alazia Zykoria Jeter, Ja'Marion Quatez Jeter, Zy'Deria Bryanna Lawson, Elainie Diane Lee, Janiya Honesty Lucre Mcleod, Bryson Tyler Perry, Annesley Peyton Phillips, Chloe Anna Rector, Brian Daniel Renwick, Amiah Mikayla Rufrano, Nathan O'Neal Smith, Kameron Rodgers Taylor,Madison Dawn Thompson, James Michael Tucker, Kinsley Faith Waddell, Jamaria Donta' via Walton, Leah Mackinzie Whitmore, Kaigan Anna Wilson, Calista Hill Woodson, Olivia Michelle Yandel.

12th Grade A/B Honor Roll

William Haskins Balkum, Kayson Sabrie Bates, Grant Thomas Berry, Tristian John Bright, Jayda Brianne Canada, Ashley Jade Case, Kaelyn Sydney Chavis, Macee Adaire Chesnut, Hannah Parks Coffer, Jacob Robert Crocker, Jordan Lee Davis, Makayla Cheyenne Dyer, Zachary Tyler Fowler, Brittany Nicole Fullbright, Preston Kyier Garrett, Latizia Ziquajah Gray, Justin James Hall, David Tyler Haney, Larissa Janeth Horne, Breyonna ShaQuell Jeter, Brian Keith Jeter, Kristin Michelle Kicidis, Nathaniel R Lindsay, Patrick Alman Long, Cameron DiJon Lott, Coby Damar Martin, Lewis Booker T McBeth, Justyce Keyera McClintock, Austin Aaron McKissick, Anna Elizabeth Mitchell, Najzha Isheia Mitchell, Alayna Peden Monroe, Ashe-Leigh Jordan Morris, Parker Reed Northern, Brindia E Nunn, Mackenzie Nicole Parks, Michael Jacob Parks, Riley Jobe Pittman, Tyanna Mona’ Porter, Wesley Tyler Pruitt, Kori Jamari Kitoria Rice, Zanaa Alejha-Taylor Rice, Randy K Riddle, Kendy Linet Roman-De la Cruz, Latavia Ijanique Ruth, Tyree Devonte` Ruth, Shaidasya Izanere Sanders, Kadijah Tyanna Scott, Carmen Delila Sliwa, EmilyAnn Mackenzie Smith, Kedra Janae Smith, Madelyn Hope Sparks, Jimmysha Tyana Stewart, Zyrien Ah'Mir Stewart, Alexis Olivia Stinson, Kayla Mackenzie Thompson, ShaDente Tamaz Thompson, Skyler Rozelle Toth.

11th Grade A/B Honor Roll

Anna Caroline Alexander, Taylor Lanora Beatty, Lauren Carey Becknell, Terrance Jermaine Booker, Madisen Amanda Brewington, Alex Patrick Burns, Rachel Ann Cathcart, Brina Grace Childers, Sydney Elizabeth Childers, Leah Danielle Cody, Holden Patrick Cooke, Dallas James Crocker, Kaitlin Breann Davis, Tykasia Chart'e Davis, Cailey Breann Edwards, Jaylon Marquise Edwards, Makayla Ann Edwards, Alexis Janai Gaffney, Breanna Leigh Garner, Amber Ashante' Gilliam, Quantavious Shyheem Green, Taylor Tiana Gregory, Phillip Blake Guinn, Colin Reece Hames, Madison Aliyah Haney, Connor Mark Harris, Britney Nicole Holcombe, TyQuan Kentrez Jackson, Jamaye` Ke'Ora Jeter, Shanya Ashanti Jeter, Mariah Sade Johnson, Malena Michelle Kirby, Catelin Rilei Lakeman, Likeyvia Ashen Teshona Land, Olajuwon Tykevius Land, Dameon Shane Lawson, Jessica Delaney Lawson, Dayquan Richard Maxwell, Trevor Steven McCall, Karlie Grace McCutcheon, Gemini Ti'ana Leigh Means, India Kiemya Means, Briana Madison Millwood, Connor Joseph Mitchell, Deidrick Tayshuan Montgomery, Donasia Zaitraill Nash, Olivia Faith Ouzts, Justin Lynn Pettit, Dallis Alexa Pierce, Alexis Paige Roark, Courtney Alexis Seymore, Kaleb Michael Small, Alexis Michelle Spears, Antonio Mikel Stephens, Malia Jimeka Thomas, Natalie Sophia Thompson, Sydni Nicole Thompson, Andrew Brian Treadway, Conner Judson Tyler, Nathaniel Antonio Valdez, Alexis Nicole Vaughan, Robert Ryan Vinson, Layla Iyana Voiselle, Katherine Elizabeth Wagner, Noah Thomas West, Arianna Kele Whitmire, Timothy Sullivan Wood, Jai'lyn Ailse Worthy, Ashanti Kiasia Young.

10th Grade A/B Honor Roll

Candace Aaliyah Armstrong, Brianna Paige Bailey, Lyndsey Hope Barshaw, Madison Paige Blackwell, Rebecca Grace Boulware, Tarik Raekwon Briggs, Caley Brianne Brown, Grace Carolyn Clark, Brianna Alexis Cribbs, Jabarius Terron Crosby, Ingrid J Cruz-Salinas, Jaryn Sidney Cudd, Jabori Rondarius Dawkins, Rebekah Elizabeth Fox, Abbigail Grace Freeman, Aaliyah Chentel Gilliam, Cierra Grace Goldman, Hannah Alisabeth Gregory, DreShawn Keonte Hardy, Noah Blake Hendrix, Riley Cooper-VanSac Huggins, Myra Nicole Hullett, Haley Sierra Jackson, Kemahgee O'Neal Jeter, Elizabeth Ashley Johnson, Janie Cecilia Knox, Trinity Divine Morton, Kanijah Shaquez Norman, Andrew Flay Peace, Karrah Bethany Rice, Michael Gregory Roof, Aaron Michael Root, La'Christian Ta'Liyah Salter, Ke'Avis Jay'Quan Savage, Takeria Nyree Savage, Bailey McKel Scott, Macayla Gail Sinclair, Alicia Mikayla Smith, Dylan Cooper Smith, Thomas Lee Smith, Erin Nikoal Sprouse, Bonnie Kay Steadman, Chariah Monique Tucker, Asharia Canelis Wood.

9th Grade A/B Honor Roll

Brooke Lyn Adams, Kaitlyn Faith Alexander, Kyleigh Elizabeth Allen, Levi Jamison Allen, Caroline Elizabeth Baron, Nicholas Blaine Barron, O'Jada Renee Bishop, Kenneth Darrin Blanton, Nazir Turkir Brandon-Savage, Matthew Scott Brewington, William Branson Cook, Hannah Madison Copeland, Tommy Nathaniel Cudd, Dalaney Jene Davis, Jessica Jaleya Dawkins, Maryetta Mae Duncan, Chelsea Elizabeth Dunlap, William Paul Edwards, Samuel Victor Elliott, Ansleigh Reign Erwin, Keirsten Rebecca-Lareese Floyd, Mu'khia Keshell Garrett-Carson, Emily Mae Gelske, Ta'Jarion Da'Shun Glenn, Zykius Da'Quan Glenn, Caitlin Janae Goode, Gavyn Cade Gregory, Bethany Cadence Hames, Kayleigh Alexis Harris, Sarah Amelia Hart, Olivia Dezarae Heatherly, LeBron Capone Henderson, Bryana Jade Horne, Alejandro Benito Hunt, Zoe Layne Hunt, Mary Kathryn James, Ydel Ideh Jean-Louis, Kyn'Deria La'Bria Jeter, Menaszeay Le'Deaz Jeter, T'Quan Jermaine Jones, Hailey Justice, Naqaua Malik Kershaw, Shykeema R Land, Julie Anna Latham, Erika Marie Lawson, Timmy Darnell Lindsay, Naykaia Briana Lindsey, Thomazia My-Yonnah Littlejohn, Madalyn Josephine JoAnn Manibusan, Jasmine Marie Martin, Derrik J'Marion Martinez, Phi-Quashia La-Sha McMorris, Marion Douglas Means, Bryson Russ Morgan, Treasure Divine Morton, Brooklyn Paige Palmer, Hannah Grace Paschall, Madison Alexis Patrick, Xiomara Ramirez-Bernal, Alijahua Jules Rice, Westley Trad Robinson, John Kevin Rochester, Aaliyah Shuntai Sanders, Emma Leigh Scott, Caroline Elizabeth Shick, Jashad Otonio Simpson, Kayla Hope Sinclair, Camren Yancy Smith, Garrison Chase Smith, Isaiah Christopher Stokes, Carley Michele Sumner, Brittney Nicole Thompson, Kenterrius Keesean Thompson, Ta'sharia Rashay Thompson, Evan Hope Threadgill, Jada Danielle Turner, Carson Bradley Valentine, Kollin Gene Vinson, Kayden Leigh Wages, Sarah Elizabeth Walden, Spencer Alexander Weaver, Abbigail Marie Williams, Jessie Lynn Williford, Autumn Nicole Wilson, James Taylor Wishert, Jon Thomas Dennis Wright.

November 19, 2018


Students in Mrs. Betsy Abee's third grade class at Buffalo Elementary participated in a STEM activity to create their own metamorphic or sedimentary rocks. They had to come up with a plan on how to create their rocks using Mini M&M's, graham crackers, foil cupcake wrappers, and mini marshmallows.

November 19, 2018

March of Dimes Fundraiser at BES

Through the entire month of October, Buffalo Elementary School worked to raise money for March of Dimes. Freeze pops, duct tape pens, and movie basket raffle tickets were sold. In addition, a Scary Skate Night Halloween event was held at the Union Skate Center and several BES staff members volunteered to get pied in the face. As a school, $2,187.23 was raised! Additionally, BES student Lillianna Kurtz raised $533 online for March of Dimes, bringing the grand total raised to $2,720.23!

November 19, 2018

Veterans Program at Buffalo Elementary

On Friday, November 9, fifth grade students at Buffalo Elementary performed a Veterans Day program. This special program was in honor our all veterans who have served our great country and in memory of those who have lost their lives doing so. Buffalo Elementary loves our veterans! Thank you to all veterans for your service to our country!

November 19, 2018

October Rocktober

Buffalo Elementary School's second grade students presented the musical program "October Rocktober" at the October 23rd PTA meeting. Students were led by Mrs. Heather Barnado and Mrs. Ashley Eller.

November 19, 2018

BES Scary Skate Night for March of Dimes

Students, faculty, and staff from Buffalo Elementary participated in Scary Skate Night at the Union Skate Center as part of our March of Dimes Fundraiser in October!

November 19, 2018

Fall Festival at BES

The amazing PTA at Buffalo Elementary recently hosted a fall festival! A hands on science lab, hayrides, face painting, food, games, candy and lots of fun made this a night to remember by all!

November 19, 2018

BES Red Ribbon Week

Buffalo Elementary School recognized and celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. Guest speakers from the Union County Sheriff's Office and the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse visited with classes at BES to share important information and reminders of the dangers of using drugs. Themed dress up days were held each day during Red Ribbon Week to teach and remind students of the importance of saying no to drugs.

BES Students of the Month for October

At Buffalo Elementary School, October's character trait of the month was RESPECT. Students were rewarded with an ice cream celebration for their outstanding character! The following students were recognized as Students of the Month:
Kindergarten - Madison Wilson, Anaya Miller, Landyn Tucker, and Makiyan Renwick
1st Grade - Aden Rice, Kinden James, Jayden Sanders, Hunter Jennings, and Isabella Beahrs (not pictured)
2nd Grade - Brentley Ogg,  Addison Rooth, Lucy Pridemore, Kindall Thomas, and Marion Grayson (not pictured)
3rd Grade - Zy'Quez Tucker, Gabriel Inman, Ty'Kira Salter, Xavier Burnett,  Ja'Cobi Tucker, and Jemorah Stinson (not pictured)
4th Grade -Will Reeves, Jasmine Hogan, Tamia Vaughn, Lucas Haney, and Carl Sepheus
5th Grade - DeShon Smith, Shelby Gilbert, Anna Eller, and Landon Johnson

November 14, 2018

BES Teacher of the Month    

Stephanie Wicker is Buffalo Elementary School’s October Teacher of the Month. Stephanie has taught at BES for nineteen years. She is a graduate of Clemson University and Converse College. She received National Board Certification in 2009. Stephanie serves on many committees at BES and she is the yearbook editor. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  Her hobbies are boating, hunting, cooking, reading, and watching Clemson football. She lives in Whitmire with her husband Zeb and her fur babies, Atz and Tabitha. She is a lifelong member of Whitmire Presbyterian Church. Although not a Union native, Stephanie says, “I feel like I have become a part of my school community by getting to know and working with families and watching students learn and grow. I truly feel led by God to be here.” BES is proud to announce its October Teacher of the Month, Stephanie Wicker.



November 12, 2018

Literacy Stations at BES

Ms. Black’s first graders are working hard on learning sight words. During literacy stations, they are engaged in reading activities to increase their sight word knowledge. They love learning their sight words through games, writing, and searching for the words in books.



5k classes from Buffalo Elementary School enjoyed their time at the Union County Agricultural Fair on October 18, 2018.

November 9, 2018

Foster Park Drama Team Presents Little Red Riding Hood


The Foster Park Elementary School Drama Team has been working hard this semester to prepare for their fall drama production. Under the direction of Mrs. Amy Truitt, Art Teacher and Mr. Christian Kiser, Music Teacher, the FPES Drama Team consists of 4th and 5th grade students. On Thursday, November 8, 2018, with the help of The Baillie Players from the Inman Theatre, they showcased their talent in their production Little Red Riding Hood. They performed at 1:00pm for the school and again at 6:30pm for their family, friends, and community. FPES is blessed with so many talented students.

Foster Park Elects New Student Council


Foster Park Elementary School has recently elected its new 2018-2019 Student Council. Each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class elected a Class Representative to be a spokesperson for their class on the council. Also, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders elected the Officers to serve as leaders on the Student Council. The purpose of the FPES Student Council is to meet with the administrators to help plan events and initiatives to improve the school. Foster Park is excited about the wonderful things going on so far this year and anticipates great things from its Student Council as the year progresses.

November 7, 2018

Foster Park is Reading Its Way to the Big Game


Children’s ability to read is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. Parents are encouraged to help establish a strong literacy foundation for their child and support Carolina & Clemson’s championship traditions by participating in the South Carolina Department of Education’s 2018 Read Your Way to the Big Game contest.

All public, private, and homeschool students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade who read six books will qualify to win tickets to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game on November 24. Once students have completed their readings, they should turn in the list of books read to their teacher. Winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game. FPES teachers are currently collecting these reading logs.

Another part of this program is the teacher bulletin board contest. Teachers had to submit pictures of their decorated bulletin boards for a chance to win! The SC Department of Education will award $500 to one teacher and/or school library media specialist who has the best decorated bulletin board, wall or door, using the contest theme of “Read Your Way to the Big Game”. To enter, teachers had to submit their photos by October 22, 2018. They are still awaiting the results.

Foster Park Elementary School is proud to be a school where literacy is at the forefront of all that we do.

Koepke Accepts Principal Challenge


Each year during National Young Readers Week, Pizza Hut challenges principals to choose one day to read their hearts out all day long. Foster Park Elementary School Principal Jason Koepke accepted the challenge. On Monday, November 5th, he set the example of “reading your heart out.” Throughout the day, he could be seen anywhere on campus reading a book. On any given day, Mr. Koepke can be seen helping out anywhere on campus. This day was not any different, except he was helping – while continuing to read. What a wonderful message this sent to the students at FPES! Foster Park truly believes that students who are readers today will be leaders tomorrow. To find out more about the Pizza Hut Book It! Principal Challenge, visit

October 30, 2018

November 2, 2018

A New Look


The Foster Park Elementary School faculty, staff, and students are so excited about some of our school beautification projects that have recently been completed. Our entry way, office window, and attendance clerk’s desk have had makeovers! A special THANK YOU to our wonderful PTO for funding over half of these projects! Remember ... when you join the FPES PTO, you also help our school!!

Teachers Teaching Teachers


The Foster Park Elementary School October Faculty Meeting was led by some of its own teachers. Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Wells, did a brief presentation on analyzing and using STAR Reading Reports to drive instruction. Afterward, third grade teacher, Mrs. Roark and state reading coach, Mrs. Mitchell, shared some information and activities they learned from their Get Your Teach On experience earlier in October. Everyone was engaged and excited to learn new things to implement in their classrooms.

November 1, 2018

Native American Artifacts


The third graders at Foster Park Elementary School are currently studying Native Americans. Recently, several of the teachers brought in authentic Native American artifacts to show their students. The items brought in were: caribou skin, arrowhead necklace, snake spine bracelet, beaver purse, and arrowheads. The students loved looking at these real artifacts. They were able to see what the items really looked and felt like.

Proud Parents and Students


In an effort to celebrate the first nine weeks’ student success at Foster Park Elementary School, the halls were adorned with honor roll and perfect attendance lists. These parents came to pick their children up from the after school program and were caught admiring their children’s names on the lists. Later, a group of after school students were caught doing the same thing. Parents and students alike are extremely proud of their accomplishments! We are excited to see how many names we can add to this list for the second nine weeks. Keep up the good work, Eagles!!!

Edible Hands-On Learning


Students in Mrs. Wells’ fourth grade class at Foster Park Elementary School love hands-on learning ….. with food! Recently, they concluded their study of clouds by making the different types of clouds using marshmallows. In addition, they used Skittles to make multiplication arrays during their multiplication unit. Anytime students can use food to solidify their learning, they love it!

Contractions Surgery


Students in Mrs. Holcombe’s and Mrs. Bishop’s second grade classes at Foster Park Elementary School ended their study of contractions by performing “contractions surgery” in their classroom that was transformed into a “hospital” for the day. The teachers wrote two words on index cards (ex: do and not) and the students had to cut the second word to remove the “O”. Then, they had to use bandaids to correctly spell the contraction. The “stitch” was the apostrophe. What a fun and memorable way to learn about contractions!

October 31, 2018

Life-Long Learning


Ms. Annette Lyles, a fourth grade teacher at Buffalo Elementary School, attended The Science P.L.U.S Institute at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC during the summer.  The Institute provides intensive training in activities and science teaching methods to South Carolina science teachers.  All teachers leave the Institute with new skills to teach hands-on activities, 30 hours towards re-certification along with approximately $1,000 worth of science materials for their classroom.

October 31, 2018

Red Ribbon Week


Foster Park Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 22-26, 2018. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that educates students and raises awareness to the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. FPES faculty and staff participated in a week-long spirit week to show their commitment to being drug free.


Monday was “Proud to be Drug Free Day” and everyone wore red to kick off Red Ribbon Week. Tuesday was “Give Drugs the Boot Day” and everyone wore their cowboy wear and boots. Wednesday was “Team Up Against Drugs Day” and everyone wore their favorite team shirts, jerseys, or colors. Thursday was “Make Drugs Disappear Day” and everyone wore camouflage. Friday was “Our School Chooses to be Drug Free Day” and everyone wore FPES blue and orange.


During the week, Lieutenant Eddie Williams from the City of Union Public Safety Office visited K-2 classrooms to discuss the importance of saying no to drugs and alcohol. In addition, Mrs. Mary Owens and Mrs. Josephine McBeth from the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse visited 3-5 classrooms to discuss the importance of saying no to drugs and alcohol. Nicholas Davis also visited 3-5 classrooms to give his testimony, having been directly affected by drug and alcohol.


Red Ribbon Week is always a fun week at FPES, but most importantly, it is a week where our students are encouraged to make good choices that will help them to live a successful life.

October 30, 2018

Applelicious Learning


Students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School recently completed their 2 week Apple Unit. During this unit, they read numerous books about apples and learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts. They used their five senses to explore different types of apples. They made charts and graphs with the data they collected about their favorite type of apple and their favorite apple products. They used one-to-one counting and patterning as well. Coach Minor joined in on the fun with a “climbing the apple tree” activity where the students used their fine motor skills to “pick apples.” They read recipes and measured ingredients to make applesauce one week and apple pies the next. As you can see, Mrs. Kingsmore’s students have been busy, busy, busy, learning about apples!


October 29, 2018

Buffalo Elementary School

1st Quarter Student Recognition



Principal’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Kenlee Beaver, Gabriel Carroll, Kady Jean Cathcart, Cole Haney, Melaney Jones, Madison Maness, Jasper Shropshire, Janie Trantham


4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Raelyn Eller, Nikolas Garner, Charles Gowan, Peyton James, Nezhay Jeter, Sam Murphy, Stella Phillips, Aydan Pridemore, Zyra Rogers, Isabelle Smith, Brooklyn Stevens, Alyssa Vinson


5th Grade – Reid Barnado, Madison Dunaway, Kennedy Ferguson, Kade Griffin, Kyle Johnson, Lillianna Kurtz, Lexi Merchant, Carson Petrie, Daniella Ponce, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Colleen Silvey, Khloie Sims, Tremell Walker, Nathan Weaver


Teacher’s Honor Roll

3rd Grade – Daquentin Beacham, Mariah Edwards, Brayden Howell, Will Kaufman, Harlee Lawson, Anna Grace Lee, Xavier Rufrano, Alona Talley, Kingston Wade, Maliq Walker, Alexis Zeigler


4th Grade – Jaden Campbell, Jonathan Gossett, Lucas Haney, Cassie Karcanes, Christian Lawson, Z’Aire Littlejohn, Izaiah McBride, Corey Millwood, Lila Murphy, Bryant Ochiltree, Will Reeves, Amari Route, Kingston Shippy, Alianna Twing, Taylor Wells


5th Grade – Xander Chapman, Kendra Duncan, Anna Eller, James Gault, Shelby Gilbert, Damija Gist, Gabbie Grant, Carter Hackler, Noelle Head, Aiden Hines, Chad Jeter, Landon Johnson, Aleta Jolly, Ben Kinman, Hayden Lawson, Kaitlyn Lawson, Evan Millwood, Madi Parks, Dylan Peahuff, Jaelyn Porter, Malachi Rice, Joslynn Rufrano, Faith Smith, Tyson Trammell, Matthew Young


Perfect Attendance

4K – Harmony Jeter, Quinnton Mitchell, Weston Seaburg, Logan Suggs, Brayden Wilson


5K – Kjhan Anaya, Malik Austin, Noah Boulware, Cruz Crawford, Isabella Crocker, Nevaeh Gilliam, Ja’Kyon Goode, Haylee Henderson, Alayna Johnson, Lyric Kershaw, Brittany Lowe, Joshua Rash, Makiyan Renwick, Paisley Thomas, Landyn Tucker, Airenee Walker, Bud Willard, Brendan Nasir Withers


1st Grade – Brody Addis, Anna Barnett, Eian Boulware, Landon Bradburn, Natalie Bramlett, Noah Brock, Faith Dean, Ryleigh Gilliam, Zay’Darrius Gray, Ayanna Griffin-Green, Kaylee Lawson, Alyssa Magner, Ariel Palmer, Darshil Patel, Kaden Sims, Kristinna Williams, E’Coryan Young


2nd Grade – Quan Beacham, Makenzie Bishop, Jaxson Burgess, Chloe Davis, Andrew Eller, Jayden Holloway, Adrianna Lipscomb, Aiyanna Napper, Ivey Palmer, Audrey Paris Brown, Isabella Pettie, Adam Sinclair, Mason Suggs, Braydon Riddle, Italy Scott, Layla Steadings, Gia Still, Kindall Thomas


3rd Grade – Kenlee Beaver, Joshua Betsill, Christian Booker, A’Neisa Brown, Xavier Burnett, Lauryn Conway, Ja’Don Garrett, Brianna Gowan, Tyre Hill, Matthew Judy, Anna Grace Lee, Madison Maness, ZyShaun Rogers, Xavier Rufrano, Kailyn Salter, Yatonian Salter, Jemochaine Stinson, Jamir Tucker, Zy’Quez Tucker, Aiden Young, Arden Young, Kingston Wade


4th Grade – Gavin Anderson, Noah Ballard, Bella Bramlett, Hunter Brock, Katie Campbell, Kendrick Constant, Charles Gowan, Nezhay Jeter, Aryah Johnson, Jaylen Kershaw, Destiney Lucre, Kaden Malpass, Corey Millwood, Colton Murphy, Lila Murphy, Sam Murphy, Bryant Ochiltree, Olivia Phillips, Shyann Rakestraw, Kelci Rochester, Brooklyn Stevens, Rihanna Thompson, Tamia Vaughn, Alyssa Vinson, Ryleigh Yarbrough


5th Grade – Reid Barnado, Charles Beard, Zander Campbell, Zion Fields, Christopher Garfias, Damija Gist, Kade Griffin, Aiden Hines, Chad Jeter, Kyle Johnson, Tamia Johnson, Aleta Jolly, Ben Kinman, Kaitlyn Lawson, Jaylen Lee, Keke Lyles, Jace Magner, Evan Millwood, Dylan Peahuff, Daniella Ponce, Jaelyn Porter, Jayden Ramos-Perez, Joslynn Rufrano, Khloie Sims, DeShon Smith, Faith Smith, Makaila Thomas, Kassidy Trammell, Tyson Trammell, Tremell Walker, Nathan Weaver, Najyra White, Kaiysin Young

October 29, 2018

First grade students love to read at BES!
First grade students at Buffalo Elementary have been busy learning sight words.  Teachers have put some fun into learning these words using puzzles, spongy letters, flip sets, white boards, and using the words in context. Children love to 'play with' these sets as they are learning and challenging each other.  We focus on understanding what they are reading rather than focusing on lots of unknown words. They are excited to master the words and learn more words! Mastering the words makes our students feel so much more confident when reading.  We are so proud of their progress!

September 14, 2018--All Union County elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. All middle schools and the high school will dismiss at 1 p.m. There will be no afternoon 4-K classes due to the early dismissal. All students will be provided lunch before school dismisses. No decision has been made yet about the schedule for Monday, September 17.

Foster Park Elementary School

From left:  Parker Northern, Peyton Threadgill, Head Coach Brian Thompson, Chandler Northern, T.T. Kershaw, and Jordan Kershaw

Foster Park Elementary School was showing their school and community spirit Friday, September 7th by hosting some of the Union County Yellow Jacket football players.  Head Coach Brian Thompson and several players came early in the morning to brighten the students’ morning as they helped them out of their cars in the car line. 


Museum About Me

On Friday, August 24, 2018, Mrs. Roark’s third graders at Foster Park Elementary School participated in their classroom Museum About Me. Their homework during the first week of school was to bring in 3-5 objects that told something about themselves by Thursday. During writing time on Thursday, they wrote descriptions on index cards about each of the objects they brought in. On Friday, all of their objects were set out on their desks like they would be in a museum. When they came in from recess, they walked around “the museum” and learned some interesting facts about their classmates. Everyone enjoyed learning about their classmates!


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Science Fun

Students in Mrs. Kingsmore’s 5K class at Foster Park Elementary School had so much fun making observations with a real coconut using their five senses. This was such a fun way to practice their science skills after reading a kindergarten favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

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