December 2018

December 2018
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December Teacher Feature Winner

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Congratulations to Mrs. Danielle Watkins!  Mrs. Watkins teaches English and Mythology.  The Darlington County School District's Teacher Forum announced recently the Teacher Feature winners for December.  The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education. The purpose of the Teacher Forum is to foster professional growth and teacher leadership.

The Teacher Feature Program is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Segars Realty.  Honorees receive free meals at local restaurants and recognition in their schools.

Winter Blood Drive
On Friday, November 30 our Student Council sponsored another Red Cross Blood Drive.  The BloodMobile was here all day.  Although we weren't able to collect enough blood to meet our goal, many attempted.  The next blood drive is scheduled in March.  We hope you'll come out and help us reach our goal then.  Thank you to all who gave and tried to give.

Pee Dee Math Tournament
On Tuesday, December 4 a group of Mayo's finest competed in the Pee Dee Math Tournament at Frances Marion University.  The following students participated:  Matthew Alford, Donovan Bryant, Benjamin Cannon, Erica Douglas, Hashani Goff, Jordan Green, Madison Meggs, Madison Norton,Kalyn Phillips, Cierra Spires, Merideth Tallon, Emma Turner, Bria Wilson, and Clay Ewing. Kudos to Mrs. Baker and the math team for sponsoring these students yesterday and getting our school back into the final competition. 

Eastern District Band Auditions 

On Monday, December 4 several of our band members auditioned for the Eastern District Band at Hartsville Middle School.  Congratulations to Mr. Cole Davis and the Eastern District Band students.  We had 100% to make the Eastern District Honor Band.

Hour of Code
During the week of December 3-7 we participated in the nation-wide Hour of Code.  Here are a few pictures of our students working on different projects.  Thanks to Mrs. Ruth Taylor, Mr. Bert Cook, and Ms. Charissa Lannan for participating in the Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

The Hour of Code takes place the first week in December to commemorate the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. It is the belief that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science to help with problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. This will give our students a foundation for success in any 21st-century career.

Air Bags for Barbie
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During the first weeks of December in Mrs. Taylor's classes, they have been engineering an air bag to save Barbie's life. The car was created by her physical science students. Chemistry students used problem solving skills and analytical thinking through the entire process of engineering a new product. 

Senior Superlatives

It's what we've been waiting for!  Senior Superlatives were named and their pictures were taken this week for the yearbook.  Here they are:

Best Personality:  Erica Douglas & Connor Johnson
Best Smile: Kalyn Phillips & Bryson Sherrill
Best Dressed: Kayla Mack & Josh Jefferson
Most Photogenic:  Isabella Haynes & Tahjaé Edwards
Most Academic: Merideth Tallon & Cameron McWhorter
Biggest Flirt: Tessa Fonteneau & McKinley Gilbert
Most Likely to be Tardy:  Jordyn Gray & Greyson Johnson
Most Likely to Brighten Someone's Day: Mariscia Mark & Bennett Black
Best Laugh: Kemoni Cannon & Yorel Stevenson
Best Sense of Humor: Briaja Mitchell & McKinley Gilbert
Class Heart Throb:  Grace Berdeau & Tanner Vause
Most Likely to Travel the World:  Emily Bryan & Luke Flowers
Most Talented:  Madison Norton & Landen Allen
Most Dependable: Madison Meggs & Jordan Green
Best All-Around: Jamsey James & Ben Cannon
Most Mayo School Spirit: Aaliyah Richardson & Deliano Jefferies
Best Glo-Up: Jordan Bradshaw & Zachary James
Most Likely to be Famous: A'Yahnna Byrd & Te'Arrence Harrell
Most Dramatic: Zaire Poole & Arkell Mingo
Most Athletic: Tessa Fonteneau & Malike Cooper

Christmas Concert
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On Wednesday, December 12 our Music Department presented it's annual winter concert "Sounds of the Season" directed by Mr. Cole Davis.  It was an excellent night of music!  Kudos to Mr. Davis!

Teacher Cadet Barrier Day
This year's Teacher Cadets experienced Barrier Day on Tuesday, December 11.  The Cadets had to maintain their physical disabilities the whole school day.  This ensured that the cadets gained an understanding of how physical disabilities can impact learning and require certain accommodations.

The students participating and their disability for the day:  
Atkinson, Anna Grace - hearing impaired
Bryan, Emily - leg physically impaired
Byrd A'Yahnna - arm orthopedically impaired
Carter, Bramley - arm orthopedically impaired
Cooper, Erial - tactile impairment
Goff, Hashani - thumbs physically impaired
Gregg, Latriana - hands & tactile physically impaired
Jackson, J'Asia - deaf mute
Jones, Josh - dominant hand physically impaired
Mark, Mariscia - thumbs physically impaired
McCullough, Earl - visually impaired
Mitchell, Briaja - legs orthopedically impaired (in a wheelchair)
Odom, Terilyn - mute
Rowe, Bethany - deaf mute
Turner, Emma - hearing and speaking impairment
Williams, Robbie - visually impaired


Winter Spirit Week
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It's Winter Spirit Week at Mayo and we've had dress-up days and a Goose Chase Challenge.  Congratulations to Team Faculty (Cole Davis & Jennifer Blankenship) for being the undefeated GooseChase Champions.  A special shout-out to the only other team: Freshmen.  Pictured above are their 'Awkward Phamily Photo" submissions.

Elf Station
Shout out to Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson and NHS members for sponsoring and wrapping gifts at the Mayo Elf Station!

Christmas Celebration
Our Christmas Celebration went well.  Special thanks to Mrs. Cindy Bryant, Mrs. Barbara Jenkins, Ms. Taquila Buie, Ms. Sarah Johnson, and Mr. Heyward Kelly for setting up the Christmas decorations.  We also appreciated the many teachers that came and supported the Christmas celebration.  We had Rep. Robert Williams, Mrs. Janie Howell, Mr. Willie Howell, Ms. Carlita Davis, and Board Member Thelma Dawson in attendance.