October 2018


Phoenix Phocus - Life Skills
On Monday, October 1, we conducted our first Phoenix Phocus life skills workshops. Today the students attended the first of many mini workshops. Ask your child about learning how to write a check, change a tire, tie a tie, sew on a button, write in cursive, write a thank you note, or interview skills.  Thanks to all the presenters! You did a great job with the sessions.  Thank you making this a positive experience for our students.

STEM Premier Rollout
STEM Premier
On Monday, October 1 our new students were introduced to STEM Premier.  Ms. Craig was here to help our students with the rollout.  Our students did a great job with the rollout and we were given several compliments from Ms. Craig!

Mayo's Teacher of the Year: 
        Mrs. Nancy B. Fletcher

Nancy Fletcher

Congratulations to Mrs. Nancy Fletcher for being recognized as our Teacher of the Year and a Darlington County School District Honor Roll Teacher.  We are so proud of her.

October Teacher Feature Winner 
- Mrs. Gina Benjamin

Gina Benjamin

The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced recently the Teacher Feature winners for October. 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.

Innovative Magnet Fair
Magnet Awardmagnet fair

On Thursday evening, October 4, the Darlington County School District held it's annual Innovative  Magnet Fair at Hartsville Middle School.  This is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to visit representatives from the schools offering magnet or IB programs.  Congratulations to our Magnet Fair Committee, Mayo Ambassadors, Phoenix Phame, 405, and Foreign Language Department for a great job!  We won the Recyclable Art Project and Overall Award.  The support and love for our school is undeniable.  Thank you for your TEAMWORK!

Student Council Blood Drive
The Mayo Student Council sponsored the first blood drive for the year on Friday, October 5.  The Bloodmobile was on campus all day collecting blood from our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members.  We even had a few of Darlington's Finest to show up to help.  There was a friendly competition between the Classes, with the Juniors winning the coveted 'Blood Drop' Trophy compliments of Mrs. Layne Smith.  The Blood Drive was a success collecting 25 pints of usable blood!  Way to go Mayo!!  And a SPECIAL THANKS to Ms. Jill Knight!

Blue for Florence
florence blue
On Friday, October 5 we wore blue to support the Pee Dee community as we honor the death of our local hero and former Mayo parent, Sgt. Terrence Carraway.

Ed Op at FMU
EdOp 2018
On Monday, October 8, our Juniors and Seniors were given the opportunity to travel to Francis Marion University to attend the South Carolina Educational Opportunity College Fair.  Instructional representatives that were in attendance included state colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, technical schools, and the military.  Students were provided with address labels to share with the representatives and a list of questions to ask.  The students were provided with an opportunity to also sample some university cafeteria food by having breakfast at the FMU cafeteria.

Students were dressed appropriately in 'Sunday dress'.  We wanted our students to be at their very best for the college recruiters and they were Dressed for Success.  Thank you for giving our students this wonderful opportunity and we hope it was a beneficial experience.

Aerospace Career Day
Aerospace Career Day
On Tuesday, October 9 several of our students traveled to Columbia, SC to attend the Aerospace Career Day held at the Challenger Learning Center in Richland County.  Aerospace Career Day is an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of future occupations and career options and to make connections between what they learn in school and expectations of future employers.  This opportunity allowed students to have a structured field study experience.  Students were well-prepared before the event to ask questions to learn about careers and completed debriefing activities after the event.  Thank you to Mr. Cook or sponsoring this activity with our students!

Teen Read Week
The week of October 8-12 was Teen Read Week.  The theme for this year is "Written in the Stars" and the decorations were Hollywood Glamour.  Students were invited to drop by the Learning Commons to take selfies at the selfie station.  It will end with the English classes submitting entries for the Book Boulevard Gala on Friday.

State Fair Incentive Trip

On Wednesday, October 17 a group of our students and faculty traveled to Columbia to attend the SC State Fair for the day.  The students had a GREAT time on our sixth State Fair Incentive Trip.  Again this year, the trip was sponsored by Georgia-Pacific and Sonoco.  Special thanks to Jill Knight, Jennifer Blankenship, Layne Smith, Elizabeth Thompson, CJ Pietrzak, Jay Flowers and Lyn O’Donnell for chaperoning the trip.   We will do it again next year – students can earn the trip by making a perfect score on EOCEP, 24 or better on the ACT composite, 1100 or better on the PSAT/SAT, Gold or Platinum WIN assessment, or  3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam. 

Pink Out Day
Pink Out faculty

On Thursday, October 18 everyone was asked to wear pink in order to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As you can see by the picture, we are supporting this cause! 

Art Student Winner at SC State Fair
In the 12th grade two-dimensional division, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology’s senior, Aaliyah Richardson earned a Merit Award. Mrs. Lyn O'Donnell is her Art teacher.