Friday, May 29, 2015

This week (5/25/15) on YouTube!

Click the photo above to visit our YouTube page and watch the following videos: Round Top Elementary State Archive and Attorney General Visit, Coloring Out Cancer, Ridge View High School 20 Time, Board of Trustees Meeting Held on May 26, 2015 at Polo Road Elementary and Ridge View High School Blazerfest.

This week on (5/25/15) Flickr!

Click the photo above to visit our Flickr photostream and see: Retiree Ceremony 2015, Langford Elementary School, 2nd grade butterfly release, NSE AR Hot Air balloon ride, 5/26/17 School Board special recs, RVHS:  20th Anniversary Celebration, JROTC Awards & Promotion, Spring Orchestra Concert, Student Council Banquet, National Technical Honor Society Induction, spring signings, Blazerfest, Langford Field Day, Celebration of the Arts 2015, Wellness Celebration and CFA Decade of Achievement. You can also view the albums for each school.    

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

High School graduation is coming!

Graduation is coming! For the first time, ceremonies will be held at Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia. Get the schedule, tips & parking map

In consideration for family members who cannot attend, ceremonies will be streamed LIVE.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

School Board meeting tonight

The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled meeting tonight, May 26. Click here to view the agenda for the meeting.

Starting at 5 p.m., the board will hold a work session to hear information from district administrators regarding the district’s future facility needs and funding options for those needs. At 5:30 p.m., the board will convene in executive session to discuss student, personnel, legal and contractual matters. Public session will resume at 7 p.m.

The meeting will take place at Polo Road Elementary School, located at 1250 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

The public is invited to attend the work session and public session of the meeting.

Monday, May 25, 2015

School Board meeting tomorrow, May 26

The Richland Two School Board will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at Polo Road Elementary School, located at 1250 Polo Road, 29223. The Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. and immediately move into executive session. The public session begins at 7 p.m.

The agenda will be available at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

This week (5/18/15) on Flickr!

Click the photo to visit our Flickr Photostream and see photos of AP Academy, New to Two Academy, Celebration of the Arts, Teacher Forum Ice Cream Social, North Springs Elementary's Clean up day and STEMS showcase night, Spring Valley High School spring sports signing, Bearsville Festival, Oliver the Dog, Historical Documents & SC Attorney General Alan Wilson at Round Top Elementary School and Richland Northeast High School's Coloring Out Cancer.

This week (5/18/15) on YouTube!

Click on the photo to watch videos from the 2015 Skills for Life graduation and May 12, 2015 School Board meeting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

High School graduation is June 2-3

Graduation is coming! For the first time, ceremonies will be held at Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia. Get the schedule, tips & parking map

In consideration for family members who cannot attend, ceremonies will be streamed LIVE.

Friday, May 15, 2015


So much to see! So much to do! We've been posting flyers for ‪#‎TheBestWeekendEver‬, but you should really visit our Pinterest page and see for yourself! 

This week (5/10/15) on YouTube!

Click the image to watch videos of the unveiling of the Richland Northeast High School PCA IB art exhibit at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Summit Parkway Cultural Awareness Showcase and the first R2I2 Student Advisory Board Meeting.

This week (5/10/15) on Flickr!

Click on the image to visit our Flickr photostream and see photos from North Springs Elementary School's Spring Cricket Chorus Program, Spring Valley High School Spring Orchestra Concert, Skills to Life End of Year Program, A Day of Life of Richland Northeast High School math teacher and coach Matthew Hall recap, School Board special recognition photos from 5/12/15 and Relay for Life Blythewood 2015 at Westwood High School.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Day in the Life of Matthew Hall Recap

The path to the classroom wasn't straight for Matthew Hall. He arrived in high school with dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. That dream came to a halt when he realized that as a freshman he was, "4'8 and 98 pounds." Then, Mr. Hall thought maybe he'd be a brick mason. As a student at Limestone College, he decided to teach history before settling on a major in math education. At Limestone, he made friends with student who was full of stories of his amazing alma mater, Richland Northeast High School.

"I decided to come down here and see what all the fuss was about," said Hall, who teaches math and is the head coach for the school's wrestling and cross country teams.

Like most Wednesdays, May 6 is a late start day for high schools. After a staff meeting, Coach Hall grabs a quick breakfast organized to thank him and other teachers for hosting University of South Carolina student teachers. Back in his classroom, he begins to prepare for the first class of the day, college prep geometry.

Using his whiteboard, he draws a star. "Is this a polygon?" he asks the class. As he explains the figure's properties, he constantly checks in with students asking, "Are you with me? Does everyone understand?"

Next, groups lead lessons on quadrilaterals. Coach Hall takes a seat up front and peppers the students with questions about their methods, figures and equations. "I appreciate the work you've done here," he tells one group. "I'm very impressed."

Groups in the next class, honors Geometry, also present lessons. Coach Hall has questions for each presenter and encourages the class to follow suit. "Is this a tough class?" he asks at one point.

"Yes!" the class replies in unison.

When a group makes a mistake that jeopardizes the entire presentation, he chides them for not paying attention to the assignment. But adds, "I still believe in you. I know you worked your butts off on this."

It's this firm but compassionate approach that makes Coach Hall a favorite of his students. He joined the Richland Two family three years ago and is the recent recipient of the Richland Two Culture of Excellence Award. His classroom is a meeting place for his students and athletes. Before and after school as well as during his lunch, Coach Hall can be found sharing advice on college admissions, job applications and life in general. Before the day even starts, he's checked in with at least one student to make sure he has appropriate clothes for a job interview and loans him a belt.

In a story in The State newspaper Javier Moreno, the No. 2 wrestler in the state in his weight class, credits the coach with inspiring him to succeed at sports and in academics. Moreno is one of two of Coach Hall's athletes heading off to college this fall on scholarships.

"A wrestler is a person who is upstanding in all things. They're competitive. They're hardworking," he said.

During his planning period, Coach Hall quickly revises a test for his last class of the day, statistics and probability. After the test, the students work on reflections on a carnival games activity. The games, which they designed, reinforced a lesson on the Law of Large Numbers.

Since this is the rare day that no one takes the opportunity to re-take a test after school, Coach Hall ended the day lifting weights with one of his wrestlers. It's all in A Day in the Life!

Below is Coach Hall's day in photos. Visit our A Day in the Life album on Flickr to see more!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Appreciation Week

This week (5/4/15) on YouTube!

Click the photo to visit our YouTube page and watch: The Richland Two Four Squares, My Faire Westwood, Terri Butts Receives Horace Mann Award, Lonnie B. Nelson Safari Day and Aleighsa Welsh visits Longleaf Middle School.

Recently on Flickr!

2015-2016 Richland Two Teacher of the Year Linda Whitcomb

Award ceremonies, spring festivals and family nights oh, my! We've been busy as the school year winds to a close. Click on the picture of 2015-2016 Richland Two Teacher of the Year Linda Whitcomb to visit our Flickr photostream and see pictures of 2015 Teacher of the Year Banquet, LCEU Chorus performance, Turnaround Awards, Ridge View High School's: Smokey Joes Cafe, Spring Global Gourmet, Spring Fling Pep Rally, Spring Into Awareness Walk, Freshman Focus, Stop Hunger Now, Kelsey Ballou & Kahlil Hopkins Signing, Girls Soccer & Boys Baseball Senior Nights, National Art Honor Society, Langford Elementary School's: LabFest and Raffle, Spring Concert, Family Paint Night & Women Worth Watching Readers, Muller Road Middle School's: Time Capsule and School Spirit day (and more).

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Adult Ed and Charter High School graduations

Graduation is an exciting and important milestone in a young adult's life. The following graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the Richland Two District Auditorium located on the campus of Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road in Columbia, 29223.

5 p.m. - Richland Two Charter High School
7 p.m. - W.R. Rogers Adult Education Center

SCPASS testing Thursday and Friday

Students in grades 4-8 will take SCPASS science tests tomorrow, Thursday, May 7 and social studies tests, Friday, May 8.

Test-taking Tips for Parents and Students

For Parents

  • Send your student to school prepared. Check with your child's teacher to see if you need to provide any materials such as pencils, erasers, paper or a calculator.  
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
  • Provide a good breakfast. Avoid sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs are often best for aiding concentration and minimizing fatigue.

For Students

  • Follow directions exactly, and ask questions.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question on timed tests. 
  • Go back and review if you finish the test with time to spare.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day in the Life of Richland Northeast High School math teacher, head wrestling & cross country coach Matthew Hall tomorrow!

Meet Richland Northeast High School math teacher, head wrestling and cross country coach Matthew Hall. He doesn't seek attention for himself, and he accepts nothing but the best from his kids. His Twitter feed is full of encouragement for his students. As a result of his strong work ethic and positive impact, Mr. Hall was the recent recipient of a Culture of Excellence Award. Like us and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @RichlandTwo and get a peek inside A Day in the Life of Mr. Hall tomorrow! #ADITL

Friday, May 1, 2015

Choice 2 Application Period Begins TODAY!

The second application period for Choice began TODAY May 1, 2015. Click here for information and the Choice application. 

Although our students are assigned to schools based on their residential address, they may apply to a magnet school, a school with a magnet program or another school within the district through the Choice program. Expanded Choice offers parents and students residing in Richland Two the opportunity to request permission to attend a school other than their residentially assigned school. Parents may apply electronically each January and May for placement that will take effect the following school year.

This week (4/27/15) on YouTube!

Click the image to watch: Superintendent Hamm Honored by the Girl Scouts as a 2015 Woman of Distinction, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis Honored by the Columbia Housing Authority, April 28, School Board meeting at Blythewood Middle School and Westwood High School French Exchange Students from Lycee Montdory.

This week (4/27/15) on Flickr!

Click the picture to visit our Flickr photostream and see photos from: Lonnie B. Nelson's Science Safari Day, Project Sticker Shock 2015, students, faculty and staff recognized at the April 28, 2015 School Board meeting, Richland Northeast High School Columbia Metropolitan Airport art unveiling and the Sparkleberry Country Fair.