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The Batesburg-Leesville High School JV football game that was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. has been moved to Monday, September 15.  The JV game against Mid Carolina will be played at Panther Stadium at 7 p.m. on Monday night.  
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Students from all Lexington 3 schools were recognized during the “Summer Reading Celebration” which was held on September 5 during halftime of the B-L varsity football game. 
This was the third summer that all students in the district were expected to reach at least five books.  In order to ensure that students had books to read during the summer months, the district’s schools provided free books for all students to read and keep.  Funding for the books at B-L Primary and Elementary schools was provided through a grant from the State Department of Education and those students each received eight free books.  Middle and high school students received books each through school and district funding.  Each school provided students with a format for reporting their summer reading.  Students who achieved this goal turned in their reading logs when they returned to school in August.
Media Specialists Amy Bedenbaugh, B-L Primary; Rachel Blakeney, B-L Elementary; Anne Stone, B-L Middle; and Kelly Price, B-L High coordinated the Summer Reading Program and the Celebration event.
Congratulations to the Lexington Three students who achieved their goal of reading five books during the summer months and completed the necessary reading log for their schools.
On August 28, 2014, many Lexington Three employees, and even some students, donned bow ties to celebrate National Bow Tie Day.  Students and employees enjoyed wearing the ties and everyone enjoyed watching those who chose to wear them.
The bow tie has been revamped to tie into the wardrobe of the fashionably astute. It is an accessory that has withstood the test of time. Every person that incorporates a bow tie into their wardrobe has a special attachment to every piece of clothing that they own. No longer just constructed of black silk, the bow tie comes in a plethora of colors and fabrics to suite an individual’s unique taste.
The bow tie has been worn by great American bow tie connoisseurs such as Sinatra and Martin, Jerry Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, Orville Redenbacher, Colonel Sanders, Barney Fife, Charlie Chaplin, Pee-wee Herman and Bill Nye-the Science Guy. The bow tie has found itself as a compliment to many design styles.
The Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century were the originators of the bow tie.  This bow tie consisted of a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts.  Using the name cravat (which derived from the French for “Croat”), the upper classes in France soon adopted this idea.
 New B-L Primary School nurse Melissa Cogdill seems to take it all in stride as she dispenses an ice pack to a student who bumped heads with another; takes a child’s temperature, and answers a phone call from a concerned parent; and does all of these procedures at the same time!  With her calm, easy-going demeanor, Mrs. Cogdill is just the right fit for her role as school nurse at B-L Primary and its 650 students.  As the school nurse, she will administer prescribed medications, conduct vision and hearing screenings, and oversee the general care of the district’s youngest students. 
Melissa holds an Associate’s degree from Greenville Technical College in Nursing and has worked for twelve years in hospitals and for Home Health facilities.  She feels that the experience she gained from these two health care agencies has given her the knowledge that she needs to provide nursing care for children.
“I am very excited about having the opportunity to provide nursing care for the students at B-L Primary School,” stated Mrs. Cogdill. “I also look forward to getting to know the children’s parents and hope that they will contact me if they have any questions or concerns about their children’s health while at school.”
Along with her husband Eddie, Melissa and children James and Claire, make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
Senior adults age 65 or older and living in Lexington County School District Three are eligible for the Senior Adult pass provided by Lexington County School District Three.  Any senior adult who has not already received his/her senior citizens pass may come by the District Office at 338 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily to receive his/her pass.  Proof of residency and age is required.  Any Lexington Three senior adult who already has a Senior Citizen pass does not need to renew his/her pass.  This pass may be used to get in to all home sporting events or other extra-curricular activities at no charge.  The pass must be presented at the gate or door of each game or event.  This pass cannot be used at jamborees or at any play-off game.
The following information has been sent home with all Lexington Three students during the week of August 25th.  Parents/guardians are asked to read the information carefully and if they have questions, please contact Judy Turner Fox, Director of Public Information at 803-532-8005 or email her at jfox@lex3.k12.sc.us.
This document is intended to explain FERPA rights to parents/guardians of students in Lexington School District Three.
During your child’s school career, he/she will participate in a variety of academic, athletic, fine arts, and other events and activities.  During these events and activities, your child may be photographed and/or interviewed by district or school staff, other students or news media.  Information about your child may appear in newspaper articles, on television, in radio broadcasts, on displays, on the Internet, or in district/school promotional pieces including, but not limited to, district or school websites, school yearbooks, brochures, fliers, honor roll or other recognition lists, newsletters, playbills, programs (including graduation and athletic programs), television shows, videos, etc.  No personal information such as: home address, telephone number, birth date or social security number is ever published on any Lexington Three student in publications created or sanctioned by the District.
 If you do not want Lexington County School District Three to include your child’s name, photograph and general information on any recognition received by your child in any print media, the Internet or other school related materials (i.e.; newsletters, recognition lists, programs, videos,) you must notify your child’s principal in writing by Friday, September 12, 2014If you do not do so by this date, our district is free to release or use such information as appropriate.  You may change your mind and revoke this authorization at any time by notifying your child’s principal in writing.
 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires all public school systems to, with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of a parent/legal guardian prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s educational records.  A school district may, however, release appropriately designed directory information without a parent/guardian’s written consent.
 Directory information, which the federal government generally considers not harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be disclosed to outside organizations such as, but not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or public yearbooks and newspaper or television stations.  Additionally, directory information may be used in certain school publications like the honor roll, graduation programs, sports activity sheets, a drama production playbill, school television shows, school newsletters, podcasts, and district or school promotional pieces.
 In keeping with the FERPA, Lexington County School District Three considers the following as directory information: a student’s name; home address; telephone number; his/her photograph; month/year and place of birth; grade level; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; the most recent educational agency or institution attended; and pictures of students involved in school activities. Our school system also considers the voice, image, and likeness of a student in pictures, videotape, film, or other medium, as well as student work intended for publication or display to be directory information. Lexington Three will never use students’ home addresses, telephone numbers, and dates and places of birth in media such as newspapers, magazines, promotional materials, television, or the Internet.
 Finally, the FERPA allows parents/guardians and eligible students certain rights with respect to a student’s education records and the right to file a complaint with the United State Department of Education concerning alleged failures by a school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:  Family Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20202-4605.
 If you have questions, please call Judy Turner Fox, Director of Public Information, at 803-532-8005.

 With the passage of ACT 155 by the State Legislature, there is now a procedure in place for students to receive a high school diploma who did not receive a high school diploma due solely to not meeting the HSAP Exit Exam requirement.  Below you will find Lexington County School District Three’s process for students who wish to petition for a high school diploma.  Batesburg-Leesville High School guidance secretary, Dot Minick, is the district designee and all questions should be directed to her.  Mrs. Minick’s phone number is 803-532-9251.  Mrs. Minick will handle all requests and she is also the designee who will correspond directly with the South Carolina Department of Education regarding all requests.

 Lexington School District Three

Act 155 Diploma Granting Procedure

 ·         A person no longer enrolled in a public school who was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements (S.C. Code Section 59-18-310(B)) may petition the local school board of trustees to determine his or her eligibility to receive a high school diploma. Pursuant to Act 155, the local school board of trustees of the district where the person completed graduation requirements will receive the petition, determine the person’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma, and request a diploma.

·         The exit examination requirement (BSAP, HSAP) has been in place since the 1989-1990 school year, therefore, Act 155 provisions will be applicable for former students beginning with the Class of 1990. The former student receiving a diploma under the ACT 155 provision should have met all graduation requirements except passing the exit exam for the year the student would have graduated.   All petitions are required to be filed by December 31, 2015.

·         Once the petition request is received by the district, the district designee will review the academic record for each student and determine if all graduation requirements except the previous exit exam requirement are in compliance with Act 155 of 2014.

·         Each Act 155 Diploma Request submitted to the district contact person must contain complete information for each diploma request. Due to Family Education Rights and Privacy Act guidelines, all requests for students age 18 and older must be signed by the student.  Petition requests must  include: school district name, high school name, date request submitted, full name of student as appears on birth certificate, and the school year the student would have graduated from high school.

·         The South Carolina Department of Education will forward a diploma request for each person on the Act 155 Diploma Request to the printer (Herff Jones), following a procedure similar to the one currently in place for ordering initial diplomas. Completed diplomas will be mailed to the district contact person. Please allow at least three to four weeks for production and delivery to the district. The diploma issued will be a current state diploma at the time of printing.

 Please submit written petitions to:

 Batesburg-Leesville High School

Attention:  Dot Minick

Guidance Office

600 Summerland Avenue

Batesburg, SC 29006

 Questions can also be directed to Dot Minick at (803) 532-9251.


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