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Batesburg-Leesville Primary School PTO will host its annual Family Movie Night on Monday, November 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Leesville Park.  Cost is $4 per person and price includes a picture from the photo booth, slice of pizza, chips, drink, Blow Pop and one bag of popcorn.  Additional popcorn, pizza and drinks will be sold throughout the night.  All students must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend the event.
The movie Freebirds will be shown beginning at 6:45 p.m.  Other activities scheduled during the evening are face painting, and photo both with the B-L mascots from 5:30 until 6:30 and the “Talk to the Hands” Sign Language Club will perform songs and book read-aloud at 6:30 p.m.
For the second time, Batesburg-Leesville Primary and Elementary Schools’ teachers Johnna Harbert, Melissa Keisler and Erin McQuade have received the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative “Bright Ideas” program grant for the schools’ “Talk to the Hands” Sign Language Clubs.  The cooperative’s “Bright Ideas” program grants provide funding to teachers who have demonstrated innovative ideas for classroom projects.
Students in grades K4 through fifth grade meet weekly with the teachers before the start of the school day to learn sign language, which incorporates another language into the students’ primary mode of communication.  The club brings awareness to deafness, not only in the schools, but in the community as well.  The original goal for the club was to make participating students aware of differences in people and promote social acceptance.  Since its inception, the “Talk to the Hands” club members have performed at local festivals, football games, school board meetings, and community club meetings.  A new goal of the club is for students to become even more comfortable with sign language in order to build lasting relationship with students in the schools who are deaf.
Money received from the “Bright Ideas” grant will be used to purchase a number of sign language teaching tools as well as prizes to reward students when they learn new skills and demonstrate proficiency in certain areas.
This year’s awards mark the tenth annual Bright Ideas program recognition.  Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative gave approximately $16,000 to 18 winners across the Mid-Carolina Electric service area.
MCEC’s CEO Bob Paulling said, “The idea behind “Bright Idea” is to help empower good teachers to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserved to be used in the classroom, yet need that extra assistance.  (It’s) Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative’s way of ‘energizing innovative lessons’ by educators at local schools.
Veteran’s Day 2014 will be a special day at B-L Middle School this year.  The school’s teachers and staff will host numerous activities to educate their students about the sacrifices of veterans and to honor their service.
The key event of the day will be a luncheon honoring veterans to be held in the school’s cafeteria.  Students who have loved ones who are veterans have been asked to invite their veteran to school to have lunch with them and their classmates.  A special table will be set up in the school cafeteria to recognize these honored citizens.  The Batesburg-Leesville Middle School PTO will provide the resources to pay for each veteran’s lunch, as well as providing additional goodies for the veterans.
In order to accommodate the additional lunch numbers, students are asked to return a form to the school that was given to them by November 5.  Guests should enter the school and sign-in at the front desk.  Lunch/arrival times are as follows:
6th grade lunch:  11:05 a.m.
7th grade lunch:  12:25 p.m.
8th grade lunch:  11:35 a.m
Batesburg-Leesville High School JROTC Department will host its annual Veterans Day program at the Batesburg-Leesville High gymnasium on Tuesday, November 11 at 10 a.m.  All local veterans and veterans’ organizations are cordially invited to attend.  Special recognition will be made of each veteran in attendance for his/her service to our great nation.  If you are a veteran and plan to attend, please contact Colonel Jonathan Robinson or First Sergeant Tim Covington at 803-532-9251, ext. 7110 or 7129. 
The keynote speaker for this year’s program is Colonel Michael Hildreth, United States Army.  Col. Hildreth serves as the Deputy Assistant for Cyber Center of Excellence in fort Gordon, Georgia.  Veterans and guests are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for final registration prior to the start of the program.  Additionally, citizens of the Batesburg-Leesville and surrounding communities are welcome to participate in honoring our veterans on this special day.

By Angie Rye, Chief Academic Officer for Lexington Three
Lexington School District Three met expectations on the recent ESEA score released by the State Department of Education.  The areas of assessment measure whether students have met or improved on proficiency in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. The assessment also measured the percent tested in English Language Arts and Math and the high school graduation rate. 
The school district earned a score of 76.9 points, which is a "C." The score is an improvement from last year when the district received a score of 73.5.
For three years, the state has given school districts and schools letter grades to report academic progress to the federal government.  School scores were as follows:

BL Elementary           81.3                  ‘B’             Performance exceeds state expectations
BL Middle                  71.5                  ‘C’                 Performance meets state expectations
BL High                      79.7                  ‘C’                 Performance meets state expectations
The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) for 2014 increased five points for elementary schools, four points for middle schools and three points for high schools (HSAP) and sometimes two points in end-of-course exams.  The AMO is a rigorous target that changes annually.  Lexington School District Three has been working for the last three years to implement reading and writing across all subject areas at all grade levels, increase opportunities for collaboration and use of technology, and implement quality classroom assessments that will prepare students for future success. 
Statewide, 62 out of 82 districts (76 percent) and 919 of 1,136 schools (81 percent) met or exceeded the state expectations by obtaining a total composite score of 70 or above on a scale of 0-100. A 70 is a "C."  The ESEA report card is one of two report cards issued by the State Department of Education to rate school progress.  The state will issue another report card to schools, later this fall, not tied to federal reporting.  Starting next year, the state will issue only one report card showing whether districts are meeting state and federal performance standards.
Harvest Hope Works With Area Churches to Provide BackPacks for School Children
There are currently more than 1,300 school children in Batesburg-Leesville schools who receive meals each school day on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs, yet that is only 70% of the number of children in need of meals at each school. Throughout all of Lexington County there are more almost 14,000 children facing food insecurity.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is committed to providing the hunger relief these children need to grow and learn, and works with churches in the Batesburg-Leesville community to deliver backpacks with weekend food to children in area schools through the BackPack Program.

Saint James Lutheran Church provides backpacks for children at Batesburg Primary School and Mount Ebal Baptist Church provides backpacks children at Batesburg Elementary School. Children in these schools who participate in Harvest Hope’s BackPack Program each receive a backpack on Friday with enough food to last them through the weekend, and each backpack contains seven nutritious meals that children can open and prepare themselves. Last year the BackPack Program provided more than 10,330 meals to children at Batesburg Primary and Batesburg Elementary schools.

Both Saint James Lutheran Church and Mount Ebal Baptist Church are good stewards in their efforts to reduce the pain of hunger for children in our Batesburg-Leesville communities. They receive food from Harvest Hope specifically purchased for children’s nutritional needs, which becomes seven meals in each backpack to make sure the children have enough to eat through weekends during the school year. Congregation members at St. James Lutheran and Mt. Ebal Baptist churches then pack each backpack with the purchased food before delivering the backpacks to their designated schools, where they are distributed to participating Backpack Program children by teachers or guidance counselors.

The BackPacks delivered to Batesburg Elementary and Batesburg Primary schools by Harvest Hope’s partnering churches are essential in making sure these children have the nutrition they need to return to school each Monday ready to learn, but there are many more children who need to participate in this vital program. Harvest Hope is seeking funding to expand the BackPack Program in these schools and make sure every child facing hunger has enough meals to last each weekend. More funding will mean more food can be purchased for the dedicated congregations at St. James Lutheran and Mt. Ebal Baptist Churches to pack and deliver. Just $30 will provide 28 meals through the BackPack program.

Harvest Hope is asking the community to show their support for our children by donating to our BackPack Programs for schools in the Batesburg-Leesville area. Donations can be made at www.harvesthope.org/donate, and can be specified for the BackPack Programs at these schools. Donations can also be mailed to Harvest Hope Food Bank at PO Box 451, Columbia SC 29202, and donors can list the Batesburg-Leesville BackPack Program on the check to make sure the funds will go to these programs.

Harvest Hope is grateful to St. James Lutheran Church and Mt. Ebal Baptist Church for their ongoing dedication to bringing hunger relief to children of struggling families in the Batesburg-Leesville communities. Without their support, 300 children would face the pain of hunger each weekend. With more support and increased funds, Harvest Hope will make sure more children receive the BackPacks they need to grow, learn and thrive.
The following guidelines for individuals with passes entering  home football games will be strictly enforced at Batesburg-Leesville High in 2014. In order to avoid unnecessary delays or problems when entering the stadium, we ask that you read carefully the following procedures. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Batesburg-Leesville High School office at 803-532-9251.

 There will now be a separate pass gate just to the left of the main ticket booth on the home side of the stadium. Anyone with an authorized pass must enter through this gate and present their pass or ID to the gatekeeper. The following list includes passes that are approved:

 High School League
District Three School Board Member (present and past)
Senior Citizen
Lexington District Three Retiree
Band Booster
Lexington Three employees who display their employee ID badge

 Everyone else entering the stadium must have a ticket with the exception of pre-school children who are admitted free. Ticket prices for 2014 regular season football games are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
The Lexington County School District Three board of trustees prohibits campaigning in the district’s schools or on school property by individual candidates or parties for municipal, school board, county, state, or federal elections with the following exceptions.
 Schools may organize all-candidate forums for educational purposes.
  • School space may be rented after school hours by a candidate or party on a commercial basis.
  • The board prohibits the posting or distributing of campaign materials associated with elections on district property with these exceptions:
Campaign materials may be posted and distributed in that part of a school rented for a campaign meeting or being used for an all-candidate forum.  However, all political materials must be removed from school premises at the end of any such meeting.

Campaign materials may be used as classroom teaching aids on the condition that support for an individual or political party is not solicited. Anyone having questions on this policy should contact the superintendent’s office at 532-4423 during normal business hours.

 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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