|Arrival times for all Lexington Three schools are as follows: B-L Primary 7:45 a.m.; B-L Elementary 7:45 a.m.; B-L Middle 7:55 a.m.; and B-L High 8:05 a.m. Dismissal times are: B-L Primary 2:15 p.m.; B-L Elementary 2:30 p.m.; B-L Middle 3:10 p.m.; and B-L High 3:00 p.m. Batesburg-Leesville Primary and Elementary Afterschool Programs will begin on Monday August 25th.|
338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
NEW EMPLOYEES JOIN LEXINGTON THREE
Twenty-four new employees have joined the Lexington Three family for the 2014-15 school year. The new employees and information about each of them are listed below:
Rebecca Manchester joins the B-L Primary staff as a K4 teaching assistant. She is a graduate of Midlands Technical College where she received an Associates degree in Early Care and Education. She worked as a nanny and teaching assistant before coming to Lexington Three. She resides in Batesburg-Leesville.
Haley Mappus comes to B-L Primary as a second grade teacher. She is a graduate of USC-Aiken and holds a degree in Early Childhood education. Prior to coming to Lexington Three, Haley served as a tutor and substitute teacher. She lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
Donna Moore-Gives will serve as a teaching assistant in the K5 program at B-L Primary. She received a AAS degree in Business and Office Administration from Bronx Community College and studied at Concordia College in New York. She has worked in the business sector for over 11 years. She and her husband Rev. Tillman Gives have three children and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
Jennifer Richardson joins the B-L Primary faculty as a first grade teacher for the 2014-15 school year. Jennifer is a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Newberry College where she received a BS in Early Childhood Education. She previously served as director of the Big Blue Marble Academy and The Sunshine House for six years. Jennifer and her husband Ryan have three children and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
Rachel Blakeney will serve as Media Specialist at B-L Elementary during the 2014-15 school year. Rachel received a MLS degree in Library Science from Drexel University and was a Magnum Cum Laude graduate of Brenau University with a BS degree in Education. Before coming to B-L Elementary, Mrs. Blakeney served as Media Specialist at Landrum Middle School and has taught second and third grades at several schools. Rachel and her husband Travis make their home in Martinez Georgia.
Audrey Burnitz joins B-L Elementary as its Reading Interventionist. Mrs. Burntiz holds a Masters Degree in Education from Converse College and a BS in Psychology from USC. She has worked at Woodland Elementary as a teacher for ten years and at Oakview Elementary as a resource teacher for three years. Audrey and her husband Mark have two children and make their home in West Columbia.
Rebecca Burton comes to B-L Elementary as a self-contained Special Education teacher. She holds a BA degree in Special Education from Clemson University where she graduated with Honors. Ms. Burton lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
Jessica McCleskey will serve as a third grade teacher at B-L Elementary. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Grand Canyon University and holds a BS in Elementary Education. Before coming to Lexington Three, Jessica taught for two years in Aiken County and served as a Reading/Math Interventionist for one and one-half years in Lexington One. Jessica and husband Duke McCleskey have two daughters and make their home in Monetta.
Kalpurina Summers comes to B-L Elementary as a third grade teacher. She received a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from USC; a M.S. in Counseling/Psychology from Troy University; and a BA in Psychology from USC-Aiken. She has worked previously as a substitute and teaching assistant in Lexington Three and as a counselor at Jones Behavioral Health. Kalpurina resides in Batesburg-Leesville.
Stacey Westberry will teach fifth graders at B-L Elementary during the 2014-15 school year. She holds a B.A.I.S. in Elementary Education from USC and a Master of Education in Curriculum/Instruction from Columbia International University. She has worked as professional development director for Midlands Education and Business Alliance for 15 years and taught in Lexington One for three years. She and her husband Lance have two daughters and make their home in Lexington.
Heidi Woolbright will also teach fifth graders at B-L Elementary this school year. Mrs. Woolbright earned a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix and a BS in Child Development from Appalachian State University. She previously taught in Horry County Schools for four years. Heidi and her husband Perry are the parents of three children and make their home in Lexington.
Niki Brown will serve as a Guidance Counselor at B-L Middle during the 2014-15 school year. Mrs. Brown earned a MS degree in Counselor Education and holds a BS degree in Psychology from University of Evansville, where she was a Cum Laude graduate. Before coming to Lexington Three, Mrs. Brown served as a counselor at Hillcrest High School, Three Springs Residential, and University of Evansville. Niki and her husband Doug have three children and live in Lexington.
Kimberly Layson joins the B-L Middle School faculty as a Special Education teacher. She received a Masters in Special Education from University of Phoenix and a BA in Sociology from USC. She has previously worked at Colonial Life Insurance for eight years and the Department of Social Services for three years. Kimberly and her husband Travis have two children and live in Gilbert.
Emma Mayo will teach Special Education classes at B-L Middle during the 2014-15 school year. She holds a degree in Special Education from USC-Aiken. She taught at B-L Middle School from March 2014 until the end of the school year in a Special Education class. Emma and her husband make their home in Monetta
Rhonda Rose will teach seventh grade math at B-L Middle for the 2014-15 school year. She received a BA in Elementary Education/Middle School math from West Liberty University. She has taught preschool, math and science for twenty-four years. Rhonda and her husband Jeff have two children and live in West Columbia.
Austin White joins B-L Middle as a Special Education teaching assistant. Austin is a graduate of Lander University where he received a BS degree in Business with emphasis in Finance and Economics. Austin lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
Mark Bolduc joins the B-L High faculty as a Special Education teacher for the 2014-15 school year. He holds a MAT in Special Education from Georgia Regents University and a BS in Business from Southern Wesleyan University. He previously taught for seven years at Evans High. Mark and his wife Rhonda have two children and reside in Lexington.
James Desrosiers will teach Sports Medicine and serve as Athletic Trainer at B-L High. James graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a MS/ED in Physical Education/Sports Medicine and a BS/ED in Physical Education, Athletic Training from Northeastern University. He has served as district operations manager for Select Physical Therapy; VP of Operations for NY Outpatient Management Services; district manager for NY Physical Therapy; and NY Regional Manager for SMR, LLC. James and his wife Cheryl have two daughters and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
Jazmyn Ford comes to B-L High as an English teacher. Jazmyn holds a BA in English and Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently working on her M.ED degree in Special Education. Before coming to B-L High, Jazmyn taught English at Carroll County Schools, West Point Schools and Moss Point Schools for four and one-half years. Jazmyn and husband Steven make their home in Lexington.
Donielle Harley will also teach English at B-L High during the 2014-15 school year. Donielle holds a MT degree in Secondary Education/English from USC and a BA in English Literature. She has taught at Newberry High for seven years. Donielle and her husband Tyson have one daughter and now live in Gilbert.
Georgia Mason joins the faculty of both Batesburg-Leesville Middle and High Schools as Director of School Counseling. Georgia earned a MA in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in Physical Education and Christian Education from Erskine College. She served a Director of School Counseling for Lexington One for 6 years and as Director of Counseling for two Lexington One schools for five years. She also served as a high school counselor for three schools for 17 years. Georgia and her husband Thomas have two children and they make their home in Lexington.
Jonathan Robinson will serve as senior Army instructor for the B-L High JROTC program this year. Col. Robinson holds a BS in Health and Physical Education from South Carolina State University and served in the US Army for 29 years. Col. Robinson has two sons and he makes his home in Batesburg-Leesville.
Perry Woolbright will serve as head football coach for B-L High and also serve as a physical education teacher. He holds a BS degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University. Perry comes to B-L High this year after serving as head football coach at Myrtle Beach High School. Perry and his wife Heidi have three children and live in Lexington.
LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER
Tanya Derrick joins the staff of the Lifelong Learning Center as Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Gilbert High School. Her previous work experience include working as an Instructional Assistant at Wittenberg Lutheran Preschool; Secretarial Assistant at Lake Murray Elementary; and Administrative Assistant at Southeastern Freight Lines. Tanya and her husband Todd have two children and live in Batesburg-Leesville.
WHAT’S NEW IN LEXINGTON THREE
When Lexington Three students return to school on Monday, August 18, there will be a number of “new” activities, people, and instructional opportunities that will greet them. Some of these “new” items are provided below:
Although there are no new buildings in Lexington Three this school year, there is construction underway at Batesburg-Leesville High, with the addition of new tennis courts that will be ready for use later in the fall.
LEXINGTON THREE STUDENTS TO RETURN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 18
Lexington County School District Three’s faculty, staff and administrators are excited about the 2014-15 school year and are anxiously awaiting the return of students. Listed below is information that will be helpful to both students and parents, so please take a few moments to review.
B-L Middle School 6th Grade Transition Camp – will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at B-L Middle School. All rising sixth graders are encouraged to attend.
B-L High School Freshman Academy Orientation – will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at B-L High School. Rising first-time ninth graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Student/Parent Orientation Night – all students and their parents are invited to visit their respective schools on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to meet teachers, visit classrooms and see friends! Make plans now to attend this event!
First Day of School – K4 through grade 12 students will begin school on Monday, August 18, 2014.
Start and Dismissal Times –
B-L Primary B-L Elementary B-L Middle B-L High
Arrival Time 7:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:05 a.m.
Late Bell 7:50 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:10 a.m.
Dismissal Time 2:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:10 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Early Release Dismissal 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:35 p.m. 12: 25 p.m.
2014-15 Early Release Dates – Early Release dates will be held on the following Wednesdays during the school year – September 3, 2014; October 1, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 3, 2014; February 4, 2015; and March 4, 2015.
2014-15 Interim Reports Issued – September 18, 2014, November 21, 2014, February 9, 2015, and May 1, 2015.
2014-15 Report Cards Issued – October 24, 2014, January 7, 2015, March 27, 2015, and June 3, 2015.
2014-15 Parent/Teacher Conference Days - Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 and Thursday, February 19, 2015. All conferences will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at each of the district’s schools.
Last Days of School – Wednesday, June 3, 2015 is the last day for K4 through grade 11 students. Friday, May 22, 2015 is the last day of school for 2015 seniors and their graduation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015.
LEXINGTON THREE AND SODEXO FORM PARTNERSHIP
Lexington County School District Three is proud of announce that the Board of Trustees has entered into a partnership with Sodexo, Inc. a leading Quality of Life service in the US and Canada and Mexico, which will serve as the District’s dining services provider for the 2014-15 school year. Sodexo is committed to delivering the best services, products and programs. They work diligently to further student well-being and engagement for local school districts and their communities. Sodexo stands ready to provide students with a healthy and delicious food program to help them develop and achieve.
One of the Sodexo’s most important initiatives is to educate students about both moderation and portion control. They are a strategic partner with USDA ChooseMyPlate, which teaches people of all ages how to build a balanced plate with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, they are committed to providing healthy, delicious meals to the two million students they serve across the United States while also giving them the tools to make healthy choices throughout their lives. Sodexo’s mission and focus aligns with the goals of the HHFKA, and Sodexo will be a driving force for implementing these standards nationwide. They look forward to providing Lexington Three students and parents with additional information as these changes are implemented.
Additionally, Sodexo also recently announced their commitment to the Smarter Lunchroom Movement in partnership with Cornell University. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement goal is to crate sustainable research-based lunchrooms that guide smarter choices. In addition, several schools are completing an assessment to determine the impact of Smarter Lunchrooms tactics on student food selections and consumption. The assessment includes waste studies and tactics specifically focused on increasing student selection and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Serving as General Manager for Lexington Three’s program through Sodexo will be Debbie Vanover. Debbie will work closely with current Lexington Three Food Service employees to provide training and educational opportunities to enhance their skills. Debbie has worked for Sodexo for 15 years in the school division and worked in Lexington 2 and Richland 2 prior to coming to Lexington Three. She is very excited about having the opportunity to work with Lexington Three’s Food Service personnel and encourages parents and students to contact her if they have any questions about Sodexo and the services that they will provide to our students. Debbie can be reached at 803-532-1748.
Sodexo was founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon and is a global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. In South Carolina, Sodexo serves more than 20 high education campuses and school district.
More information on Sodexo and the dining changes that will be part of their plan for the District will be shared with students and parents in the weeks to come. On August 14, Sodexo will provide a catered lunch for all Batesburg-Leesville High School in-coming freshmen during the Freshmen Orientation that will be held at B-L High. These Lexington Three students will be the first to have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious foods prepared by Sodexo and Lexington Three employees.
PANTHER BAND TO HOST “SUMMER BAZAAR” ON AUGUST 23
The B-L Panther Band will host a “Summer Bazaar” on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. until 4p.m. in the B-L High Gym to raise money for the band’s December trip to London to participate in the 2015 New Year’s Day parade.
Vendors participating in the Summer Bazaar will include: Holiday Hags, CL’s Gifts, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, 31 Gifts, Tastefully Simple, woodworking items, handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and much more.
Local radio station, Z93 The Lake (93.1) will broadcast a live remote from the bazaar & the Panther Band will rehearse on the practice field during the event.
The Panther Band is selling Tupperware as a London fundraiser through August 29th. Anyone interested in purchasing Tupperware may contact a band or band booster member & the catalog can be viewed online at my.tupperware.com/hollyschneider The band’s Tupperware consultant will also be at the bazaar with some of the products on hand from the fundraising catalog.
The Panther Band is also still selling the raffle tickets ($10) for a chance to win a 32" flat screen TV OR a Holland gas grill. These will remain on sale through August 22nd & the drawing will be held Sept. 5th during half time at Panther Stadium.
Please support the Panther Band by purchasing items or by making a donation to the band.
INFORMATION ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law. Designed to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a quality education, this law has brought many changes to South Carolina’s schools.
As a parent or guardian of a student in Lexington County School District Three, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner.
The following information must be provided to parents upon request:
(i) Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
(ii) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
(iii) The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
(iv) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
You may obtain teacher qualification information at the State Department of Education website (http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Federal-and-State-Accountability/Title-II/ParentsRighttoKnowRequirement.cfm). If you have questions, you may call the district personnel office at 803-532-4423.
We look forward to partnering with you this year as we continue our efforts to provide a quality education for your child.
CELL PHONES IN SCHOOLS POLICY
In July 2007, the Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees gave approval to Policy JICJ “Use of Cell Phones, Telecommunication, and Paging Devices in Schools”. The purpose of Policy JICJ is to establish the basic rules for student possession and use of cell phones, telecommunication devices, and paging devices in schools. For the purpose of this policy, any cell phone, telecommunication or paging device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to another person is covered by this policy.
Beginning in August 2007, students were allowed to have cell phones, telecommunication and paging devices at school, if they are turned off and are out of sight during school hours and are not used while riding on school buses to and from school. On field trips and school sponsored activities away from school, a student may use their cell phone, telecommunication or paging device only during times designated by the administrator, teacher or parent in charge of the activity.
Any student who wishes to carry a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device must register the device with the school according to the school’s designated procedures within the first ten (10) days of entering school each academic year. Students are not allowed to possess or use a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device other than the one registered. Students are also not allowed to possess or use temporary or disposable phones, telecommunication or paging devices. Students are not allowed to use an ear piece connected via a wired or wireless connection to a cell phone, telecommunication or paging devise during school hours or on a school bus. Any violation of this section of the policy will result in confiscation of the device and/or ear piece. Should a student violate these requirements for the remainder of the academic school year, the student will not be allowed to have or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or while traveling on a school bus. Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.
During the school day or on a school bus, if a cell phone, telecommunication device, or a paging device is visible, emits an audible signal, displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers communication, all owners of the telecommunication units that are on will be subject to the following disciplinary action.
Any use of a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to bully, cause a major school disruption, invade person privacy, or to publicize or glorify inappropriate activities at school will cause the device to be confiscated and returned during the last week of school. Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, the student will receive either long term suspension or be expelled from school.
During a school emergency drill, an actual school emergency or school lockdown, students are discouraged from communicating information to other persons unless cleared by the school administration. It is highly likely that a student may have only partial knowledge or incorrect information that may be inaccurate. If circulated, inaccurate information can make a situation much worse or endanger others. For this reason, during a school emergency or lockdown, the school or district administration will communicate to students and parents directly or through the emergency phone system as soon as humanly possible. In the event, however, that a student is personally in danger or knows of others who may be in danger, the student is encouraged to use his/her cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to contact the school administration immediately for assistance.
Students received cell phone, telecommunication and paging device registration forms at fee collection/schedule pick up day and at the beginning of the school year. These forms must be completed and returned to the school within the prescribed period of time in order for students to have a cell phone, telecommunication or paging devices at school.
Parent, guardians and/or students are encouraged to review this policy carefully. Questions should be directed to the child’s principal or assistant principal.
LEXINGTON THREE IS TOBACCO FREE
The Lexington County School District Thee Board of Trustees adopted Policy GBED in 2007 which prohibits tobacco use at all times in all buildings and grounds under its jurisdiction. This prohibition is applicable to all employees, students, visitors, and those people providing services for which the district contracts.
Employees who violate this policy will receive a written reprimand on the first offense, a one-day suspension with loss of pay on the second offense, a five-day suspension with loss of pay on the third offense, and be dismissed for insubordination on the fourth offense.
Substitute employees will receive a written reprimand on the first offense and will not be allowed to substitute again in the school district if a second offense occurs.
Visitors will receive a warning on the first offense. If a visitor refuses to comply after being warned he or she will be required to leave the property and forfeit any fee charged for admission. Failure to leave school district buildings and grounds may result in prosecution for disorderly conduct.
Board Policy JICG establishes the basic structure for the board’s prohibition of the use or possession of tobacco by students.
The board directs the administration to ensure that signs designating all district property as tobacco free environments are conspicuously displayed. The principal in each school is responsible for the proper display of these signs.
ACT 155 DIPLOMA GRANTING PROCEDURE NOW IN PLACE
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
600 Summerland Avenue
Batesburg, SC 29006
Questions can also be directed to Dot Minick at (803) 532-9251.
Lexington County School District Three does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, immigrant status or English speaking status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.
504 Coordinator, Mr. Bill Harbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title IX Coordinator, Judy Turner Fox (email@example.com)
Lexington County School District Three
338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006