CARSON NAMED 2014-15 DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Batesburg-Leesville Middle School seventh grade Social Studies teacher Laura Carson was named as the 2014-15 Lexington County School District Three Teacher of the Year during the District’s annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on September 24 at Southern Occasions in Batesburg-Leesville. Carson was selected from the four finalists, including Erika Smith, Batesburg-Leesville Primary School kindergarten teacher; Marci Arant, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary third grade teacher; and Jim Adams, Batesburg-Leesville High School Business Education teacher.
In her tenth year as a Social Studies teacher at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School, Laura Carson has known all of her life that she was destined to become a teacher. As a child, she “played school” on a daily basis and when it was time to chose a career, there was no question in her mind as to what she would do—she would teach.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Winthrop University and a Master of Education in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University, Laura came to Lexington 3 in 2005 as a first-year teacher. Throughout the ensuing ten years, she has served on numerous school, district and state level committees and even completed a two-week residential seminar and three week study tour of China and Japan.
Striving to teach history in an exciting and thought-provoking way is one of Laura main goals. She tries to teach history in a way that helps students connect event that happened hundreds of years ago to what is happening to her students now. She believes that students need to create their own meanings and make connections rather than just memorizing facts and dates.
Although test scores and awards do matter, these quantitative measures are not what are most important in Laura’s classroom. She measures her accomplishments by students who come back after leaving her class and express their gratitude for what they learned while in her class.
Laura’s philosophy of teaching is that “teaching is a challenging and hugely rewarding profession that is built on relationships. Teachers are responsible for preparing and equipping students to be college and career ready, whatever college or career that they may choose. A teacher’s job goes deeper than teaching a specific set of standards, skills or subject matter. Teachers prepare students to be productive citizens in society, develop their identities and values, nurture them, and foster their talents all in the hope of developing well-rounded individuals. It is a huge responsibility and rewarding at the same time.”
Laura, along with the other District 3 finalists, received Chrome Books and carrying cases, engraved plaques and numerous other gifts provided by Lexington 3. A number of local businesses including: BI-LO of Batesburg-Leesville, Comporium Midlands, Oswald Wholesale Lumber, Inc., Shealy’s Bar-B-Que, Unique Image, Wiz’s Eatery and Woman’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville also donated gifts to the Lexington 3 finalists.
The South Carolina State Teacher of the Year competition will begin in January 2015. All District Teachers of the Year will submit an online application at this time and then these applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The top 5 Teachers of the Year will be selected and will then go through the process of determining the next State Teacher of the Year.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING B-L HOME FOOTBALL GAMES FOR THOSE WITH PASSES
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)
Lexington District Three Retiree
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.
POLITICAL SOLICITATIONS PROHIBITED IN SCHOOLS AND ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
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.
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.
DISTRICT THREE SENIOR PASSES NOW AVAILABLE
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.
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.
338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006