Bus drivers needed!
Lexington County School District One has openings for bus
drivers across the district.
If you are interested in applying, please visit the
Transportation Office located at 315 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and apply
Here’s information about the salary range, etc.
If you have any questions, please call 803-821-1340.
“Boo hoo,” it’s the flu!
We are beginning to see flu and flu-like illnesses in our
schools. As usual, we are working with the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control to monitor flu conditions and to make decisions about
the best ways to protect our students and staff.
They also tell us that it is not too late to get a flu
In Lexington One, we are fortunate to have registered
nurses in our schools. Those nurses monitor our students and watch for flu-like
symptoms (temperature of 100 degrees or more, headache, muscle aches, sweating,
sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue).
With the help of our teachers, they also regularly
emphasize health, hygiene and safety by talking about the importance of
frequent hand washing, good hand-washing habits and good cough technique in
order to reduce the spread of any disease.
We also make sure students have easy access to tissues,
running water and soap, or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
You can help, too. If your child complains about not
feeling well, please check your child’s temperature before sending him/her to
school. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more before you give
him/her Tylenol, Advil, Motrin or some other appropriate fever reducing
medication, keep your child at home. Adults can pass the flu virus to others up
to one day before and three to seven days after symptoms start. Children can
pass the virus for longer than seven days after their symptoms begin.
Flu spreads when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes
or talks sending the virus into the air. Other people then inhale the virus,
which enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and begins to multiply,
causing symptoms of influenza. Less often, flu spreads when a person touches a
surface that has flu viruses on it — a door handle, for instance — and then
touches his or her nose or mouth. Once an individual is exposed to the virus,
it takes one to four days (on average two days) for that individual to develop
Once the fever breaks (this usually takes from three to
five days) and your child no longer has a fever or sign of a fever without the
help of Tylenol or another product, please keep your child home for another
full 24 hours — even if your child is using an antiviral medicine.
Finally, we know how important your children are to you.
Please make sure that your school has your current emergency telephone numbers.
Obviously, you want to know when your child is sick so that you can pick your
child up from school, and we know that you don’t want your sick child spending
hours in the health room because we can’t reach you.
Six Lexington One teachers earn National Board Certification; 15 renew
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
(NBPTS) recently announced that six Lexington County School District One
teachers earned National Board Certification bringing the district’s total
number of NBCTs to 305.
Lexington One’s newest National Board Certified Teachers
are Joanna Alford at Pleasant Hill Middle, Joan Conger at White Knoll Middle,
Deborah Cronin at Lexington Technology Center, Janna Petersen at Meadow Glen
Middle, Tracy Spires at Gilbert Primary and Scott Thomas at White Knoll High.
The district also had 15 teachers renew their National
Board Certified status. They are Jody Britt at Meadow Glen Middle, Ann Brown at
Lexington Technology Center, Frances Brown at Carolina Springs Middle, Maria
Canepa at Carolina Springs Middle, Terri Foster at White Knoll High, Jennifer
Garrick at Lexington High, Tamron Hall at White Knoll Middle, Jennifer Jones at
Pleasant Hill Elementary, Cynthia Kussman at Pelion Elementary, Dawn Merck at
Midway Elementary Terry Miller at Carolina Springs Elementary, Heather Parker
at Gilbert Elementary, Angela Rowe at White Knoll Elementary, Brooke Scott at
Deerfield Elementary and Carolyn Wright at Pleasant Hill Elementary.
According to NBPTS, National Board Certification is an
advanced teaching credential that recognizes effective and accomplished
teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able
Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a
voluntary two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The
process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, assess
their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation
techniques. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom
teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers
must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that prove
they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach
South Carolina teachers achieving National Board
Certification receive a state-provided annual salary supplement. Lexington One
also gives each National Board Certified teacher a stipend.
Lexington One promotes Anderson
the November 18, 2014 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School
District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the promotion of Shelby
Anderson to the position of Transportation Supervisor for the Gilbert area.
Anderson has 29 years of Transportation experience with
Lexington County School District One.
For the last six years, she’s served as Federal Third
Party Commercial Driver’s License trainer and tester for the district.
Anderson holds a Commercial Professional Trainer 101
Nominations for 2015 summer
Tri-District Arts Consortium open
This summer marks the 30th year Tri-DAC has provided
students with an opportunity for an outstanding and intense study of the arts
for artistically gifted and talented rising sixth- through ninth-graders
(before the 2015–2016 school year) who attend Lexington One,
Lexington/Richland Five or Richland Two public schools.
Arts teachers, classroom teachers, administrators or
parents may nominate students for Tri-DAC.
You can get a nomination form by contacting Lexington One’s
Gifted and Talented Coordinator Erin Fitzgerald, from the
Tri-DAC website at
http://www.tridac.org/text/2015/TRI-DAC_Nomination_Form_2015.pdf or at
Lexington One elementary and middle schools.
Applications will be sent to each student nominated.
Spaces for qualified students from each district are limited.
Mrs. Fitzgerald must receive all Lexington One
nominations by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
Students may audition in creative writing, dance, music
(strings, vocal and wind/percussion), theatre or visual art. Auditions for
students interested in dance, vocal, wind/percussion or visual arts take place
on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Richland Northeast High School. Auditions for
students interested in the areas of creative writing, strings, theatre or
visual arts will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Richland Northeast High
School. There will be no make-up auditions.
The Summer Program takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
each day and runs from Monday, June 29, through Saturday, July 18, on the
campus of the Palmetto Center for the Arts (PCA) at Richland Northeast High
School. There will be one holiday, July 3, in conjunction with Independence
Day, Saturday, July 4. Cost for the three weeks is $400.
I keep hearing about smart snacks. What is that?
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program
establishes standards for school lunches and breakfasts. Lexington One
participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast
Districts participating in the program are required to
comply with a new law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which
required new standards for snack foods and beverages (Smart Snacks in School).
You can go here to learn more about it.
Congratulations to our schools’ Teachers of the Year!
Lexington County School District One proudly celebrates
its newest Teachers of the Year.
Representing their schools in the District Teacher of the
Year process this year are: Carolina Springs Elementary Fifth-Grade English
Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher Tamela Jett; Carolina Springs Middle
Eighth-Grade Science Teacher Teresa Gibbons; Forts Pond Elementary Art Teacher
Lisa Thomas; Gilbert Elementary Fourth-Grade Teacher Jamie Brunson; Gilbert
High Algebra Teacher Christina Bosserman; Gilbert Middle Eighth-Grade Science
Teacher Pamela Humphries; Gilbert Primary Kindergarten Teacher Amy Van Horne;
Lake Murray Elementary Music Teacher Amy Shealy; Lexington Elementary
Technology Integration Specialist Suzanne Brooks; Lexington High AP Statistics
and International Baccalaureate Teacher Sheryn Billue; Lexington Middle
Sixth-Grade Science Teacher Charlene Jones; Lexington Technology Center
Marketing Teacher Marcy O’Brien; Meadow Glen Elementary Kindergarten Teacher
Aubrey Catone; Meadow Glen Middle iCivics Teacher Melody Shafer; Midway
Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher Katie McKinley; New Providence Elementary
Kindergarten Teacher Kay Derrick; Oak Grove Elementary Second-Grade Teacher
Cassie Stone; Pelion Elementary School Counselor Julie Long; Pelion High Band
Director Otto Hage; Pelion Middle Industrial Technology and STEM Academy
Teacher John Leneschmidt; Pleasant Hill Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Cheryl
Banks; Pleasant Hill Middle Sixth-Grade Social Studies Teacher Steve Woodyard;
Red Bank Elementary Second-Grade Teacher Meghan Cegelis; River Bluff High Band
Director Ken Turner; Rocky Creek Elementary Third-Grade Teacher Katie Herndon;
Saxe Gotha Elementary Special Education Teacher Patricia Dutton; White Knoll
Elementary ESOL Teacher Jennifer Gillespie; White Knoll Middle Sixth-Grade
Mathematics Teacher Joan Conger; and White Knoll High NJROTC Instructor David
here to see these Teachers of the Year.
Each of these Teachers of the Year represent their school
on the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council for one year and serve on the
district’s Teacher Forum for two years.
How did these teachers get chosen? At each school,
teachers nominate and vote for a school-level Teacher of the Year.
What happens next?
Once chosen, these school-level Teachers of the Year
complete written applications.
Five teams of judges carefully review and score
The 10 applications with the highest scores are
judged by yet a different team of six judges.
The district will announce the five finalists for the
2014–2015 District Teacher of the Year in January 2015. After that, another
panel of judges will spend a day observing the five finalists as they teach
and interviewing them.
The district announces the new District Teacher of
the Year and celebrates each of the Teachers of the Year on March 31, 2015,
during the district’s annual Teacher of the Year Celebration.
The District Teacher of the Year then competes for
the title of State Teacher of the Year.
Mark your calendars now and join us at the Teacher of the
Year Celebration held this year at the Lexington One Performing Arts Center at
River Bluff High.
How do I find it?
Where do I find out information about the current
Where do my children go to school?
Can I enroll my child online?
Where can I find information about my child’s school? You can
find information on your child’s school web page located here for
Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus
route on your child’s school web page located here for
There are also links on the
Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find
information here about Gilbert High,
Pelion High, River
Bluff High and White Knoll High
Where can I learn more about the personal mobile computing
initiative at the middle and high schools?
Does the district have a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account?