26 of 27 Lexington District One schools exceed state’s expectations in ESEA
Federal Accountability system
This year, for the third year, because of the U.S.
Education Department’s approval of South Carolina Department of Education’s
request for a waiver from certain ESEA or NCLB requirements, schools and
districts received letter grades ranging from “A” to “F” based upon a
combination of student achievement and student improvement in English/language
arts, mathematics, social studies, science, high school graduation rates and
percent of students tested.
Lexington County School District One reports the overall
performance of its students in the ESEA Federal Accountability system met or
exceeded state expectations. In fact, 26 of the 27 Lexington One schools listed
met or exceeded the state’s expectations in spite of the fact that the Annual
Measureable Objective increased five points for elementary schools, four points
for middle schools and three points for high schools.
For the 2013–2014 school year, Lexington One received a
“B” letter grade with an 89.4 point total. A 90 point total would be an “A”
letter grade. The district’s subtotals of 93.0 for elementary, 85.3 for middle
and 90.7 for high schools all exceeded the state’s average.
In addition, Saxe Gotha Elementary received additional
recognition as a Title I Reward School for Performance as one of the highest
performing Title I schools in the state. This is based on attaining a letter
grade of “A” or “B” for the last two years, having a free/reduced meal count
greater than 50 percent, having no significant achievement gaps and having at
least one tested grade on state assessments.
The district continues to be concerned about and work
with demographic subgroups of students who are often the hardest to prepare for
tests, such as students with disabilities, students from low-income families
and students with limited English proficiency.
“Our teachers and staff care deeply for their students
and work very hard. We want to thank them for their continued good work as the
district improved overall in all groups and all grades, in graduation rate and
in every other measured indicator,” said Superintendent Karen Woodward,
“With that said, we all will continue to be concerned
about and work with demographic subgroups of students who are often the hardest
to prepare for tests, such as students with disabilities, students from
low-income families and students with limited English proficiency. We are
working with Dr. Tammy Pawloski and the Center of Excellence to Prepare
Teachers of Poverty at Francis Marion University in an attempt to give our
principals and teachers the tools they need to help students in poverty be
Three Lexington One schools do not have ESEA results.
Deerfield Elementary opened this year and did not exist last year. River
Bluff High only opened last year, and schools must have two years of
comparative data. Technology Centers are assessed differently, and
Lexington Technology Center, like all technology centers across the state,
has no grade yet.
A “C” letter grade in this system indicates that the
student performance met the state’s expectations, a “B” letter grade that
the student performance exceeds the state’s expectations and an “A” letter
grade indicates that the student performance substantially exceeds the
Board candidate forum takes place Monday, Oct. 27
Midway Elementary School’s School Improvement
Council hosts a School Board Candidate Forum on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 6
The forum takes place in the cafeteria, and the public is
welcome. There is no charge for admission.
There are five candidates running for three seats —
incumbents Sandra Backman, Debra Knight and Dr. Brad Pitts; Rich Bolen and
Lexington One 2014 seniors
surpass SAT national average
The South Carolina Department of Education released
school, district and state SAT® scores and school and district results on
Advanced Placement exams taken in 2014 as reported by the College Board in
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess
students’ academic readiness for college. Most students take the SAT for the
first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the
fall of their senior year. Scores can range from 200 to 800 points on each
section. A perfect overall score is 2,400.
Lexington County School District One’s 2014 seniors (2014
graduates) exceeded the state and national average in critical reading,
mathematics and the average total score. The College Board reports that 864 of
Lexington County School District One seniors (1,512) took the SAT in 2014 (57%
tested) and had an average total score of 1,503, compared to the national
average of 1,497 and the state average of 1,443.
Average scores for the district, state and nation appear
in the chart below.
The average total scores for the district’s high schools
are: Gilbert High with 1,463, Lexington High with 1,571, Pelion High with
1,448, River Bluff High with 1,484 and White Knoll High with 1,408.
The College Board also reports that 849 Lexington County
School District One students took 1,179 Advanced Placement exams.
Students must score a three or higher on an Advanced
Placement exam in order to earn college credit. Lexington One students earned
college credit for 796 exams or 68 percent of the percent of the exams taken.
Statewide, South Carolina students received credit for 57 percent of the exams
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.
Lexington One updates cellphone policy
Lexington County School District One recently updated
Policy JICJ Use of Personal Communication Devices which deals with our
students’ use of cellular telephones (cellphones) and other personal
The new policy will be posted online by the South
Carolina School Boards Association soon. In the meantime, we wanted you to know
about the changes.
Effective immediately, both middle and high school
students may have cellphones and other personal communication devices in
school. Students may use devices between classes and during lunch, but still
may not use them during instructional time or in locker rooms or restrooms at
Elementary school students may have cellphones and other
personal communication devices at school now — as long as the devices remain
turned off and out of sight during the school day.
There were also some changes to the consequences for
students who violate the policy. Here are the new consequences for policy
The first offense results in confiscation of the
device for one day and a letter mailed home to parents/legal guardians.
The second offense results in confiscation of the
device for three days and a letter mailed home to parents/legal guardians.
The student must pay a $15 fine before the device will be returned.
The third offense results in confiscation of the
device for five days and a letter mailed home reminding parents/legal
guardians of the severity of what happens if the student violates the
policy one more time. The student must pay a $15 fine before the device
will be returned.
If there is a fourth offense, the student loses the
privilege of bringing any cellphone or other personal communication device
to school for the remainder of the year. A letter is mailed home to
parents/legal guardians informing them of this. The student must pay a $15
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?