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Important reminder for parents of seventh-graders

All children who attend school in South Carolina are required to receive a series of immunizations before they can begin school, including vaccinations against whooping cough (which is the “P” in DTP, DTP-Hib or DTaP vaccines). As children get older, however, the protection against whooping cough provided by the vaccines begins to decrease.

For that reason, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires seventh-graders to get a Tdap vaccine, a booster vaccine that also contains a pertussis (whooping cough) component to boost immunity to whooping cough, before school starts. The booster not only protects your child from whooping cough but also protects your child from tetanus and diphtheria.

According to state law, your student cannot attend school without getting this Tdap booster vaccine. School begins Monday, August 18. Your child must have this vaccine and an updated Certificate of Immunization on file before your child can attend school.

As you remember, we tried to make it easier for parents to have their child vaccinated with Tdap by working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide a Tdap clinic at all our middle schools for our sixth-grade students last spring.

Since we did this, our district has decided that all seventh-grade students must provide the school nurse at their child’s school with proof (an updated Certificate of Immunization) that they have received the Tdap booster before they will be able to get their class assignment information at schedule pickup.

Lexington One promotes Warren, hires Offing

At the July 15, 2014 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the promotion of Matthew E. Warren and the hire of hire of Trina M. Offing.

Matthew E. Warren, who currently serves as assistant principal of Gilbert High School, assumes the role of coordinator for Student Services in the District Office.

Matt WarrenWith 11 years of public education experience, he began his career as a resource teacher teaching in the BEST program and coaching at White Knoll High School in 2003. He was promoted to assistant administrator at White Knoll Middle School in 2006 and promoted to assistant principal at Gilbert High School in 2007.

He has served as a district hearing officer for more than two years and is a certified SAFE-T evaluator, a graduate of the South Carolina Developing Aspiring Principals Program and Crisis Prevention Intervention certified.

Warren holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Presbyterian College and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. He has educable and trainable mentally disabled (K–12) and secondary administration certifications.

Warren is a member of the South Carolina Association for School Administrators, the South Carolina Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, the Palmetto State Teachers Association and the Lexington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Trina M. Offing, who becomes assistant administrator at FOCUS, currently serves as school counselor and student assistance team chair at Dutch Fork High School in District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.

Trina OffingWith 16 years of public education experience, she began her career as a second-grade teacher at Tobacco Road Elementary in the Richmond County School District in 1998. She moved to Crayton Middle School as a mathematics teacher in Richland County School District One in 2000 and to Watkins-Nance Elementary as school counselor/student intervention chair in 2002. In 2006, Offing moved to A.C. Flora High School where she served as school counselor/smaller learning communities grant co-coordinator and testing and tutoring coordinator before moving to her current position.

Offing holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Lander University, a Master of Education in school counseling from South Carolina State University, and an Educational Specialist in school counseling and a Master of Education in Administration from the University of South Carolina.

She has elementary education, elementary and secondary guidance, and secondary principal certifications.

Offing is a member of the American School Counselor Association and South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

Wondering about the district’s summer reading requirements for honors courses?

Summer reading offers students an opportunity to enjoy quality literature while growing their independent reading skills. Students demonstrate their abilities through standards-based engagements in comprehension and vocabulary.

This self-directed experience allows students to reinforce skills previously learned and to prepare for future learning.

Click here to see your school’s summer reading requirements for honor courses.

If you have questions, contact your school or Coordinator of Reading and English Language Arts Erica Bissell at ebissell@lexington1.net.

District offers free and healthy meals summer program

Lexington County School District One will host a free summer food service program for children 18 years old and younger who live in the Forts Pond Elementary School, Gilbert Primary School and Saxe Gotha Elementary School attendance areas.

The program, federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered through the South Carolina Department of Education and Lexington County School District One, runs Monday through Thursday, June 9–July 31, 2014.


All meals meet federal nutrition standards, must be eaten at school, and are provided to children 18 years old and younger at no charge.

A snack is served from 10 to 11 A.M. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Deidre Yonce in the district’s Food Service and Nutrition Office by telephone at 803-821-1373 or by email at dyonce@lexington1.net.

Download more information here and here (Spanish).

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner!

Each year, Lexington County School District One offers course recovery and summer enrichment opportunities for its students. We will continue to update the information here as we receive new information about opportunities open to Lexington One students.

RBES offers Roadrunner Summer Safari New!

This July Roadrunner Summer Safari offers a wide range of activities that incorporate physical education, super sports, and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Children are placed in age appropriate groups and are offered age appropriate activities. Sign up form is here.

Monday—Thursday, July 21–July 24, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
P.E. Activities: Basketball (three catch basketball, sideline basketball mini basketball); Fitness Fun; Net Sports (volleyball, pickelball); Great Games; and Cool Cooperatives
STEAM Activities: Design a Toy; Staying Cool with STEM; Engineering with LEGOs®; and Experiment of the Week

Monday—Thursday, July 28–July 31, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
P.E. Activities: Floor Hockey (highway hockey, two-minute hockey challenge); Fitness Fun; Great Games; and Cool
STEAM Activities: Engineering Bridges; Design Challenge; Experiment of the Week; and Engineering with LEGOs®

How do I find it?

Where do I find out information about the current rezoning?

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 elementary, middle or high schools.

Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus route on your child’s school web page located here for elementary, middle or high schools. There are also links on the Transportation page.

Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find information here about Gilbert High, Lexington High, Pelion High, River Bluff High and White Knoll High schools.

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?



Students “Go Green” at Sustainability Camp

Students from the across the district attended the Lexington One Sustainable “Green” Solutions Camp June 9–12, at the Center for Sustainable Solutions at Gilbert High.

Sustainability Camp

Rising eighth- through 11th-graders attended the week-long camp and were introduced to the fundamentals of energy production, causes and implications of global climate change, and the importance of energy efficiency in modern homes.

Students built a motor to discuss how electricity is produced, assembled power generating systems, tested the performance of model home insulation using infra-red cameras and visited the Sonoco Recycling Columbia facility.


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