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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
If you have questions, contact your school or Coordinator of Reading and
English Language Arts Erica Bissell at
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
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
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
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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
Monday—Thursday, July 21–July 24, 7:30 a.m.–5:30
P.E. Activities: Basketball
(three catch basketball, sideline basketball mini basketball); Fitness Fun; Net
Sports (volleyball, pickelball); Great Games; and Cool Cooperatives
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.E. Activities: Floor
Hockey (highway hockey, two-minute hockey challenge); Fitness Fun; Great Games;
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
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?