Lexington One names Albert Robertson District Teacher of the Year
Lexington County School District One proudly named
Robertson its newest District Teacher of the Year at its annual Teacher of
the Year Celebration honoring outstanding teachers who exemplify a commitment
and dedication to educating students. The special celebration took place
Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Lexington One Performing Arts Center
located at River Bluff High School.
This year, for the first time, Lexington One’s
finalists included a husband and wife team — Meadow Glen Elementary
Second-Grade Teacher Blair J. Robertson and Meadow Glen Middle Social Studies
Teacher Albert H. Robertson. This is the
moment when they realized that Albert had won.
A true collaborator who always looks for ways to improve learning for all of
his students, Robertson’s innovative lessons inspire students to become
passionate about their ever-changing world and to make real-life connections as
they delve into history.
He possesses a contagious positive energy and passion that spills over into
creative lessons that include songs, dances and technology. He captures
students’ attention and creates memorable educational experiences.
Robertson wrote in his application, “The idea that I am helping students to be
motivated and successful is what drives me to constantly seek quality in my
work and challenge myself daily in this noble profession. What excites me most
is that each and every day I make a difference in the life of a child, helping
to ignite and activate an inner passion for lifelong learning and service to
our fellow man.”
Robertson has taught for eight years. Currently a sixth-grade social studies
teacher at Meadow Glen Middle, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from
Newberry College and a Master of Education in educational administration from
the University of South Carolina. He holds elementary administration as well as
middle and high school level social studies certifications.
As sixth-grade house leader and social studies department head, he builds
culture, researches trends in student achievement data and serves as
instructional coach for all sixth-grade teachers. Roberts also serves Lexington
County School District One’s lead teacher for middle-level social studies.
Robertson is a member of the Palmetto State Teachers Association, Association
of Supervision and Curriculum Development, S.C. Council for the Social Studies,
S.C. Social Studies Supervisors Association, S.C. Geographic Alliance and the
S.C. Middle School Association.
Robertson now goes on to compete in the state-level Teacher of the Year program
Earlier this fall, staff at each Lexington One school chose a 2013–2014
school-level teacher of the year. Those school-level teachers of the year
completed written application, which were read by teams of judges. The
applications with the top 10 scores were then judged by yet another team of
From that judging process, five were named finalists in the district-level
competition: Carolina Springs Middle Orchestra and Media Arts Teacher
Bonnie A. Pruitt,
Meadow Glen Elementary Second-Grade Teacher
Blair J. Robertson,
Meadow Glen Middle Social Studies Teacher Albert H. Robertson, Pleasant Hill
Middle Spanish Partial Immersion Teacher
Sylvia C. Shealy and
White Knoll Middle English Language Arts and Drama Teacher
Debb C. Adams.
Another panel of judges spent a day observing these five teachers as they
taught and interviewing the finalists.
The district’s 2013–2014 Teachers of the Year also included Carolina Springs
Elementary Technology Integration Specialist Kristin Magee, Forts Pond
Elementary First-Grade Teacher Martha A. Langdon, Gilbert Elementary
Fifth-Grade Teacher Heather M. Gresham, Gilbert High Agricultural Education
Teacher Derrick O. Cooper, Gilbert Middle Seventh-Grade Science Teacher Sarah
M. Vickers, Gilbert Primary Kindergarten Teacher Susan P. Schreiber, Lake
Murray Elementary Special Education Teacher Aletha P. Corley, Lexington
Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher Lynn B. Dempsey, Lexington High Social
Studies and Teacher Cadet Teacher Angie C. Byrd, Lexington Middle Mathematics
Teacher Margaret R. Nichols, Lexington Technology Center Advanced
STEM/Electronics Teacher Samuel H. Jowers, Midway Elementary Third-Grade
Teacher Kimberly L. Whyde, New Providence Elementary Second-Grade Teacher
Beverly B. Hill, Oak Grove Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher L. Bix Bechtler,
Pelion Elementary Second-Grade Teacher Karen C. Taylor, Pelion High
Agricultural Education Teacher Frank R. Stover Jr., Pelion Middle Eighth-Grade
Science Teacher Shelly A. Martin, Pleasant Hill Elementary Physical Education
Teacher Thomas W. Cronin, Red Bank Elementary Art Teacher Hannah L. Tvedten,
River Bluff High Spanish Teacher E. David Avila, Rocky Creek Elementary
Second-Grade Teacher Staci C. Mims, Saxe Gotha Elementary Pre-Kindergarten
Teacher Kelli E. Liles, White Knoll Elementary 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Melisa S. Warner and White Knoll High Social Studies Teacher Brittany T. Pool.
Highlights from the event included a special appearance from Kid Superintendent
Scott Taylor, a student at Saxe Gotha Elementary; the assistance of Pelion High
School’s JROTC; the voice overs of Aaron Viazanko, a student at River Bluff
High; and videos produced by the Communications Office.
Watch the Kid
Superintendent video here.
See how our teachers change
lives for the better!
Group videos — Group One
Teachers of the Year from GHS, LMS, MGES, PES and WKES
Group videos — Group Two
Teachers of the Year from CSES, FPES, GMS, LHS, NPES and WKMS
Group videos — Group
Three Teachers of the Year from GPS, LMES, MGMS, PMS, RBHS and SGES
Group videos — Group Four
Teachers of the Year from GES, LTC, MES, OGES, PHMS and WKHS
Group videos — Group Five
Teachers of the Year from CSMS, LES, PHS, PHES, RBES and RCES
So proud! Seventeen schools receive Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards
Seventeen of Lexington County School District One’s 29 schools received
recognition today for general performance in the South Carolina Department of
Education’s Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program.
Fifteen schools — Gilbert High, Lake Murray Elementary, Lexington Elementary,
Lexington High, Lexington Middle, Lexington Technology Center, Meadow Glen
Elementary, Midway Elementary, New Providence Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary,
Pelion High, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Pleasant Hill Middle, Rocky Creek
Elementary and White Knoll High — earned Palmetto Gold Awards for general
Saxe Gotha Elementary School earned a Palmetto Silver Award for general
Three schools earning general performance recognition — Lake Murray Elementary,
Oak Grove Elementary and Saxe Gotha Elementary —also received Palmetto Silver
Awards for closing achievement gaps.
In addition, Carolina Springs Elementary received a Palmetto Silver Award for
closing the achievement gap.
This awards program began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998 and
recognizes schools based on criteria approved by the Education Oversight
Committee. Schools can receive a Palmetto Gold or Silver Award for general
performance by students in the school. The EOC revised the criteria for the
Palmetto Silver Award in October of 2012. Only schools that have a Growth
Rating of Good or better for two consecutive years receive a Palmetto Silver
Award. Schools that have a growth index of Average or better for three years
would not be eligible for a Palmetto Silver Award.
Two of the district’s
schools were not eligible for the awards, Gilbert Primary and River Bluff High.
Gilbert Primary houses pre-kindergarten through students in second grade,
grades not tested in the state assessment program. River Bluff High only opened
this year and has yet to receive a school report card.
District hires RBHS school counseling and advisement director
At the Tuesday, April 8, 2014, board meeting of the Lexington County School
District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the administration’s
recommendation to name Marcia Pound Newman director of school counseling and
advisement for River Bluff High School for the 2014–2015 school year.
Marcia “Marci” Pound Newman replaces Betty Kendrick as director of school
counseling and advisement at River Bluff High School as Kendrick announces her
has 15 years of school counseling experience and currently serves as director
of school counseling at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville.
Marci began her education career in 1998 as a school counselor in the Chester
County School District. She moved to the Beaufort County School District in in
2000 and to Dorchester School District Two in 2002. She served as school
counselor at Summerville High School from 2002 until 2008. At that time, she
was tasked with opening Ashley Ridge High School as their first Director of
Guidance, implementing a comprehensive school counseling program at this new
In 2011, under her leadership, the counseling program at Ashley Ridge High
School was nationally recognized by the American School Counselor Association
(ASCA) as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).
Newman earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Education in
secondary school counseling, and an Educational Specialist degree in K–12
school counseling from the University of South Carolina. She is a National
Board Certified Teacher (early childhood through young adulthood/school
She is President of the Palmetto State School Counselor Association and a
member of the American School Counselor Association. She currently serves on
the S.C. Commission on Higher Education Counselor Collaboration Team and the
University of South Carolina College Counselor Advisory Board.
Going to LHS, PHS or WKHS graduation on Saturday, May 31, or to RBHS or GHS
graduation on Sunday, June 1?
If you are going to any of our high school graduations, here’s some information
you need to know.
There is less parking near the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Coliseum
than ever before. Most attendees will need to park in one of the garages listed
on this map and ride a shuttle to the Coliseum.
map of the parking areas around the University of South Carolina’s Carolina
other parking information.
Please remember that this is a meaningful and memorable day for all our
graduates. This is a once in a lifetime honor for our graduates and the
families and friends who are joining them at graduation. The graduation
ceremony is one of themost significant academic events that occur in the lives
of students and their families.
Please hold your applause (this includes hoots, hollers, whistles and annoying
noises) until all the graduates have received their diplomas. If one student is
recognized with fanfare by their family and friends, this might prevent another
family from hearing the announcement of the name of their graduate. It would be
a great disappointment if, after four or more years of anticipating this day,
someone else’s unrestrained enthusiasm prevented you from hearing the name of
your special graduate.
Thank you for your role in making this a special and memorable day for all our
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
The theme for this year is “Making Meaningful Connections.”
During the month of April, communities are encouraged to share their child
abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote
prevention across the country.
In observance, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service has posted a
compilation of publications and resources on the prevalence, prevention, and
responses to child abuse. Those publications and resources can be accessed by
simply clicking here.
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.
District offers high school course recovery
summer school NEW!
Lexington County School District One will offer summer school for course
recovery for high school students grades 9–12 in Algebra 1, Algebra 1-Part One,
Algebra 1-Part Two, Algebra 2, Geometry Concepts, Geometry Theory, English I
Seminar, English 1 Seminar-Part One, English 1 Seminar-Part Two, English 2
Seminar, English 2 Seminar-Part One, English 2 Seminar-Part Two, English 3
Seminar and English 4 Seminar.
The summer school program takes place at White Knoll High School from Monday,
June 16, through Monday, July 14.
For Lexington One students the cost is $325 per course.
Registration is now open.
For more information, click here.
Camp Culinary — for rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders — held
at River Bluff High School
Camp Culinary is full. Registration is closed.
Do you have a passion for food?
In Lexington One’s Camp Culinary, students will learn fundamental cooking
techniques and methodologies in a fun and creative atmosphere. Our goal is to
create an environment where campers are willing to express themselves through
their dishes in a team-oriented and creative fashion.
Our instructors are passionate about food and cooking.
All cuisine and desserts are made from scratch so that campers experience the
culinary process. Campers will also learn about proper nutrition and diet, as
well as food and table preparation. During the baking session, many students
may even improve their math skills without ever realizing it!
Michelin Engineering Camp — for rising ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders —
held at Lexington Technology Center
The Michelin Engineering Camp is full. Registration is closed.
During each session, participants will be introduced to engineering and the
tools engineers and project designers use to solve 21st century problems.
All sessions use open-ended design briefs to push participants to use formal
tools and engineering methods to solve system, component and process problems
while having fun at the same time.
Students will interact with Michelin Scholars and learn the importance of
working in teams to optimize design factors that increase value of everyday
systems process and products. Students will also have the opportunity to tour
the Michelin facility in Lexington.
Sustainable “Green” Solutions — for rising eighth-, ninth-, 10th- and
11th-graders — held at the GHS Center for Sustainable Solutions
What is Sustainability? It is about making sure that we have and will continue
to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our
What about you? Are you interested in preserving our environment for future
Do you care about recycling and waste management, water quality, building and
Then, this camp is for you! Campers will spend two days at the Center for
Sustainable Solutions at Gilbert High School. There they will be introduced to
hands-on activities involving environmental and energy sustainability and have
the opportunity to participate in field studies related to sustainability.
To register for this camp,
just click here.
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?