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Lexington One’s World
Language program receives Magna Award
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal’s
(ASBJ) honors the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees and
Lexington One’s World Language program with a first place 2014 Magna Award in
the more than 20,000 students category. The Magna Awards, a national awards
program, recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to
advance public education.
Lexington One’s board recognizes that international understanding and
second-language proficiency are more critical than ever to our individual as
well as national interest. Because the board and district administrators
believe that students who learn a second language gain an academic edge, in
2005, Lexington One’s board set a bold, strategic goal of ensuring that 75% of
Lexington One graduates would be multilingual by 2020. In a world that is
increasingly interdependent, the district believes it is its responsibility to
graduate multilingual citizens. These students will not only speak the
languages, but they will also appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity
of other cultures.
One provides a seamless study of World Language. Currently, 10,989 kindergarten
through grade 5 students, 5,599 sixth- through eighth-grade students and 7,025
ninth- through 12th-grade students take a world language.
Elementary students in the district’s Partial Immersion Program receive world
language instruction through content matter by receiving all their mathematics
and science instruction in Chinese, French or Spanish, while they receive
English language arts and social studies in English. Other elementary students
begin daily Spanish instruction in third grade.
World Language is part of the core curriculum in middle school. Through course
assessment, learners demonstrate what they know and can do in the language and
show progress toward increased language proficiency in multiple ways. Languages
offered include Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish.
At the district’s Center for World Languages and International Business, open
to grade 10–12 students across the district, students learn to use their
knowledge of business and culture as well as their intermediate language
proficiency to solve real-world problems.
Lexington One will be highlighted in a special section in the April issue of
ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Saturday, April 5, at the Best
Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA’s 74th Annual
In addition to the ASBJ special section, the districts’ winning entries will be
posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the program’s searchable best
practices database. Both can be found at
The Magna Awards honor districts across the country for outstanding programs
that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other
educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions.
2014–2015 Limited Choice process opens
Lexington County School District One will offer limited school choice
opportunities for students who live in Lexington One for next year, the
2014–2015 school year.
Limited school choice gives students the opportunity to attend schools outside
of their regular attendance area. Lexington One’s policy on school choice,
Policy JFB, allows for limited school choice if schools have enough space for
additional students. You can read Policy JFB on our website at
www.lexington1.net by clicking on the
“Board” tab, then
“Board Policies” link.
The district is unable to offer limited choice at every school because some of
our schools are already at or above capacity. The district will, however, offer
5 slots at Carolina Springs Middle, 15 slots at Deerfield Elementary, 15 slots
at Forts Pond Elementary, 10 slots at Gilbert High, 10 slots at Gilbert Middle,
15 slots at Lake Murray Elementary, 10 slots at Lexington Elementary, 10 slots
at Lexington High, 10 slots at Lexington Middle, 5 slots at Midway Elementary,
10 slots at New Providence Elementary, 15 slots at Pelion Elementary, 10 slots
at Pelion High, 10 slots at Pelion Middle, 10 slots at Red Bank Elementary, 10
slots at River Bluff High, 10 slots at Saxe Gotha Elementary, 5 slots at White
Knoll Elementary and 10 slots at White Knoll Middle for the 2014–2015 school
In order to register your child for one of these school choice openings, you
must be a legal resident of Lexington County School District One and able to
furnish proof of residency. To apply for school choice for your child, you must
complete a form and
return it before 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, to Mr. Jeff Caldwell,
Director of Student Services, LCSDO District Office, P.O. Box 1869, Lexington,
If the district receives more applications than available slots at any one
school, we will hold a lottery drawing for the affected school(s) on Friday,
March 28, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the School Administration Conference Room of the
District Office located at 100 Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington. Parents do not
have to be present at the drawing in order for their students to be qualified
for the lottery.
With our current shortage of school buses, the district is not
able to provide bus transportation to and from school for children attending
schools out of their regular attendance area. Parents/legal guardians will have
to provide transportation.
Remember, too, that your child will receive the same curriculum as other
students at the choice school. For example, if your child currently attends a
school that teaches French as its world language and your child goes to a
choice school that offers a different world language, your child must take the
world language offered at the new school.
Come to the TransformSC “Transforming Schools in the Midlands Region” community
TransformSC, an education initiative of New Carolina, is a collaboration of
business leaders, policy makers, educators, parents and students who seek to
transform K-12 public education in South Carolina. Its goal is to create a new
system of learning that will produce high school graduates ready to compete in
a global economy.
TransformSC is partnering with South Carolina’s Regional Education Centers to
host community forums that inform communities about TransformSC Schools, the
new learning models being implemented, and to collect feedback from community
The Midlands Regional Education Center (REC) are pleased to invite you to
attend the “Transforming Schools in the Midlands Region” community forum. The
event will take place on Thursday, March 6th from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the
River Bluff High School Lecture Hall located at 320 Corley Mill Road.
The forum will include a TransformSC Overview, a presentation on “Project Based
Learning and How it Addresses Students’ Learning Styles,” a student panel
discussion with Q&A and a tour of River Bluff High School.
For more information please see the
event flier and
register to attend at
Lexington One cancels March 5 Collaborative Planning
Lexington County School District One is making Wednesday, March 5, a full,
regular school day for staff and students and canceling that day’s planned
collaborative planning activities. All schools will dismiss at their normal
times on Wednesday, March 5.
This, with the full weather makeup day on Friday, March 14, will allow the
district to recover some instructional time before students in grades 3–8 take
the writing portion of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards on March
Lexington County School District One sets high expectations for every student.
The district provides the environment, instruction and support needed to ensure
that our students learn, and, as part of that, the district protects
instructional time. The district feels that this decision is in the best
interest of its teachers and students.
The district lost three instructional days due to bad weather (Wednesday — Jan.
29, 2014, Wednesday — Feb. 12, 2014 and Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014). The district
will make up two of those days on Friday, March 14, and Monday, April 21. It
has not designated a third makeup day yet.
District announces three transfers
for 2014–2015 school year
At the February 18, 2014 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School
District One Board of Trustees, the board approved three transfers effective
July 1, 2014, for the 2014–2015 school year. Brice L.S. Cockfield transfers to
Deerfield Elementary School, Edward “Chip” S. Spradley to Gilbert Primary
School and J. Roy Turner to Saxe Gotha Elementary School.
Brice L.S. Cockfield, who transfers to the position of
assistant principal at Deerfield Elementary School, currently serves as
assistant principal at Pelion Elementary.
has 14 years of educational experience and began his career as an English
language arts and mathematics instructor at Saluda Middle School. He was named
Saluda County Teacher of the Year for 2003–2004.
In 2004, Cockfield was promoted to the position of assistant principal at
Saluda Primary School. While at Saluda Primary, Cockfield served as principal,
assistant principal and adult education director. In 2006, he joined Lexington
One as assistant principal at Pelion Elementary School.
Cockfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Newberry
College, a Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, and
a Master of Education in Educational Administration K–12 and his Educational
Specialist from the University of South Carolina.
Cockfield is a member of the South Carolina Association of School
Edward “Chip” S. Spradley, who transfers to the position of
assistant principal at Gilbert Primary School, currently serves as assistant
principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary School.
joining Lexington One as assistant principal at SGES in 2006, Spradley taught
science at Northside Middle School in West Columbia. He has 14 years of
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in science and Master of
Education in Elementary Educational Administration from the University of South
Spradley is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators
and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.
J. Roy Turner, who transfers to the position of assistant
principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary School, current serves as assistant
principal at Gilbert Primary School.
who has 31 years of education experience, began his career teaching civics and
coaching at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., in 1982.
He joined Lexington One in 1984 as a teacher and coach at Lexington High and
was promoted to assistant principal at Red Bank Elementary School in 1999. He
transferred to the position of assistant principal at Gilbert Primary School in
Turner holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (social studies) from
Presbyterian College and a Master of Education in Elementary Administration
from the University of South Carolina.
He is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and
the Palmetto State Teachers Association.
Woodward receives 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Award
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, presented Lexington County School
District One Superintendent Karen C. Woodward, ED.D., with the 2014 AASA Women
in School Leadership Award in the superintendent/assistant superintendent
category at AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn..
Women in School Leadership Award recognizes the exceptional leadership of
active, front-line female administrators who make a difference in the lives of
students every day. The award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision
of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.
“We can think of no superintendent across the nation who is more deserving of
the Women in School Leadership Award than our own, Dr. Karen C. Woodward,” said
Cynthia S. Smith, Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees Chair.
“She leads by example on a daily basis and not only looks out for the students
of Lexington County School District One, but all of the students in South
Carolina. It is truly her mission in life to give our students an opportunity
to soar. Not only is this national award an honor for her, but an honor for all
of us in South Carolina.”
In honoring Woodward, the association praised her for demonstrating exemplary
leadership and for focusing on preparing the next generation of leaders and
A superintendent for 29 years and leader of Lexington One for 13, Woodward’s
career has focused on advocacy for children and on service to the community.
Committed to preparing graduates for a fast-changing 21st century digital,
global and knowledge economy, Woodward possesses a unique, innovative and
forward thinking vision. She has established a culture at Lexington One that
embraces innovation and provides a support system for continuous improvement.
Under her guidance and vision, the schools in Lexington One provide an array of
educational choices that prepare students for higher education opportunities
and careers and provide many opportunities for success.
Woodward serves on the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce board, co-chairs
the program committee for the Lexington Rotary Club and is a member of the
Lexington County Development Corporation board. A member of the South Carolina
Association of School Administrators since 1973, she has served as president of
the association and chaired multiple committees. Woodward served as chair of
the South Carolina Statewide Task Force for World Class Funding and currently
serves on the New Carolina Education and Workforce Development Task Force that
looks at comprehensive solutions to South Carolina’s education and workforce
A recipient of many awards, Woodward received the Greater Lexington Chamber of
Commerce H. Odelle Harman Recognizing Educational and Community Humanitarianism
Award in June 2013. In 2011, she was chosen one of the 50 most influential
people in the Greater Columbia area by The Greater Columbia Business Monthly
magazine. The S.C. Commission on Women and the Columbia College Alliance for
Women presented her with the Women of Achievement Pioneer Award. Other honors
include SCASA’s William B. Harley Administrator of the Year, National
Superintendent of the Year Finalist, South Carolina Superintendent of the Year,
Palmetto Pillar Award for Individual Achievement from the Information
Technology Council of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, S.C. Business
Woman of the Year and Top 10 Tech Savvy Superintendents in the Nation.
Lexington One congratulates TOY finalists
Lexington County School District One congratulates the five finalists for
Lexington One District Teacher of the Year: Debb C. Adams, Bonnie A. Pruitt,
Albert H. Robertson, Blair J. Robertson and Sylvia C. Shealy.
An English language arts and drama teacher, Debb C. Adams teaches sixth-,
seventh- and eighth-graders at White Knoll Middle. An educator for 15 years,
Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre and speech from Newberry
College and a Master of Education in adolescent literacy and technology from
Walden University. Adams is National Board Certified in early adolescent
English language arts and has English and middle-level language arts
Bonnie A. Pruitt teaches orchestra and media arts to sixth-, seventh- and
eighth-graders at Carolina Springs Middle. Pruitt began teaching in 2006 after
earning a Bachelor of Music in music education and a Master of Music Education
from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and has seven years of
experience. She holds choral and instrumental music education certifications.
Meadow Glen Middle’s Albert H. Robertson has taught for eight years. Currently
a sixth-grade social studies teacher, 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,
middle and high school level social studies certifications.
An educator of seven years, Blair J. Robertson currently teaches second grade
at Meadow Glen Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary
education with a concentration in history from Newberry College. She is
certified in elementary education.
Sylvia C. Shealy teaches Spanish Partial Immersion to sixth-graders at Pleasant
Hill Middle. An educator for 22 years, Shealy earned a Bachelor of Arts in
health education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in
early childhood education from the University of Phoenix. She holds elementary
education, early childhood education, health and Spanish certifications.
In October, certified 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 applications, which were judged by five teams of judges.
Finally, the 10 applications with top scores were judged by a different team of
In the coming weeks, another panel of judges will spend a day observing the
finalists as they teach and interviewing them.
The district will announce its new District Teacher of the Year on Thursday,
April 10, 2014, at an evening celebration honoring all school-level Teachers of
the Year. The celebration takes place at the Lexington One Performing Arts
Center on the campus of River Bluff High School.
The district’s other school-level Teachers of the Year include 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.
Rocky Creek Elementary School Principal Lynn Boyleston announces retirement
Lexington County School District One Superintendent Karen Woodward announced
that Rocky Creek Elementary School Principal Lynn C. Boyleston plans to retire
effective June 30, 2014.
Woodward said, “Lynn Boyleston is one of the finest principals I have ever
worked with. Her good judgment and detailed instructional knowledge enable her
to lead and encourage her staff to ever-increasing levels of student
performance. Lynn has had a significant positive influence on many young
people, and Lexington School District One has been fortunate to have her
who has more than 37 years of experience in public education, has served as
elementary school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. RCES principal
since it opened in 2010, she began her career as a special education teacher at
Wren High School in Anderson School District One in 1976. In 1979, she moved to
Kelly Edwards Elementary in Barnwell School District 29.
She joined Lexington One in 1989 as a fourth-grade teacher at Lexington
Elementary, was promoted to the position of LES assistant principal in 1992 and
moved to Lake Murray Elementary as assistant principal when it opened in 1999.
She was promoted to principal at LMES in 2002.
Last year, Boyleston received the Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the
Year Award which honors an administrator who exhibits outstanding leadership
skills and compassion toward students, works well with staff, students and
parents, and who considers the educational development of students a primary
Boyleston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of
Education in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She has elementary
education, special education, middle school language arts, social studies and
elementary administration and supervision certifications.
She is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators,
State Council of the International Reading Association, South Carolina
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Columbia Area
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?