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Starkey joins Lexington One

At the October 21, 2014 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the hire of Robert A. Starkey Jr. for the open position of Media Production Coordinator in the District’s Communications Office.

Rob StarkeyStarkey, who has 10 years of media experience, most recently served as assignment manager for WACH FOX NEWS where he managed a staff of multi-media journalists, assigned stories and oversaw daily news reports and social media for the station. As a representative of WACH, he built strong community relationships in the Midlands area.

He began his media career as a sports intern for New England Cable News. In 2005, he moved to Columbia, South Carolina, as radio producer and co-host for Inner City Broadcasting Corporation. He joined WACH FOX in 2008, where he also served as multi-media journalist, senior technical director, field producer, reporter and photographer.

Starkey graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts in 2005 after earning an associate’s degree in culinary arts from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, in 2002. He also has received additional training in American Broadcast Talent workshops, broadcast studio operation, audio production, broadcast journalism, speech, radio and television acting, and video production.

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. ReportCards

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, Ed.D.

“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 successful.”


  • 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 state’s expectations.

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 Program.

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 Pelley. Click 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 applications.

  • 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 communication devices.

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. cellphone

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 any time.

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 violation offenses:

  • 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 fine.


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?



PHES staff shows off their voting power

PHES Staff Voted!

Staff at Pleasant Hill Elementary School showed off their voting power on Wednesday, the day after the elections, by wearing the “I voted” stickers they received after voting.

The district encouraged all staff to vote and to choose individuals that had their best interests at heart.



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