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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.

Board candidate forum takes place Monday, Oct. 27

Midway Elementary School’s School Improvement Council hosts a School Board Candidate Forum on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 6 p.m.

The forum takes place in the cafeteria, and the public is welcome. There is no charge for admission.

There are five candidates running for three seats — incumbents Sandra Backman, Debra Knight and Dr. Brad Pitts; Rich Bolen and Janet Frazier.

Lexington One 2014 seniors
surpass SAT national average

The South Carolina Department of Education released school, district and state SAT® scores and school and district results on Advanced Placement exams taken in 2014 as reported by the College Board in Washington, D.C.

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess students’ academic readiness for college. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Scores can range from 200 to 800 points on each section. A perfect overall score is 2,400.

Lexington County School District One’s 2014 seniors (2014 graduates) exceeded the state and national average in critical reading, mathematics and the average total score. The College Board reports that 864 of Lexington County School District One seniors (1,512) took the SAT in 2014 (57% tested) and had an average total score of 1,503, compared to the national average of 1,497 and the state average of 1,443.

Average scores for the district, state and nation appear in the chart below.

2014 Seniors Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Total
Lexington One 505 518 480 1,503
South Carolina 488 490 465 1,443
National Average 497 513 487 1,497


The average total scores for the district’s high schools are: Gilbert High with 1,463, Lexington High with 1,571, Pelion High with 1,448, River Bluff High with 1,484 and White Knoll High with 1,408.

The College Board also reports that 849 Lexington County School District One students took 1,179 Advanced Placement exams.

Students must score a three or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in order to earn college credit. Lexington One students earned college credit for 796 exams or 68 percent of the percent of the exams taken. Statewide, South Carolina students received credit for 57 percent of the exams taken.

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?



Students celebrate
‘Kindness in Chalk Day’


Students and staff at Carolina Springs Middle, Forts Pond Elementary, Gilbert Primary, Rocky Creek Elementary and White Knoll Elementary participated in “Kindness in Chalk Day” on Friday, Oct. 10, by covering the sidewalks of the school grounds with positive words, phrases, quotes and images.

The drawings and words promoted friendship, peace, hope and acceptance. They also brought smiles to students’ faces.

Chalk Day


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