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Lexington One names Albert Robertson District Teacher of the Year

Lexington County School District One proudly named Albert H. 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 next year.

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 judges.

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 performance.

Saxe Gotha Elementary School earned a Palmetto Silver Award for general performance.

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 retirement.

Marci NewmanNewman 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 school facility.

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 counseling).

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.

Here’s a map of the parking areas around the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Coliseum and 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 graduates. 

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 environment.

What about you? Are you interested in preserving our environment for future generations?

Do you care about recycling and waste management, water quality, building and energy resources?

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 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?


Hoops for Heart 

RBES students participated in a “Hoops for Heart” community service project.


The students raised more than $2,600 in donations for the American Heart Association during the month of March while practicing their basketball skills.

The “Hoops for Heart” program teaches students the importance of physical activity, staying healthy and being involved in their community.


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