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All Lexington County School District Three schools and district office will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28.  Schools and district office will reopen on Monday, December 1.  Happy Thanksgiving!
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District News
B-L High JROTC Battalion Visits Nation's Capitol
The Batesburg-Leesville High School JROTC Panther Battalion visited Washington, DC from 16-19 November 2014. The cadets from the Panther Battalion would like to recognize and say thank you to the following organizations for making contributions towards their trip.
 
  • Retired Non Commission Officer (NCO) Club: $300.00
  • Whittles Appliance Repair: $300.00
  • Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 6740: $400.00
  • Mrs. Francis Watson: $100.00
While in Washington, DC the cadets visited/toured the United State Capital with Congressman Joe Wilson. The National Air and Space Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Marine Corp Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, The Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial,  World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, and The Tomb of the unknown Soldier, where they observed the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.  While the trip was educational; the cadet’s had time to take in lunch at the famous Union Station.   
 

 
ANYTIME FITNESS HONORS LEXINGTON THREE EMPLOYEES
To show their appreciation for the Lexington District Three faculty and staff during American Education Week, Lindsey Wise, General Manager of Anytime Fitness of Batesburg-Leesville provided complimentary snack baskets for schools.  A drawing was also held for each school’s staff to win a free three month membership.  School winners included:  Francine Wright, B-L Primary; Marci Arant, B-L Elementary; Kim Hendrix, B-L Middle; and Tammy Buzhardt, B-L High.  Each employee who chose to place his/her name in the drawing for the three month membership received a free seven day pass.
 
Pictured are Lexington Three’s 2014-15 Teachers of the Year, Jim Adams, B-L High; Erika Smith, B-L Primary; Lindsey Wise, Laura Carson, District Teacher of the Year; and Marci Arant, B-L Elementary.
 
TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF BOX NOW AT LEXINGTON THREE DISTRICT OFFICE
The Batesburg-Leesville Rotary is hosting a Toys for Tots drive in local businesses throughout the Batesburg-Leesville area.  Lexington County School District Three has a box ready to be filled for this worthy cause.  If you would like to donate a new toy, in its original packaging, you may drop it off in the box located at the District Office.  Deadline to bring your donation by the District Office is December 15.
 
Lexington Three newly elected Board members sworn in at November meeting
Lexington Three Board of Trustees incumbents Billy Berry, Cheryl Burgess and Dr. Gariane Gunter were re-elected to serve another four year term on November 4.  Mr. Berry and Mrs. Burgess were sworn into office on November 11 by Rep. Ralph Kennedy.  Dr. Gunter was unable to attend the meeting due to an illness.  She will be sworn in at the December 9th meeting. Congratulations to our newly re-elected School Board members.
 
B-L PRIMARY SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS PROJECT UNIFY
Batesburg-Leesville Primary School has been selected to participate in the Special Olympics Project UNIFY program during the 2014-15 academic school year.  The school will receive $700 from the program in order to purchase supplies and equipment, transportation invoices, and School Resource Kits. Johnna Harbert, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Visually Impaired students, wrote the grant for the school.  Mrs. Harbert, along with fellow teachers Haley McGlohorn, Erin McQuade and Tristin Padgett and their students will work together during the year to implement Project UNIFY at the school.
 
Special Olympics Project UNIFY is built upon the premise that in order to have the greatest impact, the change process needs to start with young people.  Project UNIFY brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education and sports and related initiatives that provide them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote the acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students.  Project UNIFY is made up of three main components:
 
  • Inclusive Sports and Fitness – provides students with and without intellectual disabilities opportunities to participate in sports activities alongside one another, which Project UNIFY has found to be among the most conducive activity for breaking down stereotypes.
  • Youth Leadership & Advocacy – provides students with and without intellectual disabilities opportunities to take on leadership roles in promoting Project UNIFY activities in the school and community.
  • Whole School Engagement – provides opportunities for all students in the school to participate in Project UNIFY through school-wide activities.
 
It is the combination of these unique components that provides the most opportunity for creating positive school climates and to ensuring that all students, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, become part of the social fabric of the school.
 
Batesburg-Leesville Primary School has selected several activities that students and faculty members will participate in throughout this school year.  They include:
 
  • Special education staff conducted disability awareness training with regular education teachers.
  • Regular education first grade students are participating in a reversed mainstream recess with students in self-contained classrooms weekly.  All of the students will keep a weekly journal about their experiences.
  • Students with and without intellectual disabilities will eat lunch together as part of a “Lunch Buddies” program.
  • There will be a school-wide campaign to end the use of the “R” word.
  • Regular education students will serve as training partners for the spring Special Olympics games.
 
Project UNIFY is currently offered in 2,100 schools across 42 states and as many as 500,000 young people experiencing Project UNIFY activities and projects, including 21,000 Special Olympics athletes and 11,000 youth leaders.
 
The challenges that face all young students today are many, from achieving personal and academic success to feeling emotionally and physically healthy and safe.  These challenges are compounded for some students due to the presence of an intellectual disability.  Although progress has been made by many educational systems, including the US, in promoting the physical and instructional inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities (ID), there are still staggering social challenges for these students that compromise their social and emotional well-being.  Students with ID experience negative attitudes from their peers, social isolation and rejection, and even victimization in the form of bullying.  Project UNIFY is designed to bring all students together through social, athletic and academic interaction so that they can learn from each other and develop personal relationships that will last long after their time together in the Project UNIFY program has passed.
 
Through Project UNIFY, regular education and self-contained students at B-L Primary have already formed bonds of friendship and the admiration of both groups for each other is amazing.  The students work as a team during their interaction and have found common ground in the projects provided to them by their teachers.  Thirteen students from Haley McGlohorn’s first grade class  engage in numerous activities with Tristin Padgett’s students on a weekly basis and have become friends, not only during their scheduled time together, but also during other times in the school day.
 
“It is so important that we teach all of our students to be accepting of each other and to work and play together,” stated Mrs. Harbert.  “Through Project UNIFY, we hope to instill in the participants the ability to look past someone’s inabilities and look for their possibilities.  By doing this, our students will learn acceptance and tolerance for all people.”
 
Harvest Hope Works With Area Churches to Provide BackPacks for School Children
There are currently more than 1,300 school children in Batesburg-Leesville schools who receive meals each school day on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs, yet that is only 70% of the number of children in need of meals at each school. Throughout all of Lexington County there are more almost 14,000 children facing food insecurity.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is committed to providing the hunger relief these children need to grow and learn, and works with churches in the Batesburg-Leesville community to deliver backpacks with weekend food to children in area schools through the BackPack Program.

Saint James Lutheran Church provides backpacks for children at Batesburg Primary School and Mount Ebal Baptist Church provides backpacks children at Batesburg Elementary School. Children in these schools who participate in Harvest Hope’s BackPack Program each receive a backpack on Friday with enough food to last them through the weekend, and each backpack contains seven nutritious meals that children can open and prepare themselves. Last year the BackPack Program provided more than 10,330 meals to children at Batesburg Primary and Batesburg Elementary schools.

Both Saint James Lutheran Church and Mount Ebal Baptist Church are good stewards in their efforts to reduce the pain of hunger for children in our Batesburg-Leesville communities. They receive food from Harvest Hope specifically purchased for children’s nutritional needs, which becomes seven meals in each backpack to make sure the children have enough to eat through weekends during the school year. Congregation members at St. James Lutheran and Mt. Ebal Baptist churches then pack each backpack with the purchased food before delivering the backpacks to their designated schools, where they are distributed to participating Backpack Program children by teachers or guidance counselors.

The BackPacks delivered to Batesburg Elementary and Batesburg Primary schools by Harvest Hope’s partnering churches are essential in making sure these children have the nutrition they need to return to school each Monday ready to learn, but there are many more children who need to participate in this vital program. Harvest Hope is seeking funding to expand the BackPack Program in these schools and make sure every child facing hunger has enough meals to last each weekend. More funding will mean more food can be purchased for the dedicated congregations at St. James Lutheran and Mt. Ebal Baptist Churches to pack and deliver. Just $30 will provide 28 meals through the BackPack program.

Harvest Hope is asking the community to show their support for our children by donating to our BackPack Programs for schools in the Batesburg-Leesville area. Donations can be made at www.harvesthope.org/donate, and can be specified for the BackPack Programs at these schools. Donations can also be mailed to Harvest Hope Food Bank at PO Box 451, Columbia SC 29202, and donors can list the Batesburg-Leesville BackPack Program on the check to make sure the funds will go to these programs.

Harvest Hope is grateful to St. James Lutheran Church and Mt. Ebal Baptist Church for their ongoing dedication to bringing hunger relief to children of struggling families in the Batesburg-Leesville communities. Without their support, 300 children would face the pain of hunger each weekend. With more support and increased funds, Harvest Hope will make sure more children receive the BackPacks they need to grow, learn and thrive.
 
 
ACT 155 DIPLOMA GRANTING PROCEDURE NOW IN PLACE


 With the passage of ACT 155 by the State Legislature, there is now a procedure in place for students to receive a high school diploma who did not receive a high school diploma due solely to not meeting the HSAP Exit Exam requirement.  Below you will find Lexington County School District Three’s process for students who wish to petition for a high school diploma.  Batesburg-Leesville High School guidance secretary, Dot Minick, is the district designee and all questions should be directed to her.  Mrs. Minick’s phone number is 803-532-9251.  Mrs. Minick will handle all requests and she is also the designee who will correspond directly with the South Carolina Department of Education regarding all requests.

 Lexington School District Three

Act 155 Diploma Granting Procedure

 ·         A person no longer enrolled in a public school who was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements (S.C. Code Section 59-18-310(B)) may petition the local school board of trustees to determine his or her eligibility to receive a high school diploma. Pursuant to Act 155, the local school board of trustees of the district where the person completed graduation requirements will receive the petition, determine the person’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma, and request a diploma.

·         The exit examination requirement (BSAP, HSAP) has been in place since the 1989-1990 school year, therefore, Act 155 provisions will be applicable for former students beginning with the Class of 1990. The former student receiving a diploma under the ACT 155 provision should have met all graduation requirements except passing the exit exam for the year the student would have graduated.   All petitions are required to be filed by December 31, 2015.

·         Once the petition request is received by the district, the district designee will review the academic record for each student and determine if all graduation requirements except the previous exit exam requirement are in compliance with Act 155 of 2014.

·         Each Act 155 Diploma Request submitted to the district contact person must contain complete information for each diploma request. Due to Family Education Rights and Privacy Act guidelines, all requests for students age 18 and older must be signed by the student.  Petition requests must  include: school district name, high school name, date request submitted, full name of student as appears on birth certificate, and the school year the student would have graduated from high school.

·         The South Carolina Department of Education will forward a diploma request for each person on the Act 155 Diploma Request to the printer (Herff Jones), following a procedure similar to the one currently in place for ordering initial diplomas. Completed diplomas will be mailed to the district contact person. Please allow at least three to four weeks for production and delivery to the district. The diploma issued will be a current state diploma at the time of printing.

 Please submit written petitions to:

 Batesburg-Leesville High School

Attention:  Dot Minick

Guidance Office

600 Summerland Avenue

Batesburg, SC 29006

 Questions can also be directed to Dot Minick at (803) 532-9251.


 
     


 
 
 
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