All Lexington Three schools and offices will be open Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday beginning June 9 through August 8. The schools and offices will be open to the public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The normal day schedule will resume on Monday, August 11.
338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
LEXINGTON THREE STUDENTS TO RETURN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 18
Lexington County School District Three’s faculty, staff and administrators are excited about the 2014-15 school year and are anxiously awaiting the return of students. Listed below is information that will be helpful to both students and parents, so please take a few moments to review.
B-L Middle School 6th Grade Transition Camp – will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at B-L Middle School. All rising sixth graders are encouraged to attend.
B-L High School Freshman Academy Orientation – will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at B-L High School. Rising first-time ninth graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Student/Parent Orientation Night – all students and their parents are invited to visit their respective schools on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to meet teachers, visit classrooms and see friends! Make plans now to attend this event!
First Day of School – K4 through grade 12 students will begin school on Monday, August 18, 2014.
Start and Dismissal Times –
B-L Primary B-L Elementary B-L Middle B-L High
Arrival Time 7:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:05 a.m.
Late Bell 7:50 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:10 a.m.
Dismissal Time 2:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:10 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Early Release Dismissal 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:35 p.m. 12: 25 p.m.
2014-15 Early Release Dates – Early Release dates will be held on the following Wednesdays during the school year – September 3, 2014; October 1, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 3, 2014; February 4, 2015; and March 4, 2015.
2014-15 Interim Reports Issued – September 18, 2014, November 21, 2014, February 9, 2015, and May 1, 2015.
2014-15 Report Cards Issued – October 24, 2014, January 7, 2015, March 27, 2015, and June 3, 2015.
2014-15 Parent/Teacher Conference Days - Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 and Thursday, February 19, 2015. All conferences will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at each of the district’s schools.
Last Days of School – Wednesday, June 3, 2015 is the last day for K4 through grade 11 students. Friday, May 22, 2015 is the last day of school for 2015 seniors and their graduation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015.
UPDATE STUDENT INFORMATION NOW
Lexington County School District Three encourages its returning students and their parents/guardians to update each student’s personal information during the summer months. If you moved during the 2013-14 school year or are moving during the summer or have changed your telephone number during that time, please provide the new information to your child’s school as soon as possible If you have moved, you will need to provide “proof of residency” documentation at your new address. This can be an electricity bill, home phone bill, cable, satellite or water bill that has been issued within the last two months. You may also bring a county tax notice on your home (not on cars or other personal property). Driver’s licenses are not accepted a proof of residency.
Those individuals who have recently gained legal custody of children who are enrolled in Lexington Three schools should bring the legal documents to the District Office in order to have the ability to receive information about the children from the schools. Please call Maryjo Marcavage at 532-4423 for more information about this special circumstance.
By providing this information to your child’s school now, the District can make sure that the information is updated within its data base and any information that is mailed by the school will reach parents/guardians in a timely fashion. Please remember that you will need to contact each child’s school separately in order to make sure that information is updated on all children in your household.
All District Three schools are open to the public from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday through August 7th. Parents/guardians who have moved during the summer or last school year are encouraged to bring new “proof of residency” documentation to their child’s school by Monday, July 28, so that the updated information will be listed on the student’s information sheet. Parents will be asked to review the student’s information sheet during Fee Collection/Schedule Pick Up Day on Monday, August 4 at B-L High. The school will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. so that parents/guardians/students may update information, pay fees and receive class schedules for the 2014-15 school year.
“ALIVE AT 25” COURSE TO BE OFFERED AUGUST 8
Batesburg-Leesville High School will offer the “Alive at 25” course for its students on Friday, August 8 beginning at 9 a.m. at the school. The National Safety Council’s “Alive at 25” course is offered to drivers 15-24, and is designed to be an early intervention program to help prevent traffic violations, collisions, and/or fatalities. The focus of the course is to help young drivers adopt safer driving practices, take responsibility for their behavior in various driving situations, and to be aware of many of the typical driving hazards.
All B-L High students planning to purchase a parking permit for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year must successfully complete this course before he/she will be allowed to purchase the permit. To register for the “Alive at 25” course to be offered on August 8, students should call B-L High prior to the date at 532-9251 to reserve their place in the class.
Once a student successfully completes the course, he/she may purchase parking permits for the rest of his/her high school career. The price of the course is $35.
Any student who cannot afford the $35 course registration fee should contact the South Carolina National Safety Council at (803) 732-6778 and ask for financial assistance. The council has some scholarships; however, the students must call before registering for the program in order to receive a scholarship.
“Alive at 25” differs from driver education courses in numerous ways. Some of these include: Driver education teaches driving mechanics – “Alive at 25” focuses on the behaviors of driving. Driver education training is a course that teaches the student basic operations of a motor vehicle- “Alive at 25” is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to prevent the No. 1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. The purpose of the course is to help participants recognize that their inexperience and casual attitudes toward driving can cause violations, collisions, injury and death. It also encourages them to adopt safer approaches to driving. Driver education is specifically designed to help first-time drivers and teens prepare for written driver tests, “Alive at 25” is based on the results of research on young traffic offenders. The course strongly emphasizes discussion rather than lecture. Students have the opportunity to discuss their attitudes and feelings related to such topics as peer pressure, intentional risk taking, hazard recognition and accepting responsibility for the choices they make while driving. Driver education introduces first–time drivers to the rules of the road, state specific laws, important techniques, and other driving objectives to prepare them to take the learner’s permit exam. “Alive at 25” uses off-duty law enforcement officers as facilitators for the course and they are selected not only for their knowledge of defensive driving, but also for their proven ability to work effectively with young people and create an atmosphere conducive to open and meaningful discussions. The program allows teens a curriculum-based class, which discusses driving; the peer pressures that surround driving; and the consequences of poor decisions.
According to “Alive at 25” facilitators, the course is a behavior modification course. “Alive at 25” does not teach the students how to drive, but helps them change the way they think about driving.
South Carolina ha the sixth highest number of traffic fatalities in the country and Columbia is the worse U.S. city to drive in according to information provided by the National Safety Council.
“Alive at 25” is sponsored by the National Safety Council, South Carolina Chapter, and is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. The $35 fee goes back into the program. The fee pays for workbooks, administrative costs and the instructor. Because the money goes back into the program, officials say that it will be available for 5 to 20 years.
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
600 Summerland Avenue
Batesburg, SC 29006
Questions can also be directed to Dot Minick at (803) 532-9251.
2014-15 LEXINGTON THREE SCHOOL FEES
Listed below are the school fees for each of the schools in Lexington Three for the 2014-15 school year.
B-L Primary - $25.00 (There are no fees for K3 or K4 students)
B-L Elementary - $25.00
B-L Middle - $45.00
B-L High Material Fee - $20.00
ADDITIONAL B-L HIGH FEES
BLHS Student ID (Replacement) $ 5.00
BLHS Temporary ID (3max) $ 1.00 each
Graduation Fee (Seniors only) $10.00
Underclass Fee (grades 9-12) $ 5.00
Transcript (after first two) $ 2.00 each
Agricultural Science* $10.00
Art/Drawing Sculpture* $10.00
Building Construction* $10.00
Business and/or Computer Courses* $10.00
Industrial Technology* $10.00
Law Enforcement/Public Safety* $10.00
Science Fee* $10.00
Sports Medicine I &II* $10.00
Math Course Battery Fee (1 per year)$ 5.00
SAT Workbook $18.00
PE/Weight Room/ Athletic Weights* $ 5.00
Spanish Workbook $14.00
B-L High Parking Hanger $10.00
*denotes “per unit credit”
Fees may be paid on August 4 during Fee Collection/Schedule Pick Up day at B-L High or at each of the schools prior to the first day of school on August 18.
PANTHER BAND NOW SELLING QUALITY BEDDING & RAFFLE TICKETS
The Batesburg-Leesville Panther Band is working hard to earn money for their trip to London to march in the New Year’s Day parade! The band’s current fundraiser is the sale of Clara Clark bed sheets. These are 1200 thread count luxurious Egyptian cotton bed sheets. They are $35 per set regardless of size and are available in twin, full, queen, king, and cal king. Color options include cream, eggplant, lavender, white, grey, navy, aqua, sage, mocha, burgundy, chocolate, and camel.
If you're in need of new sheets, please contact your favorite Panther Band member or B-L High Band Director Dustin King at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order today! Orders and payment are due by July 31.
The Panther Band is also selling raffle tickets for a Holland gas grill or a 32” flat screen television. Cost per ticket is $10. Tickets will be sold until August 22 and the winning ticket will be drawn on September 5 at the first home B-L High football game. Please contact any band member of booster club member to purchase your raffle tickets.
The B-L Panther Band is working diligently to raise money to send band students to London in December to participate in the New Year’s Day parade. As always, thank you for supporting the arts in our schools and this once in a lifetime opportunity for our young musicians.
2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 18 FOR K4 THROUGH GRADE 12 IN LEXINGTON THREE
Lexington County School district Three parents will receive a 2014-15 student calendar with dates and events to be held during the year on the first day of school. Listed below are a few dates that need to be noted early.
Monday, August 4 2014– Fee Collection/Schedule Pick-Up day will be held at Batesburg-Leesville High School for all District Three K4 through 12th grade students. Fees may be paid and schedules picked up from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on this date. More information will be provided to students and parents prior to August 4.
Friday, August 8, 2014 – Alive @ 25 program will be held at Batesburg-Leesville High School from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Any BLHS student who plans to drive a car to school during the 2014-15 school year must take this class prior to receiving a parking decal. Only students who have NOT already successfully completed this program at BLHS will need to take this class. Contact BLHS for more information.
Monday, August 11, 2014 – Teachers return to work.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 – Batesburg-Leesville Middle School will hold its Sixth Grade Transition Camp for all rising sixth grade students. The 6th grade Transition Camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at B-L Middle.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 – B-L High will host an orientation for its freshman and their parents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the school. Lunch will be provided.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 – Student/Parent Orientation at all schools 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Batesburg-Leesville High School will host an important meeting for all 2015 seniors and their parents in the Media Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 18, 2014 – K4 through grade 12 students start school (this will be a full day for all students).
Monday, August 25, 2014 - Afterschool Programs will begin at B-L Primary and Elementary Schools.
RISING 7TH GRADERS MUST HAVE Tdap VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO THE START OF SCHOOL
Parents of all rising seventh graders are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their child’s doctor or health care provider during the summer in order to have the Tdap vaccination prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year. Rising seventh graders who do NOT have this immunization prior to the start of school, may not be able to start until the vaccination has been given. Tdap vaccine is used to protect against whooping cough (pertussis).
To find locations where the Tdap vaccination will be given during the summer, please go to www.scdhec.gov/scimmunize or call 1-800-277-4687 or contact your child’s doctor.
FILING DATES SET FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
Persons interested in filing to run for the Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees in the November 4 General Election must do so at the Lexington County Election Commission Office between August 1, 2014 at 12 noon and August 15, 2014 at 12 noon. The Lexington County Election Commission is located at 605 West Main Street, Suite 105, Lexington, SC. There is no filing fee, but interested persons must show proof of residency in Lexington County School District Three. A voter’s registration card along with a driver’s license will be accepted.
There will be three seats for the Lexington Three School Board of Trustees open in the November 4 election.
For more information, please contact the Lexington County Election Commission at 803-941-0223.
B-L HIGH CLASS OF 2014 HAS IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS
The Batesburg-Leesville High School Guidance Department is pleased to announce that of the 105 graduates of the Batesburg-Leesville High School Class of 2014, they receive follow-up information from 93 students as of June 19.
Of the 93 graduates who responded to the Guidance Department’s request, the following information was received:
46.2% of the graduates plan to attend a four-year college
43% of the graduates plan to attend at 2 year college
5% of the graduates plan to go immediately into the workforce
4.3% of the graduates plan to join a branch of the military
1.1% of the graduates plan to attend a trade school
The Batesburg-Leesville High School Class of 2014 received $763,212 in SC Lottery Scholarships and $1,147,540 in all other scholarships, including many local scholarships provided by businesses and civic organizations.
Congratulations to the Batesburg-Leesville High School Class of 2014.
B-L BAND NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL
As June 9th, the Batesburg-Leesville Panther Band has raised $72,000 through payments, fundraising, and donations. This is a good place to be in, but the band has a long way to go to reach its need of $204,000 and time is slipping away quickly. The B-L Band Boosters have set-up a PayPal account so individuals can make donations to help the students. If you know of someone that would be willing to make a donation to the London scholarship fund, please forward them this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=-H2ThmNNT52Epv5tdw4seivhBvybqrP2Z4frc_Y9UidoacORwHT1TR6QAyy&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d6cdb53fcfca2b5941339e576d7e42259. If you do not wish to use PayPal as your way to make a donation, you may also send your donation by mail with checks made payable to “B-L Band Boosters,” P.O. Box 2029, Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29070. The band will leave right after Christmas to travel to London, so all funds must be turned in by late October or early November in order to secure their place in the New Year’s Day Parade in London.
The community has been so supportive of the band’s fundraising efforts thus far and Band Director Dustin King, along with the band students and parents, appreciate everything that you will do for them in the coming months to help them reach their goal. You can stay up-to-date with the band’s upcoming fundraisers and how much they have left to raise by visiting their website at: http://www.blpantherband.com/London-2015.html.
The Batesburg-Leesville High School Panther Band thanks you for your support!
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
Summer Feeding is a program that will be available in Batesburg-Leesville to students who would like free breakfast and lunch. Students from any school district are eligible to participate in the program. They can come to feeding sites we set up and eat but the food cannot be removed from the site.
This program is available to children ages 18 and under. It is available four days a week. It will begin June 9th and end July 31, 2014. It will be held at B-L Elementary Cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Other locations will be announced as they become available. Non-profit organizations can come to the school that is the feeding site and get food for their group. Their program must last over two weeks and has to be approved prior to getting the food.
Organizations can also bring their students to the feeding site. Churches and other groups are encouraged to participate in this program, and it helps if they will provide some type of educational program each day for the students when they come and eat breakfast and lunch.
If you know of churches, non-profit day cares or organizations that would benefit from this program please have them call Donna Leaphart at 803-532-8006 to get further information about summer feeding.
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2014-15 DISTRICT THREE CALENDAR INFORMATION
August 11, 2014 Teachers Return
August 12 and 15, 2014 Professional Development/Workdays for Teachers
August 13 and 14, 2014 Teacher Workday
August 14, 2014 Student-Parent Orientation at all schools 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 18, 2014 First Day of Semester for K4 -12 grades
September 1, 2014 Labor Day Holiday
October 21, 2014 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
October 28, 2014 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
November 4, 2014 Election Day Holiday
November 26-28, 2014 Thanksgiving Holidays
December 19, 2014 Half Day for Students
December 22-January 2, 2015 Christmas Holidays
January 5, 2015 Teacher Workday/No Students
January 6, 2015 Professional Development Day/No Students
January 7, 2015 Student Return to School/Second Semester Begins
January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 13, 2015 Teacher Work Day
February 16, 2015 Holiday/Bad Weather Make-Up Day
March 20, 2015 Holiday/Bad Weather Make-Up Day
April 3, 2015 Holiday/Bad Weather Make-Up Day
April 6-10, 2015 Easter Break
May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Holiday
May 29, 2015 Graduation
June 2 & 3, 2015 Half Day for Students
June 3, 2015 Last Day of School for K4 – 11Grade Students
June 4, 2015 Workday for Teachers
Monthly Early Release/Common Planning dates for the 2014-15 school year are as follows:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The 2014-15 Lexington Three calendar will be provided to parents on the first day of school and is posted to the District’s website under the heading of “Calendars.”
Lexington County School District Three does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, immigrant status or English speaking status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.
504 Coordinator, Mr. Bill Harbert (email@example.com)
Title IX Coordinator, Judy Turner Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lexington County School District Three
338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006