|Batesburg-Leesville Primary and Elementary Afterschool Programs will begin on Monday August 25th. |
September 1 – This will be a holiday for all Lexington Three students and employees. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 2.
September 3 – Common Planning/Early Release Day. Schools will dismiss on the following schedule: B-L Primary – 11:45 a.m.; B-L Elementary – 12:00 noon; B-L Middle – 12:35 p.m.; and B-L High – 12:25 p.m. There will be no Afterschool Program at B-L Primary or Elementary Schools on this date.
338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
PRICE RECOGNIZED BY COUNTY COUNCIL
Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School fifth grade teacher, Mary Clare Price recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lexington County Council.
The Certificate recognized Mrs. Price for “her passion, ongoing commitment and dedicated service toward providing a positive school experience for children of Lexington Three.”
Council member Dr. Frank Townsend III was instrumental in having the certificate presented to Mrs. Price. Also at the ceremony was B-L Elementary principal Vonda Ridge.
MILLER JOINS B-L HIGH AS SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Miller will serve as School Resource Officer (SRO) at Batesburg-Leesville High School during the 2014-15 school year. Deputy Miller assumes the roll of B-L High SRO after the promotion of Deputy Jonathan Grooms in June.
Deputy Miller has been with Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for one year and has served as a deputy in Richland County and as an officer with the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department. Miller is a 2006 graduate of Clemson University and holds a degree in Sociology with Criminal Justice emphasis.
Deputy Miller and his wife Kimberly, a Batesburg-Leesville High graduate, make their home in Batesburg-Leesville. They have one child and are expecting a second child in October.
During his assignment to Batesburg-Leesville High, Deputy Miller will work with administrators, teachers and students to ensure the safety of all and to provide resources on law enforcement to all.
DISTRICT THREE SENIOR PASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Senior adults age 65 or older and living in Lexington County School District Three are eligible for the Senior Adult pass provided by Lexington County School District Three. Any senior adult who has not already received his/her senior citizens pass may come by the District Office at 338 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily to receive his/her pass. Proof of residency and age is required. Any Lexington Three senior adult who already has a Senior Citizen pass does not need to renew his/her pass. This pass may be used to get in to all home sporting events or other extra-curricular activities at no charge. The pass must be presented at the gate or door of each game or event. This pass cannot be used at jamborees or at any play-off game.
ROUDYBUSH SELECTED TO ATTEND RILEY SUMMER INSTITUTE
Bob Roudybush, a history teacher at Batesburg-Leesville High School since 1995, was selected to participate in the 2014 Richard W. Riley Summer Institute for Teachers of Government, which was held July 19-26 at Furman University and in Washington, DC. The Riley Summer Institute is a week-long summer institute for high school and middle school teachers of government. Mr. Roudybush was selected as one of eight teachers from South Carolina to participate in this prestigious event.
Participants spend a week in Washington, D.C. where they meet with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. Furman political science professors lead the participants through Washington and engage the group in evening discussions and seminars on relevant readings and political topics. The combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers is designed to increase the knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.
Coordinated by Furman professor of political science Dr. Elizabeth S. Smith, this program is free of charge for those accepted and it operates each summer.
During their time in Washington, Mr. Roudybush and his fellow participants visited C-Span, The Library of Congress, US Capitol, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, The US Supreme Court and Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to Mr. Roudybush, attending the Institute was an opportunity to gain knowledge on how to teach students the most effective ways to conduct research and to help fellow teachers gain insight into providing wonderful resources for students.
The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership is a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute affiliated with the Department of Political Science at Furman University. Named for former Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley, the Institute is unique in the United States in the emphasis it places on engaging students in the various arenas of politics, public policy, and public leadership.
Since its inauguration in 1999, the Riley Institute has developed a broad array of programs, symposia, and conferences designed to promote discussion and analysis of the dynamics of important public policy issues ranging from social security to national security policy. Programs include important series on urban politics and policy, women in politics, the environment, politics and the media, the American Congress, and international programs such as the multi-part "China Rising" Series, The European Union and the United States, and the forthcoming “Emerging Powers” Series.
The yearly Riley National Conference brings notable participants from around the United States and the world to the Furman campus. Since 2001 thousands of students, governmental leaders, policy experts, and citizens from across South Carolina and beyond have attended multi-day Riley Institute National Conferences on Women and Politics, National Security, Health Care in America, China, and the Environment. Keynote Speakers include former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Ambassador to China, Stapleton Roy, Senators John Glenn and Hillary Clinton, and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
Among the most important programs of The Riley Institute are those created to promote civic participation, responsibility and public leadership. Our Teachers of Government and Emerging Public Leaders programs, the Wilkins Excellence in Legislative Leadership program, the Law and Society Series, and the award winning Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative program engage high school students, teachers, government officials, and community and corporate leaders in civic responsibility, political participation, and knowledge about government and public policy. Information on these and other programs of the Institute are found elsewhere in this website.
By bringing local, national, and international leaders to South Carolina and to Furman and by underwriting collaborative research, study abroad, and internships for Furman students the Riley Institute creates a synergy of discussion, analysis, and understanding about public policy, leadership, and government not only for Furman students but for the broader regional and national community.
2014-15 FERPA INFORMATION
The following information has been sent home with all Lexington Three students during the week of August 25th. Parents/guardians are asked to read the information carefully and if they have questions, please contact Judy Turner Fox, Director of Public Information at 803-532-8005 or email her at email@example.com.
STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE
LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THREE
This document is intended to explain FERPA rights to parents/guardians of students in Lexington School District Three.
During your child’s school career, he/she will participate in a variety of academic, athletic, fine arts, and other events and activities. During these events and activities, your child may be photographed and/or interviewed by district or school staff, other students or news media. Information about your child may appear in newspaper articles, on television, in radio broadcasts, on displays, on the Internet, or in district/school promotional pieces including, but not limited to, district or school websites, school yearbooks, brochures, fliers, honor roll or other recognition lists, newsletters, playbills, programs (including graduation and athletic programs), television shows, videos, etc. No personal information such as: home address, telephone number, birth date or social security number is ever published on any Lexington Three student in publications created or sanctioned by the District.
If you do not want Lexington County School District Three to include your child’s name, photograph and general information on any recognition received by your child in any print media, the Internet or other school related materials (i.e.; newsletters, recognition lists, programs, videos,) you must notify your child’s principal in writing by Friday, September 12, 2014. If you do not do so by this date, our district is free to release or use such information as appropriate. You may change your mind and revoke this authorization at any time by notifying your child’s principal in writing.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires all public school systems to, with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of a parent/legal guardian prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s educational records. A school district may, however, release appropriately designed directory information without a parent/guardian’s written consent.
Directory information, which the federal government generally considers not harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be disclosed to outside organizations such as, but not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or public yearbooks and newspaper or television stations. Additionally, directory information may be used in certain school publications like the honor roll, graduation programs, sports activity sheets, a drama production playbill, school television shows, school newsletters, podcasts, and district or school promotional pieces.
In keeping with the FERPA, Lexington County School District Three considers the following as directory information: a student’s name; home address; telephone number; his/her photograph; month/year and place of birth; grade level; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; the most recent educational agency or institution attended; and pictures of students involved in school activities. Our school system also considers the voice, image, and likeness of a student in pictures, videotape, film, or other medium, as well as student work intended for publication or display to be directory information. Lexington Three will never use students’ home addresses, telephone numbers, and dates and places of birth in media such as newspapers, magazines, promotional materials, television, or the Internet.
Finally, the FERPA allows parents/guardians and eligible students certain rights with respect to a student’s education records and the right to file a complaint with the United State Department of Education concerning alleged failures by a school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are: Family Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
If you have questions, please call Judy Turner Fox, Director of Public Information, at 803-532-8005.
Who Can Be a Mentor?
Our schools, parents, and community members share responsibility for all children.
Each year, many of our children want and need mentors in their lives. A mentor can donate time according to their own comfort level and schedule. A mentor/reading buddy can be there when a child needs someone to talk to and with a little encouragement, can make a world of difference in a child’s life.
An American Photo Journalist once said: “To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is.”
All children can learn and develop well with the support of family and other caring adults. The entire community is encouraged to get involved with our children and to help make Batesburg-Leesville, a loving and caring community to live in. Our children need us to love, guide, nurture, share, and prepare them for the next phase in their lives.
In order to bring our children to the level, in this new millennium era of science and technology, we must complete the circle of life to make it work. The circle must include: family support, school administrators, teachers, nurses, retirees, grandparents, pastors, church groups, business leaders, law enforcement, and civic leaders.
Every child should have a fair opportunity to receive a good education. You can help them reach their goals by joining the Panther Pals/Reading Buddies Mentoring Program. Lexington County School District Three needs your help and encourages you to volunteer today! We want our children to be proud to call Batesburg-Leesville their home.
New recruits/orientation information is listed below:
Orientation for New Recruits & Returning Mentors’ Dinner
September 11th , 6:00-7:00 PM – District Office
Contact: Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips
Cell Number : 803 960-1005
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title IX Coordinator, Judy Turner Fox (email@example.com)
Lexington County School District Three
338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006