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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.    
 
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338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
Phone:    803-532-4423     Fax:        803-532-8000

 
     
 
 
  District News  
 
 
District News
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 jfox@lex3.k12.sc.us.
STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE
LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THREE          
2014-15
 
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, 2014If 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.
 
 
 
BOARD MEMBERS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE
Craig Caughman, Stacey Derrick and Benjie Rikard, members of the Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees, were recognized at the August School Board meeting for reaching new levels of the South Carolina School Boards Association Boardmanship Institute. Board Chairman Craig Caughman was recognized for reaching Level Four and Mrs. Derrick and Mr. Rikard were honored for reaching Level Three. Caughman was elected to the Board in 2008. Mrs. Derrick was elected in November 2012 and Mr. Rikard was reelected in November 2012.
 SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national educational issues.  Workshops focus on School law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, finance, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics.
 Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided onsite in their district.
 
Each year, about 80 percent of board members statewide attend at least one training session.
 SCSBA is the statewide professional organization serving as a source of information, training and voice for the state’s local school boards.
 
LUNCH MEAL PRICES TO RISE BY 10 CENTS
Lunch prices for all Lexington Three schools will increase by 10 cents per meal for full-paying students during the 2014-15 school year. Paid meal pricing is no longer a local decision because as of July 1, 2011, the federal government determined how much a paid lunch will cost. Districts are required to increase the price of paid meals if the price charged is less than the difference between monies provided by the federal government for free meals.
 Each district must complete a formula which shows if the local price for paid meals is high enough to do this.  If not, the formula will show what the lunch price increase should be.  There is a cap of 10 cents on how much the price can be increased yearly.  Lexington Three’s paid meal price is not high enough according to this formula, so the District must increase the price of school lunches.  This means that full-paying students at B-L primary will pay $2.10 per lunch meal, up from $2 last year; and full-paying students at B-L Elementary, B-L Middle and B-L High will pay $2.25, up from $2.15 last year.  Breakfast prices at B-L Middle and B-L High will remain at 75 cents this year and all B-L Primary and B-L Elementary students will still eat breakfast free at their respective schools. Lexington Three has not increased its lunch prices since the 2012-13 school year.
 In 2007, Batesburg-Leesville Primary and Elementary schools were the first two schools in South Carolina to receive the USHealthier Challenge recognition for their healthy meals.  Those school have also received Fresh Fruits and Vegetables grants and Farm to School grants, which have helped teach students the importance of eating healthy fruits and vet4etables on a daily basis.  Lexington Three has served school meals that meet many of the tough federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
 Through the partnership between Lexington Three and Sodexo, all students will be offered the following food options daily:
 Meat/Meat alternate
Vegetables
Fresh and Chilled Fruits
Grains
Milk
 Students must take 3 out of the 5 components at lunch with one component being a ½ cup fruit or ½ cup vegetables and may take all 5 components.
 At breakfast, students will be offered the following:
 Two Grains
Fruit/Juice
Milk
 Students must take 3 out of the 4 components with one being a fruit.
 School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size. 
 School lunches must also meet additional standards requiring the follows:
 Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables (students must take at least one serving of produce)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1 percent milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • Less sodium
 As a way to ensure that students do not leave the cafeteria hungry, all District Three cafeterias have the opportunity to “Super-Size” portions of healthy fruits and vegetables offerings each day.
 All students and adults are encouraged to participate in the dining experience at their respective schools throughout the school year.  For more information on the Lexington Three Food Service Program, please contact Debbie Vanover or Donna Leaphart at 803-532-8006.
 
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
E-mail:                         ephillips@lex3.k12.sc.us
 
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BATESBURG-LEESVILLE ELEMENTARY RECEIVES 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM GRANT
Lexington School District Three recently received a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant through the South Carolina Department of Education.  The program will be held at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School and will begin on August 25th and serve 80 students. It will meet Monday - Thursday 2:30 - 5:00. Students will be tutored in reading and math and receive homework help. The will also participate in special activities to include Computer Lab, Aikido, Physical Activity, Junior Achievement, Art, etc. Field trips, Family Reading Nights and Parenting Programs will also be offered.
 Batesburg-Leesville Primary School will also continue its 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Program during the 2014-15 school yea for students in grades K5 through second grade.  This program will also begin on Monday, August 25 and will be held Monday through Thursday from 2:15 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. 
 For more information on the Lexington Three Afterschool Programs please contact B-L Primary School Site Coordinator, Lynda Smallen at 803-532-4452 or B-L Elementary School Site Coordinator, Donna Padgett at 803-532-8037.
 
 
NEW EMPLOYEES JOIN LEXINGTON THREE
Twenty-four new employees have joined the Lexington Three family for the 2014-15 school year.  The new employees and information about each of them are listed below:
 B-L PRIMARY
 Rebecca Manchester joins the B-L Primary staff as a K4 teaching assistant.  She is a graduate of Midlands Technical College where she received an Associates degree in Early Care and Education.  She worked as a nanny and teaching assistant before coming to Lexington Three. She resides in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Haley Mappus comes to B-L Primary as a second grade teacher.  She is a graduate of USC-Aiken and holds a degree in Early Childhood education.  Prior to coming to Lexington Three, Haley served as a tutor and substitute teacher.  She lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Donna Moore-Gives will serve as a teaching assistant in the K5 program at B-L Primary.  She received a AAS degree in Business and Office Administration from Bronx Community College and studied at Concordia College in New York. She has worked in the business sector for over 11 years.  She and her husband Rev. Tillman Gives have three children and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Jennifer Richardson joins the B-L Primary faculty as a first grade teacher for the 2014-15 school year.  Jennifer is a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Newberry College where she received a BS in Early Childhood Education.  She previously served as director of the Big Blue Marble Academy and The Sunshine House for six years.  Jennifer and her husband Ryan have three children and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
 B-L ELEMENTARY
 Rachel Blakeney will serve as Media Specialist at B-L Elementary during the 2014-15 school year.  Rachel received a MLS degree in Library Science from Drexel University and was a Magnum Cum Laude graduate of Brenau University with a BS degree in Education.  Before coming to B-L Elementary, Mrs. Blakeney served as Media Specialist at Landrum Middle School and has taught second and third grades at several schools.  Rachel and her husband Travis make their home in Martinez Georgia.
 Audrey Burnitz joins B-L Elementary as its Reading Interventionist.  Mrs. Burntiz holds a Masters Degree in Education from Converse College and a BS in Psychology from USC.  She has worked at Woodland Elementary as a teacher for ten years and at Oakview Elementary as a resource teacher for three years.  Audrey and her husband Mark have two children and make their home in West Columbia.
 Rebecca Burton comes to B-L Elementary as a self-contained Special Education teacher.  She holds a BA degree in Special Education from Clemson University where she graduated with Honors.  Ms. Burton lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Jessica McCleskey will serve as a third grade teacher at B-L Elementary.  She is a Cum Laude graduate of Grand Canyon University and holds a BS in Elementary Education. Before coming to Lexington Three, Jessica taught for two years in Aiken County and served as a Reading/Math Interventionist for one and one-half years in Lexington One.  Jessica and husband Duke McCleskey have two daughters and make their home in Monetta.
 Kalpurina Summers comes to B-L Elementary as a third grade teacher.  She received a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from USC; a M.S. in Counseling/Psychology from Troy University; and a BA in Psychology from USC-Aiken.  She has worked previously as a substitute and teaching assistant in Lexington Three and as a counselor at Jones Behavioral Health.  Kalpurina resides in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Stacey Westberry will teach fifth graders at B-L Elementary during the 2014-15 school year.  She holds a B.A.I.S. in Elementary Education from USC and a Master of Education in Curriculum/Instruction from Columbia International University.  She has worked as professional development director for Midlands Education and Business Alliance for 15 years and taught in Lexington One for three years.  She and her husband Lance have two daughters and make their home in Lexington.
 Heidi Woolbright will also teach fifth graders at B-L Elementary this school year.  Mrs. Woolbright earned a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix and a BS in Child Development from Appalachian State University.  She previously taught in Horry County Schools for four years.  Heidi and her husband Perry are the parents of three children and make their home in Lexington.
 B-L MIDDLE
 Niki Brown will serve as a Guidance Counselor at B-L Middle during the 2014-15 school year.  Mrs. Brown earned a MS degree in Counselor Education and holds a BS degree in Psychology from University of Evansville, where she was a Cum Laude graduate.  Before coming to Lexington Three, Mrs. Brown served as a counselor at Hillcrest High School, Three Springs Residential, and University of Evansville.  Niki and her husband Doug have three children and live in Lexington.
 Kimberly Layson joins the B-L Middle School faculty as a Special Education teacher.  She received a Masters in Special Education from University of Phoenix and a BA in Sociology from USC. She has previously worked at Colonial Life Insurance for eight years and the Department of Social Services for three years.  Kimberly and her husband Travis have two children and live in Gilbert.
 Emma Mayo will teach Special Education classes at B-L Middle during the 2014-15 school year.  She holds a degree in Special Education from USC-Aiken.  She taught at B-L Middle School from March 2014 until the end of the school year in a Special Education class.  Emma and her husband make their home in Monetta
 Rhonda Rose will teach seventh grade math at B-L Middle for the 2014-15 school year.  She received a BA in Elementary Education/Middle School math from West Liberty University.  She has taught preschool, math and science for twenty-four years.  Rhonda and her husband Jeff have two children and live in West Columbia.
 Austin White joins B-L Middle as a Special Education teaching assistant.  Austin is a graduate of Lander University where he received a BS degree in Business with emphasis in Finance and Economics.  Austin lives in Batesburg-Leesville.
 B-L HIGH
 Mark Bolduc joins the B-L High faculty as a Special Education teacher for the 2014-15 school year.  He holds a MAT in Special Education from Georgia Regents University and a BS in Business from Southern Wesleyan University.  He previously taught for seven years at Evans High.  Mark and his wife Rhonda have two children and reside in Lexington.
 James Desrosiers will teach Sports Medicine and serve as Athletic Trainer at B-L High.  James graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a MS/ED in Physical Education/Sports Medicine and a BS/ED in Physical Education, Athletic Training from Northeastern University. He has served as district operations manager for Select Physical Therapy; VP of Operations for NY Outpatient Management Services; district manager for NY Physical Therapy; and NY Regional Manager for SMR, LLC.  James and his wife Cheryl have two daughters and make their home in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Jazmyn Ford comes to B-L High as an English teacher.  Jazmyn holds a BA in English and Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi.  She is currently working on her M.ED degree in Special Education.  Before coming to B-L High, Jazmyn taught English at Carroll County Schools, West Point Schools and Moss Point Schools for four and one-half years.  Jazmyn and husband Steven make their home in Lexington.
 Donielle Harley will also teach English at B-L High during the 2014-15 school year.  Donielle holds a MT degree in Secondary Education/English from USC and a BA in English Literature. She has taught at Newberry High for seven years.  Donielle and her husband Tyson have one daughter and now live in Gilbert.
 Georgia Mason joins the faculty of both Batesburg-Leesville Middle and High Schools as Director of School Counseling.  Georgia earned a MA in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in Physical Education and Christian Education from Erskine College.  She served a Director of School Counseling for Lexington One for 6 years and as Director of Counseling for two Lexington One schools for five years.  She also served as a high school counselor for three schools for 17 years.  Georgia and her husband Thomas have two children and they make their home in Lexington.
 Jonathan Robinson will serve as senior Army instructor for the B-L High JROTC program this year.  Col. Robinson holds a BS in Health and Physical Education from South Carolina State University and served in the US Army for 29 years.  Col. Robinson has two sons and he makes his home in Batesburg-Leesville.
 Perry Woolbright will serve as head football coach for B-L High and also serve as a physical education teacher.  He holds a BS degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University. Perry comes to B-L High this year after serving as head football coach at Myrtle Beach High School.  Perry and his wife Heidi have three children and live in Lexington.
 
LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER
 
Tanya Derrick joins the staff of the Lifelong Learning Center as Administrative Assistant.  She is a graduate of Gilbert High School.  Her previous work experience include working as an Instructional Assistant at Wittenberg Lutheran Preschool; Secretarial Assistant at Lake Murray Elementary; and Administrative Assistant at Southeastern Freight Lines.  Tanya and her husband Todd have two children and live in Batesburg-Leesville.
 
 
LEXINGTON THREE AND SODEXO FORM PARTNERSHIP
Lexington County School District Three is proud of announce that the Board of Trustees has entered into a partnership with Sodexo, Inc. a leading Quality of Life service in the US and Canada and Mexico, which will serve as the District’s dining services provider for the 2014-15 school year.  Sodexo is committed to delivering the best services, products and programs.  They work diligently to further student well-being and engagement for local school districts and their communities.   Sodexo stands ready to provide students with a healthy and delicious food program to help them develop and achieve.
 One of the Sodexo’s most important initiatives is to educate students about both moderation and portion control.  They are a strategic partner with USDA ChooseMyPlate, which teaches people of all ages how to build a balanced plate with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Additionally, they are committed to providing healthy, delicious meals to the two million students they serve across the United States while also giving them the tools to make healthy choices throughout their lives.  Sodexo’s mission and focus aligns with the goals of the HHFKA, and Sodexo will be a driving force for implementing these standards nationwide.  They look forward to providing Lexington Three students and parents with additional information as these changes are implemented.
 Additionally, Sodexo also recently announced their commitment to the Smarter Lunchroom Movement in partnership with Cornell University.  The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement goal is to crate sustainable research-based lunchrooms that guide smarter choices.  In addition, several schools are completing an assessment to determine the impact of Smarter Lunchrooms tactics on student food selections and consumption.  The assessment includes waste studies and tactics specifically focused on increasing student selection and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
 Serving as General Manager for Lexington Three’s program through Sodexo will be Debbie Vanover.  Debbie will work closely with current Lexington Three Food Service employees to provide training and educational opportunities to enhance their skills.  Debbie has worked for Sodexo for 15 years in the school division and worked in Lexington 2 and Richland 2 prior to coming to Lexington Three.  She is very excited about having the opportunity to work with Lexington Three’s Food Service personnel and encourages parents and students to contact her if they have any questions about Sodexo and the services that they will provide to our students.  Debbie can be reached at 803-532-1748.
 Sodexo was founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon and is a global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance.  Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services.  In South Carolina, Sodexo serves more than 20 high education campuses and school district.
 More information on Sodexo and the dining changes that will be part of their plan for the District will be shared with students and parents in the weeks to come.  On August 14, Sodexo will provide a catered lunch for all Batesburg-Leesville High School in-coming freshmen during the Freshmen Orientation that will be held at B-L High.  These Lexington Three students will be the first to have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious foods prepared by Sodexo and Lexington Three employees.
 
INFORMATION ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law.  Designed to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a quality education, this law has brought many changes to South Carolina’s schools.
 As a parent or guardian of a student in Lexington County School District Three, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner.
 The following information must be provided to parents upon request:
 
(i)         Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
(ii)        Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
(iii)       The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
(iv)       Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
 You may obtain teacher qualification information at the State Department of Education website (http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Federal-and-State-Accountability/Title-II/ParentsRighttoKnowRequirement.cfm).  If you have questions, you may call the district personnel office at 803-532-4423.
 
We look forward to partnering with you this year as we continue our efforts to provide a quality education for your child.
 
 
 
CELL PHONES IN SCHOOLS POLICY
In July 2007, the Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees gave approval to Policy JICJ “Use of Cell Phones, Telecommunication, and Paging Devices in Schools”.  The purpose of Policy JICJ is to establish the basic rules for student possession and use of cell phones, telecommunication devices, and paging devices in schools.  For the purpose of this policy, any cell phone, telecommunication or paging device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to another person is covered by this policy. 
 Beginning in August 2007, students were allowed to have cell phones, telecommunication and paging devices at school, if they are turned off and are out of sight during school hours and are not used while riding on school buses to and from school.  On field trips and school sponsored activities away from school, a student may use their cell phone, telecommunication or paging device only during times designated by the administrator, teacher or parent in charge of the activity.
 Any student who wishes to carry a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device must register the device with the school according to the school’s designated procedures within the first ten (10) days of entering school each academic year.  Students are not allowed to possess or use a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device other than the one registered.  Students are also not allowed to possess or use temporary or disposable phones, telecommunication or paging devices.  Students are  not allowed to use an ear piece connected via a wired or wireless connection to a cell phone, telecommunication or paging devise during school hours or on a school bus.  Any violation of this section of the policy will result in confiscation of the device and/or ear piece.  Should a student violate these requirements for the remainder of the academic school year, the student will not be allowed to have or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or while traveling on a school bus.  Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.
 During the school day or on a school bus, if a cell phone, telecommunication device, or a paging device is visible, emits an audible signal, displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers communication, all owners of the telecommunication units that are on will be subject to the following disciplinary action.
 
  • 1st offense:  The device will be confiscated.  A parent or guardian may retrieve the device from the school after making an appointment with an administrator for the week following the incident.
  • 2nd offense:  The device will be confiscated.  It will be returned to a parent/guardian the last week of the academic school year.  For the remainder of the academic school year, the student will not be allowed to have or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or on a school bus.  Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.
 Use of a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to cheat on a test or assignment will result in the device being confiscated and returned to the parent or guardian during the last week of the academic school year.  The student will be subject to the school’s cheating policy as stated in the student handbook.  For the remainder of the school year, the student will not be allowed to have or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or on a school bus.  Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.
 Any use of a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to bully, cause a major school disruption, invade person privacy, or to publicize or glorify inappropriate activities at school will cause the device to be confiscated and returned during the last week of school.  Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, the student will receive either long term suspension or be expelled from school.
 During a school emergency drill, an actual school emergency or school lockdown, students are discouraged from communicating information to other persons unless cleared by the school administration.  It is highly likely that a student may have only partial knowledge or incorrect information that may be inaccurate.  If circulated, inaccurate information can make a situation much worse or endanger others.  For this reason, during a school emergency or lockdown, the school or district administration will communicate to students and parents directly or through the emergency phone system as soon as humanly possible.  In the event, however, that a student is personally in danger or knows of others who may be in danger, the student is encouraged to use his/her cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to contact the school administration immediately for assistance.
 Students received cell phone, telecommunication and paging device registration forms at fee collection/schedule pick up day and at the beginning of the school year.  These forms must be completed and returned to the school within the prescribed period of time in order for students to have a cell phone, telecommunication or paging devices at school. 
 Parent, guardians and/or students are encouraged to review this policy carefully.  Questions should be directed to the child’s principal or assistant principal. 
 
LEXINGTON THREE IS TOBACCO FREE


 The Lexington County School District Thee Board of Trustees adopted Policy GBED in 2007 which prohibits tobacco use at all times in all buildings and grounds under its jurisdiction.  This prohibition is applicable to all employees, students, visitors, and those people providing services for which the district contracts.
 Employees who violate this policy will receive a written reprimand on the first offense, a one-day suspension with loss of pay on the second offense, a five-day suspension with loss of pay on the third offense, and be dismissed for insubordination on the fourth offense.
 Substitute employees will receive a written reprimand on the first offense and will not be allowed to substitute again in the school district if a second offense occurs.
  Visitors will receive a warning on the first offense.  If a visitor refuses to comply after being warned he or she will be required to leave the property and forfeit any fee charged for admission.  Failure to leave school district buildings and grounds may result in prosecution for disorderly conduct.
  Board Policy JICG establishes the basic structure for the board’s prohibition of the use or possession of tobacco by students.
 The board directs the administration to ensure that signs designating all district property as tobacco free environments are conspicuously displayed.  The principal in each school is responsible for the proper display of these signs.
 
 
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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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 (bharbert@lex3.k12.sc.us)
Title IX Coordinator, Judy Turner Fox (jfox@lex3.k12.sc.us)
Lexington County School District Three
338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC  29006
phone 803-532-8005
fax 803-532-8000

 

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