SEVEN DISTRICT STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR PERFECT PASS SCORES
For the first time in Lexington Three’s history, seven of its students made perfect scores on one or more portions of the 2013-14 administration of PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards). These students from B-L Elementary and B-L Middle School were recognized for this achievement during the September Board of Trustees meeting.
Students scoring perfect scores and the area(s) of PASS they scored perfect in are listed below:
Cameron Price – fourth grader at B-L Elementary – Perfect PASS score in English and Math. Cameron is the only Lexington Three students who had a perfect score in more than one subject area. She is the daughter of Randall and Kelly Price.
Will Taylor – fifth grader at B-L Elementary – Perfect PASS score in Math. Will also received a perfect score on the 2012-13 administration of PASS. He is the son of Daniel and Kathy Taylor.
Landon Truitt – fifth grader at B-L Elementary – Perfect PASS score in English. He is the son of Scotty and Amber Fallaw-Truitt.
Anthony Watanabe – sixth grader at B-L Middle – Perfect PASS score in Math. He is the son of Frederick Watanabe and Bobby-Joe Upton.
James Barr – eighth grader at B-L Middle – Perfect PASS score in Social Studies. He is the son of Gregory Putnam and Malinda Barr.
Michala Brown – eighth grader at B-L Middle –Perfect PASS score in English. Michala also received a perfect score on the 2012-13 administration of PASS. She is the daughter of Richard and Wanda Brown.
Taylor Shealy – eighth grader at B-L Middle – Perfect PASS score in Writing. She is the daughter of James Shealy.
All of the students received engraved plaques from the District for their hard work .
The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCOASS) is a statewide assessment administered to students in grades fourth through eight. All students in these grade levels are required to take the SCPASS except those who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-ALT). SCPASS includes tests in writing, English/language arts (ELA) (reading and research standards), mathematics, science, and social studies. PASS testing is also used in evaluating each school’s Adequate Year Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). A score between 830 and 900 is considered exemplary.
B-L High Band to Perform on Saturday, September 20
On Saturday, September 20 at 5 p.m. the Batesburg-Leesville High School Band will present its 2014 competition show "The Dark Queen" in Panther Stadium. The Panther Band has spent countless hours rehearsing to make this the best show it can be. The public is invited to come to Panther Stadium on Saturday to watch this talented group of musicians perform the entire show. The performance will last approximately 30 minutes. Please come out and show your support of the band as they prepare for competition season which will begin on Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. at River Bluff High School's Swamp Classic in Lexington.
LEXINGTON THREE ADMINISTRATORS ACCEPT CHAIRMAN POSITIONS WITH WPEC
Four Lexington County School District 3 administrators have been selected to serve as chairpersons for their respective committees for the Western Piedmont Education Consortium (WPEC) during the 2014-15 school year.
Special Services Director Bill Harbert will chair the Special Education Committee; Director of Public Information Judy Turner Fox will chair the Public Information Officers Committee; Director of Technology Steven Jones will chair the Technology Committee; and Chief Academic Officer Angie Rye will chair the Instructional Leaders Committee.
“We are so pleased that four or our District Three administrators have been selected to serve as chairmen of their respective committees for WPEC,” cited Superintendent Dr. Chester Floyd. “We know that we have excellent administrators serving in our district and are so glad that they are being recognized by others for their leadership skills. This is only the second year that Lexington Three has been a member of WPEC, and being named as chairman of these various committees is certainly an honor.”
Western Piedmont Education Consortium is made up of 12 district, including: Abbeville, Anderson 3, Edgefield, Greenwood, 50, 51, and 52, Laurens 55 and 56, Lexington 3, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda. WPEC was formed in 1996-97.
The mission of WPEC is to provide staff development, organize peer group meetings, contract for courses, purchase services for discounted rates, lobby for educational needs and express opinions for the members of WPEC.
Ray Wilson, PhD., serves as Executive Director for WPEC.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING B-L HOME FOOTBALL GAMES FOR THOSE WITH PASSES
The following guidelines for individuals with passes entering home football games will be strictly enforced at Batesburg-Leesville High in 2014. In order to avoid unnecessary delays or problems when entering the stadium, we ask that you read carefully the following procedures. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Batesburg-Leesville High School office at 803-532-9251.
There will now be a separate pass gate just to the left of the main ticket booth on the home side of the stadium. Anyone with an authorized pass must enter through this gate and present their pass or ID to the gatekeeper. The following list includes passes that are approved:
High School League
District Three School Board Member (present and past)
Lexington District Three Retiree
Lexington Three employees who display their employee ID badge
Everyone else entering the stadium must have a ticket with the exception of pre-school children who are admitted free. Ticket prices for 2014 regular season football games are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
WATCHD.O.G.S. PROGRAM TO BEGIN AT B-L PRIMARY
Batesburg-Leesville Primary School will kick-off the implementation of its WatchD.O.G.S. program with a parent meeting on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at B-L Primary School. WatchD.O.G.S. is a father involvement program of the National Center for Fathering (NCF). These men are not serving as teachers, nor are they acting as school resource officers. Dads OF Great Students are fathers and father-figures (grandfathers, uncles, and other male adults) who spend at least one day a year at their student’s school volunteering as a positive role model and an extra set of eyes and ears. Their mere presence may offer additional security at the school during the day. All men participating in the WatchD.O.G.S. program at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School will go through a SLED check, just as all other volunteers do, in order to ensure the safety of all students.
Batesburg-Leesville Primary School assistant principal Charlene High and guidance counselor Darlene Simpkins initiated the WatchD.O.G.S. program and have recruited B-L Primary physical education teacher Rob Bouknight to serve as chairman of the group. Other members of the steering committee include: Ted Luckado, Rev. Michael Sherman, Dave Bouknight, Tony Etheredge, Bobby Dozier, Jr., and PTO president, Stephanie Sawyer.
WatchD.O.G.S. actively engage with not only their student(s) but the entire student body. They always work in the presence of, and under the direction of, an educator. They are asked to help with a variety of activities which include:
However, at the end of the day, the greatest accomplishment is the satisfaction that the WatchD.O.G. feels when he completes his investment of a day in the school life of his student(s) and know he’s done whatever it takes ‘to sow seeds of success in the lives of students.’
Men wishing to participate in the B-L Primary School WatchD.O.G.S. program should contact either Mrs. High or Mrs. Simpkins at 803-532-4452.
POLITICAL SOLICITATIONS PROHIBITED IN SCHOOLS AND ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
The Lexington County School District Three board of trustees prohibits campaigning in the district’s schools or on school property by individual candidates or parties for municipal, school board, county, state, or federal elections with the following exceptions.
Schools may organize all-candidate forums for educational purposes.
Campaign materials may be used as classroom teaching aids on the condition that support for an individual or political party is not solicited. Anyone having questions on this policy should contact the superintendent’s office at 532-4423 during normal business hours.
B-L BAND HAS TWO SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENTS
The Batesburg-Leesville High School Marching Band held two very successful fundraising events recently for their London New Year’s Day Parade trip.
On September 4, radio station 93.1 The Lake held a radio thon for the band at the old Les Hite Ford dealership. Over $3000 was raised during the day for the trip.
On September 6, BI-LO of Batesburg-Leesville invited band students to work as baggers and customers showed their support of the band by making donations. During the day, over $1600 was collected and the band also received a new snare drum and a set of bells from a customer. According to BI-LO manager David Collins, the event was well-received by his customers and he was thrilled to have helped the band raise this sum in such a short period of time.
The Batesburg-Leesville High Band is working diligently to raise the needed funds in order to go to London for this once in a lifetime experience. Anyone interested in making a donation to the band may contact B-L High Band Director Dustin King at 803-532-9251 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all fund raising in early October.
The Batesburg-Leesville High School Band would like to thank everyone who has already made donations to their trip.
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.
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.
338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006