Lexington 1 offers food program for children

March 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff:

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Lexington County School District One will offer a free food program for children 18 years old and younger.

The program, federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered through the South Carolina Department of Education and Lexington County School District One, provides and serves meals to children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The program runs Monday through Friday throughout the district’s closure due to COVID-19.

Since all food is “grab and go,” the plan to feed students allows parents to drive into the student drop-off area of any one of the school food sites from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. No food will be consumed on-site.

At that time, children age 18 and younger will receive a bag containing lunch and the next day’s breakfast. Those children, however, must be present in the vehicle at the time of pick up.

The district appreciates the outpouring of support and offers of volunteers to help with the meals. We believe it best, however, to follow CDC guidelines and eliminate groups of people gathering for any reason.

As we were all concerned about the children who depend on school meals each day, our Food Service and Nutrition staff is excited to be able to offer this program.

The following locations will serve as food program “grab and go” sites:

1.    Carolina Springs Middle School, 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073;

2.    Forts Pond Elementary School, 7350 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion, SC 29123;

3.    Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main Street, Gilbert, SC 29054;

4.    Oak Grove Elementary School, 479 Oak Drive, Lexington, SC 29073 (pending approval);

5.    Red Bank Elementary School, 246 Community Drive, Lexington, SC 29073;

6.    Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix Street, Lexington, SC 29072; and

7.    White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia, SC 29170.

IMPORTANT NOTE — The district is also developing a plan to get food out to certain areas. Once that plan is complete, we will notify you of those locations.

Mary Beth Hill
Chief Communications Officer

Message from Dr. Little

March 15, 2020 at 5:25 p.m.

Dear Lexington District One Parents and Employees:

This afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster ordered that all South Carolina schools close for the rest of the month.

This means that the district not only cancels school but also cancels all district programs, athletic practices or events, adult education classes, other school or district-related meetings, events, or extra-curricular activities scheduled for day or evening are canceled. However, we will hold a modified board meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

I want to give you some more information about what else this means to Lexington District One. Even though we are closed, that does not mean that teaching and learning will stop in our district. However, it will take us a few days to get our staff and students ready for distance learning.

On Monday, all Central Services employees, school administrators, instructional coaches, and digital learning coaches will work to finalize packets of instructional materials for elementary students and an e-Learning plan for students in Grades 6–12. It is our intent to launch those learning initiatives by Thursday.

If any student did not remember to bring medications, digital devices (Grades 6–12), or other important personal items home, they can pick them up on Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parents, we need your help. We ask that the parents of students in Grades 6 through 12 immediately complete a short form. The information you provide will help us know which families currently do not have access to the internet and a computer at home — something they will need as we continue teaching and learning.

The information we gather on the form will help us help you. However, we need this information no later than the end of the day, Monday, March 16. You can use this link to that form. https://forms.gle/2ycUeEXW5RFUwu6z8

On Tuesday and Wednesday, our instructional coaches, Information Technology staff, digital learning coaches and subject-specific coordinators will prepare our Grade 6–12 teachers and administrators to use e-Learning effectively. They will also help elementary teachers use that time to prepare paper lessons for their students. Principals will contact teachers to let them know their e-Learning professional development opportunities. 

On Thursday, staff and students will begin teaching and learning through e-Learning. Principals will let you know where you can come if you encounter any problems with lesson development or delivery and need help.

We know that many of our students rely on school breakfasts and lunches. We feel that it is our obligation to continue doing that during this break. We will continue to feed students during this closure by serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays starting this week. We will send out further information about the pick-up locations, etc. soon

I am sure that this will not be the last time we communicate with you as we are committed to providing accurate information.

Also, remember that we created a webpage specifically for this purpose. This site includes links to information from the CDC and other agencies/organizations that you might find helpful. Because of problems going straight to the page on a telephone, please go to our website at www.lexington1.net and click on the “Questions about COVID-19?” banner at the top.

Working together, we can get through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your patience and support.

Dr. Greg Little
Superintendent

Week of March 8th

The sunshine has been amazing this weekend, I sure hope it continues this week.  First of all, this is a reminder that we are not in school this Thursday and Friday.  Enjoy the four day break next weekend!  The 3rd nine weeks grading period ends this Wednesday, March 11th, with report cards going home on Friday, March 20th.  Good luck to the Track team on Tuesday night as they travel to White Knoll High School for the first meet of season.  That’s it for now, let’s have a great week!

Mr. Calhoun

Miss Wildcat Pageant Winners!

Congratulations to the all the contestants in the pageant! A beautiful group of young ladies! Here’s a list of the winners.

Miss Wildcat Jaden Davis

Miss 8th Grade Sydney Colvin

Miss 7th Grade Riley West

Miss 6th Grade Mia Baleno

Week of March 1st

It’s been great enjoying the sunshine this weekend, let’s hope it continues this week.  First of all, Congratulations to all the contestants from Sat. night’s Miss Wildcat Pageant.  It was a fun day and night watching lots of talented Wildcats on stage.  Next, I want to make you all aware of a change happening this week at our front desk.  Ms. Amber Burrows, who kindly greets you at the front desk is moving into a different role within our building and therefore we have hired someone new to be at the front desk.  I communicate this change with you all for two reasons.  Please be patient and she learns the new role as well as be prepared to have your ID with you as she will not recognize you all for a little while, like Amber does now.  Lastly, we are a week and a few days from finishing up third nine weeks and enjoying a 4 day break.  Please talk with students about any work or retest they need to finish in order to finish this 3rd quarter strong.  Let’s have a great week!

Mr. Calhoun

Week of February 23

I hope you guys are enjoying the sunshine this weekend, let’s hope it lasts for a few more days.  There is quite a few things going on at LMS.  On Monday evening at 6:30 pm we will host the Beta Club Induction Ceremony for our newly qualified students.  On Tuesday night, we will host rising 6th grade night beginning at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to meeting our future Wildcats.  Finally, next Saturday night we look forward to the LMS Miss Wildcat Pageant being held at River Bluff High School beginning at 7 pm.  Let’s have a great week!

Mr. Calhoun