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News from the Lancaster County School District, Feb. 2023

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Lancaster County Community,

We spent the day with the Board of Trustees, State, City and County officials brainstorming and planning for the future of Lancaster County School District. It was a great discussion. We look forward to our next planning meeting in March.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 Teacher of the Year, another town hall meeting is coming up in the Andrew Jackson area, kindergarten registration kicks off next week and we are celebrating our school counselors! You can find details about all of these things in this month's newsletter below.

Don't forget students have a four-day weekend coming up (February 17 - 20). Thank you for all you do to support our school district. We couldn't do it without you!

Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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School Board Planning Meeting

The LCSD Board of Trustees and District Administrators had a great day of planning with SC Senator Mike Fanning, County Administrator Dennis Marstall, Representative Brandon Newton, and more at the District Office today. We discussed growth and different needs for all areas in our district.

If you weren't able to check out the planning meeting live on our vimeo channel, you can watch it HERE.

New Student Registration

2023-2024 kindergarten and new student registration kicks off Monday, February 6.

Online registration links will be active on the district and school websites beginning Monday. If you have the required documents in digital form, you can complete registration online. If you don't have the required documents in digital form, you must provide the documents in person at the school in which your child will attend.

These are the items you will need to register your child:

  • Your child's legal birth certificate (the long form)
  • Your child's SC Certificate of Immunization
  • Two acceptable forms of proof of residency (a copy of a tax receipt for real property or rental lease and power/water/gas bill
  • Photo ID (valid driver's license, passport, etc.)

Be on the lookout for the live links on Monday, February 6!

This registration does not apply to students already enrolled in LCSD. This registration is for students NEW to LCSD for 2023-2024 school year.

LCSD Teacher of the Year

We are now accepting nominations for the 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year and Beginning Teacher of the Year!

A candidate for Teacher of the Year is a classroom teacher in a public pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, middle, or secondary school. This includes all subject area teachers, vocational teachers, school librarians, school counselors, curriculum resource teachers, teacher specialists, speech-language pathologists, and lead teachers who are planning to continue in an active teaching status. Active teaching status means that the teacher is planning to continue teaching (e.g. not retiring or moving into an administrative position the following year).The candidate must be a continuing-contract teacher and have direct contact with students a minimum of three hours a day, on average. Nominees must hold a valid South Carolina teaching certificate, with the exception of ROTC teachers who must be qualified by the appropriate area of service, and must not have served as District Teacher of the Year in the same district during the 4 (four) previous years.

You will need to fill out one form for each teacher that you nominate. Click HERE to submit a nomination. Nominations will close on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 5pm.

If you have any questions, please email:

Town Hall Meeting

Thanks to all who came out to Monday night's town hall meeting in Lancaster. Our next town hall-style meeting is in the AJ area on Thursday, February 23rd. Don't miss out, it's a great chance for staff, parents and community members to ask questions and discuss capital needs with school board members and district administrators.

Andrew Jackson Area

Thursday, February 23

AJ Schools Complex

7 pm

We hope to see you there!

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week is celebrated across the nation next week, February 6-10. The theme of this year's week is "School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big."

School counselors are an integral part of the day in every school across the district. One of the most important things school counselors do is help students succeed in school and plan their career. With the aid of a school counselor, students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, to practice perseverance, to develop time management and study skills, and to learn self-motivation and self-direction habits.

Reach out to your school counselor and let them know how much you appreciate them!

Project for Youth Art Month

You will soon be able to see artwork from LCSD students on display in the city of Lancaster!

This is an annual joint effort between LCSD, Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio and the city of Lancaster. Every year, the visual art teacher at each school submits art entries from their students with the designated theme. This year's theme is "Under the Sea." Bob's Backstreet Studio judges the artwork and selects the top designs for elementary, middle, and high school. The chosen students, along with other classmates, come to paint their design on a banner at the Lancaster Multipurpose Building. Once the banners are all painted the elementary designs are displayed on the light poles of Downtown Main Street and the middle/high school designs are displayed on the large cube frames in front of the Spring House/Arts Council on Gay Street.

The artwork will be displayed in March as a part of Youth Art Month. Here's a little sneak peek:

2023 High School Graduation

We will celebrate the graduation of our High School Seniors in 2023 following this schedule:

Thursday, May 25

Buford High School @ 10 a.m.

Indian Land High School @ 10 a.m.

Friday, May 26

Andrew Jackson High School @ 10 a.m.

Lancaster High School @ 10 a.m.


Great things are happening in Lancaster County School District and we need to know so we can share the good news! We would love to spotlight something happening in your school, neighborhood, on the athletic field, etc. Please submit information with pictures so we can share it with our community through our district social media sites!

Click this link to submit an #lcsdspotlight of your own: #lcsdspotlight link

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The 2022-2023 LCSD school calendar

February 15: R5 high school report cards issued

February 17: Student/Staff holiday (schools and offices closed)

February 20: Student holiday; Staff professional development

March 10: Student holiday; Teacher workday

March 21: R3 elementary and middle school report cards issued; R6 high school report cards issued

April 3-7: Spring Break (schools and offices closed)

May 2: R7 High School report cards issued

May 25: Buford High and Indian Land High graduations @ 10am; Early Dismissal

May 26: Andrew Jackson High and Lancaster High graduations @ 10am; Early Dismissal; 1/2 a teacher workday

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Job Openings

Have you ever thought about working for Lancaster County School District? We are always in need of great teachers! But not all of our school openings require an education degree. We have openings for substitute teachers, bus drivers, 29 hour assistants and cafeteria staffers! Check out all our job openings by clicking the link below:

LCSD Job Openings

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