The Connector

News from the Lancaster County School District, Nov. 2022

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Lancaster County Community,

We are embarking upon the season of thanks. I will take this opportunity to thank you, our community, for always being willing to help wherever you are needed. Whether it be volunteering in our schools, donating items for those in need or just sending notes of encouragement to our staff, you are always stepping to the plate. We couldn't do what we do without YOU!

I appreciate everyone who took time out to send an encouraging note of thanks to our principals the month of October. Thank you!

Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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LCSD Board of Trustees

This morning the Lancaster County Board of Elections certified the election of three new members, and the re-election of one member, to the Lancaster County School Board of Trustees.

Eddie Boykin in District 1

Courtney Green in District 3

Casey Cato in District 5

Melvin Stroble in District 7

These newly elected Board members will be sworn in just prior to the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm. Once sworn in, the Board will then nominate and elect the new 2023 Board Chair, 2023 Board Vice Chair, and 2023 Board Secretary during Open Session.

We welcome our newest Board members and we look forward to a productive year ahead serving the children of Lancaster County.

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Veterans Day

Shout out to all the Veterans in our district! Whether you are a staff member, family member or a resident in our county- we are GRATEFUL for you! Thank you for your service.

Click on the link below to see a video honoring LCSD staff veterans!

Veterans Day

National Principals Month

Thank you for taking the time to submit blessings of thanks to the principals across LCSD during National Principals Month. It was nice to be able to share with them all the notes of encouragement you sent. We are grateful for their leadership every day.

Thank you!

LCSD Administration Team

Allow us to formally introduce to you our newest LCSD administrator, Sheila Washington.

Sheila Washington has been named assistant principal at Indian Land High School. Congratulations! We are looking forward to seeing all the great things you both will do in your new role.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week was a success across the District! Here were some of the themes we saw:
  • Wear red - I am RED-y to show the world that drug free looks good on me
  • Wear pajamas - Follow your dreams, don't do drugs
  • Wear camouflage - Drugs can't find us
  • Wear bright colors - My future is bright
  • Book character day - Making good choices builds character
  • Dress like twins - Good friends help make wise decisions

Check out the district photo album on our facebook page here.

School Psychology Week

As we wrap up National School Psychology Week, we would like to take a moment to recognize the LCSD psychologists who make a difference in the lives of children in our schools:

Tara Adams, Kelsey Allen, Gina Baker, Brittany Blackmon, Jerry Fishman, Kennedy Hall, Shannon Hawley, Mary Kennington, Brandy Kerwin, Lisa Lichfield, Teresa Mabry-Crawford, Kimberly Schuelke, Tracey Snipes-Purser, Lauren Thomas and Nicole Weston

Thank you for all you do! We appreciate you!

LCSD Parent Workshops

Parents of young children (ages 2-6) are invited to a FREE Parent Workshop aimed to help prepare your child for success in school! Pick the area the best serves you and click on the hyperlink for meeting details such as location and times:

Monday, December 12

Kershaw Elementary School (8am)

Buford Elementary School (11am)

Brooklyn Springs, McDonald Green Elementaries (5:30pm or 6:15pm) (Spanish Version)

Tuesday, December 13

Erwin, Clinton, North Elementaries (8am or 9am)

Harrisburg, Indian Land, Van Wyck Elementaries (11:00am or 11:45am)

Southside Early Childhood Center (2pm)

Heath Springs Elementary (5:30pm or 6:15pm)

For more information, contact LCSD Elementary Instruction at 803-416-8833.

IL- Area Growth Meeting

Join us for a discussion on growth in the Indian Land area on Thursday, November 17 at 7pm at Indian Land Elementary School.

Bryan Vaughn, Director of Safety & Communications, will be available to discuss school growth concerns, building schools, funding options for facilities, attendance lines and more.

The public is invited to attend.

American Legion Teacher of the Year

The American Legion Department of South Carolina is accepting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year. Candidates must be a classroom teacher in a South Carolina state-approved or accredited school. Nominations can be entered by clicking the link below. The deadline to enter is February 15, 2023.

American Legion Department of South Carolina TOTY Nominee Form

LCSD Hall of Fame

We are now accepting nominations for the Education Hall of Fame!

The criteria for selection:

  • Nominees may be a former teacher, administrator, Board member or community member (civic leader, politician or friend of education).
  • A deceased person can be nominated/selected.
  • No more than two inductees are allowed each year.
  • Inductees from the teacher, administrator or Board member categories must have completed their educational careers in Lancaster County and cannot be inducted into the Hall of Fame until the year after their service ended.
  • Nominees not selected will be left in the nominee pool for two years.
  • Nominations are accepted from students, educators and the community at- large.

Timeline for Selection:

  • Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 3.
  • Selection committee meets before April 14 to select inductees

To submit a Hall of Fame nomination, you can choose from one of two options:

  1. Online Hall of Fame Nomination Form
  2. Print and fill out this nomination form (hard copies may be picked up at the District office) and mail it to:

Hall of Fame

Lancaster County School District

300 South Catawba Street

Lancaster, SC 29720

We see you!

We see you in your Building Construction class at Indian Land High School Mark Bonda!

You guys are doing an amazing job- designing, painting, welding, building! These students even made a tiny camper from the ground up and a BARN! Watch the video by clicking on the link below.

ILHS Building


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

See the most recent #lcsdspotlight(s) below:

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The 2022-2023 LCSD school calendar

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break (November 23 is a Teacher Workday/comp day for conferences; offices are open)

December 1: R3 high school report cards issued

December 20: Exams; No extracurricular activities

December 21: Exams; No extracurricular activities; R2 elementary/middle school reporting period ends; R4 high school reporting period ends; 1st semester ends; Early dismissal

December 22 - January 3: Winter break - schools and offices closed (January 3 is a 1/2 teacher workday; offices are open)

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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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