SGE School Counseling Department

2020 ✮ 2021

Stronger Together

December 2, 2020

Dear Families,

We've made it to December! We hope you all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Whether students are in-person, LOOLA, or new to SGES, we are excited for each and every opportunity we get to see them.

We will remain in-person with our students Monday-Thursday until Thursday, December 17th. Students will participate in e-learning days on Monday and Tuesday December 21st & 22nd before Winter Break.

Please reach out if there's anything you or your student(s) need.


Your School Counselors

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Lexington One Virtual Calming Room

Go to the Virtual Calming Room

The Virtual Calming room provides resources and tools to help you find new ways to manage life, explore new problem solving opportunities and develop coping skills. Enjoy and take some time for yourself.

Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as a substitute for mental health or psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. Please contact your school counselor for further assistance.

⭐️ Additional Information⭐️

Breakfast & Lunch

Thanks to the USDA, all Lexington One students will receive free breakfast and lunch through June 2021!

Hybrid students (AA/BB): Breakfast and lunch will still be served daily! This link will allow you to place your order for meals on the days students are learning from home.

LOOLA students: There are 5 schools serving as pick-up locations for our Online Academy students - White Knoll Elementary is the closest pick-up location to SGE. This link will allow you to place your order for meals.

Please see the District's Food Service & Nutrition page for more information about meals or email Ashley Summers at

Weekend Snack Packs 👝

Our department has partnered with local churches to offer a confidential program, which provides snacks for students to take home at the end of each week. This program is intended to provide families who may be going through some financial hardship with healthy snacks for their children. Snack packs are ent

Our friends at Lexington UMC have partnered with Harvest Hope to provide Weekend Snack Packs to our school. Please reach out to your student's counselor or teacher to sign up.

Lexington County Mental Health Therapist

Ms. Lucina Smith, our School-Based Mental Health Therapist, is still seeing her clients during this time. Our students being served through LOOLA will also have the opportunity to see Ms. Smith in-person for sessions. If you would like to set up an appointment with Ms. Smith, please contact your grade-level counselor for a referral.

Lexington County Mental Health Child & Family Services phone number: 803-359-7206

District Social Worker

Mr. Deron Chisolm is the district-level Social Worker who serves the SGES attendance area. He is a great help to our team as he is able to provide additional resources to the families of our school. Mrs. Alma Puente Ruiz is another district Social Worker who is able to assist our Spanish-speaking families. Please reach out to your child's grade-level School Counselor to request a resource referral.

Questions? ¿Preguntas?

Lexington One: COVID-19 Information🦠

The district has put together a webpage of information regarding COVID-19. This will continue to be updated as new information is shared. This webpage includes communication from the district, information about meals, students and family resources, FAQs, and information from both the CDC and DHEC.


⭐️ COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Communication Guidelines

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☎︎ Stay in Touch

Miss Chisholm

Pre-School, Kindergarten & 1st Grade

(office) 803-821-4813 (school cell) 803-563-7830

@CounselorJE - I'll also be sharing resources via Twitter!

Mrs. Thacker

2nd & 3rd Grade

(office) 803-821-4836 (school cell) 803-310-4360

Mrs. Slice

4th & 5th Grade

(office) 803-821-4812 (school cell) 803-470-3923

Find our Webpage here: SGES > Who We Are > School Counselors

Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling Team at Saxe Gotha Elementary is to provide every student with a comprehensive, developmental counseling program as outlined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Our program’s vision is to help every student be successful in his/her academic, career, and social/emotional development. We adhere to ASCA’s Ethical Standards. School Counselors collaborate with other school professionals, and the community, to ensure that all students are prepared to be 21st century learners and leaders.

The Role of the School Counselor

We follow the South Carolina Comprehensive School Counseling & Career Guidance Model to ensure the development of our students.

School counselors provide academic, career, and social/emotional services at each level pertaining to the specific developmental needs of the populations they serve. All counselors hold a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. They maintain certification by participating in professional development designed to keep them current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Some school counselors join various professional associations to further enhance their knowledge and effectiveness.