SGE School Counseling Department

2020 ♥︎ 2021

☀️We're Almost There☀️

May 5, 2021

Dear Families,

What a year it has been! We're in the final home stretch and are so proud of all that our students have accomplished. We're also grateful to you for your continued support. The last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 9th with an early dismissal at 11:40 am.

📝 State testing begins this month for all 3rd-5th graders.

Below are a few tips to help our students give their best!

-Limit screen time before bed and make sure students get plenty of sleep

-Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water

-Arrive to school on time

REMEMBER: a test does not define you!

Please reach out if there's anything you or your student(s) need - we are here to help and support each of you!


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.

South Carolina National Guard Resources

The SC National Guard provides free resources for military students and their families.

Please visit the links below to learn more:

⭐️ Additional Information⭐️

Breakfast & Lunch

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

☞ Don't forget to apply for meal benefits here:

Apply Now --> South Carolina --> Lexington County School Dist. One

LOOLA Students may sign up for their meals to be picked up on Fridays, between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (unless school is closed for a holiday). You must complete this form by 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The form will reopen at 1 p.m. each Friday for the following week's meal service.

☞ The pick-up sites are:

  • Carolina Springs Middle

  • Gilbert Middle

  • Meadow Glen Middle

  • Pelion Middle

  • White Knoll Middle

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

Lexington County Mental Health Therapist ♡

Ms. Lucina Smith is our School-Based Mental Health Therapist. She is at SGE three days of the week. Our LOOLA students also have the opportunity to see Ms. Smith for sessions. If you would like to set up an appointment with Ms. Smith, please contact your child's school counselor for a referral.

For more information, contact Lexington County Mental Health Child & Family Services at 803-359-7206

School Social Worker 🗒

Mr. Deron Chisolm is our district-level Social Worker who serves the SGE 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 school counselor for a referral.

Lexington One: COVID-19 Info🦠

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, student and family resources, FAQs, and information from both the CDC and DHEC.

⭐️ Please review the COVID-19 Student Safety Pledge


⭐️ COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Communication Guidelines

Questions? ¿Preguntas?

☎︎ Stay in Touch

Miss Chisholm

Pre-School, Kindergarten & 1st Grade


@CounselorJE - follow along on Twitter for resources!

Mrs. Thacker

2nd & 3rd Grade


Mrs. Slice

4th & 5th Grade


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.

School Counseling in LCSD1

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.

✮ SGES Counselors ✮

Jane Eliza A. Chisholm

Deanna L. Thacker

Andrea T. Slice