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News from the Lancaster County School District, May 2023

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Lancaster County Community,

It's hard to believe the 2022-2023 school year is drawing to a close. I bet if you asked the parents of a senior graduating high school this year, they would tell you it feels like just yesterday when they dropped their child off at kindergarten. Isn't it interesting how the days seem long, but the years fly by?

As we celebrate our staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, please know that we celebrate you as well. It's the strength of our partnership that sets the tone for a successful school year.

In addition to Teacher Appreciation Week we are celebrating the following groups this month: School Principals' Day (May 1), School Lunch Hero Day (May 5), School Nurse Day (May 10), Speech Pathologist Day (May 18).

Thank you for all you do. We couldn't do it without you!

Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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Superintendent Search Input Needed

The Lancaster County School District Board of Trustees has retained the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) to assist in their search for a new superintendent. The Board of Trustees is seeking input from district and community stakeholders as an essential element of the search process. We will have focus group meetings later in May to collect input. We will distribute details soon. An online survey is available for you to share your input. Here is the link:

Anyone wishing to provide any additional comments or ask specific questions may email Judy LeGrand, SCSBA Superintendent Search Coordinator, at All comments and suggestions will remain anonymous. SCSBA will compile the information received from the online survey and the focus groups and report the results to the Board of Trustees.

2023 SC Mathematics Standards

The South Carolina Department of Education is seeking your opinion on the proposed 2023 SC Mathematics Standards.

The public review period for the proposed standards began on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, and will end on Monday, June 12, 2023. Public comments must be submitted via the online survey forms. The link to the online survey is included below. Included in the survey narrative is information for submitting feedback. More detailed information regarding the organization of the standards and the theoretical foundations that informed this work are included in the draft standards document, also linked below. All stakeholders are invited to review the draft standards and provide feedback using the online forms below by Monday, June 12, 2023.

The draft of the standards can be accessed on the South Carolina Department of Education’s Website under the Mathematics Standards page and by using this link:

DRAFT South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Mathematics Standards

The public review feedback surveys can be accessed using the links below.

Front Matter & Appendices

Standards & Indicators

SC Certificate of Immunization UPDATE

Effective May 1, 2023, SC Health Departments have a new statewide policy for issuing SC Certificates of Immunizations and releasing personal shot records. This new procedure pertains to any current or incoming LCSD student who requests an immunization record from any SC Health Department.

Click HERE to find out how you can obtain your child's SC Certificate of Immunization from the Health Department.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Lancaster County School District has the best community support! Because of YOU, we are able to celebrate our staff during National Teacher Appreciation week this week, May 8-12.

More than 60 local businesses donated items or offered discounts to our staff during our weeklong appreciation celebration. So if you're out and about and you see a Lancaster County School District Corporate Sponsor cling on a business window or door, please thank them for supporting the teachers and staff of Lancaster County! We are grateful!

To check out the list of businesses who participated in Teacher Appreciation Week 2023, click HERE.

My Favorite Teacher

The district received many entries for our annual My Favorite Teacher Contest! Thank you to all who participated.

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the contest:

Category K-2 (artwork)

1st Place

Student: Vladyslava Rybachenko, 1st Grade, Van Wyck Elementary

Teacher: Rebecca Petri, Van Wyck Elementary

2nd Place

Student: Ruhi Anand, Kindergarten, Harrisburg Elementary

Teacher: Amy Harris, Harrisburg Elementary

3rd Place

Student: Peyton Johnson, 2nd grade, McDonald Green Elementary

Teacher: Donia Turk, McDonald Green Elementary

Category 3-5 (essay)

1st Place

Student: Ella Shaw, 5th grade, Buford Elementary

Teacher: Amanda Ellis, Buford Elementary

2nd Place

Student: Lillian Brown, 3rd grade, Van Wyck Elementary

Teacher: Elisa Porter, Van Wyck Elementary

3rd place

Student: Greer Steen, 3rd grade, McDonald Green Elementary

Teacher: Tracie Veal, McDonald Green Elementary

Category 6-8 (essay)

1st place

Student: Connor Bryson, 6th grade, Buford Middle

Teacher: Kristina Ray, Buford Middle

2nd place

Student: Lila Grace Phillips, 6th grade, Andrew Jackson Middle

Teacher: Jon Bradley, Andrew Jackson Middle

3rd place

Student: Jonah Shute, 7th grade, South Middle

Teacher: Kayla Plyler, South Middle

Category 9-12 (essay)

1st place

Student: Tylor Benton, 10th grade, Buford High

Teacher: Jareth Bailey, Buford High

2nd place

Student: Cherish Monroe, 9th grade, Lancaster High

Teacher: Daphne Lathan, LCSD Career Center

3rd place

Student: Eli Payne, 9th grade, Indian Land High

Teacher: Brenna Bradley, Indian Land High

Click this link to view the winning entries!

April Trustees Awards

Congratulations to ILMS Assistant Principal Mark Rhoden and to the following students for receiving a Trustees Award during the April 18th Board of Trustees meeting:

High School Graduation DVD

Andrew Jackson (5/26 @ 10am), Buford (5/25 @ 10am), Indian Land (5/25 @ 10am) and Lancaster High (5/26 @ 10am) graduations will be live streamed. Links to the live streams will be available on the district website.

2023 High School Graduation DVDs are available for $12 each. The DVD will have the video of the LearnTV live stream.

Click HERE to order a DVD of graduation. You will be notified when your order is ready. Payment of cash or check will be taken when the DVD(s) are picked up at the District Office, 300 S. Catawba St., Lancaster

National School Nurse Day

In celebration of National School Nurse Day on May 10th, we thought you might like to meet them all!

LCSD employs a total of 36 nurses across the schools in our district. These nurses not only take care of our students but let's be honest, they look after staff as well. We are grateful for them and they are most deserving of this spotlight.

Click this link to meet the nurses who work in the Lancaster County Schools.

ILHS Alum Drafted into the NFL!

Congratulations to Indian Land High School alumni, Dorian Williams! You may remember the football standout from his days on the field playing for Indian Land High School. Dorian graduated in 2019 and went on to play football at Tulane University in New Orleans.

He was drafted as the 91st overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the NFL Draft last week!

Click here to read the top five things you need to know about LB Dorian Williams on the Buffalo Bills website.

Dorian Williams is the first Indian Land High School player to ever be drafted. We are warrior proud!

Better Hearing and Speech Month

LCSD supports Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Each May, this annual event provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing health.

We have 19 Speech therapists/pathologists working in our school district. Our therapists and pathologists provide appropriate speech-language services in all levels across the district. Starting with our early childhood and Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high schools with no school level underserved. They get the pleasure of working with students exhibiting the full range of communication disorders, including those involving language, articulation (speech sound disorders), fluency, voice/resonance, and swallowing, and whom may have other disabilities such as Developmental Delay, Learning Disorders, Other Health Impairment, Autism, Intellectually Disabled.

Our therapists make a difference in the lives of our students daily!

Lancaster County Government Contest

Congratulations to the following first place winners in the Lancaster County Government R.I.S.E. Essay and Art Contest!

1st Place Winner for Elementary Art

Vladyslava Rybachenko, 1st grade, Van Wyck Elementary

1st Place Winner for Elementary Essay

Devanshi Dhananjay Nazare, 5th grade, Indian Land Intermediate

1st Place Winner for Middle/High Essay

Vanessa Maria Gonzalez, 6th grade, Indian Land Intermediate

The contest prompted elementary students to write and/or draw what they liked best about living in Lancaster County. Middle and high school students were asked to write an essay on how one of the following words has been represented in their community: Resiliency, Inclusion, Solvency, Empowerment (R.I.S.E.).

All three students were invited to the Lancaster County Council meeting Monday night for recognition. They were quite impressive sharing their art and essays with the Council Council members! They all have a bright future ahead of them. We look forward to seeing all the positive things they will do here in Lancaster County!

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Great things are happening in Lancaster County School District? Check out all our #lcsdspotlights on the LCSD Communications Website by clicking HERE.

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

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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