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News from the Lancaster County School District, January 2023

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Lancaster County Community,

Thank you, Lancaster County, for supporting our district by donating items to keep students warm! We received hundreds of sets of new gloves, socks, hats, and coats in our winter drive. Our drivers will begin distributing these items to children in need this week!

We are also thankful in this new year for the nonprofit organization, A Champion's Shoes. Some of our staff spent Tuesday afternoon sorting and wrapping 300 pairs of shoes that will go to students in our district. You can find more details below. What a great way to start the new year!

We are looking forward to all 2023 brings to our district!

Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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Warming the Soul

We are grateful for our Lancaster County community! Thanks to YOU, we were able to collect hundreds of sets of new gloves, socks, hats, and coats!

Our bus drivers will be distributing these items to children in need in the weeks to come. Thank you for warming the souls of children in our district.

New Year, New Shoes

LCSD is able to provide 300 students with a pair of brand-new tennis shoes thanks to A Champion's Shoes. Families in our district were given the chance to sign up for the shoes online in October of 2022 during the event titled 'New Year, New Shoes.'

A Champion's Shoes is a nonprofit organization focused on creating champions through brand-new, brand-name shoes. The company believes "Every Child Deserves to Feel Like a Champion," and we couldn't agree more.

The company worked directly with Academy Sports to acquire the shoes and once delivered to the district, a group of district office staffers volunteered to help sort and wrap all 300 pairs. The wrapped shoes are in transport to our schools and will be picked up by parents beginning Monday.

We can't say enough positive things about A Champion's Shoes. The organization operates through donations and fundraising. For more information or to donate to this organization, click HERE to visit their website.

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.

ASC Teaching Awards

Nominations are now available for two awards from ASC to honor exceptionally creative teachers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region:

  • ASC's Cato Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Awards recognizes teachers with a distinguished career of more than 15 years teaching the arts, sciences, or history or who have demonstrated creative infusion of the arts, sciences, or history into the core curriculum. Three teachers will receive $5,000 awards.

  • ASC's Cato Excellence in Teaching Awards recognizes teachers at any stage of their career who have distinguished themselves in teaching art, science, or history or demonstrated a creative infusion of arts, science, or history into the core academic curriculum. Six teachers will receive $1,500.

The awards are made possible through an endowment gift to ASC from The Cato Corporation. To be considered eligible for the award, individuals must be a Pre-K through 12th-grade teacher working for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, or Union counties in North Carolina, or Lancaster or York counties in South Carolina.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. Here is the link to learn more and submit nominations.

4K Registration

Registration is now open for the District's 4K program.

The following LCSD schools have 4K programs:

  • Buford Elementary
  • Brooklyn Springs Elementary
  • Clinton Elementary
  • Erwin Elementary
  • Heath Springs Elementary
  • Kershaw Elementary
  • McDonald Green Elementary
  • North Elementary
  • Southside Early Childhood Center

To REGISTER, bring a copy of the following to your local school:

  1. Photo I.D.
  2. Birth certificate (child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2023)
  3. Immunization Record
  4. 2 proofs of residency
  5. Proof of Income Eligibility (choose ONE of the following: Medicaid card, pay stub, W-2 form, tax return, OR verified Free and Reduced lunch form)

** All 5 of the above items must be provided to the school in order for your child to be screened for 4K.

For a shareable flyer click here: English / Spanish

For more information, contact Traci Shigley via email at or 803-416-8833.

We've partnered with ESS to manage our substitute program. If you’re interested in working as

a substitute for our district, please visit to apply or call 877.983.2244 for more



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

January 11: Elementary/Middle/High School report cards issued

January 16: MLK holiday; Schools & offices are closed

February 15: R5 high school report cards issued

February 17: Student/Staff holiday

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

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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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