Global Minds with Caring Hearts

 


Our  Administration!

Alicia Prezzy, Assistant Principal
Jim Hamby, Principal
Michele Zee, Assistant Principal

The mission of Lexington Elementary School, in partnership with our community, is to develop in an enriched learning environment, life-long learners for the ever-changing world who demonstrate the International Baccalaureate attributes and attitudes of responsible citizens in a global society.

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BINGO Night, January 31st

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Rayna Brandes, 2019-2020 Support Staff Person of the Year for Lexington Elementary

Congratulations to Rayna Brandes, Federal Compliance Specialist, our new Support Staff Person of the Year!  

Mrs. Brandes began her career in education in 1995.  She earned a BA in English and Secondary Education from Clemson, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from USC.  After getting her master’s degree, she taught high school English for three years, in LexingtonSchool District Two at Brookland-Cayce High School.  Following that, she taught classes and supervised student teachers at Louisiana State University while earning her Ed.S degree.  

After the birth of her two sons,  Ben and Sam, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom for a little while, but even then she worked part-time for Lexington School District Two reading and grading AP English essays.  In 2009 she started subbing in Lexington School District One. She was hired at LES during the 2011-2012 school year and was a RTI reading Interventionist for four years. She then became our  Federal Compliance Specialist and is in her fifth year in this position, totalling nine years at Lexington Elementary. She brings a wealth of experience and diverse educational background. She is well-known for her smile and positive attitude! 

Her sons  are/were Lexington One students.   Ben attended Lexington Elementary School, Lexington Middle School, and then graduated from River Bluff in 2018.  Sam attended Lexington Elementary School and Lexington Middle School and is currently at junior at River Bluff. When not at work, Mrs. Brandes like to read, travel with my family (husband and two sons), and volunteer with the River Bluff Gator Band.

Rayna Brandes and Principal Jim Hamby

Our other support services finalists were Wanda Bach, Learning Commons (library) assistant and Lynette Proffitt, Cafe Head Cashier.  We appreciate all our amazing support staff, and know we couldn’t do all we need to do without them!

Wanda Bach, Lynette Proffitt, Rayna Brandes

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LES PTA selling Lowes Foods gift cards

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English Classes for Speakers of Other Classes

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Mr. Hamby’s Retirement Scheduled for January 2020

Dear LES Families:

It is with a heavy heart I write this letter to all the parents of students at Lexington Elementary School. You may have already heard rumors to the effect, but I wanted to make an official announcement about my retirement as the school’s principal and sometimes science teacher. My last day in the office will be on January 17, 2020.

When I first entered this building over 12 years ago, I was an assistant principal. I thought it would be a short stay. A way to continue to grow as a school leader. Little did I know I would fall in love with LES and find a deep affection for trying to instill a love of learning in others. I would be remiss to imply there were not times I wanted to run from the building screaming, but there were far more times when I thanked God He chose to put me on this path.

When I was selected as principal in 2010, I gladly took the reins. I had so many ideas and dreams for this school and am happy to say I have seen many of them to fruition.

May I say it has been a pleasure collaborating with the students, parents and teachers that made my tenure here such a pleasure?

Thank you all.

Best regards,

James H. Hamby

Proud Principal of Lexington Elementary SchoolInternational Baccalaureate World School803-821-4000

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School Counselors are offering a Parenting Class through Love and Logic

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New Playground Completed!!

Yesterday we got to celebrate the completion of one of o.ur new playgrounds with a simple Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Our 5th grade class had the honor of being the first class to try out our new playground equipment.

Mr. Hamby spoke about how this had been a dream for many years and finally it had come to fruition! We are so grateful to Lexington School District One for replacing not one, but both of our playgrounds! Our lower grade playground is scheduled to be completed soon!

There is now a new safe, cushioned surface and some amazing new equipment such as climbing nets, saucer swings, hanging pod links and more! Of course we have the traditional slides, but enhanced! They are coming out of a castle/fort structure that encourages climbing. A favorite seems to be a new take on the old-fashioned merry-go-rounds and “monkey bars” – bearing little resemblance to the ones we grew up playing on!

Ask your student what their favorite was!

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Winter Concert, Thursday, December 19th at 6:00pm

Lexington Elementary Early Bird Stringers, Wildcat Band, and Cat’s Choir will present their 2019 Winter Concert on Thursday, December 19th, at 6:00 PM in the LES Café.  Traditional holiday instrumental and choral music along with other winter selections will be featured.  Vocal solos feature students who are in the Lexington One Honor Choir and the South Carolina Elementary Honor Choir. Please join us for an evening of excitement as you hear the musical achievements of our 4th and 5th graders!

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PTA Needs Volunteers December 19th

Our PTA needs your help! Thursday, December 19th, they would appreciate volunteers to help with the Winter Concert Pre-Party. If you are available and willing, please sign up through sign up genius at:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c054ba4aa2ca5f49-lespta

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LES Marco’s Pizza Night – Wednesday, November 26th

LES PTA is organizing the Marcos Pizza Challenge November 26, to kick off Thanksgiving break! Any one who orders from Marcos and selects “Lexington Elementary”contributes to our fundraiser. WIN-WIN! Pizza and donation!

You can also select LES when ordering Marco’s anytime through May 15th, 2020, but November 26th – we get double points!

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