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.
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!
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.
James H. Hamby
Proud Principal of Lexington Elementary SchoolInternational Baccalaureate World School803-821-4000
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!
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!
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
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!
Are you a frequent Amazon shopper? Or do you shop deals on Cyber Monday and throughout the holidays? Please set your self a REMINDER to order through our SPECIAL Amazon link:smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0722985 With every order placed Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to LES- PTA. Whatever donation we receive is reinvested in our school though our PTA! Thank you for ordering through AmazonSmile and investing in LES.
17- Weather Make-Up Day – we have school!
24 – PTA Fundraiser Kick-Off!
24-29 – Grade 5 School Time Bible class (7:50-8:50am) with Lexington Baptist
24- March 9- PTA Spring Fundraiser (cookie dough)
25- COOL CAT Recognition (K-2)
27 – COOL CAT Recognition (3- 5)
27- PTA Skate Night at Skate Station USA, 6-8pm
28 – RFL PJ Day, $1 donation
1- Reading with the Gamecocks – USC Women’s Basketball game at 12 noon (vs. Texas A&M)
2-6 – Celebrate Read Across America (Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)
8 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – Spring Forward 1 hour
9- Fundraising (Cookie Dough)Sale Ends
10 – Community Exhibition, 6-7pm
12- Weather Make Up Day
13 – No School
17- Spring Individual Pictures
23-April 3- JDRF fundraiser
24 – COOL CAT Recognition (K-2)
26 – COOL CAT Recognition (3-5)
30 – April 3 – Career Week
31 – LES Vehicle Day (K-2)
School Library Month
1 – Career Dress Up Day
1 – Parent Pickup cookie dough, 2-6 in the cafe
2 – Career Speaker Day (3-5)
2 – Spring Concert, 6pm, Cafe
3 – Field Day
3- JDRF Walk
6-10 – Spring Break
13- Weather Make Up Day
20-24 – Spring Book Fair (Bedford Falls)
22 – Administrative Professionals Day
24-Book Character Parade
28 – COOL CAT Recognition (K-2)
30 – COOL CAT Recognition (3-5)
4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week
7-27 – SC READY & SC PASS test window
22 – International Awareness Day
25- No School
26 – COOL CAT Recognition (K-2)
28 – COOL CAT Recognition (3-5)
June 2020 2- Yearbooks distributed
3- Dismiss at 11:40 am
3- Grade 5 Promotion, 8:30am, Cafe 4- Last Day of School for Students, dismiss at 11:40am
4 – Grade 5 Parade and Celebration
5 – Last day for Teachers
8-11 – Camp Invention
13 – Class Assignment Day, 9am – 1pm, 3pm – 6pm
18- First Day of School
7- Labor Day, No Schol
8 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3-6:30pm
9 – No School for Students
9 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8am – 12pm
23 – Booster Fun Run
3 – Election Day
25-27 – Thanksgiving Break
18- First Weather Make-Up Day
21-Jan 1 – Winter Break
Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement
Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities.
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for elementary students go to the Coordinator of ESOL/RTI and for secondary students to the Director of SchoolCounseling and Advisement.
The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.