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LHS Message 9/11/21
First, congratulations to our 2021 Homecoming Queen Amara King, and runners-up Saylor Koon and Dani Wolan. Thanks to all of the participants in this year's homecoming court. It was a great night!
Congratulations to the Varsity Football team for their big Homecoming win Friday night against Airport High School on senior night. We are so proud of your efforts. It was great to have our Cat Band on the field and in the stands, and thanks to our amazing student section for showing up in force. Congratulations to our senior football players and families, along with our senior athletic trainers. Thank you for all you have given to our programs!
We were excited to meet Wiley the Wildcat last night, the newest member of the Wildcat mascot family! Wiley will be around town at many events representing the Wildcats. Be sure to find a photo opp with him and get your Wiley the Wildcat T-shirt through the athletic office! If you want to book Wiley for an event, let us know!
At the beginning of the third quarter, Wildcat announcer Mark Zona recognized all first responders in an important moment of gratitude for those who continue to sacrifice and serve our country. We will never forget. Today we celebrate that twenty years ago our nation showed the world that courage and love are always stronger than hate and fear. Thank you to all who serve.
Underclassmen will take school pictures Monday and Tuesday with their Empower classes. I have copied a schedule below so our students know which day to wear their favorite picture outfits. Students received information about purchasing pictures in their Empower classes. Check your bookbag for picture packets!
We continue to work hard to monitor the rate of positive COVID cases among our students and staff. It is more important than ever for students who are experiencing symptoms to let a nurse, parent, or teacher know. We want to stay in school with our students and we want them all to be safe! Masking and distancing help keep us in school at LHS.
Thanks to all of our students for their great spirit during Homecoming week. It was a blast to watch you all celebrate our awesome school. You are THE BEST!
LHS - Message 9/3/21
Practicing routines and procedures at LHS
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This week in all classes, Lexington High School teachers will be walking through the procedures we would use if we needed to hold a virtual learning day. Over the next two weeks, all Lexington One schools will conduct similar practices.
At LHS, our students will learn and practice the procedures we would use, including how to access learning for each class and participation expectations. They will also practice locating digital resources and engaging in some simulations of what e-learning could look like in each course.
We want to make sure your student is comfortable and prepared to successfully learn if a temporary shift to e-learning is necessary at any point during the school year.
Though we know this news may make you a bit nervous, please know this decision isn’t based solely on COVID-19. There are other reasons why schools could shift to e-learning for a day or more such as severe weather. For this reason, we plan to practice e-learning with all of our students each year.
From time to time, severe weather – from tropical storms to snow and ice – leads us to shift instructional models. With hurricane season upon us, the threat of inclement weather increases this time of year. E-learning allows us to continue instruction during these days without forcing us to use a weather make-up day.
Whatever the reason may be, we believe giving your student and our teachers the opportunity to practice how e-learning will work will help us deliver smooth, high-quality virtual instruction if needed temporarily at any point throughout the year.
Thanks for your support.
Principal, Lexington High School
Welcome Back Students - Info about schedules and more
Important points to remember:
- Traffic during the first week is really heavy. Please be patient and give yourself a little more time for arrival and dismissal. We want everyone here, but we want everyone to be safe. Expect long traffic lines. The Lexington County Police Department will be assisting us with our traffic flow.
- We will also have schedules printed out for all students in their first block class, along with a short video that helps students read their schedule and understand all of the transition times so they can get where they need to be throughout the day. Our staff will look up first block classes and guide students in the mornings in case they aren't sure where to go. If students have questions about their schedules, our counselors will be available throughout the day next to the Stronger Together mural. Watch the 5 minute schedule video HERE. A couple of helpful documents are attached to this email!
- Lunch and breakfast are provided at no cost to students this year. We will be teaching or reteaching all students how to manage the lunch line effectively and we will make sure all of our students have a chance to eat their lunch.
- Like last year, Lexington One High Schools will not accept lunch drop-offs for students. We're sorry but at this point, that is one way we can minimize traffic in and out of our building throughout the day.
- Class starts at 8:35 and our school day ends at 3:45. Before 8:20, students will go to the cafeteria. After 8:20, students will report to their first block class.
- If you have questions about bus transportation, please check the information posted on our school district website or contact our district's transportation office. The phone number for LHS transportation is (803) 821-1340.
- We will have a printed copy of new passwords for students on Day 1. If you have not yet accessed your new password, we will have it here for you when you arrive. Ninth graders and new students who don't have your macbooks will be able to pick them when they arrive Tuesday morning. Our technology specialists will be set up in the commons area to hand these out.
- If you are a student driver, we will make sure you have what you need during the first week to get a parking pass for the year.
There is probably more you want to know, but this message is too long already! We will be here to help throughout the week. Rest and enjoy the weekend! We can't wait to see you on Tuesday!
* Check out the Spirit Store QR Code Flyer.pdf for Wildcat Gear!
** Check out LexingtonWildcats.com/photos to see great pics from Wildcat Welcome! Did you know our school site is the second most viewed in the nation? It is because of Mr. Larry James and his amazing photos!
*** Our first home football game is Friday, August 20 against West Florence! Students - the theme will be Hawaiian Tropic! Be there and be loud!
Backyard Brief #3
A Message to the Class of 2022
Backyard Brief #2
Backyard Brief #1
LHS 2021 Summer Letter
July 1, 2021
Dear Wildcat students and families,
I hope your summer has been amazing so far! Even though we have a few weeks left, I want to welcome you to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Our summer staff has been working really hard to get everything ready for a great start to the year. I can’t wait to see all of our returning students and I’m looking forward to meeting our amazing new ninth-grade class and new Wildcats.
The 2020-2021 school year was a bit of a blur, with many changes and unexpected pivots as we navigated unprecedented events and challenges. Even though some parts of the year were scary and uncertain, our students and school community continued to focus on positives, like school pride, excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as service to others. Over 83 percent of our senior class qualified for life scholarships and as a class, they earned nearly $60 million in scholarships towards two or four-year colleges. Our students earned superior recognition and all-state honors in our performing and visual arts, and claimed several team and individual state titles in athletics.
Throughout it all, our students focused on protecting and supporting each other, best represented by the Unity Mural, painted by all of our student body to show that we are indeed stronger together. As you can tell, I am a super proud principal of our awesome student body, our faculty, staff, and all of the families that make LHS an amazing place!
As we enter the 2021-2022 school year, there is still uncertainty and there will be obstacles to face. More than ever, I am convinced that we have what it takes to face any challenge head-on, and come out stronger on the other side. As we have done over the past year and a half, we will take care of each other and take pride in being part of the 110 years of Wildcat excellence. I can’t wait to get started!
I will try to always keep you informed throughout the year through a variety of communication. I’m planning to start up my Backyard Briefs videos in the next couple of weeks, and of course, we are always excited to hear from you over the summer.
We will officially welcome in the new year on Wednesday, August 4 with our Cats Kickoff. Our campus will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for tours, meet and greet stations, photo opportunities, Wildcat Spirit Store, club sign-up, and more. We will have help stations to complete Online Registration for those who need assistance or have questions. We hope to see a lot of you throughout the day! We will also have self-guided tour options throughout the summer to allow you to explore and learn more about our school. We will push out information about those tour options in the next few weeks.
Also on August 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., we invite all new students and incoming freshmen to our Wildcat Welcome for team building, orientation to high school, MacBook pick up, and lots of fun! Starting LHS is an exciting transition but can cause some nervousness. We want to set all of our students up for success and answer a lot of questions before the first day of school. No worries if you can’t make it - we will still make the transition easy for everyone. We have created a Wildcat Welcome website with useful tips, modules, and messages to help all of our new Wildcats get ready for the year. Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/WildcatWelcome2021. Your success is our goal!
We proved that our school is agile and adaptable to find ways to succeed despite unexpected challenges. As we come back to school, we will continue to rise to the challenge of meeting all of our students’ needs under all circumstances. We plan to use what we have learned to continue growing and improving.
We are thankful for all of our students and families. As we approach the school year, I promise to share updates and important information with you. Be sure to check our school website and follow us on social media for the latest news. I know 2021-2022 is going to be an amazing year.
At Lexington High School, we will continue to empower our students to design the future!
Hail to Thee!
Lexington High School
End of Year Message 6-9-2021
Hello, This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington High School!
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Lexington High School, I would like to thank you for a fantastic school year. Despite the unusual circumstances we faced together throughout the year, our students, faculty, and community came together to find solutions and find success. I already miss the kids!
We are ready to celebrate the Class of 2021 on Friday morning at Wildcat Stadium at 8 a.m. Gates open at 6:45 and a ticket is required to attend. We are so proud of the Class of 2021. We know you are going to be amazing on the next part of your journey.
Our office hours over the summer will be 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Our front office staff is available to help with any questions.
For students returning to LHS, be sure to check your school email periodically throughout the summer for important messages about next year. Parents, we will send out information about online registration as soon as possible and we will work hard to make everything very easy for a good start to the 21-22 school year.
We hope all of our Wildcat students and families have a wonderful summer. We see amazing talents and potential in our kids everyday and can't wait to hear about their great summer adventures. Thanks for an great school year and we’ll see you soon. Be safe and be awesome everyday.
LHS Message from Dr. Pool 5-28-2021
Hello! This is Ryan Pool, Principal at Lexington High School, calling with a few important reminders.
Tomorrow, Friday, May 28, is the last school day for our graduating seniors. For those of you who are still working to improve grades or make up missed assignments, please stay in touch with your teachers to make plans so that we can see you walk across the stage on June 11. For those who have completed all of their course requirements, we are incredibly proud of you and can't wait to celebrate you at graduation. You have truly made our school special this year and left a strong legacy for those who will come after you. Thank you for being awesome.
Graduates and parents, we will continue to try to communicate graduation information through multiple formats so that you stay informed. Everything we send out is also found on our school website. Many of our seniors have opportunities to be honored at their elementary schools tomorrow morning or next week. Students should have received the information they need through their email and through social media announcements. Be sure to tag Lexington High School in your pictures from these events.
As in the fall, final exams this year will give underclassmen an opportunity to improve their overall grades, but will not negatively impact their final average. We want our students to study and take advantage of this opportunity in all of their courses. Our exam schedule will be available on our school website next week. If you plan to sign out on exam days, we can not disrupt students in the middle of the block. Students can be signed out between exam periods, but not during the instructional block. Thank you for helping us preserve the testing environment for all students.
Remember that Monday is the Memorial Day holiday. There is no school for students and our offices will be closed. As we enjoy a wonderful warm long weekend, our faculty and staff want to thank all who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country to protect our freedoms. We hope you all stay safe and have a wonderful break.
We are ready to finish strong. Thank you for all you do to make LHS a great place every day! Go Wildcats!
LHS Message from Mr. Pool 5-14-2021
Hello! This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington High School, checking in before an exciting weekend!
First, I want to thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we navigated changes at school. Our teachers and staff have tried this week to make quick adjustments based on new guidance, and I am very proud of their efforts. This year has not always been the easiest to figure out, but I hope you all know that we want all of our students to be safe, comfortable, and successful every day. Our students have modeled kindness and respect for each other this week, which makes me a very proud principal.
We celebrated St. Baldrick's Week all week long to support research in the fight against pediatric cancer. Our student-led activities raised thousands of dollars and awareness across our student body. Service became a focus for our students this week, and they did not get distracted from reaching their goals!
I want to wish our baseball and softball teams good luck this weekend as they begin their playoff run. We have many track athletes looking to qualify for state this weekend. Our boys' golf team has already won the Lower State title and they will compete for the state championship on Monday and Tuesday, and our boys' soccer team will be competing against Riverside High School tonight for the 5A state championship, held at the Irmo High School Stadium! We have sold hundreds of tickets and it is going to be an exciting atmosphere. If you still need a ticket, click this link.
As we close out the year, I hope you all see the amazing things our students can do when we come together. We are going to finish strong!
Our students and families continue to be great models for what it means to have school spirit, kindness, empathy, and a truly strong community. Thank you Lexington High for always providing a great example for our state, especially during challenging times. You are all appreciated and valued!
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Have a great weekend and GO WILDCATS!
LHS mid-week Message from Mr. Pool 4-28-21
This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington High School with a quick midweek update!
It's hard to believe but we are already approaching the midpoint of the 4th nine weeks. Our students need to be thinking about goals in each of their classes. Now is the time to double-check grades and reach out to teachers for help if needed.
Our students have been great as we transitioned back to five days of instruction. We are remaining vigilant in our efforts to make sure all students feel safe every day at LHS. We still need students to follow our guidelines for face coverings and social distancing when possible so that everyone can stay healthy and stay in school.
I want to thank our juniors and seniors for making our ticket sales process for the prom so smooth. I know they are going to have an amazing time. Hundreds of students have already signed our student-led Prom Promise, committing to safe and responsible decision-making on prom night, and we are very proud of all of you.
Parents, if you have not had a chance to complete our state department parent survey yet, please take a few minutes to let us know how we're doing. We see a lot of you have already participated, but we want everyone's voice to be heard. To complete the survey, click on this SURVEY LINK. Our school code is 3201003. Make sure the survey shows Lexington High School.
Congratulations to the amazing cast of Newsies. Our students performed last weekend receiving excellent reviews from everyone who attended. If you didn't get a chance to see the show, you can purchase the DVD at the school! Contact the main office for details!
May 3 is College Decision Day at LHS. For our seniors who have made college decisions, we will have photo opportunities set up. We want you to wear your college gear so we can help celebrate you as you start the next part of your journey.
Spring sports are wrapping up, so be sure to check our schedules and come out to see a regular-season matchup or a playoff game.
Congratulations to our Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team. They won the region and advanced to the lower state competition, going farther than any previous team in the history of our lacrosse program. We are so proud of their accomplishments!
Congratulations to Varsity softball that also won the region and will compete in the playoffs. We know they will go far!
As always, thanks to all of you for making Lexington High School a great place to be every day! Have a great week and Go Wildcats!
LHS Update 3-17-2021
You should have received a phone call and message from Mary Beth Hill earlier today letting you know that all Lexington One schools will be shifting to e-learning tomorrow, Thursday, March 18, in anticipation of severe weather and the threat of tornadoes. This decision was made to help ensure student safety.
During Thursday’s e-learning day, our teachers will follow a virtual Friday schedule with zoom conferences available in the morning, and assignments and lessons available through Schoology and on each teacher's Week at a Glance document. Teachers are working to make these shifts this afternoon and will try to communicate expectations clearly for all of their students.
This document can help provide technical assistance while you are virtual. This document addresses how to get support for access (I forgot my password or I can't login), support for software (I need a certain app on my device) and hardware (my device is broken).
We are also canceling all meetings, and events scheduled at Lexington High School as well as athletic practices, rehearsals, or extra-curricular activities scheduled for the day or evening.
We still plan to have an e-learning day on Friday, March 19 and our regularly scheduled events including athletics and senior graduation supply pick up will still take place. If anything changes, we will let you know.
LHS Update 3-11-2021
We have now completed two full weeks on the 4+1 learning model for our face-to-face students. We are happy to report that our amazing students have done an exceptional job with the shift. Our safety procedures have been consistently followed and we feel confident that they are working. I have enjoyed seeing all of the students together and talking to them about their experiences with the shift.
We wanted to remind everyone that Monday is a holiday for students and staff. Our building will be closed. Also, tomorrow, Friday, March 12, many of our LHS faculty and staff will be teleworking as part of our district's efforts to create opportunities to get to vaccination appointments. Students will still have normal Friday academic activities and access to their teachers, but if you need to speak to someone in the building, it will be better to come in next week. You can also leave us voicemails or send an email. Our website is a great place to find answers and contact information.
The spring is almost here! Remember to adjust your clocks this weekend. As we enter spring, we want all of our students to be successful every day so please take a few minutes to review the school dress code. We will go over the expectations during Empower as well. We want every day to be great at LHS!
We are grateful to serve a wonderful community and our awesome students. Please make LHS a part of your spring by joining us for spring athletics, the arts, service opportunities, or just to get some exercise around our campus.
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, stay connected, and go Wildcats!
Second SemesterHello, This is Mr. Pool, Principal at Lexington High School!I know you have received a lot of messages from me over the past couple of weeks so I apologize for the information overload! With all that's going on, it is easy to get confused so I'm trying to provide some clear instructions. Hopefully, it's working. All of our messages are also available on our school's website if you need to look back from previously shared information.
- This Friday, January 15, is a virtual half day for students. Teachers will be available via zoom or email for students in the morning as we close out the semester, but students should not report to campus unless they have scheduled a makeup exam or appointment with a teacher. The students will not have virtual classes or help sessions in the afternoon. Our teachers will be finalizing grades and working to close out the semester.
- Monday, January 18 is a holiday. A-Cohort students report for face to face class on Tuesday, January 19 but only for one day and the rest of their week will be virtual. B-Cohort students will be virtual on Tuesday, January 19 and will report to classes on Wednesday and Thursday, january 20 and 21. Friday, January 22 will be a virtual day for all of our hybrid students.
- Students and parents can now view their second semester classes in PowerSchool. Please check before you report next week so you know where to go when you arrive. We will have staff available to help students who need assistance.
- LOOLA students will also start their second semester classes on Tuesday, January 19. All LOOLA students should be able to access introductory information for their courses through Schoology. Through Schoology, teachers will provide information about their classes and hold zoom meetings next week to meet with their students. Information about LOOLA is available on our website under the "Parents and Students" tab. Also look for communication from Howard Bissell coming this week with orientation material for LOOLA.
- Welcome New Students or New Hybrid Students: If you are a new student or new to the Hybrid model, we will have lots of information to share with you during your Empower class about LHS and all of our teachers spend their first days teaching routines and procedures for success. We also want to share our Wildcat Welcome site with you. On this site, you can explore our interactive map, meet the teachers, review modules about clubs, student services, and more! We are excited to welcome you to campus this semester.
- Family Connections: Check out these great resources for students and parents. Schoology and Powerschool information, Important phone numbers, Safety protocols, and more!
Please let us know if you have questions or need assistance!Go Wildcats!
- It's been a great first semester. We plan to send home report cards on January 25, but grades will be viewable on PowerSchool no later than January 19. If you have questions about a course grade, please contact the teacher through email or phone. We are very proud of our students!
Welcome Back Wildcats!Hello! This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington High School, with some important information for the coming week.Next week our underclassmen will close out the semester with final exams. I have included the daily exam schedule and bell schedule in this message.For our online students, it is very important that you report to school next week if you need to take an End of Course exam for Algebra 1, Biology, English 2, or U.S. History. You should have received emailed instructions for participation in these exams. If you need further information, please contact us at 821-3400 next week.This year, exam grades will be applied to final course grades if they benefit the student. This is a great way to get a final boost in your grades, so we want everyone to set goals and work hard to do their best on all of their exams. Throughout the week, to secure our testing environment, we are asking that students only sign in or out during natural breaks in the schedule. We can't call into testing rooms to dismiss students before the bell or delay exams for students coming late. There will be make-up opportunities for students who have an excused absence.Students are not allowed to sign in and out during the Empower/Lunch block unless they are leaving for the day. We are not an open campus and we want to minimize student movement in and out of our building to maximize student safety.Next week, there will be construction on the breezeway between Lexington High and the Technology Center to install access ramps. The middle portion where vehicles pass under the breezeway will be closed off for traffic. Cars can park or drop off at the front of the school or drive behind the Technology Center past the stadium. This work should be completed before the end of the week.Next week is your LAST CHANCE for YEARBOOK PORTRAITS! Legacy Studios will be on campus Tuesday, January 12, and Wednesday, January 13. Senior and Virtual students can take their portraits from 9:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Ms. Dotterer sent out links to sign up for an appointment. Cohort A/B students can take their photos during Empower on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you have any questions please email or call Mrs. Dotterer.Students should have received their second-semester schedule in the mail before the winter break. We will also print schedules for all students on the first days of the semester to pick up in their first class. We will have lots of staff in the halls to help students get where they need to go. If there is an error on your schedule, please complete the Second Semester Schedule Change Form for your counselor to review. The form can be found on our website under the Counseling Tab and is also linked here: Second Semester Schedule Change FormAs we return to school, we are excited to see all of our Wildcats and welcome them back, whether in person or online. We want to remind everyone that in order to be together, we all need to do our part to stay safe, stay socially distanced, and follow the guidelines that will get us to the other side of this tough time.Welcome back Wildcats! We'll see you next week. Stay safe, stay connected, and stay awesome!Go Wildcats!
Happy New Year!
This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington High School!
All Lexington One schools will return to school January 4-8 virtually in order to provide the safest transition possible for our students and staff.
Lexington High School students should plan to participate in their classes virtually according to the normal Monday through Thursday schedule, so zoom meetings with teachers and classmates will occur throughout the day as if they were on campus. Students are expected to report to all of their classes during our virtual week and will find information about expectations and zoom links through each teacher's Week at a Glance on Schoology.
The following week, January 11-15, we will return to our hybrid schedule for final exams and End of Course exams. Our exam schedule is posted on our website and included below.
Seniors are not required to take exams if passing the course, but may choose to take an exam in an attempt to raise their grade. If seniors are not taking an exam the week of January 11-15, they do not need to report to campus.
Exams for all students will only be included in the final course grade if the exam benefits the student. We want all of our underclassmen to study and prepare for all of their exams in order to get a final boost for their grades and GPA. End of Course exams are required by our state for all students in Algebra 1, Biology, English 2, and U.S. History.
LOOLA students and parents should follow instructions from each of their teachers regarding their exam procedures and schedules.
Enjoy the remaining days of your break! We can't wait to see you!
Happy New Year and Go Wildcats!
LHS Exam Schedule:
January 11 - Cohort A, Exam Blocks 2 and 4
January 12 - Cohort A, Exam Blocks 1 and 3
January 13 - Cohort B, Exam Blocks 2 and 4
January 14 - Cohort B, Exam Blocks 1 and 3
January 15 Makeup Exams
Fall, 2020 MessageThis is Mr. Pool with a couple of important items.Click HERE if you would rather listen to me talk about all this information in a short video!Linked to this message is our Virtual Open House landing page. At Virtual Open House, you can hear from our teachers and find their contact information if you need to reach them for a conference or conversation. You can also walk through a day at LHS from a student's view. There is a "Family Connections" link on the page to get PowerSchool and Schoology information that will help you stay informed, and finally, we have a link to vote for this year's School Improvement Council parent representatives.I know it's hard to believe, but we are halfway through the first nine weeks. At LHS, we don't send home a paper Interim Report. Instead, we will always try to remind you at each interim report that now is the time to go into PowerSchool, or for LOOLA students, to go into the SC Virtual grading platform if you don't normally check these sites. If you aren't sure how to check on your student's grades, check out the Family Connections page on the Open House Site, or feel free to call us at the school. For LOOLA students, information about grade reports and parent access is available on our school website under the Parents and Students tab by scrolling down to LOOLA. We definitely want all parents to check in with their students about current progress in all of their courses. There is still plenty of time to recover if the first half of the grading period hasn't gone exactly as planned.If you have questions or concerns about your student's progress, please feel free to reach out to the teacher. This Friday is set aside for teachers to be able to hold conferences with parents and students as needed based on current progress, so Friday is not a school day for students. There is no school – whether in-person or virtual – for students.Lexington High School football is back and we have our first game this Friday night at home against Ridgeview. We expect a sell-out, so get your tickets quickly. General admission tickets are available at the LHS Athletics Office Thursday from 8:00 - 4:00, and again Friday if there are any tickets left. Tickets are $7. We will be recognizing our senior athletic trainers, band members, cheerleaders, and football players at the game.Congratulations to our boy's swim team for winning the region, and good luck to 8 boys from the team who have qualified for state, and to three girls who have qualified to compete at the state swim meet.We hope you will visit the Lexington Wildcat Booster Club website, https://lexingtonwildcats.com/
photos, to view action photos taken by Mr. Larry James. He does a great job capturing details of each along with the passion that our student-athletes have.Have a great week and thanks for all you do to make our school and community great!Go Wildcats!