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Lexington County School District One • Issue 120 • November 20, 2020


How you can help ensure face-to-face learning continues


Lexington District One unveils plan for high school students

On Tuesday night at a meeting of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thomas Rivers, secondary schools director, presented a plan to bring high school students back to school in the four plus one model (face-to-face instruction four days a week, Monday–Thursday, with Friday e-learning days) on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. January 19 is the first day of the second semester.


This plan does not impact students in the Online Learning Academy.


Dr. Rivers explained that bringing high school students back to school earlier in December/January before the beginning of second semester and after the installation of plexiglass in all classrooms might create an unnecessary disruption.

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What’s Thanksgiving without pie?

This year, culinary arts students prepared and sold 200 pies to raise money to support their program. Pelion High School’s Chef Alexis Lindsay taught her students how to bake key lime, tomato, chocolate, apple, pumpkin and pecan pies. Watch the mouth-watering story.

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LMS uses technology responsibly

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Common Sense, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students and families thrive in a world of media and technology, recognized Lexington Middle School as a Common Sense School. The recognition acknowledges LMS’s commitment to creating a culture of digital citizenship.


Lexington Middle demonstrated a commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to think critically and use technology responsibly, while also preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.


“Lexington Middle deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st century workplace, and participate ethically in society at large,” said Liz Kline, vice president of education programs at Common Sense Education.


LMS uses Common Sense Education’s research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and are grounded in the real issues students and teachers face. The resources teach students, educators and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media literacy and managing online relationships. The school also uses resources from Informable by the News Literacy Project, EverFi and Applied Digital Skills from Google. 

Honors and Achievements

Celebrating the best of our students and staff

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees used to recognize students, staff, schools and community partners for certain honors and achievements during the monthly board meetings. Because of COVID-19 and physical distancing safety protocols, in-person recognitions are impossible. We will highlight honors and achievements in this new section within Inside Voice.

Lim named SCACA Girls Tennis Coach of the Year

The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association named River Bluff High School’s Brian J. Lim the 2019–2020 Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. Lim accepted the honor at the SCACA banquet on Nov. 14, 2020.


In his six years as head coach, the RBHS girls’ tennis team won the region title five times, and earned the state title in 2017 and 2019. Lim boasts a record of 118 wins and just 17 losses. He also was named the region Coach of the Year four times.


“I feel very humbled to be part of an incredible school with a supportive administration,” said Lim. “I’ve been blessed with talented players. I love getting to know my players and their families on and off the court, and spreading a love of the sport.”


Lim teaches mathematics. A native of Lexington, Lim earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

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Brian Lim and his wife Bridgette Lim

Social worker honored for dedicated service

The Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages presented Alma Puente Ruiz its Distinguished Service Award. Puente Ruiz has served as a social worker for Lexington County School District One for eight years and spent almost 30 years in the profession.


The award recognizes individuals in North Carolina and South Carolina who make a positive impact on the profession of ESOL in a role other than teaching or researching. Puente Ruiz advocates for English learners in the schools as well as in the community.


“I am a product of this program, so I understand how challenging learning a new language can be as well as leaving one’s family and friends behind, adapting to a new environment and creating a new life,” said Puente Ruiz. “Being a school social worker gives me the opportunity to assist those who are going through this process. Education changed my life, and I want to have an impact on theirs as well.”

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Get the latest information


Make sure you visit our “Stronger Together” webpage.

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Upcoming events

November 23–24, 2020

E-learning Days

November 25–27, 2020

Thanksgiving Break

November 30, 2020

Students and Staff Return to School

December 21–22, 2020

E-learning Days

December 23, 2020–January 1, 2021

Winter Break

January 4, 2021

Students and Staff Return to School

January 18, 2021

Holiday — No School for Students and Staff

January 19, 2021

First Day of Second Semester Begins

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Please note that due to the public health emergency brought by COVID-19 and the continuing uncertainty regarding the virus’s impact upon district and school operations for the 2020–2021 school year, it may be necessary for the district to alter, amend or otherwise modify the information contained in this document throughout the year. 

The district reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the contents of this document, consistent with amendments or revisions to policy or administrative rules, which may be required or occur as a result of changes brought about because of COVID-19. The district will also make reasonable efforts to inform you in a timely manner of any material changes made to any calendar, plan, policy or protocol listed in this document.

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Click here for more information.

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