Highlights from Around the District



HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT LEXINGTON TWO DISTRICT EDUCATION CENTER


High school art students across Lexington School District Two currently have their artwork on display through February 6 at the District Education Center. A reception was held the evening of January 30 to give parents, students, and the community an opportunity to visit the exhibited work. During the reception, a student strings ensemble from Brookland-Cayce High School performed for those attending. The District Education Center is located at 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.

The middle school art show will be held during the month of February followed by the District’s elementary school shows during the month of March. The art showings are an annual event.



DAVIS ECCT STUDENTS VISIT WITH COCKY IN THE HOME OF USC PRESIDENT PASTIDES

The boys and girls in Mrs. Mandi Sturkie's class at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology were invited to attend USC's Reading Express with Cocky in December. The students enjoyed the intimate holiday reading event at the home of USC's President Pastides. The First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides read three Christmas books to the students beside their family Christmas tree while Cocky acted out each story. Each student received two books of their own. After the stories, the children enjoyed juice and cookies in the family dining room. Although their picnic in the horseshoe was rained out, they had a wonderful and memorable time.







LIONS CLUB OF CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA HONORS PEACE POSTER CONTEST WINNERS 

Pine Ridge Middle and Northside Middle schools are proud to announce their winners for the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest: PRMS 1st place winner - Rose Branton, 2nd place - Amea Zeigler, and 3rd place - Makayla Lykes and NMS 1st place winner Marleigh King, 2nd place - Alexis Degar Trevino and 3rd place – Aaliyah Day. The students from PRMS were from the sixth grade Art Honors class and the winners from NMS were from the seventh grade class. Art teachers, Danielle Province (PRMS) and Amy Merle (NMS) encouraged students to participate in the contest and are proud of these winners. This year’s theme was “Our World, Our Future”. Students were required to brainstorm, research, and implement their vision on paper. Students worked independently for weeks designing their poster in the medium of their choice. Each was judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Posters advanced through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. Rose Branton (PRMS) and Marleigh King’s (NMS) posters were sent to the Lion’s Multiple District Contest where they were judged and in the top 10. They were competing against students from all over the state of South Carolina. All six students were honored with awards and prizes by the Lions Club of Cayce-West Columbia at the Grecian Gardens Restaurant on January 14.





Ben Tanner Visits Congaree Elementary

Second grade students spent the past couple of months completing a weather unit. Students learned how to explain the effects of wind, correctly using various weather terms, illustrate the weather of different seasons, and how to measure and record daily weather conditions. All of that knowledge came together January 9 as Congaree Elementary hosted Ben Tanner from WIS News 10. Mr. Tanner explained his job as a meteorologist, how he uses weather models and maps to forecast the weather, and how students can be safe during severe weather.  When Mr. Tanner reached the portion of his presentation where he discussed various tools used to keep the public informed about weather conditions, the students surprised him with the number of their suggestions, such as utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  To celebrate their learning and their special guest, students and teachers created weather hats. Each unique hat showcased a particular type of weather. Students enjoyed wearing them during the presentation and then during a short parade afterward.  As you can see, all had a fun time. Thank you Ben Tanner and WIS News 10 for partnering with us!



BCAA 6th Grader, Asher Kay, Wins School Geography Bee.
Thanks to all the students who participated in Busbee Creative Arts Academy’s Geography Bee Competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Congratulations to Asher Kay, Busbee’s school winner. Asher will take a qualifying exam in hopes of participating at the state level competition. The class-level winners are pictured below with Asher Kay in the center wearing his winner’s medallion: Adam Sassenger, Tristan Pridgen, Joe Pradubsri, and Demetrius Mundine, D'Ante Myers, Ethan Moody, Vincent Simpson, Megan Avery, Haley Russo, Nyshe Fields, and Samuel "Tre" Baucom.




Mr. Gregg Morton, Principal of Brookland-Cayce High School is pleased to announce that WilliamH. Sox (Will), son of Mark and Amary Sox, has been named a 2014 National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation of CollegeBoard, sponsors of the SAT. This honorable distinction is given to students who score exceedingly well on the PSAT which is given in the fall of a student’s junior year of high school. On the PSAT, Will made a perfect score on the math section and in all three sections he scored higher than 99% of all juniors across the nation. Will is one of 16,000 high school seniors in the nation who has been designated as a semifinalist and he now has the opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships this year. 





Soldier Surprises Students who Wrote to Him while Deployed
Staff Sargent Gregg Burrer came to Pineview Elementary at 9:00am on September 20 to thank Mrs. Kristi Hall and 
Mrs. Leslie Dillard who had their students from last year write to him and send him care packages for the 6 months he was in Afghanistan. He presented them with a certificate of appreciation and spoke with students while he was there.

    



Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology Serves Up Grits for Grandparents

      



First Graders from Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology Receive
Free Book Bags Filled with School Supplies Donated by Golden State Foods

   
   



Carla Adams from Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology
named District Teacher of the Year

   



Rick Shull, a member of the Lexington Two Board of Trustees, was recognized at the Board's August Meeting for achieving Level 2 Boardmanship through the SC School Board Association’s Boardmanship Institute.




Lexington Two Celebrates College and Career Readiness District Wide on College Colors Day

        



Pine Ridge Middle School achieved Ribbon status from the SC Department of Education for their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.




Taylor Elementary Receives
City of Cayce School Sprit Award

    



Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New
BC High School stadium

   



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