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Good evening students and families,

 

This week begins state testing for students in grades 3-8 and includes final exams for seniors on Friday.  We encourage you to have a consistent routine during these next few weeks that allows for plenty of sleep at night, breakfast in the morning, and a heightened focus and energy so you can do your very best all the way to the end.  We are proud of you for your perseverance through a long and unique school year!

 

As was shared through district communications last week after the Board meeting, Lexington Two will not be offering the Virtual Academy program in the 2021-22 school year.  Registration information for any families that had indicated interest in virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year will be processed by home schools in preparation for the return to five day face-to-face instruction.  

 

DATES THIS WEEK
 

Third Grade

Monday - ELA Day 1

Tuesday - ELA Day 2

Fourth Grade

No tests this week

Fifth Grade

Wednesday - Math

Sixth Grade

Thursday - ELA Day 1

Seventh Grade

Tuesday - ELA Day 1

Wednesday - Math

Eighth Grade

Tuesday - ELA Day 1

Thursday - ELA Day 2

High School EOCs

No End of Course tests
this week

High School Exams

Seniors: Friday, May 28

 

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Monday, May 31st - No School (Memorial Day)

Week of June 14th-18th - Students should return their devices and materials to their home schools; details with times and locations will be sent by the home schools themselves

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES (CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE)

 

YEAR-END EVENTS

  • June 15 - Congaree 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00 AM; Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church)
  • June 17 - PRMS Virtual 6th Grade Awards Ceremony (8:45 AM -9:30 AM)
  • June 17 - PRMS Virtual 7th Grade Awards Ceremony (9:45 AM -10:30 AM)
  • June 17 - AHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Eagle Stadium)
  • June 18 - PRMS Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (8:45 AM -9:30 AM)
  • June 18 - PRMS 'Graduation' Parade (5:30 PM -6:30 PM)
  • June 18 - BCHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Bearcat Stadium)

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

 

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

 

We hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a new week of learning!  Interim reports will be emailed home by students' home schools this week, which marks the halfway point through the last quarter of the school year.  Students, there is still much learning to take place, exams to take, and end-of-year celebrations in which to participate.  Commit yourself to giving your best through these last few weeks to set yourself up in the best possible starting position for the next school year.

 

DATES THIS WEEK
Monday, May 17th - Tax Day (last day to file individual returns)

Tuesday, May 18th - Q4 Interim reports emailed home

Thursday, May 20th - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Trustees (7:00 PM - Link)

 

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST
Monday, May 24th - SC Ready / SCPASS Testing begins (grades K-8) -- see schedule at https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/

Monday, May 31st - No School (Memorial Day)

 

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th grade; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the months of May and June.  There is a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates (https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/), as well as general information and points of contact for school-specific questions.

Parents who completed a request for bus transportation will receive an email this week with the bus stop and arrival time.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES (CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE)

 

YEAR-END EVENTS

  • June 15 - Congaree 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00 AM; Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church)
  • June 17 - PRMS Virtual 6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremonies (Times TBA)
  • June 17 - AHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Eagle Stadium)
  • June 18 - PRMS Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - PRMS 'Graduation' Parade (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - BCHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Bearcat Stadium)

 

AMERICAN LEGION AUTHORITY CONGAREE UNIT 90 - POPPY POSTER CONTEST

Interested students in grades 2-12 can participate by submitting a poster.  See the flyer for more information.

Poster submissions will be collected from the main offices of students' home schools on May 24th.  Poster contest rules can be found at https://www.legion-aux.org/national-poppy-poster-contest.  Posters are half the size of standard poster board.  For more information or questions, contact Unit 90 Auxiliary President, Tamela Jett, at tdjett@gmail.com

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

 

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Happy Mother's Day!  We know this has been a difficult year, balancing new dynamics at home and at work, trying to make the best choices you can to keep your family safe.  It has been exhausting and moms everywhere are tired.  We appreciate you not just today, but every day, and want encourage you to keep pressing on.  Hang in there and THANK YOU for all you do!

DATES THIS WEEK

Tuesday, May 12th - National School Nurse Day - they've had quite the year and deserve many thanks! 🩺

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Tuesday, May 18th - Interim Reports Emailed Home

Thursday, May 20th (7:00 PM) - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Monday, May 24th - SC Ready / SCPASS Testing begins (grades K-8) -- see schedule at https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/

Monday, May 31st - No School (Memorial Day)

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the months of May and June.  There is a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates (https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/), as well as general information and points of contact for school-specific questions.

To help transportation prepare, if students will need bus transportation on testing days, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/QcAP2hXEJupXn4B2A.  This is the last week to sign up for bus transportation so they can plan for needed route adjustments.  You will be notified by email prior to testing of the bus stop location and pickup time.  

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES (CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE)

YEAR-END EVENTS

  • June 17 - PRMS Virtual 6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremonies (Times TBA)
  • June 17 - AHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Eagle Stadium)
  • June 18 - PRMS Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - PRMS 'Graduation' Parade (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - BCHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Bearcat Stadium)

AMERICAN LEGION AUTHORITY CONGAREE UNIT 90 - POPPY POSTER CONTEST

Interested students in grades 2-12 can participate by submitting a poster.  See the flyer for more information.

Poster submissions will be collected from the main offices of students' home schools on May 24th.  Poster contest rules can be found at https://www.legion-aux.org/national-poppy-poster-contest.  Posters are half the size of standard poster board.  For more information or questions, contact Unit 90 Auxiliary President, Tamela Jett, at tdjett@gmail.com

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

In this week's update and going forward through the end of the school year, you will see a new section called "Year-End" events where we will list any events we are aware of at students' home schools.  If you see something from your home school and have questions, please contact the main office there for additional information.

DATES THIS WEEK

All Week - Teacher Appreciation Week & Children's Book Week

Tuesday, May 4th - Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 5th - National Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 5th (7:00 PM) - Community Virtual Engagement Session with Dr. Wade

Friday, May 7th - School Lunch Hero Day

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Wednesday, May 12th - National School Nurse Day 

Tuesday, May 18th - Interim Reports Emailed Home

Thursday, May 20th (7:00 PM) - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Trustees

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the months of May and June.  There is a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates (https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/), as well as general information and points of contact for school-specific questions.

To help transportation prepare, if students will need bus transportation on testing days, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/QcAP2hXEJupXn4B2A.  You will be notified by email prior to testing of the bus stop location and pickup time.  

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES (CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE)

YEAR-END EVENTS

  • June 17 - PRMS Virtual 6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremonies (Times TBA)
  • June 17 - AHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Eagle Stadium)
  • June 18 - PRMS Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - PRMS 'Graduation' Parade (Time TBA)
  • June 18 - BCHS Graduation Ceremony (8:00 AM; Bearcat Stadium)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Welcome to a new week!  Again as a reminder, please pay attention to the websites and communication from students' home schools over the coming months for information about state testing, end of year events like graduation, and other important news.

DATES THIS WEEK

Wednesday, April 28th - Regular school day (Originally was an early-release day)

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Tuesday, May 4th - Teacher Appreciation Day
Wednesday, May 5th - Community Virtual Engagement Session with Dr. Wade
Wednesday, May 12th - National School Nurse Day 

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the months of May and June.  There is a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates (https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/), as well as general information and points of contact for school-specific questions.

To help transportation prepare, if students will need bus transportation on testing days, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/QcAP2hXEJupXn4B2A.  If you tried previously and could not access the link, please try again - an automatic setting has now been turned off and you should be able to complete the form.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES (CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

 

Good evening students and families,

And here we start on the fourth quarter already!  Please pay attention to the websites and communication from students' home schools over the coming months for information about state testing, end of year events like graduation, and other important news.

DATES THIS WEEK

Monday, April 19th - Spring STAR testing begins (grades K-8)
Monday, April 19th - High School Common Formative Assessment (CFA) #2 begins

Thursday, April 22nd - Report cards for 3rd quarter are emailed home by home schools
Thursday, April 22nd - Earth Day
Thursday, April 22nd - Regular Monthly Board Meeting (6:00 PM - Agenda / Livestream)

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Tuesday, May 4th - Teacher Appreciation Day

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the months of May and June.  There is a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates (https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/), as well as general information and points of contact for school-specific questions.

To help transportation prepare, if students will need bus transportation on testing days, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/QcAP2hXEJupXn4B2A.  

REQUEST FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

We are working on a project for Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first week of May, and we're hoping you can help us. We're looking to speak to students and parents about teachers who went above and beyond to help kids during the pandemic.  If you have someone you would like to recognize, please contact the district's Public Information Officer, Dawn Kujawa, at dkujawa@lex2.org.

AMERICAN LEGION FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY

You are invited to participate in a flag retirement ceremony by American Legion Post 90 at the South Congaree Arena (395 Oak Street, West Columbia, 29172) on Saturday, April 24th at 6:00 PM.  If you have a flag needing to be retired, you can contact Commander John C. Matthews at (803) 917-5986 or swm1254@earthlink.net.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

 

Welcome back from Spring Break!  We hope you had a restful week and are ready to finish strong through the last quarter of the school year.  

 

DATES THIS WEEK

Monday, April 12th - District Remote Learning Day
There may be some schedule alterations due to the district's vaccination schedule in the morning and district professional development for elementary teachers in the afternoon.  Plan to attend live Google Meets as normal and teachers will communicate any schedule changes.

 

Wednesday, April 14th - Dr. Wade's Community Engagement Session (11:00 AM) - https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live 

Thursday, April 15th - End of 3rd Quarter

 

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Thursday, April 22nd - 3rd Quarter report cards are mailed home

 

END OF YEAR STATE TESTING

Students will need to go to their home schools for state testing (SCReady/SCPASS - 3rd through 8th; End of Course testing - high schools; Advanced Placement tests - high schools) during the month of May.  We will be setting up a link on the Virtual Academy website with testing subjects and dates which will be viewable by the end of the week at https://virtualacademy.lex2.org/testing/.

To help transportation prepare, if students will need bus transportation on testing days, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/QcAP2hXEJupXn4B2A.  

 

GIRL SCOUT APPLICATIONS

Applications to join Girl Scouts are available in the main offices of schools for interested families.

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

 

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

There are four days of classes this week with no school on Friday.  There will not be a weekly email next Sunday.  We hope everyone has a safe, relaxing Spring Break and comes back recharged for the final 10 weeks of school.

DATES THIS WEEK

Friday, April 2nd - In-Service Day (No school for students)

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Monday, April 5th - Friday, April 9th - Spring Break

Monday, April 12th - Remote learning day for Lexington Two (regular schedule for Virtual Academy)

Wednesday, April 14th - Virtual Community Engagement Session with Dr. Wade, Superintendent

Thursday, April 15th - End of the third quarter

Thursday, April 22nd - Report cards are emailed home

IMPORTANT NEWS AND HEADLINES (Click on each link for more information)

Register by April 1 to pick up seven days of free meals during spring break week

Lexington Two will start 2021-22 school year with 5-day face-to-face learning

Submit questions for the April 14 Virtual Community Engagement Session

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Happy Spring!  In the weeks leading up to Spring Break, it can be easy to let up on the gas pedal and coast with assignments and studying.  Keep working hard and attending class this week!

DATES THIS WEEK

Monday, March 22 - District Remote Learning Day
••This does not change the VIrtual Academy schedule - classes will go on as normal**

Tuesday, March 23 - Rescheduled regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees @ 7:00 PM (LivestreamAgenda)

Wednesday, March 24 - Reminder that this is a regular school day (no longer an Early Release Day)

UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST

Friday, April 2nd - In-Service Day (No school for students)

Monday, April 5th - Friday, April 9th - Spring Break

LEXINGTON TWO HONORS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS - MARCH

You can find the newsletter at https://4.files.edl.io/cdea/03/16/21/145447-5fdf9dcb-9d50-4392-9880-873abb2be1c0.pdf 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RISING 4K, 5K STUDENTS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

For full details, visit https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1393670 or contact Lexington Two’s Early Childhood Department at (803) 926-5743.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Here to serve and support,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Welcome to a new week!  If you haven't already, please remember to adjust your clocks ahead an hour to account for the time change.  

DATES THIS WEEK

March 18 – South Carolina Day

March 18 – Regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees  @ 7:00 PM (LivestreamAgenda)

LEXINGTON TWO WILL HOLD IN-PERSON GRADUATION EVENTS AT HIGH SCHOOLS

Airport High School’s graduation is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at Eagle Stadium.
Brookland-Cayce High School’s graduation is set for 8 a.m. Friday, June 18, at Bearcat Stadium. 

Details about the in-person ceremonies will be released later this spring.

REMOTE LEARNING DAYS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22ND AND APRIL 12TH

Lexington Two has scheduled two upcoming remote learning days -- Monday, March 22, and Monday, April 12 -- to allow flexibility for eligible Lexington Two employees to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during two district-wide vaccination events scheduled on March 22 and April 12. Employees include teachers, support staff, administration, maintenance, custodians, food service personnel, transportation, student teachers, and interpreters.  

While this impacts students attending in person, these days do not affect the daily schedule or routine for the Virtual Academy.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RISING 4K, 5K STUDENTS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

For full details, visit https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1393670 or contact Lexington Two’s Early Childhood Department at (803) 926-5743.

LIMITED SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATIONS

Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.  For full details, visit https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1368387.

NEW: ROUND 2 P-EBT BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS

For full details, visit https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1395043.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Parents, thank you for all you do each day to support your child's learning!  Virtual learning truly takes a team approach and we are grateful for the large role you play in your child's success.  

Students, thank you for giving your best effort each and every day.  We know it's not easy to be your own bell system and hall monitor to make sure you get yourself to class.  It's not easy to log on each day and focus when you're at home.  Continue to take responsiblity for your learning and giving 100% each day!

INTERIM REPORTS

Interim reports for the 3rd quarter will be emailed home to the address in PowerSchool on Monday by students' home schools.  Please contact your child's home school if you do not receive a copy by Monday evening.  

UPCOMING DATES

March 14 – Daylight Savings Time begins (spring clocks ahead one hour)

March 18 – South Carolina Day

March 18 – Regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees

LEXINGTON TWO RELEASES 2021-2022 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The 2021-2022 academic calendar was approved by the school board at its monthly meeting on February 25 and can be found on the district’s website at https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1395449.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EARLY COLLEGE / DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS

Registration is now open for two programs for Lexington Two high school students interested in earning college credits -- at no cost -- during the high school day during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Registration runs through March 12 for the Early College Freshman Cohort (for current 9th graders) or the Early College/dual enrollment (for current 10th- and 11th-graders).

Go to this link -- https://bit.ly/2PeI8EZ -- to:

  • Watch videos of two Zoom meetings discussing more information about the Early College Freshman Cohort (for current 9th graders) or the Early College/dual enrollment (for current 10th- and 11th-graders).
  • Put in an application for either program for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RISING 4K, 5K STUDENTS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

To be eligible to enroll, a child must turn age 4 on or before September 1, 2021. For 4K programs only, family income should meet federal free and reduced lunch guidelines.  

Register online at www.lex2.org. To complete the registration process, all required documents must be dropped off between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the school serving the attendance zone in which the student lives. Among required registration documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate (long form required)
  • Child’s immunization certificate
  • Two proofs of residence (one utility bill and a lease/mortgage; may provide documents from federal government if no utility bill)
  • Proof of income for 4K students only (Acceptable forms of proof: child’s Medicaid card, parent/guardian’s pay stub or income tax information)  

​If there is a problem getting documents to the school, please contact the school for which your child is zoned or the Office of Student Services at (803) 739-3141.  

All families with children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2021 -- regardless of income -- are encouraged to register and attend screening appointments in the event that slots become available. Screenings for rising 4K students will take place in April and June.  Students will be accepted into the program based upon screening results.

For more information, contact Lexington Two’s Early Childhood Department at (803) 926-5743.

LIMITED SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATIONS

Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

​Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.
 

NEW: ROUND 2 P-EBT BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS

P-EBT is a benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school schedule changes.

Lexington Two participates in the National School Lunch Program. As a result, K-12 students in Lexington Two, who were approved for free or reduced lunch, are potentially eligible to receive P-EBT.

For students to be paid P-EBT benefits, the school schedule must be altered by 5 days and students must attend school virtually 100% or on a hybrid schedule. Students will receive P-EBT for days of virtual attendance after the 5-day threshold is met. The P-EBT card benefit cannot be transferred to anyone else or used by someone outside your household.

All P-EBT benefits will be mailed out on new SNAP cards. The first payment will be issued at the end March 2021.

If students do not receive P-EBT benefits and you feel they should have, please contact the Lexington Two nutrition office at (803) 739-4010 to determine the student’s free or reduced status. If the student is free or reduced, then an eligibility letter should be obtained and emailed to DSS at pebtbenefits@dss.sc.gov.

For all eligible household child(ren), a P-EBT card will be mailed to the address on file with your child’s school district. The first P-EBT payment will happen at the end March 2021. Please allow a minimum of 14 business days for card delivery. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefit.

Is your address on file correct?

DSS will open an address portal to change incorrect addresses once the first PEBT cards are issued near the end of March. Addresses must be changed in the portal for the card to be mailed to the correct address. All households with potentially eligible students are strongly encouraged to validate their address in the DSS P-EBT Address Portal on or before March 19, 2021. The address portal can be found at https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/pebt/addressverification. Addresses can only be changed by the legal guardian of the child(ren). The parent/legal guardian must enter the last name, DOB, Student Number, School District, and the School Name to review or change the address on file. All address issues will be handled through DSS.

Please refer to the attached Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.
 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

As the calendar turns to March, here are a few important notes for the week ahead:

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION WITH DR. WADE

Dr. Nicolas Wade, Superintendent, will hold his monthly Community Engagement session on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 7:00 PM.

To access the virtual event, please click here for the district’s YouTube Channel. To submit a question or topic for the virtual event, please click here.

 

UPCOMING DATES OF IMPORTANCE

March 8 – Interim reports for Q3 sent home via email

March 14 – Daylight Savings Time begins (spring clocks ahead one hour)

March 18 – South Carolina Day

March 18 – Regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees
 

LEXINGTON TWO RELEASES 2021-2022 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The 2021-2022 academic calendar was approved by the school board at its monthly meeting on February 25 and can be found on the district’s website at https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1395449.
 

THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY PROGRAM AND THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Lexington Two has some new information for everyone on COVID related matters, the vaccine rollout, and the Virtual Academy for next year!

Please click here for information about the Virtual Academy and new accountability measures for student eligibility that will be in place for the 2021-22 school year.

Please click here for the February COVID-19 board report that addresses the Virtual Academy, vaccine, funding, and end-of-the-year events.

Please click here for the district's report on its vaccination site plan.

As always, please refer to our Lex2.0 page for all communications, information, and updates about Lexington Two as it continues to navigate learning and operations during the pandemic.
 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RISING 4K, 5K STUDENTS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

To be eligible to enroll, a child must turn age 4 on or before September 1, 2021. For 4K programs only, family income should meet federal free and reduced lunch guidelines.  

Register online at www.lex2.org. To complete the registration process, all required documents must be dropped off between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the school serving the attendance zone in which the student lives. Among required registration documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate (long form required)
  • Child’s immunization certificate
  • Two proofs of residence (one utility bill and a lease/mortgage; may provide documents from federal government if no utility bill)
  • Proof of income for 4K students only (Acceptable forms of proof: child’s Medicaid card, parent/guardian’s pay stub or income tax information)  

​If there is a problem getting documents to the school, please contact the school for which your child is zoned or the Office of Student Services at (803) 739-3141.  

All families with children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2021 -- regardless of income -- are encouraged to register and attend screening appointments in the event that slots become available. Screenings for rising 4K students will take place in April and June.  Students will be accepted into the program based upon screening results.

For more information, contact Lexington Two’s Early Childhood Department at (803) 926-5743.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - VIRTUALSC

High school students, VirtualSC (entirely different program than the district's Virtual Academy) offers select fast-track spring courses for credit.  Registration for the fast track opens February 17th and ends March 3rd.  Additionally, registration for summer courses opens on March 29th.  You can contact your guidance counselor for more information.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – GRADUATION

A reminder for seniors to continue to pay attention to deadlines related to graduation events at your home schools.  Follow your high schools on social media and/or watch for email updates and information posted to the school websites.  Ordering deadlines for caps and gowns, which are required for participation in the ceremony, are very soon. 

 

TIP FOR SUPPORTING LEARNERS AT HOME

An effective learning coach helps kids feel in control of their own learning. Wait until they ask for help before jumping in with your solution. If they’re stuck, you might ask them a question like, “Where could you go for help?” instead of providing the answer.

LIMITED SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATIONS

Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

​Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.
 

NEW: ROUND 2 P-EBT BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS

P-EBT is a benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school schedule changes.

Lexington Two participates in the National School Lunch Program. As a result, K-12 students in Lexington Two, who were approved for free or reduced lunch, are potentially eligible to receive P-EBT.

For students to be paid P-EBT benefits, the school schedule must be altered by 5 days and students must attend school virtually 100% or on a hybrid schedule. Students will receive P-EBT for days of virtual attendance after the 5-day threshold is met. The P-EBT card benefit cannot be transferred to anyone else or used by someone outside your household.

All P-EBT benefits will be mailed out on new SNAP cards. The first payment will be issued at the end March 2021.

If students do not receive P-EBT benefits and you feel they should have, please contact the Lexington Two nutrition office at (803) 739-4010 to determine the student’s free or reduced status. If the student is free or reduced, then an eligibility letter should be obtained and emailed to DSS at pebtbenefits@dss.sc.gov.

For all eligible household child(ren), a P-EBT card will be mailed to the address on file with your child’s school district. The first P-EBT payment will happen at the end March 2021. Please allow a minimum of 14 business days for card delivery. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefit.

Is your address on file correct?

DSS will open an address portal to change incorrect addresses once the first PEBT cards are issued near the end of March. Addresses must be changed in the portal for the card to be mailed to the correct address. All households with potentially eligible students are strongly encouraged to validate their address in the DSS P-EBT Address Portal on or before March 19, 2021. The address portal can be found at https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/pebt/addressverification. Addresses can only be changed by the legal guardian of the child(ren). The parent/legal guardian must enter the last name, DOB, Student Number, School District, and the School Name to review or change the address on file. All address issues will be handled through DSS.

Please refer to the attached Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.
 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,
Here are a few notes for the week ahead:

 

Reminder that Wednesday is a full day
The district previously announced that they were suspending the scheduled early release days on the calendar, so Wednesday will operate on a normal Wednesday schedule this week.  Please make note of this on your calendar for the future dates (March 24th & April 28th).

 

Thursday is Digital Learning Day #DLDay
Although all of our days are digital learning days, the Alliance for Excellent Education began this day ten years ago to support teachers who incorporate technology into instruction and highlight the value and potential for technology in the nation’s schools.  With collective sharing of ideas and resources, the Alliance seeks to improve learning experiences and outcomes for students.

 

Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on Thursday at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube and the agenda can be found on the district website by going to https://4.files.edl.io/715c/02/19/21/174332-13cb7037-a257-4b1e-95ad-0c73c6a280c0.pdf.  

 

Info meetings set for Early College, dual enrollment programs for 2021-22
Lexington Two high school students and their families are invited to join a virtual meeting to learn more about two programs for the 2021-22 academic year that offer opportunities to earn college credits -- at no cost -- during the high school day. 

EARLY COLLEGE FRESHMAN COHORT

(For current ninth-grade students)

On Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m., Dr. Dixon Brooks, Lexington Two’s Chief Instructional Officer, and Judi Bledsoe, the district’s Early College Coordinator, will host a Zoom meeting for parents/guardians of current ninth-graders to provide details about participating in the Lex 2 Early College Freshman Cohort Program.

The district’s Early College program, in partnership with Midlands Technical College, allows students to take free college courses, with an opportunity to earn an associate degree and potentially enter a 4-year college or university with as much as half of their bachelor's degree already completed. 

The program requires a three-year commitment, including summers. Students must meet Midlands Technical College requirements for college level courses.

The application period for the Early College program is February 24-March 12.


EARLY COLLEGE DUAL ENROLLMENT 

(For current 10th and 11th grade students)

On Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m., the district will host a Zoom meeting for parents/guardians of current 10th and 11th grade students to provide details about participating in the dual enrollment program. Eligible students can take two college courses each semester of their junior and senior years of high school, with the courses counting as both college and high school credit. Students can complete as many as 8 college courses and earn 24 college credits. 

Students must meet Midlands Technical College requirements for college level courses.

The application period for the dual enrollment program is February 27-March 12.

HOW TO JOIN THE ZOOM MEETINGS

The same Zoom meeting link, as well as ID and passcode, will be used for both the Early College and dual enrollment virtual meetings.

Link to Join Early College Zoom Meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82327261254?pwd=SmhKSzZOeWI1M3d3bUM5VFBvTFFjQT09

Meeting ID: 823 2726 1254

Passcode: 671800

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,82327261254#,,,,*671800# US (Washington DC)

+13126266799,,82327261254#,,,,*671800# US (Chicago)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbPBWg7wbW

 

High School Students - VirtualSC Fast Track
High school students, VirtualSC (entirely different program than the district's Virtual Academy) offers select fast-track spring courses for credit.  Registration for the fast track opens February 17th and ends March 3rd.  Additionally, registration for summer courses opens on March 29th.  You can contact your guidance counselor for more information.

 

High School Seniors - Graduation
Seniors, please be watching for communication in your email and on the high schools' websites and social media for information regarding graduation.  The Virtual Academy is a program and way to take classes, but is not a separate school.  You will take part in the AHS or BCHS graduation ceremonies.  Please be aware of deadlines and responsibilities so you can celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments!

 

Lexington Two's Honors and Accomplishments Newsletter
The newsletter for February can be found at https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1391148.  Congratulations to all those recognized!

 

Keeping Balance
When school and social time are both happening online, focusing on screen time may not be the best way to teach boundaries. The book Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World suggests a better approach is to teach digital balance. Instead of focusing on how many minutes a child spends on the screen, help them create a healthy balance among a variety of online and offline activities.

Here are some tips:

• Discuss the importance of having a variety of digital and physical activities with your kids.
• Incorporate non-digital learning activities into the school day.
• Agree on tech-free times, such as family meals (parents: this includes you, too).
• Avoid leaving devices in kids’ bedrooms at night; store out of reach at the end of the learning day.

Limited School Choice Applications
Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.

 

Technical Support
Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,

Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,
Happy Valentine's Day!  Here are a few important notes for the week ahead:

No School Monday
Please remember there is no school on Monday, February 15th, for students or staff due to the Presidents' Day holiday.  

High School Students - VirtualSC Fast Track
High school students, VirtualSC (entirely different program than the district's Virtual Academy) offers select fast-track spring courses for credit.  Registration for the fast track opens February 17th and ends March 3rd.  Additionally, registration for summer courses opens on March 29th.  You can contact your guidance counselor for more information.

Tips for Supporting Learners at Home
Much of the school experience for your children will be shaped by your example and attitude.  Give yourself some leeway as you navigate new responsibilities as a learning coach.  Here are some tips to help support your child's success with virtual learning:
• Use a visual checklist or stickers to keep younger kids focused on completing tasks.
• Model good learning habits, like how to take notes and stay organized.
• Help kids stay on track by having them write down their goals for the day.
• Talk to kids about distractions such as social media, television, video games, or even other people in the house during school time.
• Encourage students to collaborate with their peers on schoolwork when assignments allow.

Ordering Free Meals for Virtual Academy Students
Orders for free meals must be placed in advance on the PayPams website, so food services will know how many meals to prepare for each family. 

Curbside pickup of pre-ordered meals will be offered two days a week -- Monday and Thursday only -- from 11am-12pm at four Lexington Two schools: Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High.  Monday’s curbside pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday’s pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday and Friday.  

Additionally, weekend meals must be pre-ordered in advance and are available for curbside pickup each Thursday between 11am-12pm at Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High School. Weekend meals include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

When student meals are pre-ordered in advance, the student and/or parent/guardian do not need to be present at curbside pickup. Anyone may pick up the meals, as long as the student's name appears on the pre-order list.

HOW TO PRE-ORDER MEALS FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP
Lexington Two families will need to first register at www.paypams.com before they can pre-order meals for curbside pickup. 

  • Visit www.paypams.com
  • Click SIGN UP NOW
  • Select State:  SC
  • Click Submit
  • Double Click:  Lexington School District Two
  • Click Continue
  • Complete the requested information
  • Click Create Account
  • Review Summary
  • Click Submit, if information is correct.  If not, click Edit.
  • Enter your students First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth
  • Click Add
  • Click Add more to add additional Students
  • Repeat this process for each student

After registering, families are ready to pre-order meals as follows:

  • Log in to PayPams.com 
  • Click on Meal Ordering
  • Choose your Location for Meal Pickup by selecting the Type of Student and the Pickup Location
  • Select the days you are ordering
  • Click Submit Order (look for confirmation #)
  • Repeat Process for other students
  • Don’t forget to pick up meals on the the correct day and time you’ve indicated in the order

QUESTIONS?

Families with questions about 2020-21 meal service can call the Food Service Office at (803) 739-4010.

Limited School Choice Applications

Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.

Technical Support
Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.

Have a great week,
Dr. Burggraaf

Good evening students and families,

Here are a few important notes for the week ahead:

Report Cards

Report cards for the second quarter will be emailed home Monday (grades K-8) and Wednesday (high school) to the same parent email address this message is sent each week.  The release of high school report cards is delayed due to continued End-of-Course test make-ups taking place.  

A reminder: If you were with the Virtual Academy back in November, two of the 'absences' on students' report cards are from the two days of district network outage.  They are not unexcused absences, and in no way count against students, but were coded as principal-approved absences to reflect that virtual classes did not meet on those two days.  For a variety of reporting reasons they need to appear as such, but do not be concerned when you see them.


 

Why do I need my camera on?

As part of their participation in the Virtual Academy program, we require students to have their cameras on during class for many reasons, some of which include:

  • It is one way teachers verify that a student does not log the computer in to class and walk away to do something else
  • We are required to be able to regularly check on the physical welfare of students
  • In a virtual setting, the teacher watches for facial cues to indicate student understanding, confusion, or frustration
  • When not in a classroom together, being able to see one another helps build a sense of community and reduces feelings of social isolation among children and teens

Thank you for your continued cooperation with this requirement.


Ordering Free Meals for Virtual Academy Students

Orders for free meals must be placed in advance on the PayPams website, so food services will know how many meals to prepare for each family. 

Curbside pickup of pre-ordered meals will be offered two days a week -- Monday and Thursday only -- from 11am-12pm at four Lexington Two schools: Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High.  Monday’s curbside pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday’s pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday and Friday.  

Additionally, weekend meals must be pre-ordered in advance and are available for curbside pickup each Thursday between 11am-12pm at Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High School. Weekend meals include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

When student meals are pre-ordered in advance, the student and/or parent/guardian do not need to be present at curbside pickup. Anyone may pick up the meals, as long as the student's name appears on the pre-order list.

HOW TO PRE-ORDER MEALS FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP

Lexington Two families will need to first register at www.paypams.com before they can pre-order meals for curbside pickup. 

  • Visit www.paypams.com
  • Click SIGN UP NOW
  • Select State:  SC
  • Click Submit
  • Double Click:  Lexington School District Two
  • Click Continue
  • Complete the requested information
  • Click Create Account
  • Review Summary
  • Click Submit, if information is correct.  If not, click Edit.
  • Enter your students First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth
  • Click Add
  • Click Add more to add additional Students
  • Repeat this process for each student

After registering, families are ready to pre-order meals as follows:

  • Log in to PayPams.com 
  • Click on Meal Ordering
  • Choose your Location for Meal Pickup by selecting the Type of Student and the Pickup Location
  • Select the days you are ordering
  • Click Submit Order (look for confirmation #)
  • Repeat Process for other students
  • Don’t forget to pick up meals on the the correct day and time you’ve indicated in the order

QUESTIONS?

Families with questions about 2020-21 meal service can call the Food Service Office at (803) 739-4010.


Limited School Choice Applications

Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.


Technical Support

Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

2/15 - Presidents' Day - No school for students or staff

Good evening Virtual Academy students and families,

Welcome to the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second!  Please see below for the important things happening this week:

All Week

National School Counseling Week - thanks to our school counselors around the district!

Monday, Feb. 1st

Black History Month begins
World Readaloud Day

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

End of the second quarter

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd

No School for Students - Teacher In-Service Day
Superintendent's Monthly Virtual Engagement Session (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Thursday, Feb. 4th

Beginning of the third quarter.  High school students - be sure to check your second semester schedules in PowerSchool and contact your guidance counselor with any questions.  Your new teachers will be sending out course information including course syllabi, Google Classroom codes, and Google Meet information.

School Board Workshop (5:30 PM) - Agenda

Upcoming Dates

2/8 - Report cards are emailed home
2/15 - No School (Presidents' Day)


 

As a reminder, students who attend the Lexington Two Virtual Academy that are enrolled in a CTE course the Lexington Two Innovation Center will need to provide their own transportation to L2IC for class each day.  There are currently no CTE course offerings through the Virtual Academy.  If you are unable to provide transportation to L2IC, please let your guidance counselor know so they can schedule you in a different course.  


Mr. Morris, AHS soccer coach,  is inviting students to Airport girls' soccer tryouts for B team, JV team and Varsity.  Tryouts start February 1st and run through February 5th.  Tryouts will begin at 4pm and last till 5:30 each day.  Virtual students from Airport High School, Fulmer Middle and Pine Ridge Middle are encouraged to attend tryouts.  For more information or if you have any questions, please email Coach Morris at keithm@lex2.org.


The district has published its monthly Honors and Accomplishments newsletter.  Congratulations to all who are recognized this month!


WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.


Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.


Have a great week,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening Virtual Academy students and families,

This week marks the last full week of the first semester.  The last day of the quarter is Tuesday, February 2nd.  Press forward with completing assignments and attending classes in order to finish strong.


High school students and families - please watch for a separate email tonight with reminders about exams and End of Course testing.

Upper elementary and middle school students will take district benchmark assessments in reading and math this week to gauge their progress on key grade-level standards.  This data will continue to guide instruction during the second half of the year.

Upcoming Dates

2/2 - End of second quarter
2/3 - In-service Day (No school for students)
2/4 - Classes start for third quarter
2/8 - Report cards for second quarter are emailed home
2/15 - Presidents' Day (No school)


Mr. Morris, AHS soccer coach,  is inviting students to Airport girls' soccer tryouts for B team, JV team and Varsity.  Tryouts start February 1st and run through February 5th.  Tryouts will begin at 4pm and last till 5:30 each day.  Virtual students from Airport High School, Fulmer Middle and Pine Ridge Middle are encouraged to attend tryouts.  For more information or if you have any questions, please email Coach Morris at keithm@lex2.org.


WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Registration is now open for Lexington Two students interested in applying to attend a school outside their regular attendance zone.

Limited School Choice tries to provide parents who are legal residents of Lexington Two with the means to enroll their K5 -12 children in a specific school based on an identified need.  Applicants must have a record of good behavior and good attendance. School Choice is not an option for 3K and 4K students.

The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

Students already on Limited School Choice who will be returning to the same school for the 2021-22 academic year do not have to fill out a new application. However, those already on Limited School Choice who want to continue in the feeder school program (fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth grade) will need to complete a new application. Current Wood Elementary first grade students who are zoned for second grade at Congaree Elementary must submit a Limited School Choice application to be considered to remain at Wood.  

Approved reasons for requesting school choice are ranked by the district in priority order.  Requests will be granted based on the priority order and the enrollment capacity of the requested school.  If the number of applicants exceeds the determined enrollment capacity of a specific school, a waiting list for that school and grade level will be created. Turning in an application for Limited School Choice does not guarantee placement.

When requesting school choice, parents must agree to:

  • Transport the student by car to and from school each day (no school bus transportation)
  • Ensure punctuality/daily attendance, and be accessible to the school as needed
  • Ensure the student will maintain a good behavior record

Limited School Choice print applications are available at Lexington Two schools, while online applications are available by clicking here.


Just a reminder that if you need technical support, please visit https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home for assistance.


Have an enjoyable week of learning and growing,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening, students and families!  This email includes important news and updates for the week ahead.


There is NO SCHOOL on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There will not be live class sessions or assignments posted on that day.


Girls in grades 7-12 from AHS and feeder middle schools - Softball conditioning begins on Tuesday 1/19 and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-5:15.  Any girl interested should meet at the softball field.  Softball tryouts will be February 1st.  ~ Coach Parker, Head Varsity Softball Coach


Thursday night is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees at 7:00 PM.  You can find the agenda and a link to watch the Board Meeting live stream on the district's website (https://www.lex2.org/) under the BOARD OF TRUSTEES tab.


For high school students, please see below for EOC and exam schedules.  EOC tests are state-mandated tests that must be taken on campus at the high schools themselves.  Please watch the AHS and BCHS websites and social media for information including specific times and building locations.  Regular course exams do not require you to come on campus.  If you have any questions about the exams themselves, please contact your teacher.  If you have questions about on-site logistics, please contact the high school offices.

January 25 - English 2 EOC Reading

January 27 - English 2 EOC Writing

January 28 - Regular Exams 2nd & 4th Periods

January 28 - Algebra I EOC

January 29 - Regular Exams 1st and 3rd Periods

January 29 - Algebra 1 EOC

February 1 - US History EOC

February 2 - Biology 1 EOC


As a reminder, if you need assistance with technology (hardware or software), please utilize the district's help desk at https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home.  If you would like to access tutorials and guides for key platforms like SeeSaw, Acellus, and Google Classroom, you can find information on the self-help page at https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/self-help-resources.  

One at-home tip: Google has recently rolled out a network and computer checking panel in the troubleshooting section to help users understand what might be impacting their Google Meet experience if you are having difficulty.  It analyzes both network stability and processing load (having a ton of browser tabs open).  If your network stability shows a connection delay, it has to do with the speed of your home WiFi.  If CPU usage is high, it refers to how many other tasks/apps/websites you have open on your computer competing for processing and memory.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Welcome to a new week of learning and growing!  This email includes important news and updates.


Lexington Two will not have Early Release days the remainder of the school year.  These will now be full school days (Jan, 27th, Feb. 24th, March 24th, and April 28th).  Please make these changes to your calendars.


For high school students, please be on the lookout for End of Course testing and class exam schedules.  Due to the current period of remote learning for the district, the schedules are being adjusted and will be released soon.


As a reminder, every website that students visit on their district-issued Chromebooks is recorded, including the length of time students spent on a particular site.  If the need arises, this activity log can be viewed by school and district administrators.


Looking ahead, there is NO SCHOOL on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18th).  There will not be live class sessions or assignments posted on that day.


Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Happy New Year to our Virtual Academy students and families!  We hope you had a safe, relaxing Winter Break.

As you are likely aware, Lexington Two students who normally attend classes in person will engage in remote learning this week, January 4-8.  Our Virtual Academy daily schedule, expectations, and procedures are not impacted by this change and will not be affected by any changes the brick-and-mortar schools need to make during this period.

Please check out the updated Lex2.0 page for recent communications and information regarding coronavirus and our district's continued safety measures and response. This can be found by going to the district website at www.lex2.org.

If you are new to the Virtual Academy, welcome!  Please be sure to regularly check your email for information and updates from your teachers.  Secondary (middle and high school) students will also want to check their schedules in the Student Portal.  If you have questions about how to join a specific class, please contact that teacher directly via email.


As we get back into routines and procedures, here are some important reminders:

  • Students are expected to be on time and actively present for all live class sessions.  Absences and tardies are recorded in accordance with the district's attendance policies.
  • If your child is absent, you have three (3) school days to submit a written excuse to the attendance clerk at the home school.  You can do this via email.
  • Home WiFi connectivity issues are not an excusable reason for an absence.  Please be sure to have a back-up plan in place so you can still attend classes and complete assignments in the event of WiFi issues (ex. join via a cell phone; use a mobile hotspot).
  • Assignmetns must be completed and submitted by posted due dates.  Not completing assignments will also result in being marked absent.  If assignments are completed late, the teacher may update the grade, but the absence will not be removed.
  • If you need technology support, please go to https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home.

Dr. Wade will offer monthly Virtual Community Engagement Sessions. Participants will be able to submit questions in advance or send them in during the event.  The first session is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 6. You can join the event here: https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.  You can find a list of other dates and times on our district website.


High School Early College Students

In preparation for Early College Dual Enrollment Spring 2021 semester beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021, I have provided the 1st and 2nd block EC course schedule and other important details below. Spring EC courses are entered on the students' 2nd semester high school schedules as necessary (though they begin on January 11th). 

SPRING 2021 Lexington 2 DE ZOOM SCHEDULE

1st Block 9:35-11:05 am

2nd Block 11:15-12:45 am  

1/11/2021 - Spring courses begin

Spring 2021 Dual Enrollment courses begin on 1/11/2021

Students are required to attend these classes via Zoom (or face-to-face) at the times their classes are scheduled. DE Courses are entered on AHS and BCHS schedules as close to their scheduled times as possible. Classes are held on alternating days Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesday/Thursdays, with a few exceptions.

1/7-8/2021 - Dual Enrollment Books issued in L2IC Drive-By

Early College students will pick-up their EC textbooks in drive-by at L2IC on Thursday and Friday, 1/7-8/2021. Students will be notified by email and text.

1/8/2021 - Required EC New Student Online Orientation 

New EC students (first time participants) will  attend rerequired “online” orientation from 9-10 am on Friday, 1/8/2021

Lexington 2 Dual Enrollment students follow their Midlands Technical College schedules, as posted in their personal MTC D2L Brightspace accounts. 


Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening Virtual Academy families,

 

Please read through this weekly message for multiple important updates.

 

Friday marks the deadline for requesting a change to face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year.  Received requests will be considered on a space-available basis and you will be notified if your request is approved prior to the Jan. 4th (elementary/middle) or Feb. 4th (high school) start date.  There will be no additional changes to requests after Friday's date.

 

STAR testing continues this week for students in grades K-9 in early literacy/reading and math.  

 

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two has scheduled a Workshop for 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.    The meeting will be conducted at the Lexington Two Innovation Center, will be held remotely for the public, and may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.  Notices and Agendas are posted on the District’s website, www.lex2.org / Board of Trustees / Board Meetings / Agenda.  Please call the office of the Superintendent at 739-8399, if you have questions.

 

Virtual Tip of the Week

With other siblings learning from home, or parents working from home, a child's learning station may have to be in a shared space (e.g., multiple children working at a dining room table).  If this is the case, there are some important adjustments you should consider to make learning stations work well.  For example, a headset with a microphone can make it easier to block out noise while students are participating online, and a tri-fold display (like the kind used for science fair projects) can turn a shared table into a more focused learning space.

 

Technology Support

Please continue to utilize the district's Help Desk as needed for technology support. You can access the Help Desk and technology tutorials by going to https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home.

 

News regarding student meals

Good news for students and families!  The USDA has extended free meals for rest of the school year 2020-2021.  Based on this, all students will continue to eat for free, for the remainder of the school year https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/usda-040120.  We do not want this announcement to deter families from completing the Free-Reduced meal application, as this is still important for numerous reasons:
1)  When we return to school in August 2021, a student's eligibility status from the previous year will carry over for the 1st 30 days of school, which allows time to process the new applications without families incurring charges. 
2)  This information helps families with costs associated with fees and other services, just to name a few.

Lexington Two will also be serving meals over Winter Break.

What: Free breakfast and lunch for the weeks of vacation.
When: Pickup Tuesday, 12/22 (for 12/22-12/28) & Tuesday, 12/29 (for 12/29-1/3) between 11 AM & 1 PM
Where: Cayce Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle, or Riverbank Elementary
How: Register at www.paypams.com by WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020

You must register each student individually and register for each week you plan on picking meals up.  You can see more information on the school and district websites.

Step 1: Register for a PayPams Account

1. Visit www.paypams.com
2. Click SIGN UP NOW
3. Select State: SC
4. Click Submit
5. Double Click: Lexington School District Two
6. Click Continue
7. Complete the requested information
8. Click Create Account
9. Review Summary
10. Click Submit, if information is correct. If not, click Edit.
11. Enter your students First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth
12. Click Add
13. Click Add more to add additional Students
14. Repeat this process for each student

Note: Any child under the age of 18 can participate. Select ‘non student’ for those not enrolled in the district.

Step 2: Place your Order

1. Logon to PayPams.com
2. Click on Meal Ordering
3. Choose your Location for Meal Pickup by selecting the Pickup Location
4. Click Submit Order (look for confirmation #)
5. Repeat Process for other students
6. Make sure to register for each week you plan on picking up meals, 12/22 & 12/29
7. Don’t forget to pick up meals on the correct distribution day/time

Step 3: Pickup Meals

Note: Your student(s) does not need to attend one of these schools to participate. Any child under the age of 18 may participate.

 

Have a wonderful week of learning!

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening,

This week marks our first Virtual Academy Spirit Week!  The class at each level (early childhood, elementary, middle, and high) with the best cumulative participation at the end of the week will get to choose which administrator they want to watch pied with whipped cream.

Monday: "Get Your Shine On" - Show off your flashy jewelry and your bright smile
Tuesday: "We're All in This Together" - Wear your favorite team colors
Wednesday: "Top That" - Crazy hat/hair day
Thursday: "Show Up" - Dress like your favorite school subject or future career
Friday: "Wear it Well" - Dress in your favorite formal wear

We're looking forward to seeing virtual school spirit this week!

This week also marks American Education week.  Wednesday we recognize education support professionals, Thursday we recognize YOU on National Parent Involvement Day, and Friday we thank our substitute teachers. 

Report cards will be emailed on Monday by students' home schools to the guardian email address stored in PowerSchool.  They will come through the district's new Bright Arrow communication system.  If you see an email from "Notification@target101.brightarrow.com", that is sent through this new system.  You will want to approve this sender so they don't end up in your spam folder.

High school students will take their second common district assessment this week as part of their ELA, math, and select science/social studies courses.  This helps monitor instruction throughout the district and look at how well students have mastered academic indicators taught to date.
 
High school students in courses with an End-of-Course exam - the exams will count for 10% of your grade and will need to be completed in person at your high school.  More information, including specific dates in January, will be forthcoming.

There is a regular monthly Board meeting on Thursday at 7:00 PM.  An agenda can be seen on the district website and the meeting will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Should you want to request a change to your child’s instructional model -- to move from the Virtual Academy back to in-person five days a week -- then you must do so between Monday, November 23 and Friday, December 11, by sending an email request to VirtualAcademy@lex2.org. This will be the final time this school year
that we will accept change requests. Requests will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Your child’s instructional change, if granted, would be effective January 4 for elementary and middle school students, February 4 for high school students.

After December 11, all students who have not submitted instructional change requests will remain in their assigned instructional models through the end of the 2020-21 school year.  Please see our school and district website for additional details.

Upcoming dates:
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for all you do,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening,

 

This week we celebrate Red Ribbon Week with the theme of "Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free."  As part of our weekly activities, we will have a special theme each day. 

 

Monday: Sock it to Drugs (Wear crazy socks)
Tuesday: Hats Off to Being Drug-Free (Wear a hat today)
Wednesday: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free (Wear red)
Thursday: Our Future is Too Bright for Drugs (Wear college colors or dress as a future career)
Friday: I am a "Jean"ius to be Drug-Free (Wear Jeans)

For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit https://www.redribbon.org/.

 

Wednesday: Students from CongareeRiverbankSaluda River, and Wood are asked to go to their home schools between 8:00 and 3:00 to swap out their iPad for a newly-configured iPad that will alleviate difficulties connecting to Google Meet and downloading apps at home.  You will NOT need to bring your charger to the school.  Students at Cayce and Springdale who were unable to go last week, you can make a swap at the school any day this week.  Please call ahead so the school can have the device ready to hand to you.

 

Also on Wednesday, the district has decided to cancel the early release schedule for the day.  Students will operate on a regular school day schedule. 

 

Please mark your calendars: November 3rd (Election Day) is a district holiday.  There will not be classes or assignments on that day.

 

There is a regular monthly Board meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  An agenda can be seen on the district website and the meeting will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live

 

Prisma Health is helping protect you and your family with free flu shots throughout Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Sumter counties. The flu shot is available for anyone six months and older.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m

  • Brookland Baptist Church
    1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Dreher High School
    3319 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205

 

We are thrilled to have you as part of the Virtual Academy, but recognize online learning is not for everyone.  If you will be requesting a return to face-to-face instruction, please submit your request in writing to virtualacademy@lex2.org at any time.  Submitted requests for changes will be considered at the end of a quarter for elementary and middle students, and at the end of the semester for high school students. Such requests will only be considered on a space-available basis.

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening Virtual Academy families,

This week marks National School Bus Safety week.  This year's theme is "Red Lights Mean STOP!"  For everyone's safety, please remember to stop if you're driving the same direction as a school bus on a 4-lane road, or if you're driving either the same or the opposite direction of a school bus on a 2-lane road.

At a special called meeting of the Lexington Two Board of Trustees on October 12, Superintendent Dr. William B. James Jr.  presented a plan for the district’s next phase in the return to in-person instruction five days a week, beginning next month with select groups of students, provided there is a shift to a moderate to low rating for Lexington County on SC DHEC’s Recent Disease Activity report on COVID-19.  For more information, go to https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1315870.  Students currently enrolled in the full-time Virtual Academy will continue in that academic program. Requests to move back to in-person instruction -- or, move from in-person to the Virtual Academy -- may be made at the end of a quarter for elementary and middle students, and at the end of the semester for high school students. Such requests will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Learn more about the candidates running for Lexington Two school board at a forum this week.  On October 20, the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce will present Meet the Candidate, set for 6 p.m. at the Innovation Center, 509 Bulldog Blvd. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa@cwcchamber.com. Due to COVID-19 and facility capacity restrictions, seats will be limited. At the event, board candidates will get 2-3 minutes to introduce themselves; participate in a question-and-answer segment; and share 2-3 minutes of closing remarks. Masks will be required of all attendees during the event, per policy. All attendees must maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times during the event.  Families and individuals who ride to the event together can sit together. However, 6 feet social distancing should be allotted from other individuals/groups whenever possible.

A reminder of Board policy JE-R Student Attendance: For Virtual Academy students, attendance is determined by whether a student submits work, logs in to the class at regularly scheduled times, and participates in activities assigned by the teacher. Students who submit work in a timely manner, log in to the class at regularly scheduled times, and participate as instructed will be considered present. Students who fail to log in to the class during the regularly scheduled class time, do not turn in assignments, and do not participate in activities assigned by the teacher will be considered absent. Such absences will be processed in accordance with policy JH.

Need technical support?  Students and parents may contact the district's Technology Help Desk.  Submit a Help Desk ticket by clicking https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home and selecting the technical issue you are currently experiencing. A Help Desk team member will get back with you as soon as possible. This new Technology Help Desk site is in response to feedback we have received from students, staff, and parents. In creating a more centralized method of receiving Technology Help Desk tickets, we hope to improve the process to best respond to and address them. The Technology Help Desk is staffed from roughly 7:05am to 4:15pm Monday-Friday.

If you have general questions about the Virtual Academy you would like addressed in October's principal's chat video, please feel free to submit them at https://forms.gle/SaGqHV4aubAmAzEV8.  We want you to be informed all year long.

Have a wonderful week!

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening,

This week is National School Lunch Week.  We remind you that Virtual Academy students can preorder meals for curbside pickup, including free weekend meals.  Weekend meals must be pre-ordered in advance and are available for curbside pickup each Thursday between 11am-12pm at Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High School. Weekend meals include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.  When student meals are pre-ordered in advance, the student and/or parent/guardian do not need to be present at curbside pickup. Anyone may pick up the meals, as long as the student's name appears on the pre-order list.  More information can be found on the district website at https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1279208.

This week Wednesday is an eLearning day for all students across the district while staff participate in parent conferences and in-service activities.  This means students will have assignments posted for the day, but will not engage in live classroom meetings.  Assignments must be completed in order to be marked present for the day.

Schools and organizations across the United States participate in the Great American Shakeout this week with earthquake drills and safety discussions.  Teachers will share with students what they should do if they are home learning and we begin to experience an earthquake.  Teachers will also need to participate in any safety drills conducted at the buildings in which they teach.

Parents, please be sure to monitor your child's online activities both during the day and if they are on their device outside of school hours.  We encourage you to monitor their search history, email (both sent and received), and screen time.  You can see your student's username/email address and password within Parent Portal.  Together we can help teach and remind our students how to use technology in safe and responsible ways.

There is a special Board meeting on Monday at 5:00 PM and a regular monthly meeting on Thursday at 7:00 PM.  Agendas can be seen on the district website.  Both meetings can be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.

If you have general questions about the Virtual Academy you would like addressed in October's principal's chat video, please feel free to submit them at https://forms.gle/SaGqHV4aubAmAzEV8.  We want you to be informed all year long.

Have a wonderful week!

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening families,

Our September Question & Answers video was recently posted to our YouTube channel. Thanks to those who submitted questions! If you have a question you'd like to be addressed in the October video, please submit it by going to https://forms.gle/gNVGJ3WPBeMQnLrM6.

This week is Fire Prevention Week across the country. You can find more information from the National Fire Protection Association at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Fire-Prevention-Week.

Monday is also Child Health Day.  Suggested ways to recognize this day include going for a walk, playing in a park, doing some yard work, or participating in activities to promote child health. Other ways to participate in the day include:

  • Schedule your child’s next routine checkup.
  • Ensure vaccinations are up to date.
  • Schedule a routine dental checkup.
  • Add new healthy activities to your children’s routine.
  • Set an example by letting your children catch you in healthy habits.
  • Share your best tips for helping your children live a healthy lifestyle.

If you have photos of celebrations for either of these events, please send them to rburggraaf@lex2.org and we'll be glad to share them on our school's social media.

Thursday is the day in grades 3-12 for interim grade reports for the first quarter.  For Virtual Academy students, paper copies of reports will not be mailed home.  Please check Parent Portal to see your child's grades and attendance.  For assistance logging in to Parent Portal, please contact your child's home school.

In response to the feedback we have received from students, staff, and parents, the district worked to create a more centralized method at receiving "help tickets" and thereby creating a process to best respond or address them. The district's new Help Desk can be found at https://sites.google.com/lex2.org/helpdesk/home. Access to this site is also available on the district homepage and each school's homepage.

A goal of creating this Help Desk is to best direct the need for assistance to the correct parties in order for there to be a timely and meaningful response.  That is why there are eight (8) categories, and these categories are either the most frequently identified in terms of individuals needing assistance or the district is attempting to be proactive in.

This Help Desk site will also help the district in better collecting data on issues our stakeholders are experiencing, and this data will be used to create additional resources or learning opportunities, identify trends, and to be responsive and proactive in software upgrades and overall maintenance and upkeep.  Please do not be upset with anyone when you send an email requesting help and you are directed to the Help Desk, as they are following the aforementioned directive.  After a couple weeks, the district office will reevaluate the site's efficacy, adapt if needed, and communicate any significant changes.

Thank you for your initial feedback and thank you for your future use of the Help Desk. The district is continuing to work on other efforts to address your needs and concerns already provided by many of you and hopes to have additional information in the coming days.

Looking forward to a great week of learning and growing,

Dr. Rob Burggraaf

Good evening Virtual Academy families!

 

This Friday marks Maintenance and Custodian Appreciation Day.  We are grateful for the many employees who help keep our district facilities working, clean, and sanitized.  We couldn't run daily operations without them!

 

October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.  We are committed to providing a safe learning environment free from bullying and harassing behaviors.  More specific information can be found in our Student Code of Conduct on our website.

 

Kindergarteners will begin taking the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) this week at their home schools.  More information will come from their classroom teachers.

 

Airport High School Virtual Academy students - please plan to exchange your iPad for a Chromebook on Wednesday.  You will need to turn in your iPad, charging cord, and brick.  More specific directions including times and location at AHS will be posted to social media early this week.

 

We continue to receive attendance notes with an explanation of Internet issues.  Please note that disruptions to service, an unstable connection, or other home Internet concerns are not lawful reasons for not attending class.  Families must have a back-up plan for unexpected Internet issues so students can still attend class sessions, such as an alternate location or using a phone as a mobile hotspot.  If you are without home Internet service, please contact your child's home school to see if you qualify for use of a mobile hotspot during the school year.

 

Parents/guardians, you are welcome to listen to your child's classes as they work online.  You are not permitted, however, to interrupt classroom instruction either to speak to the teacher or other students.  This is not the proper forum for your participation and failure to follow this restriction will result in your child's removal from the Virtual Academy.  Should you need to speak with a teacher regarding a concern, please email them to set up a virtual or phone conference outside of class hours.  Thank you in advance for respecting classroom instructional time.

 

We recently posted additional information to our website regarding school counseling services (under the Academics tab) and step-by-step directions for ordering curbside pickup of meals (under the Parents tab).  Meals are also now available for weekends.  For meals, please complete a free and reduced lunch application to see if you qualify.  All of this information can be found on both the school and district websites.

 

Have a great week of learning!

 

Dr. Rob Burggraaf
Principal