Thursday, September 21, 2017

Picture Day is TOMORROW

Don't forget it's picture day tomorrow--
Friday, September 22. 

Vote for School Improvement Council 2017-18

The following parents are interested in serving on SIC. Please read the bios below and vote using online BALLOT. Voting will close October 3rd.

Kay Banks
My name is Dr. Kay Banks and I am the parent of Kathryn Banks, a second grade student at Lake Carolina. I am submitting this information for consideration to join the SIC. I have worked in the field of higher education for the last 18 years in various roles, currently as a faculty member in the Honors College at USC. I am a SC transplant and prior to moving to Lake Carolina in March, after living in for 9 years. My daughter attended Chapin elementary school and I was a member of their SIC for a year prior to our moving. I assisted the Chapin SIC with a grant application and was a weekly participant in their Chapin Readers program. I view the role of an SIC as significant in providing guidance to school leadership and identifying areas of school improvement. 

Denean Rivers
My name is Denean Rivers and I would like to be considered for membership on Lake Carolina Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC). I am the devoted and proud mother of 5 children. My daughter Paige is a kindergartener at LCE Lower and my son DJ is a special needs student who attends 3rd grade at LCE Upper. My daughter Zoe is in 8th grade at Kelly Mill Middle and attended LCE for 5 years.

I wholeheartedly believe education connects us to community and humanity and we all have an important role. I find honor and great reward in advocacy, mentoring, inspiring, and volunteering.

I have served on various SIC’s in Richland Two for three years and held the position of Chair and Vice Chair. Some accomplishments during my terms include: developing goals and initiatives using data from parent surveys, identifying supportive measures for teachers and students, promoting character development with students with special needs, promote initiatives to support teacher retention, encourage and support positive parent/school collaboration, increase partnerships with community stakeholders, and host SIC signature events.

I am a native of Columbia, SC and a graduate of Dreher High. I attended Benedict College and the Advanced Standing Master’s Program of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. I am a social worker by profession, primarily in the medical field for over 15 years.

My talent and expertise has been maximized throughout the Carolinas and most recently with Palmetto Health Hospital Systems where I serve on Palmetto Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council and Palmetto Health System Quality & Safety Cabinet.

I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Board Member of Southeastern Professional School of the Arts Ballet Company.

It would be my pleasure to give my time and talents to serve on LCE SIC.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle

Gaurav Sangal
Gaurav Sangal is a Strategy and Go-To-Market leader for Motorola Solutions. He has a background in Engineering, Project Management and Strategy development in the public safety communication and broadband communication industries. He has been working in the field of telecommunication since 2005. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas and a Global Executive MBA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has earned the UNC Kenan-Flagler Leadership Development Program designation. Gaurav was nominated for lifetime membership in the National Business Scholastic Honor Society in recognition of outstanding academic performance during MBA. He has a daughter that goes to Kindergarten in Lake Carolina Elementary.

Janice Scott
Janice Scott is a native of Columbia, S.C. She joined the United States Air Force in 1992 as a Passenger and Household Good Specialist. In 1999, she earned a BS in Business Administration from Troy State University Montgomery, AL and was simultaneously commissioned as an Air Force Officer. She was appointed as an Air Force Contracting Officer in 2000. In 2002, she received a MS in Human Resource from Central Michigan University.

Janice has held numerous leadership positions, supervised, and trained well over 200 personnel. While in the Air Force, she led and served on over 15 process improvement teams. Additionally, she has 15 hours of training in Lean Six Sigma. She proudly served 20 years in the USAF managing a plethora of complex portfolios, budgets, and projects valued as high as $1 billion. Janice retired in 2015 from the USAF culminating at the rank of Major.

Janice is the proud mother of two vivacious boys, Jonathan and Gabriel Scott. Jonathan is in fourth grade and Gabriel is in second grade. 

Career Day at Lower Campus

My name is Philip Blackwell, I am the new Career Specialist for Lake Carolina Elementary School Lower Campus. The school counselor, Mrs. Boyleston, and I are in the process of planning our “Touch-A-Truck Career Day” for Lower Campus. 

The event will take place on October 26, 2017 from 8:30am-12:00pm. We would like to invite you to share your career with the students. We want to provide the children with interesting and fun facts about various careers. Please consider participating if your career requires the use of a vehicle or not. 

 Please contact me at if you are interested in participating.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Military Gator Families

Attention Military Gator Families!

Did you know?
Both LCEL and LCEU each have over 100 military connected families! Because of our high Military student population, each campus has received individual grants through the Department of Defense. These grants enable our school to participate in professional development opportunities to help our faculty and staff better serve our student's academic and social/emotional needs. We are also able to provide our classrooms with technology, books, and other resources through this grant.

Sign your child up for our Military Kids Group!
LCE’s military kids support groups are designed to address the specific needs of students with an active duty parent.  We focus on topics such as deployments, frequent family moves, transitioning into new schools, making friends, and more. These support groups meet once a month, during the school day and are led by the school counselors, Mrs. Skinner (upper) and Mrs. Boyleston (lower). If you would like your child to participate and are not yet signed up, please use the links below to sign up at each campus.

*If your child was previously enrolled in the military kids groups, they will be included this year as well.

If you have trouble with the link you may email your counselor directly at 

Interim Reports for Upper Campus

Interim reports at Lake Carolina Upper Campus will be accessible from Parent Portal this school year. 

If you have an active Parent Portal account, you may check your child's grades each week and Friday, September 22 will be the interim grade for each subject area for the 1st 9 week grading period. When you log in to your account, the grades will automatically appear on the screen. There is not a report tab to click in Parent Portal.

It is important to monitor your child's progress through Parent Portal before report cards are issued. The first grading period ends on October 26 and the first report card will be issued on November 3.

You can access Parent Portal at

To create a Parent Portal Account:
1. Click Create an Account
2. Complete the top section with your personal information. Write down yourUsername/Password.
3. Add your child(ren) in the fields below. To add student(s), you will need to enter an Access ID and Access Password.
a. Access ID - Student ID number (either 12 or 5 digits). Your child's teacher or the front office can provide you with your child's student id number if you need to create an account.
b. Access Password - Student’s birthday, using 6-digits without dashes or slashes.
Example: MMDDYY - 010104
4. Click Submit.

If you have any questions, please call the school at 691-3360.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Inclement Weather Make-Up Day and October School Schedule

Richland School District Two will make up Monday, September 11, missed due to Hurricane Irma, on Thursday, October 19. That means:
  • Wednesday, October 18 becomes a full day for elementary and middle school students and remains a late start day for high school students. Elementary and middle school parent/teacher conferences move to Thursday, October 19.
  • Thursday, October 19 becomes an early dismissal day for elementary and middle school students and a full day for high school students. Elementary and middle schools hold parent/teacher conference on this day.
  • Friday, October 20 becomes a holiday for students. Teachers and other 190-day employees attend the district inservice.

Why now?
  • Scheduling the day now allows us to recapture instruction time during the same semester of the missed day, while giving our families and employees advanced notice of the change in the schedule.
  • The teachers, principals, administrators and executive staff that make up Key Leaders and the Superintendent’s Faculty Advisory Council overwhelmingly supported this plan.
  • State law requires school districts to make up at minimum of three days of missed school before requesting days be forgiven by the local school board.
  • Employees, students and parents have shared that using all the make-up days in the spring is difficult.  
  • It’s only September, and the past two years have not been kind to our meticulously planned school-year calendar (October, we’re looking at you).

Why isn’t one of the three required inclement weather make-up days scheduled in the fall?
When making up missed school days, our goal is to successfully and meaningfully recapture lost instructional time. Therefore, school districts try to schedule make-up days after the months when inclement weather that might prompt school closings is most likely to occur. Otherwise, we have to scramble to find days or add days to the end of the year.

Read Books 2 Raise Bucks Results

Thank you LCE students, families, teachers and faculty for your amazing support of the Read Books 2 Raise Bucks Fundraiser! Because of you, LCE raised over $49,000. We are overwhelmed and overjoyed!

This money will be used to assist our service learning projects, go directly into our classrooms, off set field trip expenses and fund various PTO and LCE programs and projects.

Information on the incentives earned was sent home with students today. If your student achieved the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level, look for an informational email within the next day.

A special thank you to these corporate sponsors for their generous donations of time, talent and treasures.
  • Rift 3 Designs for designed all the graphics and visual materials for the fundraiser.
  • CiCi's Pizza for supporting the fundraiser via financial and overall support through all aspects of the fundaiser.
  • Royall & Simons Group sponsoring Family Fun Night so  the activities could be offered free of charge.
  • Christopher Anderson of Prime Lending for donating 2 Motorized Scooters and the iPod Touch for LCE family raffle as well as $100 in Walmart gift certificates for teacher raffle at Family Fun Night.