Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Summer Break!

Reading Awards from Upper Campus

The top 5 students with the most Reading Counts points in each grade level at Upper Campus were recognized on Wednesday, May 31st. Each student received a medal for their accomplishment.

Alexia George had the most overall points for the school year and received a trophy for her accomplishment.

Congratulations Gators and keep reading!!!

3rd grade
1st place - Charlotte Lofton
2nd place - Annalise Powell
3rd place - Anoushka Bhaskar
4th place - Quinn Corcoran
5th place - Angela Mercado

4th grade
1st place - Makaleigh Martin
2nd place - James Derrick
3rd place - Jeremy McDowell
4th place - Sarah Chaneyworth
5th place - George Strange

5th grade
1st place - Alexia George
2nd place - Yasmine White
3rd place - Savannah Jones
4th place - Lindsey Daughtery
5th place - Emerson Hood

Most Points Overall for 2016/17
Alexia George with 1,077

Reader's Challenge Team

The Readers' Challenge Team won the elementary district competition in May. They received individual medals and the school keeps the traveling trophy until next year's competition. 

Congratulations to
Alex Conway, Savannah Jones, Jeremy McDowell, Emery Eaton,
Iris Ferguson, Emma Wargel

Kindergarten Performance 2017

Today our kindergarten students performed a patriotic themed program. This year's theme was chosen because of the student's passion and engagement during their American Symbols unit. They did an excellent job today! We are so proud of you!
More Pictures

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Later Gator Registration for 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the Later Gators after school program is now open. In order to register, you must complete the online form below for the correct campus and pay the registration fee. There are a limited number of spots available. You will be notified as to whether your child has secured a spot in the program or if you are on the waiting list.

Please be sure to read the LOWER Campus Later Gator Handbook and/or UPPER Campus Later Gator Handbook before completing the registration form for either campus.

Friday, May 26, 2017

4th Grade Lake Shake Winner

Congratulations to Carmelita Roper --- the winner of 4th grade's Lake Shake!
The top 3 students included Carmelita, Anna Ratterree, and Nate Stafford.

Many thanks to LCEU teachers and parents and community volunteers for helping to make this so special for our 4th grade students.

Lower Campus 500 Point Lunch

We are excited to have 29 students who earned 500 or more Reading Counts points this year. These students were treated to lunch at Beef 'O' Brady's with Administration, Mrs. Faile and Mrs. Black. 

5th Grade Promotion - May 26, 2017

Congratulations to the Lake Carolina Upper Campus Class of 2017! Thank you to the PTO, parent volunteers, staff and students for making this day so special for everyone!

Promotion Day Pictures

Upper Campus Media Assistant

Sarah Chaneyworth was the winner of  "Media Assistant at Upper Campus" from Gator Fest. Sarah unboxed and processed four new boxes of books by stamping them and adding labels. She also added the titles to the computer catalog.

Great job helping in the media center Sarah!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

4th Grade Lake Shake - Round 2

Congratulations to 4th grade Round 2 winners:
Ethan Cropp, Andrea Davis, Stella Merrill, Anna Ratterree, Carmelita Roper, Nate Stafford, Alex Tinneny. 

The final round will be tomorrow.

Special thanks to today's volunteer judges and the 5th grade students that served as judges in Round 1 yesterday. These students were in the top 40 of 5th grade's Lake Shake event. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

4th Grade Lake Shake-Round 1

The 4th grade students participated in Round 1 of 3 Lake Shake today. Round 2 will be tomorrow with 21 students to eliminate down to 7. The winner of this Lake Shake will be announced on Friday.

The Lake Shake is a competition that challenges students' soft skills, ability to think on their feet, and social etiquette. 

Lower Campus Reading Celebration

Langston Moore and Preston Thorne visited Lower Campus today to celebrate all the reading students have done this year. They talked about how important it is to challenge your mind and never give up. These former USC football players are the proud authors of the book #JustaChicken.

It is always amazing how many books students check out each year. This year students checked out 56,125 books. They took Reading Counts tests on over 39,000 books. This year we had 212 students earn their t-shirts and 29 students earned over 500 Reading Counts points! Great job Gators!

LCE Eats Out at Sandhills

Don't forget that Thursday, May 25th is a night of no cooking and no messy kitchens because LCE Eats out at Sandhills! 

We are excited to have six different places to visit for dinner and dessert. Please make sure to give the coupon from the flyer to each place you visit so that LCE gets a portion of the sales!

Thank you for supporting us!

Former Gators Graduating in Class of 2017

These former gators came to visit both campuses today to reminiscence and visit teachers. They all attended Lake Carolina Elementary when the school was just a few years old and will be 2017 graduates from Spring Valley High School. It was such a wonderful surprise to see these students and we wish them the very best as they continue their education.

The students are:

  • Jenning Chen will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Tanvi Mehta will be attending Yale University
  • Priyanka Rao will be attending Duke University
  • Graham Shroyer will be attending the University of South Carolina Honors College
  • Jayanth Vemula will be attending the University of South Carolina

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Donate Soccer Cleats and Shin Guards

Coach Wittig and Ms. Reeves are collecting new and used soccer cleats and shin guards to give to children in Medellin, Colombia, South America.  They will be collecting them until the last day of school.

The cleats and shin guards will be taken to Medellin in July with Blythewood High School boys and girls soccer players.

Thank you for your generous donations!

Friday, May 19, 2017

LCE Eats Out

We are looking forward to our annual day of friends, fun and food at the
Village at Sandhills on Thursday, May 25th!

Many eating establishments have generously offered a percentage of their sales back to LCE for patrons that visit their restaurants during our event. The following businesses are participating. Please make sure to bring the coupon from the flyer to each establishment you make a purchase at so the school can receive credit.

Thanks for your support of our school and community!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SIC Parent Survey 2017

The SIC has creates an annual parent survey that helps us continually improve our school. The survey enables families to share their feedback for lower and/or upper campus. The survey link below will be open until Friday, May 26. Thank you for your time and providing feedback. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Are you interested in joining the Girl Scouts?

Is your daughter interested in opportunities for leadership and service?  Girl Scout Troop 547 (grades K-5) is now accepting pre-registrations for next year.  The troop meets at LCE Lower on 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6:00pm -7:00pm.  Contact Julie Whitney at for more information.  Opportunities are also available for parents who would like to be involved!

Lower Campus Gator Games Pictures

Gator Games was a huge success! The students had a blast today. Thank you to Ms. Reeves, faculty, staff and volunteers for all the hard work to make today possible.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2nd Grade Scavenger Hunt @ Upper Campus

The current 2nd graders walked to Upper Campus today to tour the school with a scavenger hunt. Looking forward to having these new students in 3rd grade next school year! 

Special thanks to the volunteers for chaperoning today!

Sports Camp at The Factory

Summer Camp at The Factory

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Service Learning Project @ Upper Campus

Thank you for bringing in donations our Service Learning Project for Dogs for the Deaf.

We raised a total of $1,755.00!

Congratulations to Mrs. Morrison's 4th grade class for the most donations. Her class has earned a popcorn party for their efforts.

Mathletes in Math Olympiad Program

Students in the Mathletes Club from Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad Program.  They participated in a series of five monthly contests of 5 problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of Ms. Patricia Earle, Ms. Kristen Smarr and Mr. Harry Meyers.  The coaches taught the children to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.

This year’s mathletes include: Anish Verma, Spencer Shealy, Noah Brown, William Van, Kate Kaczynski, Alexia George, Ellie Gatzke, Sadie-Ann Campbell, Harrison Knight, Savannah Jones, Rebekkah Howell.  Ten students will also receive an embroidered patch for scoring in the top 50% of all participants: Micah Tinnell, Jason Schutt, Adam Van, Yasmine White, Sanvi Divekar, Marc Hines, Annabelle Manville, Savannah Yoo, Sean Gibbons, and Micah Hicks.

Micah Tinnell received a trophy for scoring in the top 25% of all participants.

Each year the Math Olympiads serve over 100,000 students on over 5000 teams nationally and about 50,000 students on 1000 teams in more than 30 countries.  Since 1979, it has provided challenging, thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of students in grades 4 - 8, strengthening their foundation for both assessment tests and more advanced studies.  Our children have responded to the challenge with eagerness and enthusiasm. Congratulations Mathletes!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Regional Winner for Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest

Sandra Bryan from Palmetto Pride and Ms. Mclemore, LCEU's art teacher,
presented Jaquelyn a check on the school's morning show.
We are excited to announce that Jaquelyn Smith has been chosen as Palmetto Pride's Midlands Region winner for their Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest. 

All students in third through fifth grades were invited to create artwork for this contest. Jaquelyn was the school's overall winner and her artwork went to the state wide competition. All of the school winners’ artwork will be on display at EdVenture Children’s Museum and each student will receive a framed print of their artwork as well as a check for $250.00.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Principal for an Hour

Lauren Attaway,  2nd grader from Ms. Bozard's class and Maysie Erwin, 4th grader from Ms. Stanek's class served as principals for an hour. Both students won this honor from Gator Fest bidding. Great work today gators, I wonder if we will have two future administrators!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LCEU Readers' Challenge Team Wins Competition

LCEU Readers' Challenge Team won at the District Elementary Readers' Challenge competition against Bethel-Hanberry Elementary and Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary at R2i2 on Tuesday, May 2nd.

All the school teams answered difficult trivia questions about the twenty 2016-17 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Children's Book Award Nominees.

Congratulations to Savannah Jones, Alex Conway, Emma Wargel, Jeremy McDowell, Iris Ferguson, and Emery Eaton for representing our school. We are so proud of this team!

Special thanks to sponsor Mrs. Shannon Ryan.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SIC Annual Reports

All South Carolina schools are required to provide parents with a written annual report by our School Improvement Council each year.  The 2016-17 SIC Annual Report for each campus is linked in this message. The annual reports will be available on our school websites as well as paper copies available at the school.

Annual Report from Lower Campus

Annual Report from Upper Campus

Friday, April 28, 2017

Reader's Challenge Regional Competition

Congratulations to Upper Campus' Readers' Challenge team for winning the Regional Competition on Tuesday, April 25th against Bookman Road Elementary and Bridge Creek Elementary.

The team consists of Savannah Jones (team captain), Alex Conway, Emma Wargel, Jeremy McDowell, Emery Eaton, and Iris Ferguson. This group of 3rd -5th grade students committed to reading the 20 nominees from the 2016-17 South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees List and met regularly to practice answering trivia questions.

They will compete in the District Competition at R2i2 on Tuesday, May 2nd from 5 - 7 pm against Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary and Bethel-Hanberry Elementary. Stop by and to support them in this reading competition!

Turnaround Achievement Award

Congratulations to Soraya Bonno, a second grade student and Franklin Tillotson, a fifth grade student, for receiving the Turnaround Achievement Award for Lake Carolina Elementary Lower and Upper Campuses. This award is given to students that exemplify effort, perseverance, and commitment during the school year to overcome any challenges. The award ceremony and reception was held at R2i2 on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 

Lake Shake Winner

And the winner of LakeShake is...Tristan Berzins!

Round 6 had the students going Chick-fil-A's corporate headquarters in Atlanta and present a new potential restaurant that could be franchised. They are focusing on the culture of the restaurant, a marketing ploy, characteristics of their staff, and of course, a sample menu.

Many, many thanks to Mr. Thompson, the 5th grade team, community and parent volunteers, and the LCEU staff and students.

Accepting Gently Used Uniforms

We are currently accepting gently used uniforms.  As you are cleaning out this summer, please bring any gently used uniform clothes that you'd like to donate to the front office. 

Uniform clothes are burgundy, hunter green, white, or navy tops with blue or khaki bottoms. Any LCE shirt is also considered uniform dress.  Thank you! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Media Assistant for the Day

Meredith Cadena did an awesome job assisting Mrs. Faile in the Media Center today! Meredith won this honor at the Gator Fest auction.

1st Grade Safe Sound Town

Thank you to the Richland County Sheriff's Department for coming out to teach our first graders about traffic and bicycle safety. Our students really enjoyed the lessons!

4th Quarter Interims

Interim reports for the 4th quarter grading at Lake Carolina Upper Campus will be accessible from Parent Portal on Friday, April 28. 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.

You can access Parent Portal at

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

Blythewood High School Presents Press Play

Annual World Music Concert-Press Play 
Friday, May 5th at 7:00 pm 
Blythewood HS auditorium
Admission is $5
(Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert)

Contact Jon Burbank for any questions:

Featured ensembles include:
  • West African Durm and Dance Ensemble
  • Japanese Taiko Drumming Group
  • Steel Band
  • Brazilian Samba Batucada
  • "STOMP!"
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • and More....

Update: SC Ready and SC PASS State Assessments

Students in grades 3-8 will be given the SC Ready Assessment in English /Language Arts (Writing, Reading/Grammar) and Math. Students in 4th and 5th grades will also take the SC PASS Assessment for Science and Social Studies. All assessments will be in administered online.

Please see the SC State Department of Education Tests Section: Elementary for more information.

Assessment Schedule for Spring 2017

  • Thursday, May 4 - SC Ready ELA Field Test (Additional Test Added)
  • Monday, May 15 - SC Ready - ELA (Writing/Grammar)
  • Tuesday, May 16 - SC Ready - ELA (Reading)
  • Thursday, May 18 - SC Ready - Math
  • Monday, May 22 - SC PASS - Science (4th and 5th only)
  • Tuesday, May 23 - SC PASS - Social Studies (4th and 5th only)
  • Make-Up Testing Dates: May 5, 8, 17, 19, 24, 25, 26


  • Have your child(ren) to school on time.
  • Make sure your child has a good night's rest before a testing day.
  • Have balanced, healthy breakfasts on the mornings of testing.
  • Avoid scheduling doctors' appointments and other out-of-school functions on testing days.
  • Students may not bring any electronic devices to use during testing. This includes electronic book readers and cell phones.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Celebrating Military Kids

To celebrate April being the Month of the Military Child and all of our military kids at Lake Carolina Elementary, a Military Kid Appreciation Luncheon was held today. 

Students enjoyed a pizza party with desserts donated by families for lunch. Each student also received a backpack with gifts.

At Upper Campus, students also received a copy of Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps.  A highlight of the event was each student getting to meet our special guest, Mrs. Stamps. She signed each student's book and enjoyed the conversations she had with our amazing military kids. 

Many thanks to our wonderful military parent volunteers and faculty who helped make the event possible.

LCEU's Service Learning Project

LCEU's Service Learning Project for Dogs for The Deaf

Our school is going to collect money to help this organization train service dogs for those in need.  

Starting Monday, April 24th through Friday, May 5th, you can bring in donations to help.  

For $1, you will get to write your name on a dog bone.  These dog bones will be displayed on your classroom door! For $5, you will receive 5 bones for your classroom AND you can bring in a picture of your favorite pet to be displayed. The classroom with the most bones on May 5th will earn a popcorn party!

Donations to Upper Campus Media Center

The LCEU media center is creating an Innovation Station and wants to innovate and create while recycling. Do you have any of the following items to donate to the Upper Campus media center?

Old board games and building supplies such as:

  • Lincoln Logs
  • Jenga
  • Pick-Up Sticks
  • Dice
  • Tinker Toys
  • Puzzles
  • Craft Items

Complete board games would be great, but they can be missing pieces.  We will be creating our own games and more soon. Thank you for your support and any donations!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lake Shake Round 5

Congratulations to the Lake Shake Round 5 Winners: 
Ali Claire Ariail, Sarah Jennings Tristan Berzins, Jackson Madison

Round 5 had the students traveling to Williams Brice Stadium at the University of South Carolina with student athletes judging the students on their response to a scenario while walking around the facility.

The final round is this Thursday, April 27, with the students going out of the state for their last competition. The Lake Shake 2016/17 winner will be announced on Friday, April 28.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mother-Son Skate Night Pics

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mother-Son skate night , it looks like everyone really had a good time! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Upper Campus Service Learning Project

Gator Games Field Day @ Upper Campus

Gator Games Field Day at Upper Campus was a huge success! From the water slides to tug-of-war to scooter races to the 40 yard dash, everyone had a great time at all of the stations.

Thank you Coach Wittig for all your hard work and planning with this annual event! And many thanks to faculty, staff and parent and high school volunteers for making this a very special day.