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.

Blythewood Middle Summer Camp

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mother-Son Skate Night Today

Tonight's the night! The Mother-Son Skate Night is this evening at Skateland from 6-8pm.

Haven't gotten your tickets yet? No problem! You can still purchase tickets via Eventbrite until this afternoon. We will also accept payments at the door, cash or check only. We hope to see all of our amazing little guys this evening for a fun-filled night on wheels!

Volunteers Needed in May

Hope everyone enjoyed spring break, and it's hard to believe we are in the final months of the school year! We have a very busy month of May with lots of volunteer opportunities (signup links provided below)!!!
First, we are in dire need of volunteers for lower campus media center to help shelve books. Any day or time amount would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Mrs. Black to set up day and time:
We are looking for volunteers to provide desserts for our teacher appreciation luncheons at both campuses.....cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, etc. We need 20 desserts per campus (May 2 at Upper and May 3 at Lower). We will also need lunch coverage for Upper Campus on May 2 and May 5 to allow staff a duty free lunch for teacher appreciation week.  The links for desserts and lunch coverage are below:

Upper Campus Desserts (Tuesday, May 2)

Upper Campus Lunch Coverage (Tuesday, May 2)

Lower Campus Desserts (Wednesday, May 3)

Upper Campus Lunch Coverage (Friday, May 5)

Thank you again for volunteering your time to LCE! We definitely have the BEST volunteers! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jennifer Steck
LCE PTO Volunteer Coordinator

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gator Games Shirt Orders

Show your school spirit at Gator Games by wearing a Gator Games t-shirt. All orders are due Friday. Don't delay, order today!

Blythewood Middle Pathways to Success

Blythewood Middle School is having their annual BMS Pathways to Success on Thursday, April 20th, 6:00 p.m., beginning in the school gym. The previous orientation in January provided information for those families considering expanded choice, while this program will be focusing on making a successful transition for those students and their parents who will be attending Blythewood Middle this Fall.  You will learn about summer opportunities like the BMS JumpStart Camp, BMS Charger Pride Summer Enrichment and afterschool program; receive information about summer reading activity, the 6th grade supply list, and information about enrichment offerings.  Additionally, you will find out what Charger Kick-Off is all about and how you can receive information and keep in touch.  The evening provides an opportunity to visit the 6th grade area classrooms and meet the teachers. Our goal is to provide tools for a smooth transition from elementary school to the middle school.  We are looking forward to meeting and working with you soon.

Spring 2017 State Testing Information

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 Ready Brochure, SC PASS Brochure and/or SC State Department of Education for more information.

Spring 2017 State Assessment Schedule

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 sure your child has a good night's rest before a testing day.
  • Have balanced, healthy breakfasts on the mornings of testing.
  • Have your child(ren) to school on time.
  • 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.

Mother-Son Skate Night is this Thursday

Welcome back Gators! Hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break!

Don't forget that our Mother-Son Night is this Thursday, April 20 at Skateland from 6-8PM. Make sure to get your tickets via Eventbrite (link below) or send your money in with the flyer to your child's teacher.

Hope to see everyone this Thursday evening for a fun-filled night of skating!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Break

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Spring Break! We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, April 17, 2017!

Purple Up

Thank you to all the staff and students that wore purple in support of our military kids at LCE. Thank you to all of the military families for your service and sharing your children with us!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lake Shake--Rounds 3 and 4

Lake Shake Rounds 3 and 4 were held today.
We are down to 6 students! Who will be the next "Lake Shake" Champion?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blazer Fest At Ridge View High School

Purple Up Friday

Everyone is invited to wear purple to show support for our military kids. Purple is the color used to represent all of the branches of the military. 
Show your support for all of the military kids here at LCE on Friday, April 7!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3rd Quarter Honor Roll Recognition

Honor Roll List for 3rd Quarter

Students will be recognized for achieving 3rd quarter honor roll on the morning show at Upper Campus. The morning show begins at 8:10am.

Monday, April 17: 5th Grade
Tuesday, April 18: 4th Grade
Wednesday, April 19: 3rd Grade

Skyping with Kirby Larson

Upper Campus Skyped with children's book author Kirby Larson. She has written many books including Dash, Duke, Liberty and Two Bobbies. She shared what she uses in her writer's "toolbox" and answered questions from our students. 

D.A.R.E. Graduation

The D.A.R.E. graduation for fifth grade students at Upper Campus was held this morning with Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott as the guest speaker. Special thanks to Senior Officer Pearl Whitaker for leading this program at our school. 

Students were required to write an essay about what they learned during the D.A.R.E. program. The following essays were selected from each homeroom class. Overall winner for the school was Alexandra Claire Ariail. 

  • Mr. Cammann - Alexandra Claire Ariail
  • Ms. Earle - Blu Martin
  • Ms. Holmes - Emma Wargel
  • Ms. McCutchan - Drew Conway
  • Ms. Moses - Alexis George
  • Mrs. Sexton - Porter Boepple
  • Mrs. Smarr - Taylor Bright
  • Mr. Thompson - Sara Jennings
  • Mrs. Woolever - Ellie Gatzke 

Gator Games at Upper Campus

Volunteers are needed to supervise field day events during Gator Games on Friday, April 21 at Upper Campus.  Volunteers will need to be here from 8:00AM-11:30AM.

Contact Coach Wittig, if you are able to assist:

Thank you!!!

Columbia Fireflies Reading Program

Calling all Fireflies orders!  We will send off our block seating ticket orders for the May 20th Fireflies game on the afternoon of Friday, April 7th. Please be sure to include the money for extra tickets at the reduced price of $9 each.  Children ages 2 and under get in free. If you misplaced your order form, pick one up at the library!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lake Shake @ LCEUpper

Congratulations to all of our fifth grade students for competing in Lake Shake 2017 today. Special congratulations to Round One (40 students) and Round Two (20 students) winners. The Round Two winners will continue in the competition to Round Three on Thursday, April 6.

Check this link for new pictures posted from all rounds of the competition:
Lake Shake Pictures

PTO Mother-Son Skate Night

Order tickets at:

*Ticket is required to attend the event regardless of whether you choose to skate or not 

Lower Campus Lost and Found Items

All items in the lost and found that have not been picked up will be donated on 
Friday, April 7.
Please stop by and look if your child is missing something. The lost and found items are outside of the cafeteria.

Thank You for Supporting GatorFest 2017

Pictures from GatorFest 2017
Several hundred students and their families showed up last Friday evening for our annual GatorFest. There were lots of new activities this year, including go-carts, putt-putt golf, and a video game truck.

Our silent auction included more than 150 items!

Congratulations to the raffle winners: Gail Phipps (golf cart), Branden Cooley (Yeti cooler), and Freddy McCray (Target gift card).

THANK YOU to the sponsors such as Jernigan Orthodontics, Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and VIVE Church, vendors, LCE faculty and staff, and volunteers for making it possible to put on this event.