WELCOME TO THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR!

6 days ago

Laurens District 55 kicked-off the 2016-17 school year on August 10 with an opening assembly in the gym at LDHS.  Every district employee was invited to attend the event.  Colors were presented by the LDHS NJROTC color guard, and Da'Mar, a rising 6th grader, delivered an impeccable rendition of the National Anthem.  A video highlighting each school's 2016-17 teacher of the year was shown.  Marcia Womble, the 2016-17 District 55 Teacher of the Year, shared a message reflecting on the reasons she became an educator.  Womble is a visual arts teacher who is in her 21st year of impacting the lives of students.  Dr. Stephen Peters, District 55 Superintendent, addressed those in attendance sharing his vision and goals for the coming year.  Reminding the crowd that "nobody rises to low expectations", the superintendent shared that each of the district's 700+ employees is expected to treat every student with respect and compassion every day.  "With all hands on deck, Laurens 55 will be certain that there is no child left out." 

Dr. Peters commends Da'Mar on his talent.  When asked about his future plans, the rising 6th grader said he intends to become a lawyer. 






Teachers, parapros, custodians, maintenance personnel, bus drivers, student nutrition staff, support staff, and administrators participated in the opening assembly.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS IN L55

6 days ago


Do You Know Enough about Me to Teach Me? 


Laurens School District 55 is focused on developing healthy relationships with the students and parents throughout the areas served by our nine schools.

Realizing that "Good" is not "Good Enough" and that in order to reach the level of excellence we aspire to attain, our teachers and school administrators have started the practice of visiting homes in their school's attendance area.  This initiative was introduced by District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  "Educators need to see the door their students exit every morning before they enter the doors of the school," said Peters.  "Without making a personal connection with students and parents, there can be no true success experienced."  

Visit the following links to see pictures of some of these visits.  



 

School Bus Driver Training Class
There will be a school bus driver training class offered September 12-15 at the Laurens County Bus Maintenance Shop on Fairground Road in Laurens. Classes will be from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day. If you are interested in participating, please complete a school bus driver application form and submit it to Mr. Geoff Stephens, Director of Transportation, by September 8. Applications are available from the District 55 Transportation Office located behind Laurens District 55 High School, 5058 Highway 76 West, Laurens. If you have questions, please contact the District 55 Transportation Office at 682-9117.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS

5 days ago

Community Eligibility Provision

Effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017

Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture and the SC Department of Education visited t LDHS on August 22, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the launch of CEP in District 55.  Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters and USDA Representative Robin Bailey were the featured speakers. 

Laurens County School District 55 is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-2017 school year.  Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.

All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.

You may contact your Student Nutrition Director, Wanda Knight at 864-984-8138 for additional information.

Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Wanda Knight on an informal basis.  

 Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Mr. Rodney Smith, Chief Operations Officer whose address is: 301 Hillcrest Drive, Laurens, SC 29360

(864-984-3568) for a hearing to appeal the decision.  


NEW TO THE AREA?

5 days ago

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS MOVED - The District 55 Administrative Office is now located at 301 Hillcrest Drive in Laurens.  The West Main Street location is no longer in operation.  The phone number remains the same, 864-984-3568. 

When visiting the Hillcrest Drive office, you will need to use the entrance that faces the shopping center (Roses Department Store, Dollar General, Sr. Garcia, etc.) Please check in at the reception desk and you will be directed from there.   

This is a big transition for our district and we apologize if you have endured any inconvenience during the move.  We look forward to great things ahead! 

 

Located in the heart of beautiful Laurens County, Laurens School District 55 has its administrative offices at 301 Hillcrest Drive in Laurens, South Carolina.  Nestled between Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, the area provides peaceful living combined with convenient access to some of the state's most important metropolitan centers, its beaches, or the mountains.

Laurens County School District 55 strives to be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.  You can be assured that your child will be attending a progressive school system whose educational programs are designed to meet a wide variety of interests, ability levels, and cultural backgrounds.  

Enrolling your child in the school system here is a relatively simple matter.  You should have signed a statement of release in the school district from which you have moved.  This enables District 55 to receive a copy of your child's records from that school system.  If you did not do this before relocating, someone at the school to which your child is assigned in District 55 will be glad to assist you.  Take your child's previous report cards and other school records that you may have with you. 

All children entering school in this state must meet South Carolina immunization requirements.  These should be in your child's records from his/her previous school.  If you are moving from another state, a copy of a state issued birth certificate (not a hospital birth form) is required.  Please be mindful that the transfer of your child should be as expedient as possible to ensure the continuity of his/her learning process and to conform to the South Carolina attendance requirements.   

SUPERINTENDENT VISITS LPA

5 days ago

 

Dr. Peters visited students at Laurens Preparatory Academy on the first day of school.  The District 55 Superintendent shared his vision for the future of the school district and his belief that every student can achieve success.   


FORD ELEMENTARY PRESENTS A GRAND WELCOME FOR STUDENTS!

6 days ago


As Ford Elementary School students arrived on campus for the first day of the 2016-2017 school year, they were greeted by community members, cheerleaders, and school staff. Principal Zak Watson and his colleagues enlisted the help of the surrounding community to be on hand to welcome and cheer for the students on August 16.  Cheerleaders and the mascot from neighboring Presbyterian College provided additional encouragement, cheers, and added to the festive occasion of beginning another school year - - a school year that will prove to be very successful! Thank you to all who contributed and helped with this event.  

 

 

 


 

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