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We are inviting community members, business leaders, faith leaders, political leaders, and everyone who has a vested interest in the success of our students to join us the morning of: 

March 6, 2017 from 7:15—8:00 a.m. 

Laurens District 55 High School 

Dress for success and help us welcome our students to a new day of learning and advancement at Laurens District High School.

THIS is News in Laurens 55!

5 days ago

Sword & Shield

The student news site of laurens district 55 high school

Dr. Peters addresses news media, student body

Skylar Geddings, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2017

 “It’s hard to believe that this is the same gym that was on the news last week,” District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said, addressing the school yesterday morning before the Black History Month program. Despite all the negative outlooks on the school lately, he expressed how proud he was to be the head of School District 55.  He boasted about how intelligent and respectful most LDHS students are, compared to the few who disrupted school last week.

“Don’t let nine define 1591,” he said.

Peters’ comments are part of a letter he titled “The Reality of Now,” which he plans to publish in local media next week.  He chose to share his comments with LDHS ahead of that release date in order not only to express his disapproval about a few students’ “bad choices” but also to tout the positives he sees at the school.  Peters mentioned that the Winter Language Arts and Math MAP scores are highest they have been across the District.

“We are smarter than these actions happening around us,” he said.

Peters also publicly thanked coach Butch Clark for risking his safety to disarm the student who brought a knife to school last week.

“Coach Clark, you’re the man,” he said. He also thanked Principal Sonya Bryant for leaving the side of her ailing mother to attend to the school in our time of need. Peters also publicly acknowledged the baseball coaches and team for stopping to help a woman who flipped her car as the team was returning from a game at White Knoll High School. One of the coaches used the team’s bus’s fire extinguisher to put out flames that lit in the brush surrounding the woman’s car. Peters said that the news media does not cover these moments within our school; they would rather focus on the negative.

Near the end of his speech, Peters addressed those who want to criticize LDHS even though they have rarely set foot inside the school, saying that instead of watching the student body from the outside, they are welcome to come join our schools to volunteer as hall monitors, coaches or mentors with the students to be part of the solution, not to add on to the problems.

Peters also addressed the news outlets which received and published information from students’ social media accounts, encouraging the media to do their own research. Instead of receiving videos from the students, he said, news outlets should offer internships in videography to assist students with their career options.  On the other hand, Peters praised what he termed news outlets with “principled standards” who reported the events at LDHS responsibly.

The Superintendent reminded students that the District and LDHS administrations will punish those who film and share fights just as severely as they punish those who participate in them.  To the students and faculty who do the right thing every day, he said, “I have your back.”


February District Office Employee of the Month
February District Office Employee of the Month
Julie Blackmon, L55 District Bookkeeper, is the February DO Employee of the Month. "In LCSD55 co-workers are not just co-workers; they are friends," notes Blackmon. Chief Operations Officer Rodney Smith describes her as an exemplary employee. "We could not function without her," he said. Congratulations to Ms. Blackmon!
Inclement Weather
Please note that if winter weather conditions cause the need for early dismissal, delayed opening, or cancellation of school, details will be posted to the district website and the district Facebook page. In addition, the following media outlets will be notified:
WLBG Radio Station - 860 AM
GoLaurens.com
WYFF TV Channel 4 (NBC)
WSPA TV Channel 7 (CBS)
WLOS TV Channel 13 (ABC)
WHNS TV Channel 21 (FOX)

Text, email, or voice messages may also be transmitted to those who have set up contact information through the school office or via
PowerSchool Parent Portal

Because of the geographic location of the Laurens 55 school district, road conditions may be fine in some areas, while other areas are hazardous. Student safety will always be our number one priority in making a decision to close or delay opening schools.

State of the Schools Luncheon/Fundraiser

5 days ago

Laurens 55 extends a sincere THANK YOU to all who contributed to the State of the Schools Luncheon and Fundraiser!  The January 24 event would not have been possible without the support from the Laurens community. 

LDHS NJROTC Color Guard

Program Emcees - Jamoya Hunter, LDHS LC President; Hykheem Williams, LDHS GC President

LDHS Strings Quartet

 Sheriff Reynolds and SRO Patterson were among the guests.

Dr. Irvin Scott, Harvard Graduate School of Education was the keynote speaker. 

Director of Administrative Services Edward Murray presented a gift card to Emily Owens, the middle school division winner in the All Hands on Deck essay contest.  Shaun Kuehn's essay won first place in the high school division. 

 Ford Elementary School Principal Zakaria Watson had a special guest join him at the event.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters presented a report on the State of the Schools. 

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