Beth Houck - Principal

Janet Ricard - Asst. Principal

Roy Turner - Asst. Principal


       Saxe Gotha Elementary  

100 Bill Williamson Court

Lexington, SC 29073


A Message from Miss Houck…

We have included as many summer dates as we are aware of at this time.  Please check your emails and listen to any school messenger calls that come through to make you aware of additional dates.  If your child will be moving schools next year, we ask that you call or come by the school office to notify us so that we can remove him/her from our rosters.  We hope that you will have a restful and safe summer while your student(s) are away from SGE.  Please encourage your child to continue to read, taking advantage of the Title 1 books he/she received at the year’s end.  We look forward to seeing you all back when we return for the 17-18 school year on August 22nd.  Happy summer!

Dates to Remember

June 1: Teacher Workday

June 2: Teacher Workday

June 5: Teacher Workday

June 20:  Regular Board Meeting at Central Services, 7:30 p.m.

July 18:  Regular Board Meeting at Central Services, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 3:  Registration Day for the 17-18 School Year, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 22: Students and staff return to school

Fifth Grade Students Enjoy a Catered Sit Down Dinner

Biggest News of the Month

The wonderful PTA ladies planned and hosted a beautifully catered dinner and dance for our graduating fifth grade class at SGE on May 12.  The students were greeted with a lighted walkway and were photographed prior to entering the cafeteria where they were treated to a decorated cafeteria completed with a Hudson’s BBQ catered dinner.  After a delicious meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and a roll, all students enjoyed taking candid snapshots in a photo booth and danced to the music provided by a local D. J.  It was truly a wonderful event for our students.  We all thank our PTA for planning and delivering such a fabulous night for our fifth graders!  Thank you, PTA!!

SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council Meets

The SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council will resume its monthly meetings when we return in August of 2017, in the Parent Resource Center. The team is hopeful that we will be able to get more parent involvement in all aspects and areas of our school.  If you have ideas or would like to attend the monthly meetings, we extend an invitation to join us.

The LCSD1 Mission & Vision

The mission of LCSD1-where caring people, academics, the arts and athletics connect-is to enable our students to be thinking, productive, responsible citizens in the global, competitive 21st century.  Therefore, we will work to create a high-performance learning culture that sets high expectations for every student and provides the environment, instruction and support necessary to ensure that our students are learning and meeting rigorous standards.

SGES Mission & Vision

The Mission of Saxe Gotha Elementary School is to live & model the 7 Habits;  to intentionally plan & implement strategies to promote student success & achievement; to collaborate & communicate with all stakeholders.

The Vision of Saxe Gotha Elementary School:   We at Saxe Gotha Elementary are a unified community of leaders striving to empower and celebrate everyone’s success and achievement.

Let’s Keep Collecting Those Boxtops

We managed to do a great job of bringing in Boxtops during the 16-17 school year.  While it is difficult to believe, a dime really can make a difference!  Please have a designated place to save Boxtops over the summer.  Then, when your child returns to us in August, please send them in to their homeroom.    Each Boxtop is worth ten cents, and while that does not sound like a lot, it adds up quickly  as you can see and allows us to bring more to our students.   We will recognize the class that collects the most at the monthly LEAD Rallies.  Thank you for your continued support! Ms. Barkley often offers an incentive of some homemade Barkley Cupcakes for the classes who collect the most!  Go to the following link for a complete list of all participating products:

A Message from Our Parent Liaison, Mrs. Shearer…Read, Read, Read and Don’t Forget to Practice Your Math Skills

There are some wonderful resources available to help your students maintain their math skills over the summer. One of the most important things you can do is help your child achieve/ maintain fluency in the facts they were expected to have mastered this year. Below is a list of expectations for each grade level:

• Rising 1st graders should be counting large groups of everyday objects and writing the numbers to 100.  They should know the addition facts 0 + 0, 0 + 1, 0 +2, 0 + 3, 0 + 4, 0 + 5, 1 + 1, 1 + 2, 1 + 3, 1 + 4, 2 + 2, 2 +3 and the related subtraction facts 5 – 5 to 0 – 0.

• Rising 2nd graders should know the addition facts above, the facts equal to 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, and the related subtraction facts. Subtraction is harder, so more time should be spent practicing it.

• Rising 3rd graders should know all facts to 9 + 9 = 18 and the related subtraction facts. They should be able to add and subtract three digit numbers using any strategies.

• Rising 4th graders should know all of the above facts, PLUS the multiplication facts to 10 x 10 and the division facts related to each.

• Rising 5th graders should know all of the above addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts and add/subtract large numbers without errors.

Math Journals— Save those two Everyday Math Student Journals! They will show you and your child which skills have been learned this year and how to maintain them. There are probably unfinished pages to do!

Everyday Math Online- This awesome resource has been available to all students this year, and will continue to provide tutorials, copies of the family letters, student books, and the EM Games through July 31.

Michelin’s “A Better Way Forward” Winners Announced

Saxe Gotha Elementary has enjoyed a partnership with Michelin Tire Corporation’s Lexington facility for a number of years now.  Their employees serve as mentors for our students by coming in to work in our Lunch Buddy program as well as in our Midlands Reading Consortium program through United Way.  Another program supported by Michelin allows us to recognize one teacher and one student for going above and beyond in their work each day to find a “better way forward.”  Recently, special education teacher, Susanne Senn was chosen for the honor and will be attending the U. S. Autism & Asperger World Conference this August in Portland, Oregon.  Fifth grade student, Patience Dent, was chosen as the student winner for her sunny attitude and for going out of her way to be helpful not only to her teachers, but also her classmates. She is very thoughtful and deliberate in her words and actions. Patience was nominated by art teacher, Gina Dunning.  Patience will receive an art kit from Michelin as her award.  

Tips to Help with Summer Reading

Here are some easy ways you can help your child with reading so he/she maintains his skills over the summer.

-Let your child see you reading!  Have books and magazines in your home.

-Help your child find appropriate word and reading games on the computer.  Keep a dictionary on hand. Help your child look up new words they read or hear.

-Read mysteries with your child and try to figure out the clues together.

-Movie version of a book coming out?  Read the book together first then talk about which you liked better.

-Set aside a time and a place for your child to read each day, like a comfy chair with a reading lamp in a quiet place.

-Visit your public library regularly.  Look for and read the books that were favorites when you were a child.

-Encourage your child to write letters, emails, thank you notes, journals, list, stories about their trips, events, and daily life.

-Ask your child to draw a comic strip about what happens in a story.  Provide words searches, crosswords, and other word games or puzzles or help your child come up with his/her own.

-Ask your child about what he/she is reading such as:  What is the story about?  Who are the important characters in the story? Where

does the story take place?  Why do you think that character made that choice?  Why did that happen? Would you recommend this book to a friend?  

Other strategies/resources for reading over the summer:

Reading Rockets Blog

Edutopia Blog

You Can Still Get A Yearbook

SGE Yearbooks have arrived and have been distributed.  We still have yearbooks for sale if you did not purchase one for your child.   They are $20 each and will be available at the school through the summer until they sell out.  If you are interested, contact the office.

Health Room Reminders

If your student has medication being held in the school nurse’s office, please make sure you pick those items up prior to the closing of school.  Also, when planning for next school year, please access the permission form from the website.  Click on Student/Parent Handbook, then go to medication permission slip forms.   Have a great summer!

Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees

Chair Debbie Knight

Vice Chair Cynthia Smith

Secretary Dr. Brad Pitts

Mark Anderson

Sandra Kay Backman

Ann Marie Green

Grady Harmon 

Lost & Found Items

Please make sure you visit the SGE Lost and Found rack before your child goes home for the summer.  Throughout the course of the year, we have donated items that were not claimed and plan to continue with this plan at the end of the school year for items that remain.  Please either drop by the school or have your child check the rack for anything that they have left behind.  When planning for next year remember,  it is also helpful to put your child's name in jackets, lunch boxes, etc.  A Sharpie marker or any other permanent marker works well for this.  Thank you for your help with this.

Beary Good Neighbear Winner

Gerrie Gresham of State Farm Red Bank again sponsored the ‘Beary Good Neighbear’ award for the month of May.  This month, SGE housekeeper, Pat Oxendine, was the recipient of the award.   Each month, Mr. Gresham of State Farm recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond here at SGE. The voting is left up to the staff, and at our monthly LEAD Rally, State Farm presents the winner with a nice gift basket for being a 'good neighbear.'  Hence the jingle: "like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." Ms. Oxendine  received a $25 gift card, a lovely basket, and a stuffed Good Neighbear. She was pleasantly surprised to be chosen!  

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Declaración de No Discriminación del Lexington County School District One

English Version

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for elementary students go to the Coordinator of ESOL/RtI and for secondary students to the Director of School Counseling and Advisement. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II.

Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.

Versión en Español

El Lexington County School District One no discrimina a causa de la raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad o edad en la admisión a, acceso a, trato en o empleo en sus programas y actividades.

Se ha designado a las siguientes personas para responder a consultas o quejas. El Director en Jefe de Recursos Humanos responde a las consultas/quejas relacionadas con el Título IX. Las consultas/quejas relacionadas con la Sección 504 para estudiantes de primaria se dirigen al Coordinador de ESOL(Inglés Para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas)/Respuesta a la Intervención (RtI) y para los estudiantes de secundaria se dirigen al Director de Consejería y Orientación. El Coordinador de Matemáticas responde a consultas/quejas relacionadas con el Título II.  Comuníquese con estas personas si tiene preguntas relacionadas con estos temas en 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 y en el número telefónico 803-821-1000.

Habit 1: Be Proactive :You’re in Charge

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind:   Have a Plan

Habit 3: Put First Things First: Work First, Then Play

Habit 4: Think Win-Win: Everyone  Can Win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Listen Before You Talk

Habit 6: Synergize: Together Is Better

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw:  Balance Feels Best

Featured Habit

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

(Live Responsibly & Dream Big)

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

PBIS & Leader in Me....All at SGE....


At SGE, we are proud to be a PBIS school!   (  Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is our system for teaching and recognizing appropriate behaviors that bring out the best in each student.  Our young leaders know that we keep it simple at school. In fact, we LEAD with 4 simple PBIS rules by Living Responsibly, Engaging Respectfully, Acting Safely, and Dreaming Big!   PBIS works great anywhere, including our homes.

Leader in Me: 

We are in year 7 of SGE's implementation of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me.  SGE was the first school in South Carolina to implement this model.  We are proud to be a Lighthouse School!  The Leader in Me process helps to create a common language within a school, built on proven leadership skills found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book,  7 Habits of Highly Effective People. To help our students make a strong correlation between PBIS and our Leader in Me initiative, we are blending the two with the acronym: LEAD. L-Live Responsibly; E-Engage Respectfully; A-Act Safely; and D-Dream Big!

SGE’s Mission & Vision

The Mission of Saxe Gotha Elementary School is to live & model the 7 Habits;  to intentionally plan & implement strategies to promote student success & achievement; to collaborate & communicate with all stakeholders.

The Vision of Saxe Gotha Elementary School:We at Saxe Gotha Elementary are a unified community of leaders striving to empower and celebrate everyone’s success and achievement.