Beth Houck - Principal

Janet Ricard - Asst. Principal

Roy Turner - Asst. Principal


    Saxe Gotha Elementary  

100 Bill Williamson Court

Lexington, SC 29073


A Message from Ms. Houck

We are hoping that you all had a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family.  We are happy to be back and are looking forward to approximately another month before an even longer winter break!

We are very thankful for the huge success of our implementation of our new WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  It has been a pleasure to have many awesome dads spending time in our school, working with our students!

Thank you also for helping to make our fall fundraiser a success.  If you have items ordered that you have not picked up, please do so as soon as you are able.  

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is, and you can call me at 803-821-4800.

Dates To Remember

Dec. 1 - K-2 L.E.A.D. Rally 7:50 AM

Dec. 4-8 - Santa Shop

Dec. 6 - 5th Grade Immigration Station

Dec. 8 - 3-5 L.E.A.D. Rally 7:50 AM

Dec. 8 - Holiday Market

Dec. 12 - SIC/Title Meeting 5:00PM

Dec. 12 - Board Meeting 7:30

Dec. 15 - Bojangles’ Leadership Breakfast

Dec. 20 - Last Day of School

Dec. 21 - Jan 3 Winter Break

Jan 4. - Student’s Return to School

Our Watch D.O.G.S. program is off to an incredible start, we would love to have you participate. Sign up today:


WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. 

Please go to to sign up to be one of our Watch D.O.G.S.!

SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council Meets

The SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council will meet on November 14th at 5 p.m. in the Parent Resource Center. The team looks forward to seeing you all and updating you on opportunities for 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 for you to join us.

Every Minute Counts

You might notice some new attendance tracking posters around school. Help us continue to improve on our attendance goals by arriving early, and finishing the day when possible.

We are excited about keeping up with our attendance goals and we hope you are too!


Parent Resource Center

I am excited to share with you information about the Saxe Gotha Elementary Parent Resource Center (PRC).
    Our school receives federal funds, which we use to supply resources for our parents, students, and teachers.  Located on the Kindergarten hallway in room 300, our Parent Resource Center (PRC) is stocked with reading, writing, math, and science materials along with activities, books, and supplies.  
        How can items be checked out? It's simple.  Choose the learning activities you wish to take home, then list them on the sign-out sheet located in the PRC.  There is no due date; that all depends on you and your child.  There are several easy ways to return the items.  You may send them in with your child to give to their teacher or drop by and return them to Amy Shearer, Parent Liaison.

The Parent Resource Center is open for checkout from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the school week.  If you need a later time, please call Mrs. Shearer at 803-821-4842 or email her at so she can schedule a time that works best for you. 

Habit 4 Think Win-Win

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

New School Facebook Page

In addition to our PTA Facebook page, we have a new Official Saxe Gotha Facebook Page.  

Find us on Facebook and keep up with everything happening at SGES.

Tweet-Tweet! Yes, we Tweet!

Not only can you stay in touch with us on Facebook, but we also use Twitter.

Here are a few important Twitter accounts that you should follow from our school district:

@SaxeGothaEle - Our School

@LexingtonOne - Our District

@GLittle_Lex1 - Our Superintendent

New P.E. Units Set to Begin

We have had a great time in our throwing and catching unit. After the Thanksgiving Holidays we will be starting our dance unit. In all grade levels students will be learning multicultural dances from a variety of countries. It is beginning to be boot weather outside. Please help your students remember to wear their tennis shoes on PE days and save the warm boots for the rest of the week.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.   or

Leader in Me

We are in year eight of SGES's implementation of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me.  SGES 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 have blended the two using the acronym:


L-Live Responsibly

E-Engage Respectfully

A-Act Safely

D-Dream Big!

“Meet Me at the Movies”

Fourth Grade watches Wonder

After reading the book Wonder, our 4th graders and their families had a WONDERful time at their "Meet Me at the Movies" night to see the movie on opening night.

ANCHORED IN KINDNESS is the grade level theme this year  so Wonder works perfectly!

Health Room Reminders

Winter is right around the corner and this time of year we see an increase in illness.  You may want to review the policies in your hand book regarding fever, vomiting, etc.  

If your child needs to take medication at school you will need to bring it to the nurse.   No medication should be kept in a book bag.  

The medicine must have the correct label and a permission slip must be filled out.  That goes for all over the  counter medication (even cough drops) to prescription medication.

 If you have any questions please call Nurse Karen at 821-4823.

PBIS at Saxe Gotha Elementary

At SGES, 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.

SGES Mission and Vision

The Mission of Saxe Gotha Elementary School

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.

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 

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Declaración de No Discriminación del Lexington County School District One

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information, 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. Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to Coordinator of Title II Part A Dianne Steelman.

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

Lexington County School District One no discrimina sobre la base de raza, color, religión, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad, información genética o edad en la admisión a, acceso a, tratamiento en o empleo en sus programas y actividades. Las siguientes personas han sido designadas para manejar consultas o quejas. El Jefe de Recursos Humanos Oficial Michael L. Stacey maneja las consultas/quejas relacionadas al Título IX, consultas/quejas relacionadas al Título II con respecto a los empleados y/o el acceso público a los edificios y terrenos, y consultas/quejas que involucren la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964. Consultas/quejas sobre IDEA para estudiantes K-12 van a la Directora de Servicios Especiales Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Consultas/quejas sobre Sección 504 para estudiantes K-12 van al Director de Consejería Escolar y Asesoramiento Zan Tracy Pender. Consultas/quejas sobre la implementación del Título II van a la Coordinadora de Título II Parte A Dianne Steelman.

Contacte a estas personas si tiene preguntas sobre estos temas en 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 y número de teléfono 803-821- 1000.

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.