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 hope that all of you had a wonderful spring break and had many opportunities to enjoy time with your child. We are hoping for some spring-like weather eventually. We are thankful to have them back in school and are in shock and disbelief that we have only 38 days left.  We have much to do in those 38 days. We will have end of year assessments, Field Days, Countdown to Summer celebrations, and awards days not to mention our Fifth Grade Graduation!  Please be watchful of our newsletter and other information coming home to inform you of important dates and times!  Thank you for your continued support!

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

May 1 - 1st Grade Field Trip

May 4 - School Lunch Hero Day

May 4 - K-2 LEAD Rally

May 4 - M.R.C. Celebration 1-2 PM

May 5 - Read at the Knoll

May 7-11 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7-18 SC READY / SC PASS Testing

May 14 - Last Day to Check Out Books

May 15 - Title 1/SIC Meeting 5 PM

May 15 - Board Meeting 7:30 PM

May 18 - 3-5 LEAD Rally

May 21 - All Library Books are Due

May 21 - 4K Promotion

May 22 - K-1 Field Day/Last Day 4K


Sign up now to be one of our Watch D.O.G.S. in 2018!!

Last week we held a Donuts for Dads event to raise awareness about our Watch D.O.G.S. program at Saxe Gotha Elementary. The turnout was incredible, and we reached our goal! We had over 150 fathers, uncles, brothers, and step-fathers attend the event. We would love for you to become one of our Watch D.O.G.S. during the 2018-2019 school year.

Has your child asked who are Watch D.O.G.S? Volunteers serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrators.

Sign Up Today: 


SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council Meets April 17th

The SGE Title 1 Board/School Improvement Council will meet on May 15th at 5 p.m. in the Parent Resource Center. We will be going over the Title 1 plan for the 2018-2019 year and we would love to have you be a part of this meeting. If you have ideas or would like to attend the monthly meetings, we extend an invitation for you to join us.

May 23 - 2-3 Field Day

May 24 - 4-5 Field Day

May 25 - No School / Weather Makeup Day

May 28 - No School

May 30 - Lunch Buddies Ice Cream Social 1-1:30

May 31 - Summer Reading Kickoff

May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 8AM

May 31 - 5th Grade Dance - 6-8 PM

June 4 - 1st Grade Awards 8-8:30 AM

June 4 - 2nd Grade Awards 8:45-9:15 AM

June 5 - Half-Day for Students

June 5 - 3rd Grade Awards  8-8:30 AM

June 5 - 4th Grade Awards 8:45-9:15 AM

June 5 - Last Day for Students (Half-Day)

Teacher Appreciation Month

In 2010, SC Future Minds began celebrating May as Teacher Appreciation Month and, since 2011 Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed each May as South Carolina Teacher Appreciation Month.

We will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11.

Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind

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

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!  

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!

Keep up with us throughout the year and even the summer on Twitter!

So what is Twitter? It's a great place for keeping people informed on what you are up to without the need to spend a lot of time crafting an entire post on the subject. You just say what's up and leave it at that.

@SaxeGothaEle - Our School

@LexingtonOne - Our School District

@GLittle_Lex1 - Our Superintendent

Jump Rope for Heart Raises $6,075!!

Our students and staff did an excellent job in our Jump Rope For Heart! Our final total was $6,075! Although we did not make our goal, we worked very hard to help many children with sick hearts! Way to go SGE Shining Stars.

All grade levels are working on basketball now. Ask your student to share with you the new things they are learning each week. Also, warm weather is here, so our students are beginning to wear sandals. Please help your student remember to wear their tennis shoes on each of their PE days every week.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, 821-4837 Coach Neville and Coach Vestal

Leader in Me

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!

Limited School Choice

Lexington County School District One will offer some limited school choice opportunities during the 2018-2019 school year for students who live in Lexington One. This limited school choice option gives Lexington One students the opportunity to attend schools outside of their regular attendance area.

Learn more:

Health Room Reminders

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.

Pennies for Patients

“Every Hero Needs a Squad”

We will be collecting donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through a program called Pennies for Patients.  Students will bring home donation boxes for change collection on Tuesday, April 17.  Collections will be accepted through April 27 and will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for cancer treatment research.  The disease affects so many of our loved ones.  Help us fight this!


Next year the art program is going to work on a collaborative mosaic to help beautify the school.  Please bring in tiles, broken or whole to donate to the mosaic.  We will also be collecting marbles, spoons, and ceramic plates and coffee cups.  These items will be used to make the mosaic.

 If you have any questions please contact the art teacher, Katie Oliver. Thank you for your donations and for your support of the arts.  Look for more information to come in the 2018-2019 school year.  

SGES Vision and Mission

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.

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.

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

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.