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Published on March 16th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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LMS honored for being finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards

Pictured left to right: LMS Assistant Principal Brendan Cafferty; LMS Assistant Principal Gloria Nester; Dr. David Mathis with the South Carolina Association of School Administrators; LMS Principal Ryan Pool; and LMS Assistant Principal Mike Sheley.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — About 50 Lexington Middle School students, teachers and staff gathered in the LMS Learning Commons recently to watch a live video announcement concerning the South Carolina Association of School Administrators 2015–2016 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards. LMS was one of three middle schools that was a finalist in competing for the award.

While LMS did not win the 2015–2016 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, Lexington County School District One Superintendent Karen Woodward, Ed. D., said being named a finalist for the award is a significant accomplishment.

“We are so proud of Lexington Middle School for being named a Palmetto’s Finest finalist,” Woodward said. “These warm and caring professionals are absolutely committed to the personalized learning of each child in their school and to excellence, equity and innovation in the delivery of teaching and learning.”

LMS Principal Ryan Pool accepted a plaque on Tuesday from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, celebrating the school’s accomplishment of being named a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards.

“We do this because we want to always push ourselves to be better,” Pool said in addressing the assembled students, teachers and staff at the LMS Learning Commons. “You should be very proud.”

LMS won the Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award in the 1984–1985 and 1988–1989 school years. The school is home to 830 students in grades 6–8. LMS strives to teach students to be “inspired, prepared and empowered to lead the world.”

The South Carolina Department of Education presented a Palmetto Gold Award in February 2016 to LMS for general performance, recognizing the entire student body’s academic performance. In addition to the Palmetto Gold Award for general performance, LMS received a Palmetto Silver Award for closing the achievement gap.

In the 2014–2015 school year, Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington District One won a Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award.

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators established the Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards in order to recognize a select group of exemplary schools that have excellent instruction, outstanding school leaders and strong support from their school families and communities as well as businesses. The awards are presented annually to two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in South Carolina.

The selection process for the Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards includes a comprehensive review of each school’s program, focusing on how the school impacts the lives of its students and its community. To be considered for the award, a school must submit an application and receive an onsite examination visit by a review committee, which examines student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture.

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