IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five welcomed its students back on August 22 for the 2018-2019 school year. Throughout the district, there was a buzz of excitement as teachers and staff focused on making positive impacts and strides this school year.
“My hope for these children is that they learn their impact,” said Leaphart Elementary teacher Courtney Leonhardt. “I hope they learn how they can impact the world, how they learn what they are good at, what they’re strong in and where they still need some help… I also hope they learn how to help one another reach their goals. Together, we can make a big impact.”
The same was true for the new principal of Irmo High School, Dr. Robin Hardy. She said, “I’m looking forward to meeting lots of our students and getting to know their names and personalities....and just making sure they have a voice in what we bring to Irmo High School.”
Students at Chapin High School received a big first-day-of-school surprise when their new principal, Michael Ames, unveiled a special guest speaker at the school’s assembly.
University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley was introduced to a loud ovation and shared a motivating message to the Chapin Eagles about how they can be champions this school year, “To be a champion is someone who is very disciplined. To be a champion is someone who is selfless and makes a sacrifice for the greater good of the goal, whether it’s personal or whether it’s team related,” Staley said.
Chapin High school senior Banks Todd said he is excited about what the new year will bring. “We’ve been here for four years. It kind of snuck up on us...but it’s here so we’re going to make the best of it,” Todd said. “We’re going to have the best student sections, and we’re going to have an awesome 2019 state conference ... school spirit is going to be a must this year.”
School District Five Teacher of the Year Ali Hendrick said she hopes to leave a lasting impact on her students and the community.“
This year is going to be a great year in School District Five,” Hendrick said. “Teachers are invigorated and we are ready to get to know our students. It is my personal goal for the year and my hope for others that we will not only be aware of the impact we have on our students but also be proud enough to show our community that positive impact.”
School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton visited schools across the district and was excited with what she saw. “We’ve welcomed back over 17,000 students and we’re celebrating having them back in our halls and buildings,” Melton said. “We look forward to bringing back our preschool students and adult education students in the next two weeks. Welcome back #PrideInFive!”