Principal Update 8/1/21 The Lion’s Den Newsletter


Meal Distribution Information

Beginning Monday, June 7, meals will be offered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Sumter High School and Hillcrest Middle School from 11 AM to 12 noon. Youth who are 18-years-old or younger are eligible and must be present in order to receive one lunch meal and one breakfast meal each day.  Please note, meal cards are not required, and buses will not distribute meals during summer break. For more information, please call 803-499-5950.


Annual Parent Opinion Survey

To access the Parent Opinion Survey click on this link:

Once at the survey, choose either the English or Spanish version of the survey to complete.
Families should complete only one survey for each of their children enrolled in public school.
Next, enter the seven-digit ID of our school.

The ID for our school is 4301031.

Para acceder a la Encuesta de opinión para padres, haga clic en este enlace:

Una vez que esté en la encuesta, elija la versión en inglés o en español para completarla. Las familias
deben completar solo una encuesta por cada uno de sus hijos inscritos en la escuela pública.
A continuación, escriba la identificación de siete dígitos de nuestra escuela.

La identificación para nuestra escuela es 4301031.


Meal Distribution Update May 12, 2021
The last day for the delivery of meals by the Sumter School District Transportation Team is Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The meal bags distributed for curb-side pick up and on buses will include meals for the following dates: May 26, 27, 28 and June 1, 2 and 3. There is no meal distribution on June 2, 2021. The Office of Food Services is developing a schedule for curb-side pick up only for the summer. More information is forthcoming.
Please contact the Office of Food Services at 803-469-5950 if you have any questions.
Annual Parent Opinion Survey

Hi Parents!

Please complete the Parent Opinion Survey by: May 14, 2021. See the attached information for instructions. Your time and effort in completing this survey is greatly appreciated.

Letter English   Letter Spanish  parentemail    parentemail-Spanish

 Lemira Elementary School invites you, 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 2:45 PM
to attend the School Improvement Council Meeting , and Title I Planning Team Meeting.
Please check your child’s Google classroom for the meeting codes.


Meal Distribution Update 3.30.21

Wednesday, March 31- Meal distribution will include breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

  • April 5-9- Meal distribution will not take place the week of spring break.
  • Monday, April 12- Students will receive breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday.
  • Wednesday, April 14- Students will receive meals for April 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20.

Beginning Wednesday, April 21, weekly curbside pick-up will only take place at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 12 noon: Pocalla Springs Elementary, Hillcrest Middle, Sumter High, and Crestwood High.

  • Meals will continue to be delivered by buses to the sites throughout the community from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Children 18 years old and younger who attend virtual instruction and homeschool students are eligible to receive meals.
  • Students attending five days of face-to-face instruction will receive meals daily at school and are not eligible to pick up meals weekly each Wednesday.
  • Meal cards are mandatory to receive meals. Cards with the expiration date older than one week will not be accepted.

Lemira Elementary School invites you, this Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to attend the School Improvement Council Meeting (8:00am), Title I Planning Team Meeting (8:00 am), and the Title I Parent Workshop – Grades 4th-5th (9:30am). Please see the attached flyers for more information, and also check your child’s Google lassroom for the meeting codes.

Update on School Reopening – March 16, 2021

After consulting with our Reopening of Schools Taskforce and assessing the COVID-19 data in our community, all elementary, middle, and high schools will transition to five days of face-to-face instruction beginning Monday, April 19. Elementary schools will still begin four days of face-to-face instruction on Monday, March 22. Parents will continue to have the option for their children to remain virtual for the entire semester.

Please read the SSD Superintendent Letter regarding the School Reopening dated 3/16/21.

 Pandemic EBT benefits to qualifying children across South Carolina

The Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Education (SCDE) are working to provide Pandemic EBT benefits to qualifying children across South Carolina, and we need your help to ensure children attending your school are able to receive them if they are eligible.  All households with potentially eligible students are strongly encouraged to validate their address in the DSS P-EBT Address Portal on or before March 19, 2021.  The P-EBT Address Portal is located on the DSS website, at: https://benefitsportal-test/#/pebt/addressverification.  To locate a child in the Address Portal the parent must have: Student Last Name, Date of Birth, Student ID, School District and School Name.  If a parent or guardian does not know the Student ID, they must obtain this information from the child’s school.

Lemira Elementary School will participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m.


PreK Registration 2021-2022
Don’t forget that we are now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Preschool program. Please read over the requirements for the program.
For more information and to complete the registration online, please check: 2021-2022 SSD Registration
Read Across America Week

Lemira School is celebrating this week Read Across America with a variety of activities and read alouds from parents and community members. If you would like to read via Google Meet to one of our classes, please contact the school and schedule a time. Also, we invite students and teachers to participate by dressing up each day, whether they are at home or at school. Please see the attached schedule with the dress up themes. This is a week-long celebration of reading! Let’s have fun reading!


Lemira Elementary School would like to congratulate Ms. Stephanie Hickmon, our second grade teacher, for becoming the 2021-2022 Lemira’s Teacher of the Year! She is an amazing teacher, going above and beyond for her students. Congratulations!!!

Black History Month Celebration

Our sudents are celebrating Black History Month by learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and creating their own dreams inspired by his speech.

School Year 2021-2022 Online Student Registration

Online Student Registration for 2021-2022 is now open to parents.

PTO Meeting Invitation

You are invited to attend our PTO Metting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Thank you!

January Fire Drill Info

Our January fire drill will take place tomorrow, January 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Please read the flyer, and have a plan in place to practice this with your child/ren. Stay safe and share pictures with us!

Do you want to join the Girl Scouts? See the attached flyer for more information.

Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox provides an update regarding the return to hybrid instruction Monday February 1


Title 1 Parent Engagement Workshop – Treasures of Reading and Math

Parents of 2nd and 3rd grade students,

You are invited to attend the Title 1 Parent Engagement Workshop – Treasures of Reading and Math that will take place January 27, 2021 at 9:30 am. See attached flyer for more information.

Grades 2-3 flyer-website (1)


School Improvement Council Meeting and Title 1 Planning Team Meeting Flyers
Good Morning Wonderful Parents/Guardians of Lemira! You are cordially invited to our virtual School Improvement Council Meeting at Title 1 Planning Meeting on January 27, 2021 at 8:00 am. We hope to see you there!

Title I Planning Team Meeting Invitation 01-27-2021-website

To the Parents/Guardians of Lemira Elementary School:

If you are a parent or guardian of a student in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade, please take a few minutes to complete the Title I Parent survey that is posted in your child’s Google Classroom. This survey provides helpful information to the Title I Committee and ensures that we are meeting the needs of our students and families. The survey will be open through Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Thank you for your feedback!

 Sumter School District Update January 15th, 2021
Important Update – Sumter School District will extend virtual learning until Monday, February 1. Please click the title to read the letter from Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox.


Parents, if you didn’t complete the survey yet, please use the attached link to complete it. Remember, if you fail to complete the survey, your child(ren) will default to virtual for the remainder of the school year.
Thank you so much for understanding.
Teacher Recruitment Fair

Sumter School District is hosting the annual Teacher Recruitment Fair virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021, from 9 – 11 AM. Click on the link below to access our updated vacancy lists.

 Strengthening Families Program Referral
Strengthening Families Program offers 14 interactive sessions filled with family learning activities for families with children age 6-11 years old. See the attached flyer for the referral form and contact information. The referral link is:

Important letter from Dr. Smith-Canty – Dec. 18, 2020

Important Information Regarding the  Return to Virtual Instruction

An update from Dr. Martin-Knox is attached regarding the return to virtual instruction effective Monday, December 14. Students will return to fully virtual learning starting Monday, December 14, 2020, with a possible return to hybrid learning on Thursday, January 21.

December Fire Drill
Our December fire drill will be conducted virtually on Wednesday, December 9th.
Winter MAP Testing

Winter MAP Testing will take place between December 8 and 17, 2020. Please read the attached letter about the importance of this test, and also check your child’s homeroom Google classroom for her/his schedule.

Picture Day

Picture days are December 4th and December 7th. See attached fliers for more information. Also, please check your child’ homeroom Google Classroom for a detailed schedule.

American Education Week 11.16-20.2020

Attached you can find the flyer and the list of activities for each day.American Education Week FlyerAmerican Education Week Activities-teachers

Meal Distribution Update 11.6.2020

REACH Program 2021 Registration Info

Sumter School District’s REACH Program for artistically gifted and talented students offers students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theatre, and choral music through three Saturday workshops held in March, April, and May and a three-week intensive workshop in June. Students must be screened and meet criteria before qualifying for participation in this program. Students meeting qualifications to participate in the program within the past two years do not need to be referred or screened unless interested in participating in a different arts area than originally qualified for.  Current qualified students do, however, need to complete the intent form emailed to them if they plan on returning to the program this year.  Digital Request for Screening/Referral Forms can be accessed at and will be accepted through November 20, 2020.  Upon receipt of students’ Request for Screening/Referral Forms, information will be sent to respective students in regards to the Initial Screening process and procedures.  The deadline for Initial Screenings to be submitted for review will be December 22, 2020.  For more information, please contact Heather Clemmons at 774-5500, ext. 122, or additional information about the program, please click here.If you would like the information in Spanish, please click here.

Request for Reach Screening: Click Here

Revised Report Card Calendar for 2020-2021

Attached you will find updated report card calendar for this school year. The changes appear in red.

SSD Revised Grading Report Card Calendar 2020-2021
Phase 3 and 4 Hybrid Learning Update 10.30.2020

Please read the attached letter about the Hybrid Learning Phase 3 and 4 from 10.30.2020.

Bookflix from Sumter County Library
Dear parents,
Sumter County Library has a fun reading program that can be accessed from home called Bookflix. See the attached flyer for more information and help your child to log in. Thank you Sumter County Library for this resource. Have fun reading!
Very Important!
Due to the air quality surrounding the area near the VB Williams Furniture Company, Lemira School building will be closed for the rest of the week. The classes will continue virtually following the normal schedule. Please check your child’s teacher Google Classroom for more information.
Food Distribution Change 10.28.2020
Very important!
The food distribution was moved to Chestnut Oaks Middle School due to the fire at the VB Williams Furniture Plant. Lemira is closed today, so please go and pick up the food from Chestnut Oaks Middle School. Thank you for understanding!
Virtual Title 1 Parent-Child Engagement Literacy Workshop

You are invited to attend the Virtual Title 1 Parent-Child Engagement Literacy Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. See more details in the flyers attached.

CogAT and IOWA testing for 2nd grade students only

Important information regarding the CogAT and IOWA testing for 2nd grade students only. See the attached letter for the testing dates and details.______________________________________________________________________________________

Hybrid Instruction Phase Two and COVID-19 Protocol Update 10.9.2020

Please read the updated information on the Hybrid Instruction Phase Two and the COVID-19 Protocol.Hybrid Phase Two 10.9.2020SafetyandNotificationProtocols 10.9.2020_______________________________________________________________________________

Updated Bus Routes for Lemira Elementary

Route 209 Starts at 6:15 AMMooneyham Rd & Acres Ave — Curtis & Toby — Tullah & Curtis — Curtis & Waynick — Lynn Lane & Boulevard — Boulevard & Habitat — Boulevard Rd & Red Bay — Meadowbrook & Red Bay — 910 Radical Rd — Radical Rd. & McKeiver — 1091 McKeiver Rd.Route 209 Starts at 2:15 PM910 Radical Rd — McKeiver & Radical — 1091 McKeiver — Boulevard Rd & Red Bay — Boulevard & Habitat — Lynn Lane & Boulevard — Curtis & Waynick — Tullah & Curtis — Curtis & Toby — Mooneyham & Acres Ct — Red Bay & MeadowbrookRoute 227 Starts at 6:50 AMMonroe & Lafayette — E Newberry & Kingman — High & Industrial — Cedar & Murray — Webb & Cedar — Webb & Clement — Webb & Ash — Royal & SilverRoute 227 Starts at 2:15 PMMonroe & Lafayette — E Newberry & Kingman — High & Industrial — Cedar & Murray — Webb & Cedar — Webb & Clement — Webb & Ash — Royal & SilverRoute 238 Starts at 6:00 AM207 Myrtle Beach Hwy — 311 Myrtle Beach Hwy — Paul & Ott — Reams & Fletcher — Walter & Fletcher — Melvin & Bradham — Florence Hwy & Glenwood Dr — Florence Hwy & Brewington Rd — Conway & Florence Hwy — 1930 Bishop Dr — Florence Hwy & 611 E Liberty St (Rytts Trailer Park)Route 238 Starts at 2:15 PM207 Myrtle Beach Hwy — 311 Myrtle Beach Hwy — Paul & Ott — Reams & Fletcher — Walter & Fletcher — Melvin & Bradham — Florence Hwy & Glenwood — Florence Hwy & Brewington Rd — Conway Dr & Florence Hwy — 1930 Bishop Dr — Florence Hwy & E Liberty St (Rhytts Trailer Park)Route 239 Starts at 6:15 AM977 Oswego Hwy — Salterstown & Unity Ct — Salterstown & East Calhoun — Clifton & Oswego Hwy — Oswego Hwy & Caslee St — 1170 Brewington Road — Blossom View & E Brewington — Cheyenne Tr & S Pike E (Iris Wind Trailer Park) — S Pike East & W Sherwood — S Pike East & Robin Hood — S Pike & WellingtonRoute 239 Starts at 2:30 PMS Pike & Wellington — S Pike E & Robinhood — S Pike E & E Sherwood — S Pike E & Cheyenne (Iris Winds MHP Park) — Blossom View & E Brewington — 1170 Brewington Road — Oswego Hwy & Caslee St — Clifton & Oswego Hwy — Oswego & Salterstown — Salterstown Rd & Unity Ct — Salterstown Rd & E Calhoun — 977 Oswego HwyAlso, you can click on the following link to see the updated bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year for all areas in Sumter School District

Virtual Title 1 Parent Technology Workshop
You are invited to attend our Virtual Title 1 Parent Technology Workshop on September 30, 2020 via Google Meet. Check your child’s Google Classroom for more information and sign in details. We are looking forward to this!


Hybrid Learning Transition Letter 9.22.2020

Attached below is Dr. Canty’s letter about the transition to the Hybrid model, and the Virtual Learning Request Form that parents need to have completed if they choose to have their child taught virtually for the whole semester.

Hybrid Learning Letter

Virtual Learning Request Form

If you didn’t complete yet our survey on how will your child attend schools, virtual for the whole semester or Hybrid, please use the following link to do so at this time. It is very important to have all parents complete the survey so we can plan accordingly.  Thank you for all your support!

Parent Survey 


H.Y.P.E. Program Information


Please check the attached documents regarding the H.Y.P.E. Program.


H.Y.P.E. Application

If you have any questions and concerns, please feel free to contact Cieana Sinkler at the number listed below.
Cieana K. Sinkler
Administrative Assistant to Mr. Barney A. Gadson
M.H. Newton Family Life Center & H.Y.P.E (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) After School Programs

(803) 934-9527 (office)  (803) 934-0022 (fax)


Meal Distribution Update

Effective Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Lemira will serve as a district food distribution site.  Meals can be picked up between 9:00am-12:00 noon on Wednesdays from the busport breeze way on  Missouri street.

Meal cards will be accepted for 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals on Wednesdays. Cards for the following week’s meal distribution will be issued every Wednesday at Lemira based on the registration form. The color of the card will change each week.  Only Sumter School District students will be able to obtain meals under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) at no cost.

If students/parents/guardians do not have their meal cards when they arrive to pick up meals, the designated food service employee at the school site will ask for the student’s name, school, and lunch number.  After verifying the student‘s information the student will be allowed to receive meals.

Registration will be accepted on site for all unregistered students.


SC Department of Education Survey on state request for testing waiver

The South Carolina Department of Education has released a survey to gather public input on the state’s request for a waiver from federal testing requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. It is very important that everyone share their voice as part of this process, so please consider taking a moment to complete the survey.

SC Department of Education Survey


Meal Card Registration Forms

The National School Breakfast and Lunch program beginning September 2 requires that students are identified prior to receiving meals. As a result, we will issue a meal card to each student who receives weekly meals. Please note, only Sumter School District students will be able to obtain meals under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) at no cost.

Parents may register their children in one of the following ways: complete this Google Form, register at one of the meal distribution sites on September 2 when the meals are retrieved, or call 803-499-5950, extension 107 or 108.

New cards will be distributed to students/parents/guardians each Wednesday at the selected bus stop or designated school based on the registration form.

If students/parents/guardians do not have their meal cards when they arrive to pick up meals, the designated food service employee on the bus or at the school site will ask for the student’s name, school, and lunch number. After verifying the student‘s information, the student will be allowed to receive meals.

Meal Card Registration Form


MAP Testing


Greetings from Lemira Elementary School,
This document will help you prepare your child to take the MAP Growth test. Please be available at the following times to support your child’s testing: September 3-11, from 8:30 am – 9:50 am.


Parent Back-to-School Letter from Dr. Canty

Click on the title to see the Principal letter for parent.


Online Registration for Telehealth

School-based Telehealth program is open for enrollment.  Below are the links to the electronic forms.

English Enrollment Forms

Spanish Enrollment Forms

For current information about the program, please visit


Meal Distribution Update 8.10.2020

Beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the weekly distribution of meals will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. at the following locations: Crestwood High School, Hillcrest Middle School, Sumter High School, Cherryvale Elementary School, Crosswell Drive Elementary School, Chestnut Oaks Middle School, Willow Drive Elementary School, R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy, Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School, Rafting Creek Elementary School, Bates Middle School, Oakland Primary School, Alice Drive Middle School, Kingsbury Elementary School, and Wilder Elementary School.

Each Wednesday, students will receive breakfast and lunch for the entire week. To ensure food safety, please make sure meals are properly stored and refrigerated. When the parent/guardian or student picks up the meals, please provide the student’s name, student’s lunch number, and the name of the school the student attends.

Meals will also be delivered to specific areas of the community each Wednesday according to the following schedule:

  • Iris Winds 10:00 AM / Sherwood Forest 10:30 AM
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Library 10:30 AM / Third Street 11:00 AM
  • Salterstown Center 10:00 AM / Falcon Crest 10:45 AM
  • Shiloh Community Center 10:00 AM / St. John’s School 10:45 AM
  • Catchall Center 10: 00 AM / Oakland Primary 10:45 AM / Shaw Heights 11:15 AM
  • Crescent Mobile Homes 10:00 AM / American Mobile Homes 10:45 AM
  • DeLaine Community Center 10:00 AM
  • Windsor City 10:00 AM / Hunter’s Crossing 10:45 AM
  • Cherryvale School 10:00
  • Frierson Mobile Homes 10:00 AM / Ebenezer Center 10:45 AM
  • Rembert Community Center 10:00 AM / Rembert Post Office 10:30 AM / Pisgah Cross Roads 11:15 AM
  • Whispering Meadows 10: 00 AM / Annie & Bush 10:30 AM / Lee Altman 11:00 AM
  • Homestead 10:00 AM / Cotton Acres 10:45 AM / Cannery Road 11:30 AM
  • New Bethel Church 10:00 AM / A&J Mobile Homes 10:30AM / Pack Road 11:00 AM
  • Manchester School 10:00 AM / Pinewood Community Center 10:30 AM /Pinewood Gardens 11:00 AM
  • Pioneer Drive 10: 00 AM / Country Springs 10:30AM / Havenwood 11:00AM / Pearson 11:20 AM / Timmerman 11:35 AM
  • Wedgefield Post Office 10:15 AM
  • North HOPE Center 10:00 AM /Trinity Baptist Church (Poplar Square Miller Apts.) 10:45 AM
  • Lantana Apts. 10:45 AM / Chestnut Point 11:10 AM / Dillon Park 11:30 AM
  • South HOPE Center 10:00 AM / Lemira Elementary 10:45 AM
  • Crosswell Drive Elementary 10:15 AM / Harmony Court 11:00 AM
  • Jehovah FLE Center 10:45 AM
  • Birnie HOPE Center 10:00 AM
  • Kingsbury Community 10:30 AM
  • Millwood Community 10:00 AM
  • Oakland Ave. 10:45 AM


Internet Access Request

In an effort to prepare for online instruction, Sumter School District would like to reach out to families who do not have access to the Internet. To be eligible for a wireless hotspot you must meet the following criteria:

Have a student in the household;

Not have internet;

Have a household income at or below 250% of federal poverty;

Need internet for educational purposes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you meet these requirements please call 803-469-6900 extension 502 to register.


Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) Days Information

LEAP days for registered students are August 10th-14th 9:00 am-12:00 noon.

PK & K Students– Monday & Tuesday
1st Grade Students– Wednesday & Thursday
2nd Grade Students– Friday
3rd Grade Students– Wednesday
4th Grade Students-Thursday
5th Grade Students– Friday


Reopening of Schools Commitment Form Info

Sumter School District will welcome our students back through virtual instruction August 28. Executive staff will re-evaluate our status every thirty days in accordance with CDC/DHEC guidelines. Once it is safe to do so, the district will transition to a hybrid model for instruction. Please note, virtual instruction will remain an option for the entire school year, and parents will be provided a two week notice for any transition to a hybrid model.

In addition, the South Carolina General Assembly has approved funding for five additional in person Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) days before the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Although student attendance is not mandatory, these days must be offered to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In an effort to plan accordingly for adequate staffing and transportation for both the LEAP days and the transition to hybrid instruction, please take a few moments to complete this form. A separate form must be completed for each child.

The form will close at 5 PM Wednesday, July 29.

Survey link:

Website Link

Meal Distribution Update: New Hours 7/17/2020
Sumter School District Update 7/6/2020
Academic Recovery Camp
SSD is excited to announce a virtual Academic Recovery Camp for rising 1st through 4th grade students who need additional support in ELA and/or math. Camp will begin July 13 and run Monday through Thursday until August 6. Instruction will take place virtually through Google classroom and include live, interactive lessons from teachers. Classes will be kept small to provide personalized support for students. Space is limited. Please share with those who are interested.

Parent Feedback for Reopening Schools

Planning is well underway for the 2020-21 school year. COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges, and our commitment to a safe learning environment for students and employees means school may look much different this fall. As a team, we continue to discuss a variety of topics including:

Models for the school day
Accessible learning for all students
Bus and car transportation and schedules
Increased cleaning protocols and safety equipment
Modified classroom setups and operations to maximize social distancing
“Traffic management” for front offices, cafeterias, libraries, hallways, and other multi-use areas

A key step in our planning is to seek feedback from our stakeholders. The Sumter School District Reopening Schools Task Force is conducting a survey of students, parents, and employees in an attempt to understand how our stakeholders feel regarding the possibilities of our return to teaching and learning in the fall. In the event Governor McMaster allows South Carolina school districts to make their own decisions regarding the opening of schools in August 2020, we ask that you share your concerns and priorities with us by taking a few minutes to complete this survey. Please submit your response by noon Wednesday, June 24. All responses are anonymous.

We will continue to monitor current and available data about COVID-19. This information, along with health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and other agencies will be very important in planning for the eventual reopening of our schools. Thank you for working with us to help ensure a safe environment for all.

Parent Survey 


2020-2021 School Enrollment Information

Join our Lemira Family!
2020-2021 School Year Enrollment information is available on this district page: Click on the Registration Information to access the forms in English and Spanish.
Lemira Elementary School would love to have you and your child/ren for the next school year.
¡Únete a nuestra familia Lemira! La información de inscripción para el año escolar 2020-2021 está disponible en la página adjunta del distrito Haga clic en la Información de registro para acceder a los formularios en inglés y español. A la Escuela Primaria Lemira le encantaría tenerle a usted y a sus hijos para el próximo año escolar.


SSD Summer Reading Program 

Let your imagination run wild with a good book! This summer Sumter School District is challenging all elementary students to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Once you have completed your reading, log your minutes on the Elementary Summer Reading Log 2020-Imagine Your Story Form!
Also, check the SSD Summer Reading  web page for more information, like the Elementary Bingo Card, Sumter County Library Resource, book lists and so much more.


Nighttime Reading with the Superintendent Dr. Martin-Knox 

Are you read to become a Lion? Listen to the story read by Dr. Martin-Knox and Dr. Smith-Canty and learn how to get your Lion Diploma.

        Lion Lessons by Jon Agee


           Class of 2020 – Lemira Elementary School    

Lemira Elementary School would like to congratulate all the 5th graders for their hard work, and determination. We will miss them and cannot wait to see what wonderful things they will do in the future! Remember…once a Lion, always a Lion, so continue to ROAR!

Class of 2020 – Lemira Elementary School Video


  REACH Program Update 5.28.2020

          “I hope all of our families are doing well and continuing to stay safe during these trying times. It is with sadness that I have to announce that, after receiving an official word from the administration, the decision has been made to cancel the REACH Summer Arts program this year. This includes the upcoming scheduled Super Saturday (May 30th) as well as the summer program in June. I am waiting on more information in regards to how to proceed with refunding enrollment fees that have been paid and processed. More information will be forthcoming to all of our stakeholders as I receive it. In the meantime, I encourage our students to continue to engage in the arts as much as they possibly can. Thank you for your understanding and continue to stay safe!”

            –     Message From Sumter School District’s REACH Program  Facebook Page         


                             5.26.2020 Principal’s Letter to Parents

Please read the end of the year letter to parents from Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty.


School-Based Health  Telehealth Services

The School-Based Health program is excited to be able to continue to offer telehealth services while school is closed due to COVID-19 to participating schools. MUSC School-Based Health providers are available to continue to see patients through a secure video connection (or via phone if the family does not have access to the internet). To request an appointment, please call 843-872-1956 between the hours of 8am-4pm until the end of the school year.

To learn more about the program, please visit:


5.21.2020 End of Year Schedule for Student Material Pick-up


5.21.2020 Meal Distribution Update! 

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, meals for the week of May 25-29 will be distributed Friday, May 22.


 Fifth Grade Students Recognition – Ms. McLendon’s and Ms. Palmer’s Class  

Lemira Elementary School would like to introduce the 5th grade students from Ms. McLendon’s and Ms. Palmer’s Class. We are so proud of them and we will miss them next year!

Please take a moment to hear them and maybe leave a message for them.

Ms. McLendon’s and Ms. Palmer’s Class 


May 15, 2020  Update

We would like to continue to thank you all for your hard work during these last few months of school. Our parents, students, and staff had to adjust very quickly to our new normal during these unprecedented times, and we commend you for your efforts, flexibility, and resiliency.

Senior grades were finalized Friday, May 15. Grades for students in kindergarten through eleventh grade will be finalized Friday, May 22 and verified by May 27. Although graded assignments will no longer be required after May 22, the last day of school is June 4. Until that time, teachers are encouraged to maintain contact with their students to allow time for reflection of the school year while directing students to resources that can help promote learning while they are away. Schools will contact students regarding the retrieval of report cards and other student items.

The distribution of meals for the remainder of the school year will take place Monday, May 18, Friday, May 22, and Monday, June 1, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the food service hubs, which are located at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, and Pocalla Springs Elementary. At this time, students will receive breakfast and lunch for the entire week. The meal distribution on May 22 will replace the May 25 meal distribution in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  To ensure food safety, please make sure meals are properly stored and refrigerated. Information regarding the Summer Feeding program will be communicated soon.

 Unless students are graduating or withdrawing from Sumter School District, students will maintain their assigned Chromebooks until further notice. To that end, this serves as a reminder that the Chromebooks should be used by the student for instructional purposes only. If students violate the telecommunications acceptable use policy by accessing inappropriate content such as movies, video games, or inappropriate sites, they jeopardize the option of having the device, and the Chromebook being locked or revoked.

 Again, we thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support. Together Sumter: Every School, Every Student, Every Day! We are #SumterStrong.

For the Children,

 Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox



     Fifth Grade Students Recognition – Mrs. Wilson’s and Mrs. Howell’s Class  

Lemira Elementary School would like to introduce the 5th grade students from Mrs. Wilson’s and Mrs. Howell’s Class. We are so proud of them and we will miss them next year!

Please take a moment to hear them and maybe leave a message for them.

Mrs. Wilson’s and Mrs. Howell’s Class


Happy Staff Appreciation Week

Thank you teachers and staff for everything you do for our students.


April 23, 2020 Update

This is the letter from the school superintendent, Dr. Martin-Knox, about the closing of the schools for the rest of the year.

District Letter April 23, 2020


Thank you, Prisma Health Tuomey!

The Lemira Lions Family showed support for our business partner, Prisma Health Tuomey, during this pandemic, by purchasing different healthy snacks for them. Our healthcare professionals are valued and appreciated! Thank you for everything you do each and every day!

*Photos provided by Prisma Health Tuomey


April 7, 2020 Update

This is a reminder that meals for the remainder of the week and spring break will be distributed at our food service hubs Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Parents and students may pick up meals at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, or Pocalla Springs Elementary.

In order to help ensure the health, safety, and well being of our employees, we have made an adjustment to our office hours and meal distribution beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. All schools and offices will be open on Mondays from 9 AM to 1 PM, and staff will work remotely Tuesday through Friday.

The distribution of meals will also take place each Monday from 9 AM to 1 PM at the food service hubs, which are located at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, and Pocalla Springs Elementary. At this time, students will receive breakfast and lunch each Monday for the entire week.


4.2.2020 Update Regarding Grading 

4.2.2020 Grading Letter


3.31.2020 Spring Break Food Distribution 

This is the food distribution information for April 1- 17, 2020.

Spring Break Food Distribution Flyer


3.25.2020 Updates from the District Office

District Letter

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Update

Chromebook Help Info


10.23.2020 Update Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Hours

Breakfast and Lunch will be served between 9:oo am – 1:00 pm

Breakfast and lunch will be served at the school’s bus port area. As a reminder, no food will be consumed on site.


Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Hours

Breakfast will be served between 7:00-9:00 am and

Lunch will be served between 11:oo am – 1:00 pm

Breakfast and lunch will be served at the school’s bus port area. Both meals can be picked up at breakfast time. As a reminder, no food will be consumed on site.


Kindergarten Video Resources

The Kindergarten students can use the following videos to learns and/or review different skills.



Update from the Sumter School District – 3.17.2020

Please read the following letter with important updates.

March 17, 2020 Update


Information from our School Counselor and School Social Worker

Greetings Parents and Guardians:

We, your school counselor, and school social worker, would like to provide some helpful tips to assist you and your child during stressful events.  These websites may be able to help you be aware of what you can do to help your child/children to cope and/or reduce stress before, during, and after a traumatic event.


Helpful Tips on how to talk with the kids about the Coronavirus

Well-being Safety Assessments Info


Sumter School District Closed – Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020

Per order of the Governor, all schools in Sumter School District will be closed due to the coronavirus for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020. All school activities are suspended.
During this time, teachers will offer an alternative pathway to learning, which is online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. For more information, please read the letter from our Superintendent Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox.

March 15 Community COVID-19 Letter


Cancellation Updates 3-13-2020

As a safety precaution and proactive measure to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Sumter School District has cancelled or postponed all after-school events effective immediately. Unfortunately, this means that the Lemira Golden Steppers 8th Annual Step Show, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020, has been cancelled. We will also be postponing our spring Parent Conference Night, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. There will be no Percussion or Step Team practices until further notice. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 803-775-0658.

COVID-19 Update 3-13-20