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March 30-31
Student Leadership University

April 2-9
No School - Easter Break

April 28
Cedar Creek Classic

May 3
Evening of Thanksgiving

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Monday, March 19

Chicken Patty Sandwiches, Spanish Macaroni, Peas, Potato Chips

Tuesday, March 20
Tacos, Chicken Broccoli Rice, Mixed Vegetables, French Fries

Wednesday, March 21
BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Chicken Stir Fry, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans

Thursday, March 22
Philly Cheese Steak, Turkey Tetrazzini, Carrots, French Fries

Friday, March 23
Hamburgers, Pizza Pasta, Potato Chips

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Craig Winsor (class of 1988)

Craig Winsor has been serving as a missionary with SIM (Serving in Mission) in Niger, West Africa with his wife, JJ, since 2010. Craig teaches PE and his wife teaches art at Sahel Academy.

Craig and his wife have four children (Ethan- eighth grade, Corinne- seventh grade, Garrett- fourth grade, and Cole- second grade). He says his family has adjusted very well to life in Niger and they are excited to continue as missionaries there.

For more information about Sahel Academy, click here.


Camp Invention
June 11-15

WinShape Camps

Camp Cedar Cliff

Check back soon as we continue to add to the list of camps for 2012.


We still need $30,239 to complete Priority #1 - a 3,264 square foot addition to the west end of the gymnasium.  Click here to find out how you can help.

March 15, 2012

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Caswell Center: Getting Closer!

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Last week, one family felt led to make a "matching donation." That means if Ben Lippen can raise $10,000 by April 1, this family will MATCH IT with their gift of $10,000! Over the past week, we have received $4,650 as a response to this match offer! Please prayerfully consider how you can participate in helping to finish the Caswell Center. Remember that with this match offer, a gift of $25 becomes $50, a gift of $125 becomes $250, and a gift of $1,000 becomes $2,000!

You can give online or contact Bonnie Spacek at or 807-4114.

Click here to see photos of the Caswell Center over the past year.

McVicker Named Instructional Technology Director

At the end of the school year, David McVicker will leave his current post as assistant elementary principal and physics teacher in the high school to assume the newly created position of director of instructional technology.

In his new role, Mr. McVicker will facilitate the effective use of technology in all classrooms including the iPad 1-to-1 initiative, training and evaluating faculty technology implementation, serving as the liaison with the corporate IT team, coordinating the Ben Lippen David McVickerAcademic Technology Team (BLATT), and staying abreast of new and emerging trends in K-12 technology.

“As we prepare students for the road ahead, technology is a vital tool in their education,” McVicker said. “That technology will help them develop what we call the four ‘Cs’ of Christian Scholarship: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.”

Headmaster Mickey Bowdon says that means the teachers themselves must be fully trained in the latest technology.

“Technology in the hands of trained Christian educators can be a powerful and effective instructional tool,” Bowdon said. “That is why we believe it is imperative to create a position dedicated to training and supporting our faculty.”

Mr. McVicker joined Ben Lippen in 2008 after serving for five years as head of school at Heritage Christian Academy in Lexington. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching (Physical Sciences) from Clemson University, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College.

Mr. McVicker and wife Bridget have two children; Mary Woods is in kindergarten and Hardy will begin Pre-K in the fall.

Preparing Students for The Road Ahead

The student of the 21st century has many challenges ahead of The Road 2them. Click here  to learn what Ben Lippen’s leadership has discovered over months of research and the conclusions reached to help your student navigate the road ahead.

The Road Ahead Q&A

Do you want to learn more about preparing your student for the road ahead? Do you have questions about The Road Ahead video?

Join Headmaster Mickey Bowdon, principals Gerald Porter, Jay Sikkema, Helen Boen, and director of instructional technology David McVicker for an upcoming question and answer forum.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:15 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
LGI Building (next to the gymnasium)

Cedar Creek Classic Early Bird Registration

Register before March 31 to receive the early bird discount of IMG_7419$125/adult and $50/youth ages 12-17. This event is one of two annual fundraisers for Ben Lippen School and all proceeds go towards financial aid.

Registration includes unlimited rounds of sporting clays, commemorative gift, lunch by Outback Steakhouse and a chance to win awards and door prizes.

Register today at

Daughter of Chick-fil-A Founder Coming to Campus

Trudy Cathy White, daughter of S. Truett Cathy the founder of Chick-fil-A, is speaking at both elementary chapels on Thursday, Trudy White outdoors emailMarch 22.

In her bio, Mrs. White states: “First and foremost, I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Outside of my relationship with Christ, those are the most important things you need to know about me.” In addition to her commitment to family, Trudy has been married to her husband, John, for 33 years and together they seek opportunities to invest in others. Most notably, John and Trudy are co-founders of IMPACT 360—a gap year program designed to equip young adults to be Christ-centered servant leaders. Trudy also serves as the Girl's Director of WinShape Camps, a summer camp program started by her mom and dad in 1984.

Meet Trudy Cathy White on March 22
8:00 a.m. Drop In and Meet Trudy Cathy White (SAR)
8:30 a.m. SAR Chapel

2:00 p.m. MR Chapel
2:30 p.m. Drop In and Meet Trudy Cathy White (MR)

Light refreshments, compliments of Chick-fil-A, will be served plus you will receive a 50 percent off WinShape Camp for Girls registration.

Click here to read Trudy’s bio and to watch a short video.

Save the Date: Evening of Thanksgiving

Please make plans to join us for the 2012 Evening of Thanksgiving worship event as we celebrate all that God has done this year.

Thursday, May 3
6:30-8:00 p.m.
BLS - St. Andrews Road Campus

More information will be coming soon!

Moms In Touch

Moms In Touch are moms who meet together to pray for our students, families, faculty and staff. Please join us every week or whenever you can.

Moms In Touch for high school, middle school, and MR elementary meets every Wednesday from 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Moms In Touch for SAR elementary campus meets every Friday from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Attention 2011-2012 Scholarship and Selected Student Aid Recipients

Please submit a thank you note to the donor(s) who made it possible for you to receive your scholarship. This is the second of two thank you notes required for scholarships received for this school year (2011-2012). Notes should be addressed “To Whom It Concerns” and be personal and sincere.

Please send your notes to the attention of Faye Weigle in the Office of Development by Friday, March 30.

Campus Wear Consignment Sale Report

The spring campus wear consignment sale was a great success! This sale included 28 consignors, over $1,600 in sales, 60 percent of items sold and an average price of more than eight dollars per item. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to those who consigned. This sale was a success because of you! Thank you also to those who donated unsold items to help build the inventory available to families in need.

Lost and Found

Many items are lost each week around Ben Lippen campuses. If you are missing an item, please check with your campus office.

Tutoring Available

Math tutoring is available for all levels.  Contact Dr. Joran Clements at 429-0696.  Tutoring is also available for other subjects.

Camp Invention is Returning to Ben Lippen

Camp InventionMany students enjoyed the week of  fun and learning during Camp Invention hosted at Ben Lippen last summer.

Camp Invention will be held at Ben Lippen from June 11-15, 2012.  There is a special rate for returning campers and for early registration. 

For more information, call Joran Clements at 429-0696.  Click here to register.


Invitation Day

This past Monday was Ben Lippen's annual Junior/Senior Invitation Day. It was a special time for the Junior class to present invitations to the Senior class for the April 20 Junior/Senior Banquet.

Jr Sr invitation dayA helicopter from the Richland County Sheriff's Department made an appearance on the football field and then students spent the day at Riverbanks Zoo where they participated in a scavenger hunt and had lunch delivered from a Hardee's truck.

Rene White, who serves as co-chair of Junior/Senior, says the day was a great success and a lot of fun. She credits a wonderful team of volunteers for making it such an incredible day for the students.

Click here to see more photos from Invitation Day.

A Special Thank You

Ben Lippen would like to thank Steve and Donna Hallman for their help and generosity with Invitation Day 2012. The Hallman's have two students at Hardee's 3BLS and Steve is a manager for area Hardee's restaurants. He was able to work within our budget to bring a big Hardee's truck and serve hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches chicken fingers, fries and drinks for 250 people.

Thank you Hallman family and thank you Hardee's!

Scholarship Competition for Rising Juniors and Seniors

Rising juniors and seniors wishing to compete for the $2,000 Whiting-Leitner Merit Scholarship must submit their resume and 1,000 word essay by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19. They will be receiving a copy of the scholarship competition guidelines in their English classes this week. A copy of the scholarship competition is also being emailed to parents. If additional information is needed, please contact Mrs. Dixon in the Guidance Department.



Seventh Grade Service Project: The seventh grade service project will be at the warehouse for Operation Mobilization (OM) in Florence. Mrs. Strickland's homeroom will go this Friday, March 16. Mr. Spence's and Mrs. Mack's homerooms will go next Friday, March 23.

Upcoming Seventh Grade Field Trip: Seventh graders will be going on a field trip to the International Fair (at the State Fairgrounds) and Riverbanks Zoo on Friday, March 30. Permission slips will be handed out soon.

Reminder to Eighth Grade Parents: The photos of your eighth grade student (one baby and one current) to be used in an end-of-the-year class DVD are due to Mrs. Cochrane by tomorrow.

Exciting Opportunity for Eighth Grade Students: See "High School News" for an exciting leadership opportunity for eighth grade students.

Middle School Drama Production: The Middle School's production of Charlotte's Web will be held on Monday, March 26 in Hoke Auditorium at CIU.
10-11:30 a.m. - Elementary School students (second-fifth grade) 1:30-3 p.m. - Middle School students
Parents are invited to attend!

Helicopter at BLS

The Richland County Sheriff's Department landed one of their Richland County_TT 2helicopters on the BLS football field on Monday. They presented a brief program for our middle school students, sharing details about the helicopter itself and how it is used in their profession to protect the citizens of our county and state. Students were permitted to get a close up look at the helicopter following the program.

Click here to see more photos.

Read Across America 2012

Miss McLeod and her sixth grade Language Arts class celebrated Read Across Read Across America 2America with a week full of fun! They welcomed special guests from the community, read stories, and ended the week with a better understanding of Dr. Seuss and the importance of reading. One of the special guests during the week was Ben Hoover from WIS-TV (see photo).

Celebrating Pi Day

Mrs. Cummings' eighth grade algebra class celebratPi Dayed Pi Day by measuring the relationship between the diameter and circumference of various circular objects. They also ate "Pi" as a reward!

Eighth Grade Annual Yorktown Field Trip

On March 8 and 9,  the Ben Lippen eighth grade students visited the Yorktown which is berthed at Patriot’s Point, Charleston, South Carolina. This was the ninth year that middle school has taken eighth graders to spend the night on the World War II aircraft carrier.

Before boarding the Yorktown on Thursday, the students took a 8th grade Yorktown 3ferry boat to Fort Sumter where they learned about the history of the beginning of the Civil War in South Carolina. The students slept in the crew berthing compartments on the Yorktown and got to experience what it was like for the sailors.

After morning devotions led by Mr. Gates, they left the Yorktown and traveled Palmetto Island County Park where the students got a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy a delicious pizza lunch before returning to Ben Lippen.

Click here to see more photos of the field trip.

Middle School Robotics Team

The members of the BLMS Robotics Team competed at the SC State Championships in February. They came away knowing they performed well against the best designers, builders and programmers in the state. In only their second year, this team was able to:
  • Come in second place (moving up from 14th) at our regional competition in the robot rounds.
  • Place fourth overall at Regionals (judges scored us highly in all four judging areas: team work, robot competition, robot MS Robotics Teamdesign, research project presentation).
  • Have our highest scores at the State Championships.
  • Be chosen as finalists for one of the Team Work awards at the state level, just missing one of the top three awards.
  • Outscore 186 of 216 SC teams in the robot competition.
Congratulations to these hard-working students!


Math Olympic Winners

Congratulations to the following students for placing in our elementary Math Olympics. Great job!

Third Grade: Computation
First Place – Jackson McCrudden (SAR)
Second Place – Kendall Bearden (MR)
Third Place – David Beyers (SAR)
Third Grade: Reasoning
First Place – Hannah Leneschmidt (SAR)
Second Place - Grayden Davis (MR)
Third Place – Samuel Phoenix (SAR)
Fourth Grade: Computation
First Place – Caroline Ulsaker (SAR)
Second Place – Geoffrey Young (SAR)
Third Place – Matthew Failoni (MR)
Fourth Grade: Reasoning
First Place – Alden Gibbs (MR)
Second Place – Sierra Brownell (MR)
Third Place – Wade Davis (MR)
Fifth Grade: Computation
First Place - Suhwan Lee (MR)
Second Place – Emma Beyer (SAR)
Third Place – Drew Porter (MR)
Fifth Grade: Reasoning
First Place – Henry Bolin (SAR)
Second Place – Robert Chambers (MR)
Third Place – Benjamin Satcher (MR)

Monticello Road News

International Week: Students had a wonderful opportunity to International Week_MRlearn about many other cultures and countries. Click here to see more photos from International Week at Monticello Road.

If your child is sick, please remember to call or email your child's teacher or the office to let us know he/she will not be coming to school. Students will be marked as unexcused unless we receive notification about their absence. Thank you for your help in this matter.

MR Class Pictures: Class pictures will be on Monday, March 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. This is a change from the March 22 date. Campus wear is required for class pictures.

Talent Night: You are invited to attend the Talent Show next Friday night, March 23, at the MR Campus in the multi-purpose building beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $1.00 and all proceeds will go towards the fifth grade legacy project. There will be opportunity to purchase pizza, drinks and desserts. We hope to see you there!

St. Andrews Road News

International Week_SARInternational Week: What a wonderful week the students had learning about other countries and cultures. Please click here for more pictures.

SAR Class Pictures: Please note that class pictures have been rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 20. Campus wear is required on this day.

Second Grade: Mrs. L's second 2nd Grade_Spidergrade students have been reading Charlotte's Web and learning about spiders in class. The students have also been researching spiders, eating spider snacks and writing poems about spiders. The Ferren's brought their "friendly" tarantula to school for a visit which was a special treat. The students will end this unit with a Reader's Theater in class. Click here for more  pictures.

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Middle School Track

Last Thursday, the Middle School track team competed in a meet at Chapin Middle School. We are excited to share some of the results:
  • Jordan Mack and Kylie Walker finished first in their heats in the 100 hurdles
  • Meredith Mills and Trey Schmoyer both placed in the high jump
  • Abby Gilliam placed in the long jump
  • Sarah Stevens and Kylie Walker placed in the mile

Way to go Junior Falcons!!

Functional and Safe Sports Training Seminar

The athletic department will host a free seminar called "Functional and Safe Sports Training"  for fifth-eleventh grade boys and girls on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. in the Ben Lippen gym.

The seminar will be conducted by Athletics Arena, the top training facility in South Carolina. It is open to all parents, athletes and prospective athletes.

Strength and Speed Workouts

Strength and speed workouts for sixth-eleventh grade boys are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the gym.

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