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January 18
Winter Sports Senior Night

January 21
No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22
Spring Sports Tryouts Begin

January 24
6:30 p.m.
Admissions Open House

January 26 - February 3
High School Winterim

February 1
No School - Mid-Winter Break

February 7
6 p.m.
Third-Fifth Grade Father/Daughter Banquet

February 18
No School - Presidents' Day

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Monday, January 21

No School

Tuesday, January 22
Sloppy Joes, Chicken Chow Mein, Potato Chips; Pizzas made by Culinary Arts students

Wednesday, January 23
Turkey Club Wraps, Pepper Steak & Rice, Lima Beans

Thursday, January 24
Tacos, Bacon Onion Quiche, Green Beans, Potato Chips; Sub Sandwiches made by Culinary Arts students

Friday, January 25
Hamburgers, Chicken & Pasta, French Fries; Pizzas made by Culinary Arts students

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Jim Matthews (class of 1970)

After graduating from Ben Lippen, Matthews earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.

Putting his education into practice, he was a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 22 years, serving in the United States and Thailand.  In addition, he taught at the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Currently, Matthews serves as Kershaw County Sheriff, a position to which he was elected in 2010.

He is married to Heather Hoopes-Matthews and is the father of three children, two of whom graduated from Ben Lippen: Kristen (1998) and Hunter (2006).


Priority #2 is complete!  Click here to find out how you can be involved.

January 17, 2013

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Fine Arts Initiative: Registration Now Open

Ben Lippen School is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Arts Team, LLC.  Students will now have the opportunity to take individual and group lessons from acclaimed artists, dancers, and musicians after school on our campus.  Course offerings include private piano, voice, clarinet, and dance.

Parents of K-12th grade students attended an informational meeting Monday night.  Helen Boen gave a presentation followed by David Edwards, Dan and Holly Cole, and Joel Eller.  Current Ben Lippen fine arts faculty were also introduced and several shared their input and excitement.

More detailed information, including faculty bios, a pricing list, and registration forms, is available for your convenience.  Please direct your questions to David Edwards at 348-4330 or  The artists can be reached directly; see their bios for contact information.

The registration deadline is Monday, January 28.

Classes will begin Monday, February 4 and continue until May 25.

Admissions Open House

BLS-OpenHouse-2013_web-adDo you know of a family who is in the midst of making a decision about their child(ren)’s Pre-K through 12th grade academic future?  Please encourage them to register for our Admissions Open House to find out more about Ben Lippen School.

Thursday, January 24| 6:30 p.m.
Questions? Contact Kelly Adams at 807-4110

Financial Aid for 2013-2014

Families interested in receiving tuition assistance will need to apply for financial aid through FACTS by February 28, 2013.  This year we are pleased to offer the FACTS Payment Plans and Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment on one website.  You can access the FACTS website through the Ben Lippen home page by clicking here.  (Please note that the previous website for applying for aid,, is no longer valid, nor is your password and username if you used this website for the current year.)

Applicants will be asked to submit a 2012 tax return and 2012 W-2.  Taxes do not need to be completed by February 28 to apply for aid, but applications will not be verified until FACTS receives all the required documents.  FACTS will send reminders of any documents needed. Families whose applications are verified will be notified of their financial status from Ben Lippen around the first week of April 2013.

Tutoring Available

Math and Spanish tutoring is available for all levels.  Contact Dr. Joran Clements at 429-0696.

Come Visit Us at CIU!

UG-VisitOptions2013_ad 2Undergraduate: Are you looking for a Christian university with authentic campus community and professors who know you by name?  If so, check out Columbia International University.  Join us for an Admissions Open House on February 7 or March 7.  Learn about our different programs, meet faculty and staff and attend a class.  Click here to register and to learn more. 

GradSem-VisitOptions2013_ad 2Graduate & Seminary: Are you interested in a graduate or seminary program taught by expert faculty with God's mission in mind?  If so, check out Columbia International University.  Join us for an Admissions Open House on February 7 or March 7.  Learn about our various programs, meet faculty and staff and attend a class.  Click here to register and to learn more. 

Online Studies Options at Columbia International University

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies: Do you want to be better equipped to participate in the global mission of God?  Check out Columbia International University's Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, which can be done completely online!  Click here for more information.

MEd-homepage_ad 2Master of Education: Are you an educational leader interested in furthering your knowledge?  Learn about instruction, curriculum development, and administration with the Master of Education program at Columbia International University, which can be done entirely online!  Click here for more information.

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Important Winterim Requirement

Parents, please update the RenWeb medical form for your high school student(s) by tomorrow so that the most current medical and emergency contact information will be available for Winterim.

To access your student’s form in RenWeb, click here and follow the instructions listed below (note: this cannot be done from an iPad):
  • Enter the district code (bls-sc)
  • Click on Web Forms
  • Click on Student Medical and Emergency Contact Form
  • Review all information and update as needed
  • Click on the "Save" tab at the bottom of the form (Please be sure to click "Save" even if you do not make any changes.)
After you save the form, RenWeb will send an email to the school indicating that the review/update has been completed on your student(s). 

Please contact the school nurse with questions at or by calling 807-4126.

Math Team has Strong Showing at SCISA Meet

IMG_0637The Ben Lippen math team participated in the SCISA Math Meet yesterday.  The two Ben Lippen teams placed second and tenth out of 24 teams.  John Jing and Hank Sui were the high point-scorers for teams one and two, respectively.  Out of approximately 120 participants, Hank Sui placed second and Jimmy Lin placed tenth overall for individual scores.  Congratulations to all participants: Hank Sui, Jimmy Lin, John Jing, Julia Lee, Minyoung Kim, Nero Zhang, Peter Zhang, Sean Wang, Sunny Sang, and Vincent Zhang.


Honor Roll

Click here to view a list of students who made the second quarter honor roll.  Keep up the good work!

Middle School Teacher Profiles

Untitled 3Our student blog, The Middle School Chronicles, will be posting a video series highlighting our teachers.  In the first video, Mr. Gates explains his role as the seventh and eighth grade science teacher.

Upcoming Author Visit

On Monday, January 28 Ben Lippen Middle School will welcome author Rebecca Davis as she shares her stories with sixth grade students.  Davis has authored several Christian biographies, three of them published by BJU Press.  Sixth grade parents will receive more information, via email, soon.

Attention: Seventh Grade Girls

Bible study with Mrs. Young is starting back on Friday, February 8 at Panera on Harbison from 3:35 - 5:15 p.m.  We look forward to seeing all the girls!  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Gaines at if you are planning to attend.


Third-Fifth Grade Father/Daughter Banquet

Dads, please mark your calendar for a date with your daughter on Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose building on the MR elementary campus.  More details will be communicated later this week.

Milk Jugs

Our first grade classes will be making an igloo for their polar unit and they need milk jugs and lids.  If you have milk jugs and lids that you are willing to donate, please wash them out and bring them to the office or the first grade classroom.  We appreciate your help in donating these milk jugs.

Monticello Road News

photo 2Moms in Touch: Please come and join us for prayer for our students and school on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 a.m. in the elementary library. 

Author Visit: We are very excited to announce that author and storyteller Rebecca Davis will be coming to the MR campus on Monday, January 28.  She has recently been working on a new series, Hidden Heroes, that exposes children to how the Lord is at work in other lands through missionaries.  Mrs. Davis will be speaking in a special chapel at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose building.  Please click here for more information about Mrs. Davis and placing book orders.

Box Tops: Don't forget to continue collecting Box Tops for Education and turn them in to your child's teacher.  The class that has collected the most Box Tops by the middle of February will have a party.

Above: Mr. Jim Harley and Mr. Marion Hutson spoke to our third grade class about the Civil War.  They were dressed in uniform and showed many artifacts from the war.

St. Andrews Road News

8389986906_49f7a772a0_zMoms in Touch: All moms are invited to join us for a time of prayer each Friday morning from 8:15-9:15 a.m.  We meet in the conference room by the SAR school office.

Box Tops: Don't forget to collect continue collecting Box Tops for Education and turn them in to your child's teacher.  The class that has collected the most Box Tops by February 15 will receive a pizza party.

Above: Parents, faculty, and staff helped second grade students “Unwrap Reading.”  Everyone enjoyed this special time of reading!  Click here for more photos.

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Winter Sports Senior Recognition Night

Senior Recognition for winter senior sports athletes will take place tomorrow between the varsity girls and varsity boys home basketball games vs. Heathwood Hall in the Ben Lippen gym. Recognition will include seniors participating in basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling.  Athletes and their parents will be
honored and are asked to be at the gym no later than 7:30 p.m.  Please call Christy Lambert at 807-4197 with questions.

Spring Sports Tryouts

Tryouts for spring sports will begin Tuesday, January 22Click here for details regarding tryout times and locations.

Reminder: Anyone trying out for a spring sport must have three items completed and on file with the athletic department before tryouts begin:
*Note: If an athlete has participated in a fall or winter sport, then the physical and two SCISA forms should be on file with the athletic department.  Forms need only be signed one time per school year by parents, and current physicals are good for the entire 2012-2013 school year (through May 31, 2013).

Please contact Christy Lambert in the athletic department at 807-4197 with questions.

Schedule Change: January 22

Below is the schedule for basketball games against Cardinal Newman on Tuesday, January 22:
  • MS girls at Cardinal Newman at 4 p.m.
  • MS boys at Cardinal Newman at 5 p.m.
  • JV girls at Cardinal Newman at 6 p.m. (This is a change!)
  • JV boys at Cardinal Newman at 7 p.m. (This is a change!)
  • Varsity girls at Ben Lippen at 6:30 p.m.
  • Varsity boys at Ben Lippen at 8 p.m.

Golf Meeting: January 23

An important meeting for all boys interested in playing golf will be held on Wednesday, January 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Caswell Center.  Golf tryouts will take place at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at Spring Valley Country Club.  Contact Coach Donald Taylor with questions at

JV Boys Improve to 11-3 Record

217842_10200416594163660_756315385_n 2The JV  boys basketball team finished a fast-paced week of basketball with an 11-3 season record, dropping an overtime heart-breaker to Augusta Christian at home on Friday night before defeating cross-town rival Heathwood Hall Monday night and Laurence Manning Tuesday night. 

Against Augusta Christian, the Falcons battled back from a nine point halftime deficit and eight point third quarter deficit to force overtime, thanks in large part to 50% three point shooting from Mark Shoemaker and Caleb Burnett, and thanks to key foul line conversions that allowed the Falcons to cut into the lead with the clock stopped during the otherwise frenetic fourth quarter.  When Braden Cox drew the fifth foul from the Lion starting point guard, the Falcons were able to cap the thrilling comeback, tying the score on Shoemaker’s runner in the lane with only seconds left in regulation.  Ben Lippen was not done, however, and the heavy Falcon pressure led to a Shoemaker steal and a last second look at the rim, but the Falcons could not capitalize and the game went to overtime tied at 45.  In overtime, the free throw line that had been so sweet in regulation turned sour and the Falcons could not convert, scoring only four points in the short period.  Augusta Christian mustered just one more, that one coming on a banked in free throw that provided the ultimate margin of victory.  Despite the tough loss, the Falcons know for certain that they have what it takes to defeat the Lions and no doubt look forward to playoff rematch.  Shoemaker’s 13 points led the Falcons while Cox added eleven and Burnett ten.  Robert Barrow collected a team-high eight rebounds to go with his nine points and four steals.

On Monday night Ben Lippen faced Heathwood Hall in an unusual prime time JV match-up.  The Highlanders got off to a roaring start, opening the game with strong inside play and a 6-1 lead.  The Falcons fought back with a run of their own to close the score to 17-16 at the end of the first quarter.  The Highlanders’ second quarter 14-8 run left a halftime score of 31-24, but a Caleb Burnett deep three-pointer near the end of the period closed the margin to less than it could have been in the half that saw the Highlander size and strength dominate the paint.  In the third quarter, the roles were reversed as Ben Lippen went on a 14-8 run of its own and the Falcon deficit stood at only one with one quarter yet  to play.  That deficit was quickly erased on Mark Shoemaker’s first shot of the fourth, a three ball that gave Ben Lippen its first lead of the game only seconds into the final period.  The rest of the fourth was played at a furious pace, as Ben Lippen scored 27 points, a season high for a single quarter of play, on its way to building a solid lead into the final minutes.  A four point play and another deep three ball from the Highlanders capped a late Heathwood comeback bid, but in a game of runs Heathwood’s last run came up short, and the Falcons held on to win 65-61.  The Falcons’ outside game carried the day over the effective Highlander inside game, as the Falcons hit 59% of their three point attempts.  Burnett led the Falcons in scoring with 24 while Braden Cox poured in 16 and Robert Barrow added 14.  Barrow also collected eight valuable rebounds as the Falcons battled back to a respectable 25-20 rebound deficit.

After the emotional win over Heathwood late Monday, on Tuesday night’s road trip the Falcons started flat against Laurence Manning, a team they had previously defeated by a 21 point margin at home. The Falcons erased a two point first quarter deficit with a 13-5 second quarter, but then allowed the Swampcats to climb back into the game in the third, as the margin shrank to 26-23 entering the fourth.  A 16 point Falcon final quarter provided an eventual 42-37 margin of victory for a game that felt like the ‘Cats should not have even been in, but one in which the Falcons simply could not pull away as they had in the previous contest.  Braden Cox lead the Falcons in scoring with 16 while Mark Shoemaker added nine.

The Falcons close the regular season with a home rematch tomorrow night against Heathwood Hall as the Highlanders will come calling for their revenge, followed by games next week against Cardinal Newman on Tuesday and Hammond on Friday.

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