PRMS Honor Rolls 2020-21
Lexington Two Academic Scholars
Lexington Two is proud of our academic scholars and committed to offering students and parents opportunities to learn about scholarships and Advanced Placement course offerings in high school. The PRMS Guidance and Careers department offer student workshops and informational meetings for parents during the year. See the below links for more information.
South Carolina Junior Scholars
Myrdis Walker Scholars
PRMS Myrdis Walker Scholars 2020
Pine Ridge Middle School and Lexington Two honor Lexington Two PRMS students at the district's Myrdis Walker Scholars Induction Ceremony in February. Scholars have been identified as gifted or have a class rank in the top fifteen percent of their class.
Honorees include students Camya Lameka Bailey, Caleb Joshua Ford, Yamahni Aje'Nay Johnson, Avery Brayden Jones, and Mya Denise Taylor.
PRMS Duke TIPS Scholars 2019
Isabelle Carpenter, Delisa Godbolt, Eduardo Hernandez, Max Hernandez, Nia Jenkins, Nathan Linden, Rhett McDonald, Madelyn Mendez, Julaylie Morales, Josue Ortega Lopez, Isadara Osborne, Amanda Peterson, Jonathan Ramirez Bautista, Justin Sightler,
6th grade: Amanda Almeida-Cortez, Camya Bailey, William Barrs, Cole Brink, La’Neice Carter, Cameron Davis, Avery Jones, Christian Rivers, Aaden Serra, Mason Shull, Natalie Sims, Jaylynn Spires
PRMS 2020-21 Honors & Accomplishments
Former eighth grade PRMS student Danyelle Tolleson won a “What Freedom Means to Me” essay contest from the Cayce-West Columbia Sertoma Club in May. Her award was $100 and her Social Studies teacher, Diane Tanner, won $50.
Congrats to the Pine Ridge Middle School Student Council and advisor Brian Schaffer, recognized as a Bronze Honor Council by the South Carolina Association of Student Councils in May. The recognition is given annually to schools with a strong record of leadership, service and activities that aim to improve the school and community. In addition, they received two first place awards. The council received a first place award for Community Service for its Socktober Sock Drive and Souper Bowl of Caring. They also received a first place award in Recreational Activity for its Tourneys for Tornado Relief. Basketball, wall ball, and chess tournament donations went to purchase classroom materials for an “adopted” teacher from North Central High School in Kershaw County, which was devastated by a tornado.
Communities In Schools and USC's Student Sierra Club have partnered to bring an environmental gardening program to Pine Ridge Middle School. Students will learn about composting, creating and building garden boxes, establish green houses and have a weekly grade level competition during lunch. Each week volunteers will work with each grade level and teach students the concept of sustainable gardening. If students are able to grow enough healthy vegetables, we hope to supplement our weekly food program with fresh vegetables grown by our students.
During the second quarter, the US Tennis Association (USTA), Communities In Schools and Pine Ridge PE program are partnering to bring tennis to our students. They will learn the fundamentals of tennis, tennis skills and learn to play the game of tennis in hopes to compete locally. These partnerships enabled Pine Ridge MS to receive tennis rackets, nets, different types of training balls, and other equipment as well as 3 hours of training on how to implement the program. USTA will also provide a professional instructor to assist PE Coach Holcombe as guest trainer and speaker.
Pine Ridge Middle School Principal Dr. David Basile has been named the 2021 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). https://www.scasa.org/content.asp?contentid=169
Jana Locklair, Social Studies faculty member at Pine Ridge Middle School, was chosen as the Cayce West Columbia Rotary Teacher of the Month for January. She was recognized at the Rotary Club meeting at Brookland Baptist Church by Joni Coleman, Director of Career and Technology Education at the Lex2 Innovation Center.
Pine Ridge Middle School student William Barrs has been accepted into the Academies at Harvard Summer Program. This program is organized by a Harvard University student program and offers enrichment opportunities to high achieving students.
PRMS students Cooper Langford and William Barrs were recognized as Junior Scholars by the SC Department of Education for their exceptional academic talent.
PRMS and Communities In Schools (CIS) “Garden Galore" project is building planter beds, a greenhouse, and compost containers at the school with students working with USC's Sierra Club volunteers! The USC Sierra Club volunteers each Friday from 10:30-12:30 and thoroughly enjoys working with our students.
PRMS Royal Knights Chess Club started back up Feb 4th with 15 members. Each week students will learn the fundamentals of chess as well as learn and practice chess strategies. If all goes well, we hope to have an end of year virtual Chess Tournament.
Pine Ridge CIS students are engaged in an evidence based Social Emotional Learning program called "Overcoming Obstacles" that will help to prepare our 8th graders for high school. The program focuses on the areas of social development, how to manage and navigate your emotions /thoughts, how to better engage with others as well as age appropriate life skills to prepare them for the pressures of High School.
PRMS CIS students are working on a service learning project for the year, "Cards that Care”. They are making cards to be mailed to two senior living centers (Opus Post-Acute Rehabilitation and Millennium Post Acute Rehabilitation) to bring some cheer to seniors who often do not get many visitors these days. The cards will be created by the students with a letter attached. We hope to have pictures sent to us so the students will be able to see the smiles from the cards made.
Pine Ridge Middle School 8th grader Will Barrs has been accepted to the Academies at Harvard and is attending the Summer Business Level I Academy.
The PRMS Chess Club has been meeting after school from every Thursday learning the fundamentals of chess, developing chess skills and game strategies. They had their annual chess tournament on June 4th. Congratulations to the following winners: First place- Caleb Platt; Second- Gavin McCaskill; Third- Josh Frey; Most Improved- Bailee McElhannon; and Best Sportsmanship- Sonia Robinson Riley.