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Principal's Message

I'd like to welcome back our students, parents, faculty, and staff.  I hope each of you enjoyed your summer.  If your child is starting their school career, or if you are new to our area, I would like to welcome you to the LES family.  I'm looking forward to a great year as we work together to ensure the learning and growth of our students.

As always, student achievement is our main goal at LES and we have a strong history of academic success.  Our school theme this year is a Sports theme as we show our students that "Learning is Not a Spectator Sport. . .Everyday is Game Day!".  I encouraged the students to tell themselves "Game On!" everyday as they walk through the front doors.  I explained that "Game On" means the following:

G - Growth Mindset (Focus on being a better version of you each day.  Track your growth.)
A - Attendance (Be at school everyday.)
M - Materials (Bring necessary materials to class.)
E - Engaged (Be engaged in class and take responsibility for your learning.)

O - Obedient (Obey school and classroom rules.)
N - Never Give Up (Keep working no matter how hard it may be.)

Through staff development and professional reading, our teachers are able to keep current with best practices in education.  Just as our vision states, we are truly a school that is following our vision by "learning and growing together".

Parent communication and support is essential to the success of any school.  In efforts to keep an open line of communication we will continue to use SchoolMessenger.  This program allows the school and district to send phone messages to each household.  We must have a current phone number in our system at all times in order for these messages to reach you.  In addition to this program, we will continue to use our website, social media, newsletters, notes, phone calls, Thursday folders, and the marquee for communication.

This year we hope to have 100% parent and teacher membership in our PTO.  Our PTO board has many great opportunities for you to be involved in the school.  We also encourage you to become volunteer trained.  In order to be involved in the school in any way you must be trained.  Training opportunities will be advertised on the district and school websites, social media, as well as school newsletters.  Your involvement in the school is always welcome and strongly encouraged.

This is my tenth year as principal of Liberty Elementary.  I was born and raised in Pickens County and am thankful that my children are growing up here.  I graduated from Daniel High School, have an undergraduate and Masters degree from Clemson University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  My wife, Ellen, and I have five terrific boys:  Carson (15), Jared (13), Parker (9), Braden (6), and Wyatt (4).  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, fishing, working on our farm, and sports of all kinds.  

I look forward to working with each of you as we continue the tradition of excellence established at Liberty Elementary.


J. Lowell Haynes

Important Reminders:

  • The school day for students will be from 8:00-2:30. 
  • The school doors will open at 7:30, and the tardy bell will ring at 8:00 am
  • Students must be in the classroom by 7:50 to participate in breakfast in the classroom.
  • All visitors must sign in and out when coming on campus.
  • Please keep up with your child's lunch account.
  • In the interest of safety, you must send in a note beforehand if you will be changing your child's way home in the afternoon. We cannot change a way home by a phone call.
  • Students cannot be signed out after 2:00 unless it is an emergency.
  • Please read the school handbook carefully, so that you understand all procedures. All drop off and pickup procedures are explained in the school handbook.
  • In the interest of safety, you must display a car tag if you are picking up your child in the afternoon. These tags will be handed out at Meet the Teacher Night and on the first day of school.


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