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  • A Message from the Principal,

    koepekGreetings to ALL of our Forest Heights families and community! My name is Jason Koepke and I have currently been in education for 15 years. My passion, drive, and focus has always been providing the greatest opportunity for students around me to be as successful as possible. I was born in New York and my family moved to South Carolina when I was only one year old. My childhood was one that was filled with great adversity which created a passion within me to see young people achieve their greatest dreams. Every experience has worked to make me the man and educator that I am today. On my educational journey, I have worked to found a home and school for at-risk youth for eight years, taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, served as an assistant principal and principal at a couple elementary schools in Union County. Most recently, I have had the privilege of serving as the 6th grade assistant principal at Saint Andrews Middle School in Richland One.

    As we look toward the 2021-2022 school year, I can’t wait to begin our educational journey together! We will have many positive challenges ahead, but we anticipate nothing but greatness from our students, faculty/staff, and whole Forest Heights Elementary community. My passion is providing the highest quality instruction within a safe environment that allows students to grow tremendously as they achieve their maximum potential. Another passion of mine is cultivating and maintaining an incredibly positive culture and environment while celebrating every win that our students and faculty/staff accomplish. Discipline will be another focus as we approach the 2021-2022 school year. I desire to celebrate the greatness that has been happening at FHES while continuing to implement processes, procedures, and accountability that will cause our Eagles to fly higher and higher! We will implement PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentive System) this school year which is a system that celebrates good behavior weekly and creates a culture of positivity and accountability. Let’s continue to watch our Eagles grow and soar to new heights in our beautiful Forest!

    My vision for FHES is that we will faithfully collaborate with the community, students, parents, guardians, faculty/staff and all stakeholders, to provide an educational experience that is safe, challenging, engaging, and rigorous in order to promote the highest achievement and success within our student body. Each of our students deserves the absolute best opportunity to thrive and display their greatness. I am extremely excited about hitting the ground running and working with our families and students! Please know that my heart burns for each of our students to achieve their maximum potential and growth and my administrative team, faculty/staff, and I are all willing to do whatever we can to ensure this takes place. I am looking forward to an AWESOME first year at Forest Heights Elementary School!

    Through our collective Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, we will make this village work! We believe that:

    “Eagles Fly High….No Matter What!”

    Educationally Yours,

    Mr. Jason Koepke

  • Richland One to Provide Free Summer Meals to Children at 25 Sites

    Richland One will provide free meals to children this summer through the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to any child age 18 or younger. Children do not have to be Richland One students to receive meals.

    From June 21 through July 29, meals will be available to children Mondays through Thursdays at 25 school sites across the district. Families have the option of having the meals served to their children at the schools or picking up the meals to take home. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. On Thursdays, children will be given extra meals to take home to last them through the weekend.

    During the week after the current school year ends (June 11 is the last day of the 2020-2021 school year for Richland One students) and during the weeks before the new school year begins on August 18, Richland One will continue to provide free meals. On June 14, August 2 and August 9, from 10 a.m. – noon, parents can pick up seven days’ worth of meals for their children at the following sites: Carver-Lyon Elementary, St. Andrews Middle, Eau Claire High and Lower Richland High schools.

    For more information and updates, go to the district’s website (, click on the Departments tab, then click on the Nutrition Services link. Inquiries may be directed to Richland One Nutrition Services at (803) 231-6953 or via email to


    Summer Feeding

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SIC Report to Parents 2020-2021

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    Reopening of Schools Guide 2020-2021 School Year (PDF)

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    *If you are having trouble accessing usernames/passwords, please call the school at (803) 691-3780. The school will be able to assist you with any issues regarding Teams and other school resources (DISCUS, Bookflix, Dreambox, etc.)

    *If you are having Internet connection issues or any other device issue (sound, display, etc.) please call the IT Help Desk at (803) 231-7436.

    *If your device has physical damage, please call Forest Heights at (803) 691-3780, so that you can return it for a replacement device. It is very important that you call the school ahead of time before you come to the school for a replacement.







    Click Below to Register students for Kindergarten.

    Click Below to Register students who are NEW to Forest Heights.




    New Student Forms Needed:  

    1. Long Form Copy of Birth Certificate
    2. Shot Record
    3. Copy of Lease or Mortgage Statement
    4. Utility Bill
    5. Photo ID of Parent or Guardian