Labor Day and a Few Other Things

Hello, this is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington Middle School, posting on behalf of the Labor Day.  Our students have had a great start to the LMS faculty to wish you a happy year and deserve a great three day weekend.

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We also want to remind you that Open House will be next Thursday, September 10.  Parents of 6th graders can begin touring classrooms at 5:30, and will then attend a 6th grade curriculum meeting at 6:00 in the theater.  Teachers will be available for quick introductions and will have sign up sheets for any parent who wants to schedule a conference or phone call.  Due to big turn out at LMS on open house night, we want to try to have the sixth grade closed up no later than 6:40 to avoid traffic congestion in our parking lots as 7th and 8th graders arrive.

We hope our 7th and 8th grade students will accompany their parents Thursday night at 7:15 to conduct student led tours, providing information about their courses, grading, and their goals for the year.  We are excited to see them personalizing their learning and communicating to you about their coursework.  If the student can’t make it, we still hope you will join us.  7th and 8th grade homeroom teachers will have their students’ full schedules.

Our PTO fundraiser will be starting next week.  Look for information coming home Tuesday about all the great opportunities to support our school.  We are very fortunate to have a community that supports our kids and we hope for great participation again this year.  The PTO will be available to answer questions and sell some spirit wear.  Please help us support our awesome PTO’s efforts.  Every LMS student benefits from the incredible things they provide.

While you are here, please take time to vote for members for this year’s School Improvement Council.  The ballots and ballot box will be near the PTO table.

Thanks Wildcat families.  We can’t wait to see you Thursday evening!

Open House Flyer


welcomebackWe are super excited to see all of our Wildcats tomorrow.  Our classrooms and lessons are ready for a great start to the new year.  Tomorrow morning we encourage you not to drop off students before 7:30.  If the student is a bus rider, remember that buses may be slower than usual this week while new routes are learned.  Our car loops will probably be slower than usual tomorrow as folks learn our drop off procedures.  Before tomorrow morning, talk with your student to make sure he or she knows the right bus number, or which parking loop to use in the afternoon.  All teachers will have bus information available in case they forget, or will help students get to the right spot.  We will take good care of all of them.  If you feel like you need to walk them in, please park and check in through the front office so that we know you are here.  If that is your plan, we are happy to welcome you to campus, but know that parking and traffic might be difficult.

Tomorrow morning, all students will report to their homeroom class first.  We will be able to direct them to the right homeroom if they aren’t sure where to go.  They will not need to carry all of their supplies tomorrow – only a notebook or binder with paper, something to write with, and for our returning students – their iPads.  Our main focus on day 1 will be introductions, lessons on procedures and LMS culture.  We will make sure every child eats a good lunch and gets safely home to you, and can give you some great details about their first day.

If you haven’t joined our PTO yet, I encourage you to get involved this year.  Whether your child is just starting LMS or going into the eighth grade, it’s always a good time to get involved, and there are lots of different ways you can help out that fit all kinds of personal schedules.

If you haven’t completed registration paperwork yet, our office will be open all week to help you finalize everything.  For parents of 6th graders and new students, if you haven’t completed the iPad orientation yet, we are set up in the front office to help you out before Wednesday’s distribution.

We are excited to get started and I know it’s going to be an awesome year.

Summer Update

Hello Wildcats!

I hope your summer is going great so far! We are busy at LMS getting the buildings ready and making plans for our best year ever.

By now, you should have received a letter from me with some information about next year, including details for schedule pick up day, a supply list, and more.  If you have not received anything in the mail from LMS by the end of the week, give us a call to verify your address.  We will make sure you get everything you need. (If you’d like a digital copy of the letter, click here.)

At the end of July, all parents should receive a very important email at the email address we have on file.  For rising sixth graders, this email address would have carried over from elementary school.  The email will provide your login information for Infosnap, the online registration system.  Pre-registering through this system will allow you to verify personal information such as address, emergency contact information, and even pay your academic fees completely online.  It saves a ton of time on schedule pick up day and takes the stress out of starting a new school year.  If you need any help with Infosnap or need to verify your email address, we can help you in the main office at 821-3700 Monday through Thursday from 8:00-4:30.  If you haven’t seen an Infosnap email by August 1, please give us a call or stop by to get set up.

I hope to see lots of Wildcats at LMS night with the Lexington Blowfish on July 23.  Join us to celebrate LMS and promote literacy with the Blowfish.  Even if you can’t make it, we want your pictures.  We’re getting lots of pictures of students reading all over Lexington and on awesome vacations around the world.  Send a snapshot of your student reading either through the mail or to

For all of our new students, we can’t wait to see you and start the LMS experience.  For our returning students, we miss you and hope your summer is going great.  Keep working to inspire, prepare and empower to make your world better everyday.  Stay safe and start thinking about your goals for the year.

Thanks for all you do to make LMS a great place everyday.  See you soon!

Parent letter – 2015-16 rev. 7-6

End of the Year Wrap Up

Hello Wildcats!

It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the year! First, we want to thank all of the students and families that have made this a wonderful year at LMS.  We are so fortunate to be able to serve you every day.

Please remember that school will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.  The rest of the week, students will still be working hard and engaged in learning.  Let’s encourage the kids to stay focused, get to school on time each day, and finish strong.

The following Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, students will be dismissed at 12:00.  Our cafeteria will be open for breakfast on the last two days of school, but will not serve lunch.

All students’ iPads will be collected next week.  It is very important that each student brings the iPad that he or she was issued, the original case and the charger.  Students may be responsible for the full price of the iPad if it is not turned it in by June 3.  You may receive an automatically generated message about fees or damage related to the student’s iPad immediately following the iPad collection, but the final assessment of fees owed will be determined by our team of technicians and will be communicated from our bookkeeper. All students received an email from Mrs. Nester with instructions about backing up the information on the iPad. Here is the presentation explaining how to back up all files, in case you’d like to help your student walk through this process at home:  iPad Back Up Presentation

End of Course tests for students taking Algebra I and English I will be this week.  Algebra I will be on Tuesday, and English I will be on Wednesday.  These exams will be taken online and make up 20% of the students’ final grade in these courses.  Students are aware of their testing times.

Rising 8th graders who will be enrolled in English I Honors met with the teachers to receive information and learn the process for completing the Summer Reading assignment.  The following website includes all of the information about the assignment and the class in general:


We will let students know this coming week if they have any outstanding fees.  Our front office is happy to help students and parents settle any fee issues before summer starts.  It is very important that lunch account balances are settled.  Students will not be allowed to charge meals this week, and an alternate meal will be available for students who have a negative balance.  Please contact us if you need to discuss any payment arrangements and we can personalize a plan for your family.

Please be sure that all medication is picked up from the nurse’s office by 3:00 p.m. on June 2nd. Any medication not picked up by that time will be destroyed per district policy.

Rising seventh graders, we will be sending another reminder and information about the required TDap vaccination.  Shot records can be dropped off in our office any time throughout the summer.

Again, thanks for all you have done this year to make LMS a great place!

End of Course Exams

If your child will be taking his/her End of Course Examination Program test next week, here are the days and times the exam will be given:

Algebra I will be on Tuesday, May 26th at 8:10 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

English I will be on Wednesday, May 27th at 8:10 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

These exams are required for students currently taking Algebra I and/or English I.

Contact your child’s Algebra I/English I teacher if you have any questions.  

LMS Spring Arts Festival


Spring Arts Festival

​Please join us for the annual LMS Spring Arts Festival this Tuesday, May 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy concerts by our talented band, orchestra and chorus students. See our amazing theater students perform and be sure to take a look at the beautiful artwork created by our talented visual artists! While you’re here, be sure to visit the courtyard to support LMS students by purchasing hamburgers or hot dogs for supper. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to see the amazing talent of our Wildcats!​

Hello Wildcats!

Hello Wildcats!

Important Updates: 

* Thanks to all our Wildcats for the awesome effort you gave on ACT Aspire testing this week. Students will take SCPASS Science (Thursday) and Social Studies (Friday) of this week. Testing will be first thing in the morning, so be sure to get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast and come to school on-time and ready to do your best again this week! Our Wildcats are prepared to again show that they are the greatest students in the state of South Carolina!

Your child should have received a Spring Picture packet last week. Please take a look at the pictures and return the money for any pictures you wish to purchase along with any pictures that you do not wish to buy right now. It is important that we get all money and/or pictures back as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 8! 

Take a minute to visit the LMS Website and check out our annual School Improvement Council Report to Parents. You’ll be excited to see all of the great things our students have done this year!

As the school year is drawing to a close, the School Counseling department would love to get your feedback on our program. As a department we are always striving to make improvements and adjustments to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students and families. Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey at this linkWe appreciate your feedback as we work on making improvements!

* If your student enjoys writing, we have a great opportunity for you! The Midlands Writing Project Young Writer’s Camp is a great summer opportunity for rising 4th through 9th graders to grow in their writing abilities. If you’re interesting, be sure to click here for more information!

Making LMS Proud:

* Our amazing fine arts students have done it again! Our orchestra students earned 32 superior medals at the SC Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Festival. You don’t want to miss seeing these and all of our awesome fine arts students perform at our annual Spring Arts Festival on May 12.

* We are also super proud of all of our Special Olympics athletes and coaches who represented LMS beautifully at the regional games!

Teacher Appreciation

* Last, but certainly not least, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We have the best teachers around at LMS, and nothing we do would be possible without them. Take a minute this week to say “thank you” to your student’s teachers — teachers don’t hear those words often enough!

Thanks for all you do to make LMS a great place every day!