Thank you for a fantastic school year!

Hello, Wildcats!

The faculty and staff of Lexington Middle School would like to thank you for a fantastic school year.  We believe we have the best students in the world, and we are very proud of them!

Our office hours over the summer will be 7:30-5:00Monday through Thursday.  Report cards will be mailed Fridaymorning.  If your student has outstanding fees, you should receive an itemized explanation of those fees in the mail early next week.  Our front office staff is available to help settle any fee questions.  If your 6th or 7th grader still has a school issued iPad, case, or charger, we will be happy to receive these items in the front office next week.  We also need any school textbooks that might not have made it back yet.  We still  have a few yearbooks left so if you missed your opportunity to purchase a yearbook, stop by the front office and grab one before they are all gone.

For students returning to LMS, mark August 7 on your calendar for schedule pick up in the cafeteria.  For our 8th graders, we wish you all the best as you move on to Lexington or River Bluff.  You are going to do great things.  For our rising eighth grade class, we hope you think about plans for your IB community project over the summer and start researching some great options. Also, don’t forget that summer reading!

We hope all of our Wildcats have a wonderful summer full or rest and fun with friends and family but also keep sharp by reading, staying active, and thinking about your goals for the coming year.

Thanks for the best year ever, and we’ll see you soon.  Be safe and do your best everyday.

Have a great summer!

LMS Update May 15, 2017

Hello Wildcats!  We have some important information and date updates to share with you.

Parents of 8th grade students, please be aware of an important date change.  Our 8th grade Completion Ceremony date has changed to Monday, May 22nd  at 6:00 pm in the Lexington High School Gymnasium. Due to unforeseen parking and seating conflicts at  Lexington High School on May 25th, we had to reschedule the ceremony date and location.  The new date is Monday, May 22 and the new location is the LHS Gymnasium. There will be plenty of parking and seating so bring all your friends and family to celebrate our 8th grade students!

On May 25, we will celebrate our 8th graders with our annual 8th Grade Party from 2:00-3:30 pm. If you can help provide food, drinks, money or time for this event, please click here to sign up! Thank you for making this a special day for our 8th grade students!

As we prepare to finish our year, please be reminded that LMS Cafeteria account balances should be paid before the end of the year.

The Lexington School District One Office of Food Service and Nutrition is really excited about the Summer Food Service program this year! ALL children, regardless of status or income eligibility, ages 18 and younger are able to come eat with us for FREE. This year, adults can also eat with their kids for only $2.35 for breakfast and $3.85 for lunch. The serving times, dates, and locations are listed on the flyer. Click here for more information!

Remember to pick up medicine from the Health Room before the end of school. Medicine left over the summer will be thrown away.

LMS Update May 3, 2017

Hello Wildcats!

We hope our Wildcat families are having a great week. We have lots of important information to share with you, so please take a few minutes to read through these announcements:

For all of our Wildcat Families:
Students received Spring Picture packets last Friday. Please be sure to return money for the pictures you wish to purchase along with any pictures you are not going to purchase by Monday, May 1st!

Remember that Blowfish Reading Logs are due by Monday, May 1st! If you need another copy, stop by the Learning Commons. Be sure to turn in your log and come out to enjoy the Blowfish game on May 28th!

Come join us at the Columbia Fireflies baseball on Sunday, May 7th at 2:05 p.m. for Lexington One’s Spirit Day! Tickets are on sale in the front office for $9. Be sure to wear your blue and gold for the game! There will be post-game autographs and a home run derby. Principals and athletic directors will compete in fun competitions throughout the afternoon. Be sure to purchase your tickets by Friday, May 5th!

SCPASS and SCReady tests will be given on May 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16. Remember to get lots of sleep and eat a great breakfast before these tests so that you can show off how much you’ve learned this year!

For our 8th grade Wildcat Families:
8th grade students in French, Spanish and German courses will be receiving a letter about high school credits for their world language work if they scored a 10 or higher during 3rd nine weeks. This letter explains that credit will be awarded at the end of this school year, instead of at the end of their first high school course as previously communicated. All 8th grade students who earn a 10 or 11 in French, Spanish and German by the end of this year will earn high school credit for level 1. Students earning a 12 or higher will earn credit for level 1 and level 2. (There are no changes to the way Latin I and II students will earn credit, so Latin students will not receive a letter!)

Have a great rest of the week! We’re so glad you’re a part of the LMS family!

LMS Update March 11, 2017

Hello, Wildcats!

It’s been a great few weeks here at LMS! Here are a couple of important things you’ll want to know!

It’s hard to believe it, but 3rd Quarter is almost over! The third quarter ends on March 15, so students will want to work really hard these next few days to finish well. This is a great time to reflect on progress so far and to set some goals for the last nine weeks.

Please remember that we will be in school on March 17 to make-up the last of the days we missed during Hurricane Matthew last October.

Our spring Box Tops collection is coming up! Click here for a flyer with more information. You’ll want to bring your box tops in for a chance to win some really cool Fireflies merchandise and other prizes!

If you’re interesting in trying out for the LMS Cheerleading Team, there’s an important informational meetings on March 13 at 6:00 in the LMS Theater. A parent or guardian must attend this meeting to pick up a try-out packet!

Next week if our first ever Make-a-Wish Spirit Week, sponsored by the LMS Student Council. Click here to see the fun things planned for the week, and get ready to kick off the week by wearing your favorite superhero t-shirt on Monday!

There are still a few yearbooks available for preorder. Don’t miss out on your chance to get the 2017 Cat Tracks Yearbook. You can order online at Josten’s by clicking here. Be sure you are ordering from the Lexington Middle School in Lexington, SC! Supplies are very limited at this point, so order soon!

For parents of 8th grade students attending River Bluff High School Only, please read this message from RBHS: Parents, this is a very important reminder about your student’s course registration for next year. March 17, 2017 is the last day for any request to change your student’s schedule requests.  This is a hard deadline for us to ensure we schedule all students with the most accuracy and intentionality to getting students the courses both that they request and need to meet graduation and college entrance requirements.  Should you have any questions regarding this please contact your student’s school counselor on or before March 17, 2017.

Thanks for all you to do to make it great to be a Wildcat! Have a great rest of your weekend!

 

LMS Update – Flu Information

Dear Parents:
We are beginning to see more flu and flu-like illnesses in our school. For that reason, we are being proactive and are working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to monitor flu conditions and to make decisions about the best ways to protect our students and staff. DHEC tells us, for instance, that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.

Our school is fortunate to have a registered nurse on site who is monitoring students and watching for flu-like symptoms (temperature of 100 degrees or more, headache, muscle aches, sweating, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue).

In addition, our nurse and our teachers also regularly emphasize health, hygiene and safety by talking about the importance of frequent hand washing, good hand-washing habits and good cough technique in order to reduce the spread of any disease. We also make sure students have easy access to tissues, soap and running water, or alcohol-based hand cleaners.

You can help, too. If your child complains about not feeling well, please check your child’s temperature before sending him/her to school. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more before you give him/her Tylenol, Advil, Motrin or some other appropriate fever reducing medication, keep your child at home. You see, adults can pass the flu virus to other adults up to one day before and three to seven days after symptoms start. Children, on the other hand, can pass the virus for longer than seven days after their symptoms begin.

Flu spreads when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes or talks sending the virus into the air. Other people then inhale the virus, which enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and begins to multiply, causing symptoms of influenza. Less often, flu spreads when a person touches a surface that has flu viruses on it — a door handle, for instance — and then touches his or her nose or mouth. Once an individual is exposed to the virus, it takes one to four days (on average two days) for that individual to develop symptoms.

Once the fever breaks (this usually takes from three to five days) and your child no longer has a fever or sign of a fever without the help of Tylenol or another product, please keep your child home for another full 24 hours — even if your child is using an antiviral medicine.

Finally, we know how important your children are to you and that you want to know when your child is sick so that you can pick your child up from school. Please make sure that our school has your correct and current emergency telephone numbers. After all, we know that you don’t want your sick child spending hours in the health room because we can’t reach you.

Sincerely,

Gloria Nester

Principal

LMS Update 2-10-17

Hello Wildcats!
We have a few important announcements to share with you!

Our 8th grade students have a wonderful opportunity to visit Charleston this spring to extend their social studies learning through authentic field experiences. Click here for a flyer with more information and the permission form. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Cat Tracks Yearbook
Don’t miss out on your chance to order the 2017 Cat Tracks Yearbook. You can order online at Josten’s by clicking here. Be sure you are ordering from the Lexington Middle School in Lexington, SC! Supplies are limited, so reserve your copy now. That last day to order yearbooks is February 24.

No School Next Friday!
Students are out of school next Friday, February 17!

Box Tops for Education
Our next Box Tops collection is coming very soon (March 16 & 17). Click here for more information!

LMS Update 1-19-17

Hello Wildcat Families,
We’re off to a great start in second semester. We are super-proud of the hard work our Wildcats are doing each and every day to learn and grow at Lexington Middle School.

There are lots of great things happening at LMS. Check out our newsletter by clicking here to see some of the amazing Wildcat accomplishments during first semester.

Monday, January 23 is our “Cage the Cougar” Basketball Night! Be sure to pick up your Cage the Cougar shirt from the front office for $10 and make plans to attend the girls’ basketball game at 5:30 and the boys’ game immediately following that one! Let’s go, Wildcats!

Lexington School District One Food Services is holding a seminar on the Summer Food Service Initiative on January 26th. Click here for more information.

Track information is on the website for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in trying out! Be sure to get your physical paperwork to Coach Graham by January 30th. Tryouts will be on February 6th and 7th. A parent meeting will be held on February 9th at 5:30 for all members of the LMS Track team.

The Miss LMS Wildcat pageant is coming! Be sure to sign up in Mrs. Arcovio’s Room (703). Paperwork is due to her by January 31st.  The pageant will be on March 25th. We’re looking forward to seeing our Wildcats shine on stage!

Any 7th or 8th graders with Job Shadowing forms need to turn those into Central Services (formerly the District Office) as the school deadline for submitting forms has now passed. 6th grade parents who would like to participate in the “Bring Your Parents to Lunch” day on February 2nd should turn in their forms here at LMS by Friday, January 27th. If you need a new form, you can get one by clicking here.

This week, we were thrilled to learn that our Mrs. Ivey Homer has been named one of the five finalists for the Lexington One Teacher of the Year. We are so proud of her work and the joy she brings to the classroom each day!

Have a great evening! Thank you for being a Wildcat!

 

Just a few things before we go on our holiday break!

Hello, Wildcats!

Here are a few important things to know as we head into the holiday break:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 20, students will be dismissed at noon and they will return to school bright and early on January 5, 2017.

The semester and 2nd nine weeks end tomorrow and report cards will go home on Thursday, January 12.

We also wanted to thank you all for your part in making our recent LMS PTO fundraiser a huge success.  The LMS PTO was able to raise $15,000 during the Fall Fundraiser! This money goes directly back into LMS and benefits the students in many ways. So far this year, the PTO has awarded multiple teacher grants that go towards professional development, classroom supplies, support of school clubs, new musical instruments and so much more! A climbing wall was installed in the multipurpose room earlier this year that benefits the Outdoor Education program. The PTO also provided digital learning tools for the school year.  Thank you for supporting our LMS PTO!

The Office of School Counseling and Advisement would like your feedback in order to help them make good decisions about Naviance and the components that best serve our students.  Naviance is a web-based tool that students have been using in school counseling lessons that enables them to do career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation. Please take a minute or so to complete the survey by clicking on this link.

On January 10 from 6-7 p.m., LMS will host an information session for parents about interpreting PSAT scores.  If your 8th grader took the PSAT in October, please plan to attend!  Contact Laura Peterson at 821-3706 with any questions.

Parents of 8th grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting on their child’s Individual Graduation Plan. School counselors will be discussing career information, 9th grade course selections, and general high school information.  The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 in the LMS Theatre.

Our Lexington Middle School Family wants to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and safe break and holiday season filled with family and fun! We look forward to a great new year of learning and growing!

PTO Fundraiser Update!

The LMS PTO profited over $15,000 during the Fall 2016 Fundraiser. This money goes directly back into LMS and benefits the students in many ways. So far this year, we have awarded multiple Teacher grants that go towards professional development, classroom supplies, support of school clubs, new musical instruments, etc. A climbing wall was installed in the little gym earlier this year. The PTO also provided digital learning tools for the school year. Your support is very much appreciated and we want you to know that the profits we make from the fundraiser are used in the most efficient ways possible. Thank you for supporting your LMS PTO!

LMS is an IB World School! Aladdin Jr. is coming! Giving Tree for the Holidays!

Hello Wildcats.  This is Gloria Nester, Principal of Lexington Middle School.

It is my honor to inform you that Lexington Middle School has been approved by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as an authorized IB World School.   As an IB World School we join a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and who are inspired, prepared, and empowered to make the world a better place.

Our teachers continue to provide instructional activities to promote high levels of student achievement.  Our students have grown as learners and global citizens.  Our parents and community have supported us through this journey. That hard work and commitment have paid off and we will continue to focus on world class knowledge and world class skills as we strive to develop 21st Century graduates.

You will find information about the IB, grading practices, and the community project on our school website.   We encourage all of our stakeholders to check us out online at our new and improved website!

Also found on our website is a link to purchase tickets for our Musical Theatre students’ production of Aladdin, Jr. on December 8, 9, and 10.  Come check out the performing talent of our Wildcats.

Finally, in an effort to give back to our community, Lexington Middle is sponsoring a Giving Tree during the holidays.  If any Wildcat family is interested in helping please, stop by the main office before December 15 to select a gift tag from the tree.

Have a great evening!