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!

Important Grade Information

Good evening Wildcat Families!
I can’t believe we are almost through 1st semester! Here is some important grade reporting information:

As you are aware, we are not issuing individual interim reports this year at LMS. Though we have valued this process in the past, we are committed to providing even more timely and detailed feedback on your child’s academic progress by encouraging parents to use PowerSchool to gain immediate access to their child’s academic progress.

As a reminder, you can view your child’s grades and attendance by using a personal computer or downloading the PowerSchool App to your mobile device.  You can even modify the settings to have grades emailed to you daily if you choose.  If you have not picked up your PowerSchool login information from the school, need technical assistance with logging into PowerSchool, or have limited access to the Internet and prefer a paper copy of your child’s interim, please contact Laura McCombs at 803-821-3700 or lmccombs@ lexington1.net. You can also see your child’s grades by asking your child to show them to you using his/her iPad.  Students have the PowerSchool App on their iPads and regularly are provided the opportunity view their own grades and attendance.

You may also want to checkout our newly redesigned website at http://lms.lexington1.net/. You’ll find lots of great information about what’s happening at LMS there!

Speaking of what’s happening at LMS this week, be sure to ask your students about the way we are giving back this week through the Pulsera Project and our Thankful Tom student council project. It’s another great week to be a Wildcat!

I hope your child is enjoying the 2016-2017 school year so far.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 803-821-3700 or gnester@ lexington1.net.

 

Hello Wildcats & Wildcats Parents!

Hello Wildcats and Wildcat Parents!
There are some important dates and events coming up soon at Lexington Middle School:

The deadline for the “Read your Way to the Big Game” contest has been extended to November 7th. Students should plan to return their book lists to their ELA teacher today!

Tuesday, November 8th we will not have school as it is Election Day.  Get out and vote!

On November 10th, the LMS Book Fair will kick off in the library.  Family Night will be November 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Feel free to drop by, purchase some great books and then work your way to the theater to hear our orchestra perform at 7 pm.

On November 11th, we will hold our annual Veteran’s Day Celebration here at Lexington Middle School at 8:00 am.  We are extending a special invitation to Wildcat parents, grandparents, and other family members who have served our country through service in the armed forces.  Please join us for this very special program as we honor our nation’s veterans.  Visitors should sign in at the front office and your student will be called to walk you to the theater.

On November 16th, 8th grade students have the opportunity to visit the Lexington Technology Center to learn about the many programs they offer.  This is an important field study that allows students to begin thinking about high school and possible careers.  Permission forms will go home with students today, Monday November 7th.  Please ask your student to return their form by Monday, November 15th. (If you need another permission form, you can get one here.)

Our Fall Spiritwear sale ends this Friday, November 11th. Spirit Wear Form and a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite Wildcat!

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing our Wildcat students back bright and early this morning!

 

First Nine Weeks in the Books!

Hello Wildcat Families,
We have had a great 1st nine weeks and have some important information to share with you this evening.
Today students brought home their report cards, IB score reports for Arts, PE, and Design courses, Approaches to Learning Report Cards, and standardized testing reports. Here is some information to help you as you review and discuss your child’s progress with him/her, reflect on learning, and set goals for 2nd nine weeks:

  • The grades on the report card reflect the new SC Uniform Grading Scale.
  • RTI ELA and Math courses use a 1 or 2 rating system.
  • World Language scores are based on the proficiency level students are consistently demonstrating on performance tasks. (You can learn more about WL Grading by visiting the newly updated World Language Interim and Grading Letter webpage.)
  • IB grades in Design, Arts, and PE are based on the IB assessment criteria and range from 1-8.
  • For more information on scoring, read this letter from earlier this fall or visit the LMS website.
  • We are gearing up for our fall Box Tops Collection on November 3rd and 4th. Box Top Flyer

It’s time for fall spirit wear orders!  New items are available such as long sleeve yellow and blue t-shirts and long sleeve and grey hoodies.  Previous t-shirt options are also available  Spirit Wear Form . The order forms and payment are due by Thursday, 10/27 in the front office.  If your order is a gift, please indicate that on your form and the PTO will keep the shirt for parent pick up.  If you are unsure about a size, samples to try on are available in the front office conference room.
There’s so much going on at LMS this fall that it’s hard to fit it all into an email! Click here to see our first nine weeks newsletter, and enjoy a feature article on our special visit from TransformSC this week! You’ll even see a few Wildcats on the news!
Thanks for being a valuable part of our Wildcat family! We appreciate you!!

PTO News

Hello, Wildcats!
We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! We are so thankful for all of the support our wonderful PTO provides for our school and wanted to share some important PTO dates and deadlines.

Though no more paper orders are being accepted for the fundraiser, online sales are still going strong and have been extended until October 9 at midnight. Anyone that still wants to order items may do so online only. If you need your child’s online student ID, you may contact jennyburkholder@gmail.com.

The web address for online sales is www.fundshoppe.com. Remember that all online sales go towards the student’s total items sold.

Our PTO will hold its monthly meeting at LMS on Tuesday, October 4 at 8:15. Any parent interested in learning more about the PTO may attend.  We always welcome LMS parents to participate!

On October 14, TCBY frozen yogurt sales will take in the car lines after school.
On October 20, Chick-Fil-A biscuit sales will take place in the car lines before school.
Thanks for supporting our students as you support these PTO events! Have a great week!