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!

Early Release Day – September 21 & Fundraiser packet due now!

Good evening, Wildcats!
Our fundraiser packets are due tomorrow.  Please bring your packet to turn in to your 2nd period teacher.  Thank you so much for supporting LMS through this fundraiser!
Wednesday is an early release day.  Students will be released from school at 12:40.  We will serve lunch!
We wanted to be sure one more time that everyone saw this INTERIM and GRADING LETTER . Please use PowerSchool to gain immediate access to your child’s grades.  If you have not picked up your PowerSchool information or are having technical difficulties, please call 821-3700.
Thank you and have a great week!

LMS Spirit Week!

Hello Wildcats!

We have some great things going on this week.  This week is Spirit Week and we kick it off with America Monday, when Wildcats dress in patriotic colors to show their patriotism and spirit. We’ll be celebrating all week – be sure to join in the fun!

On Tuesday, we have Twins Tuesday-pick a person and dress alike.

On Wednesday, we have Swap Wednesday.  Students dress like teachers and teachers dress like students.

On Thursday, we have Throwback to your favorite decade Thursday. 

On Friday, we have Spirit Day and Hat Day.  6th grade wears white, 7th grade wears gold, and 8th grade wears blue. Students will also be able to wear a hat if they pay $1.  Students will give their 2nd period teacher their $1 and get a sticker to wear verifying their contribution.  All money goes to Relay for Life.

On Thursday, we will also have Chick-Fil-A biscuits for sale in the morning for $3.  Proceeds benefit Musical Theatre.  Our PTO fundraiser is going well.  Our PTO plugs the proceeds right back into our school, so your hard work selling benefits LMS directly.

The French Exchange is looking for one male student in grades 7-10 to travel to France with the group from April 6-19. Taking French is not required.  Email Mrs. Hanle for more details at shanle@lexington1.net.

We’ll see you tomorrow to kick off a great week!

Important Upcoming Dates!

Hello, Wildcats!
Thanks for your flexibility and patience with our schedule today. Please be safe and careful today!

Here are a few important upcoming dates you’ll want to add to your calendar:
-Monday, September 5th is Labor Day.  There will be no school on that day. Enjoy a long weekend with your friends and family!

– Tuesday, September 6 is the day we launch our PTO fundraiser.  Check out the packet that will come home with your students with items and prize opportunities! We are so thankful for our PTO and the numerous ways they support our students and teachers; thank you for supporting PTO through this fundraiser!

– Thursday, September 8 is Open House here at LMS.  6th grade parents are invited to drop in to the Open from 5:30 to 6:15 and 7th and 8th grade parents are invited to drop in from 6:30 to 7:15.  Teachers will be in their rooms for parents to stop in and meet them and we will also have some informational tables set up in the Cafeteria.  We will have Schoology, PowerSchool, IB, and School Counseling information as well as a special table with information about our Exploratory classes.

Have a wonderful and restful Labor Day weekend!