LMS Update 1-2-18

Happy New Year, Wildcats!

We can’t wait to hear about the fun you had and the memories you made over break!  Hopefully, you also had the opportunity to rest and recharge!

We hope you enjoy the last day of break tomorrow as students return on Thursday, January 4.

We have lots going on in January so mark your calendars with these important dates and events:

Our LMS PTO will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday January 10 at 8:15 A.M.  All parents are invited to attend.  There are so many ways to contribute so come and see how your interests and talents can benefit LMS!

We invite all of our Wildcats and parents to come see our dance students perform in the LMS Theatre on January 11th at 6pm.  This show is free to all!

The second nine weeks and first semester end on Friday, January 12.  Friday, January 12 is a half day with students dismissing at noon, and Monday, January 15 is a holiday with no school.  Report cards will be distributed on Friday, January 19.

As we get rolling in the new year, I want to take this opportunity to urge all students and parents to exercise safety and patience in the car lines, especially at dismissal when we have over 950 students moving in high traffic areas.  Safety is our top priority at LMS, and we thank you for your part in keeping all of our Wildcat family members safe!

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces bright and early on Thursday morning!

LMS Update 12-17-17

Hello, Wildcats and Wildcat parents!

We hope you have had a restful weekend!  Here are a few important dates and items of information for you!

Winter Break:  Thursday, December 21 marks the beginning of our Winter Break and the opportunity to celebrate special time with friends and family and recharge for the new year!  Students will return to school on January 4, 2018!

Grading Period:  Our 2nd nine weeks and 1st semester do not end until January 12, 2018 so when we return from break, students should continue to focus on the academic goals they set for this grading period.  January 12 is a half day, and students will be dismissed at 12:00 on that day.

LMS Spirit Wear:  As a reminder from our LMS PTO, there is still plenty of Wildcat spirit wear available in the main office for all your shopping needs!  Be sure to support your PTO with items like pop sockets, magnets, water bottles and  shirts!  Keep up with all our events with a school calendar for sale as well.

Our LMS faculty and staff sends warm holiday wishes to all of our Wildcat families!  See you in the New Year!

LMS Update 11-20-17

Hello, Wildcats!

We hope you are having a wonderful evening.

LMS Giving Tree:  LMS is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter this holiday season.  The shelter provides a safe place for children all around Lexington County in a home environment filled with love, kindness, and gentle guidance.  A Giving Tree with gift tags listing items of need is placed in the Lexington Middle main office.   If you would like to participate, please stop by the LMS main office to pick up a tag.  All Giving Tree items should be returned to LMS by December 13.

LMS PTO Fundraiser:  On behalf of our LMS PTO, they would like to thank each of you for your participation in the fall fundraiser! Together, LMS PTO profited over $14,000 to put back into LMS!  You can access the 2016-2017 and  2017-2018 Annual Reports through our LMS webpage to see how these profits benefit our students and their learning experiences. LMS PTO truly appreciates the efforts of our students and parents!

Thanksgiving Break:  A reminder that our Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday, November 22.   We return to school on November 27.

We are thankful for our Wildcat Family and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

LMS Update 11-15-17

Hello, Wildcats!

We hope you are staying warm.

We  want to keep you in the loop about some special events happening this month and next so you can put them on your calendar:

  • The Orchestra concert is tomorrowNovember 16 at 6pm.  The Wild Wild West Book Fair Family Night is also happening then from 4pm to 7pm.  Families should stop by to wrangle up some books before moseying down to see our Orchestra Wildcats in concert.
  • Our basketball regular season tips off on November 27 with our first home game.
  • Our Musical Theatre Wildcats will put on Little Mermaid Jr. on December 7, 8, and 9.
  • Our Band Wildcats will perform on December 12.
  • Our Chorus Wildcats will perform on December 14.

We are so excited about the many opportunities we have to celebrate our students at LMS!

LMS spirit wear is in! We have sweatshirts, t-shirts, water bottles, magnets and pop sockets available for purchase in the main office. Also, check out the LMS PTO Facebook page.

Our Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday, November 22.   We return to school on November 27.

We are so thankful for all of you who make up our Wildcat family!

We wish you a restful holiday filled with friends, family and fun!

LMS Update 11-5-17

Hello Wildcats!

We hope you have had a great weekend and enjoyed that extra hour of sleep!  We wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of some important dates and happenings this week.

The PTO Fundraiser Pickup is this Wednesday, November 8th.  Parents of students who sold over 6 items should plan to pick the items up from 2:30 – 6:00 in the LMS Theatre. Students who sold 6 items or less will be called to the cafeteria prior to dismissal  to pick up their items and take them home with them.

Our Wild Wild West Book Fair kicks off  this Thursday, November 9th!  Come lasso a few books and enjoy Family Night on Thursday, November 16th.  The fair will be open from 4:00 – 7:00 that evening for families to visit.

On November 10th, at 8:00am we will hold our annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony.  We extend 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 ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans.  Visitors should sign in at the front office and your student will be called to walk you to the theatre.

Also, take a few moments to check out our LMS newsletter!

LMS Update 10-31-2017

Hello Wildcats!

We hope you are having a great evening!

Today report cards came home with lots of other important items.  Please ask your Wildcat to share those items with you and take a few minutes to review the materials together.  This is a great opportunity to talk with your student about his or her progress so far and discuss goals for the year.  Our students continue to amaze us with their commitment to learning and growing!

On Thursday, November 9 we kick off our Wild Wild West Book Fair!  You will be able to wrangle up some books until Thursday,  November 16 from 7:30 – 4:00.   Students will receive flyers and more information next week from their ELA teachers.  Family Night is Thursday, November 16.  The fair will be open from 4:00 – 7:00 for families to visit.  Feel free to drop by, purchase some great books and then mosey on down to the theater to hear our orchestra perform.

On November 10, at 8:00am we will hold our annual Veteran’s Day Celebration here at Lexington Middle School.  We extend 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 theatre.

Have a great rest of the week!

LMS Update 10-19-17

I want to make you aware of some great opportunities coming up.

Reading at LMS:  Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest is underway!  Students who read at least 6 books and return the reading log to their language arts teacher, will be entered in a state-wide drawing to win four tickets to the Carolina – Clemson football game.  The tickets even include sideline passes and pregame activities!  Entries are due November 10th, but students can turn their reading logs in as soon as they are ready.Students may see Mrs. Young if they need another copy of the reading log or they may find the log in the Learning Commons Schoology group resource folder.

Yearbooks:  CatTracks Yearbooks are still on sale for $65.  You can purchase them online on the LMS website (lms.lexington1.net) or in the front office.  Those who purchase between tomorrow andNovember 20, will be entered to win Chick-Fil-A gift cards!  Make sure to purchase before the price goes up!

8th grader Trip to LTC:  On November 16th, eighth graders will be taking a field trip tour of the Lexington Technology Center.  This is a valuable opportunity to visit LTC, learn about class offerings and explore career interests.  Permission slips are coming home tomorrow and should be returned on Monday.  Students will also be choosing tour groups tomorrow!  Parents will receive an email with all the details tomorrow as well.

Report Cards:  Just a reminder the 1st quarter ends on Monday and paper report cards come home on October 31st.  Parents, you can access your child’s grades and attendance real time by accessing PowerSchool using a computer or mobile device.  If you have not picked up your PowerSchool login information or need assistance, please call the main office at 821-3700

LMS Traffic and Pick Up Line Safety

Hello, Wildcats and Wildcat Parents.

Because student safety is our top priority, we thank you for taking the time to read this important message.  We have been monitoring the Dreher Street Parking Lot pick up loop closely and tried a new approach today.  I  apologize for the delay this afternoon in picking your students up in that loop.  However, we need your immediate assistance with helping us keep our students safe.  It was brought to our attention that there is a concern with parents parking in the lot between the rows of parked cars and having students walk through the on-coming traffic in the car loop to meet them.  That is not our procedure and creates an unsafe environment for students.

Please do not ask your student to cross the car loop line to meet you in the lot.  Rather, please wait in the car loop line.  We also recommend picking your student up in one of our other loops.  You can easily access those on Abby Lane.  Those loops move quickly and easily and do not require students to cross parking lots with on-coming traffic.  Check out the traffic map to see how to access those loops and expedite the pick up process for your family.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fundraiser Orders Due on 9-27-17!

Hello, Wildcats and Wildcat parents!

Just a few more days left on our PTO fundraiser!  The paper orders are due thisWednesday, September 27!  We have lots of kiddos selling away and earning some great prizes…cell phone stands (for 5 items sold), a fun Glow Party (for 10 items sold), Limo Ride to lunch at Salsaritas (for 20 items sold), and even Principal for the Day (for top sales)!

Remember that all your hard work goes right back into LMS…your sales benefit our school!

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Nester

LMS Update 9-21-17

Hello, Wildcats!

We have a few important items to share with you.

Today marks the interim for 1st nine weeks.  I can’t believe we are almost through the first quarter…it’s been great so far!

Interim Time:  Beginning last year, rather than sending home paper interim grade reports, we 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 grades.  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, you can contact Laura McCombs at 803-821-3700 orlmccombs@lexington1.net. You can also see your child’s grades by asking your child to show them to you using his or her iPad.  Students have the PowerSchool App on their iPads and have learned how to view their own grades and attendance.

Make up Pictures:  Make up pictures will take place this Monday, September 25 in the Multipurpose Room from 8:30 to 9:30.  If you were absent for picture day or there was a problem with your pictures and need to have them remade, be sure to go by the Main Office tomorrow to pick up a picture envelope that you will turn in with payment.  If you purchased a picture packet previously and need a retake, please bring it with you on Monday so you can return it to the photographer.

LMS PTO Fundraiser:  We have one more week left of our LMS PTO fundraiser!  Students have been selling and earning prizes and they can keep at it until September 27th.  Our PTO is very generous, funding teacher grants, beautification projects for our campus, and educational materials and resources. In short, reinvesting in the great work our school does with and for our students everyday!  Your support of our fund raiser is support for LMS!

Be sure to take a moment to check out our LMS Newsletter, Paws.

Have a great rest of the week!