Welcome Back LMS!

Hello!  We were excited to welcome our students back from spring break today.  Now it’s time to make the most of our last nine weeks before summer break.  It will be here before we know it.

Students will begin MAP testing in reading and math this week.  A letter about MAP administration will come home with students this week and can also be found by clicking on this link

  • MAP testing allows us to measure student growth and gives valuable information that can be used to help prepare for our state testing later this month.  The dates for SC Ready and SCPASS are:


Tuesday, April 26th – Writing (paper and pencil)

Wednesday, April 27th – Reading (paper and pencil)

Thursday, April 28th – Math (online)

April 29th – May10th – Make-up testing


Wednesday, May 11th – Science (online)

Thursday, May 12th – Social Studies (online)

May 13th – 19th – Make-up testing

  • These tests help us evaluate our school’s programs and gauge each child’s progress towards career and college readiness.  Please try to avoid testing dates for absences or appointments if possible.  We know our kids are ready to do their best. Since students will be testing on their iPads for both MAP testing and some portions of state testing, it is very important that they come to school each day with fully charged iPads! 

Our awesome eighth graders will receive two separate permission forms this week, both for events on April 20

  • One permission form will allow students to travel to their prospective high schools on April 20 for a tour and orientation program.  This trip will take place during regular school hours.

  • The second permission form will be given to all students who completed their IB community projects.  We want to celebrate their positive impact on the world with an afternoon of fun at Saluda Shoals park after their regular early release at 12:40.  That trip is free and we will provide bus transportation to the park and back to school at 3:00, but we hope lots of parents will join us at the park!

Next week will be our spring Box Top Collection Drive. Please send in those Box Tops to support our fabulous LMS students. Students who turn in at least 10 Box Tops will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

We will stay busy through the end of the year and we will try to keep you informed about all of the great stuff going on.

Thanks so much for all you do to make our school a great place every day!

MAP Parent Letter

Box Tops Collection Form

Lexington High School Annual Athletic Physicals

sportsAnnual Athletic Physicals

  • Saturday, April 16th

  • Lexington High School old gym

  • Girls will report @8:00 AM and boys will be @8:45 AM

If you plan to play school sports, physicals are required.  

This is an opportunity for you to get your physical for $10!  

You must pick up the physical form prior to attending in order for your parents to fill out your medical history and sign the parents permission.  You may pick the form up in our (LMS) front office.

Hello Wildcats!

It’s our last great week at LMS until a well-deserved spring break.  We will be working hard in class this week and also working together to support a great cause!

The LMS Relay For Life team will celebrate our fourth annual Relaypalooza festival on Thursday, May 24 from 2:00 to 3:30.  For a $5 contribution, students will have access to games, inflatables, a DJ, and more.  It’s a great time for everyone.  We start the festival with a student lap around the symbolic Relay track, emphasizing that when we all work together, we can make a huge impact in the fight against cancer.  We are very proud of our kids for their commitment. We will have food and drinks for sale at the festival, all proceeds going to Relay. Tickets are on sale Monday through Wednesday in the cafeteria.  It’s not too late to buy a luminary in someone’s honor.  It’s amazing to see LMS students light up the night at the district Relay event with all of the luminaries they have purchased for loved ones.  These can be purchased in the front office all week.

Good luck to the LMS Band as they travel to their state performance assessment on Tuesday. We know you guys will be amazing.  Feel free to join them at 10:30 at Batesburg-Leesville High School.

Good luck to the LMS Archery team who will compete for the state championship on Wednesday.  We are proud of you for qualifying and we know you will shoot great!

This week our powerhouse fishing team also competes for the state championship on Lake Murray.  Our anglers always make us proud. Click here to see a great video about this awesome group!

Congratulations to 8th grader Abigail E.!  She applied for the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and was offered a singing position as an alto with the Middle School Honors Choir, which will commence at Carnegie Hall in New York.  Abigail was offered this performance opportunity after a rigorous audition process.

Are you wondering what enrichment opportunities might be available  this summer?  Take a look at the bottom of this email or contact our school counseling office to find information on lots of camps and programs that are both fun and enriching.  They have something for everyone!

Finally, we want to congratulate our LMS Teacher of the Year, Lyn Hamilton, who will be recognized Tuesday night at 7:00 at Lexington High School as a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year.  We hope lots of Mrs. Hamilton’s students will join us to cheer her on!

Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for all you do to make LMS a great place everyday!

2016 Summer Opportunities

Project Wise – June 12-17 @ Clemson University. A weeklong experience on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  Rising 7th and 8th grade girls.   Information at http://www.clemson.edu/ces/departments/peer-wise/outreach/project_wise.html

Summer Institute– June 26-July 1 @ Columbia College.  Offered for girls excited to embrace the courage to lead, learn about personal leadership styles and work with their peers.  Rising 9th grade girls.  Information at columbiasc.edu/summerinstitute

CREATEng – Engineering the Future! – Locations and dates TBA.  Through the Governor’s School for Science and Math.  Emersion into engineering and science based thinking.  Rising 8th and 9th graders.  Information – Kathryn Behling at behling@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-732-3266.

iTEAMS XTREME & Next Generation – Locations and dates TBA. Through the Governor’s School for Science and Math.  Two unique camps that challenge students to create their own business using the latest technologies.  Rising 7th and 8th graders.  Information – Irene Middleton at middleton@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901 ext. 3309

GoSciTech – June 12-18June 19-25July 10-16 or July 17-23 @ the Governor’s School of Science and Math in Hartsville, SC.  A week-long camp exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Rising 8th and 9th graders.  Information – Susan Engelhardt at engelhardt@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901ext. 3950.

2016-2017 Health Careers Academy – Students meet one Tuesday evening a month at Midlands Tech Airport Campus to prepare them for the rigors of the health care field and to explore health care careers. Rising 9th graders.  Information – Erica Davis at ericadavis@comporium.net or 803-286-4121.

Phone Blast


This is Ryan Pool, principal at Lexington Middle School.

Today, students received interim reports for the third quarter.  We are proud of our great students and hope they will talk with you about their interims and their academic goals.

Have you ordered your Relay for Life T-shirt yet?  Order forms are available here and the shirts are pretty awesome this year (click here to see).  Also, don’t forget that if you buy a T-shirt, the price includes one student pass to our Relaypalooza festival the day before spring break.  Turn in order forms to the front office.  We hope you will get shirts for the whole family to support this great cause.

Between February 29th and March 4th, students may participate in the Lexington One Community Coalition (LOCC) survey to help gather information about student’s attitudes and perceptions about controlled substances and substance abuse.  The data collected continues to allow us to monitor our current prevention programs in the schools and apply for additional funding for similar programs.  The survey is voluntary for students, and they will receive a link through their student email account.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our school counseling office.

There is a possibility of severe weather for our students tomorrow.  We will be watching conditions closely to ensure our students’ safety throughout the day.  Our teachers have procedures to follow in various situation that allow alternate transition routes or dismissal procedures if needed.  We’re hoping for clear skies, but we will be ready to respond if needed.  We ask for your patience during dismissal in the event of thunderstorms as our first priority will be student safety.

We hope you are staying dry.  Thanks for all you do to make our school a great place every day!

Ryan T. Pool

LMS World Language Teacher Kimberly Freeman wins prestigious Milken Award

LMS World Language Teacher Kimberly Freeman wins prestigious Milken Award

(Source, The State)

KM pic

LMS Latin teacher Kimberly Freeman, pictured with State Superintendent Molly Spearman and Dr. Jane Foley from the Milken Family Foundation, received the Milken Educator Award. Established in 1987 as an initiative of the Milken Family Foundation the Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards.  The Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.

Check out the moment Kimberly Freeman received the Milken Educator Award.



Read more about it here:

Milken Family Foundation

South Carolina Department of Education

The State

Kimberly Freeman’s Profile