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Middle Matters AWARDS  Schools to Watch 2006-2007  Palmetto’s Finest 2008-2009  Redesignated Schools to Watch 2009-2010


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Nov 2-4 Basketball Tryouts for Girls and Boys Nov 14-18 Scholastic Bookfair, family night during the Turkey Supper. Nov 17 PTO Turkey Supper/Talent Show/Bookfair Nov 23-25 Fall Break

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First quarter has come and gone, and a lot has been happening at Lugoff –Elgin Middle School! Some students went mining for gems while others wrote poetry. All students read The Bully during enrichment and participated in a variety of activities. One class performed a play and another class prepared visual illustrations of the characters in the story. The topic of bullying provided excellent opportunities for students to learn about good character traits, setting goals, and perseverance. Parents have also been busy supporting athletic events, attending conferences, and buying/selling cookie dough. The PTO cookie dough fundraiser was a huge success! Thanks to all who helped support this effort. In addition, parents support LEMS by making sure students arrive to school on time and complete homework assignments daily. As a reminder, students should not be dropped off before 7AM and students who arrive after 7:40am are considered tardy. Tardy students must be signed in by a parent. Lastly, teachers have been working to meet the needs of every child in their classrooms. We started the school year with the vision that every child is a promise who is filled with potential and possibilities. I am blessed to see the miracle of students, parents, and teachers working towards this goal every day at LEMS. As we begin second quarter, I am excited about new possibilities for every child at LEMS. With Leopard Pride, Karen Bullard

Up Coming Events

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Lady Leopard Volleyball Team is simply AWESOME!! By Coach Holley and Coach Turner The 2011 Lady Leopards Volleyball Team finished the regular season with an impressive 11-0 record, continuing their undefeated streak for a third consecutive year. Hard work and determination has been a factor in the team’s success. They have fought hard to achieve victory and played against highly competitive teams. Overall, they placed third in the JV Jam tournament where they competed against JV high school volleyball teams. Congratulations Lady Leopards!

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Try This Healthy Recipe From the Health and Wellness Committee, submitted by Gayle Todd

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston

Mushroom Quesadillas Total time: 30 min. Makes 4 main dishes 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. Portobello mushroom caps, sliced 1 pkg. (16 oz) baby spinach 2 green onions 1 romaine lettuce heart 8 soft-taco-size (8 in) flour tortillas 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled 1 c. salsa or salsa verde Preheat oven to 425⁰F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with foil.


In 5- to 6-quart saucepot, heat oil on medium. Add mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer to medium bowl; discard liquid. To same skillet, add spinach; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt. Transfer to bowl with mushrooms; discard liquid. While mushrooms and spinach cook, very thinly slice green onions and romaine. Arrange 4 tortillas on cookie sheets; top with spinach mixture. Top with goat cheese, green onions, then remaining tortillas.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tortillas are golden and crisp, rotating cookie sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking. To serve, top with romaine and salsa. Each serving: about 525 calories, 20 g protein, 73 g carbohydrate, 19 g total fat (6 g saturated ), 8 g fiber, 13 mg cholesterol, 1110 mg sodium. Good Housekeeping, December 2010

Bon Appétit!!

Intern from USC in the LMC I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. Ken Venturi


Hi! My name is Jennifer Lanier. I am the Library Intern from USC this semester. I am working towards obtaining my certification as a School Librarian. I have been teaching science for ten years, both in Spartanburg and Richland Counties in SC. I have taught primarily middle school science, in addition to one MATTERS

year of high school science. I am currentlypursuing my Masters degree in Library and Information Science. I am so excited to have this opportunity to intern. The internship is the last course and experience required before I become a professional librarian. After completing my internship at LugoffElgin Middle School, I will be the Librarian at Summit Parkway Middle School. The hands-on and practical experiences that I am having

here with Mrs. Lemieux will be a great asset to me in my new position. While my time at LEMS is brief, I know that I will learn valuable lessons and information! Thank you to all of you who are allowing me to learn with you, in your classrooms, and at this beautiful facility! You are crucial to the success of my new career.



I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel

Join the Leopard Chorus !! By Rhonda Horton We are thrilled to announce that we will be starting a Leopard Chorus. The chorus will be learning some holiday music, gospel music, and other fun things to perform for several audiences dur-

ing the school year. So… it’s time to get started!! All students who are interested in singing and having lots of fun need to join the Leopard Chorus. Please meet with Mrs. Horton on Thursday, October 27, in the chorus room immediately

after school. Parents should pick up students at 4:00. Come join the Leopard Chorus!! We’re going to have “hallelujah fun!!!”

Mighty Leopard Wrestling News By Coach Monroe Seventh and Eighth grade boys interested in wrestling, there will be a meeting in the gym on Friday, October 28th from 3:15-4:30. Bring

your completed physical form to the meeting. The first practice will be on Tuesday, November 1st in the mini-gym from 3:205:45. Bring workout clothes and wrestling

shoes. If you don't have wrestling shoes, tennis shoes are fine. You must have a completed physical form to practice and participate.

Reading Teacher of the Year Gayle Todd is Lugoff-Elgin Middle School’s Reading Teacher of the Year. Gayle is a resource teacher at LEMS who works tirelessly to improve her students’ reading abilities. The district-wide Reading Teacher of the Year will be announced at the banquet on November 17th at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School. Congratulations and Good Luck, Mrs. Todd

Literacy Qyotes:: “It boils down to a simple, two-part formula: The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.” Jim Trelease

Media Center Happenings Reading Promotions

Let’s Talk eChalk

Reading Rocks Lounge is open. Students must read at home for at least 30 minutes for 20 days each month in order to receive a RRL PASS. Students must turn in the RRL LOG by a specified date each month. This entitles them to entrance into the RRL on the days it is open. The RRL is an area with a reading area, XBox Kinnect and board games.

Do you want an easy way to track your student’s homework? Do your students have research projects? Do you ever wonder where you can go to get online homework help for your student?

Pizza and Ice Cream Party

Please join us for an information session about eChalk and the resources available to assist your student. Tuesday, Nov 8th at 5:30 in the Academic Team Meeting Room.

Attendees must read 4 of the SCJBA nominees for this year by January 30, 2012 in order to receive an invitation. See Media Center webpage for details.

Scholastic Bookfair is coming!! The book fair will be open in the media center Nov 14 –18th. 7:30 to 3:00. We accept cash, check and credit cards. A link will be placed on our website if you are interested in ordering online. We will have family night during the Turkey Supper!!!!!

6th grade only--

FREE PIZZA, DRINKS AND DESSERT during lunch. The Booktalk Cafe will be open on Nov. 1st . You must sign up in the media center in order to participate. Space is limited.

We are participating in Boxtops for education and Tyson A+ programs The TEAM with the most boxtops and labels will receive a TREAT each 9-weeks.

Thank you for your support!



P T O Meeting Tuesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Academic Planning Team room (Note the date change). Everyone is invited to attend! C o me and Learn more about eChalk!

PTO News and Information Cookie Dough Fundraiser Thanks to everyone for an overwhelmingly successful cookie dough fundraiser! (Special thanks to Cathy Alysworth and Linda Dunlap for coordinating this project.) We sold over $30,000 worth of cookie dough; this will provide more than $12,000 for the school’s literacy efforts. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 3 to pick up your cookie dough from 1 to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Because the cookie dough is refrigerated, it’s very important that you make plans to have it picked up that day. Congratulations to top seller overall Destiny Gibson and the top sellers for each grade: 6th grade: Jalen Bennett: 7th grade : Destiny Gibson and 8th grade: Jaylen Nelson. Dates for students who earned time in the Game Express and/or for the Hummer Lunch Ride will be scheduled soon.

Leopard Cards We only have a few Leopard Cards left! Thanks to the area businesses that provide these special offers and to everyone for their support in selling these cards. Special thanks to these high sellers: Dillon Allen, Tanner Hall, Tyler Matthews and Tripp Cox.

Turkey Supper/Student Talent Show/Book Fair Make plans to attend the PTO’s annual Turkey Supper Thursday, November 17 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the LEMS cafeteria Tickets are $6; Eat in or take out See our website to order tickets. The student with the highest ticket sales by November 15 in each grade will receive a free LEMS t-shirt or hoodie!

New LEMS t-shirts and hoodies Available in youth and adult sizes. Use the order form posted on our website to get yours today! Girls and Womens t-shirts & hoodies available in white or blue Boys and Mens t-shirts & hoodies available in blue or grey T-shirts: $12; Hoodies: $20 Thanks for all your support and participation! Mary Anne Byrd, LEMS PTO President MIDDLE





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