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Up Coming Events
March 30—Awards Day 7th —8:00 am 8th—9:00am 6th —10:00am April 2-6– Spring Break April 9th– Weather make up day, if not needed , NO SCHOOL for students and staff April 17– Spring Pictures
It’s hard to believe that we are now in the last nine weeks of the school year. We recently received some exciting news at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. LEMS was one of four Kershaw County Schools to receive a Palmetto Gold Award for overall performance on PASS scores. This is the second consecutive year we have received this honor. I appreciate the daily dedication of teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that state standards are taught during instruction. More importantly, I am thankful for their concern for the children they teach and their dedication to helping them become successful. PASS testing started last week as 8th graders took the PASS writing test. Teachers are in the process of analyzing MAP results to develop instructional plans designed to strengthen student weaknesses in preparation for PASS testing in May. The remaining PASS tests will be administered according to the schedule below. Please mark these dates on your calendar and make every effort to have your child in school. Tuesday, May 8 – English/Language Arts (Reading and Research) All students in every grade take this test. Wednesday, May 9 – Math All students in every grade take this test. Thursday, May 10 – Science or Social Studies All students in grade 7 will take the science test. Students in grades 6 and 8 will take either the science or social studies test. Friday, May 11 – Social Studies All students in grade 7 will take the social studies test Also, students enrolled in English 1 and Algebra 1 will take the End-of-Course Tests in May. These exams count 20 percent of the students’ final grade. The EOC for English 1 will be May 21 st and the EOC for Algebra 1 will be May 22nd. Would you like to be a voice for parents and community members at LEMS? If so, the School Improvement Council (SIC) is for you. The purpose of the SIC is "To facilitate meaningful parent and community involvement in our state’s public schools by providing resources, tools and strategies to local School Improvement Councils and other stakeholder groups." Visit the SIC website at http://sic.sc.gov/ Pages/default.aspx for more information. The SIC plays a vital role in the success of LEMS and its successes depends on a strong voice for parents, community members, and stakeholders. If you are interested in serving on the SIC, please contact me by April 13 th at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your name can be added to the ballot for consideration. All parents will vote on new members for SIC in May. With Leopard Pride
April 26– Art Gallery May 8-16 PASS Testing
PTO Update Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring Mr. Korman, author of more than 60 books. Coming Oct. 5th, 2012
8th Grade Science Fair Results Behavioral & Social Sciences 1st Place- Mikayla Drost 2nd Place- Elizabeth Carpenter 3rd Place- Blair Cearley Botany 1st Place- Chloe Morrison 2nd Place- Meagan Huntley 3rd Place- Kinsey Winders Chemistry 1st Place- McCall Sheorn
2nd Place- Hunter Brown 3rd Place- Katie Watkins Environmental Sciences 1st Place- Becca Hough 2nd Place- Chase Miller 3rd Place- Tyler Harhart Medicine & Health 1st Place- MacKenzie Wiseman 2nd Place- Kimberly Rozier 3rd Place- Evan McDonald
1st Place- MacKenzie Wiseman
1st Place- Tory Branham 2nd Place- Gunnar Catoe 3rd Place- Christina Arnold Zoology 1st Place- Sophie Greenwood 2nd Place- Victoria Miles 3rd Place- Minneka Green Overall Winners 2nd Place- McCall Sheorn 3rd Place- Tory Branham
This has been a great year for the LEMS PTO. Our successful fundraisers have given back nearly $10,000 to LEMS classrooms in supplies, equipment and programs this school year. In addition, two exciting programs funded by PTO will ―kick off‖ next school year with Rachel’s Challenge (a program that reinforces the importance of students making good decisions) and a visit from award-winning author Gordon Korman. It is truly exciting to be an active part of making all this possible. Now is the time to think about PTO officers for the 2012-13 school year to keep this success going. Are you interested in serving as president, vice president, treasurer or secretary? If so, please let me or LEMS Principal Karen Bullard know by Friday, April 20. Ballots will be prepared to go home in the May 1 Middle Matters newsletter. If you have questions about the duties for any job, feel free to talk with the current officers (President Mary Anne Byrd, Vice President Deana Kelly, Treasurer Frank Rowell and Secretary Amy Hopper.) Also, the PTO and SIC will meet jointly on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Academic Planning Team room. Everyone is invited. Thanks for your continuing support of the LEMS PTO. Mary Anne Byrd, email@example.com LEMS PTO President
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From the Registrar Parents and Legal Guardians it is extremely important for you to notify the school if you have any changes or updates to your students’ information. We must be able to contact you regarding your student. If you have a change of address at anytime during the school year, you MUST let the school know. If the address we have in our computers does NOT match the address you are currently living at, you will be required to provide 5 proofs of residency for your new address before your student will be allowed to reg-
ister for school next year. Per Kershaw County School District Policy when you have a change of address, you must provide the school with 5 proofs of residency for your new address. Some of these items could be a valid SC photo id, a recent tax document, financial source document, mortgage, real estate purchase contract, rental/lease agreement, recent mail addressed to the parent/legal guardian
such as current utility bill. All proofs of residency must have the parent/legal guardians name and current address listed. Please contact our Registrar, Lisa Matthews at 438-3591 ext. 6054 or melisa.matthews@kcsdscho ols.net if you have any questions or need to change or update your students’ information.
Most people associate the majority of concussions with football, however students and parents involved in contact spring sports such as soccer, softball, and baseball need to be aware of the signs of concussions as well.
Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain and need to be addressed correctly.
The Facts: *All concussions are serious.* Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. * Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help aid recovery and prevent further injury, even death. To learn more important follow up information on concussion management, visit: www.cdc.gov/ Concussion
From the Nurse’s Desk Know your Concussion Facts!
What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.
Signs Observed By Parents: Student appears dazed or stunned, is confused about events, answers questions slowly, repeats questions, can’t recall events prior to or after hit, bump, or fall. Student may have loss of consciousness (even briefly), show behavior or personality changes, and forget class schedule or assignments. If one or more symptoms are present, seek medical attention right away!
Annah J. Deal, RN, BSN, LEM/LES School Nurse-Please contact me if you have questions or concerns regarding concussions.
Clinic Classic Challenge By Gayle Todd The Clinic Classic Challenge, a 5K walk/run, will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 and will benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. The school with the most participants will be awarded $500 thanks to the sponsor, McDonald’s. Students can see Mrs. Barr or Mrs. Todd for a
form. The cost is $15 per runner/walker which includes a free t-shirt. If we get a team of 6 or more, the rate is $12. Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Deal will walk in the race! Parents must be present at the race for students to participate. The walk starts at the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County at 110-C East
DeKalb Street in Camden, SC (located behind the United Way Building. Registration deadline for team participants is Friday, April 13. We look forward to walking/ running with you! Stay healthy!
Relay for Life News By Gayle Todd
Club Cure has been busy raising money for Relay For Life. Pennies for a Cure raised over $1200! Club Cure also sold pizza and drinks at the science fair to help raise money. Upcoming Events: Friday, March 23 – Flip-Flop Day! ($2). We will also have flip-flop days April 13 and 27. Month of April – Luminaries will be sold for $10 in memory or in honor of someone battling cancer. The homeroom that sells the most luminaries will get an ice cream party. Luminary order forms will be sent home with report cards, or you can print one from the school website. Friday, April 20 – Hat Day! ($1) Relay For Life spring t-shirts are on sale now, we will send order forms home with report cards, or you can print one from the school website. They are $15, and are cash only please. Relay For Life will be held at Lugoff-Elgin High School on May 11th. Please plan to help Club Cure represent LEMS!
Media Center Happenings
The single most important factor in reading skill is INDEPENDENT READING.
â€” Stephen Krashen Reading Rocks Lounge is open to all students with no overdue books or fines. The RRL has a reading area, XBox Kinnect and board games.
The mission of Lugoff-Elgin Library Media Center is to assist members of the learning community in becoming effective users of information and to foster the love of reading.
We are participating in Boxtops for education and Tyson A+ programs The homeroom with the largest average of boxtops/ Tyson A + labels per student will win a pizza party or movie party (teacherâ€™s choice). Competition runs from January 17th until April 15th. We just purchased about 85 new books for the media center with our last check from Boxtops for Education. Thank you for your support!
The Columbia Blowfish Baseball Club is offering the opportunity to earn free tickets to the Blowfish game on May 31st. During the month of April students will be given a log to track their reading. 1st base (one book read) 2 tickets 2nd base (two books read) 4 tickets 3rd base (three books read) pregame program participation. Homerun (four books) free hotdog and a Pepsi at the game. Attached you will find your bookmark log. Keep the log and turn it in at the ball field on May 31st for your tickets/prizes. Bring it to the media center to log how many books you read.