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Middle Matters J A N U A R Y

It’s a new year at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School! Due to the hard work of teachers, students, and parents, LEMS is a great place for Understanding Hearts and Positive Attitudes to grow and thrive in 2017.

Upcoming Events January: 16th Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday 19th 2nd Quarter Awards Day 24th 8th Grade High School Orientation February: 2nd Job Shadowing / Career Day 7th Quiz Bowl @ LEM 17th Early dismissal 20th Teacher work day 21st Living Museum PTO at 6:00pm 23rd Celebrating the Arts March: 12th Day Light Savings Time begins 21st Chorus Concert 23rd Report Cards Issued 28th Author visit with Jaleigh Johnson 29th 3rd Quarter Awards Day

Lugoff-Elgin Middle 1244 Hwy. 1 South Lugoff, SC 29078 Phone: (803) 438-3591 Fax: (803) 438-0584

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As we grow in 2017, students will learn new and exciting concepts as instruction is aligned with The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, which can be found the South Carolina Department of Education here. The Profile focuses on building world-class knowledge and skills along with life and career traits. Teachers are working to incorporate more of these skills into classroom instruction. Students participate in an advisory class each week to apply their new knowledge to engaging activities like the recent door decorating contest. Each advisory group chose a book with a holiday theme and decorated their door to illustrate a theme or main idea from the book. Students did a great job working together to complete this team project. Congratulations to Ms. Hunter’s advisory group for being the overall winner for the competition. As students thrive in 2017, teachers and staff will continue to provide learning opportunities that are uniquely designed for the social and emotional needs of young adolescents. For example, Girls on Track will kick off their season in a few weeks, All Pro Dad will continue to meet, and Science Club will provide exciting activities for students. You can check our webpage to find out more about these extracurricular opportunities. As we close out 2016, I’m excited about 2017 and the remainder of the school year. I look forward to working with you as we continue to develop Understanding Hearts and Positive Attitudes at LEMS! With UHPA, Principal Karen Bullard

Media Center Happenings 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.

Have you read the book

The Mark of the Dragonfly ? It’s not too late to enjoy it. Jaleigh Johnson, the author of the Mark of the Dragonfly is coming to LEMS on Tuesday, March 28th. Take time to read one of her books so that you can enjoy meeting this popular young adult author.

for 8th Graders! Lugoff-Elgin High School will be hosting an orientation for rising freshmen and their parents on January 24 at 5:30 in the Lugoff-Elgin High School Auditorium. We will talk about discipline, attendance, graduation requirements, and postsecondary requirements. Students will also be able to tour the school after the presentation.

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7th Grade ELA Teachers Receive Donors Choose Grants Mrs. Ingram's Donors Choose project, "Historical Fiction that Makes the Past Come to Life", was recently funded. Generous donations were given to purchase new historical fiction novels to be used in Mrs. Ingram & Mrs. Peake book clubs in her ELA classes. In these reading experiences, students will travel to Nazi Germany and learn more about Hitler's oppressive totalitarian rule. Students will also learn more about the inhumane conditions of the Nazi concentration camps of the same time period. This project will support interdisciplinary learning as they study early 20th century world conflicts in Social Studies. Mrs. Peake’s Donors Choose project, “Listen, Read, Learn,” was recently funded. Nearly $400 was generously donated to her ELA classroom to purchase electronic books and CD players. Electronic books appeal to all readers, but are especially exciting to those students who struggle in reading. Seeing the words in print, then hearing the words, makes the text come to life. These electronic books will encourage students to keep reading and create an overall positive reading experience. Are you interested in participating to help make our school even better, go online to and search for our school.

LEMS will sponsor Career Awareness Activities on February 2, 2017:

6th Grade will have “Career Day” at school that morning. 7th and 8th Grades will have “Go to Work with a Parent /Relative Day”. Permission forms went home with 7th and 8th grade students and must be returned by January 27th for students to be excused from school.

For more information contact one of our School Counselors.

Earn your way to the Columbia Fireflies Game with the

Home Run Reading Challenge !

lems Game Date May 3rd!

Read for 1,500 minutes or more to reserve your seat for the Columbia Fireflies Game. This contest includes minutes read from January through March. Minutes must be recorded on a school issued reading card and signed by a parent or teacher. Cards may be turned in as completed. All reading cards must be given to Mrs. Dorsey in the LEMS Media Center by the end of school on March 31, 2017.

LEMS Chorus is hosting TWO Sonic Nights! Tuesday Jan 17th and Tuesday Jan 31st. All tips raised go to help the chorus be able to attend our choral clinic and festival this spring! Everyone come out have dinner at Sonic on Jan 17 & 31 and don't forget to bring your friends!

LEMS Middle Matters - 2nd Quarter 2016-17  
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