Friday Memo December 12, 2014

December 12th, 2014

Message From The Langston Foundation:

We have just until this Monday, December 15th, to purchase a brick paver engraved with your students’ names and years they attended Langston, or your family’s name, or a personal message to the school, etc. The pavers will be engraved on the walkway leading up to the front entrance of the school. Orders forms are available on, and click on the BRICK PAVER PROJECT link. Order by December 15th to have your paver professionally engraved in early January.

Also, a donation to the Langston Foundation made prior to December 31st will be tax-deductible for 2014. Please consider what you can do to help close the funding gap between charter and public middle schools in Greenville County. Langston Charter Middle School greatly appreciates all that our families are doing, and have done in the past!

Gear Turners Unleashed had a great day at the Lego Robotics Spartanburg Regional Qualifier on Saturday, December 6. The team won 1st place in Robot Run and the Champions Award. The Champions Award is the Overall Award in all 4 competition categories. The team also received an invitation to advance to the S.C. Lego Robotics State Championship which will be held in Lexington, SC in March. Great job Gear Turners Unleashed!!!

The annual Glee Club Holiday Concert is Thursday, December 18th at 7 pm at the Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 1801 Woodruff Rd (across from Bruster’s Ice Cream). Bring your family and friends to celebrate the season with the Langston’s talented Glee Club, who will be singing songs from “Frozen” and “Polar Express” along with other holiday favorites! Admission is FREE!

The last day to purchase an ornament from our Ornaments 4 Orphans tree is Friday, December 19.

The Marines will be here Monday morning collecting toys for the Toys for Tots drive. They will be in the carline at morning drop off. Please bring in a new unwrapped toy. Every $10.00 spent earns one hour of service.

Our gently used coat and blanket drive is still going on. One large bag of items will earn one hour of service.

Girls’ Basketball
The girls won both games this week beating Hampton Park on Tuesday and Our Lady of the Rosary on Thursday. All players got a chance to play in both games. Caroline Earle and Hannah Young played a great defensive game on Tuesday, with Jaeyden Hill-Mims leading all scorers with 10 followed by Caroline Earle with 6. Amy Thomson and Emily Mages led the Chargers defensively with a great game on Thursday, with Jaeyden scoring 9, and Sydney Langley with 4. Jaeden was our leading rebounder in both games. Several of our players continue to improve with each game.

Boys’ Basketball
The LCMS boys’ basketball team completed the week with their undefeated season intact. On Friday Dec 5, the boys visited the Greenville Hurricanes. After a slow start and the first half time deficit of the year, the boys trailed 16 – 8. The Chargers came to play and started the second half with a full court press and scored 6 points in less than a minute to reduce the Hurricane’s lead. With the full court press working and taking advantage of multiple fast breaks, the boys went on to out-score the Hurricanes 28 – 6 in the second half for a comeback win, with a final score of 36 – 24. Javon Douglas led all scorers with 12 points and Grant Downs added 11.

On Tuesday, Dec 9, the LCMS boys hosted Hampton Park. The Chargers started the game on a quick basket from the tip and quickly went into a full court press that led to a 17 – 0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Great defensive pressure and fast breaks allowed the Chargers to continue to extend their lead at the half to 25 – 4. The second half was more of the same as the Chargers cruised to another win 57 – 12. A glimpse into the future saw our talented 6th graders, Kai Dowden, Caden Nelson, and Ian Thomson play most of the second half contributing 20 points in the 4th quarter to secure the win. Javon Douglas again led the way in scoring with 12 points, with Dowden, Dowis, Johns, and Raleigh Dotson adding 6 each. Farr, Nelson, Thomson, and Graysen Dotson added 4 each.

On Thursday, Dec 11, the LCMS boys hosted Our Lady of the Rosary. The Chargers continued their defensive pressure and fast break style of basketball and jumped out to a 21 – 2 lead. The lead was extended at half to a 33 – 13. OLR started the second half with a man to man defense and full court press and outscored the Chargers 10 – 4 for the quarter. After some defensive adjustments, the Chargers rolled to a 55 – 25 victory. Grant Dowis provided tremendous leadership and defensive pressure as well as leading all scorers with 17 points. Caden Nelson contributed 10, 8 in the 4th quarter to help stop a run by OLR. Douglas and Johns each had 8, Farr 6, and Holliday 4.

The Chargers play host to St. Mary’s for our last home game Tuesday Dec 16. PLEASE come and support the boys in this conference showdown.

Friday Memo December 5, 2014

December 5th, 2014

Message From The Langston Foundation:

We have just one more week to purchase a brick paver engraved with your students’ names and years they attended Langston, or your family’s name, or a personal message to the school, etc. The pavers will be engraved on the walkway leading up to the front entrance of the school. Orders forms are available on, and click on the BRICK PAVER PROJECT link. Order by December 15th to have your paver professionally engraved in early January.

Operation Stocking Stuffer is under way! See emails for more details.

We are offering our 10th anniversary t shirts and hoodies again. See emails, or call the office for the details.

From Lynn Causey…

Good day at the AJ Whittenberg Lego Robotics Scrimmage on Saturday, November 8 for LCMS Gear Turners Unleashed Lego Robotics team. The team won 1st Place in the Robot Run Category which involves programming, building, and strategy to navigate the robot through the missions set up on the robot field. Great job Gear Turners Unleashed!!!
The team will compete this Saturday, December 6 at the Regional Qualifier that will be held at Spartanburg Methodist College and hopefully receive a ticket to advance to the State Championship. Good luck Gear Turners Unleashed!

We are still collecting Toys for Tots and gently used coats and blankets. You can count service hours for all of your donations.

Toys for Tots
New unwrapped toys may be dropped off in the boxes in A or B building. Student community service- $10=1hour. (Maximum 2 hours) Parent Volunteer Hours-$10=1hour (No maximum) Toys may be dropped off all next week, or you may bring your toys in on Monday, December 15th during morning carline, when the Marines will be here to help collect the toys.

Gently Used Blanket and Coat Drive-

The holidays are quickly approaching, which puts us in for some cold weather. We are doing a coat and blanket drive for those in need in the Greenville area. Your child can turn in any coats/blankets that are in good condition for community service hours. These coats and blankets will be distributed to those in need while we collect your coats and blankets for the entire month of December.

We hope your child will participate in helping those in need, and getting community service hours for it. 13 Gallon Bag (filled) =2 hours community service (maximum 4 hours) Parent Volunteer Hours- 13 Gallon Bag = 2 hours (No maximum)

Take Out Lunch
We are in need of a few volunteers for our Take Out Lunch program. Click on the SignUpGenius link to select days which are convenient for you. Please direct any questions to Kristie Thome at

Athletic News
Boys’ Basketball – article submitted by Coach Deas
The LCMS boys’ basketball team hosted Mitchell Road Christian Academy (MRCA) Tuesday Dec. 2 for a conference game. Your Langston Chargers played exceptional defense holding MRCA to only 20 points and continued their early season win streak, the LCMS boys team is now 5-0. The Chargers got off to a 9-2 advantage by the end of the first quarter with Grant Dowis leading the way with an early 5 points. The second quarter was much the same as the Chargers increased their lead and held a 15-7 advantage. The boys played a great defensive first half while only committing 2 fouls, a great improvement for the team. The second half execution and tight defense allowed the Chargers to continue their lead and at the end of the 3rd quarter led 21–11. The defensive pressure continued with traps, steals and forced turnovers that allowed the boys to post another victory with a 30-20 advantage. Javon Douglas led the way with 10 points with Grant Dowis contributing 8, and Cole Holliday 7.
The LCMS boys travel to the Greenville Hurricanes today for a 4:00 o’clock match up in hopes of continuing their winning streak.

Girls’ Basketball
The Lady Chargers hosted MRCA this week in what proved to be a another victory for Langston. The girls came out strong in the first half with an impressive defensive effort by Hannah Fugate and Jayden Hill-Mims. The Chargers led at half time 24-2. The success continued into the 2nd half as the girls continued to play well, resulting in another win, 34-17. Jayden led the scoring with 10 points, with Caroline Earle contributing 8 and Carrington Williams adding 4.

Next Tuesday and Thursday we are back at home, girls begin at 4:00, boys at 5:15. Come out to support the LCMS Chargers!

Junior Chargers
Our 6th grade boys Junior Chargers will hold their first basketball practice today from 4:00-6:00 at Rocky Creek Baptist Church. Please email June Deas if your son is interested in participating.

Girls’ Soccer
Tryouts will be held at the end of January. The season runs from February to May. Please contact June Deas at with any questions.

Friday Memo November 25, 2014

November 25th, 2014

Langston Awards at the 2014 YIG conference:
This conference was the largest ever with 18 schools and over 350 middle school students. These awards represent a lot of hard work and effort. We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments.
The following students’ bills passed and were signed into law by the Youth Governor:

• Erin Carson & Sonia Garg – Cardiovascular Health Act
• Grace Daniel & Sydney Keffer – The Domestic Violence Protection Act
• Emeka Nwobodu & Uriel Coffi & Ben Solesbee – An Act Concerning Sheltering the Homeless
• Peyton Cloys & Effie Ludke – An Act Related to Grants for Homeless Shelters
• Bryson Saettell & Anton Aarnink – An Act to Require Seatbelts on Public School Buses
• Mason Montgomery & Kell Runnion – An Act to Support the Families of Fallen Police Officers
• Renee Sherbahn & Sophie Anderson – An Act to Lower Income Tax for Teachers
• Rachel Begley & Allie Hall & Lolo Schmitt – South Carolina Educational Rewards
• Patrick Ortiz-Jauregui & Justin Smith – An Act to Create a State Minimum Wage

The following students served in elected roles and demonstrated great leadership in their duties:
• Youth Governor: CC Snoad
• LT Governor: Charlie Forstein
• Speaker of the House: Anna McGowan
The following students served as Committee Chairs and Presiding Officers:

• Sophie Anderson
• Kell Runnion
• Rachel Begley
• Katelyn Supra
• Erin Carson
• Allie Hall

The following students received the servant leadership awards:

• Luke Mixson
• Rachel Begley
• Kell Runnion

The following student received the outstanding statesmen award:
• Blake Sorrell
The following student received the leadership award which includes a full scholarship to next year’s conference: This award was only given to 1 student out of the 350 who attended.
• Anna McGowan
Langston Charter also received the Premier Delegation Award and Ms. Cannon received the Bobby O’Rear Award, given to the Outstanding Lead Advisor.
The following student was elected to serve as next year’s Lt. Governor:
• Sophie Anderson

Parent Volunteer request:
Parents, we are in need of a handful of volunteers that are willing to get their hands dirty putting picnic tables together. We have 8 unassembled tables to put together for the 7th grade class. You’ll need a ½” wrench and a ½” deep-well socket/ratchet. Most drill motors are too big to fit in the tight spaces. Please email June Deas if you are interested in helping.

Volunteers Needed: Contact the person listed below if interested in helping.
• Thanksgiving Day (11/27/2014)
• TreesGreenville Turkey Day 8k
• Volunteer Shift: 7am-9:30am
• Description: Course Volunteers and Water Stops
• Register online at
• Volunteers Check-in: 11/27, 7am, GHS Courtyard on the corner of E. McBee and S. Spring St.
• This is family friendly. All ages are welcome.
Thank you.

Joelle Teachey

Joelle Teachey
Executive Director
231 Tanner Drive
Taylors, SC 29687

We are collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots and newspapers for some rescued puppies. Every $10.00 spent, or every foot of bundle paper earns one service hour.

Athletic News
Girls’ Basketball – article submitted by Coach Woodard
The girls’ team defeated Spartanburg Prep last Thursday, with a great second half performance. Leading by only 4 at the half, the girls really turned up the defense in the second half and created more opportunities on the offensive end. Carrington Williams had one of her best games of the season so far, and Amy Thomson and Emily Mages both dropped in our first 3 pointers of the season. We played Bob Jones Academy this Monday, and we beat them after losing to them twice last season. Jaedyn Hill-Mims led the way with rebounds, and we saw many players contribute on the offensive end. Ashley Kessinger and Caroline Roller played one of their best games coming in off of the bench, and Hannah Fugate has continued to be a threat on both ends of the floor.
Then entire team is beginning to really show improvements with each game.

Boys’ Basketball – article submitted by Coach Deas
The LCMS boys’ basketball team hosted Bob Jones Academy Monday, Nov 24, and extended their early season winning streak to 4-0. The Chargers got off to a slow start due to a tight zone defense and held only a small advantage as the first quarter ended with the score 5-0. The Chargers then started successfully attacking the Bob Jones zone with success and built a 19-2 advantage by half time. The Chargers continued their success of beating the zone coverage for good open shots and multiple fast break opportunities to extend their lead to a 29-10 victory. Grant Dowis led the way with 8 points with Ian Thomson contributing 6, Jacob Walker and Javon Douglas each adding 4.

Langston hosts Mitchell Road Christian School on Tuesday Dec. 2, girls at 4:00, boys at 5:00 at Rocky Creek. Please come out and support The Chargers!

Friday Memo November 21, 2014

November 20th, 2014

Langston student Caden Nelson is hosting an Ornaments4Orphans tree at the school.
People from Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya created the ornaments we are selling. Buying an ornament enables them to provide for their families. They are able to pay rent, put food on their tables, pay their children’s school fees, purchase medicine, and other necessities which improve their overall standard of living.
Ornaments are on sale beside the main office. Choose the ornament you want and pay at the front desk. Each ornament is $10 and paperbead necklaces are $20.
Langston students can earn up to 2 hours of Community Service for buying ornaments.

Please bring in your old newspapers for Michaela Raven’s project. There are several rescued puppies in need of them. There are boxes by the front door and the drop off door. Every foot of bundled paper equals 1 hour of community service.

Sports News from Coach Deas
Your 2014 Langston Chargers boys’ basketball team kicked off the regular season with a victory over Spartanburg Day on Friday Nov. 14 at Rocky Creek. The Chargers posted a 28-24 win over the visiting team. Javon Douglas led all scorers with 8 points, with Cole Holliday chipping in 6, Luke Calvert, Grant Dowis, and Kai Dowden scoring 4 each. The Charger defense was key to keeping the Griffons from rallying late in the fourth quarter.

The LCMS boys’ team traveled Tuesday to play Lead Charter. What looked to be a challenging game due to the size of the team, the Chargers started the game quickly with the first basket off the tip and continued to run the floor and out score Lead 12-8 in the first quarter with Cole Holliday providing half of the Chargers points. The second quarter saw the Charges defensive effort, rebounding, and scoring continue as the team outscored Lead 15 – 6 to take a halftime lead of 27-14. The depth of the team showed as every player got in the game and contributed to another victory. The Chargers defense and fast breaks allowed them to defeat Lead by a final score of 54-35. Javon Douglas led the way with 16 points, with Sam Johns and Cole Holliday each scoring 8 points, also contributing was Grant Dowis with 6, Krys Simms and Caden Nelson with 4 each, and CJ Farr and Luke Calvert with 3 each.

The Chargers host Spartanburg Prep on Thursday Nov. 20 and will host Bob Jones Academy Monday Nov. 24 at Rocky Creek – 5:15. Please continue your support of the team; the boys appreciate the crowds!

Friday Memo November 14, 2014

November 14th, 2014

The lottery will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 5:00pm. The results will be posted on the front door immediately after, and they will remain up for 1 week.

Message From The Langston Foundation:

What a great way to celebrate Langston’s 10th Anniversary with a Brick Paver, professionally inscribed with your student(s) name, family name, in honor of, or dedicated to, at the front entrance of our school. Order forms are available at Brick Paver Project link. Order by December 15th to have your paver professionally engraved in January.

Take Out Lunch Volunteers
We are in need of 2 volunteers on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please email Kristie Thome at if you are interested in helping.

Athletic News – article submitted by June Deas
There’s been some confusion about our students participating in sports at their zoned high school. If a sport is not offered at Langston, students can participate in that sport at their zoned high school. The necessary forms, which must be signed by Mr. Abel, can be found on the Athletic Forms page of the Greenville County School website. Langston offers the following sports, Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country, Girls’ Volleyball and co-ed Golf. Students interested in these sports are only eligible to participate at Langston, not their zoned high school.

Boys’ Basketball – article submitted by Coach Deas
The LCMS Chargers boys’ basketball team started the season this past weekend at the Spartanburg Day Shootout. The Chargers played the Greenville Hurricanes,
Spartanburg Prep, Spartanburg Day, Oakbrook Academy and Laurens Academy. The Chargers benefited off the court by forming team chemistry throughout the day, and it showed by winning each of the five contests. Good defensive pressure and low turnovers accounted for the wins. The Chargers are looking forward to this week’s conference opener at home, against Spartanburg Day. Home games are played at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, boys at 3:30, girls at 4:30. Please come out and support the Langston basketball teams this season!

Girls’Basketball – article submitted by Coach Woodard
The girls team opened their season this past Saturday with the Griffin Shoot Out at Spartanburg Day School. They played 5 shortened games and went 4-1, only losing to Laurens Academy in the last game of the day. The girls defeated two of Spartanburg Day’s teams, Spartanburg Prep, and Oakbrook Academy. Several returning players stepped up and showed just how much they have improved, and the new players got a chance to get their feet wet. It was a great beginning to the season, and provided the team with a chance to see what is working and what improvements will need to be made as the season goes on.

Season opener this Friday at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, boys’ play at 3:30, girls’ at 4:30. Come out cheer on our Chargers!

Mr. Black has recently been going through some medical treatments. Some moms have volunteered to cook him healthy meals and make smoothies. If you would like to donate towards the purchase of the ingredients, please put cash only in an envelope with Mr. Black’s name on the front. Drop it off at the front desk and we will pass it on to the shoppers.

Friday Memo November 7, 2014

November 6th, 2014

Ornaments for Orphans…We have a Christmas tree in the lobby decorated with handmade ornaments and necklaces. All the decorations are for sale with proceeds going to orphan children living in Africa. Ornaments are $10.00 each and necklaces are $20.00 each.

Message From The Langston Foundation:

What a great way to celebrate Langston’s 10th Anniversary than with a Brick Paver inscribed with your student(s) name, family name, in honor of, or dedicated to, at the front entrance of our school. Orders forms are available at Brick Paver Project link. Order by December 15th to have your paver professionally engraved in January.

One of our parents, Mr. Karpinski, has developed a Langston app for the iPhone and for the Blackberry. There was an email sent home on Thursday, November 6th with more information. Thank you Mr. Karpinski for our own Langston app!

Thank you Trey Gowdy for visiting with some of our students today and answering their questions about C-span.

Friday Memo October 31, 2014

October 31st, 2014

No School on Tuesday, November 4th. It is Election Day.

Ornaments for Orphans…We have a Christmas tree in the lobby decorated with handmade ornaments and necklaces. All the decorations are for sale with proceeds going to orphan children living in Africa. Ornaments are $10.00 each and necklaces are $20.00 each.

Thank you to everyone who came to the airport on Tuesday evening to welcome home the Honor Flight veterans. Stop by the lobby to watch the dvd Ms. Cannon made of her trip.

Message From The Langston Foundation:

What a great way to celebrate Langston’s 10th Anniversary than with a Brick Paver inscribed with your student(s) name, family name, in honor of, or dedicated to, at the front entrance of our school. Orders forms are available at Brick Paver Project link. Order by December 15th to have your paver professionally engraved in January.

Please join/support our Run4Life team, LANGSTON LOVES LISA, to honor our school’s founder and lung/breast cancer survivor, Lisa Stevens, on November 8!

Students will receive 3 community service hours.

Follow the link in today’s email to visit your team web page.

We will be doing a toy drive for Toys for Tots again this year. Stay tuned for more information.

The deadline to accept applications for the lottery is Monday at 4:00 pm.

Friday Memo October 24, 2014

October 24th, 2014

Honor Flight…There is another Honor Flight on Tuesday, October 28!!! Please come to GSP around 7:30 that evening to welcome home our heroes from WWII and Korea. For more information on Honor Flight go to Students will earn community service hours for participating.

Halloween Bash…We still need small water bottles, small bags of chips and individually wrapped candy for our Halloween Bash. Bring them to the front office please. The party is October 31st, 4-6pm. We could use some decorations also. Bring them in on Friday, the 31st, and you can take them home that night after the party. Parents, earn one hour of service for every $10.00 spent.

Ornaments for Orphans…We have a Christmas tree in the lobby decorated with handmade ornaments and necklaces. All the decorations are for sale with proceeds going to orphan children living in Africa. Ornaments are $10.00 each and necklaces are $20.00 each. Students visited with this organization during our non-profit fair.

The Langston Charter Speech and Debate Team had an outstanding day Saturday at the Bob Jones Debate Tournament! We had the largest team at the competition, and everyone represented our school incredibly well. I was so proud of every single competitor. We had more novices than veterans, and simply stepping up and competing was a huge step.

Congratulations to everyone on the team, and congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the Bob Jones tournament:

In Impromptu:
First Place – Manas Ranganathan
Second Place – Andrea Chavez
Third Place – Madhav Bhat
Fourth Place – Dhiren Jashnani
Fifth Place – Steitler Buisch
Sixth Place – Haseeba Karim

In Public Forum Debate
First Place – Emily Pyle and Isabel Patton
Third Place – Anna McGowan and Charlotte Capers Snoad

In Extemporaneous Speaking
First Place – Dhiren Jashnani
Second Place – Madhav Bhat
Sixth Place – Tejasvi Joshi

In Oral Interpretation
Third Place – Effie Ludke
Fifth Place – Steitler Buisch
Sixth Place – Maddie Buisch

Congratulations to everyone on the team!

Carolina One Volleyball is offering a Free Boys volleyball clinic, open to any boys ages 18 and younger interested in learning about volleyball. This clinic will be led by the Erskine Men’s Volleyball Team on Sunday, October 26, 6-8pm at The Next Level Sports Academy, 130 Arrowhead Ct., Greenville, SC 29605. Contact Kim Christman to register,

Community Service Day is Friday, October 24th. All of our students and teachers will be volunteering throughout our community. Please send photos and write-ups regarding Community Service Day to our Public Relations Coordinator, Lora Pfohl @

Boys’ Soccer (article submitted by Coach Shearer)
Congratulations to the 2014 Langston Boys’ Soccer Team!! The Chargers finished off a historic season by bringing home the program’s FIRST Championship! After playing on short notice against Spartanburg Day to determine tournament seeding and defeating their opponent, Langston took on Bob Jones in the Semi Final game and beat the long- time nemesis 2-1 through strong play in the back and a willingness by players to step up and fill roles that they were not comfortable with or used to. In the Championship game, the Chargers gave Hampton Park a taste of their own medicine by staring down the historic rival and outplaying, outhustling and overpowering them for a 2-0 victory. The scoring came from Krys Downey-Simms who delivered the first blow in the second half of a tense, hard fought game. Colton Rouse delivered the final hammer blow with time running out on a thrilling high lofted goal from his dangerous left side to give YOUR Chargers a well-deserved Championship Title. This will always belong to our school, our program and our players. Congratulations and enjoy!

Please join me in congratulating the following students who make up our 2014-2014 Charger Basketball rosters:
Lady Chargers – Silvana Cuervo, Caroline Earle, Hannah Fugate, Jaeyden Hill-Mims, Justice Kelly, Ashley Kessinger, Sydney Langley, Emily Mages, Vena Mohanassoundaram, Caroline Roller, Sarah Stein, Amy Thomson, Carrington Williams, Caitlin Woodard, Hannah Young.
Chargers – Luke Calvert, Graysen Dotson, Raleigh Dotson, Javon Douglas, Kai Dowden, Grant Dowis, CJ Farr, Cole Holliday, Sam Johns, Caden Nelson, Jonathan Richey, Krys Downey-Simms, Ian Thomson, Jacob Walker

Friday Memo October 17, 2014

October 15th, 2014

No School on Thursday or Friday.

Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team on winning the Championship!!!

Community Service Opportunity…There is an Honor Flight Pre Flight Orientation Meeting on Saturday, the 18th, at Hampton Park Baptist Church. The church is located at 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC. Students will be helping to seat veterans and will be serving coffee and water. If you would like to help please be at the church by 2:30pm. The meeting will be over at 5:00pm.

Washington DC Trip…If you are going on the DC trip you must be at Langston by 4:30 Tuesday morning. The bus will pull out at 5:00am. Don’t forget to pack your collared uniform shirt (navy) and your DC T shirt.

The last Application Orientation Meeting will be on Thursday, October 23rd, at 7:00pm at Woodruff Road Christian Church. Any parent with a rising 6th grader that is applying to Langston must have attended one of the 3 meetings.

Community Service Day is Friday, October 24th. All students will be out in our community performing community service. Remember to take lots of pictures.

Picture Orders are due on Monday.

Halloween Bash…We still need individual size bags of chips, small water bottles, and candy for our Halloween Bash on the 31st. Every $10.00 spent earns one hour of service.

Friday Memo October 10, 2014

October 10th, 2014

The Library Committee needs help every other Monday morning before school. For more information or to sign up please contact De McKinley at

Library Fundraiser…Please go to and use code A311 to donate money to the Abel Library. Our goal is $3000.00 raised by October 31st. We are one-third of the way there. Help us meet our goal. A $20.00 donation will earn parents 2 service hours.

Book Fair…Thanks to Tracey Hoffert and her crew for our great book fair. Thanks to all who came out for Family Night.

Application Orientation Meeting…Our next meeting is Saturday, October 11th, at 4:00pm. You must attend one meeting if you would like your child’s name to be included in the lottery.

Non Profit Fair…Kelly Weekes and her team did a great job on our fair. This year we had 22 nonprofit organizations participate. Ask your student to tell you about the ones they spoke with.

High School Information Night…Monday, October 13th we will have representatives from several high schools available to answer questions about their school. We will begin at 6:00pm in the gym.

Student News- Has your student become an eagle scout? Won 1st place at a state swimming competition? Coordinated a fundraiser for the homeless? Well, we want to hear about it! Send your student news to our PR Manager, Lora Pfohl at to be shared with our local newspapers. A great media release always includes a picture of the child in action or holding their medal, trophy, etc., so please send a picture that captures the moment with the details of their accomplishment.

The National Theatre for Children visited Langston last week and performed a show called The Resource Raiders, which teaches students about Natural Resources. Students were given a card with information on how to receive a free Energy Efficiency Kit. With every kit requested, our school is entered into a drawing to win $10,000. Parents can earn 1 parent volunteer hour for entering.

Sports News
Tryouts will be held next Monday through Wednesday, October 13-15.
Girls – MONDAY at Langston Gym – 3:30-5:00, TUESDAY at Rocky Creek – 6:00-7:30, WEDNESDAY at Langston Gym – 3:30-4:30
Boys – MONDAY at Langston Gym, 6th graders 6:00-7:00, 7th and 8th graders 7:00-9:00, TUEADAY at Rocky Creek – 7:30-9:00, WEDNEADAY at Advent United Methodist Church – 7:00-9:00.

Cross Country
The inaugural season for Cross Country in the Carolina Middle School Conference came to a close this week with the CMSC Championships. The meet was held at St. Joseph High School’s course in Greenville, with the Langston boys and girls participating. The girls’ team finished first, capping off a great season. Sarah Stein finished first overall, and was awarded All-Conference honors. Caroline Earle finished third overall and was also selected to the All-Conference team. The boys’ team placed second, barely behind Mt. Zion Christian School. For their efforts, Riley Thome, John Arndt, and Blake Sorrell were awarded All-Conference honors. Apart from an optional trail run in October, the cross country season is over for this year. With several key runners moving on to high school next year, the team will be looking for runners to fill some key roles next season. Look for more information on cross country towards the end of the year. It takes a lot of time and effort to start a new team, thank you to our coach, Steve Calvert, for volunteering your time, as well as Bordin McKowen for being our assistant coach.

Your Langston Chargers finished their regular season with a 2-1 loss to perennial rival Hampton Park. The final scoreboard indicated a loss but the game itself was far from it. The Chargers outplayed their opponent in every aspect of the game leaving Hampton Park breathless and looking for a way out. Ultimately, the final whistle blew and the team was left with the losing tally but hungry for more. On Thursday the first round of the Conference Tournament began with a match against Spartanburg Day. This team has proven to be a bitter rival and each game is a pitched battle. The game was dictated by the stingy play of the Four Horsemen in the defensive backfield leaving the opponent little opportunity to strike and score. This, combined with timely and controlling midfield play by Colton Rouse, proved to be more than the Griffins could overcome. The Chargers broke through on three occasions and put away their opponent to secure their spot in the Semi Final game against Bob Jones on Thursday, October 9 at 4 o’clock at Shannon Forest. Hope to see you there to cheer on YOUR Langston Chargers soccer team.
Congratulations to Blake Latta for being named to the CMSC All Conference team.

The Lady Chargers ended their season on Thursday with a loss to Spartanburg Day School in the first round of the CMSC Tournament. The girls have struggled with some difficult losses throughout the season, but have really come together as a team. This has been a rebuilding year and we look forward to coming back strong next year. Special thanks to Stephanie Ward and her 4 years of coaching our volleyball team. Also, thanks go out to our Assistant Coaches, Alesha Oppatt and Ryan Hammond.
Congratulations to McKenzie Hartley for being named to the CMSC All Conference team.

Fall Break…We will not have school next Thursday or Friday. Enjoy the break.