Friday Memo September 26, 2014

September 26th, 2014

Application Orientation Meeting…Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 30th, at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at Woodruff Road Christian Church, which is located at the end of our driveway. Current parents, if you have a 5th grader that would like to attend Langston next year you must attend one of the three Application Orientation Meetings.

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

Library Fundraiser…Please go to www.funds4books.com and use code A311 to donate money to the Abel Library. Our goal is $3000.00 raised by October 31st.

Sports News from June Deas…

Cross Country
The Langston Cross Country team had a strong outing this week, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams winning the meet at Mt. Zion Christian School. This is the second win for the girls, and first win for the boy’s team (who placed second in their previous meet). Both teams will compete in the conference championships on Monday at St. Joseph’s course in Greenville.

Soccer
Your Langston Chargers defeated longtime rival Bob Jones on Tuesday ending a program-long drought of losses to the formidable team. The Chargers capped impressive domination of play by capitalizing on two opportunities for goals from Hudson Lewis and James Cotty. This was one of the best displays of complete team work that this program has seen. A sign of great things to come. The Charges take on defending Champion MRCA today at home at Pittman Park at 4:00. Come cheer on YOUR Langston Chargers.

Volleyball
The Chargers had a tough week this week on the road against Easley Home School and Our Lady of the Rosary suffering 2 losses. At Our Lady of the Rosary they forced a 3rd game, but couldn’t come out on top. The Chargers have their last regular season game on Monday and then look forward to the Conference Tournament the week of October 6.
Community Service Day…October 24 is our Annual Community Service Day.

YEARBOOK 2015 IS ON SALE NOW!

Langston’s yearbook staff is already working hard to create a high-quality yearbook that will preserve your child’s middle school memories in a 135 page, full color yearbook!

Our 2015 yearbook will be extra special this year, focusing on Langston’s 10th anniversary. We plan to include several special dedications, honoring those who have worked tirelessly these past 10 years to make Langston an incredible school.

ORDER NOW!

You may order your yearbook ONLINE ONLY at www.jostens.com
Please note: ONLY ONLINE ORDERS ARE VALID. You must order directly through Jostens, not the school.
Yearbooks are $45 until Jan. 1st when the price increases to $50.

Every year, we have disappointed students and parents who missed out on the opportunity to order a yearbook.
PLEASE ORDER EARLY to avoid disappointment in May!
Make sure you receive an electronic receipt from Jostens to confirm your order. Print or save this receipt.

Any billing issues must be resolved with Jostens. Langston does not assume any responsibility for the online ordering process. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you in advance for your kind support of our 2015 yearbook!

Please direct any questions to Miss Hamilton: rhamilton@langstoncharter.org

BUY YOUR 2015 YEARBOOK TODAY!

Sincerely,
Langston Yearbook Staff
Rachel Hamilton
English Teacher, Yearbook Adviser
Langston Middle

http://www.langstoncharter.org

https://sites.google.com/site/rhami516/home

1950 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 286-9700

Please check the website calendar often.
Refer to the directory to review attendance policies.

Friday Memo September 19, 2014

September 19th, 2014

Brashier’s Open House for Prospective Students will be held on Thursday, Sept 25th at 6:30 pm in Brashier’s gym at 1830 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville. Mr. Sinclair begins the program, providing an overview of the school, followed by time for questions and answers. Students and families are then invited to tour the school.

Brashier’s Open Enrollment will be from Oct. 1st through Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications will be available on Brashier’s website (www.brashiermiddlecollege.org/) beginning Sept. 25th. Applications for the 2015-2016 School Year Lottery will be accepted Oct 1st through Oct 31st. Applications may be dropped off, mailed, faxed or emailed to the school.

STEVI B’S SPIRIT NIGHT is Thursday, September 25. Parents earn one volunteer hour for attending. Students receive FREE ICE CREAM by bringing in their Stevi B’s receipts. Be sure to encourage other family members and friends to participate as Langston earns 20% of our sales that night.

Parents, please read over the attendance section of the Langston Student Directory. If you did not purchase a directory, the same information may be found in the student handbook on our website.

Carline…It is important to follow the directions of the faculty and staff in both morning and afternoon carline. Our number one priority is safety. If everyone pays attention and follows directions the line will move quickly.

Application Orientation Meeting…Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 30th, at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at Woodruff Road Christian Church, which is located at the end of our driveway. Current parents, if you have a 5th grader that would like to attend Langston next year you must attend one of the three Application Orientation Meetings.

October is now open to order lunches through www.orderlunches.com.

Thanks to the parents and grandparents that bring snacks on Wednesday.

Friday Memo September 12, 2014

September 12th, 2014

Brashier’s Open House for Prospective Students will be held on Thursday, Sept 25th at 6:30 pm in Brashier’s gym at 1830 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville. Mr. Sinclair begins the program, providing an overview of the school, followed by time for questions and answers. Students and families are then invited to tour the school.

The Library is in need of morning volunteer help. We need volunteers every other Monday and Wednesday mornings (7:45ish – 8:30). It’s a great way to earn your volunteer hours! If interested, please contact De McKinley (dmckinleybookkeeper@gmail.com).

Brashier’s Open Enrollment will be from Oct. 1st through Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications will be available on Brashier’s website (www.brashiermiddlecollege.org/) beginning Sept. 25th. Applications for the 2015-2016 School Year Lottery will be accepted Oct 1st through Oct 31st. Applications may be dropped off, mailed, faxed or emailed to the school.

Athletic News
Cross Country – article submitted by June Deas
Congratulations to Langston’s 2014 Cross Country Team! Mt. Zion was host to the inaugural Cross Country season and The Charges’ hard work really paid off. The boys finished 2nd and the girls 1st overall! I am so proud of all the students for the effort they have put in during practices, extra runs on their own, and of course at the meet on Tuesday. Of course I was impressed by their running, but aside from that, I am so proud of the way our students showed enormous sportsmanship by not only cheering on their own teammates, but encouraging runners from other teams. Watching our boys run in with the last runner during the boy’s race was a great reflection of our students and Langston, as we encourage our young people to be leaders in their community and compassionate toward others. Thank you to Steve Calvert for your leadership in shaping this team!

Soccer – article submitted by Coach Shaun Shearer
Your Langston Chargers defended their first home field game by defeating Spartanburg Prep 6-0. Goals came from all sides as Langston’s younger players showed what the future will hold for our program. On Thursday, the Chargers were defeated by Bob Jones Academy by a score of 4-1. The team made great strides against an adversary that has historically beaten them by large margins. The game was highlighted by balanced play that dominated the Bob Jones squad and a dazzling bicycle kick score by Krys Downey-Simms from an aerial cross off of a corner kick by Gavin Shearer. Unfortunately, Bob Jones was able to capitalize on a few more chances and gave the Chargers the loss. The Chargers are growing stronger by the match. Come support your team next week at Rocky Creek as we take on Shannon Forest on Monday, and on Thursday at Rocky Creek when we face Spartanburg Day. Both games are free to students and begin at 4:00.

This week our team played Easley Home School at home, it was a close game, but we were defeated 2-0. The scores were 21-25 and 20-25. Thank you to all the students who came out to cheer us on! On Thursday, we faced Bob Jones Academy, last year’s Champions. It was a tough game, we were again defeated by 2-0. The scores were 14-25 and 17-25. Our players played their best and they are getting more confident as a team. Next week will be Volleyball – article submitted by Michelle Rumple
a full week of volleyball with a game on Monday at Shannon Forest, Thursday at Spartanburg Prep, and Friday will be our last home game at Rocky Creek at 4:00.

Progress Reports will go home on Thursday.

Friday Memo September 5, 2014

September 5th, 2014

From Julianna Purcell…
Glee Club begins Thursday, Sept. 18th, after school until 4:30. Any student who loves to sing is welcome – no audition necessary!! We are starting our fifth year of Glee Club and are happy to spread the joy of music around our community. We perform at the school’s Book Fairs and other functions, as well as visit local retirement communities.
We are a beginner show-choir, singing current pop songs, as well as classic rock & Broadway with easy choreography so everyone can participate. Please have your singer bring the Club Permission Form and Medical Form along with $20 semester dues (checks made out to LCMS) to our first meeting. Pickup will be at Langston’s main entrance at 4:30. If you have any questions, please email Glee Club Director, Julianna Purcell at julpurcell@gmail.com or call/text 906-6063.

Attendance…When a student returns to school after an absence they should have a note-either from the doctor or a parent. Being out of town is not an excused absence. Tardies are not excused unless accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Fall Pictures…Boys will have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 9th, and girls will have their picture taken on Wednesday, September 10th.

Open House is on Thursday, September 11th at 6:00pm. Parents will walk their student’s schedule and meet their student’s teachers.

Athletic News from June Deas…
Cross Country
We are proud to announce that Langston’s Cross Country team will participate in their first meet next Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 at Mt Zion Christian School. The school is located at 724 Garlington Road, Greenville 29615. Please come out to cheer on the Chargers!

Volleyball
The Chargers hosted Mitchell Road Christian Academy on Tuesday, Sept 2. The first game had several lead changes and was tied 5 times, but unfortunately the Chargers came up short and lost 22-25. The second game had the same outcome with the Chargers losing 15-25. Our next game is today at Rocky Creek Baptist Church at 4:00. We’d love to fill the stands, students and parents admitted for free!

Soccer (article submitted by Coach Shaun Shearer)
Great things are happening with YOUR Langston Chargers boys’ soccer team. After going to the Championship at the Soccer Jamboree and losing in a tough contest to finish the best in school history, the team has gone on to collect two solid away game wins. The Chargers defeated a growing Camperdown Academy team 9-0 with 8 goals being scored by 8 different players. A true display of team effort. Next up was a familiar rival in Spartanburg Day. Langston used their hustle to the ball and effective passing to net a 3-0 victory. This was bolstered by strong leadership from our back line to set the tone of the game with a stingy performance that gave us the opportunity to move the ball forward and score. Finally, the team lost a scrappy game to another conference rival in Mitchell Road Christian Academy 1-0. MRCA was motivated by being handed a loss by the Chargers early in the season at the Soccer Jamboree. This battle will go back and forth which will make for the promise of future exciting match ups. A fantastic collective effort and the promise of great things to come from YOUR Langston Chargers. Next week the Chargers have their first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 at Pittman Park. Plan to be there!

Mauldin Middle School Baseball
If you are zoned for Mauldin Middle School and are interested in trying out for baseball, there is meeting on September 9 at 6:00pm at the Mauldin Middle baseball field. This meeting is for players and at least one parent. Any questions, please email Stewart Mathis, Athletic Director, at smathis@greenville.k12.sc.us.

From Mr. Leeke…
We are excited to announce that we will be having at least one Lego Robotics team this year. There is a possibility that we would have 2 teams if we can get firm commitments from other coaches by this Monday’s Mandatory meeting.

Here are some important items if you are interested in joining the Lego Team.
• We are setting a maximum of 8 students per team
• Depending on the number of responses – there will be “tryouts” to join
• The expected cost for each team member is around $175.00
• This covers the Lego set, tournament registrations, t-shirts and other odds and ends.
• This is non-refundable as the majority of it will go towards the team registration, New Team NXT Kit, and Challenge set.

The following events are Mandatory:
• Parent Meeting on this Monday, September 8th from 7:30pm to 8:15pm at Langston in Mr. Leeke’s room
• This is where you sign up for try outs. * If a parent doesn’t come to the Monday meeting, your child may not try out for a team.
• Tryouts are on Tuesday, September 9th from 3:30 to 4:45pm and Thursday, September 11th from 3:30 to 4:45 pm at Langston in multiple rooms.

Friday Memo August 29, 2014

August 29th, 2014

No School on Monday.

Tardies…After 5 unexcused tardies students will be given lunch detention.

Carline…Starting on Monday, August 25, after 5 late pickups in carline students will be given lunch detention. Pick your students up by 4:00pm Monday through Thursday and by 2:15 on Friday.

Honor Flight Golf Tournament…There is still time to register a team or sponsor a hole. An email went out last week with all the information. If you have any questions call Mrs. Myers at 286.9700.

Our Honor Flight Culver’s Custard Fundraiser was a great success. Thanks to all who bought custard and to those who helped.

Please check our website calendar often so you can stay up to date with all that is happening at Langston. http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html

Friday Memo August 22, 2014

August 22nd, 2014

Parents:
As we get the new school year off to a smooth start, we have some fantastic statistics on the previous school year’s PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing results to share. This performance reflects the faculty’s commitment to student achievement, a productive academic environment supported at school and at home, and students who work hard to excel. We are so proud of Langston students’ achievements! Individual PASS score reports will be sent home with students in the next week.

Mathematics:
95.71% scored MET or EXEMPLARY. 64.71% scored EXEMPLARY.
Science:
95.5% scored MET or EXEMPLARY. 59.86% scored EXEMPLARY.
Writing:
97.1% scored MET or EXEMPLARY. 77.7% scored EXEMPLARY.
English:
95.48% scored MET or EXEMPLARY. 69.91% scored EXEMPLARY.
Social Studies:
93.43% scored MET or EXEMPLARY. 68.1% scored EXEMPLARY.

Greg Abel
Principal

All the forms that were emailed home over the summer must be filled out and returned to school on Monday.

7th Grade Parents…If you have not done so yet, please send in an updated immunization form showing your child has had a Tdap vaccination on or after their 7th birthday. The only approved form is the DHEC 2740. We cannot accept a receipt from the doctor, a note from the doctor, or anything other than the DHEC 2740 form. If we do not have the proper form showing the required immunizations by September 2nd, your child will not be allowed to attend school.

Tardies…After 5 unexcused tardies students will be given lunch detention.

Carline…Starting on Monday, August 25, after 5 late pickups in carline students will be given lunch detention. Pick your students up by 4:00pm Monday through Thursday and by 2:15 on Friday.

Honor Flight Golf Tournament…There is still time to register a team or sponsor a hole. An email went out on Thursday with information and forms.

Honor Flight Culver’s Custard Fundraiser…On Friday, August 29th, we will be selling Culver’s Custard during both lunches. For $3.00 students will get a dish of custard and all the toppings they want. Proceeds will benefit the Honor Flight Upstate organization. (www.honorflightupstatesc.com) Parents, you can earn 1 service hour if you send in toppings for our fundraiser.

Friday Morning Biscuits…Starting Friday, August 29th, we will be selling biscuits during morning car line. They will be $3.00 each. Please try to have exact change. Students, please eat your biscuits outside, or put them in your book bag for lunch.

Yogurt Mountain Spirit Night is Tuesday, August 26 from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Please support Langston’s first Spirit Night as it is a great (and yummy) way to raise money for Langston. We receive 20% of our sales for the night, so please be sure to tell the cashier you are there for Langston’s Spirit Night. And be sure to encourage other family members and friends to participate. Parents earn one volunteer hour just by attending Spirit Night. Come on out and show your LANGSTON SPIRIT!!

A Note From The Langston Foundation:

I would like to thank all those parents who have initiated a monthly or annual donation during this first month back to school! It is so impressive to see the level of support from our parents, year after year and child after child. Your contribution will help to offset the funding shortfall that charter schools experience as compared to other public middle schools. It also helps us make necessary improvements like paving our gravel parking lot, sodding a playing field, replacing old picnic tables, and repurposing the school kitchen for our Take Out Lunch program.

Your help is making all the difference and I encourage all parents to do what you can to help make this the Langston Foundation’s BEST year ever as the school celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Alison Thompson
Director of Development

OFFICE CLOSED until July 14

June 27th, 2014

The LCMS office will reopen on Monday July 14th.

June 2nd, 2014

Friday is our Used Uniform Sale. On Wednesday and Thursday of next week students are allowed to wear Bermuda length shorts, such as cargo or capris. Athletic shorts are NOT allowed. Langston t shirts may be worn. Shoes should be uniform shoes.

We will be collecting the supply fee and the technology fee for school year 2014-2015 at the Used Uniform sale. The total for both is $50.00.

Monday and Tuesday are full school days, from 8:30am until 3:15pm. Wednesday and Thursday are half days, 8:30am until noon. Students do not need to come to school on Friday, unless they have an exam to makeup.

Medicine…Please pick up any medicine that your child has in the health room by the last day of school.

Apex Adventure Camp…Hello LCMS parents, if you’ve been meaning to sign up for APEX Adventures Day Camp program, now is the time! We’ve got a summer full of adventure activity planned each day for guys and gals of any ability level, including hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. Check out www.apexadventurecamp.com and reserve a spot for your middle school guy or gal today! If you bring a friend from outside LCMS, get $20.00 off for a four day session! We still have open spots so sign up today! Contact Matt Griffin at 864-630-1504 or by email at apexcamps@gmail.com.

Matt Griffin

Lunch…We will not have lunch vendors in next week. We will only be selling snacks.

Mrs. Melcher’s Science Camp and Mr. Shade’s Technology Camp still have a few openings.

Honor Flight…Our fundraiser last Friday raised $800.00 for Honor Flight. Thanks to all the students that bought Culver’s Custard and to all the parents that donated toppings and time.

Thanks to all you helped with the Buy One Get One Book Fair this week.

Please continue to visit the website calendar and read your emails from Langston. We work hard to keep everyone informed and up to date on what is happening at LCMS.

Friday Memo May 23, 2014

May 23rd, 2014

Memorial Day…No school Monday. Please continue to check the website calendar often, as there is a lot going on as the year comes to a close.

http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html

Teacher Appreciation Week…Thank you to all of our parents that helped with teacher appreciation week. We have enjoyed all of the treats, the lunch and the smoothies.

Volunteer Opportunity…Honor Flight Upstate SC has been given a booth at Freedom Weekend Aloft. If you can help to work it on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, at any time during the hours of the festival, they could use your help. Just show up and keep track of your hours. You can use the hours for this year or next school year.

Apex Adventure Camp…Hello LCMS parents, if you’ve been meaning to sign up for APEX Adventures Day Camp program, now is the time! We’ve got a summer full of adventure activity planned each day for guys and gals of any ability level, including hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. Check out www.apexadventurecamp.com and reserve a spot for your middle school guy or gal today! If you bring a friend from outside LCMS, get $20.00 off for a four day session! We still have open spots so sign up today! Contact Matt Griffin at 864-630-1504 or by email at apexcamps@gmail.com.

Matt Griffin

Summer Camp information is still on the website. Enroll soon before your session of choice is filled. http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/summer-camps.html

Medicine needs to be picked up from the health room before the end of the school year please.

Used Uniform Sales…All of the information on the sale has been emailed home several times. Dates and times for drop off are on the calendar.

Reminder that Volunteer Appreciation Day will be on Wednesday, May 28, during both lunches. Please join us for dessert during the boy’s lunch from 11:35-12:05, or girl’s lunch from 12:40-1:10.

Athletic News from June Deas
Thank you to everyone who attended the Sports Banquet. Over 200 Langston students, parents and faculty were there to celebrate the Langston Chargers! Please join me in congratulating the following students who received awards:
Boys’ Soccer – MVP – Micah Shearer, Coach’s Award – William Erkens, Most Improved- Matthew Harper, Academic – Grayson Martin
Volleyball – MVP – Bailey Otto, Coach’s Award – Josie Hollingsworth, Most Improved – Blakey Roth, Academic – Josie Hollingsworth
Girls’ Basketball – MVP – Sam Woodard, Coach’s Award – Jennings Bryson, Most Improved – Caroline Earle, Academic – Amy Thomson
Boys’ Basketball – MVP – Jacob Deas, Coach’s Award – Cooper Guest, Most Improved – Grant Dowis, Academic – Cameron Nelson
6th Grade Team – MVP – Raleigh Dotson, Coach’s Award – Mason Montgomery, Most Improved – Robert Moore, Academic – Matson Montilla
Girls’ Soccer – MVP – Laurel Kirk, Coach’s Award – Gracie Peck, Most Improved – Austyn Feigenbaum, Academic – Landry Davis
Golf – MVP – Aaron Schickler, Coach’s Award – Jacob Richardson, Most Improved – John Hunter, Academic – Aaron Schickler

Honor Flight…Our fundraiser went extremely well today. I’ll have the grand total of money raised on Monday. Thanks to all the parents who helped and brought in toppings, and thanks to all the students that bought Culver’s custard.

Friday Memo May 16, 2014

May 16th, 2014

Spirit Week was very successful. The students and teachers had a great time today, and we raised over $6000.00 this week for our charities, the YMCA and the Greenville Children’s Hospital.

The Langston library will be closing on May 22nd. Please look around the house, in cars and in backpacks for library books so that they can be returned. Any books not returned will have to be paid for. We are missing some volumes of brand new titles and would really appreciate having them back for others to enjoy. Thank you for a great year!

Culver’s Ice Cream Day…On Friday, May 23rd, we will be selling ice cream at lunch time. For $3.00 students can buy a dish of Culver’s custard, and then load it up with all the toppings they want. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to Honor Flight. www.honorflightupstatesc.com. Parents who need last minute service hours may send in ice cream toppings for one hour of service.

Honor Flight Gala…Honor Flight is hosting a gala on Tuesday, May 20th, at the Upstate History Museum from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Bett White at 630-1714.

To the Langston Community,

Thank you for all of the help you provided with the recent peanut butter and jelly drive I organized on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. I stocked the shelves on Community service day with 139 jars of peanut butter and 116 jars of jelly. The organization is so grateful for your support as they had no jelly and just a few jars of peanut butter to distribute to those in need. Now, they have stock that will help carry them through the summer months. So, I want to thank YOU, the Langston Community, for donating to this very worthy cause.

Sincerely,
Jake Weber

From Mr. Griffin…It’s almost summer!! Save your spot with APEX Adventure Day Camp today….

Make sure to sign up for APEX Adventures Outdoor Day Camp with Mr. Griffin for four days of hiking, mountain biking, paddle-boarding, whitewater rafting, and more!
– No experience necessary
– All trips are geared for guys and gals from ages 11-15
– Available to friends and family from outside LCMS
– All day camp sessions run Monday through Thursday, 8:00am -6:00pm
– we meet at LCMS each morning and return to the LCMS Parking lot each evening.
– Lunch, transportation, and professional guide service and a good time is provided each day.
– trips are limited to 10 campers per day so save your seat soon!
– parents get a free day and kids get an awesome experience.

*LCMS Special: If you get a friend or family member from outside LCMS who has never done APEX to sign up for a 4-day session, get $20.00 off the price of your week!

Find out more at www.apexadventurecamp.com or email Matt Griffin at apexcamps@gmail.com.
Facebook: APEX Adventures.

Check out http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/summer-camps.html for more summer camp information.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, End of Course Exams for Algebra 1 and English 1 Honors, Sports Banquet, Yearbook Day, and Culver’s Ice Cream Day.

Please refer to Kelly Weekes’ email and the Langston website calendar about our upcoming events. The end of the year is a busy time!!