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!!

Friday Memo May 9, 2014

May 8th, 2014

Butterfly Garden…Our butterfly garden looks beautiful. Thanks Tracey Zacharias for working so hard on our garden.

Summer Camps…If you would like to enroll your student in one of our many summer camps go to http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/summer-camps.html to see what is available.

Calendar…Several things are on our calendar between now and the end of school. http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html

Golf Tournament…Our first Golf Tournament was a huge success. If you didn’t play this year, you will want to make plans to play next year. Thanks to Evie Buisch and Alison Thompson for all of their hard work.

Girls’ Soccer
Submitted by Coach Amy Coleman
Last week saw the end of the Lady Chargers soccer season. It was the CMSC Play-offs. In a very well-matched, hard fought game on Thursday, our girls came up one goal short, falling to near-by rivals, Shannon Forest. On Friday, the girls played for third place in the tournament. Dominating that game from start to finish, the end score was 2-0. 8th grade All-Conference standout, Izabella Kamienieki knocked in both goals!! Congratulations to the Girls, their Families, Mrs. Deas and the staff of Langston !! Our Girls continued the tradition of making us proud !!

Golf
Submitted by Coach Randy Schickler
The Langston Golf team proudly brought home the 3rd place trophy from Monday’s tournament at Willow Creek! Jacob Richardson played consistently well all day and had a birdie on the difficult 18th hole finishing with an 88! Aaron Schickler got off to a rough start, then rallied on his second nine to score his 90. Elliott Seay stepped in as a last minute replacement and he played very well. He finished with the team’s third best score with a 99. The remaining players Evan Motter, Jackson Hutsell, and Harrison Freeman also contributed to the fantastic team finish. Special thank you to the entire golf team and parents for an amazing season!

Please join me in congratulating Jacob Richardson and Aaron Schickler for being named to the CMSC All-Conference Team!

Volleyball
Volleyball tryouts will be held May 12, 13, and 15 in our gym. Please contact Stephanie Ward with any questions (dswi@yahoo.com). An informational meeting was held this week regarding tryouts. Students should see Mrs. Deas if they were unable to attend.
Monday, May 12 – 6:00-7:30 optional run through of drills (open gym) Tuesday, May 13 – 6:00-8:00 (closed gym) Thursday, May 15 – 6:00-8:00 (closed gym)

Boys’ Soccer
Boy’s Tryouts will be held May 16 from 6:00-8:00 and May 17 from 9:00-11:00 at Pittman Park (420 Blacks Road, Greenville 29615). An informational meeting was held this week regarding tryouts. Students should see Mrs. Deas if they were unable to attend. Please contact Shaun Shearer with any questions (shaun.shearer@charter.net).

Cross Country
The CMSC Conference will begin Cross Country in the fall. There will be 3 meets. Anyone interested in coaching our Cross Country team please contact June Deas at jdeas@langstoncharter.org.

Friday Memo, May 1, 2014

May 1st, 2014

PASS Testing is next week…Please have your student here on time with several sharpened pencils on hand.

Summer Camps…Our Summer Camps are filling up quickly. Please go to http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/summer-camps.html to see what we are offering this year.

Washington DC… 7th graders, if you haven’t paid your second deposit of $200.00 please bring that to the front office first thing Monday morning.

Calendar…Please check the calendar often. There are several things listed between now and the end of the year.

The Spring Fling and the Meet and Greet were both a big success. Thanks to all of our parents that helped with those events.

Wednesday’s Faculty Meetings…Thank you parents for providing so many treats and drinks for the teachers to enjoy on Wednesday afternoons.

Sports News from June Deas…

Girls’ Soccer
Lady Chargers Roll On !! The girls came up with a BIG win in their first play-off game on Monday. Our strong LCMS overwhelmed the girls of Spartanburg Prep by a soccer of 5-1!! Laney Weston knocked in two goals, Gracie Peck found the back of the net for two goals and Izabella Kamienieki collected another goal. The defense we have come to know and love stayed strong and held the SP team to their half most of the game. Semi-final game is today against Shannon Forest at Mitchell Road Christian Academy at 5:30. Go Chargers!

Volleyball
Volleyball tryouts will be held May 12, 13, and 15 in our gym. Please contact Stephanie Ward with any questions (dswi@yahoo.com).
Monday, May 12 – 6:00-7:30 optional run through of drills (open gym) Tuesday, May 13 – 6:00-8:00 (closed gym) Thursday, May 15 – 6:00-8:00 (closed gym)

Boys’ Soccer
Boy’s Tryouts will be held May 16 from 6:00-8:00 and May 17 from 9:00-11:00 at Pittman Park (420 Blacks Road, Greenville 29615). Please contact Shaun Shearer with any questions (shaun.shearer@charter.net).

Cross Country
The CMSC Conference will begin Cross Country in the fall. There will be 3 meets. Anyone interested in coaching our Cross Country team please contact June Deas at jdeas@langstoncharter.org.

Palmetto Gold Award!

April 25th, 2014

Langston received the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance (2013-14) from the State Department of Education and the Education Oversight Committee.

We also received the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Gap. This award is given in recognition of academic improvement within traditionally under-performing groups of students.

Congratulations to the students and teachers for all of the hard work that resulted in these awards!

Friday Memo April 25, 2014

April 25th, 2014

Model UN 2014 Awards and Honors
Congratulations to these Langston students on their great work at Model Un.

Individual Awards:
These girls were chosen to serve in the following positions for their leadership abilities…
Rachel Begley – Clerk
Charlie Forstein, CC Snoad, & Anna McGowan – Presiding Officer
Outstanding Statesman Award – Haseeba Karim & Zoe Feser
Country Awards (Group Awards)
Representing Burundi, their proposal advanced to Plenary – CC Snoad, Alana Atkins, Emily Smith (7th grade), Emily Weeks, & Marlee McCutchen
Outstanding Native Attire at Festival of Nations, representing Denmark – Sydney Keffer & Nora Beth Norton
Outstanding Booth at Festival of Nations, representing Spain – Haseeba Karim & Emily Pyle
Outstanding Resolution, representing Burundi – CC Snoad, Alana Atkins, Emily Smith (7th grade), Emily Weeks, & Marlee McCutchen
Outstanding Resolution, representing Togo – Blake Sorrell, Alejandro Escobar, & Jeffery Yowe
Outstanding Resolution, representing Namibia – Anna McGowan 8 Dallia Clark

Annual Meeting…If you attended the annual meeting last night you heard about the wonderful job our principal, teachers, and students continue to do here at Langston. We were also treated to an interesting and inspiring talk by Deb Sofield, our guest speaker. Learn more about Deb at www.debsofield.com.

Honor Flight…Thank you everyone who came to the airport to welcome home the WWII and Korean War veterans that I had the pleasure of accompanying to DC on Tuesday. They were truly touched and overwhelmed by their welcome home. Visit www.honorflightupstatesc.com to learn more about what this organization does.

Meet and Greet…Our rising 6th grade Meet and Greet will be Monday, April 28th, at Stevi B’s on Woodruff Road from 5:00 until 7:00.. It is also Spirit Night, so come and have dinner with your current and future classmates and their families. We will be selling Tshirts, hoodies, and car magnets. Several of our teachers will be on hand to register students for their summer camps.

Spring Fling…The Spring Fling is Saturday night from 6:00pm until 9:00 at the YMCA, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville. Come at 5:00pm if you want to watch the football game.

8th Grade Rafting Trip…Money and forms are due Tuesday, the 29th. Please fill everything out completely or we can’t accept your paperwork.

7th Graders…The DC trip payment of $200.00 was due today. Bring it to the office first thing Monday morning if you did not make that payment.

Community Service Day…May 2nd is community service day, the school office will be closed. Students should finalize their plans for the day.

Friday Memo April 11, 2014

April 10th, 2014

Thank you to everyone who worked on, or turned out for, our first ever Parking Lot Party. It was a huge success!!

Check our website calendar often, http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html. We have several things planned for this month and next. We will welcome home another Honor Flight, www.honorflightupstatesc.com, on April 22, hold our annual meeting on the 24th, meet our rising 6th graders on the 28th, and have a Spring Fling on the 26th.

Thank you to Landry Davis, Matt Thomason, Renee Sherbahn, Jack McBride, Jonathan Pyle, Parker James and Emily Smith for helping out at the Honor Flight’s preflight meeting. They did a great job meeting and greeting, and serving lunch to the WWII and Korean vets in attendance.

The Langston golf tournament will be on May 2nd at River Falls Plantation in Duncan. There is still room for more teams. Contact Alison Thompson at athompson@langstoncharter.org.

Sports News from June Deas…
Girls’ Soccer
This week saw the LCMS girls hosting Spartanburg Day. In a hard fought game with one substitute, our girls once again claimed victory. On a direct kick from outside the penalty box, Caroline Mackie, unleashed one of her famous kicks, scoring our first goal. Beautifully executed, the ball lifted over everyone, including the goalie, and flew into the net untouched. Gracie Peck, a consistent offensive and defensive weapon in our mid-field, battled hard and found a sweet spot, for our second goal. As always, our defense was impenetrable. The very stingy, tight D served up another shut out.
In the end, LCMS 2, SD 0. Thanks again to all of the girls and the parents.

Volleyball
We are in need of a coach for our girls’ volleyball team in the fall. Please email June Deas at jdeas@langstoncharter.org if interested. Tryouts will be held in May.

Cross Country
We will be offering Cross Country in the fall. Please email June Deas at jdeas@langstoncharter.org if interested in coaching.

We are still collecting BoxTops, small used ink cartridges and old cell phones.

Spring Break is next week. See you on April 21st!