Friday Memo August 31, 2012

Due to the Labor Day holiday, there is no school Monday.

Langston Family,

By all indications the school year is off to a great start.  Thanks to our students, parents, teachers and staff for their patience and perseverance in these first days.

We learned a few weeks ago that our PASS test scores continue to rise above their already exceptional levels.  Considering the recent growth in students and teachers, this is even more impressive.  Please be sure to show your appreciation to Greg, his staff, and our teachers when you see them.

If you are new to Langston, you have no doubt figured out that we are a community that gives to each other and to others beyond our walls.  This service to others is one of the elements that both distinguishes us and is essential to our survival.  As you are approached by Kelly Weekes, Board members, and the charities we serve, please serve often and serve well.  We expect the best from our students, and they need us to deliver for them.  In addition to the volunteer service time to Langston, please consider making a donation

to the Langston Foundation fund to insure that we will have a home for a long time to come.Thanks for helping to make this Langston’s best year yet!

Scott Zemitis

Chairman, Langston Board

Langston student Anish Chaluvadi of 8th grade is the state merit winner from South Carolina for the 2012 Discovery & 3M Young Scientist Challenge!

The 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge asked students to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy, or make a difference. The finalists were chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation, and communication skills. Out of hundreds of entries from talented students all over the country, Anish’s entry “Portable Ethanol Generator” was selected as the top entry among all other South Carolina-resident submissions. Judges were inspired by the level of passion and talent exemplified in Anish’s video submission.

Congratulations again on a job well done!

Congratulations to Langston students, Monica Avila and Emma Chacknes, for having their picture published in the Greenville News (Wed, August 29 edition, City People section) for their participation in the SixthGrade Girls Meet and Greet Luau sponsored by the school and coordinated by parents to help new students transition to middle school and get to know each other before the first day of school!

Langston Publicity Needs You!!

As a charter school, it is very important that our community know about Langston and our incredible students.  Right now, we release Langston news to Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Greer Citizen, Tribune Times, and Mauldin Patch (online newspaper).We also release to the local TV networks when we have a big event.  Last year, Fox Carolina News ran a segment on our Relay for Life Pep Rally!.

Here’s what we need from you.  We need pictures and information about Langston events, field trips, sports teams, clubs, community service, and anything else that includes our Langston students and/or faculty.   Please send to news@langstoncharter.org .   Community service hours may be earned by students and/or parents for submitting.  (Contact Mrs. Weekes for details)  *Important guidelines for photo submissions: Photos must include the first and last names of all recognizable people, a short description of what is happening in the photo, be sent as an attachment with a .jpg extension, and be 250 KB or higher resolution.

If you have any questions, any interest in being a part of the Langston Publicity team, or know of any other news media outlets we could release to, please contact Mrs. Weekes kweekes@langstoncharter.org  or Elaine Avila (Langston Public Relations Coordinator) elaine@ehosted.com .

You may have seen the little “house” on a stand near the morning drop-off entrance.  This new addition is a “Little Free Library.”

Joe Christian (8th Grade) constructed the library as a class project last year.  It is now open for use!

A little more information:

Joe was inspired to do this project after he and his family watched a documentary on the program. He hopes it will inspire others to join this project and to install more libraries around the community. The whole idea is to “Take a book, Leave a book”  There is no one needed to keep up with the books that go in and out of the library. Books, Magazines and other reading materials are permitted.  The ultimate goal is to promote the love of reading.

Mission Statement of Little Free Library.org

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations
To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world – more than Andrew Carnegie–and then more.

Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org for more information. Great community service project!

Library Update

Thanks so much for your generous donations to the library fundraiser. We have reached 90% of our goal. There is still time to donate and earn two hours of parent volunteer service for parents. Simply go to www.funds4books.com and type in “4fdf” our Langston school code or follow our direct link http://www.funds4books.com/Fundraiser.aspx?pincode=4fdf .You can make your donation in a few easy steps.

The Funds for Books fundraiser ends October 10, 2012

Remember—this opportunity helps load our library with wonderful new books for our outstanding middle schoolers!

** The library will open on Tuesday, September 4. Our hours are before school and during lunch. **

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