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A Message from the Principal

2 months ago



Dr. Harris

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Our students and faculty and staff continue to work hard well into the 2nd nine weeks at LMS! We have started our basketball season and are off and running with our Dream Team and other clubs and organizations! We have some exciting events in the month of December and I encourage our students and parents/guardians to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all of the excitement around the holidays. As always, students should read every night and our parents and community are always welcome! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Anna Brink

 










  • Door Buzzer
    New Security Procedure

    For our students' safety, LMS has installed a buzzer/intercom system. Doors will be locked during school hours. Please press the intercom button to request admittance.
  • 2018-2019 Sports Information
    As we begin to wind down the 2017-2018 school year, we will begin gearing up for the 2018-2019 sports seasons. Students who wish to participate in interscholastic sports will be required to have a sports physical, This physical must be dated April 1st, 2018 or later to be valid for the 2018-2019 school year. Laurens District High School will host a physical screening in the gym for athletes May 15th at 6:00 P.M for $20.

    Cheerleading: Tryouts will be held at LMS beginning May 29th- 31st. Students interested in trying out should attend an interest meeting on May 1st. For question contact Coach Fikisha Patterson @ fpatterson@laurens55.org

    Volleyball: For rising 7th and 8th graders, volleyball will have a tentative summer conditioning on Tuesdays and Thursday s from 6:00 to 7:30 pm starting June 19th. Volleyball tryouts will be held the week of August 20th. For questions please contact Coach Tina Edge @ tedge@cclind.com

    Football: Summer workouts are tentatively scheduled to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 19th from 6:00-7:30pm. For questions please contact Coach Cory Fain @ cgfain@laurens55.org
  • PTA
    The LMS PTSA needs your support. Please consider joining today. Memberships are $5.00. Forms were sent home with the student information packets. Email Rachel Smith at rsmith@laurens55.org with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
  • EARLY DISMISSAL (NEW POLICY)
    Due to traffic and safety concerns, there will be no early dismissals permitted after 2:00 p.m. except in the case of an extreme emergency.
  • Side Entrance
    When entering the building, please use the side entrance by the parking lot.
  • Ident-A-Kid
    The Ident-A-Kid system we use in the front office has been updated with a State license scanner. A State drivers license or ID will be mandatory for anyone who visits, volunteers or picks up a student before we dismiss. Our goal is to go live on 2/13. The license scan will identify sex offenders and not allow them to check out a student or sign in as a volunteer or visitor.
  • LMS Profile
  • Profile: Laurens Middle School “An environment for learning…”
    We did not have to go far to find the definitive source of information for Laurens Middle School (LMS). Current Director of Operations, Dr. Rhett Harris, served as the Principal of LMS for 14 years. It was only in the 2017-2018 school year that Harris turned over the reins to current Principal Anna Brink, who also has a long and rich history with the school. The first thing that both Harris and Brink reminded us of was the important role Bill Ramey played in the history of LMS as both a teacher and the school’s Principal. Ramey’s picture still hangs in the LMS lobby and honors his contributions to LMS and to this community. On his most recent visit to LMS, Ramey actually presented the Bill Ramey Award to his granddaughter, Anna Jenkins.
    Other notable influencers at LMS include Nancy Thompson who worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, and Assistant Principal at “Laurens Junior High School” for 16 years. Thompson is also the Mother of current Principal Anna Brink. Mrs. Tina Childress, who retired from LMS at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, worked for LMS (and only LMS) for 34 years and taught Brink 7th grade social studies. Dr. Harris cites the contributions of Rhonda Lynch, his longtime administrative assistant, and Flor Ortiz, the current LMS custodian, as critical to the culture at LMS. Harris also commended Charles Smith, who preceded Ortiz as the LMS custodian. Harris and Brink both mentioned Renee Madden, current LCSD 55 Director of Human Resources, and Dr. Ameca Thomas, current Director of Research, Testing, and Accountability as former staff members who have gone on to greater heights.
    When it comes to students, Harris indicated that the number of students who stick in his mind would be “too many to mention.” Brink added, “We have had many students who have accomplished great success through programs like Duke TIP, Junior Scholar, Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, athletics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rotary Top Ten, and recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian at Laurens District High School. We are proud of the accomplishments of all our students.”
    LMS is approximately 60,000 square feet and it opened its doors to students in 1954 as Laurens High School. On the recent Facilities Assessment Report conducted at the request of the legislature and issued by the State Department of Education, LMS received an average score of 2.4 (between “poor” and “fair”) on the state rating. Three (3) of the five (5) overall categories were rated a three (3) – “fair.” These included the building envelope, interior, and infrastructure. The facility scored a two (2) – “poor” – on security/life safety and a one (1) – “not operational” – in building accessibility. The issues with building accessibility involve distance to entryway, non-standard ramps between wings, and the restrooms are not fully accessible. The building/life safety issues involved an antiquated fire alarm system, improperly located exit signs, and doors and windows were not adequately secure.
    LCSD 55 serves the communities of Laurens, Waterloo, Gray Court, Hickory Tavern and their surrounding residents in the northwestern half of Laurens County, SC.
    Contact: Ed Murray, ermurray@laurens55.org, Phone: 864-984-8102
Report: Increasing Student Reading Time Improves Comprehension

Bridging the Gap

30 For 30

about 1 year ago


30 For 30

All Laurens Middle School students will read for 30 minutes during the school day and are expected to read an additional 30 minutes at home each day.