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Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
Visit Our New Website
June 30, 2014
Beginning the week of July 1, we're switching to a new website host. You should still be able to find our district homepage at www.pickens.k12.sc.us, but if you're seeing this site, please click here to go directly to our new district site. There you'll find more information about the website transition.
 
Likewise, our school websites will transition a new look, but you should still find them at the same URL addresses as before. If you don't see anything different about your school's site yet, just wait a day or two as we finish the changes.
 
Please take some time to explore the new sites as they go live. You will find that most information is arranged in the same way as it was, but many things have been rearranged to make the sites easier to navigate. We hope the new sites will make you feel more informed and connected to our schools than ever.

Save the Date!
May 14, 2014
The dates and times for registration and Meet the Teacher nights for the 2014-2015 school year have been set.

Elementary Meet the Teacher night will be Thursday, August 14, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at every elementary school in the district. 

Click below for a detailed list of dates and times for middle and high school registration. Mark your calendar!

Registration Dates and Times

Thank a Bus Driver!
May 8, 2014
This week is South Carolina Bus Driver Appreciation Week!
 
Please take time to tell a bus driver that you appreciate the hard work they do. Bus drivers carry our most precious cargo thousands of miles each school year. We're glad to have people with the training and heart to transport our students through rain and shine, good behavior and bad, and from sunrise to sunset.
 
Thank you, bus drivers!

Thank a School Nurse Today!
May 7, 2014
 May 7 is National School Nurse Day!

Please take time today to tell your school nurses how much you appreciate the work they do. We want to thank our school nurses for the hundreds of nicks, cuts, bruises, sniffles and upset stomachs they have helped our students overcome this year. 


Thank you for helping us stay healthy!

Thank a Teacher!
May 6, 2014
May 6 is 2014 National Teacher Day!

Our teachers are what make Pickens County schools a great place to learn. Please take time today to show an educator how grateful you are for the impact they have made on your life. 

For ideas on how to thank a teacher, visit the
National Education Association's website!

If you don't have time to show your appreciation today, remember that Teacher Appreciation Week continues until Friday.

And if you can read this announcement, thank a teacher!

Welcome Dr. Tim Mullis!
May 6, 2014
Liberty Middle School will welcome Dr. Tim Mullis as its new principal beginning in the 2014-2015 school year!

Mullis will move to LMS from Easley High School, where he has served as principal since 2011. He will carry with him 28 years of experience as an educator in Pickens County. He began his teaching career at Daniel High School, where he was a Social Studies teacher for nine years in addition to filling the roles of athletic director, assistant football coach, softball coach, and assistant track coach. Mullis then served as an assistant principal at Gettys Middle School and Easley High School before becoming principal of Pickens Middle School in 2002. In 2007, he requested to transfer to the John T. Simpson Alternative Center for Education, where he was the director until 2011. The STAR Program which he created at J.T. Simpson was the recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Crystal Star Award in 2008.

Read More!

Sign Up For Summer Robotics Camps
May 5, 2014
 The School District of Pickens County is taking applications for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camps. The camps will be an exciting time geared towards teaching students some basic principals in robotics. These activities include types of gears, gear ratios, levers, pulleys, programming robots, and much more. The camps are scheduled at East End Elementary School from June 16-19 and at Clemson Elementary School from June 23-26. There will be four classes at each camp based on grade level and experience.

Vaccination Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
March 31, 2014
Current 6th grade students will need to receive a Tdap vaccine before the 2014-15 school year in order to meet the SC Immunization regulations.

To assist parents of rising 7th graders with this vaccine requirement ahead of the 2014-15 school year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is working with school districts to provide the Tdap vaccine to current 6th grade students.

This week, 6th graders will be receiving a packet with information and a permission form from school. If you would like for your student to receive the Tdap vaccine at the school based vaccine clinic, you will need to return the completed permission form to the school by Tuesday, April 8.

If you have any questions, you may contact your school nurse or Angela Watson, RN, coordinator of nursing for the School District of Pickens County at (864) 397-1048.

Youth Art at the Pickens County Museum
March 3, 2014
The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that Pickens County Youth Arts 2014 is in full swing at the Pickens County Museum. A total of 994 works of art created by Pickens County students are on display at the museum through March 27.

Several students distinguished themselves with awards, including Morgan Summerlin of Daniel High School, who took first place in the high school division with her painting, "Robin's Nest" (pictured left). 

For a complete list of award winners, click here.

Congratulations to all of our young artists and to the teachers who help them realize their talents!

View slideshow

Town Hall Meeting and Auditorium Opening On February 25
December 9, 2013
Come out to see the newly renovated Gettys Middle School Auditorium and attend a town hall meeting with our superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew on February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The auditorium, which was built in 1939 has been renovated to serve students. Dr. Pew is looking forward to talking with parents and community members about the state of the district. 

You can even email us your questions beforehand! Send them to
ask@pickens.k12.sc.us.

Important note: this meeting was originally scheduled for January 9. It was moved to February 25.



Substance Abuse Prevention
February 24, 2014
The School District of Pickens County has partnered with the Stepping It Up Coalition of Pickens County to take a stand for substance abuse prevention.
 
Please click here to participate in a short survey on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug use in Pickens County.

Your participation is important for us to help create a safe environment for our students. You must live in Pickens County and be the parent of a Pickens County student to participate. Please take this survey only once. All responses are confidential.


Schools Closed on Friday because of Winter Weather Storm
February 13, 2014
New...The School District of Pickens County will be closed on Friday, February 14th because of winter weather.  We hope our families stay warm and safe.

Pickens County Schools Delayed Until 10 a.m. on Tuesday
January 6, 2014
Because of extreme cold weather, schools in the School District of Pickens County will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, January 7. Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Also, morning 4K classes are cancelled; afternoon 4K classes will continue as normal.

Please use caution and bundle up as you head outside!

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!
January 3, 2014
Parents are encouraged to register kindergarten students during the scheduled dates of January 6 through January 31, 2014. However, students may be registered at the elementary school in their attendance zone during normal school hours anytime before the first day of school begins.
Children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for four-year-old kindergarten, and children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.

More information

First Semester Exam Schedule
December 13, 2013
First semester exams are coming up!

Students, don't forget to study hard and get plenty of sleep. Exams begin on Tuesday, December 17, and end on Friday December 20.

Also, school will dismiss early on December 20. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:50 a.m.

There will be no afternoon 4K classes on December 20. Morning 4K students who ride the bus will have to ride with 5K-12 students. Parents who don't wish for their 4K students to ride with older children should make arrangements to pick their children up at the 11:00 a.m. dismissal time.

Exam Schedule

Flu Season Is Here Again
January 13, 2014
Students have begun to come to school with flu symptoms over the past week, and we need the help of all our employees and parents to help stop the spread of disease!

We want to encourage our employees to be mindful of germs and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. 

Parents, if you see any symptoms of illness, we strongly urge you to keep your child home. Please do not risk the well-being of your own child or others in order to pursue a perfect attendance certificate. Your child's health is much more important to us than his or her attendance record!


For more information on how to prevent and identify the flu, please click here.


School To Dismiss Early On November 14
November 6, 2013
Schools in Pickens County will dismiss early on November 14 because of anticipated traffic issues from the Clemson football game that night.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. Also, afternoon 4K classes will be cancelled. Morning 4K will continue as usual.

We anticipate that traffic in the Clemson area and around U.S. 123 in Easley would make it impossible for buses to take students home in a reasonable amount of time unless school is dismissed early. We also have concerns about the safety of student drivers in the heavy traffic.

Schools may continue after school activities such as athletic practices at the principal's discretion.

Community Invited To "Ask Anything" at Town Hall Meetings
February 20, 2014
We are inviting the community to aTown Hall Meeting with our Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to get feedback on how we can make our schools the best they can be. The meeting will be on February 25th at the opening of the renovated Gettys Middle School auditorium. The theme is “Ask Anything.”

Questions for Dr. Pew can be sent in advance to
ask@pickens.k12.sc.usQuestions will also be accepted during the meeting. Dr. Pew will be presenting information about the state of the district, and she will try to include answers to any questions we get in advance. See you there!

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Tell Us How We're Doing!
September 4, 2013
In an effort to make our schools the best they can be, the School District of Pickens County is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey about the school your child attends. The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child enrolled in our district, you may re-use the same link to access other schools.

In order to complete the survey, just click here!

The survey will only be available until Friday, September 27.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  We appreciate your honest opinions, and they will guide our efforts to improve the learning experience for all children in our district.
Registration Dates Announced For 2013 School Year
May 6, 2013
Attention Parents!

The registration and Meet the Teacher dates for the 2013-2014 school year are set. 

Meet the Teacher day and registration for all elementary schools will be Thursday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Registration times for middle and high schools vary by school and by grade. For a complete list of times and dates for middle and high schools, take a look at the Meet the Teacher Schedule.

2013 Registration Q & A

Vaccine Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
August 1, 2013
All South Carolina 7th graders now are REQUIRED to show proof of a Tdap shot to attend school. These mass vaccination clinics are a great opportunity for parents of rising 7th graders to get a free Tdap shot and meet entry requirements for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Tdap shot protects kids and adults from three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

Students must have proof of having received the shot before school starts on August 20.


For a list of clinics offering the vaccine,
click here.

2013 Handbook Available
August 5, 2013
Back to School 2013: A Handbook for Students and Parents is ready to view and download. The student and parent handbook contains vital information for the coming school year. 

We want to encourage parents and students to help us "go green" by downloading the electronic version of the handbook as much as possible.

See you at school!



Checking Your Child's Grades
May 8, 2013
As the end of the school year approaches, we know many parents are giving added attention to grades. Don't forget that ParentLink is the place for parents to access grades, attendance and assignment information.

Instructions on how to use ParentLink can be found by
clicking here.

If you have lost or forgotten your ParentLink login information, please come to the school office, and we'll be glad to help you out!

Summer LEGO Robotics Camps Announced
May 17, 2013
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camp is ready to gear up for the third summer in a row.  The camps are open to students from 1st through 8th grade, and they will be hosted at Clemson Elementary, Pickens High School, and East End Elementary (moved from Brice Middle School). There will be three classes at each camp based on grade level and experience:

WeDo Camp - designed for grades 1 and 2.

Basic NXT Building Camp - designed for grades 3-5.

Sumo Robot Camp - designed for grades 5-8.

To download a sign-up sheet with more information, click here!


Vaccination Required for Rising 7th Graders
March 19, 2013
Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all students entering seventh grade must have received a Tdap vaccine in order to attend school. The Tdap vaccine protects students from tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). 

This vaccine is routinely recommended to be given at 11-12 years of age; however, if a Tdap vaccine was needed at an earlier age, a dose received on or after your child's seventh birthday will meet this requirement.  You must give your child’s school a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization to prove your child has had the shot.
 
Please avoid the last-minute rush.  Make an appointment with your rising seventh grader’s healthcare provider today to get the newly required Tdap vaccine, along with other vaccines that are recommended for your child’s protection.

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Pickens County Has Talent Finalists Announced!
February 21, 2013
We are happy to announce the finalists for Pickens County Has Talent, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

The contestants were chosen by audience votes at the four preliminary shows at Daniel High School, Pickens High School, Liberty High School and Easley High School, and they have beat out dozens of competitors for a chance at first place.
The Grand Finale will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in the Easley High School Auditorium. $500 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $300 to the second-place winner, and $200 to the third-place winner of Saturday’s contest.

Please come out to support our talented competitors and our schools!

News Release

All Schools Dismiss at 10 a.m. Today
January 25, 2013
Because of a high probability of ice on the roads in the afternoon, Pickens County public schools will be dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25. We have had early reports of freezing rain in the northern part of the county, and we are avoiding the risk of families driving home from school in dangerous conditions. All after school activities are cancelled as well. Activities will resume as normal on Saturday.

Again, all Pickens County public schools are dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25.


Pickens County Has Talent Is Back!
January 4, 2013
SDPC is holding its second annual Pickens County Has Talent Competition, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. The event is open to everyone in Pickens County!

Winners from the shows in the Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens areas will compete for first prize on February 23. Every kind of talent is welcome as long as submissions remain “G-Rated.”

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will directly support Pickens County Schools. There will be a total of five shows: one in each region plus the Grand Finale.

Audition Times and Schedule

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2011-2012 Report To The Community
November 19, 2012
The 2011-2012 Report to the Community is ready to view!

As mandated by the Educational Improvement Act of 1984, each school district in South Carolina must publish by April 30th an annual report detailing financial and academic information for the preceding academic year. The report contains information about our district, including school and staff information, test scores, financial reporting, and enrollment.

Our report also includes Points of Pride and a summary of progress made on the Building Program over the past school year.

2011-2012 Report to the Community

Yearly Flu Vaccines
October 29, 2012
The school district is partnering with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer flu vaccines to our students.

Vaccine clinics will be held at Daniel High School on November 7, at Pickens High School on November 8, at Liberty High School on November 13 and at Gettys Middle School on November 14.

Parents are reminded to be sure to bring their child's Medicaid or health insurance card to the clinic.

Flu Clinic Flyer


Attention Parents!
September 18, 2012
ParentLink, which is our new system for viewing student grades, assignments and attendance information online, is up and running.
 
A letter containing login information for each parent was attached to each student's interim progress report on Thursday, September 20. Once you have your login information, you can view your students' information on the ParentLink website.

Please click below to learn how to use our new system for checking grades, assignments and attendance.
 

Superintendent's Message Regarding Recent Employee Arrests
October 1, 2012
Dear SDPC Parents,
Please
click here to view a letter from Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew regarding the recent arrest of district employees.

Student, Teacher Websites Still Under Construction
September 4, 2012
The school district is still in the process of upgrading to a new online information system for parents for the 2012-2013 school year. Until the upgrade is completed, grades, assignments and attendance information will not be available to parents. We expect this process to be complete within the next few days, and we will notify parents when they can begin logging in to check grades, assignments and attendance information.
 
We are also in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year.  We expect the websites to be ready within the next couple of weeks, and we will notify parents when they are complete. Until then, we appreciate your patience during this process. 

Teacher Websites Unavailable Until After Labor Day
August 16, 2012
The school district is in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year. Because this upgrade will be completed shortly following Labor Day, grades, assignments and attendance will not be available to parents online prior to September 3rd. Until then, information and instructions will be posted on district and school websites to help parents during the transition.
Letter to parents
Parents Asked for Technology Input
March 12, 2012
The School District of Pickens County is exploring an option that would allow students to bring their own technology devices to school next year.  Students would be able to connect their devices and use them on our network.  Before we make changes to our existing practices, we want to know what our parents think about the “Bring Your Own Technology” idea, so we’re asking all parents to take a brief survey.  The information we receive will help us move forward.  Thanks for your input, parents!  BYOT Survey
Career & Technology Center Will Hold Open House for Prospective Students
January 18, 2012
Pickens County students and parents are invited to the Prospective Student Open House at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center (CTC), 990 Chastain Road, Liberty, on Thursday, January 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served by students in the CTC Culinary Arts Program.
 
Students and parents can visit twenty classrooms and labs to explore the wide variety of educational experiences CTC offers for students in grades 9 through 12.  Instructors and current students will be available to answer questions and demonstrate classroom activities. Programs offered by CTC


All-County Bands Clinic, Concert Scheduled
December 26, 2011
The Pickens All-County Bands will perform at a free concert on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the new Pickens High School auditorium. The concert concludes a two-day clinic for the Pickens All-County Junior Band and the Pickens All-County Senior Band.  Clinicians Jocquin Fuller, from Dutchcreek Middle School in Rock Hill and Dr. Lorrie Crochet, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, will lead the bands.  

Earlier in December, over 300 students auditioned before the School District of Pickens County band directors for seats in the all-county band. With representation from all five middle schools, 78 students were seated in the
Pickens All-County Junior Band.  The Pickens All-County Senior Band includes 63 students from all four high schools “We are proud of these students and congratulate them on their accomplishment,” says Patrick A. Mainieri, director of bands at Gettys Middle School.  “We also want to express our appreciation to Pickens High School Principal Marion Lawson for hosting the event at Pickens High School this year.”  The concert on Friday is free and open to the public.

Holiday Break Begins December 19
December 8, 2011
Following a regular day of classes on Friday, December 16, School District of Pickens County students will begin a two-week holiday break.  December 19 is a Professional Learning Day for staff; students do not attend. Schools reopen on Monday, January 2, 2012.  First semester exams begin on Tuesday, January 24, continuing through January 27.  2011-2012 School Calendar


Get Ready for Winter Weather!
December 28, 2011
With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our inclement weather procedures.  Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety.  Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local television stations.  

In case of weather emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges.  To receive a text, parents must complete the Text Messaging Permission form and return it to their child’s school.

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database.  To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

Pickens County Has Talent: Looking for Volunteers
December 5, 2011
Pickens County Has Talent is a county-wide talent show that will showcase the best of the best within Pickens County.  All proceeds from the family-oriented, fun event are specifically earmarked for education in Pickens County – all funds raised will be used for instructional supplies that directly benefit students.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with auditions and the final show.  Meetings to learn more about volunteering will be held at Liberty High (Room 208) on December 5, Daniel High (Room 112) on December 6, Easley High (cafeteria) on December 8, and Pickens High (cafeteria) on December 12.  All meetings are scheduled at 7:00 p.m.

Watch our websites and the local media for more information about Pickens County Has Talent.  The district-wide show is scheduled on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pickens High School Auditorium. More Information ... News Release from Pickens County Has Talent

FIRST LEGO League Contest
November 4, 2011
SDPC will be offering a first-ever "friendly" FIRST LEGO League “Coopertition” event on Monday, November 21 at Gettys Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The competition will allow our teams to get together to participate in the LEGO League experience and will be very similar to an FLL regional competition except much smaller in length and scale. The contest will enable teams to experience a competitive event, including the actual table and contests with a referee, teamwork judging, presentation judging, and technical judging. No fees or registration is required, and there will be no winners or losers.  All LEGO League students, advisors and parents are invited. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  FlierSDPC FIRST LEGO League Web Page
SchoolFusion Technical Issues Affecting Our Websites
September 8, 2011
Thursday, September 8:  Because of SchoolFusion technical issues, we are currently experiencing problems with creating and activating teacher Web pages, user logins, uploading and downloading files, display and speed.  We are working with SchoolFusion support to solve these problems. 

Please continue to check our website for updated information on these problems  We appreciate your understanding and patience.

LHS Registration Dates Adjusted
August 19, 2011
The new Liberty High School is almost ready to open its doors to students, staff, parents and community members.  Finishing touches are being put on the new school, and life safety tests are being verified and completed. 

“When our students and their families first walk into our beautiful new school, we want them to have a positive experience,” said Lori Gwinn, principal.  “We want to be unpacked and organized, so we’re adjusting our registration schedule.  Our staff and the district staff will have a little extra time to make sure we’re ready to welcome everyone.”

Registration will now be held on Saturday, August 27 and the afternoon of Sunday, August 28.  Seniors, juniors and sophomores will register from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.  Freshmen will register on Sunday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Makeup registration will be Monday, August 29 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.  News Release


April 4 Board Meeting Time Changed
March 29, 2011
The next SDPC Board of Trustees meeting will be a called meeting on Monday, April 4 at Liberty Middle School Auditorium.  The board will convene the meeting at 6:00 p.m. for public input. Check for the most recent agenda under Board of Trustees/Meetings on the SDPC website.


LunchBox Access Restored
March 17, 2011
The  upgrade of the LunchBox system that allows parents to access and manage a student’s lunch account online is complete. Internet access to student accounts through the Student Nutrition Services website has been restored. If you have questions, you may contact Student Nutrition Services at 397-1167.




SDPC Offers Seamless Summer Feeding Program
April 15, 2011
During the summer, school-age students up to 18 years old can have free meals through the Seamless Summer Feeding Program.  The program is free to all children in Pickens County regardless of family income.  Meals will be served at West End Elementary and Pickens Elementary, and we hope to add more locations.  Meals will be served Monday through Friday from June 6 – August 19.  Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. No meals will be served on July 4. For more information, visit the SDPC Student Nutrition Services website or contact Sally Nicholson at 864-397-1166.





SDPC Students to Return to School Tuesday, January 18
January 17, 2011
When students return to school on Tuesday, January 18 after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, exams will continue based on this inclement weather exam schedule.




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SDPC Will Break Ground for New Schools
September 30, 2009
The School District of Pickens County Board of Trustees and Administration will hold ground breaking ceremonies for two new schools on Friday, October 9.  The ceremony for Chastain Road Elementary School will be at 9:00 a.m., and the ceremony for the new career and technology center will be at 10:30 a.m.  Both ceremonies will be held at 940 Chastain Road in Liberty. The public is invited to attend.  In case of rain, the ceremonies will be held on Friday, October 16.  Invitation



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Name the New, Second Elementary in Liberty Area
February 5, 2009
The SDPC Board of Trustees invites the community, employees and students to submit suggestions for the name of the new, second elementary school in the Liberty attendance area by March 20, 2009.

Community members should send each suggestion along with a rationale by mail to SDPC Communication Services, 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640 or by e-mail to webmaster@pickens.k12.sc.us.  A submission form is available on the SDPC Web site, but it is not required to submit a name.

Go to “Building Futures/Second Liberty Elementary” to see the name submission form, the site plan and schematics for the new, second elementary school in the Liberty area. 
News Release


Best of the Web Awards
April 1, 2010
You can nominate a teacher with an outstanding Web site for a Best of the Web Award! Nominations will be accepted from April 1-9 . To nominate a teacher, look for the Best of the Web link at the top of each teacher’s page. Awards will be made by SchoolFusion, the company that hosts SDPC and school Web sites.  The company wants to recognize the year’s most innovative and exciting classroom pages, so nominate a teacher today!


Welcome to Liberty Middle School!
Junior Scholar Award Winners
June 4, 2014
      Each year, the South Carolina Department of Education sponsors the South Carolina Junior Scholars program. The purpose of this program is to identify students with high level of verbal and mathematical ability. To identify these students, participants were asked to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). Those students who qualified as Junior Scholars this school year are:
      Haley Martin, Keyshawn King, Chris Williamson, Logan Barrow, Hannah Skinner and Keith Dugan.
      Congratulations to Liberty Middle School's Junior Scholars.








Chess Tournament Champions
June 2, 2014
     Liberty Middle School held its second school–wide Chess tournament during second semester, and the winners were crowned on May 29. The winners are: 

6th Grade Champion-Mismeh Balawai

7th Grade Champion-Isaac Cook

8th Grade Champion-Logan Barrow

Overall School Champion-Logan Barrow
 

Liberty Mayor Eric Boughman presented the trophies to the winners!


Spring Band Concert
May 15, 2014
     The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands will be performing their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30PM in the Liberty High School Auditorium.  Please come out and support these students as they share some catchy tunes with everyone.  Admission is free, and the concert is guaranteed to be entertaining.
April Students of the Month
May 15, 2014
     Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for April: 

6th Grade: Nick Henry, Jayden Hood, Dorothy Huff, Brianna Moore and Bradley Suddeth
                  
7th Grade: Desi Chapman, Hayden Lay, Sayler Pilgrim and Jordan Sims

8th Grade: Logan Barrow, Cody Moser, Jonathan Seigler, Hannah Skinner and Katelyn Turner


Oliver Named 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year
May 15, 2014
    Mary Helen Oliver has been named Liberty Middle School’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.  She has always loved working with children.   Mrs. Oliver is a Daniel High School graduate.   She attended Presbyterian College from 1984-1986.  She then transferred to Clemson University, where she graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Elementary Education.   After getting married and starting a family, Mrs. Oliver began her teaching career at Central Elementary School.    There she taught three math classes and assisted in Social Studies and Science for fifth and sixth graders.   In the fall of 1990, Mrs. Oliver started teaching at Liberty Middle School.    She taught Compensatory Math and Language Arts to students who needed supplemental help.    From 1991- 2010, Mrs. Oliver taught the following sixth grade subjects:  Language Arts, Social Studies, Health, Science, General Math and GT Math.    During the 2010-2011 school year, Mrs. Oliver taught General Math and GT Math for fifth grade.   Since then, she has been teaching seventh grade science.    In addition to her contributions in the classroom, Mrs. Oliver has served LMS in the following capacities:  Grade Level Coordinator, Yearbook Sponsor, Volleyball Coach, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Beta Club Sponsor, LMS representative for March of Dimes and United Way, and as a mentor to new math and science teachers.     Mrs. Oliver believes that all students can learn, and she feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with middle school students each day at LMS.

2014-2015 Support Employee of the Year
May 15, 2014
    The Liberty Middle School 2014-2015 Support Employee of the Year is Jennifer Cournoyer.  She serves as our Food Service Manager.  She has been employed at LMS for seven years. 

  She resides in Liberty with her husband Steve and their three children, Levi, Maggie and Lucille.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.


 

End of the Year Medication Pick Up
May 14, 2014
   All medication must be picked up by the end of the school year. Medication left in the health room will be destroyed and cannot be kept in the health room over the summer. If your student rides a bus, a parent must pick up the medication at school. Please make plans to pick up medication(s) no later than June 4, 2014.

Liberty Middle Receives Palmetto Silver
May 15, 2014
     Liberty Middle School has received the Palmetto Silver Award from the South Carolina Department of Education. “We are very proud to have received this award. It is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, staff, and students,” said Principal Donivan Edwards. Soon after the announcement was made, teachers, staff, and students lined the halls to participate in the “Walk of Fame.”  Everyone cheered in celebration of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and students in earning this prestigious award.
Students Increase MAP Scores and Win!
April 25, 2014
Three lucky LMS students were recently awarded for increasing their MAP test scores.  All students who made an increase from their fall MAP score received a ticket to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire e-reader.  They were given a ticket for every point they increased. Winners are:
         6th Grade - Tristian Burton
         7th Grade - Mike Alexander
         8th Grade - Noah Thomas
Congratulations to these three students and all the students at Liberty Middle for their fabulous MAP performance!!



LMS Participates in Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars Program
April 24, 2014
Over 60 LMS students received free tickets to the April 22nd Greenville Drive game against the Asheville Tourists.  These students read five books in five weeks and were honored at the game.  Congratulations to all of our students who participated!  Pictured is Alexis Holliday, sixth-grader at LMS.

 
March Students of the Month
April 11, 2014
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for March: 

6th Grade: Tom Blair, Levi Painter, Kara Roesch and Julie Stancil
                  
7th Grade: Brayden Bagwell, Meredith Clem, Jordan Gravely, Karly Sanders and Victor Tetter(not pictured)

8th Grade: Jacob Lee, Michelle Melton, Briana Pilgrim, Devin Rackley and Lauren Wilson


January/February Students of the Month
March 24, 2014
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for January/February: 

6th Grade: Kyle Flanagan, Cal Finley, Adrian McCarty, Sean Price, Trinity Speed and Brianna Vaughn
                  
7th Grade: Houston Boughman, Logan Cartee, Josh Langston and Alexis Rampey

8th Grade: Matthew Bledsoe, Sarah Chappell, Alyssa Durham and Dustin Krout 



Spring Band Concert
March 13, 2014
    The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands will be performing their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00PM in the gymnasium.  Please come out and support these students as they share some catchy tunes with everyone.  Admission is free, and the concert is guaranteed to be entertaining.
Hat Day!!!!
March 13, 2014
    Hat Day will be Friday, March 14.  Pay $1 to a 7th grade teacher and wear a hat ALL DAY LONG!!!!  Come to the cafeteria when you arrive to pay and get your hand stamped.  How many fun and unusual hats will appear?
PASS Testing This Month
March 11, 2014
  PASS Writing Test dates have been set, and we want to share these dates with you at this time so that we may ask your help in making sure your child is at school for each of the two testing days.  Research has shown that students perform better on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.

Therefore, please place the following dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, March 18-Writing Day 1

Wednesday, March 19-Writing Day 2

At this time, the state still plans to test English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Field Tests in May.  We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.

The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:

*Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.

*Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that they are on time.  Testing will begin promptly after announcements have been made and students have reported to their testing rooms.

*Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are verproud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!



Band Fundraiser
February 27, 2014
     It's not too early to get your Easter treats! The LMS and LHS bands are raising funds for desperately needed instruments and instrument repairs. We are selling a variety of spring time snacks and candies. From gummy worms to chocolate bunnies, there's even a great selection of savory snacks! The fundraiser runs now until March 11th. See an LMS Band member for more information! 
Spring Pictures
March 5, 2014
     Spring pictures will be taken on Friday, March 7.  Students are encouraged to wear bright, spring colors.  Make sure your hair and clothing are the way you want them.  Pictures may be taken up to full length, so make sure you're ready from head to toe.  Proofs will be returned in approximately two weeks. Please plan to look your best for these portraits.
Pickens County School Board Debate
February 27, 2014
  YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND:

THE PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DEBATE

FOR LIBERTY

MARCH 27TH 7:00 P.M.

LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

SPONSORED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office or political parties.


8th Grade Semi-Formal
March 11, 2014
 The LMS cheerleaders and the LMS PTO are sponsoring the 2014 8th Grade Spring Semi-Formal Dance.  The Dance will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, April 5th in the LMS cafeteria.  All LMS 8th grade students are invited to attend. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any LMS cheerleader.  Attire for this event is from Sunday Best to Semi-Formal dress.  No Denim for boys or girls.  Bows and bow ties are welcome.  If you have any questions, please see any LMS cheerleader or Ms. Cravens.
Chappell Named Miss LMS 2014
February 24, 2014
  A hush went through the crowd as Andi Cahaly announced, “The 2014 Miss LMS is Sarah Chappell.”  Sarah’s jaw dropped, and then she was beaming from ear to ear.  That was the end to a very successful Miss LMS Pageant. 

     On Saturday, February 8, forty-two young ladies competed in the casual and evening gown categories.   The participants entered the auditorium in their casual attire and introduced themselves to the audience and judges, and then they competed as grade levels collectively.  After the casual wear competition, Heather Cravens entertained everyone as she sang “American Honey”.

     The contestants returned by grades to compete in formal attire.  Every young lady was absolutely stunning on stage in her dress as five very handsome 8th grade gentlemen escorted them.  The 8th grade ladies were required to answer a question on stage as part of their Miss LMS competition.  The three judges had a very difficult job picking the winners.  When the evening gown portion of the pageant was complete, Lauren Patterson performed “Brave” for the audience’s entertainment as the scores were being tabulated.  The 8th grade escorts, Lucas Bates, Gatlin Bell, Ethan Harris, Keyshawn King and Noah Thomas, also entertained the audience with an original dance number before Gatlin was named Mr. LMS based on the contestants' votes.

      Ansley Merritt, Miss LMS 2013, returned to crown the winners of this year’s pageant.  Some of the contestants submitted decorated boxes for the  Miss Southern Sweetheart category.   The audience was encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant by placing money in her decorated box.  Over $1,800 was collected to aid in the funding of Mrs. Wanda Campbell's, the former chorus teacher at LMS, lung transplant.

These ladies were named winners in their respective grade:

 

8th Grade
Miss LMS 2014 – Sarah Chappell
Miss 8th Grade – Amber Wilson
1st Runner-Up – McKenzie Beitler
2nd Runner-Up – Jade Roper
Miss Congeniality – Meghan Bryant

 

7th Grade
Miss 7th Grade – Emma Dover
1st Runner-Up – Polly Watkins
2nd Runner-Up – Annie Goss
Miss Congeniality - Alexis Rampey

 

6th Grade
Miss 6th Grade – Trinity Speed
1st Runner-Up – Carly White
2nd Runner –Up – Hannah Johnson
Miss Congeniality – Carly White

Miss Southern Sweetheart - Ryanne Gantt
 

The pageant was a HUGE success, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.


Cheer Team Information
February 24, 2014
     Any rising 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for the LMS or LHS cheer squads, needs to click here for all important information and dates.
Miss LMS Southern Sweethearts Pageant
January 27, 2014
 The Miss LMS Pageant, Southern Sweethearts, will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 P.M. in the Liberty Middle School gymnasium.  Ladies who are planning to participate should turn in their money and forms to the library by Friday, January 31.
   Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Whelchel at 397-3413 or Cathy Garrett at 397-3445.
8th Graders Honored
January 27, 2014
      Tonight, January 27th, is 8th Grade Night for our basketball, cheer and pom teams.  Our 8th graders and their parents will be honored between the girls' and boys' games.  The teams will be hosting the Palmetto Mustangs beginning with the girls' game at 5:30 PM, and the boys' game will immediate follow the ceremony.  Admission is $5, and everyone is encouraged to attend and show your Falcon pride.  Dinner won't be a problem because concessions will be provided as well.  Please plan to attend this event for our 8th graders.
Miss LMS Southern Sweethearts Rehearsal Schedule
January 27, 2014
   Pageant rehearsals will take place next week, February 3-7 in the gymnasium.  All ladies should bring their pageant shoes to rehearsals.

       6th grade ladies will rehearse Monday, February 3rd from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
       7th grade ladies will rehearse Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
       8th grade ladies will rehearse Thursday, February 6th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

   All pageant participants must attend the final rehearsal on Friday, February 7th from 6:00 PM until it's perfected.


December Students of the Month
February 7, 2014
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for December: 

6th Grade: O'Shea Friar, Mason Masters, Matthew Newton and Michaela Owens
                  
7th Grade: Courtney Hayes, Hunter Powell and Jacob West

8th Grade: Meghan Bryant, Shyanne Chandler, Keith Dugan and Skyler Lovell



Basketball Teams Play on Monday and Tuesday
January 12, 2014
    The Falcon basketball teams will two away games this week on Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14.  Monday's game will take place at West-Oak.  The girls will get things going with a tip-off at 5:30 PM and the boys' game will immediately follow the girls' game.  Admission is $5. On Tuesday, both teams will travel to Powdersville to battle the Patriots.  The girls' game will begin at 5:30 PM, and the boys' game will again follow the girls' game.  Admission is $5.  Please plan to attend these games and show your Falcon spirit.  Please note that there will be no game on Thursday.
November Students of the Month
December 12, 2013
      Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for November: 

6th Grade: Zac Banks, Grant Chapman, Pedro Organista-Gonzalez, Alexis Holliday, Sydni Smith and Bailey Chavez-White 
                  
7th Grade: Annie Goss, Anna King, Jacob Riddle and Daysa Thomason

8th Grade: Lauren Patterson, Josiah Roper, Noah Thomas and Amber Wilson


We're Ready for the Holidays
December 3, 2013
     Welcome to LMS at this festive holiday season! When you visit us, you will see this beautiful display in our lobby, created by one of our own teachers, Ms. Bess Hall (8th Grade History). We want to thank her for her time, effort, and talent to showcase the entrance to our school in such a creative and appealing way! Thanks, Ms, Hall - you're our Falcon of the Day!

Falcons Travel to Walhalla
December 2, 2013
    The Falcon basketball teams travel to Walhalla Middle School this evening, December 2, to faceoff against the Razorbacks.  The Lady Falcons will tipoff at 5:30 PM, and the boys' game will begin immediately following the ladies' game.  Admission will be $5.  The teams would love to see you in Walhalla at their season opener.  Please plan to travel with the Falcons to show your support.
October Students of the Month
November 12, 2013
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for October: 

6th Grade: Lucille Cournoyer, D.J. Gonzalez, Noah Gwinn and Carly White

                  
7th Grade: Jake Brown, Parker Burgess, Maggie Cournoyer and Clay Hamlett 

8th Grade: James Fair, Ethan Harris, Ethan Landers, Haley Martin, Aaron Pruitt and Nayra Velazquez



Veterans Day Ceremony
November 6, 2013
    You are invited to attend our Veteran’s Day program on Friday, November 8, at 1:30 pm in the Liberty Middle Gymnasium. At this event we will be honoring our area Veterans and their service to our country. Our speaker will be LTC. Rick Haney, USN. Commander Haney lives in Six Mile and has been deployed twice to the Middle East.

     It is our hope that you will join us for this very special event. If you know a Veteran in the area please invite them to attend. Thank you for helping us recognize them and for your support of our school and our activities.

Conference Championship Battle
October 30, 2013
     The Falcon Football team will be battling the Walhalla Middle School Razorbacks for the Conference Championship Thursday, October 31 at the Liberty High School Stadium.  Kickoff will be at 5:30 PM, and admission is $5.  Coach Dameron and the team are asking everyone to come to the stadium dressed in all black.  We want the stands to be "BLACKED OUT" and full of spirit.  Please plan to attend the last game of the season as the Falcons play for an undefeated season of 8-0.  During halftime our 2013 Spirit Queen will be crowned, and the pep band will be rocking the spirit tunes during the entire game.  Go Falcons!!!
Dance, Dance, Dance
October 31, 2013
     A dance of celebration will bring Spirit Week to a wonderful end.  We will be having a dance on Friday, November 1 from 3:30 til 5:00.  The best and latest music will be booming and awesome refreshments will be available.  Tickets will be on sale for $5 during lunch on Friday.  So get your boogie fever on and come to the dance!!!
Citadel Heroes Project
October 24, 2013
     We would like to invite you to participate in an exciting project at our school.  This year we will again be joining other students from around South Carolina in participating in the CITADEL HEROES PROJECT.  This project collects items to be sent to SOUTH CAROLINA servicemen and women who are protecting us in dangerous places around the world.  This project is our way of saying thank you to these brave men and women. 

     We have been collecting these items since Monday, October 13 and will continue this collection until Friday, November 8.  On November 8, we will be having our annual Veteran’s Day program.  The presentation of these items will be part of the ceremony.  That weekend the items will be taken to Charleston, packed and then sent overseas. 

      Please click here for a list of items that may be sent to school.  Each homeroom will have a box in their room for collection.  If your church, business, civic club, or other organization would like to collect, we welcome your participation.  We will have a collection box in our main office. 

      Thank you for your help in this worthy project.  We hope to show our appreciation to those who keep us free!  If you have any questions, please contact us at 397-3410.


Falcons, Get Your Spirit On!!!
October 22, 2013
 The Liberty Middle School Falcons will be participating in Spirit Week October 28 - Nov.1.  This week gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to show their school pride.  Each day of the week everyone is encouraged to participate by dressing up to coordinate with the day.
       Monday, October 28 - No School - Get fired up and ready for the next 4 days of Spirit Week.
     Tuesday, October 29 - Nerd Day.  Dress as Nerdy and Geeky as possible.
     Wednesday, October 30 - Super Hero Day.  Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Super Hero.
     Thursday, October 31 - Spirit Day.  BLACK OUT!!!  Wear all BLACK!!!
     Friday, November 1 - Western Day. Round-up Spirit Week with your best Western Wear.
Falcons Visit Bulldogs
October 22, 2013
    The Falcon Football team will be traveling to Riverside Middle to battle the Bulldogs on October 24th.  Kickoff is at 5:30 PM in the Pendleton High School Stadium, and admission is $5.  The Falcons will be trying to up their winning streak to 7-0 with a victory over the Bulldogs.  Please plan to make the short trip to Pendleton to show the team our spirit and support.  GO FALCONS!!!!!
Last Volleyball Games of the Season
October 21, 2013
    The Lady Falcon Volleyball team will play their last two games of the season this week.  On Monday, October 21 they will play at home against McCants Middle.  This game will begin at 5:30 PM and admission is $4.  The team will be honoring its 8th graders at this last home game, and they would love to fill the stands with fans to support these young ladies.  Show that Falcon pride and spirit.
     The second game will be on Tuesday, October 22 at Pickens Middle.  The Lady Falcons will try to put out the Sparks in this 5:30 PM match.  Admission is $4.  Please follow the team as they seek their final victory of the regular season.  The team will also be participating in the conference tournament on Saturday, October 26 at the Larry Bagwell gym in Easley.  Please plan to support the Lady Falcons at one of these events.

Lady Falcons' Tournament Results
October 28, 2013
 The LMS Lady Falcons participated in the 2013 Tri-County Volleyball Tournament and ended up in 6th place out of 14 teams.  Liberty defeated West Oak 25-22, 25-17. Seneca 25-19, 25-13 and Powdersville  17-25, 25-18, 16-14.  The Falcons lost to McCants (who was the eventual tournament winner) 13-25 and 16-25 and Dacusville in 3 games 13-25, 25-20, 8-15.  Final tournament place rankings for the year Mccants (1), Edwards (2), Pickens(3), Dacusville (4), Glenview(5) and Liberty (6).  Great season girls!!

Help Reward Our School with Cash Prizes!
October 30, 2013
     The National Theatre for Children, in partnership with Duke Energy, recently brought the educational show, The Resource Force, to our school.  The show taught our students how we can do our part to save resources like water and electricity and how to be energy–wise at home.

     As part of the program, Duke Energy is providing one free “Resource Reward” kit to every household associated with our school.  These kits are worth over $30 and are completely free, including free shipping!  They contain several tools to help you save energy in your home and save up to $200 on your energy bill every year!  If our school can get at least 100 sign-ups, we are entered into a drawing for cash prizes ranging from $1,000-$2,000! But even better:

     Our school can directly earn money as a part of this program.  If our school gets 1—sign-ups for the free resource reward kit, OUR SCHOOL WILL AUTOMATICALLY WIN $100!!
     
   
 You have until June 30, 2014 to sign up for a kit in order to be counted for the contest.  Click here to sign up.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!
October 17, 2013
    Congratulations to Josiah Roper (Bass) and Nayra Velasquez (Violin) for qualifying for this year’s Region Orchestra event.  Nayra and Josiah will be performing with the region orchestra November 16th at Anderson University and will have the opportunity to audition for All-State!

Falcon Football Strives to Keep Winning Streak Alive
October 15, 2013
      The Falcon Football team will meet up with Starr-Iva on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 PM at the Liberty High School Red Devil Stadium.  All Liberty Elementary students will be admitted free with a paying adult.  Admission is $5, and the team will be going for their sixth win of the season.  Please plan to attend this exciting and fun-filled event.  We'd like to have the best spirit line ever by filling it with all the students from Liberty Elementary and Liberty Middle.  Come out and support the Falcons!!!
Book Fair is Coming Soon!
October 15, 2013
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Liberty Middle School from October 21st through October 24th.  The Fair will be open from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm each day.  Visit the Library Media Center to shop for your favorite books!

Parents Invited to Lunch at LMS
October 15, 2013
All LMS parents are invited to have lunch with their children October 22-24.  Sixth-grade Parent Lunch Day will be Tuesday, October 22nd; seventh-grade Parent Lunch Day will be Wednesday, October 23rd; eighth-grade Parent Lunch Day will be Thursday, October 24th. Please return the bottom portion of the Parent Lunch Letter so that we will have enough for everyone!  After parents enjoy lunch with their children, be sure to visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library Media Center.

Think Pink Night
October 13, 2013
     The Lady Falcon Volleyball team will be hosting its annual Think Pink Night on Monday, October 14.  The game will take place at 5:30 PM in the LMS gymnasium.  Admission is $4, and the team would love to fill the stands with fans decked out in as much pink as possible as they battle their rivals, the Edwards Middle School Panthers.  Please plan to attend this special event and show the ladies all your Falcon spirit and pride.
     The second match of the week will take place the following evening, October 15, at Lakeside Middle School in Anderson.  The first serve will be at 5:30 PM and admission is $4.  Show your support for the Lady Falcons by traveling to this game as they seek another victory.

Sunny Explorations
October 14, 2013
 In order to better explore and understand the Sun, science students in Mrs. Sefick’s 8th grade science classes completed a Sunny Explorations - Group Project.  The requirements included picture/drawing on a poster and labeling and defining the parts of the Sun.  They created Venn Diagrams to describe solar flares and solar winds, and they described what aurora borealis are and explained how they are related to the sunspot cycle.  This project was definitely a “bright” spot in their daily science class routine. (click here for a slideshow)

August/September Students of the Month
October 9, 2013
    Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for August/September: 

6th Grade: Bryant Dover, Lauren Nix, Joel Pittard and Nya Richey

                  
7th Grade: Mike Alexander, Hannah Marcengill, Will Powell and Brianna Tant

8th Grade: Sierra Bergholm, Tyler Brissey, Luke Durham, Keyshawn King, Kimberly Melton and Brooke Sargent


Lady Falcon Volleyball
October 6, 2013
     The Lady Falcons have two matches this week.  On Monday, October 7, the ladies will be hosting Robert Anderson Middle School for a home match at 5:30 PM.  Admission is $4, and the team would love for you to fill the gym with your Falcon spirit and pride.  The second match will be on Tuesday, October 8 at Wren Middle.  The first serve will be at 5:30 PM.  Please plan to support your Lady Falcons this week.
Falcon Football Plays on Wednesday
October 6, 2013
     This week the Falcon Football team plays on Wednesday instead of Thursday. The Falcons will be playing at Hart County Middle (directions) on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 PM.  Coach Dameron and the team want to invite everyone to this exciting and fun-filled event.  Please plan to make the trip to Hartwell to fill the visitor's stands and be LOUD AND PROUD!!
Falcon Football Battles Warriors
September 30, 2013
     The Falcon Football team will try to up their winning streak to 4-0 as they battle the Warriors from West-Oak on Thursday, October 3.  Kickoff is at 5:30 at the Liberty High School Stadium.  This home event is also Chastain Road Elementary Night.  All students from Chastain Road Elementary are admitted free with a paying adult.  Admission is $5, and we'd really like to fill the stands with fans showing their Falcon spirit and pride.  Hope to see you there!!!
Upcoming Volleyball Matches
September 30, 2013
     This week the Lady Falcons Volleyball team plays two matches.  On Monday, September 30 the Lady Falcons host Palmetto at 5:30 PM.  Admission is $4, and it would be wonderful to fill the stands with Falcon followers.  On Tuesday, October 1, the ladies head off to Powdersville to meet up with the Patriots.  This match begins at 5:30 PM as well.  Please plan to attend one or both of these events this week.
Grant Awarded to Junior Beta Club
October 2, 2013
 Congratulations!  Liberty Middle School/Beta Club received the highest grant awarded from South Carolina’s Palmetto Pride!  LMS will receive $5,000 for the Litter Trashes Everyone Program, which will allow LMS, the Junior Beta Club and Boy Scout Troop #172 to impact our school with a student-led recycling program, environmentally-rich literature, and the creation of a bench made with recycled products.  Way to go!

Football Travels to Palmetto
September 25, 2013
    On Thursday, September 26, the Falcon football team travels to Palmetto.  Kickoff is at 5:30 PM and admission is $5.  Come out and support our Falcons as they attempt to continue their winning streak.  Be LOUD and PROUD and show your Falcon spirit.
Lady Falcons Travel This Week
September 23, 2013
     The Lady Falcon Volleyball team will be on the road this week.  On Monday, September 23 the team travels to Gettys to battle the Breakers.  First serve will be at 5:30 PM and admission is $4.  On Tuesday, September 24 the ladies pack up their gear and head to Anderson to compete against Glenview Middle.(driving directions)  This match also begins at 5:30 PM with a $4 admission.  Please plan to support our Lady Falcons this week and show your spirit and school pride by attending these events.
6th Grade Sponsors Dance
September 24, 2013
      On Friday, September 27, the 6th grade will be sponsoring a dance after school.  All students are encouraged to put on their boogie shoes and be ready to rock out to the best music in town.  The first dance will take place from 3:15 till 5:00 PM.  Admission is $5, and pizza and drinks will be available for $1 each.  Please plan to attend this fun-filled afternoon!!!






2nd Annual Red Devil Invitational Marching Band Contest
September 23, 2013
      This Saturday, September 28, Liberty High School will host the 2nd Annual Red Devil Invitational Marching Band Contest. Thirteen bands from across South Carolina and Georgia will be competing for the day's top prize. The competition begins at 1:00pm, and admission is $5. Come see some of the greatest shows on turf!
First Home Football Game
September 18, 2013
      The Falcon Football team will be battling the Powdersville Patriots on Thursday, September 19.  Kickoff is at 5:30 PM at the LHS football stadium and admission is $5.  The team would like to fill the stadium with Falcon fans showing their school spirit by being LOUD and PROUD.  Please plan to attend to support the football team at their first home game.
PSAT to be Offered at LMS on October 16
September 9, 2013
     The PSAT, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, will be given to 8th graders and selected 7th graders at LMS on October 16.  Interested 7th and 8th graders may take the test for a fee of only $14.  Taking the PSAT is great practice for the SAT test. The deadline for turning in the fee and required paperwork to the guidance office is Monday, September 16.  With your fee, you will be given a PSAT guide that gives further information and practice suggestions.  This is a great opportunity for a low cost.  Sign up soon.  If you have any questions, please contact the school at 397-3400.

First Home Match for Lady Falcons
September 9, 2013
     The Lady Falcons will be playing their first home match on Wednesday, September 11.  The match will begin at 5:30 PM, and they will be facing off against Seneca.  Admission is $4 and concessions will be available.  Please come out and support the Lady Falcons.  Show your Falcon Spirit!!!
Falcon Football Travels to Honea Path
September 10, 2013
    The Falcon Football team will travel to Honea Path Middle for their first game of the season on Thursday, September 12.  Please plan to support the Falcons as they attempt to defeat the Cubs.  Kickoff is at 5:30 PM at Honea Path Middle and admission is $5.  Show your school spirit and pride.  GO FALCONS!!! For directions, click here.
School Pictures
September 3, 2013
      School portraits will be taken Friday, September 6.  This picture will be the picture used for the yearbook.  Make sure you don't miss out.  Wear bright colors and your best smile.
Upcoming Volleyball Matches
September 13, 2013
    The Lady Falcon Volleyball Team will faceoff against two opponents in upcoming matches.  On Monday, September 16, the team will travel to West-Oak to battle the Warriors.  The Lady Falcons will return home on Tuesday, September 17 to prey on their rivals from Dacusville.  Both matches begin at 5:30 and admission is $4.  Please plan to support the Lady Falcons and show your school spirit!!! (Driving directions)
Meet the Falcons Night
August 21, 2013
     Join us for Meet the Falcons Night on Monday, August 26 at 6:30.  All LMS fall athletic teams will be introduced at this time.  Come and watch our Lady Falcons' volleyball team play against the LMS faculty and staff. It should be a time of fun and excitement.   Admission is $5.





Volleyball Tryouts
August 8, 2013
    The Lady Falcons Volleyball tryouts will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 12th and 13th, from 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM in the Liberty Middle School gym.  On Wednesday, August 14th tryouts will run from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

     Coach Bradford asks that you make sure you bring your physical form or have one on file.  You will not be allowed to tryout otherwise.  She would also like participants to wear black shorts and a red t-shirt, if possible and to please bring a water bottle.  Go Lady Falcons!!!

Activity Cards Available
August 26, 2013
     Activity Cards are now available for purchase.  For $20, you can get into all home volleyball, football and basketball games held at Liberty Middle School.  This is a fabulous deal!!!  Please see Coach Davis to purchase yours today.
May Students of the Month
May 30, 2013
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for May: 

6th Grade:Cindi Babb, Pedro Organista Gonzalez, Aspen Ridder, Chavis Stone and Christy Taylor
                  
7th Grade: Keyshawn King, Ryan Nix, Lauren Patterson and Amber Wilson

8th Grade: Destiny Astin, Tatyana Chamblee, Seth Dover, Jacob Herman and Christopher Lark


April Students of the Month
May 14, 2013
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for April: 

6th Grade:Kyle Flanagan, Austin Holland, Hayden Lay, Shyann Oglesby and Haliee Whitmire
                  
7th Grade: Courtney Carver, Courtney King, Zane Kitchens and Lauren Wilson

8th Grade: Elizabeth Huff, Zack Lewis, Jack Mason, Brett Smith and Dakota Swaney


State Solo and Small Ensemble Competition
May 10, 2013
     On Saturday, May 4, 35 members of the Liberty Middle School Band went to Columbia, SC, to compete in a state-wide solo and small ensemble competition. Young musicians who demonstrate outstanding skill and artistry are awarded with ratings of Superior and Excellent. In our 17 events, the LMS Band earned 9 Superior Ratings and 6 Excellent Ratings. Way to go LMS Band!!
 
     Superior ratings were received by
Makayla Rollins, Will Horton, Bo Felton, Randy Clem, Lauren Wilson, Keyshawn King, Kylie Coker, Makayla Hester, Zachary Whitt, Natalie Kristiansen, Meredith Clem, Annie Goss, Karina Mayorga, Maggie Cournoyer, Desiree Eskew and Hannah Segal.

     Excellent ratings were received by David Hall, Gabe Rollins, Andrew Lairson, Noah Thomas, Johathan Buckley, Hunter Eckard, Kaleb Hinkle, Abbie Mason, Natalie Kristiansen and Jaiden Marcengill.

                                                                               

MAP Testing Success Winners
May 6, 2013
     MAP testing was very successful this Spring.  All the students who made an increase in their fall MAP score received a ticket to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire e-reader.  They were given a ticket for every point they made an increase.  We had winners from each grade.....
         6th Grade - Hailey Coker
         7th Grade - Raymond Cameron
         8th Grade - Haley Kreft
    Congratulations to these three students and all the students at Liberty Middle for their fabulous MAP performance!!

School Supply Lists
July 15, 2013
   Please click here for the recommended supply lists for each grade level. These supplies will help your child be prepared and organized for a successful start to the new school year which begins on Tuesday, August 20.







Costner Named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
May 6, 2013
 Angela Costner has been named Liberty Middle School’s 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.  Angie graduated from Liberty High School in 1986 and worked as Vice President of Greenville Events, where she helped put on events such as River Place Festival, Fall for Greenville, and the ACC Baseball Tournament.  In 1991, she married Roy Costner, and they will celebrate their 22nd year of marriage this year.  After having her first child, Roy B. in 1995, she resigned from her job to stay at home.  Angie went back to work in 1996 for an orthopedic office as a receptionist and was later promoted to office manager.  While working there, she went back to school at Southern Wesleyan University to follow the path she felt she had always been called to do-Teach.  In 1998, she had her second child, Tori, who is now in the 9th grade at LHS.  

Angie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 2003.  She began working as a substitute for Pickens County.  In 2008, she was hired at Liberty Middle School to teach 6th Grade Science, and she loves it!  In 2011, Angie went back to SWU and received her Master of Education.  “I appreciate each and every day that I get to spend with the students here at LMS.  I love teaching and sometimes being taught by the students.  LMS is a wonderful place to work.  You really couldn’t ask for a better staff or leadership team than what we have here.  I feel honored, humbled, and privileged to call LMS my home.”


Venable Named 2013-2014 Support Employee of the Year
May 6, 2013
 Liberty Middle School’s 2013 Support Employee of the Year is Joe Venable.  Joe serves as a teaching assistant.  He graduated from Clemson University in 1970 with a B.A. in Secondary Education and in 1978 with a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision.  He served in the Air Force from 1970 -1974.  In 2010, Joe retired as Vice President of a textile business after 40 years of service.  Upon retirement, he decided he’d pursue his long time desire to work with children in education.  While in Pickens County, Joe has taught at Easley High School and worked throughout Pickens County as a substitute teacher.  “I appreciate all of the opportunities I have had working in the School District of Pickens County.”  Congratulations, Mr. Venable, you’ll represent us well!!!!

2013 Report to Parents
May 1, 2013
      Every year, schools in South Carolina are required to present to parents a report of highlights for the past school year. Our report is linked here. In it you will find a number of items that we are highlighting for this year. It is by no means a complete listing. Thanks to each of you for helping to make this a great year for our school!

Tammy Durham Joins the LMS Family
May 6, 2013
 Tammy Durham will be joining the Liberty Middle School family as our new assistant principal for the 2013-2014 school year.  She has been in education for 17 years both at the middle and high school levels.  She was an assistant principal at Indian Land Middle School in Lancaster County for 2 years as well as Gettys Middle School in Pickens County for 3 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Mount Union College in Ohio and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin in Wisconsin.         

She has been married for 13 years to Kevin Durham.  He is a teacher and coach for Anderson County Four School District.  They have two children, Tory who is 11 years old and Eastin who is 7 years old.  They live in Liberty and are members of Refuge Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Durham looks forward to being part of the middle school in the community in which she lives and working together with the faculty, staff and students to build on the educational foundation instilled in the Falcon tradition.


Sydnie Krebs Accepted to Governor's School Summer Program
April 19, 2013
      Sydnie Krebs was accepted in the Summer Discovery Program for Visual Arts at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Auditions were held in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia.  Only 33 students were accepted in the visual arts program for all South Carolina students. 
     Discovery is a summer program for rising ninth grade students. The program is held in June, and she will live on campus during the program. During the application process, Sydnie had to submit two original pieces of art, teacher recommendations, a report card and a very lengthy application to even get an audition. At the audition, she had to show a sketch book with a year’s worth of drawings, a piece of art designed just for the auditions, an hour drawing interview, and a one hour personal interview.
     Congratulations, Sydnie on this wonderful achievement!  Liberty Middle is very proud of you.

March Students of the Month
April 16, 2013
  Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for March: 

6th Grade: Gracie Clardy, Isaac Cook, Austin Millwood and Taylor Ouellette
                  
7th Grade: Brittany Benjamin, Tyler Brissey, Nicole Hall, Ethan Harris, Andrea Sanchez and Noah Thomas

8th Grade: Alex King, Lexi Lewis, Kara Moore and Chris Pryor

Yard Sale Coming in May
April 10, 2013
     The LMS PTO will be sponsoring a yard sale on Saturday, May 4 from 7:00 A.M. - Noon at Liberty Middle School.  For more information and times to drop off donations please click here.








Last Chance for a Yearbook
April 16, 2013
      The 2013 Falcons' Flight will arrive in about a month.  Have you reserved your copy yet?  We only have 150 copies available for purchase.  Yearbooks are $40, and you may order your very own copy from Mrs. Garrett in Room 106.  Make sure you don't miss out on the best yearbook yet.  Order yours today!!!  
LMS Cheerleading Try-Outs
April 10, 2013
      Do you want to try-out for the 2013-2014 LMS cheer squad? If so, then please see Ms. Cravens for an information booklet. A parent or guardian needs to contact a coach prior to try-outs using the contact info in the booklet.  If you have any questions, please see Ms. Cravens.






Sports Physicals
April 4, 2013
 Physicals for the 2013-2014 school year will be on Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 A.M. in the gymnasium for rising 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $20.00. You must have a completed physical to participate in any sport next year.






Liberty Middle Earns Palmetto Gold Award
March 26, 2013
    Liberty Middle School has received the Palmetto Gold Award from the South Carolina Department of Education. “We are very proud to have received this award. It is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, staff, and students,” said Principal Donivan Edwards. Soon after the announcement was made, teachers, staff, and students lined the halls to participate in the “Walk of Fame.”  Everyone cheered in celebration of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and students in earning this prestigious award.

Liberty Middle's Artists Shine
March 19, 2013
   The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that Pickens County Youth Arts 2013 is in full swing. The reception at the Pickens County Museum was attended by more than 800 proud parents, grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, friends, and, of course, the talented young artists that created the 879 works of art that are on display at the museum through March 28.   
    Congratulations to Sydnie Krebs who placed first in the Middle School division for the colored pencil drawing, "Sleeping Cat".  Director's Choice Awards were earned by Faith Hartsell, Courtney King and Daiquan Tabron. 
     Please go by the Pickens County Art and History Museum in Pickens to view all the lovely artwork by our talented artists.  

February Students of the Month
March 16, 2013
      Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for February: 

6th Grade:Lexie Conwell, Ethan Davis, Tricia Elrod, Madison Goss, Courteny Hayes and Josh Langston
                  
7th Grade: Drew Alexander, Kylie Coker, Rebecca LeCroy, Kimberly Melton and Josiah Roper

8th Grade: Gage Chapman, Alexis King, Brady Rogers and Casey Tetter

Cheer Team Information
March 25, 2013
 All LMS Students who are interested in trying out for the new 2013-14 cheer team should sign-up in the cafeteria.  A parents’ meeting for all prospective cheerleaders will be held on Monday, April 8 in the LHS Auxiliary gym at 7 PM.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Cravens for more information.  Try-outs will be Wednesday, May 8th thru Friday, May 10th.   See the LMS cheerleading page for the most up to date team and try-out information.





Bald Falcons???
February 28, 2013
    Yep, soon the halls will be filled with many bald Liberty Middle School students. As a school, we are participating in the annual Saint Baldrick’s Foundation Shaving Day. Students that volunteer will raise money to show their support of children with cancer. Then in a sign of solidarity and an outward sign of their support, volunteers will have their heads shaved bald. Please visit the event website to donate or even to volunteer to have your head shaved! See Mr. Christopher if you’d like to participate or donate.

MAP Testing is here
March 12, 2013
          We are fast approaching PASS and MAP testing time for our students. Both PASS and MAP are critical for your child and his/her classroom placement/schedule for next year. It is important that your child do his /her best job and take MAP testing seriously. This is especially true in Math as it is a determining factor for Advanced Math placement in grades six and seven and Algebra 1 placement in grade eight. We would not want a capable student to be placed in a lower level Math class because they failed to take MAP testing seriously. 

     The MAP and PASS testing dates are: 

Spring MAP for all grades – March 11-April 12 

PASS Writing for Grades 6-8-March 19-20 

PASS Math ,ELA, Science, and SS for all grades-May 7-10 

    Please place these dates on your calendar and encourage your child to do his/her very best on all of them. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to continuing our improvement on these tests.


 

PASS testing time
March 12, 2013
    PASS Writing Test dates have been set, and we want to share these dates with you at this time so that we may ask your help in making sure your child is at school for each of the two testing days.  Research has shown that students perform better on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.

Therefore, please place the following dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, March 19-Writing Day 1

Wednesday, March 20-Writing Day 2

At this time, the state still plans to test English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Field Tests in May.  We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.

The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:

*Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.

*Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that they are on time.  Testing will begin promptly after announcements have been made and students have reported to their testing rooms.

*Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!


Chess Tournament for St. Baldrick's
March 11, 2013
 LMS held a Chess Tournament for sixth and seventh graders to raise funds for our St. Baldrick’s Cancer Foundation Fund drive. Seven seventh graders and eleven sixth graders participated.  After four days of intense playing, the final matches came down to Logan Barrow and Chris Williamson in grade seven and Isaac Cook and Alex Johnson in grade six. The finals were held on March 7th, and our winners were Chris Williamson and Isaac Cook. Thanks to all who participated and all who are supporting our St. Baldrick’s Cancer Foundation Fund drive!

Ansley Merritt Crowned Miss LMS 2013
March 11, 2013
      A hush went through the crowd as Elizabeth Houston announced, “The 2013 Miss LMS is Ansley Merritt.”  Ansley’s jaw dropped, and then she was beaming from ear to ear.  That was the end to a very successful Miss LMS Pageant. 

     On Saturday March 2, the Liberty High School auditorium was filled to capacity as forty young ladies competed in the casual and evening gown categories.  The eighth grade contestants also participated in an interview with the judges earlier in the afternoon, which was a large portion of their overall score towards becoming Miss LMS.  The participants entered the auditorium in their casual attire and introduced themselves to the audience and judges, and then they competed as grade levels collectively.  After the casual wear competition, Heather Cravens entertained everyone as she sang “Anyway”.

     The contestants returned by grades to compete in formal attire.  Every young lady was absolutely stunning on stage in her dress.  The three judges had a very difficult job picking the winners.  When the evening gown portion of the pageant was complete, Lauren Patterson performed “Never Grow Up” for the audience’s entertainment as the scores were being tabulated.

      Ivy Grace Gibson, Miss LMS 2012, returned to crown the winners of this year’s pageant.  Some of the contestants submitted photographs that a professional photographer judged for the Miss Photogenic category.   Each grade voted during their lunches for a Miss Congeniality.  This young lady demonstrates a willingness to be a great friend and is helpful to everyone.  The other place winners were 2nd Runner-Up, 1st Runner-Up, and the Grade winner.  The eighth grade ladies were competing for the crown of Miss LMS, as well.

These ladies were named winners in their respective grade:

 

8th Grade
Miss LMS 2013 – Ansley Merritt
Miss 8th Grade – Tatyana Chamblee
1st Runner-Up – Lexi Lewis
2nd Runner-Up – Michala Green
Miss Congeniality – Dyamond Douglas

Miss Photogenic – Tatyana Chamblee

 

7th Grade
Miss 7th Grade – Emily Lee
1st Runner-Up – Ryanne Gantt
2nd Runner-Up – Taylor Keasler
Miss Congeniality Emily Lee

Miss Photogenic – Taylor Keasler

 

6th Grade
Miss 6th Grade – Annie Goss
1st Runner-Up – Alexis Rampeyr
2nd Runner –Up – Britton Blackwell
Miss Congeniality – Alexis Rampey

Miss Photogenic – Emma Dover

 

The pageant was a HUGE success, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.


Miss LMS Winter Wonderland Pageant Update
February 19, 2013
    Miss LMS Pageant tickets will be on sale, Monday, February 25, Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 28 from 8-9 PM each night at LMS.  Each contestant is eligible to purchase 10 tickets.  The cost is $10 each.  If tickets are not purchased on one of these nights, they will have to be purchased at the door on March 2 at LHS.  There will be no reserved seating.  The LHS Auditorium doors will open at 6 PM. 

             All contestants will be rehearsing in the LMS gym on the following dates and times:

                 8th graders will practice on Monday, February 25 at 6:00 PM.

                 7th graders rehearse on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 PM.

                 The 6th grade contestants’ rehearsal date is Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 PM.

 

ALL CONTESTANTS have a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, March 1 at 6:00 PM in the LHS Auditorium. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Reeves.


Chess Tournament
February 21, 2013
   Who is the champion chess player in the sixth and seventh grade?  The only way to find out is to enter the St Baldrick's Chess Tournament.  It will be held Thursday, February 28 after school in the cafeteria.  Each grade will be allowed to enter 32 participants and play will continue until a champion is crowned.  
    A $5 entry fee is required from all participants and may be paid in homeroom by Monday, February 25..  All proceeds will be dontated to St. Baldrick's Childrens Cancer Foundation.  Everyone who enters will receive a special prize for participating.
    If you're a GREAT chess player, please consider entering this tournament that supports a worthy cause.

Seventh Grade Quilt Block Results
March 11, 2013
 Recently, Mrs. Ellenburg’s class has been studying transformations.  As a final project, the students designed a quilt block showing their knowledge of shapes and various transformations.  Their patterns were entered into a “quilt show” and winners were chosen from each class and one “Best Of Show” was also chosen. Grandma Fay (our quilt pro and judge) said that everyone did a great job and that it was hard to choose the winners; they are as follows:


             Metcalf’s HR               Cravens’ HR                Ellenburg’s  HR            Eads’ HR

1st        Kaitlyn Chapman         Cole Murphy               Lucas Bates                Austlyn Hogue

2nd       Nayra Valesquaz          Jacob Wood               Ethan Harris                Haley Martin

3rd        Elaina Garrett              Juan Salcido Bravo      Clay Oliver                  Keyshawn King

4th        Jade Roper                 Cavaugio Butler           Shane Owen               Emily Sauls 

Honorable Mentions went to:

 Emily Smith, Zach McDowell, Bree Harrison, Nick Green, Dusty Owen, Skyler Lovell, Kinsley Sammons, and Meghan Bryant. 

And, the winner of the BEST OF SHOW is……….

Austlyn Hogue

Congratulations to everyone for doing a great job in designing your quilt block.


Reedy Rip'It Makes a Visit
February 21, 2013
 LMS welcomed a visit from Reedy Rip’It this week.  Reedy is the official mascot of the Greenville Drive, the minor league baseball team based in Greenville.  Reedy helped to promote the annual Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars reading program by visiting classrooms.  He also worked with our Broadcast class to film a  promotion for the program.  

January Students of the Month
February 12, 2013
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for January: 

6th Grade:Sam Beck, Maggie Cournoyer, Brandon Evans, Abbey Huff and Brandon Cumbow
                  
7th Grade: Gatlin Bell, Sierra Bergholm, Emily Smith,Bray Winchester and Jordan Gravely

8th Grade: Madison Gilstrap, Jonathan Johnson, Timothy Lyda and Hannah Rankin

Job Shadowing for 6th and 7th Grade
February 5, 2013
      The School District of Pickens County is building strong career and exploration programs for our middle school students.  One popular program is Job Shadowing 2013.  This national program provides an opportunity for 6th and 7th grade students to observe work environments and employees' daily activities and supports career exploration, which is extremely important for a middle school student's education.  It is a great experience, and we invite you and your child to participate.
      Liberty Middle School 6th and 7th graders will be job shadowing on Thursday, February 14.  Packets were sent home with all the information on Monday, February 4.  The information packet is also available at www.pickens.k12.sc.us. Please return the Student, Parent & Business Agreement by Friday, February 8.
      Students who are unable to participate will be provided career exploration activities at school on Job Shadowing Day.  We hope that everyone will participate in this enriching activity.


We Are Going Green
February 12, 2013
     We are placing an emphasis on recycling this second semester.  Our Beta Club and Student Council are teaming up for this GREEN project. Recycling receptacles have been placed in the cafeteria and around the school for aluminum cans.  Please remember to place your cans purchased at LMS and cnas you've saved at home in these containers.  Mrs. Esposito's class will be collecting and crushing the cans each week.  All money raised from this recycling project will help send some of our students to Special Olympics.  
     Don't forget to pull the tabs off the cans before you throw them in the recycling bins.  The Beta Club is also collecting those for the Ronald McDonald House.  SAVE!!!  SAVE!!!! SAVE!!!! 

Honor Roll Students Recognized
February 1, 2013
    This week Liberty Middle recognized its Honor Roll students.  All students who attained all B's, A's and B's or all A's received a certificate at a special recognition at lunch.  The students with a B average made our Raptor's Honor Roll List. Our Flying Falcons Honor Roll consists of students who received A's and B's during the second quarter.  The students who earned stright A's were named to the Falcon's Flight Honor Roll.

Click here to view a slide show of all Honor Roll inductees.


Miss LMS Winter Wonderland
February 5, 2013
 The Miss LMS Pageant, Winter Wonderland, will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 P.M. in the Liberty High School  auditorium.  Ladies who are planning to participate should turn in their money and forms to the office by Friday, February 8.
   Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M. Seats will be limited, so please try to arrive early.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Reeves, PTO President, at 843-2542.


December Students of the Month
January 23, 2013
  Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for Decemberr: 

    6th Team A:  Parker Burgess and Mackenzie Law

    6th Team B:  Desi Chapman and Victor Tetter

    7th Team A:  Abigale Beason and Aden Long

    7th Team B:  Kaitlyn Chapman and Elaina Garrett

    8th Grade:  Clay Lesley, Yan-Jing Ni, Makayla Rollins and Wesley Tolleson

    Ms. Esposito's Class:  Cody Moser

    Mr. Rankin's Class: Dawson Milhoan

Miss LMS is Just Around the Corner!
January 8, 2013
     The Miss LMS Pageant will take place Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 P.M. in the Liberty High School auditorium.  Please put this date on your calendar.
     Ladies who are interested in participating in the pageant and their parent(s) must attend the MANDATORY meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 P.M. in the Liberty Middle School cafeteria.
     If you have any question, please contact Lynn Reeves, PTO President.
Holiday Concerts
December 3, 2012
    The Liberty Middle School Music Department will be presenting their holiday concerts this month.  The chorus' performance is Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30.  So after you enjoy the Liberty Christmas Parade, come on over and stay in the Christmas Spirit with some Christmas vocal perfromances by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade choruses.
     On December 18, the band and strings will entertain you with their Holiday perfromance which begins at 6:30.  All of these concerts are in our gymnasium, and they are free to everyone.  

Friday Flyover
November 27, 2012
     On Friday, November 30th the faculty, staff and students will take part in an aerial photograph of our new school.  We will be forming the letters "L" "M" "S" in the front parking lot as a pilot flies over and takes several photographs.  Everyone needs to wear a white or off-white shirt, sweatshirt or jacket.  If you don't have a white top, please borrow one from a family member.  Please plan to participate.
College Students Visit Sixth Grade
November 27, 2012
   Alex Edwards, Liberty High Class of 2011 and Mary Cate Garrett, D. W. Daniel Class of 2010 spoke to sixth graders about achieving their goals and dreams for the future.
   Alex, a sophomore at The Citadel, spoke to the boys about priorities and setting goals, integrity, and what makes a hero.  Several of the boys commented that his talk was very inspiring, and it made them want to start thinking about their futures.
    Mary Cate, a junior at Southern Wesleyan University, spoke to the girls about  their dreams.  She told them that in order to attain their dreams they must work hard in everything they do, but especially in school.  Many girls stated that she was very motivational, and they were going to start working harder in class.
Basketball Season Tips Off
November 20, 2012
     Basketball season for the Liberty Middle School Falcons begins on Monday, November 26 when the Falcons host the Razorbacks of Walhalla Middle School. Tipoff is 5:30 for the girls' game, and the boys' game will follow. Please come out and support the Falcons as they attempt to bring home a Skyline Middle School Conference Championship.

October Students of the Month
November 19, 2012
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for October:  
                          6th Team A               6th Team B                    7th Team A                7th Team B
                        Jake Brown                Tyler Kellner                Alyssa Durham            Dustin Krout
                        Annie Goss                Katie Rhodes                Caleb White               Haley Martin

                                                                                                                   8th Grade 
                                                                                               Abby Banks                    Tyler Gill
                                                                                               Blair Dismukes                Ryan Oliver

                                                Ms. Espsito                                                                                         Mr. Rankin
                                             Quintin Hooper                                                                                    Aaron Pruitt


                                                          
Veterans Day Ceremony
November 19, 2012
    On November 12, Liberty Middle honored the veterans on staff and from the Liberty Community.  Brigadier General Nuttall spoke to the audience, a musical montage was presented and all the veterans were honored by the Liberty Middle Spirit Walk.  Please click here to view a slde show of this special day.
Veterans Day Ceremony
November 9, 2012
     Brigadier General Arthur Carl Nuttall( USAR) will be the featured speaker at the Liberty Middle School Veteran’s Day Ceremony. General Nuttall was commissioned in the United States Army Reserve in 1972 and has given over forty years of service to our country. His commands have included posts in South Carolina, Maryland, and Saudi Arabia. General Nuttall currently resides in Seneca. 

     Liberty Middle School's Veteran’s Day ceremony begins at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, November 12. The ceremony will include special presentations, the Liberty High School ROTC Color Guard, and will conclude with a “patriotic spirit walk” honoring all of our Veterans. All parents, friends, and local veterans are invited to attend this ceremony. For further information please call Liberty Middle School at 397-3410. Liberty Middle School is located at 125 Falcon Lane, Liberty SC.


Student vs Faculty Basketball Game
November 9, 2012
     The annual Liberty Middle School Student-Faculty Basketball game will be this Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm. The first and third quarters will have the LMS girls playing the female teachers and the second and fourth quarters will have the LMS boys playing the male teachers. Admission is $4.00 and the proceeds will go to help cover transportation costs for the basketball teams. Come out and enjoy the fun! 

     The Falcons open the 2012-2013 season on November 26 when they host Walhalla Middle School. Tip –off time for all games is 5:30.


PTO Popcorn Palace Fundraiser
November 7, 2012
      Popcorn Palace Gourmet Popcorn has been showcased on FOOD NETWORK, ABC, THE HISTORY CHANNEL, and was given rave reviews by Rachel Ray! Comes in 13 delicious & different flavors and is offered in snack bags, gift sets, bags, jars and gift tins. Thoughtful and delicious gifts for the holidays! 

The individual student who sells the most popcorn (in dollar amount) will win a $250.00 VISA GIFT CARD to be awarded TUESDAY, NOV 20TH -just in time for holiday shopping! The homeroom teacher whose class sells the most popcorn (in dollar amount) will also win a $250 VISA GIFT CARD. 

Wednesday, November 7th  – Order forms go out to students. Please be sure to ask your child about his/her order form materials. 
Monday, November 19th – Order forms and monies due. 

Thursday, December 6thOrders may be picked up from 3:30-7:00 ( PTO will be there for the game/running concessions).


Pink Power Week is a Huge Success
November 7, 2012
      To show our support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, LibertyMiddle School’s faculty, staff and students collected donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Teachers and staff members simply donated money in various amounts.  The students purchased  paper ribbons for $1 each, which they wrote their names on and placed in the hallway, on doors or inside classrooms.

            In order to increase participation and the level of fun for the students, the teachers, football coaches and administration at Liberty Middle offered personal sacrifices.  Two female teachers, per grade level, agreed to dye their hair pink for a day IF their grade level raised at least $500. Three football coaches agreed to participate with the grade level teachers; however, the coaches each agreed to different forms of humiliation. One coach said he would shave his head, another suggested he would dye his facial hair, and the last one agreed to wear a dress to school.  Our administrators also told the student body that if the school raised $1000 they would “perform” at the Pep Rally.  Mrs. Tharpe, our assistant principal, kissed a lovely pot-bellied pig named Dakota, and Mr. Edwards, our fearless principal, sang and danced to a pop hit medley that included “Call Me Maybe” and “Dynamite”.  This was by far the most popular activity of the week!     As an additional enticement, the homeroom that raised the most money would earn a “Pink Party”, which consisted of ribbon cookies, cupcakes and punch (all in pink).

            Sixth grade students donated $448, seventh grade students donated $254, and eighth grade students donated $676.  Chastain Road Elementary helped out as well with a donation of $148, which brings the grand total to: $1,526!  Ms. Summey’s eighth grade homeroom won the “Pink Party”.

              LibertyMiddle School would like to thank everyone who participated and will make a donation The Susan G. Komen Foundation in the next few weeks. 


August/September Students of the Month
October 17, 2012
 Two Students of the Month are chosen by both teams in each grade level.  Students of the Month should possess leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities.

   Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers as Students of the Month for August/September:  
   
     6th Team A               6th Team B                    7th Team A          7th Team B
  Clay Hamlett                  Anna King                    Luke Durham         Ashlee Maw Hayes
  Jaiden Marcengill           Andrew Lairson             Mia Weidman         Juan Salcido-Bravo

                                                          8th Grade
                                          Bo Felton                     Will Horton
                                        Michala Green                Dakota Smith
    Ms. Espsito                                                                                         Mr. Rankin
  Jacob Hooper                                                                                       Lashay Kay

Falcons, Get your Spirit On!!!
October 14, 2012
  The Liberty Middle School Falcons will be participating in Spirit Week October 15 - 19.  This week gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to show their school pride.  Each day of the week everyone is encouraged to participate by dressing up to coordinate with the day.
       Monday, October 15 - No School - Get fired up and ready for the next 4 days of Spirit Week.
     Tuesday, October 16 - Best Dressed Day.  Wear your finest threads for this dress-up day.
     Wednesday, October 17 - Pink is Power Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear as much PINK as           possible in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.
     Thursday, October 18 - Spirit Day.  6th graders will white out
                                              7th graders will red out
                                              8th graders will black out
     Friday, October 19 - Western Day. Round-up Spirit Week with your best Western Wear.
Book Fair is Coming!!!
October 8, 2012
    The Scholastic Book Fair is occupying the Media Center Monday, October 22 - Thursday,October 25 from 7:45A.M. - 3:45 P.M.  There are hundreds of titles to choose from, as well as posters, pens, and neat pencils. A preview flyer should be coming home soon.
     Students will be coming with their ELA class; they may also visit the book fair any time with a pass from one of their teachers.  All proceeds raised during the book fair will enable Mrs. Whelchel to purchase new items for our Media Center.  So, SPEND, SPEND SPEND!!!
Enjoy Lunch with Your Child
October 8, 2012
    We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to have lunch with your child at Liberty Middle School. Sixth grade parents are invited on Tuesday, October 23, seventh grade parents on Wednesday, October 24, and eighth grade parents on Thursday, October 25. You certainly may come any day, but we have designated these days especially for you. Adult lunch price is $3.35. 

     While at school on these days please take the opportunity to visit our media center and browse through our Fall Book Fair. There will be many books and other items available for purchase during the book fair.  

    If you can join us for lunch on one of these days, please return the form that was sent home by Friday, October 19. This will allow our cafeteria staff to know how many to prepare for each day. Please call the school if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you.


Basketball Tryouts
October 17, 2012
   Boys and Girls basketball tryouts will be October 29 – November 2.  Students must be in 7th or 8th grade and have a physical on file in the office in order to participate.  Please check our Athletics webpage for the physical form, or for more information, you may also contact our Athletic Director, Bob Davis.
Volleyball Fundraiser
August 27, 2013
     The 2013-2014 Lady Falcons Volleyball Team is holding a fundraiser this Fall. They are selling the very popular “pocket-tees”! Black or red short-sleeved shirts with a custom pocket design and your choice of initials or numbers, your choice of font and thread color. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL. Prices range from $23 to $27. Awesome for showing your spirit for your school or athlete and to wear to athletic events! These make great birthday or Christmas presents! Cash or checks payable to LMS. Please turn in the order form and payment to the LMS Office. Any questions, please contact Trish Ridder, PTO President, at 864-444-8950, or email her @ trishridder@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting the Lady Falcons Volleyball Team!  For more information, click here.


Liberty Elementary Night at Football Game
September 19, 2012
    On Thursday, September 20, the Falcon football team will be facing off against the Palmetto Mustangs.  The battle begins at 5:30 and takes place at the LHS Red Devil Stadium.  Admission is $5 for all attendees. 
     Liberty Elementary students will be admitted free at the gate, and their chorus will be performing during the pregame activities. 
     We hope everyone will plan to come out and support our undefeated Falcons. 
Turn it Up, Falcons!!!!
Kickoff Week Huge Success
September 13, 2012
     Our Kickoff Week was very sucessful at Liberty Middle School.  The volleyball team won their opening match against Seneca and followed that with another victory over West-Oak.  The football team, after a rain delay, pulled out a hard fought win over the Honea Path Cubs.  The week concluded with a Kickoff dance with Deejay Roy and Cool J Cornelius.  A big thanks goes out to the sixth grade and all the supporters of our teams and events!!!
Open House Celebration
September 10, 2012
      Liberty Middle School will be having an open house for the Liberty community to come and tour the newly renovated Liberty Middle School. The open house will be held from 4:00 -5:30 pm on Saturday, September 22. The entire community is invited to come out and see the changes made to the school and visit classrooms.
 
      At 7:00 pm, September 22 Liberty Middle School is proud to present the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet on the new stage. These world class musicians have played all over the United States and in eight foreign countries on three continents. This will prove to be a very enjoyable evening for everyone. Tickets are $10.00. For reservations please call the school at 397-3400.

Dinner Honoring Former and Current LMS Teachers and Staff Members
September 10, 2012
       All current and former staff members of Liberty Middle School are cordially invited to a special dinner at the newly renovated Liberty Middle School in Liberty on Saturday, September 22. Dinner will begin at 5:30.
     At 7:00 pm, Liberty Middle School is proud to present the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet on the new stage in the gymnasium. These world class musicians have played all over the United States and in eight foreign countries on three continents.
 
       Please come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and a renewal of friendships followed by an evening of great music. Tickets for the concert are $10. 
 For reservations please call the school at 397-3400.

Liberty Middle School PTO Presents....2012 FALL FUNDRAISER
September 11, 2012
    
     On September 6, Liberty Middle School PTO kicked off the Fall Fundraiser through Goalbuster Fundraising. The goal for this year’s fall fundraiser is $20,000. The profits from this campaign will be used to enrich the learning environment for all students and staff. This year the PTO is offering the Holiday Collection brochure (which has a huge selection of gift wrap, household essentials and gift items), Baker’s Delight frozen food items (an incredible selection of Rosemarie’s pre-portioned frozen cookie dough, Cheesecakes, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Maestro Pizza and other snack favorites), and USA Team Spirit 32 oz. tumblers. The best supporters are friends, family, co-workers and neighbors!
 
Customers who live in other cities and states can purchase gift items online at www.goalbuster.com. Use Liberty Middle Code 21228 for all online purchases. Students earn prize credits for online sales.
 
 
HELPFUL REMINDERS: 
¨      No door-to-door sales without supervision.
¨      Keep Holiday Collection catalogs and PINK copy of order form for your reference. Turn in WHITE and YELLOW copies.
¨      Original Baker’s Delight and USA Team Spirit order forms are to be turned in. You will receive the order forms back at distribution.
¨      All orders must be prepaid. Collect money when taking orders. DO NOT COLLECT SALES TAX.
¨      Please make checks and money orders payable to LIBERTY MIDDLE PTO.
¨      Order forms and money must be turned in by Monday, September 24th in the enclosed Collection Envelope.
¨      Parents will be contacted with the pick up date.

 
Yearbooks On Sale Now
September 13, 2012
    

     Order your LMS Yearbook early at the best price of the year....$35!!  Everybody said that last year's book was good.  Well, we're hoping that the 2013 Falcon's Flight will be even better. Don't miss out on all those wonderful memories.  If you'd like to order one, please come by Mrs. Garrett's room (106) with your money, and she'll reserve one for you.  Order yours today!!!


Morning and Afternoon Procedures
August 9, 2012
     Please click here for the latest information on our morning and afternoon pick-up procedures.





International Leaders in Education Program Enriches LMS
April 23, 2013
 Initiated in 2005, the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary teachers (Fellowes) from the Near East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.

ILEP consists of a semester-long academic program at a U.S. university (Clemson University in our area) including course work in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for the home classroom environment, teacher leadership and instructional technology.

In addition to observing and co-teaching in the Liberty Middle School ELA classrooms, our four Fellowes have visited classrooms of colleagues, attended school meetings, participated in extracurricular activities, shadowed a student and an administrator for a day, and taken part in other school experiences. The benefits to our students have been numerous, including global competence and awareness; tolerance for other cultures; acceptance of new ideas, customs, languages, and dress; and broadening our students’ horizons.

We have been honored to host Mohamed El Hayal (Morocco), Lasma Sihite (Indonesia), Madhu Singh (India), and Fanta Cissok (Senegal) in our school and have enjoyed their presence in our classrooms. Our lives have been enhanced, and we have learned much from each other.


Lady Falcons Host Lady Warriors
September 10, 2012
    The Lady Falcons volleyball team will be hosting their first home match in Liberty Middle's newly renovated, beautiful gym.  The match begins at 5:30 P.M. and admission is $4.  Please come out and support the Lady Falcons as they attempt to keep their winning streak going.  GO LADY FALCONS!!!!! 
Volleyball Tryouts
August 9, 2012
     Volleyball Tryouts will take place Monday, August 13th from 10:00 A.M. - Noon.  Girls are reminded that they must have a physical on file before they can tryout.  Also, ladies attending tryouts need to bring clean tennis shoes that may only be worn in the gym, knee pads and a water bottle.  PE attire (shorts 1 inch above the knee) and a t-shirt are appropriate for tryouts.  Absolutely NO SHORT SHORTS will be allowed.  Coach Ellenburg looks forward to seeing all interested girls on the 13th in our brand new gym.
School Supply Lists
July 19, 2012
     Please click here, for the recommended supply lists for each grade level. These supplies will help your child be prepared and organized for a successful start to the new school year which, begins on Tuesday, August 21.  As a reminder, South Carolina’s tax-free weekend begins on Friday, August 3 and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 5.



ATTENTION!!!
June 21, 2012
     Beginning July 9 all activity for LMS will take place at our new facility at 125 Falcon Lane.



Report Card Pick-Up
June 14, 2012
      If your child was absent from school on June 14, you may pick up his/her report card in the school office Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Please keep in mind that we will remain in our current location until July 5.  As of July 9, we will be available in our new location at 125 Falcon Lane, Liberty.

7th Grade SPARTS Demonstration
June 7, 2012
      Karen Setlowe, creator of SPARTS - a fusion of sports, arts and curricula - gave a SPARTS demonstration on Wednesday, June 6, to Mrs. Eads' 7th grade ELA classes. An area resident, she chose Liberty Middle School as the pilot school to test her research. All of the students participated in this first round of research and offered suggestions for a variety of SPARTS activities which Ms. Setlowe is including in her first study evalutation.
     To view a slideshow of this demonstration, please click here.

June Newsletter Available
June 1, 2012
      The June Newsletter is available by clicking here.  If you would like a printed copy, please contact the office.  









SCJBA Celebration
May 31, 2012
    On Wednesday, May 30, Mrs. Tolley held her annual South Carolina Junior Book Award celebration.  Middle school students are encouraged to read at least four of the twenty nominated books to be able to vote in March and attend the celebration in May.  After reading each book, the participating students are required to pass an AR test to prove that they read and comprehended the books.  In March, LMS students voted for their favorite title, and Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima was the school winner. The state winner, which was chosen by all the participating schools in South Carolina, was Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry.  The LMS celebration was western themed because the state winning book took place on a ranch.
     Fun, food and fellowship was had by all attendees.  Mrs. Tolley gave away fabulous prizes to everyone.  It was a GREAT celebration!!!  To view pictures of our celebration please click here.
High School Musical, Jr. Comes to LMS
May 31, 2012
      On Friday, June 1, the 7th and 8th grade choruses will present High School Musical, Jr.  The performance opens at 7:00 P.M. in the Liberty Middle School auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:30 and admission is $5.  Come out and support our choruses and see how extremely talented we are at LMS.
8th Graders Enjoy Poetry Slam
May 21, 2012
 Ms. Steele's 8th grade ELA and Honors English 1 classes presented poems in class on May 21 as part of a poetry slam.  This was a culminating activity to a poetry notebook the students constructed as part of their study of poetry.  Students were given the choice of memorizing a poem or reading one.  The poem could be by a published author, or it could be written by the student.  A number of students chose to share a poem they had written in class.  Students could earn extra credit by bringing props, dressing in a costume, sharing a photo on the Promethean board, or incorporating music into the presentation.  As a result, the students were quite creative in their presentations which produced a fun and entertaining day for everyone.  Some of the classes were even fortunate enough to have Dr. Pew pay them a visit.

8th Grade Science Classes Can Speed
May 21, 2012
 Liberty Middle School 8th grade Science classes are learning about speed and the technological design process by building a car using meat trays, cups and other materials.  Students have conducted various experiments to determine the effects of mass and friction on an object’s speed.  They will end this unit experimenting with the property of inertia.  Ms. Sefick and Ms. Summey are extremely proud of their students’ hard work and ingenuity.
Liberty Middle is a Healthy School
May 16, 2012
      Liberty Middle School was one of 125 schools in South Carolina to be recognized as a “Healthy School” by the United States Department of Agriculture. The award includes the banner, a plaque and a monetary prize. The award recognizes schools for serving healthy meals and having an environment where physical activity and nutrition education are high priorities in the schools. Congratulations to our cafeteria staff and our teachers for their part in receiving this award! The banner and plaque will be displayed in a prominent place in our new school.
     Pictured with our banner are Jesica Hamm, Triston Long, Caleb White and Ashley Stewart.
Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars
May 15, 2012
    Students from Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg counties that participated in the Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars program were celebrated Monday night at the Drive game. For reading a minimum of 4 books, these students got a free ticket to the game, Drive t-shirt,  and got to march in a pre-game parade around the field. LMS is proud of our Reading All-Stars!
 
Pictured are Neve Morgan, Lexi Morgan, Nicole Hall, and Jasmine Friar.
May Newsletter Available
May 4, 2012
      The May Newsletter is available by clicking here.  If you would like a printed copy, please contact the office.









Be Prepared for PASS Testing
May 1, 2012
 PASS Test dates have been set, and we want to share these dates with you at this time so that we may ask your help in making sure your child is at school for each of the two testing days.  Research has shown that students perform better on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.

Therefore, please place the following dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday,  May 8-ELA  All Grades

Wednesday, May 9- Math All Grades

Thursday, May 10- Science or Social Studies- 6th and 8th grades 

Thursday, May 10- Science-7th grade only

Friday, May 11- Social Studies-7th grade only

We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.

The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:

*Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.

*Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that they are on time.  Testing will begin promptly after announcements have been made and students have reported to their testing rooms.

*Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!


Doolittle Named Teacher of the Year
April 26, 2012
     Congratulations to Mr. Geoff Doolittle for being named LMS 2012 Teacher of the Year!  Mr. Doolittle teaches Algebra I Honors, Algebra I, and 8th grade math.  He can also be seen driving teams to athletic events and running the clock and scoreboard at football and basketball games.
Watson Named Support Employee of the Year
April 26, 2012
     Congratulations to Mrs. Beverly Watson for being named LMS 2012 Support Employee of the Year!  Mrs. Watson is our school secretary and receptionist.  She greets visitors when they arrive at our school, and she's the friendly voice callers hear on the phone.  She's been known to take care of sick students, and she's a constant source of information for the faculty and staff.
March of Dimes Campaign Very Successful
April 23, 2012
 The Student Council would like to thank all the homerooms that participated in our campaign to raise money for the March of Dimes.  We raised $450 to help in the march against birth defects for T.J’s Trotters Team.  We would like to especially thank Mrs. Putnam’s homeroom who raised $160 and will now get to enjoy free slushies in the near future.  Thanks again to everyone!!!

Karina VegaMonrroy Chosen for Summer Program
April 19, 2012
      Instead of staying home and participating with her friends in more “usual” summer activities, Karina VegaMonrroy, an 8th grader, will be one of two participants chosen from SC to attend the USA Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee July 10 – 15. A one-week residential hands-on science academy focusing on math, science, and technology for middle school students sponsored by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) selected two students from each of the 13 Appalachian states to receive this experience. Selected students are provided with transportation and all costs of the academy. Karina will participate in advanced classes and seminars during her stay as well as visiting many attractions in the area. Congratulations to Karina VegaMonrroy on this significant honor.
April Newsletter Available
April 13, 2012
 The April Newsletter is available by clicking here.  If you would like a printed copy please come by the office.













MAP Testing - Huge Success
April 11, 2012
 Liberty Middle school completed MAP testing during the month of March in a very exciting way! On March 30 there was an assembly to celebrate MAP score improvement.  Present at the assembly was Dr. Henry Hunt. Dr. Hunt encouraged our students to continue to work hard for the remainder of the year and do their very best on upcoming PASS testing.

At the end of the assembly, a drawing was held for three Kindle Fire e-readers. Students had tickets with their names on them and the higher the MAP score improved the more tickets they had for the drawing.

The winners were:

Maria Alejos-Grade 8

Kara Moore-Grade7

Amy Owen –Grade 6

After the assembly, students returned to their homerooms for a movie. The homerooms with the highest increase in MAP scores were treated to pizza.

 The winning homerooms were:

Ms. Summey-Grade 8

Mrs. Oliver-Grade 7

Mrs. Moody-Grade 6


March of Dimes
April 12, 2012
 The Student Council has been sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the fight against birth defects.  Students donate a dollar and receive a card to place on their homeroom door.  The winning homeroom will receive slushies for everyone in the class.  All the money raised will be given to the T.J.’s Trotters Team who will be walking six miles on April 28 in the March for Babies.  Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and accepted until Friday, April 20.

Beta Club Reading Buddies
April 11, 2012
 7th and 8th Grade Beta Club members are enjoying the time they are spending with students from Liberty Elementary School.  Thirty Beta Club members are placed in elementary school classrooms and work one on one with students on reading skills.
Order Now!!!!
March 26, 2012
      Order your LMS Falcon's Flight Yearbook before they're all gone.  We only have 98 left.  This should be the best yearbook we've ever had.  Don't miss out on all those wonderful memories.  This year's yearbook is $40.  If you'd like to order one, please come by Mrs. Garrett's room (301) with your money, and she'll reserve one for you.  Order yours today!!!
LMS Awarded the Palmetto Silver Award
March 21, 2012
 Liberty Middle School has been awarded the Palmetto  Silver Award by the SC Department of Education. This award was given for test score performance since the 2009-2010 school year. This award recognizes the continuous improvement of our students on the PASS test which is mandated by the SC Department of Education. We are very proud of our students and staff for achieving this great honor! 
St. Patrick's Day Dance
March 15, 2012
      Boogie your shoes off at the St. Patrick's Day Dance on Friday, March 16th.  Plan to attend from 3:30 - 5:00.  $5 will get you in to enjoy all your favorite tunes to show off your best moves on the dance floor.  Concessions will be available for all your hunger desires.  You can also purchase raffle tickets to win special prizes.  So come on out and dance the afternoon away!!!!
     Friday will also be Green Hat Day.  Pay a dollar to wear your favorite and craziest green hat.  Prizes will be rewarded for the best hats of the day.
Carolina Girl Fundraiser is Underway!!!
March 13, 2012
     Students should have received the order forms and information last week. Monies and order forms are due back to LMS by Friday, March 30th . Orders will be delivered back to LMS on Friday, April 20th. Thank you for supporting LMS!

Hat Day to Benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association
March 8, 2012
 The proceeds from the Hat Day sponsored by the LMS Beta Club will be donated to MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association).  This is part of the National Beta Club Service Project:  Buck a Beta, where every local Beta Club chapter is encouraged to donate one dollar for each member.  

Liberty Middle School Beta Club achieved its goal of a Buck a Beta and was able to donate $81.


8th Graders Visit Career and Technology Center
March 8, 2012
 As a career exploration activity, the 8th graders visited the Career and Technology Center.  Upon arrival, they viewed a video that introduced them to all the different careers available at the Career Center.  The students were then placed in groups, and guides took them to view the career opportunities offered when attending the Career Center.  Some of the favorite departments were Mechatronics, Auto Mechanics, Culinary Arts and Cosmetology.  Many students said that this visit will help them when they start making career decisions while in high school.

Bridging Generations Award Winners Named
March 8, 2012
 Congratulations to the winners of the new Lt. Governor’s writing award, the Bridging Generations Award. All LMS 8th graders were required to interview a senior citizen about his/her life when they were the students’ age, and compare and contrast the differences and similarities of the two. Topics that could be included in the writing were changes in: social values, economic values, technology, style, nutrition, and expressions. Winners were selected from each Language Arts class, and those eight winners’ writings were judged by two outside members of the community. The class winners were Hanan Balawi, Madalynn Crawford, Cody Hayes, Gage King, Parker Moore, Natosha Randle, Jonathan Redding, and Logan Richey.  Jonathan Redding’s writing won the Bridging Generations Award for Liberty Middle School.  His writing will now be competing against the four other middle school winners from the district. We hope he does well, and we congratulate all of our great writers.
March Newsletter Published
March 7, 2012
 The March Newsletter is available by clicking here.  If you would like a printed copy, please come by the office.






8th Grade PASS Testing is Here!!!!
March 1, 2012
 PASS Writing Test dates have been set, and we want to share these dates with you at this time so that we may ask your help in making sure your child is at school for each of the two testing days.  Research has shown that students perform better on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.

Therefore, please place the following dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, March 20-Writing Day 1

Wednesday, March 21-Writing Day 2

At this time, the state still plans to test English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science,  Social Studies, and Field Tests in May.  We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.

The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:

*Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.

*Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that they are on time.  Testing will begin promptly after announcements have been made and students have reported to their testing rooms.

*Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!


MAP Testing Message
February 27, 2012
      We are fast approaching PASS and MAP testing time for our students. Both  PASS and MAP are critical for your child and his/her classroom placement/schedule for next year. Because the school district calendar provided three and one half weeks less instructional time before testing begins, we did not give a Winter MAP test. It is important that your child do his /her best job and take MAP testing seriously. This is especially true in Math as it is a determining factor for Advanced Math placement in grades six and seven and Algebra 1 placement in grade eight. We would not want a capable student to be placed in a lower level Math class because they failed to take MAP testing seriously. 

     The MAP and PASS testing dates are: 

Spring MAP for all grades –March 5-23 

PASS Writing for Grade8-March 20-21 

PASS Math ,ELA, Science, and SS for all grades-May 8-18 

    Please place these dates on your calendar and encourage your child to do his/her very best on all of them. If you have any questions please contact us. We look forward to continuing our improvement on these tests.


Professional Wrestling Comes to Liberty
February 27, 2012
      On Saturday, March 3rd, 3Count Pro Wrestling Academy presents SHOWDOWN IN LIBERTY at the Liberty Middle School gymnasium.  Doors open at 6:30 and bell time is at 7:30.  This event will benefit Camp Adventure and the Liberty Middle School football team.  Wrestling enthusiasts will get to enjoy the prowess of Ricky Morton of the Rock n' Roll Express.  The Main Event will feature SIXX vs. The Barbarian.  Tickets are available in the LMS office and from our Resource Officer, Mike Constance, during the lunch periods.  Front row tickets are $15, ringside seats are $10, and general admission tickets are $5.  If you're a wrestling fan, then this is definitely the event you don't want to miss!!!

2012 Miss LMS Awarded to Ivy Grace Gibson
February 24, 2012

     A hush went through the crowd as Elizabeth Houston announced, “The 2012 Miss LMS is Ivy Grace Gibson.”  Ivy Grace’s jaw dropped, and then she was beaming from ear to ear.  That was the end to a very successful Miss LMS Pageant. 

     On Saturday, February 18, the Liberty Middle School auditorium was filled to capacity as fifty-four young ladies competed in casual and formal wear.  The eighth grade contestants also participated in an interview with the judges earlier in the afternoon, which was a large portion of their overall score towards becoming Miss LMS.  The participants entered the auditorium in their casual attire and introduced themselves to the audience and judges, and then they competed as grade levels collectively.  After the casual wear competition, Norman Holliday entertained everyone as he sang “You Raise Me Up”.

     The contestants returned by grades to compete in formal attire.  Every young lady was absolutely stunning on stage in their dresses.  The three judges had a very difficult job picking the winners.  When the formal wear portion of the pageant was complete, Heather Cravens performed “American Honey” for the audience’s entertainment and as the scores were being tabulated.

     Noelle Yardley, Miss LMS 2011, returned to crown the winners of this year’s pageant.  Each grade’s contestants voted for a Miss Congeniality, who demonstrated a willingness to be a great friend and helpful to everyone.  The other place winners were 2nd Runner-Up, 1st Runner-Up, and the Grade winner.  The eighth grade ladies were competing for the crown of Miss LMS, as well.

These ladies were named winners in their respective grade:

8th Grade
Miss LMS 2012 – Ivy Grace Gibson
Miss 8th Grade – Tori Costner
1st Runner-Up – Hope Aiken
2nd Runner-Up – Tori Lesley
Miss Congeniality – Victoria Black

7th Grade
Miss 7th Grade – Chandra McDaniel
1st Runner-Up – Caroline Whitt
2nd Runner-Up – Tatyana Chamblee
Miss Congeniality – Lexi Lewis

6th Grade
Miss 6th Grade – Ryanne Gantt
1st Runner-Up – Taylor Keasler
2nd Runner –Up – Emily Lee
Miss Congeniality – Andrea Sanchez 

The pageant was a HUGE success, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.


 

Remember This Year's Pageant Always
February 14, 2012
      The Miss LMS Pageant, Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice, will be recorded and placed on DVDs for purchase.  If you would like to order a DVD, they will be $15 for one and $10 for each additional DVD ordered.  This is a great way to make this year's pageant a lasting memory.  Please make your payments with cash or a check.
      Individual photographs will be taken of participants, as well.  If you are interested, order forms will be available the evening of the pageant.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be acceptable forms of payment.
      Preserve this night forever with a DVD or portrait of your special contestant.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Reeves.

     
Miss LMS Pageant Rehearsal Reminder
February 10, 2012
      Miss LMS pageant participants will have rehearsals on the following dates:

Tuesday, 2/14 8th Grade 3:30 - 5:30
Wednesday, 2/15 7th Grade 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday, 2/16 6th Grade 3:30 - 5:30
Friday, 2/17             ALL GRADES         3:30 - UNTIL 
THIS REHEARSAL IS MANDATORY!!!!

  
   Rehearsals are closed to everyone except pageant contestants and pageant volunteers.  Parents please pick your child up in the back parking lot of the school.  Someone will bring them out at the end of rehearsals.


      This year's theme is Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice and will be held in our auditorium at 7:00 PM.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM, and all tickets will be sold at the door for $10.  Parents with advanced tickets will need to enter through the main entrance, and someone will be there to escort them into the auditorium.  No one will be allowed to enter through the side entrances.  Also, please do not park in the CVS or Family Dollar parking lots.  Parking will be available at Liberty First Baptist if necessary.  Please plan to join us for this special event at our school.
     Please direct any questions to Lynn Reeves, PTO president.



 

February Newsletter Posted to Website
February 3, 2012
      The February issue of Falcons Happenings is available on this website (click here)Due to budget constraints, the newsletter has not been mailed home this year. Students and parents are encouraged to check out the newsletter for all the latest updates – including information about “Pickens County Has Talent 2012,” Copies of the newsletter are available in the main                                         office.
Beta Club Participates in "Souper" Bowl of Caring
February 2, 2012
      A simple prayer delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea (“…as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat").  It is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice. 

1990

First Souper Bowl of Caring - 22 churches collect $5,700 in Columbia, South Carolina 

2008

National total reaches $10 million in cash and food! 

    Our very own Beta Club will be collecting money for our local charity on Friday, February 3, 2012.  Please bring an extra dollar when you visit Special Sales.


http://www.souperbowl.org/




   

January 23rd - Final Game in Historic LMS Gymnasium
January 18, 2012
      On Monday, January 23, we will be celebrating the last regular season game ever in our gym.  To make this a very special celebration, we will be having a dance prior to the game in the cafeteria.  If you have not been to a game this year, this will be your last opportunity to see the Falcons play in our current gym.  We would love to fill the gym up that night.  We will be playing Palmetto Middle School, who are currently number one in our league.  The Liberty Middle School teams would like to close out the season with victories.  Please plan to come out and cheer for the Falcons on this special day.
     Tickets for the dance will be $5, and game tickets will be $4.  For $10, you will receive admission to the dance, a ticket to the game and a slushy at the dance.  Everyone come out and support and our school.
Little Caesars Fundraiser
January 13, 2012

Hey Falcons!

You should have received your Little Caesar’s Fundraising Information and order form on Friday, January 13th. We want to encourage everyone to participate in this easy-to-sell fundraiser! All proceeds will go to help with the move and toward your NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL! How exciting is that! And, you can play a BIG part in the success of this fundraiser. Here are the details:

  • Order Forms are due back to your teacher or to the office by:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD (no exceptions).
  • Delivery of your ordered pizza kits will be MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH.

Please arrange to either take your pizza kits home THAT DAY or arrange to have your parents or someone pick up your order between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on February 13th. 

Every student who sells 20 or more pizza or other kits on the order form will be entered into a drawing to win an IPad ! It is going to be awesome, so don’t miss your opportunity to get in the drawing! We hope that everyone is selling and has been selling lots of items! The drawing for the IPad will be held during the week of February 6th.

Keep Selling until February 3rd!!!!!

LMS PTO


January Newsletter Posted to Website
January 11, 2012
      The January issue of Falcons Happenings is available on this website(Click here).  Due to budget constraints, the newsletter has not been mailed home this year. Students and parents are encouraged to check out the newsletter for all the latest updates – including information about “Pickens County Has Talent 2012,” Copies of the newsletter are available in the main office.







Thanks to Our Board Members Who Speak Out for Public Schools!
January 10, 2012

      SDPC joins 82 other school districts throughout the state in celebrating School Board Recognition Month this January. We salute our board members and extend our appreciation for their service and dedication to public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards Speak Out for Public Schools,” reflects the combined commitment of school boards to lead and advocate for quality, accountable public schools that ensure all students can experience success beyond the classroom.





Miss LMS Pageant
January 10, 2012
      The Miss LMS Pageant, Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice, will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 P.M. in the school’s auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.  Please be reminded that no one should park at Family Dollar or CVS. First Baptist Church of Liberty has agreed to let us use their parking lots for this event.







LMS Shows Their Love to Our Military
December 15, 2011
      The students and faculty of LMS made Christmas cards for our military to enjoy this holiday season.  This is our second year of making cards and sending them to soldiers at home and on foreign soil.  Last yea,r we sent two boxes to Afghanistan and two boxes to military bases in the United States.  This year, we will be sending a box to Afghanistan, Japan and two bases state side. The LMS Cheerleaders sponsored this event and were very proud to give the cards to Staff Sergeant Madden of the US Marine Corp.   Thank you, LMS, for your support of our Military.

Festivals of Christmas
December 12, 2011
     The chorus, band and strings classes will be presenting their Christmas concerts this week.  The 6th, 7th and 8th grade choruses will perform their holiday tunes Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium. 
      On Thursday, December 15th, the band and strings will be entertaining the audience with traditional holiday music.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the concerts beginning at
6:30 P.M. in the auditorium.  
     Please make plans to attend these festive occasions.

December Newsletter Posted to Website
December 7, 2011
    
   
 The December Newsletter is now available under the "What's New" tab.  If you would like a printed copy, please let the office know, and we will send one home, or you may stop by the office any time and pick one up.

LMS Pageant Mandatory Meeting
November 21, 2011

     PTO is sponsoring the 2011/2012 Miss LMS Pageant.  The pageant will take place on Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 pm.  There is a MANDATORY meeting for all 6th – 8th grade girls who are interested in participating in the pageant on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 P.M. in the school’s auditorium. Both the student and a parent must attend this meeting. 
     For questions, you may contact Lynn Reeves, PTO President, at 843-2542.

Open House
November 14, 2011
      Liberty Middle School will have Open House from 4:30-6:30 on Thursday, November 17. Parents are encouraged to go by the classrooms and visit with their child’s teachers.  Please remember that these visits should be brief.  A conference may be scheduled if you would like to speak to a specific teacher for a longer period of time or if you cannot attend and feel a conference is necessary.  Please call the school at 397-3400.
Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
November 14, 2011
      Join us for our annual student versus faculty basketball game on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00.  The cost is $4 per person and promises to be very entertaining.  Don't miss the fun!

Concessions will be sold.  Plan to enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks, etc.

     Students are asked to wear something red in support of our student players.  Faculty and staff are asked to wear something black in support of our faculty and staff players.  All students, faculty and staff who wear the designated color will receive a free item from the concession stand.


You're Invited to Have Lunch with your Child
November 14, 2011
     During the week of November 15-17, we would like to invite parents to have lunch with their child in our cafeteria.  While we are designating a certain day for a specific grade level, you may come any day.  If you plan to join us for lunch, you may send a note to your child's homeroom teacher or contact Mrs. Watson in the office.  Please include in your note the number of adults that will be attending lunch, so that we may have the cafeteria staff prepare enough food for all.  Also, include the date that you will attend.

Our designated days and times for you to join your child for lunch are:     
     
Tuesday, November 15 Wednesday,
November 16
Thursday,
November 
17
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
10:45 - 11:20 11:30 -12:00
or
11:50 - 12:20
12:25 - 12:55
 
     While you are here we invite you to go by the Media Center and visit the Book Fair.  Many books will be on sale and they make outstanding birthday/Christmas gifts. 

We look forward seeing you at lunch!

Scholastic Book Fair is Here
November 10, 2011
      The Scholastic Book Fair is occupying the Media Center Monday, November 14 - Thursday, November 17.  There are hundreds of titles to choose from, as well as posters, pens, and neat pencils. A preview flyer was sent home last week.
     Students' first visit to the book fair must be with their ELA teacher on Monday or Tuesday.  After that initial visit, they may return to buy books at any time.  All proceeds raised during the book fair will enable Mrs. Tolley to purchase new items for our Media Center.  So, SPEND, SPEND SPEND!!!
Picture Money Due November 16 - Make-ups November 17th
November 10, 2011
     Please turn in proofs with money by November 16th.  If you don't want to purchase your pictures this year, please return the proof envelope.  The photographer would like these back.  
     If you were not enrolled al LMS on October 5th or you were absent that day, please plan to have a make-up picture taken on November 17th.  If you were here on October 5th, and would like a new picture taken, you must have the original proof on make-up day before the picture will be made.  Also, a $5.00 fee may be added to your make-up picture if you weren't happy with the original.

November Newsletter Posted to Website
November 10, 2011
     The November Newsletter is now available under the "What's New" tab.  If you would like a printed copy, please let the office know, and we will send one home, or you may stop by the office any time and pick one up.
Falcons For A Cure
November 8, 2011
 During the last week of October, the students of Liberty Middle School participated in Spirit Week. Coach Johnny Dameron and the football team decided they wanted to do something to give back to the community. Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they decided to hold a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during that  week.  Students bought individual pies for three dollars and class pies for five dollars. Teachers and students both enjoyed launching pies at each other.  This event was a great and fun way to raise money for cancer research.  When the final pie was purchased, Liberty Middle School students had raised over 1,200 dollars for the Foundation.  WAY TO GO FALCONS!!!!
7th Grade GT Students Visited by Ham Radio Operators
November 8, 2011
      The Liberty Middle School 7th Grade Gifted/Talented English classes  read a play titled "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street." One of the characters in the play owned and operated a "ham radio" which made his neighbors suspicious of him and prejudiced against him, mostly because they were uninformed.
     To help the students understand better what a ham radio is and its purposes, the students were visited by two members of the Foothills Amateur Radio Club. Jennifer Zerlaut and Wes Ellison brought mobile equipment to the classroom, including antenna and transceiver, giving the students an opportunity to talk with other operators. The students also learned how the radios began, the purpose of the ham radios, and why there is still such an appeal for ham radio operators. Each student was given a packet with web sites and ideas for becoming a ham radio operator.
     We also enjoyed having Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Tharpe, and Mrs. McKenzie visit us during this time as well. Please enjoy the pictures.  

     Thank you to our informative guest speakers!   


 

Weatherbug Comes to Liberty Middle
November 3, 2011
     At Liberty Middle School, we now have our own weather station.  You may access it as well as others around the world by going to www.weatherbug.com  and downloading .Once downloaded, you will have accurate weather data from our campus weather station and a live camera shot from our school.
     Our teachers will also have access to weather related lessons, charts, graphs, and other information. We will also receive weather related emergency information based on data received from our station and others.
     If you have any questions about Weatherbug and/or our weather station, please contact the school or go to www.weatherbug.com.

 

Tyler Clark Wins Clogging Medal
November 1, 2011
     Tyler Clark, a student in Mrs. Esposito's class, performed in the All-American National Clogging Event on October 22.  Tyler performed a solo and brought home a medal for his great performance.  Way to go, Tyler!!!!
Lady Falcons Finish with Winning Record
October 24, 2011
      Congratulations to the Lady Falcons on their accomplishments this season.  They ended the season with a 7-6 record, finishing 5th out of 14 teams in the Tri-County Middle School Athletic Association.

          In Saturday’s tournament, the Ladies defeated Seneca, Wren, and Powdersville, while losing to McCants and Pickens in very close sets.

          The Ladies wish to thank everyone who came out to support them this season!


Spirit Week Begins
October 24, 2011
      Liberty Middle School will be participating in Spirit Week October 24 - 28.  This week gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to show their school pride.  Each day of the week everyone is encouraged to participate by dressing up to coordinate with the day.
        Monday, October 24 is Tie-Dye day.  Wear your brightest tie-dye apparel.
        Tuesday, October 25 is Nerd or Wacky Day.  Bring out your nerdiest or wackiest outfits.
        Wednesday, October 26 is Black Tie Day.  Wear your finest threads for this dress-up day.
        Thursday, October 27 is Spirit Day.  6th graders will white out
                                                                 7th graders will red out
                                                                 8th graders will black out
         Friday, October 28 is Falcons for a Cure Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear as much pink as possible 
         in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.

Falcons Victorious Over Warriors
October 24, 2011
      Congratulations to the LMS football team as they defeated West-Oak 22-12.  Tyler Renaud scored his first touchdown of the season.  Adam Thomas caught a touchdown pass from Tyler Burgess and scored on a 3 yard touchdown run.  Dereck Richmond and Nick Taylor also added 2 point conversions.  Liberty finishes the season next week at home against                                                       Starr-Iva.
Lady Falcons Lose a tough Battle to the Sparks
October 24, 2011
     The Lady Falcons finished their regular season Tuesday night in a hard fought match against the Pickens Sparks. With set scores or 24-26, 14-25, and 23-25 the Lady Falcons ended the season losing 3-0. All teamates played a great game. Their record is 7-6. Congratulations to the ladies on their winning season.
Lady Falcons Keep the Streak Going
October 18, 2011
   
  CONGRATULATIONS LADY FALCONS!!!!!  They defeated the 4th ranked McCants Hornets in a 3-0 match last night.  Scores for the games were 25-23, 25-25, and 25-20.  
     Excellent teamwork on the court and super support from the bench gave the Falcons the right mixture for a well-deserved win.
      Tori Lesley led the Falcons with excellent serving - having a streak of 10 straight serves for points, 3 of which were aces.  Right behind her were Anna Martin and Monica Keever who combined for 17 serves for points including 6 aces.  Adison Dacus had 3 aces as well.  These ladies also added to the offensive attack with a combination of 8 kills and great setting.
     This puts the Lady Falcons winning streak at 5!!!  WAY TO GO!!!!
     The team takes on Pickens this evening at the Sparks gym at 5:30.  Please come out and support the ladies in their final game of the season.
Lady Falcons Win Fourth Straight Match
October 17, 2011
      
     The Lady Falcons won their fourth straight match when they defeated the Edwards Panthers and the Lakeside Vikings.  They defeated the Panthers 3-1 and the Vikings 3-0.  Monica Keever led the team in the first victory with 11 aces and 9 consecutive serving points.  Tori Lesley led the way in the Viking defeat with 11 serves for points including a streak of 7 consecutive serves, 3 of which were aces.  Anna Martin, Brittney Painter and Adison Dacus had great serving streaks and were strong team leaders.  Enthusiastic support from all the team members kept the Falcons pumped up and positive.
     On October 17th, the Falcons would like your support as they face McCants Midlle at home at 5:30 and on the 18th as they travel to Pickens Middle.  Good Luck Lady Falcons!!!
Open House at SC Governor's School
October 17, 2011
      
     Open Doors is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to explore the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humaniites and meet current students, faculty, and staff. Preview what your life would be like at this school! Call 864.282.3713 or emailadmissions@scgsah.state.sc.us to reserve your space by October 17, 2011.
Outstanding Achievement
October 17, 2011

      Congratulations to Hannah Rankin for making a perfect score on two of the sixth grade PASS tests in 2011. Hannah had a perfect score on the ELA test and the Science test. There were 33 students in Pickens County that had a perfect score on a PASS subject test. Hannah was the only Pickens County middle school student to have a perfect score on two tests in 2011. Congratulations Hannah!

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
October 6, 2011
      The Lady Falcons Volleyball team was victorious Monday and Tuesday evenings.  They beat the Robert Andreson Patriots in 3 straight games with strong defensive play and good communication.  Monica Keever dominated the court with 7 aces.  Tori Lesley and Katie Lee had 4 aces, and Anna Martin and Victoria Black added 3 aces as well.
     On Tuesday evening, the ladies won again in 3 straight games.  The Lady Hurricanes of Wren Middle put up a tough battle.  Coach Ellenburg said the team once again showed what great communication can do.  She was extremely proud of the total team effort.
     The Lady Falcons will play again at home on Monday, October 10th against Edwards Middle and on Tuesday at Lakeside Middle.  Both of these games will begin at 5:30.
Falcons Defeat Razorbacks
October 3, 2011
       
    Last Thursday, the Falcons football team fought hard and picked each other up on several occasions to defeat the Walhalla Razorbacks 28-26.  The team was led by the great offensive contributions of Kris Murphy, Adam Thomas, Charlie Meinders, Nick Taylor, and Tyler Burgess.  Coach Johnny Dameron and his staff were very proud of the accomplishments of the entire team.
     The Falcons will travel to Palmetto to play the Mustangs on Thursday at 5:30.

 
Balawi Wins Again
September 26, 2011
     Hanan Balawi won again this weekend in the Lakeland Invitational Cross Country Meet.  She set the course record with a stunning time of 19:14.  She led the entire race which consisted of 12 other varsity teams.  Congrats Hanan, and keep up those great times!!!

PSAT to be Offered at LMS on October 12
September 26, 2011

    
The PSAT, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, will be given to 8th graders at LMS on October 12.  Interested 8th graders may take the test for a fee of only $14.  Taking the PSAT is great practice for the SAT test. The deadline for turning in the fee and required paperwork to the office is Thursday, September 29.  With your fee, you will be given a PSAT guide that gives further information and practice suggestions.  This is a great opportunity for a low cost.  Sign up soon.
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Lady Falcons Lose a Tough One
September 21, 2011
     The Lady Falcons faced a tough opponent in the Glenview Eagles last evening, losing the match 3-0.
     Anna Martin was the Falcons' leading server when she served for 10 of the teams' points which included two Aces.  Adison Dacus added to the serving attack with 2 Aces.  Tori Lesley had 2 blocks, while Monica Keever had 2 kills and a block.
     Please come out next Monday evening, September 26, as the Falcons face the Palmetto Mustangs in the LMS gym at 5:30.
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Falcons Volleyball Crushes Breakers
September 20, 2011
     Congratulations to the Lady Falcons in their defeat of the Gettys Breakers last night.  Awesome serving from several Liberty players set the pace for the 3-1 win.  Monica Keever led the Falcons with 14 Aces.  Tori Lesley, Anna Martin, Adison Dacus, and Brittney Painter also served several Aces.  Victoria Black and Katy Lee played a strong defensive game, while Tori Lesley and Anna martin connected for several spiking attacks that included 4 Kills.
     The Ladies will play tonight at Glenview Middle in Anderson.  Come out and cheer on your Lady Falcons.
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Falcons Duel Knights
September 19, 2011
     The Falcons Football team is preparing to play the St. Joseph Knights on Thursday, September 22 at 5:30.  This will be our first home game to kickoff the season at the new Liberty High Stadium.  Come out and support the Falcons as they strive to SOAR TO VICTORY!!!!
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Lady Falcons Faceoff Against Lady Breakers
September 19, 2011
     The Lady Falcons faceoff against the Lady Breakers at Gettys Middle.  The first serve will be at 5:30 tonight.  Please come out and cheer these hardworking ladies on.
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Falcons Sting the Hornets
September 16, 2011
     The Falcons football team defeated the Dixie Hornets 32-0 Thursday night.  The offense was lead by Adam Thomas who scored two touchdowns along with Nick Taylor, Dylan McCall who each scored a touchdown.  Josh Hopson added to the scorers, as well, when  he returned an interception for a touchdown.
     Charlie Meinders lead the Falcon defense in the shoutout by making several tackles for a loss.
     WAY TO GO FALCONS!!!!  The football team will play again next week when they battle St. Joseph at home at 5:30 PM.  Our first home game will be played at the new high school stadium.  Please come out and support the LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FALCONS.
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Falcons Football Team Travels to Dixie
September 15, 2011
     The Falcons Football team will be traveling to Dixie tonight to take on the Hornets.  Kickoff will be at 5:00 PM.  Come out and support the Falcons football team.  GO FALCONS!!!!!

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Balawi Wins XC Pre Region Meet
September 14, 2011
     
     Hanan Balawi won the Pre Region Cross Country Meet at SWU.  She ran a time of 20:09, and her closest competitor was 40 seconds behind her.  Hanan's time is now the course record for this difficult course.  Great Job, Hanan, keep up the great work!!!!!

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Lady Falcons Lose a Tough One
September 13, 2011
     The Lady Falcons Volleyball team lost to Wes-Oak Middle last night 2 games to 3.  Coach Ellenburg said that the team battled and will have to battle just as hard tonight when they take on Dacusville.  That match is at 5:30 in the LMS gym. Come out and support the LMS Lady Falcons!!!
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September 12, 2011
 Balawi Finishes 2nd in Coaches Classic

     Hanan Balawi, an 8th grader, finished 2nd in the Coaches Classic Cross Country meet in Columbia.  She completed the race in 19:15, which is a national elite time.  Hanan is currently ranked #1 in State AA.  We are proud of this accomplishment, and we hope she is successful in her next race.

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LMS Supoprts Our Troops!
September 9, 2011
Beginning on Monday, September 12, LMS students will begin collecting items to send to deployed troops during the Christmas season.  Students across the state of South Carolina will be participating in this project. Each homeroom has a box, and all LMS students and families are encouraged to participate.  The items we are collecting are:

Skull caps 
Baby Wipes
Eye Drops
Sunglasses
Gold Bond Powder
Toilet Paper
Deodorant
Toys for Children
White, black, or sand crew socks
White cotton tee shirts
Crossword puzzles
Frisbees
Granola bars
Beef Jerky
Instant Oatmeal
Instant Cocoa
Cracker Jacks
Tuna or chicken salad in pouches
Powdered drink mixes
Tennis balls
Deflated soccer balls
Notes and pictures
Hand and foot warmers
Christmas Cards-signed by your family with a return address only

We will be collecting these items until October 12. If you have any questions, please call the school or e-mail Mr. Edwards. Hise-mail address is
edwardd@pickens.k12.sc.us.
 
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Cookie Dough Time Again!
September 8, 2011
     Our annual cookie dough sale will kick-off on September 13. Please support our school by buying several tubs. They make great gifts and are perfect for tailgating, parties, etc. If you have any questions or would like to order in advance please contact the school. Thank you for your support of our school.
SIC Nominations.
September 7, 2011
    It is time again to nominate individuals to serve on the LMS School Improvement Committee. If you are currently serving you may continue to serve. If you would like to serve, or you would like to nominate someone to serve, please send an e-mail to Mr. Donivan Edwards, Principal at edwardd@pickens.k12.sc.us by Sept. 22. You may also call him at school at 397-3400 for further information. Thank you.
Volleyball Begins On Sept. 6!
August 30, 2011
        Coach Lou Ann Ellenburg and the Lady Falcons fly into a new season on September 6. The opponent will be Seneca Middle School and this will be a home game. The actions starts at 5:30. Please come out and support our girls volleyball team thoughout this season.
Congratulations to Our Football Team !
August 30, 2011
     The Liberty Falcons kicked of the football season in fine fashion Monday evening by defeating Northwest Middle school 12-6 in the Pickens County Middle School Football Jamboree. This was the Falcons first opportunity to play on the beautiful new field at Liberty High School. 
     The Falcons open the regular season on September 8. They will travel to Honea Path to play the Cubs of Honea Path Middle School. The first home game will be against the Knights of St. Joseph Sept. 22. Kick off for all games will be 5:30.
School Spirit Fundraiser
August 24, 2011

Show your school spirit! Purchase apparel with our new LMS Falcons logo at our Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday, August 30. To view the LMS Falcons items that are available to purchase/order, click here. To view the Upstate School Spirit catalog, which has all SDPC schools’ apparel, click here. We appreciate our PTO for sponsoring this fundraising event. It’s a great way to show your school spirit and support the schools’ PTO at the same time.
 

 
Meet the Teacher
June 1, 2011

Schools begins Tuesday, September 6. The annual back to school “Meet the Teacher” event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30. Students and parents/guardians may visit teachers’ classrooms between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information about Back to School 2011, click here.

Plans for New Liberty Middle
August 2, 2011

The Pickens County School Board was presented with plans for the conversion of the old Liberty High School to the new Liberty Middle School at a called board meeting on August 1, 2011. To view the plans click here.


 
School Supply Lists
July 25, 2011

Please click here, for the recommended supply lists for each grade level. These supplies will help your child be prepared and organized for a successful start to the new school year which, begins on Tuesday, September 6.  As a reminder, South Carolina’s tax-free weekend begins on Friday, August 5 and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 7.

Summer Hours
June 1, 2011

Beginning Monday, June 6 schools and offices are open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. This summer schedule will end on Thursday, August 18 with regular hours resuming on Monday, August 22.
  All schools and offices will be closed July 4.

LMS Single Gender Report 2011
June 2, 2011

Survey Says! - Recently our fifth, sixth and seventh grade students, teachers, and parents took the Single Gender Initiative Survey for the SC State Department of Education and the results indicate a very positive response to our single gender classes. Teachers were the highest responders with 100 % positive responses to all the survey questions. Seventh grade and fifth grade students were next in their positive responses followed by sixth grade students and their parents. Responses to the questions were all positive in areas of the survey and included work habits, individual traits, and school enjoyment.
Discipline referrals are down! - We have compiled our discipline data for the year and we have found that our single gender classes have had fewer discipline referrals than our mixed gender classrooms. All of our female classrooms have had fewer discipline referrals with several having less than three for the year with no in-school or out of school suspensions! Our male classes are slightly higher, but individual students in those classrooms that have referrals are few.
MAP Scores are promising! - Our Spring MAP scores show considerable growth in all grades. Our sixth grade classes were comparable to three of the other middle schools in the district. Our seventh grade MAP scores in both ELA and Math were second in the district! We are certain that this will be reflected on our PASS test scores for this year, as well.
All core teachers are now trained. All of our core subject area teachers in grades 5-8 have now had single gender training and are implementing the strategies within their classrooms. Recognizing that adolescent boys and girls learn differently and strategies to teach them were key elements of our training. We will be adding single-gender classes to the eighth grade in 2011-2012.
LMS is becoming well known for single gender education. Here at LMS we have had inquiries about our single gender program from around the state. Our success is due to buy-in from our staff, students, and parents. This is reflected in the survey mentioned earlier. In 2011-2012 we will be establishing single gender classes in the eighth grade. As we get into the higher grades scheduling students in the single gender class becomes more difficult. However, our Guidance staff is cognizant of the benefits of single gender classes and we will strive to have as many as possible. If you have any questions please contact us at 843-5855.

Volleyball Tryouts
July 13, 2011

LMS volleyball tryouts will be on Thursday and Friday, August 18th and 19th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Tryouts are open to seventh and eighth grade girls.  To read more about participating in student athletics, click here.
 

School Dismisses Early
May 31, 2011

School dismisses early on Tuesday, May 31, Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2.  On these early dismissal days car riders and walkers are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  Bus riders will be dismissed once the buses return to the school, following their elementary routes.
EOC Test Results
May 23, 2011

Congratulations to our eighth grade Algebra and English I students and their teachers. Students in these classes take an End-of-Course (EOC) exam. One hundred percent of our students made a passing score on the EOC exam. Mr. Geoff Doolittle teaches Algebra and Mrs. Toni Johnson teaches English I and Honors English I. Again, congratulations to these students and their teachers on a job well done!

Beta Club Induction
May 20, 2011

Liberty Middle School will hold an induction ceremony for approximately seventy students who will become members of the National Beta Club on Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.  Students who are inducted will be active members in the club for the coming school year.
 
The National Beta Club is the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization.  It recognizes and promotes high academic achievement, rewards and nurtures worthy character, fosters leadership skills and encourages service to others. 
 
Beta Club, at LMS, will be sponsored by Anita Edge, Doug Thompson, Hannah Chapman and Linda Esposito.

Girls Golf
May 9, 2011

Any seventh or eighth grade girl interested in playing golf should contact Coach Fuller, at Liberty High School, for information.  Practice will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the next two weeks, at The Pickens County Country Club.  (You may begin practice on Thursday, May 12.)

End-of-the-Year News from the School Nurse
April 25, 2011
 
In preparation for the end-of-the-year the following information and dates are important for those who have medication in the school’s health room.
 
·         No new medications will be accepted by the nurse after Monday, May 2.
·         All student medication stored in the health room should be picked up by Friday, May 27.
·         Students are not permitted to take medication home on the school bus therefore, students who are bus riders must have a parent/guardian pick up the medication.
·         All medication that is not picked up by Friday, May 27 will be discarded.
·         No medication will be held over until next school year.

Pass Testing
May 3, 2011

PASS testing dates are as follows:
Monday, May 9                ELA
Tuesday, May 10             make-up day
Wednesday, May 11       Math
Thursday, May 12            Science (7th grade) / Science or Soc Studies (5th, 6th, 8th grades)
Friday, May 13                 Social Studies (7th grade)
 
Research shows that students perform best on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.  Therefore, please place the above dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.                         
 
We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.
 
The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:
·          Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.
·           Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that she/he is on time.  Students with perfect attendance for this testing session will have their names entered automatically into a school-wide drawing for exciting prizes!  To have your name entered, make sure to be present both days of testing!
·          Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!
Thank you for your support! 

Cheerleaders Sponsor Dance
May 3, 2011

The 2011-2012 LMS Cheerleaders will be hosting a dance for students in the 6th - 8th grades on Friday, May 13th in the LMS Cafeteria. The dance is from 3:30 - 5:00.  The cost of admission is $5 and concessions will be available for purchase. Come celebrate summer and have a great time!

LMS Eagles Happenings
May 4, 2011

The May issue of the LMS newsletter, Eagles Happenings, is now available online.  To view, click here.
LHS to Hold Fund Raiser at LMS
April 28, 2011

Red Devil Regiment will be holding a yard sale, car wash and hot dog sale at Liberty Middle School on Saturday, May 14 from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. 
Yard sale spaces are available for $10 each. If you’re interested, please email Libertybandboosters2010@yahoo.com or rudgearnold@pickens.k12.sc.us . Or contact Liberty High band teacher, Rudge Arnold at 843-5800 (extension 21).

Holliday is Teacher of the Year
April 27, 2011

Congratulations Mr. Norman Holliday for being selected LMS Teacher of the Year! Mr. Holliday teaches 6th grade social studies. He previously taught 5th grade math and social studies. He also serves as the school’s trainer for volunteers. Mr. Holliday assists at school football games, working on the chain crew.

Dameron is Support Employee of the Year
April 27, 2011

Congratulations Mr. Johnny Dameron for being selected LMS Support Employee of the Year! Mr. Dameron is an ISS teacher. He serves as head coach for the school’s football team.  Mr. Dameron assists with the Transformers Club. He is often found driving the activity bus to transport students to events and activities.

Single-Gender Classes To Continue
April 28, 2011

LMS will continue to offer our highly successful single-gender core classes for the 2011/2012 school year. We will also be adding single-gender classes for our eighth grade students this coming school year. However, because there are enrollment factors to consider with our eighth grade classes, such as Algebra I, English I and advanced math, all eighth graders may not be in a single-gender classroom. 
If you would like your child to be opted out of the single-gender classroom, for next school year, please notify us, in writing, before the end of this school year so that we may schedule appropriately. 

PASS Monitors Needed
April 26, 2011

PASS monitors are needed.  We are in need of at least 20 volunteers to assist us for our upcoming PASS testing.  Test dates are Monday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13.  If you are available to help us on any or all days of testing, please contact the school at 397-3400. 

Training for test monitors will be held on the first morning that you are able to help.  It will be in the Media Center at 7:30 a.m.  Thank you for your help and support of our school.  You are appreciated.
Spring Football Practice
April 26, 2011

Spring football practice begins Monday, May 2 and concludes Friday, May 20.  We will have our parent meeting for all players on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the school's auditorium.  If you have questions, please contact Coach Dameron, at the school.

Student Places 3rd in National Contest
April 25, 2011

Congratulations, Joshua Shuman! Joshua is a sixth grader at Liberty Middle School who has been named 3rd place winner in the National Career Development Month Poetry and Poster Contest. Joshua’s Careers teacher, Ms. Deborah Lynn Dickerson, had students participate in the “Celebrating My Dreams” poster contest as part of Career Development Month this past November. Joshua’s poster won 2nd place in the state competition which sent his entry to the national competition. We are very proud of Joshua and his accomplishment! To view his poster, click here.

Red Devil Regiment Color Guard
April 14, 2011

Rising ninth graders that are interested in being a part or the Red Devil Regiment Color Guard need to meet in the LHS band room.  The meetings will take place each day Tuesday, April 26 through Friday April 29 from 3:30-5:30.

Eagles Happenings
April 8, 2011

The April edition to Eagles Happenings is available online.  Click here.
Tobacco Awareness
April 7, 2011

Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of the tobacco company founder, R.J. Reynolds, will be speaking to our students on Tuesday, April 12.  Mr. Reynolds is an Internationally well known smoke-free advocate.  His personal family losses and his concern about the mounting evidence of the negative effects of tobacco use has caused him to speak out against the industry his family helped build.  We are pleased to have Mr. Reynolds share his message at LMS.

Pizza-Kit Fundraiser
April 6, 2011

We are currently holding a Pizza-Kit Fundraising event.  The event begins on April, 4 and will end on April, 15.  Please see a LMS student or contact the school office to place your order.

All money generated through this event will be used to help fund our athletic programs for the 2011 - 2012 school year.  As you are aware the SDPC is facing budget cuts for next year.  One area that we are certain to be cut is funding for our middle school athletic programs.  This means a $6,000 cut for our Athletic Department.  This is a significant cut which we must overcome if we are going to maintain our programs and meet what are certain to be rising transportation costs.

Thank you for your support of our school and all its programs.  We are hopeful that funding can be restored to our athletic programs in coming years.

Athletic Physicals
March 29, 2011

Just a reminder to parents that athletic physicals for next school year must be given after April 1, 2011.  All physicals for this school year (10/11) are only good for this year and this summer - up until fall sports start practicing.

The following athletic physical opportunities are being offered at LMS and LHS for the 2011/2012 school year.
Rising 7th and 8th graders:
Saturday, April 2.  This is for all current 6th and 7th graders that plan to participate in a sport for LMS / LHS next school year. The physicals will be given at LMS starting at 1:00 p.m. The physicals will be on a first come-first served basis. The cost of the physical is $15, of which 10.00 goes to the doctor and 5.00 goes to LMS to help pay for medical supplies for our athletic programs. This is a really fair price, so if your son or daughter is even considering playing a sport next season, we encourage him/her to go ahead and take advantage of this. These physicals will cover all of next school year’s sports (2011-2012), including weight workouts and any spring practices.

Rising 9th graders:
All rising 9th graders who plan to participate in a sport next year at LHS should plan to get their physical on Saturday, April 30 at Blue Ridge Orthopedics in Seneca.  LHS will take a bus so your transportation will be provided!  The cost is $10 and you’ll have this taken care of for next year!  We will meet with the athletes and give out the information on April 5.  Forms and money should be turned back in by April 15 so we can give Blue Ridge the number participating from LHS.  The time is yet to be announced, but it will be on Saturday morning.  Take advantage of this opportunity.  Blue Ridge donates the money back to LHS for our training room supplies (tape, band aids, etc.) for next year.  Athletes who turn their forms/money in late will be charged an additional $5 late fee.   

LMS PTO Makes Donation to CRES Media Center
March 25, 2011

Liberty Middle School's PTO has made a financial contribution to Chastain Road Elementary (CRES) for the purchase of new books for their Media Center.  PTO President, Lynn Reeves, presented a check to Elliott Southard, Principal of CRES on behalf of the organization.  She was joined by LMS Principal, Donivan Edwards and Ami Debo, a current fifth grade teacher at LMS who will be moving to CRES when the school opens this fall.

Survey for Parents of Students in Single-Gender Classes
March 17, 2011

Please take a few minutes of your time to assist us by completing a survey.  We’d like to thank you in advance for participating in the South Carolina Department of Education Single-Gender Parent Survey.  This survey is designed for parents with children currently in single-gender programs to provide feedback about the single-gender programs.  The survey will be open until Tuesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m.  Click here, for survey.

Your participation will help LMS and all South Carolina schools improve their single-gender programs.  You will not be individually identified by your responses.  Thank you for your support of our school.
 

Student Named SC Geographic Bee Semifinalist
March 11, 2011

Seventh grader, Samuel Greene has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2011 South Carolina Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner.  School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.  In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
 
The 2011 South Carolina Geographic Bee will be held at the SC State Museum in Columbia on Friday, April 1, 2011.
 
We are very proud of Samuel and wish him the best in the state competition.

Book Donated
March 8, 2011

The LMS Media Center received a copy of the book, George Washington, Spymaster, from book’s author, Thomas B. Allen. Mr. Allen is the father of school Speech Therapist Constance Witte. She was instrumental in us receiving a copy of the book. Thank you Mr. Allen and Ms. Witte for your donation to our library!

PASS Monitors Needed
March 8, 2011

We’re in need of monitors for our upcoming PASS testing which takes place on Monday and Tuesday, March 22 and 23. If you are available to help us on one or both of these mornings please contact the school at 843-5855 to let us know to be expecting you. Training will take place for monitors at 7:30 on the mornings of testing. PTO will be providing a continental breakfast for monitors on these two mornings. Thank you so much for your help and support. 

Football Parents Meeting
March 2, 2011

A Football Parent Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 15 (this is a date change from Wed. 3/9) beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria.  All parents of rising 9th grade students, who are interested in playing football next school year, should plan to attend.  Coaches for next year will be announced at this meeting. 

PASS Testing
March 1, 2011

The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) is aligned to the state academic standards and includes tests in writing, English language arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies.  PASS tests are some of the most important tests your child will take this year.  The test scores are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that he/she has been taught.   Also, test results are used for school and school district accountability purposes.  The assessment results are also used for federal accountability purposes (No Child Left Behind). 

The writing portion of the assessment will be given to students in 5th and 8th grades on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23.  Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will be May 9 – 13 and will include all of our students.

Helpful reminders so that your child will be able to do his/her best on the test include:

·         Make sure that he/she is at school and on time

·         See to it that he/she gets plenty of rest by having him/her go to bed early each night

·         See to it that he/she eats breakfast each morning

·         Let him/her know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the tests

 

We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and we are excited to see how they perform this year.  Thank you for your support!




Eagles Happenings
March 1, 2011

Our monthly newsletter, Eagles Happenings, is now available online.  Click here.
Doughnut Sale
February 23, 2011

LMS Chorus students are selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Each dozen cost $6.  Doughnuts can be bought Friday morning February 25 before school.  Thank you for your support of our chorus students.

LMS Talent Show
February 11, 2011

The Liberty Middle School talent show will be Saturday, February 26 at 7:00pm in the LMS auditorium. The evening will showcase the talents of LMS students and faculty members. The show is sponsored by the PTO and LMS Chorus. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Happy Valentine's Day
February 14, 2011

The King and Queen of Hearts visited LMS on Valentine's Day.  They were here distributing candy grams to students who had someone specially order this "special delivery" for them.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate this Valentine's Day.
New School Mascot and Colors
February 8, 2011

Liberty Middle School's student body has elected a new mascot and school colors.  The mascot is Falcons and the colors are red, white and black.  We are currently moving toward these changes which will be fully implemented with the opening of school in September.  Making these changes now will allow us to have them in place when we move to our new location in December.

Miss LMS Pageant
February 8, 2011

The Miss LMS Pageant, From Our Hearts to Yours, will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Please be reminded that no one should park at Family Dollar or CVS. First Baptist Church of Liberty has agreed to let us use their parking lots for this event.

 
Karaoke and BBQ Fundraiser
February 8, 2011

The sixth grade will be sponsoring a karaoke afternoon in conjunction with the sale of BBQ plates on Friday, February 11. 

The karaoke afternoon is $5 per student and will be from 3:30 - 5:00.  It is open to students in all grades. 

The BBQ plates are being sold by advanced orders through contacting one of the sixth grade students or teachers.  Plates are being sold for $5 and consist of sandwich, slaw and beans.  Drinks and desserts will be available for $1 each. 

If you purchasea BBQ plate, through advance ticket sale, please pick these up before 4:45.  A limited number of plates will be available for sale between 4:45 and 5:15.

Thank you for supporting our Karaoke and BBQ Fundraiser!
LMS Welcomes Southard and Williams to Liberty Community
February 3, 2011

LMS welcomes Elliot Southard, newly named principal of Chastain Road Elementary, and Leonard Williams, Director of the Skelton Career Center to the Liberty community. LMS principal, Donivan Edwards, hosted a luncheon to welcome these new members to the Liberty community. He was joined by Wanda Tharpe, LMS Assist Principal, and Mike Constance, SRO as well as, Liberty Elementary Principal, Lowell Haynes and Liberty High School Principal, Randy Gilstrap.  To view pictures, click here.

Pageant Dress Swap
January 27, 2011

There will be a Dress Swap on Friday, January 28 from 6-7pm in the auditorium. This Dress Swap is for those who may want to sell, trade, or simply to find a dress for the pageant. Pricing is up to the individuals.
 

 
LMS Hosts Conference Basketball Tournament
January 26, 2011

Liberty Middle School will be hosting our conferences’ basketball tournament on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5. Friday’s games will be played at Liberty High School with start times of 4:00, 5:15, 6:45 and 8:15. Saturday’s championship games will be played at Liberty Middle School. Girls games start at 10:00 and boys games start at 11:30. Tickets for the event are $5.00.  We appreciate your support our of students.

 
BBQ Benefit for Community Member
January 26, 2011

There will be a fundraiser BBQ for community member, Jimmy Moore on Saturday, February 19 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Rock Springs Baptist Church Gym.  Jimmy is facing radical cancer surgery and treatment. For more information about this worthy cause, click here.

Skelton Career Center Open House
January 24, 2011

Pickens county students and parents are invited to the Prospective Student Open House at B. J. Skelton Career Center on Thursday, January 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Classrooms and labs will be open with displays of student projects.  Instructors will be available to answer any questions.  A spaghetti supper will be served from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Freshman Round-Up
January 24, 2011

Current LMS eighth grade students and their parents/guardians are reminded of the Liberty High School Freshman Round-Up.  It takes place on February 3, at 5:00 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.  Students and their parent/guardians will be able to meet faculty and learn more about the requirements of attending high school.
Pizza Fundraiser to Support New School Move
January 21, 2011

LMS is preparing to move to our new location.  To help with this move we are selling Dominoes Pizza Cards for only $10.00 each.  Each card contains sixteen stickers which allows you to "Buy one pizza at menu price and receive one pizza of equal or less value FREE".  The card can be used at any Dominoes location nationwide and, it has no expiration date.  LMS receives 100% of the profits from the card sales - thank you Dominoes!  Orders for the Pizza Cards will be accepted through Friday, February 4.

The student in each grade that sells the most Dominoes cards will receive a $100 Visa card!  The teacher or faculty member who sells the most cards will also receive a $100 Visa card.  Plus, Dominoes will award the homeroom that sells the most cards with a huge pizza party!  Winners will be announced on Monday, February 7.

We want our new school to be the best ever!  Thank you for your help in this fund raising effort.  To print a copy of the order form, click here.  (Please note the flyer does not have the same due dates as this announcement.  The dates in the above announcement are correct.)

LMS Career Dream Winners
January 20, 2011

Congratulations sixth grader, Joshua Shuman! His “Career Dreams” flyer won South Carolina’s second place in the Career Development Poster and Poetry Contest and will represent South Carolina in the National competition. 
 
Congratulations also, to sixth graders, Josephine Smith and Sydnie Krebs. These LMS students, along with Joshua, are regional winners in the Career Development Poster and Poetry Contest
 
LMS students participated in the Career Development Poster and Poetry Contest as part of National Career Development Month which was in November.  Participating students created flyers, posters or wrote poems about their Career Dreams. Their careers teacher is Ms. Dickerson. Congratulations to these students and Ms. Dickerson on a job well done! Best of luck to Joshua in the National Competition! 

Basketball Games Rescheduled
January 20, 2011

LMS Eagles basketball teams have rescheduled the games that were postponed the week of January 10 - 14 when the school was closed due to snow.  The games will be played, at home, on Saturday, January 22.  The girls game with Palmetto Middle will begin at 11:00 and will be following by the boys game with Palmetto.  At approximately 1:00, the girls will play Riverside Middle followed by the boys game with Riverside.

Thank you for supporting our student athletes.
Basketball Game Rescheduled
January 19, 2011

LMS Eagles basketball teams have rescheduled the games with Palmetto Middle School.  The games will be played, at home, on Saturday, January 22 beginning at 11:00.  Thank you for supporting our student athletes.
LMS Pageant
January 19, 2011
 
The theme for this year's pageant is From Our Hearts to Yours.  The pageant entry fee of $40 and registration forms will not be accepted after Monday, January 24.  (This is an extended deadline from the original date of Friday, January 14 due to school being cancelled because of snow.)  Checks should be made payable to LMS PTO. No late forms will be accepted.
 
Tickets to the pageant, which will be held on Saturday, February 12, will not be pre-sold.  They may be purchased at the door.  Doors will open at 6pm on the evening of the event.  Please be reminded that no one should park at Family Dollar.  First Baptist Church has agreed to let us use their parking lots.

Pageant participants are asked to wear the following colors for casual wear:  8th grade - red; 7th grade - hot pink; 6th grade - purple; 5th grade - pastel pink.  Participants should also be aware of the following rehearsals which are mandatory:
Monday, February 7, 3:30pm
Tuesday, February 8, 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 9, 3:30pm
Thursday, February 10, 6:00pm
Friday, February 11, 3:30pm 

Volunteer Training Scheduled at LMS
January 10, 2011

Volunteers are welcome and greatly appreciated. It is a requirement of the School District of Pickens County that individuals wishing to volunteer attend a volunteer training session. Listed below are the dates and times for volunteer training at LMS. Feel free to attend any session.
January 13       3:30 p.m.
January 18     10:00 a.m.
February 8       3:30 p.m.
February 15     3:30 p.m.
 
Please complete a Volunteer Registration Form and bring it with you when you come for training. This form can be completed and printed by clicking here. Please be reminded that you must pay a $25.00 fee, at the time of training, for the required SLED background check.  Checks may be made payable to Liberty Middle School. 

For more information about volunteering in our school, click here. Or, you may contact
Norman Holliday, at the school.  [NormanHolliday@pickens.k12.sc.us].

Thanks to Our Board Members Who Speak Out for Public Schools!
January 10, 2011

Each January during School Board Recognition Month, we salute and extend our appreciation to
our board members.  Their commitment to service and to public education affects the present and future lives of our children and our communities.  This year's theme — School Boards Speak Out For Public Schools — reflects the efforts of thousands of men and women who advocate and shape the direction of our state’s public schools. Thank you, school board members, for helping ensure that every child in Pickens County will succeed beyond the classroom. 

LMS January Newsletter
January 5, 2011

The January issue of Eagles Happenings is now posted under the What's New category on the top navigation bar of our home page.  To view the newsletter, click here.

 
LMS Mourns the Loss of Mr. Bagwell
January 3, 2011

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a staff member, Mr. Dale Bagwell.  Mr. Bagwell joined the LMS staff as a custodian in the fall of 2008.  He was currently serving as our Support Employee of the Year.  This honor was given to him by the faculty and staff becuase of his willingness to go above and beyond in every situation. 

Because Mr. Bagwell always had a smile and words of encouragement for everyone he met he was a friend to the LMS faculty, staff and students.

He will be greatly missed by everyone.

LMS Pageant News
January 4, 2011

For any girl wishing to participate in this year’s Miss LMS Pageant there will be a meeting on January 11 at 6:30 pm in the LMS auditorium.  If you would like to participate in the pageant and were not able to attend the first meeting, you and a parent must attend this meeting.  Following the meeting, PTO is hosting a dress swap.  A flyer with more information is being sent home.
 
The theme for this year's pageant is From Our Hearts to Yours.  The pageant entry fee of $40 and registration forms are due by Friday, January 14.  Checks should be made payable to LMS PTO. No late forms will be accepted.
 
Tickets to the pageant, which will be held on Saturday, February 12, will not be pre-sold.  They may be purchased at the door.  Doors will open at 6pm on the evening of the event.  Please be reminded that no one should park at Family Dollar.  First Baptist Church has agreed to let us use their parking lots.

Pageant participants are asked to wear the following colors for casual wear:  8th grade - red; 7th grade - hot pink; 6th grade - purple; 5th grade - pastel pink.  Participants should also be aware of the following rehearsals which are mandatory:
Monday, February 7, 3:30pm
Tuesday, February 8, 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 9, 3:30pm
Thursday, February 10, 6:00pm
Friday, February 11, 6:00pm 

School Fundraiser
January 3, 2011

     LMS is partnering up with American Publishers in a fundraising opportunity for the school. Parents, friends and family may order new magazines and/or renew the ones you already receive, through the school website. Choose from over 700 titles and the best part is, while you help our school you can also save money because, the prices are discounted and you can’t get a better price anywhere!

to shop. Our school code is WC6128. Thank you for supporting our school.

Last Minute Gift Idea - Magazines
December 17, 2010

LMS is partnering up with American Publishers in a fundraising opportunity for the school. Parents, friends and family may order new magazines or, better yet, RENEW the ones you already receive, through the school website. Choose from over 700 titles and the best part is, while you help our school you can also save money because, the prices are discounted and you can’t get a better price anywhere!
Click here to shop. Our school code is WC6128. Thank you for supporting our school.

New Mascot Vote
December 17, 2010

LMS will be adopting a new school mascot.  Students will be voting a final time for their choice of what the mascot will be on Tuesday, January 4th.  Through prior votes the choices have been narrowed to two - Devildogs and Falcons.  To go with our new mascot, new school colors were previously elected to be red, black and white.
Get Ready for Winter Weather!
December 9, 2010

With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our
inclement weather procedures.  Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety.  Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local radio and television stations.  

In case of weather emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges.  To receive a text, parents must return a completed form to their child’s school.

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database.  To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

Christmas Party
December 13, 2010

The LMS PTO is sponsoring a Christmas Party for students in fifth through eighth grade on Friday, December 17.  The party takes place in the school’s gym from 3:30 – 5:00.  The cost of admission is $5.  There will be a music, games, refreshments and door prizes.  What a great way to begin Christmas break!

LMS Pageant Mandatory Meeting
December 8, 2010

PTO is sponsoring the 2010/2011 LMS Pageant.  The pageant will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.  There is a MANDATORY meeting for all 5th – 8th grade girls who are interested in participating in the pageant on Friday, December 17 at 5:30 in the school’s auditorium. Both the student and a parent must attend this meeting. 

For questions, you may contact Lynn Reeves, PTO President, at 843-2542.

Cards for Troops
December 8, 2010

Under the leadership of LMS students Susie Whitmire, Ashley Fowler, Karly Norris, and Ivy Grace Gibson LMS partnered with local community leaders in supporting our soldiers serving overseas during the holiday season.  Students brought in and/or made Christmas cards that will be sent to US servicemen and women. 
 
Additionally, students brought in Christmas tree ornaments that will be placed on a Christmas tree here at LMS, in the cafeteria.  These ornaments will be shipped with the cards overseas to our troops to enjoy for the holidays.  The local community leaders will be shipping a tree, the ornaments, and the cards in time for the holidays and will be paying for the shipping.
 
On December 8, United States Marine Corp Staff Stg. Stevens was at the school to accept the cards and ornaments on behalf of all servicemen and women.  Liberty mayor, Brian Deese, was also present for this event.  To view photos, click here.

Students Mine for Gems
December 10, 2010

Eighth grade students were able to mine for thier very own rocks and gems when Diamond Del's Gym Mining Adventure came to LMS.  Diamond Del's is a mobile gem mining experience.  Students left the expeience with geological knowledge and their very own gem collection.  In addition to mining for gems, students watched a video showing them how geologists identify the properties of rocks and gems.

A great time was had by all.  One student descibes his experience by saying, "Diamond Del's was diamondrific and deltastic".


December Happenings
December 2, 2010

The December, 2010 issue of Eagles Happenings, our monthly school newsletter, is now available online.  Click here to view.
Akers Named Walmart Teacher of the Year
December 2, 2010

Mr. Andrew Akers, a seventh grade teacher at Liberty Middle School, has been selected as the Wal-Mart “Teacher of the Year” for the Easley, SC store. Mr. Akers was presented a $250 gift card by Ms. Judy Finley of the Easley store. Mr. Akers has taught seventh grade social studies at LMS for the past five years. He also serves as an assistant football coach at LMS. 
Congratulations Mr. Akers!

Eighth Grade Students to Attend SDPC Career Fair
December 2, 2010

Pickens County middle school students will be attending the Third Annual Career Fair on December 9, 2010 at Rock Springs Baptist Church on Hwy 123. LMS students will go in the afternoon leaving school at 11:10 am and returning by 1:30. Students will select three 25 minute sessions to attend.  All SDPC 8th grade students will participate.

The district will provide free transportation for the event. Buses are scheduled to be at each school to pick up and drop off students with no interruption of school lunch or dismissal times. LMS permissions slips will be sent home Thursday, December 2 and are due back with parent signature on December 3, 2010. For an online permission form, click here.

In the past two years the event has provided students with a wealth of information about business professionals, their path to their present careers and the realities of the world of work. We are very grateful to the business partners who take time to give our students valuable insights into their future possibilities.  The objective of the Career Fair is to increase awareness about different education and career pathways.  This event aligns with the SC Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) and will help students prepare for Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conferences that will take place next semester.
 

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Winners
November 23, 2010

The top ten sellers of our recent cookie dough fundraiser sell enjoyed a special treat on Tuesday. These students enjoyed a limousine ride to a nearby restaurant where they had lunch together. Thanks to these and other students who participated in our recent fundraiser and made it a success.  To view pictures of their trip, click here.

Canned Food Drive
November 23, 2010

Our annual canned food drive was once again a huge success.  United Christain Ministries made their annual pick-up of our donated items on Tuesday.  Thank you to all who contributed items.

Christmas Cards for Troops
November 16, 2010

We are partnering with local community leaders in supporting our soldiers serving overseas during the holiday season.  Students are encouraged to bring in, or make, Christmas cards that will be sent to US servicemen and women.  These cards should be addressed to soldiers in general and not to a specific soldier. 
 
Additionally, students may bring in a Christmas tree ornament that will be placed on a Christmas tree here at LMS in the cafeteria.  These ornaments will be shipped with the cards overseas to our troops to enjoy for the holidays.  The local community leaders will be shipping a tree, the ornaments, and the cards in time for the holidays and will be paying for the shipping.
 
The deadline date for donating a Christmas card and/or ornament is December 7. On December 8, a representative from the United States Marine Corp will be here to accept the cards and ornaments on behalf of all servicemen and women.  Liberty mayor, Brian Deese, will also be joining us for this event. 
 
Please join us in supporting our troops overseas by assisting your child in providing a card and/or ornament to be sent to our servicemen and women during this holiday session.  

Fall Sports Awards
November 13, 2010

LMS will hold our fall sports awards night on Monday, November 22 at 7 pm in the school auditorium.  Cheerleading, volleyball, and football athletes will be recognized during the evening.  Please join us in recognizing these athletes.

Public Invited To Give Priorities, Ideas at Community Meetings
November 9, 2010

With planning for the 2011-2012 budget on the horizon, the School District of Pickens County administration wants to hear from parents and community members.  Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent, will hold three community meetings throughout the district on Monday, November 15 for that purpose.
 
“For the past two years, we have reduced the budget to the point that our educational program is being affected,” said Hunt.  “We expect to lose $5 million in federal stimulus funds next year, and we don’t have many options left.  It’s very important that we hear what the community’s priorities are and what solutions they can offer.  We want the feedback before moving ahead with budget planning.”
 
Meetings are scheduled at Secona Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pickens from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; Clemson United Methodist Church Worship Center in Clemson from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  News Release ... Op-Ed from Dr. Hunt
 

Clemson vs. Carolina Contest
November 12, 2010

Beginning November 15-19, PTO is sponsoring a Clemson/Carolina contest.  You will have the opportunity to purchase Tiger Paws or Gamecocks for $1 to show your team pride!  These will be posted in the cafeteria.  Each day, you will be able to see if your team is winning.  The winner will be announced on Monday, November 22.  On Tuesday, November 23, faculty and staff are asked to wear the winner’s colors.  The students are asked to wear their team’s colors.  The class in each grade with the highest sales will be given a prize.

Wednesday Afternoon Subject Help Sessions
November 8, 2010

Beginning Wednesday, November 10 we will be holding Wednesday Afternoon Subject Help (WASH) sessions.  A teacher from each grade level will be available for one hour after school to help students with their core subjects.  If your child is asked to stay for the WASH session, please allow him or her to do so.  Read more by clicking here.
Carolina Girl Apparel Sales
November 11, 2010

Let PTO help you with your holiday shopping!  PTO is selling Carolina Girl Apparel, both T-shirts and hoodies.  T-shirts are available in short and long sleeves.  Orders, including payment, are due by November 22 and will arrive on December 13 – just in time for Christmas.  Information packets will be sent home on Thursday, November 11.  The student with the highest sales will be given a $50 gift card.

 
Skate Night
November 11, 2010

Students in grades 5 - 8 are invited to Skate-A-Round, in Easley on Monday, November 22 for a night of skating fun.  The cost of admission is $3 with skate rental costing $1.  The rink is reserved for LMS students from 6pm - 8pm.  Concessions will also be sold.  The LMS PTO is hosting this event.
Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
November 1, 2010

Join us for our annual student versus faculty basketball game on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00.  The cost is $4 per person and promises to be very entertaining.  Don't miss the fun!

Concessions will be sold.  Plan to enjoy hot dogs, chips, slushies, etc.

Students are asked to wear something red in support of our student players.  Faculty and staff are asked to wear something blue in support of our faculty and staff players.  All students, faculty and staff who wear the designated color will receive a free item from the concession stand.


Plan Ahead to Attend Holiday Music Event
November 10, 2010

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” It’s the sound of Christmas rapidly approaching—and it’s the sound of the Liberty High School Yearbook Staff preparing for a very special holiday music extravaganza. Kick off the Christmas season by attending this event of “nothing but Christmas” music at the Liberty Middle School Auditorium on December 4 at 6 p.m. 

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” will feature over twenty outstanding musicians, singing and playing an eclectic array of traditional Christmas music. The musicians include the 2010 Liberty Idol winner, Jeff Williams; previous winners Amanda Gossett and RJ Little; former Liberty High School graduates Jonnie Day, Jeromy Arnett, James Jackson, Jamie and Brannon Crumpton, Willie Monkus, Samantha Crawford and Ryan Gillespie.  Finalists in the 2010 Liberty Idol, Double-Take (Taylor McCollum and Anna Owens), Pam Jennings, 11 year-old singing sensation Bethany Ghent, and Joseph Crocker will also perform. Other musicians include Liberty High School staff members Jean Toole and Kelli Crawford, bluegrass band Duncan-Crowe, and Kelley and Doug Norwine.  Doug’s musical credits are numerous, but perhaps his most popular credit is that he is the baritone sax behind Lisa Simpson on the FOX hit series “The Simpsons.”  A cameo appearance by twelve of Liberty High School’s “anonymous” administration and faculty members will highlight the evening. Liberty Mayor Brian Deese will be the emcee.

In addition to an evening of holiday music entertainment, door prizes will be awarded to at least fifteen lucky people. So mark your calendars for this first-time ever event, and get your tickets early; seats are limited. Tickets are $10 each and will go on sale November 12 at Liberty High School, Liberty Family Pharmacy, and Yank’s Place.

 
South Carolina Governorís School for the Arts Summer Program
November 16, 2010

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts offers a summer program for rising 9th grade students. Today LMS eighth grade students, who were interested in the Governor’s School, heard more about the Summer 2011program from  Ms. Anne Tromsness from the school.  Below are a few details for parents whose students may be interested in these programs which include all visual art, dance, drama, all types of music, and creative writing.
  • Applications are due by December 15 to automatically waive the $25.00 application fee.
  • All applications are due by January 7.  At this time a fee waiver would need to be completed to avoid the $25.00 application fee.
  • Auditions are in February and the 2 week camp is July 10-23.
  • The program is not free, but if students are accepted and qualify for free or reduced lunch they do not have to pay to attend the program this summer.  They do also consider extenuating circumstances even if they do not qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • They are required to have a reference form completed by an arts teacher or instructor at school or another organization.
  • Applications are online.  A link to the application can be found below or a counselor can print them for students as needed.
 
Please contact Mrs. McKenzie at 843-5855 or heathermckenzie@pickens.k12.sc.us if you have any questions about these programs.  Thanks for your support!
 

Newsletter Online
November 1, 2010

Our monthly school newsletter, Eagles Happenings, is available to view and/or download online.  For the November newsletter and this school year's past editions, click here.
Please Join Us for Lunch
October 6, 2010

During the week of October 25 - 28 we would like to invite parents to have lunch with their child in our cafeteria.  While we are designating a certain day for a specific grade level, you may come any day.  Please, click here for a letter from our principal about the parent lunch week.  Complete the form on the bottom of the letter if you plan to join us for lunch and send to the school.  Or,  you may send a note to your child's homeroom teacher if you plan to attend.  Please include in your note the number of adults that will be attending lunch, so that we may have the cafeteria staff prepare enough food for all.  Also, include the date that you will attend.

Our designated days and times for you to join your child for lunch are:
Monday, Oct. 25 5th Grade     11:35 - 12:05            
Tuesday, Oct. 26 6th Grade 12:45 - 1:15
Wednesday, Oct. 27 7th Grade 11:05 - 11:35
Thursday, Oct. 28 8th Grade 12:10 - 12:40








While you are here we invite you to go by the Media Center and visit the Book Fair.  Many books will be on sale and they make outstanding birthday/Christmas gifts. 

We look forward seeing you at lunch!
Book Fair
September 27, 2010

The book fair will be Monday, October 25 - Thursday, October 28 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. We encourage parents and grandparents to attend. Our book fair provides a wide variety of books specifically selected to appeal to middle school interests. 
Please come browse and find books that can help your child stay connected with reading.






Halloween Dance
October 25, 2010

The PTO is sponsoring a Halloween Dance for students in 6th - 8th grades.  The dance will be on Friday, October 29 from 3:30 - 5:00.  Admission is $5.
Local Event for Students
October 6, 2010

Fields of Faith will be held at the Liberty High School Football Stadium on Wednesday, October 13 beginning at 6:30.  The rain location will be at LMS Auditorium.
Liberty High Invitation
October 22, 2010

On Thursday, October 28th, Liberty football will host Crescent as the Thursday Night Lights game of the week!   This will be the last LHS game played in our current stadium as they will be moving into a new school next year.   ALL former Liberty football players are encouraged to attend and be recognized.    LHS is asking all former football players, coaches and cheerleaders to come on the field prior to the game to join the spirit line for this year’s team as they enter the field.
 
It is also a night to honor LHS’s fall senior athletes, their parents and the Region Championship volleyball and boys’ cross country teams.
 
In honor of the past, serving as honorary captains will be Coach Stan Honeycutt and Coach M. J. Stansell, who were two of the LHS coaches for the first game played there in 1962.   Liberty will also be recognizing Horace King who scored the first touchdown in the stadium and all former Red Devil football players, coaches and cheerleaders!    
 

Candidates for School Board Forum
October 18, 2010

School Board Candidates for the Liberty area, District 4 seat have been invited to a forum on October 26 at the Rosewood Center in Liberty.  The forum begins at 6:00 p.m.  The two candidates are Roy Costner and Ben Trotter.
School Yearbook Orders
October 6, 2010

You may order the 2010 - 2011 LMS Yearbook by clicking here for Jostens online.  Or, you may call their toll free number at 1-866-282-1516.  You don't want to miss getting your copy so, order yours today!
Special Thanks
October 5, 2010

The LMS Lady Eagles Volleyball Team would like to thank their parents, extended family members, friends, teachers and the Liberty community for their great participation in our recent doughnut sales fundraiser.   With the help of everyone involved, the girls raised just over $1000.00 to help offset the cost of their new uniforms.  We really appreciate the great support from the community of Liberty.  Thank you!

Doughnut Sales
September 23, 2010

The LMS Volleyball Team is selling doughnuts this Friday, September, 24.  Please contact a team member to purchase your doughnuts.  Or, for your convinence, pick up a dozen or more in the school's back parking lot or, the CVS parking lot starting at 7:30. a.m on Friday morning.  

Thank you for your support.  All proceeds will help pay for the teams new uniforms.

School Improvement Committee
September 12, 2010

It is now time to elect/appoint new members to our School Improvement Committee (SIC).  The SIC is an important link between our school and the Liberty community.  This connection will be vitally important as we are now beginning to transition into new and renovated schools in our attendance zone.  Please
click here, to read a letter from our Principal, Donivan Edwards, concerning the election/appointment of SIC members.
President Obama To Address Students
September 9, 2010

President Obama will deliver his second annual back-to-school speech on September 14 in a live online broadcast. Because of MAP testing and other previously scheduled activities LMS will record the speech and it will be shown to students on Sept. 21 during the Reading/Remediation period. If you would like for your child to opt-out from viewing this speech, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher in writing, and an alternative activity will be planned for him/her. 
 
To read more about the President’s back-to-school speech visit the School District of Pickens County’s Website.

Cookie Dough Sale
September 1, 2010

We begin our fall fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 2.  We will be taking orders for cookie dough. The sale will end on Thursday, Sept. 16.  Please see an LMS student to order cookie dough or, contact the school.  Thank you for your support of LMS.

Families May Apply Online Quickly and Safely for Free, Reduced Price School Meals
August 27, 2010
The School District of Pickens County has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  
 
Also, we are pleased to offer the option of applying online for free and reduced price meals.  Through the new Student Nutrition Services website, parents may apply safely, securely, and privately to determine their eligibility.   A new meal application is required every year, so we encourage families to begin submitting applications online now.  
 
Families without Internet access may use computers at all Pickens County public libraries or at the Adult Learning Center in Easley.  Clemson Community Care also has a computer and assistance available to parents wishing to complete the application online. News Release

Parents May Request Emergency Text Messages
August 27, 2010

Through ParentLink phone calls and e-mail messages, the School District of Pickens County and Liberty Middle School provide timely information about school events, absences, lunch account balances and inclement weather.  In case of emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges. 

Parents will continue receiving ParentLink calls; however, those who wish to receive a text (in emergencies only) in addition to the phone call must provide information.  You can find the request form for text messaging on the SDPC website Forms page under "ParentLink."  Return the completed form to the school. To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify the school if any of your contact information changes.

Providing the option of emergency text messages is another way for us to communicate clearly and frequently with you.
We Welcome Volunteers
August 27, 2010

We support and encourage volunteers at LMS.  Volunteers make a difference to many people—students, families, teachers, and the entire community. 
 
Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must receive initial or renewal training from a district school and submit to a Sex Offenders’ Registry check.  In addition, any volunteer who will work with students without supervision by school staff  (for example, to volunteer as a field trip chaperone) must have a background check through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) processed after July 1, 2007.  The volunteer must pay the $25 cost of the background check.
 
Volunteer training will be conducted at LMS this fall.  Please contact the school for procedures and schedules.
Have You Registered for Our Teacher Websites?
August 27, 2010

The process of integrating teacher Web pages with PowerSchool, our new student database system, is now complete!  We encourage all families to use our websites and become partners with teachers in helping students achieve success. 

Teachers have created Web pages so that students and parents can access assignments, grades, and class information.  To use the many resources on our websites, you must first create a parent account through the SDPC site or any of our school sites.

If you experienced problems creating an account, logging in, or seeing your student’s classes  please contact the school for assistance. Please contact teachers with questions about their Web pages.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Read more about resources

Special Thanks
August 25, 2010

The Lady Eagles volleyball team would like to extend a special thanks to an unnamed member of the community for making a financial contribution to the volleyball program.  In these tough economic times, we are grateful to folks who are concerned about our young people and who contribute to activities that keep our youth involved in wholesome physical exercise. 

The team will be raising funds this season to help pay for new uniforms.  Donations toward this cause will be graciously accepted.  Thanks to everyone for supporting Liberty Middle School athletics. 
The Lady Eagles and Coaches

 
Back to School Dance
August 24, 2010

On Friday, August 27 there will be a Back to School Dance for students in grades 6 – 8.  The dance is from 3:30 – 5:30.  The cost to attend is $5.  Pizza and drinks will also be sold.  Students should be picked up in the back parking lot following the dance.

 
Activity Cards on Sale
August 24, 2010

Activity cards for LMS sports teams go on sale Thursday, September 2.  For $15 an LMS Activity Card will get you admittance to all LMS regular season home ATHLETIC events.  Please contact the school’s office if you would like to purchase an activity card.  Cards may not be used for admission to our Meet the Eagles night however, they will be available for purchase at the event which begins at 6:30 p.m. on September 2.

Meet the Eagles
August 23, 2010

Join us for our annual Meet the Eagles Night on Thursday, September 2 at 6:30.  All LMS fall athletic teams will be introduced at this time.  Come and enjoy a hotdog or two, which will be sold at the concession stand, and watch our girls’ volleyball team play against the LMS faculty and staff.  Admission is $3.

Chorus Fundraiser
August 17, 2010

The LMS Chorus is currently taking orders for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Each dozen cost $6 with the chorus receiving almost half of all sales. The doughnuts will be delivered Friday morning, August 20th .   All proceeds directly help students with field-trip and activity costs.  

Please help us so that all our students have the opportunity to participate in special Chorus events throughout the year.

Middle School Football Jamboree
August 4, 2010

The first annual School District of Pickens County Middle School Football Jamboree will be held on Monday, August 30 at 5:30 pm at the Liberty High School Stadium.  The first half will have Gettys Middle School and Edwards Middle School playing each other.  In the second half Liberty Middle School will line up against Pickens Middle School.  Tickets for this event will be $5.00 and the proceeds will benefit all four teams.  Please come out and support your favorite team as they kickoff the middle school football season.
 

School Supplies Available
August 4, 2010

Parents/Guardians who may need help in providing their child with needed school supplies may contact the school for assistance. We are grateful to United Christian Ministries for providing backpacks and other school supplies for our students in need.


 
Flapjack Breakfast
August 3, 2010


The LMS Cheerleaders will be hosting a flapjack breakfast at Applebee's in Easley on Saturday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The cost is $5 per plate and everyone is welcome.  Plates can be purchased at the door or from a LMS Cheerleader.  Please join us for breakfast.


Volleyball Tryouts
July 27, 2010
 
LMS volleyball tryouts for 7th and 8th grade girls will be on August 10 and 11 at the school gym from 3:00 pm to 5:00  pm each day.  Girls should come dressed in PE appropriate attire along with knee pads and should attend both days of tryouts. 

 
LMS Announces 2010 Football Schedule
July 23, 2010
 

An exciting schedule featuring a new opponent and the return of an old foe highlight this year’s Liberty Middle School football schedule. The Eagles open the season at home against a new opponent, the Anderson Cavaliers, on Sept. 9. This is the first meeting between the two programs. The Cavaliers are an independent team composed of home–schooled students.  On September 16 an old foe returns to Liberty when the Dixie Hornets take on the Liberty Eagles. The two schools have not played for several years.
 
The following two weeks have the Eagles traveling to St Joseph’s (September 23) and Walhalla (September 30). St Joseph’s is fast becoming a rival for the Eagles and a large crowd should be on hand for this game that begins at 6:30. The Walhalla Razorbacks always play the Eagles tough and this year should be no exception.
 
As the first two weeks of October roll around it will bring old rivals Palmetto and Riverside to Liberty. The Mustangs of Palmetto will line up against the Eagles on October 7. The Riverside Bulldogs will be in Liberty on October 14. Both of these teams will provide stiff competition for the Eagles.
 
The Eagles close out their season with their final two games being on the road. On October 21 the Eagles will travel to West-Oak to take on the Warriors. The season ends with a rare Wednesday game at Starr-Iva on October 27.
 
Please come out and support the Eagles.  All home games begin at 5:30 with a Liberty High Junior Varsity Game to follow all Liberty Middle School home games.

For more information feel free to contact Roberty Davis, Athletic Director; Johnny Dameron, Head Coach; or, Donivan Edwards, Principal.

Click here for our Football webpage.

Free Summer Meals Offered to Students Who Are 18 and Younger
July 1, 2010

Through its Seamless Summer Feeding Program, the School District of Pickens County offers free, healthy meals to Pickens County children who are 18 and younger.  Any school-age child may eat for free, regardless of income.
 
“The meals really are free,” said Sally Nicholson, director of SDPC Student Nutrition Services.  “We’re trying to make sure that no child goes hungry during the summer months.”
Free breakfast and lunch are being served at Dacusville Elementary and Pickens High Monday through Friday through July 30.  The program will be closed July 5 in recognition of Independence Day.
Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Any school-age child who comes to Dacusville or Pickens during those times will be served. 

Summer Office Hours
June 14, 2010

The school office will be open on Mondays – Thursdays from 7 am – 5 pm during the summer months. The office will be closed on Fridays. This schedule will be observed beginning Monday, June 14th and go through the month of July.  Regular Monday - Thursday hours will resume in August.

 
Meet the Teacher
June 14, 2010

Our annual back to school Meet the Teacher event will be on Thursday, August 12th. Between the hours of 2 pm and 8 pm you will be able to register your child and meet his/her teachers for the 2010/2011 school year.

To view Enrollment Guidelines, click here.

 
Supply Lists
July 12, 2010

For a copy of needed school suppies for the 2010 - 2011 school year, click here.
Tea Party
June 9, 2010

Fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Houston and Mrs. Wolff, teach all girls classes as part of our single gender program. Today the ladies in these two classes held a tea party. The ladies dressed the part with their party dresses, jewelry and hats. They acted the part with pinkies raised as they sipped their tea from their china tea cups. Some ladies even chatted using their best British accents. The girls learned how to properly steep tea to achieve the best flavor, then added cream and sugar to suit their fancy. They also enjoyed scones, a variety of sweets, and fruit assortment at their tea party. 

A special thanks to all the parents who volunteered their help and to those sending items. A smashing, jolly good time was had by all.  To view photos of the tea party, click here.

Welcome Rising 5th Graders and Parents
June 8, 2010

In order to make the move from the elementary to the middle school as smooth as possible for students and their parents/guardians we held our annual Rising 5th Graders Open House on Monday, June 7. We had a very good attendance and wish to thank all who were able to attend. If you were not able to join us, click here to view a copy of the evening’s program. 

Also, at the meeting fifth grade teachers, Elizabeth Houston and Norman Holliday, each spoke about teaching classes of single gender. They shared strategies they use in their single gender classrooms that they find have helped their students to be successful. Click here, to view Mrs. Houston’s Teaching Girls PowerPoint. Click here, to view Mr. Holliday’s Teaching Boys PowerPoint.

Open House for Rising 5th Graders & Parents
June 1, 2010

LMS welcomes our rising 5th graders and their parents/guardians!
 
Liberty Elementary's 4th graders, which will be LMS 5th graders in August, visited our campus on Tuesday, June 1.  As they walked from the elementary school they were escorted by SRO, Mike Constance and greeted by our current 5th grade class.  They were led on a tour of the school by members of LMS's Student Council. 

We will be hosting an Open House for rising 5th graders and their parents/guardians on Monday, June 7 beginning at 6:30 pm.  Come and learn more about our school and single gender classes.

Single Gender Survey
May 31, 2010

LMS fifth grade students, who are currently members of single gender classes, completed an online survey about their classes.   Students were asked to compare their current experience, in the single gender class, with other years when they were in co-ed classes. To view the survey results, click here

Health Room News
May 28, 2010

The school nurse will not be accepting any more student medications after Monday, May 31.  All student medications stored in the school’s Health Room should be picked up by 3:30 on Tuesday, June 8.  Students are not permitted to take medications home on the school bus. Therefore, students who are bus riders must have a parent or guardian come by the school to pick up any remaining medication.  All medications that are not picked up by June 8 will be discarded.  Medications will not be held over until next school year.

Honors English I Summer Reading
May 25, 2010

Rising eighth grade students who will be taking Honors English I in the 2010 - 2011 school year will need to complete a summer reading assignment in preparation for the class.  The assignment includes reading the novel, The Call of the Wild and, completing two additional assignments based on the novel.  These assignments are due August 17, 2010.  For more information about the requirements, click here
Ecological Field Trip
May 24, 2010

A group of eighth graders from LMS participated in an ecological field trip to Rock Creek in Clemson.  Students were led by Cathy Marion, a fisheries biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, in a day filled with collecting fish and insects and observing wildlife.  Students learned how to assess the relative ecological health of streams by looking at the composition of their insect and fish communities.  Marion stated, “It is important for our youth to be aware of the living communities that surround us, and to know the threats that those communities face.” She continues, “most people don’t know that ten or more species of fish can be found in the small creeks in their backyards…some of which are sensitive species of concern.” 
Lynette Sefick, an 8th grade science teacher at Liberty Middle reports, “The kids had a great time. Everyone got in the creek and tromped around in the mud. The adventure and the ecological lessons will resonate with them for years to come.”

LMS to be Featured on Carolina Kids
May 18, 2010

Liberty Middle School will be featured on Carolina Kids (seen locally on Charter Cable channel 10 and Northland Cable channel 4) in the coming weeks. Carolina Kids came to tape the LMS Chorus production of High School Musical, JR, during a performance for the student body. LMS is very proud of the outstanding job done by the performers and chorus teacher, Mr. Doug Thompson. LMS students will also be featured in promotional spots for the show. The show airs at 10:00 am Saturday mornings and at various other times during the week.  To view photos of the performance click here.

Single-Gender Parent Survey
May 3, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Education would like for parents of children within single-gender classes to complete an online Parent Survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide feedback about the single-gender programs. Click here to complete the survey. The survey may be completed until 4:00 PM on Friday, May 7, 2010. 
LMS Chorus to Present Musical
May 3, 2010

The LMS chorus will present Disney's High School Musical JR on Thursday and Friday, May 6th and 7th.  The event will be held in the auditorium at 7 pm each evening.  The cost is $5 for tickets purchased in advance and $7 at the door.  Contact the school's office for more details and ticket purchases.

Sixth Graders Win Essay Contest
May 3, 2010

Congratulations to sixth grader, Emileigh Massengale who won first place in the Pickens County Soil and Water Conservation Essay Contest.  Congratulations also, to sixth grader, Leanna Hamm who won second place.  Both girls were honored at a dinner Thursday, April 22.  LMS is very proud of these girls and their accomplishments!

Capps to Attend Summer Program
May 3, 2010

Sixth grade teacher, Kathy Capps has been accepted to Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots, a week-long summer program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will be attending the seminar June 13 - 19 at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida.

PASS Testing
May 3, 2010

PASS Test dates are as follows:
Tuesday, May 11 ELA
Wednesday, May 12 Math
Thursday, May 13 Science/Social Studies
Friday, May 14 Social Studies (7th grade only)
Research shows that students perform best on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.  Therefore, please place the above dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days.                         
 
We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place.  Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.
The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year.  The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught.  We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing.  Just as a reminder, please:
-  Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning.  The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.
- Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that she/he is on time.  Students with perfect attendance for this testing session will have their names entered automatically into a school-wide drawing for exciting prizes!  To have your name entered, make sure to be present both days of testing!
-  Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing.  LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years.  We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!

Thank you for your support!

 
Scout Troop Makes Donations
May 3, 2010

On Friday, April 9, members of Boy Scout Troop 172 delivered a load of office and school supplies to LMS.  This donation was lead by LMS student, Levi Gilstrap.  As a service project for his Boy Scout Program, Levi lead this activity by collecting the items to donate, organizing them for delivery, and then overseeing the drop-off of items.  LMS is very appreciative of these items and will be using them in classrooms to help students and teachers defer the cost of needed supplies. 

On the day of delivery, the following sponsors and scouts helped with the service project:
 
Levi Gilstrap, James Gilstrap, Teresa Gilstrap, Jessica Gilstrap, Brandon Newton, Jake Chapman, Matthew Robinson, Katie Robinson, Randy Clem, Davis Tolleson, Jarod Tolleson, Weley Tolleson, Don Shuman, Josh Shuman, Jim Tolleson, Davis Hanson, David Little, and Jamie Berryhill.  
 
LMS would like to thank Troop 172 and all those who participated in this endeavor. 

Athletic Physicals
April 29, 2010

Any student planning to participant in any athletics program at LMS in the 2010 - 2011 school year will need to have an athletic physical completed by a physician.  We will be offering physical exams at the school on Saturday, May 1st for $10. Parents should complete their portion of the physical form and bring it on Saturday to the LMS gymnasium, if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity. For a copy of the physical form, click here.

Report to Parents
April 25, 2010


To view the April 2010 Report to Parents click here.
Teacher of the Year
April 29, 2010

Congratulations to Josh Christopher for being named LMS “Teacher of the Year” for 2010. Mr. Christopher teaches seventh grade math and social students. He is the seventh grade Student Council Sponsor and serves as a liaison for the Transformers Club. During the 2009 – 2010 school year Mr. Christopher served as the head football coach. He will be serving as an assistant football coach for the coming school year. Congratulations, Mr. Christopher!

Support Employee of the Year
April 29, 2010

Congratulations to Dale Bagwell for being named LMS “Support Employee of the Year” for 2010. Mr. Bagwell serves LMS as a custodian. He is an excellent role model for our students and serves as a mentor for some. He is currently supervising a work study program in which some LMS students participate. Mr. Bagwell is a positive inspiration to all he meets with his helpful and friendly disposition. Congratulations, Mr. Bagwell!
 

Volleyball Camp
April 20, 2010

LMS is holding a volleyball camp for any current 5th – 8th grade girls who would like to attend.  The camp is scheduled for June 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th.  (Camp will not be held on Wednesday, June 9th.)  It will be in the school’s gymnasium from 6 until 9 p.m. each evening.  The cost is $65.  You may contact Coach Ellenburg for more details. 

Spelling Bee Winners
April 20, 2010

On Monday evening, April 5, the ELA classroom Spelling Bee winners gathered to compete for our annual school-wide Spelling Bee.  After several rounds of difficult words, we are proud to announce our winners.  The overall school winner is 8th grader, Camaryn Carr.  She received a trophy, medallion, and a new dictionary and thesaurus.  The first runner-up is 7th grader Kevin Greco.  Our second runner – up is 8th grader, Jason Ward. 

We congratulate all the participants for their concentration and effort in the LMS Spelling Bee 2010!

2009 School Report Card
April 16, 2010

The 2009 School Report Cards were released this morning.  To view a summary of our report, click here.  To view our full report, click here.

We are excited about our results.  Looking at our absolute rating it represents a one level increase and our improvement rating is an increase of two levels.

A Celebration!
April 14, 2010

LMS held a birthday celebration in honor of our administrators on Wednesday.  Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Tharpe each have birthdays in April. To celebrate, this year the staff provided them with a special lunch from Nino’s and birthday cakes were made by members of our cafeteria staff. 


Happy birthday Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Tharpe. We hope you have many more! Click here for pictures.

Country Spring Fling
April 6, 2010

The LMS PTO is sponsoring a "Country Spring Fling" featuring the Carolina Highway Band.  The event will be held in the school's gymnasium on Saturday, April 17 from 7pm until 10pm.  There will be BBQ plates and concessions available for purchase.  The evening promises to be great family entertainment with line dancing, door prizes, good food and entertainment.  You won't want to miss it!

Advance admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school.  Or, tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the event for $6.  Children under the age of 6 will be admitted free.

Plenty of parking is available behind the school, at the football stadium and at the First Baptist Church parking lot.


Students to Participate in All-County Orchestra Event
March 13, 2010

Congratulations to the following strings students who have been selected through audition to participate in this year's All-County Orchestra event.   There are only 38 students selected from the entire pool of auditions so this is a great accomplishment for these LMS students. The students
selected are: Jackie Thompson, Shaleigha Steger, Kristen Kitchens, Mandy Belan, Noelle Yardley, Heath White, and Aaron Daves.

Rising 6th Graders Band Meeting
March 3, 2010

Don't miss an opportunity to join one of the most exciting programs LMS has to offer - Band!  All 5th graders who are interested in taking band next school year, as a 6th grader, are invited to try-out band instruments on Thursday, March 4.  Interested students and their parents should come to the school's auditorium from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  

If unable to attend, parents please contact Mrs. Rusk via school phone at 864-843-5855 or, email.
PASS Testing Schedule
February 24, 2010

PASS Writing Test dates have been set, and we want to share these dates with you at this time so that we may ask your help in making sure your child is at school for each of the two testing days. Research has shown that students perform better on standardized tests when they are able to take the tests in their classroom with their teachers at the regularly scheduled time, rather than in make-up sessions.

Therefore, please place the following dates on your calendar and try to have your child in school on each of these days. Thank you for your cooperation.  The test dates are as follows:
Tuesday, March 16 - Writing Day 1
Wednesday, March 17 - Writing Day 2
Thursday, March 18 - Monday, March 23 (make-ups)

At this time, the state still plans to test English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Field Tests in May. 

We have been asked to emphasize that students may not have any mechanical devices on them (calculators, electronic spellers, cell phones, pagers, etc.) when testing is taking place. Please encourage your child to remember this rule and to follow it closely.

The PASS Tests are the most important tests your child will take this year. The scores on this test are an indication of the progress your child has made this year in mastering the material that she/he has been taught. We have high expectations for each student and ask your help in encouraging and urging your child to do his/her best on this PASS testing. 

Just as a reminder, please:
*Help your child by seeing that she/he gets to bed early each night and has breakfast each morning. The school cafeteria will be serving nutritious breakfasts each morning of testing and will be making allowances in serving time to make sure that all students wanting breakfast are served before we begin testing.

*Make sure that she/he is at school each day of the testing and that she/he is on time. Students with perfect attendance for this testing session will have their names entered automatically into a school-wide drawing for exciting prizes! To have your name entered, make sure to be present both days of testing!

*Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her efforts on the testing. LMS has seen great growth in our student’s scores over the last three years. We are very proud of our students and their academic accomplishments and are excited to see how they perform this year!

Parent Literacy Workshops Offered Again at LMS
March 1, 2010

Parents, have you been looking for some tips on how to help your middle-schooler better understand what he/she reads?  Would you like some practical activities that will help your child love reading?  If so, we are excited to announce that our school is offering once again five Parent Workshops to empower you to help your child “read it and get it”!  Parents and students who attended these workshops during the fall were thrilled with the materials and ideas they received!  During these sessions, we will be learning about the seven keys to helping students improve their comprehension, as presented in the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension – How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! 
This book was written with parents in mind!
 
Each one-hour session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the school cafeteria.  The schedule and topics (the same as those covered in the first workshops) are as follows:
  • Monday, March 8 – Overview and Key 1 – Sensory Images
  • Monday, March 22 – Keys 2 and 3 - Background Knowledge and Questioning
  • Monday, April 5 – Key 4 – Drawing Inferences
  • Monday, April 19 – Keys 5 and 6 – Determining Importance and Synthesizing
  • Monday May 3 – Key 7 – Fix-Up Strategies
If you were unable to attend during the fall, we hope you will put these dates on your calendar and plan to join us for these informative sessions!

Transformers at the Circus
February 22, 2010

The LMS Transformers traveled to Greenville on Friday to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. 

The Transformers are a group of 5th grade students who meet regularly to discuss their middle school experiences and to plan service learning projects for the LMS campus. 

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Job Shadow 2010
February 3, 2010

Job Shadow 2010 is a national program providing an opportunity for students to observe work environments and employees’ daily activities and supports career exploration, which is extremely important for a middle school student’s education.  It is a great experience, and we invite you and your child to participate.  Read more.

This year Liberty Middle School students will be job shadowing on Friday, February 26.  In order to participate a Student, Parent, and Business Mentor Agreement needs to be completed, signed and returned to the guidance office by Friday, February 19.  This form will be sent home with 6th and 7th grade students in a packet with other job shadow information in a few days. 

Contact the school's guidance department with any questions about Job Shadow 2010.

Transformers Transforming LMS Campus
February 3, 2010
The Transformers club, a group of 5th grade young men, are helping to make the LMS campus a prettier place.  On Monday, the Transformers  cleared an area of the school from broken branches and hung bird feeders from the low branches of several trees.  The Transformers have several other service projects planned this quarter that will help make the LMS campus greener.  The Transformers meet every Monday and Wednesday during their lunch period with their sponsor, LMS Assistant Principal, Mrs. Wanda Tharpe. 


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Last Chance for Yearbooks
February 2, 2010

The last day to order your LMS Yearbook is  April 30, 2010.  You won't want to miss out on this year's edition so, purchase your yearbook today.


You may order a copy in one of four ways:
  • Order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com.  The school's ID code is 12246;
  • Mail your order.  Call the school for an order form;
  • Fax your order to 1-866-282-1514.  Call the school for the order form;
  • Phone in your order to 1-866-282-1516.

Liberty Residents Can Provide Input to Attendance Lines
February 1, 2010

Liberty residents are invited to provide input into the line that will determine which school elementary students attend. The School District of Pickens County is holding a public meeting about the attendance line on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School Auditorium. 
Click here for more information.
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Liberty High School Freshman Roundup
January 26, 2010

There will be a Freshman Roundup at Libery High School for all rising eighth grade students and their parents.  The event will be in the Liberty High School's cafeteria on Tuesday, February 9 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  A hamburger supper will be provided.

Geography Bee Winners
January 26, 2010

8th grader, Neal Case, is the winner of the LMS Geography Bee. Neal will now take a test to see if he qualifies for the state competition.  Andrew Stephens, a 7th grader, finished second, and Josh Ward, a 6th grader, was our third place finalist in our school-wide competition.  Congratulations to these students!

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Flag Ceremony
January 21, 2010

LMS fifth grade held a flag ceremony on December 16th to present the new City of Liberty flag.  The fifth grade students had previously participated in a contest to write a pledge for the new Liberty flag.  Fifth grader, Logan Rich’s pledge was selected as the winning pledge. 

During the ceremony the new City of Liberty flag was presented to LMS by Liberty Mayor, Brian Deese.  Additionally, a United States of America flag was presented to LMS teacher and coach Robert (Bob) Davis.  This flag was given to the school by SC Representative Gresham Barrett to honor Davis for over 30 years of military service. 

In addition to Mayor Deese, other special guests included SDPC Superintendent, Dr. Henry Hunt, and SDPC School Board Member, Mr. Oscar Thorsland.  Logan Rich led the Pledge to the City of Liberty flag for the closing of the ceremony.

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South Carolina Junior Scholars Named
January 14, 2010

Congratulations to Dolan Holder, Bryce Powell, Payton Dameron, Reed Cole, and Holly Gillespie.  These students have been identified as a South Carolina Junior Scholar.  The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program recognizes eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent.  These students possess a high level of verbal and/or mathematical proficiency as determined through their performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

We are very proud of these students and their accomplishment!

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Jordan Kirby Named to All-Region Band
January 14, 2010

Congratulations to seventh grader, Jordan Kirby. She has been named to the South Carolina All-Region Band. Jordan auditioned with over 140 middle school clarinet players and ranked 19th among them, giving her the opportunity to play in the 2010 SC All-Region Band. 
On Saturday, January 9 she and some fellow Liberty Middle School band students audition for the SC All-Region Band at Greer High School.  All LMS students who auditioned did well and we are proud of their accomplishments.

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Karaoke and Barbeque
January 11, 2010

The sixth grade is sponsoring a Karaoke Afternoon  and Barbeque this Friday, January 15 after school until 5 p.m.  Cost for admission is $5.  Tickets for barbeque plates (sandwich, slaw and beans) can be bought in advance (before Friday) for $5 from a sixth grade teacher or student.  A limited number of plates will be available for sale at the Karaoke Afternoon beginning at 4:45.  Drinks and desserts will also be available for $1 each.  Pre-sold barbeque plates may be picked up at 4:45 p.m.  Fifth grade students are invited to participate in this event.

Box Tops for Education
January 13, 2010

The Liberty Middle School Band Program is now collecting BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION. These coupons can be found on many of the products you already buy, including: General Mills, Hefty, Huggies, Ziploc, Betty Crocker, Juicy Juice, Cottonelle, Fiber One, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Hamburger Helper, Old El Paso (Taco and dinner kits), Kleenex, Scott, Yoplait, Avery (they make address labels and office supplies), Nature Valley, and others. Please help support our school and band by sending your BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION with your student to his/her homeroom class. This is an ongoing fund-raiser, so keep clipping those Box Tops!

Career Center Invitation
January 7, 2010

Pickens County Students and Parents are Invited to the Prospective Student Open House at B. J. Skelton Career center on Thursday, January 14th (Inclement weather date January 28th) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit the eighteen Career Center Program classrooms and labs, which offer a wide variety of educational experiences for the serious
  9th  – 12th  grade student.  Student projects will be displayed, and instructors will be available to answer any questions.  
A spaghetti supper will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Students Make All-County Band
January 6, 2010

The following students auditioned for and were selected to play in the 2010 Pickens All-County Band:
 
Alex Frazier, flute
Jordan Kirby, clarinet
Davis Tolleson, bass clarinet
Ashton Langston, horn
Andrew Stephens, percussion
 
 All students who auditioned represented our school with impressive abilities, and we are extremely proud of all of them!!

Vision Screening
January 6, 2010

During the month of January, LMS students in 5th and 7th grades will be having their vision checked.  This is a state mandated screening which requires no permission forms to be completed by parent/guardian.
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H1N1 Flu Shot Cllinic
January 6, 2010

Liberty Middle School will have on H1N1 flu shot clinic on Wednesday, January 13 for all 6th – 8th grade students and teachers who have turned in a permission form. For more information about the clinic, click here.

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School Board Recognition Month
January 4, 2010

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Liberty Middle School expresses our appreciation to our board members.  Thank you school board members for all you do for the students of Liberty and Pickens County.

December 18, 2009


We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Festival of Christmas Concert
December 3, 2009

Join us on Tuesday, December 15 for Festival of Christmas. Enjoy music of the season starting at 5:30 p.m. with our 6th – 8th grade Band and Strings.   The music continues with our 5th – 8th grade Choruses performing at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be in the school’s auditorium with free admission.

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LES Fourth Graders Receive Free Admission
December 1, 2009

Liberty Elementary School fourth graders are invited to be our guest at our December 10th home basketball game.  The game begins at 5:30 with our Lady Eagles tipping-off against Wright Middle School.  About 15 minutes following the girls' game the boys will play.  The games are usually over around 8:00 p.m.

Parents/Guardians are invited to join their fourth grader.  Ticket prices are $4.00 for adults.
Liberty Cinch Bags for Sale
December 1, 2009

The eighth grade is selling LIBERTY cinch bags.  The bags are available in black with red writing or red with black writing.

You may purchase one bag for $8.00 or two bags for $15.00.  Supplies are limited so see any eighth grade teacher now to purchase yours.  They make excellent gifts!


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Student versus Faculty Basketball Game
November 18, 2009

We will hold our fourth annual student versus faculty basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the school's gym.  The game begins at 6:30.  The cost is $3 per person.  Come join us for an evening of exciting entertainment and cheer your favorite side to victory.
Fall Sports Banquet
November 13, 2009

There will be a banquet for all fall sports teams, which includes football, volleyball, and cheering.  The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24 in the school's auditorium.


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Jacob Lloyd Wins Poster Contest
November 6, 2009

Congratulations to seventh grader, Jacob Lloyd.  He is this year's LMS winner in the International Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.  As the school winner Jacob receives a $50 savings bond and his poster will represent LMS in the regional contest.

Jacob and School Board Member, Oscar Thorsland, are pictured with his “The Power of Peace” poster.
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Students Participate in Art Contest
November 5, 2009
 
Sixth graders Christian McCall and Tiffany Cogdill along with seventh graders  Sarah Beth Markley, Emily Brown, Josie Waters, Jacob Lloyd, Kellie Cothran and Jamie Jenning volunteered to participate in the annual International Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.  Liberty students participate in this contest each year.  This year’s theme is “The Power of Peace”.  One student’s work will be chosen to represent Liberty Middle School in the regional contest.  The school-wide winner will receive a $50 savings bond. The winner will be announced shortly.
 
The overall International winner will win tickets for themself and two family members to spend three days in New York City; will be awarded their prize of $2,500 and a plague at the Lions Club Day at the United Nations.


Writing at LMS
November 4, 2009

Liberty Middle School is proud to have Mrs. Linda Simpson collaborate with our faculty on Write from the Beginning as we work toward our goals as part of the Making Middle Grades Work initiative.

Write from the Beginning is a developmental writing program designed to help students achieve success in their writings that goes beyond the primary years.  Recently, Mrs. Simpson visited 7th grade and modeled writing a personal narrative for Mrs. Eads’ and Mrs. Johnson’s English classes.  Students worked hard to produce their own narrative stories.


School Year Book on Sale
October 28, 2009

It is time to purchase your copy of the 09/10 LMS Yearbook.  Order forms have been mailed to students' homes and should have arrived in mailboxes' by October 15.  

Choose one of the following three ways to place your order by December 13th:
1.  Complete the order form, that arrived in your mail, include your payment and mail directly to Jostens.
2.  Call toll free at 1-866-282-1516 and place your order with a Jostens representative.
3.  Order directly from Jostens website at www.jostensyearbooks.com

Please remember, your order needs to be placed by December 13, 2009 to be assured that a copy is reserved for you.

Parents are Invited to Lunch
October 21, 2009

Parents are invited to join their child(ren) for lunch on our annual Parent Lunch Day. The following dates and times are scheduled:

5th grade - Monday, Oct. 26 from 11:45 - 12:15
6th grade - Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 12:45 - 1:15
7th grade - Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 12:15 - 12:45
8th grade - Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10:55 - 11:25

While at the school, don't forget to stop by the Media Center to check out the Book Fair.

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Book Fair
October 21, 2009
The book fair will be Monday - Thursday, October 26 - 29. We encourage parents and grandparents to attend. Our book fair provides a wide variety of books specifically selected to appeal to middle school interests. In addition, our fair will have adult bestsellers that parents may find interesting and useful. Please come to browse and find books that can help your child stay connected with reading.


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PTO Needs YOU!
September 29, 2009


The 2009 - 2010 "PTO Membership Drive" is going on now.  You may join for $5 per person.  All monies raised by the PTO through membership and fundraisers go to the school in the form of supplies, equipment and financial support.  Working together, in support of the PTO, we can make this one of the best years ever at LMS.

For a list of this year's PTO Officers, click here.



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Parent Reading Workshops
September 22, 2009

LMS is offering parent reading workshops. Parents who attend will receive a copy of the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension – How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! This book is written with parents in mind, and is filled with ways to work with your middle-school child on reading. 
 
Each workshop is from 6:30 – 7:30.
The schedule for these workshops is as follows:
  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Overview and Key 1 – Sensory Images
  • Monday, Oct. 5 – Keys 2 and 3 - Background Knowledge and Questioning
  • Monday, 0ct. 19 – Key 4 – Drawing Inferences
  • Monday, Nov. 2 – Keys 5 and 6 – Determining Importance and Synthesizing
  • Monday Nov. 16 – Key 7 – Fix-Up Strategies
For further information, contact the school.

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No Book Left Unread
May 29, 2009
Congratulations to this year's Reader Leaders in the 2009 No Book Left Unread Summer Reading Challenge.
Student Winners
1st Place: Sara Devilbiss. Sara read 7,654 pages. She won a $50 giftcard.
2nd Place: Josh Arledge. Josh read 5,561 pages. He won a $25 giftcard.
Teacher Winners
1st Place: Amiee Debo. Mrs. Debo read 12,910 pages. She won a $50 giftcard.
2nd Place: Brittany Clark. Mrs. Clark read 10,058 pages. She won a $25 giftcard.
Our school read a total of 140,224 pages this summer!

Check Your Child's Grades Online
September 16, 2009

Grades will soon be posted once a week to our Web site.  New posts appear on Wednesdays.

Parents need to login to view their child's grades.  For directions on how to set up your account, if you've not done so already, click here.

September 8, 2009


   September 17 is School Picture Day.
July 31, 2009

 

We hope you're having a wonderful summer and will soon be ready for the opening of the 2009 - 2010 school year. 
  • School Begins Tuesday, September 1.
  • Meet the Teacher event is Thursday, August 27, between the hours of 4:30 and 7:30. 
  • Click here for a list of needed school supplies.
  • For more Back to School information, please visit the SDPC website.
Meet the Eagles
August 27, 2009

Get a sneak peak of the ’09 Liberty Middle fall sports teams.

Come to Liberty Middle on Thursday, September 3 at 6:00 to “Meet the Eagles.”  The Lady Eagles volleyball team will play the faculty in a match.  The guys football team will be introduced between games as will the cheerleaders.

This will be a volleyball fundraiser with the admission of $3.00 per person or $10.00 per family going to the team to help cover expenses.

Volleyball Tryouts
August 7, 2009

Tryouts for the middle school volleyball team will be held on Monday - Wednesday; August 17 - 19 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

All 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested must have a current physical on file in the office before that time.  Click here for a copy of the physical form to be completed by physician.

Attendance at tryouts is mandatory if you expect to be part of the team.  The team will be named on Wednesday, August 19, at the end of tryouts.

Team practices will continue on Thursday and Friday, August 20 -21 as well as each weekday thereafter through the start of school.

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Lou Ann Ellenburg through the school office.

Football Practice
August 7, 2009

Football practice will be every Monday - Thursday starting August 10th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. 
Students must have a physical on file to participate. 

Click herefor a copy of the physical form that must be completed by the student's physician.

Meet the Teacher
July 12, 2009

 
You are invited to meet your child's teachers at our annual Meet the Teacher event.  It will be held at the school on Thursday, August 27 from 4:30 until 7:30.  We hope to see you then.

New Mascot and Colors for LMS?
July 10, 2009
In making plans to move to our newly renovated facilities, in the near future, some discussion has taken place concerning changing our school mascot and/or school colors. 
 
The rationale for this discussion is based on economic issues and creating unity among the Liberty schools. For example, adopting the color scheme of red, black and white, which is the same as the high school, would save on the cost of having to repaint some areas of our new facility where these colors are already being used. 
 
Therefore, the following four options are possibilities at this time.
  1. Make no change and keep the current mascot of Eagles and the red, white and blue colors.
  2. Adopt the Red Devil mascot and the red, black and white colors.
  3. Adopt a mascot that is similar to the Red Devils (such as Demons) and adopt the red, black and white colors.
  4. Adopt a new mascot (such as Falcons or Cardinals) and adopt the red, black and white colors.
There are valid points to be made both for and against making a mascot and/or color change. We will be asking for student input when school begins in September. In the meantime, the administration would love to hear from you if you have thoughts to share on this matter. Please email Mr. Edwards at DonivanEdwards@Pickens.k12.sc.us
 
As always, your input is vital and we appreciate your support of our school and its programs.

Faculty and Staff Hold Luncheon
June 4, 2009

Many former LMS faculty and staff members, as well as, School Board Member, Oscar Thorsland, joined us on Thursday, June 4 for a luncheon celebration in the school’s cafeteria.

The celebration was to honor, express gratitude and wish well the following:

Edith Posey, Cafeteria Manager; Shirley Reece, Cafeteria Server; Mary Jo Pickle, Media Center Assistant; Linda Crenshaw, Guidance Counselor; Ken Ellison and Margo Wells, teachers on their retirements.

Amber True who served as PTO President for the 2009/2010 school year.

Clint Yarborough, teacher, who is wedding in July.


Activity Cards on Sale
September 8, 2009


Activity Cards are now available for purchase for $10 each. 

The Activity Card provides admission to all Liberty Middle School home games which include football, basketball, and volleyball. 

Be sure to purchase yours and support our athletic teams!

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Drama Students Spend an Evening at the Theatre
May 30, 2009

On Friday, May 22 sixth and eighth grade drama students took a field trip to Greenville to enjoy a unique evening of theatre.  First, the students had the opportunity to tour the Warehouse Theatre, where they were able to explore the facilities as workers prepared for their upcoming show Hamlet, opening on May 29.  Students then picnicked in the Reedy Falls Park, where they later viewed the Upstate Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s classic work, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This play, with free admission, will continue to run through June 14, with performances taking place at 7:00 each Thursday through Sunday evening.  Students had a wonder experience.

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Two Perform with Youth Orchestra
May 30, 2009

Eighth graders, Josh Ryder and Jacob Bradford, were participants in the Carolina Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra on Sunday, May 17, 2009, held at Furman University.  Josh plays the tuba and Jacob plays the bass. 

The Carolina Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra is our intermediate ensemble. It is comprised of approximately 100 outstanding players who show strong musicianship. The group performs a wide range of demanding orchestral repertoire in a total of  five concerts this year.  There next performance will be at the Furman Lakeside Pops Concert on Thursday, June 4, 2009, 7:30 pm.

We are proud of these young men and wish them well as they pursue further their career as musicians.



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Appreciation Week
May 6, 2009

The first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Lunch was provided to the teachers on Wednesday by the School’s PTO as a token of appreciation.  Click for more photos.

This week we also celebrate Nurses Appreciation Day and Bus Drivers Week.   


PASS Testing
May 1, 2009

PASS Testing begins Tuesday, May 12 and continues through Friday, May 15 with Field Testing being on Tuesday, May 19. Please be sure that your student is present and on time each day of testing. Encourage your student to do his/her best on the tests. See to it that he/she gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast, all of which will help him/her be successful on this very important assessment.

Volunteer Opportunity
May 1, 2009

PASS monitors are needed. If you are available and willing to serve as a PASS test monitor please contact the school secretary at 843-5855 and leave a message as to which date(s) you are available to help or you may download, complete and return this form to the school. Monitor training will be provided to you on the first morning that you come to help. This training begins at 7:45 in the School’s Media Center.

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Athletic Physicals
April 30, 2009

Rising seventh and eighth grade students who are interesting in participating in any athletic sport at LMS or LHS for the 2009/2010 school year must have a Sports Physical Examination completed by a physician prior to tryouts and dated after April 1, 2009.
Special arrangements have been made, with Urgent Care of Seneca, to provide doctors who will complete these physicals for $20.00. The doctors will be available on Wednesday, May 6 from 3:00 – 6:00 at Edwards Middle School. Additionally, we will be providing bus transportation from LMS to Edwards for those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity for a physical. 
If you would like your student to have his/her physical completed on this date you will need to return a completed Pre-Participation History & Physical Form. Forms will be sent home with students on Friday, May 1. Please complete the Pre-Participation History on the front of the form, sign it, and return it to school with your $20.00 fee. If you are paying by check you should make it payable to Edwards Middle School. Both the form and fee should be returned to the LMS front office by noon on Monday, May 4 to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Named
April 28, 2009

Toni Johnson is Teacher of the Year and Shirley Bentley is Support Employee of the Year for 2009.  These well deserving ladies were elected by their peers on the basis of exemplary job performances and positive contributions to our school.

Mrs. Johnson is a seventh grade E/LA teacher.  Mrs. Bentley is a special education teacher's assistant.

Congratulations ladies and thank you for jobs well done.

Mr. and Miss LMS Named
April 27, 2009

The LMS pageant was held on Saturday, April 25. All contestants did a wonderful job. 
Cassidy Crowe was named Miss LMS with Loren Wheeler and Megan Alexander being named first and second runner-ups. Courtney Lesley was named Miss Seventh Grade with Emily Torbett being named runner-up. In the sixth grade, Kaitlyn Dover was named Miss Sixth Grade. Katrina Moore and Karly Norris were named first and second runner-ups. The title of Miss Fifth Grade went to Cassie Dameron with Lexi Morgan and Rosemary Sargent being named runner-ups.
Mr. LMS is Taylor Moore. Justin Crowe is runner-up.

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Single Gender Classes at LMS
April 27, 2009
 
LMS parents of fifth grade students have had the option of single gender classes for the 2008/2009 school year for their children.  In the past five years, this educational concept has seen an extraordinary surge of interest in the public educational setting according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education.  Recently, the topic of single gender classes was presented, with both pros and cons, on the Today show. 

LMS presented a brief overview of thoughts from our students, teachers and parents about the single gender classes of our fifth graders at the SDPC Board Meeting in February.  To view the PowerPoint presentation click here.  (This may take several seconds to load).

The single gender class option will again be offered in our fifth grade classes for the 2009/2010 school year. The option will also be expanded to include our sixth graders for the coming school year, as well. To learn more about the single-gender educational opportunity at LMS feel free to contact us. You may also find the following websites helpful: South Carolina Department of Education and the National Association for Single Sex Public Education.

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LMS Beta Club News
April 27, 2009

The LMS Beta Club participates in service projects throughout the school year. In December, the Beta Club visited the Liberty Active Day Care to sing carols. Recently, the Beta Club collected donations, made by LMS students, to support the Upstate Humane Society. The Beta Club sponsored the collection of items that can be used by the Humane Society such as cleaning products, old newspapers, and cat litter. A representative from the Humane Society picked up the donated items on Friday, April 24. The LMS Beta Club will continue to set goals of service and will work to reach these goals.

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Fourth Graders Visit
April 23, 2009

Fourth grade students from Liberty Elementary visited LMS Thursday, April 23. These students met members of our faculty and staff. Members of our Student Council lead small groups of these excited students on a tour of the campus. They learned important information about attending LMS in the fall when they become our fifth graders. 
Parents/Guardians of these rising fifth graders are invited to attend an informative meeting this afternoon, in the school’s auditorium. At the meeting information will be provided concerning the single-gender classes that are offered to our fifth grade students as well as, other relevant information. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.

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Thank You, Administrative Professionals
April 23, 2009

LMS is very grateful to have such wonderful Administrative Professionals on staff. We sincerely appreciate these individuals and the invaluable services they provide to our school. Thank you Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Pilgrim, Mrs. Todd, Mrs. Raper, Mrs. Pickel, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Dameron and Officer Constance for what you do for us and the manner in which you do it. 

As a small token of our appreciation, these were treated to lunch on Wednesday, April 22 at a local resturant.

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Spelling Bee Winners
April 17, 2009

Eighth grader, Erica Bolding, is the winner of the 2009 LMS Spelling Bee. The Bee was held on Wednesday, April 15 in the school’s auditorium. Participating students spelled words taken from a list about “The Body Within”. Erica will represent LMS at the SDPC’s Spelling Bee on May 4 at Easley High School.   
Sixth grader, Drew Culpepper, is this year’s Spelling Bee runner-up. 
Congratulations to these students on an outstanding job and to all students who participated in this year’s Bee!

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Pageant Practice
April 15, 2009


Practice is scheduled for those participating in the Miss LMS Pageant.  Participants will practice Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21 from 3:30 until 5:00.  There will not be practice on Wednesday.  Practice will resume on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24  from 3:30 until 5:00.  If you have questions, please contact PTO President, Amber True at 986-9879.

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LMS Presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
February 1, 2009

You're invited to attend the production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" presented by the following LMS student cast of characters:

Charlie Brown: Vinny Scavone
Snoopy: R.J. Little
Linus: James Grayson
Sally: Ashley Rogers
Schroeder: Taylor Zorn
Lucy: Brittany Mayo
Pig-Pin: Jordan True
Patty: Elizabeth Bellen

Presentation dates and times are Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.  Friday, April 3 at 7:00 pm.  Saturday, April 3 at 3:00 pm.  An Improv Show featuring Work in Progress will follow the production on Saturday. 

Admission for all shows is $5 per person. 

For more information contact the school's drama teacher, David Holland, at 843-5855 or, reserve your seat by email at 
charliebrowntickets@yahoo.com today!

These photos of Thursday evening's production are the courtesy of Kerry Capps.  Thank you Mr.Capps.



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Faculty Celebration
March 27, 2009

The faculty and staff celebrated the upcoming additions to our LMS family on Friday, March 27th by honoring four of our faculty members with a shower. Band teacher, Kelsy Mennel, will be adding a husband when she marries, next month. Chorus teacher, Doug Thompson and 7th grade teacher, Andrew Akers are each expecting baby number three in their households. Eighth grade teacher, Lindsay McLaurin, is expecting her first baby. We are excited about these additions for these faculty members and wish the very best to each of them.

No School
March 5, 2009

School is closed Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. 
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Spelling Bee
March 26, 2009

Our fifth grade students are participating in a Spelling Bee at Liberty Elementary School on April 1at 1:00. Each fifth grade homeroom class held their own Spelling Bee to determine a representative and alternate for the LES Spelling Bee. Congratulations to these students and best of luck in the upcoming Bee. 
Representatives are: Alexander Richardson, Mazi Evans-Smith, Londan Wright, Leanna Hamm, Hunter Parrington, Chris Morris, and Gage King. Alternates are: Jordan Kay, Elizabeth Jackson, April Hamby, Hope Aiken, Jordan Adams, Max James, and Cody Hayes.

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Student Artwork on Exhibit
March 6, 2009

In celebration of Youth Arts Month LMS has ten pieces of student artwork on exhibit at the Pickens County Museum. We are especially proud of the following students whose artwork is there:
·         Eighth graders - Austin McCall, Loren Wheeler, Cassidy Styles, Brady Autrey and Kerri Rumler.
·         Seventh grader - Trevor Woods. 
·         Sixth graders - Dylan Herd and Jennifer Collins.  
·         Fifth graders - Ivy Johnson and Reed Styles.
 
Kerri Rumler’s work has received a district wide Honorable Mention Certificate and a $25 prize. Cassidy Styles and Dylan Herd have both received Certificates of Recognition for their work.
 
The show is at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC. The show will be on display until March 26th, during normal museum hours.

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PASS Test
March 5, 2009

The writing portion of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test will be administered on March 10th and 11th with make-up days on the 12th and 13th.  We encourage all students to be present for these testing dates.  Research shows that students perform best on standardized test when they are able to complete them in their regular classroom setting rather than during a make-up test session.
The PASS Test is an important assessment tool.  It is used to measure your child’s academic progress for the school year.  We have high expectations for each student and ask for your help in encouraging your child to do his/her best.
As parents/guardians your assistance is needed to help your child do his/her best on the PASS test.  The following are suggestions:
·         Make sure that he/she is at school and on time each day of the test.
·         Ensure that he/she gets plenty of rest by getting to bed early the night before the test.
·         Make sure that he/she eats a good breakfast.
·         Let your child know that you’re proud of his/her effort on the test.


           
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Yearbook Extension
March 5, 2009

There is an extension on purchasing a yearbook until March 31.  You may call 1-866-282-1516 to order the basic yearbook.  No personalization or extras can be ordered during this extension time.  Yearbooks will also be sold on a first come basis during the last week of school for $45. 

Save money by ordering your yearbook now!


LMS Pageant
March 13, 2009

The PTO is sponsoring the LMS pageant, The Hero Within. The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 beginning at 6:00 in the evening.  There are a limited number of advance tickets available for purchase, through the school office. Those who purchase tickets in advance are given a seating choice, as well as, no waiting in line for tickets the evening of the pageant. Advance, reserved seating tickets cost $10 and will only be available for purchase until sold out or, until April, 17 at 3:00.  Tickets may be purchased the evening of the pageant, at the door, at a cost of $5.

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Award Winning Writers
February 25, 2009

LMS’s fifth and eighth grade students participated in the State Superintendent’s Writing Awards Program. This awards program is to support the teaching of the South Carolina Academic Standards and provide fifth and eighth grade students an opportunity to express themselves through the writing process. 
 
Congratulations to the following students for their winning essays. Fifth grade classroom winners are Cody Nichols, Sharif Dunson, Dereck Richmond, Breanna Martin, and Elizabeth Jackson. Eighth grade classroom winners are Amber Capps, Alex Hendricks, Megan Forgarty, Cassidy Styles and Brianna Hannah. 
 
School level winners are fifth grader, Cody Nichols and eighth grader, Amber Capps.  Cody and Amber's essays are now submitted to the district-level competition.
 
These students will be receiving congratulatory letters from the State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Jim Rex.

LMS Pageant: The Hero Within
February 11, 2009

The annual Miss LMS Pageant: The Hero Within will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 pm.  Fifth through eighth grade girls interested in participating should complete the pageant registration form.  Click for form.
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South Carolina Junior Scholars
February 9, 2009

Congratulations to Austin Allison, Erica Bolding, Taylor Hendricks, Raquel Jones, Dalton Kirby, Ronnie Little, Ashley Matheson, Lesley McQueen, Stephen Newton, Jesse Smith, and Dakota Stewart. These students have been identified as a South Carolina Junior Scholar. South Carolina Junior Scholars are eighth grade students who possess a high level of verbal and/or mathematical proficiency as determined through their performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
We are very proud of these students and their accomplishment!

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King and Queen of Hearts
February 9, 2009

Who will be the King and Queen of Hearts?  Be at the Valentine's Day Dance to find out.

6th - 8th grade students are invited to the dance where the King and Queen of Hearts will be crowned.  The dance will take place on Friday, February 13 from 3:30 - 6:30.  Cost of admission is $5.  There will be lots of fun, food, games, prizes and photos.

Dance is being sponsored by the PTO.




Job Shadowing 2009
February 6, 2009

The sixth and seventh grade students at LMS will have an opportunity to observe work environments and employees' daily activities by participating in the annual Job Shadowing Program to be held on Friday, Feb. 27. 

The program is being organized as a district initiative this year therefore, please be sure to read the packet of information that will be coming home with students on Wednesday, Feb. 11.  The packet will contain necessary forms to be completed as well as, important due dates.


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Valentine Candy Grams
February 3, 2009

Students - send a Valentine's Candy Gram to your friends. Place your order early because quantities are limited. Candy grams will be delivered to homerooms on Friday, February 13. 
There are several different grams available to purchase. They are:
Candy & Message
.50
Ribbon, candy & message
1.00
Pen, ribbon, candy & message
2.00
Small gift, pen, ribbon, candy & message
4.00
Large gift, pen, ribbon, candy & message
5.00
 
Grams will be sold in the mornings from 7:30 – 8:00 in the gym on February 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12. They will also be available to purchase during lunch on February 5 and 10. 

 
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Students Vote For Their Favorite SC Junior Book
February 25, 2009

On February 13, several students from grades 6-8 came to the Media Center to vote for their favorite South Carolina Junior Book. In order to vote students must have read at least 3 of this year's 20 nominees. Students who read 4 or more books will be invited to a big party in the spring where the school and state-wide winners will be announced.
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Yearbook Orders Due
January 28, 2009

February 19 is the deadline date to place your order for this year's school yearbook.  Don't miss out, place your order today at Jostens online ordering.  This is the best way to be assured of receiving a copy of this year's memories.


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Science Fair Winners
January 28, 2009

Congratulations to the following students whose science projects placed in the annual LMS science fair:
5th grade
1st place - Breanna Martin
6th – 8th grades
1st place - Sean Hoots
2nd place - James Grayson
3rd place - Jackie Thompson
4th place - Zach Newton
5th place - Cole Ray
 
On January 27, 2009 Liberty Middle School held its annual school science fair night. Grade level winners, who were selected by their teachers, presented their science fair projects to an audience of guests and judges. After students presented their projects they held private, individual interviews with the judges. The judges were very impressed with the in-depth projects that the students had worked on and presented. 
The process began in September when each student picked a topic and began researching the topic. The research was followed by designing and conducting an experiment. Liberty Middle School teachers feel it is important for all students to participate in this authentic way of experiencing the scientific method. Students get a true taste for what a real scientist does. 
The science teachers at LMS encourage each student to begin thinking about next year’s science fair project now. Summer is a great time to work on a project. The internet offers several websites with great science fair topics. 

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Ryder Makes All-State Band
January 27, 2009

Joshua Ryder, an eighth grader, has been named to the South Carolina All-State Band.  Joshua plays the tuba and will be in the second chair.  Congratulations Joshua, we are so proud of you!  Joshua is pictured with his band teacher, Ms. Mennel.

C.J., Dante, & Jakob
Geography Bee Winners
January 16, 2009

Sixth grader, C.J. Czarnick, is the winner of the LMS Geography Bee. He will go on to compete in the SDPC Geography Bee. Jakob Dismukes placed second and Dante Bash placed third in the school wide completion. Both Jakob and Dante are eighth graders. Congratulations to these students!

Student Auditions to be Held
January 16, 2009
LMS Theatre will hold auditions for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Tuesday, January 20 after school.  Students who are interested in a part should prepare a one minute monologue and thirty seconds of a song.  For more information or if you have any questions please see Mr. Holland.

Work In Progress Live to Perform
January 16, 2009
Work in Progress Live.  The Greenville based Improv group brings their unique blend of comedy and theatre for a third time to Liberty Middle School stage.  Performance is Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $5 and proceeds will go towards the spring production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Career Center Open House
January 12, 2009

B.J. Skelton Career Center Open House will be held on Tuesday January 27th from 6-8 PM.  A drawing for door prizes will be held as well as a free hot dog supper from 6 - 7:30 PM.  This is a time to tour and see what courses are offered for next year.
Inclement weather date will be Tuesday, February 3rd.

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Region Band for Three LMS Students
January 12, 2009

Congratulations to Bailey Bagwell, Dalton Kirby, and Joshua Ryder on being named to the SCBDA Regions Band. This is a great honor which will allow these students to now audition for the All-State Band. Bailey plays the trumpet, Dalton the bass clarinet, and Joshua plays the tuba.

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LMS Students in All-County Band
January 7, 2009

Eight LMS students have earned a position in the All-County Band. Four of these students were also named to first chairs. We are very proud of this accomplishment. We congratulate these students and their teacher, Ms. Kelsy Mennel. 
 
LMS students named to the band and their respective positions are:
Flute: Chelsea Hanna (9th chair)
Bass Clarinet: Dalton Kirby (1st chair), Davis Tolleson (2nd chair)
Trumpet: Bailey Bagwell (3rd chair)
Euphonium: RJ Little (1st chair)
Tuba: Joshua Ryder (1st chair)
Percussion: Jared Bottoms (1st chair), Chase Owens (5th chair)
 
Some 140 students in the school district tried out for the All-County Band with only 70 making it. Of the competition, Joshua Ryder states, “It was a wonderful learning experience.”
 
Those named to the band will participate in a clinic on January 29 and 30. They will present a concert on Friday, January 30 at Southern Wesleyan University at 7:00 pm. 

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December 19, 2008

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

LMS students enjoyed sounds of the season when band, strings, and chorus students presented their Christmas concerts to the student body.  See photos.



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Christmas is for Kids
December 19, 2008
 
LMS’s “Christmas is for Kids” was a Huge Success this year.  Selling Christmas stars throughout the school LMS students raised over $2000. Thirty-eight children from 19 families were helped this year.  Approximately 20 student council members, parents, and teachers spent several hours Wednesday afternoon shopping for children in our community who would not have received anything for Christmas this year.  See photos

Congratulations to Mrs. Moody and her class who raised the most money and received a pizza party!  See photos. 

A special thanks goes to Mrs. Garrett, Mr. Christopher, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Debo, Mr. Yarborough, Mrs. McLaurin, and Mrs. McKenzie who helped to make this program possible. 

LMS also wants to thank the City of Liberty, C&C Exterminating, Liberty Bell Resturant, Liberty Church of God, First Baptist Church of Liberty, Sealevel Systems, and Easley and Central Wal-Mart stores for their generous donations and graciously adopting some of our families.

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Thanks for a Successful Fundraiser
December 18, 2008

Some students participated in a recent school fundraiser in which cookie dough was sold.  The fundraiser was a huge success.  As a special treat, students were able to participate in a Mega Game event.  We thank all who participated and supported our efforts. See photos.



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Mrs. McKenzie Achieves National Certification
December 12, 2008

LMS Guidance Counselor, Heather McKenzie, has achieved National Board Certification which is the highest credential available in the teaching profession. Mrs. McKenzie had to meet high and rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review to achieve certification. Congratulations, Mrs. McKenzie!  We're proud of you.

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Students Enjoy a Limo Ride to Lunch
December 8, 2008

Ten students enjoyed a limousine ride to Golden Corral where they were treated to lunch.  These students were top sellers in a recent fund raiser and received the "special" treatment in appreciation for their hard work.
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School Resource Officer Receives Honor
December 3, 2008

LMS’ School Resource Officer, Sgt. Mike Constance, has been honored by the Liberty Police Department by being named “Officer of the Year”. Each year the department recognizes one of its own with this year’s honor going to Officer Constance. The Liberty Police Department released this statement about Officer Constance, “During this year, there has been a particular officer that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and displayed an amazing ability for service and compassion, as well as an in depth knowledge and training.” 
Liberty Middle students, parents, faculty and staff know first-hand that the police department’s statement accurately describes Officer Constance. He is always available to serve us when called upon. 
We appreciate all that you do for LMS, Officer Constance. Thank you and Congratulations! 

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Food Drive a Success
November 17, 2008
LMS students held their annual canned food drive.  This year's goal for the drive was 1,000 items.  The drive was a huge success with approximately 1,500 items being collected.  Great job students!

Homeroom classes held a competition to see which class could bring in the most items.  Mrs. Houston's fifth graders (pictures here) finished first with 340 items.  There were several classrooms who collected 200 plus items.

Thanks to all who contributed.  The food has been donated to United Christian Ministries.  View other photos.

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Goodbye Mrs. White - Welcome Mr. Moore
November 20, 2008

We extend well wishes to Amy White, 5th grade teacher, as she and her family relocate in Alabama. LMS will miss Mrs. White who has been a member of our faculty since 1999.   As she is a Liberty native we do expect her to keep in touch with us. She will be leaving during the upcoming winter holidays.
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November 19, 2008
We extend a welcome to Heath Moore who will be replacing Mrs. White come January.  Mr. Moore is from Easley. He is a 2006 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University. He has worked as a substitute teacher and is currently working as a students’ assistant at Crosswell Elementary.

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Poster Contest Winners Named
November 18, 2008
LMS art students are participating in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.  Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the contest in local schools and youth groups. This Contest encourages young people worldwide to artistically express their visions of peace.  The theme of the 2008-09 Peace Poster Contest is "Peace Begins With Me."

Pictured, is this year's school winner, Andrew King (6th grade).  Jennifer Collins (6th grade) and Trevor Woods (7th grade) have runner-up posters in the contest.  Congratulations students!  See photos.
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Honoring Veterans
November 13, 2008
We were delighted to be able to honor a group of veterans as they passed by our school on Wednesday, November 12. The veterans where traveling on motorcycles following the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica. As the group passed by students and faculty lined the street in front of the school waving flags and holding posters to honor these and others who have served our country.  View photos.

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Students vs. Faculty Basketball Game
November 13, 2008
Our 3rd annual student versus faculty basketball game was held the evening of Tuesday, November 11. This game is annually held to raise money to help support our boys and girls basketball teams. The event is always very entertaining and lots of fun. 

This year’s win goes to the faculty when they outscored the students 35 – 22. 

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LMS Spirit Queen
October 31, 2008
Loren Wheeler is crowned LMS Spirit Queen.  Erica Bolding is named second runner-up and Daisy Duncan is named first runner-up.  Congratulations ladies!


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LMS Talent Show
November 3, 2008
Auditions for the 2008 LMS Talent Show will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 3:30 in Mr. Thompson's room.  Any student interested in participating needs to prepare a 30 second sample of the act that you plan to perform.  We are looking for singers, dancers, musicians, actors and any act involving mimes. 

The 2008 Talent Show will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00.


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Boys Basketball Tryouts
November 3, 2008

Tryouts for the LMS boys basketball team will be held on November 3 - 5 from 3:30 - 5:30 each day.  Team members will be chosen on November 5.



Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game

Join us for a faculty versus student basketball game on Tuesday, November 11.  Game begins at 7:00.  Admission is $3 per person.

LMS and Chick-fil-A
September 8, 2008
Please join us for dinner at CHICK-FIL-A in Easley on HWY. 123 on Tuesday, October 14th. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to LMS to be used for our students. Students are asked to write the name of their homeroom teacher on the receipt and deposit the receipt in the box provided at CHICK-FIL-A. The homeroom with the most participants will receive a treat on October 31stRemember, for LMS and your child to get credit, the receipt must be submitted to the box!!! Thanks for your support!!!!!!

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Spirit Week
October 22, 2008
LMS will be celebrating School Spirit the week of October 27 - 31.  As part of the celebration the following activities are planned:
Monday – No School due to teacher in-service
Tuesday - Mix Match Day
Wednesday - Superhero Day
Thursday - School Spirit Day with Pep Rally at 2:30, Dance from 3:30-5:00 (6th - 8th graders only), and a Football Game at 5:30.
Friday - Pink Day (in honor of breast cancer awareness month).

 
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Tailgate Cookout
October 14, 2008
We extend an invitation for all LMS students, families, and the Liberty community to join us for a tailgate cookout in our court yard.  The event will follow our football game on Thursday, Oct. 16 and is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:00pm.  The cost is $5.00 per plate.  It is being sponsored by our PTO. 

Join us for the football game then make your way to the tailgate cookout for food and surprises.
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Parents are Invited to Lunch
October 9, 2008
LMS extends an invitation for parents to join their students for lunch.  If you plan to attend please let your child's homeroom teacher know prior to the event so that our lunch room staff may know how much food to prepare.  Also, in order to have adequate space in the lunch room we ask that the following schedule be observed: Tuesday, Oct. 21 - 5th grade parents; Wednesday, Oct. 22 - 6th grade parents; Thursday, Oct. 23 - 7th grade parents; Friday, Oct. 24 - 8th grade parents. 

We look forward to seeing you and while you're here don't forget to stop by the Media Center to check out the Book Fair.

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Fall Book Fair
October 9, 2008
LMS will hold a fall Book Fair October 20 - 24.  Our Scholastic Book Fair provides a wide variety of books specifically  selected to appeal to middle school interests.  We encourage you to stop by our Media Center to share in this celebration of books and reading.

This is also the week in which parents are invited to have lunch with their child.  While visiting, for lunch, please come by the Media Center to browse and find books that can help your child stay connected with reading.
"Work In Progress" to Present at LMS
October 6, 2008
Liberty Middle School presents Work In Progress, Greenville's Premiere Improv Team.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm.  The cost is $5.  Proceeds go toward Liberty Middle School's Production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", which will be presented at a future date.  Mark your calendars to join us for this evening.  Enjoy the show and help support this year's drama class in their future production.
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Box Tops for Education
October 9, 2008
We will be earning cash for our school this year through Box Tops for Education.  There are three easy ways that you can help.

Clip - box tops from participating products and send them to school.
Shop - your favorite online stores through the Box Tops Marketplace.
Buy Books - online at Barnes & Noble through the Box Tops Reading Room.

To learn more about each of these ways to help our school visit, www.btfe.com.

Thank you for your support.  Also, thanks to our PTSO president, Amber True, for being our Box Tops for Education coordinator this year. 
Volunteer Training
September 24, 2008
We will be holding two volunteer training sessions at the school on Thursday, Oct. 2.  Each session will last approximately one hour.  The first session will begin at 2:00 and the second session will begin at 4:00.  Upon arrival to campus, please report to the main office for either of the volunteer training sessions.

For more information about volunteering see our Volunteers link under Families & Communities located on the left-hand side of our homepage.  Here you will also find links to district information and forms.
 
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Year Book Sales
September 29, 2008
Yearbooks are on-sale now.  Buy yours today.  Just click here.



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LMS Open House
September 18, 2008



You are invited to attend our Open House on Tuesday, September 23 between the hours of 3:30 and 6:00.

Activity Cards on Sale NOW!
September 8, 2008
Activity Cards are now available to purchase for $10 each.  The Activity Card provides admission to all Liberty Middle School home games for football, basketball and volleyball.  Be sure to purchase yours to take advantage of this great savings and to support our teams.
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Meet the Eagles Night!
August 18, 2008
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 pm for Meet the Eagles Night.  The Lady Eagles volleyball team will play a game versus LMS Faculty.  The LMS Football Team and Cheerleaders will also be introduced.  The cost of admission is $3.00.  It's going to be a great evening!  Mr. Akers is predicting a WIN for the faculty.
MAP Testing
August 30, 2008
MAP Testing begins for our students on Monday, September 8 and goes through Friday, September 26. We encourage all of our students to be present during their sessions of testing. Research shows that students perform better on tests that are taken with their original test group. We would like all of our students to perform their best for LMS! All students who are present during their MAP sessions will be invited to attend the first quarter LET’S MAKE A DEAL GAME SHOW. We will be giving away prizes to students during this event. 

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Morning Arrival Time
August 30, 2008
This is an important reminder that students may be dropped off on the LMS campus beginning at 7:30 am. Students should not arrive to campus before this time.  Teacher supervision of students begins at 7:30 am which provides for a safe and directed morning for our students. We thank you in advance for your compliance to this request.

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WELCOME BACK to SCHOOL!
August 18, 2008

We welcome both our new students and returning students back to school on Tuesday, August 19.  We look forward to a great school year where, "We're proud to be in Liberty". 

 

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Bus News
August 30, 2008
If your child rides the bus and he/she has not been picked up for school or has not arrived home after school at the expected times, please feel free to call the LMS office to inquire between the hours of 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. All calls after 4:00pm should be directed to the Liberty Bus Office at 639-5142. Mrs. Traci Painter is the transportation supervisor.

Parent Login to School Web Sites Now Available
August 26, 2008
We’re pleased to introduce an exciting new communication tool.  Parents, you can use your student’s school Web site to check grades, know what homework, projects and tests have been assigned and when they’re due, and communicate with teachers.
You must create a SchoolFusion Parent Account to use the system.  After you create your account, please allow one week for your request to be verified. 

Problems that we previously experienced with logins for parents, who have students at different schools, have been resolved.  If you continue to have problems with your account, please contact the school's TRT.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement the process. 
 
Instructions for Parent Registration
 

Back to School Dance
August 24, 2008
6th - 8th graders will be having a Back to School Dance Friday, August 29.  The dance begins at 3:30 and ends at 5:00.  
School Registration Changes
June 11, 2008

The registration process for elementary and middle schools is changing for the 2008 – 2009 school year. These changes will make registration more convenient and parent-friendly. 
 
NO standing in line!
Parents won’t need to stand in long lines to register their children for elementary and middle school. Registration packets, mailed to your home after July 21, will provide an easy way to register.
 
NO paying instructional fees!
Parents will not pay instructional fees for elementary and middle school students.
 
NO searching for supplies!
Basic supplies for the beginning of the school year will be provided for all elementary and middle school students. Pencils, paper, pocket folders, colored pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, basic calculators, pencil pouches, index cards, dry erase markers, composition notebooks, and tissues will all be provided. As these supplies are depleted throughout the year, parents must replenish their students’ supplies. A complete list of provided supplies will be included in the registration packet.

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Summer Hours
June 11, 2008


The school's office will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. beginning June 16 and going through August 7.



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Meet the Teacher
June 11, 2008

You are invited to meet your child's teachers on Thursday, August 14 between the hours of 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


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Naval Academy Graduate Speaks to 5th Grade
June 9, 2008
Andrew Droddy, a recent graduate of the US Naval Academy, visited the fifth grade at LMS on June 5. He spoke to students about his experience as an exchange in the French Navy and shared pictures from his tour throughout Europe and Asia.  
We would like to thank Andrew for coming and making the last day of school very special for the fifth grade.
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Accepted into People to People Academic Program
May 30, 2008
Bryce Powell, a rising seventh grader, has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Academic Program. Bryce was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. He will join a select group of students from around the globe representing their schools, communities, and country as People to People student leaders. Bryce has been accepted into a People to People Leadership Summit at Johns Hopkins University during the summer months. 
We are very proud of Bryce and his achievements.

Yearbook Distribution and Sales
May 9, 2008
School yearbooks will be distributed to eighth grade students, who purchased one in advance, on Monday, June 2. Distribution for fifth through seventh grade students will be on Tuesday, June 3. 
There are a limited number of yearbooks remaining to be sold. These books will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eighth graders may make purchases on Tuesday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Any remaining books will be sold, to students in any grade, on Wednesday, June 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. The cost for a yearbook is $35.

Health Room Announcement
May 8, 2008
All student medications stored in the school’s Health Room should be picked up by Monday, June 2, 2008. Students are not permitted to take medications home on the school bus. Therefore, students who are bus riders must have a parent or guardian come by the school to sign for and pick up the medication. Any medications that are not picked up by June 2, 2008 will be discarded. Medications will not be held over until next school year. Read Nurse Thompson’s note, sent home via students, concerning this announcement by clicking here.

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Media Center News
May 1, 2008

The 2007 - 2008 school year is quickly coming to an end.  It's time to begin the process for closing the Media Center for the summer months.  Please click here for important information and dates concerning the process.
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Teacher to Visit D.C.
May 12, 2008
Eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Joanna Reese, will be spending a week this summer in Washington, D. C. She has accepted an invitation from Furman University’s 2008 Teachers of Government Program to spend a week in July at our Nation’s Capitol. While there she’ll enjoy political, historical, and educational experiences. 
 
Mrs. Reese is very excited about the trip. She says, “I have never been to D.C. and can’t wait to be with other history teachers for a whole week…talking history.”
 
Congratulations Mrs. Reese!  Enjoy your trip.  We know you'll bring back much to share with your students.

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Let's Make a Deal
May 5, 2008
During the game, prizes where awarded to student contestants who were selected by a random drawing. The favorite prizes given away seemed to be the boy’s and girl’s bikes.   
We are appreciative to many local businesses that made donations for our prizes. Thank you Wal-Mart of Central and Easley, Domino’s of Liberty, Pizza Inn of Easley, Easley Sporting Goods, Radio Shack of Central, Nino’s of Liberty, Ingles of Liberty, Liberty High School and the City of Liberty for your donations. We truly appreciate you partnering with us to support our students and their academic efforts. Also, thanks goes to our PTO President, Angie Costner, for her work in contacting these businesses on our behalf. 

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April Students of the Month
April 30, 2008


Congratulations to the following students who have been named "Students of the Month" for the month of April.  In 5th grade: Chason Marchbanks, Brandon Gill, Leah Young, Tyler Chapman, Karly Norris, Courtney Ray and Taylor McCall.  In 6th grade: Carlton Marks, Jodie Justice-Ridley, Cody Riden, Alexis O'Bryant, and Timothy Brewer.  In 7th grade: Elizabeth Stafford, Kaylee Stewart, Jason Taylor, Berti Jungnick.  In 8th grade: Christopher Bowen, Dillon Addis, Zachary White, Miranda Watkins, and Jordan Turner.


Mrs. Tolley & Mrs. Derossett
Teacher and Staff Person of the Year
April 30, 2008
LMS is proud to announce April Tolley as our Teacher of the Year and Donna Derossett as our Staff Person of the Year.  Mrs. Tolley serves as our Media Specialist and Mrs. Derossett serves in our cafeteria. These ladies are a tremendous asset to our school and we greatly appreciate all that they do.

Dinner Theater
April 21, 2008
The Liberty Middle School Chorus proudly presents, in a dinner theater setting, No Strings Attached, a musical adaptation of the Adventures of Pinocchio. Performances will be at the Rosewood Center in Liberty on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 beginning at 6:30 each evening. 
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and children. Children under three will be admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased from any LMS chorus member or Kelly Burdine at the school. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early.

It promises to be a wonderful evening of food and music.

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Does Spelling Intimidate You?
April 14, 2008
There are more than twenty LMS students who are not intimidated by spelling, at all.  They participated in the school's Spelling Bee where they spelled difficult words from War & Peace. 

In typical spelling bee fashion, one-by-one, students where eliminated until only one remained - eighth grader, Casey King.  She was asked to spell the word “intimidation”, which did not intimidate her.  Congratulations Casey on being named LMS Spelling Bee Champion for the 2007 - 2008 school year!  Also, congratulations to sixth grader, Chris Holcombe, our Spelling Bee runner-up.  To all of our contestants, Casey and Chris – great job! We’re proud of you!

March Students of the Month
March 31, 2008
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Students of the Month for the month of March.  In 5th grade: Jarod Tolleson, Ethan Marcus, Hector Paz-Ventura, Victoria Pegram, Lauren McGaha, Colie Clardy.  In 6th grade: Levi Gilstrap, Kelsey Case, Neal Case, Emily Clardy, Bryce Powell, Alexandria Frazier.  In 7th grade: Joseph Turner, Ashley Hickey, Raquel Jones, Andrew Griffith.  In 8th grade: Channing Barnes, Brent Cope, Katherine Black, Angelique Otero, Shannon Marshall, and Jerry Jones.  Congratulations students!

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Eighth Graders Enjoy "Tap Kids"
March 31, 2008
The eighth grade class enjoyed a trip to the Brooks Center at Clemson University to see a show called “Tap Kids”.  The show is made up of seven very talented dancers who are students from around the country.  During a question and answer segment, near the end of the show, LMS student Casey King was able to answer a question about improvisation.  As a result, she was invited to join the cast on stage.  Everyone enjoyed this free outing to the Brooks Center.  Way to go Casey! 

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Thank You
March 5, 2008
We would like to thank the City of Liberty, Nino's in Liberty, Easley Sporting Goods, Pizza Inn of Easley, Wal-Mart of Central, Wal-Mart of Easley, Radio Shack of Central and Liberty High School for your donations of items to be used as student incentives during our upcoming MAP testing session. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!
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Students Share Books with Elementary School
March 14, 2008
A group of LMS students spent the morning of Thursday, March 13 sharing books, they had written and illustrated, with first grade students at Liberty Elementary School.  The LMS students crafted their books during the week that childrens' book illustrator, Holly Hannon, visited with us as an "Artist in Residence".  To view photos of the morning, click here.
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AOP Regional Science Fair
March 16, 2008
Liberty Middle School students participated in the AOP Regional Science Fair that was held in February at Clemson University. This process begins in early Fall at LMS when EVERY student begins his or her science fair project. Each student selects a topic, conducts research, constructs a hypothesis and performs an experiment to draw conclusions about their hypothesis. Each grade level selects top projects that will compete for the middle school and 5th grade AOP Regional Science Fair slots. This year LMS selected six 5th grade winners and four 6th- 8th grade winners. Out of these 10 students that represented LMS, SEVEN were chosen for recognition by the AOP Regional Science Fair Judges.   The administration and faculty are very proud of our students’ accomplishments.  For a complete list of particpants and winners click here.
Geographic Bee Qualifies LMS Student
March 10, 2008
LMS eighth grader, Olivia Frazier, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2008 South Carolina Geographic Bee. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
The 2008 South Carolina Geographic Bee will be held at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia on Friday, April 4, 2008. 
Congratulations Olivia! We wish you the best in the state competition.

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Youth Art Month
March 5, 2008
Liberty Middle School is well represented in this year’s Youth Arts Month Show. Katie Moore won third place in the Middle School Division for the county. Nathan Morgan, Amber King, and Alexus Cannon were awarded Honorable Mention for one or more of their pieces in the Middle School Division, as well.  We are so proud of you, Katie, Nathan, Amber, and Alexus.
Their work is on display at the Pickens County Museum until March 26.
 
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Students of the Month
March 5, 2008
The following students were selected as Students of the Month, for the month of February.  These students were selected by their teachers based on being model students.  Congratulations students! Keep up the good work.

5th grade: Katrina Moore, Kendrick Durham, Kathryn Durham, Andrew King, Amber Ayers, and Evan Torbett.

6th grade: Dalton Jepsen-Hawthorne, Alexis Jones, Mackenzie Alexander, Jason Gastley, Cody Griffin, Elizabeth Ruiz, Anthony Roque, and Austin Knight.
7th grade: Justin Crowe, Brianna Hannah, Roy Costner, and Lauren Sheriff.
8th grade: David Pelfrey, Joseph Masceri, Aubre True, Brianna Chapman.
Registration for Fall 2008
March 4, 2008
Class registration materials for the school year 2008 - 2009 will be going home with students on Tuesday, March 4.  Please complete the registration form and return to school by Tuesday, March 11. If you have any questions you may contact the guidance department at 843-5855.
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Artist Visits LMS
February 25, 2008

Children’s book illustrator, Holly Hannon, spent a week with us at LMS. Her visit was a wonderful learning experience for our students. We appreciate Mrs. Hannon sharing her knowledge and skill with us.

Art students enjoyed the process of putting together book covers that will hold stories they have written. The experience Mrs. Hannon has as an illustrator helped the students begin to formulate ideas for how they would illustrate each page as well. 

LMS art teacher, Ms. Cyndy Blanton, had this to say about the week, “It is always good to have a visitor in the classroom who can speak on any art or design based career.  It makes connections for the students between different subject areas/disciplines, art, and creative problem solving.  It is an education for the students of what it takes to make it in any career, and specifically for that of an illustrator - the training, education, time building ‘a name’, finding an agent, contracts, deadlines, and work ethic needed to KEEP working.” 

Mrs. Hannon had many books she had illustrated with her, which helped the students make the connection of what they were doing to what someone like Mrs. Hannon does for a living. 

As a follow up activity for the week’s events our seventh grade students are partnering with a first grade class at LES for a “Reading Get Together”, tentatively planned for mid-March.

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LMS Pageant
February 13, 2008
Emma Goodnough is crowned Miss LMS 2008.  Jordan Dalton is crowned Mr. LMS.  To read more about the event and view photos click here.

MLK Holiday
January 16, 2008
School will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Miss LMS Pageant
January 18, 2008

You're invited to an evening of glamor and glitz as the Miss LMS Pageant presents "A Night with the Stars".  The event is planned for Friday, February 8 at 7:00.  Admission is $5.00 per person.

This year's pageant promises to be a real treat with the assistance of the Miss South Carolina Association.  We look forward to having Miss South Carolina Teen 2007, Lauren Lytle, with us for the evening, as well.   LMS students will be crowed as grade-level winners and a new Miss LMS 2008 will be crowned.

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Junior-All State Band
February 6, 2008
Congratulations to Joshua Ryder.  He has been named a member of the All-State Junior Band.  Joshua's musical instrument is the tuba.  He competed with thirty other middle school tuba players, from around the state, and was awarded sixth chair.  We are so very proud of Joshua and his accomplishment!  Joshua is pictured with his band teacher, Ms. Kelsy Mennel. 

Job Shadowing Day
February 6, 2008
Liberty Middle School has designated February 22, 2008 as the day that students may participate in the nationally recognized job shadowing program.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers, and see how classroom learning is applicable in the workplace as they spend the day observing an adult mentor, on the job.
This year students may share their experience and receive attendance credit, for the day of job shadowing, by the traditional handwritten essay or may select from one of four technology options. These options include creating a PowerPoint presentation, a Movie Maker production, or a brochure using computer software such as Publisher. The fourth option is to publish online through our Digital Xpress account which is made available to us through Clemson University’s Center of Excellence.  If the student selects this option he/she will have to contact his/her sponsoring counselor for login information.
Packets of job shadowing information have been sent home with students. For a copy of the packet of information, click here.

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Student Artwork on Exhibit
February 5, 2008
The following eighth grade students have art work on exhibit with the fourth annual Duke Power’s “World of Energy” art show.  Jade Busby, Alexus Cannon, and Amber King each have work on display at the “World of Energy” through the month of February.  Congratulations Jade, Alexus, and Amber!

Illustrator to be at LMS
February 5, 2008

Professional Illustrator, Holly Hannon, will be visiting LMS the week of February 11 - 15.  She will be working with all art students in Ms. Blanton’s room.  Each art student will write, bind, and illustrate his/her own book.  We feel honored to have Ms. Hannon be with us for the week and are looking forward to her visit.

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Geography Bee
January 16, 2008

Congratulations to Olivia Fraiser winner of the LMS Geography Bee!  Stacia Brown came in at second place with Tanner Lewis finishing in third place.  Other finalists in the competition were:  Hannah Hughes, Julie Revis, Jordan Lee, Joshua Rider, Trey Garrison, Brandi Aiken, Taylor Moore, Makala Harris, Justin Howard, Tim Gilstrap, Jonah Gilstrap, Dante Bash, and Dakota Stewart.  Congratulations to all of these students for a job well done!

Report Cards
January 16, 2008
Report Cards will go home with students on Monday, January 28 (this is a change in dates due to our recent school closing for inclement weather).  Please sign a copy and return to school.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference you may do so by contacting the school office at 843-5855.

Skelton Career Center Open House
January 17, 2008
Open House will be held at B.J. Skelton Career Center on Tuesday, January 29 from 6 - 8 PM. Door prizes will be given and a hot dog supper served. Inclement weather date will be Tuesday, February 5.

Yearbook Sales Continue
January 16, 2008
Yearbooks are on sale until January 29.  The cost is $30.  Order forms are available at school.  Or, if parents prefer they may purchase a yearbook online.  To do so visit jostensyearbooks.com and locate Liberty Middle School.  Click on the 2008 Yearbook link and follow the instructions.
 
Also, 8th  grade ads are on sale until January, 18.  The cost of purchasing a quarter page ad is $40.  Forms are available in the front office.
The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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