Good Evening Charger Families,

We want to congratulate our Cheerleaders on an awesome performance this week at the state cheerleading competition. They represented our school well as they took home 5th place.

This week we say goodbye to our Librarian Ms. Edie. Ms Edie is leaving us for an exciting opportunity closer to her home. She has transformed our library at LMS, and we will miss her, but we wish her the best and know that she will always be a Leestown Charger.

We have had a wonderful 1st semester and things are only going to get better in 2018. We hope all of our families have a safe and relaxing winter break.

The next newsletter will come out on January 7th.

Our Mission:

Leestown Middle School is committed to engaging students in learning experiences that empower each with the tools for life-long success.


Events this week:        

12/18                   Choir Concert 6:30 pm  

12/19                  10,000 point AR Challenge Reward Day, School Music Dept. Performance (during electives), Boys Basketball Tryouts (6th Grade 4:15 – 5:30 pm, 7th Grade 5:30 – 6:45 pm, 8th Grade 6:45 – 8:15 pm)

12/ 20                 Winter Break Begins  !!!!!! 

Events Next Week:

1/3                      Back to School!

1/4                      White Schedule Mentoring Groups, MAP testing (7th and 8th Grades)

1/5                    MAP testing (7th and 8th Grades)


 Upcoming Events:


1/8                      Q2 Report Cards sent home, White Scheduling Qtr 2 Data Folder,

 HS Scheduling for Pre-Engineering Candidates @ 2:45


1/9                      ETS 7th Grade 9:05, ETS 8th Grade 10:05, High School Scheduling with Dunbar and Station for Pre-Engineering candidates@ 2:30,

                            MAP TESTING (6th grade)

1/10                    Lexington Ballet Performance 2:30 – 3:45 (7th Grade),  4:15 -5:30 8th Grade BETA Club Mtg., in Media Center, MAP Testing (6th grade )

1/11                        Battle of the Books 7:45 a.m., White Schedule Mentoring Groups, Wellness Night 6- 7:30 pm


1/12                    Academic Pep Rally

1/15                    MLK Holiday NO SCHOOL

1/16                    ACCESS Testing Day 1, 4:15 Faculty Mtg., (Stallions provide snacks)  Boys B-Ball @ LTMS

1/17                    ACCESS Testing Day @, 7th   and 8th  grade BETA Club Mtg. in Media Center 4:15 – 5:30

1/18                    White Scheduling Mentoring Groups, FCEA Unity Day, ,District Honor Band Auditions Title 1 Logs due to Ms. Brown

1/19                    7:45 Team Lead Mtg., Fun Friday  



Choir Concert Change

There has been a change in the date for the upcoming choir concert. A conflict arose between the concert and the girls’ basketball tournament, so we are moving our event to Monday December 18th.  We apologize for the change but are excited that our ball team is doing well and that our school is hosting the tournament. CHOIR CONCERT MONDAY, DECEMBER 18th at 6:30 pm.

School Immunization 

FCPS is trying to make sure all students are in compliance with their school immunization records. If you are not sure if your child has a current immunization form on file, please contact our registrar.

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Winter Break Reading Day. December 19th, we will have our reading celebration day.  Students will complete a variety of activities related to a book (a different activity in each core class), receive a free book to take home and keep, and watch the movie based on the book.  Although we haven’t told the students yet, this year’s book is The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  It includes many references to Greek mythology, so many of the activities will be related to this topic.  The book (and movie) was chosen based on student interest and because it was part of a series, in the hopes that students may be inspired to read the book and/or other books in the series or by the same author.

What to wear to have a fun and fabulous Pajama day! Follow this link for PJ Day guidelines.

Afternoon student pick-up procedure:

In order to facilitate an afternoon car rider pick up line that is safe and efficient, please follow LMS procedures for afternoon pick up:

 If  you will be picking up your child in a car, we will use two lines to load. For safety, we do not want students crossing traffic or walking into the parking lot unattended. We will have teachers that will supervise students as we stop traffic to safely load students into cars. If your child is not in your car or outside when we release the pick up line traffic, we ask that you pull back around and re-enter the pick up line. This allows the car pick up line traffic to keep moving. Thank you for your understanding!



To Coach Fields and our LMS Cheerleaders. They placed 5th in state competition. This was the first time Leestown Cheerleaders had won the region and had the opportunity to participate in state.

To the Leestown Orchestra under the direction of Nathan Wilson, for presenting a wonderful performance Thursday night. The 6th graders demonstrated their growth and progress by playing "Dragonhunter" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which is a Grade 2 piece. The 7th and 8th Graders set the bar very high with their performance of "Mystical Portal". Our ballet dancers were featured in "La Paloma". Also, "My Shot" from Hamilton was a big hit and the 8th grader's "Christmas Eve" from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought the audience to their feet. *Also a special thanks to the staff and parents for supporting music at LMS


Did you know good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle?  Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.


Mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, January 11th from 6 to 7:30 pm for Leestown’s Community Health and Wellness Fair.  Vendors will be on-hand to demonstrate healthy habits from cooking to exercise.  Prizes will be raffled off at 7:15 pm.  This event is sponsored by Leestown Health and Wellness Committee and Leestown PTSA.

Visit the PTSA Blog for upcoming events


Library Corner:

Volunteers Needed!!!!  We need volunteers to help us during our book giving event, especially between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.! If you are available to volunteer your time this Tuesday, Dec. 19th please contact 

#ChargersREAD! Wow! Our students have earned almost 14,000 AR points our goal was 10,000 AR points! Students will celebrate Tuesday with a PJ day!  Ask your student how many points they contributed to the challenge.

The gift of reading! To encourage reading over winter break students will receive a gift book from Mr. Gibson.  Support your student’s reading time by encouraging them to read instead of looking at a screen, read a book with them, or set aside time each day for the family to read together.

Encourage your student to read over the break by completing our reading challenge!

Battle of the Books Reading Club: The Breakfast club will be meeting Thursday, Jan. 11th at 7:45 a.m. in the library media center.  If your student loves to read this is the club for him or her!  Here are is a list of books we will be reading this school year 

Chargers Collaborate! THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! Thank you parent volunteers Denise Bauer, and Janiene Smith for purchasing and organizing the AR reading prizes.   Thank you Erica Snow for reading so many Battle of the Books Books and helping with our Battle of the Books Club.  Thank you Elizabeth Dobbs for the amazing winter backdrop to be used during our school wide book give away and classroom pictures.

Athletics Corner:

Congratulations to Raelawn Lewis for being nominated as this week’s “Student-Athlete of the Week”.  Raelawn is a 6th grader representing our Lady Charger basketball team.  Way to go, Raelawn!


Lady Charger Basketball came to a close this week.  Our B team suffered a close loss to Morton last Friday.  Our A team faced off against Southern on Tuesday night and also lost by 3.  These are tough losses for this very talented team, but the future is bright!  Congratulations to our Lady Chargers on a great season!


Boys basketball tryouts are underway and conclude on Tuesday, December 19th.  The team will be announced that evening after tryouts.  Good luck to all of our students trying out for the team!


Soccer information will be coming in mid-January.  Our soccer team is coached by Joe Dallaire, aka “Coach Joe”

Boys Basketball Tryouts:

Saturday, December 16, 2017

9:30-11:00 – 6th grade

11:00-12:30 – 7th grade

12:30-2:00 – 8th grade


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

4:15-5:30 – 6th grade

5:30-6:45 – 7th grade

6:45-8:15 – 8th grade

Attendance Highlights:

Here are the weekly attendance team rankings:

  1. Broncos – 95.95%
  2. Saddlebreds – 95.93%
  3. Colts – 94.96%
  4. Clydesdales – 94.35%
  5. Mustangs – 92.73%
  6. Thoroughbreds – 92.44%
  7. Stallions – 90.68%


Our overall ADA for the week was 93.73%

District policy indicates that the note must be in within 3 days of the absence or it will be unexcused.

YSC (Youth Services Center) Corner:

Community Partnerships we are thankful for this month include:

- The Catholic Action Center

- Christians in Community Service through Christ the King

- Costco

- The Community Cupboard through Christ Church Cathedral


Upcoming programming:

- The Girl Project: Next Generation -  

The Girl Project offers an outreach program for middle school-aged girls known as The Girl Project: Next Generation (GPNG). Led by high school-aged TGP alumni and adult staff,



Please feel free to contact me or anyone else at the school if you have any questions or concerns.  Our door is always open!  As always, it’s a great day to be a Charger!!  

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