The Paw Print

Lange Middle School's Parent Communication Newsletter

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Lange Middle School

Mr. Dominique Falls, Principal

Dr. Rhonda Jackson, Assistant Principal

Mr. Joe Lauchstaedt, Assistant Principal

Mr. Tim Gardner, Home School Communicator

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Important Dates

10/10 - No School - Teacher Workday

From the Principal's Desk......

Lange Families,

I wanted to provide a Lange Middle School update now that we’ve been in school for nearly 6 weeks. We’re quickly approaching our first Interim Progress Report (IPR).
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An Educational Travel Experience

Dear families,

Your student is invited to join us on an upcoming educational travel experience to Germany, Italy and Switzerland in Summer 2024!

When students travel, they expand their knowledge of the world around them, discover more about themselves, and grow more confident. These skills are critical for creating the global citizens of tomorrow, and I would love to have your student join me on this adventure.

Come hear all the details, including the itinerary, activities, academic opportunities, the cost of our trip and EF’s risk-free enrollment period at our upcoming informational meeting. You can find all the details of the meeting and register to save your seat here:

There are limited spots on this trip, so we would love to have you attend this meeting to learn more about this exciting opportunity!


Vanessa Kline

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Lange Middle School, Lange Fine Arts, and The Smiley Lane Players, welcome you to join us for our fall play…


by Lindsay Price

November 3-5

Free for Students

All others, $5

Hoodie asks all of the tough questions that middle schoolers deal with every day. What do I wear? What if I wear the wrong thing? What is she wearing? What do I look like? Stop looking at me!


Donate new socks throughout October at Lange Middle School. Our goal is collect and donate over 300 pairs of new socks.

All socks will be donated to the Salvation Army Harbor House Shelter.
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Lange Athletics

The Fall sports seasons will be ending soon. The Winter Sport seasons for Boys and Girls Basketball and Basketball Cheerleading will be starting. Tryouts will be announced soon as the Girls Basketball will be having tryouts the week of October 10th and Boys Basketball and Cheerleading will have tryouts the week of October 17th. More information will come. MHSAA rules stipulate that all athletes who receive two (2) "F's" or 1 “F” or 1 “IE” on an IPR will automatically be out for 6 weeks, however our coaches will be more stringent than that. Half of the Tryouts will be determined by Grades and Conduct and the other half will be determined by Effort, Skill, and Coachability.

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Calling All Men

October 14, 6-7:30 PM Dads vs Students Volleyball Game Fundraiser @ Lange (20 Men needed)

$5 per adult to play and $2 per student to play. General admission is $3 per adult and $2 per student. All funds will go toward the Lange Volleyball Program. Please come out and support your Lange Volleyball Team!!!!!!!! Go Leopards!!!!!!!! Please contact Mr. Linhardt if you would like to participate.



Columbia Public Schools have purchased individual student accounts for all CPS Scholars to have instant access to 1:1 Tutoring 24/7. Students use the CPS Portal on their CPS issued device to login (using their CPS computer login) and get 1:1 live tutoring for any subject. Students can use TutorME during the school day or after hours!

TutorMe FAQ

What is TutorMe? TutorMe offers virtual tutoring opportunities for grades K-12 scholars on vriturally any subject. Tutors are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do I log in? Scholars can access the Chrome web browser for TutorMe using the CPS Student Portal.

What can students request assistance for? Everything – if they need help with math, or writing feedback, if there’s a question on trigonometry or chemistry, there is a tutor to help you!

Do students need to be on camera to receive tutoring support? Students and families can decide. While video tutoring sessions are available, there are also audio chat and text chat options.

How do students get assistance with writing reports and essays? The TutorMe Writing Lab is accessible to students 24/7. More details about how to upload documents to the lab are available online.

How do students get help writing reports and essays? The TutorMe Writing Lab is accessible to students 24/7. More details on how to upload documents to the lab are available online.

Cell Phones

We have seen a rise in cell phone use in classrooms the last few years. The alarming rate of safety issues and distractions from student learning are concerning. Students will be required to leave their cell phones at home or have them turned-off and put away in their backpack all day. Should students choose to not adhere to this expectation, they will first receive a warning and asked put their phone away. The subsequent offenses will range from parent notification, a parent meeting, a referral, after school detention and/or up to in-school suspension. We appreciate you partnering with us to help us remove a very addicting distraction from the classroom that is compromising the integrity of the learning environment.

  • Cell phones are to remain off and out-of-sight from the time students arrive at school to the time they leave school

  • Cell phones are not to be used for any reason during the school day

    • NO phone calls - Must use office or classroom phone

    • NO Schoology on phones

    • NO E-Hallpass on phones

    • NO earbuds

  • SMART watches, when used in place of a phone, are considered the phone.

  • This applies to all classrooms and common spaces at LMS…. NO EXCEPTIONS


  • Visitors are asked to schedule visits in advance with the person you need to see.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to come for lunch with students in the cafeteria. An alternate eating location may be arranged if you contact the LMS main office in advance at (573)214-3250. We will let you know if it is possible at the time of your call. Please keep in mind that health protocols change constantly and we can't guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request to be in the building.
  • To schedule an appointment, please e-mail the person you would like to meet with OR call the LMS main office.
  • If picking up your student, remain in your car and call the LMS main office and your student will be sent to your car.
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Amazon Smile & Lange PTSA

Support your favorite charity at no extra cost when you shop at The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Please select PTA Missouri Congress Lange Middle School PTSA as your charity of choice.

Give back to LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL with Casey’s Rewards


We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. This opens up LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students.

The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school.

Help LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL make the most of this program and learn more at


Dominique Falls


Earn Money for Lange Middle School PTSA when you use your Gerbes loyalty card!!!!

The Kroger Family of Companies is committed to community engagement, positive social impact and charitable giving at the national and local levels. Every community is unique, but our common goal is to partner with the neighborhoods we serve and help the people there live healthier lives.

One of the ways in which we do this is through our Gerbes Community Rewards program. This program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Gerbes and swipe your Shopper’s Card. Here’s how it works:

1. Create a digital account.

A digital account is needed to participate in Gerbes Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose.

2. Link your Card to an organization.

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Gerbes Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

1. Sign in to your digital account.

2. Search for your organization here.

3. Enter the name (LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA) or NPO number (UI506) of the organization you wish to support.

4. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”.

Your selected organization will also display in the Gerbes Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details.

3. Your organization earns.

Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Gerbes donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Gerbes Community Rewards organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Center.

Whether you’re a customer or an organization, get started today!

Note: If you are a customer, make sure you have a preferred store selected (GERBES ON PARIS RD) to view participating organizations. If you are applying on behalf of an organization, please select a store in the same area as your organization.