MGM 8th Grade Gator News

February 16, 2016


Be sure to read through for house news, upcoming assessments, and highlights!

News & Updates

Run Hard

Register now to be a part of Meadow Glen's Run Hard team!

Run Hard is for boys in 6, 7, and 8 grade. It's open to anyone that wants to participate! Flyers with registration information can be picked up in the front office. The first practice will be on Tuesday, March 8, but you can register now.

You must register online, not through the school. All practices will be held at MGMS right after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fixer Upper- Gator Style

The MGM SIC is coordinating a spring project to improve the inside and outside appearance and appeal of the portables. The project will run from March 1 - April 15 and we are encouraging MGM parents and community members to be a part of this project. We need idea people to help plan the improvements; volunteers to renovate, paint, landscape, etc; and donations of supplies, equipment, or money. Anyone interested in helping should contact the MGM school office by March 1. Watch our FIXER UPPER | GATOR STYLE video and get involved!

Gator Tales Yearbook

The Gator Tales yearbook now costs $65 until March 18. This is will be the last chance to pre-order. Orders may be made in the MGM office using the order form or online. Click HERE to order online.

Yearbook Needs Your Help

The yearbook is in need of any action photos of 7th or 8th grade students who have participated this school year or are currently participating in Riverbluff sports. Please send your photos to by Friday, February 19. We are in need of tennis, wrestling, lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball, swimming, and golf.

Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts, a grief support program for students and families in Lexington 1, is being offered at Meadow Glen Middle, March 7, 2016 from 6-8. Please see the attached brochure and send in your registration by March 4, 2016.

Counselor's Corner - Information About Upcoming LOCC Survey

Lexington County School District One occasionally asks students to complete tests, surveys and questionnaires so that we can gather information about various topics pertaining to our youth. The district will administer a student survey to all participating students in Grades 6–12 that falls into one of the eight “sensitive” areas of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment. (See attached.) This survey is an anonymous Lexington One Community Coalition student survey designed to help LOCC (Lexington One Community Coalition) gather information about students’ attitudes toward alcohol and drugs, the availability of alcohol and drugs in the community, and students’ perceptions on these topics. The survey will be given during the week of Feb. 29–March 4 and should take from 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

The data collected from this survey has allowed and continues to allow LOCC and the district to monitor current prevention programs in the schools and also to apply for additional funding for similar programs. It is very important that parents and students understand that any student’s participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students should not feel any pressure to complete the survey, can decide to skip any question that makes them feel uncomfortable and can stop taking the survey at any time.

The survey is confidential (not seen by others) and anonymous (students’ responses cannot be matched to students). Students do not provide their names anywhere on the survey. Students will receive an email through Naviance from their school counselors. That email will have a link to a survey hosted on SurveyMonkey. The student will click on the link, read the instructions and complete the survey. Only questions with asterisks are required. All other questions may be skipped if you are not sure about the answer or uncomfortable with the question.

The survey will be open from Monday, February 29, through Friday, March 4. Students can take the survey at any time during that week. During the week the survey is open, school counselors will email students a reminder. Our goal is for 75 percent of the students to complete the survey.

Parents can preview copies of the survey by contacting me, Zan Tracy Pender, Director of School Counseling, at 803-821-1052. If you do not want your child to participate in this survey, you must notify me in writing. My mailing address is P.O. Box 1869, Lexington, SC 29071-1869.

Again, your students’ participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You may instruct your student not to take the survey. If your student does participate, he or she can choose not to answer any question that makes him or her uncomfortable, with no penalty, or stop taking the survey at any time.

Zan Tracy Pender

District Director of School Counseling

Love, Like and Win

"Like" the Meadow Glen Middle School PTO Facebook page for a chance to win a $25 Chick-fil-A gift card! Everyone who likes the page by Friday, February 19 will be entered into a drawing for the gift card. Don't miss your chance...LIKE us today!

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Upcoming Assessments

Check with your child's teacher if you have questions!

Pre-Algebra - Chapter 13 Test Friday, 2/19

Algebra I - Quiz on cylinders Friday, 2/19

Algebra II - See Schoology for updates

English I and ELA - See Schoology for updates

Science - None

Social Studies - Quiz Unit 4 Part 1 Wednesday, 2/17

World Language French Immersion: None

World Language French Passport: None

World Language Novice B1: None

World Language Novice B2: None

World Language Novice C2 : None

Intermediate A: None

World Language Latin 1: None

World Language Latin2: None

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!