August, 2022


I would like to officially welcome you to a new school year. How time flies when you are having fun and engaged in great teaching and learning. This year, as always, we are expecting all of our scholars to put forth their best efforts by having a growth mindset, staying organized, and staying engaged during the learning process.

A special thanks to each of you for helping our school adhere to the dress code policy. As a friendly reminder, the predominant color for shoes should be black, brown, or white. Additionally, if you have any old uniform shirts, skirts, or bottoms that you would like to donate to a child in need, please see Mrs. Peoples, our Parent Liaison, to make your donation(s).

The instructional day begins at 8:00 am. Please be sure to have your child(ren) report to school in a timely manner, especially if they are going to eat breakfast. We no longer serve breakfast in the classroom. Breakfast will end at 7:55 am each morning in an effort to begin the instructional day on time.

We are in need of volunteers to assist us with starting a new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in our school. If you are interested in volunteering to serve our school, please contact Mrs. Demitra Peoples, Parent Liaison at (803) 635-9490. Additionally, you can review ParentSquare for additional information.

Keep Soaring Eagles!

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Mrs. Marissa Davis, FCSD Teacher of Year

Did you know that MLST's very own Mrs. Marissa Davis, was named Fairfield County School District's Teacher of the Year? Mrs. Davis serves and works alongside all scholars and instructional staff. Let's wish her well as she competes at the state level for SC Teacher of the Year.

Parent-Teacher Association

We are in need of volunteers to assist us with starting a new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in our school. If you are interested in volunteering to serve our school, please contact Mrs. Demitra Peoples, Parent Liaison at (803) 635-9490.

Kindergarten News!

Welcome back!! Our Kindergarten class is off to an awesome start. We have gotten to know each other and are beginning to fall right into our regular routine. So far, we have learned a lot about what makes our school an AVID school and the different strategies that we can use to help us be successful. We have, also, been doing a lot of reviewing just to keep us on track. Our days are filled with words, phonics, reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Health. Our class has even gotten to explore our new STEAM Lab/Makerspace! That was an awesome day. Hopefully, we will get a lot more time to explore and do some fun hands-on activities. We are so excited for this year and full of expectations for what is to come. You may keep up with us on Parent Square or even check us out on Twitter.

Mrs. King-Harris

Mrs. Woodard

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Third Grade News

Third grade scholars are working hard. We are enjoying and learning so many new things in Third grade. We are small in number but soaring to great heights. We are using our AVID strategies to improve our learning through the curriculum. Third grade students are staying organized and ready for learning through the use of binders. Please check the binders nightly. We are integrating technology to make the lessons fun and engaging. We are celebrating our first scholar of the month Ava Sanders. We have completed our fall testing of STAR Math and Reading. I am asking that each child read nightly. This will help to build their confidence, fluency, and word recognition skills. In Math, in the coming weeks, we will begin learning our multiplication facts. It is never too early to begin practicing. We will have a successful year through dedication and teamwork.

Ms. Miller

August Scholars of the Month!

We want to congratulate the following students for being named August Scholars of the Month:

Greetings from CD-3!

Hi, I’m Ms. Perry, I just want to welcome our new eagles to the Eagles Nest at MLST! Ms. Collins and I are excited to be teaching your 3-year-olds and getting to know their personalities. August has been a busy month as we are starting off the school year getting to know our school, our classmates, and our teachers. Our new preschoolers started school with what we call Staggered Start, marking the day they came to school as their first day of school. To commemorate their first day of starting school, students completed “First Day Handprints”.

During their first official week in school, which we call our “Getting Acquainted” week, students spent their days getting to know all their classmates, learning our school routines, and the rules of the classroom. Our other themes this month were; All About Me, Friendship, and Colors & Shapes. During this month we will also begin to start learning our letters, all 26, starting with the letter Ff.

Some of our learning focuses for this month are: identifying parts of a book, being able to verbalize something that happened in the story, make predictions about what will happen in a story, begin to recognize a few letters, uppercase and lowercase, and their sound, counting 1-10, graphing, patters, shapes, and so much more.

I am excited to be given the opportunity to teach your little ones on their first stop in their journey through elementary school. Let’s have a great year together!

Some at home resources that you can use with your children are:


Our class code for Epic is cmv4616.

P.S: Don’t forget to follow our class twitter page @PreschoolatMLST!

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Greetings from CD-4!

We are off and soaring in CD4! Ms. Goodwin and I are so excited to spend the year with 19 energetic and creative 4-year-olds. August was all about getting reacquainted, making new friends and assessing each student’s baseline knowledge. Students are quickly learning the class rules, routines, and procedures. We are gaining independence and are building our class community by assuming classroom jobs and responsibilities. Each week we will have a Line Leader, Door Holder, Caboose, Paper Person, and Germ Stopper.

In August our themes were Getting Acquainted, All About Me, and Friendship, Manners. In ELA we focused on learning and reviewing our first letter, Ff and beginning comprehension concepts. While in math we worked on learning the colors red and blue and numbers zero and one, and the shapes square and circle. In social studies we talked about how to being a successful student, member of our classroom and how to be a good friend.

In August our themes were Getting Acquainted, All About Me, and Friendship, Manners.

In ELA we focused on learning and reviewing our first letter, Ff and beginning

comprehension concepts. While in math we worked on learning the colors red and blue

and numbers zero and one, and the shapes square and circle. In social studies we

talked about how to being a successful student, member of our classroom and how to

be a good friend.

Still, center time is by far our favorite time of the day! Did you know that while it may

look like we’re just playing, centers time allows young children to learn in the most

meaningful way, through hands-on play experiences, which is an important part of a

high-quality, rigorous curriculum! Check us out in center time

I am excited about the potential of every student and all that we will learn together this year. Please check your child’s folder each night for any communication and to complete and sign their homework assignment. Your support at home will make a big difference in your child’s success.

Mrs. Deese & Ms. Goodwin

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Greetings from First Grade!

This is the beginning of a new year and first grade is adding 3 numbers and drawing shadows. In Math the students learned about adding three addends. During math students used their 3 addend mat and teddy bear manipulatives to add while they played Rolling Dice Addition. Students rolled a dice 3 times and added the numbers they rolled by using their teddy bear manipulatives. In Science the students learned about shadows. Students used black paper and a flashlight to draw the shadow of objects in the classroom.

Ms. Belton

Greetings from Second Grade!

Welcome back parents for an amazing 2022 - 2023 school year! I am so excited about all the engagement of learning that will be going on.

In reading this month students will be learning to retell a story to show understanding and answer comprehension questions such as who, what, when, where, why, and how. We will number our paragraphs before reading. Then engage in marking the text as we read with a highlighter to identify information to help answer questions as we dig deeper reading. A reading strategy students will partake in being able to compare and contrast two similar stories, such as, The Three Little Pigs the Wolf Story with the classic The Little Pigs.

In math,students will be able to Skip counts by 5s, 10s, and 100s

using a number line. The students will be utilizing various manipulatives and online resources having fun as they are learning.

In science, students will be able to classify matter by its physical properties, and will know that matter is made up of solids, liquids, and gasses.

In Social Studies, students will be able to explain the different kinds of maps and why maps are important.

Congratulations to our August Student of the month, Ka´Mauri Mathis!

Reminder: Instructional time begins at 8:00 am. Students who arrive after 8:00 am will be marked tardy. Please make sure that your child/children arrive at school on time.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 1st Grading Period Interim

Ms. Warren

Greetings from Fourth Grade!

We are off to a great start for the 2022-23 school year! The students are learning routines, making friends, and incorporating AVID in their daily lives. We have done “getting to know you activities”,integrating technology to locate information and writing.

Our class is working on a science unit- Weather and Climate- “Types of Clouds.” To observe clouds, we have taken a field trip outside to observe clouds on a sunny day. Students will be able to identify, name, and discuss the different types of clouds at the end of the unit. Our hands-on activity involved creating clouds using cotton balls in a graphic organizer. The students loved this activity!

Fourth Grade is awesome and the adventures will continue throughout the school year!

Mrs. Martin

Greetings from Fifth Grade!

Our Fifth Grade AVID journey!

Now summer 2022 is over and our new school year has begun, let’s have an insight of what’s in store! At MLST and 5th grade we thrive on the belief that learning is a process that is personal to each student. As such,We are proud to be an AVID school, facilitating each learner’s cognitive and social growth to excel beyond their school years.

So what strategies are we using? Think WICOR:

W: Fifth grade students are learning to clarify and communicate their thoughts and understanding materials.

I: Fifth graders are learning to ask questions which allows them to clarify, analyze and synthesize material.

C: Fifth graders are collaborating to help, challenge and learn from each other.

O: Fifth graders are learning to organize, retrieve and maintain their materials and data.

R: Fifth graders are learning to analyze, question, critique, clarify, and comprehend material.

We are so excited to be on this journey and as we continue, we hope to achieve our desired individual and collective goals. We are looking forward to the outcomes in exams, steps up to college and career!

Mrs. Douglas

Greetings from Sixth Grade!

We have been having such an exciting time in 6th grade so far this year! Students have been utilizing their AVID binders to stay organized and focused. Note-taking has been one of our classes main focus this year. Our 6th grade scholars are not only learning how to take notes, they are also learning how to use their notes to help retain the information we are learning. Some examples of this can be found below.

Collaboration has been an important part of our learning process this year. Students have selected WICOR Study Buddies and worked in collaborative groups to complete learning tasks. Its is wonderful to witness these scholars become stakeholders in their learning!

Ms. Spearman


As we continue our AVID journey, it is essential that each of us is reminded of what AVID is and the role it serves in our school. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID Elementary is a critical component in supporting AVID’s mission to close the achievement gap for all students. AVID’s best practices are embedded in our day-to-day instruction. Students throughout our school are immersed in WICOR strategies, organizational skills, and other student success skills throughout the school day.

Each month, AVID scholars in our entire school focus on selected strategies across all content areas. During the first few weeks of school, teachers and students established classroom routines and implemented structures for organizing their materials. One way that students in kindergarten through sixth grade organize their materials is by using a binder. Within the binder, students have organized their work into sections based on the subject matter. If your child brings home a binder, please take time to look through it so that you can see all that they are learning.

Additionally, teachers provided opportunities for students to develop success skills. Each classroom discussed what it meant to be a successful student. Ask your child to name two or three traits of a successful student. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these positive behaviors at home.

We are extremely excited about what lies ahead on our AVID journey!

Mrs. Davis

Greetings from the Eagles' Nest Media Center!

It has been a busy start to the 2022-23 school year! Students are excited to check out library books! Our district has adopted Accelerated Reader as our reading program. Students read books on their reading level, then take a quiz and earn points! As they earn points they earn prizes and be invited to our 9 weeks celebrations! I encourage parents, grandparents, and siblings to read to our scholars!

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!

We will hold our annual Scholastic Book Fair September 12-16, 2022. This is a great time to stock up on books for your home library!

Ms. Fennell

Greetings from Art!

Happenings in the Art Room

Dr. Willis is proud to report that her MLST artists have been quite busy, and are off to a great start in the art room! Students are currently working on their first art element of the year, which is line. Our kindergarteners are creating the five types of lines with decorative tape and paint, while first graders are using paint, cardboard, wooden spools, and paint to print lines and shapes. Students in second grade are making leaves using lines and free-form/organic shapes, and third graders are creating their make-believe places with lines, shapes, and their choice of art media. Fourth grade learners are creating non-objective art, and fifth graders are being challenged with making Op Art designs. Lastly, our ¨seniors¨ are using detailed lines and shapes to create unique initial zentangles. There is so much more visual art to create this year, and Dr. Willis can't wait to see who's up for the challenge!

Dr. Willis

Greetings From Orchestra!

Welcome back band and orchestra students to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to start playing again and getting back to business. For our new orchestra students, we are excited to start learning how to play our instruments and make some music! If your child signed up for band and/or orchestra, please make sure they have an instrument so they can learn with us and be a part of this fun learning environment. If you'd like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me on Parent Square or through email at As a reminder to current band and orchestra student parents, if your child takes their instrument home to practice on days they do not have class, please remind them to make sure they bring it back to school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so they can continue learning! Thank you to all students and parents for an awesome start to the 2022-2023 school year and we look forward to making great strides and great sounds!

Mr. Huggins

Greeting from Music!

Welcome back to an awesome new year! The students are excited to be in the music class. Students are learning about steady beat and how to read rhythms. They are also learning about different music genres. Stay tuned for more throughout the year!

Mr. Lindsay

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Coach's Corner

This month in P.E. students participated in fall fitnessgram testing (PACER, Push-ups, Curl-ups, Sit and Reach Test). Moving forward, kindergarten students will be learning to use a variety of locomotor skills and change direction on a signal or obstacle. First and second graders will learn about the physiological affects of moderate to vigorous physical activity (Fast heart, sweating, and heavy breathing). 3rd-5th grades will learn about the five components of physical fitness and activities that correspond to each component. 6th graders will also about aerobic and anaerobic exercise and how it correlates to the components of physical fitness.

Coach Morgan

Mrs. Kumari’s Student Services Corner!

Welcoming Our Eagles to MLST!

I am happy to serve as a Special Education LD-Resource Teacher. I have been serving at our FCSD since 2013 and at MLST/FMSMS since 2019 with rich and varied experiences in the field of special education. I will work together to ensure the progress of our students with special abilities in all aspects of education and life. My class philosophy is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your children discover their individuality and work alongside them to maximize learning. My classroom is a safe, comfortable, and fun place to learn. In order to have an environment that is most conducive to learning and caring, we will focus on teamwork and parent support. As partners we can work together to help our children to learn to the best of their ability.

Special education and general education teachers often work together to develop a curriculum and create a positive student culture. In an inclusive classroom, special education teachers have the essential role of ensuring that students with disabilities or special needs receive a quality education.

We are looking forward to having a wonderful school year.

Building Scholars, Building Character, and Building College and Career Dreams one scholar at a time!

Mrs. Saravana Kumari Venkatesan

Greetings from the Speech Therapist!

Welcome back to Speech Therapy! We are off to a great start in the speech therapy world. Students are hard at work to achieve their speech goals outlined on their IEP. Speech sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year. Please contact me if you have any questions about your child’s current speech goals. If you have concerns about your child’s current speech skills, please reach out to me at McCrorey Liston on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 803-635-9490. My email address is I look forward to a fantastic year in speech!

Mrs. Coleman

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Nurse's Corner

Happy new school year, everyone! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Lydia Gibson and I am the school nurse. Though I will be working more closely with students with medical conditions, I want you to know that I am available for anyone with health questions and concerns. If your child has a medical condition (asthma, severe allergies, seizures, etc.), please make sure that your child's teacher and I are both aware so that we can provide the best care. Also, please make sure that your contact information is current. My door is always open. Healthy students make healthy schools!

Lydia Gibson, RN

Parent Liaison Corner

School begins at 8:00am. Please make sure your child/children arrive before 8 so they won't be marked absent/tardy. If your child/children eat breakfast, please make sure they are at school by 7:45. Breakfast ends at 7:55.

MLST is gearing up for our first event! We will celebrate Grandparent's Day on September 14! Grandparents will be able to shop at the Book Fair beginning at 7 am that day only.

Mrs. Peoples

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back! I am Ms. Patrice McRae, the new school counselor. I look forward to working with the families at McCrorey-Liston. The character trait for the month of September is Responsibility. It means being accountable for one's own actions and choices without blaming others.
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