Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Please click here October PTA Meeting if you missed the PTA meeting this month. The Special Topic was Service Hour requirements. We have quite a number of updates for the community below. Please see these important messages to stay up-to-date at Langston Hughes Middle School.
Principal, Langston Hughes MSMain Office Updates Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
Hughes sent these forms home on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 please check with your student. You will need to complete 1 pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household, please complete, sign, date, and have your student return their form to their 1st period teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Former student and South Lakes graduate, Steve Phillips, makes an incredible impact here at Langston Hughes Middle School as does Erin Kelly.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The After-School Program is looking for people to sponsor STEM related clubs/ activities.
Clubs take place Monday-Friday from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. We are looking for volunteers and/or people seeking paid positions.
Interested people should email Franklin Kyle at Fmkyle1@fcps.edu
Your consideration is greatly appreciated!
Our LHMS bookroom has many new titles! Before teachers offer these books as choices to students for literature circles, book clubs, or class reads, we complete a rationale for each title and have the book reviewed and approved by 2 teachers AND 2 parents of LHMS students.
We're looking for parent volunteers to choose a book (or books!) from our list to read/review. You can get your own copy of the book or borrow one from the school to be brought home to you by your student. See more details and sign up here!
Langston Hughes Diversity After School Special
November 18, 2021 2:30-3:00 in the cafeteria; activity afterwards in the lecture hall 3:00-4:30pm
At Langston Hughes, YOU BELONG! We are having a Diversity After School Special to highlight the diversity showcased every day at Langston. The 5th and 6th period AVID and ESOL classes have combined to complete research and projects for this event. Come see their work after school on November 18th from 2:30-3:00pm in the cafeteria. All students are encouraged to stay after school to check out the booths and activities. All after school activities on 11-18 will be canceled with the expectation that all students who had planned to stay after school attend the event. (Teachers will still meet with students after school that day, that is not cancelled) After the showcase in the cafeteria, an activity will be held in the Lecture Hall for all students who wait for a late bus. Students can also take their own method of transportation home after the event.
We hope to see you there!
Finance Park Lessons: November 3rd – November 18th
Simulation Date: November 16th and 17thAssistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages
First Quarter You’re “On a Roll” Awards
Teachers will recognize our students who have stood out this quarter for displaying our POWER characteristics - punctual, ownership, welcoming, engaged, and respectful. We will be honoring these students in Connections classes on November 8th.
Panther Parent/Caregiver Academy, Session #2
The second session of the Parent/Caregiver Academy will be held on October 28 from 6:30-7:30 in the LHMS library. Please join assistant principal, Amy Smith, who will share information on helping your student navigate friendships, relationships, and social media.
Use this Sign-Up Genius link to RSVP; space and social distancing requirements require us to cap the event at 35 participants. First consideration will be given to 7th grade parents who are new to middle school.
Future Academy Dates are December 1, January 18, and February 23 and include topics including school resources available to support you and your student, helping your student navigate social changes and social media, effective communication and affirmation, and course selection/special programming available to Hughes students.
ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening
On October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school. During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional. We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at email@example.com
Hughes After School Club Sign-up
The Club List and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the
(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.) Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates. Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space. Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information
Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25.
The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 25, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.
Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!
What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Donate to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!
October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release
November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays - Office Closed
November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release
November 18 - Diversity After School Special 2:30 - 3pm
November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving