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Je'quevon is in Ms. Davis' class and is extremely hard working in all subject areas. He always tries his very best no matter what. Je'quevon is eager to learn and has earned an excellent or super student on our behavior chart every day of the year so far. Je'quevon truly exhibits the two main qualities of a respectful and responsible Maverick.


Je'quevon Durham

A message from the Executive Director:
   Thanks to all teachers, staff members, parents, and students who attended last Saturday’s Confucius Day at Presbyterian College. I’ve discovered a hidden talent among our students—they are very good dancers! If you have a few minutes, please view the video of the event on the MSI webpage.
   October is a very busy month for MSI students.  Next week in Metric Week. Each class has special activities planned to help students understand the metric system.    Next week is also National Fire Prevention week.  MSI is fortunate to have parents who are firefighters!  Mr. Hollis and Ms. Adams will be working with MSI to provide opportunities for MSI students to learn safety measures, and the importance of fire prevention. 
   Grade 2 will be taking the CogAt and Iowa Assessment this month.  These tests are aptitude tests administered to all second graders in South Carolina. 
During parent-teacher conferences on October 23, 2015, you will be given an Individual Student Growth Plan (ISGP) pertaining to your child’s academic progress, along with your child’s report card. ISGPs show your child’s current level of academic progress, and give SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, timeline set) goals for core content areas that your child and teacher will work on together.
   All students in grades 3 – 6 now have school email controlled accounts for working with their teachers.  Teachers can email students, and students can email their teachers, but students cannot email each other. The purpose of these accounts is for academic work, and helping students learn the benefits of written communication.
   MSI is pleased to announce that we are implementing student council. During this month, students will be preparing for the November 3, 2015 student election. Students in grades 5-6 are eligible to run for MSI student council president; students in grades 4-6 are eligible to run for vice president; and students in grades 3-5 are eligible to run for secretary/treasurer.  Ms. Hyatt is the faculty adviser for student council.  Additional information about student elections will be sent home next week.
    School pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Since these pictures will be portrait quality, students are not required to wear school uniforms on October 21st. Please note that student dress must adhere to equivalent standards including the following:
Girls’ dresses or skirts must be knee length;
Sleeveless, tank, halter, and/or spaghetti string tops are NOT allowed;
Shorts, if worn, must be knee length;
Clothing cannot be excessively tight or baggy; and Shoes must be closed toed.
Students in the following classes have p.e. on picture day and will need to bring a school uniform to change into for p.e. class:  Ms. Cunningham/Ms. Shepard; Ms. Hazen; Ms. Smith; Ms. James.
    Due to rainy weather, Rock Around the Clock has been postponed until October 30-31. As we enter into the time of year when weather is unpredictable, please note that any changes to the school schedule will be posted on the MSI website, and broadcasted on television stations WLTX, WIS, and WOLO.  All parents who have current email addresses listed in PowerSchool will also receive email notification.  As jacket and coat weather comes our way, please help us by printing your child’s name on the inside label of his or her sweater, jacket, coat, scarf, gloves or mittens, and/or hat.  If an item of clothing is accidently left at school, the office can easily identify it so that it can be claimed by and returned to your child.
    Board elections are November 3, 2015.  There are five available seats for two year terms. The parents or guardians of each enrolled student have one vote total per student enrolled in MSI.  For example, if the parents or guardians have one child enrolled at MSI, that household has one vote.  If the parents or guardians have two children at MSI, that household has two votes.  Parents and guardians within each family shall determine who will cast that vote. Ballots will be sent home Monday, October 26, 2015, and must be returned to the office no later than 5:00 p.m. on or before Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Ballots with incomplete information or that do not meet specific time requirements are invalid and will not be counted.
    Please know that MSI remains committed to our mission:  To produce academically and physically-fit STEM proficient students.  As you know, MSI tries very hard to promote healthy eating habits, a well-balanced diet, and physical fitness in addition to our STEM focus.  Student meals are an important part of MSI’s fitness plan.  If your child is bringing school lunch from home, please help us by providing healthy lunchbox items and drinks. For example, many parents pack veggie straws instead of high-fat potato chips for their child, and 100% fruit juice instead of a high sugar content drink. Please help us ensure that your child has healthy meals and drinks.
   MSI is indeed fortunate to have active, involved parents.  We appreciate your continued support.
 Marie Milam

Dates to Remember:
Oct. 4-10:  National Fire Prevention Week
October 15: Earth Quake Drill
October 21: School Pictures
Oct. 23: Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 26-30: Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 30:Storybook Character Day
Oct. 30-31: Rock Around the Clock
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Assembly and Choral Performance 9. a.m.
November 6-7: Pig on the Ridge

November 14: MSI Fall Festival

Now enrolling students for 1st through 6th grade (Kindergarten is full) for the 2015-2016 school year.

Download the 2015-2016 enrollment package here

Midlands STEM Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or immigrant status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle the nondiscrimination policies: For questions pertaining to Section 504 or questions pertaining to Title IX contact the Executive Director of the school at112 Crane Street Winnsboro, SC 29180 .






MSI will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 5th due to hazardous weather and road conditions. Please keep safe!!

MSI is a tobacco and drug free campus.  No weapons are allowed on campus.  The campus includes all buildings and grounds.  Violators will be prosecuted.

Confucius Institute Day

School Board Elections
School Board elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Five seats are open. If you are interested in running for the school board, please send a letter of interest, and a one paragraph descriptive bio detailing why you wish to serve on the board to on or before 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015.  Please note that board meetings are always open to the public except for executive session.