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February 3, 2017 LMS Newsletter

posted Feb 2, 2017, 1:30 PM by Ruth Keane


THE MIDDLE SCOOP              

                                                                                                             February 3, 2017


Dear Parents:

As January comes to a close, we have completed the annual LMS Geography Bee and Spelling Bee.  For the first time in Lebanon Middle School history, the same student won both bees.  Congratulations to eighth grader Ryan Tanski for his outstanding performance in both spelling and geography!  Ryan, a member of the Oak Team, has completed the written qualifying test for the Geography Bee and is waiting to hear if he will advance to the state bee in April at Keene State.  Ryan is automatically eligible to participate in the state level Spelling Bee.  We wish him the best of luck in these competitions.  Congratulations to our runner-up in the Geo Bee, Emma Cranage, and to Makayla Ippolito, the Spelling Bee runner-up.  Well done all!

We are approaching the end of our months-long project for Inspiring Kids.  Each of our five teams researched a variety of local non-profit organizations to find out how they helped our community.  After presenting their research, the students on each team then selected one non-profit for whom they would provide a service.  Pine Team is working with the CCBA;  Spruce Team is supporting LISTEN;  Oak Team chose David’s House; Maple Team is working for COVER, and Birch Team is helping Marley’s Doggie Bags.  During a whole school assembly on February 13, each team will present information on their non-profit.  Students will then vote on the non-profit that will receive a monetary donation in the name of Lebanon Middle School from the Inspiring Kids organization.  The winner will be announced during our Winter Carnival activities on Friday, February 17.  All teams can take pride in the work they are doing to help those in our community who need it most.  We can all be especially proud of our students and teachers who have worked so hard to make this project a success.  Stay tuned. . . . We will let you know who the winner is soon.  But truly everyone involved is a winner!


Our PTO is planning an author night at the end of February. 

 Mark your calendar!

Lebanon Middle School

        

Feb. 28 & March 1, 2017

        

Team Presentations

        

      Evening Family Event

     Wed., 3/1 ~ 5:30 potluck

                                                 6:15 ~ author presentation & book signing in library

 

Our lost and found is overflowing, again!  All our found items will be on display outside the gym during the week of February 13-17.  If you are looking for items from your child’s wardrobe, please feel free to stop in to check the tables.  Students will be reminded several times to check the tables before everything is bagged up and sent to LISTEN.

 2nd trimester progress reports were mailed on Friday, January 27.  Grades for students who are on scholastic probation will be checked on Friday, February 10, for eligibility to continue participating in extracurricular activities. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Martha A. Langill

Principal

Lebanon Middle School

 

December 16, 2016 Newsletter

posted Dec 15, 2016, 5:49 AM by Ruth Keane

THE MIDDLE SCOOP

December 16, 2016


Dear Parents:

It appears that we may be having a more typical New England winter this year.  With our first snow day, it is timely to send reminders about dressing appropriately for winter weather.  Unless the wind chill temperature is below 10oF, all students are outside in the morning, and fifth and sixth graders are outside for recess.  We refer to Weather Channel, AccuWeather, and/or our own scientific weather station on the green roof to ensure we have an accurate reading of the conditions.  Because of our location, it is often windy.  We strongly urge students to wear hats, mittens or gloves, a warm coat, and boots.  Students should have sneakers or shoes with them, or in their locker, so that they can change out of their boots for class.

As is often the case with all these extra articles of clothing, something often gets left behind.  Lost and found items are again displayed outside the gym.  Students are reminded frequently to check for anything that might belong to them.  The lost and found will be available until noon on December 22.  At this time, any remaining items will be donated to LISTEN.  Please feel free to stop in and check if you believe your child is missing clothing, a water bottle, or a lunch box.  Students will also be doing a locker clean out before the break.

The Lebanon Middle School basketball season is off to a good start.  We have had a few games and students are working hard during practice.  The Math Team had a strong performance at their recent meet.  Drama Club has started practicing for their annual production which will be presented in early April.  Congratulations to the Lebanon Middle School bands and choral groups.  The annual winter concert was held on Tuesday, December 13 to a full house.  The program included a variety of music including appropriately festive pieces and seasonal favorites.  Thank you to Mr. Gary Rothe, Ms Yvette Garnham, and the many student performers for all their hard work.  Bravo!

The winners of our first core values essay contest were announced on December 9. We had many well-written essays on leadership submitted by students at all grade levels.  Abby Braley was the 5/6 winner and Josh Nicholson was the 7/8 winner.  The winning essays will be posted on our school web page.  Congratulations to our winners and good luck to all for our next core values contest participants on motivation.  Students may submit written, photo, or video essays on motivation by Friday, January 6.  Good luck!

We will be administering the NWEA assessments to all students in grades five through eight in January.  January 11 is scheduled for grades 7 and 8.  January 12 will be testing for grades 5 and 6.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments for your child that may take place during the school day.  We have consolidated our testing schedule in order to have as little impact as possible on the students’ classes.  Thank you for your understanding.

From all of us in the Lebanon Middle School family, we send our wishes for a joyful holiday season, a fun and happy vacation, and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

Martha A. Langill

Principal

Lebanon Middle School

**School is closed December 23 through Monday, January 2, 2017.  Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3.

December 2nd Newsletter

posted Dec 1, 2016, 6:34 AM by Ruth Keane

THE MIDDLE SCOOP

                                                                                  December 2, 2016


Dear Parents:

 

I hope you and your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving break.  The time between Thanksgiving and the holiday break is always busy for families and schools.  We often see stress levels rising during this time of the year.  To the degree possible, it is important to maintain your normal schedule.  Good food and a regular bedtime will help your child manage the excitement that comes with the season.  We are always here to assist if you have questions or concerns.

 

NEWS FROM THE LMS PTO

  • WATER BOTTLE FILLER for the 3rd floor is coming soon!
  • VISITING AUTHOR in February - Stay tuned for book buying opportunities for gift giving this holiday season 
  • The VOICE of LMS - Check your child’s backpack or view it online:  https://joom.ag/zUuQ
  • FIRST LEGO LEAGUE - One of the teams is off to the State Championship on December 3!
  • FUNDRAISER - Thank you for your generosity and to all the people who donated, purchased or volunteered with the fundraiser…We raised more than $4000!
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The LMS PTO is in desperate need of more volunteers to keep the PTO going.  If you can help, contact us TODAY!  lmsvolunteer@sau88.net

LMS basketball is underway for both boys and girls in grades seven and eight.  LMS Drama Club began its season on Monday, November 28, and will be in rehearsals for the next few months for their production of High School, The Musical—Junior.

Our first trimester ended on Wednesday, November 30.  Report cards will be mailed on Tuesday, December 6.  The scholastic probation period will be Wednesday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 20.  Academic awards will be distributed on Monday, December 12.

Our grade level teams (Pine, Spruce, Oak, Maple, and Birch) are deciding on which project they will each complete for their chosen non-profit organization as part of the Inspiring Kids Program.  The non-profit organizations are different for each team, as well as the service that will be provided.  This is in addition to the annual toy and clothing drive being sponsored by our LMS Student Council.  New unwrapped toys and/or clothing are being collected through Friday, December 9.

The LMS Band and Chorus have been practicing for their upcoming concert which will be held in our gym on December 13, at 7:00pm. 

 

Just a couple of reminders to all parents. . .

 

If you wish to change your child’s dismissal plans or have your child dismissed early, unless it is an emergency, please notify our office by 8:00am.  The secretaries work hard to get messages to the students in a timely manner, but, the end of the day is always hectic in the school’s office and classrooms.  (Page 7 of the LMS student handbook)

 

And if your child is going to be absent from school for a length of time, please notify the office as well your child’s teachers, a week in advance of the absence so that they have time to gather and prepare work for your child to complete during his/her absence.  (Page 21 of the LMS student handbook)

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Martha A. Langill

Principal

Lebanon Middle School

 

October 31st Newletter

posted Oct 31, 2016, 9:06 AM by Ruth Keane

THE MIDDLE SCOOP

October 31, 2016

Dear Parents:

 

As October draws to a close, we are at the end of our fall athletics season.  At Lebanon Middle School winning is not everything, but rather working hard to improve and learning to be a better team player are the goals of our athletic programs.  The football team ended the season with four wins, four losses, and one tie.  The LMS field hockey team won eight games, lost two, and had three games end in a tie.  All players showed growth and the determination to improve.  Well played, LMS Football and Field Hockey! 

 

I just received word that our seventh and eighth grade Lebanon Recreation soccer players were invited to play in the Upper Valley Cup Tournament that was held this past weekend at Kimball Union Academy.  Congratulations to both the boys and girls teams for outstanding performances at the tournament!

 

Co-curricular teams and activities are already or will soon be in full swing.  The Math Team just attended its first meet and placed second overall.  The Art Club is meeting twice a month, and Jazz Band and Treble Makers are practicing each week.  Drama Club sign-ups will be held on November 14.  We have two First Lego League Robotics teams, organized and coached by parents with the support of the LMS PTO, who will be heading to competition soon.  The Voice of LMS, another PTO supported initiative, is working on their first edition of the school year.

 

This month Lebanon Middle School embarked on a school-wide community service project called Inspiring Kids.  Each of the five teams began researching non-profits in five different categories.  Each team will pick one of their non-profits to support.  A work day will occur before a final school-wide presentation of the five chosen non-profits.  Based on those presentations, the student body will select an Upper Valley non-profit to receive a monetary donation from the Inspiring Kids Foundation.  Service learning projects are an important part of middle level education, and through Inspiring Kids, our teams have the opportunity to work together to support causes that have meaning for them.  There will be more information as the project progresses.

 

Lebanon Middle School held the first seventh and eighth grade dance of the school year on Friday, October 21.  The Halloween themed event also provided an opportunity for students to perform community service.  The students paid three dollars to attend the dance, and one dollar of that was donated to breast cancer research.  Students raised two hundred dollars for cancer research and had a great time celebrating Halloween a little early.

 

Parent conferences are scheduled for November 2 and 3.  Lebanon Middle School students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.  (Lebanon elementary schools dismiss at 1:00 pm.  Lebanon High School has a full day of classes and does not dismiss early.)  If you were unable to sign up for a conference on one of these two afternoons, please contact your child’s teacher(s).  Every effort will be made to schedule a conference time that will work for you.

 

Smarter Balanced Assessment scores from last spring were mailed home earlier this month, along with the results of the fourth grade NECAP science assessment.  We were very pleased with the overall results, but we do still have some work to do in order to ensure that all students are “college and career ready.” 

 

The chart that follows compares the results from Lebanon Middle School with those throughout the rest of New Hampshire.


Percentage of Students At Level 3 or Above on Smarter Balanced Assessment

 (Comparing LMS with New Hampshire Students in the Same Grade)


 

LMS

LA

NH

LA

LMS

Math

NH

Math

Gr 5

72

63

50

47

Gr 6

66

60

53

47

Gr 7

72

64

64

53

Gr 8

78

62

68

47











The student Flu Clinic was held earlier this month and was a high success.  Many students received their vaccine with little interruption to their day.  Thank you to the Lebanon School District nursing staff and others for their caring and efficient implementation of this valuable service.

 

The grade 5 and 6 Math Club and grade 7 and 8 Homework Support Programs began on Tuesday, October 25.  These programs are staffed by certified teachers who provide instruction and coaching for students who are struggling with math in grades 5 and 6, and any subject in grades 7 and 8.  The programs meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  We still have room to add a few more students.  If you have questions about whether your child would benefit from either of these opportunities, please contact me or your child’s teacher.

 

As happens each fall, the temperatures are low in the morning, so students wear extra layers of clothing.  With the heating of the day, students shed their extra layers and often leave them behind.  Our lost and found tables, located outside the gymnasium, are overflowing with hoodies, jackets, and other kinds of clothing along with lunch boxes and water bottles.  Students are reminded regularly to check the lost and found, but do not always recognize their own clothing.  If you know that your child’s wardrobe is missing some items, please stop by when you are in the neighborhood (or are here for a conference.)  Items not claimed by Thanksgiving break will be cleaned and donated to LISTEN.

 

Don’t forget this weekend is the start of Daylight Savings Time.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

 

 

Martha A. Langill

Principal

Lebanon Middle School



September 30th LMS Newsletter

posted Sep 30, 2016, 3:51 AM by Ruth Keane   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 3:52 AM ]

THE MIDDLE SCOOP

September 30, 2016


Dear Parents:


             Fall has officially arrived and we are in full swing at Lebanon Middle School.  We have had a busy first month—getting settled into classes, having our annual picture day, and celebrating our teams with Unity Day. 

LMS sports got underway in August under the direction of our new Athletics and Co-Curricular Director, Mike Haxton.  The field hockey team is thrilled to be playing games on their newly sodded field, and our football team has been working hard and has shown a lot of growth in working as a team.   Progress is being made on completing a new building to house our athletic equipment and provide restrooms next to the fields.  Jazz Band, Treble Makers, Math Team, and other co-curricular activities are just getting started for the year with more activities to follow.

Despite the rainy start and the showers over lunch, our annual Unity Day on September 23 went as planned.  The students and staff reported they had a great day getting to know one another and building teamwork.  Teams were all over the Upper Valley.  Staying in Lebanon, Pine Team was at the CCBA, and Spruce Team was at Civic Field.  Birch Team surprised some folks in tents at Storrs Pond, while Oak Team went to Hartland Dam, and Maple Team challenged themselves on the ropes course at Camp Coniston.  The cloudy, showery weather did little to dampen everyone’s spirit.  Thank you teachers for all the hard work and planning this day.

Student Council elections have just taken place and the new Council members will hold their first meeting on Monday, October 3.  Each of the twenty five homerooms elected a representative and an alternate to represent them on the Council.  The main tasks of the Council are to decide on and organize events for the students, advise the administration about student concerns, and organize community service activities. Serving on Student Council is one way to serve our school community.

Parent Orientation Meetings were held right after Labor Day and were well attended.  Information was shared with parents about what to expect at each grade level.  The new format for the seventh and eighth grade provided a more social atmosphere which was appreciated by many; however, several parents reported that they wanted more information about the courses their child would be taking.  We will be reviewing and revising this orientation meeting for next year in order to better meet the needs of parents.

The Lebanon Middle School PTO is in the midst of their annual fundraiser.  Proceeds from this fundraiser help fund many activities for the school, including the two Lego robotics teams.  PTO has also purchased patio umbrellas to help provide shade for some of the outside tables during lunch.  The students do enjoy being able to eat outside during the warmer weather. 

The Voice of LMS, another PTO sponsored event, has begun their work on the first issue of the literary magazine for 16-17.  The plan is to have three issues this year.

A mailing will go out in the next two weeks with the results from the SBAC and NECAP Science tests which students took in the spring.  An explanatory letter will accompany each student’s results.

The mid-point of first trimester is right around the corner.  Trimester One Progress Reports will be mailed home with athletic and co-curricular probation information on Monday, October 17.

We continue to collect Big G “box tops.”  If you have any you would like to donate, please send them in to our library.

With the cooler weather, students often leave behind layers of clothing as it warms during the day.  If you are missing items of your child’s wardrobe, please have your child check the lost and found bins.  One is located on each floor of the building.  If you are in the area, you are welcome to come in and check as well.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

 

Martha A. Langill, Principal

Lebanon Middle School

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