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May 16th LMS Newsletter

posted May 19, 2017, 5:40 AM by Ruth Keane   [ updated May 19, 2017, 5:40 AM ]


May 16, 2017

Dear Parents:

It’s hard to believe but the end of the school year is only a few weeks away.  The students’ last day will be Wednesday, June 14, with a 12:30pm dismissal.  Between now and then we have field trips, concerts, and other special events.  A list of some of these events appears later in this edition of the Middle Scoop.  For a complete list, please refer to the calendar on our school web page at  We also post our morning announcements every day for families to access.

First and foremost, thank you to all for your donations to a delicious celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day.  Parents and members of the Lebanon Middle School Student Council did a marvelous job ensuring that we were all well fed.  We feel fortunate to be supported by our LMS family.  Thank you.

On Friday, May 12, students in 7th and 8th grade were given a consent form to participate in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Middle School.  Please ask your child for this information.  If you do not wish to have your child participate, please indicate on the form provided, sign, and return.  If your child may participate, there is nothing you need to do.  If you have questions, please contact School Counselor, Elena VanZandt (

Our LMS baseball and softball teams had a rough start to their season due to all of the rain and wet fields.  We are hoping the weather will change soon.  All students on these teams are working hard to improve their skills, and they are looking forward to playing some more games (on dry fields!)

Several students on the Lebanon Middle School Math Team attended the All Star Math Meet held at KUA on Friday, May 12.  They exhibited their prowess in math while competing against other math-letes from around the region.  Congratulations to Alex Felix, the high scorer for the meet with 48 points out of 50.  Way to go, Alex!  Bravo Math Team and Coach Tricia Hill!

The Lebanon Middle School Solar Sprint Teams are busy constructing their solar powered vehicles, testing them, and making adjustments as they prepare for the annual competition to be held June 1 at the CCBA.  Under the guidance of Coach Groveman, the students have come up with some clever designs.  We wish them the best of luck when competing against other area schools.

Thursday, May 25 is our Annual LMS Spring Band and Chorus Concert to be held in the Preston Gym at Lebanon Middle School.  This promises to be an entertaining evening, showcasing a wide variety of musical styles and genres.

2017-18 team/advisory placement letters will be mailed home on Thursday, May 25.  If you do not receive yours in a timely manner, please contact our office at (603)448-3056.

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

Martha A. Langill

Principal, Lebanon Middle School

May 25


LMS Band and Chorus Concert @ LMS Gym

June 1


Solar Sprint Competition @ the CCBA

June 5


Grantham Gr 6 Step Up to LMS

June 8

Lunch Block

Barbecue Lunch

June 9


LMS Talent Show


Yearbook Distribution


Grade 8 EOY Dessert and Dance at LMS

June 12


Grade 8  to Lake Sunapee


Grades 5-7 Field Day at LMS

June 13


Grades 5-7 End of Year and 3rd Trimester Awards


Grades 5-8 Step Up Day (Grade 8 goes to LHS)

June 14


8th Grade Recognition Ceremony at LMS


Student Dismissal for Summer

April 10th LMS Newsletter

posted Apr 10, 2017, 3:36 AM by Ruth Keane


  April 10, 2017

It’s been a very busy month at Lebanon Middle School.  The weather and a rash of illnesses have had their impact on a variety of programs, but we are hoping the worst is over as we head into a much needed April break.

On Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, the Lebanon Middle School Drama Club presented Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. to packed houses at the Lebanon Opera House.  The students showed their singing and dancing talents in this fast paced musical.  Congratulations to coach/director, Amye Mason and her assistant Karen Liot Hill on the great production.

The Lebanon Gymnastic Team presented Footloose, their 42nd annual gymnastics show, to the delight of Hanover Street School students on Friday, April 7.  They also performed for LMS in the afternoon.  Public performances are scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 13 at 7pm in the Linda J. Preston Gymnasium at Lebanon Middle School.  This is always an entertaining show for our community.

Despite some weather delays, the LMS Bands and Choral groups participated in the 2017 Annual All District Band and Chorus Concerts in March.  These performances showcased a wide variety of musical genre and allowed our students to demonstrate their musical talents to the community.  Congratulations to Gary Rothe, Band Director, and Yvette Garnham, Choral Director, on successful performances.

The LMS DI teams came in 1st and 2nd place at the Swanzey Regional Tournament 2017 and both went on to states.  Very exciting!  One team (which placed 2nd) has: Ben Shaker, Ayla Weale, Kaitlyn Eylander, Alex Matzkin, and Kristina Austin. The other team (which placed 1st) has: Stephen Miller, Thomas Belk, and 2 other students who are 6th graders at Grantham Village School.  Kristin Miller is their team manager.  This team did well at the state competition and is moving on to the Globals!

The Lebanon Middle School has worked hard to support the greater community through its work with The Inspiring Kids Project.  Some highlights. . .

·         Pine Team raised several hundred dollars for the Carter Community Building Association by hosting a fifth and sixth grade dance at the CCBA.

·         Spruce Team collected several cases of canned goods in support of the LISTEN Center.

·         The Birch Team made hundreds of fleece tug toys for Marley’s Doggie Bags.

·         The Maple Team raised over $1500.00 for COVER, some of which will be used to help renovate the home of LHS’s own Julie Barber.

·         The Oak Team ran a successful drive for canned/prepared foods and household products for David’s House.

All five nonprofit organizations that were supported by our LMS teams received a monetary donation through the Aloha Foundation, The Inspiring Kids sponsor.

Unrelated to The Inspiring Kids Project, but in keeping with the community service theme, the Pine Team will be learning about Baking for Good with King Arthur Flour on Tuesday, April 11.  After receiving instruction in the art of bread making, each fifth grader will receive a kit after vacation with all the ingredients and instructions needed to bake two loaves of bread.  Students will be instructed to bake their loaves the weekend of April 29-30, and bring one of the two loaves to school on May 1 to donate to a local nonprofit.  This project has always proven to be a great family activity and a boon to those in need.

As is typically the case, we have a number of items on our lost and found tables.  Students are reminded daily to check for their personal items.  Anything that remains unclaimed on Friday, April 14, will be cleaned and donated to LISTEN.  Please feel free to stop by and check for any clothing that may belong to your child.

We send our best wishes to all our Lebanon Middle School family for a happy, healthy, and fun April vacation!


Martha A. Langill


Lebanon Middle School



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.


Martha A. Langill


Lebanon Middle School


December 16, 2016 Newsletter

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


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


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


                                                                                  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.



  • 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:
  • 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!

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


Lebanon Middle School


October 31st Newletter

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


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)










Gr 5





Gr 6





Gr 7





Gr 8





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


Lebanon Middle School

September 30th LMS Newsletter

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


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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