THE MIDDLE SCOOP
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