THE MIDDLE SCOOP
October 31, 2016
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)
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