THE MIDDLE SCOOP
September 30, 2016
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