Louisville Middle School
THE PIRATE POST 1-13-23
From Principal Meyer
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear LMS Families,
I hope you enjoy the Martin Luther King Day holiday and enjoy the extra time with your family and friends. I encourage all to spend some time to reflect on the celebration of Dr. King’s life and the meaning behind the legacy he, and so many others, left us. As we strive to ensure we are meeting our goals of educating our kids in varied manners of cognitive and emotional development, the ideals of Dr. King ring true to us as educators and community members at LMS. We continue a journey toward a collective efficacy in our community and beyond. We are very glad to be on this journey with the LMS community and particularly our students knowing that they will be our leaders and difference-makers of the future!
We have had a great start to the second semester. As we return I want to take some time to focus on how you can help students thrive. Some tips and tricks that are time tested, tried and true:
Talk with your kids EVERY day about what they learned and their experiences at school. Lead them with open-ended questions and do not accept the dreaded one-word answers (yes, no, good, fine, etc)! Engage them to reflect on their day and their experiences. Your job is to encourage, celebrate, ensure they have a sense of belonging, and guide them to problem-solve. Always praise effort, grit and resiliency!
Reach out to teachers! Be proactive and give them praise, ask questions and advocate for your kids through email, voicemail, hand-written notes and conferences coming up in February.
Provide routine and structure! Plan a stable routine of meal time, study/HW time (with a set location), reading time, physical activity, social time, relaxation time and time to connect!
Be present and visible! Know their friends, show up at events, celebrate together!
Model and teach them how to use technology appropriately including when, where, and how. Monitor their social networking and be in charge!!
On a final note (for now), with winter weather upon us, I continue to encourage all drivers to be sure to obey traffic laws and be safe while dropping off and picking up our kids. We are confident that students are safe when they are dropped off in designated areas on the curb-side that abuts to the sidewalk on school property. Please be patient and follow common sense expectations when dropping off and picking up your students.
Our community thrives with all of your support. Please thank your children for being fantastic and active members of our school. We are all lucky to be Pirates!
Save the Date
Jan. 16 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 24 Vision & Hearing Screening
Jan. 24 High School Presentations (for 8th grade students at LMS)
Feb. 6 No School for Students - District Professional Development Day
Feb. 15, 21, 23 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Feb. 20 No School - Presidents' Day
Feb. 22 High School Course Selection
Feb. 24 Current 7th grade Course Selection
Feb. 27 & 28 Current 6th Grade Course Selection
Mar. 27-31 Spring Break
Apr. 21 & 24 No School - Conference Exchange Days
May 25 Last Day for Students
Important All School Announcements
- For all MathCounts Participants: Next Wednesday after school in Mr. Chu's room, we will be conducting our school competition. If you plan on being part of the school team that represents LMS at the Chapter (district) competition, you must participate in the school competition. See you on the 18th!
- Congratulations, Pirates! We earned second place in the large schools division of the Share-a-Coat Drive sponsored by The Boulder Valley Rotary Club and Art Cleaners. More than 1,600 coats and other winter garments such as sweaters, snowsuits, hats, gloves, scarves and boots were collected through various Boulder and Broomfield County schools and businesses. These winter garments were cleaned, sorted and distributed earlier this winter to people in need.
Every student will receive one free ticket during their 1st period class.
Teachers will receive a quantity of tickets they can distribute to students exhibiting PRIDE behavior during the week.
Kids can purchase raffle tickets at school the week of 2/13 for $2 each (Presales begin 1/27 where you can purchase 3 tickets for $5).
HOW THE RAFFLE WORKS
Each of 20ish gift baskets have a coordinating entry box. Students put as many raffle tickets as they want into the entry box corresponding to the gift basket they want to win. Winners will be drawn Thursday, during lunch period, and students can pick up prizes at the end of that day, 2/16.
Dollars raised from the raffle will fund a student treat day in the spring and scholarships to ensure all students can enjoy sports and intramural activities at LMS.
Gift baskets include sports paraphernalia, teacher experiences, fitness items, and gift cards. Stay tuned for prize highlights in the weeks to come! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Admission Game
Do you ever wonder who "gets in" and "why?" "The Admission Game" (TAG) takes you inside the admission process for the answers. Peter engages audiences immediately in a "conversation" by talking with them in relevant terms that help ease the stress of an otherwise frenzied process. This signature program reveals the "hidden agendas" of colleges and provides insight into how decisions are made.
This is an excellent event, open to all BVSD high school students and their families, for students who are considering more selective colleges or those who just want to learn more about the college admissions process. This event will take place at Monarch High School (329 Campus Dr. Louisville, CO, 80027) on Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. Link to more information.
BVSD Connect Events: Family engagement sessions (updated time)
All Boulder Valley School District families are welcome to a presentation and conversation with district leadership. BVSD will provide attendees with a brief update about the school district and discuss important topics, including the budget process. Link to more information.
UPDATED TIME: Thursday, January 19, 5:00 p.m.
Monarch High School (329 Campus Dr, Louisville, CO, 80027)
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
Centennial Middle School (2205 Norwood Ave, Boulder, CO, 80304)
Spanish Language Event:
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 p.m.
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer (101 E Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO, 80026)
Noteworthy, Ongoing and Repeat Items
- THEATRE SHOWCASE: Our 10th annual BVSD Theatre Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th from 9:30am-1:30pm at Broomfield High School. Student who have taken drama at LMS that are 7th and 8th graders are eligible to sign up. The Showcase provides a variety of theatre-related workshops and performance opportunities for middle school drama students led by BVSD high school theater students. The school district is providing transportation for the middle schools that register, so there is no fee for this educational event. Students must bring their own bag lunch since no food or drinks will be provided. Students must complete the Workshop Request list (see Mrs. Carmichael), and parents must complete the district-required field trip form sent in a digital form. Classes will fill-up, so turn in your form as soon as possible to get into the workshops you want. There are only 40 spots available so it will be a first come first serve basis.
- NEW CLUB - MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Pirates, course selection for next school year will be happening in late February. Students will have 2 weeks to finalize class selection and will be given instructions on how to register for classes. 8th Graders, please pay attention to communication from your high school for their evening events!
Hello LMS Pirates!
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