February 4, 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Looking ahead, the next two weeks are busy ones. Tonight, we will host our annual LBMS Spelling Bee and crown this year's LBMS Spelling Champion. 23 students will compete in this evening's event, and one will be crowned Champion. Our Champion will represent us in the regional Spelling Bee phase. Good luck to all! Boys and girls basketball teams will finish out their season with three more games. If you are able, please come join us as we cheer on both teams at our last home game next Tuesday, Feb. 12th. It’s always great to see our bleachers filled with fans!
This Thursday, February 7, we will host a visit from local author, Rob Buyea. Mr. Buyea is a well-known adolescent writer who is famous for the Mr. Terupt's series. Most recently, Mr. Buyea has written and published The Perfect Score and The Perfect Secret. Our school will welcome Mr. Buyea for a whole school assembly to start the day; Mr. Buyea will then spend the remainder of the day in 7th grade where he will work with students on author's craft.
Our school is deeply grateful to the Lancaster PTO and the Lancaster Cultural Council for their continued support and financial assistance in support of programming to enrich and strengthen our students’ experience.
Next week, we will continue to practice our lockdown procedures with another drill scheduled for February 12th. This drill will continue to support our students' training of the ALiCE protocol. As always, I will send out a School Messenger email/text immediately following the drill.
Yours in partnership,
Dates to Remember
February 4: Spelling Bee, 6:00 PM
February 5: Basketball at Littleton, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45
February 5: LBMS School Council, 3:00
February 5: SEPAC, Understanding OT, FSS Library, 7-9
February 7: PTO Enrichment, Author Visit Rob Buyea, Grades 6-8
February 8: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30
February 12: Basketball at Home vs. Sawyer, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45
February 14: Basketball at Thomas Prince, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45
February 14: Pick-A-Time opens for Spring Conferences, 7:00 PM
February 15: School Event, "Ballin' at Burbank"
February 18-22: February Vacation, No School
March 7 & 15: Parent Teacher Conferences
March 11: Trimester 2 Grades Close
March 22: Report Cards Issued
An Important Reminder about Student Attendance
Hard to believe, but we are just about halfway through the school year. For the majority of our students, attendance at school, and timeliness upon arrival to school, is a non-issue. However, for a small population of students, attendance is a challenge. It is also a concern to us.
As is the case throughout the year, daily attendance at school is critical to student learning and is especially critical as we turn the corner into the second half of the year. The Nashoba Regional School District’s attendance policy articulates the important role of attendance to student success. Excellence comes from participation, engagement, and commitment. The District believes that ”consecutive daily attendance is the best way to foster student success and overall excellence. The District is committed to helping students learn that taking part on a continual basis demonstrates commitment to self and others. This commitment further expands the student’s ability to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered.” Furthermore, attendance in school is required by Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.), specifically Chapter 76, §§ 1, 2, 4, and 19.
Should attendance be an issue that is applicable for your family, I ask that you have a conversation with your child about the importance of school attendance in the context of the larger picture and the importance consistent attendance plays on learning.
As a reminder, a parent or guardian may excuse a student’s absence through a written note up to seven (7) full days or fourteen (14) half days. After this, the student’s absence is only excused if an excusal note is provided on official letterhead for the following reasons: bereavement, family or catastrophic event, observation of a legal holiday, illness, or legal event.
Over the course of the next two weeks, I will be sending home letters to families where student attendance presents an ongoing concern from the administrative lens. Please know that my door is always open and that I am more than happy to meet with you to work together in partnership towards a solution to support your child.
Middle School Basketball - Come on Out and Support our Lancers!
Our boys' and girls' teams continue to demonstrate strong performance both at home and away. Our boys' record stands 15 wins and 2 losses, and our girls' record stands equally impressive at 11 wins and 6 losses.Come on out and cheer on our teams at our last home game on February 12th!
For more information about the Lancer basketball schedule, click here.
Important Calendar Information: Spring State Assessments, MCAS
As we head into this spring’s state-wide assessment window, please be reminded that our Next-Generation MCAS test builds upon aspects of prior MCAS assessments. The Next -Generation Assessment is rigorous in nature, serves to provide us with information about student performance as well as our own teaching and learning practices. All students in grades 3-8 will be taking this year’s assessment on the computer. All students in grades 6-8 will use their 1:1 Chromebook devices. Please click here for more information about MCAS and test development.
As you plan ahead for the spring, please mark your calendars for the important Luther Burbank MCAS testing dates BELOW. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your child’s attendance during his/her testing dates.
Lancaster PTO Auction - Save the Date and Help Needed!
The PTO Auction is set for March 30th and class auction projects are always a big hit! The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are looking for parents to help to coordinate a class auction project for each grade level.
If you are willing and able to assist with this, please contact Laura Pagington firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Woodworking Course for NRSD Middle School Students
Have you ever built a balloon boat? How about a cutting board or a wooden piggy bank?
NRSD is offering a FREE woodworking course this spring for middle school students. This 10-week enrichment program is open to all students in 6th-8th grade and will be held at the high school after school. Transportation will be provided!
Space is limited and students will be selected through a lottery. Please see the community section of this newsletter for the woodworking course application. Student applications are due by Monday, February 11th.
Positive Sign Thursdays Have Arrived!
Our Student Council has begun spreading an additional dose of positivity and thankfulness around on Thursdays through Positive Sign Thursdays! Each Thursday, students and staff will greet students as they enter the building each Thursday with a different positive message. Check out our photos from Weeks 2 and 3! (see more pictures @LBMSPrincipal)