LEARWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

WELCOME BACK

I hope everyone had a fun, safe, and enjoyable Winter Break. As we start the new calendar year, you will be receiving a lot of information for your child, regardless of their grade. January and February will contain many meetings for our 8th graders as they prepare for their high school careers. February and March will be important for our 7th graders as they learn about their 8th grade options and about the Washington DC trip.


If you have any questions about high school registration, course selection, and/or College Credit Plus, please contact the high school and ask to speak with one of their counselors, as they will be able to give you information relevant for your child. See below for the HS Parent Information Night.


Information about the Washington DC trip and individual fundraising will be sent home. The Washington DC trip is a school sponsored trip, therefore, student behavior, academic engagement, and attendance starting the second semester will be used to determine if a student will be eligible to attend the trip. Additionally, ALL school fees must be paid up for a student to go on the Washington DC trip.

IMPORTANT DATES

3 Return to School

9 College Credit (formerly PSEO) Meeting @ PAC 6:00 PM

10 Winter Boys Basketball/Cheer Pay to Participate Fees

10 Winter Basketball/Cheer Parent Meeting 7:00 PM

10 PTA Meeting 9:00 AM

11 End of 2nd Quarter

15 VAPING Presentation @ Learwood 7:00 PM

16 8th Grade Transition to HS Parent Meeting @ PAC 7:00 PM

18 Winter Sports 2 Pictures (boys bball, wrestling, cheer)

21 Martin Luther King Day ~ NO SCHOOL

24 All Pro Parent meeting 7:15-7:45 AM

24 Lip Sync Battle 3:00-5:00 PM

VAPING

Students now view Vaping as a right of passage as they get older. Vaping or possession of any devices on ALCS grounds or events is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is a suspendible offense. Additionally, it is illegal for a minor to use or possess any Vaping devices, and carries a ticket from the ALPD. To learn more about the effects of Vaping please read over the information below, and feel free to join us at Learwood on January 15th for a Parent Only informational night.


What it means that the Surgeon General now calls vaping an ‘epidemic’

Article:


https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/18/18147223/vaping-epidemic-surgeon-general-advisory-electronic-cigarette-teen-health


Quote from Article:


Last month, the CDC and the FDA reported a 78 percent increase in vaping among high school students compared to last year. And yesterday, the nationwide Monitoring the Future survey reported that 21 percent of high school seniors say they vaped nicotine in the past 30 days — up from 11 percent last year. “These are simply unprecedented increases that we’re seeing,” King says.

Vaping products have seen a 600% increase in sales in the last year alone.

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LEARWOOD PTA

Learwood PTA loves our staff … and with help from Giant Eagle, we were able to “overdo it” (thanks for that, Mrs. Vogel) at today’s holiday luncheon. We wanted to send out a big “thank you” to all our PTA members, whose dues go to pay for things like this, as well as our parent holiday bakers and gift card donors. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and winter break.

Pick-up and Drop off

Please be cautious as you pick-up and drop-off your child at school. Winter months make road conditions dangerous, and the lack of sun light in the mornings makes it hard to see students and staff crossing. Leave earlier on days where the weather is not the best to avoid traffic and to get your child to school on time. Stay on the outside loop and do not cut across the parking lot. Students should be dropped off between the MPR doors and the band doors. Please do not wait to pull up next to the band doors to drop off your child, this will help the traffic move smoothly in the morning and will allow you to exit quicker.

ALHS 8th GRADE PARENT NIGHT

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Avon Lake High School will host 8th Grade Parents’ Night in the Performing Arts Center. 8th Grade Parents’ Night is for parents only. Students will have a separate opportunity to learn about the high school and what we have to offer on January 16th during the school day. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Avon Lake High School administration and guidance staff sharing information about our curriculum and the high school in general. After the presentation, parents will have an opportunity to talk with the department chairs from our various curriculum areas in the Commons. This is an excellent opportunity to start a smooth transition for your student from middle school to the high school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ALHS guidance counselor Michael Kaminski at 933-8135.




Thanks,


Michael Kaminski

Guidance Counselor P-Z

Avon Lake High School

440.933.8135 Option 3

@ALHSGuidance