THE PIONEER PRESS (January)
Croswell Lexington Middle School - January 2023
ALERT: CALENDAR CHANGE
It's hard to believe that our school year will reach the halfway mark during this month. As semester two approaches we look forward to new opportunities while celebrating the many great things that our students and staff have accomplished together during semester one. In spite of the short amount of time that we had together in December, it was packed full of academic progress and pioneer pride.
In December CLMS students worked together to provide local families in need with gifts and food items to sustain them throughout the holidays. The effort put forth by Mrs. Shanks and her MJHS students was admirable. We'd like to thank all of our students and staff who contributed to such a worthy cause.
Mr. Czarnik and the CLMS band put on two outstanding shows this past month as well. The beginning band and 7th grade band wowed their audience in the CLMS gym, while the 8th grade band joined the performance at the High School in a show full of Holiday Cheer! Our students performed wonderfully, and the attention to detail was obvious.
Mr. Dahl and the PTO put on our first Activity Time of the year for our 5th grade students. There was lockout EDU sessions, floor hockey, gymnastics, karaoke, Xbox, basketball, and of course lots of popcorn, cookies, and candy. The students had a great time. We are looking forward to our upcoming Activity Time for 6th grade on January 18th.
The month of December wrapped up with our PBIS reward day! The design of this event was to incentivize positive behavior at school during the month of December. Students who had zero suspensions or less than two detentions during this period of time were rewarded for their conduct. Each grade level voted on a movie to watch during their 5th and 6th hour, while they enjoyed popcorn and a cookie provided by our PTO. Many thanks to the PTO (Hugh O'Neal, Brandi Platko, Amy Repp, and Lena Bufton) who spent countless hours popping popcorn to make it all happen.
Whats next? With 2023 upon us we'll look to hit the ground running this month. We ended a successful athletic winter season session and the second winter athletic session will begin in full force with tryouts for Boys Basketball and Cheer beginning on January 3rd.
Semester two will end on January 13th and report cards will be released on January 20th. Semester two schedules will be released to students during the week of January 9th. In addition to the excitement of the new semester, we'll be doing our second NWEA test this month and will have our next round of SEL lessons on 1/10 and 1/24.
It's been a great finish to 2022, and we are looking forward to a strong start to 2023. We are wishing all of our CLMS families a healthy and prosperous New Year. I am excited to continue the partnership with our families to help our students achieve at the highest level possible, while keeping the focus on whole child development and citizenship.
Yours in Education,
5th Grade Activity Time!
2022-2023 GENERAL INFORMATION
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Tina Gordon
Assistant Principal: Mr. Ryan Eugster
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Katelynd Watson
Counselor: Ms. Amanda Brown
Social Worker: Mrs. Victoria Simon
Counseling Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Jillian Kirkpatrick
SCHOOL HOURS - The school day begins at 8:06AM and ends at 3:00PM
HALF DAYS FOR STUDENTS - Dismissal at 11:15
EARLY RELEASE DAYS - The school day begins at 8:06 and ends at 12:45PM.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - October 18 (12PM-3PM), October 20 (4:30PM-7:30PM)
March 9 (4:30PM-7:30PM)
ARRIVAL PROCEDURE - Doors will open for students at 7:40AM. All students will enter door #5 in the morning. Students in grades 7 and 8 will wait in the West/Gym hallway for release to class at 7:58AM. Students in grades 5/6 will wait in the cafeteria for release to class at 8:00AM.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURE - All regular school days will have a 3:00PM dismissal. Students will exit doors #4 and #5 at the North/Rear parking lot area. Please be kind and gracious when entering and exiting our parking lot for the safety of all.
CALLING IN AN ABSENCE - Please make sure that you call in your student whenever they'll be absent from school. You can call and report the absence at 810-679-1410. When you call please include the Date, Student Name, Parent Name, and the reason for the absence.
Absences that are called in by a parent/guardian are considered excused absences but would still count toward the overall number of absences for the semester.
Absences that are supported by a doctor's note, or court-related absences will not count toward the overall number of absences for the semester. This documentation should be provided to the office within 48 hours of the absence.
OFFICE VISITORS - We aim to be a supportive place for our families to interact with. We will be phasing out the use of the drop off window beginning October 10th. So, if you are heading to the school to drop something off, you'll need to be buzzed in and deliver things to office personnel that way. Having said that, please assist us by helping your child prepare for school each day so that we keep visits/traffic reserved for those urgent, and elevated needs. We also may be able to save you a trip if you call first, and seek out important information that we can offer you digitally.
CHARTWELLS FOOD SERVICE - Breakfast is FREE for all students for the 2022-2023 school year. If a student wishes to have breakfast, they must eat prior to the 8AM bell. Lunch is back to the traditionally purchase lunch program. Student meals for 2022-23 are $2.75. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please fill out the linked form.
SKYWARD/BRIGHTSPACE - Please be sure to check your student's skyward and brightspace often. This is one of the best ways that they school will communicate with you about grades/progress. We will always do our best to reach out in additional ways, but parents should check these items daily to promote academic well being. We are partners with you in tracking your student's progress. Many teachers will update grades daily, but at a minimum you can find accurate and updated grades every Monday by 12pm
SKYWARD PROGRESS/GRADE WINDOWS
- Progress Report 1 - October 7, 2022
- Marking Period 1 Report Card - November 4, 2022
- Progress Report 2 - December 9, 2022
- Marking Period 2 Report Card - January 20, 2023
- Progress Report 3 - February 16, 2023
- Marking Period 3 Report Card - April 6, 2023
- Progress Report 4 - May 6th, 2023
- Marking Period 4 Report Card - June 7, 2023
Social Emotional Learning
We are excited to begin incorporating some Social Emotional Learning opportunities through Navigate360. I have linked their resource page here for you so that you can explore what it is all about. I will also let you know when I have loaded our lessons to students or what the topic will be, so that you can review it prior to the day of facilitation. At this time I have opened lessons for the month of December. You may access the exact lesson through your child's account and review them if you would like to.
Research has shown that there is an identified need for students to explicitly practice how to build positive and healthy relationships with one another. These programs will be one of the ways that we can help students to identify and regulate their emotions, and create a more fulfilling school and life experience. The overall objective? Whole child development.
The topics that we'll be going over this year at CLMS are linked HERE
From my perspective as a parent and as and educator I truly believe in the importance of whole child education through SEL pathways. In my purview these facilitated conversations and reflections should model fundamental norms and values that exist in our community. I want all parents to know that we are always going to be committed to decency, respect, and wellness for all of our stakeholders.