Legg Middle School

March 2020 News and Notes

LMS Update

This week brought the unexpected closing of our district from March 16-April 5. We will continue to get information out to families as soon as we have it.

We look forward to welcoming students back as soon as possible. The third quarter report cards will be mailed home this week. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take precautions to remain healthy and safe. Enjoy a look at the recent events at LMS!

March Students of the Month

LMS Hosts Run for Your Life Simulation for One School, One Book Project

On March 11th our students at Legg Middle School were able to experience a journey of a refugee with the help of an organization outside the Chicago area called Exodus World Service. During the day, all students worked with a paper/pencil simulation, selecting 10 items to take with them on their journey. During the simulation there were many scenarios where they lost their items, or they had to use them to bribe smugglers or board crossing guards to get to their next destination. This was a very engaging activity teaching the students what the journey of a refugee might entail.

The evening of March 11th, parents and students were invited to join a more interactive journey of a refugee. This simulation is where families had to pay off smugglers (volunteers), sit in actual rubber boats, fill out paperwork to cross the border and finally reach a refugee camp, where they crammed into an overpopulated tent. This was an intense, but eye-opening, experience.

To conclude our One School, One Book project this year, we collected goods that will benefit new refugees who have come to the United States. As a school we collected over 500 items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, and diapers. This was an outstanding effort made by our students. Thank you to everyone who donated goods or time to make this amazing event possible!

"America and Me" Essay Winners

This year our 8th grade students were invited to take part in an essay contest sponsored by the Farm Buereau Insurance. The “America and Me” essay contest asked students to write about a person who has made a big difference in their lives. The first place winner’s essay will be submitted to the state competition. The following students were the winners: 1st place: Kayleigh Boyd, 2nd Place: Ayat Alsoofi and 3rd place: Kimberli Rivera-Tovar. Congratulations!

LMS Quiz Bowl

Legg Middle School hosted their 3rd annual quiz Bowl this year Saturday, February 29th.

We had 8 schools competing in the 3 grade level competitions for a total of 25 teams. An Arena Style event was held, with 5 students competing to find answers. Legg had one 8th grade team and one 6th grade team competing, both teams took first place in their divisions. The eighth grade team consists of Dawson, Brown, Grady Brockway, Rayce Johnson, Eric Rucker, and Ian Stough. The sixth grade team was made up of Max Garn, Sebastion Ocampo, Pablo Ocampo, Michael Wright, and Cayden Wood.

LMS Band Earns Division 1 Ratings

On Saturday, March 7th, the 7th and 8th Grade Bands competed at Band Festival at Marshall High School. Both Bands performed beautifully and received Division 1 ratings from the judges. This is the highest rating the bands can earn at Band Festival. Both bands will receive blue medals for their accomplishment as well as a plaque acknowledging their hard work.

Congratulations 7th and 8th Grade Band on a job well done! The 7th and 8th Grade Bands are under the direction of Aaron Wood.

Learning is Fun at LMS!

Mrs. Asher's Coding Class

Coding Class

Mr. Johnson's Woods & Technology Class

Spring Testing

During the spring all students take the M-Step, Michigan's state assessment. All 8th grade students will also take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT is April 14. We encourage students to get a good night's sleep and to eat a good breakfast before any of their tests! Check out the M-Step testing dates below.

Spring Test Dates

April 14--PSAT 8

April 16--8th Grade Social Studies M-Step

April 21--8th Grade Science M-Step

April 28--7th Grade English M-Step

April 30--7th Grade Math M-Step

May 7--6th Grade English M-Step

May 12--6th Grade Math M-Step

Cardinal Pride

The theme for March is trustworthiness. Students caught exhibiting the trait of being trustworthy earn a ticket that can be entered into a drawing for prizes. April's theme is to show respect for the environment and our community.

March Growth Mindset--Mistakes Are Opportunities for Learning

In March we made efforts to normalize mistakes in the classroom. In the growth mindset, making mistakes and overcoming obstacles in learning are just a part of the path to mastery. But all too often, the fear of making mistakes keeps students from taking on challenges. We learned ways to re-frame student mistakes as valuable learning opportunities as well as offer ideas for coaching students through setbacks.

Learning shouldn't be neat; learning is messy and full of peaks and pitfalls and two steps forward and one step back. In the growth mindset, you don't just anticipate mistakes, you embrace them as an integral part of the learning process. We also discussed strategies for creating opportunities for "productive struggle" in the classroom.

Social Media Parent Resources

The website nationalonlinesafety.com provides information and resources for parents on a variety of social media sites popular with students. We wanted to share this resource so parents can learn about the sites students are using on a regular basis. As an example, we will highlight TikTok, a popular site among teens. For a parent resource guide, please go to this link: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub/view/guide/what-parents-need-to-know-about-tiktok?product=

To find additional guides, parents can go to this link: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides and create a free account. These are great resources to learn about the many social media apps that are currently available to teens.

Skyward: Family Access

Did You Know...

Families can access important information about their students through Skyward's Family Access. For example, the grade book tab is a great way to monitor your student's learning and help support their success. Teachers can also communicate with families through Skyward.

If you aren't already connected to Skyward's Family Access, please fill out the Parent Connect form and return it to your child’s school office to get started.

NEW in Family Access

Family access has been enhanced with new features! You can now go online through Family Access to update phone numbers, view emergency contacts, add up to 10 emergency contacts, request an address change, and update a home email address. For support with Skyward, please email to parent_connect@ccscards.org, or call the Administrative Service Center at 517.279.5910 and ask for Michelle Burkhardt.
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Upcoming Events

April 6-10--Spring Break

April 13--Classes Resume

April 14--PSAT for 8th Grade Students

April 24--4th Quarter Progress Reports