Principal's Message

Weekly Update January 18th

Contact Information

Matt Shepler, Principal

Takiyah Benson, Assistant Principal

Richard Petroske, Assistant Principal

Ann Ferkler, 8th Grade Counselor

Kia McKinney, 7th Grade Counselor

David Gibbons, 6th Grade Counsleor

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A Message from Mr. Shepler

Dear Lockerman Middle School families,

Last Thursday and Friday, all LMS students were to complete the i-Ready ELA mid-year assessment from 8 AM- 9:20 AM. Next week, on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 25-26), students will be completing the i-Ready Math mid-year assessment. The schedule for i-Ready testing is posted below.

Early next week, I will be sending out School Messenger emails and phone calls to parents of students identified as needing additional interventions and support due to low grades. Some students will be assigned to a Focus study hall class while others will be required to meet weekly during an assigned teachers flex time. We are working tirelessly to come up with creative ways to offer support to those students that are struggling academically.

I do want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to all of our students that are showing their PRIDE each and everyday. As of this morning, we have 53% of students passing all of their classes. We are proud of each of you for continuing to persevere during this challenging time. We will continue to recognize your achievements through positive office referrals and "Student of the Month" nominations.

A few upcoming events:

- Jan. 25th- Citizen's Advisory Council Meeting

- Jan. 25th and Jan. 26th- i-Ready Math Mid-Year Diagnostic Assessment

- Jan. 28th- Half Day of School for Students (End of Quarter 2)

- Jan. 29th- No School for Students

- Feb. 4th- Q2 Report Cards Issued

- Feb. 5th- Q2 PBIS Incentive (Focus)

- Feb. 10th- Half-Day of School

- Feb. 15th - President's Day (No School)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.


Matt Shepler


Lockerman Middle School

Thursday, Jan. 28th- Half Day of School

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Monday, Jan. 25th and Tuesday, Jan. 26th- i-Ready Math (Delay Schedule)

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January A Day/B Day Calendar

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Google Support

There have been opportunities for parent support offered by Lindsey Grow, CCPS Instructional Technology Teacher Specialist but we know that many are busy. Here are some resources that both parents and students can use if you are still experiencing difficulties with all the Google Suite tools.

Google Tools PD

Student View- How to turn in assignments (video)

Google Classroom- Cheat Sheet for Students

Please let me know if you have any issues with these links.

SGA Toy Drive

Lockerman Middle School’s Student Government Association (SGA) held a successful toy drive in December, for Benedictine students who were unable to be with their families during the holiday. Under the leadership of Mr. Shane Hynson and Mrs. Takiyah Benson, SGA members collected gently used toys from teachers, staff and students. Mr. Hynson delivered them to our campus just before Christmas. Benedictine is very grateful to everyone who showed their Christmas Spirit by supporting Lockerman Middle School’s SGA toy drive!

A Message from Food Services

Food Services has advised that when schools are scheduled to be closed for students, the delivery on the day before will include extra meals. Upcoming closed days are:

  • Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Jan. 29 No school for students

  • Feb. 15 Presidents Day

For information about school meal delivery, please visit the CCPS website or call Food Services at 410-479-3261.

2021-22 School Year Calendar

The district is in the process of developing the 2021-2022 school year calendar. Three

options are being considered by the Board of Education. A survey has been developed

in order for staff, families and community to help inform the Board’s final decision.

Please visit the CCPS website’s calendar page for more information about calendar

development, and to view the three options being considered. (A comparison chart of

the three options is provided, followed by the draft calendars.)

Once the calendar options have been viewed and considered, please take the

survey to provide feedback.

Citizen's Advisory Council

Our next Citizens Advisory Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 25th at 6 PM. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me directly at The agenda for the meeting is posted below.
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Family Life Letter- Repost

Health classes are preparing to begin the Family Life and Human Sexuality unit. The curriculum that is taught is prescribed by the Maryland State Health Curriculum and COMAR 13A.04.18. By the end of this unit, students will be able to use human development knowledge, social skills, and health enhancing strategies to promote positive relationships and health growth and development throughout the life cycle. We encourage families to discuss information shared in class with your student.

Concepts covered in this unit:

Healthy Relationships and Consent

Anatomy and Physiology

Sexual Orientation and Identity

Sexually Explicit Media

Gender Identity and Expression

Harassment, Teasing, and Bullying

Sexual Health (7th and 8th only)

If you do not want your student to participate in Family Life and Human Sexuality Education lessons and would like them to complete an alternative health education assignment, please contact your student’s teacher in writing to request opt-out form.

Old Riverview Band Merchandise- Repost

"Hello Lockerman community!

My name is Emma Brestensky and I am the new band director at LMS. During this time of quarantining, I have worked hard to take inventory and clean out the various storage locations in the band room. While I was doing this, I came across some boxes of gear from the Riverview days. This gear is clean besides an extended stay in my storage room, and was found in plastic bags hung up nicely. I wanted to share this discovery with the community and am giving away this merchandise for free! There are sweaters, polos, and old marching band uniforms from the days of blue and gold. If you are interested in owning any of this gear for yourself or family members that are rooted deeply in the program, an order form will be attached to this newsletter. There, you will be able to view all of the available items and order your own on a first come, first served basis. Spread the word! These one of a kind pieces of our school's and community's history are available to anyone interested. Any questions, please send me an email at"

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News from the LMS School Based Health Center (SBHC)- Repost

COVID-19 or Influenza (Flu)?

How to tell the difference...

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So what do you do if you think you have the flu or COVID-19? Increase fluids, rest - stay away from others - call your doctor!

Talk with your medical provider about treatment and any need for testing. Testing is widely available -- including at your School Based Health Center (SBHC)

Contact Kelly Davis, SBHC nurse practitioner with Choptank Community Health, at LMS 410-479-3075 or NCHS 410-479-4653 to discuss the options for your student

Wellness for Students- Repost

In order to motivate students to remain active during the winter months of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Wellness Committee is encouraging students to complete the following activity:

Please create and upload a video of you demonstrating your favorite exercise activity or dance to FlipGrid to share with everyone. If you are someone who loves to cook, please upload your healthy recipe. You can share more than one video. Check back often to see what others have shared as well!!

Directions to upload video:

Log onto

Click Enter Join Code

Enter wellnesslms

Select Join with Google (reminder you must use your school google account)

Follow the directions to upload your video

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