Messages from the Middle

Lowell Middle School October Newsletter Volume 1

Upcoming Events at LMS

  • 10/11 End of first grading period
  • 10/16 PSAT testing for 7th and 8th grades
  • 10/18 1st quarter progress reports posted in Skyward
  • 10/21 No school...Parent/Teacher conferences 12:15-7:45
  • 10/22 Picture Re-takes
  • 11/1 No school...fall break

Thank You Fundraiser Participants!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all our students and families who took part in our cookie dough fundraiser. All your hard work helped to raise over five thousand dollars for our students! This money helps pay for student rewards, materials, awards such as trophies and plaques, the eighth grade dance and eighth grade t-shirts. We couldn't do any of these things without your help! As of now, the expected delivery date of the cookie dough is Thursday, October 17th from 3:30-6:00. Once I get this confirmed, I will send out an email to our families. Student prizes should be announced next week. Again, thank you!

Peer Mentors Support Social Emotional Learning

We know sixth grade can be a tough adjustment. Learning how to do middle school...new teachers, new friends, lockers, and a much larger building can be scary. This year 31 eighth grade students are trying to make the move to middle school easier for our sixth graders. Peer mentors or "eighth grade buddies" are working with sixth grade students during the Thursday family time period. Each mentor works with a small group on different activities to help them with topics such as responsibility, making and keeping friends, preventing bullying, and dealing with negative peer pressure. So far our sixth graders have really enjoyed bonding with their eighth grade buddies. Having someone to talk to who is just a little bit older and has been through the sixth grade adjustment has been a really positive support for our students. Mr. Lembcke, the eighth grade mentor leader and Ms. Duttweiler our school's guidance counselor are working hard to develop great topics and questions to help guide discussions. Thank you to our awesome mentors for working hard and continuing to be great role models for our sixth grade students!

Safe Pick Up Practices

Please remember that student pick up or drop off is at the back (west) side of the building. It is important to pull up all the way to the sign outside of door 3 when you are at the front of the line. This makes the process go much faster and is safer for our students. We know that the wait can get long, especially when multiple sports are leaving at the same time, but if all parents follow this system the line will go much faster.

Dress Code

The dress code here at LMS is shoulders to mid-thigh must be covered. Holes in jeans above mid-thigh that are not patched are a dress code violation. If your child wears pants or jeans that have holes or tears above mid-thigh, please have them wear leggings or tights under their jeans. Patches either sewn in or ironed on, are another option to cover the tear. Students not following dress code will be loaned a pair of clean gym shorts to wear during the school day. Thank you for your help in this matter.

PBIS focus for October...Follow Directions

In order to give our students "voice and choice" over our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, Mr. Nannenga met with our student council representatives to discuss and plan our next area of focus. Usually our PBIS focus is on the area of greatest need for behavior interventions according to our discipline data from the previous month. An overview of the data was shared with student council, and then a behavior focus and message was discussed and agreed upon. Next, our Technology Desk Helpers will be designing signs to remind students of our new monthly PBIS theme. Including our students in analyzing our areas for improvement and then having students design the slogan and signs that help support positive behavior has been a great way to include student input in decision making here at LMS.
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What are the Learning Outcomes and Why do They Matter?

The New Tech Network Learning Outcomes are five research-based outcomes designed to allow teachers to assess students based on a holistic picture of their skills while meeting state academic requirements. In collaboration with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), NTN developed a set of rubrics for each outcome aligned to college readiness standards. The NTN model creates a different learning environment for students and teachers modeled to reflect the realities of the working world. This transparent weighted grading of skills pulls back the curtain on the strengths and challenges of each student, providing valuable insight to parents, teachers, and the students themselves.

Through NTN’s learning management platform, Echo, teachers are able to more thoughtfully assess and collect data on student performance. Teachers provide feedback on both content knowledge and the skills needed for college and career readiness. New Tech Network students often highlight Agency, or the combination of academic mindsets and the ability to take ownership over one’s learning, as a key differentiator when compared to peers at non-NTN schools. Teachers and school leaders learn through valuable professional development, project resources, and personalized coaching to set their students up with the best possible chance to succeed. The Network ensures educators are prepared to lead cutting-edge project-based learning as they transform their school culture – because students deserve schools that take advantage of every opportunity for better learning.

Quantile Measure...What Exactly Does That Measure?

Parents and Guardians,

As you review your students’ ILEARN results, you may notice the Quantile measure provided on the score report. The Quantile measure is different from the scale score. It is a score of your student’s ability as measured against the Quantile Framework® for Mathematics, as determined independently by MetaMetrics®. The Quantile measure is an additional piece of information to help identify student readiness to engage with new mathematical content. A great parent guide that explains this measurement tool can be found at the following link: https://metametricsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SEA-Quantile-Parent-Guide.pdf . Additionally, this guide has great links to find additional resources to help your child improve his or her math skills!

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