Middle School Message
August 19, 2022
Our mission: We are a community of learners inspiring each child to explore, grow, and achieve.
Message from the Principal
We survived! The first two days of school went really well. We appreciate your patience at pick up and drop off times. Learning new driving patterns each school year can be a challenge and we appreciate everyone's patience and flexibility.
As a reminder, school lunches are no longer free to all students this year. Please make sure your child has money on his or her account (information below) or fill out a Free and Reduced lunch application (also below).
Our sixth graders have been participating in "boot camp" where they are learning all about how to be a middle schooler. If your sixth grade student hasn't mentioned too much about academics yet, that might be why! Spending time at the beginning of the year reviewing routines and expectations will hep the rest of their year go more smoothly though.
Monday, the students will participate in class meetings where Mr. Boland and I will review all the school rules and procedures with them. There are a few I would like to highlight for parents so we can all work together for a smooth school year.
Cell Phones: Students are not permitted to have their phone out during the school day. Phones are expected to be in their backpack or locker. Students who need to contact a parent for any reason are always allowed to come to the office and call home. The reverse is true as well. If you need to get a message to your child, you may call the office at (740)928-8330 and we will deliver that message to them.
Beverages: We had several students arrive with Starbucks or McDonalds beverages this week. I'd like to remind parents that students are only permitted to have water to drink in class during the school day--no beverages from restaurants, bottles of pop, energy drinks, or other drinks are permitted. If your child has one of these beverages in the car at drop off time, please have them finish their drink and/or leave it in your car. It will not be permitted into the building. We do have water bottle fillers located throughout the building for your child's convenience.
Dress Code: No crop tops, excessive rips or tears in pants, or spaghetti strap tank tops. Aside from those few clothing items, the kids looked great the first two days. Keep it up! The full dress code is further down in this newsletter if you have other questions.
Tonight is our first home HS Football game. We hope to see lots of your faces there! Just a reminder that tickets are $7 and must be purchased online before arrival. There are passes available for students who want to attend events throughout the year. The link for those is below.
Table Talk: Questions to Get Your Kid Talking
What teachers seems really fun so far?
What teacher helped you the most?
Who did you sit with at lunch?
Did you get lost or was it easy to find your classes?
What did you do during Leaders and Learners?
What do you wish you'd done differently today?
Parent Teacher Organization
Miss Maya Norris
Maya loves being a teacher and being able to invest in kids. She is very crafty--she can quilt, crochet, and more! She also loves to travel to national parks across the country.
Maya is most excited to teach students through experiments and hands-on labs.
Repeat Information (everything below was shared last week)
Important Back to School Information
Annual Registration--Final Forms
It's time to update your student(s) annual registration forms. We must have accurate and current contact information every year to be sure we can communicate with you about your child's learning and progress as well as in case of an illness or emergency.
We are now using Final Forms for all of our student registration, information, and communication. You should have received an email with directions on how to login. For additional information and directions on how to register, visit https://www.lakewoodlocal.k12.oh.us/backtoschool.aspx.
To get started, visit https://lakewoodlocal-oh.finalforms.com/. For any additional questions, please contact Debbie Bowman, Central Registration Secretary, at 740-928-1915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pay your child's $40 student fee online at the link below.
If you prefer, you can pay with cash or check as well. Make checks payable to Lakewood Local Schools.
Fees should be paid by the first week of school.
Free and Reduced Meals/Feel Waiver
Unfortunately, as the pandemic winds down, student meals will no longer be free for all students. However, the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program will still be available.
Regular price - $1.50; Reduced price - 30¢
Regular price - $3.00; Reduced price - 40¢
Milk - 50¢ for all
Your child may qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches. If you think your child qualifies, please fill out an application and return it to your child's school or complete the on-line application below. You only need to fill out one application per household.
ProgressBook and Schedules
Student schedules were created over the summer to accommodate student's academic needs and desired Unified Arts electives. While we take student preference into account for electives, please note that you may see an elective on your child's schedule s/he didn't sign up for. Please encourage your child to try something new and keep an open mind. Unfortunately we do not do schedule changes unless your child's schedule is broken (meaning it is missing a core class).
You can view your child's schedule, grades, and attendance in ProgressBook. ProgressBook should be live and active for the year at this time. Once you log in, click "Schedule" under Student Information. You will then be able to see the assigned classes on the left and the teacher's name on the right. Throughout the school year, you'll also be able to view current grades and assignments anytime!
For parents/guardians who are new ProgressBook users, please click the link below to read the information under ProgressBook Parent Access. If you need a registration key to create a new account or you have trouble logging in, our school secretary, Mrs. Robinson, will be happy to assist. You may contact her at email@example.com or call the school at 740-928-8330.
Note: New account registration keys will be available Friday, August 12th in the afternoon.
Lakewood Athletic Events
We encourage all students to attend athletic events and support their friends and classmates. Middle school students gain FREE entry to all middle school athletic events. However, they are required to purchase tickets to attend high school events. New last year, all tickets must be purchased online (no cash at the gate). If you child plans to attend high school athletic events, please pre-purchase their tickets here: https://www.lakewoodlocal.k12.oh.us/LancerAthletics.aspx
Parent Drop Off and Pick Up
Drop Off (AM)
Parents should enter the parking lot using the east entrance (immediately beside the football field) and drive straight back. Parents who arrive before 7:15 am should proceed back to the gravel parking lot and park. Please do not let your child out of your car prior to 7:15 as there will be no adults to supervise them. For parents arriving after 7:15 am, students will be dropped off along the sidewalk on the east side of the building and parents will exit behind the stadium. This allows the front of the building to be clear for the buses.
Pick Up (PM)
Parents can pick up in the gravel parking lot behind the stadium. Please be mindful of other students exiting the building. Parents can exit the parking lot behind the stadium and the baseball field onto Lancer Drive once they have their child.
Students are dismissed from the building beginning at 2:28. We stagger our dismissal to control the flow of traffic in the hallways. The last students are dismissed at 2:30.
Wondering about 2a/2b and 7a/7b? To provide our students the best instruction, Math and English classes are blocked for a period and a half. So your child's schedule may show math for 1, 2a for example and then English for 2b, 3.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "Recent research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities may increase students' sense of engagement or attachment to their school, and thereby decrease the likelihood of school failure and dropping out (Lamborn et al, 1992; Finn, 1993)." Here at LMS, we encourage all students to find at least one activity to become involved in. We have plenty of offerings for them! Here is a list of many of our offerings so you can begin talking to your child about what they may want to try this year:
Choir (Class and after-school)
After School Clubs:
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math)
National Junior Honor Society
ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
Committed to Practice by Completing Every Assignment
At Lakewood Middle School, we do not accept incomplete assignments. Our teachers spend time crafting assignments designed to help your child learn and grow. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that every child complete every assignment. We will provide them the extra time (or practice) they need to complete every assignment.
If you child has a missing assignment or an assignment that needs additional practice, then he or she will be placed on the ICU list. What does this mean?
- As a parent, you will receive a notification.
- Students are given the opportunity to complete the assignment on their own.
- Students are provided additional time within the school day (during Leaders and Learners or lunch typically). During this time, they will be provided with help by one of our ICU Lifeguards who will support them in assignment completion.
- If needed, you as the parent have the option to request that your child stay after school with one of our lifeguards for more assistance.
- As a parent, you will receive an additional notice when your child has completed the work.
ICU is not meant to be punitive or embarrassing to any student. It is designed to help every child succeed. It also means no surprises for Mom or Dad when it is time to check grades on Progressbook. You should already be aware if your child has been struggling to turn work in on time or completely done.
Middle School Dress Code
I have been flagged down by multiple students and parents this past week with questions regarding the dress code. Here is the dress code from the Student Handbook to keep in mind as your child is getting dressed each morning.
The Lakewood Local School District is preparing students to be career and college ready. Middle School students are expected to practice good personal hygiene and be dressed and groomed appropriately for the middle school setting. Any form of dress or appearance which is considered contrary to good personal hygiene, is distractive, disruptive, or otherwise deemed inappropriate by the administration for the school community, is strictly prohibited:
● Pajama pants
● Short tops (showing bare stomach), low cut tops, tank tops/muscle shirts, spaghetti straps (3 inches)
● Transparent clothing
● No jewelry with spikes (plastic or metal) or sharp edges
● Chains are not to be worn as an accessory to clothing
● Cut-off T-shirts are not permitted
● Fishnet jerseys should be worn only with a T-shirt underneath
● Advertising on clothing, such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is NOT permitted
● Clothing that contains sexual content, messages and/or innuendos
● Clothing that depicts violence or is associated with gang activity (including bandanas)
● Sun glasses
● Pants are not to be worn below the waist/no undergarments should be visible
● Any attire deemed inappropriate by administration
● Hats, bandanas and other non-religious head coverings including hoods are not permitted in the building
● Any attire that causes a disruption to the educational process
● No slippers or flip-flops
● Clothing should not have excessive tears or holes
Outdoor apparel (coats, vests and jackets) should be placed in the student’s locker for the duration of the day. Students who consider the building to be cold should wear sweaters, sweatshirts, or an over shirt. Students who violate the dress code will be referred to the Assistant Principal’s office. Attempts to secure appropriate clothing from home or borrow from the office will be made. According to the administrator in charge, students dressed inappropriately may be subject to disciplinary action. Repeat violators may face more severe consequences
Lancer PRIDE has teamed up with Kona Ice again this year for some sweet treats each month! Kona Ice will be at our building on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
The names of 30 students who earn Lancer PRIDE certificates each month will be pulled to receive a free Kona Ice during lunchtime. All middle school students will have the opportunity to make a purchase as well. A link to pre-pay for your child will be included in this newsletter monthly.
Lakewood Middle School
Mrs. Corum--Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Boland--Assistant Principal, email@example.com
Mrs. Robinson--Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Raymond--School Counselor, email@example.com
Mrs. Morrison--District Nurse, firstname.lastname@example.org