Landstown Middle School- The Shield

November 18, 2022

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Greetings Lancer Families,

November 18, 2022


As we approach the Thanksgiving Holidays, we want to give thanks to all our staff, students, and families who support the Lancer Community. We truly are thankful for our Lancer families, and all the love and support you show us each day! We hope everyone has a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends next week. As a reminder, next Wednesday, November 23, is an adjusted dismissal at 1:45 PM, and schools are closed November 24-25. The next edition of “The Shield,” is scheduled for Friday, December 2, so we want to make sure we say, “Happy Thanksgiving,” to all our Lancer families since we will not send out “The Shield,” next week due to the holiday.


We are pleased to announce that 855 students earned Honor Roll for Quarter 1. In 6th grade, 31 students earned Principal's List and 267 students earned Honor Roll. In 7th grade, 49 students earned Principal’s list and 224 students earned Honor Roll. In 8th grade, 60 students earned Principal’s List and 224 students earned Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students who earned Principal’s List and Honor Roll! We are so proud of your achievement! Thank you to all our staff and parents/guardians for working with your students and providing guidance and support!


In closing, we want to congratulate Abby Bowman, Madelynn Turner, and James-Albert Williams for their selection as the LMS Digital Citizenship Contest winners. We had 37 students participate and their entries were chosen as a finalist for our school. Each of their entries will enter the 2022 VBCPS Digital Citizen Contest competition with other school winners. We are so proud of all 37 students who participated and we wish our winners the best of luck in the district competition. As always, if your family needs assistance, if you have any questions, or if you need to schedule an appointment, please contact the school during office hours at 757-648-4750. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of “The Shield.” Have a great weekend Lancers and “Happy Thanksgiving!”


  • The next edition of “The Shield” is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday next week.

  • The VBCPS Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School is hosting an Open house on Monday, November 21, beginning at 6PM at First Colonial High School. All 8th grade families/students interested in applying for the Legal Studies Academy are encouraged to attend.

  • Thursday, November 23, is an adjusted dismissal. Dismissal is at 1:45 PM

  • Schools are closed November 24-25 for Thanksgiving Break.

  • LMS was recently named a recipient of the 2022-2023 Virginia Purple Star Designation 2nd Award for our dedication in the support of Military Connected Students.

  • Congratulations to Ms. Amanda Dudley, our office associate, on this week’s “I Make a Difference,” Award.

  • The PTSA Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, from 8AM-12PM. There are over 30 vendors and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. If you are looking for holiday gifts, this is a great event. Please come and support our PTSA on December 10. Please see the flier below.

  • The Office for Diversity,Equity and Inclusion (DEI) would like to announce that the 2023 African American Male Summit (AAMS) will be held at Tallwood High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8:00-1:00 PM. The summit is open to all VBCPS middle and high school students who identify as males. There will be a leadership retreat for selected students on Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 9:00-1:00 PM. Additional information is forthcoming.

  • The School Board approved an adjusted dismissal day for all students on Friday, January 27.

  • Parents, a reminder that last year the 23-24 school year calendar was approved, which included a Pre-Labor Day start for students. For long-range planning purposes, please note the first day of school for the 23-24 school year is Monday, August 28.

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The Legal Studies Academy- Open House

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Landstown PTSA Membership-Our goal is 100%. Please consider joining-membership fee $8

Options:

1. Click here for the pdf form to print and send in with $8

2. Go to the member hub store: https://landstownmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store and complete digitally.

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Digital Citizenship winners- Abby Bowman, Madelynn Turner, and James-Albert Williams

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School Planning Council

School Planning Council-We need you!

Landstown Middle School is actively seeking interested staff, parents, and community members to serve on the School Planning Council. Council Members include administrators, teachers, and parents/community members. The role of the School Planning Council is to support and promote Landstown’s Plan for Continuous Improvement. This offers participants the opportunity to work together to meet Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ goals and objectives to prepare students to succeed as learners, workers, and citizens.

Our first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th. Future meeting times may be adjusted based on participant need and availability.

No prior experience is needed, and our collaborative sessions will be facilitated by our Assistant Principal, Jennifer Baxter. Please consider bringing insight to our School Planning Council and join us. Use the link above or here to indicate your interest.

I Make A Difference!- Ms. Amanda Dudley

This individual’s work is mostly done behind the scenes, but she plays a huge role in day-to-day requirements for all students and staff. She is the first smiling face you see in the main office and always takes the time to ask you about your day. She checks in with us regularly throughout the day regarding student attendance and often fixes any mistakes that we have made. So on behalf of the entire department we thank you for helping us and making our jobs easier. Mrs. Dudley, you Make a Difference here at Landstown Middle!

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Winter 1 Athletic Schedule- games start at 5:30 pm unless noted. See Online ticket sales below as well.

Please contact our Student Activities Coordinator, Colleen Clukey, at colleen.clukey@vbschools.com if you have any further questions. We look forward to an amazing year filled with sports and activities! https://landstownmsstudentactivities.weebly.com/

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Landstown Middle-Tardy policy

News from the LMS Clinic:

The year has gotten off to a very busy start here in our clinic. We are getting to know many of our 6th grade students and it’s great to see our 7th and 8th graders pop in to say “hello” now and then! A few reminders as we make our way into the second marking period:

  • Please keep your child home when they are ill. Colds, flu, RSV, and Covid continue to be the main illnesses we are seeing in the clinic. As a reminder, fever is not the only indicator of illness. Giving your child cold/flu remedies only masks the illness but does not prevent them from spreading germs to classmates, teachers, and staff. Please protect our entire Lancer community and keep your student at home if they are feeling unwell.

  • 7th Grade Hearing and Vision Screening: State-mandated hearing and vision screening for all 7th grade students will take place on November 28th and 29th during P.E. If your child wears glasses, make sure they bring them to school those days.

  • 6th Grade Students: Did you know that your child needs to have their Tdap and Meningococcal conjugate vaccines prior to the start of 7th grade? When your child visits their healthcare provider this year make sure they get these two vaccines then bring their updated shot record to the school. This will make entry into 7th grade a breeze!

  • Per VBCPS School Board Policy, students may not carry any medication and cannot take any medication at school (including over-the-counter meds) without a doctor’s order. The medication must be brought to school by a parent, guardian, or designee, and kept in the clinic along with the order. Medication forms can be found here and here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to care for your students,

Andrea Uhler, RN

Clinic Nurse

Jennifer Trembley, EMT

Clinic Assistant


Thank you Katelyn Bodge, our school psychologist, for all you do for our students and community!

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Pastries with the Principal

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SchoolCash Online

To make it easier for you to pay for your child’s school items and fees, our online payment system, SchoolCash Online, we will be sending out an email.

If you are a parent or legal guardian in the school’s Student Information System and you don’t yet have a SchoolCash Online account with that email address, you will receive an automated invitation from SchoolCash Online to create one. You can always create an account at any time by visiting https://vbschools.schoolcashonline.com/. More VBCPS schools will be using SchoolCash Online this year.

If you are a parent or legal guardian in the school’s Student Information System, and if you already have a SchoolCash Online account with that email address, but you haven’t yet linked your student(s) to your account, you will receive an automated email from SchoolCash Online for each unlinked child. This email will ask you to confirm that you want the system to automatically connect your child to your account.

For SchoolCash Parent Help Desk assistance, visit https://vbschools.schoolcashonline.com/support or call 1-866-961-1803.

WORTH REPEATING-ALL Information Below has been shared in earlier editions of "The Shield"

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Gifted @ Landstown Middle

Please see the attached flyers for information regarding how students are referred for gifted services in VBCPS. Notice there are separate flyers for Grades 2-7 and Grades 8-12.

Grades 2-7

Grades 8-12


Applications for the Gifted Dance and Visual Arts Programs are due by February 1, 2023.

Parents interested in referring their child for gifted services can contact our gifted resource teacher at AshleyM.Smith@vbschools.com to begin the application process.

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Sa'Deria Brace, MSW, LCSW CYBC – MFLC Landstown MS

Hello there!! My name is Sa'Deria Brace and I am beyond excited to be your Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC). I have provided counseling to children and families within the public school system for over 7

years. As a military child myself, working in the capacity as a MFLC has become even more rewarding. Military children have unique needs and challenges and I am here to help provide resources to navigate those issues. My duty as your MFLC is to collaborate with your family to build resilience to persevere.

If you would like further information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We can connect in person or by phone. I can be reached at 757-350-9165.

I look forward to collaborating with you and your family!


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Canvas (Learning Management System)-What is it? & How do I navigate it?

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AVID Corner-Tips to help support your student at home!

  1. Ensure that your student’s binder is organized and prepared for class everyday (papers placed in the appropriate sections, pockets emptied, table of contents filled out, etc.)

  2. Check your student’s planner and class calendars for assignment/assessment dates

  3. Encourage your student to review their class notes to engage in the focused note taking process

Cell Phone Policy (SB Reg. 3-65.1)

As we head into a new school year, you should be aware of a recent policy change approved by the school board regarding cell phones at school. We have received overwhelming feedback from our stakeholders, including students, teachers, administrators, parents and school board members on the negative impact of cell phones and ear buds on student engagement, participation, and learning in the classroom. As a result, student use of personal cell phones, personal communication devices and accessories, such as earbuds, or personal wireless headphones are prohibited during instructional time and in instructional settings. These items must be stored in a backpack or similar personal bag, teacher designated areas within the instructional setting, lockers, or in a personal vehicle. Such items should not be kept on the person or in the clothing of a student as doing so allows students to access the device with ease.

The Department of School Leadership, in working with school principals, may establish restrictions specific to the elementary, middle and high school levels as necessary to prevent disruption of the educational environment. If it is necessary to contact your child during the school day, call your school’s main office. Should students need to contact a parent or guardian, they should use the main office phone. Please reference Policy (3-65) and Regulation 3-65.1, for additional details.

We realize this change may cause some anxiety for your child, and perhaps even yourself. Many factors were considered when making this decision. What we know is that cell phones and ear buds have created a significant disruption to the educational environment, are not conducive to productive learning experiences and are often the source of disciplinary intervention.

The information about this policy update can be found on VBschools.com. Thank you for playing an important and supportive role to ensure a highly engaged, student-centered learning environment for all students.

So what does the cell phone policy mean at the middle school level?

All middle school students are required to power off their personal cell phone, Smart Watch and other personal communication devices before entering the building and may not activate until students are dismissed at the end of the school day. Throughout the school day, students must store communication devices as well as AirPods or any other bluetooth devices in their assigned locker. Bookbags must also be stored in their assigned lockers during the school day. This policy is a proactive approach to actively engaging students in learning, preserving instructional time, and to reducing behaviors that interfere with the learning environment. If it is necessary to contact your child during the school day, call our main office. Should students need to contact a parent or guardian, they must use the main office phone. Please reference Policy (3-65) and Regulation 3-65.1, for additional details.


Thank you for playing an important and supportive role to ensure a highly engaged, student-centered learning environment for all students.


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Dismissal Procedures

Please know we will most likely experience a delay in our dismissal process this week as elementary schools adjust to their dismissal schedules. Expect that students may arrive home 15 – 30 minutes late in some cases.


For parent pick-up, please use the traffic flow graphic below to assist in safely and efficiently getting your student to you.

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Bus Location App-Empowering Parents!

During the school year, use this app to locate your child's bus. More information here: https://www.vbschools.com/parents/bus_schedules___transportation/busapp

6th Grade Parent Meetings from August

If you missed the meetings, please access our recorded meeting linked below or the presentation, also linked below. If you have any remaining concerns, please feel free to contact us at 757-648-4750 with questions.


Parent Information Meeting - video

Parent Information Meeting - slides

Landstown Middle School Hours

Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday 9AM-4:45PM


Student Hours: (First Day: Tuesday September 6th)


  • 9:35am to 4:15pm

Landstown PTSA Membership-Our goal is 100%. Please consider joining-membership fee $8

Options:

1. Click here for the pdf form to print and send in with $8

2. Go to the member hub store: https://landstownmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store and complete digitally.