LMA January Newsletter
“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
― Taylor Swift
Lamberts Mill Academy Principal, Mr. Reed Leibfried, welcomes our students, staff, parents and community members to the 2024 school year! Each year, January allows us a fresh start and the overall LMA school community is ecstatic to ring the New Year in as positive a place possible!
On January 30th, 2024, the Union County Community College will be presenting at LMA to showcase exciting opportunities for our students. A special thank you to Mr. Acosta for organizing such a meaningful event for our senior students, as well as underclassmen. Mr. Leibfried and staff will be sponsoring a community based field trip to Costco in an effort to stock our school store. Our school store is utilized to promote positive behavior amongst our students through our point level sheet tracking system spearheaded by Mr. Lopreiato.
Mr. Leibfried selected five students to participate in the inaugural LMA "gym club," session. Research trends continue to show a direct correlation between physical exercise and mental/emotional health of our adolescents. Students from both our middle school and high school cohorts actively participated in the Friday morning gym session. The students successfully participated in the designed workout and practiced collaboration, supporting their peers and teamwork. The next session of "gym club," will be next Friday and will expose five new students to the activity.
Student enrollment is continuing to increase and the positive school culture being promoted by LMA staff and students is beginning to pay dividends as school level philosophies are increasing the overall learning experience for our students in a positive manner. With NJDOE assessment on the horizon, it is clear that our students are up to the challenge. It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve the LMA school community as your Principal!
LMA Student of the Month - January 2024
LMA is proud to announce our January 2024 Student of the Month, Skye G. Starting at LMA last spring they have been consistently earning points in class, and successfully utilizing the different supports within the LMA school community. Skye has achieved high academic honors for the first marking period at LMA, and is on track to secure their second honor roll achievement this marking period. We are proud of Skye and how they have been supportive to fellow peers in class, earning points in class and being a role model for younger peers at LMA.
LMA Staff Spotlight
Mr. Bell's class learning about voting.
Mr. Bell’s Social Studies classes recently spent a day focusing on free voting and the history of voting in the US. It was supported by a visit from a staff member from the Union County Board of Elections who brought a voting machine for the students to learn about and use in an election of their own. One of the many that are used in our county’s many elections, it was a touch screen unit that is currently state of the art. The county owns nearly 1,000 units to meet the needs of the county’s 21 towns.
After the discussions, the students voted for their favorite superhero - with Ironman or Batman. The ultimate result was quite close, but Ironman was the winner. It is hoped that when the students are of age they will feel more comfortable exercising their right to vote.
Mr. Peter's PE classes refine their badminton skills
For the month of January students have been working hard in the Badminton Unit. We have been covering all aspects of the game including serving, striking the birdie underhand/overhand, gameplay (singles and doubles), and game strategy. We are going to be starting our annual tournament soon with the winners receiving prizes. During the unit we have also been covering good sportsmanship, teamwork, communication, and hard work. We are very proud of how our students have been performing during this unit, and fortunate to have Mr. Leibfried and Mr. Lopreiato join in the competition.
Mrs. Finver's class learns about courage!
Students have been working in the Narrative unit. We have been exploring various story elements and strategies on how to find these elements in a text. Students have begun creating their own narratives. We have integrated our month's theme of courage by using various courage quotes and how we interpret them through grand discussions. This was compiled by creating a courage banner in our school hallway.
Learning Experiences at The Mill
Post Graduate Students continue Work Based Learning Experiences into 2024!
The post-grad students continue their outstanding work at their work-based learning experiences. Gabe continues to excel at checking for expired items at Walgreens. Additionally, Day and Blake are learning how to portion multiple different types of food at Chili’s. The post-grad students will be participating in the first ever brownie bake off against the students in Mrs. Shaw’s class (who is a teacher at Westlake) on March 5, 2024. Finally, we are looking to add two new work-based learning experiences so the students can try some new jobs. We are so incredibly proud of this group!!!
UCC Visits LMA
LMA Juniors, Seniors and Post-Graduate students had a unique opportunity to speak with a UCC representative who came to visit LMA directly. Students took part in an informational presentation regarding programming at UCC, different course programming, and how to formally apply to the college. Students also had the opportunity to ask different questions, and have an open discussion about the college. Overall, it was a wonderful experience allowing students the opportunity to learn about college, ask great questions about UCC and never have to leave the 1571 campus!
LMA students continue to 'lend a hand' at the UC Food Bank
LMA students Riley, John, Brynne and Daniel visited the Union County food bank on January 24, 2024. They moved items into storage, repacked canned and dry goods and even helped move very heavy frozen turkeys into the freezer! Every time our group visits the foodbank they are complimented for their willingness and energy. On our way back to school the group spoke of the value of their work in helping families that have food sensitivities. It was a valuable morning as everyone felt good about helping others.
LMA Monthly SEL Theme: Leadership, Courage and Unsung Heroes
The themes for the month of January included Leadership, Courage, and Unsung Heroes. The groups worked on various activities and discussions on leadership skills and acts of kindness. Groups also watched a video on everyday people performing heroic acts to help others in need. We wrapped up the month with discussions on having the courage to set limits in relationships and the importance of saying “No” when one is feeling peer pressured and the need to feel accepted. .
LMA Students Outside the Classroom
LMA send off to Mary "Raven" Francis
LMA would like to recognize Mary "Raven" Francis as her time at LMA comes to an end. It's a bittersweet moment for the LMA school community as her last day at LMA was the end of this month. She has been a student at LMA since July 2019, and has attended every ESY program since starting. She has always been a model student at LMA, possessing many leadership qualities. Often eager to greet new students and staff members, her overall positive attitude and willingness to assist will be greatly missed in the LMA hallways. Her work ethic, and eagerness to learn made her an ideal LMA student. We are proud of her progress at LMA, and wish her the best of the luck as she embarks the next chapter of her life!
School in the Community
Post-Graduate Program is fully engaged in WBL with students going to Walgreen's and Chili's on a consistent basis, while Mr. Acosta establishes new partnership with local organizations in the community for future WBL experiences.
Monthly Community Meetings to celebrate student progress and growth.
Students go out in the community to Bowlero for a field trip.
Students have been visiting and helping out at The Westfield Food Pantry with retired LMA Teacher, Mr. Convery.
Address: 1571 Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield, NJ, 07090
Lamberts Mill Academy is a school within the Union County Educational Services Commission. We are an out of district public school for students with psychiatric disabilities. We continue to partner with RWJ Trinitas Regional Medical Center to provide clinical services for our students. Our school community prides itself on our relationships with all stakeholders: students, staff, parents, families and community partnerships. Being a public school, we adhere to all NJDOE assessment and curriculum mandates. Our professional learning community strives to increase student achievement and improve classroom instruction to provide students with the most effective educational, social and emotional learning environment possible.