Lightning Newsflash

Lakeridge Middle School's weekly newsletter.

May 11th, 2022

News from Lakeridge Middle School

Community Service Week Success!

Community service week was a success! Here's a great article about it on the LO Review. Thank you to all of the students and families who volunteered their time and made donations. All student participants were entered into a prize drawing - congratulations to Peyang Nedu, winner of a $25 gift card to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and $25 credit to the LMS School Store.

Here are some photos of LMS students in action. Thanks again for giving back to our community!

Heather Wick (503)407-4037

"If I were a Mayor" contest winner!

Congratulations to 6th grader Anthony Cote who earned first and third place in Mayor Buck's "If I Were Mayor..." contest. Here’s is what Mayor Buck’s contest team wrote about Anthony’s essay:

“Anthony's excellent essay won 3rd place in the Essay (grades 6-8) category. Anthony focused on local government improving sustainability and building an infrastructure that supports a greener future while working in cooperation with private citizens and small businesses. He also touched on important topics including eco-friendly transportation, regenerative energy, and energy-efficient facilities.” Thank you, Anthony, and the other 20 middle school students who submitted entries to the contest. Your civic-minded ideas were creative, compassionate, and practical. Click HERE for a summary of the ideas from the top three middle school entries.

Welcome Future 6th Grade Families!

Welcome to Newsflash future 6th grade families. This is our weekly newsletter published midweek at LMS. As of May 1st, you're now on our emailing list and will receive these updates across the remainder of the spring along with our current students. We'll try and make sure there's something just for you in each message AND you'll get a sneak peek of some of the exciting things ahead for your student here at LMS next year.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night

SAVE THE DATE: May 18th at 6:30PM

We're eager to welcome all our future 6th grade parents to an evening of presentations that will help you prepare for life as a middle school parent. Join us here at LMS on the 18th to for sessions that include a presentation from your child's counselor about parenting a middle schooler, information from some of our 6th grade teachers about what to expect academically in middle school, and (the perennial highlight) a panel of current 6th grade students giving you the scoop on what life is really like as a student here at LMS.

It's great fun and we hope to see you here!

ALSO....coming up later this month, 5th graders will be visiting LMS during the school day with their classes for a tour and brief orientation. Palisades students visit on May 23, River Grove on the 24th, Westridge on the 25th, and Hallinan on the 26th. This will be kids' chance to get some of the info that you'll hear at the parent night described above. We can't wait to see you all soon!

8th Grade Families- Mark your calendar!

As 8th grader anticipate the end of the year, we want to make sure 8th grade families know that there are special events in store for their students. On June 9th, 8th grade parents are invited to a special recognition ceremony for our 8th graders first thing in the morning. When your child reports to class, you can find a seat in the main gym for the ceremony. It'll be a brief but memorable occasion for us to gather and recognize this important milestone in your students' academic career. We'll have musical performances, special readings, and messages of recognition and congratulations from Dr. Schultz and the LHS administration.

Here are the details:

8:30AM- School doors open

9:00AM- Students report to class

9:10AM- 8th Grade Procession

9:15AM- 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony in the Main Gym

10:00AM- 8th Grade Celebration trip departure

ALSO...You'll soon start receiving email messages from the High School so you can stay up to date on their transition events as well. 8th Graders will be visiting LHS during the school day on May 20th for an orientation organized by the folks there.


Theatre Arts - Matilda Jr.

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Get your tickets today by scanning the QR code or following this link:

Request to meet with your counselor

If your child ever needs support after school hours, there are many other resources available including the 24-Hour Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line at 503-655-8585 and

Parent Club News

8th Grade Celebration at Oaks Amusement Park! Thursday, June 9


8th Grade Celebration at Oaks Amusement Park, Thursday June 9

Our students made it through middle school, and now it is time to celebrate! Eighth graders will be going to the Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood on Thursday, June 9. Students will be loaded onto buses at 10am and will return to LMS before the end of the school day.

Permission Slip and Payment Due May 27

Click here to submit your student's permission slip. Click here to pay event fees. Permission slips and payment are required and due no later than Friday, May 27. The cost per student is $22 and includes transportation, entry and rides at Oaks Amusement Park, a Lakeridge High School (LHS) t-shirt, and lunch. If you need assistance with the fee for the celebration, please contact 8th grade counselor, Ms. Binder, by May 25.

Lakeridge High School T-shirts - Size Request Due May 12

As mentioned above, students attending the field trip will be receiving a LHS t-shirt. All students received an email last week from Ms. Binder containing a Google form requesting their t-shirt size. Please follow up with your student to ensure they complete the form by May 12 to reserve their preferred size. Your student will receive a shirt if they miss the form due date, but sizing will not be guaranteed. All students will be required to wear their t-shirt to Oaks Amusement Park. T-shirts will be passed out to students on June 9 as they get on the bus for Oaks Amusement Park. Shirts fit on the looser side.


We need your help! Click here to review volunteer positions/requirements and to sign up. Please visit the LMS Parent Club webpage for 8th grade celebration information and updates.

FAQ's: Please read carefully! Updated Weekly.

  1. Do I have to pay online? No. Please complete the permission slip online and then drop your payment (checks only) off at the office in a sealed envelope with your student's name on the front.
  2. Is this a private event? No. Oaks Amusement Park sells hundreds of tickets each day. We are expecting other schools to also be enjoying their class trip on the same day.
  3. Does my child need to bring any money with them? No, they do not. Entrance to the park, rides, and food/drink will be provided.
  4. Which attractions and rides will be open at Oaks Amusement Park? All rides will be available. Roller skating and mini golf will not be open.
  5. What should my student wear? Each student will be given a Lakeridge High School t-shirt on June 9, before getting on the bus to Oaks Amusement Park. They will be required to wear this shirt the entire field trip. We recommend clothing and shoes that will allow them to play comfortably.
  6. Can I drive my student to or from the park? No. All students must ride the bus to and from the event.
  7. What if my student has a special dietary need? Pepperoni and cheese pizza, cake, and water will be served. Contact Andrea Serochi at by May 27 if you require assistance.
  8. How are you going to keep track of the students during the field trip? Each student will be assigned a chaperone prior to leaving LMS who will ensure that each student is accounted for prior to leaving LMS and Oaks Amusement Park. Volunteers will be positioned at all exit points and roaming the park throughout the field trip. Students will explore the park independently and do not have to stay with their chaperone. All students will be required to attend lunch and check in with their chaperone.
  9. Can my student bring a backpack/jacket/purse/water bottle/snack/cellphone with them? Yes, if necessary, students may bring these items. They are responsible for their own items and assume all liability if they are lost or broken. Bags should not be left unattended within the park and will not be monitored by chaperones.

Contact Andrea Serochi at if you have any questions.

8th Grade Celebration Video

8th Grade Celebration Video - Upload Your Pictures By May 13

We're putting together a fun slideshow to celebrate our 8th graders and we'd would love to include your pictures! First day of school, school sports teams, school concerts, OBOB and more - Upload your pics! Please no family vacation, private parties, etc. - we're focused on school activities. Thank you!

Upload your photos by Friday May 13 here. Please contact Heather Wick at if you have any questions.

District Information

Pacer Dance Team

Pacer Dance Team

Lakeridge High School has hired Taylor Schmelzle as Head Coach of the Pacer Dance Team. Taylor is replacing Kristin Moore who retired at the end of the 2021 - 2022 Season. We wish Kristin all the best in her new adventures as she spends more time with her family.

Taylor started competing at age 5 and training in various styles. She traveled to LA and NYC at a young age after receiving dance scholarships which led her to master camps with Debbie Allen, Broadway Dance Center, and choreographers on Break the Floor Productions. She appeared in the breakdown videos for West Coast Dance Explosion and danced with iconic legends such as; The Pointer Sisters, Charice, and New Kids on the Block. She assisted her dance teacher, Kim Wolfe, on WCDE for 9 years and continued to choreograph and travel around the country visiting different studios. She danced in performances including; Halloween Carnival, Daylight Come with “Dance Moms”, Shushybye on PBS; as well as worked for E! Red Carpet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Grammys. Taylor moved to Portland, OR 6 years ago to continue dancing and teaching. She has taught for many studios and dance teams around the metro area as well as received many choreography awards for her work. Taylor has been a Blazer Dancer for 4 years and continues to perform, train, and choreograph. She represented the Blazer Dancers at ProAction In Las Vegas last summer. It's her biggest passion to inspire and be inspired by the artistry and visionaries within this workforce. Taylor has always dreamt of building a strong, unified program and is thrilled to be the Head Dance Team Coach of Lakeridge High School.

Pacer Dance Team Pre-Audition Workshops

Tuesday, May 31st 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - (Incoming 9th Graders) Location - Dance Room

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - (Current 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders) - Dance Room

Thursday, June 2nd 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - (Incoming 9th Graders, Current 9th, 10th, 11th)

This Workshop will be held in the Lower Gym

Pacer Dance Team Tryouts

Saturday, June 4th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Students Trying out for the Pacer Dance Team)

Tryouts will be held in the Lakeridge High School Lower Gym

Robotics Open House

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Are you a student interested in the opportunities to get involved in robotics in Lake Oswego? Are you a parent or adult interested in mentoring, coaching or supporting students in robotics? Please join us for one or more of the Lake Oswego Robotics open house workshops in May!

LO Robotics is part of the international robotics organization, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). There are 3 FTC teams in LO Robotics. Each team will host an open house/workshop from 1-3 PM on a Saturday.

  • May 7 – ToborTech

  • May 14 – Mostly Operational

  • May 21 – All Hands on Tech

Meet us in Tech Room 3 on the campus of Lake Oswego High School. (Tech Room 3 is in the white building across from the swimming pool building.) FTC teams primarily consist of students in 7th-12th grade.

Let us know you plan to attend by registering at this link

For more information about each team

  • Tobor Tech: IG @tobortech_ftc; FB @ToborTech

  • Mostly Operational: IG @mostly_operational_18119 or

  • All Hands on Tech: IG @allhandsontech_18127

Lakeridge Cheer

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Enrollment Verification- ACTION NEEDED

  • Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:
  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.

  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

Fee Waivers

Requests for resident fee waivers or fee reductions, except for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), will be processed using the attached form. Please complete the form and submit it to the department or school which collects the applicable fee or fees.

Food Service Information


This school year (21-22) the Lake Oswego School District will be offering breakfast and lunch meals* at no charge to all students. Breakfast meals will be served in Grab-n-go style as students arrive to school. Our lunch meals will offer healthy tasty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables with a seasonal rotation of local farm produce and organic products when available.

*one breakfast and one lunch per student per day

For information about Food Services, please visit our web page.

For information about part-time job opportunities in Food Services, please visit the employment web page:

Routine and Repeated Reminders

Registration for New Students

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) will begin January 19, 2022. This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021-22 school year.

Special Edition Message for Current 5th Graders

We sent, via the elementary schools, a message to all our future 6th graders today. If you didn't receive it for some reason, you can check it out in full right here: Welcome Future 6th Grade Students and Families!

Opportunities to join our team!

Have you ever thought about working here at Lakeridge Middle School? We have positions now posted that might be a good fit for you! Join our team!

Daily Announcements

Want to see what's scrolling on our electronic signage right now? You can see it live here.

Connections and Supports

SafeOregon Incident Reporting

Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership between students, families, staff, and other resources.

SafeOregon is also an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

In addition, Our district has additional reporting forms. These are for parents or students to use to report issues related to racism, bias, or harassment incidents. These forms are on the district website and school websites: