The Spark Newsletter

September 18, 2021

This Past Week at Leaman


Last Saturday the 8th grade A volleyball team competed in the Beach Bash tournament in Galveston. The team finished with a 3-1 record defeating Trinity, LaPorte, and Blocker from Texas City. The Chargers faced a strong Friendswood team in the championship match but lost 20-25 and 16-25. Overall, the Chargers placed 2nd and played very well as a team. Amelie Cross received All-Tournament team honors, but had a great support from Kinley Carter, Moriah Poe, Lauren Comstock, Jahanna Daniels, Courtney Meister, Becca Survant, Lauren Zubicek, Daisy Voskuhl and Ava Galaviz.

The 7th and 8th grade teams are currently 2-0, and tied for 1st in district play. The volleyball teams will travel to George JH this Thursday.


Due to weather conditions, football was unable to scrimmage last week. They are ready to bring it and play Lamar Junior High this week. Come out and support your Leaman Chargers!

What to expect this week.

  • Front doors will open at 7:15am. First bell rings at 8:15am. when students arrive on campus, they will go to the Gym, until they are released to class.
  • Students who arrive after the 8:15am bell, will receive a Tardy. Unless they have arrived to school on a late bus.
  • Turn in our Office Aide Applications (8th graders) - due by September 19th
  • School Holiday - Ft Bend County Fair Day. Friday, September 24th
  • First Football Games of the Season (check website for schedule)
  • See you at the Pole - Global day of Student Prayer - September 22nd (See Below)
  • Washington DC Trip - Parent Informational Meeting - September 22nd (see Below)

Ft Bend County Fair Day

Enjoy your day at the Fair.. No School On Friday, September 24th

Office Aides - 8th Graders

Is your student interested in becoming an office aide for Leaman. Deadline - September 19th. Any 8th Grader may apply: Please read the Guidelines and complete the Application

Leaman Library BookFair

You may still purchase from the online store, until Tuesday, September 21st. All proceeds go to help purchase things for our library and school.

PTO Fall Fundraiser


All proceeds will be used to purchased requested items for Mrs. Middendorf's 7th grade science (fetal pig purchase and supplies).

LAST DAY - Friday, September 24th

PTO will be onsite at Leaman during lunch, plus you may purchase tickets online - cash, check, venmo or paypal (Checks payable to: Friends of Leaman Jr High)

Join the PTO and earn an extra raffle ticket

5th Annual Washington DC Trip

8th grade students are invited on the 5th annual Washington DC trip!. This year we are visiting DC and and Colonial Virginia.

The dates of the trip are March 12-16, 2022. Students will receive trip information on September 10 in their social studies classes.

There is a Parent Informational Meeting on September 22 at 5:30 pm in the LGI room at Leaman. And don't forget, parents are invited on the trip too!

PTO Volunteers - Workroom

Friends of Leaman PTO helps provide volunteer assistance for the Leaman Workroom. Duties would include making copies for teachers, stapling, laminating, and other miscellaneous duties that pertain to the workroom. If you would like to volunteer - please sign up here and report to the front office on your chosen date and start time.

Canvas Information

Did you know that LCISD has created a dedicated page that explains Canvas. This is where you can find details on how to log in, videos on how students and parents can utilize Canvas, how to create a parent login and find parent support.

Check it out!!!

Smart Tag Information

SMART Tag Replacement: Sales of replacement smart tags have been temporarily suspended. The District has made the decision to print replacement smart tags for all students. Any existing smart tag will continue to work, after the new ones are issued.

Please continue to be patient with us as we work hard to improve our routes and minimize comeback routes. We are doing our best to accommodate the more than 15,000 students who require transportation this school year.

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Rachel's Challenge

This week, the students learned about Rachel's Challenge.

Rachel's Challenge is a nonprofit organization that seeks to make schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.

Rachel's Challenge was founded by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott. Rachel was the first victim to be killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20th, 1999. The mission of Rachel's Challenge is to inspire, equip, and empower every person to create a permanent, positive culture change in his/her school, business, and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. The Rachel's Challenge program is a tribute to Rachel Scott and her enduring message.

The presentation contains powerful audio/video footage of Ray Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy. It holds student spellbound and motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others. Part of our mission at Dean Leaman Junior High Is to provide a safe learning environment that fosters tolerance and respects individual differences. We strive to create a school culture through the education of our staff, students, and parents in which each individual feel physically and emotionally safe, accepted and treated with dignity. It is our hope that Rachel's Challenge will provide us with more tools to combat bullying and transform lives.

As Rachel’s story is told, the presentation will contain video/audio footage of Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy. While the video/audio footage might be emotional, it is not graphic and was previously viewed on the national news. Parents can learn more about Rachel's Challenge at:

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Thank you for all the Grandparents that were able to attend this event, last week! We loved seeing all your faces at Leaman. It was so exciting for us, at Leaman, to have this breakfast return to campus. We hope you enjoyed your time at Leaman with your Grandchild. (Later this week, more photos will be posted on our Leaman Facebook page:

School Pictures

Did you forget to order your student's photos on Picture Day? You still can!!! Just visit and place that order!

The LEAF Golf Tournament

The LEAF Golf Tournament is back and better than ever! We’re thrilled to invite you to join us

on October 21, 2021 for the Annual

LEAF (Lamar Educational Awards Foundation) Golf Tournament.

This year we will be hosting our tournament at Black Hawk Country Club and hope to make 2021 the best tournament yet!

All proceeds will benefit the students, staff, and campuses of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.

TikTok trend causes chaos in U.S. schools

School officials across the country have spoken out against the Devious Lick challenge - a new trend on TikTok in which social media users share videos of damage done to schools. In North Carolina, Wakefield Middle School is creating a new bathroom schedule after principal Alison Cleveland said vandalism included “breaking toilets and pulling sinks off the walls, removing the soap from the dispensers and spraying it on the floors and walls, and breaking the water vents and pipes, causing leaks." The trend even prompted Olathe North High School in Kansas to close some of its restrooms, principal Jason Herman told families. “They see this as a joke,” Mr. Herman said. “I do not. Our custodians work too hard every single day to put up with this nonsense .”In response to a request for comment, a TikTok spokesperson said: “We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities. We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior.”

Read More from The News & Observer:

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Drop off order forms at the Front Office

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Partnership - Staff - Students - Parents

This is our Charger Motto! Once a Charger - Always a Charger!.

To be a successful Charger - this takes a team.

(1) Parent (2) Student (3) Teacher.

Parents, join us this year in making your Charger a Success. Print this out, place it on your home, so that this always remind us - what it takes to make a successful Charger.

If we work together - your student will have a great year and learn skills to guide them into their future lives.

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From Athletics - Football and Volleyball

Attendance for 2021-2022

Please review this year's Attendance Procedures for Leaman

Leaman's Attendance Page

  • Absences DO count forwards Exemptions for student's final exams.
  • Excused doctor's notes must be received within FIVE days of the absence

Final Exam Exemptions

Below are the guidelines for qualifying to receive exam exemptions.

For attendance - all medical notes are due within Five (5) days of the last date of absence.

Upcoming Events

September 22nd - In-Person Meeting - Washington DC Trip 5:30pm in LGI Room

September 24th - Student/Staff Holiday

October 4th - College, Career and Military Night

October 1st - End of 1st 6 Weeks - Early Release @12:15pm

November 22th-26th - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 20th-31st - Winter Break

How to connect and stay in touch with what is happening at Leaman

  • Leaman sends weekly newsletters in a Skyalert blast (email listed in your Skyward account).
  • Monitor our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates.

Leaman Jr High Admin Team

Michael Semmler - School Principal -

Karl Carlton - Assistant Principal -

Jimitra Granger - 7th Grade Assistant Principal -

Derek Getschow - 8th Grade Assistant Principal -

Leaman Jr High Counselor Team

Kevin Kracker (Alpha A - Gl) -

Anita Oliphant (Alpha Go - O)

LaToya Session (Alpha P - Z)

Sylvia Rodriguez - Counselor's Secretary / Registrar

Additional Information for Leaman Jr High