Weekly Newsletter from McNeel Intermediate School

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Welcome : January 20th, 2019

Welcome to the Lancer Latest! Our goal in producing this newsletter is to keep all Lancer families and friends informed and involved in what is happening at McNeel Intermediate School. Stay tuned to see if your loved ones are featured!

---Activities, Clubs, and Athletics---

This week the Lancer Latest is featuring some of the activities, clubs and athletics that are offered at the HOME of the Lancers. The specific activities, clubs and athletics that will be featured this week include the Science Club, Theater Club, Cheer, and Basketball.

---Science Club---

Science Club is a great way for students to explore their interests in the world around them. Students participate in engaging activities that include aspects of chemistry, biology, physics, and geology!

So far this year, students have learned about fossils, forensic science, conservation of mass, and even owl digestion. Students were able dissected owl pellets to discover the skeletons of mice and other small creatures the owls had eaten. (As shown in the pictures above.)

On January 27th, we will be dissecting frogs! We are also hoping to attend the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in the spring, so if you are willing and able to donate so they can have this experience please consider it! Contact Kassandra Meyers at McNeel Intermediate if this is something you are considering.

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---Theater Club---

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This year the theater department will be performing The Crazy Cowgirls of Pemberley Ranch by Jon Jory. The show is based on the novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. It has everything from sarcasm and country humor to fist fights and Wild West showdowns. The cast is made up of 15 students with plenty more working behind the scenes. Congratulations to all those who auditioned and recieved a part in the show! I can’t wait to get started next week and we hope everyone comes out to support these young actors and actresses on April 17th and 18th at 7pm when the perform the show for the community. Go lancers!

---Cast List ---

Mr. Bennet…… Jayce Ryan

Mrs. Bennet…… Abigail Shellenberger

Lydia…… Reniyah Taylor

Jane…… Alycia Anderson

Kitty…… Olivia Laidig

Lizzie…… Kelby Brown

Mr. Bingley…… Dawson Bailey

Miss Bingley…… Savanna Morris

Mr. Darcy…… Tyler Daniels

Charlotte…… Taniyah Crawford

Preacher Collins…… Jeriann Proebstle

Lieutenant Wickham…… Quinton Conner

Lady Bird Bullroar…… Itreasure Gill

Mrs. Gardiner…… Morgan Tinder

Colonel Fitzwilliam…… Quinton Conner

Housekeeper…… Rachel Avitia

---Lancer Basketball---

The Lancer Boys basketball team is having a fantastic season! Coach Douglas and Coach Hendrix are working with the gentlemen on skills, teamwork, and maintaining the student-athlete title. The week the boys will compete at home Tuesday night at 4:15 PM against Franklin Middle School and Thursday night they will travel to Cunningham! Come out and Support!


The Lady Lancers Cheer Team is also having a fantastic season! Coach Scott is working hard with the girls to learn new routines and cheers! This week the boys basketball team will compete at home, Tuesday night at 4:15 PM and the lady lancers cheer team will be there cheering them on!

---Measure of Academic Progress---

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Our Lancers will begin MAP testing this month! MAP stands for measure of academic progress. This state assessment is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA (Northwest evaluation association) that students take a few times per year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

Winter MAP MATH Testing Dates:

Tuesday, January 21st, 2019

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2019

---How to support your Lancer with Testing---

---Healthy & Hearty Breakfast---

Providing your lancer with a healthy and hearty breakfast is very important. A healthy breakfast is linked to improved concentration and increased energy.


Making sure your lancer is drinking enough water is also very important. Water intake is linked to improved concentration and focus. Consider providing your lancer with a water bottle to take to their testing sessions.

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---A Good Nights Sleep---

Making sure your lancer gets a good nights sleep before each testing day is also very important. Children ages 7-13 years old should get approximately 8-11 hours of sleep each night. Receiving the adequate amount of sleep in linked to improved critical thinking skills, concentration and focus.

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---Skills Preparation---

---Martin Luther King Jr. & Barbara Hickman Assembly---

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This week at the HOME of the lancers, the Martin Luther King Jr. and Barbara Hickman assembly was held! Selected students received either the MLK Jr. Award or Barbara Hickman award at this assembly. Students that received these awards were those that embody a hardworking, achieving, goal-setting, and positive student! Several of our students were accompanied by their parent(s)/guardian(s) as they were recognized for there outstanding achievements!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Our Lancers did their Reading MAPS testing this week. MAPS testing will continue this week with Math. We finished up Term 2 and Semester 1 Friday as well. Report cards will be sent out/sent home Friday so please make sure you have an updated address on file if your student is in 6-8th grade and receives their report card in the mail. We wrapped up the week with our MLK Jr./Barbara Hickman awards assembly on Friday morning. Congratulations to all our Lancers who received this award and a special thank you to Ms. Barbara Hickman for attending.

Seasons 3 sports continued with the girls having their first swim meet Monday at home. They went against Franklin and won!! They also had a swim meet Wednesday. The boys basketball team traveled to Aldrich Monday night. Season 3 sports will be wrapping up soon so please have your student listen and be on the lookout for sign up sheets for Season 4 sports.

Looking Ahead

We will have another busy week this week, and also a short week!! There will be no school Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students will return Tuesday and start Term 3/Semester 2. Please make sure your student checks their schedule for any schedule changes that may be taking place. They can check their schedule on their iPads, or stop in the office if they need to. Please make sure that your student gets lots of sleep this week and has a good breakfast as they will come back Tuesday and have Math MAPS testing. Friday report cards will go home with 4th and 5th graders and be sent out in the mail to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tuesday we have our Tuesday Talks with the Principals at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feel free to come in and meet with the principals and express any concerns, share ideas or just chat with our principals. We will also have a PTO meeting Tuesday night at 4:30 p.m.

Season 3 sports continues this week with our boys basketball at home Tuesday night at 4:15 PM against Franklin Middle School and Thursday night they will travel to Cunningham. Our girls swim team will travel to Edison Wednesday night. We would love to have you come cheer on our Lancer Athletes!! Just a reminder for home games, concessions will be open and students must have their student ID's with them. Also, students in grades 4-6 must have an adult accompany them to the game.

Revitalization Task Force Updates

We have created a link and webpage for all information regarding the Revitalization Task Force. Please check out the District's Revitalization Task Force webpage for all updated information. There is even a spot to ask questions -