Lesher Middle School

Community Communication: January 27, 2023

Principal's Message

Week 22; A message from Mr. Kotnik

Registration Information for 8th Graders

Interested in Track & Field this spring?

Please fill out this form if you're interested in participating in Track & Field this spring.

Poudre HS Cheer Tryouts for the 2023-24 School Year

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Dude. Be Nice. Shirts!

Lesher Student Council is selling Dude. Be Nice. shirts. Each shirt is $18. Please fill out the Google Form and pay Jeannie Mitchell in the front office by Tuesday, January 31st to order your shirt.

February 24th: Viking Night Out 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Our next Viking Night Out will be 2/24/23 from 5-7 and is a "Winter Semi-Formal." But, please know that you do not have to dress up to attend. There will be a dance and other activities (Movie/Karaoke) just like last time. Snacks will be available for purchase. Come and Have Fun!

Interested in teaching a course during Genius Week?

Lesher Middle School will be hosting Genius Week from May 30 – June 2, 2023.

We want interested guardians, parents, family members, or community members to teach at Lesher’s Genius Week for the benefit of interested middle school students who have finished grades 5-8 this school year. These students tend to be motivated, high-achieving and/or GT identified.

Please take a look at the last Genius Week course catalog for ideas and inspiration: https://sites.google.com/psdschools.org/leshersgeniusweek/course-catalog. We offer classes that fill. Complete the online application and include a class title, course description, and a short biography.

Multiple positions available. Job closes on Weds, Feb. 1, 2023.

Pay Range: Stipends – $250 ¼ Session/$500.00 ½ Session/$1000.00 Full time for 4 days

Nordic Fest Logo Contest

Are you interested in art or design? Then why not try your hand at the Nordic Fest Logo Competition. The winning logo design will be used to celebrate Nordic Fest and will appear on T-shirts, stationary, and Social Media.

The logo can be hand-drawn or digital. Final design will be Gold & White on black background.

See Mrs. Champagne for further details.

Upcoming Events!


3:30: Varsity/JV Girls BBall vs Kinard @ Lesher

3:30 C1/C2 Girls BBall @ Kinard


3:30: Wrestling vs. Preston @ Lesher


3:30 Varsity/JV Girls BBall @ Preston

3:30 C1/C2 Girls BBall @ Lesher

2/24/23 Viking Night Out 5:00p-7:00pm

January PBIS Challenge!

The student challenge for January is filling out planners and TADS!. We will be doing an extra Planner Powerball drawing each week in January to incentivize this positive organizational skill!

This Week's Prize Winners!

Planner Powerball

Iris Pelico Velasquez

Lilaina Mancuso

Jakub Holubar

Jorge Rocha Luna

Keenan Howerton

Rebeka Leibow

Trash Powerball

Spiro Palmer

Ashton Gibbons

Nini Norwood

NO Tardy Powerball

Maxwell Todd

Kyden Steinbarth

Calla Mocke

Why You're Awesome

Jordan Jones

Quinn McGill

Thomas Lynn

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From Our Previous Newsletters...But Still Relevant!

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2022 Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to 7th grader Levi Hayward who won Lesher's 2022 Spelling Bee!
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Adopt a Family!

We cannot thank the community support enough! As you are going out to eat with family and friends over the next few weeks/months, would you consider adding the following businesses to your list of potential places. With their support we were able to give over $2000 in gift cards and coupons!

  • Lucky’s Market – Donated $50 for each of our families! Like WOW!!
  • Rio Grande Restaurant
  • Oregano’s
  • Vatos Tacos & Tequila
  • BJ’s Brewhouse
  • Stuft a Burger Bar
  • Restaurant 415
  • Sprouts (Lemay)
  • Illegal Pete’s
  • Island Grill
  • The Post
  • Longhorns Steakhouse
  • King Soopers (College)
  • Whole Foods
  • Snooze
  • First Watch (Harmony)
  • First Watch (College)
  • DC Oakes
  • La Buena Vida
  • Cosmo’s Pizza
  • Star of India
  • Big City Burrito
  • Smoothie King
  • Beau Jo’s
  • Café Mexicali

New Advisory Lanes on East Pitkin

Lesher Community! Have you noticed the new bike lanes on East Pitkin? Want more information on the project?

Here is the website with information about this project and links to several key educational resources:


Advisory lane fact sheet:


Educational video:


In addition, the City of Fort collins is conducting a survey to get feedback from users of this corridor.

Link to Survey

Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

The number of PSD families and youth experiencing homelessness has risen by 10% since last year, and their needs have risen exponentially. Currently, one out of every 27 students is experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in our district. Students experiencing homelessness encounter many barriers to their education. Our department works to help youth and families overcome these barriers, including transportation, access to extracurricular activities, before and after-school care, and meeting basic needs. We do this along with case-management to help them reach independence.

Your generous donation allows the Language, Culture and Equity Department to support these students and families with personal items, temporary shelter, provisions, clothing, etc.

The need has never been greater.

Please help us reach our goal of raising $40,000 to support PSD students and families facing housing insecurity and homelessness.

*All donations are tax deductible and an automated email will provide you with your tax receipt.

You can now easily donate via this link: https://schoolpay.com/pay/for/Support-for-Students-Experiencing-Homele/SPrfYG. All donations are tax deductible. Please share this message far and wide, anyone can donate through this link. The opportunity to give does not end now, this link will be live throughout the holiday season.

Check out what's going on in Mr. Oldenburg's classroom!

Innovation Station Spotlight: Lesher Middle School

Genius Week 5/30/23 - 6/2/23

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High School Planning Guide

Please follow this link to access the PSD High School Planning Guide

Lesher Community Business Directory

We would like to compile a spreadsheet of Lesher Businesses for our school and community to utilize. If you own a business, work for a business, or simply want the community to know about services you offer please fill out this form.

Lesher's 5th Grade Transition Events!

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Lesher PTO Donations: Our One-Time Ask!

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LESHER KLIB January 20, 2023
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LESHER KLIB November 10, 2022
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LESHER KLIB October 13, 2022

Purchase a Yearbook!

Lesher Vikings are back at school making new memories with their friends! Make sure to order the one book that captures the activities, spirit, and unique qualities of their experiences at Lesher. Visit www.jostensyearbooks.com to order the 2023 Yearbook by October 21st for the LOWEST PRICE! Don't miss out--we SOLD OUT last year's yearbook!

Spanish Video Translation

If you need our weekly videos translated please watch the video below for directions.

Also, these weekly newsletters can be translated by clicking "translate" in the upper right hand corner of the newsletter. See picture below.

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Crossing Guards Needed!

Hey Lesher community!

We are in need of family volunteers to serve as crossing guards in the morning (7:30-7:50) and afternoons (2:45-3:00) in the intersections of Stover/Prospect and Stover/Lake. If you're willing to volunteer your time please email our principal Don Kotnik at dkotnik@psdschools.org.

Thank you!

Club Rush!

Club Rush was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thank you to Natasha Wilson, Krista Summers, and our WEB leaders for organizing this event for each grade level.

Please click here for all club information!

Volunteers Needed!

If you are interested in volunteering, please use this link to register: Volunteer Application

If you are already a registered volunteer, please follow the steps below to view volunteer opportunities:

1. Log in to your Volunteer Portal through this link: Raptor Volunteer Portal

2. When logged in, click on Events within the Navigation Menu

3. Review the details of the Event you wish to sign up for and click “Sign-Up”.

Thank you for contributing your time and talent to PSD!

Morning Fresh Cash for Caps Fundraiser

If you are a Morning Fresh Dairy customer, please bring in your rinsed milk, juice, cream, or other caps to Mr. Mayer and we will raise money for our field trips to Catalina Island, California. That’s right, Lesher Middle School earns money for every cap that is returned. Please turn them in to the box in the front office or send them to Mr. Mayer’s classroom (room 12). If you are interested in Morning Fresh Dairy, every new household sign up raises $25 for Lesher. Click here or ask Mr. Mayer (bmayer@psdschools.org) for more information.

Be the Sunshine

Know someone who has gone out of their way to help someone? See someone picking up trash, helping without being asked, or being a positive role model? Staff and students can nominate students who demonstrate kindness to be entered into a drawing for prizes. See link below!

Be the Sunshine Nomination Form

Our Bell Schedule has Changed!

2022-2023 School Calendar

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