Little Miami E-News
April 28th, 2023
TUESDAY, MAY 2ND - NO SCHOOL - TEACHER IN-SERVICE
Tomorrow, April 29th is the Fine Arts Festival!
We hope to see you at Saturday's Fine Arts Festival to view the creative displays & enjoy the musical performances. See below for musical performance times:
9:00 – 9:45 (6-8 Bands) – Stage in Choir Room
10:00 – 10:45 (9-12 Bands) – Stage in Band Room
11:00 – 11:45 (HS Choirs in Octagon) – Stage in Choir Room
12:00 – 12:45 (JH Choir) – Stage in Choir Room
1:00 – 1:45 (Grades 4-5) – Stage in Band Room
2:00 – 2:45 (Grades 2-3) – Stage in Choir Room
3:00 – 3:45 (Grade 1) – Stage in Band Room
Class of 2023 Academic Top Ten Announced
The Class of 2023 Top Ten Honorees are:
- Carson Copenhaver (University of Dayton – Biology)
- Kendall Gentry (The Ohio State University – Exploratory Studies)
- Celeste Warren (Wright State University – Nursing with Minor in Dance)
- Marissa Nowacinski (Miami University Honors College – Biology with Minor in Creative Writing or Linguistics)
- Logan Pettet (University of Wisconsin – Psychology with Minor in Spanish)
- Baylie Souders (The Ohio State University – Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies)
- Jessica Voge (University of Mississippi – Health and Exercise Science)
- Isabella Wilkerson (West Virginia University – Immunology and Medical Microbiology)
- Taylor Woodruff (University of Kentucky – Nursing with a Minor in Psychology)
- Paige Zimmerman (The Ohio State University – Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Brewing Studies and Horticulture)
Congratulations to these students, their families, and their entire learning community!
2024-2025 Academic Calendar Feedback
We are requesting your feedback on the two proposed Academic Calendars for the 2024-2025 school year. You are able to view the calendars and share your thoughts & preference by participating in the Calendar ThoughtExchange discussion: https://tejoin.com/scroll/133248256. This ThoughtExchange will be open for community feedback until May 5th at 4:30 PM.
Thanks for your feedback!
Project Excellence Award Winners
Congratulations to two exceptional educators, Lisa Walker and Lynsee Spatz, who have been recognized as the 2023 Project Excellence Award Winners! Mrs. Walker and Miss Spatz both teach at LMECC, caring for and preparing our Panther cubs for lifelong learning in and out of the classroom. We cannot wait to celebrate them further at the Area Progress Council Dinner at the Warren County Career Center on May 3rd!
April Panther Pride Award Recipients
At the end of February, a special and giving group of Little Miami students hosted a magical “Princess Tea Party” event at the Morrow Arts Center. Student organizers invited young princes and princesses from around the kingdom to attend the event, with a goal of donating all proceeds to the Little Miami Food Services "Angel Fund."
This charitable group of young people raised a total of $4,000 that will be used toward clearing the debts incurred by overdue lunch balances of students throughout the district. Last evening, the Board had the opportunity to thank each of these students and honor them as the April Panther Pride Award recipients.
Thank you to the following Panther students:
Carley McGrath, Alex Vargas, Drew Vargas, Adrianah Hartman, Lexi Foltz, Layne Ott, Delaney Reynolds, Faith Thompson, Danielle Saum, Mallory Holtkamp, Izzie Bryla, Hannah Julien, Sophie Dafoe, Olivia Bibelhausen, Daniela Carrasco, Birdie Hagelman, Kierstn Eckmann, Rebecca Naumovski, Kiara Wood, Kyle Frith, Cole Scarboro, Lincoln Engelhart, Thomas Jackson, Grayden Brockman, Clayton Wethington, Vlad Romanov, Parker Freeman, Peyton Blackburn, Clay Miller, Lylah Stapleton, Layla Wood, Caroline Woodward, Paige Whitaker, Alberto Vargas, and AnaBella Vargas.
Testing Tips from Mrs. Gasper & Winston
Month of the Military Child - "Purple Up" Days
LM would like to recognize our military-connected students this April during the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). These amazing children are strong, brave, proud of the service their family members have dedicated to our nation. We celebrate their selflessness and sacrifice as they serve our country as part of a military family, not just in April, but all year long.
April is set aside as a military child appreciation month, officially known as the Month of the Military Child. With its creation in the mid-1980s, the Pentagon and other military support organizations and agencies use the month to recognize military kids for their sacrifice and bravery at home. Because purple is a color used to represent all military services, the theme "Purple Up" is used over the course of the month.
All preschool spots for the 23-24 school year have been filled. Please click the button to add your child to the waiting list. You will only be notified if your child is next on the list and a spot becomes available.
An Important Message from Prosecutor Fornshell
The following is an important message from Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s Office regarding threats made by students. This message is intended for all families of Warren County school districts. While it is lengthy, its clear message is important for all to know and understand.
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office has prosecuted over 50 cases over the past four years involving school-related threats towards teachers, students, and school facilities themselves. These threats have come in various forms including verbal, notes, writings on restroom walls, social media postings, and actual possession of weapons on school grounds. Fortunately, law enforcement determined that most of these threats had not developed beyond the making of the threatening statements. However, in all of these incidents, a significant amount of law enforcement resources was expended to investigate the seriousness of each threat.
Neither the school districts nor law enforcement has a clear way of distinguishing between a credible threat, a troubled student simply acting out, or a “bad joke.” As the recent shooting at Richneck Elementary in Virginia (where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher) demonstrates, these incidents can happen anywhere, at any time, with any age student. Therefore, the school districts and law enforcement must treat each threat as if the safety of all students is at risk. In doing so, the education of our students is put on hold, and law enforcement personnel are pulled away from their daily efforts to keep our community safe.
For these reasons, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office treats threats of school-related violence very seriously. Charges against the aforementioned juveniles have included inducing panic (school grounds), illegal conveyance of weapons (school grounds), making false alarms, which are misdemeanor and felony-level offenses. The protocol that our office has recommended to all Warren County law enforcement agencies is that a juvenile who is discovered engaging in this type of conduct will be charged with a felony-level offense. The juvenile will be immediately arrested and taken to Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, where the Court will hold the child until mental health professionals are able to conduct a risk assessment on the juvenile. Additionally, if found guilty of the offense(s), our office is recommending a sentence of at least 90 days in the Juvenile Detention Center, in addition to whatever discipline the school district issues. This policy will be enforced regardless of whether the threat is subsequently determined to be credible, or simply a bad joke.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for our local school districts, their administration, teachers, and staff for their efforts to address situations involving threats against schools. In these cases, our school districts’ personnel really are the “first responders.”
As a parent myself of school-aged children, I understand each parent’s apprehension when these types of incidents occur, and their desire to quickly obtain information from the school district. With today’s technology, students are able to relay to their parents in real-time that “something” is happening, without knowing the complete facts. Parents are always going to receive these communications more quickly than they will receive communication from the school districts, and that information is typically relayed via social media instantaneously.
Please note that in the few minutes after a threat is received, the school districts’ first priorities are (1) ensuring the safety of all students; and (2) assisting law enforcement with our investigative efforts to ascertain the culprit and eliminate any ongoing safety issues. As soon thereafter as possible, the school districts will then notify parents with current, accurate information as to what is occurring. Quick communication with parents is a goal, but it cannot come at the expense of the first priority in those few moments after a threat is made, which is to protect the children who might be at risk.
-Prosecutor David P. Fornshell
Despite significant student enrollment growth over the last ten years, LM has strategically stretched out the funds generated by the passage of the 2011 Emergency Levy for more than ten years. This funding represents one-fifth of LM’s total operating budget and is a vital piece of the district’s financial health. These funds were renewed in November 2020.
However, with continued enrollment growth and increased demand for student supports, a request for new funds will need to be made of the community in the near future.
Are You Registered to Vote?
Voter Registration Deadlines
- April 3, 2023 for the May 2, 2023 Primary and Special Election
- July 10, 2023 for the August 8, 2023 Special Election
- October 10, 2023 for the November 7, 2023 General Election
Imagination Library - ENROLL TODAY
DID YOU KNOW? By the age of three, a child’s brain is already 80% developed, and, by the time a child enters kindergarten, they must already know thousands of words in order to succeed in the classroom. Reading aloud to a child and giving them access to books is the best way to ensure they are prepared to enter kindergarten.
The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library wants to start a new chapter in early childhood literacy throughout Ohio by providing families with books. With the goal of preparing students entering Kindergarten for success in the classroom, the Imagination Library program will send a customized book to your child each month from birth until age five. Sign up is easy and FREE! Give your Panther the gift of reading & enroll today.
Crisis Text Line - “4hope” to 741 741
You are not alone. Do you need help now?
Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.
For more information about the Crisis Text Line and for supporting resources, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services website.
April 29th: Fine Arts Festival at LMHS
May 2nd: No School - Teacher In-Service
- Senior Local Scholarship Night 6 PM
May 4th: LMHS Band Concert - 7 PM
- LMECC PTO Meeting - 7 PM
May 5th: Advisory Schedule at LMHS
May 6th: LMHS Prom @ the Savannah Center
- PTO Carnival @ LMPR 5-8 PM
May 8th: Octagon Choir Concert - 7 PM
May 11th: Senior Walk-Through at LM Buildings
- LMHS Choir Concert - 7 PM
- LMPR PTO Meeting - 7 PM
May 12th: Senior Check Out Day
May 15th-17th: Senior Exams
May 18th: Senior Makeup Checkout Day
- Grades 6-8 Choir Concert - 7 PM
May 19th: Graduation Practice
May 21st: Class of 2023 Graduation @ Wright State Nutter Center 6 PM
May 22nd-25th: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
May 23rd-25th: LMHS Exams
May 23rd: Board of Education Meeting - 7 PM
May 25th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!