Landstown Middle School- The Shield

September 16 , 2022

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Greetings Lancer Families,

Greetings Lancer Families,


As we complete our first full week of school, we want to thank our staff, students, and families for an awesome week. We are so proud of the Lancer Community and our collaborative efforts have resulted in an incredible opening and energy within our school! As we prepare for next week, we want to make our parents and families aware of our Open House event. 6th Grade Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st, beginning at 6PM, and 7th and 8th Grade Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd, beginning at 6 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet your students' teachers and learn more about their classes. We hope you all can join us next week for Open House. In addition, we want to make our families aware that Pre-Growth assessments will be administered September 19th-28th in grades 6-8 for Reading and Math. You will find more information about our Open House and Pre-Growth assessments in today's edition of “The Shield.” We hope you enjoy this week's edition of “The Shield.” Take care and Go Lancers!


  • 6th Grade Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st, beginning at 6PM.

  • 7th and 8th Grade Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd, beginning at 6PM

  • Pre-growth assessments will be administered during the window of September 19th-28th in grades 6-8 for Reading and Math, except for Algebra I and Geometry.

  • Please remind your students to charge their chromebooks every night.

  • Fall Student pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28.

  • Academy Night is scheduled for October 13, 2022, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from 5PM-8PM. This is a great event for anyone interested in applying for the Academies.

  • All families in VBCPS have access to Focused EduVation (FEV) Tutor. FEV Tutoring offers free on-demand homework, tutoring assistance, scheduled tutoring sessions, and online modules for all students. Please follow this link for a brief video: FEV Tutor Informational Video and click on this link for login directions: FEV Tutor Classlink Directions.

  • Ms. Sa’Deria Brace is our Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC). The MFLC program is an awesome support opportunity for all our military connected families. You will find more information about this outstanding program in “The Shield,” today.

  • SPOOKYFEST is back and scheduled for Friday, October 28th. Please save the date and more information will follow.

Upcoming Activities

  • Pictures-Wednesday, September 28th. Here is the code to purchase your pictures online: Go to www.Lifetouch.com and enter code: EVTG4Z36H. Flyer will be sent home next week.
  • Open House-6th Grade Wednesday, September 21 beginning @ 6pm
  • Open House-7th and 8th Grade Thursday, September 22 beginning @ 6pm
  • VBCPS Academy Night, October 13th!
  • SPOOKYFEST dance is back at Landstown Middle! Friday, October 28th. Tickets will go on sale the week of October 17th. Look for details the first week of October!
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Soccer

The girls and boys soccer teams fell short against Princess Anne this week. Both teams looked great! Our next game is on Monday, September 19th against Bayside at 5:30 (Boys home) and on Wednesday, September 21st against Corporate Landing at 5:30. (Girls Home)

Fall Athletic Schedule- games start at 5:30 pm unless noted. See Online ticket sales below as well.


(No tickets needed for Soccer)


Monday, September 19- Soccer vs. Bayside (boys home, girls away)


Tuesday, September 20- Football vs. Brandon- @ 6PM played at Tallwood High


Wednesday, September 21- Soccer vs. Corporate Landing (Girls home, Boys away)


Wednesday, September 28- Soccer vs. Independence (Boys home, Girls away)

Football vs. Princess Anne- game played at Kellam High


Please contact our Student Activities Coordinator, Colleen Clukey, at colleen.clukey@vbschools.com if you have any further questions. We look forward to an amazing year filled with sports and activities! https://landstownmsstudentactivities.weebly.com/
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Gifted @ Landstown Middle

Please see the attached flyers for information regarding how students are referred for gifted services in VBCPS. Notice there are separate flyers for Grades 2-7 and Grades 8-12.

Grades 2-7

Grades 8-12


Applications for the Gifted Dance and Visual Arts Programs are due by February 1, 2023.

Parents interested in referring their child for gifted services can contact our gifted resource teacher at AshleyM.Smith@vbschools.com to begin the application process.

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Sa'Deria Brace, MSW, LCSW CYBC – MFLC Landstown MS

Hello there!! My name is Sa'Deria Brace and I am beyond excited to be your Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC). I have provided counseling to children and families within the public school system for over 7

years. As a military child myself, working in the capacity as a MFLC has become even more rewarding. Military children have unique needs and challenges and I am here to help provide resources to navigate those issues. My duty as your MFLC is to collaborate with your family to build resilience to persevere.

If you would like further information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We can connect in person or by phone. I can be reached at 757-350-9165.

I look forward to collaborating with you and your family!


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I Make A Difference!-Chuck Crews. Technology Support Technician

I would like to nominate Chuck Crews for the I Make a Difference. He has worked hard to get every student a Chromebook. Mr. Crews is always willing to help the staff and faculty with a smile. Thank you, Mr. Crews for all you do and you truly “Make a Difference.”
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Canvas (Learning Management System)-What is it? & How do I navigate it?

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AVID Corner-Tips to help support your student at home!

  1. Ensure that your student’s binder is organized and prepared for class everyday (papers placed in the appropriate sections, pockets emptied, table of contents filled out, etc.)

  2. Check your student’s planner and class calendars for assignment/assessment dates

  3. Encourage your student to review their class notes to engage in the focused note taking process

SOL Lab-1st Nine Weeks

(From The VBCPS Middle School Student Handbook) linked above

The Academic Support and SOL Lab programs are designed to respond to the needs of students who have demonstrated deficiency in English/Language Arts and/or mathematics. Students failing the spring English or Mathematics SOL test must participate in SOL lab during the first nine-weeks, in lieu of a nine-week elective course to participate in Academic Support. Additional information regarding this program may be obtained by contacting the school's School Improvement Specialist.

Cell Phone Policy (SB Reg. 3-65.1)

As we head into a new school year, you should be aware of a recent policy change approved by the school board regarding cell phones at school. We have received overwhelming feedback from our stakeholders, including students, teachers, administrators, parents and school board members on the negative impact of cell phones and ear buds on student engagement, participation, and learning in the classroom. As a result, student use of personal cell phones, personal communication devices and accessories, such as earbuds, or personal wireless headphones are prohibited during instructional time and in instructional settings. These items must be stored in a backpack or similar personal bag, teacher designated areas within the instructional setting, lockers, or in a personal vehicle. Such items should not be kept on the person or in the clothing of a student as doing so allows students to access the device with ease.

The Department of School Leadership, in working with school principals, may establish restrictions specific to the elementary, middle and high school levels as necessary to prevent disruption of the educational environment. If it is necessary to contact your child during the school day, call your school’s main office. Should students need to contact a parent or guardian, they should use the main office phone. Please reference Policy (3-65) and Regulation 3-65.1, for additional details.

We realize this change may cause some anxiety for your child, and perhaps even yourself. Many factors were considered when making this decision. What we know is that cell phones and ear buds have created a significant disruption to the educational environment, are not conducive to productive learning experiences and are often the source of disciplinary intervention.

The information about this policy update can be found on VBschools.com. Thank you for playing an important and supportive role to ensure a highly engaged, student-centered learning environment for all students.

So what does the cell phone policy mean at the middle school level?

All middle school students are required to power off their personal cell phone, Smart Watch and other personal communication devices before entering the building and may not activate until students are dismissed at the end of the school day. Throughout the school day, students must store communication devices as well as AirPods or any other bluetooth devices in their assigned locker. Bookbags must also be stored in their assigned lockers during the school day. This policy is a proactive approach to actively engaging students in learning, preserving instructional time, and to reducing behaviors that interfere with the learning environment. If it is necessary to contact your child during the school day, call our main office. Should students need to contact a parent or guardian, they must use the main office phone. Please reference Policy (3-65) and Regulation 3-65.1, for additional details.


Thank you for playing an important and supportive role to ensure a highly engaged, student-centered learning environment for all students.


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Dismissal Procedures

Please know we will most likely experience a delay in our dismissal process this week as elementary schools adjust to their dismissal schedules. Expect that students may arrive home 15 – 30 minutes late in some cases.


For parent pick-up, please use the traffic flow graphic below to assist in safely and efficiently getting your student to you.

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Bus Location App-Empowering Parents!

During the school year, use this app to locate your child's bus. More information here: https://www.vbschools.com/parents/bus_schedules___transportation/busapp

6th Grade Parent Meetings from August

If you missed the meetings, please access our recorded meeting linked below or the presentation, also linked below. If you have any remaining concerns, please feel free to contact us at 757-648-4750 with questions.


Parent Information Meeting - video

Parent Information Meeting - slides

Landstown Middle School Hours

Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday 9AM-4:45PM


Student Hours: (First Day: Tuesday September 6th)


  • 9:45 to 4:15