Holland Middle School

ALICE - District Wide Introduction

Dear Holland Middle School Community,

As mentioned in the letter sent out by Dr. Fraser on April 5, 2019, and discussed at the community forum held at Newtown Middle School on March 19, 2019, Council Rock School District is introducing a new safety initiative, ALICE. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This research based program is designed to provide staff and students with proactive strategies in the event of a violent critical incident.

Our faculty and staff have already received ALICE training, including scenario based training. Tomorrow, April 9, 2019, we are going introduce the ALICE program to all secondary students in the district during their homeroom period. We will NOT be implementing any ALICE specific drills on April 9th. In the weeks and months ahead, we will have the opportunity to explore the ALICE components in greater depth in preparation for future discussions/drills. .

We know that this is a sensitive topic for students and adults. As such, everyone may interpret the information a bit differently. Our hope is that we will never experience any type of violence at our schools; however, we want to to be prepared to ensure and promote the CARE, WELFARE, SAFETY, and SECURITY of everyone.

For more information on ALICE, please visit the ALICE K-12 Program Website and/or contact your child’s guidance counselor, or grade level principal..

Thank you,

Rich and Tim

STAFF PROFILE - Mr. Lebofsky

Mr. Lebofsky has been teaching for 15 years. He has diverse teaching credentials including certifications in Special Education, Middle Level Language Arts, Middle Level Social Studies, and Middle Level Mathematics. He joined the HMS staff after spending many years at Newtown Middle School. Mr. Lebofsky also brings teaching experience from the San Franciso Unified School District and the Montgomery County Maryland School District. You will recognize Mr. Lebofsky as he is frequently strumming a guitar in the hallways! He is passionate about music, photography, painting, writing, and reading. A true renaissance man! When asked about his favorite teaching moment he stated " whenever a student breaks through barriers to understanding. We all thrive on doing a little better today than we did yesterday. We all need to know we are heading somewhere special and that with meaningful support form friends, family and teachers, hopes can become reality!"