Friday, September 10th

Friday Message:

Happy Friday, Lakeside!

We always try and pack a lot in when the week is only a 4-day week. We hope everyone had a great weekend last week. Our students hit the ground running as we made it through week three here at Lakeside. It has been awesome to see student work starting to manifest in the hallways, and students working on projects in various classes. During recess, students are active - soccer and kickball apparently lead the way as the most popular activities. Our band and orchestra students are making music. We have kids making videos in the hallways around the school. In short, life is good.

We do have an action-packed week ahead, so make sure you take a look at the notes about the Growth Assessments next week and a few new clubs starting up. A reminder that Back To School Night is on Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30. We will send an email home with details in a separate email, but you can check out the BTSN website on the Lakeside site to start to find information about Tuesday evening.

That's all for now, Lakeside. Have a great weekend!

Next Week @ LMS:

Coming up next week:

Monday, September 13th: Black Day

Tuesday, September 14th: Teal Day

  • Reading Growth Assessment test
  • Back To School Night: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, September 15th: Black Day

  • Reading Growth Assessment test

Thursday, September 16th: Teal Day

Friday, September 17th: Black Day

  • Math Growth Assessment test

Growth Assessment Information

Good afternoon, Lakeside Families,

We would like to inform you that next week all students in grades 6-8 will be taking a new assessment from the Virginia Department of Education - the Fall Growth Assessment. These assessments will be in reading and math. They are short, about 20 questions in length, and will cover the previous grades' standards. Reading will be on September 14th and 15th, depending on when your student has Language Arts and Math (with exception of Algebra and Geometry) will be on September 17th. If your student receives testing accommodations, they will be honored. These assessments will provide additional information to the teacher about your student’s learning and help guide and support instruction. We anticipate it will take about 45-60 minutes to complete the assessment during the instructional class. Feel free to contact me or our Testing Coordinator, LaNell Rakness ( with any questions.


Megan Wood, Principal

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Buenas tardes, familias de Lakeside,

Nos gustaría informarles que la próxima semana todos los estudiantes en los grados 6-8 tomarán un nuevo examen del Departamento de Educación de Virginia: la Evaluación de Crecimiento de Otoño. Estas evaluaciones medirán el aprendizaje de los alumnos en la lectura y las matemáticas. Tienen aproximadamente 20 preguntas diseñadas para medir el progreso de los alumnos con los estándares de los grados anteriores. El examen de Lectura será o el 14 o el 15 de septiembre, dependiendo del día que le toque la clase de Artes de Lenguaje a su estudiante. El examen de Matemáticas (con excepción de Álgebra y Geometría) será el 17 de septiembre. Si su estudiante recibe acomodaciones para los exámenes, las recibirá durante este examen. Estas evaluaciones proporcionarán información adicional a los maestros de su estudiante sobre el aprendizaje de su estudiante, y anticipamos que tomará entre 45 a 60 minutos completar la evaluación durante la clase de instrucción. No dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo o con nuestra Coordinadora de Exámenes, LaNell Rakness ( con cualquier pregunta.


Megan Wood, Directora

News from Lakeside:

  1. From Mr. Gregg: We are currently missing a trumpet. If you are a trumpet player, or parent of a trumpet player PLEASE make sure you have the correct trumpet. More often than not someone has picked up the wrong instrument by accident. The case we are looking for is black, and has a silver hoop around it where the buckles are. There is a nametag on this instrument as well. It's possible it fell off, but it had one when it was put in the storage room. Also, make sure you have the correct number of trumpets. In the past students have mistakenly taken a second one home. It's possible it was mistaken for a Saxophone case as well.

  2. Lakeside Tee-Shirts are still for sale from the PTO. Here is a link to the form.

  3. Opportunities from William and Mary College: William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share our Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are fall virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register.

  4. The Young Women Leaders Program is a mentoring program that matches 7th and 8th-grade middle school girls with undergraduate women from UVA for a year-long mentoring relationship. Through weekly group mentoring meetings and 1 on 1 mentoring interaction, our program is dedicated to fostering leadership and autonomy in our Little Sisters.

    What does it mean to be in YWLP?

    • Learn to be a leader!
    • Beginning September 15, 2021, attend weekly after-school meetings that focus on leadership skills and issues facing girls today!
    • Commit to YWLP for the year!
    • Agree to attend each group meeting.

      Weekly meetings will be held at Lakeside on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm.

      YWLP has been serving students in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for over 20 years. More information about the program can be found at our website:

      Apply here:

      You are encouraged to fill out our online application as soon as you are able in order to secure a spot for your daughter! A parent or guardian should complete the first part of the application and the student enrolling in YWLP should complete the last part.

  5. The PTO and the Alliance Francaise are offering a virtual French Club on Tuesdays from 5 PM - 6:00 PM for 8 weeks. Dates are September 23rd - November 11th. Students will have a blast learning the basics of French and navigating the sites of Paris! We look forward to going to Paris with you. Registration can be found here. For questions, email

  6. MathCounts: MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics and problem-solving competition consisting of individual rounds and a team round. Lakeside will be sending 4 to 8 qualifying students to the regional competition with hopes of moving on to the state level. The regional competition is traditionally held in mid-February at Blue Ridge Community College; last year it was a virtual event. They have yet to announce the format for this year.

    The problems range in difficulty from easy to challenging. Reasons students give for enjoying MathCounts are that no two problems are ever the same, and the depth of problem-solving goes well beyond the regular curriculum. If your child loves math class and enjoys a challenge, I encourage them to give MathCounts a try. Students who are not interested in the competition, but merely enjoy working on math problems are more than welcome.

    Meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays before school from 8:00 to 9:00 and will begin mid-September.

    If your child is interested in this activity or has questions, please have them email Ms. McCullough at or stop by Room E-1 to talk with her.