Lansing Intermediate Roar

1st Edition, 9-22-2022

Principal's Message - Mr. Altieri

We are excited to roll out the first edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, the Lansing Intermediate Roar. Fall has just begun and we finally have weather that feels like it! This evening we're having our first annual open house from 6-730pm. Our staff are excited to show off everything our students have learned, and what they will learn, this year. Please continue to follow the Roar to stay up to date on news and events at LIS.

On a personal note, as my first year as the LIS Principal, I am beyond grateful for the support I have received from the Lansing school community. Lansing is a very unique area and I am excited to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing our students grow as learners and individuals. If you see me around town, or elsewhere, please say hello.

Front Office Dispatch

When your child is absent, please remember to call the attendance line before 9:30am to report the absence. You can also report the absence by emailing

Counselor's Corner

Hello parents! I'm Mrs. Farrar, social worker/counselor at Lansing Intermediate. Here are some exciting things that are coming up here at LIS.

Kindness Club starts next week! All students are invited to join Kindness Club. Our mission is to make our school and community a kinder place. Students are encouraged to share their ideas and participate in activities to help make that happen. We meet before school starts in room 602. Here are the upcoming dates for 4th grade: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, and Nov. 8th. 5th grade: Sept. 28, Oct. 19, and Nov. 9th. I hope to see your child/children there!

During our counseling lessons, we will be focusing on Bully Prevention, Social Thinking, and Personal Safety. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more information on what we will be covering this school year.

Next month we will be celebrating Unity Day on Oct 19th. All students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on that day to unite to support kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Please encourage your child to participate! We also have a special virtual program, the Ned Show, coming on October 7th. Be watching for more information next week.

Save the Date! We have a special community presentation coming up on November 9th at 6:00pm. Russ Tuttle will be here to talk about the Be Alert program which will teach parents how to help keep their kids safe from dangers online. November 10th he will be presenting to our students on recognizing online dangers and what to do. Be watching for more information coming soon!

Hope to see you at Open House!

Thank you!

Janet Farrar, LMSW

Social worker/counselor

Fourth Grade - Crystal Hanson and Maxx Demann

In the last few weeks we have been busy preparing for great activities to show off at Open House. Our writing activity, “The Best Part of Me” showcases a physical feature each student believes is their favorites and the reasons why. In Social Studies we have been busy studying the Midwest region of the United States. The students chose a state and researched information about their favorite Midwestern state. In Reading, we have been learning about Text Stuctures and Authors Purpose (Persuade, Inform, Explain ‘PIE’. The students had a lot of fun with our “Pie in The Face” Activity. After answering multiple questions the kids were able to play the game.

An intro from Mr. Demann:

Hi, I am Maxx Demann I was born in Chicago Illinois, and raised in a small town in Colorado called Rifle. Being raised in Colorado has influenced me into having an outdoor spirit with an eye for adventure. Many things in my life I would categorize as an adventure; my life has had many of these adventures. I have been involved in many sporting and club “adventures” , some of which include boy scouts, football, track and field, basketball, wrestling, and soccer. Many of these were done at a young age as we liked to keep busy as a family. As I grew up I had to pick and choose which route as far as sports I would go. In high school I participated in boy scouts, football, wrestling, and track and field. I have made it to some of the higher levels in each of these activities, I was awarded Eagle Scout in boy scouts, we made it to the state finals in football my sophomore year, qualified for state in my junior and senior year, however just missed qualifying for state in track in field by a tenth of a second. I have been through many successes in my “adventures” but a lot of losses as well including missing the qualifying time in track and field. I am a strong believer that our losses and how we respond to them is what shapes us. Despite the losses and setbacks, I have pushed back and continued to follow my dreams in becoming the best person I can be. I am currently a wrestler and elementary education student at the University of Saint Mary and consistently looking forward to learning and bettering myself.

Fifth Grade - Andrea Rothmeyer and Matt O'Neill

Greetings from the 5th grade! Our classroom is buzzing with excitement, as the students have finally gotten over their post-summer woes and have dived head-first into the pool of knowledge. Some of this year's activities include having the class creating most of our wall decorations, playing a rousing game of ELA Jeopardy hosted by our Student Teacher, Mr. O'Neill, as well as getting to know each other and building relationships. Academically, we have reviewed math skills from 4th grade such as long division and multiplication, started a novel study, and learned about the preamble to our country's constitution. We are also gearing up for our first field trip of the year next month! This class is an amazing group of young people eager to learn and have fun. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!

An intro from Mr. O'Neill:

Hi! My name is Matt O'Neill, and I am student teaching in Mrs. Rothmeyer's room this semester. I am currently working towards my master's degree in elementary education from Ottawa University, and I previously earned my bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Kansas. I live in Merriam, KS with my wife, Heather, and my 2 dogs, Jonah and Mya. In my spare time, I love to cook, watch movies, and play pickleball. I'm also a huge sports fan, my favorites being Chiefs football and Jayhawk basketball. As my students very well know, I am also obsessed with Batman! I have had an amazing time working with all of my awesome students. Everyone in the building has been so welcoming and have really made me feel at home. I can't wait to see what the rest of the semester brings! Go Lions!

Staff Spotlight

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Caroline Reynolds

Mrs. Reynolds is in her third year as Lansing Intermediate's instructional coach. Prior to her current role, she was an interventionist at LIS and LES. Mrs. Reynolds assists teachers and admin to implement curriculum changes, improve instructional practices, and create engaging activities that boost student learning. She is very passionate about education and is always willing to help with building needs. Mrs. Reynolds stepped up big time this year to assist new teachers and helped get LIS off to a great start! She is featured in our district's Academic Spotlight this week! We appreciate her hard work and dedication!

Standards-Based Grading

We have received questions about the standards-based grading system we adopted this year. While you can find lots of information on the grading system through this article, we included a graphic below to help focus on the main ideas. In the past, the overall grade has been an aggregate of assessed skills in classrooms. Our new system merely breaks it down so parents can see how well their child is performing in those specific skills.
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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 22 - LIS Open House (6-730pm)

Sept. 26 - PTA Fall Fundraiser Kickoff

Sept. 26-30 - Spirit Week (see graphic below)

Oct. 11 - End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 12 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4pm-8pm), Papa John's PTA Fundraiser

Oct. 13 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences (7am-3pm)

Oct. 14 - No School

Oct. 17 - Start of 2nd Quarter - Fall Fundraiser Money and Forms Due

Oct. 20 - PTA Meeting (630pm at LES Library)

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