LCMS Staff Weekly Newsletter

By Tami Gunset

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I hope that each of you had a relaxing Mother's Day.


I hope that you have had a great Mother's Day weekend and spoiled all the ladies in your life!

It is hard to believe that we only have 14 days left with students. So with that being said it is very important that we are in contact with parents if their child is in danger of failing for the six weeks or the year in your class. Posting of grades are very important so please stay on top of your grades.

STAAR Test & STAAR Camp Dates

Monday, May 9

  • 7th and 6th grade Math
  • 8th grade Math Re-Takes
  • 8th grade Science Camp

Tuesday, May 10

  • 7th and 6th grade Reading
  • 8th grade Reading Re-Takes
  • 8th grade US History Camp

Wednesday, May 11

  • 8th grade Science

Thursday, May 12

  • 8th grade US History

Summer Enrichment to Promote to OUR STUDENTS!

Career Day and Youth Career Fair:

Come and listen to a variety of professionals including Cindy Best, from Wells Fargo Education Financial Services, who will be sharing some of the wonderful college planning materials and resources that Wells Fargo offers to students and parents to help them understand the road map to preparing and paying for college. Then we will head to the Civic Center for the Youth Career Fair to listen to prospective employers. Following the career fair we will make stops at other businesses and listen to more professionals as they share their paths and suggestions to students as they prepare their career plans.

STEM/Engineering Class presented by TTU

Wait, stop! Don’t throw away that water bottle, we are going to need it. During this engineering camp we will be working as green engineers and mechanical engineers to solve a variety of problems and have fun. When an engineer is solving a problem using green engineering, it means that he or she is thinking about how to solve the problem in a way that prevents harm to the environment. Green engineering is a way of thinking that can be applied to any engineering problem. Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and most diverse fields of engineering. Mechanical engineers are people who use their creativity and knowledge of science and math to solve problems related to various kinds of machines. This camp involves two challenges. The first challenge involves creating race cars out of recyclable materials and then racing against each other until we find the fastest recycled racer. The second challenge involves building traps to catch a pesky critter that is causing all kinds of problems. Bring your creativity, thinking caps, and willingness to try new things.

CrossFit for Kids - Coaches Help Promote this with our athletes

Join the Nuclear CrossFit team as they nourish the future of our society by developing and promoting responsible choices through the balance of healthy eating and physical conditioning. Their process is through fun games to prepare students for future athletic and life opportunities. The class will meet 10 sessions throughout the month of June.

Volleyball Skills Clinic

Guns Up Volleyball Club is committed to training young athletes to perform at their highest level by uniting talented and passionate players. We view the volleyball court as our classroom, transformed to teach lessons of accountability, character, commitment, communication, cooperation, courage, discipline, integrity, leadership, respect, responsibility, teamwork, work ethic, and the importance of sacrifice and sportsmanship.

This clinic focuses on basic fundamental development and is great for those who have never played volleyball before as well as those who are looking to fine tune their skill set.

Culinary Class

Make plans to attend this amazing course! Students will learn the cooking basics, prep, meal planning, meal budgeting, and finally actual cooking. We hope to be able to make snacks offered to our students attending summer school courses. Space is limited so turn in your registration form quickly.

Write Brain Books authored by STUDENT

WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS are ILLUSTRATED, WORDLESS BOOKS with lines on the pages for a student author’s original story. Through an in-depth & standards aligned literacy course in the art of children's book authoring, students K-12 write thoughtfully crafted storybooks and are published in the process.

First, students collaborate in groups to write and donate a coauthored book, then each writes independently, receiving high-quality, professionally printed, perfect bound copies of their self-authored books. Every student's self-esteem and test readiness elevates as vital academic and social skills develop.

*** Writing equips a student with the communication and thinking skills he or she will need to participate effectively, at all grade levels, throughout their schooling and life as they form relationships, enter the workforce and build community.

"The kids LOVE authoring their WRiTE BRAiN Books! Their ability to focus and create a story through a collaborative process with their peers far surpassed our expectations."

Summer School Information

We have begun to pull student's , and in core course to determine which students will need to attend summer school.

*** I sent the 6th and 7th grade Math and ELA teachers a google sheets, please edit the list as soon as possible so that I can get summer school letters out to parents.

Our summer school program will offer small group individualized instruction to close the learning gaps. Our summer school program will provide that extra attention your students needs to strengthen areas of math and reading.

* Summer School Dates: Monday, June 6 - Wednesday, June 22 from 8am-12pm @ Lubbock-Cooper Middle School

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Lemonade Day is Empowering Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs.

Please come out on to any one (or more) of our LCMS student's lemonade stands to support their hard work. If you go to two or more stands you will receive a three day jean pass, that can be used on May 17-19. Stands will have sign in sheets so please sign in and enjoy your cup of lemonade.


Every child in America is introduced to entrepreneurship through the real world experience of starting their own business – a lemonade stand. By running their stand, they learn the business and life skills needed to set a goal, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams.


To address a missing element in many youth education programs, the mission of Prepared 4 Life is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. We want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.

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Grade Level End of the Year Class Adwards

Friday, May 20 @ PAC
  • 6th grade - 8:30am
  • 7th grade - 10:00am
  • 8th grade - 11:30am

Teachers are expected to be at the grade level awards, we will do our very best to relieve you so that you can spend some time with your child at Olympic Day at South. I do not feel that awards will take more than an hour. All of the grade will attend but those students selected by you will receive an award. Please let me know if you have any questions.

We will also have a Pirate Pride day, so we will get a schedule out to you by the end of the week if not sooner.

Spring Final Exams

the . All teachers will need to prepare an exam. The semester final exam will be a percentage of the final year grade for your class. We will have two early dismissal days (May 25 and May 26) and will be testing on these two days as well, so plan accordingly. Students will have to make up missed exams due to an absence on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1.


May 16 - Review for "Red Day" Electives

May 17 - Review for "Black Day" Electives

May 18 & 19 - Final Exams for Electives

May 19 - Reviews for "Black Day" Core classes

May 23 - Reviews for "Red Day" Core classes

May 24-26 - Final Exams for Core classes


The dodgeball tournament will run from May 16-19 after school. The championship games will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the gym on Friday, May 20.


May 12 @ 7:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Center (PAC)


May 24 @ 6:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Band Booster Golf Tournament

Stone Gate Golf Course in Lubbock

Saturday, May 21

Four-Player Scramble

Shotgun Start at 8 a.m.

$75 per Person

Lunch Included

Call 806-790-7334 for more information and to register

May Calendar Events

  • Monday, May 9 - STAAR Math for 6th and 7th graders (8am-1pm)
  • Monday, May 9 - 8th grade STAAR Math 2nd Administration
  • Tuesday, May 10 - STAAR Reading for 6th and 7th graders (8am-1pm)
  • Tuesday, May 10 - 8th grade STAAR Reading 2nd Administration
  • Wednesday, May 11 - 8th grade STAAR Science (8am-1pm)
  • Thursday, May 12 - 8th grade STAAR Social Studies (8am-1pm)
  • Thursday, May 12 - MS Band Spring Concert @ PAC (7:30pm)
  • Saturday, May 14 - 8th grade Banquet
  • Sunday, May 15 - Happy Birthday Lupe Ferrell
  • Monday, May 16 - StuCo Dodge Ball Tournament Begins
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Mathletics Training
  • Tuesday, May 17 - 6th grade Band Festival @ PAC (8am-12pm)
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Pathways Training for Math/Science (8:30am) - No Outside PD will be approved!
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Baby Mears Baby Shower in Library (4pm)
  • Thursday, May 19 - Right Brain Training
  • Thursday, May 19 - Pathways Training for SS/ELA (8:30am) - No Outside PD will be approved!
  • Thursday, May 19 - LCISD School Board Meeting (7pm)
  • Friday, May 20 - 6th grade Class Awards @ PAC (8:30am)
  • Friday, May 20 - 7th grade Class Awards @ PAC (10am)
  • Friday, May 20 - 8th grade Class Awards @ PAC (11:30am)
  • Friday, May 20 - Pirate Pride Day / Dodge Ball Finals
  • Sunday, May 22 - Happy Birthday Maria Tarin
  • Monday, May 23 - Thursday, May 26 - Spring Final Exams
  • Monday, May 23 - Ammons Retirement Reception (4pm-5:15pm)
  • Thursday, May 26 - End of 6th Six Weeks
  • Friday, May 27 - Teacher Workday - released after End of Year Meeting with Mr. Bryant!
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 31- 8th grade 2nd Administration of STAAR Result in district!

Technology Return for END of YEAR!

As we begin planning for the end of the year, please know that we will be collecting all technology (laptops, iPads etc.)for updates and inventory. Once technology has been updated then I will contact you and you can come and check it out for summer use or wait till August to get it once we return for professional development. Please note the district is doing the same thing as with professional development over the summer so that you can enjoy a week in November...more information to come.

* I really need staff to give Mr. Morgan a heads up when you are giving other staff your unused technology so that his inventory can be corrected. For example, I do not use my document camera so I give it to another staff to use in their classroom. I am good with this but it needs to go through Morgan first so that he can update the inventory list. Please let me know if you have questions.