Landstown Middle School- The Shield

December 9, 2022

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Greetings Lancer Families,

December 9, 2022

We hope everyone had an awesome week! This week was filled with lots of excitement and events and we will continue to emphasize how proud we are of our students, staff, and families! We had basketball games, Academic Challenge contests, the Spelling Bee Competition, and our Winter Chorus Concert. In addition to those events, we are so excited that the PTSA Holiday Bazaar is finally here! Please come out to school to shop for the holidays and support our PTSA Saturday morning from 8AM-12PM to support our PTSA. Finally, as we approach the Winter Break Holiday, we want our families to be aware that Thursday, December 22, is an adjusted dismissal at 1:45 PM, and Winter Break is December 23-January 2, 2023. As always, if your family needs assistance, if you have any questions, or if you need to schedule an appointment, please contact the school during office hours at 757-648-4750. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of “The Shield.” Have a great weekend Lancers!

  • Congratulations to Brandy Shaw on this week’s “I Make a Difference,” Award. We are proud of you and thank you for your continuous support of our students, staff, and school.

  • The PTSA Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, from 8AM-12PM. There are over 30 vendors and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. If you are looking for holiday gifts, this is a great event. Please come and support our PTSA on December 10. Please see the flier below.

  • The Visual and Performing Art Academy at Salem High School will host a Dance Strand Audition Workshop on December 10, 2002 from 2PM-4:30 PM at Salem High School. Please see the flier below for more information.

  • Basketball and Academic Challenge play against Independence on Monday, December 12 @ 5:30 at home.

  • The Advanced Technology Center’s STEM & Career Information Night is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2022. The event is from 6PM-7:30PM on the Campus of TCC. This event is for all 8th grade students and families that are interested. Please see the flier below for more information.

  • Our WinterFest holiday dance will be held on Friday, December 16th from 4:15-5:45. Tickets will go on sale Monday, December 12-14.

  • Basketball and Academic Challenge will travel to Brandon on Thursday, December 15. Game starts at 5:30.

  • Our WinterFest Dance will take place on Friday, December 16 from 4:15-5:45. Tickets are $5 and will go on sale Monday, December 12 in the morning.

  • The Office for Diversity,Equity and Inclusion (DEI) would like to announce that the 2023 African American Male Summit (AAMS) will be held at Tallwood High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8:00-1:00 PM. The summit is open to all VBCPS middle and high school students who identify as males. There will be a leadership retreat for selected students on Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 9:00-1:00 PM. Additional information is forthcoming.

  • December 22, 2022 is an adjusted dismissal. Dismissal is at 1:45PM.

  • Winter Break is December 23-January 2, 2023. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2024.

  • The School Board approved an adjusted dismissal day for all students on Friday, January 27.

  • Parents, a reminder that last year the 23-24 school year calendar was approved, which included a Pre-Labor Day start for students. For long-range planning purposes, please note the first day of school for the 23-24 school year is Monday, August 28.

Landstown PTSA Membership-Our goal is 100%. Please consider joining-membership fee $8

Options:

1. Click here for the pdf form to print and send in with $8

2. Go to the member hub store: https://landstownmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store and complete digitally.

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PTSA Cookie exchange donations

The LMS PTSA is working hard on getting our Winter Celebration planned for our wonderful teachers and staff. This celebration will include a cookie and treat bar as well as raffle baskets. If you are able to donate a store/bakery bought treat please sign up Genius here. If you are able to donate anything for our raffle baskets, please contact Michelle Cannuli, our PTSA president at itcannuliswife@live.com or Colleen Clukey, our Student Activities Coordinator at colleen.clukey@vbschools.com. All donations will need to be dropped off at Landstown Middle by December 19th. Thanks for all your help this holiday season!

I Make A Difference!- Ms. Brandy Shaw

This week’s I make a difference nominee is Mrs. Brandy Shaw. Mrs. Shaw has been our Data Tech here at Landstown Middle for the past 2 years and just recently took the position of the Computer Solutions/ business teacher. While adjusting into her new role as a 1st year teacher, Mrs. Shaw is also fulfilling her role as the data tech. Mrs. Shaw, you make a difference to the Landstown family.

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Winter 1 Athletic Schedule- games start at 5:30 pm unless noted. See Online ticket sales below as well.

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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Winter I activities

Girls basketball beat both Bayside and Corporate Landing this past week! Their record is now 2-1. Boys basketball beat Bayside and lost to Corporate Landing in a tough game. Their record is 1-2. Our next game is on Monday, December 12 at home. Come out and support our Lancers!


Academic Challenge beat Bayside and lost to Corporate Landing only by a few points. Our team is off to a strong start! Their record is 2-1. Our next match is on Monday, December 12 at home.


Go Lancers!

Mrs. Ellis did an amazing job on Thursday with the chorus concert. The audience even participated in a song!

Annual Spelling Bee- Congratulations to Amarachukwusom Nwokoji, our spelling bee champion! She will move forward in the competition in early February. We are so very proud of all the contestants!

The VBCPS Military Art Competition- Students artwork that was submitted.

The African American Male Summit will take place on Saturday, January 21st from 8-1pm at Tallwood High School. Please email Mr. Fritz or Mrs. Clukey if you are interested in attending.

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School Planning Council

School Planning Council-We need you!

Landstown Middle School is actively seeking interested staff, parents, and community members to serve on the School Planning Council. Council Members include administrators, teachers, and parents/community members. The role of the School Planning Council is to support and promote Landstown’s Plan for Continuous Improvement. This offers participants the opportunity to work together to meet Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ goals and objectives to prepare students to succeed as learners, workers, and citizens.


No prior experience is needed, and our collaborative sessions will be facilitated by our Assistant Principal, Jennifer Baxter. Please consider bringing insight to our School Planning Council and join us. Use the link above or here to indicate your interest.

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Dance Strand Audition Workshop

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Advanced Technology Center's STEM and Career Information Night

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Gifted/AVID information

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DECEMBER 2022 F.A.C.E. TIME NEWSLETTER – Welcome to F.A.C.E. Time, a newsletter produced by the Office of Family and Community Engagement. You’ll find resources for families and staff, including information on volunteering, student volunteer opportunities, school news, fun family-friendly partner sponsored events and programs, and so much more!


2022-2023 VBCPS AVID Student Application - Landstown Middle School

The application to apply for AVID is now available! Rising 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in AVID are invited to apply. Rising 9th grade students interested in AVID should contact Megan Campbell (megan.scott@vbschools.com) to get an application for their zoned high school. Applications close on January 20, 2023.

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News from the LMS Clinic:

The year has gotten off to a very busy start here in our clinic. We are getting to know many of our 6th grade students and it’s great to see our 7th and 8th graders pop in to say “hello” now and then! A few reminders as we make our way into the second marking period:

  • Please keep your child home when they are ill. Colds, flu, RSV, and Covid continue to be the main illnesses we are seeing in the clinic. As a reminder, fever is not the only indicator of illness. Giving your child cold/flu remedies only masks the illness but does not prevent them from spreading germs to classmates, teachers, and staff. Please protect our entire Lancer community and keep your student at home if they are feeling unwell.

  • 7th Grade Hearing and Vision Screening: State-mandated hearing and vision screening for all 7th grade students will take place on November 28th and 29th during P.E. If your child wears glasses, make sure they bring them to school those days.

  • 6th Grade Students: Did you know that your child needs to have their Tdap and Meningococcal conjugate vaccines prior to the start of 7th grade? When your child visits their healthcare provider this year make sure they get these two vaccines then bring their updated shot record to the school. This will make entry into 7th grade a breeze!

  • Per VBCPS School Board Policy, students may not carry any medication and cannot take any medication at school (including over-the-counter meds) without a doctor’s order. The medication must be brought to school by a parent, guardian, or designee, and kept in the clinic along with the order. Medication forms can be found here and here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to care for your students,

Andrea Uhler, RN

Clinic Nurse

Jennifer Trembley, EMT

Clinic Assistant


Thank you Katelyn Bodge, our school psychologist, for all you do for our students and community!

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SchoolCash Online

To make it easier for you to pay for your child’s school items and fees, our online payment system, SchoolCash Online, we will be sending out an email.

If you are a parent or legal guardian in the school’s Student Information System and you don’t yet have a SchoolCash Online account with that email address, you will receive an automated invitation from SchoolCash Online to create one. You can always create an account at any time by visiting https://vbschools.schoolcashonline.com/. More VBCPS schools will be using SchoolCash Online this year.

If you are a parent or legal guardian in the school’s Student Information System, and if you already have a SchoolCash Online account with that email address, but you haven’t yet linked your student(s) to your account, you will receive an automated email from SchoolCash Online for each unlinked child. This email will ask you to confirm that you want the system to automatically connect your child to your account.

For SchoolCash Parent Help Desk assistance, visit https://vbschools.schoolcashonline.com/support or call 1-866-961-1803.

WORTH REPEATING-ALL Information Below has been shared in earlier editions of "The Shield"

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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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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

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)


  • 9:35am to 4:15pm

Landstown PTSA Membership-Our goal is 100%. Please consider joining-membership fee $8

Options:

1. Click here for the pdf form to print and send in with $8

2. Go to the member hub store: https://landstownmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store and complete digitally.