Landstown Middle School- The Shield

September 23 , 2022

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Greetings Lancer Families,

We want to thank all families who joined us this week during our Open House event. It was simply awesome meeting our families and welcoming them to Landstown Middle School. Our teachers did an awesome job sharing information about their classes and building positive connections with our parents. We always emphasize the importance of working together to ensure ALL our students and families have every opportunity to have a successful middle school experience. Communication is critical to our success, so we ask our families and students to contact us anytime if you have questions. 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. Thank you again to all our families for an awesome Open House! We hope you enjoy today’s edition of “The Shield.”


  • Pre-growth assessments will continue this upcoming week in grades 6-8 for Reading and Math, except for Algebra I and Geometry.

  • Please remind your students to charge their chromebooks every night.

  • Coordinated Lockdown drill with Landstown Elementary, Thursday, September 29th.

  • Fall Student pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28.

  • Academy Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from 5PM-8PM. This is a great event for anyone interested in applying for the Academies.

  • All families in VBCPS have access to Focused EduVation (FEV) Tutor. FEV Tutoring offers free on-demand homework, tutoring assistance, scheduled tutoring sessions, and online modules for all students. Please follow this link for a brief video: FEV Tutor Informational Video and click on this link for login directions: FEV Tutor Classlink Directions.

  • SPOOKYFEST is back and scheduled for Friday, October 28th. Please save the date and more information will follow.

Upcoming Activities

  • Pictures-Wednesday, September 28th. Here is the code to purchase your pictures online: Go to www.Lifetouch.com and enter code: EVTG4Z36H. Flyers were sent home this week.
  • Coordinated lockdown drill with Landstown Elementary, Thursday September 29th.
  • VBCPS Academy Night, October 13th!
  • SPOOKYFEST dance is back at Landstown Middle! Friday, October 28th. Tickets will go on sale the week of October 17th. Look for details the first week of October!
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Fall Athletics

Both girls and boys soccer had amazing wins this week against Bayside and Corporate Landing. Our next game is on Wednesday, September 28th- Boys home, girls away at Independence. Keep up the great work!


Thank you to our cheerleaders for all their hard work and dedication to our teams!


Football played their hearts out against Brandon Middle on Tuesday but fell short 24-8. Our next game is on Wednesday, September 28th against Princess Anne @ Kellam High School. If you haven't already paid for your ticket, scan the QR code below for quicker access into the game.

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


(No tickets needed for Soccer)


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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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.

I Make A Difference!-Megan Campbell (Scott)

This awesome teacher worked in 7th grade Social Studies for the first couple years she was at Landstown MS. I used to walk by her class while working around the school. I was impressed that a relatively new teacher was keeping her class excited and learning so well.

Now she has moved from 7th grade to the Exploratory hallway. This outstanding teacher is now teaching AVID. As I continue to walk by her classes each day, I see that her AVID students are still excited, engaged and learning. Megan Campbell (Scott) YOU make a difference!

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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

SOL Lab-1st Nine Weeks

(From The VBCPS Middle School Student Handbook) linked above

The Academic Support and SOL Lab programs are designed to respond to the needs of students who have demonstrated deficiency in English/Language Arts and/or mathematics. Students failing the spring English or Mathematics SOL test must participate in SOL lab during the first nine-weeks, in lieu of a nine-week elective course to participate in Academic Support. Additional information regarding this program may be obtained by contacting the school's School Improvement Specialist.

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