Paw Prints January 2020

Lockerman Middle School (Denton, MD) Newsletter

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About Us

Lockerman Middle School is a part of Caroline County Public Schools on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Students in grades six through eight attend our school. We currently have approximately 950 students attending LMS.
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6th Grade

Social Studies: We have moved from the Babylonian Empire to Ancient Egypt. We have been talking about the Nile River and the significance of the physical features in this area on the settlements there.

Math: Sixth grade math students will begin their unit on computation with decimals and long division after the Northbay trip. Please check with your students to make sure they have pencils and erasers for math class!

Science: Students are discovering the various types of plate boundaries (convergent, divergent and transform) and investigating how each movement creates various types of underwater and land features. Students are looking closely at map data to determine patterns and what causes earthquakes and volcanic activity. Next, students will be creating models of what they believe the interior of the Earth is composed of.

Language Arts: At the start of Unit 1, students have launched their study of “Bud, Not Buddy.” They have been reading the novel closely for its figurative language and word choice, and analyzing how these affect the tone of the text. In the second half of the unit, students will engage in a close read of the Steve Jobs’ speech. Students will use details from the speech to develop claims about a larger theme.

7th Grade

Geography: We will continue our Asia Unit. Students will be completing a DBQ about China’s One Child Policy and writing an argumentative essay.

Science: We will continue to learn about the human body and explore how the body systems work together.

ELA: We will continue to study the brain and how it affects the decisions teens make.

Math: We will continue Unit 4 and start our percent of a number, percent error, and percent of change.

8th Grade

US History: We are studying the Industrial Revolution, factory conditions, child labor and new technological inventions and how the affected society.

Science: We will begin our study of physics with a unit on motion. Students will be constructing coaster cars and using them to measure various properties of motion.

ELA: We are beginning the new year with a research unit around the question of the relevance of William Shakespeare. Students will construct their own response to that essential question and present their argument in a formal presentation. Please check with your student to make sure they are completing their nightly homework.

Math: Students in 8th grade math will continue solving equations and begin working towards solving systems of equations. Students in 8th grade algebra will continue to solve systems of equations using various methods, graphing and algebraically.


Attention 6th grade parents: Please provide the nurse’s office a copy of your student’s immunization record. We are starting to track which students have received the Tdap and the Meningococcal vaccines, which are required prior to the start of 7th grade. If you are not sure, contact your primary care provider. You may also call the school nurse with questions.

Flu Season

Influenza, commonly known as "the flu," is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It affects all age groups, though kids tend to get it more often than adults.

In the United States, flu season runs from October to May, with most cases occurring between late December and early March. This means you are most likely to be exposed during the months of January and February.

Signs and Symptoms:

The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms usually are much more severe and are associated with symptoms other than cold symptoms.

Symptoms, which usually begin about 2 days after exposure to the virus, can include:

•fever and chills

•headache and muscle aches

•dizziness and loss of appetite


•sore throat and runny nose

•nausea or vomiting or diarrhea

How long will it last?

After 5 days, fever and other symptoms have usually disappeared, but a cough and weakness may continue.

All symptoms are usually gone within a week or two. However, it's important to treat the flu seriously because it can lead to pneumonia and other serious complications If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma it is important to have them checked if they have flu symptoms that do not appear to be getting better in 2-3 days.


The flu is contagious, spread by virus-infected droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air. People who are infected are contagious from a day before they feel sick until their symptoms have ended (about 1 week for adults, but this can be longer for young kids).

Preventing the Flu From Spreading

Here are some practical ways to help prevent the spread of the flu:

•Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap, especially after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before eating.

•Never pick up used tissues.

•Never share cups and eating utensils.

•Stay home from school when you're sick with the flu.

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put it in the trash. If a tissue isn't available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm, not into your hands.


Cases of the flu rarely require specific medical treatment. But some kids with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and HIV) might become sicker with the flu and may have a greater risk of complications. Some kids with the flu need to be hospitalized.

For a severely ill child or one with other special circumstances, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine that can decrease the duration of illness by 1-2 days and prevent potential complications of the flu. This medicine can only be helpful if it's given within 48 hours of the onset of the flu. Most healthy people who get the flu do not need to take an antiviral medication. If an antiviral medication is prescribed, be sure to discuss any possible side effects with your doctor.

These at-home tips can help most otherwise healthy kids cope with the flu. Have them:

•drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration

•get plenty of sleep and take it easy

•take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve fever and aches (do not give aspirin to children or teens as it may cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome)

•wear layers, since the flu often makes them cold one minute and hot the next (wearing layers — like a T-shirt, sweatshirt, and robe — makes it easy to add or subtract clothes as needed)

Kids who are sick should stay home from school and childcare until they are without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Some might need to stay home longer, depending on how they feel. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor.

When to Call the Doctor

Call the doctor if your child:

•has flu symptoms

•has a high fever, or fever with a rash

•has trouble breathing or rapid breathing

Adapted from, Nemours Center for Children's Health Media

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LMS...Taking PRIDE in All We Do...

The Q2 Incentive will be a staff versus student basketball game. There is also a quiet area for students who prefer a more chill atmosphere. Students who have at least 70 PRIDE stamps from their November & December PRIDE cards and are referral free are eligible to attend the incentive. We appreciate any time parents and caregivers spend discussing with their child ways they can demonstrate PRIDE while they are at school. You can also connect home and school by discussing ways they can show PRIDE at home as well. Keep showing that PRIDE, Wildcats!

First Lego League

On Saturday, Dec. 13 Salisbury Middle School hosted the 2019-20 FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifier for the Maryland State Tournament. Lockerman Middle School sent two teams. We are proud to announce that both teams won trophies. The Lockerman teams brought home the Judges Trophy and the Core Values Trophy.

LMS Teams---

Infamous Marines - Judges Trophy

Dean, Olivia

Hardison, Ja’Nique

Haught, Brooke

Korat, Om

Monter, Leslie

Ross, Tristan

Chromyl Chloride - Core Values Trophy

Copeland, Audrey

Crenshaw, Bobby

Helsel, Dallas

Layton, Taylor

Schall, Riley

Wojcik, Joey

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Upcoming Dates to Remember

Thursday, January 2: School Reopens from Winter Break

Monday, January 6-Friday, January 10: 6th Grade NorthBay Trip

-Girls & Boys YMCA Home Basketball Games

Thursday, January 9 from 1:00-3:00: Open Food Pantry

Monday, January 13-Wednesday, January 15: 8th Grade Tours CCTC (Students attend one assigned day)

-Winter Session of Rec & Parks After School Program Begins

-Girls & Boys YMCA Away Basketball Games

Friday, January 17: Girls & Boys YMCA Home Basketball Games

Monday, January 20 @ 9:00-MLK Jr. Celebration & March

-No School

Wednesday, January 22 @ 6:00-PTA Meeting at LMS

Thursday, January 23 4:00-6:00-Open Food Pantry

Tuesday, January 28: 1/2 Day for Students

Wednesday, January 29: No School for Students

Stay Informed!

LMS School Website:

For school announcements and other helpful information including the monthly A Day/B Day Calendar

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My School Bucks:

For parents to make payments online and with your phone.


CCPS District Website:

For access to the school calendar, calendar/handbook, closings and delays, breakfast and lunch menu