This Week at LMS...

Principal's Memo September 23, 2019
Posted on 09/08/2019

From the Principal

September 22, 2019

Grade 8 High School Options Information:

LMS will be holding our annual “High School Options Day” on Friday, October 4th.  Although most of our students will be attending Ledyard High School, students have five other opportunities available upon leaving Ledyard Middle School.  The following schools will be presenting their programs to students on October 4:  Grasso Tech, Norwich Tech, Agri-Science at LHS, Marine Science HS, Science and Technology Magnet HS.  Amanda Fagan, principal of Ledyard High School, will also talk to our students.  Each of the technical/magnet high schools will have an Open House that you are encouraged to attend if your child is interested in their program.  These dates are available on the individual school’s websites.  Applications will be available through the School Counseling office on October 4 or most can also be found on the school websites.

October 4th Shortened Session:

This is a reminder that Friday October 4th is a shortened session with a Noon dismissal and abbreviated scheduled.

PTO Meeting:

The PTO meeting that was scheduled for September 25th is rescheduled October 3rd.

Updated Student Handbook:

The LMS Student Handbook has been revised to meet the needs and climate of the new school organization and middle school culture. The updated version will be posted on the school website in the next week for your review and changes and updates will be shared with students. Some updates include schedules, inclusion of

Open House/ Back to School Night Follow Up:

Thank you to all who attended the Open House last week. It was a great opportunity for parents to put faces to names and first month stories from class as well as recognize the importance of “be prepared for learning” as the schedule at LMS seeks to focus on instructional time and focusing on maximizing each student’s potential. Outside agencies will be continued to be invited to school events in an ongoing effort to bridge information from the community with the school and parents.

D.A.R.E. Program:

The Ledyard Police Department's Officer McSwain will be delivering D.A.R.E curriculum to Grade 6 students beginning at the end of September and culminating before the holiday break in December. Students will be receiving this program weekly during one of their PE or health classes. Student schedules will be shared with them prior and teachers will communicate this. It is a great opportunity to have the Ledyard Police Department contributing to the well-being of our students at LMS.

Smarter Balanced Spring 2019 Results:

Student results and scoring information were sent home with students during advisory on Friday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

Grade 7 Project O Field Trip:

Grade 7 students will be participating in Project “O” on various dates during the months of September and October. Mrs. DeRosa’s and Mr. Davino’s classes will embark on the “Envirolab” in Avery Point and get their hands dirty as they explore Long Island Sound. Specific dates specified for respective class periods and permission slip will be shared directly in the classroom by teachers. The first period classes went last Wednesday and it was a great experience for all involved.

After School Activities Information:

Math Counts will continue on Monday September 23rd. Students will report to Mrs. Hanselman’s classroom for this activity that goes from 2:15pm to 3:30pm.

Cross Country will continue with practice on Monday September 23rd. This week also brings their first meet on Tuesday September 24th at Tyl Middle School. Practice will continue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Student Council will meet again on Tuesday September 24th.

Cycling Club will meet this week with practices being held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with an optional race on Saturday at Haley Farm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gallagher directly.

Important Reminders:

  • Please remember that students should not be dropped off at school BEFORE 7:30am.
  • Parents should notify the main office of student messages before Noon to make it more effective to get that message to your child.
  • If you have not completed the Chromebook permission form, please do so ASAP.
  • The social media I mentioned previously is not the primary use of school to home communication and will only serve as a supplement with photos and tidbits of information. Primary forms of communication will remain papers sent home during advisory, school website, and emails such as this.
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