Sunday, March 26, 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians & Students:
We have all heard the saying that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb, and that has been the case this year. We have dealt with many inconsistencies with temperatures and want to emphasize the importance of students dressing appropriately for school. When the weather is cold, we need students to dress warm so they do not get sick. We need them healthy so they can attend class and continue to learn.
During the month of March, we would like to highlight the fact that our students continue to succeed both academically, emotionally and socially. We hope that you were able to see that our students are reaching their goals by accessing their February report card and their March Interim Report in Home Access Center. If you have any difficulties with this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We would also like to take this time to highlight the first annual “Transition Day” that we held for our 8th graders. They were able to visit their future high schools, meet their new guidance counselors and discuss the academics and expectations that come with being a high school student. It was a successful day for all, as they learned from and enjoyed this experience.
We would also like to inform you that our NYS ELA and Math Assessments will be taking place beginning on March 28th – 30th for ELA and then continuing in May from the 2nd – 4th for Math. We hope that you received information regarding the assessments from Dr. Stone. If you plan to have your child refuse the assessment, please let us know as soon as you can, for planning purposes. If you have any other questions regarding his letter or the state assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding them.
Finally, as we honor women during the month of March, let us continue to focus on student learning and achievement as we reflect upon Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Robert Bergmann, Principal
Mar. 28 -Mar. 30 NYS Grades 6, 7, 8 ELA Assessment
Apr. 10- Apr. 17 Spring Recess School Closed
Apr. 18 PTA Meeting
May 2 - May 4 NYS Grades 6, 7, 8 Math Assessment
*In Ms. O’Boyle’s 8th grade Social Studies classes, they are researching what right/amendment was violated for cases to be heard at the Supreme Court level. Students are becoming quite familiar with their constitutional rights. They will determine the impact of the Court’s decision on the country. Studying this topic at this time is perfect timing, as a new Supreme Court Justice is being considered.
*Ms. Graessle’s art classes are finishing up all projects for this quarter. Seventh graders are glazing their ceramics, and everything will be given back on the last day of art class. Sixth graders are completing a final watercolor painting and handing in their extended projects. The Art Department is preparing for our culminating art show called “Gallery One”. It will be held at the District Offices on April 5th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us to celebrate the artistic endeavors of our middle school students! All are welcome!
*Ms. McMorris’ Computer Applications classes in 6th and 7th grades are working on computer coding for the rest of the third quarter. We are using Tynker, a coding program that allows students to work in various types of coding languages. Students seem to be excited to learn about how the games they love to play are actually coded. All students have access to Tynker at home through student login through the Lakeland Cloud. If your child needs help accessing their account, please contact their computer teacher. Students who have computer applications during the fourth quarter will be introduced to the program when they are in class. Please be sure to save the date for Scratch Day at LCBMS on May 13th! Stay tuned for more information.
*Attention Music Students: Students that are interested in performing at the New York State Music Association’s Evaluation Festival need to have their registration and fees to the music teacher no later than March 31st. See your teacher for more information. The 7th grade band has been participating in “March Mania”, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Band. Each day, there are links to the audio files of two marches, and participants can vote for their favorite on-line. The bracket style competition goes on for the entire month of March (pun intended!) until only one march is left. We have been listening during class, but if you would like to join us, go to www.marineband.marines.mil to see the bracket, hear the marches, and cast your vote daily!
*The Midnight Run Project would like to thank our Copper Beech community for their continued support. These amazing students made 156 sandwiches and put together 78 lunches. The lunches were donated to the Jan Peek House.
*This quarter, students in Ms. Connor’s 8th grade Consumer Science classes have been working with a landscape architect to formulate their vision of LCBMS for the future. Students have gained drafting and presentation skills and learned about the history of the property. Students have been working in groups to put together plan books to express their hopes for LCBMS. Some of their ideas include an outdoor basketball court, hiking trails in the woods, and an environmental education center.
*Ms. Rosenkampff’s 7th and 8th grade students are working hard to finish up all of their projects by the end of the quarter. Currently, Ms. Rosenkampff’s 7th grade students are working on several different assignments. They are finalizing the glazing process for their ceramic coil vases, painting an abstract design using preselected color schemes, and working on a pattern-inspired extended project. Ms. Rosenkampff’s 8th grade students are also working on an extended project in addition to a Surreal (fantasy) drawing inspired by compound words. On a final note, the LCBMS art students will have their work on display at Central Office through the month of April. Please stop by Central Office on April 5th between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the opening of the LCBMS Gallery One Art Show.
Scratch Day Coming to LCBMS!
Save the date! Scratch Day is coming back to the Lakeland Copper Beech M.S. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to Noon. If you attended last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s event—bigger and better than ever. What is Scratch Day? It’s a day for students and adults to gather and share coding projects and learn from one another. Here, at Lakeland, we showcase the work done in our Coding Clubs and in our secondary computer classes. Students and teachers run workshops where students and adults learn side-by-side and try their hand at some fun projects using Scratch, Scratch Jr., and robots. There will be door prizes, refreshments, and information sessions for parents to learn more about our programs and what we are doing here at Lakeland to incorporate computer science into all grade levels.
Mr. Colangelo’s Astronomy Post for March
This month, in the early evening hours, the winter constellations continue to rule the evening skies with Orion the Hunter at center stage. Many bright stars are visible around Orion, including Sirius, Aldebaran, Procyon, Capella, and the twins in Gemini, Pollux, and Castor. As the evening progresses, signs of spring appear in the sky. Leo the Lion climbs out of the southeast and is easily spotted with the lion’s mane resembling a backwards question mark! To the east of Leo, is the constellation Virgo, which includes the first magnitude star,
Spica. This year, Virgo is host to mighty Jupiter, which blazes forth at magnitude –2.5 and is impossible to miss. Without a telescope, Jupiter looks like a brilliant star. Venus is also visible high in the western sky after sunset. Now that the weather will be getting warmer as we settle into spring, give the television a break, get off Facebook, and get outside to where the real action takes place! It is a great way to spend time with family and/or friends—learning your way around the night sky! After all, the very elements we are made of were scattered in space by a colossal supernova explosion billions of years ago. In the heat of these stellar catastrophes, all the heavy elements form: the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth and bones, even the atoms in our gold jewelry! Due to the seething deaths of these stars, space is sprinkled with the very matter of which we are made. We are, in a real sense, children of the stars!
Scoliosis Screening: New York State mandates all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems. If your child had a physical exam with their Health Care provider, then submit the exam to the Nurse's office, as this would be acceptable if Scoliosis is marked on the exam.
New York State law requires a physical examination for all students entering Grade 7 for the 2017/2018 school year. Student health examination forms can be downloaded from the district website. Once completed, please forward the exam to the School Nurse.
On October 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 401 of the laws of 2015 which amended New York State (NYS) Public Health Law (PHL) section 2164 to requiring all Seventh and Twelfth graders, entering or attending school, to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against Meningococcal Disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death within hours. Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis, deafness, or seizures. Please contact your Health Care Provider for an appointment and for further details. Once your child has received the vaccine please provide the School Nurse with a copy of the immunization record
Buy your Yearbook now! Please visit www.jostens.com to order your Yearbook. The cost is $48.38. There is a link on the LCMBS webpage to access this also. Thank you for your support of the LCBMS Yearbook Club!
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