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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Principal's News

Dear Parents:

As we move through the month of April, we continue to strive for excellence!  Each grade level maintains high expectations for their students.  These include academic, behavioral and social goals.  It is evident to all that success is blooming throughout Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, as you can feel this positive energy as you walk through our hallways. 

Student achievement continues to grow as we emphasize collaboration, communication, higher-level thinking and key vocabulary in our classrooms.  We hope that you were able to view evidence of this through your child’s Report Card which was made available for viewing in Home Access Center on Monday April 10th.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please contact our Assistant Principals, as they are holding academic meetings with teachers and guidance counselors to ensure that the needs of all of our students are met.  We have also started the scheduling process for next year so if you have any questions regarding your child’s academic placement, please do not hesitate to ask. 

We would also like to inform you of two positive events that we are looking forward to in a few weeks.  The first is our One School One Book program, which will take place during the week of May 15th.  The second is our 50th Anniversary celebration, which will take place on Friday June 16th.  Please keep an eye out via our Constant Contact e-mail and/or our Facebook page, as more information will be published shortly regarding these two wonderful events.  We hope to use them to continue to build community and relationships with each of you.

Finally, as we recognize April as National Stress Awareness month, we hope that you were able to enjoy the recent holiday break with your family and the beautiful weather that we have had lately.  Whether it be through exercise or relaxation, know that both can serve as a stress reducing activity that will help you lead a happier and healthier life. 

All the best,

Robert Bergmann

Upcoming Events

May 2 - May 4       NYS Math Tests

May 12                  Drama Production LCBMS 7:30 p.m.                 

May 13                  Drama Production LCBMS 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

May 13                 “Scratch Day” LCBMS  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 15-May 19     Book Fair LCBMS Library

May 16                  BUDGET VOTE Van Cortlandt Elementary 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

May 17                  Blood Drive LCBMS

May 18                  Board of Education Meeting LCBMS 7:30 p.m.

May 22 -June 14     LCBMS Spring Concerts (see Page 2 of Newsletter)

May 24 -June 2       Science Performance Assessment - Grade 8

May 25                  Superintendent’s Conf. Day No School for Students

May 26 -May 29      Memorial Day Weekend Schools Closed

Classroom Happenings

*In Six Grade: ELA and Social Studies classes completed an in-depth unit of poetry reading and interpretation and learned the “poetic talk” (elements and types of poems).  We also incorporated non-fiction reading in both ELA and Social Studies during our travels to ancient Egypt and China.  We focused on demand writing and writing long responses to questions on varying levels.  “Sugar Cube” learning pyramids were created and mummification was investigated also.  Students really enjoyed learning about the Terra-Cotta Army in China and their many inventions and legacies!  The class novel being read in ELA classes is “Among the Hidden”, with a focus on comprehension, characterization, and point of view.  Writing in ELA classes is focusing on Argumentative Essays and the start of Memoirs.  Students also enjoyed a Storytelling presentation during two class sessions on April 4th and 5th, which included personal memoirs and a fabulous retelling of the Patricia Polacco book titled, “Pink and Say”.  Social Studies classes are studying Ancient Greece.

*In Seventh Grade: LCBMS 7th graders are trying to raise $15,000 to have a well built in Southern Sudan for people in need of clean water.  In one of our 7th grade English classes, students read the book, “A Long Walk to Water”, by Linda Sue Park.  As the book describes, due to the South Sudanese Civil War, Salva was separated from his family for seventeen years.  After those seventeen years, Salva learned that his dad was still alive.  However, his dad was in the hospital with a disease because of drinking the dirty water.  Salva then created a 501 C (3) organization called Water for South Sudan.   This organization drills wells and has built schools, hospitals, and more.  Team 7E is going to host a Water for South Sudan charity dance on Friday, May 5th from 7 to 9 p.m. at LCBMS.  The cost for this event is $5.00, and food and snacks will be available.  All proceeds will go towards building a well!!

*In Eighth Grade: Science classes are working on the Weather Unit; Earth Science classes are working on the Astronomy Unit.  In Math, Algebra 1 is finishing a unit on simple and compound interest, exponential growth and decay, the real number system, and dimensional analysis.  Classes will soon be starting a unit on simplifying algebraic fractions.  Eighth grade English classes are finishing up “The Book Thief” unit and will be moving into the Shakespeare Unit.  In Social Studies, students are working on essay writing.  Students have a range between 1920’s, The Great Depression, or a comparison between WWI and WWII.  Eighth grade Foreign Language classes are finishing up the shopping unit.  We will begin prepping for the speaking portion of the FLACS in about three weeks.  Stay tuned for more info.  The FLACS is on June 19th.

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.

Upcoming Spring Musical Concert Information

May 22        6th Grade Orchestra, 8th Grade Orchestra,
                  8th Grade Select WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

May 23      7th Grade Orchestra, 7th Grade Select
                WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

May 24      7th Grade Band WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 12      6th Grade Band 8th Grade Band
                 WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 13    6th Grade Band, 8th Grade Chorus
               WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 14    6th Grade Chorus, 7th Grade Chorus
               WPHS at 7:00


The Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School Moving-Up Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, June 21st, by team, at Lakeland High School.  Ceremonies will begin with Team B at 11:15 a.m., Team A at 12:45 p.m., Team E at 2:15 p.m., Team D at 3:45 p.m., and Team C at 5:15 p.m.  Parking will be available at LHS and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, if necessary.

If you have any specific questions regarding the Moving Up Ceremony, please contact the Grade 8 Guidance Office.

Yearbook Update  

Buy your Yearbook now!  Please visit 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!

Deadline for ordering Yearbooks is April 30th.  Any orders placed after April 30th will have to be done directly through LCBMS (Mrs. Johnson—Room 102).  Depending upon order numbers, some orders may be placed on a waiting list.

Fall Sports Information/Nurses’ Notes


Forms have been mailed home regarding the New York State physical exam and meningococcal requirements for all students entering the 7th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  Please follow the instructions that were included in the letter.

Any student who would like to try out for a Fall 2017 sport for the school, is required to have a current physical exam on file in the Nurse’s Office.  This exam must be dated on or after September 1, 2016, and needs to include blood pressure, height, weight, vision and hearing tests and notation by an MD stating, “Student may participate in school athletics/sports program”.  Should your MD not complete the vision and hearing test, the Nurse’s Office will need to complete this prior to sports participation.

Sports registration is completed by parents on the school district website.  The sports online process will open in August for Copper Beech Middle School athletes.  Copper Beech students who would like to try out for a high school sport need to contact Ms. Sharon Sarsen, Athletic Director for the middle school.  Playing a high school sport requires completion of the APP (Athletic Placement Process).  Please read the weekly bulletin for further sports information.

All student medications that were provided to the Nurse for the 2016-2017 school year will need to be picked up from the Nurse’s Office by an adult no later than June 22, 2017.








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