Sunday, February 26, 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians & Students:
With the arrival of February, so came the cold weather, but even though it is cold outside, it continues to be warm at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Our students continue to achieve, as our teachers and staff continue to incorporate a multitude of strategies and technology into our daily instruction and practices so that our students will be able to reach the goals that we have set for them. We hope that you were able to view your child’s report card in Home Access Center this month so you can see the incredible progress that they are making.
Students also continue to make progress, as we have started the transition into high school with our 8th graders. On February 16th, they will travel to their future schools so they can experience the change of classes at the HS, hear more about electives, meet with upper class students, experience their first HS lunch, hear about academic and behavioral expectations from teachers and administration, and meet with their HS counselors to review a mock schedule. They will also select their 9th grade elective, review the role of the HS counselor, review graduation requirements and have any of their questions answered. We look forward to this day and know that this is an experience that they will benefit from. We are lucky to be able to provide a day like this for them, as they turn into high school students right before our eyes.
As the winter weather continues to be unpredictable, we ask that you make sure students are dressing appropriately. Students should wear coats, and we encourage hats and gloves as the days grow colder. We also ask that students do not wear shorts when the temperature is cold. It gets cold quick out there as they wait for the 4:30 or 5:30 buses, and we want to continue to ensure the health and wellness of our students so that they can attend school to learn and achieve their goals. Please do the best you can to make sure that students are here on time and ready to learn. Please do not drop students off early, as this can lead to safety concerns if they are not properly supervised. Finally, if you have specific concerns regarding your child’s attendance or need any assistance from us, please reach out to our Guidance Offices so we can assist.
Finally, as we honor and remember the Presidents of the United States during the month of February, let us be inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, as we continue to focus on the future and prepare our children to be positive members of society: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”
Robert S. Bergmann
Feb. 20, 21 President’s Day Weekend SCHOOL CLOSED
Mar. 3 LCBMS Student/Faculty Basketball Game WPHS 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 7 PTA Meeting LCBMS Library 7:30 p.m.
*In Encore Classes: Mr. Smith’s 6th grade students are beginning the problem-solving unit. This involves the students experimenting, designing, and building a paper platform that will hold as much weight as possible. Eighth graders are working on a computer generated history of technology activity. This is a small group project where students research an invention that they are interested in and create a time line demonstrating the evolution of the invention. In Health classes, Mrs. Barone’s 8th graders are researching mental health conditions and 7th graders have been working on refusal skills and goal setting. Everyone is off to a great start! In Ms. Bloom’s classes, they are getting started on their substance abuse unit in both 7th and 8th grade health classes. In Music classes: Information about the New York State School Music Association Spring Evaluation Festival is now available through the music teachers. Interested students can work on an instrumental or vocal solo and have it evaluated by judges in May. The Honors Band will be attending the large performance group festival in the spring under the direction of Mr. Russo. In Consumer Science, Ms. Nastasi’s 7th graders are on their Interpersonal Relationships Unit and are learning about Friendship, Peer Pressure, and Conflict Resolution. Sixth graders are on their Goal Setting/Decision Making Unit and are starting their 10 Year Goal Time Lines. In Art—Ms. Graessle’s Art classes will welcome visiting artist, Kazuko Omori, during the week of February 13th. Students will learn the art of Japanese Calligraphy. This art form promotes wellness and mindfulness. In addition to that unit, 6th graders will create a beautiful winter landscape and 7th graders will begin working with clay. In Computer classes, Mrs. Straub’s third quarter class if off to a great start! They are starting out the quarter learning about digital citizenship. Students will be working on projects that will emphasize the importance of being safe and responsible online. Students are also practicing their keyboarding on a daily basis using the Typing Agent keyboarding program. We are looking forward to an exciting quarter! Ms. McMorris’ Computer classes are focusing on digital citizenship as well as additional ways to be safe on the internet. Please note that all students in Lakeland have access to Typing Agent, an online resource to help students with their typing skills.
*In Sixth Grade: The team 6A Science Showcase is coming up. Team 6B Math classes are finishing Algebra. Ms. Kearney’s classes are finishing up Ancient Egypt. They are reading, “A Place in the Sun”. Ms. Reuter’s classes are finishing up units on Mythology and Ancient Egypt, and are reading Percy Jackson.
*In 7th Grade: Seventh grade Science teachers are working on Punnett Squares. In Ms. Fox’s Social Studies classes, as the new Presidential administration takes office in 2017 and constitutional issues crowd the headlines, 7th graders are beginning their study of the U.S. Constitution and the workings of our government. As we examine the birth of our country’s first political parties, students will discover that political disagreements are as old as our nation. We will see how the framers of the Constitution, like politicians now, argued among themselves about how to balance individual liberty with community security.
*In Eighth Grade: Social Studies teachers are generally ending WWI. Ms. O’Boyle’s classes are reviewing Supreme Court cases and working on a Google Slides project on the 1920’s. Science classes are ending physics and will be beginning the earth unit. Math classes are working on multiple step equations.
Buy your Yearbook now! This is your chance to put your thoughts, well wishes, and feelings into words and pictures.
www.jostensyearbooks.com is where to order your Yearbook. The cost is $44.08. There is a link on the LCMBS webpage to access this also. Thank you for your support of the LCBMS Yearbook Club!
*The Grade 8 Band will be marching in the Peekskill St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 11th at 3 p.m. Please come out and support the LCBMS music program!
*LCBMS Midnight Run Project students did another fantastic job making lunches for the Jan Peek House. Their enthusiasm and generosity of time is to be applauded. They made 200 sandwiches and put together 100 lunches! Thanks to all who continue to contribute and participate in this wonderful cause!
Spring Sports: Reminder to all athletes—if you would like to play a sport for school, then a current physical exam is required to be on file in the Nurse’s office. Keep in mind—a physical exam is valid for one year from the date listed on the exam, and states that the student is cleared for sports participation. Blood pressure, vision and hearing are mandated requirements for sports participation. Should your child need screening, please have them check with the Nurse’s office. Spring sports offered at Copper Beech Middle School include: Boys Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, and Girls Softball. On-line registration for Middle School sports opens on Monday, March 6th and closes on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. If you do not register your child on-line by March 16th, this may jeopardize their sports participation. On March 6th, a link to the form will be posted on the “Online Sports Certification Procedures” web page.
For High School athletes: On-line registration opens Friday, February 24, 2017, and closes Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. If you do not register your child on-line by March 6th, this may jeopardize their sports participation. On February 24th, a link to the form will be posted on the “Online Sports Certification Procedures” web page.
7th Grade Students for 2017/2018 School Year
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 require children entering or attending all Seventh and Twelfth graders on or after September 1, 2016, 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. Keep in mind NYS Education Laws also require a copy of your child’s most recent exam. An exam is valid if dated after September 5, 2016.
LCBMS School Nurses
News from our
Student Assistance Counselor
Nothing is more impactful in shaping the life trajectory of a child than the values he or she learns at home. Children learn through the modeling of their parents, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers, but what if that family is impacted by someone’s substance or alcohol use? Everyday in the United States an estimated 19 million children and teens are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol problem. Many others are impacted by a family member’s prescription misuse. Research shows that many of these students suffer in silence and believe that they are somehow responsible for their loved ones use and don’t know how to ask for help.
This month is National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Month—a month dedicated to these children who often feel like they have nowhere to turn. If you know of a student who is suffering in silence, encourage them to reach out and get help. Lakeland offers confidential counseling through Student Assistance Services to any student who may be effected by this issue. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the LCBMS Student Assistance Counselor, Andrea Geraghty, at extension 262.
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