LCMS Principal Update for August 14, 2022

LCMS Principal Update for August 14, 2022
Posted on 08/14/2022
LCMS Principal UpdateLCMS Bobcat Parents and Families,

We had a fantastic first week of school! It was invigorating to have our hallways filled with Bobcats and to see so many smiling faces excited to be back at school! We particularly enjoyed socializing with students during lunch.

Parents, if you have not already done so, please return the back to school paperwork asap. This includes the Code of Conduct form, the Student/Parent Equipment Use Agreement, the blue Authorization for Pick-up card, the yellow Clinic Information Form, and the pink Student Information Verification Form. Other documents include the Student Residency Information Form and the LCPS Military Service Survey. It is important that we have these documents on file for your child.

Remember that based on funding provided by the USDA, all LCPS students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school at no charge! No application is needed, and no further action is required. You may put money on your child’s lunch account to purchase items a la carte.

Parents, we encourage you to purchase the optional $20 equipment insurance through LCPS, which covers accidental damage at no cost for a first incident and at 50% of the repair cost or replacement, whichever is less, for the second incident of accidental damage. Please note that lost chargers are not covered by the protection plan, nor is intentional damage. Students purchasing the insurance may take cash payment or a check made payable to Louisa County Middle School to the main office.

Students need to bring their charged Chromebook to school every day. Parents and families, please support your child in establishing a routine for charging the device each night and ensuring that it is in their backpack each morning.

Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will take the Reading SOL Growth Assessment on Thursday, August 18. We will have an adjusted bell schedule on Thursday to have a testing block in the morning. Students will go to their fourth period class upon arrival. Looking ahead, students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Math courses will take the SOL Math Growth Assessment on Tuesday, August 23.

We had our student expectation assemblies last week in order to set everyone up for success at LCMS and to set forth our high expectations. The highlights of the assembly included respect, general good behavior and Bobcat citizenship, doing your best with academics, dress code and electronic device policies, and safety as our priority. This week, students will attend bus expectation assemblies to reiterate safe bus procedures and expectations.

Parents and families, we ask that you support us with these high expectations. Please review the student handbook with your child. We must work together to ensure a positive learning environment for every student where every child will reach their fullest potential!

We ask for families’ support in helping students meet the basic expectation of being at school and arriving on time every day. Regular school attendance supports a positive school experience! Our school doors open at 7:40, the warning bell rings at 7:50, and first period begins at 7:55. Students arriving to class after 7:55 will be considered tardy, and a parent should submit a note explaining the reason for the tardiness. When students are absent, parents should also submit a note explaining the reason for the absence.

Drop-Off and Pick-up Reminders:
Car riders should be dropped off in the inner circle at the front of LCMS. It is important that parents/guardians pull up to the inner circle and drop off their children in a timely manner to prevent any traffic congestion in the mornings. Car riders enter through the eighth grade wing until 7:55.

Between the hours of 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, no vehicles are permitted to park in the main entrance loop. All parents/guardians picking up their children at LCMS during this time period should use the parking spaces in the Central Office parking lot and meet their child on the sidewalk behind the buses for pickup. Students should not walk through the parking lot without an adult.

Tryouts will be taking place this week for girls volleyball, girls basketball, cross country, and football. A current VHSL physical for the 22-23 school year, dated after May 1, 2022, is required for all conditioning/tryout events.

Tryout dates for fall sports are below. Please visit our athletics website for additional information.
A current VHSL physical for the 22-23 school year, dated after May 1, 2022, is required for all conditioning/tryout events.

Girls Volleyball:  
Tryouts on August 15, 17, & 18 from 3:30 until 5:45

Girls Basketball:  
Tryouts on August 15, 16, & 17 from 3:30 until 5:45

Cross Country:  
Tryouts:  Aug 15, 16, 17, & 18 from 3:30 until 5:45

Tryouts on August 15, 16, & 17 from 3:30 until 5:45

We are excited to resume our LCMS recycling initiative! A lot of the trash we accumulate at school can be recycled. Ask your child this week about what our Bobcats are doing to reduce what goes to our landfill!

Visit our LCMS website to submit anonymous positive and encouraging messages to our Bobcats on our YouUplift Kindness eWall! We have continuously remained #1 in the Nation on the YouUplift Leaderboard for the most messages submitted. Let’s keep it up!

If you have any questions, or if we can help in any way, please call our office at (540) 894-5457. This is going to be our best year!

Amanda Harper
Louisa County Middle School
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