LCMS Principal Weekly Update for Aug. 13, 2023

LCMS Principal Weekly Update for August 13, 2023
Posted on 08/13/2023
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Good evening, LCMS 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!

Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will take the Reading SOL Growth Assessment on Thursday, August 17th. 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 22nd.

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, if you have not already, 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 it is in their backpack each morning.

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 all the way to the front of the inner circle and drop off their children in a timely manner to prevent any traffic congestion in the mornings.

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 for LCMS fall sports will get underway beginning on Monday, August 14th.
All students looking to participate on any of our VHSL competition or LCMS teams are required to have an updated physical on or after May 1, 2023 turned in to their coach or the Athletic Office prior to their first day of participation. You can find a link to the VHSL Physical Form on the LCHS Athletic Homepage or the VHSL website. (LCHS Athletic Homepage)
or (VHSL website)
Students trying out should report to the following locations immediately after dismissal Monday to meet their coaches:
Cross Country reports to the Ticket Booth of The Jungle
Football reports to the cafeteria
Girls Basketball reports to the main gym
Volleyball reports to the forum
LCHS Athletics has moved to GoFan for all your online ticketing and pass needs for the 2023-2024 sports year. You can download the GoFan app on your phone today for purchasing tickets and passes for all LCHS and LCMS home events. Also, LCPS adopted a clear bag policy for all home events in an effort to focus on providing Lion Nation with a safe environment to take in all the action. This policy will continue to be in place for the upcoming school year for all home events.
Louisa County High School Athletics Calendar:

If you have any questions, or if we can help in any way, please call our office at (540) 894-5457.

Amanda Harper
Louisa County Middle School
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