LCMS Principal Weekly Update for March 10, 2024

LCMS Principal Weekly Update for March 10, 2024
Posted on 03/10/2024
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LCMS Bobcat Parents and Families, 
Monday, March 11th is a Teacher Workday and students will not have school. We will see our Bobcats again on Tuesday, March 12th, which will be a B Day.

Wear LCPS Kindness Shirts on Thursday for TeamLCPS #Kindness Day and Bobcat Pride Time
Thursday is TeamLCPS #Kindness Day and we will wear our LCPS Kindness shirts! We will also have Bobcat Pride Time with an Olweus lesson during WIN block. We will have our Kindness Cart in the cafeteria, and students who are wearing a kindness shirt will be randomly selected for prizes! Kindness is the foundation of our positive learning environment at LCMS!

Again, Bobcats should wear an LCPS Kindness shirt on Thursday, March 14th!

After School Dance on Friday
We will have an after school dance on Friday, March 15th after school until 5:30. Permission forms (linked here) are available to students in the cafeteria and must be turned in by Thursday, March 14th by 1:20 (end of lunch shifts). Registrations will not be accepted on the day of the dance.
Parents/guardians will pick up students from the dance *beginning* at 5:30 at the MAIN entrance of LCMS (the front door)*Enter the campus via Bus Garage Road.

Pizza, soda, water, popcorn, and candy will be available for purchase. All school rules apply at the dance. Students are expected to dance appropriately and dress according to the dress code. Cell phones must remain in backpacks and not be used during the dance. Our Bobcats have had an outstanding time at our dances so far this year, so we are looking forward to Friday!

Report Cards Go Home with Students on Friday
Report cards will go home with students on Friday, March 15th. Remember that you can view your child’s grades, attendance, and tardies live in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please call the school if you need assistance logging in.

Spring Picture Orders
Bobcats took spring pictures on Thursday last week. All orders for spring pictures are online now. Look for your student's personal ID information which came home on a flyer. This spring, each student's flyer is personalized with their name and personal code.
Please contact Lifetouch Customer Care at 1-800-736-4753 with any questions.

LCMS Talent Show
We are excited about the LCMS Talent Show to be held on Friday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. This program will not be a competition but rather a sharing of our middle school students’ talents! Tryouts will take place on Tuesday, March 26th from 3:15-5:45 p.m. in the middle school forum. Please sign and return the permission form (linked here) by Friday, March 22nd for your child to participate in tryouts. Practices will take place after school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 24th, 25th, and 26th. All participants must be able to attend practices leading up to the show. We are excited to see a showcase of our Bocbats’ talents!

Testing Schedule on Wednesday, March 20th
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has developed a new type of test question for Standards of Learning (SOL) Reading assessments in grades 5, 8, and high school. On Wednesday, March 20th, 8th grade students will read a nonfiction passage online that may be about a history or science topic and then answer four to six questions about what they have read. One question is a writing prompt, or a question that asks students to write about what they have read. Students will complete this online in one session.

While 8th grade students take the Integrated Reading and Writing Assessment on the morning of March 20th, 6th and 7th grade students will take the Math SOL simulation test. This is a cumulative school-based assessment that gauges students’ progress and identifies areas needing remediation prior to the SOL test.

*Please note that we will have an alternate bell schedule on Wednesday, March 20th, which will slightly impact lunch shift times.

Volunteers Needed for Reality Store
On March 29, 2024, Louisa County 8th graders will have the opportunity to experience a taste of reality through the Virginia Cooperative Extension program “Reality Store.” Reality Store is a simulation activity designed to help teens become more aware of the financial demands they will encounter in the “real world.” On the day of the simulation, students are assigned a random occupation, family situation, and account register. Their task is to visit stations representing typical spending categories in a household budget such as housing, transportation, food, etc., and decide how to spend their
income. Some students quickly spend their income on “wants,” only to realize there is not enough left for food or housing. Sometimes students need to revisit some stations to negotiate resale of their purchases for a reduced rate or visit the employment booth and take on a second job. This program is highly dependent upon community volunteers who are interested in helping youth gain a greater understanding of the world of personal finance and decision-making. Please consider volunteering for this valuable interactive educational event. A school volunteer application is required. For more information or to volunteer, please call Jenny Thompson at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, at (540) 967-3422, or email [email protected].

9th Grade Transition Night on Wednesday, March 27th
8th grade families and students are invited to the upcoming Transitions Night at LCHS on Wednesday, March 27th – Making the Transition to High School:  
What Students and Parents Should Know. 8th graders should have brought home a flyer (linked here) with information about this event. Your RSVP is needed by Wednesday, March 20th to your child’s fourth-period teacher so we can prepare for the event.

From LCHS:
We look forward to presenting what you and your child can expect from 9th grade next year at LCHS. Dinner will be provided at 5:00, and an informational session will begin promptly at 5:45. You will have the opportunity to meet LCHS teachers of many subjects and ask questions of those teachers, as well as gather brochures and handouts explaining course expectations. If you have any questions concerning the event, please call LCHS at (540) 894-5436. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing the class of 2028 on Wednesday, March 27th!
Once again, Monday, March 11th is a Teacher Workday and students will not have school. We look forward to seeing our Bobcats again on Tuesday!

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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