LCMS Principal Weekly Update for May 5, 2024

LCMS Principal Weekly Update for May 5, 2024
Posted on 05/05/2024
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LCMS Bobcat Parents and Families, 
Monday, May 6th will be a B Day.

Bobcats in grades 6, 7, and 8 will take the Math SOL this Tuesday, May 7th. We wish our students the best as they take these tests!

We continue to ask for your help to make sure your child is ready for the end-of-year SOL tests. Please ensure they get enough sleep, come to school prepared, and keep working hard. These tests are a chance for them to show what they've learned! Please talk with your child about trying their best. Your support really makes a difference!

SOL Testing Dates
Please mark your calendar for the end-of-year SOL tests:
6th Grade
Math SOL – Tuesday, May 7

7th Grade
Math SOL – Tuesday, May 7

8th Grade
Math SOL – Tuesday, May 7
Science SOL – Monday, May 13

Please ensure your student brings their fully charged Chromebook to school each day, especially on SOL testing days. If a student has lost their Chromebook charger, the replacement cost is $35, and students may purchase a replacement from the Technology Assistance Center in the library.

8th grade students will return their Chromebook devices and chargers to LCMS on Friday, May 17th. Rising 9th graders will be issued a new device at LCHS, although students will not receive a new device until the current device and charger have been turned in or the replacement cost has been paid. Invoices will be issued for lost or damaged devices and chargers.

6th and 7th grade Bobcats will keep their Chromebooks over the summer, while being reminded that it is a school-issued device that should only be used for school-appropriate purposes and should be kept in a safe place in good condition.

Course Requests in PowerSchool: Override Requests Due by May 10th
LCMS uses an online process for student course requests for the upcoming academic year. Based on recommendations from their current teachers, students can see their course recommendations available for next year in all subject areas. We encourage all students and parents/guardians to reach out to the child’s current teachers or the school counseling department if you have any questions about the course selections for next year. In the event you or your child disagree with the current recommendations in PowerSchool, you may fill out a course override request form. This form is available to submit on our website, or you may request a paper copy from the main office. Schedule changes and override requests MUST be submitted to the school by May 10th. Any requests made after May 10th may not be considered. Additionally, you will see the elective selections your child has indicated as their top choices. (You will see more courses listed than your child will actually take.) Your child will receive their 2024-2025 class schedule in late July with their actual course enrollments. Parents and guardians are able to view their student’s course requests for next year through the Parent Portal in PowerSchool. If you cannot access the Parent Portal, please call the LCMS main office for assistance.

Attendance Matters Through the Last Day of School!
This is the time of year that we enjoy engaging and collaborative projects, fun activities, and end of year festivities! Remember that school attendance matters through the last day of school! As always, students should stay home when they are sick but should attend school when possible. Students who have 17 or more absences in a given year, whether they are excused or unexcused absences, are considered chronically absent and are subject to being retained. I hope to see all of our Bobcats at school each day between now and the last day of school, which will be Thursday, May 23rd. Also, remember that we will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23rd.

Maintaining High Expectations for Success!
It is also important that students continue to meet the highest expectations of conduct while we enjoy the end of school year festivities, including being respectful, having general good behavior and Bobcat citizenship, keeping hands, feet, and all other objects to oneself, and abiding by the school dress code and electronic device policies. Please encourage your child to end the school year positively by making good choices and thinking before they speak and act.

Mental Health Awareness Walk: Friday, May 10th
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the LCHS/LCMS Sources of Strength Clubs invite students to the first Mental Health Awareness Walk on the track at The Jungle on Friday, May 10th. Each participant will pay a $2 donation to receive a Brag Tag, and all proceeds will go towards funding campaigns and activities of the Sources of Strength clubs. Showing the Brag Tag will release students from class to walk around the track twice and be able to visit booths and activities together to learn more about mental health awareness. All students are required to have a signed permission form from parents/guardians in order to participate. Brag Tags will be sold during lunches on May 6th-9th (cash only). Signed permission slips must be submitted when Brag Tags are purchased or be turned into the main office by the end of the school day on May 9th. Please contact Dr. Carla Alpern, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, at 540-894-5115 if you have questions.

Students who have purchased a yearbook will receive it soon! There are a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase for $40. Students may bring cash or a check to Ms. Ventre in room 901 to purchase a yearbook.

Medication in the Clinic
All over-the-counter and prescription medications must be picked up from the nurse’s office by the last day of school, May 23rd, by 3pm. According to LCPS policy, medication cannot be transported on the bus. Medications that are not picked up by an adult will be discarded. NO medication can be carried over from one year to the next. Please contact Nurse Smith with any questions.

It will be another great week at LCMS as our Bobcats take the Math SOL tests! 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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