Dear LMS Families, In July and August RSU #34 asked families to share with us whether they preferred in-person or fully remote learning for their children. A family that wishes to have their child participate remotely can ask to make that switch at any time. Throughout the Trimester 1, we have also accommodated some switches from fully remote to hybrid learning, as space and staffing allowed. For any family that has made that request, we have added you to a waiting list that we review weekly. If you would like to be added to that list to be considered for Trimester 2, please let us know by Tuesday, October 27. To make changes from fully remote to hybrid, or from hybrid to fully remote, contact Gert Nesin, Shane Barker, or Tracey O’Connell by phone or email. Thank you, and please help keep the spread of COVID-19 slow by washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping distance! Gert Nesin, Principal
Our second PTA meeting is tonight, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at this link: http://meet.google.com/omc-jakf-gqc All are welcome!
Our second PTA meeting is this Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at this link: http://meet.google.com/omc-jakf-gqc All are welcome!
LMS Community, If you have time, please answer this (VERY SHORT!) survey that the LMS Parent Teacher Association has put together to try to figure out how to regroup during this exceptional school year. We are currently a small but strong group, with great support from the LMS administration--but WE NEED YOUR HELP AND YOUR IDEAS to move forward. Even if you just have a few minutes to contribute your opinion, please let us know what you think and how you want to be involved in the LMS community. https://forms.gle/3KDgQmi7TjaTjVoXA LMS PTA
LMS Scholastic Book Fair Website: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=leonardmiddleschool1 Donate money for other students: https://shop.scholastic.com/ewallet/fund?lang=en_US&walletId=2018885&&eml=SBF/e/20200801////eWallContriAlert///// Online Book Fair running now until October 24th! In-Person Book Fair will run October 19th-30th! Cash, Checks (made out to RSU #34), credit card, OR eWallet accepted! To create an eWallet for your student visit the Book Fair website, scroll down to the green block, and click "Get Started." All purchases benefit the school library. If you do not have the funds at this time, but your student could use a new book, please contact Mrs. Hinrichs at email@example.com as there is a book fair fund for this purpose. If you would like to donate money to help get books in the hands of our students, you can do so by visiting the donate link at the top of this message. THANK YOU! See you at the fair!
Homeroom pizza party on us! Please fill out and return the form linked here. If you believe it doesn't apply to you, just sign the bottom of the form and return it.This information allows us to get extra federal money, and all information will be kept confidential. We will also send the forms out with your child. Forms must be returned to LMS by October 15. https://www.rsu34.org/o/rsu-34/browse/171211
Dear LMS Families, Please remember how important it is to do home screening every single day; this is required for all students and staff. Here are the questions to ask: *Within the past 24 hours have you or anyone at home had a fever (100.4 and above)or used any fever reducing medicine? *Do you feel sick with any of the most common symptoms? Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever(100.4or greater), Chills, Muscle pain, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. *Have you traveled outside of the state in the past 14days? (in addition to those COVID-related questions, please also stay home until 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea - like in any year!) There are two tools that can guide this screening, and help speed up the entry process at any of our schools. Anyone can use our screening tool on a smartphone or computer: https://forms.gle/DYu3rGgMsyfmFvym7 Northern Light makes a similar screening tool that is also OK: https://covid.northernlighthealth.org/covidsportscheck
Many students and some staff are having power issues. Students should try to connect, but we will adjust attendance if they cannot connect.
FREE LESSONS for BAND STUDENTS! The LMS Band is partnering with the University of Maine Music Department to offer FREE (remote) private lessons for all band students. Time is running out to sign up, so please check your email ASAP for the details. If you didn’t receive the email, please contact Shianne Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Sign-up Link for the LMS Fall 2020 Intramural Program. Our Intramural program will start the week of 9/28 and will end on 11/6. Time: 3:30-5pm on the days you have in-person instruction. It is important that students and their families read the introduction on the form before signing up, as we have guidelines to follow in order to offer this program. Intramural Link: https://forms.gle/QaSirznZgFyfZnyc7
Our first PTA meeting will be by Zoom on Wednesday, September 23, from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. Please join us! Zoom link: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/81609517981
There has been some confusion around STEM, which is our fully remote offering. I have emailed the class code to all 6-8th graders to be sure they are in the correct class. Secondly, this class meets online one of the three remote days, and kids will have an assignment for a second remote day. If there was confusion I hope this clarifies it.
Tuesday, September 8, is our first day of school in RSU #34. We are so excited to have kids in our buildings again! If your child is IN SCHOOL on MONDAY/TUESDAY, they should be there by 8:30 Tuesday morning. If they ride the bus, they will be dropped off in the lower parking lot, and walk up the stairs. If your child walks or is dropped off, they should come to the upper driveway. Students should arrive between 8:00 and 8:30. Please no earlier. Students should go to the 6th grade or 7th-8th grade tent. The tents will be marked, and there will be school staff there to help direct them. They should look at the random check criteria for that day to see if they should be screened or can go directly to homeroom. We will post class lists in the tents, just inside the doors, and also at each homeroom. If your child is IN SCHOOL on THURSDAY/FRIDAY or FULLY REMOTE, they should log into their homeroom by 8:30 for attendance and instruction.
COVID Advisory Council Application: https://forms.gle/wX1tH3haStRsZnSZ8 We are excited to launch the 2020-2021 school year, and very much look forward to welcoming our students in person and remotely! Our schools and community will break new ground this year, navigating the pandemic together, as will schools and communities around the world. Each school is forming a continued input/feedback team of parents and staff, called the “COVID Advisory Council.” (AES and VRS will have one combined council). The principal will chair the team for each school, which will have these responsibilities: Receive and share input about what is working as intended, and what can be improved on Review emerging research Review public input Report to the Board with issues discussed, and whether consensus exists on any recommendations The membership of each school’s team will be as follows: (Ex Officio: Superintendent of Schools, Director of Curric/Instruction/Assessment, Special Education Director, School Nurse) Chair: Building administrator(s) Teacher representative 4 Parent Representatives If you are interested in being a parent representative, please complete the form below by September 9th. On the form, please indicate if you’re comfortable with the current RSU #34 plan, if you think the plan is too cautious, or if you think the plan is too risky. We will seek to have a representative balance of parent perspectives on the team. The team will be formed, with participants notified, by Friday, September 11, and the first meeting will take place on late afternoon/evening of Monday, September 14. If you have any questions, please call or email your principal.
For those of you who have high school students and can access Infinite Campus—we are having technical difficulties entering scheduling information and are working to resolve the issue.
The 2019-2020 LMS Yearbooks have arrived! Families who purchased yearbooks online at the end of last year are invited to come to LMS on Thursday, September 3rd, during our technology pick-up from 12 noon to 6 PM and pick up your yearbook! If you missed the online order, we have some extra books the we will sellare on first-come, first-serve basis. Contact email@example.com to have your name added to the list. The books are $25 each.
LMS Drive Through Open House: When: Monday August 31 Grade 8: 3pm-4pm Grade 7: 4pm-5pm Grade 6: 5pm-6pm Come see your student's teachers, get all student forms , and up to date information on the start of the year. Computers will be available for pick up Thursday September 3 here at LMS with the return of student forms.
LMS Q and A via Zoom: When: Wednesday September 2 from 5pm-6pm. Hosted by Dr. Nesin and Mr. Barker. Submit your questions using the attached link (one question per form). Questions: https://forms.gle/A7TPnHLfoL6wdjC1A Zoom link: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/85813179553 FAQ page: https://docs.google.com/document/u/2/d/e/2PACX-1vQzoMzjORFUVoV0OQ0iZLi3F8wJ4POVmwhYiIzzpXK2chM009kriH8d1rvLUW3GumaGvsE22G2dETc-/pub
As of Wednesday nights board meeting the first day of school is set for Tuesday September 8th. Information will be coming next week about a drive through open house at LMS for families to get more information as well as an LMS Q and A over Zoom.
Class Lists: Grade 6: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ih6SkGtGBi2w6E6wIemzpd5FGktqyTa2B3sFl-tyc9o/edit?usp=sharing Grade 7: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12y6cJNoTSONw7J4ybmR1fKGVbuEOCfj1YIT_I2EkEGg/edit?usp=sharing Grade 8: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D4pTZ9zmC_bVxGrDlL-qdWCj33dVc62ZdTZhoPEhbHk/edit?usp=sharing
Student placements for LMS will be complete and going out this Friday (8/21) by email. If you don't see it by then please contact the school.
We are almost ready to create homeroom and class lists. We need one more piece of information from you, about supportive classmates for your child. Please complete the following (brief) survey by Monday, August 10, at 8:00 A.M. https://forms.gle/PGrQxSrGnukWJXN47
If you haven't yet filled out this form about how you would like your child(ren) to return to school, please complete it by Friday, July 31. https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA
Dear LMS Families, If you haven't yet filled out this required survey about your preferences for returning to school in the fall, you have a week left. It is due next Friday, July 31. Please fill out one per child in RSU#34. https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA Thank you!
Dear LMS Families, These are uncertain times, and we know you have questions about what school will look like in September. Please be assured of several things. 1) We all want each child to learn as much as possible, no matter what the situation. 2) We will create a structure—in person and remote—to support your child’s learning. That will mean clear expectations, and a schedule to meet those expectations. 3) There will be direct and live instruction. 4) We want children to have friends on their team with them. . 5) We will share information as we learn it, and are quite sure it is accurate. If you have questions, concerns, or perspectives you’d like to share along the way, I welcome your thoughts. Call me at 827-3900 Ext. 1304, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we will make this year one of support, engagement, and learning. Dr. Gert Nesin Principal
Your input is essential, by July 31! Dear Parents/Guardians of RSU #34 Children, Our district has put together a form through which parents/guardians will inform the schools of their family’s plans and needs for the upcoming start to the school year. Please submit one form per RSU #34 student in order for us to coordinate family plans PreK-12. We estimate this form will take no more than 5 minutes per student to complete. Please submit this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday, July 31st. You can watch the presentation of our planning to the School Board here: https://www.rsu34.org/article/272060?org=rsu-34 RSU #34 anticipates needing to move flexibly between three “lanes” in 2020-2021, depending on things such as community transmission rates of the novel coronavirus and the rates of student and staff illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19. These lanes are: fully remote learning, a combination of in-person and remote learning, and in-person learning five days per week. Families that wish to participate remotely all year long may do so. More details and background about the district’s plan can be found here (tinyurl.com/y9o23gmk). Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA Any questions should be directed to the building principal of your student. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We thank you for your hard work, patience, and community spirit supporting our children throughout the pandemic. Sincerely, RSU #34 Planning Team
Required parent form for RSU #34 students - Fall 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of RSU #34 Children, Our district has put together a form through which parents/guardians will inform the schools of their family’s plans and needs for the upcoming start to the school year. Please submit one form per RSU #34 student in order for us to coordinate family plans PreK-12. We estimate this form will take no more than 5 minutes per student to complete. Please submit this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday, July 31st. You can watch the presentation of our planning to the School Board here: https://www.rsu34.org/article/272060?org=rsu-34 RSU #34 anticipates needing to move flexibly between three “lanes” in 2020-2021, depending on things such as community transmission rates of the novel coronavirus and the rates of student and staff illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19. These lanes are: fully remote learning, a combination of in-person and remote learning, and in-person learning five days per week. Families that wish to participate remotely all year long may do so. More details and background about the district’s plan can be found here (tinyurl.com/y9o23gmk). Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA Any questions should be directed to the building principal of your student. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We thank you for your hard work, patience, and community spirit supporting our children throughout the pandemic. Sincerely, RSU #34 Planning Team
The Maine Department of Education needs your input to create guidelines and support for the fall. Go to the page linked below, and choose the survey that applies to you. Thank you! https://www.maine.gov/doe/fall2020survey
Last chance to get your LMS Yearbook! Orders close on Wed. June 24th! It is a hardcover yearbook which costs $25 and comes with a free name customization. You also have the option to purchase neat "charms" which are little icons to personalize your student's yearbook. We will receive the books this summer, hopefully in mid-August. We are planning some fun events to release our yearbooks when they arrive! Click this link: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03268900 , or visit http://www.schoolannual.com, and click on Buy My Student's Yearbook and search by School Name and State. You will see our school as J. A. Leonard Middle School.
All devices are due back FRIDAY, June 19, by 3:00 P.M.
End of year celebrations are on for this week! Wednesday: 7th Grade drive through 6:00-6:30 P.M. Thursday: 7th grade drive through 12:00-12:30 Friday: 6th grade drive through 10:00-12:00 Saturday: 8th grade parade 10:00-1:00 Please follow the guidelines sent out by teams.
TO ALL LMS STUDENTS: Mrs. Zabierek and Mr. Schlaefer would like to invite you all to Virtual Summer Coyote U. 2020. We will offer the opportunity to build and reinforce math, reading and other academic skills. Teachers will be available to offer help and lead activities. We will also do virtual field trips and build community throughout the program. Please consider this 4-week program as a way to avoid losing skills in this very different year. Summer Coyote U. 2020 is scheduled to take place from the week after July 14th through August 6th. Teacher availability and activities will mainly be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each of those weeks. To sign up or get more information, contact Mrs. Zabierek at email@example.com or Mr. Schlaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who earned a certificate for being named a LMS Scholar Athlete for the 2019-2020 school year. Sixth and Seventh graders should stop by the Scholar Athlete table at this week's drive-thru celebrations. Eighth graders will receive their's during the parade on 6/13. 6th: Olivia B., Maya B., Karly B., Karina D., Reilly E., Nevaeh E., Natalie F., Ava H., Griffen H., Chloe H., Julia H., Olivia L., Taylor L., Madeline L., Addison M., Arabel M., Madalyn M., Sophia M., Cooper N., Lily R., Libby S., Ruby S., Haley S., Hunter S., Addie T., Brooks V. 7th: Lucas B., Will B., Emmitt B., Teg C., Samuel C. Gabriel C., Allyson C., Aliyah C., Emma D., Kierra D., Mackenzie F., Amara F., Claire G., Callie C., Mikayla J., Lida K., Fallon L., Savanna L., Liz M., Jack M., Sadie M., Alex M., Lily M., Grace M., Robert M., Paige O., Kaiden P., Kameron P., Roland S., Emily W. 8th: Kayden A., Josie B., Morgan D., Alexis D., Ben D., Makayla E., Danica F., Brady F., Aiden G., Clive H., Kaylee L., Ayla L., Jackson L., Hannah M., Brendan M., Lilly M., Ariana M., Owen R., Ethan R., Karma R., Norah S., Jenelle S., Carter S., Brea S., Sidney S., Theodore S., Grayson T., Isaac T., Emma T., Preston V., Zoe Y.
Our 8th Grade Celebration Parade is Saturday, June 13. Read the details...https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u6VKYoUu0-jm809qBas3UNXVkDc3vr2vXfjvdSLVyds/edit
7th Grade Message For End of Year: Team 7 teachers would like to make you all aware of a few things as we finish out our school year. First, we are planning a couple of times for students to drive through the school parking lot to say goodbye. Teachers will be spaced out holding signs and such from 6-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10th and 12-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11th. We ask, for safety reasons, that students do not ride through on bikes at these times. We are also going to be working to set up times next week to meet individually with students to work with each of them on a self-reflection about their experience of remote learning. If you would like to give your perspective as a parent at that time, it would be most welcome. Mrs. Tuttle will be having an assignment, which is related to the self-reflection, on next week’s activity board. It would be helpful if students could complete this on Monday-June 1st, and certainly before the week is up. You will notice that next week’s activity board will be streamlined and include many chances for students to engage in learning activities, but fewer assignments that are required to be turned in. The final week will involve many chances to engage with their teachers, including a series of fun KaHoot quizzes with Mr. Schlaefer, Scattegory games, Flip Grid videos, and more! Finally, our R.S.U. 34 Technology Department will be available to receive student computers between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12th and June 15th-19th. We will have more information soon on how to most easily coordinate with those folks on the return. We really hope that you are safe and well. Please contact any of us with any questions that you may have in these final weeks. Regards, Team 7
WE NEED YOU! Parents & families of RSU #34 kids...we seek your input/feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. Please let us know the strengths and challenges on this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Please do the survey by June 3rd. Thanks!
Parents & families of LMS kids, we seek your input/feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. We would love to have your feedback. Please fill out this anonymous survey by June 3rd: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Thank you!
There is a PTA Zoom meeting today, Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 P.M. If you'd like to join us (and we'd like to have you!), please email Kathy Cummings for the link. email@example.com
LMS WILL be creating and selling a yearbook this year. Mr. Kirkland will be heading up the creation of it, with help from Ms. Henry. In order to make this a success, we will need help from students and families to fill in pictures, art work, and written pieces to represent remote learning and experiences. More information will be coming soon on submitting work and purchasing the yearbook.
Looking for extra support for your 14-20-year-old teen during this time? It’s here, and it’s good. https://www.mainepublic.org/post/nami-maine-launches-teen-support-line-outbreak-beyond
Amara Francis cooked dinner for her family. Doesn't it look delicious? Share photos and stories of your kids! firstname.lastname@example.org
BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) is a before-school physical activity program that started earlier this year at LMS. The goal of the program is to get students active before school so that when they are in school they are focused and ready to learn. Starting on Monday (April 20) we will be posting BOKS Workout Challenge of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. They will be quick, easy and a fun way to get a quick workout in at home! Thank you to Sam Lenson, our BOKS Coordinator, for providing this opportunity.
Some kids and families are taking advantage of opportunities to be outside and learn new skills. Joey Porter went for a 9-mile bike ride and Emma Palmer has been doing some cooking! What are you up to? Post pictures here, or send them to email@example.com.
LMS Parent Resource Link: Please click on the following link for LMS Parent Resources from Mrs. O'Connell https://padlet.com/traceyoconnell/19vnayrsxs0t
We will still be delivering lunches for 7 days a week, other than April vacation—the week of April 20. Due to the stay at home directive and the increasing risk to families and employees, the delivery will look a little different, starting on Thursday, April 9. Please see below. 🍎🍎🍎UPDATE ON MEAL PICKUP AND DELIVERY: Meals will be available as usual from our tent and from our buses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. However, rules and waivers have changed several times since we began this program, and on April 9th we will make another change. We will consolidate our efforts and start sending home one week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches on Thursdays (one exception is noted below). This will minimize exposure for everyone, but it will require some planning on the part of parents and guardians. A 7-day menu with storage and preparation instructions will be included with the meals. On Thursday, the tent will open at 10:00 AM and the buses will roll out as usual at 10:30. Each child up to and including the age of 18 will receive a bag containing components for 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches. We will repeat this process again on April 16th. 🍎Please note that April 23rd falls during Spring Break, which is an anticipated closure. We will not be sending meals out that week but will resume on April 30th and will continue weekly until the end of the school year. Right now, we are planning to start up our summer program as usual on the Monday after July 4th. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 🍎🍎🍎Application Reminder to all parents and guardians: If your income has dropped remember that you can still complete an online application for free/reduced meals at any time. New eligibility will carry through the first couple of weeks of school giving you time to get a new application in for the 2020-2021 school year. Go to www.myschoolapps.com. (link is below) Call our office if you have any questions. 207-827-3908.
Dear LMS Families, We are rolling out our official, required remote learning beginning this coming Monday, April 6, and this message is to help you know what to expect and how it will work. I will keep it as simple as possible. If you have questions, please email me or one of the team teachers whenever you need assistance. We may adjust as we go along, as we discover the most effective ways to learn and communicate. Your child’s work will EITHER be online OR through a packet. They will have similar goals, but not exactly the same work because the available resources are different. Online Work Each GRADE LEVEL has one Google classroom, where all work will be assigned and turned in. When you go to that classroom, there will be a learning board for the week. It will have some clearly marked required blocks, and some clearly marked optional blocks. When you click on the block, it will take you to directly to that assignment/activity. The team will create a new block for each week. Packets If your child does not have access to online work, or there are arrangements otherwise, he/she will receive a packet on Thursday or Friday that will be for the following week. Follow the directions and do the learning activities in the packet. Attendance and Work Completion Children will count as attending for the week if they complete all required work for that week. Online: Students submit all work online, and they will also receive feedback online. Packets: Students and/or parents send an email to the HOMEROOM teacher listing and BRIEFLY describing the activities completed. This email should be sent by 3:00 on Friday. They may be sent earlier, if all the work is completed. You will receive a response from the teacher. Grades and Report Cards Grades will be based on work completion, under Habits of Mind for each subject area, based on the following guidelines: DNM (Does Not Meet): Completes almost no required work PM (Partially Meets): Completes some required work MS (Meets Standard): Regularly completes all required work ES (Exceeds Standard): Regularly completes all required work, and some/all optional work Work not completed during the assigned week will not be made up later. Allowances will be made in the event of significant student or family illness. Schedule Some of the work may be scheduled at a particular time, but most of it should be flexible enough to complete when it is best for your child and family. Using whatever schedule works best for you, the work should be completed by 3:00 on Friday. Advisory Meetings Throughout the time of remote learning, teachers will hold classroom meetings through Google Meets. The purpose of the meetings is to connect with and support each other. Students are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings when they can, but it is not required. The meetings are private and will be closely monitored and supervised. Teacher Support Although we and your children certainly appreciate your support, most of the work we assign can be done independently and/or with teacher support. Team teachers and support staff will be available throughout each school day to help with questions about how to navigate the technology, assistance with the work, or just to keep a connection with the teacher. Each grade level is doing it a little differently, and will communicate with you about the schedule for their support opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact your team teachers. I am also available to answer questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 827-3900 x1304 (me) or x1303 (Mr. Crandall. We are working from home, but messages will be forwarded to us. As always, we’re in this together! Gert Nesin Assistant Principal
Dear RSU #34 Schools Families, Governor Mills has announced that beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Thursday, Maine residents will be prohibited from traveling outside their homes for all but “essential personal activities” and ordered all schools closed for classroom-based instruction until May 1, 2020. This essentially continues our current operating procedures with homebound learning. Teachers are now providing students with learning opportunities, times to connect, ask questions, and receive help. That will continue. While it is impossible to predict when or if we will be able to reopen our schools and return to a normal schedule in the near future, we will be exploring additional opportunities for our students to engage in virtual activities. It is our plan that students in good standing will move to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year as would normally be the case. We are also considering plans, should it be necessary, to have an alternative way to honor our 2020 graduates in case a traditional ceremony isn’t possible. Seniors expecting to graduate in June of 2020 MUST be in contact with OTHS staff to successfully complete graduation requirements. We anticipate changes in our delivery model but, we will continue to offer our meals program and we encourage anyone who would like to participate to contact the RSU#34 Food Service office at 827-3908. If you are concerned with how your child is doing emotionally you can contact the NAMI MAINE HELPLINE. Their number is 800-464-5767, press 1 (email@example.com). Here is a link to the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and additional hotline numbers. Their direct number is (207)287-3703. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any of the RSU#34 schools or the central office as well, at (207) 827-7171. Please look for information on our website, www.RSU34.org and download our app if you have not already done so. You can also use the number 2-1-1 to get general information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in Maine. The Alton, Bradley and Old Town communities are strong, together. Eventually, life will return to normal and our students will return to school. We will have learned much that will help us to be even better as a school system. In the meantime, we will continue to rely on one another as one Coyote Strong community. Sincerely, David Walker
Students and families...we know we are all figuring out remote learning together. We have great leadership and guidance, from the state, from local experts and our own people, and from others who are doing this. What questions or concerns do you have as we move forward? Please post questions on our FaceBook page or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will read them all, and send a message answering them.
Here's how to connect with our School Counselor Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/RSU34-GuidanceStudent-Services-412120629362989/
LMS/RSU#34, 3/30/20 Update: (Food/Resource Center): We have staff who have been working in our Resource Center bagging up food for families who need it. Please reach out to email@example.com or call her at 207-370-8564 if your family is in need of food beyond our district’s meal distribution. (Updated Online Resources): We have updated our RSU #34 website with a COVID 19 section. It can currently be found by visiting rsu34.org, clicking on Menu, and then COVID 19. Soon, there will be an easy link on the homepage as well. Don’t have our app? Go to your phone’s app store and search for RSU #34 ME and download our free app.
Hi RSU #34 families, During this time of school closures, we are all reaching for ideas and methods to continue to educate and care for our students and our community. As the school nurse for Alton, Bradley, and Leonard Middle School, I’d like to offer “virtual clinic” hours where I will be available by email from 9am – 12:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This is not a service for urgent medical needs. Please contact your provider or 911 in the event of a medical emergency. I am available to connect with students, their families, and any staff member who would like to check-in or chat, discuss any minor health concerns, or assist those who need help with finding resources. I am unable to provide any diagnosis for illness or conditions, but can offer guidance and nursing assessment to those in need. Please email me if you would like to connect over any health concerns or questions. Stay well! Nurse Vanessa Vanessa Koch BSN, RN firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder to LMS students who need help logging into their Google account. We will use Mr. Schlaefer as an example: e-mail: email@example.com Password: 25Ds3081 The 25 is the student's year of graduation, the Ds is the student's initials and the 3081 is the student's lunch/library number. Please contact us if you have any questions about Google Classroom.
Hello 7th grade parents! Your student’s teachers are working on developing activities to keep your child engaged in their learning while we are not able to meet in person at LMS. To begin, this information will be delivered to students on Google Classroom. We know that this delivery will not work for all students, so we are looking for some information from you. Full implementation of distance learning begins on April 6th. We need to make these activities accessible to all. Please fill out this survey to tell us about your preference communication method and your student’s internet access: https://forms.gle/ynezrnoLb9GsWx5w5 We look forward to connecting with our students! We are missing seeing their faces each day and hope that you are all doing well. Thank you, Team 7
All LMS PTA meetings and activities are cancelled for now.
If your children have some thoughts or advice on making the best of these days tucked away, please share here. Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re all in this together!
From Dr. Jon Doty... 3/20/2020 Re: Student Learning Update Dear RSU #34 Community, Wow, what a dynamic week it’s been at homes, businesses, and schools! This is a quick update on RSU #34’s efforts to support student learning. Please understand that all future plans are based on what we know right now, and may change as guidance changes. The most important message this week and throughout the coming weeks is SLOW THE SPREAD. Here is a direct link to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html Please help educate your kids, your family, and your community about the importance of social distancing and hygiene to SLOW THE SPREAD. Here’s our plan going forward based on what we know right now (look for updates week-by-week): *March 17th - 20th: We plan to make up the four impacted days this week as if they were snow days. Many of our staff have reached out to students one way or another to let them know we’re thinking of them! Please continue to make use of the resource packets we sent home with students on Monday to support their learning at home. *Over the weeks of March 23rd and March 30th, we plan to make up half of the impacted days as if they were snow days. That will put the last student day on Friday, June 26th, with a teacher in-service on Monday 6/29. Over those two weeks - in addition to the things sent in resource packets - our educators will be ramping up online learning experiences with students, sharing team-developed resources, and helping to address internet and device access issues family-by-family. We won’t be taking student attendance these days or collecting/assessing work, but hope to reach every child and encourage daily engagement by students. We will likely distribute more materials for home learning in coordination with our meal delivery. Our specialists such as Special Education and Chapter 104 staff will also be trying to contact each family/student to put needed supports in place for a remote learning environment. Please keep in mind that staff may be reaching out from unusual phone numbers, so callers may show up as “Private” or “Restricted” *Beginning April 6th, until we’re able to resume in person, students will be expected to participate in our full remote learning experience. We’ll share many more details in the weeks to come but will deploy this in as flexible a way as possible as we know our students may be assisting with family or neighborhood needs, caring for siblings, etc. during normal school hours. Thank you all for your efforts to support our community and our kids! We had so many volunteers to stuff packets for students on Sunday that we started turning volunteers away two minutes into the event! We have an awesome community, and together we’ll get through this. Please keep an eye out starting Monday March 23rd for school buses running each of our normal routes, delivering meals Monday through Friday. These runs will begin at 10:30 AM each day; please be patient with arrival times, especially the first few days. Anyone aged 0-18 can pick up meals. Pick up in person at Old Town High School is still an option from 10 AM to noon Monday through Friday. On Fridays at either OTHS or the bus routes we will distribute meals for the weekend. Sincerely, Dr. Jon Doty Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Jon.Doty@rsu34.org
Want food? You can pick up at the high school tomorrow, 10:30 to noon. We will provide food for tomorrow and the weekend. On Monday, we begin our daily bus run deliveries. 9 buses will leave OTHS at 10:30, and follow the regular runs. Be waiting for us when we drive by--we will stop and deliver! You can also pick up at OTHS. This food is available to anyone 18 or under.
If you come to LMS or any RSU #34 building, this is the sign you will see on all of our doors. And although the building is closed, you'll still hear from us. We will post any new information on our website and the Facebook page. Throughout this shutdown if you have any questions or concerns, please call or email Mr. Crandall (email@example.com, 827-3900x1303) or Dr. Nesin (gert.nesin @rsu34.org, 827-3900x1304). Be safe and be well.
If your child is in band at LMS and already has their instrument home, please leave the instrument at home. Do not bring it to school. They will not be playing their instruments today.
As you’ve been notified, tomorrow (Monday) will be the last student day until further notice. We will return when it is safe. Tomorrow will be a day for students to pick up their belongings, get information on home learning opportunities, and have a warm send off from teachers and friends. We will continue to be in contact, and share information throughout this shutdown, as it becomes available.
We're putting out a call for volunteers Sunday 3/15 at noon at OTES to help assemble take-home packets with some basic resources for students to engage with thinking if there's a school shutdown ordered. (these will be optional and ungraded - resources to help families keep kids engaged). If you're interested in helping please join us! Please sit this one out if you've been out of state or out of the country in the past several weeks, or have had lots of exposure to people who've traveled. Please also be sure you're symptom free before volunteering (fever, cough, sore throat, chest tightness, etc.). Thanks! Our community of support is incredible!
As of this morning the Maine Principals Association issued a decision on the start of spring sports. In summary, the spring sports seasons for all high school activities in Maine will begin Monday, April, 27, over the concerns related to the spread of COVID-19. Our LMS middle school programming will follow this schedule of events as well. With this decision, modified spring sports schedules will be worked on by our leagues. As more decisions are finalized, our event calendar will be updated. Of course, as the situation evolves, more updates will be provided as needed or as they come in. Thank you.
7th grade would like to announce the Invention Convention top 10--- These 3 students will represent LMS at Big Gig Jr: Jesse B. for Therma Cup, Miles F. for Environment a Mower, and Abigail R. for Sippy Clip. The other top 7 students were Teg C. for Blue Shoe, Liam M. for Everlaster, Madison C. for Eco Can, Jack M. for Ski Brake, Gabe C. for Talk Box, Amara F. for Trash Tracker and Kylee M. for Sleep Bot. Congratulations to all!!!
Dr. Noah Nesin, M. D., PCHC Vice President of Medical Affairs, recommends the following in regard to COVID-19: “New cases of COVID-19 are increasing rapidly in the US but we [slow the spread]. Wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, try to stay 3 feet away from other people, avoid sick people, avoid crowds, don't travel if it is not necessary, warm waves should replace handshakes, stay home if you're sick, and if you are sick and need healthcare, call ahead to your doctor's office for advice.”
Sign-up for LMS spring sports by going to the following link: https://forms.gle/hwie6HH9SDHKtMxB9 See Mr. M if you have any questions. Forms can be downloaded by clicking on Menu and then documents on our website or mobile app
Today, the LMS Jazz Ensemble had the privilege of a two hour clinic with my long-time friend and colleague, Craig Skeffington. An Old Town native, Craig has worked hard and made himself known nationally as a composer, performer, and teacher. He will also be one of the newest inductees into the OTHS Hall of Fame in May. We recently commissioned Craig to write a piece for the LMS Jazz Ensemble. We had the honor of working on said piece with him today and we will premier it next week in our concert. It will go on sale nation-wide soon. Craig worked the kids hard, made us laugh, and we learned tons.
Congratulations to the LMS Girls Basketball Team for a great semi-final win over Nokomis Middle School yesterday! A huge thank you to the fans, especially our student section and staff members, who showed up to support the girls. The team will play for the championship vs Cohen at Brewer High School, 7:30 pm Friday or the same time Saturday evening if the weather does not cooperate. Way to go Coyotes!!!
Both LMS basketball teams finished their regular season yesterday with victories over the Reeds Brook Rebels. The girls finished with a 10-0 record seeding them #1 in the upcoming tournament. The boys team finished the season 6-4 with a 4th or 5th seed to be determined later this week. Congrats to both teams and good luck in the league tournament!
All after school activities are canceled today for LMS! Please drive safe.
LMS had a couple of well played basketball games yesterday at Cohen with the girls team staying undefeated with a 33-23 victory. The LMS boys team fell short to Cohen 41-28, bringing them to 4-4 on the season. Both teams are in action at Bucksport on Friday with the boys game starting at 3:30. Go Coyotes!
Congratulations to the following LMS musicians (photo attached) who had a great month of December. We'd like to thank these students for their hard work, leadership, improvement, and musical talents. 8th Grade: Sidney Staples, Clive Haverkamp 7th Grade: Mikayla Johnston, Cameron Rackliffe 6th Grade: Maya Boyington, Cooper Neely
Both LMS basketball teams came away with victories in Wednesday action against Hermon. The girls won 50-32, bringing their record to 5-0 going into break. The boys team pulled out a 38-35 victory, which gives them a 3-2 record. After break the teams will resume play with a home game on 1/6 against Nokomis. Go Coyotes!!!
Due to a change in plans the Krispy Kreme’s will actually be arriving around 3:00 today. Donuts can be picked up as early as 3:30.. Sorry for the time changes and hope this makes things easier for some of the people that ordered. Thank you for supporting the LMS PTA Angela Porter
Our phones are working again. Thank you to IT for the quick fix!
Friday, November 15 8:30 AM Our phone system is down this morning, for an undetermined amount of time. We’ll let you know when it’s back up. If you need to reach us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK ONLY! DOUBLE BOXTOPS! Purchase products by 9-22-19 and scan your receipt. This is for people that have the app. If yo do not have the app, please download it.
The LMS PTA needs YOUR help at Riverfest! Please sign up to cook macaroni and cheese, and/or work at the booth at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4FA9A829AAF94-riverfest1 Thank you!
Our first PTA meeting for this year will be on Thursday, September 19, 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. in the LMS Library. Please join us!
WE NEED YOU! RSU #34 is always looking for "guest educators" to join our team! We have a number of fantastic educators on our staff who began with us as substitutes, got hooked on kids, realized they could make a difference, and built their careers with us! We're offering two trainings next week, and you can apply on-site at each. Please see the dates, times, and locations in the image! With employment questions please contact Angela Porter (email@example.com)
Picture day today!
Our LMS Field Hockey team got the fall season off to a competitive start at Brewer last nigh under the lights. The A team played to a 0-0 tie and our developmental team won 2-1! Way to go Coyotes!!!
Our phones are functioning again.
Our phone system is not working this morning. You can call in, but will not be able to hear us talking. We will let you know when this issue has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.
Our fire alarm company is here testing alarms. There is NOT a fire or any emergency.
This link is our Maine Commissioner of Education Pender Makin's back to school welcome. The video you will shows some great musicians from LMS at the 58 second mark. https://maine.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a582edd6473e477ef6307c769&id=9e1ad4c1a6&e=86e6eca0a1
Today, 8/29, due to soggy fields there will be no LMS soccer or field hockey clinics today. Football chalk talk and the cross country clinic are still a go. Please pass this along to others as not all families are receiving notifications yet. Thank you!
Our new bus schedule is out. At LMS, students may arrive at 8:00, they go to home rooms at 8:20, and we start at 8:30. Walkers and athletes will be dismissed at 3:05, followed by bussers. More details in Community Connections. https://5il.co/9hnk
A huge THANK YOU to Dick Andren at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge for an amazing day of learning last week. We also appreciate the support from Jenn Goodwin, School Community Coordinator for RSU34, for organizing and planning our trip! Students enjoyed a program led by Dick on how human communities are like forest communities. We ended our visit with a fun scavenger hunt of items from the forest!
LMS summer school learners are becoming great caretakers of our school garden! Yesterday, we harvested basil, mint, garlic scapes, and rosemary. A few green beans right off the plant were a nice snack while we worked. We are learning about the unique smells of herbs, garden pests, and effective gardening techniques.
LMS Invention Convention finalists that participated in Big Gig, Jr. this spring were invited to make a guest appearance on Greenlight Maine! The episode was recorded at Husson University on Monday, July 15th, 2019 and is scheduled to air in September. Pictured from left to right are Zoe Yerxa, Jenelle Sanchez, and Brianna Engstrom, Leslie Poake (Junior Achievement of Maine Board Member), and Julene Gervais (Greenlight Maine Host).
LMS Athletic reminders: Fall Sports Sign-up Link: https://forms.gle/9YydhqGbGrMvm34s7 All forms can be found on our website under documents. Start dates are the following: Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Field Hockey (Clinics 8/20, 21, 22, 27, 28 ,29 from 4-5:30) Tryouts 9/4, 5, & 6 Cross Country (Clinics 8/20, 21, 22, 27, 28 ,29 from 3-4) Practice Starts 9/4 Football (Practice starts 8/19 3-4:45 @LMS)
OT Sports is happy to partner with NLAT and offer our student athletes in-house physicals on Aug. 14th from 8-12. Students will need a $10 dollar check made out to RSU34 & a parent/guardian if under the age of 18. This is offered to LMS & OTHS students. NLAT will provide all other needed paperwork. If interested, please come to the lobby area at OTHS.
LMS students from our summer Coyote U programs visited the Old Town Public Library, Old Town Fire Department, and Old Town Police Department this morning. Students had excellent questions and learned more about the history of our town. Thank you to Officer King, Deputy Chief Baker, Ms. Pool, and Mr. Lucas.
Watch this song and video created by our Operation Breaking Stereotypes group, co-led by Mrs. O’Connell. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=6JpZOK8K8_Y
LMS would like to recognize the following 30 eighth graders, 20 seventh graders, and 18 sixth graders for earning a scholar athlete award at their year end assemblies recently. Way to go Coyotes and we hope you keep working hard in as well as out of the classroom! 8th--Scholar Athletes: Natalie Baker, Ian Benson, Brooklynne Blockler, Hunter Clukey, Owen Cote, Izabella Damboise, Xander Doty, Taylor Dow, Mark Gaetani, Gabriel Gifford, Spencer Gordon, Josh Harvey, Eva Holt, Kayleigh Johnston, Andrew Koch, Conner May, Tyler Nash, Olivia Neely, Sophia Nepton, Keegan Plourde, Cassidy Rackliffe, Annie Roach, Jordan Spencer, Abby Swedberg, Patrick Sylantys, Nate Tibbits, Kayleigh, Wagner, Grace Willey, Myah Worster, Lily Young 7th--Scholar Athletes: Morgan Davis, Alexis DeGrasse, Ben Dickey, Makayla Emerson, Danica Flewelling, Brady Fournier, Clive Haverkamp, Ayla Lawrence, Jackson Lizzotte, Brendan Mahaney, Hannah Marsh, Owen Rand, Ethan Roach, Norah Sanborn, Carter Sevigny, Brea Smickle, Sidney Staples, Emma Trefts, Preston Vose, Zoe Yerxa 6th--Scholar Athletes: Lucas Bartkiewicz, Emmitt Byther, Allyson Caron, Teg Coiley, Samuel Cote, Emma Doucette, Claire Gaetani, Mikayla Johnston, Savanna Lolar, Liz Magoon, Jack Marquis, Sadie May, Lily Mickel, Grace Milligan, Robert Murray, Paige Oakes, Kaiden Plourde, Kameron Plourde
LMS Trimester 3 Report Cards will be mailed home. We are printing them now and they will be mailed by Friday this week.
We had a fantastic 8th grade assembly, field day and HS step-up day. 8th graders do not need to attend school tomorrow, 6/18. We look forward to a great last day (1/2 day) with our 6th and 7th graders. Dismissal at 11:15am.
Looking forward to our 8th grade assembly from 8:30-9:30 tomorrow morning. Field day will follow. 8th graders then go to the high school for step-up day in the afternoon and are dismissed from the high school.
A quick reminder, the last day of school is Tuesday June 18 and dismissal from LMS will be at 11:15.
Leonard Middle School musicians Cassidy Rackliffe (8th grade) and Aiden Palmer (7th grade) earned “Outstanding Musician” awards at the University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival this spring. Both students performed beautifully on two instruments; Cassidy on bass guitar/tuba and Aiden on bass guitar/clarinet. The UNH Jazz Festival is very selective when presenting this award. This is the first time in LMS history that two students have received it the same year. Congratulations Cassidy and Aiden!
8th grade class trip letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ahKojrjq0BJmW70D2exT2O7g7eQkpGZTEINDG6KNxsc/edit?usp=sharing
A reminder that there is no chorus concert this evening.
Our chorus concert, originally planned for Monday, June 3rd, has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
We just had a fire alarm at the middle school, it was a false alarm. All clear and back to learning.
Don't forget, LMS Open House tonight from 6-7pm.
Coke Rewards will be doubled between 5-21 until 5-28. Caps will be 10 cents and the box tabs will be 20 cents. If you do not want to log them in yourself then bring them to Kathy Cummings at the LMS school office. Proceeds benefit LMS students directly!
Our LMS phone system is down at the moment. The phone company is currently working to restore service.
Baseball/Softball Schedule Update: We try hard to avoid scheduling conflicts at LMS. Due to the weather and Brewer hosting a high school prelim game, our night games @ Brewer will now be played on 6/3 at 6:30pm. Our game vs Bucksport has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but mother nature seems to have her own schedule this spring. Thank you.
LMS Open House is this Thursday, 5/22 from 6-7pm. Grades 6 and 7 will be hosting an open house and showcase. 8th grade will be discussing the Camp Jordan trip and requests that all parent volunteers attend.
LMS Athletics today 5/21: Almquist Track Championship 3:30 at OTHS and spectators should arrive after 3pm, NO Baseball practice due to field conditions. Softball practice is still on today.
Due to potential weather and field conditions, today's LMS BB and SB games @ Doughty are canceled with no make up date. There will be no practice today as well.
ALMQUIST Meet Update - due to predicted weather and severe conditions - the MS ALMQUIST track meet has been moved to Tuesday, May 21st at 3:30 PM. Track practice will be at LMS today from 2:50-4 pm.
Though the weather appears to be clearing, we will need to cancel baseball and softball games that were scheduled for this afternoon due to field conditions at Cohen. We will do our best to reschedule but do not have a date at this time.
Track practice will be cancelled today, 5/17. Baseball and softball games at Cohen are still on at this time but I will provide an update on those games by 1pm today. Fingers crossed for clearing weather in Bangor.
LMS practices for today 5/14: No baseball practice, Softball practice 3-4:30 in the gym, Track practice at LMS from 3-4. Thank you.
Trimester 3 progress reports will be sent home with students today, 5/10/19.
Track practice today, 5/7/19, will be at LMS from 3 to 4:30
Due to the forecast later today, LMS BB and SB games vs Brewer will be rescheduled to tomorrow, 5/8, 4pm at LMS. There will be no practices today as well.
Congratulations to the following LMS musicians who had a great month of April. We'd like to thank these students for their hard work, leadership, improvement, and musical talents: Cassidy Rackliffe, 8th Ian Benson, 8th Sidney Staples, 7th Courtney Spencer, 7th Kenzie Fickett, 6th Kylee Murray, 6th
Our students are caring and compassionate and some go above and beyond to show it! Following the tragic death of Detective Ben Campbell in early April , 7th grade student Emma Sirois encouraged the students at LMS to send cards of encouragement and sympathy to the Maine State Police Force. Pictured below is Emma presenting cards to Lt. Hashey.
8th graders will take the Science MEA tomorrow and Wednesday. Please try to limit dismissals during the morning on those days.
8th grade families, this is a plea for your involvement in our end-of-year 8th grade trip to Camp Jordan. We rely heavily on parent volunteers, both during the day activities and especially for the overnight stay. Here is the link to sign up for volunteering. https://goo.gl/forms/OyLi2ABnkCAGGAwN2 For more information, please contact Gert Nesin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week’s resource center will be Wednesday May 1st from 2:30-4:00 due to changes with Good Shepherds schedule. If you cannot make those hours but would like to utilize the resource center please contact our Community Coordinator Jennifer Goodwin @ 827-2508 or Jennifer.email@example.com
Don't forget to place your bid for the LMS-PTA silent auction. The auction ends at 8PM on Friday, 4/26 and item pickup is from 10-2 on Saturday, 4/27 right here at LMS. www.32auctions.com/LMS2019
!st picture: 7th Grade teacher Shelly Tuttle with participating students- Zoe Yerxa, Jenelle Sanchez, and Bri Engstrom at the Big Gig Jr. competition on April 23 at the Bangor Arts Exchange. All 3 students were presented with awards and the school was presented with a 500 dollar award for participation in the event. 2nd picture- Big Gig Event coordinators Evan Richert and Leslie Poake present Big Gig Jr. winner Zoe Yerxa with 1st place prize for her invention The Sharp Shovel.
4/23:TRACK: Today's track meet at Brewer has been rescheduled to 4/25 same time and place. No practice today and practice tomorrow is at LMS. BASEBALL: Practice today from 3-4:30 in the gym. SOFTBALL: NO practice today. ALL TEAMS have sport pictures tomorrow at LMS.
Our LMS-PTA is hosting a silent auction. The auction is entirely online and items can be viewed here: www.32auctions.com/LMS2019 We are so thankful of our parent group and the hard work of Kathy Cummings who has led the effort. Please support a great cause and place some bids. There are dozens of amazing items donated by area businesses and individuals.
We are proud of how hard our students worked on the eMPowerME test this year. Each student earned tickets for focus and engagement while they tested. Today, they use those tickets to buy food, prizes and t-shirts. There are games everywhere and the eMPowerME Fest is in full swing. We are proud of our students.
We have great news. LMS is having it's 1st annual online auction starting Monday April 22 @ 5 a.m. through Friday April 26th @ 8 p.m. We are raising money for the PTA to help the kids with activities, field trips, etc. Area and far away businesses have donated to our auction. Go onto our site and check out the items early so you can see what we have. We will accept items up to the time of the auction if anyone has an item they would like to donate. Once the Auction is over with I will have your item(s) that you won at LMS the next day Saturday April 27th from 10-1. We will take cash or check. The site is: www.32auctions.com/LMS2019 If anyone has any questions please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
The LMS Civil Rights Team is hosting a reverse bottle drive April 22-May 10. Bring your bottles to LMS and give them to a civil rights team member or Ms. Henry or Mrs. O’Connell. We will be adding to our account at Mahan’s to raise money for our state conference and other needs. If you want to take your bottle directly to Mahan’s just say “ Put my bottles on the LMS Civil Rigths Team Account!!!! Thanks in advance.
No school today in RSU 34. 4/8/19
Planning for our 8th grade class trip to Camp Jordan is well underway. We ask that parents/guardians of 8th grade students follow this link (https://5il.co/74wy) to read about how they can be involved with the trip and to sign up for a volunteer role. We have dozens of jobs that need to be filled in order to pull off the trip. Thank you in advance for your support of this great opportunity for our students.
The 8th grade Cathedral Team went skiing with MOEP today and had a blast. We had several first time skiers and the positive vibes and encouragement were everywhere as students cheered on their peers. The sense of community was palpable and we couldn’t be more proud of how our students represented Leonard Middle School while on the trip.
Congratulations to the following LMS musicians who had a great month of March. We'd like to thank these students for their hard work, leadership, improvement, and musical talents: Michele Francis, 8th Ethan Mushero, 8th Josie Bishop, 7th Laith Al-Fdeilat, 7th Emily Wheeler, 6th Nate Baker, 6th
Trimester 2 report cards will be sent home this afternoon with your student. Please review the report card and refer to our "Interpreting the Standards-Based Report Card" FAQ if you are having trouble understanding the proficiency-based scoring. Take a close look at Habits of Citizenship and Habits of Work. Students that do well in these areas typically thrive and meet or exceed academic standards. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/223470/Interpreting_the_Standards-Based_Report_Card_-_Google_Docs.pdf
Yesterday, LMS students wrapped up their last day of regularly scheduled State testing. We are very proud of the effort our students put into a rigorous three days of challenging tests.
First Blog post up on the NRCM website! https://www.nrcm.org/blog/students-engaging-in-the-nature-of-maine/old-town-students-get-lakesmart-pushaw-lake/
8th Grade Cathedral Team will not be going skiing this Friday, as planned. It’s supposed to be pouring rain. We have rescheduled to Wednesday, April 3—leaving at 8:40 and returning by 2:30. River Runners will be going on their trip, as planned.
Old Town High School will host student registration tonight at 6PM.
L.M.S. Math Team will meet this Wed. (3/20) from 2:45-3:45 in Mr. Schlaefer's room (124). Hope to see you all there. We will do some practice problems and plan for our trip to Eastern Maine Community College on Tuesday, April 30th. Snacks will be provided!
Teddy S. qualified for the Maine GeoBee and has been invited to UMF to compete at the State level. Go Teddy!
eMPowerME State testing begins tomorrow. Please make sure that your student is well rested and fueled up with a good breakfast as they come into school each morning. As much as possible, please limit absences and dismissals for the rest of this week. If you know in advance of a dismissal, please communicate that with your student's advisor.
LMS yearbooks are on sale now! They are $25.00 with name personalization included. Order forms will be sent home with students or you can order online at: www.schoolannual.com Click on "Buy your student's yearbook" and enter school name, city, and state.
Two important updates/reminders: Due to the Old Town-Orono Hockey team making the regional finals, the OTHS open house has been moved to: March 13th from 6 – 7:30 PM. Students in RSU#34 do not have school on Friday this week as it is a professional development day for our staff.
The LMS-PTA will meet on Tuesday, 3/5 at 6PM.
Due to the snow day today, Team Precipice (Bedard/Jay) will be going cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with MOEP on Tuesday instead of Team Cathedral (Marquis/McKinley). http://meoutdooreducation.org/our-programs/skiing-snowshoeing/
Congratulations to the following LMS musicians who had a great month of February. We'd like to thank these students for their hard work, leadership, improvement, and musical talents: Isaiah Brissette-Hatch, 8th Samuel Brissette-Hatch, 8th Ayla Lawrence, 7th Noah Nickerson, 7th Kaiden Plourde, 6th Kameron Plourde, 6th
These Leonard Middle School Invention Convention top 6 students will represent LMS at the Maine Science Festival in Bangor on Saturday, March 16th. Congratulations! Light Up Purse- Brianna Engstrom Fllp O Glasses- Janelle Sanchez Sharp Shovel – Zoey Yerxa Ballet Sock- -River Felchman Ice O Trap-Brendan Mahaney
This Saturday Bangor Area Wrestling will be attending the Pine Tree League East-West crossover duels meet at Nokomis High School in Newport. Currently BAW is 5-2 as a team after two duel meets. We have four outstanding LMS wrestlers, three of whom are team captains this year. Keep up the good work Robbie Murray, Sam Charles, Giovanni Green and Xander Doty! You can follow them here: http://www.bangorareawrestling.com/
Dear LMS Chorus, Our accompanist, Carol Lander, has broken her arm. She is unable to play piano for a few weeks. As our chorus students have worked very hard and are very proud of our "Songs for the Journey" project, we want to ensure that we set them up for success at the recording studio and concert. Mrs. Lander is a crucial part of what we do; both for her musical skills and her connection with the kids. The students and I all feel that waiting for her to heal is the best option. So, we have postponed our recording session to Friday, April 26th, and the concert to Monday, April 29th. We feel that this was in the best interest of the group. We look forward to performing for you then. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.
The Leonard Middle Chorus in Old Town, Maine, is using music as a way to support cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers. These are just a few of the many talented young musicians who have been hard at work preparing to spend a day at a recording studio in early March. While there, the LMS Chorus will record four songs, all of which fit their chosen theme of “Songs for the Journey”. These beautiful songs, each with a message of unity/support/strength, will be available for purchase on a flash drive for $12. All proceeds from sales will be donated to EMMC’s Champion the Cure to support local cancer research. Those interested may purchase a drive for themselves, or have the option to purchase one as a gift to a cancer patient at the LaFayette Cancer Center in Brewer, Maine. If you would like to purchase a drive for yourself, or one to be sent to LaFayette, please contact the group’s teacher, Shianne Priest, at 356-8512 or send a message on Facebook.
Tracey O'Connell and Connie Carter are doing some amazing work with our students! https://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/18/news/bangor/students-in-3-maine-towns-thought-they-had-little-in-common-then-they-started-talking/
No school today, Wednesday, 2/13/19.
The District 5 Jazz Festival, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, has been postponed (due to predicted weather) to Wednesday, February 27th.
LMS January Musicians of the Month: Brooke Blockler, 8th (flute and bass guitar) Perry Rondo, 8th (trumpet) Morgan Davis, 7th (trumpet, euphonium, chorus) Livia Lynch, 7th (flute) Kylie Tilton, 6th (flute, chorus) Sam Cote, 6th (percussion) Congratulations to these students for a January of musical growth, leadership, and passion.
The 2019 Leonard Middle School Geography Bee Champion is Teddy Stoup. Teddy was the highest scorer in the qualifying round and followed that up with an impressive performance in the final round. Jesse Bouchard was runner-up followed by Amara Francis as the second runner-up. All participants gave their absolute best and rooted their fellow competitors on. Finally, a big thank you to both Mr. Kirkland, Ms. Whedon, and Mrs. Ford for their help and support in making this happen!
No school today, Wednesday, January 30th.
Progress reports went home with students today. Please review your student’s scores and the comments left by teachers. If you have any questions please contact your student’s advisor.
Due to power issues at Bucksport Middle School today's basketball games will be postponed to a different date. LMS will not have basketball practices today as well.
The student Geography Bee will be held on January 30th. There will be practice sessions held in Mr. Schlaefer's classroom (124) from 2:45-3:45 on 1/23 and 1/28.
We do try to avoid conflicts between our school-sponsored events. With the number of activities going on at LMS, this is a daunting task (and that’s a good thing by the way!). We realize that there is a cheering competition on the day of the Snowball. To allow more time for our cheering squad to return from the comp and prepare for the dance, we will move the dance to 7-9pm instead of 6-8pm. We are looking forward to a great dance AND a great cheering performance!
Coyote U Session #2 will start the week of January 21st and end March 15th. Due to MLK Day, there will be no Monday Coyote U the first week. Cooking Club will not start until Thursday, January 31st. To sign up, click the link below. Please be advised that there is limited space in the cooking and aviation sessions. Don't delay in signing up! https://goo.gl/forms/lHFMmASKubt2f65E2
ALL after school activities have been canceled for today, Wednesday, January 9th. Yesterday's basketball games vs Cohen are now Friday, 1/11. Be safe!
ALL after school activities have been canceled for today, Tuesday, January 8th. We are trying to reschedule today's basketball games vs Cohen for this Friday, 1/11, so please stay tuned.
Congratulations for an excellent December of musical growth, effort, improvement, and leadership to the following LMS MUSICIANS OF THE MONTH: 8-Izzy Bouchard 8-Colby Hatch 7-River Felcman 7-Caleb Smith 6-Sadie May 6-Jesse Bouchard
The next PTA meeting will be January 16th at 6pm.
LMS Winter Sports pictures will take place tomorrow, 1/3/19, during practices. Envelopes will passed out today during practice. Thank you!
Happy 2019 and welcome back! We are looking forward to seeing all of our students back at school tomorrow, 1/2/19.
Bus 613, the Bradley bus, is running behind schedule this afternoon. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
No school today, Monday, 12/17, due to inclement weather.
Does your student play Fortnite? Here are some helpful tips on managing game time that are specific to the game that has swept the nation and seems to be consuming an awful lot of our students' attention these days. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/as-fortnite-blows-up-parents-need-to-up-their-game%20?utm_source=NEW+120718+Teen&utm_medium=email
Builders club is collecting hats to donate to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and Old Town police department. Students made a colorful donation box that is outside the office. Please bring in new (scarfs and mittens accepted, too) or homemade hats by Friday, December 21st!
Dear RSU 34 Families, This is a reminder that our Resource Center will be open to families on December 20th from 2:30-4:00, school vacation is the following week. We are stocked with toilet paper, paper towels, soups, snacks, pasta, cereal and more. Our Community Coordinator has made herself available for that day if you are unable to make the hours but could utilize the resource center to help over the vacation. Please reach Jennifer Goodwin @ 827-2508, to set something up. We will be open again on January 3rd from 2:30-4:00.
Trimester 1 Report Cards will be sent home with students tomorrow, Friday, 12/7. You will see a lot of blank spaces on the report and that's because it is a complete report of all classes and standards that your student will experience this year. Standards that do not contain a score are those that will be taught and/or assessed later in the year. Here is a helpful guide to interpreting the report card. http://5il.co/4s7e
Please join us at OTES this evening for our chorus concert. Our kids have been working hard and sound amazing. They have so much joy to share with you tonight!
Yesterday we held our staff v student badminton tournament. 8th grade students participated in a semifinal and then faced the returning staff champions. It was a challenging match up and in the end the staff prevailed. Kudos to all who participated, especially our second place student finishers Matthew Herrick and Davon Alston.
Looking forward to seeing all of our students tomorrow as we return from the Thanksgiving Break. A group of 6th graders, led by Mrs. Murchison, has been doing random acts of kindness around the school with the message to "Be Kind Always". Let's expand those acts beyond the 6th grade hallway to our whole school!
Today, November 20th, all after school activities are canceled due to weather, please drive careful.
No school today, November 16th, due to inclement weather.
Sign up for the PTA Mac’s Popcorn sales - Holiday Bazaar @ OTES Dec 1st. http://signup.com/go/NRjcrVV
Picture retakes will be on Monday next week, 11/5.
Students from 7th grade – homerooms from Mrs.Kenny, Mrs.Tuttle and Ms. Dickinson—visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. They enjoyed touring the museum, gaining inspiration for their spring Invention Convention. They also enjoyed interviewing veterans, as part of the Citizenship Unit.
The 7th grade field trip for students in the Dickinson, Kenny, and Tuttle homerooms, originally scheduled for tomorrow, October 29th, has been cancelled due to weather.
Tomorrow is mock election day at LMS! Our very own Danny Schlaefer is leading a school-wide effort to inform our young voters and help them cast their student votes!
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held this week at LMS! Students will have opportunities to visit the book fair throughout the week and every book purchased helps our school. Please contact Ms. Whedon, our Library/Media Specialist if you have any questions.
Picture retakes will be on Monday, November 5th.
All of our teachers at LMS are incredible people and one in particular just got some well deserved recognition. Congratulations to our very own Outstanding Woman, Tracie Murchison! http://coast931.com/twenty-outstanding-women/tracie-murchison/
Coyote U is the after school program at LMS. Coyote U activities take place after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00pm. Session #1 will run from October 22nd through December 13th. Please sign up using the form below if you are interested. https://goo.gl/4qSKWf
LMS Athletics: October 9: FB vs Lincoln: 4pm October 10: FH vs Cohen, Soccer @ Hermon High School-Girls/Boys October 11: FH@Doughty, Soccer @ Ellsworth-Boys/Girls XC Meet @ Central: Lg School Champ G/B October 12:First Dance: Sports theme, hosted by the Athletic Department
Today's field hockey game has been moved to 10/11, no practice today. For the game against Brewer tomorrow, the bus will leave at 5:30pm the 6:30pm game. Today's soccer games have been moved to 10/18, no practice today. Football and cross country practices are still scheduled for today.
Happy Riverfest Old Town! I hope everyone enjoys the day of festivities. A shout out to our staff and students who are participating in the 5k and the parade this morning and also to our wonderful LMS-PTA volunteers! Be sure to visit their booth today to support their great work.
In LMS athletic action on Monday our Football team played a tough Hermon team. Despite the loss, the injury plagued Coyotes played hard to the end. In Field Hockey news the ladies had two convincing wins over the Wagner school. Go Coyotes!!!
Don’t forget to look your best tomorrow, LifeTouch will be at LMS all morning for school photos!
Due to coach not feeling well there will be no FH practice today 9/18.
Join us at our Open House tonight from 6-7pm! The LMS PTA will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts so don’t forget to bring some money.
A great effort yesterday from our LMS football, girl's soccer and boy's soccer teams. The soccer teams played hard with the girl's coming up short over Bucksport 1-0 and the boys pulled out a 6-4 victory. Football fought hard all 4 quarters to a tough Newport team.
Welcome back to school LMS students!
We can't wait to see all of our students on Tuesday, September 4th. Enjoy the long weekend and we'll see you soon!
*Tryouts for Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Field Hockey will be W, TH, and Fri the first week of school. XC practice will start Weds. Regular Football practices all week with the first game on Weds at Bucksport. *All paperwork must be turned in before participating in one of these sports. *See Mr. Maxim during lunch if you have any questions.