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!
2019 LMS Fall Sports Sign-up Link: https://forms.gle/9YydhqGbGrMvm34s7 All forms can be found on our website under documents.
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.