Dear Middle School Parents & Guardians:
Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year! I hope that your summer has been safe and relaxing and that you have been able to spend some enjoyable time with your children and families. For many of our students summer is a time to kick back and relax and to be “a kid” as they recharge their batteries for a school year filled with new friends, new teachers and academic challenges.
At this time I would like to take a moment to appreciate the following staff members for their dedicated service to the students of Lake Shore Middle School: Mrs. Bonnie Anticola – Retirement. Additionally the following faculty members have also left the District, Mrs. Kelly Byrne, and the following staff members transferred to another building: Chuck Kowalski, Debra Fox, Peggy Koch, Chris Panfil, Jeanne Steffen, and Michael Drezek. They shaped and molded many lives and we thank them for their commitment to the Lake Shore Central School District. We wish them well in the next phase of their lives / Careers.
As your child begins school this fall there will be a few new faces here at the Middle School. As of this writing, the Middle School would like to welcome the following teachers to the building: Mr. Timothy Fitzgerald: Grade 6 – Science/Soc. Studies, Mrs. Melanie Wasielewski - Speech Therapist, and Ms. Jennifer Betz – Grade 8 Math Teacher. Many of our teams have new configurations and brand new names!
The Middle School faculty, staff and I have been busily preparing for September since the close of school in June and I am anxiously looking forward to the beginning of another great year.
The Middle School has been a very busy place this summer. We hosted the Middle, High School, and Elementary Summer School. It was a wonderful experience having all levels of students in one building. Our custodial staff has been doing a great job of getting our building ready for the opening of school. Our Main Office and Guidance staffs have been preparing opening day materials including locker lists and cafeteria PINS, ordering and inventorying supplies, and registering and scheduling students. Additionally, many of our Teachers have been in working on curriculum projects.
The Middle School will continue to utilize a Six-Day Cycle. Most of you child’s classes will meet every day 1-6. Some like PE and Music ensembles will meet on Days 1, 3 &5 or Days 2,4 & 6. Middle School faculty will work closely with our students to ensure that they understand their schedules.
Beginning this year, 7th & 8th grade students will have eight 44 minute classes & a 30 minute lunch. 6th grade students will have three 70 minute academic classes, a 30 minute lunch, and a 30 minute A.I.S. period.
The Middle School day ends at 2:26 p.m. and after-school buses will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 3:05 p.m. This after school “Help Class” is available for our students for extra-help and/or clubs/activities.
A copy of the Middle School Bell Schedule is posted on the Middle School web site.
Middle School students will continue to have 4 ten-week marking periods and they will continue to take their respective Foreign Language courses for a full year in 7th & 8th Grade.
The Middle School Exploratory rotation will be as follows:
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Library Skills Health Health
Technology Home & Careers Music
Health Music Technology
Keyboarding / Music P/E P/E
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Tuesday September 2, 2014, is the first day of student attendance. The Middle School day begins at 7:40 AM and our doors are open at 7:10 AM for student drop-off and breakfast. Please be aware that there are no provisions for supervision before this time, and that students should not arrive prior to this time.
As a School Community, we at Lake Shore Middle School are very proud of our students and our program. Ours is a school community of high expectations and respect. We offer a comprehensive academic program that is rigorous well rounded and engaging. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and service organizations. I encourage you to talk with your child about these opportunities and for you to, in turn, encourage them to get involved in them.
As a faculty we recognize that our program is successful because of your daily support of your child. This partnership is essential to our mission and we invite you to actively participate in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact us for ways in which you can be involved and I encourage you to join our Middle School Parent Boosters Club.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!