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Poetry Contest

Hey all,
 
In class, all 7th and 8th graders read The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. After this, we discussed different types of Figurative Language, and students wrote a poem of their own that was submitted to two separate contests!
 
The first contest is country-wide, but winners aren't announced until April should any of our students qualify.
 
The second contest is being held right here at LHS! Teachers and admin from around the building are in the process of reading the fantastic work that our students completed, and as soon as they finish judging the competition, those winning poems will be posted here to show off the tremendous talent our students have and the dedication to excellence that they exude! 
 
These should be posted before Winter Break, and I hope you are excited to see this showcase of work!

8th Grade Graduation

Hey everyone! With the help of our students and families, we put together this video showcasing just how far our 8th graders have come as they move on to big things in high school. We tried to give everyone a glimpse at how much has changed for them over the years, and we hope you enjoy seeing their progress and hearing what the Class of 2022 has to say! The video will be shown at the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony on May 26th, but if you ever want to pause on a picture, rewatch for memories, or listen to the stories they had to tell, it's here for you! Once a Patriot, ALWAYS a Patriot!

2021 Middle School Supply Lists

Parents:

These are the items we, the middle school teachers, are requesting to enable your student to be successful. The homeroom section will be kept in the homeroom teacher’s classroom to establish a classroom set. The lists that follow have the specific items needed for each of the student’s separate subject areas.

Homeroom:

  • earbuds/headphones (to be left at school-these will not be shared)
  • 2 reams of copier paper
  • 2 boxes tissues
  • Clorox wipes
  • 2 pack Post-Its
  • 1 pack 4 Dry Erase markers (for classroom use)
  • 1 pack of 12 Crayola colored pencils (for classroom use)
  • 3 packs of pencils (for classroom use)
  • 1 pack of 10 Crayola Markers (for classroom use)
  • 2 glue sticks (for classroom use)

English/Language Arts (Mr. Nichols):

  • 1 composition notebook (no spirals)
  • 1 pack of loose leaf paper (college-ruled)
  • 1 pack of highlighters
  • 1 two-pocket folder

Math (Mrs. Whitehead):

  • 1 composition notebook (no spirals)
  • 1 pack loose-leaf paper
  • 1 two-pocket folder 

Science (Mr. Palik):

  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pack construction paper
  • Scissors
  • 1 large eraser
  • 1 roll aluminum foil (the student should keep this in their locker to be used for projects)
  • 1 roll duct tape (the student should keep this in their locker to be used for projects)

Social Studies (Mr. Humble):

  • 1 1.5in binder
  • 5 tabs binder tabs
  • 1 ream of lined paper
  • 1 box of 24 Crayola crayons
  • 1 large eraser

LHS Patriot Summer Camp starts next week for those who are registered! Remember attendance is mandatory! June 21- July 29 Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with breakfast at 7:30 and grab and go lunches provided at dismissal.   Each day your child attends summer camp for the ENTIRE time, your child will be entered into a raffle to be drawn the last day of camp. See you soon!
LHS Patriot Summer Camp starts next week for those who are registered! Remember attendance is mandatory!
June 21- July 29
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
with breakfast at 7:30 and grab and go lunches provided at dismissal.
 
Each day your child attends summer camp for the ENTIRE time, your child will be entered into a raffle to be drawn the last day of camp.
See you soon!

Spectacular Short Stories!

Hey everyone!
 
Moving into Spring Break, if you are looking for some AWESOME short stories to read, check out these student examples!
 
In Quarter 3, we spent a few weeks developing a unique and creative short story that contained fully developed characters and an interesting plot. The examples below are some of the final products of this project, and they are really fun! Feel free to dig in!
 
Lilly's Kidnapping
 
Untitled
 
Faith
 
Hamuto Kuma
 
Monkey Man
 
Chicken nuggets are falling from the sky!
 
Makayla and Her Friends
 

D&D Club Information

If you have never played or heard of D&D before, it is all about storytelling; a group of people will get together to tell a story, create their own fantasy character that could be anyone and anything, go on a quest/adventure with whatever goal the Dungeon Master (the person who leads the story like a narrator) has for the group, and ultimately have a ton of fun doing it! 
 
Since it is all about group storytelling, and the story is created on the fly by everyone involved, there would be plenty of social opportunities as well to keep kids interested and social during remote learning. The character they create and use would need a backstory, a description, and plenty of other general information, so students would need to do some research, read through some reference manuals and materials that I have and would provide to them, and write their character into existence! Reading and writing would be everywhere in the game as students continue to create and design their character and the story itself.
 
Each session would be an hour or two, and we would meet once a week on the day that works best for the students who sign up for D&D Club. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]!
 
I will hold an informational meeting Friday, January 8th, in my office hour from 2:30-3:30. Students can sign in to their class's Google Meet where I will be live to answer any questions you have. Sign-up goes until Wednesday, January 13th, with the first session of Character Creation planned for office hour on Friday, January 15th. 
 
Thanks! 

Exemplar Final Projects

Throughout second quarter, all students worked on a quarter-long research project. 7th grade covered different systems of the human body, and 8th grade covered a historical figure from the Civil War. At the end of the quarter, students gathered their research and created an informational website, using Google Sites, that was all about their research topic. Check out some of the incredible final projects that students created here!
 
7th Grade Sites:
 
 
 
 
 
8th Grade Sites:
 
 
 
 
 

Movie Day!

Hey everyone!
 
In 8th Grade ELA, we have been completing projects about various historical people involved in the Civil War. As a special educational event, I would like to show the students "Harriet" on Monday and Tuesday. Many of you have given permission for your students to view PG-13 movies for educational and incentive purposes, but I wanted to be sure I let you know which movie has been chosen. 
 
In 7th, we have been completing projects about the systems of the Human Body, and I plan to show students "Osmosis Jones", which is rated PG. 
 
If you have any concerns, please reach out on Dojo, Remind, or email me at [email protected]. Thank you for your time. 
 
-Mr. Nichols 

Go Out and Vote! - 7/8 Student Council

Special thanks to Mrs. Claes and the middle school Student Council team for putting together this video! We encourage you to make your voice heard. Go out and vote today!

End of Quarter 1

Hey everyone!
 
With just one week left of Quarter 1, ending NEXT FRIDAY October 16, make sure you are checking in with your teachers on any missing work, as well as where you stand with your grade if you are unsure! We can't stress enough how important it is for you to get your work turned in so you can be successful all the way through the end of Quarter 1 as you keep that success going throughout the rest of this year!

Some people are already totally up to date on work, and that's awesome! We have others who still have a lot of work that needs to be turned in, but we are happy to help. As always, we have our office hour open from 2:30-3:30 every weekday, and we are just an email away! If you need anything from us teachers, please let us know! 

Have a great day!

Announcements for Testing Week

Happy Monday everyone!
 
For this week, students should be working on the "Design Your Own Book Jacket" project, due Friday to me, in person. Besides daily Reading Tickets, this is the only assignment I am giving for the entire week! If you need a refresher on what you need to do, the assignment instructions are posted under the "Projects" heading on Classroom, or you can go back and watch the "Day 4" recording. You could even go back and check out the first week of slides which are posted on Classroom as well!
 
We covered how to fill out Reading Tickets on Friday, and the "Day 4" video also contains this example if you need to see that again, too. Starting today, students will begin 30 minutes of Independent Reading each day, Monday through Friday, and fill out the first Daily Reading Ticket today, Non-Fiction or Fiction, and every school day moving forward. Make sure your Reading Ticket is in by 11:59pm each day so you can get credit for your Independent Reading! 
 
Soon, we will begin our initial IRLA meetings. More information will come later this week, but students are welcome to email me to set up a time from 1:00pm-3:30pm any day this week during my office hours. A full schedule of people I was not able to meet with either after testing in school or online will be posted this weekend to set up times for us to meet next week.
 
If you have any questions, email me at [email protected]. Thanks everyone, good luck on testing, and have a great week!

Middle School Tour

Come along with Mr. Claes as he runs you through a tour of the middle school hallway! We all wanted to show off our rooms to you since we have included a bit of ourselves in them, and we are hoping you are excited to see them as well! Don't forget our first day is coming up fast. This coming Tuesday, we begin school virtually. Be ready to go with all of your materials, and make sure your laptop or other device is charged and ready also! See you in a few days!

Email/Technology Expectations

Hello everyone! We created this video to overview some technology communication expectations for this school year. -Ask for one on one conversation during homeroom or office hours -Guaranteed message response from teachers 7:30 am-3:30 pm. You are free to email any time. -Emails are for academic questions and concerns only. -Please be sure to type full email in body section instead of the subject area. -Please be sure to join all 7 Google Classrooms for your school year. We encourage any and all emails with questions and concerns. All of your teachers are here to help!

Intro to Remote Learning Expectations 2020-2021

Hey everyone! Check out this awesome video your 7th/8th grade teachers made! Remote learning will continue to be different, but we are here to help. In the video, we show you some ways you should and should NOT be treating your technology, taking tests remotely, doing work, or even just attending class. Let me know if you have any questions or if you just love the video as much as we do!