Dr. Lisa Chen, Principal, Louisa County Middle School, Mineral, VA

Sunday, May 22, 2016

LCMS Principal Update May 22

Dear LCMS Bobcat Family and Friends and Future Bobcat Family and Friends:

Both the Senior Graduation and the Grade 8 Formal were well attended and well done. I want to personally thank the hard work of the Grade 8 staff as well as Conner Waldron, Laura Watkins, and Natalie Watterson for their leadership and vision in this year's Grade 8 Formal. Our students had a fantastic time! They were dressed so elegantly, and the cafeteria was transformed into a Red Carpet event.

On another note, the Glow Party that is hosted by the PTA has been rescheduled for Monday, May 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students should directly report the cafeteria after school. Prizes will be handed out during the party.

We still have some availability for students to attend the STEM I and STEM II Academy. If your child is interested, please make sure to have him or her fill out the application. Applications should be sent to either the middle school or emailed to chenlc@lcps.k12.va.us no later than Thursday, May 26. 

As always, please feel free to contact me at chenlc@lcps.k12.va.us if you have questions, concerns, or anything that you would like to share. The following are some important updates and announcements.


Morning Announcers – Shane Bibb and Makayla Blair
Shane Bibb and Makayla Blair did an outstanding job with morning announcements! Without their help, Morning Announcements would not be as fun, enjoyable, or even as informative. From Monday, May 23 to Thursday, May 26, we will have two new guest speakers to assist us with the announcements: Tyanna Brooks and Hope Bumgarner.

Lunches – No Charges Friday, May 6
There will be no charging in the cafeteria after Friday, May 6. All negative balances must be paid by Tuesday, May 24. If you have questions, please contact Linda Dmytryszyn at (540) 894-5457.

Chorus Students – Grand Champion Award
Congratulations to the Chorus students who attended the Musicale Choral Competition at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg during the weekend of May 13. The Grade 6 Treble Choir earned "Superior" ratings and a 1st place trophy. The Grade 7 and Grade 8 Mixed Chorus earned 1st place with "Superior" ratings. The 7th and 8th Grade Auditioned Chorus also earned superior ratings and a 1st place trophy. The Auditioned Chorus and 6th Grade Chorus tied for the two highest scores of the day, earning them the Grand Champion Award! Congratulations to our students in Chorus. Thank you to the parents for their support, and this could not have occurred without the leadership and vision of Sharon Wills (Chorus and Drama Teacher). We are all very proud of you!

420 Students Earned All A's and B's in All Classes
The High Expectation Correlate would like to acknowledge the 420 students who have been on the Honor Roll throughout this school year earning all A's and/or B's in all classes. Students were treated to ice cream during lunch on Friday, May 20. Please see the attachment, "Honor Roll Students 2016," for student names. We are proud of your hard work and efforts! 

Victoria Moore – Mary Baldwin College and Mary Baldwin College Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Victoria Moore who was accepted to the Mary Baldwin College Program for Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) Girls. She will also be receiving a Mary Baldwin College Presidential Scholarship. The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, established in 1985, offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women between the ages of 13 and 15 to bypass all or some of their high school grades to pursue an undergraduate degree. PEG students live in a fully supervised, state-of-the-art residence hall with their peers on the campus of Mary Baldwin College. Mary Baldwin welcomes more than 70 PEG students on campus from all over the country and beyond. The program is part of the college's Early College program, which also offers a higher education jumpstart for older teens in the Early College Academy. Congratulations again to Victoria Moore, and we wish you a successful journey to college next year!

Blue Ridge Chamber Music Overview

Now in its 13th year, the Blue Ridge Summer Chamber Music Camp, was founded and is run by some of the leading instrumental instructors in Virginia. The camp offers intensive performance and educational opportunities in chamber music for all orchestral instruments and for students of all ages! The camp is based in Charlottesville, VA. All students will enjoy a variety of opportunities at the camp, including chamber ensembles, flute choir, small ensemble playing (duos, trios). This year Blue Ridge will offer a special lunchbox concert or master class workshop series! This class will feature a guest artist each day, performing, teaching and offering a clinic to all campers. Each camp day will include a communal lunch and free time. The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15. If your child is interested in attending, please see http://www.brchambermusic.com/download-application.html

Cheerleading Summary Information and Program
For more information about the Cheerleading Program at LCMS and training, please see the attachment, "Cheerleading Program Summary." 

Vaccines for Rising Grade 6 Students
For more information about vaccines for Rising Grade 6 students, please see the attachments, "Vaccines for Rising Grades in Louisa" and "Tdap Info April 20." 

Student Medicine Pick-up
If your child has medication in the clinic at LCMS, whether prescription or over-the-counter, please plan to pick it up by Thursday, May 26. According to the Virginia School Health Guidelines, a parent or guardian must pick up the medication. If you are unable to pick up your child's medication by the last day of school, you will have until Thursday, June 9. After Thursday, June 9, all medication that is not picked up will be destroyed per Virginia School Health Guidelines. Thank you for your support on this.

LCMS Summer School – Monday, June 13 to Thursday, July 7
Below is an explanation of the criteria for a student to attend summer school or be retained:

Criteria for a student to attend Summer School:
-  If a student fails Math or English

Criteria for a student to be retained:
-  If a student fails Math and English
-  If a student fails Math or English and Science and Social Studies
-  If a student fails Math, English, Science, and Social Studies

If your child is required to attend summer school, the start date will be Monday, June 13 and will end on Thursday, July 7. It will be held every Monday through Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m. each day. Please feel free to call Louisa County Middle School at (540) 894-5457 and speak with Joel Rupert if you have any questions regarding summer school.

No After School Help this Week

Student Schedule for Monday, May 16 to Thursday, May 26 
Monday, May 16 (B): 1, 2, 4, 3 5. (This is a "B" day for electives. Students go to Period 1, Period 2, Period 4, Period 3, and end with Period 5.)
On Monday, May 23 (A): 1, 2, 4, 3, 5 
On Tuesday, May 24 (B): 1, 2, 4, 3, 5
On Wednesday, May 25 (A): 1, 2, 4, 3, 5
On Thursday, May 26 (B): 1, 2, 4, 3, 5 Last day of school for students. 11:00 a.m. dismissal. No lunch will be served.
On Friday, May 27 Students do not come to school. Teacher workday only.

Grade 6, 7, and 8 Field Days
Each assistant principal with his grade-level staff will be hosting a field day event. Grade 7 will host field day on Thursday, May 26, while Grade 8 and Grade 6 will host field days on Wednesday, May 25 in the afternoon after Graduation Practice in the morning. Please see attachment, "Grade 6 Field Day Letter," for information about Grade 6 Field Day. 

Grade 8 Closing Ceremony – Thursday, May 26

Students will receive 4 tickets for the Grade 8 Closing Ceremony at graduation practice on Wednesday, May 25.
The faculty and staff of Louisa County Middle School proudly welcome you to attend the 2016 Grade 8 Closing Ceremony. This is a significant achievement and a proud moment in the life of your child and your family. We invite you to join us in celebrating this accomplishment at a ceremony to be held in the Louisa County High School Gymnasium on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.

This year, each eighth grade student will be issued four tickets. Admittance to and seating in the gym will only be granted to those who have a ticket. We encourage our students to dress up for this momentous event although you do not need to buy new clothes for this event.

Parking for the event will be available in the high school senior parking lot. Additional parking is also available at the parking lot next to the gravel track. Please do not park in the middle school bus loop. There will be designated signs to show you where to park and staff stationed to show you where to enter for the Grade 8 Closing Ceremony. You will enter through the side doors of the high school cafeteria, which has been marked as Entry Door 34. Please do not use the Main Entrance to LCHS, and do not plan on arriving before 8:00 a.m. If you need handicapped parking or have special requirements for seating, please contact Ms. Sarah Porter (Grade 8 Guidance Counselor) at (540) 894-5457 ext. 2063 in advance so that we can accommodate you.
Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony in the high school cafeteria, and all festivities will conclude by 10:45 a.m. Should you choose to take your child with you after the closing ceremony, you will need to sign him or her out with the proper identification. A table will be set up in the high school cafeteria to check your child out. All Grade 8 students who are riding home on busses will be escorted to the busses from the high school cafeteria.

Again, we hope that you will join us as we honor our students for their accomplishments at Louisa County Middle School. We offer our best wishes for their continued success in education!

Important Upcoming Dates – Added information and dates are marked in purple. Information about Grade 5 events are marked in red.

Tuesday, May 24: Grade 8 Washington, D.C. Field Trip
Wednesday, May 25: Grade 8 Closing Ceremony Practice (Morning) and Grade 8 Field Day (Afternoon), Grade 6 Field Day
Thursday, May 26: End of 4th Marking Period. Grade 8 Closing Ceremony. Grade 7 Field Day. Last day of school. 11:00 a.m. dismissal
Friday, May 27: Teacher Workday.

Thank you for taking the time to read these updates. As I will say to my students each day, "This is important. You belong here. Effort makes a difference."

With warm regards,
Dr. Lisa C. Chen

Lisa C. Chen, Ph.D.
Louisa County Middle School