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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Principal's Update for May 12, 2016

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

I hope that you and your families had a lovely Mother Day’s weekend. Much is occurring as we are winding down toward the end of the school year.

As a reminder, 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. It will not occur this Friday, May 13 due to scheduling conflicts. This party is hosted for those students who sold five or more items for the Great American Fundraiser.

We have three exciting programs available to Rising Grade 6, Rising Grade 7, and Rising Grade 8 students. We hope that as many students will take advantage of STEM I, STEM II, or the Summer TAG Academy! Please see attachments for these applications. The last day that applications will be accepted is on Friday, May 20. If your Rising Grade 6 child is interested, please make sure to have him or her fill out the application(s.) This is a great way for your child to continue with learning over summer while having fun!

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 – Makaylah Anderson and Jeremiah Ayers
Makaylah Anderson and Jeremiah Ayers 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 16 to Friday, May 20, we will have two new guest speakers to assist us with the announcements: Shane Bibb and Makayla Blair.

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.

Girls on the Run – Saturday, May 7
On Saturday, May 7, students involved in the club, “Girls on the Run,” finished a 5k in Charlottesville. They did an outstanding job, and have been practicing for this race since early this year. Thank you to coaches and teachers, Sara Boyer, Jordan Goodwin, and Conner Waldron, for your leadership and mentorship of our students!

LCMS Technology Association Students (TSA) Top Ten at Technosphere 2016
Results for Technosphere 2016 are as follows: Tech Bowl (4th place) Giovanni Brown, Jacob Burch, and Ranae Leiffer, Mass Production ( 7th place) Kylee Cormier and Ranae Leiffer,  and Micro Controller (6th place)Giovanni Brown, Kylee Cormier, and Ranae Leiffer, System Control (10th place) Jacob Burch, Cameron Knight, and Ranae Leiffer, and Problem Solving (10th place) GioVanni Brown and Ranae Leiffer. Congratulation to our students, and thank you to TSA coaches and staff: Richard Dye and William Harper!

All “A” Banquet – Monday, May 9
The all “A” Banquet was hosted on Monday, May 9. Guest speaker, Wesley Chiles, who is a successful young business man as well as a graduate of LCMS and LCHS, delivered a powerful message of finding one’s passion and staying the course. It was well received by both parents and students who were honored at the All “A” Banquet. Attached is the program for the night, and those students who have asterisks besides their names were honored for having straight “A’s” for all three years. Congratulations to these students for a job well done! Your efforts, hard work, and perseverance have a made an incredible difference! I would like to thank the following staff members for helping to organize this event: Kathy Allen, Kathy Basillio, Gail Carlin, Bonnie Collier, Skip Davis, Basil Georgiadis, Lindsey Harkins, Kristina Johnson, Doreen Kaiser, Hannah Poole, Patrick Scharf, Kerry Smigielski, Gracie Quarles, and Sue Watson. A great big thanks to co-chairs Kathy Allen and Gail Carlin for their dedication and leadership!

All A/B Honor Roll – Friday, May 20
On Friday, May 20, we will be honoring 419 students who earned all A’s and B’s for the entire year with a special treat during their lunches. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and efforts. This means that these students had earned all A’s and B’s in Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3 in all classes including their electives.

Cross Country Information and Program
For more information about the Cross Country Program at LCMS and training, please see the attachments, “LCMS Cross Country Q and A,” and “Cross Country Training Program.

Girls’ Basketball Information and ProgramFor more information about the Girls’ Basketball Program at LCMS, please see the attachment, “LCMS Girls Basketball Tryout Information.

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
-  If a student fails (Math or English) 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 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.

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing – Friday, April 25 to Monday, May 23
As required by the state, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will take SOL tests during this time period. As always, students should rest the night before each test and eat a good breakfast. We will also have our regular breakfast at school each day. Your child should bring a pencil, paper, and a book to read on the testing days. Please encourage your child to display appropriate testing behavior during each testing session. It is important that your child arrive to school on time, particularly on these testing days.
As mandated by VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) regulations, if your child is in possession of or use a cell phone or any other technological device that may disrupt the testing environment during the testing session, your child could potentially be required to retake the SOL test or receive a zero on the SOL test. It is important that all electronic devices be put away; that is, locked in students’ lockers during this time. As always, we want the success of every child. We truly thank you for your continued support. Together, we can go from Good to GREAT!!! School + Parent/Guardian + Child = Success!!! If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Robbie Garnes at (540) 894-5457.
Grade 7 StudentsFriday            May 13, 2016    (Math 7, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra - 7th Grade only)
Grade 8 StudentsMonday          May 16, 2016       (Science 8)
After School Help – Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18
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 16 (B):
1, 2, 4, 3, 5 
On Tuesday, May 17 (A):
1, 2, 4, 3, 5
On Wednesday, May 18 (B):
1, 2, 4, 3, 5
On Thursday, May 19 (A):
1, 2, 4, 3, 5
On Friday, May 20 (B):
1, 2, 4, 3, 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 6 and Grade 7 will host their field days on Thursday, May 26, while Grade 8 will host its field day on Wednesday, May 25 in the afternoon after Graduation Practice in the morning. More information from the grade-level administrators will be forthcoming.

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.

Middle Years – May 2016
For information about engaging students in learning over the end of the school year and the summer months, please see the attachment, “May 2016.”

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

Friday, May 13: Math 7 SOL
Monday, May 16: Science 8 SOL
Wednesday, May 18: LCMS Spring Chorus Concert at 6:00 p.m. @ LCHS Alan Jackson Auditorium
Saturday, May 21: Grade 8 Formal at LCMS Cafeteria from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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)
Thursday, May 26: End of 4th Marking Period. Grade 8 Closing Ceremony. Grade 6 and Grade 7 Field Days. 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.