Homecoming, Entrepreneurs, and Picasso…OH MY!

      It is going to be a very busy week here at LMS! We are celebrating Homecoming all throughout the week. My Spotlight students are learning to be entrepreneurs. My Art students have just finished some incredible Picasso artwork.

Our Homecoming theme is “There’s NO Place Like HOMEcoming!” From students dressing up each day to teachers and students decorating hallway doors to the BIG Pep Rally, there is sure to be a lot of excitement leading up to our Homecoming football game against Southaven Middle School on Thursday at 5:30.

Dress Up Days for the Week:

Monday – Ruby Red Slipper Day

(formal day/dress like a powerful/important person)

Tuesday –Twister Tuesday

(twist back in time 6th -60’s; 7th – 70’s; 8th -80’s)

Wednesday – Which Witch is Which? (Twin Day)

Thursday – Lions and Tigers and Patriots Oh My!

(show your school spirit by wearing red, white, and blue)

Friday – Oz the Great and Powerful! (Superhero Day)

 

Spotlight classes are on a new adventure! They have established their new companies and are beginning the process of becoming entrepreneurs of friendship bracelet companies. As they maneuver through the entrepreneurial cycle, they will be making business decisions, keeping financial records, and panning towards the final goal of selling their friendship bracelets to gain a profit. After the final sales, the companies will find out what is their company’s team value. The company with the highest team value will be crowned top company!

In ART, students have taken a close look at artist Pablo Picasso. We learned he was a very interesting artist who was brave enough to confidently introduce the world to Cubism art. Cubism art is a movement in modern art that emphasized the geometrical depiction of natural forms. We gave it a try…

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and then we made a mural of one of Picasso’s art pieces…

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As you have read and can imagine, LMS is full of school spirit and raging with ideas and artistic abilities! This week, as well as the rest of this year, will be quiet COLORFUL…OH MY!!

 

Mrs. Roehm – Spotlight and Art

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LMS Cheer

The 2017-2018 Lewisburg Middle School Cheerleaders are team building! Last weekend, the LMS cheerleaders came together to bond and prep for the upcoming football and competition season. Each squad member brought a sharable food item, and snacked while planning Fall events. Our team captains made sure to include each member in all activities. This back to school team building event was a great experience for the girls.

The cheerleaders and coaches played several team building games, tumble practice, swimming, and ended the night with a bonfire & frozen s’mores. Volleyball was the team favorite. After we discussed several in and out rules, the cheerleaders and I decided it was best if we continued cheer instead of volleyball. However, we used the experience to build our communication skills.

After much planning and team building to host the best PeP-Rally ever, the Patriot cheerleaders pulled it off. The first home game and pep rally turned out great.  Each cheerleader arrived at school earlier than normal, and  greeted LMS students in car rider line. The festivities only grew from there. During the pep rally, the cheer squad introduced volleyball and football players. An announcement was made to come out and watch their games that night. The cheerleaders also performed and chanted several cheers for the students to follow! LMS was so surprised and excited to have our superintendent Mr. Cory Uselton join us at the pep rally!

I am extremely proud of the LMS cheer squad and am blessed to be their cheer coach! They work so hard each week to encourage student involvement in school spirit.

~Mrs. Taylor

“Learning Lab” for Special Education Students

The “Learning Lab” is a scheduled part of the school day for the student who has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and is critical to the education of each student. The intention of the learning lab is for students with IEPs to have an opportunity to access a small learning environment to take tests, access computers or work on projects. The Learning Lab is also used to remediate and reinforce material introduced in the general education classroom and to work on deficit areas of each individual student. It also provides a quieter environment and limits distractions during testing. The Learning Lab is necessary because the class allows special education students additional time to work on much needed skills. The Learning Lab has fewer students than a general education class and allows for more one on one tutoring for the student.

I appreciate the learning lab because I am able to build better relationships with those students who attend my class. I am able to focus on areas of weakness for specific students and use needed accommodations for each individual student. My goal is to equip each student with the necessary tools needed to be successful in ninth grade.

 

Current Lewisburg Patriot students who attend learning lab said they enjoy the class because…

“Most of my friends are in the class.”

“I feel I can ask questions in learning lab that I would not ask in the other classroom.”

“I am able to get most of my homework completed in learning lab.”

“I am able to comprehend better in learning lab.”

“I get extra practice with the stuff I do not understand.”

 

David Byrd – 8th Grade Special Education Teacher

 

Last week at the “Burg”

This last week at the “Burg” was full of exciting and new experiences! Not only did we rock it out at the Hoedown Showdown Dance on Friday the 18th, where a good time was had by all…especially the sixth graders who finally got to go to their first Middle School dance. (Thank you cheerleaders for all your hard work you did to sponsor this event.) Then on Monday, the total eclipse of the sun shadowed our normal routine as we gathered outside to experience this phenomenal event with our entire student body. We were decked out in our special solar glasses so we could view the eclipse safely. That day will be something we remember for a lifetime. Then Monday evening our volleyball team won their first match by beating Horn Lake in a double game victory. We are so proud of our athletes! All of this excitement, as we continue to discover the best pathway to success, while we travel through Lewisburg Middle School. May the journey continue to be awesome!

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By: Cindy McCool

6th GRADE SUPERSTARS

Figuring out locker combinations, class schedules, break, lunch, study hall, and navigating a hallway with 300 of your closest friends………just a typical day on C hall for our wonderful 6th graders. The first few days in a different building with new teachers can feel overwhelming, but our sixth grade superstars are handling ALL of these changes like pros!

 

Our students are spunky! Each day they enter C hall with bright eyes and infectious smiles. After tackling a sometimes sticky locker combination, they deftly forge their way down the hall where exciting new learning opportunities await. The students creative juices have been flowing as they express themselves with their writing in ELA and describe themselves “by the numbers” in math class.

 

Although each of our students bring their own unique talents, abilities, and personalities, they do a wonderful job pulling together to work as a team. Students help each other with classwork, pick up dropped items for each other, and assist fellow classmates with lockers and snack line. Kind words and gestures are seen daily during the students’ interactions with teachers and peers. Our super sixth graders have big shoes to fill, but they are definitely up to the task! I cannot wait to see all the amazing ways they help to make LMS awesome!

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By: Shirley Ramsay

 

 

Community Service Car Wash

To end the year the Sixth grade class learned about community service. The lesson we gave the students is to always make a positive impact on their community, by giving back in any way they can. Little did the students know, within a few days they would make a huge impact on a fellow student.

Unfortunately LMS had a student diagnosed with brain cancer over spring break. I talked to my students about a community service project that would benefit the student. I decided a car wash would be a great way to raise funds and learn about community service. Once administration approved the plan, the students took the idea and ran with it. I called many stores in hopes of getting help to put this fund raiser supplied. Walmart, Target, AutoZone, Advanced Auto, Lowes, and Car Wash USA came through for our class big time. We were able to get all the supplies needed to make this extraordinary happen.

The car wash turned out to be amazing. The students washed 80 total vehicles. The students were able to raise over $3,200 to help support a classmate.

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Coach Taylor

Mrs. Lacey’s Who’s Who

May came and went. That time of year can be stressful for teachers, parents, and students. That is why I like to take a day to celebrate and focus on the positives of each of my classes. It’s called the “Who’s Who Awards for Mrs. Lacey’s Class.” These awards are given to individuals that the class period has voted as the following categories: Friendliest, Most Dependable, Funniest, Mr. Intellectual, Miss Intellectual, Most Athletic, Most Likely to Succeed, Best Class Participant, Mr. Mrs. Lacey’s Class, and Miss Mrs. Lacey’s Class.

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2nd Period Winners: Olivia Holloway (Most Likely to Succeed), Kassie VanNostrand (Miss Intellectual), Bo Denman (Most Dependable), Matthew Mckenzie (Funniest), Devon Hill (Best Class Participant), Blake Speed (Most Athletic), Carly Haley (Friendliest & Miss Mrs. Lacey’s Class), Brady Tygart (Mr. Intellectual & Mr. Mrs. Lacey’s Class)

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4th Period Winners: Caleb Markin (Funniest), Drew Ainsworth (Mr. Intellectual), Brayden Sanders (Most Likely to Succeed & Mr. Mrs. Lacey’s Class), Josh Pack (Most Dependable), Cooper Adney (Best Class Participant), Maya Eddins (Miss Intellectual), Logan Coker (Most Athletic), Kayla Vaughn (Miss Mrs. Lacey’s Class), Mackenzie Porter (Friendliest)

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6th Period Winners: Tori McCreary (Miss Intellectual), Kelly Gonzalez (Most Dependable), Eli Lamb (Mr. Mrs. Lacey’s Class), Max Zizmann (Funniest), Robert Cashion (Mr. Intellectual), Drew Smith (Best Class Participant), Shay Brunt (Miss Mrs. Lacey’s Class), Ledger Carroll (Most Athletic), Joseph Reeves (friendliest)

Then we review the year by opening up the long awaited “Good Times” Jar. This jar has been collecting good memories throughout the school year that we have experienced as a class period. Sometimes the reading of this jar becomes a raucous, roaring good time and I have to remind everyone to quiet down and that we are still at school!!!

Finally we open our Affirmation Folders and read any final affirmations that classmates have written to each other. An affirmation is a note that praises someone for something positive in his/her life. These notes are meant to be encouragements that the students can keep and use to build confidence. I love watching the students open their folders and eagerly read what they have.

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It’s not always easy being a middle school student or a middle school teacher, but taking time to intentionally focus on the positive aspects of our students is very helpful. I hope at the end of the year, my students have not just learned about literature or English, but that they have learned about LIFE and CHARACTER, and that they will take these lessons with them into the future.

“The great hope of society is individual character.”- William Ellery Channing

Mrs. Lacey – 8th Grade English

 

6th Grade Social Studies

6th grade Social Studies spent last semester discussing civil rights and how different groups of individuals have received rights over time.  These groups include African Americans, women, Latinos, Asians, children, and the disabled.  Today we take most of these rights for granted but it has taken many years and even decades for minorities to receive certain rights.

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We also spent the last several weeks of school looking at money-how much we spend, save, and waste.  Hopefully, the 6th graders will learn to start saving more than they waste.

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We ended the year bringing awareness to helping others.  We had a fundraiser for the local animal shelter and also a car wash during school to benefit one of our own classmates.

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Mrs. Coker – 6th Grade Social Studies

LMS 8th grade visits Washington D.C.

The 8th grade Washington D.C. trip was a huge success! We squeezed 22 attractions into 4 short days. Our attractions included: The National World War II Memorial, Reagan Building, Ford’s Theatre, Petersen House, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, The White House, Jefferson Memorial, Union Station, Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), Air Force Memorial, Mount Vernon, International Spy Museum, National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, United States Naval Academy, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Cathedral, Capitol Hill, and the Arlington National Cemetery. This learning experience was one we will never forget!   God Bless America!!

Mrs. Lawrence – Special Education Teacher

Autism Awareness

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

On a nationwide level, the Puzzle Piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected.

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This year during the month of April we had over 20 staff members showing their support for Autism Awareness by wearing their cool t-shirt.

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Know the signs: Early identification can change lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

 

Mrs. Pulse – Special Education Teacher