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

March Madness in the classroom

As a 6th grade Special Education teacher, I try to come up with fun and creative ways to make learning fun for my students. During the month of March we worked on putting math into real world situations. We did a March Madness activity which combined math and sports into one lesson. The students were separated into two teams where they had to visit different stations set up around the room. At each station there was a specific math skill they needed to know in order to solve the problem. The different math skills that our activity focused on were finding area, comparing fractions, decimals and percent’s, adding/subtracting/multiplying and dividing decimals and real world problem solving.

At each station they worked as a team to solve the problems. When they completed that station, they brought the work to me so I could look over it, if they got them correct their team received 2 points on the board and each student shot a ball into the basket to gain an extra point. The students really enjoyed this activity. This not only worked on their math skills but also team building skills. They really enjoyed incorporating “trashketball” into the game also. It was a close game but Team 1 ended up pulling out the win.

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Mrs. Cox

More Than Just Test Scores…

How do you really measure growth in students? Do you measure it by how well students score on a benchmark test? What about the grades on their report card? Does that really tell you how far these kids have come since August? I think growth is hard to measure with a number. There’s so much to miss.

Test scores don’t tell you how the anxious boy in the front row finally has the courage to say THIRTY words in his group presentation. They don’t tell you how hard those two dyslexic students have been working and how much their writing has improved. You don’t get to see how inspired some of my students have been with their locker book chat as some of them present their book (in a costume) in front of their classmates. They don’t show you how they are implementing figurative language so beautifully into their journal writing on Free Topic Friday…taking us on adventures with Banana Man and personifying a pair of tennis shoes.

I am celebrating these milestones (and many more) on the 6th grade hall at LMS. These students…my students…have grown leaps and bounds since August. I couldn’t be more proud to be their English teacher. They probably won’t remember what their score is on Case 21 a few years from now. But—I hope they remember the things that inspired them. And I will remember how much they grew…

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Lucy Greenslade—6th grade English Teacher

Starry Night and Case 21

The 7th and 8th graders had their Starry Night semi-formal dance. This dance is many of the student’s favorite all year. They get to wear formal dresses and the dance is at night! All proceeds from the dance are going to Will Farris’s fight against Leukemia. Will is one of our 8th grade students who was recently diagnosed! We are all supporting him in this battle to end cancer. Here are a few pictures from the night. Everyone looked so amazing and it was a great success.

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The last thing I’d like to blog about is Case 21. Case 21 is coming up. I’ve really tried to motivate my students to do their best. Mrs. Green had a great idea of displaying her students first Case 21 scores. I took her idea and made a racing track for my classes. My students are Racing to the Finish. Their goal by the end of this case 21 is to be all 5’s. We have been talking all year about what I wanted their score to be by the end of the year. I have a lot of confidence in them and can’t wait to see how they do! Here is a picture of our case 21 display.#7

Meet our new Choir Director

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We are excited to introduce Mr. Christian Feazell as our new Choir Director at Lewisburg Middle School.  Mr. Feazell is excited about this new opportunity and is looking forward to building one of the top middle school choirs in the state.  He is transferring to us from Center Hill Elementary where he has been for the last eight years.  Mr. Feazell finished his BA at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Music at the University of Mississippi.  He currently performs with the popular men’s group BealeCanto, where he also serves as their president, booking manager and web master.  He is tenor section leader for the Rhodes Masters Singers in Memphis and sings in the choir at Hernando United Methodist Church.  He also serves as the North MS Chair for All-State Honor Choir.  Mr. Feazell resides in Olive Branch with his wife Catherine who is the Choral Director at Center Hill High School.

Recognizing African-American Mathematicians

During the month of February, Desoto County Schools celebrated the contributions of African-American people in America. In sixth grade math, our students learned about African-American mathematicians and their influences in society. In our class, we paused a few minutes daily to learn about our ‘person of the day’.

One person highlighted was Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, who was the first woman to earn her PhD in mathematics. She also was the first woman to chair the D.C. school board and taught in the public school system for forty-seven years. Another person we discussed was Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, who was the first man to receive his PhD in mathematics. He taught for forty years at West Virginia State College and Howard University. We also featured Benjamin Banneker, Kelly Miller, Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., Evelyn Granville, Percy Pierre and a few others.

We began our study with the three women featured in the movie ‘Hidden Figures’; Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn. A few of the students had seen the movie and were really excited about learning more about them. All three of these women made great contributions to the space program at NASA. What really impressed the students was the fact all three of these women and most of the others we discussed, graduated from high school between 12-14 years old and started college and went on to graduate school. The students were enlightened to hear about their struggle and how they did not have civil rights; and in spite of those obstacles, they achieved their goals.

On Thursday, February 23rd, our sixth graders went to see the movie ‘Hidden Figures’.   The students enjoyed the movie and couldn’t wait to get back to school to ask questions and discuss some of the scenes in the movie. During the movie, there were plenty of applause and cheers as those women attained their aspirations.

I challenged the students to continue to research people of all races and cultures and share with the class what contributions were made to our country, society and especially in math!

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Valory Thomas

6th Grade Math