6th Grade Rocks

It’s so hard to believe we are now in the third week of the second nine weeks of school. Wow!!!! Each year I think, “This year I am going to do whatever I can to slow life down.” But as you probably know….….each year time just goes faster and faster.

Sixth grade hallway is a bustling place this year, especially between classes. From kids trying to get to a locker or class to kids trying to see a friend because they must tell them what just happened before the next class. It’s also a place to learn. One lesson to learn is patience, because you have to be patient to get down the crazy, “filled with 300 6th graders of all sizes” hallway, and I’m talking about for the teachers as well as the students. It is probably pretty comical from a birds eye view to watch as teachers and students try to jostle their way down the jam-packed hallway. Another lesson to learn during class change is how many kind-hearted students we have at LMS. I love to see the random acts of kindness that show up from time to time. Students are constantly dropping books, pencils, paper, etc., (and yes, sometimes students are landing in the floor) but it seems there are always kids that will stop and help them out. A smile comes to my face when I see these students lending a hand to each other. The hallway is also a time to learn other things (stuff that I really don’t want to learn), but I will spare you the details in this post. LOL!!!

Sixth grade is such a fun year of excitement and learning for these kiddos. Unfortunately, there are some rough times along the way, but somehow, together, we always seem to get through them, and I am so thankful to be a part of it ALL.

 

#sixthgraderocks

Mrs. Fisackerly-6th grade teacher

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Sounds that go “bump” in the night

I love the fall season. I am not particularly fond of horror stories, but I love listening to a good mystery or urban legend over a gleaming campfire. While it is totally against board policy or fire codes in the school, I still create a “campfire day” for my students somewhere around Halloween. We have s’mores (recipe at the bottom), black out the room, and tell Lewisburg Urban Legends around a gleaming campfire displayed on the smart board. Yes, we are learning! We analyze stories, make predictions, and learn the elements of suspense. We also learn the art of storytelling, how to hook a reader in, and how to write a cliffhanger. We read and analyze one of the most famous scary stories of all, “The Raven.” We talk about satire and create comic strips of the story. We close read the poem, talk about poetic devices and how they create the mood of the poem.   We read the play, Sleepy Hollow, act it out, and talk about how to approach reading a play differently. It sounds like a lot of work, and it is. But, it’s fun. The kids enjoy it, and I have fun teaching. And in the end, we celebrate what we have learned with a good old-fashioned campfire day where we share what we have learned and fellowship.

The following story is one of my Lewisburg favorites that I share on campfire day. Enjoy!

“Mr. Glover”

Next time you are travelling south on Bethel Road, look out the window before you get to Miller Road on your left and Cat and Cow Vet Clinic on your right. You’ll see that the road crosses over a ditch, an un-named we weather creek that empties into the Coldwater River. Nowadays, guardrails line that spot on the road, but back when Bethel Road was just a dirt road, a wooden bridge spanned the ditch. The locals called it Glover’s Bridge.

Nobody in our family ever knew the first name of this Mr. Glover, but we all knew why that bridge came to be known as Glover’s Bridge. Back before my great-grandfather’s time (he was born in 1899!), a notorious horse thief was in the area and his last name was Glover.

As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for the local folks to tire of Mr. Glover’s criminal activities once he showed up in the community with his horse-stealing ways. The folks got together and formed an old-time version of a neighborhood watch committee. Since Mr. Glover never could resist other people’s critters, it wasn’t long before he was caught red-handed—stealing a team of young, green broke horses.

The neighborhood watch group immediately threw a party (and a lasso!) right there on the spot—which happened to be somewhere on what’s now Bethel Road and Craft (Lewisburg). Soon, Mr. Glover was dangling from a tree with a noose around his neck-and an old-fashioned hanging. And just in case he wasn’t already dead enough- or maybe because of his love of horses-the watch committee then tied the rope to the back o f that team of young horses, and fired a shot in the air. Down the road they flew; Mr. Glover still attached to the other end of the rope. That really spooked those young horses (a gunshot, a flopping limp body). They weren’t used to that, so they took Mr. Glover for a nice long final ride. Well, it was really more like a final drag…Mr. Glover either came off his rope or maybe the horses just stopped—heaving and panting and sweating there at the bridge. But for whatever reason, they stopped there which was a convenient location for the watch committee. The ditch and steep bank made an easy place to dig a shallow hole for a grave and to this day there lies Mr. Glover.

Back then, that stretch of Bethel Road was lined with trees. In places the branches actually met at the tops forming a canopy over the road. It was shady and spooky (especially if you knew about Mr. Glover lying near that bridge somewhere). Generations of children were scared of that spot, my great-grandfather included. My grandmother (born in 1930) recalled fear of the place. Every time she’d cross Glover’s Bridge, she’d always holler our, “What are you doing, Mr. Glover?” And he’d say nothing… My father and aunt would always say “Hello, Mr. Glover” whenever they would cross that ditch on their ponies. It was funny how those ponies would always get skittish in that spot.

In fact, people who didn’t even know the history of Glover’s Bridge would remark about how their normally calm horses would always get nervous there.

The Dyes who own that pasture that holds the remains of Mr. Glover had two strange incidents that occurred about 10-15 years apart. In both cases, a horse somehow fell off the steep bank breaking its neck. They’d be discovered dead with a grimace on their faces lying in a twisted heap beside that ditch at the bottom of that steep bank. Probably right on the gravesite of Mr. Glover still somehow taking away another man’s good horse.

So, next time you’re going down Bethel Road and cross the guard rails, remember to ask Mr. Glover what he is doing, and, hopefully, he will say nothing…

 

Fireless S’mores Recipe: graham crackers (cinnamon), marshmallow cream, chocolate icing

“Life Is BEST With Your BUDDIES”

Making friendships can be difficult for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Life without friends can be lonely and isolating, and all students are deserving of meaningful friendships. This year at LMS, we are so excited to be positively impacting the lives of our students with and without disabilities with our first ever Best Buddies program! Our self-contained students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are each paired in a one-to-one friendship with an LMS peer, in which they share interests, experiences, and activities. These relationships are offering peer-to-peer social mentoring, while greatly enhancing the school social experience and level of inclusion for our students with disabilities.

Admission into the Best Buddies program requires an application process, including teacher recommendations and reviews of discipline and attendance. Best Buddies meet daily during one class period, working with their “buddies” on communication and social skills, as well as fostering special friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

Currently, there are only two schools in the state of Mississippi with Best Buddies chapters, Lewisburg Middle School and Lewisburg High School. Fundraising efforts are in place to create more chapters in more schools throughout the state of Mississippi, so that other schools may experience the benefits of this amazing program. Join our Lewisburg Middle School team at the 1st Annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Mississippi on Sunday, November 12 at the Landers Center. Register, start a team, or donate at http://www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/mississippi!

By Allie Thomas, Special Education Teacher

Can the blind teach the blind?

“Can the blind teach the blind?” In 1887, Helen Keller’s father asked this question after learning about Anne Sullivan’s, Helen Keller’s teacher, partial blindness. It sounds impossible, but Helen Keller who was deaf and blind is still teaching us today.

During our Helen Keller unit, we wanted our students to truly understand why her story is still being told. So we mimicked an activity that Helen’s teacher taught her. The activity was to string various sized beads onto a string exactly as the example they were given. Our students were not given any directions other than allowing their sense of touch to guide them. If the beads dropped, they had to find it without any assistance. Okay…I may have moved a bead or two in their direction.

As students reflected on this activity, most of them said that they did not realize how hard it was to not be able to see and hear. Some said that “It was terrifying”. Most importantly, all students completed this activity with a sense of gratefulness and an appreciation of Helen Keller’s level of persistence that would continue to teach us in 2017.

 

Mr. Sharp – 8th ELA

Incorporating Vocabulary

Hey Lewisburg!
This year Mr. Meadows has asked every teacher to incorporate more vocabulary into each subject area to help strengthen our reading comprehension. We have 3 new words each week and sometimes I can relate them to math and sometimes I cannot. This particular week, the word was “askew” which means curved. That week we learned Parabolas which is when points are on a graph, they make a u shape. I was hoping the students would make the connection to the lesson from the day before to one of the words of the week. I was SO excited when this group in the picture did just that! I asked them to use the word askew in a sentence. Their sentence was “the graph of a parabola is askew”. We will continue to try to apply the vocabulary to our math lesson as much as we can!  We are all on the same team at LMS we all work together to ensure all of our students are successful.

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Mrs. Bruno – 8th Math

Friendships

“Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence, they are most often a matter of choice.”  David Elkind

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Whew! The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity here at LMS! Homecoming in the Burg is so much fun! It is during this time of year where the idea of the Patriot family really seems to hit home. In a wonderful display of camaraderie, all of the Lewisburg schools come together to celebrate Patriot Pride!

 

As I spend more and more time with my students, I notice the beauty of the friendships all around me. Some of these friendships are young, beginning only this year. Some of these friendships span multiple years already! As a teacher, I want to encourage these friendships. At the same time, I want to challenge everyone in our Patriot family, both young and old, to be a good friend to others. Look for that particular person who still may sit alone at break or lunch. Look for that person who still may struggle opening that stubborn locker.

 

One of my very favorite quotations is attributed to Plato and reads, “Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” I believe this sentiment with all of my heart, and there is nowhere I feel this more keenly than in our middle school classrooms and hallways. What a time of transition! Some transitions are exciting and fun! Others are challenging and less fun. Let’s take Patriot pride in being kind to everyone!

 

Let’s have a wonderful year together!

Mrs. Browning

Tales from the Classroom

 

The beginning of the year is always an interesting time for my C-hall people. The students have a lot to look forward to and a lot to learn. From parades, to pep rallies, to homecoming…OH MY! A lot of them are now realizing that “they’re not in elementary school anymore.” By the way, our theme for this year’s homecoming is “There’s no place like homecoming.” Can you tell?

While we have the best time on C-hall during these events, things can also get a little overwhelming. Every day seems like there’s a full moon in sight and the students start to act WILD. While this can be frustrating, these are also some of the best times had by teachers. Through all of the craziness, I can always count on my 6th graders to keep me grounded. They show me every day how to laugh at the small stuff, even if sometimes it’s to laugh to keep from crying…Lol.

Tale #1
How to Teach Like a Girl-101

This year, my class is trying out a new curriculum. Every day, the students gather to build a reading community by sharing their thoughts and ideas with one another. That is, until one student doesn’t feel like it. After I had redirected this particular student several times to pay attention and to listen to what their partner had to say, he hands me a note. I was thinking it might be an apology of some kind so I eagerly opened it in front of the class. Turns out the note was not an apology. Nope. This note read, “You teach like a girl.” Boo. Yah.

Tale #2 The New Girl

Each week, new vocabulary words are introduced to the students. The students are required to incorporate these words into their conversations and their writing so that the words become a part of their everyday language. One week, the kids learned the words: scurry, summon, and teeter. As they were working on an independent activity, I heard whispering, so I tuned in. I could only

see the back of this particular student’s head, but I knew he was looking straight ahead towards the girl that sat in front of him. I kept hearing him whisper, “Simone. Simone. Simone.” Assuming he was trying to talk to the girl, I said, “Her name is not Simone. It’s _______. Please stop talking.” Turns out, the poor kid was looking straight ahead at the “Word Wall,” not the girl, and he was trying to pronounce the word “summon.” Nailed. It.

Like I said, these 6th graders may have a lot to learn, but they have a lot to look forward to as well. I’m grateful for a group of kids that remind me daily why I do what I do. Oh! and to laugh at the small things every. single. day.

Mrs. Weaver – 6th Grade ELA

 

 

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

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