Mix-It-Up Lunch and School Literacy

The theme and goal of our Mix-It-Up Lunch is school literacy. Each of our groups is being challenged to read 40 books with varying genres, by the next Mix-It-Up Lunch in February. LMS wants to encourage and motivate students to read. Because students will be reading books with varying genres, it is our hope to foster a love for reading and helping students discover they may love many different kinds of book.

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“Family Challenge”

As part of our yearlong anti-bullying program, we are asking families to read “Wonder” by P.J. Palacio together over December and January. There is a link to the audiobook on our schools webpage.

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Ms. Laxton – Librarian

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Access and Achievement for All

At LMS, we know that EVERY student can learn, and our students with hearing loss are no exception! Did you know that the DeSoto County Schools program for deaf and hard of hearing students is housed on the Lewisburg campus? It is based here, in each of our four Lewisburg schools, serving preschool through 12th grade students. There are 70 students, each with some degree of hearing loss being served within each of our Lewisburg schools. These students are met with the same expectations and opportunities as students without hearing loss each day, and serve as leaders in a variety of ways on our campus. At LMS, we have deaf/hard of hearing students actively involved on the football team, colorguard team, band, and in advanced placement classes, as well as participating in many other school organizations and activities.

Students with hearing loss are provided a range of services and technology to assist them in accessing education like their peers. For our students using American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate, there are sign language interpreters at each of our four Lewisburg schools. A sign language club at Lewisburg Elementary has provided access to ASL for hearing students, so that many students at Lewisburg schools are able to communicate and socialize with our signing students.

There is a Deaf Education teacher at each of the four Lewisburg schools. Deaf students process information differently, and therefore learn differently than hearing students. The use of senses to access language and the world around them differs between hearing and non-hearing students, so deaf and hard of hearing students often need different levels of support to access education.

Two educational audiologists also work with these students to oversee a variety of personal amplification used daily, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids. Many of these students use FM systems provided by DCS to deliver the teacher’s voice directly to their personal devices. A variety of technology is also used to give our deaf and hard of hearing students access to technology such as iPads and computer classes by delivering sound directly to their personal devices, since the students cannot wear headphones directly over hearing aids or implants. In addition, our schools have 46 portable soundfields and 26 soundfields installed in the ceilings at the schools, which amplify the teacher’s voice and give the students greater access to instruction.

Kindness, high expectations, patience and willingness to try new things goes a long way toward making sure deaf and hard of hearing students are included and growing in their education, and our students are provided with each of these and more at LMS!

 

Allie Thomas

Deaf Education Teacher

Book Tasting

8th Grade ELA has been studying the Holocaust unit during second nine weeks.  We began by reading articles on the history of WWII and the Nazi Party to establish background information.

Most of the students are currently reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  All of the students read the drama The Diary of Anne Frank. Advanced classes are getting different perspectives by reading books from different points of view as well.

To kick off our unit, we held a Book Tasting so the students could decide for themselves the point of view that most interested them.  Our restaurant was named Muddy’s (after Muddy Waters).  Students listened to music from Muddy Waters while enjoying the first 20 pages of 4 books along with some light snacks and punch. Students rated the books from 1 to 4. Based on the ratings, students were grouped accordingly.  The book choices were:

Night by Elie Weisel

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Survivior’s Club by Michael Bronstein

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys

Students are also responding to journal prompts on a daily basis to make connections with the characters in our novel.

One of the most powerful things students will do this nine weeks is read the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Students will design a butterfly based on one of the poems from the book and share with the class.  Butterflies will be posted on the classroom walls, and at the end of the nine weeks, authors who survived the camp will be revealed.

For the final project, students will write a book review on their chosen book and share with the rest of the class so that all students learn of the different perspectives of the Holocaust.

 

By: Melody Smith

Wow! This year is flying by….

One new and exciting thing LMS 8th graders were able to experience recently was the Career Expo at the Landers Center. This was a hands-on event where students (and teachers) got to see jobs that are available in our community and it is amazing how many things out there that we just don’t think about doing!  We think construction worker…build houses, buildings, and roads.  There is so much more that goes into it like testing the soil to make sure the correct concrete is poured to avoid breakage and how engineers have to design the area for the correct drainage to avoid flooding and destruction.

 

The 8th graders also ventured off to the Cannon Center in Memphis to watch a variety of plays that they had read in English classes.  Students were able to connect and visualize the reading with the play.  Fun was had by all who attended!!

 

In History classes we have been discussing how America became America. We just declared our independence last week and are now in the middle of fighting in the Revolutionary War!

OH MY!!!  Hopefully students will learn to appreciate where we came from and how and why we have certain rights and privileges.

 

Thanksgiving break is coming soon! Enjoy the time off and the fellowship with friends and family!!!

 

Mrs. Coker (7th and 8th grade History)

Blessings

Thirty-seven Blessings

For being the Best Middle School in Mississippi,

For students, well behaved, teachable and grateful,

For Mr. Meadows, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Wigley,

And for teaching middle schoolers which is never dull.

… I am THANKFUL.

For building relationships and students smiling,

For Counselors, PTO and Parents who make our school shines,

For calling students by name and high fiveing,

And for Mrs. Tracie, Shuttleworth, Wardlaw, Henderson and Nurse Rhines.

… I am THANKFUL.

For car rider line when it’s freezing and raining,

For behavior problems and too much paperwork,

For constantly repeating and excessive explaining,

And for when I lose patience and may act like a jerk.

… I am NOT THANKFUL.

For the Cafeteria Ladies and Ms. Janette,

For Teachers working as family who sacrifice a ton,

For Ms. Alma and Mr. David who haven’t stopped yet,

And for the BEST middle school in Mississippi that’s number ONE.

… I am THANKFUL.

 

For lame excuses, lack of effort, and low test scores,

For students who do not try and students who are not eager,

For rubbish in the halls and refuse scattered on the floors,

And for disposable income that is way too meager.

… I am NOT THANKFUL.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and especially Spring Break,

For terrific Teacher Assistances and Bus Drivers- both are SUPERIOR,

For the Library, Dances and the Coaches for Heaven’s sake,

And for Chicken Tenders day in the cafeteria.

… I am THANKFUL.

For former students saying, “They got a great foundation,”

For students performing their best, knowing it’s a long haul,

Let me mention again the amazing Administration,

And for my Co-workers in SPED without naming them all.

… I am THANKFUL.

Sincerely,

David Byrd

8th Grade Science ROCKS!

The 8th grade Science curriculum is about to ROCK your WORLD! As an introduction to the Earth Science unit, students are exploring rocks with an engaging, hands-on activity. Each group rotates through 14 stations, recording observations and classifying the rocks based on type- Sedimentary, Igneous, or Metamorphic. The students were challenged to use a variety of detailed descriptions to be included in a Rock Word Wall. Our 8th grade curriculum will continue studying Earth’s history by studying the rock cycle, investigating fossil records, and analyzing the geological time scale. We will wrap up our Geology Unit by studying how plate tectonics have shaped the Earth. As with every unit, our Science department does an excellent job of incorporating objectives from all subject areas!

 

Mrs. Lawrence – 8th Grade SPED

You are Meant for Greatness!!!

I saw those words on the front of a teacher planner last summer as I shopped online. “You are meant for greatness!” I suppose that was directed at teachers, but I saw them in a different light. As I thought about those words, I was struck with the weight of the sentiment. It hit me: The most important concept I could teach my students this year, would be that truth! As I thought about how I could convey this to my students, I began to wonder if they had any inkling of the potential that lay before them and within them. Maybe they had heard this from somewhere else like a parent. I hope they have heard it before, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to focus on this and teach this to them as I taught them Science. With all my heart, I believe these words. My students can achieve anything they set their minds on! And they really need to know this!

I want them to embrace the truth that their greatest achievement does not have to be finding a cure for a dreaded disease or devising a method to dispose of nuclear waste safely. However, I would not be surprised a bit if some of my students were able to achieve these feats! Their greatness can be driving a truck, staying home with their children, or being a physician. Now, while they are students, their great achievements can be studying more for tests, raising their grades, and being a good friend.

Perhaps the hardest lesson to teach them is that in order to be great, you have to be tough, persistent, and resilient. Life can hard sometimes and taking short cuts or doing the minimum is no way to develop greatness. I hear my students make comments sometimes about how they are okay with making a D on a test because at least that is a passing grade. I don’t want them settling for merely passing; they are too good for that. My goal is for every one of my students to put in effort to do the best they possibly can. I want them to know for sure that I know they can do great things. They may not understand this now, but hopefully, when they are ready, the seeds will be planted firmly in their hearts!

You are meant for greatness!

Laura Creager, Science 7th grade

The House of Jade Book Tasting 

To introduce the students to literature circles, I decided to create a formal book tasting. My classroom was set up like a fancy restaurant that included menus, appetizers, and a variety of books to taste. The students were given a reservation number and was seated by a hostess. The music of choice was Mozart. I wanted this experience to be authentic and enjoyable.

 

The students spent fifteen minutes at each table to taste the book on their plates and then rotated to a different table where they were introduced to a different book. Each table had a different snack (appetizer) for the students to enjoy while they read and rated the book. Students were to choose their top four books at the end. The students were grouped in literature circles according to the book they chose.

 

The students loved this idea, and I observed first hand the benefits of literature circles. Having a variety of books to choose from made a big difference in my students’ learning. When students get the opportunity to choose what they read, they are more engaged in the piece and more likely to make a personal connection to it. Higher interest in the material leads to higher efforts. Another benefit of using literature circles is to provide more exposure to literature. I wanted to provide a variety of reading genres and topics to ensure each type of student had options of some interest to him or her. The more exposed they are to various reading material, the better they will become at comprehension. Lastly, exposure to various readings will also help my students become familiar with the various elements of literature (setting, character development, theme) since different types of books are reliant on different story elements. Overall, exposing students to various reading materials through literature circles greatly promotes development in reading comprehension. My students can’t wait until the next book tasting.

 

 

Mrs. Green – 7th Grade AP

 

Greetings from the 6th Grade Hall

Hello!

Greetings from the 6th grade hall! It is so hard to believe that we are already finished with the first 9 weeks! What a wonderful start to the school year this has been!

My classes are finishing up our first 9 weeks unit on Resilience. All of our texts have shown people overcoming great obstacles and pressing forward towards a goal or dream. This past week, we looked at people of the Great Depression, focusing, in particular, on people of the Dust Bowl. After watching an episode of the amazing History Channel documentary series “America: The Story of Us,” the students worked in groups to analyze photos from the 1930’s.

The students did an excellent job with this activity, and the class discussion was wonderful! We followed this activity with our extended text Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp.

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What a wonderful unit this has been, and it leads quite seamlessly into our unit for the 2nd 9 weeks: Empathy and Social Awareness. For the parents of my students, I encourage you to talk to your child about what he/she has learned from this unit, as I am sure you will be impressed!

 

Sincerely,

Natalie Browning

 

Co-teaching is the NEW Teaching!!!!

This year Lewisburg Middle School has allowed us the wonderful opportunity of
teaching a combined(co-teaching) class. This class consists of three teachers and fifty-four
students. The teachers, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Evans, and Mrs. Wilkerson, come from various
backgrounds in education. Mrs. Bryant has been a special education teacher for 13 years in
middle school. Mrs. Evans has taught middle school math, including advanced, for 11 years.
Mrs. Wilkerson has taught middle school math for 14 years. The students are also an amazing
combination of personalities and abilities. Together these differences make up the perfect
classroom.
Each week students are able to hear math lessons from multiple points of view and
teaching styles. They are also able to break into small groups (2-3) at least once a week. These
small groups allow for individualized needs such as one on one instruction, reteaching/
remediation activities and enrichment opportunities. For example, when we have
different chapter review stations we individualize each student’s task card by assigning specific
activities based on their academic needs.
The student responses have been very positive to the new environment. They love
having three teachers. They enjoy working at tables and being able to discuss their work and
methods for solving problems. I know the teachers are having a great time too!!! We are all
looking forward to a successful year of growth, both academically and cooperatively.
#lmspats #teamDCS #coteaching #bryantevanswilkerson