Dear Middle School Parents & Guardians:
Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year! I hope that your summer has been safe and relaxing and that you have been able to spend some enjoyable time with your children and families. For our students summer is a time to kick back and relax and to be “a kid” as they recharge their batteries for a school year filled with new friends, new teachers and academic challenges.
In addition to rigorous academics, this year the Middle School will be focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The New York State Education Department has issued new guidelines for Mental Health Education and SEL. To address these requirements our Health Classes will be teaching specific units on mental health and wellness and we will be initiating a 6th grade CREW Mentoring and Advisement Program. Additionally, many of our faculty members will be receiving training in Trauma Informed Instruction
Throughout the course of this school year, you will be receiving additional information regarding student usage of Social Media and Cyber Harassment and their impact on your child’s Social Emotional Development and their school day. In the meantime, we need your help in monitoring your child’s technology use.
As a reminder, the Middle School day begins with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:37 a.m. and instruction begins at 7:40 AM. Students who arrive after this are considered tardy. Students with 10 or more absences or tardies, whether excused or not, are considered chronic attendance problems and are reported to the NYS Education Department as such.
Statistically speaking, students with chronic attendance problems are less likely to read at grade level and are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. Please be aware of the importance of attendance and ensure your child is in school on time. All middle school students have an academic class first period and being tardy means, they are missing academic instruction.
The Middle School doors are open at 7:00 a.m. for student drop-off and breakfast. Please be aware that there are no provisions for supervision before this time and that students should not arrive prior to this time.
As a school community, we at Lake Shore Middle School are very proud of our students and our program. Ours is a school community of high expectations and respect. We offer a comprehensive academic program that is rigorous, well rounded, and engaging. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and service organizations. I encourage you to talk with your child about these opportunities and for you to, in turn, encourage them to get involved in them.
As a faculty, we recognize that our program is successful because of your daily support of your child. This partnership is essential to our mission and we invite you to actively participate in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact us for ways in which you can be involved and I encourage you to join the Middle School Parent Boosters.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you in September. – E. Reidell