Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 29 - September 2, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams Into Reality

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We are seeing the end of August this week and the beginning of September. Can you believe there are only a few days left until school starts? We are so excited for the start of a new school year. We have so much in store for our students, parents and community members!

Last week we continued with preparation for the new school year. Our front office staff completed the Opening Day packets for all of the important information. In addition, our new staff attended New Teacher Orientation. On Wednesday, our House Office secretaries and Vice Principals were trained in the new discipline database, SWIS. Also on Wednesday, our PBSIS team met to plan out this year and review the action plan for 16-17 school year.

This week we are looking forward to 6th Grade Orientation. This year's orientation will take place from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in the Auditorium. Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about our school and get a chance to meet staff.

We hope that everyone enjoys their last full week of Summer Vacation!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Stroup on the birth of Jaxon Robert Stroup who was born on August 26th at 10:34 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 20 inches long. Ryan, Jaxon and mom are all doing great. We would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers and well wishes that were sent our way!

Baby Jaxson 

Baby Jaxson 


Vacation Picture of the Week - The Cook family traveled to Hershey Park last week!
Mrs. Cook stuck in between Henry and Catherine on the Scrambler! (Dr. Cook doesn't go on rides) 


Pictures from around the school
Learning about SWIS

Trying out SWIS 


Office Hours
Monday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM; 6th Grade Orientation, 6:00 PM
Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 22 - 26, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams into Reality! 

Back to School Information
Mrs. Brown and her son created a Reading Corner in her class
Reminder that students will be returning to school on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. A letter will be sent home with important Back to School information including homeroom teacher assignments, building updates, and the Lakeside Bell Schedule.

6th grade Orientation for Parents and Guardians 
Please consider visiting Lakeside's Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. This session will review important information for 6th grade parents and guardians and we highly recommend you attend.

Week in Review 
We had another excellent week at Lakeside Middle School. The hallways (for the most part) are cleaned and staff should have no problem returning to their rooms. The custodians have done an excellent job this summer!

Last week we continued our involvement in the weekly summer Block Party at 2nd and Pine. We had volunteers come out and support the Senior High School as they handed out bookbags and school supplies. This was the last Block Party for the summer and we hope to continue our participation next summer!

Mrs. Bergman created a flexible seating approach to her class
Lakeside hosted the Millville Neighborhood Alliance on Thursday in the DMC. During the meeting, the Neighborhood Alliance heard about some great ideas from Mrs. Bergman, Mrs. Hallenbeck and Mrs. Lokuta. Mrs. Bergman talked about her community initiative called the Front Door Project. She, along with volunteers, will be canvassing the city to offer residents the opportunity to have their front door painted for free. Here is the website she created to begin getting spreading the word. 

Mrs. Hallenbeck and Mrs. Lokuta talked about a project involving 8th grade AVID students in a Problem Based Learning activity to help the Neighborhood Alliance solve problems in the community. This activity will help our students identify and solve problems that they feel need attention. It will also allow the Neighborhood Alliance the opportunity to work closely with our students.

In addition, Lakeside will have two other new initiatives this year. Mrs. Cuesta has secured a partnership with Bogarts to allow us to have monthly programming to support our literacy initiative. Ms. Moratelli will be assisting with the Parents as Leaders program to help parents collaborate with each other and access resources in the community.

Mrs. Salvati will be re-establishing the PTA and has an aggressive fundraising project in store for Lakeside Middle School. We already have a fall fundraiser planned and we will begin recruiting interested parents to assist with our PTA.

As you can see, Lakeside will be very much committed to sustained community involvement!

Vacation Pictures 
Mrs. Schwailik at Niagara Falls 

Mrs. Schwailik at Niagara Falls 

Mrs. Schwailik at Niagara Falls 

Ms. Heim, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Gandy enjoying vacation! 


Pictures from around the school
Dr. Cook will be featured on an upcoming SNJ Today Hotline show with Jim Quinn 

Mrs. Lokuta putting on a Millville temporary tattoo at the Block Party 

LMS AVID students putting on temporary tattoos at the Block Party 

LMS AVID students putting on temporary tattoos at the Block Party 

We have reduced the amount of paper for back to school tremendously this year. 

Mrs. Bergman treated outgoing 8th graders to Yogo 

Mrs. Bergman treated outgoing 8th graders to Yogo

Mrs. Bergman treated outgoing 8th graders to Yogo

Mrs. Bergman treated outgoing 8th graders to Yogo


Weekly Overview
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Special Education Teacher Interviews)
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PBSIS Meeting, 10 AM)
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Office closed

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 15 - 19, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams into Reality! 


Staff at the Strategic Planning Session 
We had an amazing week at Lakeside Middle School! Our week started off with the first annual Boot Camp for incoming 6th graders. We had 4 sessions with a total of 115 students who participated. Students had the opportunity to interact with teachers, learn a little about the school, go on a scavenger hunt, set goals, and build binders. The most important part of the Boot Camp was the fact that students got a chance to meet potential classmates and make new friends.

On Wednesday we had close to 30 staff volunteer to participate in a strategic planning session for Lakeside. Staff took a trip down memory lane and talked about the great things that have happened at Lakeside since we opened our doors in 1999. Then the staff discussed what the ideal school looked like and began to work on a new mission and vision statement. We concluded the event by reflecting on this upcoming year and how we are going to turn dreams into reality. This work is not finished. We will be having more sessions including all staff, parents, alumni, community members and students. Our goal is to have a new mission and vision statement by December 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Also on Wednesday, Lakeside staff came out to support the weekly Block Party at 2nd and Pine. We painted faces, played wiffle ball and basketball with the neighborhood children. We will be at this week's block party (August 17 from 10 AM - 2 PM) supporting the Senior High School as they handout bookbags and create memories for the kids. Come on out and support this initiative.

Pictures from around the school

Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success!
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Boot Camp 2016 was a success! 
Strategic Planning discussions 
Strategic Planning discussions 
Neighborhood Block Party 
Weekly Overview
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Block Party, 2nd and Pine, 10 AM - 2 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Office closed

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 8 - 12, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams into Reality

Millville Administrators at NJPSA
Last week we were busy learning and planning for the upcoming year. The administrators participated in 3 days of professional development focused on improving the Millville Public Schools. We had great discussions and spent a lot of time collaborating between the schools. Throughout the 3 days we focused on providing effective feedback for teachers, identifying specific areas for improvement, learning how to coach staff, and how to build a culture focused on learning.

In addition, we had a group of teachers who attended the RAC Summer Institute at Stockton University. The staff learned about establishing effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as well as how the whole school literacy initiative will improve our students' reading comprehension.

Lakeside teachers at RAC Summer Institute 
This week we will be hosting our first annual Boot Camp for incoming 6th graders on Monday and Tuesday morning.  We have over 120 students registered for this exciting opportunity. Parents can drop their children off on the parking lot side (6th grade entrance). During the Boot Camp, students will learn about the school through activities such as binder building, scavenger hunt, and other team-building games. We look forward to seeing everyone this week!

Vacation Picture of the Week
Mr. Garrison and Mrs. Lokuta vacationed with their families at the shore! 
Pictures from around the school

Mrs. Mole and Mrs. Gerke caught up at the Millville Queen Diner
Ms. Caroll, Mrs. Cuesta and Ms. Votta at the RAC Summer Institute 
Mrs. Baralus brought in her new puppy, Brinkley to visit LMS 
The Keynote Speaker for the administrator's summer retreat 

What kind of school do you want? 

The Keynote Speaker for the administrator's summer retreat 

Weekly Overview
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Boot Camp Session 1 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) Session 2 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM -  Boot Camp Session 3 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) Session 4 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Strategic Planning Session (Staff Only) 1:00 PM 
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Office closed

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 1 - 5, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Turning Dreams into Reality

Lakeside Mural Project featured by Daily Journal 
(From left) Courtney Hand, Andrea Mercado, Heather Butler, Kelsea Martinez, Alyssa Kinkade, Klarissa Goehle, Aracellis Cruz, Malia Mora and Laura Omahne show off the newly created “kindness” mural at Lakeside Middle School. (Photo: Lakeside Middle School)

Earlier this week the Daily Journal visited Lakeside to see the completed mural projects. Under the guidance of Ms. Heim, our Lakeside students showed their artistic abilities through 4 unique murals. Be sure to check out the article by clicking here.

We are excited about the upcoming 6th grade Boot Camp. There is still time to sign up. 
All incoming 6th grade students were recently sent a letter about the Boot Camp. We are excited to announce that we are hosting our first Boot Camp for incoming 6th graders on August 8th and 9th. The goal of the Boot Camp is to discuss the transitional process by demonstrating binder set up, establishing realistic expectations, and creating group activities. We hope to accomplish a positive experience while teaching new skills as our students’ transition into the middle school setting.

The 6th Grade Boot Camp will be held at Lakeside Middle School during the following dates and times (You only need to register for one session. Also, sessions will be limited to 30 students to ensure individual attention):

Session 1-  August 8, 2016 (9:00 AM- 10:30 AM)(There are a few slots open for this session)
Session 2-  August 8, 2016 (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM) (registration is closed for this session)
Session 3- August 9, 2016 (9:00 AM- 10:30 AM)
Session 4- August 9, 2016 (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM)
You must register online using the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/LMSBootCamp


Happy Birthday Mrs. Hennis! 
This week Lakeside will be sending teachers to the annual Regional Achievement Center (RAC) Summer Institute. Our staff will be learning about developing a culture of reflection and practice through various workshops! We are excited to see what they bring back to the school!

Also this week, the Millville Administrators will be having their yearly meetings to discuss areas to improve. This will be a great time for all of the schools to share their successes and areas to improve in the upcoming year! Stay tuned for more details!


Students - Make sure you are completing your summer reading. In case you need more information, here is the link for all summer reading for Lakeside Middle School.





Pictures from around the school
Dr. Cook with baby Fry's first selfie! 
Congratulations to the Fry family on their lovely addition, Addie Jean
Mrs. Brown actually stopped in to visit. This moment had to be captured! 
Dr. Cook will take a selfie with just about anyone/anything 
Former Lakeside counselor, Mrs. Giercyk, stopped in to say hi 
Finishing touches on the murals 
Finishing touches on the murals 
Finishing touches on the murals 
Finishing touches on the murals 
The auxiliary gym got a small makeover this summer 
The auxiliary gym got a small makeover this summer 
Big changes in the 6th grade office... stay tuned! 

Weekly Office Hours
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Office closed