Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Break Edition (March 28- April 1)

Lakeside Lightning,

Good Luck at RM Bacon, Mr. Coyle! 
The Lakeside Lightning had a very busy week leading up to the Spring Break.

On Tuesday, March 22, the National Junior Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. Students were selected based on the core beliefs of the NJHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. A BIG THANK YOU to the coordinators of the program Mrs. Gaudio and Mrs. Booz. Congratulations to all of our new inductees and their parents!

For the past few weeks, students have been encouraged to raise money for JDRF walk on Thursday, March 24. Lakeside has supported JDRF for many years and continues to raise money and awareness for this cause. JDRF is major charitable organization dedicated to funding Type 1 Diabetes research. This year we had over 150 students participate in the walk and we raised over $6,000.00! For all their hard work and effort in fundraising, the students got a chance to walk, listen to music from DJ Mr. Garrison, and hear the message about JDRF from Mrs. Pettit. This event was co-sponsored by AVID. THANK YOU to all the teachers who helped organize the event and for their support of our students!

Also on March 24 we hosted our annual PBSIS Movie Reward. Students who have been following our rules have been rewarded with Zaps. Once they earned enough Zaps, the students were able to kick back and relax while watching The Good Dinosaur. We had over 500 students attend the Movie Reward! A BIG THANK YOU to the PBSIS Committee for establishing the reward for our students!

Dr. Cook held his first Staff Meeting on Wednesday, March 23 in the cafeteria. He reviewed his first 13 days at Lakeside and talked with the staff about his vision for the school. The staff also had the opportunity to hear updates on PARCC from Mrs. Benfer, 6th grade news from Mr. Godfrey, 7th grade news from Mr. Jimenez, and front office news from Mrs. Diaz.

Dr. Cook's first 13 days at Lakeside

Mr. Coyle, who will be the new Principal at RM Bacon starting April 4, was honored for his years of service at Lakeside Middle School at the staff meeting. Be sure to check out the article in the Daily Journal about Mr. Coyle's new position. He will be missed at Lakeside!

Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break. We will see you back at school on April 4, 2016.

National Junior Honor Society 
Ready for the Induction Ceremony 

Yummy cake! 

8th grade inductees 

7th grade inductees 

NJHS Officers 

Panoramic picture of the NJHS 

NJHS on their trip 

NJHS students having fun after volunteering at the Veterans home! 

NJHS taking some time to relax 

NJHS students taking time to relax

NJHS students taking time to relax
NJHS taking time to relax

NJHS students taking time to relax
NJHS taking time to relax 

 JDRF Walk 
A collage of the students and teachers at the JDRF walk 

Selfie fun at the JDRF walk 
Mrs. Pettit talking with the students about JDRF 

Fundraising shoes for JDRF 

JDRF walkers 

Mrs. Pettit, Mr. Garrison and Mrs. Lokuta

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 21 - 25, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

This Blog has now had over 1,000 visitors in just 2 weeks!!!!! We now are "officially" international as we have had visitors from Germany, Australia and France!

The Music Man 
We had another memorable week at Lakeside. Over the course of the week we had a very successful Science Fair. The projects that were chosen showed a lot of hard work from our students. On Wednesday, our parents were able to come to the school to meet with the teachers and see the finished projects.

Congratulations to the winners: 
8th Grade - Grand Prize – Daleisha Johnson (8-17); 1st Place – Daleisha Johnson (8-17); 2nd Place – Robert Cuff (8-23); 3rd Place – Amanda Stellwag (8-31)

7th Grade - 1st Place – Joel Martinez-Rodriguez (7-22); 2nd Place – Scott Mutschler (7-19); 3rd Place – Olivia Scarpulla (7-18)

6th Grade - 1st Place Jamye Sooy and Juliana Giordano (6-11); 2nd Place Ashton Steffler and Patrick Earnest (6-28); 3rd Place Gavin Shapiro and William Shea (6-3)

6th Grade UDL Poster
We also had our Spring play last week, The Music Man. The students did a phenomenal job with the production. Everyone who was able to see it was so impressed. There were a lot of teachers who were responsible for assisting with the play. Thanks also goes out Mrs. Gaudio and Mrs. Booz for coordinating the amazing production!

Some of the 7th and 8th grade math teachers celebrated Pi Day this past Monday (3/14). The Philly Pretzel Factory made us our own Pi symbol pretzels as well as circular pretzels that the students could find the circumference of and discover Pi on their own.  Some classes also had a paper chain competition where they tried to create the longest paper chain using as many digits of pi as possible. Overall, it was a very successful and an enjoyable day for everyone involved! See below for pictures!

This week we will be inducting students into the National Junior Honor Society! The event takes place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you there.

Daily Announcements 
Yearbook pictures for the boys soccer team, cross country team, boys' basketball team and track team will be taken on Monday, 3/21 during 1st period in the cafeteria.
Boys' soccer - 8:45
Cross country - 8:48
Boys' basketball - 8:50
Track - 8:55
Please try to wear something orange and blue for the picture as you will not have uniforms.  See Mrs. Sooy with any questions.

The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm.  This is an honor for the 7th and 8th grade students who have been selected.  Please feel free to come support and acknowledge their hard work.

Any student who would like to play Floor Hockey, see Coach Camerieri or Coach Wittman for a permission slip.   All students will need a physical in order to participate.   Floor Hockey will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school Starting April 5th.

Teacher Recognition - Refreshing drink of lemonade anyone?
Lakseside staff are encouraged take a minute and look around and find acts of kindness, good deeds or just offer a kind word to a colleague. We have lemonade notes on the counter in the main office. All you have to do is fill out name of colleague on front and encouraging note on back (you can sign it or remain anonymous) and place in lemonade stand box in Mrs. Benfer's office

Pictures from around the school
Pi Day at Lakeside 

Students working collaboratively on a Pi Day assignment 

The finished Pi Day projects proudly displayed by our students 

Look at how far that paper chain goes! Happy Pi Dy

Taking measurements on Pi Day 

Lakeside teachers showing their Pi Day spirit! 

Congratulations to Dahliesha Johnson for earning a position on the All South Jersey Junior High Jazz Band 

Memorial Autism Round table 

Memorial Autism Round table

Memorial Autism Round table

Mrs. Donley's 8th grade science experiments go beyond the classroom 

Mrs. Donley's students collecting and analyzing data 

Mrs. Donley's students collecting and analyzing data 

Dr. Cook and some Lakeside teachers at the Music Man

Post Music Man selfies 

Post Music Man selfies 

Post Music Man selfies 

School spirit!!! 

We teach Bell to Bell at Lakeside 

Thanks to our AVID Alumni, Daymar Brown, for visiting 

Congratulations to Kylie Daigle for making the U 14 US National Soccer Team 

50 Books and counting in Mrs. Schwailiks's class 

Our secretaries ROCK!! 

Behind the scenes of our announcements 

Video of the week- Check out Kid President's latest message - Maybe we should have a Press Conference?

Weekly Overview
Monday - A Day - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday - B Day - Veterens Memorial Home trip with Mrs. Gaudio; German Club, 6:00 PM; National Junior Honor Society, 6:30 PM
Wednesday - A Day - Equity and Diversity training in DMC; Staff Meeting, 3:15 PM
Thursday - B Day - JDRF Walk, 8:40 AM
Friday - No School - Spring Break until April 3rd

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March 14 - 18, 2016

Lakeside Lightning,

Come out and support the show! 
What a week we had at Lakeside. Last week we published the first Lightning Round and it has taken off. According to our Google stats, the blog has had over 475 page views across the United States. According to our Revolver Map widget, we have had 276 unique visitors. This is a great start and as the word spreads, we will see an increase from international sites.

Throughout the week the Lakeside community was engaged in a variety of activities in and out of the classroom. Our play, The Music Man, is in the final stages of preparation for next week's show. Be sure to come out and support our students on Friday, March 18 and Saturday March 19. Both shows start at 7:00 PM. Also, be on the lookout for "Kiss the Cast" messages during lunches. Each message is .25 cents.

The AVID students had a few trips this past week. They traveled to The College of New Jersey and Rowan University. The students and teachers were impressed with their experiences and they did an amazing job representing Millville Public Schools.

We wear our Lakeside gear with PRIDE! 
Our teachers worked collaboratively during their Sub-Committee meetings on Wednesday. Each teacher is a member of a Sub-Committee and are planning excellent activities to improve Lakeside. The School Leadership Committee had their first meet with Dr. Cook on Thursday. There was rich discussion on issues involving hallway behavior and student discipline. Expect to see major improvements in these areas over the next few weeks! In order for us to achieve our school goals, we need to ensure everyone feels safe.

Dr. Cook has been meeting formally with every staff member. Although it may take a few months, he is committed to sitting down individually with each staff and discussing areas we are successful and areas we need to improve.  He has also been connecting with students and asking one question, "What do you like about Lakeside?"

This week the Science Department will be displaying the annual projects from the students. On Tuesday, they will be judging the contestants and on Wednesday and Thursday the students will be able to see the outstanding projects. On Wednesday night from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, the parents will be able to visit the school and see the projects!

Important Daily Announcements (Be sure to checkout the widget on the side for all announcements and sign up for the email) 
Starting March 11th, Sparkles and Suits will be collecting semi-formal donations. We will be accepting dresses, suits, shoes, etc. in good condition. If you are in need of semi attire, ballots will be located in the main office as of Monday, March 14th.

The March Coin Drop AVID fundraiser is up and running! Bring your spare change to the cafeteria by March 15th to help select which teacher will “win” the honor of either getting a pie in the face, dressing like a leprechaun, or dressing like a pirate for a day.

It’s that time of the year again!  AVID is sponsoring its annual JDRF Kid’s Walk for the Cure.  Help us raise funds to find a cure for diabetes by asking your friends and family to sponsor you.  Any student who gets at least $10 in sponsor donations will attend the walk on March 24th from 8:40-10:40.  As an extra incentive, all students who raise at least $20 will get to attend the walk AND get a free ticket to the PBSIS movie that afternoon.  Money is due my MARCH 17.  See Mrs. Lokuta in B106 if you have any questions.

Staff Spotlight
Did you know our own Mrs. Bram was recently featured in the READ 180 Blog? Be sure to check out this article on the amazing impact Mrs. Bram is having.

Did you know that Mrs. Benfer and Mrs. Hallenbeck were featured speakers at the AVID National Conference in San Diego? Their presentation was selected from hundreds of entries and an additional session was added due to demand.

Congratulations to all our staff this week for their hard work!

Pictures from around the school 

Dr. Cook and Mrs. Emory with Davies Middle School Gear 

7th grade Discount Project with Mrs. Ronchetti's class 

7th grade Discount Project with Mrs. Ronchetti's class 

Art Club students are working hard! 

Art Club students are working hard! 

Art Club students are working hard! 

Art Club students are working hard! 

AVID students at TCNJ 

AVID students at TCNJ 

AVID students at TCNJ 

Mr. Baruffi, Dr. Cook and Mr. Coyle at arrival 

Mrs. Borchert's class at the Discount Shop

Ms. Zeiters instructing a Flute lesson 

The Music Man practice! 

Dr. Cook and Ms. Polhmus at Club 21 

Mrs. Salvati's students and their Shamrock shakes 

Chaperone Selfie at AVID trip to TCNJ

Mrs. Lokuta found a former Lakeside student at TCNJ

Ms. Cuesta's students at Twitter Tuesday 
Video of the Week - Who says Middle School student's can't invent, create and design? 

Weekly Overview (Be sure to always check out the school calendar widget on the blog) 
Monday - B Day - Another awesome day at Lakeside!
Tuesday - A Day - Science Fair Judging;
Wednesday - B Day - UDL training, World Language Teachers, DMC; Science Fair for parents 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday - A Day - Equity and Diversity Training, DMC; Science Fair
Friday - B Day - AVID Trip, Temple University; The Music Man, 7:00 PM
Saturday - Holly Family Center Egg Hunt, Lakeside Lawn, 10:10 AM; The Music Man, 7:00 PM