Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 18 - 22, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

The World is Yours: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Mrs. Murphy and her wonderful granddaughter 
We finished our first full week at LMS for the 17-18 school year. Students and teachers accomplished a great deal as they set norms for the classrooms, hallways and lunch room. Students are adjusting to the new offerings on Edmentum, and they are doing excellent in the hallways!

We are excited that the Fall sports will be under way this week. We even have a few games! Be sure to check out the schedule below. Parents and students can always stay current with the Athletic Schedule by clicking this link.

On Monday, Dr. Cook and Mrs. Hallenbeck presented to the Board of Education. They reviewed all of the changes to the master schedule, new classes, and the new Advisory period. The board members were impressed and encouraged Dr. Cook and Mrs. Hallenbeck to continue to make changes to improve LMS!

Dr. Cook visited most of the Common Planning Times on Thursday to spend time with the teachers to see how the year was progressing. Teachers are really grateful for how well the students are behaving in the classrooms and in the hallways. They are adjusting to the scheduling changes but are even ready to share some ideas for next year! Many of the teachers reported different ideas on how to integrate the theme into their classrooms this year. Be sure to check back for progress!

Daily Announcements
Teachers learning more about Edmentum 
Girls soccer practice will start this Monday for all those cleared to play.  For any questions, please see Mr. Garrison in B112 or Coach Balinge in room B109!

The first PTO meeting of the school year will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 4:30 in the art room. Come out and help us plan! Any questions contact Mrs. Salvati.

Come one, come all and join Lakesides 21st Century after school club. We have AMAZING activities, such as robotics, STEM, drumming, martial arts, and so much more. Get a registration packet from the main office or any grade level office and return them to the main office or to Mrs. Gandy in B-130. Don't delay because the limited spots are filling up fast.

Attention all students interested in playing a sport at Lakeside:
Please grab a physical form with the Thunderbolt on the front in the cafeteria during your lunch time.
If you've completed a physical form within the past couple of months, then grab the single sheet of paper labeled "HEALTH HISTORY UPDATE QUESTIONNAIRE" next to the Thunderbolt packet.
Any questions please see any of the Fall Sports Coaches or Mr. Williams at M101.

Thank you and our joke for the week is What did the taxi driver say to the wolf? Werewolf! Have a great week!

Pictures from around the school 

Making pinch pots in Ceramics class 

Take a shot! 

Ms. Grennon and Mrs. Powell hosted a Book Tasting! 

Ms. Grennon and Mrs. Powell hosted a Book Tasting! 

Ms. Grennon and Mrs. Powell hosted a Book Tasting! 

Ms. Grennon and Mrs. Powell hosted a Book Tasting! 

Ms. Grennon and Mrs. Powell hosted a Book Tasting! 


Winner of the Week - This week's winner goes to Mr. Fien for his heroic effort in the Mud Run. Congratulations on finishing this run with all of the muddy obstacles... you turned this into an opportunity!


Weekly Overview
Monday - September 18 - A Day- Admin Meeting, 9:00 AM
Tuesday - September 19 - B Day- PTO Meeting, 4:30 PM
Wednesday - September 20 - A Day- Girls Soccer vs. Buena, Away, 4:00 PM; Boys Soccer vs. Buena, Home, 4:00 PM
Thursday - September 21 - B Day -Another awesome day at LMS
Friday - September 22 - A Day - Girls Field Hockey vs. Buena, Home, 4:00 PM (Home Field Hockey games are at Millville Senior High)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 11 - 15, 2017

Lakeside Lightning,

The World Is Yours: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Mrs. Pettit and Mrs. Hardy showing College Spirit
We had another successful opening at Lakeside Middle School. This year we understand that there have been a lot of changes for students and for teachers. We are confident that once we get through the next few weeks that everyone will feel much more confident.

Each of the grade levels had assemblies this week to review expectations. The teachers and Vice Principals did a great job of carrying out the message of this year. We have very high expectations for the students in both the academic and behavioral areas. The reviewed the expectations for hallway, cafeteria and classrooms.  This week during the Advisory period all students will be required to review the Student Handbook and indicate that they have read and understand it.

Mrs. Abel, Mr. Kavanagh and Ms. McCafferty 
On Friday, Dr. Cook officially began the academic year with the All School Assembly. He also discussed the high academic expectations and the need for students to respect the adults in the building. He gave students an opportunity to try basic mindfulness techniques to calm themselves down before having issues with each other or with adults. Dr. Cook also reviewed the theme and shared 8th grade student essays from Mr. Fien's math class. This really helped students to see how their fellow students are addressing this year's theme. He shared with the students why all the staff were wearing College shirts. As a National AVID Demonstration School, and a Middle School with high academic rigor, we want to encourage everyone to be exposed to college! We will be having these monthly so stay tuned.

We are so very excited for this year as we turn obstacles into opportunities!

September 11
Please take a few minutes on Monday to honor those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Even though it was 16 years ago and none of our students were even born yet, it is important to understand the impact of what happened. Here are some resources for teachers and students regarding September 11.

Daily Announcements
The one and only Mr. Fry 
Attention to any girl interested in playing girls soccer this fall: Signup sheets will be posted in the cafeteria starting today.  Those with physical clearance will be able to begin practice this Wednesday, Sept. 13.  For any additional questions about girls soccer, see Mr. Garrison in room B113.

Do you have a passion for robotics and programming? Do you like to belong to a team to work together to achieve amazing things? Then you need to come learn about our first ever First Lego League Robotics Competition Team! Next Thursday, September 14th  immediately after school come to an informational meeting in M102 to learn more about how you can be on this exclusive team. Please have a ride to pick you up at 4 p.m. in Bus Lot A – by Genesis. Want more information? See Mrs. Salvati or Ms. Carroll.

The Zap Stores will have their GRAND OPENING on Monday, September 11th. All stores will be open during HOMEROOM. The 6th grade store is DOWNSTAIRS in Mr. Young’s room, Y-104. The 7th grade store is in Mrs. Balinge’s room, B-109. The 8th grade store is in Mrs. Gandy’s room, B-130

We are excited about our new Guitar Class 
Come one, come all and join Lakesides 21st Century after school club. We have AMAZING activities, such as robotics, STEM, drumming, martial arts, and so much more. Get a registration packet from the main office or any grade level office and return them to the main office or to Mrs. Gandy in B-130. Don't delay because the limited spots are filling up fast.

For anyone interested in playing for the 2017 Lakeside Boys’ Soccer team:  there will be a preseason meeting in Coach Kavanagh’s room, B137 today after school.  The meeting will last approximately 20 minutes, please have a ride home.  Sign-up sheets will be posted in the cafeteria and outside B137.  First practice will be Monday, September 11th.

Attention all students interested in playing a sport at Lakeside:
Please grab a physical form with the Thunderbolt on the front in the cafeteria during your lunch time.
If you've completed a physical form within the past couple of months, then grab the single sheet of paper labeled "HEALTH HISTORY UPDATE QUESTIONNAIRE" next to the Thunderbolt packet.
Any questions please see any of the Fall Sports Coaches or Mr. Williams at M101.

Thank you and our joke for today is What does the dinosaur use to get money? Tyrannosaurs checks.

Pictures from around the school
Mrs. Ronchetti wearing her GSC gear 

Even the students got involved 

Mr. Gardenhire and Mrs. Phillips 

Mrs. Balinge, Mr. Hickman and Mrs. Sanderlin 

Mrs. Gandy and Mrs. Henry 

Mrs. Abel and Mrs. Hallenbeck 

Ohio State and Michigan getting along? Only at LMS! 

Ms. Z says "Go Blue Hens" 

College crew! 

Mrs. Raugh 

Mrs. Ciccio 

Mrs. Schwailik

Mr. Procopio 

Mrs. Bermudez 

Mrs. Lokey 

Mr. Fien 

College Spirit 

Mr. P wearing Alabama gear? 

Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Hennis 

A future Temple Owl? 

Who has College Spirit? 

Rocking their College Gear 

It's College Spirit Day! 

Mrs. Worthington and Mrs. Ney 



Video of the Week - Every student deserves every opportunity to succeed 


Winner of the Week- This week's winner of the Blog is Mrs. Schwailik. She presented her healthy eating techniques to the local Millville community at VegStock 2017. 
Essential Oils to help with ailments 

Healthy cooking 


Weekly Overview
Monday, September 11 - B Day - Regular Schedule with bells; Dr. Cook presenting at BOE meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 12 - A Day - Another awesome day at LMS
Wednesday, September 13 - B Day - Security Interviews, Conference Room; Departmental Meetings, 3:20 PM
Thursday, September 14 - A Day - Dr. Cook in PLCs all day
Friday, September, 15 - B Day -Another awesome day at LMS

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 4 - 8, 2017 (Back to School Edition)

Lakeside Lightning,

The World is Yours: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Olivia and Dylan helped Dr. Cook with his Bulletin Board 
You read that correctly... It is the Back to School Edition of the Lakeside Lightning Round! Wow, it was just a few short weeks ago that we were wishing everyone a happy Summer and now it is time for school to start!

Parents - It's our turn now :)

We have a lot of exciting things in store this year. To start off, our theme should provide a framework for students, parents and teachers to connect with the middle school experience.

Throughout this year, we will all realize that the world is ours, and that we must turn the obstacles we face into opportunities. We will accomplish this because Millville is resilient no matter what happens! The same will be said for Lakeside Middle School! Who is ready to turn obstacles into opportunities?


Here is a short breakdown of the changes everyone will be experiencing at LMS this year:

  • Selected students will be participating in Zero Period for Health and PE as well as Band Instrumental Lessons.
  • Homeroom begins at 8:32 AM - Students entering the school or homeroom will be marked late.
  • Passing time between classes is now 3 minutes! 
  • Lunches will be 22 minutes and students will have an "Advisory" period either before or after lunch.
  • Advisory period will be dedicated to Character Education, AVID Strategies, social and emotional development. 
  • Students will be taking World Languages and certain electives online through the Edmentum program.
  • We will continue to have after school programs, sports and activities! 
What to expect the first 3 days (Wednesday through Friday) 
Flexible seating is spreading at LMS
In order to transition everyone back to LMS, we will be extending homeroom for the first 3 days by 45 minutes. This will allow 6th graders the opportunity to learn the school, try out their lockers, and breathe before classes start. Schedules will be distributed on the first day. 

On Thursday, the 7th and 8th graders will have a brief assembly to review procedures. On Friday we will have an All School Assembly to officially kick off the year. Friday is also our first College Day of the year. Be sure to wear your College gear and get featured in the blog! 

During the first few days, the teachers will be doing a lot of activities to get to know their students. Our teachers are AMAZING at getting to know their students while also setting the tone for their classroom! We will work with students who are lost or do not understand their schedules. No one needs to worry about getting lost because we will always get them to the correct place! 

Our staff will be in training all day on Tuesday eagerly preparing for the new school year! 

Quick Facts about LMS
  • Doors open at 8:15 AM
  • Walkers and Car Riders enter and exit the front of the building
  • Bus Riders are dropped off and picked up in either A, B, or C lot
  • There is a guidance counselor for each grade 
  • We have a full time Anti Bullying Specialist - Linda Jost 
  • Most classrooms in the grade level are very close to each other
  • Lockers are assigned near homeroom
  • We have 4 simple rules: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be a Good Learner
  • We have about 1100 students and about 600 laptops
  • We are an AVID National Demonstration School 
  • Our teachers and students are the best! 
  • Students are dismissed at 3:10 PM and are expected to exit the building where they came in (ie bus riders must ride the bus, walkers must walk and car riders must be a car rider). If students need to change this, they must present a note to their grade level Vice Principal for approval

Pictures from Around the Schoo
We have new doors at the front of LMS

Our tree that was struck by lightning was taken down

Office make over! 

Bulletin Board experts! 

Mrs. Bram is ready for flexible seating! 

Mrs. Salvati is ready to lead the Lego Revolution at LMS

We have new sound in the Auditorium 

Flexible Seating in Mrs. Salvati's room 

Mrs. Petit has everything ready for day 1! 

Who is ready to build a strong foundation in Math with Mrs. Oquendo? 


Mrs. Schwalik enjoying the Solar Eclipse on vacation 


Video of the Week - You will hear a lot about Gratitude this year. Dr. Cook proudly says that he has been transformed by the work he has done with Gratitude lists this year and wants to spread this to the teachers and students. Here is a video of a teacher from California using it in the classroom.


Weekly Overview 
Monday 9/4/17 - No School - Labor Day
Tuesday 9/5/17 - No School - Staff In-Service 
Wednesday 9/6/17 - A Day - First Day of School - Homeroom extended 
Thursday 9/7/17 - B Day - Homeroom extended - Grade Level meetings 7th and 8th only
Friday 9/8/17 - A Day - Homeroom extended - All School Assembly - 6th grade meeting afterwards