Sunday, May 2, 2021

Lakeside Lightning Round May 3 - 7, 2021


Lakeside Lightning,

The School of Tomorrow, Today! 

This is National Teacher Appreciation Week. At Lakeside Middle School we celebrate all of our staff this week. The administrative team has put together a very COVID 19 safe approach to celebrating the staff. Unfortunately, Dr. Cook can't barbeque for the staff as he has done in the past, but we will hopefully have that next year! 

Our students, staff and parents will be working this week on our School Improvement Plan for next year. On Monday and Tuesday, Dr. Cook and Ms. Gaunt will be facilitating Focus Groups with 80 students who were recommended by their teachers. On Wednesday, Dr. Cook will be facilitating a Focus Group with parents. Our teachers will be working collaboratively in their PLCs to address areas they want to see improved. Throughout the remainder of the month, the School Improvement Team will be meeting to refine the goals for next year. 

Parents - Want to be part of the School Improvement Process? 

Parents interested in participating in the School Improvement Process should email Dr. Cook (spike.cook@millville,org). There will be a Zoom Meeting on Wednesday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Please contact Dr. Cook if you are interested. 

Do You Have A Minute? Episode 5 with Dr. Cook 



Mrs. Wheaton's class made cotton ball launchers and catapults to demonstrate potential and kinetic energies.



Take a Walk with Mrs. Sooy 


Pictures from around the school

That shirt is out of this world

Student meeting for 8th grade Geometry 

Mr. Bunting made a surprise visit on Friday! 

Saturday School - Problem Based Learning

Saturday School - Problem Based Learning


Saturday School - Problem Based Learning


Saturday School - Problem Based Learning


Saturday School - Problem Based Learning

NJDOE Cancels State Testing this Year

The US Department of Education has granted NJ the waiver to cancel NJSLA ELA, Math and Science state testing for this spring.  DLM and ACCESS for ELL students will still take place.

Update on Quarantine Requirements from Mrs. Meyers, Assistant Superintendent 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers:  (2 weeks after required dose)

  • International travel: Get tested 3-5 days after returning to the United States, but no quarantine needed
  • For domestic travel, no quarantine or test before or after travel needed

Unvaccinated Travelers:

  • Defer travel until fully vaccinated
  • Before travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before the trip
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if the post-travel test is negative. If not tested after travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Travelers who Clinically Recovered from COVID-19 in past 3 months:

  • No quarantine or pre- or post-travel test needed

Positive / Close Contact:

Students:  (while in high risk level)

  • Positive  – 14 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 14 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Staff: (considered essential employee)

  • Positive – 10 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 10 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Daily monitoring of your children for In-Person Learning 

Do not send children to school if the are exhibiting the following:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater, Chills, Sore throat, Cough, Rigors (shivers); Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Myalgia, Congestion or runny nose, Difficulty breathing, Headache, Nausea or vomiting, New loss of taste or smell
  • Close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Traveled to one of the restricted states

When entering the school building, please remember to wear a face mask, per the CDC guidelines neck-gators are not permitted in place of a face mask

Chromebook Camera Policy and Procedures 2020-21
  • LMS Camera Policy
  • Camera on at all times
  • Camera must be on from beginning of class until teacher dismisses class
  • Exception- Camera can be shut off if a student needs to step away from the computer temporarily.
  • Parental request will void camera policy

Food Distribution
The following meal distribution schedule will be in effect this week:

Joke of the Week: 

What do you use to cut the ocean in half? A sea saw 

Stay current with Lakeside Middle School on Social Media:

Twitter - #lmslightning
Facebook – Lakeside Middle School (Official)
Weekly Blog – http://lakesidelightninground.blogspot.com/
Instagram - @lmslightning
Website - http://lakeside.millville.org

Published by Spike Cook, Principal, Millville



Sunday, April 25, 2021

Lakeside Lightning Round April 26 - 30, 2021

Maine, Byron and Na'Jaiah made cards for Volunteer Week

Lakeside Lightning, 

The School of Tomorrow, Today! 

We finished our first full week of the combined cohorts and by all accounts everything went well. Staff and students were excited to return to a longer in person schedule. We are still working on the transitions of the students from Advisory to Lunch. Students are going to need to be patient as the cafeteria is cleaned in between lunches. 

Students must continue to follow the COVID 19 protocols of 6 feet distancing, mask wearing and hand washing.  Please note that if students repeatedly violate our Pandemic Response Protocols they will be removed from in person instruction. We will not allow students to put others at risk! 

Our in person cohort is at 65% and our virtual cohort is at 35%. 

Do You Have A Minute? Episode 4 with Dr. Cook 



Mrs. Garay gives birth to the newest Lakeside Lightning

Leah Noelle was born April 14 and was 8 lb 1 oz. She is one week now and doing extremely well


Lakeside Wins A Tenor Saxophone

Lakeside won a tenor saxophone from a give away that Coles Music was doing a few weeks ago. People had to vote for which school they thought deserved it and the Lakeside Lightning won! Thank you to Mrs. Biaselli for coordinating. 


Mrs. Gehringer's Advisory Students Participated in Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Mrs. G's Advisory students make cards and care packages to send soldiers stationed oversees. Thank you to Maine Armstead, Byron Sharp, and Na'Jiah Walker for their hard work and honor to our country! 



LMS Vice Principals and Guidance Counselors host first Grade Level Assemblies in over a year! 

In person students were welcomed back by Guidance and Vice Principals this week. It was the first time in over a year that we have had an assembly. Dr. Cook, Lakeside Principal, said, "I was so proud of our staff and students in the auditorium. We maintained social distance and were able to learn about the initiatives in each grade. I want to thank Mr. Godfrey, Mrs. Sooy, Mr. Jimenez, Mr. Procopio, Ms. Gaunt and Mrs. Diaz for their hard work and dedication to the students."






NJDOE Cancels State Testing this Year

The US Department of Education has granted NJ the waiver to cancel NJSLA ELA, Math and Science state testing for this spring.  DLM and ACCESS for ELL students will still take place.

Update on Quarantine Requirements from Mrs. Meyers, Assistant Superintendent 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers:  (2 weeks after required dose)

  • International travel: Get tested 3-5 days after returning to the United States, but no quarantine needed
  • For domestic travel, no quarantine or test before or after travel needed

Unvaccinated Travelers:

  • Defer travel until fully vaccinated
  • Before travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before the trip
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if the post-travel test is negative. If not tested after travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Travelers who Clinically Recovered from COVID-19 in past 3 months:

  • No quarantine or pre- or post-travel test needed

Positive / Close Contact:

Students:  (while in high risk level)

  • Positive  – 14 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 14 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Staff: (considered essential employee)

  • Positive – 10 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 10 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Daily monitoring of your children for In-Person Learning 

Do not send children to school if the are exhibiting the following:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater, Chills, Sore throat, Cough, Rigors (shivers); Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Myalgia, Congestion or runny nose, Difficulty breathing, Headache, Nausea or vomiting, New loss of taste or smell
  • Close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Traveled to one of the restricted states

When entering the school building, please remember to wear a face mask, per the CDC guidelines neck-gators are not permitted in place of a face mask

Chromebook Camera Policy and Procedures 2020-21
  • LMS Camera Policy
  • Camera on at all times
  • Camera must be on from beginning of class until teacher dismisses class
  • Exception- Camera can be shut off if a student needs to step away from the computer temporarily.
  • Parental request will void camera policy

Food Distribution
The following meal distribution schedule will be in effect this week:

Joke of the Week: 

What is a guitar player's favorite Italian food? Strum-boli.

Stay current with Lakeside Middle School on Social Media:

Twitter - #lmslightning
Facebook – Lakeside Middle School (Official)
Weekly Blog – http://lakesidelightninground.blogspot.com/
Instagram - @lmslightning
Website -
http://lakeside.millville.org

Published by Spike Cook, Principal, Millville

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Lakeside Lightning Round April 19 - 23, 2021

LMS got a new sign

Lakeside Lightning,

The School of Tomorrow, Today! 

Important news for In-Person Students

This is a reminder that our Orange and Blue Cohorts will be combining on April 19, 2021 and these students will be going to in-person school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for the remainder of the school year. Wednesdays will continue to be a Remote Day following the same schedule as we have had all year. Virtual students are required to log into each class through Google Classroom everyday. Here is a link to April calendar (and it is always on the right hand side of the blog and our school website).   

Our Vice Principals have a Welcome Back Presentation for each Grade Level on Monday, April 19, 2021. 6th grade - 1st period; 7th grade - 2nd period8th grade - 5th period

We are so excited to be expanding In-Person learning to 4 days a week. We have installed plexiglass dividers in classrooms where students will be closer that 6 feet. Staff and students will continue to wear masks and practice social/physical distancing. 

Do You Have a Minute? Episode 3 with Dr. Cook, Principal, Lakeside Middle School 



Amnesty and Reward Weeks Was an Overwhelming Success

Prior to the Spring Break, the Lakeside Staff gave Amnesty to students who were struggling to get things in on time during this pandemic learning experience. Students were able to make up work from the 3rd marking period and although they didn't get full credit, they were able to get some credit which helped a lot. While Amnesty was occurring, the students who had been handing in everything were able to enjoy rewards! 

We reduced failures by 600 classes! 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 

Reward Week STEAM Activities 


Saturday Enrichment Program Gets Off to a Great Start

We have 60 students in grades 6-8 who have committed to a 10 week Saturday Enrichment Program to bolster their grades and learning. The coordinator of the program, Mrs. Sharpless, said this about the opening day on April 17, "The students and staff did an incredible job this week. In addition to setting the tone and objectives of the program, the students were able to begin identifying areas they want to learn more about. The staff developed interesting, real world applications for the students. We are very excited about this program!" In addition to Mrs. Sharpless, Mrs. Steelman is Security, Ms. Langlois and Ms. McCallion are the 6/7 teachers and Ms. Shelton and Mr. Fry are the 7/8 teachers. 

Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation

Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation


Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation


Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation


Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation


Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation


Saturday Enrichment - Solving an Oil Spill simulation

Mrs. Mole's Reading Warriors

Check this out! Our Reading Warriors in Mrs. Mole's class read independently for 20 minutes 2-3 days a week and then write a journal response to their reading! Journals are collected as soon as the entries are completed.  The results are ca$h!!! The students love it!


8th Graders Vote on Shirts and the Results are in....


NJDOE Cancels State Testing this Year

The US Department of Education has granted NJ the waiver to cancel NJSLA ELA, Math and Science state testing for this spring.  DLM and ACCESS for ELL students will still take place.

Update on Quarantine Requirements from Mrs. Meyers, Assistant Superintendent 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers:  (2 weeks after required dose)

  • International travel: Get tested 3-5 days after returning to the United States, but no quarantine needed
  • For domestic travel, no quarantine or test before or after travel needed

Unvaccinated Travelers:

  • Defer travel until fully vaccinated
  • Before travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before the trip
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if the post-travel test is negative. If not tested after travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Travelers who Clinically Recovered from COVID-19 in past 3 months:

  • No quarantine or pre- or post-travel test needed

Positive / Close Contact:

Students:  (while in high risk level)

  • Positive  – 14 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 14 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Staff: (considered essential employee)

  • Positive – 10 day quarantine
  • Close Contact – 10 day quarantine without testing OR 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days

Daily monitoring of your children for In-Person Learning 

Do not send children to school if the are exhibiting the following:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater, Chills, Sore throat, Cough, Rigors (shivers); Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Myalgia, Congestion or runny nose, Difficulty breathing, Headache, Nausea or vomiting, New loss of taste or smell
  • Close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Traveled to one of the restricted states

When entering the school building, please remember to wear a face mask, per the CDC guidelines neck-gators are not permitted in place of a face mask

Chromebook Camera Policy and Procedures 2020-21
  • LMS Camera Policy
  • Camera on at all times
  • Camera must be on from beginning of class until teacher dismisses class
  • Exception- Camera can be shut off if a student needs to step away from the computer temporarily.
  • Parental request will void camera policy

Food Distribution
The following meal distribution schedule will be in effect this week:

Joke of the Week: 

What kind of house can you easily pick up? A lighthouse.

Stay current with Lakeside Middle School on Social Media:

Twitter - #lmslightning
Facebook – Lakeside Middle School (Official)
Weekly Blog – http://lakesidelightninground.blogspot.com/
Instagram - @lmslightning
Website -
http://lakeside.millville.org

Published by Spike Cook, Principal, Millville

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Lakeside Lightning Round - April 12 - 16, 2021

LMS knocked down their assignments in order to participate in Reward Week

Lakeside Lightning,

The School of Tomorrow, Today! 

We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your Spring Break! For the most part, the weather was excellent and there were lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy it. We love the Spring Break at Lakeside, but more importantly we love getting back to school and can't wait to see everyone this week! 

Prior the Spring Break, we spent two weeks allowing students to catch up on their work and rewarding those students who have been completing their work on time. Students and staff gave such positive reviews of the experience. There were other schools in the area that reached out about what we did at Lakeside and they are going to try something similar for their students! Although we will not be doing another Amnesty Week in the 4th marking period, we will be looking at opportunities for a Reward Week in the 4th marking period. Thank you again to all of the staff and students who participated in the Amnesty and Reward Week! 

This week is our last week of Hybrid! We will be welcoming back some new faces to Lakeside as some students will be returning for the first time all year in person. We are looking forward to combining the Hybrid Cohorts for the week of April 19 and those students will be in school 4 days a week. This week we will be busy setting up the classrooms so that we can be prepared and safe for the combined cohorts on April 19. 

Saturday Enrichment begins this April 17. Selected students will be participating in this with the hope of avoiding Summer School. 

Again, we look for to seeing the Orange Cohort on Monday and Tuesday and the Blue Cohort on Thursday and Friday. Students will be all Virtual on Wednesday. The all Virtual students are required to attend all classes everyday. 

April Calendar 

Click here for the April learning schedule. 

Do you have a minute? 

In this week's "Do you have a minute?" Dr. Cook attempts to get all the information about the school into a one minute video. Will he make the time limit? You need to watch to see....



Happy Birthday to Ms. Gaunt!

Ms. Gaunt received an Award from Mrs. Hardy for her B-day! 


Ms. Belmonte and Ms. Irwin's Garden

A BIG THANK you to Home Depot for donating soil to our project. Not to be outdone, Lowe’s donated $100 worth of shovels, flowers, plants, and seeds. Stay tuned to see how our garden grows!

Thank you Lowe's 

Thank you Home Depot 

Mrs. Wheaton's class get fossilized 
To wrap up our science chapter on adaptations and evolution, Mrs. Wheaton's dad (an avid fossil hunter/collector) sent her class fossils from his collection for the kids to check out, and they loved it 
Jeremias is a big Dino fan and happily took some photos to document his experience.


Photo of the pieces Mrs. Wheaton's father sent

Fossil teeth 

70 million year old fossil 

Mrs. Zerra's Movie Math Challenge 
Students in Mrs. Zerra's math class had to find math in the movie Night at the Museum. Aubrey won with 53 math facts! See there is math in the real world!!! 


Pictures from around the school

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Bubbles for Autism Awareness 

Bubbles for Autism Awareness 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 

Reward and Amnesty Activities 


Important Updates 3/19/2021


Corresponding slides for the Important Update


National Junior Honor Society

Starting on Monday, March 29th, Lakeside’s chapter of  National Junior Honor Society will  begin accepting applications for new members.  Any current 7th or 8th grade student who has maintained an 85 or above average in all subject areas for six consecutive marking periods is eligible to receive an application.   You may stop by Y 133 to pick up an application or email Mrs. Gaudio at lisa.gaudio@mps.millville.org for a digital copy.  Please read the following important  information BEFORE you ask for an application.   

  • Applications must be filled out entirely.  All sections must be completed for membership consideration. If you have any questions about the applications, please see Mrs. Gaudio in Y 133 or email her at lisa.gaudio@millville.org  prior to the application deadline.
  • In addition to the application, students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, as well as a personal essay detailing why you should be selected for membership.
  • The application deadline is April 19, 2021.

Virtual and Home Hybrid Schedule Updates

Starting Monday, March 22nd we will be increasing our meeting days for all virtual and home-hybrid students. Students who are working from home will be required to attend a Google Meet with each class daily. Students will join the Google Meet at the start of each class and will stay on for approximately the first half of the class's scheduled time or until the teacher dismisses them. The other half of the time will be set aside for students to complete independent work.  Wednesday we will follow our all virtual time of 8:30-1 PM.

Daily monitoring of your children for In-Person Learning 

Do not send children to school if the are exhibiting the following:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater, Chills, Sore throat, Cough, Rigors (shivers); Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Myalgia, Congestion or runny nose, Difficulty breathing, Headache, Nausea or vomiting, New loss of taste or smell
  • Close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Traveled to one of the restricted states

When entering the school building, please remember to wear a face mask, per the CDC guidelines neck-gators are not permitted in place of a face mask

Chromebook Camera Policy and Procedures 2020-21
  • LMS Camera Policy
  • Camera on at all times
  • Camera must be on from beginning of class until teacher dismisses class
  • Exception- Camera can be shut off if a student needs to step away from the computer temporarily.
  • Parental request will void camera policy

Food Distribution
The following meal distribution schedule will be in effect this week:

Joke of the Week: 

What do sprinters eat before a race? Nothing, they fast! :) :) 

Stay current with Lakeside Middle School on Social Media:
Twitter - #lmslightning
Facebook – Lakeside Middle School (Official)
Weekly Blog – http://lakesidelightninground.blogspot.com/
Instagram - @lmslightning
Website - http://lakeside.millville.org

Published by Spike Cook, Principal, Millville