We had the honor of hosting Ron Bachman at Lucas Local School District. He delivered a message to our 6th through 12th graders about diversity, tolerance and anti-bullying. For more about Ron Bachman read his story at http://www.ronniebachman.com/story.
I had the greatest time hanging out with the sixth graders at Camp Nuhop for dinner last night. After a nice family style meal of macaroni and cheese, fruit, veggies, and dinner rolls, Ms. Crouse and Miss Wood took them out for "teacher time". This is when a great game of kickball turned into a mud-tournament for some of the students!
Middle School students spent their day off of school rocking away in their chairs. The students participated in a fundraiser opportunity to raise money for Outdoor Camp and funds middle school activities. While we had a small group, we had fun rocking, hanging out, rocking, playing charades, rocking, and eating. By the end of the 4-hours spent rocking, the students were ready to get up and move around freely. Due to weather, the event had been rescheduled from the original scheduled days. While this unfortunately kept other away, the group that participated had a great time. We hope to repeat this event during the next school year!
Thanks to all who sponsored the students in their rocking. Also thank you to the Lucas Teachers, PTO, and various businesses contributing food and prizes for raffles during the event , including: Mansfield YMCA, Morgan's One Trip, Crossfit Katana, Slice's Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee's, Walmart, Paparazzi Accessories, Besta Fasta, Schnider's Bakery,.
Taylor Grossenbacher placed 4th place at the Dictrict Power of the Pen contrition Saturday, February 7th. The competition was held between 80-100 students representing 17 different school districts. Taylor advances to regionals which will be held in March. Thanks to Mrs. Webb for her dedication to Power of the Pen.
On Monday, January 19 from 12 to 4 the Lucas Branch Library is having an All You Can Read Buffet for sixth to 12th grade. Join them for this read-a-thon while you fill your plate with pizza, pop, and junk food. See if you have what it takes to read for 4 straight hours. Call 419-892-2576 or stop by the library to sign-up.
I spent some time today honoring our 6th and 7th grade students who earned academic achievements for the first grading period. What a proud moment for all the students who were called forward for Merit Roll, Honor Roll and Straight A's. These are definitely some hard workers who have set goals to excel in their academics.
As part of the awards ceremony, I talked to the Middle School student body about the qualities it takes to be an "achieving student". Students need to realize that they all have great qualities, and academic awards are not only for the "smart" students. I quoted some information found in an article from Readers Digest titled "Secrets of Straight A Students." My hope is that some of the students who missed out on this quarter's awards will think about what I said and work to become an achieving student. I encourage the students to figure out their priorities, create schedules, work to be organized and be an informed reader.
The full article can be read at http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/secrets-of-straight-a-students/#ixzz3HjyS3VGJ.
The objective of our school spirit days is to promote the school community, student involvement, and the overall enthusiasm of Lucas Schools! http://www.schoolthemes.org/importance-of-school-spirit.html explains to us many of the unspoken effects of school spirit including:
For this reason our school year is being filled with a variety of random school spirit days. It is great to see the students get excited about the opportunity to show their spirit! These spirit days are creating unity and pride in Lucas Heritage Middle School making the learning environment an inviting and invigorating place.
The 2014-2015 school year is underway! I have had the opportunity to gather with the middle school student body to discuss the student handbook, especially some changes that are discovered as students leave the elementary building and enter the world of Lucas Heritage Middle School. Some changes you will want to read over carefully in the handbook include:
I have asked the middle school teachers to think about and discuss with their students "what it means to be a successful student at Lucas Heritage Middle School." I have also asked the students to explain "what it means to them to be a successful student."
Now it is the parents turn. As a family, what does it mean to you to be a successful student in school? I would greatly appreciate any feedback! Feel free to comment to this post, email me, write me a short response and send it to school. I have some feedback that was shared at our middle school open house last night, August 27, 2014. It was great talking to many of you who could attend.
I look forward to working with you all and having a successful year with your students. We must be prepared to work together for this success to happen!