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Principal's Message 8/23/22

Dear LMK Families,

It is hard to believe summer is almost over and school is about to begin. On behalf of the entire LMK learning community, welcome families who are new to our school.  We are excited to welcome all LMK students back to school; the faculty, staff, and I  look forward to a successful year with you as we build partnerships and relationships with you and your children. 

Our faculty and staff have worked collaboratively throughout the summer to prepare an engaging and high-quality instructional program.  Faculty members enhanced their skills by participating in the Harrison summer professional development programs. The district summer programs for students provided enrichment and academic courses and created opportunities for students to connect with one another and form new friendships.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6th

Please read the following information about the opening of LMK Middle School carefully. 

Administration:

The administrative team at LMK is here to partner with you.   Our two assistant principals provide support for all students:   Ms. Jennifer Cipolla, works with students and families in the first half of the alphabet (A-L), and Mr. Scott Spector is responsible for the second half of the alphabet (M-Z). This system provides direct contact for you and a consistent approach in supporting your child’s academic, and social-emotional development while at LMK.   Each assistant principal will work closely with your child’s guidance counselor, teams of teachers, and support staff.   Although we divide the grade for more focused attention, all administrators at LMK are available for all students and families.

Instructional Program:

LMK Middle School is a fully accredited International Baccalaureate Middle School.  In partnership with Harrison High School, we follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers, and to make connections between their studies and the real world.   Our students are introduced to the IB learner profile, which is embedded in our curriculum and teaching in all classes.  You can find more information about the IB Middle Years Programme on the LMK webpage.   

Students spend three years at LMK learning and experiencing courses from eight IBMYP subject groups, which allows them to explore and find their strengths and interests in a variety of subjects.  Student exploration guides them toward making the best decisions for future pathways in high school.  Our instructional program includes team-based classes (ELA, social studies, math, and science) and classes that are cross-teamed (art, music, physical education, digital design, information literacy (grade 6), health (grades 7 & 8), technology design and world languages). In addition to the IBMYP course of study, academic, social, and emotional support resources are available for students.  Support is provided through an extensive response to intervention (RTI) system that includes data analysis, team-based strategies, support specialists, and our school-based support team of guidance counselors and psychologists.

Information about the use of electronic devices, and other resources, including school supply lists, is available on our school website. You will find many items on the LMK Middle School web page under the section titled information for parents.  Please note that students are required, as part of the school supply list, to bring their own devices (chromebooks are recommended) to school.  Our school district is committed to providing financial support for any family in need of help purchasing supplies. If you are in need of any assistance please contact one of our assistant principals, Jennifer Cipolla, (630-3034) or Scott Spector (630-3039). Students will receive locker assignments from their homebase teachers on the first day of school.

Safety Protocols:

Our school practices numerous drills each year including evacuations, lockdowns, and bus safety.  Cameras are strategically placed throughout the building and security staff monitor the entrances to the building.   Parents are encouraged to download the CrisisGo app to receive timely safety notifications.  Click here for instructions about how to download the CrisisGo app.

School Hours and Drop off/Pick Up procedures:

School hours are 7:48 AM to 2:40 PM.  The day cycle, period schedule, and delay schedules can be found here.  Please review the safety guidelines for drop-off and dismissal to ensure your child’s safe arrival and dismissal each day. 

Powerschool Parent Portal  

Please review the forms sent electronically or on the parent/student portal carefully with your child, and complete them as soon as possible.   You received a portal login when your child was in elementary school, which you use throughout middle school and high school.   Please go to the parent/student portal and follow the prompts to fill out each form.   You will find the forms by clicking the icon on the bottom of the column on the left side of the screen. The prompts will allow you to update or confirm contact and emergency information, as well as read and acknowledge important school documents.  This information must be updated every year and is important for effective school to home communication.

Please make sure you use a computer to log in as the phone App will not work until the school year begins. If you need to reset your Powerschool account or need the information to create a new one, click here and fill out the jotform.  You may also email for assistance at portalhelp@harrisoncsd.org. The portal will have student schedules available on August 26th.   Your child’s team is referenced by the letter in parenthesis next to the homebase (for example- room 144(K) will mean your child is on team K).

Student Schedules:

Student schedules will be available on the portal on August 26th. Please remember to use a computer to log in as the phone App will not work until the school year begins. You do not need to print the schedule in advance. A printed copy of the class schedule will be distributed at the 6th-grade orientation and in homebases to all students on the first day of school.   Students will need to know their homebase classroom for the first day of school, found next to your child’s homebase on his/her schedule.  The letter next to the room number represents the team assignment.   If you have any questions, you may call or email your child’s guidance counselor.

Facilities Upgrades:

Each summer, our custodial and building, and grounds teams work diligently to prepare the LMK Middle School building for the opening of school. This year the lobby outside of the LMK Performing Arts Center is being renovated.  We are excited to inform you that we began the process this summer of air conditioning on the second floor of LMK, and the work should be completed by spring 2023.  

Orientations:

Several important events occur during the last weeks of August.  These events are designed to provide you and your child with information about our programs and ease the transition to middle school.  Our orientation dates are below; additional events can be found on the District Calendar and the LMK website.  

7th/8th Grade New Student Orientation, Monday, August 29th, 9:30-11:00 AM

This orientation is only for 7th and 8th-grade students who are new to LMK.  We will meet in the library or outside (weather permitting) to review important information.  All new 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to attend.

6th-grade Orientation, Tuesday, August 30th, 9:30-11:00 AM

This program is part of our 6th-grade orientation program, and we will review schedules and help students acclimate to their new school environment.  Psychologists, counselors, administrators, and teachers will be present to support your children. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend this event but it is not a requirement.  We do ask that only one parent/guardian attend and carpooling is encouraged.

Upon entering the building students will meet with staff to review schedules and parents/guardians will meet with school administration.  Following this session parents/guardians will regroup with their children in the courtyard for a PTA sponsored brunch.  At this time parents/guardians and their children may walk through the building to review classroom locations. We recognize that some families will be away and thus are unable to attend.  All the orientation materials will be reviewed with students during the first week of school.

Open House

Open House is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and learn about your child’s academic program. We hold one for grade six and another for grades seven and eight combined.  Teachers will provide an overview of the curriculum and class goals for the year.  The dates for the two Open Houses are below:

Grade 6 Open House, Wednesday, September 14th at 6:45 PM

Grade 7/8 Open House, Tuesday, October 11th at 6:45 PM

School Calendar

School activities and events are listed on the district calendar.  Please note that there can be times when an event date changes.  If this occurs we will contact you by email with that information.  

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

The LMK PTA is a wonderful organization that supports our students in all aspects of the school.  Meetings are held monthly and can be found on the district calendar.   The PTA presidents are Lisa Siega and Jessica Stergiou.  You can find their welcome back letter here. We encourage you to join the PTA using the membership form found here.  

Nurse:

Our school nurse is Mrs. Fiorenza.  If your child has any medical concerns, allergies, or a history of medical problems, please email her at fiorenzas@harrisoncsd.org.  Please make sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. 

School Lunch Program:

In late August, you will receive information in the mail about the Harrison school breakfast and lunch programs.  This will include how to enroll and use the lunch prepayment system Myschoolbucks.

Bus Transportation

If your child is eligible for busing, this information will be sent to you by the Transportation Office.  If you have any questions about the bus schedule, please call the Transportation Office at 630-3303. 

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6th.    Your feedback is important to me; please do not hesitate to call (630-3031), email (frieds@harrisoncsd.org), or schedule an appointment with me if you have specific issues that you would like to discuss.  When questions arise, you may contact one of our assistant principals, Jennifer Cipolla, (630-3034) or Scott Spector (630-3039), or subject directors.  I wish you and your child an exciting and fulfilling school year.

Sincerely,

Scott Fried
Principal