School Hours: 7:55am - 2:25pm
Attendance:  651-768-6464
Office Phone:  651-768-6400
Fax:  651-768-6428
Nurse: 651-768-6412
    



October is National Bullying Prevention Month. 
We invite all students and staff to wear ORANGE on Wednesday, October 22nd
 
to show their commitment to school “UNITY” and against bullying behaviors.  Students will have the opportunity to receive a “Unity at Lake” orange bracelet handed out by staff members and Lake Middle School’s Student Council representatives when they arrive to school on Wednesday morning to wear throughout the school day to show their support and commitment to be “bully-free” at Lake Middle School.

Additional Information for Unity Day at Lake:
Students will be spending Unity Day in their Homebase classes participating in a variety of activities and programming which includes an outside production entitled “Lockdown” by CLIMB Theater which has been sponsored by Lake Middle School’s PTA.

         Continued content (i.e. information regarding cyber bullying, District 833’s Bullying Prohibition Policy, information/resources about reporting incidents at school, proactive communication and strategies, acts of kindness, etc.) will be incorporated throughout the day in their Homebase classrooms.

National Bullying Prevention Month in October is resourced by the “PACER” organization. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.  PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.
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For further information, please visit Pacer’s website located at: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp


Students and their families are invited to attend Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences at on the following dates:

Thursday, October 23rd  3:30pm to 8pm
OR
Tuesday, October  28th 3:30pm to 8pm

*WHEN POSSIBLE (as it relates to parking concerns and lengthy lines) we encourage families with last names beginning with A-L attend conferences on Thursday, October 23rd and families with last names beginning with M-Z attend conferences on Tuesday, October 28th.  Fall conferences are in “arena-style” format with all staff members being available both evenings in the gymnasiums and cafetorium.  If you have any questions regarding conferencing please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s teachers, counselor and/or front office staff at 651-768-6400.

6th Grade Parent Letter About Fall Conferences

Portal

  Each family should sign up for “Parent Portal” in order to review your student’s individual academic progress in each of their classes on an ongoing basis.  Information about signing up for the portal can be found on our district webpage at the following link:    http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/services/student-information/parent-portal-information.
If you are experiencing difficulties signing up for portal please email
icsupport@sowashco.k12.mn.us or call 651-458-6218 for assistance. 
As of now, all student progress grades are available on Parent Portal.  Please note that hard copies of report cards will only be sent out three times each year at the end of each trimester.  The end of the first trimester is November 26th, 2014.


Scholastic Book Fair will be available in the main commons area during conferences.

Book Fair volunteers needed!  Easy, fun, and a small time commitment! 
Please sign up here or contact Nichole Sandberg at nssandberg@comcast.net.


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Attention All Lake Middle School 8th Grade Families: Important information related to the 8th grade EXPLORE test - Fall 2014

Lake Middle School TEST DATE for ALL 8thGrade Students:

Thursday, November 6

*We are asking 8th grade families to please try to avoid this test date when you are scheduling appointments for your child(ren).  We want to have all students in attendance during the EXPLORE testing dates and eliminate any unnecessary classroom disruptions. Thank you for your consideration.

What Is EXPLORE?
Taking the EXPLORE test in 8th grade tells students, parents and staff members information they need to know in order for students to make sure they are on track for high school, prepare for the ACT test and choose a career direction.  The EXPLORE test also:

►helps students choose high school courses that will get you ready for college
►helps students find careers that matches their interests
►shows students the subjects in which they need to make improvements
►helps students see which subjects are most important for certain careers

8th Grade School Counselor, Mrs. Emily Frankfurth May, will be visiting all Science classrooms during the week of October 27th to give students more information about the EXPLORE test and help them prepare for test day.  Please contact Mrs. Frankfurth May with any questions you may have by email at efrankfu@sowashco.k12.mn.us or by phone at (651) 768-6449.

Where can I get more information about EXPLORE? 
For general information about EXPLORE: http://www.actstudent.org/explore/
For information for parents about EXPLORE: http://www.act.org/path/parent/index.html


Explore Test Information Letter


GAME ON!
COLLECT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
UPDATE

Here are teh prize categories for the winners of the Homebase Box Tops Contest!  Please bring in as many Box Tops as you can through Friday, October 31 to win one of the fabulous prizes!  Good luck to everyonel.

1st Place: Brueggers Bagel Breakfast Bash and 1st Place Trophy
2nd Place: Magnificent Muffins & Milk and 2nd Place Trophy
3rd Place: General Mills Breakfast Bars and 3rd Place Trophy

 Box Tops Forms will be sent home prior to the start of the contest and will also be available to print below. If you have questions, please contact Laura Boffeli at 612-916-3923 or loboffeli@comcast.net!

Box Top Form



7th Grade Courage Retreat Video
Now Available



Lake Middle School AVID Students Give Back

8th grade Lake Middle School AVID students made boy themed tie blankets and cards for kids to donate to Gillette's Hospital.  In addition, the Drew Macke Foundation donated $200.00 worth of Dairy Queen gift cards (Drew is an AVID student at Lake Middle School who has benefited from the kindness of others during his hospitalizations.)  A $5.00 DQ gift card was placed in each of the cards students created.  AVID student leaders delivered the cards and tie blankets on Tuesday, June 10th with their AVID teacher Mrs. Casey Tody!   




This year’s 8th grade class determined their themed t-shirt for the end of the school year to read “We’re Kind of a Big Deal – Class of 2018!” As a staff, we agree---this group of students have been “kind of a big deal” and we will truly miss them! The link below brings you to a website where you can preview (and order if you wish) pictures that were taken during the 8th grade celebration boat trip on the St. Croix River! A VERY special thank you to Lake Middle School’s PTA for sponsoring the 8th grade boat trip.

Link to 8th Grade pictures from the Boat Trip


Below are the students who were identified as the

“Lake Leaders of Excellence”

during the 2013-2014 school year. 
Congratulations to each of them in their accomplishment in displaying
Leadership, Academics, Kindness and Excellence
while at Lake Middle School!

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade



AMAZING RESOURCE for District 833 Students and Staff!

Unlimited Access to Lynda.com!

 

Students ages thirteen and older in District 833 now have unlimited access through our district portal to Lynda.com, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills. Students can access the student portal to Lynda.com at: http://www.lynda.com/portal/833student
 


 

  Upcoming Events All Events 
10/22/2014 : Unity Day At Lake Middle School
10/22/2014 - 10/29/2014 : (7:15 AM - 3:00 PM) Book Fair
10/23/2014 : (3:30-8:00 PM) Conferences
10/24/2014 - 10/26/2014 : Fall String Camp for Select Orchestra Students
10/24/2014 : Last Day to Sign Up for Battle of Books
10/28/2014 : (3:30-8:00 PM) Conferences
11/3/2014 : AVID: Wear your college shirt day!
11/17/2014 : (8:00pm) 8th Grade Choir Concert @ ERHS
11/17/2014 : (6:00pm) 7th Grade Choir Concert @ ERHS
11/18/2014 : (6:00pm) 6th Grade Choir Concert @ ERHS

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