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Principal Newsletter

 

January 15, 2018

 

Dear Lions,

 

Many of you may be aware that our Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees recently revised our student dress code.  Board Policy 5142 has been posted to the web. Please see the link below:

https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1218998864154/2943406379051667214.pdf

Although there is a revised policy, our district and site administration are still working closely together with input from students and parents to draft the administrative regulations that will support the Board Policy in how it is implemented at our schools.  As we develop the regulations, we need to consider the district as a whole, as well as specifics in dress code policies for all three levels of schools (high, middle, and elementary).  We also want to make certain that our discipline policy is amended to include the new regulations and ensure that all of our staff is properly informed and trained.  In short, this may take some time to accomplish and we are asking for your patience as these important details are addressed.  We anticipate the process could take several months to complete. The process to update all documentation, conduct district-wide training on the policy and fully implement the changes will take the next semester. As more details and information becomes available we will be sure to update both parents and students.

 

Curriculum and Instruction:

 

Lions Club, LRMS's after school homework club, will be starting up January 29th! 

 

This group meets Mon. & Wed. 3-4 pm in room 701. This is a fee-based program to help students monitor school loop, organize homework, binders, backpacks, as well as develop better time management skills.  Guided by Mrs. Bleidistel and Ms. Bowen, students work independently, one on one with teacher support, AVID tutors, and in small groups to tackle homework.  Textbooks and supplies are provided, as well as computers and printing.  This is a great opportunity for students, if interested register online at  www.saddleback.edu/ce  or call (949) 582-4646  Lions Club # 11653

 

 

Please check out our latest episode of the news on our Global Comm website - www.lrmsnews.com 

 

Do you know what a Makerspace is?  We are working to get a Makerspace in our LRMS library!  Here are two resources to tell you more about Makerspaces:

https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/

https://spaces.makerspace.com/

 

If the idea of a Makerspace makes you excited about this opportunity for LRMS, please bear in mind that we need some supplies to make this a reality.  If you have any of the following items and can drop them at the front desk attention to George Duarte.  We want to thank teacher Julie Hamilton for the vision to bring this to LRMS.

 

We need the following items:

  • Power Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Rubber Mallets
  • Wire cutters/strippers
  • Grommet Tools
  • Sewing Machine
  • Die Cut machine
  • Measuring tapes
  • Safety glasses
  • First Aid kits

 

SBAC Testing Schedule (April-May, 2018)

Please make note of the following alternate schedules due to our testing calendar.

Only classes of periods 1, 3 and 5 will meet on the following dates:

Monday, April 30th (ELA SBAC)

Monday, May 14th (math SBAC; 8th grade Science)

Thursday, May 31st (Finals)

 

The schedule for a Period 1, 3, 5 day is as follows:

1          8:15-10:11      

Break  10:11-10:21    

3          10:25-12:21    

Lunch  12:21-12:56    

5          1:00-2:55        

 

Only classes of Periods 2, 4 and 6 will meet on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 1st (ELA SBAC)

Tuesday, April 15th (math SBAC; 8th grade Science)

Friday, June 1st (Finals)

 

The schedule for a periods 2, 4, 6 day is as follows:

2          8:15-10:11      

Break  10:11-10:21    

4          10:25-12:21    

Lunch  12:21-12:56    

6          1:00-2:55

 

Student and Parent Concerns:

 

Parents of 8th GradersIf you would like to place an ad in the LRMS yearbook for your 8th grader, please follow the instructions for Yearbook Recognition Ads at jostensadservice.com. The deadline for ads is February 16, 2018.

 

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30 am is our first PTA Association Meeting to kick off the new year! All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. After our short meeting, we will have Anthony Russomanno from CUSD’s Futureology Department. Futureology is  CUSD’s College and Career Counseling Department and it is FREE! They are here to help you and your family make informed choices by providing personalized guidance throughout the college and career guiding process. This definitely pertains to LRMS parents since high school is just around the corner! Bring a friend and hear about this great program offered through CUSD! Coffee and light refreshments will be served! For more information, please contact Audree McClintick (amcclintick@me.com).

 

PAL, PTSA, and Ladera Ranch Middle School are hosting 8th Grade Career Day again this year!  When: Monday, January 29, 2018.  Career Day is an annual event where LRMS 8th Grade students hear a variety of speakers from different industries present on who they are, what they do for a living and the path they took to obtain their career. If you would like to participate please contact Tom Bogiatzis, school counselor at: tobogiatzis@capousd.org for further information. We look forward to having you join us for Career Day!!

Date Night - a dinner series for teens and their parents, sponsored by Mission Hospital  Now that marijuana is legal - do you want to learn more about it and how it affects the teen brain?    Young people today must make decisions about alcohol and drug use that no previous generation has had to face. Are you prepared?  Expert Ray Lozano, with a background in entertainment,  talks about this tough topic in a way that teens really get.  Each evening  focuses on different topics aimed to empower young people while arming parents with skills to help them.  3 Part Dinner Series starting Thursday Jan 25 and continuing through Feb 8 6:00 – 7:30pm Register at san-clemente.org or email Marci.mednick@stjoe.org

Laura’s House has partnered with Life Center and youth leaders to create this one day conference for youth, parents and teachers. Topics covered will include: anti-bullying, leadership, substance abuse, self-esteem, safe dating and cyber safety. We hope you will help us spread the word! Attached is the flyer for the event. Please feel free to pass it along!

 

Important Dates to Remember

 

January 15            Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

February 16th -19th   Presidents & Lincoln day Holiday (No School)

March 8th                Minimum Day (12:15pm dismissal)

March 9th                Spring Pictures

March 12-15           Ladera’s Got Talent Tryouts 3-5pm in the MPR

March 16th              End of 3rd quarter

March 28th              6th grade Wonder Assembly

April 2nd-6th           Spring Recess

April 12th                Open House 6:00pm

April 13th                 Minimum Day (12:15pm Dismissal )

April 18-19             Ladera’s Got Talent (Evening)

April 23rd                8th Grade Field Trip for Social Science , Riley’s Farm, All Day

April 25th                      7th Grade Medieval Faire

May 3rd                   All-Star Ceremony

May 22nd                Choir Concert 6PM

May 24th                 End of year Concerts 6:30pm Orchestra and 7:45pm Band

May 28th                          Memorial Day Holiday ( No School)

June 1st                   8th Grade Dance 8pm-10pm ( MPR)

June 5th                  8th Grade awards (invite only) 6:00pm SJHHS High School Gym

June 6th                   8th Grade Field Trip

June 7th                   Last Day of School (dismissal 12:15pm)

June 7th                   8th Grade Clap Out 12:00pm on black top (parents welcome to join)

 

News from San Juan Hills High School

Are you interested in learning about San Juan Hills High School? Join the staff, students, parent boosters and PTSA for our Stallion Showcase. Experience an exciting morning for 8th grade students and parents packed with information and tours of CUSD’s state-of-the-art high school.  The event is Saturday, February 10th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Due to limited seating there will be two Informative presentations available in the theater 9:00 am or 10:15 am

 

News from Tesoro High School

 

8th grade parent information night on January 23, 2018! 

5:00-7:00       TK Burgers

5:45-6:30       8th Grade Parent Information in the Tesoro Gymnasium

6:30-7:00       Information Fair: Sports, Academic Teams, Organizations, Clubs and more!

6:45-8:00       Open House

 

News from Capistrano Unified School District:

 

The State of California recently approved Senate Bill No. 250, Hertzberg. Pupil Meals: Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017. As of January 1, 2018, to comply fully with this bill, the Food and Nutrition Services department has modified the departments existing unpaid meal charge policy.

 

Here is a brief synopsis.

If a student, excluding those students who qualify for free or reduced meals, does not have money to purchase their meal the following steps will be taken:

  • Student will be able to charge the meal to their account (only meals will be charged – no a la carte items will be charged).
  • No alternate meals will be given to students.
  • Once the students account has incurred a delinquent balance parents are aware of their students delinquent account balance by emails and automated phone calls.
  • Someone from Food and Nutrition Services will personally call parents to see if they  feel they may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

 

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

 

With Lion Pride,

 

 

George Duarte, Ed.D.

Principal

Ladera Ranch Middle School

 

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