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Principal Newsletter

June 25, 2014
Dear Ladera Ranch Middle School Lions,
The end of the school year was so meaningful.  As most of you know, this is my first year here at LRMS so I was so shocked by the events that immediately followed the final dismissal bell.  There was no chaos, no misbehavior, and nothing out of the ordinary…EXCEPT…1,365 students squealing, shouting, laughing, and jumping with delight!  This was pure uninhibited joy and a pleasure to watch.  But there was of course considerable sadness too, exhibited especially by our departing eighth graders.  It was an emotional time for all.
Parent Portal Work Shop Coming this summer! Still confused about Parent Portal? Come to our parent work shop August 21st , 2014. Two sessions will be offered during the hours of  8am – 10 am or 1pm – 3pm. This process should take only about 15 minutes. The  workshop is  for parents who are still not registered for Parent Portal, or need extra help re-registering before coming to orientation for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  Please contact Kelly Larkins at 234-5922 to register for the workshop or if you have any questions.
Is your child moving to a new school next year?  If your child plans to attend a school other than Ladera Ranch Middle School or will not be attending High School in our district next year, please contact our Guidance Secretary, Kelly Larkins, if you have not done so already, We need to tag your child’s records so they will be forwarded to the correct school for next fall 2014. 
New Rule For School 7th graders need aWhooping Cough Shot  Get your child’s Tdap Immunization NOWFor the 2014-2015 school year, and all future school years, all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall.Do ALL 7th grade students need to get the pertussis immunization? Yes. All students going into 7th grade must have proof of having had the Tdap booster shot. This includes current students, new students and transfer students in both public and private schools. Many students have already received the vaccine and simply need to supply proof to the school, so check with your doctor or provider.
News from Capistrano Unified School District:
We want to inform you of a change to the school meal program for the 2014-2015 school year.  Due to a decrease in student participation in the school breakfast program for the last several years, next year breakfast at LRMS will no longer be available.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase a la carte snack items before school and at nutrition break.  If you have any questions please call the food service department at (949) 234-9509.
Discovery Education: We are pleased to advise that the online Discovery Education learning program used by our school will be available to your student from home over the summer months, should he or she wish to continue using this learning resource while school is in recess.  Students may continue to access these learning programs through the convenient links provided on our school website, under the Student Links tab. They will use the same username and password that they have been using during the year to access these programs in class or the computer lab.  Starting Friday, August 22 our Technology Department will commence work on our learning program databases.  This is required every year at this time to prepare the learning programs for the new school year.  We cannot guarantee that your student’s regular password will work once this process is underway.  In order to standardize students’ passwords for the wide variety of learning programs used, the District is implementing a modification to the student password structure in the fall.  Students will be required to add the letter “a” after their regular password, which is the 7-digit student permanent identity number.  Example: 1234567a  Here is a link to a web page that we have compiled containing a list of other suggested learning programs your student may explore in addition to those mentioned above:  As a reminder, the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) does not assume any responsibility or liability for the content that may be present within external Websites linked to and from our district site that are operated or created by or for organizations outside of CUSD.
I will send occasional principal newsletters over the summer as well.
George Duarte, Ed.D.
Ladera Ranch Middle School

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