February 8, 2016
Dear Ladera Ranch Middle School Lions,
We have had several parents ask about the capacity projections for Ladera Ranch Middle School for the upcoming years. Unfortunately, for the 2016-17 school year Ladera Ranch Middle School will be closed to School of Choice (SOC) due to being over enrollment capacity. Students currently on School of Choice will be able to remain until they matriculate to high school. The enrollment projections remain the same over the next several years. As a matter of fact, between now and the year 2024 we are projected every year to have an enrollment of between 1,550 and above 1,600. To ensure placement for siblings in the same school, it would be important to apply for SOC back to your child’s School of Residence for your child currently on School of Choice. Having all your children attend their School of Residence is the only way to ensure placement for the entire family.
The California League of Middle School "Educator of the Year" award is given annually to 22 educators, representing regions throughout California, who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform in middle and high schools. This year, not only was Ladera Ranch Middle School Teacher Bonnie Liedlich honored, but she has also been selected to represent our entire region as a state finalist. Congratulations to Bonnie Liedlich on her tremendous honor for the recognition by the California League of Middle Schools and best wishes as she continues to the next level at the state level.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment:
Bernice Ayer Middle School will be hosting an event on February 17th from 7-9pm for parents and their students. Adolescents - high school. Educators, wellness facilitators encouraged to attend. This was a topic that I had been asked about by families and affects BOYS and GIRLS!! Through this presentation, Elizabeth Szathmary provides an informative exploration of what happens to an Eating Disorder Sufferer's body and mind, and examines the effect of our culture's rhetoric of body-shame and how it affects self-worth. She delivers strategies to challenge shame -based beliefs about the body to help cultivate self-love and compassion. She will share her journey of recovery, and deliver strategies designed to leave participants with the tools necessary to practice further challenging their body criticisms and being their own practices of self-love. Any questions, please contact Heather Arnwine at email@example.com.
We are excited to let you know that our 8th Grade Career Day, sponsored by our PTA and PAL Class, is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2016. It is time to reserve the date and commit to participate! We appreciate our career day speakers who join us each year to make this a memorable day for our 8th Grade students. We are always looking for new speakers who would like to share their careers with our students. The time commitment would be from 8 – 11:30 a.m. on March 24th. The presenters will rotate through 8th grade classrooms and will give between four and six 20 minute presentations. If you would like to join us as a speaker please contact Tom Bogiatzis, school counselor, at 949-234-5922, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are celebrating Kindness Month the entire month of February. The blue ribbons around campus serve as a symbol of kindness and a reminder to be kinder to one another. Students will be participating in mini-Kindness lessons in ROAR all month (created by PAL students) and they will get to hear Deputy Clayton Cranford speak about reducing bullying on the internet and Cyber-safety on Monday, Feb. 8 during English class. Our goal is to provide students with strategies to deal with bullies and for students to realize that kindness can spread on campus with one small act.
To access your student’s grades through your Parent Portal account, click on the GRADES tab, then click on one of the options in the drop down menu:
GRADES – contains the most recent grades earned
GRADE HISTORY – contains past grades earned from this year
TRANSCRIPTS – for middle schools, final grades from each quarter are posted
6th Grade students are currently reading a book entitled Wonder. It tells the story of August Pullman who has been home schooled due to some complicated health issues related to a dramatic cranio-facial abnormality and the rigorous surgery schedule that comes with it. But by the time August turns ten, his parents are beginning to think about the big picture a.k.a. long-term. They have realized that Auggie not only needs to learn more than his mom can teach him, but he also needs to learn to navigate a world that isn't always kind to those who are different. With the help of the Children’s Craniofacial Association, we are hosting an assembly for all sixth grade students on Wednesday, Feb. 17, through their English classes. It will not affect most of the staff. We just wanted you to know that Peter Dankelson, a real life “August Pullman” and his family will be here presenting. There will be 3 presentations – 9:30 to 10:30, 11:15 to 12:15, and 1:30 to 2:30. Please stop in to any of the presentations if you are interested.
Yearbook Deadline Extended...If you missed the opportunity to purchase a yearbook for your son or daughter... It's not too late! You can purchase online at jostensyearbooks.com and search for Ladera Ranch Middle School or order forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay by cash or check. Orders will be accepted through February. Pre ordering a yearbook is the ONLY way to guarantee your child will get a book at the end of the year. Please direct any questions to Señora Ray at email@example.com
Are you missing a Block Rocker? It is sort of a karaoke machine that was left by some children on our field. No LRMS or LRES teachers claim ownership. If you have any information as to the ownership, please contact our receptionist Mrs. Herrscher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
February 12 Lincoln Day- No school
February 15 Washington Day- No School
March 3 Min. Day (dismissal 12:15pm)
April 4-8 Spring Break- No School
May 3 Min. Day (dismissal at 12:15pm)//Open House 6:00 – 7: 30 pm
June 9 Last Day of School
August 15 First day of school for 2016-2017
Address Change: If you have an address change please notify the front office ASAP by bringing in a current mortgage/lease agreement AND a current utility bill. If you have questions please contact Kelly Larkins our Registrar at email@example.com
Attention 6th Grade Parents: Tdap Vaccine Requirement For Students Entering 7th Grade. In order to avoid long lines at orientation, LRMS is asking our current 6th grade families to bring a copy of their Tdap records to the office prior to the end of the year. For the 2016-2017 school year, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (commonly called the “Tdap” vaccine) before starting school. Whooping cough (pertussis) has been widespread in California. Many students have had to miss school because they were sick. To help protect your children and others from whooping cough, a new California law now requires students to be vaccinated against whooping cough. 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. As soon as you have proof of the Tdap, please bring it into the office so that we may clear you for next year. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gunderson in Health office.
The 2016 Stallion Showcase for 8th Grade students and parents will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Are you interested in learning about all the exciting things that are happening at San Juan Hills High School? If so, join the staff, students, parent boosters and PTSA for our 8th Annual SJHHS Stallion Showcase. Experience an exciting morning packed with information and tours of CUSD's newest state-of-the-art high school. See how our students are building traditions and making an impact in our local community. Learn about the academic, athletic and performing arts programs. Visit our visual arts classrooms, science labs, performing arts facilities, gymnasium, synthetic football/soccer field, aquatics center and other athletic facilities. The day’s agenda will consist of the following: Welcome and Introduction Presentation at 9:30 a.m. in the Theater (arrive early as seating is limited)
- Visit Information Booths for Athletics, Clubs, Academic Programs, Performing Arts, Pep Squad, AVID, ASB, PTSA, Parent Boosters and Guidance/Enrollment
- Guided Campus Tours by ASB, AVID & Link Crew students
- Advanced Placement and Accelerated Class Workshop
- Two-Way Immersion Workshop
- Performing Arts Presentations
Your Amazon Purchases = Money for LRMS! The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchases to our school…at no cost to you. Simply log into your Amazon account at www.smile.amazon.com, choose Ladera Ranch Middle PTA as your charity of choice, and you are set for all future purchases. (If you already have an Amazon account, the sign up takes less than 2 minutes!) The most important part is when you purchase, you have to start on the www.smile.amazon.com page!
School of Choice: The School of Choice application window opens February 1, 2016 through March 4, 2016. Please remember that LRMS is closed to School of Choice. However, if your family is leaving LRMS, and require additional information please see the CUSD School of Choice webpage. If your child is currently and legitimately enrolled at a school site on school of choice they will automatically be registered for the following year and you do not need to apply for school of choice. The exemption to this is if they are matriculating into the middle school or high school, in that case they do need to apply. Any students at a school on administrative placement must apply for school of choice to remain. Students on SOC who wish to return to their school of residence must apply through School of Choice.
Reflections Winners: Congratulations to Eden Doezie, our school’s Reflections Award of Excellence winner in the Music Composition category, for winning the Award of Excellence at the Fourth District Council level Reflections competition. She will now move on to the state level, where her entry will compete against the finest middle school musical compositions across the state.
Congratulations also to Adam Yuhas, who won an Award of Merit for his video production entry at the Fourth District council level, which consists of schools all across Orange County. We are proud of these and all the other talented students who entered the PTA’s 2015-2016 Reflections competition, and look forward to another successful program next year!
PTA Fundraiser every Friday!!! Calling all LRMS students (and parents!)!! We are happy to announce that Rita’s Italian Ice and Kool Kahuna shaved ice will be visiting our campus alternating each Friday after school. Rita's will be on campus selling Italian ice today at the end of the school day and Cool Kahuna will be visiting next week! $4 for a Rita’s Italian ice and $3 for Kool Kahuna and the best part….a portion of the proceeds will go to PTA and supporting future student teacher grants and programs. A wonderful way to end each school week!
News from Capistrano Unified School District:
2016-17 Capistrano Unified School District Calendar: As you're making plans for next year, please remember to check CUSD’s 2016-17 calendar.
As part of our ongoing efforts to engage CUSD families and the community, we will begin a telephone poll this week to obtain your feedback as we begin planning for the 2017-2018 and beyond CUSD school calendars. Not every family will be contacted; however, if you are, please know that your participation is greatly appreciated. Should you wish to share your opinions about the CUSD school calendar through email, please contact us through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Ladera Ranch Middle School