Remembrance Day Assembly

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On November 7th, our Leadership students, under the direction of Ms. Hamilton, hosted a very powerful assembly. We were joined by the Royal Canadian Legion and three of our students also joined in their cadet outfits. Cody Weaver, Simon Turnbull and Stephen Freel each proudly carried a flag . As well, Cole Aarestad played the bagpipes and our Ms. Woolnough played the trumpet. Earlier in the week, every  student had written a reflective comment on a poppy and student reps placed poppies on a bulletin board. In addition, students read poems about Remembrance day, did a candle light walk and showed a slide show containing student comments about their family and the war. We were very proud of the thought provoking assembly. Our LWMS students in the audience were silent during the assembly and staff was very proud of everyone. It was a powerful experience! 

Toonie Tuesday

LWMS students will be having a presentation, October 21,  from the district leadership students on this years Toonie Tuesday fundraising efforts. This year the funds will support a building of  a school in Tanzania as well as local projects. students can donate throughout the week.

LWMS Spirit Wear

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In the front foyer we have a bulletin board of the spirit wear samples and a few different sizes for people to see the fit. Order forms are on the bulletin board as well and we are asking for one form per family. The orders will be due NOVEMBER 1, 2019. This allows delivery before Christmas.  The spirit wear is very reasonably priced!

Silver Stingrays and Black Baracudas DANCE

The annual  Dance is on the afternoon of October 31! Students are excited about this social event! Teachers will be reviewing the following expectations around costumes….no weapons, no dripping fake blood (dried), face coverings are ok but uncovered in class during lessons, costumes follow our dress code, candy is ok for Nov. 1,  but the following week we would hope we can get back to healthy eating to promote learning. Thank you for your support!

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Running Club

We have 8 x-country runners. Two grade 8’s and the  rest of the team are in grades 6 and 7.  In the fall, only the grade 8 students can race in the fall races. The team is coached by Mr. Hryniw The fall season runs until end of October and then reconvenes in the spring when the grade 6/7 students can participate in district meets.

Volleyball

We have 2 grade 6/7 girls teams coached by Mr. Matthews, 1 boys grade 6/7 team coached by Mr. Riemersma (a parent) as well as grade 8 girls team coached by Ms. Moore. We needed 9 boys for our grade 8 team, but only 6 boys showed up to commit. (we tried multiple sign ups). We are grateful our staff/parent coaches so our students have this opportunity.

 

PLAYGROUND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY!

On September 30th, PAC will honor all the volunteers and community sponsors that allowed our playground to become a reality! It truly is a symbol of team work.

PAC has also purchased a bench which will have a plaque thanking all the volunteers and community sponsors. The bench will be exactly like the buddy bench, which was donated by Chris Pieper in memory of his wife Anita Pieper. Chris is supplying the bench to PAC at a very reasonable price and donating his time,  along with Jim Martin. We feel we are representing the quote, “It takes a village to raise a child”. We are so grateful for all the support. LWMS is transforming!  In the spring, we will install the  3 tether balls that were part of the playground purchase.

At the ceremony it will be officially announced that LWMS is receiving a $15, 000.00 Fortis Community grant. These funds will be utilized to build an outdoor classroom, with picnic tables, and also to include more benches. At middle, students are looking for areas to socialize. WOW! Thank you to our amazing community!

 

A Full Week ahead…..

Wednesday is Picture day and in the afternoon there is a Cultural Performance. The performer is STEPHANIE MORIN-ROBERT  and her performance is titled, BLINDSIDE.

Stephanie writes about her performance: “The show starts off with me standing in front of a camera, with a close up of my face projected on a screen. I move from the
camera to centre stage and share all true comedic stories about my 7-year-old self changing schools in the middle of the third grade and trying to fit in as a one-eyed cancer survivor. Throughout the performance, I move back and forth from the camera to
centre stage. There is a shadow dance section that represents my countless hospital visits and near the end of the show I gently take out my prosthetic eye. I talk about how the eye is made and about the type of cancer that I had. I use comedy to enlist the audience in understanding the details of my disability without becoming overwhelmed. I take care to ensure audience safety throughout the arc of my story.”

On Thursday we have our Terry Fox run. We will start with a short assembly at 11 am and then the students will run or walk a route. We are encouraging students to participate with a cancer victim or survivor in mind. Students  are gathering donations and if we exceed 2000.00 as a collective group, Mr Hyrniv will shave his head!!!quote1

On Friday at 9 am, students and staff will gather for an Orange Shirt Day Assembly. We are encouraging family to join us and for all to wear an orange shirt or ribbon. Students have been watching a video and song performed by Gord Downy called The Stranger and have been asked to imagine the feelings the residential school students would have experienced.  Students have written one word on a feather and some class reps will share these words at the assembly.

 

 

 

 

WHY WE Teach at LWMS!

 

 

 

 

In June, teaching staff spent time thinking about “WHY WE TEACH”. We participated in  a collaborative effort creating art work . This experience was led by Michelle Howe, one of LWMS Staff members. She encouraged us to think about Why We teach. As we reflected, we started to create a painting. We then moved around and added detail to other staff members art work. By the end of the process we had all painted on each other’s art work. We tried  to use the direction we saw and add to the artwork  to make it even better. The artwork became a metaphor for the students we all share at LWMS. We like to think that there are no walls in our building, but rather the students are the collective responsibility of all of us. They benefit from the energy and wisdom of our group.

The process reminded  us of how connected we are as we  work with LWMS students. Together, we make a difference and of course our parents and community are part of this unified effort. Our CEAs also completed this process, a week ago,  as they are highly valued team members at LWMS! Their words and art work have been added to the  display inside  the office. A huge thank you to Michelle Howe.

 

 

A Great First Week AT LWMS !

It was wonderful to spend the first week with  our students building community! Students spent the first week in last year’s classes and the grade 6 students were in groupings with a grade 8 teacher. We  focused  on school expectations, Numeracy and X-Block.  We spent time building our LWMS Extreme Team! We thought about a school Mascot and  also worked on what it means to try to EXCEED OUR BEST this year!

We continue to be focused on improving student achievement. As parents, your role is important. Parents that are involved and supportive  of their children’s education  have a huge impact.  Your support  can increase your student’s achievement by more than one year’s expected growth! Collectively, you as guardians, and we as educators, have many years of experience and creative talents and the students of LWMS will be the benefactors of our energy and wisdom. We look forward to our year with optimism, confidence, and enthusiasm.  Please let us know how we can help and be supportive for your child and family!

 

Instrument Rental Night!

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Wentworth music will be at LWMS Thursday September 5th from 6-7pm in the LWMS bandroom! Attend if needed…thank you

New District Information

1) Band instrument rentals

Rental Options

2) Volunteer Drivers

Private Vehicle Use Regulation – current as of April 11

Welcome to LWMS Extreme Team 2019!

Staff is looking  forward to the year, supporting the traditions, community and strengthening established relationships and creating new relationships with all of you. We look forward to the first day together as a school community and welcoming our students.

We will have an exciting year ahead as we work towards the LWMS we all envision. Collectively, we have many years of experience and creative talents and the students of LWMS will be the benefactors of our energy and wisdom. We look forward to our year with optimism, confidence, and enthusiasm.  Please- let us know how we can be supportive.

Classes will be back in session on September 3rd , 2019 with an early dismissal  at 11:14 am. First week only class lists are posted. THESE ARE NOT CLASS LISTS FOR THE YEAR! For the first week, returning students will go to one of their last year CORE teacher.  All grade six students will meet in the gym.  All new students in grades 7 and 8 please go to the welcome table in the foyer. THE LISTS POSTED ARE NOT THEIR CLASS FOR THE YEAR -THEY ARE FOR THE FIRST WEEK ONLY!

The first week students will review expectations and work on building team spirit. As well, we will be spending time on Numeracy and an X-Block Fair. (students will hear about the X-Block offerings for the first half of the year) Once we have determined if any students have moved away and welcomed all our new families, the Director of Instruction will give permission to place students in their new classes. We anticipate posting the classes on Friday after dismissal. The rest of the week are normal hours of instruction.

We are looking forward to the year ahead and feel grateful to be working with your child and family at Len Wood Middle School, Extreme Team 2019!

 

PLAYGROUND TEAM WORK

Our amazing PAC and volunteers have been working hard all summer to get our new playground open for September 3 and they DID IT! What a collective effort and living proof of how a focused team can make things happen! We are so grateful to the many hands that helped accomplish this feat. We will be planning a ribbon cutting ceremony. More info and details on the volunteers and the team work…to follow!

 

Supply Lists

Gr. 6 School Supply List

School Supply list Gr 7 & 8

Staples Pre-Packaged Gr 6 School Supplies

Staples pre-packaged Gr 7 School Supplies

 

 

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At 8:30 we will be hosting our final assembly. At this time we will giving out our achievement certificates, saying goodbye to the staff that are leaving LWMS, watching a slide show of the year’s memories and at the end saying good bye to our Grade 8 students who will be at PVSS next year.

Recognition Program

Awards are given to recognize student achievement in the following categories at the end of the year: 

Principal’s List

Awarded to students who receive an “A” or “EX” and a “G” (for work habits) in all subjects taken.

Honour Roll/Achievement List

Awarded to students who receive a “B” or “ME” or better and a “G” in all subjects taken.

Effort List

Awarded to students who receive a “G” for work habits in all subjects taken.

 

We hope you can join us! Report cards will go home June 27 and the students are dismissed at 10:15!

Yearbook Order Form!!!

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National Indigenous People’s Day-June 21, 2019

An Indigenous Storyteller, Paul Michel,  will be visiting LWMS on Tuesday June 18 to share stories. Students have been using a website called First Voices which allows the students to practice hearing and saying words in the language the storyteller will use.

JUNE 14th- LWMS CEA Appreciation Day!

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On Friday we will be hosting a luncheon and having a display board in our front foyer to honor our hardworking, compassionate and caring CEAS! They are the at the Heart of LWMS and support our students and staff in more ways than we can count! We are so grateful for each and everyone one of our CEAS!!!!

LWMS Extreme Speech Festival

12 students from grades 6-8 competed in the LWMS Extreme Speech Festival on May 31st, 2019. The first place finishers at LWMS , Chloe Silver, Avrielle Gervais and Alexander Lukas, also won first place at the District Competition at Silver Creek Elementary on June 5th, 2019.  At our festival our three judges  Cora-Lee Baker, Abbas El Gazzar and Tenille Lachmuth had a difficult task to choose the winners. All participants received lots of applause for their efforts.

 

 Track and Field

Track and Field team continue to practice in anticipation of the District Track meet on June 4th. The team has 16 members and they have been involved with after school practices to improve their skills. Teacher sponsors are Ms. Moore,  Ms. Woolnough, Mr. Matthews and Mr. Fazan.

 

MATH OLYMPICS

Grade 6-8 students from across the district were invited to attend the 2nd Annual SD83 Math Olympics. This event is on June 6th at Shuswap Middle School in Salmon Arm from 9:00am to 1:30pm.  LWMS is taking a team of 60 students to the event!

 

Speech Festival May 31

At 10:30 on May 31, we will be hosting our LWMS Speech Festival. We have three judges for the event: Cora-Lee Baker, one of our LRT,  Abbas El Gazzar, PVSS Principal, and Tenille Lachmuth, our Trustee. We will be sending one LWMS representative per grade to the Zone Competition on June 5 at Silver Creek  Elementary School. Not all classes are particpating this year, but next year we are hoping to have the Speech Festival as a school wide activity.

Grade 7/8 Students Attend Eagle Bay Camp

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On Wednesday, our grade 7/8 students will be heading out to Eagle Bay Camp. A huge thank you to the parent volunteers. This trip could not happen without your support! Students not attending the trip are expected at school where we have planned academic and other activities. Eagle Bay has a quote about their camp!

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Below is a schedule of the camp activities

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Below is a map of the a portion of the camp!

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Indigenious Health and Wellness

Workshop

 

For more information click on the link below!

Health & Wellness

Grade 5 Student Transition

We have started to transition our new grade 5 students to LWMS. Last week, 5 students from both AES and HPE spent the morning in a grade 6 or grade 6/7 class and recorded their reflections to share with their class when they returned. This week, 5 LWMS Ambassadors and Ms Brown will be sharing a power point about LWMS with both schools. The following week all the grade 5 students spend a few hours at our school! We are excited to welcome our new Extreme Team members!

Spring Concert!

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PV Manor Planting a Success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as planting trees to do our part for Earth Day, the seniors from PV Manor visited which allowed  our students made some inter-generational connections. This project is part of our Habitat Fund Grant and also Communities In Bloom. In May, some classes will also plant Marigolds as another component of Communities In Bloom.

Day of Mourning – LWMS Flags at Half Mast

 

Last year, 131 BC workers died from a workplace injury or disease. We are lowering our flags in honor of Sunday April 28, 2019, the Day of Mourning. This is to promote safe and healthy workplaces.

LWMS Earth Week Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class reps, along with Kim Fulton, our WILD BC Scientist, who will be working with our school for three years -thanks to a Grant we obtained, have planned Earth week  activities. Every LWMS student completed  a detailed drawing of the Earth and each class created or chose  an Earth day slogan. We used respectful, specific and encouraging feedback in critique groups after each draft of the drawings, to produce quality work.  Students completed 3-4 drafts before their final drawing. We are utilizing the project to teach the power of feedback and reinforce having a growth mindset! The end products are all on our bulletin boards!

On April 25th, Kim Fulton, our scientist, is helping us plant 350 fir tree plugs  at PV Manor.  We are very excited about this Community project. As well, on April 26th some of our students will participate in a community garbage clean up and some are also watching the movie “Plastic Island” at Centennial Theater. Class reps are also working with their classes to plan extra projects to contribute as well!

PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN THE PLANTING ON THURSDAY. BRING GLOVES, A SHOVEL AND SUNSHINE!

SEE BELOW FOR THE CLASS SCHEDULE.

8:15-8:45 Grade 6 Team
8:45-9:15 O’Brien/Irvine
9:15-9:45 Fazan/Hamilton
10:15-10:45 Ganzeveld /K Piorier
10:45-11:15 Matthew/Moore/Clinaz
11:15-11:45 Caves/Lutes

 

Spring Student Fundraiser!

 

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Here is an online copy of the Spring Fundraiser that is open to all students. All classes were given a dozen paper copies to hand out.

LWMS Studio Tour A Great Success!

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Andi Silver is the lady who deserves the credit for the organization behind this amazing showcase of learning. As well, Ms. Silver also created this wonderful wing display. Each student made two feathers with “I can…” statements focused on the Core Competencies. We did a photo shoot Friday so each student was able to get their photo taken.

On April 4th, at the LWMS Studio Tour, many students presented to the visitors about their learning. It was amazing to hear and witness the passion for learning, the understanding of their learning and to see how confident our students are communicating about their learning! It was a very proud evening for LWMS!

 

LWMS Studio Tour

April 14th: 6:30-7:30 pm

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Curriculum Night and Indigenous Sharing Circle at LWMS April 4th at 6pm

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Are you wondering about the new curriculum and graduation exams?
Or what about new terminology being bandied about such as Know, Do and Understand? Core Competencies of Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal Responsibility? How about Big Ideas, Content and Curricular Competencies?
YOU are invited to attend a presentation and discussion being hosted by our SD83 District Curriculum team at any of five different schools!
Please attend the session which fits your schedule and bring all of your questions!
Curriculum & Graduation Discussion Sessions

Food and Feedback

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Mr. Fazan and Ms. Brown have been hosting pizza and carrot lunches for a different class each week. The purpose of the lunches is to connect with each class and also to ask for feedback from the students about their year.

We are at that point of the year where we start thinking about next year. It is the perfect time to ask for feedback from our students about what they love about LWMS and things they think could be improved.

The feedback will be compiled and shared with staff as we work toward planning our 2019-2020 school year for LWMS.

The Food and Feedback started with Grade 6 classes and then will include the Grade 7 and 8 students.

 

Spring Hot Lunch Order form

Spring Hot Lunch Order Form

Pink Shirt Day Feb. 27th!

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We are encouraging our students to wear pink shirts on Wednesday to support Pink shirt Day.   On Feb 27th  we will host a Pink Shirt Day Assembly. We are encouraging students to wear their pink shirts to raise awareness around the importance of kindness and anti-bullying.  As a school, we have been focusing on the  hurtful effects of gossip and rumors.  Kindness  and anti-bullying will continue to be a LWMS focus!

Tech Meet Up for Grade 7/8 Students

Our grade 7/8 students are in Salmon Arm at the Sullivan Campus to explore careers and businesses showcasing their Technology. It is a hands on field trip. At LWMS, we teach Applied Design Skills Technology through our Tech and Foods Program and some of our X Blocks.

LWMS Carnaval de Quebec

FEBRUARY 14th

Parents please read the link below for information about our Carnaval on

February 14th!

Carnaval de Quebec website

Student Led Conferences

On February 12th, starting after school from 2:30-5:30pm in 20 minute time slots, students will be displaying their learning to their families.  These conferences are a chance for families to see the learning, growth and goals that their son or daughter has been striving to achieve.  You will see samples of work and be able to view their classroom and school in action!

PAC will be present, selling tickets to their big Fundraiser at the Royal York  Golf Club on Saturday March 2nd.

 

Explorations

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For some of our Grade 8 students, their first Exploration ended at the end of January.  The culmination of Tech was a self directed project. The students rose to the occasion.  A few examples are: Cassidy Munro created a box that locked by a battery. Parker Kitzman made a portable phone charger out of 10 lithum batteries with the capacity of 3400 Milliamps. Lucius McJannet made a hover craft the size of an ipad. He used a fan which he attached to an RC motor.   In Foods, students used phyllo pastry to create appetizers. Some were sweet and some were savory but all were creative and the result of great team work. Explorations allow students to focus on their Core competencies and ADST (Applied Design Skills Technology).

 

Grade 7 Assessment

If parents have more questions…please watch this you tube video and read the letter.  If you still have questions do not hesitate to contact the school. Thank you

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQkcHavTYo&feature=youtu.be

Curriculum Minutes

Staff is looking at the minutes of instruction for each subject area. We are comparing the recommendations to our current minutes per subject. Staff are considering an increase to the curriculum time for the core subjects of numeracy and language arts, in particular. Our Numeracy scores as a district are needing improvement and we have focused on Numeracy in our School Improvement Plan as well. Staff has been doing professional development in the area of numeracy throughout the year and focusing on critical concepts in numeracy for each grade.

As staff looks at the minutes and increasing curriculum time, we will be creating a timetable to reflect an increase in curriculum time. We will present this information at  PAC meetings. As well, we will continue to write updates on our website.

Welcome Back Assembly

We hosted an assembly on January 8th to celebrate our successful fall adn to look ahead to the next term. In addition, we showed the video in the link below which focused on 7 Things We can Control. The video was inspiring for all of us.

Happy New Year to our LWMS families!

School starts on January 7th. We hope you will join us January 7th at 6 pm for our PAC meeting in the library.

We will be starting X-Block January 15th and our first Winter Recreation is January 18th! Please ensure your school fees are paid as well as your winter recreation amounts. We will be having an assembly to review our successful fall and to set up the next term for more Extreme Team Accomplishments. There were many exciting events that occurred during our first term: volleyball, basketball, No Talent Talent Show, We day, Orange Shirt and Remembrance Day, Halloween Dance and costume competitions, Spirit wear orders, Parent and Teacher Interviews,Door decoration and recycled wreath creations, Teens Count Too Fundraising, Toiletry Fundraising, Food Bank collections,  Report cards, Break Dancing Lessons……the list goes on…… We are looking forward to a productive second term- with a focus on academics!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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We are decorating classroom doors and making wreaths out of recycled materials!

Band Concert a Success

December 12 was the Band Concert at PVSS. Our grade 7 students and X-Block Grade 8 students did a fantastic job under the direction of Mrs. de Dood and Mr. Majerech. It was amazing to hear the progress from grade 7 to grade 8. We had a wonderful audience for the concert as well. Good job musicians. You make us proud!

Break Dancing Lessons

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A huge thank you to PAC as they are funding our Break dancing lessons which began on Friday December 14. Lessons will be in teams and  it is  a fun experience for our students. Dance is part of the Curriculum.

Hot Lunch Winter Schedule

The New Hot Lunch Winter Schedule is up. Ordering can start December 4, 2018. If you are currently a hot lunch recipient, then please go to the login box on the right on the main page. Login using your username and password.   Once in, click on orders (Winter Hot Lunch). Please print the payment remittance to be delivered to the school with payment. If you DO NOT have a printer that is okay. Just sent in your payment with a note saying student and classroom.

If you have not already signed up for your hot lunch go to

lenwood.hotlunches.net

click “REGISTER”, Enter your school access code LWHL (case sensitive). Enter all personal information. Please choose a user ID that is easy to remember.

Once registered click on the profile tab to proceed. Enter child’s name, class and select “YES” to be included in the class list. Once in click on “ORDER”. Print off remittance (if able) send in with payment to the school.

The 2019 Winter Hot Lunches will be available to order from December 4 – December 17, 2018.

The first hot lunch day will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school (250 546-3476) and leave a message for Ms. Leupin.

Thank you.

Safety Alert

Today two students reported that a white car with a red and blue door and stopped asked if they wanted a ride. It was 2pm on PV Street.  They said the car was older. They could not identify if it was a male or female driver. Both families reported the incident to the police. We will talk to the students about the incident in the morning. Please review with your children for their safety. Thank you

Winter Rec Forms due November 30!!

Activity Choice Form

Our Remembrance Day Poppies

CALLING ALL GRADE 8 BOYS-BASKETBALL PRACTICE MONDAY NOVEMBER 26th AFTER SCHOOL!action backboard ball basketball

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Wednesday December 12th will be our Winter Concert and it is being hosted at PVSS! We hope you will join us…more information to follow! See link below for more information!

Winter Concert

Winter Recreation Jan 18, Feb 1 and

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Hopefully you received the Activity choice form on Friday. There are five choices this year. Step one is just indicating your choice…please do not send money at this time. Sheet 2 will be more information on the specific Winter Rec your student chose and a request for payment. Looking forward to the days!

Spirit Wear On Sale for November!

LWMS spirit wear, pull over hoodies, zipper hoodies and three styles of toques , are currently on sale. Students have access to order forms. We will place the order at the beginning of December..stop by if you need a form.

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Internet Safety Presentation

On November 15 from 9:00-10:00 students will be hearing a presentation about internet safety. The Safer Schools social media presentation will be offered to all middle and high schools in our district. This important topic is part of the ADST curriculum.

There is a parent presentation as well On November 14th at the DESC from 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Remembrance Day Assembly

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On Friday, Leadership students will be hosting our annual Remembrance Day Assembly at 11:15 am.  legion members will be present as well. students have been preparing power points and a special presentation to mark this important day of remembering.

Lest we forget….

A HUGE THANK YOU!

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We have received two donations to our breakfast program. The Armstrong Hospital Auxiliary donated 1000.00 dollars and Harvey and Jill de la Salle donated over 300.00 to our breakfast program. It is run by our own CEA Carrie Player- who DONATES her time to make fresh baked items every morning. We are so grateful for our generous community. Our breakfast program  is very well attended by our students.

Halloween at LWMS

WE SCARE HUNGER

Our leadership students have set a goal of collecting 250 canned food items in our WE SCARE HUNGER FOOD DRIVE! There is a motivational power point on our foyer tv and boxes around the school for the collection. We are very pleased to see our students supporting our community. Ms. Hamilton is the sponsor teacher for this event.

GOLDEN DRAGON DANCE

The annual Golden Dragon’s Dance is on the afternoon of October 31! Students are excited about this social event! Teachers reviewed the following expectations around costumes….no weapons, no dripping fake blood (dried), face coverings are ok but uncovered in class during lessons, costumes follow our dress code, candy is ok for Nov. 1 and 2 but the following week we would hope we can get back to healthy eating to promote learning. Thank you for your support!

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Parent Night for Middle School Math

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November 8th Early Dismissal for Parent, Teacher and Student Interviews

An email was sent to families that describes how to book online through Parent connect your interview time for November 8th! Students will be dismissed at 11:30 and buses will run early.  You can book times with your student’s Core teacher and as other staff too!  Administration, Denise Brown and  Will Fazan,  our Counselor, Doug Smith,  LRTs, Cora-Lee Baker and Andi Silver and our ISP Teachers, Trinity Southworth and Fresia Gamin. will all be available November 8th! Interviews are available from noon until about 7:30 pm.

X- Block

Through X Block students are required to take an ADST course (grades 6 and 7) or an Arts course ( grade 8) . X Block offers students the chance to explore three courses. Students will find out all three choices for X Block October 15, 2018. Knowing that grade 8 students are given their choices first, then grade 7 and then grade 6, as well as satisfying the required course, switching of X Blocks will not be something that occurs easily this year. We surveyed and carefully created the lists for each course.  We are hoping students will enjoy their X Block and if parents feel there is a strong concern then parents can connect with administration to discuss the situation. Thank you for helping your child understand the process and embracing their three X Block courses!

A request….could families provide Headphones for students?

If possible, please supply headphones for your child to keep at school.  With technology being such a large part of our curriculum and students using their own devices, school IPADS or school Chrome Books or our desk top computers…we are struggling to have enough headphones. As well, it is much more sanitary for students to use their own. Thanks so much!

 

X Block Starts- October 9th!

Students will be starting their first X-Block October 9th! This is a chance for students to be in multi-age groupings learning about special interest areas! Our staff have all chosen areas of passion to share …this is an award winning program.

Presentation for Parents and Students on Helping to Create Safe and Inclusive Schools and Communities!

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Robb Nash Project

Grade 7 and 8 students will be heading to the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday or Wednesday to hear the powerful music and words of Robb Nash.

The Robb Nash Project is explained as …..It’s not complicated. We love playing music and we took that passion and used it as a platform to talk about serious topics that are often hard to talk about. We’re not afraid to talk about our mental health and how we’ve overcome our own struggles. We tell stories of hope and stories of tragedy, making sure to balance the two. We travel from coast to coast sharing this message and starting these conversations. This is our mission and there has never been a more important time than now. The website link is https://www.robbnash.com/  We are hoping this is a powerful experience for our students!

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Orange Shirt Day

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Our Assembly on Friday September 28th was very emotional and powerful. The guest speakers were Residential school survivors and although we had learned about the experiences at these schools- to hear the memories was very sad.  The students created their Heart Garden and we had the ALF and LWMS groups drumming. The assembly ended on a positive note- we have hope for the future. Here are a few photos!

 

 

 

 

 

September 23rd, 2018  Ms. Clinaz and Ms Dunstan  (thank you )  have been hosting lessons to help our students understand the history behind this important day. The  video link below  was shown and a discussion about the generational effect of residential schools followed.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=why+orange+shirt+dAY+VIDEOS&view=detail&mid=977053AE7540896BCDEE977053AE7540896BCDEE&FORM=VIRE

In addition, students are making hearts with a message related to their feelings and these hearts will be put in planters to create a heart garden in our foyer. At 10:30 September 28th, we will be hosting the district Orange Shirt Day Assembly. Class reps will bring the hearts forward during the assembly. Special guests will be speaking including Chief Wayne Christian and Gerry Thomas. Our hope is to help promote the message that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. We encourage our students to wear an orange shirt and we will provide orange ribbons for those that want to acknowledge their support without the t shirt. Parents are invited to attend.

Extreme Team Fundraising for Terry Fox!

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Students amazingly raised $1775.36 for Cancer Research through pledges and collecting donations. One group of energetic girls even hosted a bake sale! Wow! What an Extreme Team effort!  Mr. Inkster was our leader for this event (Yeah Mr. Inkster) and due to rain the actual run was postponed until Sept. 27th. Thank you to all that are volunteering to keep the run route safe for our students, on Thursday. Above is a photo of a bulletin board…students are dedicating their run to someone who has been affected by cancer and is in the student’s heart.

Hot Lunch Information!

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LWMS Family Barbecue September 19th

Hoping all our families will joins us on Wednesday from 5-7 for Hamburgers  ($5.00) or hot dogs ($4.50)! It will be  a chance to meet our staff, other families, tour the school and also meet with your child’s teacher and team!   We are looking for volunteers to help out during the day for food preparation. (See poster) Barbecue

As well the Armstrong Boys and Girls Club will be present to inform about programs they offer. They also have a local food bank and they tell us the shelves are bare…..so we are encouraging families to bring canned food donations.

Looking forward to meeting our Extreme Team Families…see you Wednesday!

 

A HUGE Thank You to Superstore and  Saputo

We are so grateful to Superstore and Saputo for their generous donations to our breakfast program. Our breakfast program feeds many students each  day and is run by Carrie Player who is a volunteer!

 

Anxiety awareness

 

Parents, youth (13 years and over), school district staff and community members are invited to view the well known documentary “Angst – Raising Awareness around Anxiety” and have an opportunity to explore the topic of youth anxiety with a panel of local experts on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.

Angst is a film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

To register please click on this link.

The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Immediately following the showing of the documentary a local panel of experts will host a question and answer session.

This documentary is brought to you by: School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and community partners; Salmon Arm Daybreak Rotary, North Okanagan Shuswap DPAC, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, CMHA – Shuswap-Revelstoke, and the Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice.Angst Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Wentworth Rental Night

 

For those band students wishing to rent their instrument from Wentworth Music, a rental night is being held in the LWM band room on Thursday, September 13th from 6-8pm. Wentworth staff will be there to answer any questions about their policies, and students are able to take the instrument home that night.

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LWMS Extreme Team 2018!

We had a great first week! Our opening day assembly focused on very powerful messages! Firstly, we are all a team and we are focused on being the most successful team we can be! One of our cheers from Friday’s end of day Team presentations said, “We are the dream…the LWMS Extreme team!” Secondly, as individuals we need to focus on our goals and believing in ourselves- this can double our success rate! As well, we need to set ourselves up for success by ensuring everything we do during our day will lead  us to a successful tomorrow! (ex. getting enough sleep, good nutrition, family/friend time, outdoor time….)  Thirdly, we need to believe in each other. When staff and students believe in each other it can increase our success rate  up to 4 times!  We then made a rain storm together and learned that we have synergy when we all focus together on the same goal. It was inspiring and led to a celebration Friday afternoon, where teams shared their amazing cheers and the physical spelling of the word team. This celebration of our LWMS Extreme Team occurred outside Friday afternoon. Oh and we also had a pancake breakfast Friday morning…..the feeling of community was strong as the week ended.

The class lists are posted. We added a division as we have many new students.  We have three grade 6 classrooms, two grade 6/7 classrooms and eight grade 7/8 classrooms. Many written parent requests were made and our team tried to honor at least a  portion of most of the requests. The classes configurations are very tricky as we endeavor to create a balance for the needs of all. If your student is not feeling super positive about their placement, please remember that your reaction will affect their acceptance. The team did their utmost to ensure we have successful teams! Thank you for embracing your student’s placement and remember that in the future you can submit a request for the following school year before June 1, 2019.

Looking forward to meeting parents at the PAC Meeting and Elections September 10th at 6pm in the library. Terry Fox run on the horizon and Orange Shirt Day!

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Welcome to LWMS Extreme Team 2018!

Staff is looking  forward to the year, supporting the traditions, community and strengthening established relationships and creating new relationships with all of you. We look forward to the first day together as a school community and welcoming our students.

We will have an exciting year ahead as we work towards the LWMS we all envision. Collectively, we have many years of experience and creative talents and the students of LWMS will be the benefactors of our energy and wisdom. We look forward to our year with optimism, confidence, and enthusiasm.  Please- let us know how we can be supportive.

Classes will be back in session on September 4th, 2018 with an early dismissal  at 11:15 am. Class lists will NOT BE POSTED PRIOR to September 4th, 2018 as our numbers are very high and we are anticipating obtaining another classroom.  For the first week, returning students will go to one of their last year CORE teacher.  (lists will be posted on the window and a bulletin board) Grade six students and new students will meet in the gym. THE LISTS POSTED ARE NOT THEIR CLASS FOR THE YEAR -THEY ARE FOR THE FIRST WEEK ONLY!

The first week students will review expectations and work on building team spirit. As well, we will be spending time on Numeracy. Once we have determined if any students have moved away and welcomed all our new families, the Director of Instruction will give permission to place students in their new classes. We anticipate posting the classes on Friday after dismissal. The rest of the week are normal hours of instruction.

We are looking forward to the year ahead and feel grateful to be working with your child and family at Len Wood Middle School, Extreme Team 2018!

 

 

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Pleasant Valley Secondary School would like to invite all parents and guardians of grade 8 students at Len Wood Middle School to an informational evening on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm in the PVSS library.  Topics covered will include courses, timetable and transition to high school.

Please bring your questions to the meeting.

PVSS admin and teachers are looking forward to meeting you.

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